February 24, 2005 Print Edition

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Collegiate ministry defines success: OBEDIENCE

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (NAMB)—Jonathan Pettigrew doesn’t remember anything about his 100-foot fall down a Colorado mountain in December 2002.

Pompano Brazilian church hosts state execs, editors

FORT LAUDERDALE (BR)—Florida Baptists hosted the annual gathering of state Baptist executives and editors meeting in Fort Lauderdale Feb. 15-18.

Guest Editorial

God gives good press to doctrine. But surveys of evangelicals usually do not—until recently. In God’s book, knowing his Son and believing true things about Him is liberty. “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). God’s self-revelation in the Bible is not a wax nose. Paul calls it “the standard of teaching to which you were committed” (Rom. 6:17). It’s a standard, a yardstick, a pattern. You measure truth by it. Elsewhere he calls it “the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27), and the “pattern of the soundwords” and “the good deposit entrusted to you” (2 Tim. 1:13-14). It does not change. Our everlasting salvation is determined by whether we believe it: “Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son” (2 John 1:9). Depart from the doctrine, and you depart from Christ. Or, better, keep watch over your doctrine and “you will save ... yourself” (1 Tim. 4:16).

Point of View

A young mother beams with determination as she drags her daughter’s frail body through an inflatable obstacle course. Setting the grinning child back into a junior-sized wheelchair to tie her tennis shoes, the mom explains the child was born early and has cerebral palsy. At eight, she cannot walk or talk—she just smiles.

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While most Americans will do almost anything to avoid jury duty, 250 prospective jurors in California are hoping that they will be selected. I’m talking about the prospective jurors in the Michael Jackson case. For the lucky twelve, “serving” in this year’s “trial of the century” is like hitting the lottery.

Point of View

Everywhere you turn somebody is telling you to eat better and exercise regularly. We all know these things can help keep our bodies healthy and prevent all types of illnesses, but have you ever wondered how you can keep your mind healthy?

Point of View

EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) – Does God still perform miracles? Ask missionary Bertha Smith. During her early days in China, she settled in the only place she could find in the village of Tsining – an ox stall in a villager’s barn.

Floridian selected to Acteen panel

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WMU)—Allison Henderson is a shining example of how God is developing dynamic and emerging leaders through Acteens, in addition to nurturing a missions lifestyle.

New churches join Florida Baptist Convention

According to a report released by the Florida Baptist Convention’s Church Planting Department, Florida Baptists started 11 new churches in January 2005.

Arcadia couple buoyed by church family, stranger

Arcadia (FBW)—Charles and Marilyn Ranger moved from Chicago to Arcadia in 1972 for Florida’s warm weather, and 32 years later, Florida weather took their home. They now tell anyone who will listen about a Heavenly Father Who provided what they needed after Hurricane Charley, through a loving church family and a stranger’s generosity.

LifeWay’s new strategic marketing director has ties to Florida

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (LWCR)—Harold Pinto brings more than 25 years of marketing experience to his newly-created position as strategic marketing director in the church resources division of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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