April 1, 2004 Print Edition

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Women mourn fallen martyrs at WMU event

KISSIMMEE (FBC)—A somber and serious mood prevailed as the stark reality of the implicit danger of serving on the world’s mission field was brought home to the annual meeting of the Florida Woman’s Missionary Union.

Resort missionary takes to the slopes in Tahoe’s ‘playground’

TAHOE CITY, Calif.—After more than two decades as a resort missionary in Lake Tahoe—known as “America’s Year-Round Playground”—Debbie Wohler remains as passionate as ever about her calling.

Positive outcome expected in Supreme Court Pledge case

WASHINGTON (BP)--At least some lawyers who support the reference to God in the Pledge of Allegiance left the March 24 oral arguments at the Supreme Court confident the justices will deliver an easy win for their side.

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Point-of-View

In the past few weeks, we have examined sin – defining it as failing to meet God’s standard or ideal. Sin is also an insincerity of mishandling God’s truth and rebelling against God. This week, we will conclude the Doctrine of Sin by looking at the consequence of sin and original sin.

Point-of-View

The years following World War II saw unprecedented progress in Western standards of living. The average American and Western European was wealthier and healthier than all but a handful of the people who had ever lived.

Point-of-View

Two days after President Bush called for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, Rosie O’Donnell announced her wedding plans on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Rosie said she finds the proposed amendment “immoral.” She added, “And you know, if civil disobedience is the way to go about change, then I think a lot of people will be going to San Francisco.” And that is exactly what Rosie did. She went to San Francisco where she “married” her girlfriend Kelli Carpenter, who Rosie refers to as her wife.

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.

Haines City pastor guides church through leadership transition

HAINES CITY (FBC)–Tom and Roberta White have seen many changes take place at First Baptist Church of Haines City in 37 years—a new location, a new name and especially a new attitude.

Florida drivers may ‘Choose Life’ license plate without paying switching fee

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)–Florida drivers, for a limited time, may switch to a Choose Life license plate by mail, and Choose Life, Inc., will pay the switching fee of $19.65. A driver does not have to wait until his renewal date to take advantage of the organization’s offer.

‘Telling the Story’ theme of annual WMU meeting

KISSIMMEE (FBC)—The Florida Woman’s Missionary Union’s (WMU) annual Celebration of Missions said “Happy 90th Birthday” to Girls in Action (GA) during the March 19-20 meeting at the First Baptist Church of Kissimmee.

Retirement center names new administrator

VERO BEACH (FBW)–Thomas McDaniel was recently named administrator of the Florida Baptist Retirement Center in Vero Beach. The 44-year old, award-winning facility is a ministry of Florida Baptist Financial Services, Inc.

Historical Vignette: ‘Don’t Give Up Cuba’

The present population of Cuba is about 11.2 million and 2.3 million of those live in Havana. The Republic of Cuba is 42,800 square miles and about the same size as the state of Tennessee. Standing on the beach at Key West Florida, Baptists are reminded that Cuba is only 90 miles away and close to the heart and ministry of every Florida Baptist Church.

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