December 16, 2004 Print Edition

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Sailors: Home for Christmas

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)–Clasping her hands at the sound of an engine breaking through the clouds at Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Janet Hollingsworth briefly rested her chin on her fingers, closed her eyes and lifted her face to the sky in gratitude. After a six- month deployment overseas, Commander (CDR) Chuck Hollingsworth, her “best friend” and “soul mate” for over 20 years was coming home for Christmas.

Pilot’s wife sent him a card every day for five months

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)-Although intentionally avoiding television news of the war in Iraq, Kristin Hager’s heartfelt prayers were never far from the war zone. Bryan, her husband of five years, was piloting a Navy plane over treacherous ground for much of the time during a six-month deployment to Italy.

Migrant children’s camp celebrates 15 years

EUSTIS (FBC)—Singing the “Happy Birthday” chorus while wearing pointed hats, 116 children received a festive plate of sweet treats, and then awaited their cue to dig into ice cream and cake at the 15-year anniversary celebration of Migrant Children’s Camp Dec. 3-5 at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center.

Point of View

With December 25 fast approaching, both TIME and Newsweek are out with special Christmas editions (dated Dec. 13, 2004),  complete with cover stories featuring beautiful works of Christmas art and articles addressing the nativity narratives from the New Testament. Unfortunately, the content of the articles hardly corresponds to the classical presentations found in the cover artwork. To the contrary--both articles cast doubt upon the historicity of the Christmas story.

Point of View

Ask the typical college student, What’s love? That’s a no-brainer—love is a romantic feeling, right? And what’s the purpose of sex? Pleasure, of course. What else could it be?

Point of View

This morning as Becky and I had our devotions this verse caught my attention. The memories of the thousands of devotions I had been a part of with my father and mother throughout my childhood and teenage years sprung up in my conscious like some giant whale bursting trough the glassy surface of a tranquil ocean.

Point of View

Here’s a life-changing “Bring-in-the-New-Year” project for your church: Ring in 2005 by reading the entire New Testament aloud as a church. It takes about 24 hours to read the New Testament, so you could begin reading at 5 p.m. December 31st and end at 5 p.m. January 1st. Can you think of a better way to start the year?


Have fun with cryptography and exercise your Bible knowledge. A King James Version verse is encoded by letter substitution. The same letter is substituted throughout the puzzle. Solve by trial and error.

Lawsuit challenging lopsided slots vote dropped

TALLAHASSEE (FBW) – A lawsuit challenging the results of the lopsided victory in Broward County on Amendment 4 permitting Broward and Miami-Dade counties to decide whether to allow slot machines was dropped by gambling opponents Dec. 9 after the discovery of a clerical error in Pinellas County made the probability of prevailing unlikely.

Kristin Wicker impacts women, makes disciples at college

LOUISVILLE, KY. (SBTS)—If you want to find out what Kristin Wicker is passionate about, just look at the bookcase in the corner of her office.

Professor who impacted thousands honored with BCF scholarship

GRACEVILLE (BCF)-There are a few people in each person’s life who truly make a difference, leave a legacy and change lives forever. For thousands of students and the members of 49 area churches, this person is J.W. Lee.

Theological education classes announced- Spring semester

For further information please call 407-514-4412; Mark Stephens, director Theological Education and Distance Learning, Florida Baptist Convention

Spring extension courses include doctoral programs

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—A new slate of Spring classes is being offered to Florida Baptists interested in pursuing a degree through the Florida Baptist Convention’s Theological Education extension centers located across Florida.

X-Fuge takes camp to Panama City

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (LifeWay)–X-Fuge is taking Centrifuge to the X-Treme –beyond the limits of previous summer camp experiences. And two segments will take place at Edgewater Beach Resort near Panama City Beach.

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