Current News – 7-31-19

*UA Fayetteville ABS Starts “A New Tradition” (pg. 1)

Warren Dugas – We are starting a new tradition! On Razorback football game days, we want to open a tailgating area to our students and church families. HedgeHog Tailgating Area will open Saturday, Aug. 31 for the Portland State game. We have plenty of parking and shade trees provide cover and a great environment for eating and visiting. We will provide a meal on a donation basis, or you may bring your own food. The game begins at 3 p.m. and parking will be $20. So please, come call the Hogs with us! Many already know where we are located because we have parked for games for many years. We are located only about three blocks from Razorback Stadium at 1005 W. Clinton. If you would like to reserve a spot, call (479) 300-6029. If you are sent to voicemail, please leave your message to guarantee a reservation.

*Chaplain Dean Promoted (pg. 1)

Chaplain Matthew Dean was recently promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in the United States Navy. He celebrates his new achievement with his wife Kaley, sons John and Nathan, and soon-to-be first daughter. Chaplain Dean is currently stationed at Marine Corps Installation East, based out of Camp Lejeune, N.C., where he has a thriving ministry of presence with the various base battalions.

*Musings of a Military Wife (pg. 1)

Kaley Dean – Six years ago, if you had asked if I could see myself as a military wife, I would have chuckled at the idea. Today, I’m more than 1,000 miles from my hometown of Jacksonville, Texas, adjusting to life in a military town as my husband serves as a chaplain for the US Navy at Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune in N.C. My husband, Matthew, and I met in the summer of 2013 while he attended BMA Seminary and pursued God’s calling on his life to be a military chaplain after serving in the Navy for four years. Before we started dating, Matthew made clear the plan God had for his life. As I sat next to him, listening to his goals, the Holy Spirit confirmed to me, “I will give you the peace you need when the time comes.” My heart had a sense of unexplainable assurance in that moment, and six months after we met, Matthew and I married in December 2013. While Matthew completed his extensive list of credentials over the next several years to rejoin the Navy, we welcomed our sons John, 3 and Nathan, 1½; and are expecting a daughter this September.

*Seeking God’s Guidance (pg. 1)

Paul Gauntt (via Baptist Progress) —Most pastors have a favorite sermon — a sugar stick as we call it in the “trade;” a sermon, which bears repeating — like R.G. Lee’s “Payday Someday” or Jonathan Edward’s famous sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” I have such a sermon, only it’s not mine. I read it in the Baptist Trumpet almost 50 years ago, a sermon by Arkansas evangelist/pastor Bro. Kenneth Bobo. I believe his title was “Divine Guidance.” I did what probably 99% of pastors do — I “borrowed” it, tweaked it to fit my personality and added a few of my own illustrations. In all of my six pastorates, I preached it (along with Richard Walter’s message, “Moses is Dead”) when I first arrived at a pastorate and again just before I left.

*Attention All Youth Ministry Workers (pg. 2)

Terry Kimbrow – It was great connecting with many of you at SOAR 2019 in Dallas earlier this month. To show our support of your impactful work with your church’s youth, we gave away some CBC swag baskets and offered a free resource called the Summer Checklist. However, if you did not get a chance to connect with us you can still do that. By connecting with us you will receive free resources, tips and offers to partner with us further. We believe that if you do connect with us, you will be empowered to help guide your youth and parents how to start and even guide them through the college application and financial aid process. If you did connect with us at SOAR, look for the first email this month. To sign up for the Youth Ministry Workers list, visit cbc.edu/SOAR and fill out the form. (Also see CBC Soccer Schedule on page 2)

*What Is Your Teaching Plan? (pg. 2)

Dan Carson – When working with students, it is vital to have a plan. That is especially true when it comes to the lessons/messages for your weekly meetings. The simple truth is that you may only get your students for 1 out of the 168 hours in a week, so we must be intentional as we seek to pour into them. Now to those of you who would say, “What about the Spirit’s leading?” I would say that the Spirit can lead in the prep just as well as He can in the moment. A plan gives us a guideline we can follow even when we might struggle to find a direction for our lesson. Over the years, I would have Wednesdays where I had not planned out in advance, and I was struggling all the way up until the meeting to figure out what I would say to our students. It was more of a reaction to what was happening in our world than pouring out what God had to say. As we look ahead at the coming school year and beyond, what do we need to work through to make sure we are properly feeding our students from the Word? These are some questions that we may want to evaluate as we start planning.

