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Entrepreneur leads church to buy historic landmark

December 15, 2014

From the shadows of a garbage dump to a historic community playhouse in the heart of Hollywood, God has led church planter Martin Vargas and a band of believers through a circuitous journey of faith during the past decade.

House of Hope strives to be ‘His hands and feet’

December 15, 2014

In the pre-dawn hours before the sun rises over the Atlantic Ocean, hundreds of needy people stand in line at the House of Hope waiting for groceries, coffee and donuts, clothes and a little hope to help them make it through the week.

No excuses: college student serves Christ despite difficulties

December 3, 2014

Her smile emerges quickly and brightly, and she laughs right out loud. Her lips recite Scripture with a natural ease and intimacy. Her eyes mirror the brilliant blue of a Gulf Coast Florida sky.

Evangelistic zeal brings new life to troubled church

December 3, 2014

When Pastor Rodney Keith took the helm of a troubled north Jacksonville congregation he knew only one way to bring it back to life—the tried and true old-fashioned way.

Campus minister, local pastor point hurting FSU community to Christ after shooting

November 20, 2014

Just hours after a gunman exchanged gunfire with campus police in the Florida State University Library, Baptist campus minister Lance Beauchamp and Tallahassee pastor Dean Inserra were drawn immediately to the campus to minister to students, administrators and campus police.

Prayer permeates Florida Baptist annual meeting

November 19, 2014

Gathering together in Lakeland for their 2014 annual meeting, Florida Baptists permeated the two-day event with prayer.

Ministers’ wives encouraged in unique roles

November 19, 2014

Reading from the first chapter of 2 Timothy, pastor’s wife and women’s ministry speaker Lisa McKay challenged approximately 150 Florida Baptist ministers’ wives to remember their call and privilege to serve alongside their husbands in ministry.

Peoples elected to lead Florida Baptist State Convention

November 18, 2014

November 18, 2014 LAKELAND—James Peoples, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Keystone Heights, was elected as president of the one-million member Florida Baptist State Convention during its annual meeting held Nov. 10-11 in Lakeland.

Traylor says CP is 'too vital to lose' in Convention Sermon

November 17, 2014

Ted Traylor, pastor of Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, preaches a timely message on the value of the Cooperative Program, saying it is a "program of cooperation," noting the word "program is our Baptist stewardship;" and "cooperation is our Baptist spirit."

Crossover Lakeland shines light of gospel in central Florida

November 13, 2014

Teams of volunteers fanned out through parking lots of impoverished apartment communities, distributing bagged lunches to grateful residents. Members of a strength team amazed high-school students with feats including ripping telephone books and decks of cards and blowing up a hot water bottle until it burst. An illusionist wowed a crowd of youth with his sleight-of-hand performance.

Thanksgiving must guide the Christian life, says Sullivan in final message

November 13, 2014

Prefacing his remarks with “Never has there been an executive director who has received more cooperation and love from his constituents and for that I am grateful,” John Sullivan presented his final sermon as executive-director treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention Nov. 10 during the Florida Baptist State Convention meeting in Lakeland.

Florida Baptists bid farewell to state exec; approve $28.8 CP budget; expect to hit 50-50 in 2017

November 13, 2014

Florida Baptists said farewell to John Sullivan, the ninth executive director–treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention for the past 26 years during the 135th annual meeting of the Florida Baptist State Convention meeting held Nov. 10-11 at First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland.

Ripple effects of mission camp crosses generations

October 16, 2014

How does one judge the value of Florida Baptist mission camps? Is it through the number of those in attendance; the number of professions of faith at the camp; or the number of lives dedicated to Christian ministry?

VBS Summer missionaries report 207 professions of faith while transforming their own lives

October 10, 2014

Two children stood on the side of a Jacksonville East Arlington road selling lemonade when Kourtney Burcroff and her fellow summer missionary first spotted them.

USF Baptist Campus ministry to offer free pregnancy tests and counseling for troubled students

October 10, 2014

Free pregnancy testing for students who suspect they may be pregnant are being offered once a week at the Baptist Campus Ministry center located on the University of South Florida campus this fall.

Florida Baptists ‘standing at the doorway of a new era;’

October 10, 2014

Florida Baptists will come together to rejoice in God’s faithfulness during the past 160 years and to dream about the future during the Florida Baptist State Convention (FBSC) Nov. 10-11 at First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland.

Retiree instilled missions heart into future generations

October 10, 2014

Cindy Goodwin grew up in a home with a heart brimming for missions. The native Floridian, born and raised in Miami in the 1950’s when its culture was steeped in Southern charm and tourism, was guided by a mother who poured her life into missions through her church, her association and the Florida Woman’s Missionary Union. Goodwin shared that passion and followed in her footsteps.

Sharing the Light . . . in darkness of Eastern Cuba

October 10, 2014

It was mid-afternoon in mid-July when the lights went out in Eastern Cuba and stayed out for about five hours, even as the sun set. With skies above growing darker, the Cubans were undaunted by the power outage. They had been waiting so long for this week when Florida Baptists would come their way. They walked to church for the evening evangelistic service.

Gifts, gospel and God’s love embrace migrant children

October 3, 2014

She was eight-years-old when Ami Martinez first went to the Florida Baptist Migrant Children’s camp held annually at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center. While there she made a decision that would change her life forever when she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior.

God’s light glows to the captive

September 26, 2014

The dining room light shined brightly in the pre-dawn hours from the home on the main thoroughfare in Panacea, a small fishing village south of Tallahassee on Hwy 98.

Board approves budget, Sullivan's retirement

September 22, 2014

LEESBURG—A $28.8 million Cooperative Program budget goal for 2015 that is expected to hasten the Convention reaching a 50-50 division of CP funds between Southern Baptist and Florida Baptist causes a year earlier was approved by the State Board of Missions during its quarterly meeting Sept 19 at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center.

EDT Search Committee named

September 19, 2014

LEESBURG—A State Board of Missions committee of seven pastors and two laypersons has been appointed to recommend a candidate as the tenth executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention.

John Sullivan announces his retirement as Florida Baptist state exec

September 19, 2014

LEESBURG, FL (FLBaptist)—After serving Florida Baptists as the executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention for a quarter of a century, John Sullivan has announced his retirement from the post, effective Feb. 28, 2015.

Embracing addicts behind prison bars and along downtown streets

September 15, 2014

Rick McClung heard the familiar clang of the prison door locking behind him. Stepping through security screens, he was patted down and sent down the hallway.

State Missions emphasis calls Florida Baptists to “Embrace Florida”

August 26, 2014

Jesus sent his followers into the cities and rural places, preparing the way for Him. He told them to go out two-by-two that they may strengthen and encourage one another in the mission set before them. And He shared with them the enormity of that task—for the harvest is great and the workers are few.

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