*BMA of Arkansas Meeting Information (pg. 1)
Duffy Guyton — Central Baptist College is honored to host the annual BMA of Arkansas Annual Session, which will be held on Nov. 7-8. It is our great pleasure to welcome the pastors and messengers of the BMA of Arkansas to the CBC campus. We love and appreciate everyone who is part of the BMA of Arkansas, therefore, we desire for your time on campus to be meaningful and worshipful! It is our heart to serve you. So, for your convenience, an information table will be set up outside of the Burgess Auditorium. Please feel free to stop by and let us know if there is anything you need. Student leaders will be staffing the table for the duration of the session. In addition, CBC will be providing complimentary water on the stages of Toland and the Burgess Auditorium, as well as complimentary coffee and water in the foyer area of Cooper Complex. (Visit www.baptisttrumpet.com for more information on the BMA of Arkansas meeting.)
* BMA of Arkansas Breakout Session (pg. 1)
Wade Allen and Joel Slayton -Sometimes when Christians suffer, they act very surprised. They say, “Why me?” or “I just can’t believe this is happening to me!” Church leaders and pastors are not exempt. Peter tells us to not be surprised (I Peter 4:12). Everyone suffers, so you shouldn’t be surprised when it happens. As long as you live in this body, you should expect it! One of the most difficult sources of pain and suffering in this life is being betrayed by someone you thought you could trust — someone you thought was your partner in life or your partner in ministry. What can you do when it seems your world is crumbling from the inside out?… The theme for this year’s meeting of the BMA of Arkansas is “Experiencing Grace through Pain and Suffering.” On Thursday afternoon, Nov. 7, there will be breakout sessions held at CBC in the Watkins Education Building that will explore this topic deeper to help equip you to respond to every situation in a God-honoring way.
*The Johnsons Are Moving to Ecuador (pg. 1)
Buddy Johnson – Several years ago, I had the opportunity to accompany Trevor Morris and his wife to Ecuador as they surveyed the country in search of the area where they were to plant a new BMA church. We traveled through several cities, towns and villages until we came to the place where he would settle and plant the first BMA church in Ecuador. During the time he was there, I visited him several times and was thrilled as God blessed Trevor’s work.After just over two years in Cuenca, Ecuador, he returned to the States and later perished in an airplane crash. (See July 19, 2017 issue in the Baptist Trumpet Archives at www.baptisttrumpet.com.)… Taffy and I feel that the Lord can use us to help lead that church toward maturity. We plan to move to Cuenca in the summer of 2020 and work with the people in the church there. We will work in evangelism, discipleship and church planting with the young pastor. We plan to dedicate at least a year of our lives to the work God has begun and pour as much of ourselves into the people there as possible.
*CBC Hosts Inaugural Scholarship Gala (pg. 1)
Sancy Faulk -Central Baptist College hosted its inaugural Scholarship Gala on Oct. 21. The black tie event featured keynote speaker Governor Mike Huckabee, and was held at Legacy Acres in Conway. The proceeds from the event benefitted student scholarships, and CBC President Terry Kimbrow announced $510,000 had been raised to date through event sponsorships and private donations… The theme of the event was “Shine His Light” and the entire program focused on the mission and ministry of Central Baptist College which is “the integration of Christian faith and academic excellence in a Christ-centered environment.” Highlights of the event included the introduction of Governor Mike Huckabee by CBC alumnus Cody Hiland, who currently serves as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas; a video produced by Lifeword specifically for the event that highlighted a dozen CBC alumni and the work they are doing all over the world to Shine Christ’s Light; and a performance by the CBC Choir. Director James Turner, also a CBC alumnus, wrote an original song entitled “Shine His Light” for the event.
*Storm Damage in Arkansas (pg. 1)
Editor -Thunderstorms and tornadoes rumbled across Texas and Arkansas Sunday night into early Monday morning. The storms caused widespread damage and four deaths — three west of Fort Smith in Oklahoma, and a Benton County man who was killed when a tree fell on his home during strong winds. An EF-1 tornado also injured at least five people in Tyronza, which is in northeastern Arkansas. Representatives with the National Weather Service are still surveying the damage.A quick survey of our BMA churches has revealed that although there were no reports of injuries, several members had damage to their homes and work sites. At at least one church was damaged —Temple Baptist Church at Rogers had roof damage, trees down and their sign was destroyed. Temple’s pastor, Wade Allen, also had damage to his home — about 70% of his fence was destroyed, as was a gazebo and storage shed, and he had some roof damage. “But there are a lot of people in worse condition than us,” said Bro. Allen.
