March 18, 2004 Print Edition

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Miami Kingdom Family conference draws multi-lingual crowd

MIAMI (FBW)-In an experimental multi-lingual, inter-generational event, Miami Baptists gathered for the first-ever Family Life Encounter March 5-6. The prototype of a Kingdom Family conference, held at First Baptist Church, Perrine, was designed to encourage hundreds of participants to "come home to the heart of God."

Missionaries leave comfort zones, share in rugged America

KIANA, Alaska-God first began working in John and Kim Piepmeier's lives through their local church. But it wasn't long before they were involved in full-time service close to home-and finally to a land that is about as close to "the ends of the earth" as anywhere.

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The doctrine of sin is a religious and a theological category. Sin is spoken of within a relative context. We cannot explain or define sin-it is irrational and illogical. There is no rationale for sin. There is no reason to commit sin.

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Have you ever thought about what life was like for your great-grandparents? If you really have, you'd agree with Gregg Easterbrook of the Brookings Institution that our great-grandparents would consider the world we live in today to be some kind of utopia.

Point-of-View

Like so many victims of violent crimes, Lisa Dyke and her son, Julius, were just at the wrong place at the wrong time.

On January 26, 1993, Lisa, age 18, was with Julius, babysitting at a friend's apartment in Wilton Manors (Broward County). Ronnie Keith Williams - a convicted knife-murderer, recently released because of prison overcrowding - came to the door looking for someone who wasn't there. Williams took out his displeasure on Lisa and Julius. He stabbed them a total of 18 times with a 15-inch knife. He also raped Lisa and repeatedly bit her.

Bibliocipher

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.

Deland volunteer gives real hope to New Hope Villas

Jacksonville (FBC)-Fern crops covered with black tarps line the state highway between Jennie Bowers' home and New Hope Villas, the government-built migrant housing in Seville.

150th Anniversary rallies move through South Florida

NAPLES (FBC/FBW)-A whirlwind of rallies in South Central and South Florida marked the beginning of the end of a month-long focus kicking off the 150th anniversary of the Florida Baptist State Convention.

State lawmakers stall on language in parental notification bill

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)-The Florida House of Representatives gave a tentative nod March 11 to a bill calling for an amendment that would enact legislation requiring parents to be notified if a minor seeks an abortion.

Terri Schiavo's parents lose second bid to intervene in court case

CLEARWATER (FBW) - A Florida state court March 12 denied a motion to intervene on behalf of Robert and Mary Schindler, the parents of Terri Schiavo, a brain-damaged woman at the center of a "right-to-die" debate.

Historical Vignette: FBSC Executive Secretaries

There have been nine men who have served the Florida Baptist Convention as executive secretary since that work was begun in 1880. These nine men made indelible impressions in leadership, service and ministry in the convention.

Lottie Moon missions offering projections hopeful

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--If initial projections hold, Southern Baptist giving to the 2003 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering will be up between 18 percent and 22 percent over 2002, International Mission Board President Jerry Rankin announced March 10.

Blackaby: As judgment looms, God's people hold the future

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)-With America on the verge of God's judgment, God's people hold America's future in their hands, Henry Blackaby said during Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's annual Church Music Workshop.

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