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Oct 31, 2014
LAKELAND (FLBaptist)—As small-group pastor of Hope Baptist Church in Las Vegas, Tom McCormick led the church’s growth of small groups to more than 200 with 3,000 people on the rosters, from the 30 small groups with 275 people in 2010.
With the revitalization of the small groups, church attendance also increased from 1,500 four years ago to 2,300, while baptisms more than doubled in that same timeframe.
Oct 30, 2014
JACKSONVILLE (FLBaptist)—Recordings of sermons delivered during the annual Florida Baptist State Convention Nov. 10-11 at the First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland will be available online in audio and video formats. CDs and DVDs will be available for purchase.
Convention speakers include FBSC President Tim Maynard, lead pastor of Fruit Cove Baptist Church in Jacksonville; Ted Traylor, pastor of Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola; John Sullivan, executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention; Gordon Fort, senior vice president, Prayer Mobilization and Training, International Mission Board, Richmond, Va.; and H.B. Charles, pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Missionary Church in Jacksonville.
Oct 29, 2014
LEESBURG (FLBaptist)—The Women’s Retreat at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center was more than the opportunity to hear two leading Christian recording artists and two nationally known speakers, said Suzy Lea of Leesburg.
“It was an exciting time to see 650 women get fully committed to the Lord Jesus and what potential and power God has to change lives and affect lives for His Kingdom,” said Lea, women’s ministry coordinator at First Baptist Church in Leesburg.
Oct 29, 2014
HOUSTON (BP)—The subpoenas will be withdrawn, Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced Oct. 29.
The word "subpoenas" grabbed national attention after it became known that five Houston ministers were being subpoenaed for sermons and other private correspondence regarding their opposition to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance.
Oct 28, 2014
DEFUNIAK SPRINGS (FBW)—More than 600 people in DeFuniak Springs receive food every week because of the efforts of volunteers from Southwide Baptist Church and ministry partners of other denominations. The genesis of the Helping Hands Association can be traced to an emphasis during the 2011 Florida Baptist State Convention at Church by the Glades in Coral Springs.
“I heard about hunger in Florida there, and then I kept hearing God calling me to do something about it,” said Lyle Haney, a Convention messenger from Southwide Baptist at the 2011 meeting in South Florida.
Oct 27, 2014
Joseph’s life began with high prospects. His two dreams indicate the time when all of his siblings and parents would bow before him. Then things went wrong, and he spent more than two years in prison. Most of us also have faced similar disappointments in life. Let’s take a few common situations. Suppose you have worked hard at Wal-Mart or Lowe’s. You thought you were in line for a promotion but did not get it. Maybe you were a military officer in line for the next promotion level, until the promotion list came out and your name was not there. Perhaps you were in theological training, waiting on a church position. To your shocked surprise, the class goof-off was called but not you. Life is full of disappointments. To highlight ways to find a way out, I will feature the way we can look at our situation.
Oct 27, 2014
Some English versions translate Hebrews 9:11 in terms of Christ as high priest of good things to come in the future (NASB, KJV, NKJV). The majority of English versions, however, translate the verse in terms of Christ as high priest of the “good things that have come” (HCSB, NIV, ESV). Hebrews 10:1 states that the law of Moses was a mere “shadow of the good things to come.” Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, God’s people no longer live in the shadows. We live in the reality of the fulfillment of Old Testament promises regarding our relationship with God.
Oct 27, 2014
MAYO (FBW)—Campers on Mission are often on the move and always looking forward to their next project, according to veteran members. The tales of COM adventures are as varied as the people who tell them, and each uses his or her skill set in places close to home and far away.
Florida chapter members will gather Nov. 2-4 at Pickett Lake Campground in Mayo to hear stories of projects accomplished and of gatherings ahead this fall. David and Janet Cornish from Chumuckla and Larry and Becky Davis from Lloyd gave the Florida Baptist Witness a preview of the stories they love to tell.
Oct 27, 2014
Winford Hendrix will be the guest speaker and there will be a covered dish lunch after the 10:45 a.m. worship service.
Oct 26, 2014
GAINESVILLE (FBW)—Pine Grove Baptist Church in Gainesville is using bicycles to help win its neighbors to the Lord. The ministry, which refurbishes used bikes to give away to needy children and adults, depends on the skills of 15-year-old Evan Tanner.
The eighth grader at Howard Bishop Middle School learned bicycle repair by working with his father, Gordon, to fix his own bicycles. Evan Tanner recently gave one of his old bikes, a Mongoose Ripcord, to his church. It doesn’t need much repair, he said.