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Legacy Partners Dinner Celebrates Lives Saved

Musical Artist Matt Hammitt, of Sanctus Real, performed at the Hope Women’s Centers Legacy Partners Dinner on September 28th, then shared the heart wrenching story of receiving news that his newborn son’s heart had stopped beating. His son, Bowen was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, a condition that leaves the heart severely underdeveloped. Multiple doctors told them that the child would not survive, and they should end his life in the womb. Miraculously, their son did live and Hammitt shared the lessons his family learned about love, life and the faithfulness of God. Later, Hammitt’s now teenage son, Bowen, […]

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Pastor Bill Mitchell Announces Change in Leadership

On Sunday, September 24, 2023, Pastor Bill Mitchell announced his succession and transition from the Senior Pastor role to Teaching Pastor at Boca Raton Community Church. While he is passing the baton of senior leadership, Mitchell will remain on staff and continue leading CityLead, a monthly event that challenges professional men and women to develop ethical business practices in the workplace, and WorldLead, a global organization that strategically mentors hundreds of leaders in various global non-profit agencies.  About Pastor Bill Mitchell Following a 25-year career in commercial and residential real estate, Mitchell served as the church pastor for 20 years. […]

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Big News at First Baptist Fort Lauderdale

On Sunday, September 17, 2023, Pastor David Hughes addressed the congregation: “Church, we had a situation here,” and proceeded to tell the group “due to a technicality” and for one reason or another bottom line, First Baptist Fort Lauderdale appeared to be “late” with the mortgage payment. “All churches generally have mortgages just like us… I won’t get into all the details, but it happened,” Hughes went on…. And the lender called the note in for the $3.5 million dollars owed. Gasp! “That’s not all; I was angry feeling they were trying to take advantage of us because this is […]

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FaithFest: Music Meets Foster Care Advocacy in an Unprecedented Celebration

It’s rare that music, community, and purpose align so poignantly. FaithFest, an extraordinary festival hosted by 3rd Beat Studios, will not only celebrate faith and music but address a critical problem plaguing our society: the foster care crisis. Scheduled for September 30th at Pine Trails Amphitheater and Park in Parkland from 4 to 9 p.m., FaithFest will feature the melodies of leading local worship teams along with contemporary Christian music stars like Social Club Misfits, KJ-52 and Sam Llanes.  Experience powerful worship, inspiring speakers, and engaging activities for the whole family that will ignite your faith journey and help spread […]

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BBX Capital and Community Donates 1,000 Backpacks with School Supplies to Nonprofits

As part of its ongoing commitment to philanthropy, BBX Capital Foundation, with support from the South Florida community, partnered together for their annual Back-To-School Initiative. The funds raised were used to donate approximately 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to several non-profit organizations including, Big Brothers, Big Sisters; ChildNet; Pace Center for Girls; Children’s Diagnostic Treatment Center; and a local church, in anticipation of the upcoming 2023/2024 school year. BBX Donates for Charity The donations from the South Florida community came from a fundraiser that Hoffman’s Chocolates, a BBX Capital Company, held from July 14 through July 31 at its […]

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Pavone Leads Pray for the Unborn in Fort Lauderdale

Fr. Frank Pavone, the founder and president of Priests for Life, prayed for an end to abortion with more than 70 pro-life advocates on Saturday, August 12, on the sidewalk outside the East Cypress Women’s Center abortion facility at 962 East Cypress Creek Road in Fort Lauderdale. Pray for the Unborn The purpose of the gathering was to pray for an end to abortion, for the closure of the abortion facility and others in the state of Florida, for the defeat of the pro-abortion amendment Planned Parenthood wants to put on the 2024 ballot and for full legal protection to […]

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Your Work Matters to God

On September 4, Americans celebrate the federal holiday known as Labor Day. So I’d like to give you a word of eternal encouragement about your labor: No matter where you work and what you do, your work matters to God. First, we must remember that work is not a result of the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Work was given to them before they sinned and rebelled against God. Work is one of God’s many good gifts to mankind. Theologians frequently refer to this as the Cultural Mandate or the Creation Mandate. “God created man […]

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Choosing A College That’s Right for You

Christian College Fairs Come to South Florida The transition from high school to college is such a pivotal time, setting the trajectory for the future and establishing friendships that often last a lifetime. Many parents have strong allegiances to their alma mater and look forward to the day when their child will carry on their legacy. However, finding the best college fit is a very individual choice that should be tailored to the personalities and priorities of each student. We’ve compiled this Christian College Guide to help with the discovery process, focusing on institutions who teach from a Christian worldview. […]

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David Hughes: One Pastor, Two Churches

From the sawgrass to the beach, two Jesus-loving churches have joined forces in a unique partnership that maintains their individual distinctions under the leadership of one pastor, while creating a powerful spiritual synergy that is breathing new life into one of the oldest churches in Fort Lauderdale. Raised in South Florida, Pastor David Hughes, lead pastor of Church by the Glades, one of the fastest growing churches in the county, known for its creative approach and high-energy music, took on a second role in June as Lead Pastor of First Baptist Fort Lauderdale. A 115-year-old historic church, First Baptist Fort […]

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CFC Recognized for Advancing Religious Liberty

The City of Miami last week honored Christian Family Coalition (CFC) Florida and the Centro Evangelistico Latinoamericano (CELA) ministry for their respective work advancing religious liberty and serving the needy. CFC Florida Founder and Executive Director Anthony Verdugo accepted a proclamation from Miami City Commissioner Manolo Reyes.  CFC Recognition Ceremony for Religious Liberty The ceremony took place against the backdrop of the city’s new “In God We Trust” display, which was installed last month behind the commission dais just above the city seal. The installation came four months after the commission unanimously approved Commissioner Reyes’ resolution to prominently display our […]

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