March 2, 2006 Print Edition

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Florida Focus

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Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

DECATUR, Ga. (NAMB)–Often discouraged and depressed, the two dozen men sitting in the church service reflect the scars, the struggles, the pain of hard lives on Atlanta’s infamous Memorial Drive. To Reginald Robbins, they are nothing less than God’s children, ready to be reclaimed and reborn.

NAMB honors BCM for student missions

PENSACOLA (FBC)–Ranked among the top ten colleges and universities mobilizing students to missions through the North American Mission Board, the University of West Florida’s Baptist Collegiate Ministry received a plaque Feb. 16 honoring a commitment to the Great Commission through student missions.

SBC Cooperative Program enters historic juncture

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Southern Baptist pastors and church members may be entering historic times in their stewardship and global outreach.

Point of View

The Southern Baptist Convention has more than 42,000 affiliated churches with a combined membership of 16 million. This makes the Southern Baptist Convention the largest Baptist organization in the world.

Point of View

Christians live in an age where there is a gap between “what is” and “what should be.” Unfortunately, we do not fully know what “what is” really is. We do not truly understand the health of our churches, the level of commitment of their members or the level of impact churches are having in their communities. As a result churches become inefficient in reaching the spiritually lost with the Gospel.

Point of View

As President Bush mentioned in his State of the Union address, human trafficking is one of the great evils of our age. Although the president concentrated on international trafficking in his speech, the sad truth is that trade in human beings is alive and well right here in the United States as well. Every year, thousands of people are brought here and forced into various kinds of slavery, including sexual slavery. This practice would be a disgrace to any nation, let alone a nation that stands for freedom and justice.

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Olive calls former NOBTS prof

PENSACOLA (FBW)–What began as a port after the storm for Leo Day and his family has become their permanent home. Pensacola’s Olive Baptist Church has called the former assistant professor of voice at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as minister of music.

Church ministry assistants increase skills through training

GRACEVILLE (BCF) – Church ministry assistants gathered Feb. 17 for the fourth annual Ministry Assistants Conference, held at The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville.

March one-day workshops in South Florida train Sunday School, small group leaders in hot topics

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Discover ways to strengthen Sunday School and small group ministries during a one-day South Florida Bible Study Summit to be held at two locations March 11.

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