File: Current News – May 5
*CBC Honors Nine in White Coat Ceremony (pg. 1)
Sancy Faulk – The CBC Math and Science Department recognized nine students for their academic excellence by awarding them with white coats in a private ceremony held April 26. This event marked the 10th White Coat Ceremony to be held by the college. Each student achieved academic excellence — completing rigorous academic requirements set forth by Math and Science Department faculty — and were approved as a recipient for her white coat.
*One of Life’s Most Precious Gifts (pg.1)
Jeff Swart – One of the important leaders in the early church was a man named Timothy whose name means “one who worships God.” Paul describes Timothy’s mother and grandmother in these words: “I have been reminded of your (Timothy’s) sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also” (II Tim. 1:5). Paul said that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ “lived” in Timothy’s grandmother and “lived” in Timothy’s mother and now “lives” in Timothy. God wants us to have a “living” faith that is lived out through our lives and passed on to our children (II Cor. 3:2-3).
*Mother’s Day: Priorities & Joys (pg.1)
Autumn Wall – As a mom of three kids under the age of 6, I shift from day to day — thinking I can conquer the world (like when I actually get all three kids dressed and in the car in under an hour and a half) to feeling like the worst mom on the planet (like when my kid has a meltdown during that quiet moment of communion at church). So, Mother’s Day can make every mom on the planet feel (even for a day) like a huge success.
CBC Rotaract Club Relaunches (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – The 2020-2021 academic year has been a productive one as the CBC Rotaract Club relaunched under the direction of Advisor Dr. Kateryna Pitchford. Through Rotaract clubs, young people ages 18 and older develop leadership and professional skills, exchange ideas with community leaders and have fun through service. Membership in the CBC Rotaract Club is limited to currently enrolled students at Central Baptist College.
*STUDENT MINISTRY MATTERS: Student Ministry Workers Retreat (pg. 2)
Dan Carson – It is official. The 2021 Student Ministry Workers Retreat is Sept. 11 from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and registration is open! We are very excited about this year’s event. Central Baptist College of Conway will be hosting as we meet live and in-person. We will have giveaways, snacks, worship, break-out groups and some great teaching. Our featured speaker is Jeff Borton.
*HEATHY CHURCH SOLUTIONS: Knowing Christ and Making Him Known (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – In Philippians 3, Paul states that the goal is to know Christ and the power of His resurrection. Knowing Christ is everything, but that goal is incomplete if you are not also making Him known to others in your sphere of influence. Every believer is called to be a disciple of Christ (Luke 9:23) and every disciple of Christ is called to make disciples (Matt. 28:20). The Great Commission was not given as a choice for us to decide upon, but rather a command to obey. Charles Spurgeon said, “Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter.” Jesus said we would be fishers of men.
MISSIONS SPOTLIGHT: Stan & Donna Scroggins (pg. 3)
The picture above on the left is what a city of 22 million people looks like during COVID lockdown. The Philippines has the most stringent travel restrictions of any country in the world. Fortunately, our city of Bacolod is not as bad. We do have evening curfews from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. The picture above on the right is an inspection point. I have heard of people being arrested for breaking the curfew. We don’t go out that late, so it’s really no problem for us. Other than wearing mask and face shields everywhere we go, we find minimum restrictions.
MISSIONS SPOTLIGHT: Michel & Ruth Poirier (pg. 3)
Thank you for all you have done for us. Your support and sacrifice are not going unnoticed. We pray that Lord will protect you during this time of pandemic and give you open doors to share the gospel. (Quebec) – We praise the Lord for letting us gather at church on Sunday, in the number of 25. It is hard to manage who can come and who cannot come, especially the first-time visitors. Until now, God has kept the authorities out of our building, and for some time, we have been over the number permitted! One new visitor has been coming for three weeks and one couple asked for membership. Things are slowly turning around our church.
