February 27, 2003 Print Edition

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Panel hears testimony on video lotteries

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)-As legislators prepare to begin a new session in the midst of tough economic conditions and tight budget constraints, the House Subcommittee on Gaming & Pari-mutuels heard testimony Feb. 18 on a proposal to expand gambling in Florida as a means of generating new revenue.

Annie Armstrong offering goal set at $53 million

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)-More than 8.5 million pieces of promotional materials being received by churches in January and February signals a change of season in many Southern Baptist churches - the season of North American missions. Through the March 2-7 Week of Prayer for North American Missions and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, Southern Baptists will undergird domestic missions efforts through prayer and financial support.

Navy chaplain says quiet time challenges sailors at sea

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)-On a cramped ship out at sea, where an intercom dictates what sailors are to do 24-hours a day, finding the peace of mind to pray, study and focus on the things of God might present a challenge.

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Recently I listened to a group of Christians talking about the "American empire." War with Iraq, they said cheerfully, will secure that empire and is part of our ordained role to secure peace in the world.


Africa is the continent that has suffered the blunt force of the AIDS pandemic. Hardest hit with disease are the women and children of Africa. Finally, the "compassionate conservatism" of President George Bush will lead the international community in funding initiatives which hopefully will bring relief to all in the continent who suffer from AIDS.


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.

Provided by Charles Marx

CROSS ROAD's Spring theme: 'Plant, Water, Grow'

JACKSONVILLE (FBC) - From divine encounters in coffee shops to worship services in movie theatres, church planters across the state of Florida are shaking up their cities for Christ.

Witness connects missionary to Florida death row prisoner

RAIFORD (FBW)-It took only a few minutes for Dan Minnich, missionary to Taiwan, to make arrangements to fly back to the states for furlough-it took him two months to arrange a visit to a death row inmate at a maximum security prison in Raiford.

Training Update

- Overcoming hurdles focus of South Florida Sunday School training - Learn how to manage culture shock, witness effectively - Studies on Islam, Judaism, Occultism and Apologetics featured at conferences - Building a life-changing men's ministry - Women encouraged to 'Walk in Love' at Celebration of Missions

Area conferences set for Children's Homes

LAKELAND (FBHC)-Florida Baptist Children's Homes is extending an invitation to Florida Baptists to attend any of the seven Annual Dinner Conferences which the Homes will be conducting throughout the state in the coming weeks.

Legislator urges prayer, action from fellow Baptists

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)-Although some of his fellow legislators poke fun at the idea of a Baptist layman as chairman of the House Subcommittee on Gaming and Pari-mutuels, Rep. Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala) takes very seriously the assignment from House Speaker Johnnie Byrd (R-Plant City).

Brazilian finds international ministry at Ala. Seaport

MOBILE, Ala.-The International Seamen's Center buzzes with activity when ships are in port. One group might be gathered around the big-screen TV watching a soccer game - or playing on the field outside. Others might be gathering for a ride to the local Wal-Mart, while still others chat over refreshments with local volunteers. But for Aias De Souza, director of the center, the focal point of the evening comes as everyone is asked to gather in the chapel.

AAEO 2003 Budget

The North American Mission Board has strategically determined that the receipts to the 2003 AAEO will fund the mission endeavors as follows:

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