Current News – 8-21-19

*Walk T-shirts: Doing Something Different (pg. 1)

Holly Meriweather – It was a brand new way of fundraising, something that Harvest Gleaner Hour Executive Director Paul Bearfield heard about while attending a conference in 1980. It had been very successful for raising money for ministries and organizations, so he came back from the conference excited to try it. It was called a “walk-a-thon.” The idea was that prior to the event, participants would gather sponsors to give an amount of their choice for every mile walked. For the first three years of the Harvest Gleaner Hour Walk-a-thon, as it was called in the beginning, that number of miles was 20.  That only lasted until 1983, when the official number of miles was reduced to 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) then 10 miles in 1998. Now, if churches even have a walk at all, 3 miles is the standard.

*Mass Shootings — What’s a Christian to Do? (pg. 1)

John Babler • Baptist Press -When I heard the news about another mass shooting, this time at an El Paso Walmart, I was deeply saddened. When less than 13 hours later there was another mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, I was stunned.As an emergency services chaplain in such shootings in the past, I know how devastating and chaotic these traumatic events are. The emotional, spiritual and physical consequences dramatically impact victims, witnesses, family members, first responders and communities.As the threat of these events becomes ever more common, many thoughts may surround one’s reflections. For example, they can invoke fear and cause people to think about day-to-day life differently.

*This Place is Getting Wicked! (pg. 1)

Anders Lee, Church Planter, Southaven, Miss. (via Mississippi Baptist) I know you all have been paying attention, and you don’t need me to tell you know how wicked this place is getting. You are not uninformed and ignorant about the status of our country; I know you watch the news. Yet I have a point, so please read the article to the end.We have an openly gay married man running for president of the United States. South Bend, Indiana’s Mayor, Pete Buttigieg, has entered the 2020 race for president. He announced his intentions with a video featuring scenes of him and his husband, Chasten, cooking and playing with their dog, Buddy. CNN news says it’s a “Big Deal” and that it will “further the cause of the LGBT movement” more than anything before it. This place is getting wicked!

*Massive Censorship (pg. 1)

 “A Google staffer released documents Aug. 14, exposing a massive censorship campaign where the ubiquitous Google search engine purposefully censored pro-life and conservative web sites, including LifeNews.com,” said Steven Ertelt in a LifeNews report. “Google Insider Zachary Vorhies has given an interview to watchdog group Project Veritas where he discusses how he documented Google censorship of leading pro-life and conservative web sites for over a year. He made the decision to go public in an on-the-record video interview after Google went after him following the release of the information to Project Veritas.” He decided to go public after receiving a letter from Google, and after he says Google allegedly called the police to perform a “wellness check” on him. Along with the interview, Vorhies asked Project Veritas to publish more of the internal Google documents he had previously leaked. (lifenews.com)

*Enough Savings to Retire? (pg. 8)

Dana Anspach (via Ministers Resource Services) -Do you have enough to retire? If you really want to know, you’ll need to do some personal calculations based on when you want to retire, and how much you want to spend while in retirement. To get a rough estimate walk through the five steps below and in five minutes you can come up with a simple yes or no answer. Here is an overview of a simple five-step calculation you can use to determine if you’ll have enough income and savings to cover your expenses in retirement:

Student-Led Discipleship Program Leaders Announced (pg. 2)

Terry Kimbrow – Central Baptist College is pleased to announce that the student leaders for the Fall 2019 discipleship program are Kaylyn Shankle and Gage Spriggs. The discipleship program is a student-led program facilitated through Director of Church Relations, Duffy Guyton. All students are invited to attend an informational event and sign up to participate in a D-Group on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. in front of the Burgess Auditorium. When asked what his and Shankle’s heart is concerning student-led discipleship at Central Baptist College, Spriggs said, “It wasn’t an opportunity that was handed to us, we saw a need for it. Kaylyn and I have both been influenced by Discipleship… We want to encourage intimacy with God. We want those that we are discipling to be able to read the Word and walk with Him on their own. We also want to create brotherhood and sisterhood because we see that community is super, super important. The incredible thing is that almost everyone that is led to Jesus is led through community.” (Also see CBC Basketball Schedule on page 2 and photo collage on page 4)

The CBC Experience (pg. 2)

Dan Carson – This past Saturday, I dropped off my daughter at Central Baptist College, where she will be spending the next four years making friends, embracing her calling and getting a great education. Dropped off — that sounds like it was just the start of an average school day. Saturday was anything but average. I “dropped off” my baby at a school three hours away from my home where she will live for the next nine months. It was a bittersweet day. However, any sting I was struggling with quickly evaporated when I really thought about where I was leaving her. Central Baptist College has been a very special place for my family over the years. Temple graduated with her Associate of Arts degree in 1992, and I finished my Bachelor of Arts degree in 1995.

