Current News Jan. 22
*BMAA Meeting Schedule (pg. 8)
*BMAA Meeting: Missions, Think Globally But Act Locally (pg. 1)
Jeff Swart -The 2020 annual meeting of the churches of the Baptist Missionary Association of America will convene April 27-29 in Waxahachie, Texas. The week will be jam-packed with something for everyone. Please make plans now to attend this very important meeting. We will meet in a local church for the first time since the early years of our association. Pastor Richard Smith and the members of Farley Street Baptist Church have been preparing for our arrival for nearly a year now. We think you will find the facilities warm, inviting and conducive to worship. The theme of this year’s meeting will be “Missions: Think Globally But Act Locally.” It seems both scriptural and logical to “think globally” — support missionaries around the globe; and, at the same time, “act locally” — share the gospel with our neighbors next door or across the street. During our time together, we hope to share some ideas that will increase the effectiveness of missions in our local churches that will impact our missions footprint around the world.
*Directors’ Goals & Dreams (pg. 1)
Student Ministry Matters (Dan Carson), Daniel Springs Baptist Camp (Jason Prewit), BMAA Missions (Dr. John David Smith) and Baptist Trumpet (Diane Spriggs)
*Chaplain Freeman is Sworn In (pg. 1)
Dr. Scott Carson -Chaplain Chris Freeman, from Laurel, Miss. had previously been enlisted in both the Mississippi Army National Guard and the United States Air Force and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to Afghanistan in 2003. After an eight-year military career, he was honorably discharged in 2005. He was licensed and ordained into the gospel ministry by Pine Ridge Baptist Church in Laurel, Miss., and has served in several BMA churches over the last 15 years.
*CBC Announces Homecoming Court (pg. 2)
The Central Baptist College Student Services Department has announced the court for Homecoming 2020. The nine women selected for the 2020 Homecoming Court are Rachel Burns, Kat Carson, Anna Crocker, Olivia Farris, Kobie Hartman, Elizabeth Riley, Mallory Sullivan, Kory Westerman and Jordan Wilkie. These nine were selected by their peers to represent CBC for the 2020 festivities. The Homecoming Court will be presented and the queen announced in between the women’s and men’s basketball games against Harris Stowe State University on Feb. 1. Tip off for the women’s game is at 1 p.m. in the A.R. Reddin Fieldhouse. For a full schedule of homecoming activities visit www.cbc.edu/homecoming or contact Jessica Faulkner, Director of Alumni Engagement, at email@example.com or (501) 205-8800.
Stampede Preview Day (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – Spring Stampede Preview Day will take place on Friday, Jan. 31, 2:30-4:30 p.m. This event will kick off Homecoming 2020. High school students and their parents are invited to attend this “drop-in” event that will be held in the Story Library. Faculty, staff and administration will be in attendance to showcase all the degrees and campus activities that Central Baptist College has to offer. Refreshments from CBC Dining Services will be provided, as well as several drawings from the Mustang Outfitters campus store and more! RSVP today at cbc.edu/stampede. (See CBC Sports on page 5)
Making Much of Missions
Dan Carson – World Missions Sunday is just around the corner, and it got me thinking. What am I doing to promote missions in my student ministry? What do I do to help encourage a mission mindset with my youth? The truth is, I’m not doing enough. When I went to Temple Baptist Church of Rogers back in 2007, I didn’t have to promote a missions mindset with my students; it was already there. When I arrived, there were at least seven individuals preparing for missions trips during the summer of 2008. They were headed to Chicago, Africa and Romania. There was a culture of investing in missions and especially sending students on mission trips. I didn’t have to be intentional in promoting missions. In fact, the next summer, we took a large group of adults and students to Fountain, Colo. to serve with a mission church there. As I have gone along in ministry, I have realized that was a unique time at the church. I have to work to encourage students to consider taking a part of their summer or other breaks from school and investing them in God’s work.
The DNA of a Church (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – DNA is defined as the combination of features that makes something what it is. It is what carries our genetic information, reproduces itself, and is the means by which hereditary characteristics pass from one generation to the next. This major component of chromosomes determines a person’s hair and eye color, along with many other features. We have all heard remarks like, “Wow, that apple didn’t fall very far from the tree” or “You could never deny that one” when a child looks a lot like one of their parents. God’s children should resemble Him! Remember, anything healthy reproduces, so what will your church’s children and grandchildren look like? In Organic Leadership, Neal Cole defines the DNA of a church as Divine truth, Nurturing relationships and Apostolic mission. This definition is simple, uncluttered and powerful. It promotes and produces a mindset of an always expanding and multiplying ministry that is led by the Spirit of God. DNA reminds us daily of our heritage and of what is most important to us. DNA determines who we are, and who we are should determine what we do.
