July 24, 2008 Print Edition

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High court invalidates Crist-Seminole gambling compact

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—The Florida Supreme Court unanimously overturned an agreement between Gov. Charlie Crist and the Seminole Indian Tribe allowing expanded gambling at its casinos, siding with House Speaker Marco Rubio in the July 3 ruling.

Free bread, milk focus of community outreach

EAGLE LAKE (FBW)—In an effort to help community residents through an economic downturn, First Baptist Church in Eagle Lake gave away 2,000 loaves of bread and 2,000 gallons of milk July 2.

The church’s 500 members raised about $15,000 for the food distribution, which Pastor Jeff Buchanan compared to Jesus’ “feeding of the 5,000.”

“Our church folks are everyday working class people who feel the pinch of expensive gas and food,” Buchanan said. “They know what it is like to try to make it through to the next paycheck.”

“Are You Hungry?” is the latest outreach in a succession of community events planned by the congregation.

Church resolution on morality notes preventive measures

PADUCAH, Ky. (BP)—When Todd Brady heard about a minister at a prominent Texas Baptist church being caught in a sex sting, his first thought was, “Oh, Lord, I pray we never see something like that happen here in our church.”

His second thought was, “What do we need to do to prevent it?”

With that question, the new pastor at First Baptist Church in Paducah, Ky., called the staff together determine what steps they could take to be sure none of them made a bad decision that would bring disgrace to the Gospel and the church.

Point of View

Various theologians and pastors have been warning us for years that if you de-emphasize biblical truth in the church, and more specifically in the pulpit, you will do so to the ultimate harm and destruction of the church.

Point of View

Less than a month from now, the 2008 Olympic Games will take place in Beijing. The Olympics have been front-page news this time around—and not because people are more interested than ever before in swimming, gymnastics, or pole-vaulting. From the moment Beijing was awarded the games, angry protests have come from all over the world.

Not just ‘wet feet’ but ‘complete immersion’ at Super Summer

LEESBURG (FBC)—Kneeling together in prayer, youth pastors Eric Botley and Todd Carr pray for the impact their students could have on their churches, communities and the state.

Words-2-Works provides students with ‘hands-on’ lab

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—A short stretch from the resort hotels of Ponte Vedra Beach and posh river-front communities along the St. John’s River, low-income housing developments clutter Jacksonville’s northern downtown district like another world.

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