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It’s not about you.
Author Rick Warren began his best-selling book, The Purpose-Driven Life, with this joltingly true statement. As widely read and celebrated as Warren’s book was, for far too many evangelical Christians in America this statement seemingly hasn’t penetrated their worldview and actions.
It’s convention time! I love conventions, especially Baptist conventions and most especially, the Florida Baptist State Convention. Our dates are Sunday, Nov. 7, when the Pastors’ Conference begins, through Tuesday, Nov. 9. Our annual meeting will be called to order by President John Cross on Monday night, Nov. 8, at 6:15 p.m. We will hear wonderful preaching, glorious singing, and fellowship divine. We will have a great time. You need to be present.
The failure of Congress to pass “climate change” legislation has, as you might expect, prompted some strong reactions.
New York Times columnist Tom Friedman cites this failure in calling for the creation of a third political party that will allow us to do what’s needed to “move forward” as a country.
PENSACOLA (FBW)—As Olive Baptist Church recognized pastor Ted Traylor for his 20th anniversary as pastor of the Pensacola congregation, immediate past Southern Baptist Convention president Johnny Hunt urged the church to set the “next benchmark” for the future in a special Oct. 31 worship service. From heartfelt expressions of praise from pastoral peers and church members to good natured jabs from Southern Baptist Convention leaders, former staff and leading members of the reigning National Champion University of Alabama Crimson Tide, the special 90-minute service honored Traylor and his wife, Liz, nearly 20 years after they began at Olive.
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Realizing she is the proof of God’s grace in the face of her parent’s long struggle with childlessness, Christian artist Eva Kroon Pike set out to honor them with a song and video chronicling the joy of adoption.
Encouraged by her congregation at First Baptist Church at Mall in Lakeland and leaders at the nearby Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, Pike, 25, intertwined her own testimony into a song while highlighting the need for adoption by recently filming a music video at the FBCH campus in Jacksonville.
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Though its a fast-paced narrative by New York Times Bestseller Joel Rosenberg, the novel The Twelfth Iman is not to be dismissed as “just” pure fiction.
Based on current international events, the thriller explores Shia Islamic belief in “The Twelfth Iman” or “Mahdi” and how Iranian leadership’ faith in the Mahdi may actually hasten Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons in a effort to “wipe Israel off the map.”
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Imagine what is going to happen as we gather in Brandon.
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.
NAPLES (FBW)—Glancing around the parking lot at First Baptist Church in Naples, Rod Foster knew that many of the men changing oil, checking tire pressure, and doing minor repairs on the cars there typically take care of their own cars. What was different Oct. 23 is that they joined in the church’s second annual Car Care Ministry Day. It was a time to reach out to members of the community and provide something they are lacking.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—The number of people in the U.S. military who have committed suicide has increased dramatically in recent years, with the Army alone battling a suicide rate that doubled between 2005 and 2009.