JOURNEY WITH JEFF: God Has a Plan (pg. 4)
Jeff Herring – I find great comfort in knowing that I don’t have to know everything and, thank the Lord, I am not in charge of everything! That is His job! I would often tell my Sunday School class that I believe one of the greatest promises in all of Scripture is that He will “never leave us or forsake us” (repeated many times). As we claim this promise and learn how it fits into life’s many circumstances, I think there are some things that should be evident in our lives:
Mother’s Day: Like a Permanent Marker (pg. 4)
Sarah Dixon Young – “What is on your shirt?” “Um, permanent marker.” Every mother hates those words from the lips of her small child. Not only does she see the evidence as it appears on the offender, she also envisions the room, furniture, floor, toys and siblings that also might have been targeted. Permanent markers, as you know, are permanent. There’s hardly a soap, detergent or magic eraser that can erase whatever marks they make.
MISSIONS SPOTLIGHT: Michael & Laura Strong (pg. 5)
The last month and a half have been busy. Seth, our newborn twin, has been in and out of the hospital. The world watched as Derek Chauvin’s trial carried the threat of another round of riots and mass looting across the country and here in Minneapolis. Another shooting took place right at the height of the trial, which led to protests and shootings. All the while, my babies needed to wake and eat at all hours of the night. My young children needed potty training and lots of correction and teaching for conflict resolution. We had four children that needed home school. And in the midst of the normal hustle and bustle of trying to keep a household running with eight small children and two very tired parents, God was doing some work behind the scenes.
The Master’s Builders Work in Arkansas (pg. 6)
Nelda Malone – On April 12, The Master’s Builders began work at Stoneridge Baptist Camp in Smithville. This project was scheduled for last year but was postponed due to COVID-19. We had 15 men there to work on this project and enjoyed having Mike Shelton join us again. Mike hopes to become a regular in our group, if the Lord allows. Scott Small, director of Stoneridge, was there every day working, consulting and running to get materials. He and his wife, Myrtie are a dedicated couple who are humble, faithful and hard working. They fed our group two meals a day (except weekends), and we so enjoyed our time with them and their family. We can never express what they mean to us!
Why Christians Need the Poor (pg. 6)
In spite of all our relief and help programs, the poor are still among us. The battle of poverty goes on and on. Most Americans, the world would say, are among the winners. But what should Christians do about the poverty of others? The country was recently told by the Census Bureau that more than one in every ten Americans must be considered poor. Overseas, the conditions are even worse. “The World Food Council tells us that a third of the children in the world die of malnutrition and disease before they have five birthdays” (Time Magazine). “Each year 100,000 children go blind because of lack of vitamin A in their early diets” (Chicago Tribune report).
STATE MISSIONS: It’s Special Emphasis Time (pg. 7)
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. 7)
Connection Point, Brookland; The Mustard Seed, Cain; Misión Creciendo en Cristo, North Little Rock; Life Journey, Fort Smith; Ebenezer, West Little Rock; Faith Chapel, Flippin; The Table, Springdale
SOAR Hacks (pg. 8)
Chris Vines – We live in a world of hacks. If you are on Facebook, you know exactly what I mean. If this is an unfamiliar term, it probably means you have successfully guarded yourself from most social media platforms. Maybe you know someone who has faced the terrible reality that their bank account has been hacked. Inconvenience quickly turns to a major life disruption when hacking extends to this area of life. In either case, “to be hacked” is never an enjoyable experience. The invasion on personal privacy is offensive, inconvenient and many times destructive.
Mom, When You Thought I Wasn’t Looking
Mike McEuen – Have you ever wondered how Mother’s Day began? A day honoring mothers was observed in the early 1800s in England. It was called Mothering Sunday and came in mid-lent. Julia Ward Howe made the first known suggestion for a Mother’s Day in the United States in 1862. Ann Jarvis of West Virginia began a campaign for nationwide observance of Mother’s Day. She chose the second Sunday in May and began the custom of wearing a carnation in 1907. In 1915, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Mother’s Day as an annual national observance.