Current News – 01-27-2021

*Part 1: Go. Disciple. Plant. Repeat.  (pg. 1)

Dr. John David Smith – The theme of World Missions Day 2021 is represented in four words: Go. Disciple. Plant. Repeat. They are a reminder of what we are here for, who we are and what global missions is all about. In II Tim. 2:1-7 (NIV), Paul addresses Timothy, who is in Ephesus, the city where Paul started ministry on his second missionary journey and spent a lot of time on his third missionary journey:

*CBC 2021 Homecoming Court Announced (pg. 1)

The CBC Student Services Department has announced the court for Homecoming 2021. The nine women selected for the 2021 Homecoming Court are Sierra Burrow, Abigail Herring, Madelyn Jameson, Cora Lentz, Allison Mantooth, Elizabeth Riley, Mallory Sullivan, Jordan Wilkie and Ashanti Williams. These nine women were selected by their peers to represent CBC:

*Seven Prayers For Pastors For a New Year (pg. 1)

Thom S. RainerAs we move into 2021, may I suggest we churchgoers spend more time in prayer for our pastors? Could we commit to a few minutes a week specifically praying for these servant leaders? Frankly, I have never seen a season where pastors have withstood attacks at the level they did in the previous year. Perhaps one of our first lines of ministry should be praying for our pastors.

Be Like Micah! (pg. 2)

Dan Carson – For those of you listening to our weekly podcast, you may have already heard the news, but if you haven’t, Micah Powell is stepping away from our podcast. Those of you who know Micah, know that he has spent the last semester at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City. He received a leadership scholarship for this first year and is pursuing his Master of Divinity. It is exciting to see how God is working in his life.

*Serving Servants (pg. 3)

Larry Barker – On a recent podcast, Thom Rainer said, “You should treat everyone equally the same.” That sounds right because church is certainly no place to be showing favoritism. Paul, in Ephesians 4, stressed oneness of body, Spirit, hope, Lord, faith, baptism and God. Sam Rainer then said, “I need to push back on that a little because it is not realistic. The need creates attention to the things that need attention when they need attention.” The reality is that people have different needs, at different times and at different levels of intensity.

Our Hiding Place (pg. 3)

Jeff Swart – In her book The Hiding Place, Corrie ten Boom describes her life growing up in Holland during the German occupation of WW II. Although she had many experiences during the years of the war that marked the rest of her life, I remember reading about one experience in particular.

One night, as she lay restless on her bed, she listened to the sound of the Allied bombers flying overhead and the German artillery cannons firing at the bombers, then the explosions of the bombs dropped on the city where she lived.

Conferences and Sermons Available (pg. 3)

To help Arkansas Christians be more effective in their roles as “Salt” and “Light,” the Arkansas Faith and Ethics Council is offering a variety of conference or sermon topics in the following categories: Living the Christian Life, Church and Culture, Family (Marriage, Parenting, Children and Relationships), Christians, Public Policy and Advocacy in the Public Square and Legal Issues for Churches and Pastors.

We Need Your Help (pg. 4)

Jeff Herring – We are just over a month away from the time set aside by the BMA of Arkansas as the Special Emphasis for the Baptist Trumpet (March-April). Let me ask you now to begin praying about how you might be able to help meet the needs of this ministry during this special time. As I shared previously, looking back at the history of this ministry, it is not uncommon for finances to be very tight at the end of the year through our time of Special Emphasis. This year is no different.

Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)

From the States (pg. 5-9)

Spotlight on Missions (pg. 10)

Michel & Ruth Poirier – We thank the Lord for all our supporting churches that sacrifice every month for us in Quebec, Canada. We are blessed to have prayer partners and financial partners who intercede for us to God on a regular basis.  We are in lockdown and curfew is from 8 p.m.-5 a.m. All churches in the Province of Quebec are closed by our government so the pandemic does not spread among the citizens and church people. But the work must go on, people are dying and do not have any hope outside of Christ.

The End is Near (pg. 10)

Dr. Tony Cleaver – We use cartoon characters to make fun of one carrying a sign saying: “The end is near.” Joel was no cartoon character delivering this message to his nation, nor was Joel in any way joking. The locust plague that devastated the land was terrible. Yet there was a more horrific day coming, a day more dreadful than the locust plague; it would be the utter removal of the nation. It did come, and Jerusalem and the nation fell.  Do nations fall?  In our recent history, Berlin fell and the nation crumbled. What about our land?

*Low Power FM Radio Reaching the Philippines (pg. 10)

Pedro Etabag – Before the year 2020 ended, we were able to install the last radio station in Daan Banua (Old Town), Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. This radio station will reach a potential audience of thousands because it covers around a 25 to 30 kilometer radius. In these times of pandemic where our movements are very limited due to the Community Quarantine, the Low Powered FM Radio is one of the answers to the urgent need of spreading the gospel.

Living In Truth or Living In Deception (pg. 11)

Paul White – A fable is told about an eagle that thought he was a chicken. When the eagle was very small, he fell from the safety of his nest. A chicken farmer found the eagle, brought him to the farm and raised him in a chicken coop among his many chickens. The eagle grew up doing what chickens do, living like a chicken and believing he was a chicken. A naturalist came to the chicken farm to see if what he had heard about an eagle acting like a chicken was really true. He knew that an eagle is king of the sky, so he was surprised to see the eagle strutting around the chicken coop, pecking at the ground and acting very much like a chicken.

Should Ministries Engage in Peer-to0Peer Business Transactions? (pg. 12)

Modern services such as Uber, Turo, and Airbnb enable ministries to profit by making assets (vehicles and residences) available for hire to the public. While using these services to make money may be appealing, it’s important to think about the potential liability and whether the ministry has adequate insurance coverage.

Looking Back, Looking Forward (pg. 12)

Stuart Estes – The year of our Lord 2020 is behind us, and with its leaving comes an opportunity to reflect on where we’ve been and where we are going. With the start of the new year fresh on my mind, I wanted to take a few minutes to look back on the past semester at the Association of Baptist Students (ABS) at the University of Arkansas (U of A) and also look forward to what will be happening in the spring semester.

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