March 4, 2004 Print Edition

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SBC Pastors’ meeting: ‘Jesus Came Preaching’

PENSACOLA (FBW) - Ted Traylor is burdened about the need for biblical preaching in America’s pulpits. That burden drove his planning and preparation for this year’s Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference to be held in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Indianapolis.

President Bush backs constitutional marriage amendment

WASHINGTON (BP)–President Bush announced his support for a constitutional marriage amendment Feb. 24, saying that "activist" judges and local officials threaten to change the "most fundamental institution of civilization."

Point-of-View

For the past five weeks, we have examined the Doctrine of God–the central idea in religion–defining Him in terms of human life and experience. We have seen Him as Creator; His almighty power and ever present nature; His holy and righteous nature; and His love and His wrath. This week we will explore the definition and doctrine of the Trinity.

Point-of-View

In January, President Bush announced to the March for Life that he wants a comprehensive ban on human cloning. That’s what we’ve been saying here at BreakPoint since they first cloned Dolly the sheep. The House of Representatives has voted for a ban more than once. Unfortunately in the Senate the biotech industry and celebrities like Christopher Reeve have persuaded some key senators that they need to protect so-called "therapeutic cloning"–that is, the creation of millions of human embryos for medical experiments.

Point-of-View

"The Passion of The Christ" is a very Catholic movie, produced by a very Catholic Mel Gibson, and based upon a very Catholic book — The Dolorous Passion. The Dolorous Passion is a collection of the meditations of an 18th Century, mystic nun by the name of Anne Catherine Emmerich as she received direct revelation from the Virgin Mary.

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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.

Witness seeks dedicated journalist to fill writing/layout position

JACKSONVILLE (FBW) — Florida Baptist Witness is accepting resumes for an entry level position which will include reporting, layout and design responsibilities.

Lakeland bikers to Rumble Across Florida in March

LAKELAND (FBW)–The FAITH Riders Motorcycle Ministry of First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland hopes to institute a new bikers’ tradition in Florida. Long after Bike Week in Daytona has concluded, the FAITH Riders will be rumbling across Florida cities in a seven-day mission trip to six cities, March 21-27. The route will cover 1500 miles of Florida roads.

Children’s Homes conferences offer insight into children’s lives

LAKELAND (FBCH)-Florida Baptist Children’s Homes is extending an invitation to Florida Baptists to attend any of the seven Annual Dinner Conferences and Centennial Celebrations which the Homes will be conducting throughout the state in the coming weeks.

Acteens leaders are role models

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)–Four teenage girls devoted to Christian missions were chosen to represent Florida as "Acteens state advisory panelists," a group sponsored by the Southern Baptist Convention’s Women’s Missionary Union (WMU).

Annuity Board tax guide and survey available

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)–The SBC Annuity Board is offering two resources to assist Florida Baptist churches and their ministers in money matters.

Palm Beach Atlantic University installs sixth president

WEST PALM BEACH (PBAU)-Defining the University as a "dynamic synergism of faith and rigorous learning," David W. Clark took the formal oath of office as Palm Beach Atlantic University’s sixth president Feb. 26 during an installation ceremony, the centerpiece of a week-long celebration titled "Faithfully in Christ."

Liberian church opens arms, hearts to refugees from Africa

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)–A lean, suited man stood to read a scripture. His wife, dressed in traditional African garb, was seated behind him. Her quiet demeanor displayed her slight reservations at the unfamiliar gathering. They were safe now–physically and spiritually.

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