Next Generation

Rachel’s Challenge Brings Message of Kindness Around the World

On April 20, 1999, two teenagers walked into their own high school in Littleton, Colorado and went on a shooting rampage that ultimately killed thirteen people. The two shooters, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, then turned the gun on themselves. The Columbine school shootings were the worst in United States history and prompted discussions and outcries across the country. Although many debated the issue of gun control, the central focus of discussions across the country amongst parents, children and educators was on bullying. The two young gunmen had extensive histories of being bullied at school and were perceived as social […]

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Scout Brings Solar to Haitian Community

Zak Myers is a typical young man from Central Florida, relocated to South Florida, and is a Boy Scout, which is not remarkable in itself. But Zak is also an Eagle Scout, which puts him in a more restricted and elite group of scouts. To become an Eagle Scout, one must do a project of lasting significance to demonstrate initiative and ingenuity. Zak chose one of the more unique and challenging projects ever undertaken by a prospective Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. He and his family have been members of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood for […]

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God’s Attributes Expressed Through Jesus

Many Christians are familiar with the song “Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel” whether it is Enya’s version, or another. Handel’s “Messiah,” another piece that is often heard at Christmas time, also reflects on several of the titles of God that are appropriated by the Messiah, Jesus. Even from the promise of Jesus’ birth, there are both direct statements and hints at his sharing the attributes of God. Some of these directly relate to the name of God, others to his attributes and still others relate to both. The Old Testament prophesies these connections, while the New Testament reveals their fulfillment. […]

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Bethlehem Revisited Takes Visitors Back in Time

First Church of Coral Springs invites you to Bethlehem Revisited, a living interactive recreation of the town of Bethlehem. It is a chance to watch the town of Bethlehem come to life as it was more than 2,000 years ago during the time of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. This five-day annual event will open Friday, December 9 and continue till Tuesday, December 13. Bethlehem Revisited started over 20 years ago. There are more than 300 volunteers from staff to local churches, uniting together for this live event. Janet Brockway, event and drama coordinator, said, “All volunteers are trained […]

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Make Christmas Meaningful for Kids

  If you are like most families, the Christmas season brings a certain anticipation of one, two or even twelve days filled with family traditions. From Christmas trees shopping adventures to decorating your house with mistletoes, candles and candy canes, baking delicious desserts and splashing the Christmas colors and twinkle lights everywhere from the family room to the front yard — in other words, the Christmas you have always imagined. For our children, this Christmas is still being written upon their future memories. So, how can we as parents make Christmas more about the reason and less about the season? […]

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Fort Lauderdale Christmas Pageant Will Honor American Heroes

From camels and new-born babies to flying angels, pyrotechnics and more, First Baptist Fort Lauderdale’s annual Christmas production has wowed thousands for more than 30 years. The Fort Lauderdale Christmas Pageant rises to the caliber and mastery of Broadway shows but with a different foundation. What makes this renowned event so special? Some may say the magic is in the scenery, while others can argue the actors hold the pageant to its high standards. One thing is certain. “When you have welcomed 40,000 people a year for 33 years, the impact is undeniable, as the real message of Christmas is […]

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ChurchUnited Fosters Uncommon Partnership

These days it seems as if churches are known more about what they are against, rather than what they are for. However, God seems to be up to something in our tri-county area. There is a movement called ChurchUnited afoot here in South Florida — a movement of churches coming together to live out Jeremiah 29:7, to seek the peace and prosperity of our region. Looking back over the last twelve months we can find tangible examples of unity, renewal, and partnership towards a common vision of seeing God’s Kingdom expanded. Common Goals Make Partnerships For example, in a recent […]

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Let the World Know Why the Bible Matters to You #WhyBible

The Barna Group has recently released data that is slightly positive, but also incredibly frightening and sad. The good news is a survey they conducted shows about two-thirds of all Americans believe that the Bible is the “actual, inspired word of God.” Now for the bad news: only 16 percent of millennials believe that the Bible is actually God’s word. Because of this sad development, Wycliffe Bible Translators are initiating a month-long #WhyBible campaign “to spark discussion about why the Bible matters today and to share stories about its incredible impact on individuals, communities and the world,” according to Scott […]

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Miami Youth for Christ Mourns the Death of Catalyst Hip Hop Minister Joel Stigale

It was in the South Miami Dade community of Perrine that Joel David Stigale, age 41, who died August 14 of complications from a double-lung transplant, found his passion for the hip-hop culture and in bringing lost, abandoned and at-risk kids the life-saving message of Jesus Christ. Stigale was the founder of Catalyst Hip Hop, a Miami Youth for Christ program that began in 2001 and is presently located in Miami Springs. Catalyst Hip Hop reaches out and serves thousands of graffiti artists, rappers, break-dancers and DJs, and continues to draw artists from all over the world to their regularly […]

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Students to Meet in Prayer during See You at the Pole

On Wednesday, September 28 at 7 a.m., students all around the globe will gather at their flagpoles to pray for their school, friends, families, churches and communities. Whether students attend public school, private school or home school, See You at the Pole (SYATP) is a day committed to global unity in Christ and prayer for this generation. This year students are also “being challenged to find new and unique ways, places and times to pray throughout Global Week of Student Prayer— Sunday, September 25 through Saturday, October 1.” Prayer is not the only way to talk to God; many students […]

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