Current News – 9-25-2019

* JTC Responds to Flooding in Texas (pg. 1)

Lavon Haden, Director, Just the Crumbs — Editor’s Note: Tropical Depression Imelda dropped more than 40 inches of rain on South Texas in three days last week. The Baptist Progress (the BMA of Texas newspaper) reported on Sept. 20 that “First Baptist Church at New Caney and Suburban Wood Baptist Church at Humble have experienced severe flooding, and that several members of these and other BMA churches have been displaced.” The following is a report on BMA relief efforts: Just The Crumbs/BMA Disaster Relief will be responding to the flooding in Texas. We will be setting up at Suburban Woods in Humble. We have several BMA churches and communities involved in the flooding. We are now on-site, and we want to give you the opportunity to help. We need: Food (hamburger, buns, chips, etc.); Supplies ( hygiene, household cleaning, mosquito repellent, buckets, mops, brooms, etc.) and especially; Financial help — your money will do more good if you let us buy only the things needed as they are needed. Financial donations may be sent to: BMA of Texas Missions, P.O. Box 73, Waxahachie, Texas 75168. BMA of America Missions, P.O. Box 878, Conway, Ark. 72033 (specify JTC Texas Relief). Just The Crumbs, 10 Wagon Trail, Sumrall, Miss. 39482; or online at justthecrumbs21.org.

* Over 32,000 Shepherd’s Bags on Three Continents in 2019! (pg. 1)

Fonda Norris, EIM Shepherd’s Bag Ministry Coordinator — Iknow I use this statement all the time “Well, God did it again!” when referring to what He has accomplished and continues to accomplish with a small, one-gallon ziploc bag when it’s used for His glory and the preaching of the Gospel. But I’m going to have to say, “Well, God did it again!” Because EIM has officially completed the second Shepherd’s Bag shipment for 2019. It’s amazing!I reported back in March of this year that we had over 15,000 Shepherd’s Bags that Tim Tyler from Water For Christ picked up, and we coordinated together for shipment to Ghana, West Africa. We continued to work throughout the summer, and we finished up our last assembly workday this week. We now have 16,000 Shepherd’s Bags completely finished, boxed and stored in the EIM shipment warehouse, waiting to get paperwork started.

* National Senior Adult 2019 Welcomes Gold City! (pg. 1)

Donny Parrish — One of the featured artists for the 2019 National Senior Adult Conference, November 18-20, is the Gold City Quartet! Their name is synonymous with setting the standard for male quartets since their inception in 1980. Many have tried to pattern their style and sound, but there’s only one Gold City. Theirs is a stellar career with numerous number one songs, fan and industry awards and prestigious honors. Yet this Gadsden, Alabama-based group remains down-to-earth, grounded in their southern roots and committed to continuing their mission of delivering power-packed four-part harmonies and singing songs that are meaningful, entertaining, inspiring and uplifting. National Senior Adult Conference is scheduled for Nov. 18-20 at the Branson Convention Center in Branson, Mo. Cost for the three-day conference is only $125/person and includes two buffet breakfasts. The Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel is headquarters hotel for this event.  You may register for the conference and make your hotel reservations at bmaamerica.org/senior or call the Hilton directly at (866) 442-0959 and use the Group Code NSA19. All attendees are urged to stay at the Hilton so that the price of the conference can remain affordable for all.

*European Study Tour – Summer 2019 (pg. 2)

Blake Duffield, CBC Assistant Professor of History —On June 15, 11 members of the CBC community embarked upon a 10-day journey-of-a-lifetime across Western Europe that included stops in some of the world’s most iconic cities. As the coordinator of the trip, I had the great privilege to guide our students through culturally and historically important sites in London, Paris, Florence and Rome. (Also see CBC Sports, pg. 2)

*Relationship Before Responsibility (pg. 3)

Larry Barker — Do you value your relationship with the Lord over the responsibilities you have in serving Him? The temptation, as a leader in the church, can be to trust in your experience and knowledge too much. You can easily focus on your skill set more than you rely on the Lord’s strength and guidance. You know how to cast a vision, develop a strategy and organize teams to function efficiently. You must be very careful to not allow the pendulum of leadership to swing too far to the side of competency, charisma and your capabilities.

Lifeword Cloud: More Languages, More People (pg. 3)

Holly Meriweather —There is no question that mankind’s greatest need is a relationship with Jesus Christ. From one radio broadcast called Harvest Gleaner Gospel Hourto thousands of programs in multiple languages on the Lifeword Cloud, expanding our worldwide Gospel footprint has always been the goal.Because reaching the unreached is what we do, the emphasis has been the same since 1965 — more languages, the heart languages of people all over the world.  There are somewhere between 6,500 and 7,000 languages and dialects of the world. Our ultimate goal is to have Gospel programming in 200 of them. We now have content in 60 languages, thanks to cloud technology.

Connecting With Other Youth Groups (pg. 2)

Dan Carson — A million years ago, when I was in high school and attending Springdale Baptist Church in Springdale, I was involved with our local association’s youth rallies. They were called Youth In the Harvest. It was great to join in with other churches and to share a little bit of time together. Sometimes, they were easy to get to; other times, we had to pack our lunches and put the pedal to the metal to get to one of our local churches in time. We would be munching on sandwiches as we zipped down those country roads. Were those simpler days? You bet. We didn’t have as much pulling for our attention, so it felt like we could give an afternoon to others. It is much harder to carve out the time now. Do I miss those days? A little. Having a “business” meeting for students was not something that we need to go back to, but I did enjoy the friendships that developed with others in our local association.

