Current News – 04-21-2021

Global Partner Update (pg. 1)*

Holly Meriweather – Once a month, Luis Ortega, Lifeword’s Director of Operations, leads the USA and global teams in a Zoom meeting with partners from six different time zones. Representing Ghana, Tanzania, Lebanon, Romania, Central America and the Philippines, they join us to dream, discuss, plan and review tasks and action points then assign new ones for the next month. You can only imagine what a blessing it is to those of us at Lifeword USA as we are able to interact with these faithful, hard-working men and women.

Summer Curriculum Preview (pg. 1)

Jordan Tew – Hi friends! I wanted to give you a preview of the summer Sunday School/Bible Study curriculum. The new quarter begins June 6, and ordering for summer begins in May. The purpose of Genesis can be summed up in the phrase, “a book of beginnings.” Genesis 1:1 begins with the phrase, “In the beginning,” which is one word in the Hebrew, the original language of the Old Testament.

CBC Tower Media Wins 43 Awards (pg. 1)*

Ann Gardner – Central Baptist College’s Tower Media student journalism staffs won a combined 43 awards from the Arkansas College Media Association on April 9, including junior Mallory Sullivan being named Photographer of the Year. Ten colleges and universities in Arkansas submitted work from 2020 for the competition.

Christian College Challenges Biden Order (pg. 1)*

Valerie ColemanCollege of the Ozarks filed suit in federal court on April 15 against the Biden administration. The lawsuit challenges a directive from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which forces religious schools to violate their beliefs by opening their dormitories, including dorm rooms and shared shower spaces, to members of the opposite sex.  The directive accomplishes this by requiring entities covered by the Fair Housing Act to not “discriminate” based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE: Calhoun Endowed Scholarship Establish (pg. 2)

Terry Kimbrow – I am pleased to announce the establishment of the Calhoun Endowed Scholarship. The Calhoun Endowed Scholarship was established by Cory and Cari Calhoun and will give first priority to residents of Benton County and Saline County, Arkansas. Second priority will be given to graduates of the Baptist Preparatory School in Little Rock. It is so encouraging when CBC alumni and former employees give back to the college in such a meaningful way. I am so thankful to Cory and Cari for sharing God’s blessings in their lives with CBC

STUDENT MINISTRY MATTERS: Celebrating Seniors (pg. 2)

Dan CarsonIt is almost that time. A month from now, high school seniors across the country will be walking across stages and receiving their diplomas. COVID-19 restrictions will continue to make this a different looking event, but odds are that your community will be having some sort of celebration to mark the occasion. Last year, many weren’t able to have a gathering at all, including our churches. With these things in mind, we head into a time that we normally celebrate those finishing high school. As we do, we often wonder what is the best way to mark the occasion?

HEALTHY CHURCH SOLUTIONS: Who is the Church For?  (pg. 3)*

Larry Barker  – This is definitely a challenging topic and, rest assured, you probably will not agree completely. My goal is to challenge us to once again be focused on God’s mission of making disciples by reaching unbelievers with the gospel. In Luke 14, we have the parable of the great banquet where a man invites many guests to come, but they all begin making excuses.

JUST THINKING: Abandoning Sound Doctrine (pg. 3)

Tom Mitchell* – I was just thinking about the sad state of Christianity in our present time. I think almost every reader of this paper believes that we are, indeed, living in the last days. In fact, the biblical description of such days is very evident in all aspects of modern society.  For many years, I have heard people say, “I don’t like doctrine! Just give me some old-fashioned preaching about the cross!” How sad such statements are. The preaching of the cross is doctrine!

JOURNEY WITH JEFF: We Need a Strong Finish (pg. 4)

Jeff HerringAs you see below, we currently have received about 38% of our goal for Special Emphasis. While we rejoice for each offering we receive in the office (sometimes there is even shouting!), we are praying for God to provide the remaining funds so we can continue to Build for the Future of this ministry.

Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)

National Day of Prayer – May 6 (pg. 5)

Allan Eakin – “I believe it is imperative for every Christian and church to pray for our nation. I believe this is biblical, therefore, must be convictional. America has never needed Christians and churches to pray for our nation more,” said Dr. Ronnie Floyd, president of the NDP. Annually, the first Thursday of May marks the National Day of Prayer (NDP) in America. While people of faith pray regularly, they should especially pray on the National Day of Prayer.

Statewide Drug Take Back Day  (pg. 5)

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is encouraging Arkansans to clean out their medicine cabinets and bring any unused or expired medications to one of the state’s more than 250 Prescription Drug Take Back Day drop-off locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 24.

Random Thoughts From Genesis (pg. 6)

Tony Cleaver – Adam not only “kicked Eve to the curb,” he also “threw her under the bus” when he had to tell God he had sinned. How shameful to point the finger at your wife and blame her for your actions! Yet Adam blamed someone else for his own sin.

Finding Your Purpose (pg. 6)

Jeff Swart – Luther Burbank (1849-1926) was a man who had an incredible understanding of trees, plants and flowers. He created many hybrids that made plants more beneficial to humanity. For example, he created the Russet Burbank potato plant that grew larger potatoes that were whiter, more delicious and were resistant to blight. He also developed a spineless desert cactus plant that cattle could feed upon, blackberries without thorns, plums without pits and strawberries that would ripen all year round.

STATE MISSIONS: Fallow Ground (pg. 7)*

Paul White – It comes as no surprise to believers today that the world is waxing darker and darker, resulting in a disdain for the church and the things of God. Such has been evident in our mission efforts in Green Forest. God blessed our association with a godly, doctrinally sound and earnest man in Carter Pearce to attempt bringing the good news to the people of that area. Unfortunately, he found that area to be very fallow ground. After an asserted effort, he has felt that God has ceased his work there and that his resources can be better used elsewhere.

MORAL ACTION:  Moral Moms

Dr. John Adams – We sense and seek to understand the challenges of mothers. The extra energy and needed wisdom that all moms need to guide, sew, wash, cook, work, go and go, to love, teach and train and train. Yes, even to feel overlooked, to be frustrated, to be a woman, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, an aunt, a sister, a niece, and etc.!

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