April 8, 2004 Print Edition

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Point-of-View

I recently urged our Florida Baptist churches to participate in a revival during the 2004 year. Revivals are an effective means for reaching the lost and encouraging your church. The spiritual blessings and benefits that are experienced through revival are immeasurable for a church family. The unity that revival yields to a church is the result of prayer, planning, preparation, and participation in a focused ministry effort.

Point-of-View

Nine years ago, Karen Dammann quietly moved in with her lesbian lover. She didn’t advertise the fact because, as a United Methodist pastor, she risked losing her job if she did so. The denomination’s Book of Discipline condemns homosexual acts and prohibits ordination of practicing homosexuals.

Point-of-View

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)—The church’s engagement with the culture involves a host of issues, controversies, and decisions—but no issue defines our current cultural crisis as clearly as homosexuality.

Bibliocipher

Have fun with cryptography and exercise your Bible knowledge. A King James Version verse is encoded by letter substitution. The same letter is substituted throughout the puzzle. Solve by trial and error.

Green urges Convention staff to godly leadership

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)- Members of the Florida Baptist Convention staff were called to their knees by State Convention President Tommy Green as he urged them to purge the trash from their lives and recommit to the zeal and passion of godly leadership.

Reclaim ‘spirit of promise’

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Visiting the Baptist Building March 31, Tommy Green, president of the Florida Baptist State Convention, challenged employees to have a spirit of possession and promise, removing any potential of "lagging limitations" or "lackluster leadership" in the work of Florida Baptists.

Christian schools summit set for May 11 at FBC Orlando

ORLANDO (FBW)—The Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools and Florida Baptist Convention are co-sponsoring a first-ever Florida Baptist Kingdom Education Summit May 11 at First Baptist Church, Orlando. The first 50 pastors and others to register may also play Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club and Lodge, the world-renowned golf course in Orlando at half the greens fee, with free lunch provided to all participants. For non-golfers, the Holy Land Experience and Scriptorium is offering complimentary admission to all participants.

Denial of pro-life literature spawns suit against school board

FORT MYERS (FBW)–A Fort Myers middle school student and her mother have filed a federal lawsuit against the Lee County School District after she was denied the right to distribute literature about abortion and abortion alternatives to her fellow classmates. The incident occurred during last year’s Day of Remembrance, a day set aside to remember the 46 million children lost to elective abortion.

Holy Land Experience sues to avoid county taxes

ORLANDO (FBW)–The Holy Land Experience, operated by the non-profit ministry Zion’s Hope, is at the center of a lawsuit filed against Orange County. The county has taxed part of the Holy Land Experience while granting tax exemptions to similar secular properties such as museums, according to a Liberty Counsel news release.

Gov. rejects pull-tab bingo, legislators talk notification

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)-Calling it an expansion of gambling, Gov. Jeb Bush vetoed a measure March 31 that would have allowed veterans groups, charities and churches to sell instant pull-tab bingo cards.

Navy chaplain urges men to ask God for victory, strength and courage

PENSACOLA (FBC)–There’s a spiritual battle raging over the hearts and lives of men today, but weapons to fight the enemy are within reach of every Christian solider.

Florida churches pursue ‘Passion’ queries, responses

MARIANNA (FBW)–Florida Baptist churches are reporting numerous professions of faith among those who have watched "The Passion of The Christ." Churches are following up on inquiries made by viewers, and hope for continuing results as ticket sales remain strong after six weeks in theaters.

Gibson’s ‘Passion’ drawing large crowds in Arab countries

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Mel Gibson’s new movie, "The Passion of The Christ," is drawing large and enthusiastic crowds to theaters in the Arab world.

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