Current News – 03-17-21

Thirteen New Lifeword Languages (pg. 1)*

Holly Meriweather – “The gospel of God’s kingdom is to be proclaimed wherever there are people, to all ethnic groups wherever they are, and to the ends of the earth,” said Director of Operations Luis Ortega. As Lifeword’s global team works to proclaim the gospel to their people groups, the most recent batch of twelve languages added to the Cloud is the largest added to date. The list includes nine languages primarily spoken in Africa, one in North America, one in Central America and one European language.

SOAR Conference (pg. 1)*

Nick Jacobson – As we plan the 2021 SOAR conference, safety and security are at the top of our priority list. Every registered attendee will be given a SOAR facemask, Hilton Anatole has hand sanitizing stations throughout their facility and social distancing will be enforced when needed/required. SOAR staff will take the temperature of every person coming into the ballroom. The safety of every student that attends is a priority for SOAR.

Community Impact Workshop Offered (pg. 1)*

Allan Eakin – The Baptist Progress (official publication of the BMA of Texas) is sponsoring a Ministry Connection Worship entitled Gospel Impact Through Community Involvement on March 23 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event will be offered both in-person and online and is open to anyone.

CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE: PACE Spring 2921 Registration (pg. 2)

Terry KimbrowWorking adults looking for a convenient and flexible college option have another opportunity to enroll in the fourth five-week course of the spring semester of the PACE degree program. Classes are offered in-class, online or in a hybrid option. The deadline for new student applications for the final enrollment deadline of the Spring 2021 semester is Friday, April 9. The first deadline for Fall 2021 registration for the PACE Program is Friday, June 11.

STUDENT MINISTRY MATTERS: Helping Students Follow Jesus (pg. 2)

Dan CarsonWhat is the most important thing that you do as a youth pastor or student ministry worker? Is it designing the best game? Is it planning a night of fun for your group? Is it making sure that your youth band knows the latest music as they lead during youth group? While those can be fun and valuable things, they pale in comparison to our big job, making disciples. As Jesus spent his time here on Earth, He made making disciples a priority. If for no other reason, that is why we should make it a priority in our lives.

LIFEWORD: Three Ways You Can Solve Family Problems (pg. 2)

Jess Hales – Raise your hand if you know someone who has family problems. Is your hand raised? Ok, maybe it would be better to ask if anyone knows of a family without any problems. I sure don’t. Perfect families are as real as perfect diets. Add a few kids to the equation and there’s a pretty good chance you’ll have some giant family problems —my sister still has lead in her back where I stabbed her with a pencil in kindergarten!

HEALTHY CHURCH SOLUTIONS: Seven Vision Steps – Part 2 (pg. 3)*

Larry Barker  – We covered the first four steps in the last article (see March 10 issue). It must begin with an intentional initiative of prayer and fasting. Nothing clarifies vision like a season of prayer and fasting. Jesus spent forty days in the wilderness as He transitioned into the ministry He came to accomplish. He comes out of the wilderness like a man on mission, and He was. In Luke 4, Jesus goes to his hometown synagogue and reads out of Isaiah. When He finished, He rolled up the scroll and Mark Batterson says he also “rolled up His sleeves” for the work.

JUST THINKING: The Importance of Gathering (pg. 5)

Tom Mitchell – In past articles, I have alluded to the possibility that after either limited or no in-person worship services, some may choose not to return to their churches after COVID restrictions are lifted. I was just thinking about how important it is for believers to gather to worship.

We’ll Finish Together (pg. 3)

Jeff Swart – Derek Redmond was a world-class sprinter. Derek represented America in the 1988 Games in Seoul, South Korea. However, Derek was forced to withdraw from the 400-meter sprint only 10 minutes before the race because of an Achilles tendon injury. He then underwent five surgeries over the next year. Redmond arrived at the 1992 Olympic Summer Games in Barcelona determined to win a medal in the 400-meter sprint.

JOURNEY WITH JEFF: Remember to Trust God

Jeff HerringLast week was a time to be reminded of trusting God with this ministry. Allan goes the post office most days to pick up the mail from our P.O. box for both the Baptist Trumpet and State Missions. He has learned that they don’t sort the mail and place it in the boxes over the weekend so most times there is nothing in the box on Monday of each week, but when he went to the post office on Tuesday, again there was nothing in the box. Would you believe that again on Wednesday there was nothing in the box? It’s true.

Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)

American Red Cross Seeks Volunteers (pg. 4)

As we head into spring severe weather, the American Red Cross of Missouri and Arkansas has an urgent need for additional volunteers who can assist virtually and in person for disaster response. Volunteers are also needed to support blood drives and transport blood to hospitals.

International Evangelist, Luise Palau Dies (pg. 4)

Luis Palau, a Christian evangelist known for his smile and hearty laugh and described by some as “the Latino Billy Graham,” died Thursday (March 11) at his Portland, Ore., home. He was 86.

Beware of COVID Scammers

The Arkansas Attorney General’s Office has received recent reports of vaccine misinformation, fake COVID-19 testing and treatment targeting Arkansas’s Hispanic population. Scam artists will always take advantage of a tough situation and attempt to steal from hard-working Arkansans. The Arkansas Department of Health has provided a list of trusted vaccine clinics in each region of the state where Arkansans can receive their vaccine on a first-come, first-served basis if they qualify.

MORAL ACTION AGENCY: The Secular War (pg. 6)

Dr. John Adams – Wikipedia describes secular humanism as a philosophy or life stance that embraces human reason, secular ethics and philosophical naturalism while specifically rejecting religious dogma, supernaturalism and superstition as the basis of morality and decision making. Secular humanism states that human beings are capable of being ethical and moral without religion or belief in a deity. It does not, however, assume that humans are either inherently good or evil, nor does it present humans as being superior to nature.

Jesus’ Way Becomes Our Way

Gavin Roberts – When Jesus saves us, his way becomes our way. We are no longer our own. We are Christ’s. When Jesus saved Bartimaeus, He became his Lord. When Jesus saves us, He becomes our Lord. He is the boss of our lives. His way becomes our way. Jesus cares for sinners like us enough to save us. When Jesus saves us, we follow Him on the way!

New National WMA Project

Jackie Ricks – As most of you know, the 2021 national meeting has been postponed from April to August in Waxahachie, Texas. Because of this, the WMA felt that we needed to go ahead and take care of some of the business. Many of you saw the notices and voted about officers and the project. The new national WMA project is now the Darlene Carey Christian Academy in the Philippines.

STATE MISSIONS: Happy Birthday (pg. 7)*

Paul White – This past Sunday, Faith Chapel in Flippin, (Johnny and Karen Shew), celebrated their first anniversary as a mission. They were victims of COVID-19, having to shut down after their first public meeting, yet they did not let that deter them as they continued doing everything they could. It is obvious God is blessing their efforts as they presently have 18 members and have been able to purchase and pay for a beautiful piece of ground they hope to begin building on soon.

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