Current News – 7-22-2020

*From Thinking Languages to Thinking Cultures (pg. 1)

Holly Meriweather -On Sept. 4, Lifeword will celebrate 55 years of sending the gospel worldwide. Harvest Gleaner Gospel Hour was the name of the first broadcast that went on the air from station KSTL in St. Louis, Mo. The language was English and the target audience was Americans, but within a year of that first broadcast, Spanish was added. Before the Cloud was built, Lifeword celebrated reaching the world in new languages. Now, the celebration will be about new cultures. To accomplish this, Executive Director Donny Parrish said, “We are shifting our focus from thinking languages to thinking cultures.”

*God, Help; We are Hiring! (pg. 1)

Brad Harris, The Hedge (ABS) University of Arkansas -Prayers answered bring prayers needed, and we will need God-sized help to get this done! The Board voted to hire a new ministry team leader for The Hedge, and we have a laborer who is ready to serve. A laborer is worthy of his wages (Luke 10:2,7), but we have a financial situation. For several years, ABS has been dependent on Razorback sports parking to make our budget, and just as we are ready to make the biggest move in over 40 years of ministry, a pandemic hits!… We will appreciate any help you can give us. Donations may be made through our website — absua.org or sent to ABS, P.O. Box 1736, Farmington, Ark. 72730.

*My Pastor’s Three Greatest Prayer Needs (pg. 1)

Dr. Steve Crawley – In July of 2018 my pastor at Antioch in Conway, Dr. Jason Aultman, asked each of the national and state department directors who were church members to preach one Sunday of the month. I felt led to share a message titled “How to Be Your Pastor’s MVP (Most Valuable Player),” which was my version of an effort John Maxwell spearheaded in the early 2000s.  The thesis of the message was to convey that the single most important thing we can do for our pastor is to pray for him daily. Not making supplication on his behalf through vague prayers, mind you, but interceding with specificity.  Charles Spurgeon stated that our prayer life can often be likened to us browsing through a department store — we go here and there, meandering around but really don’t put much thought into what we are doing. 

*Praying for You During This Season (pg. 2)

Duffy GuytonDuring this extraordinary time, it has been a pure joy to pray for you as you navigate through these uncertain days. Thank you for your valiant shepherding and amazing work ethic during this COVID season. We are grateful for your continued support of Central Baptist College during this time, and are so thankful for your heart of generosity. We understand that the early part of the fall may look very different than previous years, but we are planning to kick off our annual “CBC Day” on Sunday, Sept. 13. We are humbly asking you to set aside that Sunday, or another day during the fall or spring, for a special called time of prayer for CBC, take a one-time offering for the Church Fund, which is part of the annual fund program, “Gifts that Transform,” and/or make a pledge to give additional offerings over the 12 months to follow. (Also see CBC Sports, pg. 2)

*Have You Plateaued? (pg. 3)

Larry Barker – Church surveys and polls by Lifeway, Barna and others reveal that 85% of all churches in North America are dying, declining or have plateaued. Of the 15% that are showing growth, only 1% of those are growing because of conversion growth and baptism. The other 14% is growing because of transfer growth or as Adrian Rogers called it, “shuffling the Christian deck.” While striving not to make this an overemphasis on numbers, there is a stark reality that the North American church has flat-lined and needs to see revival and restoration. Are you personally, and is your church corporately, spiritually healthy?

Judge Suspends FDA Abortion Pill Rule (pg. 1)

 “A judge has suspended a Food & Drug Administration rule requiring that women be seen by a doctor before abortion-inducing drugs are dispensed to them to have an at-home abortion during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Michael Gryboski in a July 15 Christian Post report. U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang issued the decision July 13, suspending the FDA rule, arguing that the in-person requirement presented a “substantial obstacle” to women seeking an abortion. (christianpost.com)

Our Little Podcast is Growing (pg. 2)

Dan Carson – Over 1,300 downloads! While those aren’t huge numbers, it is definitely encouraging to see the Student Ministry Matters podcast grow since its launch on Feb. 17, 2020. We have had several guests and covered a number of topics in our 27 episodes. I am so excited and encouraged to see that growth. I want to thank Chris Vines and Micah Powell for being our regular co-hosts. They bring a great deal of knowledge and thoughtfulness in the area of student ministry. That thoughtfulness is something we need to pursue as we serve and minister to students. It is not enough to just plan events. We need to take steps forward in providing sound Biblical training as we love on students. Having a space to talk about some of these issues helps us all grow as ministers of the gospel.

