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Jacksonville association seeks resignation of church with sex-offender preacher

JACKSONVILLE (FBW) – The Jacksonville Baptist Association is seeking the resignation of a member church after the congregation hired a convicted sex-offender to provide pulpit ministry in January.

The “pastoral staffing decision” of Christ Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Jacksonville has caused the association to initiate conversations with the congregation resulting in a “mutual understanding that it is necessary for CTMBC to leave” the association, according to a March 2 statement by JBA lead missional strategist Rick Wheeler and moderator David Tarkington.

Faith Riders ask for 3 minutes in Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH—Would you trade three minutes of your time for a chance to win a black 2012 Harley Davidson Road Glide motorcycle, gleaming seductively under a non-conspicuous tent?

That was the question posed to throngs of bike lovers ambling along Beach Street during the 2012 Bike Week in Daytona Beach March 10-17.

Mt. Dora church takes Jesus’ words to heart in Project Twenty 35

MOUNT DORA (FBW)—First Baptist Church in Mount Dora is reaping benefits of last fall’s Project Twenty 35, a money giveaway that “made no earthly sense,” according to Pastor Thomas Jamieson.

The project was named for Acts 20:35, in which Jesus is quoted as saying, “It is better to give than receive.” Jamieson, pastor since 2007, said the project’s purpose is two-fold—to meet financial needs in the community and the congregation, and to introduce tithing in a “soft-ball approach.”

Editorial: ‘Lord, Lord!’: Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and GCB

A recent controversy about President Barack Obama’s Christian faith, the presidential candidacy of Mormon Mitt Romney, and a new television show are reminders that Jesus may not know those who profess to know Him. Contrary to widely held convictions, it’s incumbent upon all true Christians to test our faith and examine the faith claims of others.

A new ABC television primetime soap, GCB, is an obvious example of false Christian profession. Indeed, the so-called Christians in the program are lampooned for their evil ways while cloaked in churchly activities and pious words.

Point of View: Something deadly this way comes— ‘after-birth abortion’

The debate over abortion comes down to one essential issue—the moral status of the unborn child. Those making the case for the legalization of abortion argue that the developing fetus lacks a moral status that would trump a woman’s desire to abort the child. Those arguing against abortion do so by making the opposite claim; that the unborn child, precisely because it is a developing human being, possesses a moral status by the very fact of its human existence that would clearly trump any rationale offered for its willful destruction.

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: Vending machine abortions: Missing the point

You’ve heard me talk almost non-stop over the last two weeks about this huge threat to religious liberty from this administration, requiring employers to provide contraception and abortion-inducing medication for their employers.

But what makes this fight all the more difficult is the culture-wide misunderstanding about what sex is about and what it’s for. For example, Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania made headlines recently when it was learned that students could buy a morning-after pill, known as Plan B, from a vending machine in the student health center.

Palmetto’s ‘As You Sow’ conference draws hundreds of potential volunteers for local & global missi

PALMETTO (FBW)—During a recent “As You Sow” Missions Conference at First Baptist Church in Palmetto hundreds of potential volunteers watched, listened and tasted the work of mission and community organizations. The March 3-4 event may have been the largest scale event in southwest Florida history to link volunteers to organizations, according to Pastor Phillip Hamm.

“I want my people to become missionaries, sharing the love of Christ. I have told them this since day one,” said Hamm, who has served the church 10 months. “We have to be like Jesus who healed and fed before He preached. We want to meet needs like Jesus would.”

ANNIE: Where it goes, what it does, and the difference it makes

While waiting in the checkout line, I examined the worn dollar bill in my hand. Someone had written “new in North Dakota” across the top. Since I was in Georgia, I began wondering where this dollar had been on its journey from North Dakota, and where it would go once I released it as a payment.

From the looks of some of the currency I’ve held, it’s obvious that their journeys have taken them on quite a few hearty adventures. In the same way, the money you place in the offering plate for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® for North American Missions is destined for a divine journey in service of God’s kingdom.

SBC Hispanic Advisory Council looks at cell groups & discipleship materials in first meeting

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)—The effectiveness of cell groups in reaching Hispanics, the need for quality discipleship materials in Spanish, and family pressures experienced by Hispanic believers were among the topics discussed at the first meeting of the Hispanic Advisory Council on the campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

Facilitated by co-chairman Bob Sena of Atlanta, members discussed with Executive Committee President Frank S. Page ways in which God is moving among the first generation immigrant and native-born American Hispanic communities they represent—Mexican, Cuban, European, South American, Central American and Caribbean.

Winter Haven native to lead NAMB’s God’s Plan for Sharing

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)—God’s Plan for Sharing (GPS), the North American Mission Board’s national evangelism initiative, has a new team leader, Ken Ellis.

“Ken is a strong leader and I am excited about this new role for him,” said Kevin Ezell, the mission board’s president. “NAMB’s commitment to GPS has never been stronger. In fact, our 2013 Find It Here New Testament distribution will put an additional $2.5 million in resources behind the GPS effort.”

Matthew 26:26-29, 36-39; 27:45-46, 50-54: April 1—Jesus died for our sins

About 1835 German biblical scholars began applying techniques to the Scriptures that would radically redefine what they believed to be the original writings. By studying grammar, the way words are used, ethics, and levels of doctrinal development, they put a blue pencil to passages not meeting their criteria. The result made a shambles of what remained. Evangelicals in the United States rallied to resist those assaults. Meeting at various places over a period of time, they arrived at nine non-negotiable fundamentals, later reduced to five. They are (1) biblical inerrancy, (2) the Virgin birth of Jesus, a proof of His Deity, (3) His substitutionary death on the cross for sin, (4) the resurrection of His physical body from death, and (5) His visible return at the end of the age. Wide latitude was allowed the way these were understood by various groups. In the next five sessions, we will study three of these fundamentals. In today’s almost casual approach to theology, we Baptists need to be able to understand, explain, and defend what we believe. This study concerns Christ’s substitutionary death for sin.

Matthew 27:62-66; 28:5-8; Luke 24:13-16, 32-33, 35: April 8—Jesus rose from the dead

Make no mistake about it. The entire Christian movement rests upon whether or not Jesus was raised from the dead. The Bible puts the issue this way: “Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, it so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is Christ not raised: ad if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins” (1 Cor. 15:15-17). He was not raised spiritually only, as some critics argue. Nor did he “swoon” on the cross, but did not die, as other detractors have argued. The Holy Spirit built an array of proofs that utterly destroy such non-sense. His physical body died on the cross, was buried and arose, gloriously and triumphantly, as we shall see.

Chick-fil A’s Christian ties agitate some colleges

BOSTON (BP)—Last week, the student senate at Northeastern University, in Boston, voted to end negotiations to bring fast-food chain Chick-fil-A to campus after students protested over the company’s affiliation with several Christian organizations the students say have an “anti-gay” agenda.

The Atlanta-based company, dogged for months by accusations of homophobia, insists it is “not anti-anybody” but instead simply wants to “graciously serve great food and have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.”

Books for collegians explore faith & scholarship

JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)—A new book series to help collegians integrate faith and scholarship will make its debut in April.

In Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition: A Guide for Students, published by Crossway, Union University President David S. Dockery and other Christian leaders aim to demonstrate that vibrant, world-changing Christianity is not anti-intellectual but assumes a long tradition of vigorous Christian thinking and a commitment to the integration of faith and scholarship.

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