Face Your Limits (pg. 3)

Larry Barker -There is a leadership principle that I have heard in conferences and read in leadership books that says, “Lead out of your strengths, and forget about your weaknesses.” There is wisdom in that, and this is not meant to dispute that principle completely because of the focus of the teaching when it was said. We should be challenged, though, to recognize the truth that we all have limitations — yes, we have weaknesses. Biblically, we are told that God gets the glory through our weaknesses. In II Cor. 12:9-10 (HCSB), Paul said: But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for poweris perfected in weakness.’ Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. So I take pleasure in weaknesses… For when I am weak, then I am strong.” You are not called to ignore your weaknesses, but to surrender them to the One who strengthens you. The question has to be asked, “How do we bring the most glory to God? Leading out of our strengths or leading out of our weaknesses?”

We Really Will Work Until Jesus Comes (pg. 3)

John Yeats • Baptist Press – I’ve sung that old Gospel song for most of my life. When I’m busy on a project, I find myself singing or whistling the tune. For me, work is a positive opportunity. I like work.We will work till Jesus comes.God made people in such a way that work is something every person is equipped and gifted to do. Our work is important to God. Our work is as much a part of living under the Lordship of Christ as any other activity in life.

Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)

High School Sports And Transgender Athletes; Bibles to be Exempt From Tariff Hike; New Rule to Protect Religious Liberty Praised

State Ladies Retreat

The State Ladies Retreat — Sept. 20-21 at Budd Creek Camp — is going to be an exciting time of fellowship, worship and studying God’s Word together. This is one I don’t think you will want to miss! Our speaker, Jaclyn Rowe, will be leading us to what she has entitled, “Raise the Roof by Raising the Bar.” The topic will be on taking our faith to new heights, pressing in even more and discovering and learning more about who God is and allowing Him to do more in us and through us than we think possible. We will be challenged to throw out complacency and the familiar to rediscover the adventure it is to walk with the Lord!

So You’re On The Pulpit Committee? (pg. 6)

Dr. Tony Cleaver -God does have a way to get our attention, and our fellow church members do sometimes get even with us — you have been placed on the Pulpit Committee! Wow, what a task!Set aside time to pray more than once a day about what you are doing because it is so very important to the life of your congregation and it cannot be handled any other way than through the unction of the Holy Spirit. May there of His presence fall on you as you serve on the Pulpit Committee/Pastor Search Team!

Live Churches, Dead Churches (pg. 6)

Live churches have lots of noisy youth and children. Dead churches are relatively quiet.  Live churches are planning for future growth. Dead churches are reliving the past. Live churches focus on people. Dead churches focus on programs.

Basis For A Good Pastor/Church Relationship (pg. 6)

The Late Editor David TidwellIt is in the best interest of the church and pastor to achieve a good working relationship. It is much easier to start with the proper foundation for a good relationship than it is to repair a bad situation. If the church has certain requirements the pastor must meet, then by all means let the preacher know when he receives the call. If the preacher feels he requires more salary, or a larger parsonage, he would be wise to tell the church before he accepts the call.  The matter of salary should be openly and frankly discussed. Like most everything else caught up in these inflationary times, churches would do well to take a new look at the salary being paid the pastor. The pastor has the right to live on the same economic level as his congregation.

Getting a Grip on our Emotions (pg. 7)

Paul White (Guilt: Part 1 of 3) -Earlier this year I began a series of articles dealing with how to get and keep control of our emotions. I have decided to continue that series over the next few weeks. If you would like a copy of that first lesson concerning worry from back in April, I would be glad to email them to you. My email address is above. Beginning today, our topic is “how to deal with guilt.” Jesus came that we might have real peace, a peace that passes understanding. “For God sent His Son into the world not to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:17).Guilt is a common emotional problem confronting Christians today. Believers feel beaten down or overwhelmed by it. Dwelling on their inadequacies and failures, they fret about their weaknesses. They would like to undo the past, but know they cannot. When they look around, everyone else seems to be happy and carefree, while they are burdened down by haunting feelings of wrongdoing.

We’re Likewise Called (pg. 7)

Christian Phan -Spreading the Gospel is a special call.In Romans 1, Paul the apostle said he was redeemed by Jesus to preach the Gospel. The Lord Jesus Himself called Paul to be an apostle, separated unto the Gospel of God.This was Paul’s experience when he was going to Damascus to persecute the followers of Jesus (Acts 9). He became a servant of Jesus Christ because God redeemed him from sin. We are likewise called to spread the Gospel for our generation just as Paul was for his generation. Let us remember:

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