Current News – 9-18-2019

*New Safety Column (pg. 4)

Editor – This week we’ll begin featuring a new column — Safety First (see page 5). Most of the articles will come from Brotherhood Mutual Insurance, but we will also feature articles from other sources from time-to-time. The column is designed for churches and church members, and will give practical advice for protecting buildings, congregations, individual members and their homes, etc. The column will run on an “as space is available” basis. I hope you enjoy this new feature. Let me know what you think!

*Fall Festivals: Planning a Safe Event (pg. 5)

New Column -Plan ahead as cool air and warm hearts gather together. Planning is one of the most important elements of hosting a festival. The fun part is coming up with the games, music and cookie walk. Just be sure you don’t forget to also plan for safety. It may not be as exciting as coming up with face painting designs, but a safe environment will make the festivities more enjoyable for everyone. The following tips will help you identify some areas that may need attention.

*Three Articles on Depression (pg. 6)

Clergy & Depression; Depression, Suicide and the Church; What About Suicide?

*16 Apps Parents Should Know About (pg. 1)

Arkansas parents across the state want what is best for their children. So many Arkansans benefit from technology, but the Attorney General’s Office routinely hears about preteens and teenagers who are bullied or have started relationships with strangers online. “Keeping Arkansas kids safe is a top priority,” said Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “Being informed, opening every app on your child’s phone and knowing who they are talking to are some of the best ways we can protect our kids from predators and online bullying.” Rutledge is alerting parents to 16 smartphone apps that may make children vulnerable to dangers online:

* Changemaker 100 Bike Ride 2019 (pg. 1)

Holly Meriweather – In the pre-dawn hours of Friday, Sept. 20, BMA Missions Director John David Smith will begin his 100-mile bike ride for ChangeMaker missionaries all over the globe. By the time you wake up that morning, he will be at least 40 miles into the ride.His route will begin and end at the BMA Global Ministry Center in downtown Conway, and the halfway point will be Russellville. Unlike the Tour de France, there will not be crowds of people waving flags for their favorite team, just the BMA Productions team following him. Smith would not expect that at all. What will encourage him the most, however, will be the donations you send. His request is $100 — $1 for every mile he rides. Every dollar you send will be donor matched and will go to the Global Missions Fund that supports national missionaries you may never see in the States. They are the heartbeat of BMA Missions and the result of seven decades of global missionary presence.You can follow his ride on Facebook Live that day and, more importantly, follow this link to donate, encourage and support Bro. John David’s efforts to help spread the Gospel around the world:

* Ministry Appreciation (pg. 1)

Charlotte Johnson – (via Baptist Progress) October is coming, and the question is, “Have you thought to show your pastor, youth minister and deacons appreciation for the service they do for your church?” We shouldn’t just wait until one time of the year, but we should show appreciation often for the service they give to your church. “Pastors often feel like they’re in a NASCAR race — it’s hard to manage it all. You hit the gas, and you just go, go, go,” said one pastor. I know being a pastor, deacon, or church staff member is one of the most difficult jobs in the world. While it has unbelievable highs, we know leading volunteer armies to face Satan and his demons is a daily battle. Pastors have given their lives to serve people on a daily basis. Two of the most important words that we can ever say are “thank you…”

Visit Central Baptist College! (pg. 2)

Terry Kimbrow – Are you a prospective student or the parent, grandparent, or friend of a prospective student? If you are, my prayer is that as you are considering your college choice that you are considering Central Baptist College. We have the perfect opportunity coming up for high school students to experience CBC through our Stampede Preview Day. Our first Stampede Preview Day of the year will take place on Oct. 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. You can get more information and register to attend at  If Oct. 2 is not a convenient date for you to visit campus, we also offer Personal Campus Visits. These visits are designed for prospective students and their families to visit campus when it is more convenient. This tour is designed to personalize the day for the student so that all their questions will be answered by the end of the visit. To schedule a Personal Campus Visit go to or contact the CBC Admissions Office at (501) 329-6872. Stampede Preview Days are also scheduled for Nov. 6 and Jan. 31. Registration is currently open for these two dates as well at (Also see CBC Sports, pg. 2)

What Are You Investing In? (pg. 2)