Are You Thirsty? (pg. 3)

Mike Strong, Missionary (Isa. 55:1-2 NLT) — There are many people who are hungry today. Their bodies have felt the heaviness of an empty stomach. It has cried out for food, but none was able to be given. I have spent many days and nights alone and hungry, and I can assure you that it is a place of heavy spiritual temptation. When every avenue to take care of your basic needs is cut off, you can be tempted to do what you know you should not do or give in to the hopelessness that keeps coming to mind throughout the restless day and sleepless night.

Slipping Through the Cracks (pg. 4)

Avoiding routine inspection and maintenance of key components can leave your church (or your home) “slipping through the cracks” and “out in the cold.” Roofs, insulation and windows are often overlooked as part of a regular inspection and maintenance schedule. Neglecting routine maintenance on these key structural components can lead to a major drain in ministry funds. “Other than HVAC systems, poor performing windows, insulation (too little or none) and failing roof systems are common culprits for wasting energy and leading to major structural damage,” said Tim Cool of Cool Solutions Group. Use the site assessment from Cool Solutions Group at cfms.cool to keep track of your facility’s condition.

Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)

Abortionist Kept Remains Of Unborn Babies at Home; Religious Liberty Scores Two Big Wins in Court; Can’t Evangelize in Park? Students Sue Chicago; Acquitted: Threw Elderly Mother Off Balcony

A Wonderful Camp Year (pg. 5)

Scott (Myrtie) Small, Manager —StoneRidge Baptist Camp has had a wonderful 2019 camp year. The Lord Jesus Christ has done some amazing things here in Smithville in the past year. We have been blessed to host over 2,000 campers from three different ethnic groups. Scattered among the 15 camp groups, 4 weekend retreats and 5 family reunions, we hosted the first ever Hispanic teen camp, organized by 6 different Arkansas Hispanic mission groups. They came and enjoyed part of the spring break week with us.

Nita Benningfield, Of Texas, Dies (pg. 5)

Oneita Marie Benningfield, 96 of Jacksonville, Texas, passed away Sept. 19. For 57 years, she was the wife of BMA minister Wilbur Benningfield, who pastored several churches and served as dean at BMA Seminary for many years. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville. Mrs. Benningfield spent most of her adult life in Dallas and Jacksonville, Texas. She worked in various office jobs before becoming a full-time pastor’s wife. Other survivors include: a sister, Linda (Larry) Saling of Kaufman, Texas; six children, all of Texas — Jerry (Danna) Lovelace of South Lake, Don (Patty) Lovelace of Denton, Sandra (Darrel) Wilbanks of Carrollton, Connie (Larry) Harmon of Tyler, Belinda (Kevin) Burks of Rowlett and Greta Aston of Quinlan; 13 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 2 great, great Grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sept. 23 at First Baptist Church. Interment was at Rest Haven Cemetery, under the direction of Boren-Conner Funeral Home in Bullard, Texas. Donations may be made to First Baptist Church, 210 Phillip St., Jacksonville, Texas 75766; or to the charity of your choice.

The Weakest of All (pg. 6)

Martha Brock — Gid sat down in the sand, pointing and drawing with his stick. He was ashamed of himself because, once again, he had done badly at his lessons. He was used to it. After all, everyone knew his family wasn’t good for much. Suddenly around the corner came his Aunt Liz. “Get up from there, you useless boy,” she said. “Stop feeling sorry for yourself.” Slowly Gid rose, hanging his head and sniffling. “Hold your head up and look me in the eye. If you would only try, you might be surprised what you can do,” she railed at him. Aunt Liz was always going at him, trying to make him believe he had some worth.

Dealing With Tradition In The Church (pg. 6)

Anders Lee (via Mississippi Baptist) — Most youth guys are ages 22, 23 up to 35ish, and when they first start out, they want to conquer the world and make a huge impact in the lives of teens! Most that I talk to feel that way, and you can see it in their face when they talk about it and see it in the passion of their ministry. They have all kinds of new ideas on how to accomplish their goal and have the best youth group ever.It’s not long, however, until they find out that it’s hard to accomplish things they want to do because of many factors — and one of those factors is tradition. A common line of conversation among youth guys is that very issue. They can go from talking about how awesome youth ministry is to how hard it is because they battle the “set in stone” matters of the church. It is a fact — churches have traditions, and you have to deal with them, whether you like it or not!

Part 3 of 4 — Slander (Genesis 39) (pg. 7)

Paul White —The second reason for slander is found Gen. 39:13-15. Jealously — Potiphar’s wife’s plot was to arouse the hidden jealously in the other slaves so they would side with her. She told her side of the story and accused Joseph of the awful sin of rape. After all, that Hebrew was trouble just waiting to happen. She used racial prejudice to incite jealously in the others and, sadly, her plot succeeded. The other servants followed her lead and defended her story.  It’s sad to think that this may be taking place on a lot of churches parking lots. Someone who has been offended wants to get even, so they sow seeds of discourse among the others. Jealously often gives birth to slander in our age — job, position, talents. Several years ago, Tonya Harding was accused of having one of her competitors injured. Why? Perhaps she felt Nancy Kerrigan was better than her.

Are You Ready? (pg. 8)

Mike McEuen —(II Cor. 5:9-10). “We labor” means “we endeavor, we give it our all.” Paul’s great ambition was to “be accepted of him,” by the Lord. The word “accepted” means “well-pleasing.” The Lord is pleased when we separate ourselves from the evil around us. If, led by the Holy Spirit, believers would put as much drive into Christian living and service as we do athletics or business or our recreation, the Gospel would make a much greater impact on the lost world! “The judgment seat of Christ” is that future event when God’s people will stand before our Savior as our works are judged and rewarded. Paul was ambitious for Christ because he wanted to meet Jesus with confidence, not with shame.

Assistant Editor

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