Current News – 05-26-21

* Lifeword Premieres New Show “Outdoors With Shaun Merrell” (pg. 1)

You can find the premiere of this new show by visiting Lifeword’s Facebook page ( and looking for the “Outdoors with Shaun Merrell” video called, “The Nickname — Encourager,” or visit http:/ Arkansan Shaun Merrell has lived more of his life outdoors than indoors. Whether it’s fishing, trapping or hunting deer, turkey, rabbit, squirrel or waterfowl, his love for the outdoors runs deep. Like most outdoorsmen, he is also quite a storyteller, which sometimes means using visual aids like a snake or an alligator. Shaun has worked at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission almost 24 years and enjoys educating people and connecting them with the outdoors.

*National Women’s Conference (pg.1)

Jackie Ricks – The 2021 National WMA Women’s Conference will expand on the previous theme of “Catch the Vision.” This year, we will learn to “Share the Vision.” The key verses of the theme come from Acts 26:19-20. The meeting will take place at Heritage Baptist Church in Waxahachie, Texas on Aug. 3. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. There will be a short business meeting at 9 a.m., followed by the women’s conference set to wrap up at 3 p.m. Lunch ($15) will also be available for those who wish to remain at the church to eat.

*College of the Ozarks States “Fight Has Just Begun” (pg.1)

Valerie Coleman – The federal district court denied the College of the Ozarks’ motion for an injunction and temporary restraining order, which would have provided temporary protection for the college while its federal court case is pending. The suit was filed 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: Second Annual Scholarship Gala Quickly Approaching (pg. 2)

Terry Kimbrow – Central Baptist College’s Second Annual Scholarship Gala is less than two weeks away, but it’s not too late for you to be involved! The Gala will take place on Sat., June 5 at 6 p.m. at the Conway Expo Center. The black-tie optional event will be catered by CBC Dining Services under the direction of Chef Jill McCollum. The night will be a celebration of faith and patriotism and will feature keynote speaker, Ret. Lt. Col. Brian Birdwell. The proceeds from the event benefit the Central Baptist College Scholarship Fund, which supports institutionally funded scholarships.

STUDENT MINISTRY MATTERS: A Passion for Ministry, No Matter Your Size (pg. 2)

Dan Carson – This past Sunday, I had the privilege of attending Linwood Baptist Church of Linwood, Kansas with Pastor Mark Clifton. My wife and I were up for an anniversary trip, and I wanted the opportunity to hear Mark Clifton speak. Mark is the author of Reclaiming Glory and is the head of church replanting for the North American Missions Board for the Southern Baptist Convention. In mid -2020, God began a work in Linwood when the church found themselves at their lowest point. With just 3 members left, the church was set to close its doors; but with Clifton’s leadership, the church is now running around 50 in a community of 391 people.

*HEATHY CHURCH SOLUTIONS: How Do You Stay Recharged (pg. 3)

Larry Barker – The pressures are real, and the stress can be overwhelming in the ministry. Jesus set an example for us in Mark 1:35 (HCSB) where it says, “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, He got up, went out, and made His way to a deserted place. And He was praying there.” Having a quiet time is crucial to your spiritual walk and your soul care. Who you are is far more important than what you do, and you cannot give to others what you do not possess yourself. What you do for Christ must flow out of your intimacy with Him. We must work diligently to develop skills, habits and patterns to build an intimate relationship with Him.

JUST THINKING: Give Your Prayer Share (pg. 3)

Tom Mitchell – How important is prayer? Most would say it is extremely important, but I fear that, all too often, we do not take the prayer requests of others seriously. I was just thinking about how many times I have heard State Missions Director Paul White ask us to pray for our state missionaries. I can attest from personal experience that being a church planter is a difficult calling.

*BOTTOM OF THE NINTH: Simply Prayer by Tom Elliff (pg. 4)

Allan Eakin – After a short break, the Friday morning men’s group at our church resumed its weekly sessions. After completing a survey of Nehemiah, the question was posed, “What next?” The group settled on the subject of prayer and to use Simply Prayer by Bill Eliff as a study guide. That proved to be a defining moment! The study has been truly transformational for the men. A Sunday morning group then started using Simply Pray and others will likely follow. Let me tell you about the book. According to Eliff, the Bible speaks of prayer over 650 times with 450 recorded answers to prayer. It is one of the most oft-repeated commands in the Scripture, both by directives and examples. However, most people will admit that they struggle with the practice of prayer. They feel their prayer life is weak at best.

Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)

ACLJ Files Brief in Support of Arkansas’ Pro-Life Law; World Experiencing Massive Population Decline;

“Because He Lives” Still Resonates 50 years Later (pg. 4)

Timothy Cockes – Fifty years ago, as they prepared to bring their third child into what seemed to be increasingly chaotic times, Bill and Gloria Gaither found themselves concerned about the kind of world their son, Benjy would grow up in. Bill Gaither said he and Gloria composed “a song of hope” as much for themselves as for others. But with “Because He Lives,” the young couple created one of the most influential Christian songs of all time.

From The States (pg. 5-8)

Mississippi Baptist; Missouri Missionary Baptist; The Oklahoma Baptist; Louisiana Baptist Builder; The Baptist Herald

Rule Change Could Make It Easier for Counties to Tax Property at Churches (pg. 9)

Jerry Cox – A proposed rule-change at the Arkansas Assessment Coordination Division could make it easier for county assessors to collect taxes on property that churches, charities and other nonprofits own. Currently, the Arkansas Constitution makes it clear that churches and charities are tax-exempt, and churches and charities generally don’t pay taxes on property they own unless they make some sort of profit from it. The proposed rules would require churches and charities to file forms and paperwork with the county assessor that prove their property is exempt from taxation “beyond a reasonable doubt under Arkansas law.”

From No Hope to New Hope (pg. 9)

Jackie Ricks – The people in Ukraine believe they have no future because they have a “God void.” Therefore, they have no hope. They just exist from day to day, going about life as if it’s a drudgery. Larry and Tammy Wood spend their days in Ukraine trying to offer the people hope — the hope that can only come through God’s Word and Jesus Christ.

Remember to Remember (pg. 10)

Endel Lee – People look forward to Memorial Day for a variety of reasons. It often marks the beginning of summer. For some, it’s a nice long holiday weekend. For others, it’s a special time to honor their friends who died in war. For “Gold Star Families,” it is a time to reflect again on the ultimate sacrifice paid by their loved one(s). When a Gold Star tribute is rendered at the gravesite for a person who has died in military service to our country, an American flag is folded and presented — accompanied by the words: “On behalf of a grateful nation…”

STATE MISSIONS: On The Road Again (pg. 11)

Paul White – This past Sunday, I was privileged to be with Fairview Baptist Church in Blytheville. It was neat to go back to one of the buildings I constructed way back in 1977! I also got to visit with some of the folks who were there during that time. I am so grateful that God has allowed me the opportunity to work with His people and churches over the years. A special thanks to Pastor Mike Silvey for the invitation.

STATE MISSIONS: From Our Missionaries (pg. 11)

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

BMA of America National Meeting Schedule (pg. 12)

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