Did You Miss It? (pg. 3)

Larry Barker – Are you interested in going deeper in your spiritual journey? Would you like to know more about one-on-one discipleship? That’s great! We have an intentional way you can do that through a partnership with Small Circle Discipleship. Maybe you missed our training, or you didn’t even know we had it, but there is good news. We recorded it, and it is available at bmamissions.org/activate, where you can scroll down until you see the red tab: Discipleship Training with Steve McCoy. You can then watch it by yourself or invite others interested in discipleship to join you.

15 Heartbreakers In Marriage (pg. 3)

Part 2 (The Late Travis Plumlee) – In the first part of this series, I discussed selfishness, unforgiveness, violating trust, hardness of the heart and ignoring your spouse. These five are listed first because they are the biggest heartbreakers. However, the rest of the heartbreakers can also zap the joy and love right out of a relationship. We must work hard on stopping these behaviors and finding new ways to relate to the one God has given us to love a lifetime. Your spouse is your partner. When you make your spouse your enemy, you will reap heartache. Some of the stress and frustration we have in our life is because of our unwillingness to die to self and live for another. Here are the next five on the list of heartbreakers…

Spotlight on Missions (pg. 4)

Michel & Ruth Poirier • Canada & Haiti

Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)

Killed in India; PP Closes Ark. Abortion Center; River Market to Become “Entertainment District;” Church Salary “Not Enough to Meet Needs”

Cecil Burgess, BMA Pastor, Dies (pg. 5)

Cecil H. Burgess, 93 of Greenbrier, died July 29. He had served as pastor of Caney Valley Baptist Church in Plumerville for over 12 years. Bro. Burgess surrendered to the ministry Nov. 28, 1955 and was ordained Feb. 13, 1955 at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Greenbrier. His first pastorate was Friendship Baptist Church at Greenbrier, and he went on to pastor several other churches in Arkansas. Bro. Burgess received a Bachelor’s Degree from Central Baptist College in 1964, and served the BMA on the local, state, district and national levels, including being on the Board of Trustees of Central Baptist College and Daniel Springs and as a member of the Baptist Trumpet Publications Committee. Survivors include: two sons, Michael Howard Burgess of Little Rock and David Randall Burgess of Allen, Texas; 4 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren Funeral services will be held Aug. 1 at 11 a.m. at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Greenbrier. Interment will be at Bethlehem Cemetery, under the direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home in Greenbrier. Memorials may be sent to Bethlehem Baptist Church Food Pantry, 505 Highway 225 West, Greenbrier, Ark. 72058. (rollerfuneralhomes.com)

Mitchell, Former Pastor, Dies (pg. 5)

Gene Mitchell, 89 of Tuttle, passed away July 29 due to heart failure. He surrendered to the ministry at age 23, and received a Master’s degree from Central Baptist College. His pastorates include Park View in North Little Rock, Commerce Road in Pine Bluff, Winwood in Fayetteville and New Liberty in Fort Smith. In the words of one family member, he was “a dedicated student of the Bible, and a wonderful pastor, teacher and mentor.” Survivors include: a son, Michael Gene Mitchell; a daughter, Carol Marie Speer; two brothers, Mike Mitchell and Jimmy Ray Mitchell; and two grandchildren. Editor’s Note: Funeral arrangements were not complete at the time we went to press. Watch the Baptist Trumpet Facebook page for a full obituary when it becomes available, or visit the website of Sisco Funeral Chapel at siscofuneral.com.

