March 11, 2004 Print Edition

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Parental notice tops early legislative action

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)-A bill on parental notification of parents of minors seeking an abortion quickly rose to the top of the agenda during the opening week of the 2004 Florida Legislative Session which began March 2. The parental notice measure was only one indication of the legislature's intent to move legislation with haste.

Mohler urges 'authentic ministry' at 150th Anniversary celebration

DAYTONA BEACH (FBW) - Just as the evil spirits who encountered the Apostle Paul's ministry in Ephesus knew him, R. Albert Mohler Jr. challenged Florida Baptists March 1 at First Baptist Church, Daytona Beach, to make as one of their "chief ambitions" to be feared "in hell as public enemy number."

NYC native returns post-9/11 to start Ground Zero church

NEW YORK (NAMB)-Planting a new church is tough in any circumstances, but the stakes are even higher at Mosaic Manhattan-which meets in a school auditorium just two blocks north of Ground Zero. It's an area where evangelical churches traditionally have been near the bottom of most priority lists, and new churches particularly are viewed with skepticism until they have passed the test of time.


The doctrine of man, many believe, may be the most crucial doctrine of this age. Before a sense of evangelism and a measure of self discipline can evolve, the Christian believer must formulate a doctrine of man.

This is eighth in a series called the Doctrine of God.


It is an understatement to say that the consumption of alcohol is a serious problem for America's young people. While 21 is the legal drinking age across the country, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (NCASA) reports that persons under 21 drink 25 percent of the alcohol consumed in the U.S.


A light in the darkness provides comfort and encouragement for our lives. I received a phone call at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 18, that our daughter-in-law had been injured. Katherine was training her horse and the horse kicked her in the face. John, our son, informed me that her injuries were determined not to be life threatening but very critical. They were in Mobile, Ala., which is a considerable distance from Brandon. I knew that Karen and I needed to be with them and we left Brandon immediately.


Twenty years ago, Star Parker was a single mother living on welfare. She had been through four abortions and had a history of drug abuse, promiscuity, and burglary.


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.

Orlando's Primera Iglesia builds 'Kingdom Families'

ORLANDO (FBC)-It was family that brought George Rodriguez into Primera Iglesia Bautista-and a family atmosphere that made him stay.

Florida Baptist Convention Web site links to Kingdom Family resources

Jacksonville (FBC)-Statistics sadly reveal what is happening to the American family today.

Each day, more than 3,571 marriages end in divorce. More than 50 percent of the children enrolled in public schools live in single-parent homes. Of the nation's children who live apart from their biological fathers, 50 percent have never set foot in their fathers' homes.

Training Update

• Lake Yale to host Senior Adult Conclaves

• Interfaith conference to focus on the Nation of Islam, Jehovah's Witnesses and the occult

• Learn to develop church policies to prevent the abuse of minors

Alachua youth cruise to Bahamas to work with orphans

Alachua (FBW)-Alachua Baptist Church youth ministered in "two worlds" during a January mission retreat, according to minister to students Craig Naylor. They taught and played with youngsters in children's homes in Nassau, Bahamas, and also surveyed and prayed with passengers on the group's cruise ship.

Teaching nationals to use the Evange-Cube is focus of ministry trip to Africa

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)-Floridians recently introduced Zambian church leaders to a new tool in evangelism - the E-cube. Eddie McClelland and David Rice taught the African pastors to use the evangelism cubes, which were provided by the Evangelism Division of the Florida Baptist Convention.

High Court rules against Washington ministerial student

WASHINGTON (BP)-A state can single out a ministerial student for disqualification from its college scholarship program, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Feb. 25 in an opinion critics described as inconsistent with its recent decisions.

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