*Time Nears for State Meeting (pg. 1)
Tom Mitchell – The 72nd Annual Session of the BMA of Arkansas will convene in the Burgess Auditorium on the campus of Central Baptist College on Thursday, Nov. 4, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will resume on Friday, Nov. 5, at 9 a.m . . . .
Ark. Counties Pass Pro-Life Resolutions (pg. 1)
Jerry Cox – On Sept. 20, the Saline County Quorum Court passed a resolution affirming that the county is pro-life, and on Sept. 21, the Faulkner County Quorum Court passed a similar resolution affirming that it is pro-life. Saline County is one of the largest counties in Arkansas. Resolutions like this one send a very powerful message about where the county stands when it comes to abortion and euthanasia. Faulkner County is the eighth in Arkansas to pass a pro-life resolution like this one. The resolutions read . . . .
*Philippines Missionary Requests Help (pg.1)
Jeff Herring – I have been in touch with Danny and Rita Ballard in the Philippines. They have been doing their best to continue to minster to the people of the Philippines that are facing hardship due to the current pandemic. One of the ways they have been doing this is by continuing to meet needs through the Relief Ministry. They recently had one lady accept Christ through this ministry . . . .
*Champion Your Pastor in October (pg.1)
Ronnie W. 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. There is nothing like the pastor-church relationship. . . .
CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE: October Stampede Days (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – On Wednesday, Oct. 20, CBC will hold our first Stampede Preview Day of the year. Preview Days are designed for prospective students and their guests to see what makes Central Baptist College unique. You will have multiple opportunities to meet with faculty and staff during the day. Information will be shared throughout the day about financial aid opportunities and expectations, weekly chapel services and spiritual life programming and academic departments. Upon request, Athletic and Music tryouts can also be arranged in advance with the specific coach or music director . . . .
CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE: CBC Sports Roundup (pg. 2)
STUDENT MINISTRY MATTERS: Connecting With God (pg. 2)
Dan Carson – There are a lot of important things that you must do in ministry, but at the top of any list is having a regular time of connecting with God. In student ministry, we are the doers of the church. We seem to always have a task to complete, an event to plan and a strategy to implement. While all those things may be important, they pale in comparison to our greatest responsibility — connecting with God through the Word and prayer . . . .
HEATHY CHURCH SOLUTIONS: Who Me Insecure? (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – Ministry has been glamorized by some, especially those who are idealists by nature. The ministry often begins with dreams, goals, values and aspirations that are noble and genuinely motivated by a desire to make a difference for Christ. What happens when your idealism collides with the reality of the battle you find yourself in? One pastor commented, “Now I was responsible for a ministry, and my insecurities surfaced. In fact, they intensified. I wanted to please God and do well, I knew I couldn’t because I was afraid of people.” The reality of ministry is that we are called to a task that is beyond our capabilities . . . .
STAND FIRM: You’ve Held the Rope (pg. 3)
Jake McCandless You need to be commended. Likely, each one of you reading this needs to be thanked because you’ve held the rope. One of the major lessons I’ve learned in speaking and writing on the topic of standing firm since 2014 is that our churches are full of faithful believers like you who are standing firm — who have stood firm. Our churches exist and have continued because faithful believers have stood firm. Our association, our mission endeavors, our publications, our colleges, our seminary and our events have endured because faithful believers stood firm . . . .
JOURNEY WITH JEFF: Local Associations (pg. 4)
Jeff Herring – I have really enjoyed getting to visit with so many people as I attend the local association meetings throughout the state. There are so many friends I have known for a long time and others that I get to meet. Either way, it is great to hear of everyone’s love for the Trumpet and the important job it does to keep them informed about what is happening in the BMA. . . . .
TRUMPET NOTES (pg. 4)
MISSION:World Insert (pg. 5-8)
LIFEWORD: Lying Down Doesn’t Equal Rest (pg. 9)
Katy McCown – We have this phenomenon happening in our house right now. Many nights, a guest shows up. Under a pitch black canopy and whir of the fan, the guest appears. One night I even felt fingers crawling up my arm. I jolted out of my sleep to see my daughter, nose-to-nose with me, looking for a place to lay her head. Most nights, she comes alone; sometimes she brings her brother along, too. But every night, whoever shows wants the same thing — that coveted spot in the bed between Mom and Dad . . . .