Trailblazers of the BMA of Arkansas (pg. 3)
Tom Mitchell — I was just thinking about the fine leaders that God provided us in the early days of our state association. That prompted me to recall how blessed we have been to have found those faithful who have gone before us. I share some brief comments about some of those who certainly were trailblazers of the BMA of Arkansas (A.R. Reddin, C.C. Bishop, Dr. Wassell Burgess and Elbert O’Steen)
Two Great Saturdays in a Row (pg. 4)
Editor Spriggs – Serious Girlfriend Time and Pat was Honored.
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
FC Releases Voter’s Guide; ERA Defunct, Threat to Religious Liberty Neutralized; and AGs Ask Court to Block Arkansas Pro-Life Laws
Here’s Your Sign (pg. 5)
Valarie Fish – When God made His covenant with Noah, He put a reminder in the sky. When the rain clouds gathered and the sun shone through them, there would be a prism of color as a reminder to us and a token of the promise. God remembers all His promises. Tokens of the covenant promises aren’t for God — they are for us. We need reminders. We need to see something tangible to bring us comfort when we start to doubt and when our situations overwhelm us. We need a sign. In the Old Testament, there were literal, physical tokens of covenants like Noah’s rainbow, Abraham’s circumcision, Rahab’s scarlet cord and Jacob’s monuments. There were also tokens requiring action. God told Moses he would know God had sent him to free the Israelites from Egypt because after they left, they would worship on that same mountain. Before Moses could see the token, he had to obey the action. We also know there were symbolic tokens like the blood on the doorpost at Passover and the subsequent keeping of Passover to remember what God had done. If you have ever observed a traditional Passover meal, you cannot help by see the signs of Christ in every step.
Arkansas March for Life (pg. 5)An estimated 2,000 people took part in Arkansas’ 42nd March for Life on Sunday, Jan. 19. The march, which began in a parking lot on Wolfe Street and ended at the Capitol building, was to protest the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in America on Jan. 22, 1973. “47 years of the legalized killing of unborn children has galvanized the pro-life movement now more than ever as more and more people realize the lie that became law must stop,” said Arkansas Right to Life Executive Director Rose Mimms. “We are energized by those who joined us and continue to join us as we mark another sad anniversary and recommit ourselves to the ending abortion in our state and nation.”
Ministry Supporting Ministry
Rose Bittner – During their recent annual retreat in Gary, Texas, the Master’s Builders were surprised with a check for $1,678.72 from Daniel Springs Baptist Camp. The Builders were the Missions focus this past camp season for all of the students and youth who attended Daniel Springs camp! After thanking Camp Director Jason Prewitt, Jessica Prewitt and Morgan Standifer for all of the pennies, nickels, dimes and “sweaty, wadded up $1 bills” they sorted and counted for them over this past summer, the Builders added, “We will definitely put this money to work for the Lord!”
What A Mighty God We Serve (pg. 6)
Mike McEuen (I Chron. 29:11-12) – Charles Spurgeon said: “God’s mercy is so great that it forgives great sins to great sinners after great lengths of time, and then gives great favors and great privileges, and raises us up to great enjoyments in the great heaven of the great God.” God has shown us His great love. “The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee” (Jer. 31:3). “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love where with he loved us” (Eph. 2:4). God’s great love is universal in its object (whosoever), and God’s great love is unending in its duration (everlasting).
Standing Firm (pg. 7)
Paul White (II Peter1:5-10) – Much is said to God’s people concerning the dangers of backsliding. In fact, backsliding is scriptural: “Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return” (Jer. 8:5). But God has given us the cure in His Word. Note the word “stand” — it is a position of posture that requires expending energy or effort. “To stand” refers to the ability to move into action quickly. Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “Stand fast in faith and act like men; be strong.” Romans 5 opens with “having made peace with God through Jesus, we have access by faith unto the grace wherein we stand.” Joshua asked the people to take a stand.
How Shoeboxes Help Our Pastors (pg. 8)
Angela Rice -Do you ever wonder what happens when our missionaries receive Everlasting Smiles Shoeboxes? Let me share this exciting news with you: The first shipment of shoeboxes arrived in El Salvador to Pastor Rigoberto Cruz on Dec. 18. The very next day, Pastor Rigoberto and his team began loading trucks and distributing boxes to the different mission churches in their areas of ministry. Then the churches held special children’s events for the community where they give them out. Although the shoeboxes bring people to the programs, the pastors focus on the plan of salvation for the children and families that come.