February 26, 2004 Print Edition

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Pastor proclaims ‘Gloria de Dios’ while mourning son

MASCOTTE (FBW) — Pastor Felix Ramirez honored his fallen son, a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq this month, in the way he knew best. He officiated at the funeral, led the procession of mourners from a white hearse to a rotunda at the cemetery, and, finally, sprinkled soil into an open grave, praying and reciting Scripture.

Welch to be nominated for SBC president

WOODSTOCK, Ga. (BP)–Bobby Welch, pastor of First Baptist Church in Daytona Beach, Fla., will be nominated as president of the Southern Baptist Convention during the June 15-16 annual meeting in Indianapolis.

Miami NAMB missionaries minister to internationals

MIAMI (NAMB)–To say Michael Daily likes a challenge would be an understatement.

Ministering in the midst of disaster has almost become routine for the Missouri native, a North American missionary who has served as director of church and community ministries with the Miami Baptist Association for the past 17 years.

SBC president proposes changing convention’s name

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Southern Baptist Convention President Jack Graham has called for a new name for the denomination and will appoint a committee to study the idea.

Graham weighs in on culture, BWA, chaplains

MADISON (FBW)-Characterizing his two years in office as a "battle for the life of the souls of humanity," Southern Baptist Convention president Jack Graham said the opportunity for Southern Baptists to impact the world has never been greater.


To understand the Doctrine of God, one must examine His love and wrath. God’s love and wrath are different sides of the same coin. His wrath is one aspect of his divine love. Those who reject His love experience God’s wrath.


This time of year has traditionally been a very special one in Southern Baptist life as we focus on the mission of reaching North America for Christ and we celebrate the missionaries who are ministering in the spiritual outposts of our homeland. It’s also a time to lift up the needs of the mission to reach North America.


The biblical admonition of 2 Timothy 2:2 calls for us to stand firm in the faith. Paul writes, "And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also." Your beliefs determine your behavior. It is important that you understand what you believe and why you believe these truths. The stewardship of teaching and transferring the truth from generation to generation remains the responsibility of the church. The invading of contemporary culture with biblical truth is the challenge for our churches.


The ancient rabbinic text is clear about the punishment for those who twisted sacred law and misled the people of Israel.


"The Passion of the Christ" is not your average passion play, although it covers the time period from the Garden of Gethsemane to the Resurrection. Going beyond most passion plays, it highlights in stark, dark, intense terms the spiritual warfare raging around Jesus Christ during His Passion in a concrete way.


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.

New Florida churches

According to a report released by the Florida Baptist Convention’s Church Planting Department, Florida Baptists started 13 new churches in January 2004.

Vines says denominations are ‘implicitly’ scriptural

ORANGE PARK (FBC)-Speaking at a Jacksonville-area rally, Jerry Vines, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, declared, "Some things we can do better together than we can do separately. We want to win this whole city to Jesus Christ.

Wild game feasts reach unchurched hunters, friends

CALLAHAN (FBW)-Several Florida churches have capitalized on their members’ love of hunting and fishing to attract sportsmen to church events where hunting and fishing tales are mixed with Gospel presentations. First Baptist Church, Callahan, and Green Pond Baptist Church, Polk City, recently hosted crowds of hunting enthusiasts, while other Florida churches plan to host similar events this year.

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