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Tropical Storm Fay makes 4 historic landfalls in Florida

JACKSONVILLE (FBW/FBC) - Moving at a snail's pace while dumping heavy rain and pushing strong winds in an erratic pattern through Florida, Tropical Storm Fay - or "Fickle Fay" as it has been called - finally headed out of state Aug. 24 after making a historic four landfalls in Florida.

Maguire State Missions Offering

OKEECHOBEE (FBC)—"This is my mission. This is my passion.”

Maguire State Mission Offering

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—When John Maguire first arrived as the sixth executive secretary-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention, he began referring to the state as “Favored Florida.” And under his leadership, Florida Baptists found favor with God by developing a Great Commission attitude.

Maguire State Mission Offering

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Happy Birthday State Mission Offering! The year 2008 marks the 100th anniversary of Florida Baptists’ focus on the missions needs of their state.

Florida Baptist Disaster Relief teams pitch in at Barefoot Bay

BAREFOOT BAY (FBW)—Florida Baptist Disaster Relief team volunteers from throughout Central Florida descended into Barefoot Bay in south Brevard County Aug. 21—an area devastated by a tornado Aug. 19.

‘Fickle Fay’ displaces blind family; Baptist volunteers assist

DAYTONA BEACH (FBW)—Florida Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers from Halifax Baptist Association assisted a Daytona Beach family Sat., Aug. 23 after Tropical Storm Fay continued to dump rain in the area, where earlier in the week its unpredictable nature caused one newscaster to refer to it as “Fickle Fay.”

Popular notions, Bible clash over heaven

GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP)—Have you ever noticed that when a discussion turns to a recently deceased celebrity, someone invariably says, “I know he’s looking down on us right now”? It doesn’t matter how godless the person was, his peers refer to him as being in a better place and then gesture skyward.

Heaven doesn’t fit popular stereotypes

GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP)—The popular notion of the “sweet by and by” is often one of clouds, pain-free bliss and not much else—except for the occasional angel floating by with a harp. If one’s idea of eternity is a happy pill, such an image might be appealing.

Florida’s chaplains aided by NAMB summer missionaries

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—In the wake of economic cutbacks, Florida’s chaplains this summer were assisted by student missionaries who worked to change lives while seeing a transformation in their own lives.

Smoking gun? Paper exposes Obama’s infanticide vote

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama asserted Aug. 16 that National Right to Life was “lying” about his record as an Illinois state senator in opposing a bill commonly known as the Born Alive Infants Protection Act, a bill pro-lifers say protects against infanticide. As it turns out, Obama apparently was the one wrong on the facts.

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