May 20, 2004 Print Edition

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College students head to the mission field

JACKSONVILLE (FBC) – While most young people are planning vacations or finding summer jobs, many Florida college students will instead scatter to the four-corners of the world—from West Africa to Western South America, from Oregon to Florida and from the Caribbean to Hawaii—to serve as summer missionaries. Their terms of service range from one month to ten weeks.

International missionaries walking through open doors

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—God’s Spirit is moving in the most remarkable ways in Southern Baptist hearts, as well as among people overseas who hear the story of Jesus for the first time, International Mission Board President Jerry Rankin said during an April 27 service at Two Rivers Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn.

Pace church launches NAMB’s NET evangelism training

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--Kevin Goza has long understood the importance of training church members to be comfortable in sharing their faith. Like many pastors, though, he knows that the number of people willing to receive training often depends on the length of the commitment.


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For the next two weeks, we will examine the doctrine of the Christian life, exploring how the Bible defines the Christian experience. This doctrine describes God’s work of grace in the life of a believer.


The theme of our 2004 Florida Baptist State Convention is Celebrate His Glory. I urge you to meet with Florida Baptists November 8 and 9 in Jacksonville. We give thanks for 150 years of the Florida Baptist State Convention through celebrating the glory of the Lord. The sessions will include inspiring worship, anointed preaching, challenging reports, and needed business matters.


Warning: The descriptions in this commentary are graphic.

You may recall that after President Bush signed the partial-birth abortion ban into law, pro-abortion groups immediately challenged it in court. Those cases are now being tried in New York, California, and Nebraska. But abortion advocates may have gone too far this time, because in those courtrooms the ugly truth about partial-birth abortion is coming out for everyone to hear.


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.

‘Operation: Beans, Rice and Water’ yields food for the soul in Haiti

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)-Feeding over 15,000 Haitians and adding 14 new converts to God’s family within its first days, “Operation: Beans, Rice and Water” has given hope to the desperation faced by Haiti’s hungry and spiritual nourishment to starved souls.

STAND leaders decry ‘just do it’ philosophy; prepare for June 4 rally

ORLANDO (FBW)-Organizers of the upcoming STAND [Students Taking a New Direction] Rally in Orlando hope to unmask the “just do it” philosophy of today’s culture in the massive event June 4. The God-sized task of teaching sexual abstinence to America’s youth is a passion for two Southern Baptist laymen who have years of experience in public service.

BCF recognized for low tuition rates, high number of ministerial students

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—Baptist College of Florida (BCF) trustees approved a 1.7 percent increase for the college’s 2004-2005 operating budget, accepted revised curriculum plans for various majors, and voted to approve the donation of property to a local church during their May 7 meeting on BCF’s Graceville campus.

Tampa BCM applies evangelism strategy from Big Apple

TAMPA (FBW)-South Florida college students have discovered evangelism strategies that produce results in New York City also work in Tampa.

Henna hands leave lasting reminder of Kids Klub encounter

On the first day of Kids Klub, a women with two children clinging to her outer coat and one in a stroller hurried down the sidewalk towards the registration table. I recognized the eight-year-old girl with her as one we had invited to Kids Klub at a bus stop. Now came her mother and her siblings!

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