CBC Board of Trustee Highlights (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – The CBC Board of Trustees met on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18-19. The three standing committees of the Board (Academic, Advancement and Finance) met on Friday evening to conduct business and hear recommendations from college administrators. During the Academic Committee, faculty department directors presented their departmental assessment reports. The Auditor gave her report to the Finance Committee. (Also see CBC Sports Results on page 2)
When the Second Man Fills In (pg. 2)
Dan Carson – For much of my ministry, I have been the second man at the church. I have been the youth and worship pastor, assistant to the pastor, minister of church growth, and even the family pastor. Being the second man is a unique position especially having also been the lead pastor of a congregation. When the lead pastor is out, it often falls to the second man to serve in the pulpit and take care of other pastoral duties. This has been the case in my ministry over the years… If you find yourself in a church where the second man is filling in for several weeks, or just for a Sunday while the pastor is sick or on vacation, I encourage you to help that individual as he fulfills his role at your church. Here are a few ways that you can be a blessing to the second man in your congregation…
How Do You Know If It’s A Win? (pg. 3) God
Larry Barker – As a teenager, I had the joy of playing on our church softball team with my dad. He loved sports and to say he was competitive would be an understatement. We were in a game where we were losing badly, and somebody had to say that ridiculous, spiritual-sounding line: “It doesn’t matter whether you win or lose, it only matters how you play the game.” My dad looked over to me and said, “If that’s true, why are we keeping score?” What does a win look like at your church? How does your church keep score? We know it is much more than numbers, statistics and attendance. It is more than how many join, how many are baptized and how many are sitting in their seats.
Spotlight (pg. 3)
Mike & Laura Strong, Minneapolis, Miss.
ABS and Fields of Faith (pg. 3)
Chris Lucy, Director, ABS at SAU —On Oct. 2, the Association of Baptist Students (ABS) at Southern Arkansas University (SAU), along with dozens of other local churches and business in the Magnolia area, partnered with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) to host Fields of Faith. That night, approximately 1,200 students, athletes and parents joined together for the purpose of worshipping our Great God and sharing the Gospel with our community.The event took place at the Magnolia High School Football Stadium. It was an opportunity for our ABS students to help serve our community and help demonstrate the love of Christ. Our students (with the help of First Baptist Church at Taylor, who donated half the bottles) gave out over 1,000 bottled waters, seated people as they entered the stadium and helped with the clean-up of the arena. (Also see photo collage on page 3.)
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
Disney is “Sacrificing Children’s Innocence Again;” Methodist Group Endorses “Amicable Separation;” Schools and Islamic Proselytization; Air Canada Opts For “Gender-Neutral Terms;” China Destroys Church, Detains Pastors
A Boy and His Dollar (pg. 5)
Darlene Crane (The Bridge • Mountain Home) -Nine-year old “Bobby” (not his real name) came up to me (his Sunday School teacher) one Sunday night before our monthly potluck, and handed me a $1 bill. When I asked him, “What’s this for?” He said, “It’s for you.” “But why?” I asked; and he answered, “Because I want to!”I don’t take money from children, and never have; but I got a feeling there was a reason I should this time. So I asked, “What should I do with it?” And he said, “Maybe you could turn it into the bank, and they will give you more!” With a laugh, I said, “I’ll do that.”Since I didn’t have my purse with me, I gave it to my husband to hold for me.
The Master’s Builders Work at Stoneridge Baptist Camp (pg. 5)
Nelda Malone -The Master’s Builders arrived in Smithville the weekend before Labor Day to begin work at StoneRidge Baptist Camp. We had been asked to help in building a house for the director of the camp because Scott and Myrtie Small needed a bigger, more substantial house for them and their family. This was our fourth time to help at StoneRidge, and we were all excited to be a part of helping build this house.The house is 28×60, on a pier and beam foundation, three bedrooms and two baths, with siding on the exterior. There were 17 Master’s Builders who worked on the project (at different times), but there were also many others who came to lend a hand.
