April 21, 2005 Print Edition

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Florida churches celebrate senior adults

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Nursing home personnel and residents filed down a ramp leading to the cafeteria. Two men, with the help of nursing home personnel, led residents to their tables. Some smiled as they sat on their walkers while others shrunk into their wheelchairs as 40 voices sang a cappella.

Carpenter says cross ministry critical

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—To say that he carries his cross is an understatement. The fact is he dangles several small, wooden “mirror” crosses over his walker, distributing them—along with a hearty smile and the Good News—to all who are fortunate enough to cross paths with him.

Statewide baptisms see one percent increase in 2004

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Church never played a role in Tina Chick’s life while she was growing up in the blue grass of Kentucky. But when she and husband Mark were married, they yearned for something different for their family and made a commitment at his hometown church. “I joined thinking I’ll follow God, so I was baptized, but I never grew in my faith.”

Guest Editorial

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—If we are going to fulfill the challenge given to us by the resurrected Lord, we must commit to reaching Judea. This is not an option but a mandate. It is a mandate given to the local church. Thus, it is essential that each church think seriously about its strategy to reach Judea. You are probably beginning to suspect that you will need partners for such an ambitious goal. You are correct!

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Over the past couple of years, evangelicals have taken an increased interest in the environment. You may have read about some of the meetings that have been held recently in Washington. This is a good thing, because evangelicals have often forgotten that we have a stewardship responsibility for all of God's creation. That means the air we breathe, the water we drink, the wilderness areas we all enjoy. I applaud some of the evangelical leaders who have been pricking our consciences-and some who have been setting good examples by driving fuel-efficient vehicles.

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I can still hear my granny say, “Woe unto you doctors and lawyers.” Confusing Christ’s antagonists, the “doctors of the law” (Pharisees) with medical physicians and the “lawyers” (scribes) with modern-day barristers, granny turned our Lord’s “woes” upon Israel’s religious leaders into a divine denunciation of present-day “pill peddlers” and “pettifoggers.” Though granny reserved her scriptural-twisted anathema for the most uncaring physicians and unscrupulous attorneys, there’s still no justification for her misinterpretation and misuse of the words of the Master. Nevertheless, when I heard of Terri Schiavo’s death, granny’s words started ringing in my ears.

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It’s been said that good marriages have few surprises after the “I do’s.” As unromantic as it might sound, finances are a necessary facet for a strong marital relationship. What should a couple know about each other financially before saying “I do?”

Home from Iraq

The Nov. 11 issue of the Witness featured an article about a JAG (Judge Advocate General) officer, *Robert Brick, who served with the U.S. Navy in Iraq and has written letters home the Witness has periodically published. He wrote this just before his return from Iraq. *Name changed for security reasons.

BCF seeks retired ministers to reside in newly completed Shepherds’ Cottages

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville is celebrating the completion of the first four of its long awaited Shepherds’ Cottages by seeking the community’s first residents.

Seven of eight Florida same-sex marriage lawsuits withdrawn

ORLANDO (BP)-All but one of the lawsuits challenging Florida's ban on "gay marriage" have been withdrawn by homosexual activists, the pro-family legal group Liberty Counsel said April 7.

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