Steps to Take if Your Personal Information is Compromised (pg. 9)
Leslie Rutledge – Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is warning Arkansans about the dangers of personal information being compromised. More and more, Arkansans’ personal information is requested to make an online purchase or sign up for a subscription. This can include “fun” quizzes or surveys on social media inviting participants to share the name of a first pet, the street first lived on or the name of a favorite teacher. However, each time personal information is shared, it may be vulnerable, compromised or stolen. This simple act could be handing over sensitive information that can be used to steal an identity. . . .
*Nine Ways the Modern Worship Service is Changing (pg. 10)
Aaron Earls – In 1998, Netflix was only a year old and only offered DVDs by mail. In 2006, Apple was on the verge of introducing the world to the first iPhone. In 2012, the idea of at-home exercise changed with the founding of Peleton. Think how much the world has changed since the late 1990s; now, think about how much the average church worship service has changed in the same time frame. . . .
SPOTLIGHT ON MISSIONS: Larry and Tammy Wood (pg. 10)
On Monday evening, Aug. 23, a team of seven people from New Harmony Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas landed in Ukraine to begin a week of ministry. To say we were excited for them to come would be an understatement. This team came ready to work and serve, and they made a great impact on the people here in Lutsk and Volodymyr. The team, led by Andy Slater, consisted of Richard and Stephanie Estes, Charles and Janice Attebery and John and Tina Koeshall. They hit the ground running by beginning English classes on Tuesday afternoon and evening. They also brought an exciting new ministry to Ukraine. Street Smart Defense is a great program that teaches people how to deter and disable an attacker and escape to safety. This training was very well received and is so needed. Unfortunately, Ukraine is a prime target for human trafficking and this training will give people the necessary tools to save themselves from a tragic situation . . . .
STATE MISSIONS: Associational Meetings (pg. 11)
Paul White – Friday night, I was privileged to ride down to the South Arkansas association with two great companions — Trumpet Executive Editor Jeff Herring and CBC Director of Church Relations Duffy Guyton. We are truly blessed to have this quality of men in the BMA of Arkansas. After a good meeting and, of course something to eat, the Lord gave us safe passage back to Little Rock. We hope to do more of this carpooling in the future. . . .
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.
“Undo” – A Key We All Need (pg. 11)
Robert Lopez – At the beginning of the ‘80s when I started as a pastor, I used a classic typewriter that a member of my church gave me. I wrote my messages with the typewriter as well as the church bulletin, which I usually had to repeat multiple times because of the mistakes I made. Later, I bought an electric typewriter that had a whiteout tape, which allowed me to correct my mistakes. But if you had seen it up close, you would have noticed that I frequently made mistakes. As technology developed, I bought my first computer. It did not have a hard drive and was extremely slow. It had a new key that I did not know how to use at first, but I soon found the convenience of it — the “undo” key that allowed me to correct any error by clicking on it. . . .
Forgiving Saints (pg. 12)
Mike McEuen – Philemon was very likely a wealthy Greek landowner living in Colossae. There is little doubt that Philemon was won to Christ through Paul’s ministry, possibly at Ephesus since Paul had never been to Colossae personally. Onesimus was one of Philemon’s slaves who had apparently stolen from his master and run away to Rome. Through the providential leading of God, this runaway slave crossed paths with the apostle Paul, who led Onesimus to Christ! Legally, Philemon could have had his slave killed for disobeying. But Paul stepped in to intercede for his new Christian brother and to seek to save his life. Philemon’s faith was not kept to himself. He shared it with others. That is “the communication of thy faith.”
We Talkin’ About Practice!
Kerry Stitch – “Practice what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and model your way of living on it, and the God of peace will be with you” (Phil. 4:9 MSG). Vince Lombardi is credited with the statement, “Practice does not make perfect; perfect practice makes perfect.” Lombardi led the Packers to five NFL championships and victories in two Super Bowls. No doubt, his master’s degree in determination was evidenced in his locker room speeches and daily regimen of conditioning athletes to perform at the highest of levels individually and as a team. He knew practiced players mattered. Seasoned coaches know that players earn their trophies at practice. They just pick them up at competitions.