Moore, Former Missionary, Dies (pg. 5)

Karen Sue Moore, 68, passed away July 26 in Slidell, La. at the age of 68. She was the first BMAA missionary to serve in the Philippines and also worked as an administrative assistant. From a very early age she learned to play piano and sing. She had a degree in music. She spent much of her life leading worship in churches in America and the Philippines. Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Travis Moore (pastor of Peace Grove Baptist Church in Lancombe, La., an independent congregation); four children: Travis (Tara) Moore, Nathan Moore, Sharlyn Joy Moore and Fallon Moore; two sisters, Jerene (George) Reddin, and Lynette (David) Stanley; and 9 grandchildren, with a new grandbaby on the way next month. Funeral services were held July 30 at Peace Grove Baptist Church, and interment was at Peace Grove Cemetery under the direction of Serenity Funeral Home. Memorials may be sent to the church (30509 Horseshoe Island Rd., Lancombe, La. 70445) for the Philippines Radio Missionary Fund.

National Galilean Officers Meet (pg. 5)

Kenneth Colvert – The National Galilean Officers met on Saturday morning, July 19 to make plans for National Galilean Camp 2020. The meeting was held in a cabin high in the beautiful Ozark Mountain Wilderness near Compton, Arkansas. National Galilean Camp 2020 will be held June 19–22 at StoneRidge Baptist Camp in Smithville, Ark. Father’s Day falls on Sunday, so this will be a Father/Son Camp. We encourage all fathers or substitute fathers to attend camp with their sons. Tony Crocker will serve as our camp pastor. The theme for 2020 is “Obsessed,” with Deut. 6:5 serving as the theme verse. Emphasis will be given to teach each believer to act out his faith. Action words chosen for our sub-themes are: Surrender, Pray, Go, Do, Fight and Persevere. Our prayer is that every camper will leave camp obsessed with the Lord, living for the Lord, working for the Lord and leading others to the Lord. Emphasis will also be placed on the word “all“ in Deut. 6:5. We want to give our all to the Lord. I hope you will make plans now for the boys and men of your church to attend National Galilean Camp 2020. For further information about camp or the Galilean ministry, e-mail Kenneth Colvert at krcolovert@cox.net or you may text/call me at (479) 629–3258.

VSM Philippines Trip 2019 (pg. 6)

Jeff HerringThe Lord has blessed me with the opportunity to lead five VSM teams, including one trip to Bolivia and one trip to Peru, as well as three trips to the Philippines. I have also had the privilege of being a part of mission trips to Honduras, Guatemala, and two Camp Ministry focused trips to the Philippines.On each of these trips, we have had the same goal: to partner with the international and/or national missionaries and churches to further their ministry. This is one thing that is emphasized in the training that all VSM teams must receive before going to the field. We are there to help and encourage the missionaries and churches already on the mission field, being willing to do whatever they may ask.As I have experienced time on the mission field over several years, a lesson that I have learned is the importance of being flexible-always being ready for plans to change and trusting God while adapting to each situation. Each of the three times I have led VSM trips to the Philippines, we have traveled and worked with BMA missionary Danny Ballard and Pastor Vincent Ferrer, missions coordinator for Luzon.

Christianity Has a Fever (pg. 7)

Paul White (part 2) – Last week we looked at two of the reasons that Christianity has a fever — lack of discipline and lack of commitment. We need men and women who can tolerate the meat of God’s Word and that are able to help carry on the Great Commission of discipleship — and I don’t mean half-heartedly. Some work a year and never miss a day, but they can use just any excuse to miss church, never thinking about what God thinks. John Mark once failed to have commitment. “Demas,” Paul said, “has forsaken me.” But friends, pastors can feel forsaken, too. Ephraim was a cake half-baked, they wouldn’t choose sides and found themselves without. This week, let us consider that Christianity has a fever from a contaminated Gospel.We say we believe in grace through faith and not of works, but there are religions that are contaminated by heresies. If the only way for a person to be saved is by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and we claim to have that Gospel. How concerned are we that people all around us are dying and going to Hell?

Assistant Editor

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