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JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Making good on an invitation first offered nearly 40 years ago, James Whitmire finally took to the platform to lead worship Aug. 26 at First Baptist Church in Jacksonville.
OCALA (FBC)—Inmates Steven Ponder and Nathanial Brown moved through the halls of the Marion County Jail, expressing the joy of the Lord in the midst of their circumstances.
Their changed lives serve as a testimony to the transforming power of Jesus Christ found through the jail's chaplaincy ministry.
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Do we love one another? Do we love our pastors? Do we genuinely care for one for another? Do we care for the lost? Obviously, the list could go on and on, but the question remains, "do we love and care for one another?"
Within the diversity of the Southern Baptist Convention, we desperately need dialogue to take place in which we can listen and learn from each other, even to the extent of respecting differing viewpoints. However, the Bible gives us clear instruction of how we are to deal with disagreements with others.
What is the worst idea yet to invade the Internet? Could it be the countless number of pornographic sites that saturate the World Wide Web? Perhaps it is the "dating" sites that enable married persons to commit adultery? Or maybe it is the Internet gambling sites that allow a fool to roll the dice 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year?
AVON PARK (FBC)—Brenda Delphin walks the fragile line between the traditions of her Haitian born parents and the customs of the American culture. As a first-generation Haitian-American, she, like most first-generation youth, never quite knew where she belonged culturally.
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Each year, the Maguire State Mission Offering includes an opportunity for local associations to receive a portion of the offering receipts to benefit local mission and ministries causes. By setting and achieving a goal for their churches, association leaders will receive a percentage of the gifts from that association. Association leaders determine how their money will be used. As of July 1, 2007, the associations listed below have notified the state convention offices of their intention to participate in this year's Shared Receipts.
TAMPA (FBC)—Mission-minded Florida Baptist leaders are called to a discussion on evangelizing and effective church planting through innovation at the Florida Missional Gathering Sept. 27-28 at LifePoint Baptist Church in Tampa.
FT. LAUDERDALE (FBW)—Helping pastors of small churches overcome the 200-member barrier is the aim of an upcoming conference in three cities in Florida. "The Crossover Church: Think Outside the Boat" conference is in Ft. Lauderdale, Sept. 10; Ocala, Sept. 25; and Graceville, Sept. 27.
One is the undisputed starter and leader of his team; the other has withstood a fierce competition this summer to keep his starting job—at least for the first game.
TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—Drew Weatherford was the stereotypical arrogant quarterback of his Land 'O Lakes high school football team. Although professing to be a Christian, Weatherford was not living for Christ when a knee injury as a sophomore sidelined him—and God got his attention.