Current News – 02-10-2021

*Foundations of a Healthy Church (pg. 1)

Larry Barker — What foundation are you building your church upon to ensure it is healthy? Jesus said He would build His church and the gates of Hell would not stand against it. There are five functions (fellowship, discipleship, worship, ministry and mission) clearly seen in Acts 2:42-47, and all of them must be bathed in prayer. These functions can take many different forms in different churches and in different cultures. With the Great Commission as a direct command from our Lord and Savior, there is a need to examine core values, mission, vision and strategy.

*Legislative Issues Status Report (pg. 1)

Larry Page – Recently, we sent a listing some of the bills we were monitoring and working on at some level. Following is not a complete listing of those bills, but they are some of the major ones. We have included the current status of each of these measures. If you have questions about any of these, contact us.

*Other bills of Interest (pg. 1)

Jerry Cox We’re wrapping up another week at the Arkansas Legislature. Here’s a quick overview of some of the bills that we are tracking at the capitol. On Feb. 4, the Arkansas Senate overwhelmingly passed H.B. 1211 declaring religious organizations are essential during an emergency. H.B. 1211 will protect churches and religious groups without hampering the government’s ability to respond during a pandemic. H.B. 1195 (Pro-Life) is a bill by Rep. Jim Dotson (R/Bentonville) and Sen. Bob Ballinger (R/Ozark) that enacts legislation ensuring that women are offered information, assistance and resources that could help them choose an option besides abortion.

Fall 2020 President’s and Dean’s List (pg. 2)

Terry Kimbrow – It is a pleasure to release for publication the President’s and Dean’s Lists in recognition of student academic achievement. The following lists are for the fall of 2020:

You Aren’t Too Old to Work with Students (pg. 2)

Dan Carson – At 48, I’m an old youth pastor. There is really no denying it, and I’m okay with that. As I write this on Monday following the Bucs Super Bowl win, I am reminded that the older guy can bring a lot to the table. Tom Brady, age 43, won his seventh Super Bowl and his fifth Super Bowl MVP. You may have a variety of opinions about Brady, but it is hard to deny what he has done in the game of football. His ability and longevity have placed him in the position of GOAT (Greatest of All Time).

Trapped in Debt? Here’s How You Can Be Released from It (pg. 3)

Jeff Swart – Debt is a trap because it enslaves you. When you go into debt, you lose your freedom. Any time you take out a loan, you become a servant to the lender because you’re now obligated to them. Unfortunately for many people, debt becomes a trap they never get out of. Many people believe they have an impossible financial situation. They say, “There’s no way I can get out of debt!” I want to give you hope. There is a way out! If you will follow God’s financial plan and these steps, you can get out of debt. This is a practical, step-by-step plan on how to do it:

*A Missions Start Needs A Missions Heart (pg. 3)

Tom Mitchell – Last November, at the annual session of the BMA of Arkansas, I shared a brief testimony regarding the tremendous blessings I received from helping to get a mission church started. I want to elaborate. Karen and I were blessed to be part of an Interstate Missions effort in Blackwood, NJ in 1969 and 1970. Silas McMurray was the missions pastor. That work began in the McMurray’s two-car garage. Today the First Baptist Church of Blackwood is a thriving church whose pastor is David McMurray, son of Silas and Joyce McMurray.

*Thoughts About Ministry in 2021 (pg. 4)

Allan Eakin – 2020 left an indelible mark on churches around the world. It tested the faith community at large. Some ministries struggled to stay connected with their people. Others negotiated the uncharted waters well. So, what about 2021? Will things get better? On Jan. 14, Brotherhood Mutual Insurance sponsored a webinar to address the “next” normal going forward. Utilizing research from Barna Group, the webinar leader and guests shared some sobering statistics concerning current attendance trends in various churches.

Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)

Protect Your Ministry from Frozen Pipes (pg. 5)

As frigid arctic temperatures sweep across a large swath of the United States, take steps to protect your ministry from the damage burst pipes can bring. A standard burst pipe can cause more than $5,000 in property damage, according the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety. If part of a commercial fire sprinkler system freezes, brace yourself for even more damage. Here are some last-minute steps you can take to protect your church, school and other ministry buildings from a big, cold mess:

Red Cross Offers Safety Tips for Cold Temperatures (pg. 6)

Dangerous cold temperatures and life-threatening wind chills are expected soon. Temperatures will be below zero in many locations with wind chills below zero in some areas. The American Red Cross recommends the following steps you should take to stay safe.

Daniel Springs Camp Update (pg. 6)

Jason Prewitt – Exciting things are happening at Daniel Springs Camp as we anticipate a busy spring and summer. We are so excited about summer 2021 and the amazing opportunities God has in store for all of us to be a part of sharing the amazing message of salvation. February is busy as we continue to accept applications and interview for our summer staff positions.

BMA Pastor Dies (pg. 6)

Dr. Leland Callaway, 90 of Magnolia passed away Feb. 4. Dr. Callaway surrendered to the ministry in the summer of 1950 and was ordained in 1951 by Temple Baptist Church at Little Rock. He served as pastor of several churches in Texas and Arkansas, including First Baptist Church at Buckner and 36 years as pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Magnolia.

State Missions: You Must Be Sure of Your Salvation (pg. 7)

Paul White – It is impossible to believe on the Lord without first hearing the Word of the Lord. Some say, “just call on the name of the Lord, and you will be saved.” Surely it is wrong to teach that the lost man can be saved without hearing the Word of God, the gospel, the power of God unto salvation. To say a man can be saved without repentance and faith is to contradict God’s plain plan of redemption laid down throughout His Word.

Spotlight on Missions: Stan & Donna Scroggins (pg. 8)

January has been busy. We had a great snow fall and at least our grandkids enjoyed it. We are continuing to teach our classes via Zoom, and they are going well — Donna is even teaching Physical Education via Zoom! Due to the snowy weather, we stayed close to home this month and visited four churches in the Jacksonville, Texas area. Since our return to the Philippines is delayed, please consider inviting us to your church so we can tell you more about missions in Asia and the Philippines.

A Heart Like His (pg. 8)

Kerry Stitch As the calendar turns to February, hearts tend to be the shape of the month. Every conceivable vendor can aid you in purchasing the perfect way to respond — through chocolates, flowers, stuffed animals or special meals from your heart to someone you treasure. This can be tricky for the rookie or pro in delivering the right presentation. It’s also (I’ve heard it labeled…) “Single Awareness Month,” which can be a bit uncomfortable at best.I have to be honest, I’m a bit nervous to see what the traditional “conversation heart” candy may be promoting in this topsy turvy world of 2021. One can only hope that it won’t be R-rated.What if we simplified and guaranteed success by aligning with a heart like His? Would you be in?

43rd Annual March for Life (pg. 8)

The 43rd Annual March for Life will be held on Sunday, March 14 in Little Rock at 2 p.m. The observance is a peaceful and prayerful event that attracts thousands of Arkansans from across the state, including churches and families, to remember the estimated 60+ million unborn children who have been killed by legal abortion.

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