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RICHMOND, Va. (IMB)Gifts to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering place Southern Baptists in strategic positions worldwide.
FORT LAUDERDALE (FBW)Portraying Jesus can be a huge responsibility.
Both on and off stage, 37-year-old Les Chevelydayoff knows the routine. Being watched in the grocery store, at the movies, or while hes getting gas is all part of the experience of playing "Jesus" in the annual Christmas Pageant at First Baptist Church Fort Lauderdale.
WASHINGTON (BP)Saudi Arabia exports an intolerant, violence-producing form of Islam to other countries, including the United States, witnesses told the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
WASHINGTON (BP)It is not as if the ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court permitting the "marriage" of same-sex couples came as a surprise. If Massachusetts doesnt care about the sexual practices of some of its politicians, why should it care about what some of its lesser citizens do?
Whatever happened to Christmas?
You may think the above question is unusual? "Christmas is still here," someone might say. "I received in the mail advertisements for Christmas sales. I have seen TV commercials for upcoming Christmas specials. On the radio, they are playing Christmas music. At work, we will be having our annual Christmas party. And everywhere I walk or shop I see Christmas decorations. So how can you ask, Whatever happened to Christmas?"
Early one morning, several years ago, I was praying in a church sanctuary with a missionary when he began to cry.
We had been interceding for the few believers and millions of lost souls among the people group the missionary serves in Central Asia. Suddenly he was quietly weeping, pleading with God for the salvation of this people. I opened one eye and saw the tears on his cheeks. They glinted in the dawn light filtering through the sanctuary windows.
Forty years ago, November 22, 1963, a paralyzed world watched the horror of John F. Kennedys assassination, a dark day in American history many of us remember. That same day two other notable personalities quietly breathed their last and exited the world almost without notice.
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.
TIKRIT, Iraq (FBW)-A Florida Baptist Army National Guard chaplain was honored Nov. 10 by Florida chaplains at their annual conference in Tampa. Assigned to the 64th Corps Support Group, 13th Corps Support Command, Major Jerald Jacobs was deployed to Iraq in March 2003.
CLEARWATER (FBW)In two actions a Florida attorney calls an attempt to "short circuit the judicial process," a lawyer for Michael Schiavo asked a judge Nov. 25 to prevent Gov. Jeb Bush from deposing witnesses in the case and to by-pass court procedure in order to rule on the case himself.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (BP)The "crossroads of the world," as pastor Ray Parascando describes New York City, is "a great place to do cross-cultural evangelism."
Parascando is pastor of Crossroads Church, one of only three Southern Baptist churches on Staten Island, which accounts for half a million people amid a metro region of more than 21 million.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (BP)A 1997 shift in missions strategy has more than doubled the number of people groups hearing the Gospel and jump-started explosive church growth in as many as 49 places around the world, trustees of the Southern Baptist International Mission Board learned during a Nov. 10-12 meeting in Lexington, Ky.
The trustees also responded to recent criticism of board leadership and strategy; adopted a trimmed-back $258.9 million basic budget for 2004; and elected a new executive vice president.
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (BP)It would be hard to imagine a time that Maher hasnt smiled. Though short in stature, the Madian-born Iraqi lights up a room, whether its at the hospital where he helps translate for Iraqi patients, or in his church which has now held services for 10 weeks in a row.