Current News – 04-07-2021

Maggie Chandler Endowed Scholarship Established (pg. 1)*

Central Baptist College President Terry Kimbrow has announced the establishment of the Maggie Chandler Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship was established by Maggie’s husband, Don Chandler, and the Chandler family.

International Missions Director Resigns (pg. 1)*

Holly Meriweather – After serving as International Missions Director for four years, Eric Johnson recently announced his resignation effective in mid-May. Johnson accepted the role after Phil Knott left the position in May of 2017. He and his family are returning to Texas where he will be lead pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville.

What I Have Learned These Past 50 Years (pg. 1)

Judy BolinGod has been good to us; better than we deserve. James 4:14 tells us that life is a vapor. This verse has truly been proven in the last 50 years of our lives. It is cliché, but it does seem like only yesterday when we said our vows in our pastor’s home that evening in 1971. Rick has teased me relentlessly about paying the preacher $20, and Bro. Ashley never giving him his change.

Who Changed the Price Tags? (pg. 2)

Jeff SwartYears ago, I read a true story that you may not believe. Two burglars broke into a department store in one of America’s largest cities. They were able to successfully enter the store without setting off the security system, stayed as long as they needed to do what they came to do and escaped without being detected. What makes this story fascinating is what these burglars did while they were in the department store.

STUDENT MINISTRY MATTERS: Are We Back? (pg. 2)

Dan CarsonThis past Sunday, we all celebrated Resurrection Sunday. I don’t know what it looked like at your church, but I’m sure it was still different than years gone by. At Calvary, we still wore our masks and continued to provide seating for social distancing. It was still better than last year. In 2020, there were only 10 of us at the church as we led an online service for our people. Sunday’s service made me think about a few things:

HEALTHY CHURCH SOLUTIONS: It’s Not Complicated (pg. 3)*

Larry Barker  – The ability for the devil to complicate and confuse the plans and programs of any church is real. Paul told the Corinthians to not allow him to lead them astray from the “simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.” It is not that difficult to know how God wants you to behave and what He wants you to be doing. Unfortunately, it seems that way too many believers do not know why the church exists and what their church is supposed to be doing.

LIFEWORD: If You Want to be Counter Cultural, Put Down Your Phone (pg. 3)

Jason Pierce – I called in an order for some smoked pork at a local BBQ place near where I live and arrived early to pick up my food because I like it to be as fresh as possible when I get home. I’ve worked in a restaurant, so I know that “10 to 20 minutes” really means 10 minutes at the most (usually). Upon my early arrival, I paid for the food then took a seat in the lobby to wait for the waitress with my short ribs to find me.  As I waited, I noticed a couple sitting in front of me with no food on their table. They were waiting on their food also, but dining in. The man was watching Nascar on YouTube and the woman, I assume, was on social media by the swift and restless scrolling motion of her thumb — up and down, up and down.

JOURNEY WITH JEFF: God is Worthy of All Praise (pg. 4)

Jeff Herring – Like most of you reading this, I enjoyed a great day worshipping our Risen Savior on Sunday as we celebrated Easter. At Antioch, we had our service outside on the parking lot and had a wonderful time having most of the church family back together for the first time in over a year. We can always praise a God who is the same no matter how messed up our world is.

Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)

Legislative Issues Update (pg. 4)

This listing does not contain all the bills we are monitoring, interested in and dealing with at some level. However, they are some of the major ones. If you have questions about any of these, please contact us.

Master’s Builders Retreat and Report (pg. 5)

Nelda Malone — The Master’s Builders Retreat was scheduled for January, but due to COVID-19 concerns, it was decided to reschedule the retreat for March 11-13. It would be at Daniel Springs, which is where our first job of 2021 would start on March 15.

Southwest District GMA Meets (pg. 5)

Harmonie O’Neal – The Southwest District Girls Missionary Auxiliary (GMA) met at First Baptist Church in Taylor on Saturday, March 20 with 24 present and 5 churches represented. President Riley Johnson opened the meeting, and the welcome was given by First Baptist Church, Taylor with the response by Pleasant Springs Baptist Church of McCaskill. Brooke Hanson led in the GMA song, and Anna Wilson and her father, Josh sang the song “This Is What They Meant.”

The Equality Act’s Potential Impact on Christian Organizations (pg. 6)*

The societal issues that the Equality Act seeks to address are often ones that are prone to controversy. Regardless of your ministry’s individual perspective related to the Equality Act, it’s important to understand the implications that the Equality Act may have on your ministry if it becomes law.

Utility COVID-19 Disconnection Moratorium Ending (pg. 6)

The Arkansas Public Service Commission (PSC) announced on March 26 the COVID-19 disconnection moratorium for its regulated utility services is ending on May 3. Consumers with past due balances will now begin receiving disconnection notices to their mailing addresses from their utility companies providing at least a 35-day grace period before shut-off notices will be sent. This applies to customers of Entergy, OG&E, SWEPCO, Liberty Utilities, CenterPoint Energy, Black Hills, Arkansas Oklahoma Gas and the Electric Cooperatives.

STATE MISSIONS: Have You Only Looed, or Have You Actually Seen? (pg. 7)

Paul White – Each holiday has a message, and Easter is no exception. To celebrate this holiday, the secular world has given us the Easter Bunny and all the things that go along with him. You know that there is something wrong with this picture — what’s an egg got to do with a rabbit? The answer of course is nothing! While there is nothing wrong with children hunting colored eggs, please don’t let them think that’s what Easter is about. If you haven’t already done so, set your family down and tell them the story of Easter.

Arkansas Ladies Retreat 2021 (pg. 8)

Kelly WilliamsWe had such big plans for last year’s retreat, but COVID. We are very excited to give you details about the 2021 Ladies’ Retreat that will be held at CBC on Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Cooper Complex. We have so much planned for you to enjoy!

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