April 23, 2009 Print Edition

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Strack strives to be ‘living sacrifice’

ORLANDO (BP)—Diane Strack lay on the operating table, watching doctors perform an emergency procedure on her heart.

Mother’s Day offering goal is $1.4 mil

LAKELAND (FBCH)—Mother’s Day is the day mothers are honored, but it is also the day for the annual Mother’s Day Offering to benefit the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes. The Children’s Homes has set a goal of $1.4 million for this year’s offering, which provides support for all of their programs and services to abused, neglected, and orphaned children.

Florida Legislature poised to pass major gambling expansion

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—As the Florida Legislature enters its final two weeks of the annual legislative session a major expansion of gambling is getting closer to reality, while Florida Baptist Convention legislative consultant Bill Bunkley is urging legislators to “Just Say No” to all gambling bills.

Point of View: Florida Baptists help children all day & every day

All day and every day we work to minister to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of abused, neglected, and orphaned children. Serving children is a 24/7 operation. Our work never ends! This ministry doesn’t shut down and go home at five o’clock. Of course this is necessary when you are responsible for meeting the needs of hundreds of displaced children.

Point of View: Does your child’s cell phone preach another gospel?

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)—I’m afraid I’m not the most popular pastor with the 10- to 14-year-old demographic in my church right now. Recently, I took on an issue, parenthetically, that caused frenzied looks and agape mouths. I dared to question the theology of text-messaging.

Point of View: Why every pastor should ‘Tweet’ (and blog, too)

I’ve started blogging and tweeting. I even have a Facebook page. Why in the world would I start adding things like that to my plate? Isn’t pastoring a multi-campus church in South Florida enough to keep me busy? The answer to that question is definitely YES. But I’m always looking for ways to help me improve and develop as a pastor.

Point of View: A little white lie (Based on Romans 12:2 & 2 Corinthians 5:17)

In the early years of our marriage, my husband never ventured into the kitchen. Like a fear of heights or water, his phobias were those dreaded weapons of mass destruction—pots, pans and stove.

Point of View: Dancing with the one who ‘brung’ you

As a Texas pastor for almost 14 years, my wife and I came to love the state for its influence for the Gospel.

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: Degrading lyrics, degraded behavior—Music & kids

Young men, dressed as animals, follow several attractive women down the street. As they close in, the men shoot darts into women’s bodies—as if the women were animals and the men big game hunters. Moments later, all the women are lying on the ground.

Sid Smith, African-American pioneer, dies in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Southern Baptist African-American pioneer Sid Smith died April 8 during his sleep at his Jacksonville home. He suffered from ongoing heart problems and congestive heart failure.

Florida Baptists respond to flooding threat as Suwannee River rises

MAYO (FBC)—Bracing for the Suwannee River’s rising waters, New Hope Baptist Church in Mayo moved their pews to higher ground April 11 and met for worship in a tent on dry ground Easter Sunday.

Florida Focus

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Celebrate Cooperative Program Sunday April 26

It’s more than a program. It’s a mission strategy.

A strategy designed to unify all Florida Baptists and fellow Southern Baptists into a mission team to reach a spiritually lost and needy world with the life changing message of Jesus Christ.

The First Baptist missionaries from America

There were three missionaries who must be considered the first Baptist foreign missionaries from the United States. Adoniram Judson (1788-1850), Ann Hasseltine Judson (1789-1826) and Luther Rice (1783-1836) set sail for India in 1812 as Congregationalists. All three were personally called, sincerely sent and remarkably obedient. The Judsons went out as Congregationalists to India and ended up as Baptists in Burma. Luther Rice went out as a Congregationalist to India and soon became a Baptist missions promoter and fundraiser in the United States.

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