Current News – 03-24-2021

ABS Youth Group Day (pg. 1)*

Stuart Estes – Sometimes, the hardest part of a journey is taking the first step. Even though it’s been over 10 years since I began my college career at the University of Arkansas, I can still remember the anxiety of taking that first step like it was yesterday. I grew up in Harrison and had hardly been off the farm prior to that moment. As I drove to Fayetteville, I felt like my whole world was turning upside down.

40 Days for Life a Success (pg. 1)*

Jerry Cox – (via familycouncil.org) Three mothers have chosen not to have abortions since 40 Days for Life began its spring prayer vigil in Little Rock on Feb. 17. Every year we hear stories from other states of abortion clinics shut down and abortion workers coming to Christ in the wake of a 40 Days for Life prayer campaign.

Arkansas Governor Signed Bill To Ban Abortion (pg. 1)*

Micaiah Bilger – (via LifeNews.com) Like most Americans, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson believes that states should be allowed to protect unborn babies from abortions. But because of Roe v. Wade, they can’t. So earlier this month, Hutchinson took action to change that when he signed the Arkansas Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortions in his state.

CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE: Memorial/Honor Gifts (pg. 2)

Terry KimbrowThe following are memorial and honor contributions received since the last report by Central Baptist College. Some of the contributions are recurring gifts but are only listed once. However, the family and/or honoree received an acknowledgement each time an honor/memorial gift was received.

STUDENT MINISTRY MATTERS: Being A Good Staff Member (pg. 2)

Dan CarsonI have been a staff guy for much of my ministry. Over the last 30 years, I worked with Henry Horton, Brad Hoshaw, David Pickard, Ronnie Chesser, Ron Fields, Wade Allen and Kirk Shelton. These men have helped shape my understanding of ministry and provided godly leadership at each of the churches where I served. In addition to the lessons they shared, my experience as a “Chair 2” leader has taught me some important things about being a good staff member:

HEALTHY CHURCH SOLUTIONS: Operating Systems (pg. 3)

Larry Barker  – Systems can be defined as a group of related parts that move and work together such as your nervous, circulatory, respiratory, immune and reproductive systems. In ministry, systems are what aid you in sustaining the relational capital you have worked so hard to build. They allow your church body to function in a way that honors and glorifies the Lord, making sure everything is done decently, in order and with excellence.

LIFEWORD: Mom Guilt and the Love Test (pg. 3)

Kaaty McCown — if you want to test your love for someone read I Corinthians 13 and replace the word “love” with your name. So here goes: Mom is patient and kind. (We’re off to a rough start.) Mom is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. (Not so sure about the rude part.) Mom does not demand her own way. (This is getting hairy.) Mom is not irritable, and Mom keeps no record of being wronged. (I need a rock to crawl under)” (I Cor. 13:4-5).

JOURNEY WITH JEFF: Where Do You Find Your Purpose (pg. 4)

Jeff HerringI was honored to have the opportunity to preach this past weekend. After almost seven months, my family (along with my mom) was able to travel to Nixa, Mo. to visit my brother (John) and his family. (We had to cancel our normal Thanksgiving and Christmas plans due to some untimely medical situations.) Since we were going to be there for the Sunday service, John asked me to preach. My message was about “Becoming People of Action” from Phil. 3:7-14.

Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)

Will This Easter Make A Difference in Your Life?  (pg. 5)

Jeff Swart – At the conclusion of an Easter service, a woman said to the pastor as she left, “I’ve never seen such a crowd in church! Do you think it will make any difference?” In telling this story, the pastor said that he held onto her hand so that she couldn’t walk away and asked, “What do you mean? What will make a difference?” The woman replied, “Easter! Will Easter make any difference for all these people or will life tomorrow be the same as it was yesterday?”

BMA Pastor Dies (pg. 5)                      

John David Webb, 81 of Mountain Home, passed away March 7 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He surrendered to preach the gospel and was ordained 1966 by Immanuel Baptist Church in Nashville.

Scammers Are Threatening Professional License Holders (pg. 5)

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is issuing an alert to state licensing boards and professional license holders throughout the state. Scam callers are targeting Arkansans who hold a professional license and claiming their license is under investigation and at risk of being immediately suspended if they don’t make an immediate payment. The scammers have even transferred the license-holders by phone to divisions pretending to be law enforcement.

Responsibility (pg. 6)

Martha Brock – Responsibility – it’s a heavy word, isn’t it? It makes you feel guilty just to hear it, but if you hold up your end of a deal, you can square your shoulders and look the world in the eye. The word makes me think of three friends — Lonna, Mark and Nina. This story is taken partly from Matthew 25 and Luke 10 and is based on the people in my mind. To one, He gave five talents; to another, two; and to another, one. Each according to his own ability.

SPOTLIGHT ON MISSION: Michael & Laura Beth Strong (pg. 6)

What a month it has been since our last update! God is definitely opening some new doors for us in the work here. This week we had 30 people in the five different Bible Study and Discipleship groups I lead throughout the week — including nine people in our newest Bible Study that just launched three weeks ago with four people in attendance! Excitement has been building, and we hear about new people who are interested in coming every week. I’ve been trying to stay grounded in God and not numbers, since those can ebb and flow, because God’s love and grace is unchanging. The fact that this group is made up of people hungry to learn about who Jesus is and how to follow Him excites me.

STATE MISSIONS: Happy Birthday (pg. 7)

Paul White – There is an old saying that “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.” For most, this past year has been one that involved a lot of work, but not much fruit to show for it. Winning the lost is somewhat like fishing — some days are great, others are good and then there are the frustrating days when it seems the fish just will not bite no matter how many different baits you use. Still, I believe a bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work. Meaning, our service to God — our fishing for men — even when it seems no one cares, is still better than just sitting on the dock. One of my life lessons was, “To catch fish, one must keep his hook in the water, for you never know when a fish will bite.” Unless you are fishing, you will not be catching.

Lazarus . . . The Greatest comeback Story (pg. 8)

Kerry Stitch – March Madness is here… no, I’m not talking about standing in line for a COVID vaccine or getting your paperwork organized to finish your taxes. It’s that time of year when fans gather — small numbers, thank you, Rona — to don the jersey and cheer for the team that matters, theirs. This madness can often take the form of a “comeback” on the court. Let’s face it, we are drawn to them. Maybe it’s because we can identify with being an underdog or having a past experience we would like to grow from. Even the GOAT, Michael Jordan, (Sorry, LeBron, not even close!) kept the mindset of the comeback. Take a listen. “Twenty-six times I have been trusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life, and that is why I succeed.”

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