*From the States (pg. 5)
*Storms Destroy Property, But Not The Christian Spirit (pg. 1)
Editor Don Brown, Mississippi Baptist — There is devastation and need across the wide path left by at least two tornados that struck South Mississippi on Easter Sunday. As I drove to the Soso area of Jones County to check on some family members, I was struck by the reality of the loss that people have suffered. It is one thing to hear about it and see it in a report from the media, but you cannot really understand it until you see it in person.The little town of Soso, Miss. has suffered devastating loss of both homes and businesses, as have many other communities in our area. I only saw a small amount from the highway as I drove through, but it was enough to understand that life will not be the same for many months.
*Keep Giving to the Local Church (pg.1)
Erik Cooper (via Baptist Herald) -Perhaps I’m the right one to say this as I have no direct personal upside from the conversation. What I do have is a deep belief in God’s Word, a love for the mission of God in the world and a network of dear friends leading this charge in countries across the globe and in local congregations right here in my own community. While I don’t draw a paycheck from a church, I love the local church and believe it is God’s plan to embody and proclaim His Kingdom to the world. We can debate its many forms and expressions, whether it’s a building, an organization or just the people, but there’s one thing I don’t think should be debatable for Christians today: when we honor the church, we’re honoring God.
*CBC Summer and Fall 2020 Registration (pg. 1)
Terry Kimbrow, President – CBC has announced registration periods for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 sessions. Summer courses begin May 26, and registration is currently open and will continue through May 18. Traditional 16-week fall courses will begin Aug. 20. The first block of courses in the PACE Program begin on July 6, and registration is currently open and will continue through June 12. “Currently, all academic advising is being done either through email or Zoom sessions between the faculty member and the student,” said Dr. Gary McAllister, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “This process ensures that CBC continues to adhere to the guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and the Arkansas Department of Health related to social distancing.” (See CBC Sports, pg. 2)
*Planning Helps Avert Liability Risks (pg. 2)
(Editor Spriggs’ Note: The current Coronavirus pandemic has brought to light many of the needs of our senior citizens. In case some churches are considering making this area of service a permanent part of their ministries, the following are some guidelines to help in that endeavor.)Adult care ministries present opportunities to provide care and support to elderly or disabled individuals, but they also pose potential liability risks to you and your ministry. Whether you serve adults through hospital visitation, visiting shut-ins or a sponsored adult day care facility, careful planning and forethought are two of the most important elements of a successful adult care ministry.Take special care when evaluating individuals who are candidates for participation in an adult care ministry. Such a ministry can be mentally taxing, so workers with patient and positive dispositions are usually the best ministry workers.
The Heart of Student Ministry (pg. 2)
Dan Carson – When all the extras of ministry are stripped away due to circumstances, we are left with what is at the heart of our ministry. That process may reveal some deficiencies in our own ministries and lives. When you can’t go watch a play or play some crazy games with your students, you are left with what is at the heart of your ministry. Over the years, I have not paused enough to evaluate the heart of student ministry. Too often, it has been a task to be accomplished. If I could just get camp and SOAR planned, I would be good. If I could line out my lessons for the semester and the lock-in, I could check my box and rest easy.
Love First and Lead (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – Our current social distancing and no groups larger than 10, at the request of our national and local governments, lingers on. For most of us, this started with us thinking and planning for a quick fix to get through this and then, hopefully, life would be normal again. It has now been going on anywhere from 1-2 months, depending on where you live, and it now requires a major shift from the “quick fix” to prayerful planning for the longer haul. Everything changed drastically and quickly two months ago, but now we are in the midst of the doldrums (look it up).
A Positive Attitude (pg. 3)
President Jeff Swart – The story is told about two farmers. One was a pessimist, the other an optimist. The optimist would say, “Wonderful sunshine.” The pessimist would respond, “Yeah, I’m afraid it’s going to scorch the crops.” The optimist would say, “Fine rain.” The pessimist would respond, “Yeah, I’m afraid we are going to have a flood.”
Trumpet Special Emphasis Update (pg. 4)
Editor Spriggs – There’s good news and bad news. The good news is that we’re ahead of where we were this time last year in Special Emphasis offerings. The bad news is that we are still over $5,500 away from being even halfway to our goal. But I’m still watching for those But God moments that I know are coming! Thank you to everyone who has given to help us keep the Trumpet going out weekly. God bless you all!
