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Beloved wife of Pastor Jacques Dumornay dies

POMPANO BEACH (FBW)-Raymonde Dumornay, wife of Pastor Jacques Dumornay of First Haitian Baptist Church in Pompano Beach, died Jan. 22.

East Brent minister of music Marcus Greene, 58, dies

PENSACOLA (FBW)-Marcus (Marc) Greene, minister of music of East Brent Baptist Church in Pensacola, died suddenly Jan. 30. He was 58. Agraduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, he was a member of theFlorida Worship Choir and served Pensacola Baptist Association as music director.

House leader says casino bill ‘dead for this year’

TALLAHASSEE (NSF/FBW)—As the Legislature moves towards its half-way point in the 60-day session, a controversial bill to permit three “destination resort” casinos appears to be dead after failing to get a vote in a House committee Feb. 3.

Meanwhile, Bill Bunkley, president of Florida Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, surveyed other legislation pending before the Legislature in a Feb. 3 interview with Florida Baptist Witness.

Slots referenda approved in two counties while others set Nov. votes

TALLAHASSEE (NSF/FBW) – Voters in two north Florida counties approved measures Jan. 31 that may allow slot machine permits at pari-mutuel facilities in the counties.

Hialeah couple featured in week of prayer for North America

MIAMI (NAMB)—At a brawny 6 foot-6 inches and 255 lbs., 36-year-old Danny Egipciaco looks more like a linebacker for the Miami Dolphins than a North American Mission Board (NAMB) national missionary and church planter.

Danny and Karina Egipciaco are among five NAMB missionaries featured as part of the annual Week of Prayer for North American Missions, March 4-11, 2012, and Annie

Courageous’ ‘Snake King’ challenges men at Brooksville church

BROOKSVILLE (FBW)—Miami native Robert Amaya, known as Javier Martinez or the “Snake King,” in the movie “Courageous”—thrilled listeners at First Baptist Church of Brooksville Jan. 14 with real life anecdotes and snip­pets of his unforgettable experience—but reminded them that when production was finished he couldn’t wait to return home to live out his most cherished role, being a dad.

Although the role he played as a father in the movie brought him a screen family and a friendship with four police officers in Albany, Ga.—Amaya begins by telling a story about his 2-year-old daughter, Sophia, and his wife, Colleen. Amidst belly laughs, the overall message was poignant and stern: the world needs more courageous fathers.

Point of View: Komen hands abortionists a big victory

ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP)—Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the well-known and respected breast cancer charity, has been the subject of a serious game of political football. In the end, abortion supporters applied intense pressure and scored a big victory for their cause and a small monetary win for Planned Parenthood.

News broke Jan. 31 that Komen was ceasing grants to Planned Parenthood designated for breast-health related services. The grants totaled approximately $680,000. Komen officials insisted the decision to defund Planned Parenthood had to do with the fact the organization is currently under congressional investigation—and not with Planned Parenthood’s abortion services.

Point of View: Arminianism on election

“I do not believe in election,” the man said with anger.

The doctrine of election is a dividing point in the sometimes-heated discussion between Calvinists and Arminians. Calvinists affirm that God chose to save some individuals based on unconditional election. Arminians affirm that God chose to save individuals based on His foreknowledge of a faith response to Christ’s redemptive action.

Point of View: Dave Says

Dave Says is a column featuring the financial advice of nationally syndicated radio host Dave Ramsey, the Dave Says column is filled with timely, relevant questions and answers taken from actual calls on Ramsey's radio program, The Dave Ramsey Show.

Point of View: Yellow light: The Supremes and religious freedom

A recent Supreme Court decision is a victory for religious freedom. But we must remain vigilant.

A central concern of the Manhattan Declaration is the increasingly perilous state of religious liberty: scarcely a week goes by without yet another report about limitations on the right to practice our faith, at home as well as in the public square.

First Baptist Plant City to host State Evangelism Conference

PLANT CITY (FBC)—“Courageous” executive producer Michael Catt, retired Lt. General William Boykin, evangelist Junior Hill, and Pensacola Pastor Ted Traylor are among a slate of speakers at the 2012 State Evangelism Conference March 25-27 at First Baptist Church of Plant City.

Other keynotes include John Sullivan, executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention; Larry Wynn, vice president of the North American Mission Board’s evangelism group; and Danny Forshee, pastor of Great Hills Baptist Church in Austin, Texas.

JAX Pastors’ Conference promotes ‘conversations between generations,’ Trey Brunson says

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Pat Pennell belted out a hymn while her husband rubbed her tired shoulder. It was a long way to Florida from their small church in Eagle River, Alaska, and every minute at the 2012 Jacksonville Pastors’ Conference was worth it.

“It warms our hearts and our bodies,” Pennell said. “We are in a rough place and we needed to be here.”

T.D. Jakes says he has embraced doctrine of the Trinity

AURORA, Ill. (BP)—Bishop T.D. Jakes says he has moved away from a “Oneness” view of the Godhead to embrace an orthodox definition of the Trinity—and that some in the Oneness Pentecostal movement now consider him a heretic.

Jakes—long a controversial figure among evangelicals because of his past unwillingness to affirm the Trinity—stated his belief Jan. 27 at the second-annual Elephant Room (theelephantroom.com), an event that brings together Christian figures from different backgrounds for what organizers call “conversations you never thought you’d hear.” This year’s Elephant Room was held at Harvest Bible Chapel in Illinois and was simulcast to other locations nationwide.

Colossians 2:8-23: February 19—Center of my belief

Churches find themselves in turmoil over what kind of songs people prefer to sing. Older members often prefer traditional hymns of the faith. They spurn praise chores which the elderly call 7-11 songs, described as seven words repeated eleven times. As far as I can tell, God does not seem to care one way or the other as long as Jesus remains the focal point of worship. The church that loses sight of Him in the clamor for something new will soon find itself being a memorial to what used to be as it languishes in its own enthusiasm. Jesus must remain the drawing power of worship and the foundation of personal belief.

Colossians 3:5-10, 14-15, 17-21; 4:56: February 26—Center of my life

We have been studying the importance of the centrality of Christ in our lives. In setting up what is most important to us, we often say God first, family second and church third. We could work patriotism along with church because in times of national crisis, such as the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Americans notably have lined up at recruiting centers to volunteer to serve our country. Those issues aside for the moment, the daily experiences of life can impact on the way Christ can be squeezed out of center stage in our daily activities.

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