*National Meeting Dates (pg. 1)
The next National Meeting is April 19-21, 2021 — not April 19-22 as printed in the new Directory and Handbook. Praying that we get to see each other face to face in April! (To His glory, Tasha Waites – Information Services)
*BMA of Arkansas Will Convene (pg. 1)
Tom Mitchell -After meeting with Central Baptist College Director of Church Relations Duffy Guyton and First Vice-president Dr. Gary O’Neal, and with the full and enthusiastic support of CBC President Terry Kimbrow, I have concluded that the BMA of Arkansas will convene Thursday and Friday, Nov. 5-6, on the Central Baptist College campus. Of course, we will be following the state guidelines regarding COVID-19 restrictions. All attendees must wear masks and practice distancing throughout the meeting. After much pondering and prayer, I have decided that the meeting will center around this theme: “In Times Like These…” We are certainly living in trying times, and our churches need to be the driving forces in standing for righteousness in a nation that has fallen prey to unrighteousness.
*New Trumpet Staff Member (pg. 1)
Editor -I am pleased to announce that Allan Eakin, bivocational pastor of Celebration Baptist Church in Haskell, will join the Baptist Trumpet staff on Oct. 5 as associate editor. He has resigned his position as special services coordinator at Arkansas Health Center in Benton and will continue to serve as pastor at Celebration.Bro. Allan is “solid BMA” and has been a long-time friend of this ministry, having served the association in several positions, including serving as a member of the Publications Committee for several years. (By the way, at the end of his interview with Assistant Editor Jeff Herring and me, Bro. Allan reminded us that he was the chairman of the committee when they voted unanimously to recommend me as the new editor/business manager back in 2005 — but that had nothing to do with him being chosen, and please don’t hold it against him!)
*JTC Boots Still “On The Ground” (pg. 1)
Beth Burkes, Just the Crumbs -Hurricane Sally will make landfall on the Mississippi Gulf Coast by the time you read this report, and we have team members in place in the Long Beach and Gulfport areas to respond where needed. We need to be on the ground as quickly as possible to serve those who will, undoubtedly, be in need. Again, all of this is made possible by those of you that partner with us to give aid and serve those that need to see the love of Christ. Please continue to lift us up in prayer and, if at all possible, give your time to volunteer because we continue to need chainsaw and cleanup crews. If you would like to volunteer, contact me at (662) 582-6667. If you can’t volunteer, please consider donating. Donations may be sent through PayPal at firstname.lastname@example.org; designated “Just the Crumbs” and mailed to BMAA Missions, P.O. Box 878, Conway, Ark. 72033; or sent to Just the Crumbs, 10 Wagon Trail, Sumrall, Miss. 39482. For more information, contact Director Lavon Haden at email@example.com; or Beth Haden at firstname.lastname@example.org; or call (601) 522-6055.
*Pastor Appreciation (pg. 1)
By Brad Whitt, Baptist Press -October is Pastor Appreciation Month. This is the month when many churches will take some time to show their appreciation to their pastor for his love and ministry over the past year. Some churches will take up a love offering for their pastor. Many will put a basket in the vestibule for members to place cards in with kind sentiments they want to share with their pastor. A few churches may even have a dinner or a reception — a nice time to get together to express their feelings for their pastor.All of these things are nice and good. In fact, I believe it is a great idea for a church to take one month out of the year to do something special to show just how much they appreciate the time and effort, love and concern their pastor has for them.
2020 BMA of Ark. District Association Meeting Report (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – First, thank you for your prayer and financial support of the ministry of Central Baptist College! We are grateful for your continued support of CBC over the past year. We can stay true to the mission of the institution through your heart of generosity. When you pray for CBC or send a monthly, quarterly or special offering to CBC, you are making a difference in the lives of our students — you are contributing to the “transformation of lives.” CBC offers something a public institution cannot — an education that integrates Christian faith and academic excellence. Higher education institutions that practice faith integration in the classroom hold the belief that all truth comes from God. This worldview sees God as the source of truth for all disciplines, be it mathematics, science, history or any other subject. Therefore, the student receives a deeper, more thorough education when the professor is not limited by mandates prohibiting discussions of faith. (Also see CBC Sports, pg. 2)
CBC Included in U.S. News & World Report 2021 Rankings (pg. 2)
Central Baptist College has once again been added to the list of Best Regional Colleges in the South by U.S. News & World Report. CBC ranks 63 on the 2021 list. According to U.S. News & World Report, regional colleges “focus on undergraduate education but grant fewer than half of their degrees in liberal arts disciplines.” Institutions are split into four regions and CBC is included in the Southern Region.
An Example of Discipling (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – As the interview continued on our Healthy Church Podcast, the reality hit me and hit me hard. We were seeing a great example of exactly what II Tim. 2:2 is supposed to look like — where Paul discipled Timothy, Timothy discipled faithful men and then faithful men discipled others. Our guest was my good friend, Eli Semedo, and he spoke of “Pauls” in his life and how he became their “Timothy,” then he discipled others who are now discipling others — yes, four generations of ongoing discipleship that multiplies over and over again.
