February 3, 2005 Print Edition

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Schiavo never had appropriate legal representation, court told

CLEARWATER (FBW)--Urging the court to not rush into a life-and-death situation at the hands of an “overzealous” attorney, a lawyer for Terri Schiavo’s family argued Jan. 28 that she has never been given her constitutional right to an independent attorney, something that should happen before she is literally starved to death by a court order.

State leaders allocate funds, promote marriage

LEESBURG (FBC)–The distribution of $1.37 million in 2004 Cooperative Program budget overages, adoption of a $1,358,000 goal for the 2005 Maguire State Mission Offering and election of a new associate director in the Partnership Missions Department were among the business conducted by the State Board of Missions Jan. 28 at Lake Yale Conference Center.

Florida doctors, nurses aid tsunami survivors in Indonesia

BANDA ACEH (FBW) – “My heart is deeply moved by your compassion for my people” said a community leader in the Aceh province of Indonesia to a group doctors and nurses serving as Florida Baptist volunteers to this tsunami-stricken region of Asia. The group of eight doctors and nurses, sponsored by Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola and organized with only three weeks of preparation time, traveled to this Muslim region on Jan. 15 for 12 days of fruitful ministry. The team was composed of Olive members and others from local churches.

President Bush: History says pro-life movement will prevail

WASHINGTON (BP)—President Bush told tens of thousands of Americans gathered for the annual March for Life Jan. 24 that based on history, the pro-life movement will succeed.

Daytona Speedway Super Bowl tailgate party planned

DAYTONA (FBW)—On Super Bowl Sunday, Daytona Speedway and Halifax Baptist Association are “pulling out all the stops to attract fans,” according to Dennis Belz, director of missions. Racing fans may enjoy not only the Rolex 24-Hour Race, but also a Super Bowl tailgate party sponsored by area Baptist churches after the race.

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Point of View

This is the second in a two-part series on the Doctrine of the Second Coming, a fundamental doctrine for the Christian. In last week’s issue, we defined the four categories of interpretation of the last things and many of the terms used when discussing the Second Coming.

Point of View

They are called accidents for a reason. You usually can’t anticipate or control how, why or when they will happen. But you can prepare for the aftermath of an accident by making sure you have adequate insurance coverage.

Point of View

A recent report commissioned by California congressman Henry Waxman (D) casts doubt on the effectiveness of abstinence-only programs. At least, that’s the story promoted by Waxman’s office and by many in the media. Waxman’s researchers found errors in several abstinence-only curricula—for instance, a statement that AIDS can be spread through sweat or tears, and that each parent contributes 24 chromosomes to a child rather than 23.

Florida Baptists give record $39.6 million in CP receipts

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—In a year when four hurricanes ripped through the state, damaging 200-plus church buildings and the homes and businesses of church members, Florida Baptists gave more money through the Cooperative Program in 2004 than any other year in their history.

State Collegiate Retreat, ‘Your First Love,’ at Lake Yale Feb. 25-27

Students from universities across Florida will gather at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center, Feb. 25-27 for a weekend of spiritual restoration and recreational activities. The 2005 State Collegiate Retreat is open to church college groups, students involved in Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM) and college-aged individuals interested in attending.

NOBTS sponsors Preview Weekend Feb. 24-26 for prospective students

NEW ORLEANS—The New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary student enlistment office will sponsor a Preview Weekend for prospective seminary students on February 24-26 (Thursday-Saturday).

Parenting skills that build stronger families subject of March 5 conference

Learn how to build stronger families at a one-day parenting conference held at Hiland Park Baptist Church, Panama City, March 5. The conference, based on the book Building Strong Parents in Stressful Times, will feature author John Trent, president of Strong Families, a ministry committed to strengthening marriage and family relationships.

PBAU alum host reception for Women of Faith tour Feb. 25 in West Palm Beach

WEST PALM BEACH (PBAU)—Palm Beach Atlantic University Alumni Association will host a special book signing and reception with Jennifer Jolly Rothschild, an author, speaker and recording artist. Rothschild, who graduated from PBAU in 1986, will join the Women of Faith Tour, the nation’s largest conference ministry for women, in Fort Lauderdale’s Office Depot Center Feb. 24-26.

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