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12 Months in Iraq: War, Miracles and Faith

April 27, 2013

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By David Ettinger Caption: Josh and some of the men in his unit stand atop a tank in Iraq. For First Orlando member Josh Pixomatis, fighting in the war in Iraq was an opportunity to serve his country. And though he faced life-and-death situations daily, he felt God walking with him every step of the […]

A Son’s Death, A Father’s Journey

April 27, 2013

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By David Ettinger Through his son Richie, Bob Myers has taken many journeys. • There was the journey of living and coping with his son’s homosexuality. • There was the journey of realizing his shortcomings as a father. • There was the journey of watching his son battle the punishing ravages of AIDS. • There […]

Cocaine, Alcohol and Abortion

April 25, 2013

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By David Ettinger Caption: Christina with her son Hunter in 2002. First Orlando’s Christina LeBarron is well suited to head up Lydia House, a home for women making the transition from jail to becoming productive members of society.  “I’m so passionate about this ministry because I know where these women are coming from,” Christina said. […]

Lydia House Provides Transition From Jail

April 24, 2013

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By David Ettinger It is a cold fact of post-jail life: Once inmates are released, too often they are left on their own. Sometimes they are released in the middle of the night with no one to greet them and nowhere to go. It is no wonder many former inmates find themselves incarcerated again a […]

Brain Cancer Spawns Gratitude

April 22, 2013

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By David Ettinger In a sense, First Orlando member Craig Wojcik is living under a death sentence. Just 36 years old, Craig has already been told that his brain cancer will kill him. In fact, doctors have told him and his wife Jenny that Craig should no longer be with us. “We have planned his […]

Daughter Walks the Godly Path Her Mom Paved

April 18, 2013

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By David Ettinger Caption: Sandra Gether lifts baby Jen high into the air. The two were close all of Sandra’s life. Jennifer Grether watched her mother battle colon cancer for eight long years. And when Sandra Grether finally succumbed to the disease on May 10, 2006 at the age of 44, Jen knew that her […]

From Music Superstars to Contentment In Christ

April 18, 2013

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By David Ettinger Caption: Jim Dotson in his “home away from home” — a sound studio. It took a long time for Jim Dotson to find his way back to God, and he has no plans on wandering away again. “I was born into a very strong Christian family,” he said. “In fact, I didn’t […]

Former Atheist Sees the Light

April 16, 2013

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By David Ettinger It was atheism born of paternal pressure, but atheism nonetheless. For First Orlando member Debra Lozano, it was also an active atheism, one she tried to fuel in others. “Whenever I talked to Christians, I would tell them how foolish it was to believe in God and that it was nothing more […]

From Hinduism to Christianity

April 15, 2013

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By David Ettinger For Shital Pearson, the Hindu religion was always something she followed, but never understood. “There were so many things about it I questioned, but never received any solid answers,” she said. “My mother would say, ‘This is what I’ve done, and this is what you’re going to do.’ ” That mindset worked […]

Tiffany Coburn: A Heavenly Voice

April 11, 2013

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By David Ettinger Hearing Tiffany Coburn’s thunderous voice practically shake the roof of First Orlando, you would think she trained years at the Boston Conservatory or the Julliard School of Music. You’d be wrong. Actually, Tiffany’s powerful pipes are a simple matter of genetics. “My dad’s side of the family is very strong instrumentally,” she […]