Bring Your Bible to School Day (pg. 1)
Kirsten Hochstetler – Bring Your Bible to School Day is set for Thursday, Oct. 7 and registration is now open. On this day, students across the country will boldly celebrate their faith with the simple act of bringing their Bibles to school . . . .
Champion Your Pastor In October (pg.1)
Ronnie Floyd – The month of October is Pastor Appreciation Month. This is the time to champion your pastor. Pastors are God-called servant-leaders who feed the people of God through the ministry of preaching the Bible and lead the people of God by providing spiritual oversight of the church. In his shepherding role, the pastor prays for the people regularly, and especially when they find themselves in a time of great need . . . .
Lifeword global Partner Updates (pg.1)
Holly Meriweather – The Lifeword USA team and global partners from all over the world recently met on a Zoom call to share ministry updates and encourage each other. Representing Central America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Middle East and Africa, these team members are not only media missionaries but also church planters, pastors and ministry leaders in their cultures . . . .
Board Seeks New BPH Director (pg. 1)
Justin Rhodes – At the last Baptist Publishing House (BPH) Trustee meeting, Dr. Charley Holmes recommended to the Board of Trustees that we begin the search process to fill the position of Executive Director of BPH. Dr. Holmes and his team have certainly done an excellent job in transitioning the ministry of publishing quality Bible study literature for our churches, and we could not say thank you enough to him for taking on this ministry. The time has come, however, for him to focus his full attention back to the BMAA Theological Seminary . . . .
CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE: CBC Fine Arts Planning For A Busy Fall (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – This summer, CBC Fine Arts welcomed Danielle Hodges as the director of Instrumental Music and Fine Arts Department chair. Since arriving at CBC, she and her department have been busy planning events for the students, staff and community. Mark your calendar and make plans to join us for some of these events . . . .
CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE: CBC Sports Roundup (pg. 2)
STUDENT MINISTRY MATTERS: Difficulties Connecting with Parents (pg. 2)
Dan Carson – If you work with students, you are in family ministry. You may not have realized it when you signed up for this gig, but that is the simple truth. Students are an extension of the homes that they come out of. Some of those homes are great, spirit-led places where mom and dad invest in their children. However, other homes are not that at all. With that in mind, we must work at connecting with parents and families if we hope to impact our students . . . .
HEATHY CHURCH SOLUTIONS: The Support Challenge Matrix (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – Are you spiritually healthy? Are you 100% spiritually healthy or 50%? You cannot expect those around you to be spiritually healthy if you are not healthy yourself . . . .
STAND FIRM: Warned for a Reason (pg. 3)
Jake McCandless – I’ve been writing and speaking on the topic of standing firm for several years, and many have been supportive; but, as you can imagine, I’ve faced pushback. You may have some pushback for me, but before you send that email, please hear me out. First, I completely agree with the criticism toward Stand Firm on behalf of the Great Commission (making disciples and reaching the lost). Sharing the good news is the most important issue the church should be focused on. By no means is the topic of standing firm and facing challenges to our faith even on par with sharing the gospel, but I think we could agree that the message of perseverance should be included in the mix of overall teaching . . . .
LIFEWORD: Should Christians Be Judgmental? (pg. 4)
Scott Attebery – A recent quote in a local magazine caught my attention. A spokesman for a secular organization critiqued a Christian for speaking his convictions, but that’s not the part that caught my eye. What stood out to me were the additional comments made by the organization’s spokesman, in which she said (paraphrase), “the convictions this man has spoken are judgmental, which is a direct contradiction to Christianity.” Okay, so here are a few quick thoughts . . . .
TRUMPET NOTES (pg. 4)
MORAL ACTION: Morality and Purity (pg. 5)
Dr. John M. Adams – “The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord, but the words of the pure are pleasant words” (Prov. 15:26). Let us remind ourselves that the purity we seek can never be our own achievement. There is a strange paradox here — only the pure in heart shall see God; only those who see God shall be pure in heart. Morality stems from purity . . .
Gable, Former Arkansas Missionary, Dies (pg. 5)
Garland Gable, 95 of Conway, passed away Sept. 14. He was a member of Central Baptist Church in Conway.
A SIP FROM THE SAUCER: The Stray (Part 2) (pg. 5)
Valerie Fish – The empty feeling inside was a constant companion and the pursuit of anything to sustain him a relentless circle. He did not remember a time he had not been hungry. The easiest place to find food was in the cans outside houses. If you pushed enough to tip one over, you could find all kinds of treasures. He learned to be quick before someone heard the noise and came to investigate. The people would speak harshly and throw things if you stayed too long . . .
Planning a Low-Risk, Festive Fall Event (pg. 6)
Last year (Fall 2020), we curated information on how to host fall events with measures to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. While the addition of vaccines over the past nine months have made an impact on the illness, some communities are seeing surges in positive cases and hospitalizations as we head into autumn. If you are planning fall activities for your church or school, here are a few things to keep an eye on . . . .
SPOTLIGHT ON MISSIONS: Bryan and Pam Risner – Romania (pg. 6)
The group of teens and kiddos in the picture above are extra special to me. One young man was experiencing the forest for the first time in this photo. He could not believe that God created a place like this, the forest! Nineteen students are experiencing a new life in Jesus, and one student’s spiritual eyes are opened like never before — Lindsey accepted Christ at camp this year! She had thought she was saved when she was 7, but Friday night at camp, she gave her life to the Lord — and she knows without a doubt that Heaven is her home. She said, “Wow! This is what it is like to know for sure that you are going to Heaven! . . .
STATE MISSIONS: Local Associational Meetings Continue (pg. 7)
Paul White – Last Thursday, I had the privilege to speak at the Central Arkansas association, which met at Calvary in Whitehall. As stated before, it was good to visit friends and make new ones. Thank you, Central Arkansas Association, for all you do. . . . I received a call from one of our church’s pastors who came from a SBC church sharing that in his nearly two years of being in one of our associations, no one has contacted or visited with him. He said he had a desire to know more about the BMA, and I told him that I would be more than happy to travel to his location and visit with him. I did my best to apologize to him and I believe this is, to some degree, an area lacking in our local associations with no one person being at fault . . . .
STATE MISSIONS: From Our Missionaries (pg. 7)
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.