Christian, Feel Free to Love Politics (pg. 6)
Doug Richey • Baptist Press (Guest Editorial (Part 1) – The release of Disney’s, High School Musical, in 2006, brought great excitement to the Richey household. My daughters watched with eager attention, and I found fresh material for quality entertainment for future road trips. One song that I performed while driving is relevant to my effort in navigating today’s evangelical waters. In this song, Zeke Baylor, Troy Bolton’s best friend, announces (as a jock, mind you) that he loves to bake. This confession exposes a secret to the school that consequently releases a torrent of confessions by other students regarding their own unknown interests. The repeated refrain is the song’s title, “Stick to the Status Quo!” I find myself identifying with Zeke’s desire to share a secret.What is my confession? I love politics.
A Wise Approach to Retirement (pg. 6)
Chuck Bentley (CEO Crown Financial Ministries) via Ministers Resource Services — There is a popular phenomenon today known as the FIRE (Financially Independent/Retire Early) movement. While this approach is popular among millennials, most people live by a different FIRE Mindset: “Financial Insecurity/Retire Eventually.”As Christians, how should we approach retirement? Thankfully, God provides principles for balance. Just as not all borrowing is wrong, not all retirement is wrong. It is simply a matter of degree. In some professions, such as athletics, age is a critical factor, and retirement is inevitable. Other professions cause burn-out because of the high levels of stress.
Abandonment and Neglect: Getting a Grip on our Emotions
Paul White (part 3 of 4) — There are some very practical lessons from Joseph’s release from prison: God may choose to use some unusual and unexpected ways to bring about deliverance from neglect. At one time in his life, David, another great character of the Scriptures, was left to fend for himself (Psa. 3:1-4). Take Joseph’s case — mean brothers, lying woman, forgetful butler, Pharaoh’s weird dream — there was no way could Joseph have conceived such an outcome. Today, God may bring deliverance; but, most likely, not in a way one might expect. It is not our duty to figure out how, but to believe that He will
Suffering Saints (pg. 7)
Mike McEuen (I Peter 2:21-23) – All that Jesus did on earth, as recorded in the Gospels, is a perfect example for us to follow, but Jesus is especially our example in the way He responded to suffering. In spite of the fact that He was sinless in both word and deed, Jesus suffered at the hands of the authorities. Jesus proved that a person can be in the will of God, be greatly loved by God and still suffer unjustly. There are those today who teach that a believer will never suffer if he is in the will of God — “serve Jesus Christ, live faithfully for Him, and you will prosper.” Everything good; nothing bad anymore. I have to be honest with you, I catch myself wondering if those false teachers have ever honestly taken the time to read the Gospel accounts of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ!
Thoughts From II Peter (pg. 8)
Dr. Tony Cleaver – II Peter 1:1, II Peter 2:1, II Peter 3:14)
A Pastor’s Prayer Life (pg. 8)
Dr. Allen Tilley (via Baptist Progress) — You know you should pray. Your people expect you to pray. But a pastor’s life is busy, so you put off the important to handle the urgent. Meanwhile, your prayer life slows to a trickle.Does that describe you? It described me when I was a younger preacher. I thought I had to be a man of action, constantly with my people, tending to their every need.If I could give any advice to my younger self, it would be to spend more time in prayer. What my people needed wasn’t me, but Jesus in me, working through me. To be our best, we must spend time with the Father.Here are some ideas on how to have a more effective prayer life:
Walkers on Furlough (pg. 8)
Jimmy & Julie Walker; Judd, Adley, Nolan, Emory & Silas — We will be on furlough from the Philippines April-July 2020, and would love to visit our churches to share about the Lord’s work and to raise additional financial support for the ministry here. Please let your readers know that we would love to come to their church. I’m available to preach Sunday mornings, Sunday nights, Wednesday nights, revivals or to serve as your VBS missionaries. No church is too far, and we are willing to travel! Contact me by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by Facebook messenger.