September 7, 2006 Print Edition

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Five years after 9/11 Baptists sustain NYC

NEW YORK (BP)-It has been five years since two jets slammed into the World Trade Center, leaving thousands dead and hundreds injured in the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

Christianity and Islam: Witnessing to our neighbors

Over one billion people in the world adhere to the Islamic religion. Through immigration, large families, and conversion, Islam is one of the fastest growing religious movements in the United States. Islam is the third largest religion in America. Muslims outnumber such mainline Protestant denominations as the Episcopal Church. Muslim immigrants to the United States arrive from over 60 Muslim nations; many of those nations prohibit the communication of the Gospel or proselytizing others to the Christian faith.

Florida Baptists: On the front lines

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)-Hurricanes and tropical storms, tornados and violent thunderstorms-these disturbances bring great heartache in the lives of a multitude of people. Fathers, mothers, children, grandparents, neighbors, friends, and co-workers, all are left helpless in the wake of a catastrophe. As the number of violent storms increases, Florida Baptists are becoming more vigilant in their efforts to aid those suffering.

NAMB honors Florida church planting

RIDGECREST, N.C. (FBC)-The church planting efforts of the Florida Baptist Convention and Missions Division Director Cecil Seagle were honored by the North American Mission Board, SBC, during a recent four-day conference at Ridgecrest Conference Center.

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Point of View

For the next three weeks I plan to share some articles written by my good friend, Dr. Sumner Wemp. They will encourage you.

Point of View

Since February 1975 when God led me to establish the Jerry Drace Evangelistic Association He has allowed me to preach in over 1,000 churches in our nation. In His divine providence He has placed me in the company of some of his choicest servants as well as some who seek to be served. Throughout the past 31 years I have kept notes and observations on each of the pastors, staffs and churches where my team and I have been privileged to present the claims of Christ. I am sure some of these observations will be misunderstood, others will be embraced. I wish to share only 13 in hope they will serve as a catalyst for your own reflections.

Point of View

Walk into any department store across America, and you'll know for sure that it's "Back to School" season. Parents will hit the malls, with teens in tow, to get them ready for school-purchasing everything from Gap jeans to graphing calculators. But while American parents will spend a whopping $40.5 billion getting their kids re-geared for school, how much time will we spend preparing our kids' minds for the onslaught of often anti-Christian messages they'll face in the classrooms?

Passing the mission torch to the next generation

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)-Counselor Anna Morris has participated in Florida Baptists' GA/Acteens camp for more than half of her life. "Camps like this are life-changing," she said. "This is a place where God moves. This is His camp."

BCF conference highlights God's challenges, blessings

GRACEVILLE (FBW)-Baptist College of Florida in Graceville began its fall semester with the annual Prayer Conference Aug. 14-16. Students and faculty filled the R.G. Lee Chapel to hear speakers Rick Shepherd, director of prayer and spiritual awakening at the Florida Baptist Convention; and Wayne Barber, senior pastor of Hoffmantown Baptist Church in Albuquerque, N.M., and founder of To Live is Christ Ministries.

Trinity conf. slated for Brandon

BRANDON (FBW)-A conference exploring the doctrine of the Trinity, will be held Oct. 12-14 at Grace Bible Church in Brandon during the second annual Brandon Biblical Theology Conference.

Gov. Bush promotes Family Day Sept. 25

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)-Florida Governor Jeb Bush has declared Sept. 25 "Family Day-A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children." He is seeking the help of Florida Baptist pastors in making the annual observance a success.

Ernesto provides readiness exercise for relief leaders

JACKSONVILLE(FBC)-After Tropical Storm Ernesto passed through Florida on the last days of August with barely a whimper, Florida Baptist disaster relief crews on alert were told to "stand down."

Florida's Singing Men & Women on mission

JACKSONVILLE-(FBC) A group of 190 singers and instrumentalists from the Florida Baptist Singing Men & Women will participate in a music and worship mission tour to Sydney, Australia, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sept. 20-Oct. 2.

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