February 19, 2004 Print Edition

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‘Passion’ stirs hearts of Florida pastors

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)–Scores of Florida Baptist churches are aggressively promoting Mel Gibson’s "The Passion of The Christ" as an evangelism opportunity. Some have invested in bulk mailings promoting the film, some are renting movie theaters for showings, and others are hearing month-long sermon series using the movie and Gibson’s appeal to attract the unchurched.

‘Cause for rejoicing’: SBC missionaries see 500,000 baptisms

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)–Southern Baptist missionaries witnessed double-digit increases in eight of their 13 categories of work in 2003, including for the first time more than 500,000 baptisms, trustees of the International Mission Board were told Feb. 3 in Richmond, Va.

150th Anniversary celebration bridges generations in Madison County

MADISON, FL (FBC)–Florida Baptists returned home to Madison County to launch a year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Florida Baptist State Convention.


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During the past several weeks, we have been examining the doctrine of God. We have defined God as Creator and looked at his character as omnipotent and omnipresent. This week we will explore the holiness and righteousness of God.


In the past few weeks, the issue of religion and politics has occupied center stage in the presidential campaign. When one person isn’t predicting the outcome based on what he claims God personally told him, another person is insisting that, appearances notwithstanding, he is a Christian.


A few weeks ago, I received an invitation to a premiere showing of Mel Gibson’s new movie "The Passion of The Christ" in Chicago. I watched this much talked about movie. Mel Gibson was also there for a time of questions and answers.

It’s all about people at Pensacola’s Myrtle Grove

PENSACOLA (FBC)–At Pensacola’s Myrtle Grove Baptist Church, it’s all about people and changed lives.

Soldier killed in Iraq is Lake County pastor’s son

MASCOTTE (FBW) - Army Specialist Eric Ulysses Ramirez, son of Lake County pastor Felix Ramirez, was killed Feb. 12 in an ambush west of Baghdad, Iraq. He was 31. Ramirez, who grew up in Mount Dora, died of multiple wounds he received near the Abu Ghraib Prison, when attackers fired rocket-propelled grenades, explosive devices and small arms at his California National Guard unit, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

BodyLife mentors bolster Belleview leaders for ministry

BELLEVIEW (FBC)–John Long once "dreaded" Wednesday nights. Providing leaders for age-group mission activities at First Baptist Church of Belleview was a constant challenge.

Historical Vignette: Nine Florida governors were Baptists

At least nine Florida governors were Baptists at some point in their life. Some came from a long line of Baptist families and others chose their denomination later in life. These nine are listed in more than one source and it is possible there are others. Their names, terms in office, and some major accomplishments may encourage more research on their life and work.


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.

Man buys 6,000 ‘Passion’ tickets to give away

PLANO, Texas (BP)–Perhaps no one person aside from Mel Gibson himself has made a more noteworthy effort to promote "The Passion of The Christ" than a Texas man who purchased 6,000 tickets to the film and gave them away to the community.

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