Current News – 03-03-21

A New Resource (pg. 1)*

Steve Crawley – Ministers Resource Services (MRS) is always looking for ways to bring value to our pastors and churches. MRS Insurance Services is a new resource available to our churches and pastors to help them navigate the often-complex world of employee benefits insurance.

Different People See Different Things (pg. 1)*

Tom Mitchell – When I was a teenager, four of us friends camped out a lot. Invariably, on a sunny day we would lie on a hillside and gaze at the billowy clouds. One would see an eagle, another would see a duck and another would see a man’s face. That’s because different people see different things — even when looking at the same formation . . . This is not an article about politics or political positions. It is not about Democrat, Republican or Independent parties. However, as a child of God, a follower of Christ and a minister of the gospel for 57 years, I feel I must bring somethings to the attention of the readers of the Baptist Trumpet — our ship of State is in troubled waters. Our nation is departing from a history that has brought us to the place we are now. We have trudged the valleys and mountains and now find ourselves in the mire. O God, please help us!

43rd March for Life (pg. 1)

The 43rd Annual March for Life, sponsored by Arkansas Right to Life, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 14, in Little Rock. The march marks the 48th anniversary of the Jan. 22, 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States. The observance is an event that attracts thousands of Arkansans from across the state, including churches and families to participate in a peaceful, prayerful and powerful remembrance of the millions of unborn children who have lost their lives to legal abortion.

CBC Named Military Friendly School (pg. 2)

Terry Kimbrow – I am pleased to announce that Central Baptist College has once again earned the Military Friendly School designation for 2021-2022. This is CBC’s 12th consecutive year to earn this designation.

The Unsung Heroes of Ministry (pg. 2)

Dan Carson – Twenty-seven and a half years ago, a young lady from Bryant made the crazy decision to marry a Baptist preacher. She received encouragement from the sweet little old ladies at church when they told her, “I always knew you were going marry a preacher.” However, it was still a big decision. Ooey-gooey feelings of love are of little encouragement when church members start coming after you. It can get rough very quickly. My wife, Temple, and the host of other pastor’s wives out there, are the real heroes of ministry. They provide love and support when life gets difficult. They utilize their gifts in big ways and provide help where it is needed.

Vision: God’s Preferred Future (pg. 3)*

Larry BarkerSome churches seem to only focus on the past and tend to worship how things were. In Rings of Fire, Leonard Sweet states, “Never underestimate nostalgia and its power to idolize the past and demonize the future.” The Scriptures have a futuristic emphasis with the apostle Paul challenging us to “press on toward the goal” (Phil. 3:14 NASB), and Jesus who “for the joy set before Him endured the cross” (Heb. 12:2). The temptation is to settle for what we have had and not pursue what could be. You cannot live in the past and move forward.

The Life-Transforming Power of the Bible (pg. 3)

Jeff Swart – Most of us are familiar with the story of the Mutiny on the Bounty but a lesser number probably know what Paul Harvey used to call, “The rest of the story.” An English ship named Bounty sailed to the South Pacific in 1787 commanded by Lt. William Bligh. The purpose of the trip was to collect exotic plants especially the breadfruit tree.

Journey With Jeff: (pg. 4)*

Jeff Herring – This week we kicked off our time of Special Emphasis that is set aside by the BMA of Arkansas. It was a welcome blessing when Allan opened the mail on Monday and we already had a Special Emphasis offering in the mail! Praise the Lord! Another great blessing this week was a church that was previously on the church plan called and asked about what it would take to get it going again — that is our goal for every BMA church in Arkansas (and beyond)! It was an exciting day in the office for sure!  I am also excited about the future ministry of the Baptist Trumpet, and I hope you can join us as we are “Building for the Future.”

Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)

COVID-19 Vaccine Basics (pg. 5)

As COVID-19 vaccines become more available across the country, you may be wondering what it means for your organization. This article provides a primer on the vaccine so you can make decisions on how best to protect your people.

Spotlight On Missions: Stan & Donna Scroggins (pg. 6)

After almost 11 months, we are finally back in Manila. Just before our departure date God threw us a curve — the 150-year ice and snowstorm. It closed down the airport in Tyler, Texas, so we had to rent a car and drive to Dallas to meet our flight to San Francisco. After spending the night in Dallas, we boarded the first leg of our trip.

Don’t Get Snowed By Utility Bill Scams (pg. 6)

After Arkansas’s historic snowfall has melted away and the temperatures return to more consistent weather, Arkansans are left to deal with pesky scam callers pretending to be utility providers. Scam artists will pose as utility companies and prey on unsuspecting Arkansans then ask for immediate payment over the phone. This scam causes far too many Arkansans to lose their hard-earned money.

State Missions: Better Days Ahead (pg. 7)

Paul White – Over the past 15 months our lives have been somewhat put on hold. With the closings and fears that have affected everyone, I have attempted to stay away and wait for better times when we can once again feel safe to gather with our churches across the state to share the wonderful work of your State Mission’s Department. To add a layer of safety, Vicki and I are in the process of receiving our COVID-19 vaccine shots. Our annual Special Emphasis time will again be in May, June and July. My calendar is open, and I long to visit as many congregations as possible this year.

Gentleness Provides Gospel Opportunities (pg. 7)

Mike McEuenAnd the servant of the Lord must not strive: but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient” (II Tim. 2:24). Paul very strongly stated that the servant of the Lord must not be easily drawn into argument and debate. We must not argue or fight. We must be patient and gentle — teaching God’s Word in meekness. It is not enough just to expose error and refute it, we must also teach positive truths and thus help to establish each other in the faith.

The Day I Saw My Son Drowning (pg. 8)

Katy McCown – It happened in a matter of seconds. We stormed through the gate at the hotel pool with kids, towels, floaties and a stroller. Still wearing my street clothes, I stood next to the water, playing pool police, while Luke secured the little ones in life jackets. Our four-year old son, who knows how to swim, waded down the steps with confidence. But this marked our first time at the pool since the previous summer, and time took its toll on Micah’s memory. He forgot how to swim, but didn’t know until it was too late.

Blessed to be a Blessing (pg. 8)

Gavin Roberts – What do we do with the blessings God gives us? I heard a pastor once say that only one of two things can happen to your money — you will either lose it or leave it. When God called Abram he said, “And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing” (Gen. 12:2). God promised that He would bless Abram so that he could be a blessing to others.

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