December 2, 2004 Print Edition

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Hurricane survivors, near-victims give thanks

PENSACOLA/MIRAMAR (FBW) – The churches could not be more different. At least from outward appearances, they are very different.

Pensacola mom thankful for God’s grace, church family

PENSACOLA (FBW)-Drawing fresh coconut macaroons out of the oven in preparation for her family’s Thanksgiving “feast,” Tina Youmans was well on the way to providing a sense of normalcy for her husband and three children.

IMB and Wycliffe work together

BRACKENHURST, Tigoni, Kenya (IMB)—Thirty-five missionaries and missionary children—over half of them from Wycliffe Bible translators—recently completed the second “40 Days, 40 Nights” intensive field orientation in the IMB’s proposed Central, Eastern and Southern Africa Region. The six-week program is designed to prepare new missionaries to live, work, and serve with different cultures and peoples on the African mission field.

IMB trustees celebrate new people groups, baptisms

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (BP)—The Gospel began making inroads this past year among 131 people groups that previously had little or no access to the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ, International Mission Board trustees were told during a Nov. 16-17 meeting in Oklahoma City.

Point of View

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (BP)—From November onward it’s impossible to forget that Christmas is coming. By mid-December, most homes will be decorated with Christmas trees and lights on eaves, walls, columns, trees and shrubbery. Even before Thanksgiving, the little old man with the long white beard, red coat and bag of toys is seen, and children are captivated by the expectation that Santa will magically appear on Christmas Eve to bring them gifts.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)—Contentment is a great simplifier. It helps focus body and soul on the proper priorities. It calms the restless desire for more. It satisfies the heart with the present provision of God. It deflates pride, drains the drive of selfish ambition and relaxes the grip of anxiety. Contentment decreases our dependence upon things and circumstances, and it increases a restful dependence upon Christ.

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Some Europeans are still amused by the primary reason American voters gave for their electoral choices. “Moral values?” What an antiquated concept! And claiming to be “a city on a hill”? What arrogance!

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One perk of covering a White House race from day one is that early bird journalists snag lots of one-on-one time with the candidate.

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From womb, to stroller, to bicycle, to car, to college.

Bibliocipher

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.

Emit Ray, 84, dies in Miami Nov. 17

MIAMI (FBW)—Emit Ray, retired pastor of Riverside Baptist Church, Miami, died Nov. 17. He was 84. He served as chairman of the board of the Baptist Hospital of Miami, on the North American Mission Board and State Board of Missions 1977-80.

Lutz pastor, 70, dies at home Nov. 18

LUTZ (FBW)—James Springfield, 70, pastor of New Tampa Baptist Church in Lutz, died suddenly Nov. 18 at his home. He had served the congregation since 1995, when Palms Baptist Church and Livingston Avenue Baptist Church merged to form New Tampa Baptist Church. He had served 55 years in churches in Texas, Oklahoma and Florida.

Church purchases ‘promised land’

CANTONMENT(FBW)-First Baptist Church, Cantonment, recently celebrated the end of a 13-year pursuit of 10 acres of land. The congregation purchased the former ballpark, located across the street from the church, after two pastors led the members to claim their “promised land” in prayer.

Billy Graham returns to Los Angeles to hold crusade

PASADENA, Calif. (BP)—Nearly 55 years to the day after ending a Los Angeles crusade that launched evangelist Billy Graham onto the national scene, he was back in Hollywood preaching the same timeless Gospel of grace and redemption Nov. 18.

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