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Could it be that God is beginning a renewal movement of His Holy Spirit among Florida Baptists?
In recent weeks, nearly 300 Florida Baptists participated in seven ReVision Florida meetings across the state. The meetings were organized by Clayton Cloer, pastor of First Baptist Church of Central Florida in Orlando and leader of the State Board of Missions task force charged with implementing the revival and renewal recommendation of the Imagine If Great Commission Resurgence report adopted at last year’s annual meeting of the Florida Baptist State Convention.
When an Indiana pastor asked his small congregation to set a sacrificial goal for their Lottie Moon offering, he never expected this. A goal of $500 would have been a challenge for Iglesia Bautista Hispana El Calvario, but they set a seemingly-impossible goal of ten thousand dollars! People of every age contributed sacrificially. Some worked a second job for a month and gave those earnings. One lady gave two weeks of paychecks. Kids, retirees, even unemployed folks found creative ways to give. That awesome little church collected over $10,000 for SBC international missions.
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In Southern Baptist life, the Cooperative Program has been a mainstay for decades. From our beginning as Southern Baptists, the idea of being “on mission” and fulfilling the Great Commission together has existed. It wasn’t until 1925 that the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) launched a concerted giving partnership to fund missions, education and denominational work. This effort was and is called the Cooperative Program (CP).
On October 9, at least two dozen Christians were killed by Egyptian police. Their only “crime” was in insisting that they be treated in a manner consistent with what the “Arab Spring” was supposed to be about.
Dave Says is a column featuring the financial advice of nationally syndicated radio host Dave Ramsey, the Dave Says column is filled with timely, relevant questions and answers taken from actual calls on Ramsey's radio program, The Dave Ramsey Show.
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (BP)—The baptism of a new believer offered a tangible reminder of the purpose for a North American Mission Board missionary commissioning service at North Metro Baptist Church in Lawrenceville, Ga.
GRACEVILLE (BCF)—The annual Holiday Heritage Festival, which kicks off the area holiday season, is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 18, beginning at 12 p.m. in picturesque Heritage Village.
FORT LAUDERDALE (FBC)—This year’s “Crossover South Florida” will take place in 14 venues across three counties and in more than six languages to reach diverse South Florida communities, where an estimated 95 percent of population do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ.