*From The States (news from other BMA state works) (pgs. 5-9)
*BMA of Arkansas State Association Meeting Schedule (pg. 12)
*CBC Celebrates 20 Years of PACE with a 20% Discount (pg. 1)
Terry Kimbrow – The CBC Board of Trustees has approved a new student discount for the Spring 2020 semester of the PACE (Professional Adult College Education) program to celebrate the program’s 20th anniversary. We wanted to be able to do something as a way of celebration of this unique program, and offering a 20% discount for the 20th anniversary of the program in the year 2020 to allow new students to experience PACE seemed like a great fit! The board approved the following language for the discount: “In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the PACE Program (January 2020), we approve a 20% tuition discount for all first time entering, transfer or readmit students to the PACE program for the Spring 2020 semester. This discount would be stackable with any other institutional aid they are eligible to receive.”
*Overcome With Joy (pg. 1)
Larry Barker – Ministry is not easy, and the challenges can be overwhelming at worst and challenging at best. In II Corinthians 6, Paul speaks of the paradoxical character of the ministry, and he illustrates it with a series of contrasts. Paradoxes appear to be logically unacceptable, seemingly absurd and they appear to be contradictory. The Scriptures are full of examples of paradoxes —you gain by losing, live by dying, the greatest is the servant, the last shall be first, you experience strength in weakness, and you receive through giving. How can that be? Those statements do not make sense to the natural way of thinking, but an even greater challenge is that Paul says in verse 10, “as grieving yet always rejoicing” (HCSB) How do you do that? The paradoxes of the ministry are multiple and, here in II Cor. 6:8 Paul mentions several by saying, “through glory and dishonor, through slander and good report, as deceivers yet true, as unknown yet recognized, as dying and look — we live, and as being disciplined yet not killed.” This comes from a man who wrote from his prison cell to rejoice in the Lord always. Where do we begin in learning how to be grieving yet rejoicing?
*Arkansas Abortion Laws Challenged (pg. 1)
Attorneys for the state of Arkansas defended the right to protect unborn babies with Down syndrome from discrimination Thursday in a court filing. Arkansas Online reports Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s office urged the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals to lift a temporary injunction blocking the state from enforcing several life-saving laws. The court case involves three pro-life laws that protect mothers and unborn babies. One prohibits discriminatory abortions based on a Down syndrome diagnosis. A second prohibits abortions after 18 weeks with limited exceptions, and a third requires that abortionists be board-certified OB-GYNs.
*Ways to Bless Missionaries on Furlough (pg. 1)
Here are some ways to bless missionaries who are on furlough.
*Safety First – Youth Ministry: Overnight Events (pg. 4)
Overnight youth events like lock-ins, conferences and mission trips allow your ministry to make a positive impact on young people over an extended period of time. However, this tremendous opportunity comes with great responsibility: keeping kids safe from themselves and others. By taking the proper measures, you can better protect young people and your ministry — and help make sure everyone has an experience that’s safe, fun, and worthwhile.
CBC Sports News (pg. 2)
Erik Holth – Scores and information about the sports teams for Central Baptist College.
Court Caves to Casinos (pg. 10)
Jerry Cox – (via Family Council) This week the Pope County Quorum Court voted to repeal a local ordinance that requires voter approval before a casino can be built in the county. Amendment 100 to the Arkansas Constitution passed in 2018 authorizes casinos in Jefferson County and Pope County, and it converts the racetracks in Garland and Crittenden counties into full-fledged casinos.
Master’s Builders Take Winter Break (pg. 10)
The Master’s Builders arrived at First Baptist Church (FBC), Crandall, Texas, to begin interior work on their new 75×40 ft., 3,000 sq. ft. Education and Learning Center. Working on the inside of a metal building, the Builders framed up and sheet rocked the walls of a new youth area, nursery and toddler rooms, two adult classrooms and a reception area with a coffee bar, seating are, and two restrooms. Some of the Builders had a new challenge and learning experience in that the studs used to build all of the walls were metal! It was great to work with a new framing material and the men (and women) enjoyed the task.