* Pre-Association Events Announced (pg. 1)
The Ellis-Hill Association and Farley Street Baptist Church in Waxahachie, Texas are sponsoring some pre-associational events for those who might be in town and interested on Sunday and Monday afternoon, Aug. 1 and Aug. 2. On Sunday morning, Dr. John David Smith, BMAA Missions executive director, will be preaching at Farley Street in both the 9 & 10:30 a.m. services.
* Administration Challenges Arkansas’ SAFE ACT (pg.1)
Jerry Cox – On June 17, President Biden’s U.S. Department of Justice filed a statement of interest opposing Arkansas’ Save Adolescents From Experimentation (SAFE) Act in federal court. The SAFE Act is a 2021 law that protects children in Arkansas from sex-reassignment procedures, puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones.
CBC Announces Two New Hires (pg.1)
Central Baptist College has announced the addition of new employees, Patrick Jacobs and Tamarah Allen. Jessica Faulkner has been named the director of Alumni and Public Relations.
Two Bible Initiatives in Two different Languages (pg. 2)
Holly Meriweather – Called “the forgotten or abandoned place” Tapuinkue is a community in Paraguay where the Guarani language is spoken. Completely cut off from access to the internet, the Guarani people live far from civilization but not far enough away from groups who preach false doctrine and take advantage of them. BMA Missionaries and Church Planters Regino Acuña and Ivan Philippini tell the story of their deception:
CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE: CBC Announces Student Academic Awards (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – Central Baptist College students were honored at the end of the academic year by their respective academic departments. In addition to departmental academic awards, qualifying students were inducted into the Alpha Chi National Honor Society.
STUDENT MINISTRY MATTERS: What Are We Aiming For (pg. 2)
Dan Carson – The weekend of June 12 was a pretty big one for the Carson Family. After two and half years of dating, my son, Riley, asked his sweet girlfriend, Mariel to marry him. My wife and I love this young lady like she was our own already. We told Riley that if he messed things up we were going to keep her and get rid of him. (It’s a joke… probably.) In January, she will officially become a Carson. We are definitely proud parents. They have sought to keep Christ at the center of their relationship in a world where that is not easy or expected.
*HEATHY CHURCH SOLUTIONS: Church Culture – part 3 (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – Changing your church’s culture is not easy, but it is possible with God’s help. The most important part of this attempt to improve the spiritual atmosphere and environment of your church is that it begins with you. This is not a quick fix through a program or an outside source bringing change. You must first look within before you ever begin looking out. A lot of soul searching and a lot of Spirit-driven plans must occur. It begins with a change in your heart, then changing your language by casting vision based on Biblical values. Remember, the speed of the leader usually determines the speed of the team.
*JUST THINKING: Tent Revivals, Brush Arbors and Church Camps (pg. 3)
Tom Mitchell – I was just thinking of some great memories — experiences with God’s people in days gone by. In particular, I have mentally gone back to the old tent revivals, brush arbors and great times at church camp. Many of you who read this may not identify with all three of these, so take a trip with me down memory lane.
Trumpet Notes (page 4)
JOURNEY WITH JEFF: It’s Summer (page 4)
Jeff Herring – I hope you are doing well and enjoying summer. Some of you may be like my wife (Kristin) who enjoys warm weather the most. One of her pet peeves during this time is when it is a beautiful, warm, sunny day and then you go inside somewhere and you have to have a coat because it is so cold. She just enjoys it when it is hot!
A Power Surge Reveals A Church’s Hidden Truth (pg. 5)
A typical late-summer storm in Pennsylvania rolled over the Riverside Community Church campus on an otherwise quiet Sunday afternoon. Earlier, a minimal crew streamed Sunday services and went home. Now, the church was empty. Don Greb wasn’t in the area to witness the pop-up thunderstorm. When Greb, Riverside’s business administrator, received an alert on his phone that a network switch had failed, he wasn’t overly concerned. Switches had gone down in the past, and usually were down for a few minutes or so. The system would reset itself.
Don’t Get Over Your Head In Flood Damage (pg. 5)
Arkansas was covered with over a foot of water in parts of the state as dangerous levels of water poured into the Natural State. Governor Hutchinson declared a state of emergency and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is warning Arkansans to protect themselves from con artists looking to make a quick buck after the storms. “Arkansas is just one big small town and it is heartbreaking to see flood damage devastate our communities,” said AG Rutledge. “Scammers will take advantage of any tough situation to steal from hard-working Arkansans, so I urge everyone to remain vigilant during the clean-up process and watch out for criminals.”
BOTTOM OF THE 9th: It’s About Perspective (pg. 6)
Allan Eakin – Several months ago, the Celebration Baptist Church (CBC) crew fulfilled their commitment to the Arkansas Highway Department’s Adopt-A-Highway program. For those who may not be familiar with the program, groups like CBC volunteer to pick up trash for a one mile stretch of highway. CBC’s stretch included one mile of Interstate 30 near the Haskell exit. While picking up trash, the group noticed a car pulled to the shoulder of the road with an apparent flat tire.
STATE MISSIONS: Pocahontas (pg. 7)
Paul White – I had a wonderful time Sunday presenting State Missions and preaching at Pocahontas Baptist Church and visiting with my long-time friends, Pastor Randy Lingenfelter and former missionaries James and Lousie Coker. It is always a privilege to see all the wonderful people that make up this missions-loving church. Over the years, Pocahontas has been one of our strongest supporters during Special Emphasis, and we are so grateful for them and their love for lost souls.
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
*Fatherhood: A Spiritual Calling (pg. 8)
Jeff Swart – I recently read an article entitled “75 Reasons Why It’s Good to Be A Man.” Out of the 75 reasons listed, I compiled my own top-10 list: