March 20, 2003 Print Edition

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Native Americans witness on Indian lands

OMAHA, Neb.-Alpha Goombi wanted to be the first Native American actress to win an Academy Award. Ron Goombi wanted to be a successful businessman.

South Florida Sunday School conference draws leaders

HOLLYWOOD (FBC)-Bible study and starting new churches are the two greatest strategies in the book of Acts to change the world, John Sullivan told 765 Sunday School leaders during the annual South Florida Sunday School Convention March 8 at Sheridan Hills Baptist Church in Hollywood.

Soldiers seek Christ in crisis

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)-Southern Baptist military chaplains in the Middle East are reporting a swell of spiritual interest among troops preparing for war - including capacity crowds at chapel services and numerous professions of faith.


In recent days religious leaders and organizations have expressed opposition to a pre-emptive strike on Iraq by citing the example of Jesus. What I often find amazing is the abject biblical ignorance of religious spokespersons who come across as Bible-thumping opponents to war. Many are guilty of misrepresenting Jesus as a pacifist, using the phrase "What Would Jesus Do?" as a sentimental pretext for their anti-war argument.

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This past week, you were introduced to the key concepts related to sovereignty and the free will of man. Both of those terms were defined. This week will examine antinomy and revelation. As you explore these definitions, you get a fuller understanding of God's sovereign nature and man's free will.


I've spoken before and written op-ed pieces of the dangers of radical Islam in America's prisons and how prisons are a prime breeding ground for future terrorists. When I do this, invariably I get letters accusing me of being inflammatory and too harsh on Islam. Well, sad to say, these warnings were confirmed in a recent article in The Wall Street Journal.


The Baptist Faith and Message speaks of baptism and the Lord's Supper as ordinances. As we consider Article 7 on the Lord's Supper, we do well to begin by asking what is an ordinance? Why do Christians celebrate and perform these-and only these-two ceremonies?


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.

Chapman says couples must 'diligently guard unity'

PANAMA CITY (FBW)-Best-selling author Gary Chapman said the relationship between a husband and wife should mirror the relationship between God the Father and Jesus Christ. His comments came during a "Towards a Growing Marriage" Conference seminar at Hiland Park Baptist Church in Panama City Feb. 28-March 1.

Southwest Florida church catches global missions vision

NORTH PORT (FBW)-The pastor of South Biscayne Baptist Church in North Port has what he calls an "outrageous" goal for his congregation.

Missionary points to Christ to reach Muslims

NORTH PORT (FBW)-Celebrations like the one at South Biscayne Baptist Church March 5-9 provide motivation for Roger Jones*, a missionary serving in a predominantly Muslim Central Asian country where he said "God's been robbed of His glory."

Orange Blossom DOM Holley retires after 19 years

AVON PARK (FBW)-About 200 people honored Ronald L. Holley during a reception at First Baptist Church in Avon Park March 1. Holley served as the director of missions for Orange Blossom Baptist Association for 19 years and retired for medical reasons. Vernon Harkey, pastor of First Baptist Church in Avon Park, and acting DOM for Orange Blossom, presented Holley with a plaque of appreciation from the association.

Coats, computers donated to West Virginia pastors

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)-Last January, West Virginia pastors received 20 men's jackets and 23 computers thanks to the Florida Baptist Convention, the Greater Orlando Baptist Association and Jim Tatum's Men's Store in Jacksonville.

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