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JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—In times of uncertainty, desperate needs and looming disasters, Florida Baptists must turn to God for comfort, strength and hope, said a state spiritual awakening specialist.
There is no better time to “share the hope found in Christ and reliance on God the Father than at the start of a new year,” said Rick Shepherd, strategist for the Florida Baptist Convention’s Prayer and Spiritual Awakening Team.
Don’t believe everything you read. In the age of the Internet and email this maxim has never been truer.
A few weeks ago, I received an email from a friend. The subject line read: “Is this legit? … Pastor Removal from TV.” My friend was skeptical for good reason. I immediately recognized the bogus claims—although revised from earlier iterations—as the notorious FCC Petition Number 2493 that has been around for decades. Indeed, this hoax has been in circulation since 1975—and it won’t die!
JACKSONVILLE (BP)—Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said Nov. 14 that former Penn State Coach Joe Paterno’s name would be removed from the conference’s championship trophy.
There are no magic formulas for the Christian life or its spiritual disciplines. Take prayer for instance, the scriptural formula for prayer is quite simple. We are to simply “pray in the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:18). In other words, we are to pray as God burdens us to pray, we are to pray as the still, small voice of the Spirit instructs us to pray, and we are to pray with whatever spirit of prayer and supplication we are graciously granted.
The salt and pepper pilgrims on my dining room table had a short shelf life this year. Thankfully, the spirit of Thanksgiving they were meant to represent lasts all year long.
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.
The Department of Health & Human Services recently cut funding to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ campaign against human trafficking. Not because the campaign wasn’t helping the victims of sex trafficking. It was.
It is always special to us when the day we celebrate as our Lord’s birthday comes on Sunday. Whatever else Christmas stands for, it is preeminently associated with giving and receiving gifts in recognition of the gifts the magi brought to Jesus to celebrate His birth. We help perpetuate that event by emphasizing children during the Christmas season, especially on Christmas day, in spite of the mythical Santa Claus and his helpers. Truth usually has to make its impact in spite of circumstances. In that vein of thought, let’s view and celebrate the day of our Lord’s birth by featuring biblical elements with which God the Father stamped His imprint on history.
Most of us can probably identify with the sentiment of the wag who observed that most of what he liked was either illegal, immoral, or fattening. We live in a society in which food companies have mastered the art of marketing their products. Sex sells. I remember the chapel speaker who lamented the fact that the manufacturer of a monkey wrench used a scantily clad woman to advertise it. After the service I mentioned to him that it was the only time I had heard that product mentioned in the pulpit. What are we to do?
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Four Christian groups at Vanderbilt University soon could be kicked off campus as school administrators quietly adopt a policy that prohibits student organizations from holding members or leaders to any standard of belief or behavior.
Representatives from Christian Legal Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Graduate Christian Fellowship and Beta Upsilon Chi are negotiating with school officials in hopes of persuading them to reverse their decision. But Jim Lundgren, director of collegiate ministries for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, said they are preparing for the likelihood of becoming “third-class citizens” at Vanderbilt: “We all see the handwriting on the wall.”