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November 17, 2014

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BCF Music and Worship Division led worship on Tuesday Morning during the Florida Baptist State Convention in Lakeland, Florida.

From the Florida Baptist State Convention (FBSC) theme “Shine” to the very heartbeat of The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) President Thomas A. Kinchen expressed during his annual report, BCF students continue to shine as lights in a dark world.

Messengers at the convention held at the First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland, Fla., were greeted by BCF students at the registration counter where they were verifying credentials for the two day annual event. Embracing, Connecting, Engaging, and Transforming were the session themes led by Fruit Cove Baptist Church Pastor Timothy Maynard, FBSC President. From the Tuesday morning worship session led by the BCF Music and Worship Division to the exciting informational display booth, BCF provided inspiration and a blessing for messengers.

With instruments perfectly tuned and every voice strong and focused on worship, BCF Music and Worship Division Chair Bill Davis led the congregational singing immediately followed by the College Choir and Orchestra providing the special music. An enthusiastic applause encouraged the choir as they sang praises to the Lord.

Following the BCF video, Kinchen provided the college report to messengers highlighting ten ways in which BCF shines in the darkness. “BCF stands squarely on the total truth and integrity of scripture,” stated Kinchen. “You need to know that your Baptist College of Florida holds closely to a strong moral code in teaching and conduct, where ‘good enough’ is never good enough, and top quality education is at an affordable cost. In a dark world, where denominational loyalty is sometimes derided as a past virtue - your Baptist College believes that it is a trust and privilege to be a uniquely Florida Baptist and Southern Baptist institution. Your Baptist College adopts a ‘Christian Worldview’ as the only means of seeing the world as our Lord sees it and reaching and serving that world in His name.”

According to Kinchen, the world sometimes sees missions as an occupation, but at BCF missions is a lifestyle where faith in Christ alone is the way, the truth, and the life. “The Baptist College of Florida is your college; desiring to be your heart college!” stated Kinchen.

It was exciting to see so many BCF graduates and friends of the college gather around the booth and share stories of what they had been doing since graduating. One BCF graduate visiting the booth, Mike Orr, Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church Chipley, had just been elected as the 2015 President of the Florida Baptist Pastor’s Conference. The convention offered a great time of renewal and reconnecting with students that have given their lives to faithful service.

Visitors at the BCF booth received information on the regionally accredited, affordable undergraduate and graduate degrees which are available on campus, at the distance sites, and online uniquely designed to prepare graduates for a lifetime of service to the Lord and His kingdom.

For more information on The Baptist College of Florida and degrees to prepare you for areas of ministry and service, please call 850.263.3261 ext. 460 or visit the website at www.baptistcollege.edu.

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BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen addresses messengers at the Florida Baptist State Convention on Tuesday Morning.