February 6, 2003 Print Edition

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Space Coast Baptists honor Columbia seven

MERRITT ISLAND (FBW)—The seven bright lights from candles gracing an American flag draped over the grand piano on the platform of the First Baptist Church in Merritt Island Sunday pierced a fog of sadness as churchgoers grappled with the reality of the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy only the day before.

Ground combat chaplain readies for front lines

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (FBW)—The infantrymen of the 2nd battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment circled briskly just before sunset. Dropping their fully loaded packs to the ground, and laying down arms, many quickly reached for an inside pocket to draw out—a Bible.


Does your spiritual life sometimes seem more like a burden than a blessing? Does your spirituality seem to exhaust you as often as it refreshes you? Have your spiritual practices become "just another thing to do" in an already overcrowded, stress-filled schedule? If so, then you need to simplify your spiritual life.


Rarely in our history has a president had to address issues of such gravity as President Bush did in his remarkable State of the Union message. And rarely has any president shown such consistency of conviction. You could see, running through the entire message, a consistent ethic, a worldview respecting the dignity and sanctity of human life.


When we "integrated" our Explorer Scout troop in Daytona Beach in the fall of 1966, we did so without publicity, without media fanfare, and without opposition. It seemed pretty simple at the time: Two black friends from our high school wanted to join us in our scouting adventures, and we were happy to welcome them to the group.


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.

Indian Rocks ‘Coming of Age Celebration’ nudges seniors

LARGO (FBW)–Senior adults have not "arrived," but should continue serving the Lord.

That’s the message almost 100 senior adults heard at "A Coming of Age Celebration," Jan. 19-22 at Indian Rocks Baptist Church in Largo, said the church’s senior adult pastor Eddie C. Gandy.

Ft. Lauderdale gearing up for ‘Beachfest’

FT. LAUDERDALE (FBW)—More than 100,000 people are expected to participate in Luis Palau’s Beachfest evangelistic festival planned for Ft. Lauderdale Mar. 22-23.

Black leader calls ‘pastoring’ his springboard in life

GAINESVILLE (FBW)—At 82, Thomas A. Wright, pastor of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Gainesville since 1962, has no immediate plans to retire. His work for the Lord is not done in the church or in the community, he told Florida Baptist Witness.

Historical society solicits 2003 Heritage Award nominees

GRACEVILLE (FBW)—The Florida Baptist Historical Society seeks nominations for the 2003 Heritage Award.

PBAU taps Webb for communication slot

WEST PALM BEACH (FBW)—Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach announced the appointment of Joseph M. Webb as acting dean of the School of Communication and Media Jan. 17.

Training Update

Overcoming hurdles focus of South Florida Sunday School training

Evangelism training offered for Pensacola blitz

Ocala to host ‘Becoming Soul Mates’ seminar

Gary Chapman to hold marriage seminar in Panama City

Learn how to manage culture shock, witness effectively

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Packing for War

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (FBW)–Hundreds of Bibles, tracts, devotionals and religious materials are locked and loaded for delivery to Southwest Asia.

IMB asking missionaries to decide about Rankin’s year-old request

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)–An International Mission Board leader is contacting missionaries who have not yet promised to work in harmony with the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message as IMB President Jerry Rankin requested almost a year ago.

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