*I Am Deeply Concerned (pg. 1)
Tom Mitchell – (Editor’s Note: This is the first of articles from President Mitchell that we will run on a regular basis under a new “Just Thinking” header. Watch for them in future issues of the Baptist Trumpet.) I attended my first state associational meeting in 1964, and it was a wonderful experience for an 18-year-old preacher boy. I was amazed at how many people filled the church for such a meeting. I heard about the departments of a still young association and was impressed that churches would support these works so well. I have attended every state associational meeting since except for the years I served in the military. I love the Baptist Missionary Association of Arkansas! I was just thinking about the fact that I am deeply concerned about the associational participation, or lack thereof, today. We continue to see a steady decrease in attendance and pastoral participation in our state work. This ought not to be!
• Making a Connection (pg.1)
Doug Munton, Baptist Press —I moved several times as a boy and it wasn’t much fun. Each time, I had to overcome old fears, break down unseen barriers and make new friends. I never liked that feeling of being an outsider, and I haven’t forgotten how it felt to my tender young soul. But it taught me some valuable lessons in helping to connect with guests at church.Visiting a church can be awkward for a first-time guest. They don’t know the people, the customs or the expectations. They can feel nervous, intimidated or ignored. They might not even yet know the message of the Gospel.Here are some tips to help church members purposely connect with guests that can make a real and lasting difference:
* Arkansas Galileans To Meet at Camp Beaverfork Dec. 6-7 (pg. 1)
Dan Williams – The Arkansas Galilean Fall Fellowship will meet at Camp Beaverfork, 159 Beaverfork Road in Conway, Dec. 6-7. Registration will begin Friday evening at 7 in the tabernacle, and the $25 camp fee per person is payable upon arrival. Checks should be made payable to Arkansas State Galileans.All campers must submit a medical/photo release form at registration. The form can be downloaded from the Galilean website at galileans.com. It must be signed by a parent or guardian for campers under the age of 18. Breakfast will be provided at camp, and we should be finished before noon on Dec. 7.
* National Directors Give Reports (pg. 1)
Part 2 – Several national directors gave brief reports in the Thursday evening and Friday morning sessions of the BMA of Arkansas meeting. The following are the remaining two reports that were presented: Donny Parrish, Lifeword; Jason Prewitt, Daniel Springs.
*Volunteers (pg. 2)
Dan Carson – Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It is a time of family, friends, and since we are good Baptists, food. It is also a time to pause and thank God for the men and women serving with you in student ministry. Even if you are in a small church, you probably have at least one person who loves young people and is helping you out along the way. They may help chaperone trips. They may bake cookies for special events. They may even teach for you on occasion. The one thing that we know is that we couldn’t do it without them.
The CBC Leadership Scholar Program (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – The mission of Central Baptist College is to transform lives through the integration of Christian faith and academic excellence in a Christ-centered environment. Part of the transformation students can experience at CBC is in leadership development. We believe that Christian Higher Education is a great means to develop strong Christian leaders for all career fields and to ultimately fulfill the Great Commission. During their time at CBC, students are challenged, engaged and inspired to embrace God’s will for them and live a life of Christian leadership. In classroom projects, student led discipleship groups, the music stage or the athletic field, students are challenged to use their talents to lead others to serve God and His people. (Also see CBC Sports, page 2)
A Real Love Story! (pg. 3)
Jeff Herring – Kristin and I recently had the privilege of attending a screening of “I Still Believe”. The movie tells the story of an up and coming Christian singer, Jeremy Camp, played by KJ Apa. The movie follows his journey as he sets out for college to follow his dream and his love for music. Along the way he meets Melissa, the love of his life, played by Britt Robertson. Together they find hope in the midst of the storms of life. “I Still Believe” is a powerful message of God’s love for us with a love story that has God as the central focus.
The Right Ingredients (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – Thanksgiving is upon us again, and most of us are looking forward to the big meal with all the trimmings. Have you ever looked at a particular food and just couldn’t wait to taste it, until you did? It did not taste at all like you expected. Maybe it was because of different spices, or maybe it was because someone used the wrong ingredients! There are many different ways to make dressing (cornbread, bread, etc.), and many different recipes with a multitude of various ingredients. One is not necessarily right or wrong, but they certainly do taste different.
