August 28, 2003 Print Edition

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Migrants’ access to Gospel often limited

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Their physical energy drained by manual labor under an unrelenting sun, the migrant men are covered in dirt and sweat as they descend battered white school buses. With their shirts over their shoulders, they scatter to their cramped living quarters.

Liberian native: Troops cause hope for sharing Jesus

GRACEVILLE (FBW)—Liberian native Shadrach Saywon says he knows God answers prayer. His answer came August 11 when God moved a mountain blocking the Gospel of Christ from being safely preached in his African homeland.

Books, places and people shape future leaders

ORLANDO (FBW)—What does Sea World’s Shamu, the cosmological argument for the existence of God and techniques for proper time management and goal setting have in common? Each are featured during "SLU 101"—the entry-level student leadership program developed by Orlando-based Southern Baptist evangelist Jay Strack.

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God never asks us to experiment or to proceed without knowledge of where trusting and obeying Him might lead us. God always asks us to prove Him. He gives us the answer and then says, "Now prove it." This is true of every relationship we have with God.

Point-of-View

Imagine that pastor Mike is a race-car driver. He has been to a special Formula One Racing Institute and has passed with flying colors. He knows how to drive at staggering speeds and how to handle himself and a very expensive machine on any track. One day the phone rings, and he is thrilled when offered a contract to drive a car in the Indianapolis 500! He goes to the track. After the time trials he is placed in the starting lineup. Race day comes, the green flag drops, and he is off with the other racers. Twenty laps into the race something in the car is not right, and he pulls into the pit area. No one is there, so he drives behind the wall into the garage area, but no one is there.

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Saddam Hussein’s regime has been toppled. For the first time in decades, Iraqi citizens are free from tyranny. As we know, the country is still experiencing violence and disorder. But as writer Angela Phelps put it, "Sure, things aren’t perfect ... But there’s hope—and that’s something that Iraqis haven’t felt in nearly forty years."

Bibliocipher

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.

Orlando family opposes ordinance extending bar hours

ORLANDO (FBW)—The family of a Baptist deacon killed in a drunk driving accident is asking for help from Orlando citizens in squashing a proposed extension of bars’ operating hours from 2 a.m. until 4 a.m. The Orlando City Council’s Downtown Strategic Transition Team has scheduled a public hearing Sept. 8 at 5 p.m. to hear from concerned citizens on the issue. The hearing is in the Overlook Conference Room on the ninth floor of Orlando City Hall, 400 S. Orange Ave.

Health care, retirement focus of Annuity Board led meetings

Jacksonville (FBC)–Changes in health care coverage and assistance in planning for retirement will be the focus of two series of Annuity Board, SBC—led meetings held across the state in September and October.

Camps leave legacy of commitment in next generation

LAKE YALE (FBC)—It’s been nearly 40 years, but Tom Winter can clearly recall that warm, Thursday night in July as he sat around the campfire at Lake Yale Baptist Assembly and made a decision that would mold his entire life.

Evangelism conferences set for Gainesville, North Port, Pensacola

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—The first of three regional E-conferences with the theme "Saved to Share" will be held at Westside Baptist Church in Gainesville, Sept. 7-8.

Student Week leaders: Belief doesn’t always equal behavior

GLORIETA, N.M. (BP)–The sign outside the door reads "Tough Questions ... and How to Answer Them." Inside, more than 200 students pack the room and the discussion heats up.

IMB honors top givers to ‘02 Lottie missions offering

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)–The International Mission Board has recognized the 100 Southern Baptist churches that gave the largest gifts to the 2002 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions.

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