Ladies Retreat Planned (pg. 2)

Kelly Williams -The Arkansas WMA will be hosting the 2020 Ladies’ State Retreat on Sept. 26, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at Central Baptist College. We are excited about this change in venue and look forward to seeing many of you there!  We will begin on Saturday with registration from 8:30-9 a.m. before the meeting begins. The registration fee is $45 and includes lunch and a 2020 Retreat t-shirt. Our theme this year is “Add to your faith through…” taken from the WMA motto found in II Peter 1:5-7. Jaclyn Rowe will be our speaker and Angela Wisely and friends will be leading our worship time.

The New Normal for Churches (pg. 3)

Tom Mitchell – I was just thinking about our services at Central Baptist Church in Prescott yesterday morning. They are certainly not like they used to be — when things were normal! Truthfully, it is difficult to put our finger on the new abnormal for ministering the gospel across our state. Many had longed for the day when, once again, they could gather to sing, pray, give and hear the Word of God preached. But when the day came — little was normal.

Success Can Be Found In Doing the Ordinary (pg. 3)

Jeff Swart – The governor of North Carolina extended an invitation to Thomas Edison to visit him. Mr. Edison accepted the invitation, and the two men spent a wonderful day together. During their conversation, the governor complimented Edison on his inventive genius. Mr. Edison appreciated the compliment but replied: “I’m not a great inventor.” The governor asked, “But you have over a thousand patents to your credit, haven’t you?” To which Mr. Edison replied, “Yes, but about the only invention I can really claim as absolutely original is the phonograph.”

Pastoral Care: Gaining Perspective And Recognizing Burnout (pg. 4)

Safety First – How are you doing? This simple, yet complex question can yield amazing insight into how pastors are thinking and feeling right now. Denny Howard, director of counseling and coaching for Full Strength Network (fullstrength.org), a non-denominational Christian clergy family serving ministry, has spoken with more than 60 pastors over the last few weeks. Having counseled more than 6,000 pastors over 20 years, he wanted to hear directly from church leaders about how they were feeling and what they needed.

Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)

Churches Sue Calif. Governor; City “Recognizes” Polyamorous Relationships; Littauer, Writer And Speaker, Dies; $2 Million to Push Sex Ed on Kids

Mrs. Dunn, Minister’s Widow, Dies (pg. 5)

Betty Jane McDuffie Dunn, 90 of Hampton, passed away July 15. She was a member of Brister Baptist Church at Emerson.  Mrs. Dunn was the widow of BMA Minister Horace J. Dunn, who pastored several churches in South Arkansas during their 57-year marriage. He passed away in 2005, and his last pastorate was Victory Baptist Church in Hampton. Mrs. Dunn’s ministry focused on children, and she led a countless number of individuals to Christ throughout her life. Even in assisted living, she was faithful to share Jesus with those around her.

Atteberys Celebrate 50th Anniversary (pg. 5)

Former Central Baptist College President Charles Attebery and his wife, the former Janice Burns recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their family in Tyler, Texas. They were married July 17, 1970 at College View Baptist Church in Magnolia, with the groom’s brother, Harry Attebery, officiating… Bro. Charles and Janice have one son, Scott (Meredith), and three grandchildren. The Atteberys’ address is 2331 Knights Court, Tyler, Texas 75703.

Ark. Galilean Wilderness Adventures (pg. 5)          

Dan Williams -It is almost time for the Arkansas Galilean Summer Camp, which will be held at Ponca Bible Camp in the beautiful Upper Buffalo River Wilderness area. Dates for this year’s camp are July 31-Aug. 2. Please email or text the approximate number you will have coming to dwilltwelve@gmail.com, (501) 336-4586. Pre-registration is not required, but it will be helpful if you download a registration form from galileans.com and fill it out prior to coming to camp. A medical/photo release form, which can also be downloaded from galileans.com will need to be turned in for each camper when you register at camp. Each camper will have their temperature taken on arrival and all state guidelines for virus protocol will be followed.

