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Day of prayer emphasis turns into year of prayer focus for Chiefland churches

CHIEFLAND (FBW)—Churches in Chiefland are multiplying the May 1 National Day of Prayer by at least 366. Congregations of several denominations pledged to pray for their city and its leaders every day of 2008, and prayer leaders already anticipate the effort may extend into 2009.

Senate ultrasound bill clears second committee 3-2

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—The Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Committee approved narrowly April 15 a bill requiring an ultrasound before an abortion during the first trimester. The party-line, 3-2 vote clears the bill for consideration by the entire Senate.

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Ben Stein’s new movie “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” opened April 18 in theaters. It explores the widespread persecution— destruction of livelihoods, careers and reputations—of scientists who doubt Darwin’s theory of evolution and think intelligence is needed to explain life’s origin and development.

Churches reaching ‘micro’ people groups

DALLAS (BP)—Southern Baptist churches are catching a vision of taking the Gospel to people groups that have never heard—even when there is no missionary to help them, International Mission Board trustees were told during their April 7-9 meeting in Dallas, Texas. In the past two years, about 125 congregations have accepted the challenge of taking the Gospel to unreached people groups in West Africa.

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Pope Benedict XVI’s first visit to America as Pope will not be his introduction to this country, but it will be the first opportunity for Americans to see this Pope up close—three years after his election as pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.

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Today, Americans are born into a world dominated by debt, and the majority has no concept that there actually was a time when excessive home mortgages, automobile loans, school loans and credit cards did not exist.

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If you have heard of the new documentary “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed,” which opened April 18, chances are you have heard all kinds of distortions and myths about it. So let me set the record straight about some of the most common myths.

Senate debates evolution academic freedom bill

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—The Florida Senate debated a bill to protect academic freedom of teachers and students who wish to consider criticisms of evolution April 17, focusing repeatedly on concerns the measure will allow Intelligent Design to be taught in public school classrooms.

TV star Kirk Cameron urges personal transformation

FORT MYERS (FBW)—McGregor Baptist Church in Fort Myers hosted “Transformed,” a conference geared towards rekindling a fire for God through evangelism. The free event featured hosts and co-host of the radio/television program, “Way of the Master,” including actor Kirk Cameron and Australian evangelist-author Ray Comfort.

Pensacola congregation adopts global vision, across the street & around continents

MYRTLE GROVE (FBC)—Myrtle Grove Baptist Church in Pensacola has embraced a world wide view of missions-both right at home and thousands of miles away.

Floridians play prime roles in National Day of Prayer celebrations

Floridian Tony Dungy is promoting the observance of National Day of Prayer through a video-taped testimony on the event’s website, www.ndptf.org. Dungee, head coach of the world champion Indianapolis Colts and a member of Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, said his football wins or losses do not define who he is, because “for every high in life, there will always be a low.”

IMB appoints 92 new missionaries from all walks of life

SUNNYVALE, Texas (BP)—How urgent is the world’s need for the Gospel?

National Right to Life endorses McCain for president

WASHINGTON (BP)—National Right to Life has endorsed presumptive Republican nominee John McCain for president, giving him a significant boost in his effort to attract social conservatives.

Raid on polygamist compound prompts Baptist church’s ministry

ELDORADO, Texas (BP)—A Baptist congregation housed about 80 women and children April 4-6 after a raid on the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS) near Eldorado, Texas.

Journalists admit they lack faith

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Just six percent of national journalists describe themselves as conservative, compared with 36 percent of the overall population, according to an annual survey released in March by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

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