Current News – 05-12-21

*72nd Annual Meeting of BMA of America (pg. 1)

Jeff Swart – We are pleased to announce that the 72nd annual session of the Baptist Missionary Association of America will be held Monday, Aug. 2 thru Wednesday, Aug. 4 at the Farley Street Baptist Church in Waxahachie, Texas. By now, all our older pastors and church members, who were most susceptible to the adverse effects of COVID, have had the opportunity to be vaccinated, and we believe that we can host a national meeting that will be safe for those who attend.

*ChangeMakers and 2021 Jerry Kidd World Missions Offering (pg.1)

John Meriweather – Sunday, May 2 was an exciting day for BMA Global Missions as the first BMA church in Paraguay was commissioned. Divine Grace Baptist Church was born from the church planting ministries of two ChangeMaker missionaries — Regino Acuña Cossio and Divine Grace Pastor Ivan Philippini.

*Daniel Springs Summer Schedule (pg.1)

Jason Prewitt – We are excited about the upcoming summer after very limited events for the past year due to the global pandemic. The summer schedule will feature nine different camp options, beginning with Pre-Teen Camp 1, followed by two split-week “combo camps” for both Pre-teen (3rd-6th grade) and Students (6th grade thru college), then Pre-teen Camp 2, followed by two Ark-La-Tex camps and finishing the summer with Student Camp. Here is the summer camp schedule:

CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE: Commencement 2021 (pg. 2)

Terry Kimbrow – The 2021 Commencement at Central Baptist College was held on Saturday, May 8. The ceremony was organized by the college’s Graduation Committee and was modified to offer private ceremonies for each graduate to address continuing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 global health pandemic.  This year’s class consisted of 131 total graduates, 107 in the Traditional program and 24 in the PACE program. Of this year’s 131 graduates, 100 made plans to participate in the on-campus ceremony.

STUDENT MINISTRY MATTERS: Pick Up Your Trash (pg. 2)

Dan Carson – During my time at Central Baptist College, I met a handful of people whose lives have continued to exemplify the CBC experience. I had the opportunity to take classes with a Bible student named Terry Kimbrow, who went on to become the CBC president. Another one of my classmates was Julian Dominquez. Julian continues to be one of CBC’s biggest cheerleaders. He even got the CBC Mustang tattooed on his leg. Then, there was Bobby Wilkey. I didn’t live in the dorm with Bobby, sing in the choir with him or go to any classes with him, but he was always there.

*HEATHY CHURCH SOLUTIONS: Making Christ Known (pg. 3)

Larry Barker – Why are we silent in sharing the gospel? God’s Word is quite clear about how vocal we are supposed to be in sharing the gospel, but we are not! Psalm 71:15 (CSB) says, “My mouth will tell about your righteousness and your salvation all day long, though I cannot sum them up.” It seems that while some feel they do not have anything to say, the Psalmist was more concerned that he had too much to say and could not condense it.

JUST THINKING: A Difference Maker (pg. 3)

Tom Mitchell – I was just thinking — the Baptist Missionary Association of Arkansas is quite diverse. More than 300 churches comprise the association. Those churches, as I have previously mentioned, combine their support of four particular entities — ministries if you please. This past Saturday I paid close attention to one of those — Central Baptist College. Friends, we are blessed to have such an institution that is biblically based and has as its core a Christ-centered approach to every class, whether it is Bible, missions, education, nursing, music or sports.

Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)

Biden Overturns Biden Rule; Biden Administration to Reinterpret “Sex” in Obamacare Law; Joint Effort Aims to Get Bible in All Languages; Missouri House Approves “Rush Limbaugh Day”; Surge of New Pro-Life Laws Has The Abortion Movement Terrified

Beware of Con Artists After Storms Hit the State (pg. 4)

Office of Arkansas Attorney GeneralMost of Arkansas was rocked by heavy rains and thousands of power outages as storms tore through the Natural State. While many Arkansans want to help their neighbors clean up after a storm, con artists will seize the opportunity to take advantage during a vulnerable moment. Keep your home and family safe from con artists just trying to make a quick buck.

To The Graduate

Jeff Swart – Graduation season has rolled around again. This year’s graduates are excited to take the next step in life and make a mark on their world. I congratulate this year’s graduates, and I pray that your dreams will all come true. This month, you will hear a lot of advice from graduation speakers, your fellow classmates and your family. So, please allow me to join them and put my two cents in before you move on and change the world.

The Master’s Builders in Tenaha, Texas (pg. 5)

Nelda Malone – On May 3, a few of The Master’s Builders traveled to Tenaha, Texas to help on some repairs at Old Center Baptist Church parsonage. They helped remove the dining room floor, replace all floor joists and put down new plywood. Old Center Baptist is the home church of Master’s Builders Wayne and Leona Wimberly. James Grandberry is their pastor.

Red Cross Responds to Increasing Number of Home Fires (pg. 6)

In the first three months of 2021, Americans faced 16% more home fires than they did during the same period in 2020. As the nation’s most frequent disaster, home fires have remained a constant threat during the COVID-19 pandemic as people have spent more time at home. From this past January to March, the Red Cross responded to nearly 17,000 home fires affecting more than 70,000 people across the country — an increase of 2,300 fires affecting nearly 9,000 more people than the same time last year.

Home From College

Autumn Herring – Just like that, my second year of college is done. It honestly seems unreal to me! Over the past eight months God has brought countless friends into my life, and I have been able to build and strengthen so many relationships. I can definitely say that I was not ready for the semester to end (minus the schoolwork) because I did not want to say goodbye to the people I have become so close to.

Thoughts on I & II Timothy (pg. 6)

Tony Cleaver“I give thanks to Christ Jesus our Lord who has strengthened me, because he considered me faithful, appointing me to the ministry” (I Tim. 1:12 CSB). Let’s focus on the phrase: “appointing me to the ministry.” Ministry is not something one chooses for himself. Rather as it is written in the Scriptures, it is an appointment by Christ Jesus our Lord. In other passages, Paul recounts his own divine appointment to the gospel ministry.

STATE MISSIONS: Repaying Trouble xxxxxxxx (pg. 7)

Paul White – Paul began his letter with an introduction and a salutation (verses 1-4). As always, Paul took advantage of every opportunity to give praise to faithful Christians who were suffering. Not only were they enduring under their afflictions, they were growing in faith and love for each other. The church at Thessalonica was shaken in mind and troubled because of a forged letter that supposedly came from Paul. They understood the letter to mean that they were experiencing the kind of suffering from which Paul had said the child of God would be delivered. So, Paul wrote to tell them not to fret because their suffering would be but for a season.

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

Defining Moments (pg. 8)

Allan Eakin – Defining moments are life-altering or crucial moments that God uses to demonstrate Himself in an obvious way, resulting in you never being the same again. Defining moments often change the trajectory of one’s life. Defining moments often reveal character, conviction, calling and faith.

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