Dan Carson – At this year’s Student Ministry Workers Retreat, our speaker, Samuel Bierig, challenged us to consider what we are investing in. Specifically, he asked if we were pouring into Souls and Scripture. That can look a lot of different ways, but primarily boils down to the issue of discipleship. What are we doing in the area of discipleship with our students? Your answer might fall in line with many others: “Our students come on Wednesday nights. We disciple them when we teach them there.” With ever increasing numbers of students who do not continue faith involvement after high school, we have to agree that it isn’t working — 1 out of 168 hours in a week is not enough influence to significantly impact a student’s life. That is 52 hours out of a year if that student shows up every Wednesday night, and your student ministry doesn’t cancel for anything. The truth is that students will watch more Netflix or YouTube in a month than we will have teaching opportunities with them in a whole year. It’s frightening and motivating all at once. What do we do? What can we do?

Healthy Multiplication (pg. 3

Larry Barker -The question is often asked, “Do we need more churches or should we focus on making sure the churches we have are healthy?” Over the last 12+ years of being the BMA director of church planting, my answer has been consistently the same, “Yes!” It is not an either/or, but most definitely a both/and scenario. Mark Clifton gives this challenge and vision statement by stating his commitment as “decreasing the death rate of existing churches while simultaneously increasing the birth rate of new churches.” Being obedient to God’s calling is paramount!

Why Should I Not Take The Lord’s Name in Vain? (pg. 3)

Becca Watts – A regular occurrence in the Watts household when I was growing up was that if your name was called, you were expected to answer. That’s how God is. When we call out His name, He answers. The Psalmists loved to cry out to the Lord in all types of situations — for salvation, in times of persecution, emotional distress, healing, thanksgiving, praise and the list could go on and on. He wants us to call out to Him. To talk to Him. To have a relationship with Him. Because He loves us. We do this by crying out His name. And when we call, He answers. But what if I called your name and you responded; then I didn’t say anything else to you? What does that mean in our relationship? Eventually, when it happens time and time again, does my calling out your name really mean anything?

Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)

No “Ham” in Hamburger?; Clone-and-Kill Human Research; Gambling Machines in Pine Bluff, Philippines High Court Rejects Gay Marriage Appeal;  Chick-fil-A “Hazardous to Health;” Archaeologists Find Emmaus?; Is Sharing a Bible Verse a “Hate Crime”?; Brees Takes “Flak” for Video; Court Rules For Christian Artists.

Whites To Celebrate 50th Anniversary (pg. 4)

Arkansas’ Executive Director of State Missions Paul White and his wife, Vicki, will celebrate 50 years of marriage at a drop-in reception on Saturday, Oct. 19, 3-5 p.m. The event will be held at Connection Point Baptist Church, 600 W. School St., Brookland, Ark. Gifts are not necessary. Refreshments will be served. You are invited to stop by and congratulate this amazing couple on their incredible accomplishment. As high school sweethearts, Paul and Vicki started dating in the fall of 1968, and became engaged in April 1969. They were married on Oct. 25, 1969.

The Message of the Cross (pg. 5)

Mike McEuen – (I Cor. 1:17) The message of the cross of Calvary is still as new today as it was the day we met Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. The message of the cross never grows old!The message of the cross is the message of a divine Person. Our personal salvation is found in Jesus Christ as our loving Savior.

Slander (Reference: Genesis 39) (pg. 7)

Paul White – Being poor, I lived on the other side of the tracks. (Note that I did not say “wrong” side, because there is no wrong side that should determine how people treat you, but it does.) I was teaching a senior high Sunday School class, and they confessed that if a person did not have the latest popular clothes, shoes and stuff, they were not included. They said that a student was judged by their outward appearance. The fact is, no one is immune from slander and abandonment.

Courage to Take the Blame (pg. 8)

Martha Brock – Acrimony. Do you know anyone who has an acrimonious personality? If you do chances are you try to keep a safe distance. Not because they are dangerous, but because an acrimonious person is simply an unpleasant person. Webster defines the word as “bitter, caustic.” But if your acquaintance is unpleasant on the outside, just think what they are on the inside. I am thinking of a fellow named Uzziah. He made his outside circumstances unhappy because he was so miserable on the inside. It all started when as a young man he obeyed the command of his king, Herod, who had commanded his soldiers to kill all the little boys — two years old and under — in Bethlehem.

Assistant Editor

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