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Little girl with big dream raises nearly $3,000 for Rebuild Haiti

LIVE OAK (FBC)—At 10 years old, Mallory Fernald is a small girl with a heart that dreams big.

On a recent Sunday morning she listened intently as her pastor reminded church members that thousands of Haitians are still left homeless as a result of the January 2010 earthquake. Many are forced to live in tents or cardboard boxes.

‘Miss Vickie’ a role model at MSU

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.

Bunkley sees ‘record-setting year’ for pro-life legislation

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.

Point of View: Did Jesus really come to life again?

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.

Lighting the darkness in Quebec

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.

Historical marker dedicates site of Billy Graham’s first sermon

PALATKA (FBW)—A little over 200 years after the First Great Awakening swept the American colonies, an unknown Bible student by the name of Billy Graham stepped into the pulpit of the tiny Bostwick Baptist Church in Palatka to preach his first sermon.

It was Easter Sunday night, March 28, 1937, and Graham, with shaking knees and sweaty hands, went through all four of the sermons he prepared in advance—in eight minutes.

Editorial: A debate worth having; a cause worth supporting

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.

Point of View: Slavery, abortion & the numbing of a nation

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.

Point of View: Dave Says

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.

Point of View: What we can’t not know—Universal moral truths

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.

Point of View: Mother’s Day offering provides hurting children with the opportunity to dream

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.

Rebuild Haiti provides 210 homes & hope

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.

Spurred by YEC messages to live like Jesus, teens minister in Lakeland’s neighborhoods

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.

Statewide event raises funds to help families cover adoption and foster care costs

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.

WWII Army nurse remembers ‘God’s protection’ in first 100 years of life

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.”

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