May 17, 2007 Print Edition

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Florida Baptists respond as firestorm sweeps state

STARKE (FBW)—Responding to raging wildfires Florida Baptists in the past weeks have opened their doors to fire suppression crews and residents of their communities, providing shelter, food, and staging facilities.

'Pray for Rain' May 27 Florida churches urged

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—In the midst of a historic drought, Florida Baptist Convention leadership is calling on more than 2,700 churches and missions throughout the state to set aside Sunday, May 27, as a "Day of Prayer for Rain."

IMB trustees celebrate record offering

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)—International Mission Board trustees celebrated the largest Lottie Moon Christmas Offering on record, earmarked $5 million to fund an additional 200 new missionaries and adopted guidelines on baptism and the practice of tongues and prayer languages among prospective missionaries during their May 7-9 meeting in Kansas City, Mo.

Point of View

...2006 was not a banner year for Florida Baptists. We had a few gains but not many. In fact, the Annual Church Profile (ACP) reports caught me a little by surprise. It seems that about every five years we experience a year when we lose about as many churches as we start. There are many reasons for this: churches that have disbanded, merged, misreported, withdrawn or dismissed. My guess is the accumulation of these situations will surface eventually. Whatever the reason, thank God we had a good year in new starts to offset the losses.

Point of View

On Mother's Day this year, I found myself thinking of my mother's unselfish concern for my sister and me. It caused me to recall my family's first winter in Alaska when I was a very small child.

Point of View

Just a few weeks ago, Christians gathered in the Holy Land to remember the Armenian victims of genocide. Between 1915 and 1919, 1.5 million Armenians living in Turkey were slaughtered. Shockingly, few today have even heard about the brutal persecution that nearly annihilated this ancient people—who, by the way, chose Christianity as their national religion in 301 A.D.

Long-time Florida Baptist minister Joe Courson dies

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)-Joe H. Courson—Baptist statesman, pastor and denominational leader—died of an apparent heart attack May 5 in West Palm Beach. He was 75.

Gospel Fossil man's park possible through partnership of associations

BRANFORD (FBW)—Noah's Park, a Gospel fossil park emulating the blockbuster movie, "Jurassic Park," is gearing up at the Middle Florida Baptist Assembly grounds thanks to the cooperation of several Southern Baptist associations.

Florida Bible drillers, speaker qualify for nationals

APOPKA (FBC)—After weeks of church and associational Bible drills and Speakers Tournaments, hundreds of children and youth gathered April 28 at Trinity Baptist Church in Apopka for the Florida state event. Youth winners will represent the Sunshine State in the fifth annual National Invitational Tournament in June.

Church extends Kingdom through power of prayer

BRONSON (FBC)—Circling their chairs into groups of three or four, the prayer warriors cling fast to the promise "where two or more are gathered in His name, there He will be too."

Florida Baptist Disaster Relief monitoring, encouraging churches

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Local churches are uniquely poised to respond in times like these when fires are ravaging the state, according to Fritz Wilson, director of Florida Baptist Convention Disaster Relief and Recovery.

IMB adopts revised baptism, prayer guidelines

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)—International Mission Board trustees have adopted revised guidelines on baptism and the practice of tongues and private prayer languages among prospective missionaries. The revisions, both of which are now termed "guidelines," retain much of their original wording.

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