*Ark. Pastor’s Wife Decorates White House (pg. 2)
Jeff Herring – Liz Bullock (wife of Paul Bullock, pastor of College View in Magnolia) was chosen from about 7,000 applicants as one of 80 volunteers that decorated the White House in Washington, D.C. for Christmas this year. Around the end of August, the White House posts a short application on its website with standard information questions and essay questions about why the applicant wants to decorate the White House.
*43rd Annual March for Life (pg. 2)
The 43rd Annual March for Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 17, in Little Rock. The event is free and open to the public. This is a peaceful and prayerful march that attracts thousands of pro-life Arkansans every single year. The event is sponsored by Arkansas Right to Life, and it will mark the 48th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States.
*Why Jesus Was Born (pg. 2)
Jeff Swart – One of the greatest kings in English history was Richard the First. You may know him as “Richard Coeur-de-lion” or in English, “Richard the Lion Hearted.” One of Richard’s French vassals, Vidomar of Limoges, rebelled against him and Richard and his army besieged Vidomar in his castle at Chaluz. King Richard ventured too near the castle walls and was mortally wounded by an arrow from the bow of a young man named Bertrand de Gurdan. While Richard lay dying in his tent, the castle was taken and the young man that shot him was captured. In irons, Bertrand was brought before the dying king. In one of the greatest acts of generosity in the history of man, King Richard said to Bertrand, “Youth, I forgive you in my death.”
*A Timely Gift (pg. 2)
Angela Rice – The first Everlasting Smiles shoebox was given to the driver that delivered the container in El Salvador. He was so excited to receive boxes for his two children…This year has been really tough on many of our missionaries. Countless hours have been given to serving hurting, sick and starving people. On top of the pandemic, our friends in Central America were also hit hard by two hurricanes, which caused even more needs.
Give the Gift of Education This Christmas (pg. 3)
Terry Kimbrow – 2020 has been a year unlike any other I have experienced in my lifetime. But even in the midst of uncertainty, fear and what some would call chaos, I have been reminded that God is faithful. He alone is our Provider, Sustainer and Comforter! Our country is changing and the global health pandemic continues. Christians are being asked to compromise their beliefs and conform to this world. The theme of our weekly chapel services this year is Esther 4:14, “For such a time as this.”
*When a Mess is More Than a Mess (pg. 3)
Katy McCown — The crash. I heard it and set out to find the source. I figured another ornament had fallen victim to a little boy’s game. I didn’t expect to see the entire tree on the floor. Turns out a game of cat and mouse — where the kids are the cat, and the cat is the mouse — left the once gleaming tree in shambles on the ground. And the truth is, it left so much more than a mess. Because the truth is, when the Christmas tree tumbled, it took my heart with it. I’ve struggled this year as six new places in six years has caught up with me. Uncertainty storms my soul. I’m tired. I’m lonely.
Planning for 2021 With COVID-19 Still Looming (pg. 3)
Dan Carson – Right now, planning for 2021 feels like I’m at a party with a piñata. They have just tied the bandana around my head and I can’t see anything. The party hostess has handed me a stick and started spinning me around. Inside I’m thinking, “I’ve got this. I know what I’m aiming for. When the spinning stops, this will be easy.”
It’s Time to Celebrate (pg. 4)
Editor Jeff Herring – You may read that title and wonder, “What is there to celebrate in 2020?” To be honest, I completely understand that thought, but as we approach the end of this crazy year, I think it is important for us to realize we can still celebrate. First, and most importantly, we can celebrate because God is still in control!
Greetings From LA Tech (pg. 4)
Danny Eddy – Since last month we enjoyed a combined quarter break/Thanksgiving break, of a week and a half. It seemed like a very quick turnaround, and we are back for the winter quarter. Things seem a little more normal than when we started in the fall — not that the COVID-19 restrictions are less, but everyone is used to wearing masks and social distancing, and they are excited to be back at ABS! Everything is in person now, with precautions, and it’s much easier to invite new students.
Arkansas Galileans Hold Camp (pg. 4)
Dan Williams – The annual Arkansas Galilean Fall camp was held at Beaverfork Campground Dec. 4-5. Nine campers, representing two churches attended. (Antioch, Conway and Village Creek, Mabelvale) While attendance was lower than usual, those that attended enjoyed a great time of fellowship and a challenge from God’s Word.
Lessons Learned in 2020 (pg. 5)
Larry Barker – Christmas is upon us and this unbelievable year is coming to a close. Trying to figure out how we should celebrate this holiday season is challenging. Yes, opinions are plentiful and can quickly become very heated and tension filled. The continual question is, “How do you navigate these unprecedented times?”
Christmas Greetings from Your Officers (pg. 5)
Tom Mitchell – Serving the Lord is a privilege for His believers. As far as I am concerned, the officers of the BMA of Arkansas are greatly blessed to serve Him by serving you, the churches of this association. I have asked our vice-presidents to share their Christmas greetings since this will be the last issue of Baptist Trumpet for 2020.
Consider the Chistmas Tree (pg. 6)
Scotty Karber – I am writing this column on Dec. 28, just three days after Christmas, but it is being forgotten already. Stores are having “after Christmas” sales, decorations are disappearing and many Christmas trees are already finding their inevitable place along the roadway awaiting the garbage truck. In order to teach us that we can trust God for our needs, Jesus said, “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin” (Matt. 6:28). In order to share a lesson learned from a friend, Scotty says, “Consider the Christmas trees of the house, how they stand; they grow not, neither do they live.”
Texas Pastor Dies (pg. 6)
Robert Michael Edmondson, 67, of Canton, Texas passed away on Dec. 7. He surrendered to the gospel ministry at age 15 and began pastoring at age 16. He pastored numerous churches over 44 years in Arkansas and Texas, including:
Christ-mas (pg. 7)
Paul White – Some people think that the coming of Jesus is a New Testament happening — something that started when the angel appeared to Mary. Friends, if that were all the proof we had, that alone would be enough because the Word of God is without error. It says what it means, and it means what it says. All through the Old Testament, we see time and again, the mention of the coming of Jesus to Earth. I want to go all the way back to the book of Genesis.
Personality Profile – Clinton Barrett (pg. 7)
Christmas From the States (pg. 8)