SOAR 2021 Announcement (pg. 1)*
Chris Vines – We are excited to announce that SOAR 2021 will be a live, in-person conference on July 6-8 in Dallas, Texas! This year’s conference will take place at the Hilton Anatole Hotel near downtown Dallas. Expect to see some familiar faces like Aaron Williams as one of our speakers and Soar Collective leading worship.
Keys to A Happy Home (pg. 1)
Give God the first hour of each day. (Mark 1:35) Pray in the morning. Give God the first day of the week. (I Cor. 16:2). Serve in your church to help your community. . . .
LIFEWORD: 10 Things We Want Our Children to Know (pg. 1)*
David Pierce – We can’t control our children, and we don’t decide the outcome of their lives, but we can be diligent and intentional in how we raise them. Having a clear direction will help move us forward in the process of guiding our daughters to become the women that God sees “precious in His sight.” These are my thoughts. These are the goals I have for my daughter, and they could translate to our sons as well:
JOURNEY WITH JEFF: A New Teenager in the House (pg. 1)
Jeff Herring – Kristin and I are now parents of a teenage boy! Austin turned 13 at the end of last month and we wanted to do something to challenge him as he begins his teenage years to help him become the man God would have him to be.
CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE: Board of Trustee Meeting Highlights (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – The CBC Board of Trustees met Friday and Saturday, March 5-6, with some meeting in person on the CBC campus, while adhering to social distancing guidelines, and with some joining virtually. The three standing committees of the Board (Academic, Advancement and Finance) met on Friday evening to conduct business and hear recommendations from the Executive Leadership Team.
STUDENT MINISTRY MATTERS: The Good Old Days (pg. 2)
Dan Carson – If you are a member of Generation X like me, we are currently living high on the wave of nostalgia that has hit American television/streaming services. For the lover of sitcoms, Fuller House continues the adventures of Full House. Saved by the Bell on Peacock TV shares the adventures of Zack, Kelly, Jessie, Slater and their kids. Even little Punky Brewster is back for more adventures with her family, best friend Cherie and a foster daughter named Izzy.
HEALTHY CHURCH SOLUTIONS: Seven Steps Toward Vision (pg. 3)*
Larry Barker – God has a specific plan for a specific church, in a specific place, at a specific time. He has a preferred future for your church and a plan for you to follow. Jeremiah 29:11 says: “For I know the plans I have for you… plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” This passage is not speaking directly to a church, but it does describe our God, who is always focusing His people on the future. Someone has said, “Learn from the past, hope for the future and live in the present.”
Those of You Who Know (pg. 3)
Jeff Swart – At one of America’s oldest seminaries, there was a custom that the president could call upon any student at any time to preach the morning chapel message. One young student was petrified of the thought of being called upon to speak on the spur of the moment before his seminary professors and fellow students. As he expected, one day the seminary president stood before the student body and pointed directly at him and said, “Young man, today you will be our speaker.”
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
JUST THINKING: When Sadness Turns to Gladness (pg. 5)
Tom Mitchell – The Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 has been with us here in Arkansas for one year. It has wreaked havoc on thousands of lives, taking loved ones from families from across our state. Much sadness has been left in its trail. Hundreds have lost their jobs, causing tremendous difficulty for so many families. As of this writing, 5,343 Arkansans have lost their lives because of this dread pandemic.
COVID-19 Relief Act, Round Two Highlights (pg. 6)
A coronavirus aid package Congress passed in December 2020 continues to benefit Christian ministries. We are posting updates as additional details become available. On Dec. 27, 2020, Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (“Supplemental Relief Act”) was signed into law. The act provides for additional financial aid to small businesses, nonprofits, individuals, schools and other organizations.
SPOTLIGHT ON MISSIONS: Gavin & Haley Roberts (pg. 6)*
We are excited to see a BMA church plant headed to Utah! It is one of the few states in the U.S. that is considered unreached, meaning it has a population that is less than 2% evangelical Christian. The LDS church (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) has had a stronghold in Utah for decades, and there is little gospel presence. This is especially true in the more rural areas.
STATE MISSIONS: Almost Back Where We Started (pg. 7)
Paul White – Well, it has been a year since the COVID-19 pandemic changed our lives. All areas of life have been affected, and none more than mission work — not only here, but all over the world. As if planting churches in the current post-Christian era was not already tough enough, the closings and restrictions have been tremendous obstacles to the mission works in process.