September 28, 2006 Print Edition

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Beach baptism tops last year's record-setting occurrence

FORT LAUDERDALE (FBW)-After nearly a month and a half of seasonal afternoon rains, the sun broke through the clouds to shine brightly at Fort Lauderdale Beach in time for 350 to be baptized in the strong surf Sept. 17.

State Board adopts record 2007 CP budget

EUSTIS (FBC)-The State Board of Missions adopted a record 2007 Cooperative Program budget of $41,035,016 that will send 40 percent to the Southern Baptist Convention for world-wide mission causes during its Sept. 22 meeting at Lake Yale Conference Center.

Nationwide observance of Life Chain set for Oct. 1

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)-Hundreds of thousands of concerned individuals will unite Oct.1 to create a human chain in support of the sanctity of human life with the purpose of changing hearts towards the unborn.

NOBTS awards first pastoral ministry certificates in Haiti

PORT AU PRINCE (FBC)-Culminating 30 months of study underwritten by the Florida Baptist Convention, 52 pastors were the first ever to be awarded Certificates in Pastoral Ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary during a graduation ceremony Sept. 14 in Port Au Prince, Haiti.

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This continues a series of articles written by my friend Sumner Wemp. I am reprinting them because I could not have said it better. I hope they bless you as much as they do me.

Point of View

Not long ago a pastor sent me a link for an article titled "Don't be original-be effective!" by a pastor and author in Ohio. After reading the article, I simply sat there dumbfounded, stupefied. I felt like imitating Ezra when he said, "When I heard about this matter I tore my garment and my robe, and pulled some of the hair from my head and my beard, and sat down appalled" (Ezra 9:3).

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Let's face it. Most of us live our lives always "on the go." But we still need to take the time to be healthy. I recently shared this "on the go" wellness information with our marketing staff who accumulate thousands of frequent flyer miles each year.

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Muslims are outraged over Pope Benedict's recent speech, in which he denounced violence as a means of bringing about religious conversion. How did they demonstrate their anger? Ironically, with violent protest-even murder.

State Board hires 4 new employees after retirements

EUSTIS (FBC)-While officially saying goodbye to eight retiring Florida Baptist Convention staff members, the State Board of Missions welcomed four new persons into the fold and promoted a fifth during its Sept. 22 meeting at Lake Yale Conference Center.

Palm Beach Atlantic dance department receives $10,000 grant

WEST PALM BEACH (PBAU)-Palm Beach Atlantic University's Dance Department was granted $10,000 to support the reconstruction of Jose Limon's "There is a Time," which will be preformed by the PBA Dance Ensemble November 21 at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for Performing Arts in West Palm Beach.

Bible drill offers life training

PLANT CITY (FBC)-Kay Morris daily sees the life applications of lessons learned by her four children in Bible drills. "Learning that lasts a lifetime is a worthy goal of any church program and is certainly accomplished in Bible drill," said Morris, a member of First Baptist Church Plant City.

Titusville grandmother 'Point of Light' winner

TITUSVILE (FBW)-Governor Jeb Bush named Ruby Clay of Titusville a recipient of the Points of Light award Sept. 6. She is a member of Christ Central Church, formerly called Central Baptist Church.

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