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Spontaneous offering: $5.6M for homeless

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)–Responding to the needs of the region’s homeless, First Baptist Church in Orlando raised $5.6 million in donations and pledges with an impromptu offering March 12-13. “We’ve had a stirring in our heart and spirit that God placed the church here for this time because of foreclosures, because of this new homelessness,” senior […]

Church becomes ‘doers of the Word’

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)—When the church he leads became "doers of the Word," akin to the exhortation in James 1:22, David Uth said it was "far beyond what I had prepared myself for."

Jews still in God’s plan, Messianics told

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)–God has not turned His back on the Jewish people, Bruce Mills told members of the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship June 12 in Orlando, Fla. Explaining that the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) “came from a Jew to Jews,” Mills said that God still loves the Jewish people and that “all Israel will be […]

11th-hour salvation places judge in heaven

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--It's a salvation story of epic 11th-hour proportions. Its cast includes a respected judge, a wife desperate to see her husband come to faith in Jesus Christ and a Southern Baptist pastor who spoke the right words at just right time.

Baptisms memorable for inmates & pastors

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)—David Uth’s first baptism ceremony inside a prison facility had an impact. On him perhaps as much as anybody. “Walking into a room filled with prisoners of all types and realizing that we are all one in Christ was amazing,” said Uth, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Orlando, Fla. “I understood […]

337 baptized at First Baptist Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--"People are going to die tonight."       Not quite the first words most congregations want to hear from their pastor.       But that is what David Uth said as an introduction to "Not Ashamed," a three-service celebration of baptism at First Baptist Church in Orlando, Fla., June 27-28....

Caylee Anthony remembered by 1,000

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--Despite fears of protests and disruptions, the Feb. 10 memorial service for Caylee Marie Anthony turned out to be a calm respite despite the storm that has engulfed the Anthony family.

At 500-plus pounds, faith prevailed

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--Tollie Schmidt never really found out exactly how much he weighed. That's because the hospital scale he was standing on maxed out at 500 pounds.

His aim: Helping obese children

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)–Tollie Schmidt knows the pain of being an obese child. Schmidt, who once weighed more than 500 pounds but now tips the scales at a lean 190, is dedicating his life to helping overweight and obese children. “I was working at a restaurant and saw these overweight kids and thought, ‘If they only […]