Current News – 04-28-21

*North Little Rock Church Closes Doors, Leaves a Legacy (pg. 1)

Jeff Herring – The membership of Oak Grove Baptist Church in North Little Rock had dwindled down to only four active members, all over the age of 50. They knew it was time to do something different, but there was a passion in the heart of the church to leave a legacy in the community. . . Bro. Ramsey and the church have a great love for the community and as a result, they voted to “pay it forward” and continue their legacy in their community by donating the church property to the non-profit arm of a sister church. This will allow the ministry to be expanded and continue the legacy of Oak Grove Baptist Church in the community.

*W4C Hot Dogs and Hot Rods Car Show (pg.1)

Ellianna R. Temple – Water For Christ (W4C) is having its sixth annual car show fundraiser, Hot Dogs and Hot Rods on May 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is hosted by and will take place at Life Song Baptist Church in Greenbrier in collaboration with W4C. Car registration is from 8-10 a.m. and trophy presentation will be at 1:30 p.m.To register your vehicle and to learn more about W4C and the car show, you can visit WaterForChrist.com/events.

*What is a ChangeMaker? (pg. 1)

Dr. John David Smith –  BMA Global Missions values multiplication and considers what God is doing in the nations as its highest goal. The New Testament pattern of multiplication is encouraged and evidenced in the primary areas of disciples, leaders and churches. For those who have obeyed the command of Christ to practice Great Commission missions, there is no greater personal joy and no more accurate measure of ministry than when we pour our lives into others and they repeat the process! In missions lingo, this is called “indigenous missions.” The word indigenous simply means that something originates and belongs locally. In BMA Global Missions we call these leaders ChangeMakers.

Bobby Wilkey Retires From CBC (pg. 2)

Terry Kimbrow – After 39 years of service to Central Baptist College, Bobby Wilkey officially retired on Aug. 14, 2020. Due to COVID restrictions in place at the time, a celebration could not be planned. A retirement reception honoring Bobby Wilkey has now been scheduled for Saturday, May 8. This come and go reception will take place in the Childers Dining Hall, located in the Mabee Student Services Complex on the CBC campus, from 4-6 p.m. Remarks will be made at 5 p.m.

STUDENT MINISTRY MATTERS: Choosing the Right Summer Events (pg. 2)

Dan Carson – With so many conferences, camps and activities available for student ministry, it can be a little confusing as you try to select the right things for your summer student ministry. Recently as Chris Vines, Zac Lee and I recorded the Student Ministry Matters Podcast, Chris shared five great criteria for selecting the right events to have your students involved in. With a more open summer just around the corner, I wanted to share those things with you:

*HEATHY CHURCH SOLUTIONS: Missional Small Groups (pg. 3)

Larry Barker – What would it look like for you to begin small groups that are focused on reaching unbelievers? What would it take to start home bible studies structured to not only disciple but to make new disciples? Here’s what we do know. Every believer is called to be a disciple, and every disciple is called to be a disciple maker. The normal small group is great for fellowship, biblical community and accountability, but how well are you reaching out to people who are far from God? It is possible to provide safe environments in our homes, workplaces, coffee shops and third space areas where people can ask questions and you can provide biblical answers.

*JUST THINKING: We Need Each Other! (pg. 3)

Tom Mitchell – A few years ago, I asked a young man why the church where he is a member was no longer represented at our state associational meeting. His reply was, “Oh, we have grown so much that we don’t need the association any longer.” I immediately responded, “Your church may no longer need the association, but the association certainly still needs your church.”

On A Mission From God (pg. 4)

Jeff Swart – Actors John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd once starred in a movie called The Blues Brothers. In this movie, their characters were ex-convicts and wanna-be musicians who were trying to raise money for an orphanage. From time to time, they were asked about their work and they always replied, “We’re on a mission from God.” They always said this with great conviction as if they really believed it. The idea that two very inept men could be on a “mission from God” was the central joke of the movie. Discovering the meaning of life is difficult for many people. They struggle with what they want to do or with what they are supposed to do. Some just never seem to find their place in life and spend their golden years dreaming about what could have been.

Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)

Jeff Herring – Arkansas Governor Signs Abortion Bills; House Committee Advances Religious Freedom Amendment; 500 Laws Nationwide Proposed To Save Babies From Abortion

From the States (pg. 5-8)

News from Mississippi, Missouri, Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Kansas/West Missouri.

Bro. and Mrs. Townsley To Celebrate 65 Years (pg. 9)

Dardanelle Townsley and Wanema Roach were married May 5, 1956 at Pool’s Chapel in Sandtown, and next week will celebrate this milestone with their family.

Larry and Tammy Wood: Their Heart for Ukraine (pg. 10)

Although Ukraine has a reputation of political corruption, missionaries Larry and Tammy Wood find the Ukrainian people themselves to be very honest. With a population of 250,000, Lutsk has been their home since 2019, and during that time the couple has lost items that were later returned with nothing missing. One of those lost-but-returned items was an American passport, which is highly valued on the black market.

STATE MISSIONS: Not Everyone That Says Lord, Lord . . . (pg. 11)

Paul White – This could be the headlines in America’s papers today. But I am thankful that many refuse to roll over and play dead. For it’s not more revelation we need but more inspiration. Do you have a wall to keep the enemies of God out of your life and home? If we have a wall, are we leaving the gates open and unguarded? Are we willing to fight to defend our families and our church? Are we willing to stand up to the world?

STATE MISSIONS: From Our Missionaries (pg. 11)

Connection Point, Brookland; The Mustard Seed, Cain; Misión Creciendo en Cristo, North Little Rock; Ebenezer, West Little Rock; Faith Chapel, Flippin; Not Alone, Springdale

Scammers Are Phishing For Personal Information (pg. 11)

It is always exciting to get the text message alert that your package has arrived — but what if you didn’t order anything? The latest trend from pesky scam artists comes as a text message telling Arkansans a package is being delivered to their home and they must click on the link in the message. In reality, there is no package, the text does not come from a legitimate delivery company, and the scammer is just trying to hack into a user’s phone and steal personal information.

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