July 17, 2003 Print Edition

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State Supreme Court strikes down parental notification abortion law

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)–The Florida Supreme Court struck down a law July 10 that required minors to notify their parents at least 48 hours before obtaining an abortion.

Chaplain gains live phone access from Baghdad to Brandon church

BRANDON (FBW)—Army Chaplain Captain Richard "Huey" Bratton counted his blessings July 6 in a trans-continental phone hook-up which brought his voice from Baghdad, Iraq, to Brandon.

Brazil missions trip brings 2,300 professions of faith

GAINESVILLE (FBW)—In the second year of a three-year partnership with the Roraima State Baptist Convention in Brazil, Westside Baptist Church of Gainesville is gaining broad acceptance in the business and political arena in the Brazilian community of Boa Vista. More importantly, the congregation’s mission teams are seeing new churches formed as a result of thousands of new believers.


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This article is a combination of part four and part five of a series based on John 20:21-22 and is a sermon outline I developed on the subject of the Holy Spirit and missions.


The ministry of Christ was marked with compassion. Compassion is that deep seated place of tenderness and mercy within the person. Compassion is revealed by the ethos and pathos of the leader. The attitude and aptitude of the pastor toward his flock will impact his ability to lead. The servant leader will demonstrate his concern and connection to the congregation through his interaction with the church body. The pastor must be accessible to the people and understood as someone who cares about their needs.


In light of the recent New York Times scandal, you’d think the press would be more careful about what they do. I don’t know whether it’s laziness or willful blindness that accounts for the incredibly twisted perspective the press gives to the belief system of 80 million Americans. That’s the latest number, according to Gallup, who claim to be born again.


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.

Florida fireman to head national disaster relief

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)–Terry Henderson, a member of First Baptist Church in Mount Dora and a former member of Orange County Fire/Rescue, has been named national disaster relief director for the North American Mission Board in Alpharetta, Ga.

Mission pastor leads Hispanics to Great Physician

BOCA RATON (FBC)–While David Polo was a physician in Colombia, South America, he felt a call into the ministry. But after completing medical school plus several years in the practice, he shied away from giving up medicine for his first calling.

Brave souls shave heads for VBS

AVON PARK (FBW)-It was an innocent quip, according to Scott King.

BCF’s Shepherds’ Cottages a haven for retired ministers

GRACEVILLE (BCF)-To the casual observer the structure rising near the historic Heritage Village on the campus of The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville is just lumber and nails, but for Thomas A. Kinchen, BCF president, it is nothing less than answered prayer and a miracle of God.

FBFS dedicates missionary house, seeks to expand Vero Beach campus

VERO BEACH (FBW)–The Florida Baptist Retirement Center in Vero Beach held a celebration luncheon for the renovation of the newly named Buckingham Cottage June 19. The home will serve as a residence for Southern Baptist missionaries on stateside assignment.

FamilyFEST models missions lifestyle to children

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)–More than 160 volunteers from 11 states gathered in San Antonio June 8-12 to participate in FamilyFEST, a Woman’s Missionary Union-sponsored missions experience designed for adults to model a missions lifestyle to their children and other young people as they work side-by-side serving others.

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