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BALTIMORE, Md (NAMB)—College freshman Shemaiah Strickland suffered with horrible nightmares when she first came to Morgan State University in Baltimore.
Adjusting to being away from her home in Atlanta for the first time, she said she just wanted to belong. Strickland attended a university organization fair and met Southern Baptist missionary Vickie Stewart, who was staffing a booth with fellow campus chaplains for The University Memorial Chapel.
TALLAHASSEE (FBW/NSF)—As the Legislature enters a limited work period the week of April 18 due to the Passover/Easter holidays, Florida Baptist Convention legislative consultant Bill Bunkley sees a possibly “record-setting year” for pro-life legislation and concerns for gambling measures.
The 2011 legislative session has been among the busiest of Bunkley’s 16-year lobbying career, he told Florida Baptist Witness April 16, a “byproduct” of strong conservative majorities in both the Florida House of Representatives and Senate.
The resurrection of Jesus from the dead serves as the central affirmation of the Christian faith. The Apostle Paul recognized that the Christian faith stands or falls on the truthfulness of the resurrection of Jesus (1 Cor. 15:12-19). A denial of the resurrection undercuts the uniqueness of Jesus and the power of the Gospel message of salvation alone through the person and work of Jesus.
PIERREFONDS, Quebec (NAMB)—In describing the spiritual condition of the people of Quebec, where he has been overseeing church planting since January 2009, North American Mission Board (NAMB) church planter Jacques Avakian calls to mind the boat crew in the story of Jonah.
A debate is raging in Congress about the federal government’s role in funding Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). It’s a debate that should be had, the result of which should be the elimination of $300 million in annual government subsidies to America’s leading abortionists.
Whatever the outcome of the debate about PPFA, there’s other work for Christians to do in standing for the sanctity of human life in our society.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—My relatives have told me that the Rainer family was a slave-owning family going into the Civil War. I have no reason to doubt that sobering reality, though I have not verified it myself. I do know that I am among several generations of Rainers who grew up in south Alabama, just 45 miles south of Montgomery, the capital of the Confederacy.
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.
The great commandment in this postmodern, relativistic world of ours is this: “Don’t impose your morality on me.”
Obviously, it didn’t used to be this way. Once, if you mentioned basic moral rules like the Ten Commandments, everyone would agree that they were right. Not only were they right for all, but they were also known to all. Everyone knew that honoring parents and telling the truth is right for everyone. And everyone knew that deliberately taking innocent human life, sleeping with your neighbor’s spouse, and mocking God is wrong for everyone. Today all of that has changed.
As children, most of us had the freedom and opportunity to dream big dreams of what we wanted to be when we grew up. If you were fortunate, you had parents or a special mentor that encouraged you in your dreams.
JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—As a result of Florida Baptists’ commitment to the collaborative effort of “Rebuild Haiti,” 210 Haitian families left homeless by the January 2010 earthquake now have new permanent homes, instead of living in tents, makeshift lean-to’s or even cardboard boxes.
LAKELAND (FBC)—Three days after 515 teens and leaders from across Florida gathered for the Youth Evangelism Conference in Lakeland March 25-26, Andy Neely, youth pastor First Baptist Church@the Mall, received a phone call from a man in the community.
“He and his wife were the recipients of bags of groceries that students passed out during the YEC,” Neely reported.
LAKELAND (FBCH)—Hollywood movie star and prolife activist Jennifer O’Neill told the Women of Compassion Forum March 5 she was never truly fulfilled until she placed her belief and trust in Jesus Christ at the age of 38.
Most known for her role with John Wayne in “Rio Lobo,” O’Neill, author of the 2004 From Fallen to Forgiven, was the keynote speaker at an event for more than 80 women gathered at the Lakeland campus of Florida Baptist Children’s Home for their third annual meeting.
It was 1943 and United States Army Second Liuetanant Olive Grimwade could hear a friend moving around outside their canvas tent in Algiers. Within minutes, the four Army nurses quartered inside burst into laughter at their colleague’s mortified description of what happened when she used the primitive facilities, a “slit trench,” dug into the dirt.
“She was so mad,” the retired nurse, who turned 99 in January, told Florida Baptist Witness, giggling. “We had blackout and we didn’t have any lights on, but you know, I just can’t get over how many times God has protected me.”