September 11, 2003 Print Edition

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Revitalization pumps new life in dying congregation

BROOKSVILLE (FBC)—"If it had closed, I don’t know what I’d done," said Hilda Kohler, long-time member of Eastside Baptist Church in Brooksville. "That would have broken my heart."


The fact that Christians are exiles on the earth (1 Peter 2:11), does not mean that they don’t care what becomes of culture. But it does mean that they exert their influence as very happy, brokenhearted outsiders. We are exiles. "Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ" (Philippians 3:20). "Here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come" (Hebrews 13:14).


We as Christian believers should never expect God to do something for us. Instead, we should desire to serve Him in an attitude of love and commitment—not of need or want. Nor should the church have greedy expectations of God to give or do something.


If a restaurant serves food and a hotel sleeps people, what does a church do? That question is the central question—the question for every pastor everywhere. If we don’t answer that question, then we can never know if what we are doing is right or not. Without the answer, we cannot have a proper focus or a Kingdom view of the things that we experience each day.


In 1730, a London wag began publishing something called the Grub Street Journal. Its purpose was to expose how unreliable newspapers were by showing how rival editors printed conflicting reports of the same events. The Journal became extremely popular, but, ironically, people kept right on reading the discredited newspapers.


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.

Seminarians study ‘ministry evangelism’ in Leesburg

LEESBURG (BP)–A lesson in how meeting physical needs and proclaiming the Gospel can work in tandem to lead people to Jesus Christ was imparted to 14 Southern Baptist Theological Seminary students who ventured to a Florida church this summer.

Festival to offer avenue for Young Musicians to worship God

ORLANDO (FBC)—More than 2,000 Young Musicians are expected to explore through music their relationship with God during the "2,000 and More in 2004."

Literacy conference to prepare volunteers

LAKE YALE (FBC)—In-depth training to help prepare persons to minister to others through the written and spoken word will be available during the State Literacy Conference at Lake Yale Baptist Assembly, Sept. 25-27.

Building embraces community for Pensacola Koreans

In their native language and in the style of their country’s culture, members of the Pensacola Korean Baptist Church gather weekday mornings for prayer and weekends for worship and fellowship.

Offering’s namesake encouraged, cajoled Florida Baptists toward their God-given mission

In the early 1950’s John Maguire, in his role as executive secretary-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention, stopped by a small church in Fellsmere to meet the young student pastor.

Paul Hill executed for murder of abortion doctor

STARKE (BP)–The debate over pro-life strategy took center stage Sept. 3 when Paul Hill became the first person in America to be executed for anti-abortion violence. He died by lethal injection.

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