I Stand at the Door (pg. 3)
Valarie Fish – We have a picture at the front of our church, right over the piano, of a soft, surreal holy-looking Jesus knocking on a wooden door. We know the Scripture reference well: “Behold I stand at the door and knock…” (Rev. 3:20). In the ancient culture of the Bible, covenants would often be discussed and detailed over a meal. In the case of a marriage covenant, the groom and his father would come to the home of the bride and knock on the door. One of the family members would ask who was at the door, and the groom’s father would announce himself, including his title and his pedigree; and then he would add his son — as the heir and recipient of the same pedigree — to the announcement.
Is Your Paper Delayed? (pg. 4)
Editor – The Baptist Trumpet is mailed on Wednesday afternoons by our mailer, America Direct, at the North Little Rock facility. But sometimes our readers do not receive their papers until a week or more later. Delayed Trumpets has been a continuing problem, and I shared it recently with Jeremy Motes, a senior field representative for the Post Office who works in North Little Rock, but is based out of Washington, D.C. Mr. Motes promised to help try to alleviate the problem if I could tell him which areas are having problems with delivery. That’s where I need your help!
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
Pro-lifers Decry PP Win; Court Reverses Football Game Prayer Decision; Adoption Agency Can Abide By Bible… For Now; Christian College Says “No” To Crosses; Court Rules For Print Shop Owner
Joann Smith, Pastor’s Wife, Dies (pg. 5)
Joann Thurmon Smith, 77 of El Dorado, passed away Nov. 9. She was the wife of Billy Smith, pastor of Murmil Heights Baptist Church, where she was a long-time member. Mrs. Smith was prayer warrior and an accomplished pianist. She recorded several church hymnal accompaniment projects for churches to use during their services. Other survivors include three sons: Billy Joe (Venita) Smith, Jim (Angela) Smith and Terry (Pam) Smith, all of South Arkansas; 16 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Nov. 12 at Murmil Heights Baptist Church, and interment was at Beech Grove Cemetery in Spearsville, La. Memorial donations may be sent to Murmil Heights Baptist Church Building Fund, 203 Beacon Dr., El Dorado, Ark. 71730.
Carl Willis, BMA Minister, Dies (pg. 5)
Carl Garrett Willis, 86, passed away Nov. 15 in Conway. He was saved at age 18, and “immediately knew” God was calling him to the ministry. He started his ministry at age 18 and continued to preach and pastor for 57 years until his retirement in 2008. He pastored 8 churches in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas, and held several associational positions. His last pastorate was at Grace Temple Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas, from 1977-2008, and he served as Pastor Emeritus until 2014 when he moved to Conway. Bro. Willis enlisted in the Air Force at age 19 and served as a crew chief on a B-47 bomber for four years. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Virginia Tonnemaker Willis; a son Gary (Janette) Willis of Conway; a daughter, Linda Knight of Midlothian, Texas; a brother, James (Betty) Willis; a sister, Faye (Don) Kunze; five grandchildren and four great granddaughters. Funeral services were scheduled for Nov. 20 at Central Baptist Church in Conway, with interment at Memory Gardens in Hope under the direction of Bishop-Crites Funeral Home of Greenbrier. Memorials may be made to Lifeword, P.O. Box 6, Conway, Ark. 72033.
Bill Hansell, Of England, Dies (pg. 5)
Bill Hansell, 82 of England, died Nov. 13. He was ordained in 1962, and Southside Baptist Church in England was started under his leadership. He was still a member there at the time of his death. Bro. Hansell was an Army veteran and an employee of John Deere, Case IH and H&B Implement. He was also past owner of Altheimer Auto Parts in Altheimer. Survivors include two sisters: Velma Young of Lee’s Summit, Mo. and Frances Kistler of Kansas City, Mo.; one grandchild and one great grandchild. Funeral services were held Nov. 16 at Wilson Robison Funeral Home in England, and interment was at Mulberry Cemetery.
Drive-In Church (pg. 5)
(Photo Caption) According to a Facebook post, a truck hit the back door of Eastside Baptist Church in Conway on Nov. 14. Although the truck caused considerable damage, the driver (who they think had a seizure) was apparently not badly injured, and “We have a good start on a drive-in church,” quipped Pastor Thom South.
