June 10, 2010 Print Edition

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GCRTF duty was to 'aim high,' give 'big vision,' Floyd says

Updated, 2:00 p.m., June 2

ROGERS, Ark. (FBW) – The Great Commission Resurgence Task Force sought to "aim high, give the big vision" in its report, recognizing Southern Baptist Convention entities would be required to evaluate and implement its recommendations, according to GCRTF Chairman Ronnie Floyd.

De Armas gives task force 'status update' to SBOM

LEESBURG (FBW) – Saying "we can do better as a Convention" because the "eternal destiny of millions" are at stake, Danny de Armas, chairman of the Imagine If Great Commission Task Force, gave a "status update" on the group's work to the State Board of Missions on May 28.

First Bucket of Hope container released by Haitian customs

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (FBC) - After languishing in the Port-au-Prince port for more than a month, the first Florida Baptist Convention-owned shipping container filled with Buckets of Hope was released by the Haitian government June 2.

State Board hears of sacrifices in Haiti & staff accomplishments

LEESBURG (FBC)-As the State Board of Missions viewed photographs of the rickety, wooden structure of Nazarite Baptist Church in Port-de-Paix, Haiti, 20,000 gourdes in Haitian currency given by the congregation to help in the disaster relief effort in Haiti was presented to John Sullivan during the Board's May 28 meeting at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center in Leesburg.

Editorial: A Great Commission Resurgence

There's been much discussion in Southern Baptist life in the last year or so about a Great Commission Resurgence-especially the desire of many to see Southern Baptist Convention entities, state Baptist convention entities, and local associations be more effective in fulfilling our Lord’s missionary mandate in Matt. 28:18-20.

Florida Baptist staff laid foundation for Haiti response, spiritual harvest

PORT-AU-PRINCE (FBC)-While other relief agencies scrambled to establish a network to provide help after the Jan. 12 earthquake, Florida Baptists with their 15-year partnership and experience after other disasters in Haiti, easily ushered immediate food, medical clinics, and supplies to the devastated nation.

Point of View: HEARTBEAT: Keeping it in the family

Hoisting my nearly 2-year-old granddaughter Madelyn high in the air, I urged her to look at her mom, my daughter-in-law Melissa, walking across a stage in Missouri to receive her Master of Arts degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Witness ready for SBC coverage in Orlando

ORLANDO (FBW)–With the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Orlando only days away, Florida Baptist Witness is planning major coverage of this important event.

A special edition of the Witness will be distributed at the SBC. For those not attending the SBC, the special edition content will be available online, both as separately posted articles and through our new service, Witness Extra - an enhanced PDF version of our print edition. To view Witness Extra with the iPhone and the iPad, download free apps from iTunes (search: "goFBW" on the iPhone and "Florida Baptist Witness" on the iPad).

1 Samuel 8:6-9; 12:13-29: June 27—When I make Poor choices

We are not conscious of it, but each one of us makes scores of choices each day, beginning with the events when were awaken each morning until we go to sleep at night. We must decide the time to arise, what clothes to wear, what to eat, even to what utensils we will use. The vast majority of our choices are so routine we do not realize we are making them. Yet, once in a while, the seemingly unimportant choice can result in a radical change in our lives. Think of the person killed in a traffic accident, hit by a drunk driver. Citizens also make poor national decisions, as the rise of Adolph Hitler to become ruler of Germany proves. The choice made by Israel falls into that category.

The Florida Mission Field

With a diverse population, 1,200 miles of sun-kissed beaches, balmy warm winters and no state income tax, Florida has long been the world’s destination for entertainment, work and residence.

Apopka pastor fulfills Great Commission through Spanish-language radio

With the phrase, “Por favor, se me portan bien y muy buen genio” (“Please behave and be of good cheer”), Enrique Sanchez, pastor of the Iglesia Bautista de la Trinidad in Apopka, concludes his weekly Spanish radio program.

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.

Imagine If Task Force chair ‘discouraged’ by ‘tremendous opposition’

LEESBURG (FBW) – The chairman of the Imagine If Great Commission Task Force (IIGCTF) told the State Board of Missions May 28 he is “discouraged” by “tremendous opposition” to his group’s work from unnamed SBOM members and Florida Baptist Convention staff.

Oystermen & families in Apalachicola thankful for 'Oyster-Aid'

APALACHICOLA (FBW)-Although most of Florida can only speculate about the impact of a looming environmental disaster from a the recent oil spill in the gulf, communities bordering Apalachicola Bay are in the midst of an environmental and economic crisis that had already decimated businesses and families who look to the Bay for their income. First Baptist Church in Carabelle, a congregation of 80 in a tiny coastal village of 2,000, this year organized "Oyster-Aid" to help those in its community dependent on the struggling oyster industry.

Point of View: GCRTF report - A 'view from the pew'

Upon hearing a chapel sermon by Daniel Akin at Southeastern Seminary on April 16, 2009, the vision for a Great Commission Resurgence initiative in the SBC grew rapidly in the heart of SBC President Johnny Hunt. Others joined him in formulating The GCR Declaration into a motion ready for Convention consideration. It was adopted just two months later in June 2009.

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