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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.

‘Historic’ session ends with passage of five pro-life bills

TALLAHASSEE (FBW) – The 2011 Florida legislative session was “historic” for its passage of five pro-life measures, while the defeat of gambling bills was a “miracle,” according to Florida Baptist Convention legislative consultant Bill Bunkley.

‘This is the best job ever,’ Gov. Scott says in exclusive Witness interview

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—“This is the best job ever,” Gov. Rick Scott said May 3 during the waning days of the annual legislative session in an exclusive interview with Florida Baptist Witness.

In the 20-minute interview in the governor’s office in the Capitol, the first-time public office-holder spoke about the demands of being governor, comparisons of private sector and political office work, and his church attendance practice since taking office in January.

Tornado no match for elderly in Cullman where Florida Baptists help restore hope

CULLMAN, Ala. (FBC)—A tornado that hop-scotched its fury across the southeast on April 27 proved no match for a group of elderly neighbors who have shared their lives’ journeys for more than 40 years and a team of Florida Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers determined to help them recover.

Dozing in a chair while his ill wife Ruth slept in their bedroom nearby, 92-year-old Virgil Henry was jolted awake by the sound of decades-old trees crashing to the earth around his home.

Point of View: Christ, tornadoes & Alabama the beautiful

LEXINGTON, Ky. (BP)—As a child I spent countless evenings with my family huddled in the bathroom of our Montgomery, Ala., home listening to the wails of tornado sirens. As the cooler temps of spring began to give way to summer during March through April in Alabama, dealing with tornado watches and warnings was simply a part of life. Most often nothing materialized in our neighborhood and I have fond memories of those unusual family times.

Day of Prayer for hurricane season set for June 5

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Florida Baptists are being called to a Day of Prayer for the Hurricane Season Sunday, June 5, to “seek God for the Glory and the good of our neighbors,” according to a state prayer specialist.

The mood of the nation senses a greater need from difficulties they are facing from the economy, natural disasters, political uncertainty and the environment, said Rick Shepherd, Florida Baptist director of prayer and spiritual awakening.

Editorial: Legislature 2011—Cause for praise and concern

The dramatic conclusion to the 2011 legislative session resulted in major victories for pro-life policies and an extraordinary turn of events that killed what seemed to be imminent passage for two pro-gambling measures.

For detailed coverage of legislative action on bills followed by Florida Baptist Convention legislative consultant Bill Bunkley, see “‘Historic’ session ends with passage of five pro-life bills”.

Point of View: How should Christians react to bin Laden’s death

On Sunday, we all learned that U.S. special forces killed Osama bin Laden as he was hiding out in a mansion in Pakistan. The reaction to the news across the U.S. has been remarkable. I cannot remember another instance in my lifetime when throngs of people gathered spontaneously in the streets of our major cities to celebrate, but that is indeed what happened.

Point of View: The integrated meeting—Banking on a biblical approach to business­­­­

Imagine walking into a bank to withdraw some cash. As a bank employee hands you your money, he asks you an unexpected question: “Now, is there anything I can pray about for you?”

You may be surprised to learn that there is such a bank—in Otsego, Minnesota. It’s called Riverview Community Bank, co-founded by a man named Chuck Ripka. The bank was designed to minister to the needs of the people in the community.

Alachua churches forged in sacrifice, cooperation

ALACHUA (FBW)—Two Alachua churches have become one in a union forged in sacrifice and cooperation, and bathed in prayer.

For six years, the aging membership of Hope Community Baptist Church and the family-oriented Legacy Baptist Church met within three blocks of each other.

Camp WorldLight in June and July

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Openings are still available for girls entering third through twelfth grades to attend Camp WorldLight this summer. The theme of this year’s camp, “2011 to the eXtreme,” will focus on missions in South America and will provide adventure recreation, interactive Bible experiences and individual tracks for the campers.

“Camp WorldLight provides opportunities to hear and respond to God’s call to missions,” said Anne Wilson, camp director. Girls will be able to interact with missionaries and mission role models.”

FIRST PERSON: KJV—Celebrating 400 years of ‘zeal for the common good’

May 5, 2011 marked the 400th anniversary of the publication of the English translation of the Bible known as the King James Version. All English language readers of the Bible should celebrate the remarkable achievement.

War of the Bibles. When King James I became the king of England in 1603 various religious factions within England were involved in a war of the Bibles, and consequently, a theological war. The religious establishment endorsed the Bishop’s Bible (1568), initiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury. English Catholic religious exiles in France had started the Douai-Rheims Bible (1609-10). The most popular translation was the Geneva Bible (1560), translated with marginal notes by Calvinist refugees in Geneva. The Geneva Bible was the first study Bible and the king and religious establishment found the content of the notes offensive.

One-half of Esto church prepares for mission in Baltimore

ESTO (FBW)—For one week in July, attendance will plunge at First Baptist Church in Esto. That’s because half of the church will be on a mission trip in Baltimore, Md.

Thirty of 60 active congregants and their families have committed to serve July 8-16 in six North American Mission Board church plants in inner city Baltimore.

Phoenix SBC: More fellowship, no night sessions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—”A Great Commission People with a Great Commandment Heart” will provide the focus for a June 14-15 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Phoenix that will be more compact and offer more opportunities for fellowship.

A broad range of auxiliary activities also will be held, from Crossover 2011 evangelistic outreach events to the annual Pastors’ Conference and Woman’s Missionary Union annual meeting and missions celebration.

1 Corinthians 4:1-5; Galatians 1:6-10; 1 Thessalonians 2:7-12: May 22—Pursue God’s agenda

No one can doubt the wisdom of pursuing God’s agenda, but we can harbor doubts about His agenda in a given set of circumstances. For example, evangelism is always an agenda, coupled with effort to fulfill the Great Commission. That goal takes on a different meaning in a small church which struggles to meet its monthly budget requirements. Also, a church’s perceived agenda often revolves around its leadership, particularly the pastor. In this present study we will take the topic from a pastor’s point of view in three different sets of circumstances in which Paul, a pastor, found himself.

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