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SOUTHERN BAPTISTS HEAD TO PENSACOLA TO HELP IN AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE DENNIS

PENSACOLA (FBW)–Feeding and clean-up begins today in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi after Hurricane Dennis clamored for attention from relief workers still impacted by Florida’s historic 2004 hurricane season. Last year’s four storms in six weeks left an “X” across the state that had volunteers scrambling to minister to thousands.

London bombing prompts warnings of radical Islamists

LONDON (BP)–Invoking the name of the Prophet Mohammad, a terrorist group calling itself the “Secret Organization Group of Al Qaeda of Jihad in Europe” claimed responsibility for a series of bomb blasts that rocked London’s transportation system at the height of rush hour July 7.

Florida Baptist churches promote hunger offering

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)–Requests from Florida Baptist churches for hunger funds to provide food for needy in their community are exceeding available funds, said Brenda Forlines, director of the Church and Community Ministries Department of the Florida Baptist Convention.

Uncle asks for prayer for teen missing in Aruba

HOLLYWOOD (FBW)–When 18-year-old Natalee Holloway disappeared from a high school senior trip in Aruba May 31, telephone calls quickly circulated among her extended family alerting them to pray for her. Natalee’s stepmother, Robin Holloway, immediately called her brother, Steve Parten, associate pastor of family ministries at Sheridan Hills Baptist Church in Hollywood.

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Some years are better than others. Then there are those best of the better. Finally there is “the best year of my life.”

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LONDON (BP)–After the killing and the chaos, the streets are empty and the shops are closed.

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The U.S. Supreme Court handed down its long-expected decisions on the public display of the Ten Commandments on June 27, producing more confusion than clarification in the process. Before the day was out, the nation’s High Court had handed down two decisions, represented by eight separate opinions from nine justices. At the end of the day, the real winners were the lawyers, who can look forward to a tidal wave of litigation in the aftermath of these confusing decisions.

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Over the last few years, there’s been increasing political and cultural pressure to keep Christian influence out of public affairs. We’ve seen it in restrictions on prayer at public events, on posting of the Ten Commandments and the recent Supreme Court case. We see it when politicians or the media describe evangelical Christians as “bigots.”

Florida Baptist 2005 Hunger Awareness Offering promoted

“I rescued the poor who cried for help and the fatherless who had none to assist him.” Job 29:12

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)–Coba Beasley listens to the cries of seniors who are forced to choose between purchasing food and their prescription drugs. He estimates that 90 percent of the 10,000 needy persons annually who come to the Chipola Baptist Association’s food ministry in Marianna are over age 65, arriving in wheelchairs and on crutches.

Bikers distribute toys to children’s hospital, homes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–After a simple prayer in the shadow of the towering Gaylord Entertainment Center on the fringes of the city’s tavern district, FAITH Riders ministry made a convoy nearly three blocks long on their latest ride of mercy.

Draper underscores importance of ‘associational history’

NASHVILLE (BP)–Whether viewing creation from a microscope or telescope, God prefers to do things in association rather than isolation, James T. Draper Jr., president of LifeWay Christian Resources, told the Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Directors of Missions’ June 19-20 annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn.

Russ Lee visits troops in Iraq, brings back their request: ‘Don’t forget to pray for us’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–If your phone rang with an invitation to spend two weeks with soldiers in Iraq, what would your first reaction be?

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