December 18, 2003 Print Edition

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–In reflecting on this season of the year, I have often wondered how a Martian reporter would do a story on Christmas in the United States. If one only had the dominant cultural icons of TV, movies, news media and retail stores, my guess is that the Martian viewing audience wouldn’t have a clue as to what Christmas was about.


Faced with the end of his world, even the cheery hobbit Pippin lost hope.

"I didn’t think it would end this way," he tells Gandalf, as they watch the forces of evil advance in Peter Jackson’s epic "The Return of the King."


Was shopping for school with your teenage daughter a challenge this year? If it was, you’re not alone. The skimpy clothing popular among young girls has led some public schools to move to uniforms. Not a bad idea.


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.

Christmas camp ministers to underprivileged children

LAKE YALE (FBC)—Gales of laughter from 106 care-free migrant children filled the air of the wooded camp grounds at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center Dec. 5-7.

Despite the chilly air and low temperatures, smiles draped the faces of the children, age 8-12 attending the 14th annual Migrant Children’s Christmas Camp sponsored by the Florida Baptist Convention’s Church and Community Ministries Department.

2003 Maguire State Mission Offering

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Contributions to the 2003 Maguire State Mission Offering are approaching the $1 million mark, making it likely that the offering will meet its previous record of $1,022,826 given in 2001.

It will be only the second time in the history of the offering that funding surpassed $1 million.

Iraq chaplain featured at Stand Firm men's conference in Feb.

LAKELAND (FBC)—What do a Navy chaplain, a professional fisherman and an internationally renowned basketball coach have in common? Their Christian commitment has allowed them to "Stand Firm" when facing obstacles in life today.

Saddam's capture allows Iraqi democracy, Bush says

WASHINGTON (BP)–The capture of Saddam Hussein, President Bush said Dec. 15, means the end of excuses for Iraqis who have opposed the peace process. Because the cruel dictator can never again rise to power, they should no longer live in fear, Bush said in a news conference.

"That’s the most important thing about this capture," Bush noted. "He can no longer provide any excuse for some who were afraid to act."

Amber’s story: An unanticipated quality of life

[EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the final article in a two-part series telling the story of Amber Satterwhite. Part one, "Amber’s story: Joy on Christmas Eve," detailed Amber’s journey from the time she collapsed into a diabetic coma at age fourteen in 1995, until the present. ]

MIAMI (FBW)–While at times it might seem cruel that 22-year-old Amber Satterwhite has not mentally progressed beyond a 3-year-old, her mom said that’s not a reason to cast doubt on her quality of life.

Faith helps soldiers handle war's agonies, uncertainties

BAGHDAD, Iraq (BP)–Sergeant James Crowell from Sayre, Pa., is a scout sniper with the 82nd Airborne, Third Battalion, Second Brigade combat team. Although he grew up in church, it wasn’t until he was a few days from entering the war with his unit that he understood what it meant to have a relationship with God.

Witness to honor Americans in conflict

The Witness would like to receive the names of Florida Baptist church members or family members of church members who are serving with the United States military overseas in Iraq or Afghanistan so that our readers may pray for these brave men and women.

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