Missing the Local Association Meetings (pg. 3)
Dan Carson – I had high hopes this year of making the rounds with Diane Spriggs and Jeff Herring to visit our local association meetings around the state. Unfortunately, there were a lot of things that we planned on doing this year that didn’t happen. That is what happens when the world gets turned upside down because of a global pandemic. The events of the last several months have made it hard to accomplish much of what we normally do in ministry. With that in mind, I want to share some things that have been happening in our ministry and some ways you can help us.
I Just Have to Tell You This (pg. 4)
Editor – To be honest, I’ve struggled with whether or not I should tell you this, but I truly feel like God wants me to do it, and I do my best not to argue with Him. I’ve always been honest and transparent with all of you, so please keep that in mind and know that what I’m about to tell you is totally my decision. I very, very rarely pull the “I’m the boss” card, and when I do, it’s almost always to make sure Jeff and Jen let me do something I want to do for them. But this time I pulled it for another reason — because I want to do something for the Trumpet. I’ve told Jeff that I absolutely do not want the Trumpet to give me a gift, monetary or otherwise, when I retire. There are four reasons I issued this “edict,” so let me explain…
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
March for Life Will Take Place; Federal Rule On Campus Freedom; Pandemic = Spike In US Divorce Rate; Denmark Kills Almost Every Baby With DS
Hall, Minister’s Wife, Dies (pg. 5)
Glenda Kay Hall, 75 of Sulphur Springs, Texas, passed away Sept. 6. She was the wife of BMA minister Tommy Hall… Funeral services were held Sept. 12 at Davis Street Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs, Texas, where her husband served as pastor until his retirement in 2011. Memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org) and the Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org).
40 Days For Life (pg. 5)
Mary Pate Silfies -The National 40 Days for Life (4DFL) prayer campaign returns to Little Rock Wednesday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Nov. 1. You will have an opportunity to stand and peacefully pray for an end to abortion in our city. 40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God’s power through prayer, fasting and peaceful vigil to end abortion. Since the first national prayer campaign was launched in 2007 with 89 cities in 33 states participating, 40 Days for Life is now held in hundreds of cities in 63 nations, with over 17,000 reported babies’ lives saved. That is the power of prayer! Little Rock’s 18th prayer vigil will again be 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily for 40 days, but its location has moved to Planned Parenthood in Little Rock.
Military BibleStick Update (pg. 5)
David Powell, Faith Comes by Hearing -What a challenging time it has been for everyone. I am praying for the Lord’s help for you and that He would hold you up by His righteous right hand. I wanted to encourage you with an update on the Military BibleStick (MBK) outreach. Our military is facing challenges at a level never before experienced — COVID-19, recruitment issues and civil unrest are in our own backyards! People want answers and need to hear the hope of Christ! 1,363,821 MBKs have now been made available to our military and veteran communities, and BMA congregations have funded 10,890!
History, Vision, Changed Lives (pg. 6)
Donny Parrish – In a day when hate and anger are raging and all that has been nailed down in our world seems to be coming undone, where can the world look for peace? Who can bring this tumult and turbulence to an end? What is the ultimate answer to the world’s problems? Jesus is the answer. Since 1965, Lifeword has been inviting people to come close and look at the Savior. Beginning with one media format (radio), in one language (English) and to one country (America), Lifeword broadcasted the gospel of Jesus to a broken world. But 55 years later, technology has grown that number to more than 100 unique programs in 85 languages and to 123 countries. Over two billion people can now hear, watch and understand a Lifeword broadcast every day. Cloud technology has recently caused an explosion in the number of new broadcasts, new languages and new lives changed by the gospel message.
Spotlight on Missions (pg. 6)
Philippines — Stan & Donna Scroggins, Danny & Rita Ballard and Doug & Diane Lee
Whiners (pg. 7)
Paul White – After hearing a stirring message about Daniel and the lion’s den at Connection Point, I was made to stop and consider that God is truly in control — even of the lion’s mouth. It makes me realize afresh that what is taking place in our country may be a surprise to most of us, but not to God. After all, He is the one who can bring us through the darkest hour unscathed. Such was the case with Daniel. His faithfulness to God won him the favor of those with whom he came in contact. King Darius saw Daniel as a man of integrity, a man who would do the right thing, and he placed him in a position of leadership over the other governors and politicians in his kingdom. This infuriated the others; after all, Daniel was a faithful and just man and they knew he would find out about their payoffs and kickbacks. They had to get rid of Daniel and get one of their own kind into that position.
National Day of Prayer & Fasting (pg. 8)
Jeff Swart – Several have called for Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 and another for Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 to be set aside as a National Days of Prayer & Fasting, asking God to forgive our sins and have mercy upon our land. National days of prayer and fasting are not new. In fact, on three occasions, President Abraham Lincoln declared a day of fasting and prayer by Americans for America. On March 30, 1863, he proclaimed, “A National Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer” for the following reasons: “We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power… But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us… Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.” If that was true in 1863, how much more so today!
Mailbox (pg. 8)
Free “Expository Preaching” (Paul Gauntt); Waits for it to Come (Don Plunkett)