National Galilean Camp 2020 (pg. 5)

Kenneth Colvert -National Galilean Camp was enjoyed by all despite the COVID-19 restrictions in place. A full camp program was offered, even though the attendance was cut in half (39 in attendance) due to the virus. The preaching was great, the music was wonderful and the recreation people offered an outstanding experience. Most important of all, a young man was saved. Everyone was well during camp and when we left for home. We pray that continues. A camp video is posted on galileans.com.  The national officers will meet in conjunction with the Arkansas Galilean Summer Camp at Ponca, July 31-Aug. 2 to plan the 2021 camp, which is scheduled for June 25-28 at StoneRidge Baptist Camp in Smithville.

Central Men Meet (pg. 5)

The Central Arkansas District Brotherhood met at Landmark Baptist Church in England on July 13, with 18 in attendance, representing 3 churches. The offering was $87. President Robbie Staton reminded everyone to check our Facebook page for announcements about upcoming meetings. Host Pastor David Inzer introduced Captain Smead, who gave an encouraging concert and reminded us that “God is still in control of all things!” (Bill Thornton, secretary/treasurer)

Qualities Of Effective Leaders (pg. 5)

Jerry Burnaman (via Baptist Progress) – Throughout my ministry, I have studied books on leadership, talked to other leaders and made every effort to be an effective leader. The word “leader” first appeared in the English language about 1,000 years ago. However, the study of “leadership” has only been a subject for a little over 100 years. Most students of leadership agree that the following nine qualities make a Christian leader effective…

Part 2 of 3: The Beatitudes (pg. 6)

Tony Cleaver –  Matt. 5:6 CSB-Real physical hunger is when a crust of bread is the most precious thing on earth. Real physical thirst is when a sip of water is more valuable than jewels or gold. Are you hungry and thirsty for God, the things of God and the path God wants for you? Only Jesus — through His death, burial and resurrection — has the power to satisfy your hunger and thirst. To be certain, there are nibbles and snacks provided in many philosophies and ways of life. However, Jesus has prepared a banquet table for all to come. That table is in the shape of a cross on which He died for our sins.

Fake Military, Veterans’ Charities (pg. 6)

It is important to be vigilant and do your homework when donating to a new charity for the first time. Scammers have been stealing money from Arkansans by posing as veterans’ charities and often requesting charitable donations. Even though these bad actors can leave a bad taste in anyone’s mouth, it is important to note that there are still many well-intentioned military and veterans’ charities across Arkansas and the country doing tireless work for our nation’s heroes.

What Will You Do With It? (pg. 6)

Martha Brock – God didn’t create an ark. He didn’t create a chair, house, boat, airplane or a submarine. He didn’t create bricks. He didn’t create an engagement ring to make a young man proud or a young girl’s heart sing. He didn’t create cakes or bread. God did create a tree, iron, diamonds, emeralds, coal and sand. He made salt and plants that bore seeds. Yes, God did create.

Doctrine of Security (pg. 7)

Paul White – Scripture given to answer these questions and more: Can we be separated from Christ? (Rom. 8:35-39); Do we keep ourselves or does God keep us? (I Peter 1:5); Who has everlasting life? (John 3:36); Can a Christian ever come into condemnation? (John 5:24)…

Psalm 119: Take the Time (pg. 8)

Susan Lafferty • Baptist Press -My mother tells a funny story. Her dad was going blind, so every morning she or her sister would stop by and read the Bible to him. One particular day, Mom was in a hurry and on a tight schedule. She rushed in with no time to spare, out of breath and talking fast. “So, Daddy, which chapter do you want me to read today?”In his slow southern drawl, Granddaddy said: “Well, how about Psalm 119?” We’ve laughed about that story and my grandfather’s sense of humor when his daughter had places to go and people to see. The truth is, we often live life that way — in a rush, not making room for the Word of God, much less the longest chapter in the Bible.

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