Spotlight on Missions (pg. 5)
Jesse & Rebecca Hales, Round Rock, Texas
State Brotherhood Meets (pg. 5)
Bill Thornton -The Arkansas State Brotherhood met on Nov. 7 at Central Baptist College in Conway. Paul White gave a message on “God Is Our Wall” (Ezek. 22:25-30). James Laminack presented Kenneth Colvert with a plaque for his 31 years of serve as Arkansas Galilean Promoter. Dan Williams spoke about our Galilean meetings and camps, and Hank Burroughs read the Galilean Treasurer’s Report. An offering of $152 was given for the Arkansas Galilean (State Project for 2019 – 2120).State Brotherhood officers: President Robbie Staton; Vice President James Laminack; Treasurer Hank Burroughs; Recording Secretary Bill Thornton; Galilean Promoter Dan Williams; Assistant Galilean Promoter Hank Burroughs. The 2020 annual speaker will be Jeff Herring and the alternate is Michael Battenfield.I encourage all Brotherhood members to please make a special effort to attend all local, district and state meetings this coming year!
Application for Thanksgiving From the Book of Psalms (pg. 6)
By Dennis Baker (via Missouri Baptist) – The book of Psalms is a collection of prayers, worship songs and poems sung and spoken in public worship. They speak of the feelings of the author for himself and his people. Some of the Psalms were written for private worship but were later incorporated into the book for public worship. The individual Psalms were composed over several centuries for use in temple worship as an expression of the history and faith of the people of Israel. It is difficult to determine if the Psalms were originally intended to be used as a hymnbook, but the technical terms found in many of the headings of the canonized book show the Psalms were used regularly in the temple as a hymnbook.
Stuffing Isn’t Just For Turkeys! (pg. 6)
By Narita Roady (Oklahoma Baptist) – Holidays and family naturally go hand-in-hand. When circumstances prevent us from being with our families during these special occasions, it is felt acutely. Such a holiday comes to mind the first year Jerry and I were married. We were very young, so being away from home was particularly hard. None the less, we purposed, with colossal courage, to make the best of it by imitating Mama’s special traditions that brought us great comfort — to us this meant food. So we set out to the grocery store, assuming both Mamas did things the same way.
Ways to Help Your Church (pg. 6)
Congregate (Heb. 10:25) Cooperate (Psa. 133:1) Compensate (Mal. 3:8-10) Concentrate (IICor. 10:5) Consecrate (Gal. 6:17) Congratulate (Acts 5:42)
Getting a Grip on our Emotions (pg. 7)
Paul White – Passion (Part 3 of 4) – Paul did not mince words when writing to the Roman believers: “Neither yield ye your members (as) instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members (as) instruments of righteousness unto God” (Rom. 6:13). Obeying involves the will. Doing the will of God must be more important than some bad habit. Third, call upon God — “I cried to the Lord with my voice And He heard me from His holy hill. Selah” (Psa. 3:4). Why? The Bible spells out how we are to live. His Holy Spirit dwells within us to enlighten and give spiritual discernment. Prayer is us communicating with God, drawing upon His help; and we need to take advantage of the much needed help we receive from fellow believers who give us guidance, comfort and encouragement.
Christmas: Tell His Story (pg. 8)
Autumn Wall • Baptist Press – The season of joy. The celebration of Jesus’ birth. Christmas is right around the corner! As believers, we know the real reason for the season is Jesus. We love to celebrate this season because it holds so much weight and value. This is when we celebrate our Savior coming to earth to begin His journey to the cross, which gives us freedom from sin and shame eternally. Yet the chaos of this season sometimes can distract us from the very thing we were put on earth to do — Tell His Story! Here are some fresh ideas to keep you focused on the gospel this December:
Greenbrier GMA Meets (pg. 8
Tori Sinsley – The Greenbrier District GMA had a great meeting on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 13, at Springhill Baptist Church. The theme was “Strong Tower,” with the theme verse Prov. 18:10 and the theme song “Shout to The Lord.” We had 7 churches present and 87 people there in total. Our project was 100% Candra Barnett, who has recently joined the Risners in Romania. Our speaker was Abby Herring, and she talked about how we should all remember the Armor of God and how to apply every piece to our daily lives. Overall, it was a successful meeting, and it was a lot of fun.