May 3, 2007 Print Edition

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Young woman triumphs over debilitating disease

MYRTLE GROVE (FBW)—Snatches of feelings lie scattered across Stephanie's bedroom, randomly tucked into pages of old notebooks and stuffed away in dresser drawers.

Baptisms increase in Florida; ACP shows overall decline

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Florida Baptist churches ushered 33,461 new believers into baptismal waters in 2006, an increase of four percent over the 32,126 baptized in 2005. Added to the statewide total are another 5,687 new converts baptized by Florida's partnership churches in Haiti, bringing the total of baptisms to 39,148.

Baptist chaplain to Blue Angels on deck for 'ministry of presence'

PENSACOLA (FBW)—For Lieutenant Michael Peyton, being on deck to offer a hand of comfort, a Kleenex or a word of prayer in tragic times is all part of his assignment.

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Without question some of my favorite people in the world are the pastors of the Florida Baptist State Convention! I love being with them; visiting them; preaching in their churches; talking on the phone; bumping into them in airports and restaurants; and having them come to the Baptist building for appointments. Our pastors in Florida are without question God's finest.

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Does this statement describe your church's plan for evangelism?

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In some far-flung field around the world a Southern Baptist missionary enters a territory which has remained hostile to the Gospel for some time. Upon entering the mountainous village, he is able to speak to some of the villagers about eternal matters. They are uninhibited to speak about their faith, although reticent to accept any other opinion, and this missionary quickly gains a cursory understanding of their god.

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Florida's women celebrate missions joy & action

PLANT CITY (FBC)—Nearly 600 Florida Baptist women, representing 133 churches, gathered at First Baptist Church in Plant City April 20-21 for the Women's Missions and Ministries 113th annual Celebration of Missions.

Glen St. Mary couple celebrates 76 years of marriage

GLEN ST. MARY (FBC)—During their 76 years of marriage, John and Mae Chesser of Glen St. Mary have sought to live their lives as an example to all, modeling their Christian faith in their relationships with each other and their children.

Perry author finds joy in her life's suffering

PERRY (FBW)—In her 71 years, Patricia Taylor has endured tragedy around almost every corner, but she maintains she can be a happy, joyful person because she sees the Heavenly Father working through her suffering. Her recently published memoir, Joy in the Midst of Life's Storms, recounts her experiences so that others will be encouraged, she said.

Florida authors inspire, offer tips for everyday living

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Recently published works by Florida Christian women offer readers suggestions to improve their personal appearance, spiritual health and home organization. The experienced writers employ both Scripture and personal experiences to inspire their readers.

Bibliocipher, Witness provide clues in re-uniting women separated by more than 50 years

PALM HARBOR (FBW)—Florida Baptist Witness, a source of information for Baptists since 1884, recently provided information that was instrumental in re-uniting friends after 50 years. Like the weekly bibliocipher which provides clues to spell out a mystery Scripture verse, the name of the puzzle's author furnished the clue for a Clearwater woman to find a long-lost friend.

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