March 6, 2003 Print Edition

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Vines speaks out against NBC news report

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)-Jerry Vines, pastor of First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, broke eight months of silence to speak out against a new media attack portraying remarks he made in St. Louis last June as "preaching hate" against Muslims.

Blackaby leads Miami conference

MIAMI (FBW)-A student leadership conference at the University of Miami was the first event in a three-day Spiritual Leadership Conference featuring father and son duo Henry and Richard Blackaby, Feb. 6-8 in the Miami-Dade area.

250 business, political leaders pack Miami luncheon

MIAMI (FBW)-Well-known speaker and writer Henry Blackaby spoke to 250 community leaders about "Ethics in the Business and Political Arenas" Feb. 7 in Miami at the Radisson Mart Plaza Hotel. Blackaby is the founder of Atlanta-based Henry Blackaby Ministries. His appearance marked the second day of a three day Spiritual Leadership Conference in Miami.

Blackaby pastors' conference in English, Spanish

MIAMI (FBW)-Not mincing words, popular speaker and writer Henry Blackaby delivered a powerful message to pastors gathered for breakfast at West Flagler Park Baptist Church in Miami Feb. 7.

NAMB missionary sparks interest in Southeast Arizona

TOMBSTONE, Ariz.-About seven blocks east of the infamous OK Corral stands a small white building that for most passers-by would barely merit a passing glance. But for Tommy and Elizabeth Stevens the building-which once housed a church-is a symbol of God's miraculous provision.


As current events raise the specter of war in our world, it is essential for us as Christians to pray for our leaders and our military forces throughout the world. We must take to heart the Apostle Paul's admonition to "Pray without ceasing" (1 Thessalonians 5:17) for God's guidance in this troubling time for our country and our world.


On my maiden voyage to Cuba, I came away with a sense of great hope and encouragement. Every worship service and Baptist gathering was filled with gifted young people. They sang, played instruments, prayed and gave testimonies. Of all that happened in my Cuban experience, I was most amazed at their zeal.


Recently, we saw a series of diplomatic maneuvers and disputes that threaten to alter America's relationship to NATO permanently. Germany, France, and Belgium vetoed a proposal to defend Turkey in the case of an Iraqi attack.


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.

Gingerbread promotes abstinence at U. of West Florida

PENSACOLA (FBC)-Pensacola Baptist students supplied a strong response to the University of West Florida's Love Fest, an annual event designed to promote so-called "safe sex" among college students Feb. 13. While other organizations were distributing free condoms, Baptist Campus Ministry students, in stark contrast, promoted their theme, "Party with your pants on-Save sex 'til marriage."

Leesburg church offers practical hands-on leadership courses

LEESBURG (FBC) - Combining practical hands-on ministry with classroom lecture, First Baptist Church of Leesburg is offering an inside look at its more than 50 ongoing ministries through three week-long sessions in 2003. Although designed for pastors and church staff, First Baptist will work with three Southern Baptist Convention seminaries to offer Continuing Education Units (CEU's) for interested participants.

Florida Briefs

BCF ensembles to perform 'Swing the Wondrous Story' April 17

FBCH Mother's Day video, poster earn advertising group's awards

Training Update

Building a life-changing men's ministry
Training offered on supervising missions volunteers
Women encouraged to 'Walk in Love' at Celebration of Missions
Overcoming hurdles focus of South Florida Sunday School training

Former Florida DOM is National Guard chaplain in Middle East

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)-Eduardo Docampo was looking for more direct ministry and evangelism opportunities beyond his role as a denominational servant 12 years ago when he signed on as a chaplain with the Georgia National Guard.

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