May 19, 2005 Print Edition

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Court-approved abortions for Florida girls in foster care common, judges say

WASHINGTON (BP)–A 13-year-old foster girl’s recent court-approved abortion apparently is not uncommon in Florida.

New divorces impact 3,500 households every day

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–A recent New York Times article carried the headline “Divorce Rate: It’s Not as High as You Think.” The text went on to explain that the figure often tossed around, which claims half of all U.S. marriages end in divorce, is based on a flawed calculation.

Fort Lauderdale site of first C3 regional conference

FORT LAUDERDALE (FBW)–Speaking at the first regional C3 Creative Church Conference May 9 at Flamingo Road Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale, Ed Young Jr. told 650 church leaders that churches should not ask how they can be creative, but instead ask what it is that is keeping them from unleashing their God-given creativity.

Guest Editorial

EDITORS’ NOTE: Last year, the Southern Baptist Convention's mission partners launched an initiative to assist churches in developing a comprehensive missions strategy based on Acts 1:8 in the New Testament. This column provides a biblical overview of the Acts 1:8 Challenge (, which now has more than 900 registered churches. The Acts 1:8 Challenge is a missions implementation strategy for the SBC's Empowering Kingdom Growth emphasis (

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The prophet Jeremiah received a clear and divine call from God in Jeremiah 1:4-9. Those of us who are proclaimers of the Gospel must too be assured of a divine call, a divine purpose and the unction of the Holy Spirit.

Point of View

Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in all parts of the body. It helps make cell membranes, some hormones, and Vitamin D. Cholesterol comes from two sources: your body and the food you eat. Your liver makes all the cholesterol your body needs. Eating too much cholesterol in animal foods like meats, whole milk dairy products, egg yolks, poultry, and fish can make your cholesterol go up. However, it is the saturated fat in your diet that is the main culprit in causing your cholesterol to rise.

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Unless they have x-ray vision, people in your community can’t see the joy and fellowship that’s going on inside your church building! With summer approaching, why not plan an occasional outdoor event?

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In the past several weeks, two events taking place 857 miles apart show just how absurd our ideas about “freedom” have become.

SBACS recognizes high school seniors

WINDEMERE (FBW)–One Florida Christian school student has been selected as a regional scholarship winner and 10 were chosen as finalists from a field of 46 finalists from eight states in the B.R. Chamberlain Foundation Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools (SBACS) Outstanding Scholars Award Program for 2005, according to a press release.

Ismael Negrin paved the way for Hispanic churches

KEY WEST (FBC)–With his feet planted solidly in both the United States and Cuba, Ismael Negrin, a missionary appointed to Cuba by the Home Mission Board (HMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention, was one of the Cuban pastors in the mid-1950’s who helped pave the way for the growth of Florida’s Hispanic congregations.

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