August 4, 2005 Print Edition

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Missions offering goal $1.3 million

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)–At this time of the year Florida Baptists turn their thoughts to the spiritual needs within Florida as they observe the Week of Awareness for State Missions.

State Evangelism Conference Sept. 11-12 in Daytona

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)–Hoping to build on the momentum created by Bobby Welch’s evangelistic zeal during the Southern Baptist Convention in June, the Florida State Evangelism Conference will feature a rousing message from the SBC President when it convenes at the church he pastors.

International Mission Board honors 39 retiring missionaries

ROCKVILLE, Va. (BP)–Serving in the Middle East, Southern Baptist workers Pat and Judy Hoaldridge faced persecution in the form of newspaper articles and fliers that called for throwing them out of their neighborhood – as well as threats against their lives – all during the first years on the field.

Point of View

A liberal feminist activist recently took on a Republican war hero on the question of Hollywood coarseness. And the feminist is right.

Point of View

I have a confession to make as a young pastor. As I read Florida Baptist Witness and hear the stories of all the giants of Southern Baptist ministry, I slowly find myself feeling more and more inferior in my ministry. In my pride, I wish that I could be one of these men who have gone before me. As if that were not enough, the enemy begins to whisper to my heart saying, “See I told you so! I told you that you did not have anything to offer God or His people.”

Point of View

On the evening of August 30, 1966, Nien Cheng sat alone in her Shanghai home, reading. Toward midnight, she heard a truck stop in front of her house. Moments later a gang of Red Guards burst through her front door. The leader stepped up. “We are the Red Guards. We have come to take revolutionary action against you!” he said.

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Internationals drawn to Deltona church plant

DELTONA (FBC)–Few people would look along the I-4 corridor of Central Florida to find an international mission field where people have never heard the name of Jesus Christ.

Childhood pals ordained together in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (FBW)–In what pastor Larry Bazer termed an “historic event” for First Baptist Church, Melbourne, childhood friends John Leathers, Jason Mole and Scott Wilson were ordained to the ministry July 31 in their home church.

Prof: Family Bible time key to children’s spiritual growth

ORMOND BEACH (BP)–Christian men must lead their families in worship at home if they expect to convey the faith to their children in a way that will make them into lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ, author and professor Don Whitney told attendees of the 23rd annual Southern Baptist Founders Conference July 12 at Riverbend Community Church in Ormond Beach.

Amid salsa, meringue and cumbia music, pastor preaches the Word through radio

APOPKA (FBW)–Enrique Sanchez, pastor of Iglesia Bautista de la Trinidad in Apopka, is celebrating this month the seventh anniversary of his weekly radio program, “Los Treinta Minutos de Dios” (Thirty Minutes with God.) Polls show that he is heard by more than 4,000 families weekly in central Florida.

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