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
Out of State AGs Oppose Arkansas’ Abortion Restrictions; Loan Program Depleted As Congress Stalls; Poll Says Opening Churches, Stores a Priority for Americans; Bible Publishers Report Jump in Sales; More Pro-Life Billboards
Book Review: But God… Chose You! (pg. 4)
Editor – There are several things my friend of many years, and sister-in-Christ, Ginger Buck and I have in common, including the fact that we both have the heart of a teacher/writer and that we share our two favorite words in the Bible — But God! Now Ginger has combined those two attributes into a wonderful book — But God… Chose You! The book is also beautifully illustrated by her daughter, Brittany Riggan.
Janie Bloxom, Minister’s Wife, Dies (pg. 5)
Mary Jane (Janie) Bloxom, 85 of Benton, passed away April 19 from Alzheimer’s related complications. She had been the wife of BMA Minister Jack Bloxom for 66 years and was the sister of the late Dr. C.O. Strong. Mrs. Bloxom was an elementary school teacher for over 40 years. She taught in Waldo, West Fork, Fayetteville and Conway, as well as Lamesa, Texas. Other survivors include two sons, Andy (Glenda) Bloxom of Benton and Clay (Cindy) Bloxom of Merritt Island, Fla.; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A private family graveside service will be held April 24 at Pinecrest Cemetery in Alexander, under the direction of Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home, with Don Chandler presiding.
EIM Director’s Daughter, Dies (pg. 5)
Mitzi Lanette Goodwin, 52 of Warren, passed away April 21. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Warren, and was the special daughter of Evangelist International Ministries (EIM) Director Rocky Goodwin and his late wife, Jeanette. Mitzi was a silver medal winner in the International Special Olympics in 1983. She was active in putting together thousands of Shepherd’s Bags for EIM. She was also a huge fan of Southern Gospel music and loved listening to Heaven’s Echoes. Other survivors include: two brothers, Ken (LaDonna) Goodwin and Mike (Ann) Goodwin; 6 nieces and nephews; and 18 great nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held April 24, 10 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery, under the direction of Frazer Funeral Home. Ed Stephenson and Reuel Cruce will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to EIM Shepherd’s Bag Ministry, 114 Bradley Road #23, Warren, Ark. 71671.
Never Saw it Coming (pg. 5)
Valarie Fish – The disruption of all things normal started on the other side of the globe and in a matter of a few weeks had the whole country in quarantine. For most of us, we never saw it coming! We never imagined a day would come when restaurants, banks, hotels, stores and even churches would close their doors, and so many people would discover their jobs and careers were “non-essential.” As I write this, they are predicting the days will continue to bring bad news. The fear is already reaching record levels. People are seeing the sickness on their doorsteps, whole communities completely shut down and industries are crumbling — and we never saw it coming!
Doctrine of Missions (pg. 7)
Paul White – What do we mean when we say doctrine? Doctrine is “a set of ideas or beliefs that are taught or believed to be true.” Biblical doctrine refers to teachings that align with the revealed Word of God, the Bible. It refers to a statement of principles or teachings to provide instruction. I have heard people say they did not like hearing preaching about doctrine, but one’s doctrine reveals what they stand for. When we think about the term “missions,” we automatically accept it as one of the doctrines. Often, when we think about missions, we think of distant lands, foreign countries and small villages. Especially in the early days of our country, we were predominantly a Christian nation going everywhere to share the good news of Jesus.
A Mother’s Influence (pg. 8)
Mike McEuen – When a second son was born to Amram and Jochebed, he was born under the death penalty. Pharaoh of Egypt had given a horrible decree concerning children born to the Israelites: “Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive” (Exod. 1:22). Jochebed knew how wrong it would be to destroy her son, but there was little she could do to change Pharaoh’s new law. Her only alternative was to protect her son’s life. When Moses was too old to be hidden any longer, Jochebed trusted him to God. Jochebed made a basket from reeds and covered it with a tar-like glue that made it waterproof. Then she placed her son in that basket and set it among the reeds at the edge of the Nile River.