July 27, 2006 Print Edition

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Southern Baptist volunteers flee Beirut on U.S. Navy ship; to head home soon from Cyprus

LARNACA, Cyprus (BP)—After being trapped for more than a week in Beirut as Israeli-Hezbollah fighting raged, 19 tired and relieved Southern Baptist volunteers arrived in Cyprus from Lebanon early July 21 aboard the Navy transport USS Nashville.

Page presidency to ‘get some things on the table for discussion’

TAYLORS, S.C. (FBW) — Frank Page didn’t want to be president of the Southern Baptist Convention. And he never believed that he would win even after he felt compelled by God to be a candidate. But winning an election wasn’t really the point of his reluctant candidacy anyway.

IMB trustees elect VP from Florida

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)—Trustees of the International Mission Board unanimously elected a vice president for mobilization, learned projects aiding victims of the 2004 South Asia tsunami will be completed within 12 months, and heard appeals from leaders for Southern Baptists to ramp up efforts to spread the Gospel around the world.

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On my desk is a card that reads, “Reality has no passion for following desires and/or expectation.” I have no idea where this thought originated but it has been rather captivating.

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The Apostle Paul didn’t know anything about Hezbollah or the Israeli defense ministry. But he did know something about hatred and hostility between irreconcilable people groups. And, more importantly, he knew something about the Kingdom of Christ.

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This may be the best event ever! Plan a come-and-go all-day film festival at your church, featuring amazing mission films produced by our International Mission Board (IMB). Teens will love the music videos and adventure scenes. Everyone will giggle at the “Eloise” video clips and cry with the disaster ministry films. The Mr. Christopher series will thrill kids and adults alike. And viewers will learn about the 5,144 international missionaries supported by your church through Southern Baptists’ Cooperative Program and the Lottie Moon Offering for International Missions.

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Don’t wait until year-end for your next check-up. Here are six tips for your mid-year check up.

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By the looks of things, it seems that compromise on the contentious issue of immigration is unlikely, if not impossible. The House’s position has been hard-line: We have to stop illegal immigration before we even consider ways we could process illegal immigrants into America properly. Some members have even demanded the wholesale deportation of all illegal immigrants, which would virtually stop the American economy in its tracks.

Sarasota church invests in disaster relief

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)— It was not exactly a tractor pull, but the celebration surrounding First Baptist Church of Sarasota’s gift of a semi tractor to the Florida Baptist Disaster Relief and Recovery stirred up just as much excitement.

‘Belong 2 Believe’ prepares leadership

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Help others to belong in church and it will lead them to believe. This is the inspiration behind the 2006 Sunday School Leadership Retreats’ theme “Belong 2 Believe” at Lake Yale.

Uth: Look past virtual friendships

RIDGECREST (FBW)—David Uth, pastor of First Baptist Church in Orlando, told worshippers at LifeWay Christian Conference Center in Ridgecrest, N.C., lonely people are not looking for “a friendly church.” They are looking for “a church with friends.”

Evangelist Ted Stone dies on 4th ‘Walk across America’

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Ted Stone, a champion of God’s grace, died of undetermined causes July 16 at the end of the fourth week of his fourth “Walk across America” to spread awareness of the hope that substance abusers can find in Christ. He was 72.

NEW WORKS: Romanian, Hispanic churches join Florida Baptist Convention

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—According to a report released by the Florida Baptist Convention’s Church Planting Department, Florida Baptists started eight new churches in June, 2006.

Renewal, refreshment, recommitment to be focus of Leadership Institute

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—“Embracing the Word — Engaging the World” is the theme for this year’s West Florida Sunday School Leadership Institute. Renewal, refreshment and recommitment is the focus of the Sept. 15-16 Sunday School leader training weekend at Blue Springs Baptist Conference Center in Marianna.

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