First Annual re:Charge Leader’s Oasis Held (pg. 1)
Nick Jacobsen – “This was what I needed!” “This was a fantastic conference. I can’t say thank you enough.” These are just two quotes from some attendees at last week’s first annual re:Charge Leader’s Oasis in Dallas, Texas. Over 100 ministry leaders, pastors, church planters and missionaries gathered at the Doubletree Dallas Market Center on Sept. 27-29 for three days of speakers and activities designed to allow leaders to get away, recharge, renew and be re-inspired . . . .
Just the Crumbs Ministry Update (pg. 1)
To all those that support us, we apologize for not updating sooner. Some areas are still without power and cell service is very poor at times. Bro. Lavon is with a team in Thibodaux, La. and is providing close to a 1,000 meals a day. Thomas and Beth Burkes are in Cleveland, Tenn., assisting from previous tornado damage there . . . .
God’s Plan to Forgive Sin (pg.1)
Betty Thomas – We have nothing to compare with the perfect fellowship Adam had with God in the Garden of Eden. Each day, God walked and talked with Adam in the garden. It’s beyond our imagination why Adam forfeited this precious relationship; yet he did, and sin entered into the world. Sin has many deadly properties . . . .
Still Time to Participate In CBC Day (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – We are grateful to all the churches who have participated in our special emphasis, CBC Day, that was launched on Sept. 12. There were 8 churches who participated before that day, 47 churches participated on the day and 12 churches who have committed to host a CBC Day during the remainder of the fall, for a current total of 67 churches participating . . . .
CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE: CBC Sports Roundup (pg. 2)
STUDENT MINISTRY MATTERS: Dealing with Criticism (pg. 2)
Dan Carson – If you have served in ministry for any length of time, you have probably been criticized. Sometimes that criticism is sought after as you try to better yourself. Other times, that criticism is just shared to tear you down. It can be hard to differentiate if you didn’t go out and ask for it. So, when Monday morning rolls around and you get that email from your “special” church member, what do you do? . . . .
HEATHY CHURCH SOLUTIONS: Six Things to Stop Doing (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – If you are going to lead your church to be a healthy and growing congregation of believers, it will require that you stop doing certain things. While there are many “must dos,” there are also things that will require your honest evaluation — that if you continue to practice them, they will continue to cause you and your church to remain plateaued or even head downward in a death spiral. If you refuse to stop doing these things it could very well lead you to a place where you will crash and burn — emotionally, spiritually and physically . . .
JUST THINKING: The Attitude of Gratitude (pg. 3)
Tom Mitchell – I was just thinking… things are not so great in our country right now. To say we are living out of our comfort zones would be a gross understatement. So, what do Christians do under such circumstances? The answer is that we look to God’s Word, follow the direction of the Holy Spirit and claim the Lord’s promises. In short, we need to, as individuals, families and churches, be grateful — to develop an attitude of gratitude. It’s easily said, but not so easily accomplished. So how do we, amid all the circumstances around us, develop an attitude of gratitude? . . .
STAND FIRM: Don’t Settle for the Cabin (pg. 3)
Jake McCandless – “Lord build me just a cabin in the corner of gloryland, in the shade of his tree of life that it may ever stand, where I can hear the angels and shake Jesus’ hand. Lord build me a cabin in the corner of gloryland.” Do you recognize these lyrics? It’s in the old Heavenly Highway hymn by Roy Acuff, “Lord, Build Me Just a Cabin.” I believe almost all of us would agree with the sentiment — Lord, just build me a cabin out on the back 40 of your kingdom because . . .
TRUMPET NOTES (pg. 4)
LIFEWORD: Blending Worship and Purpose (pg. 5)
Travis Sellers – It’s one of life’s biggest and deepest questions; It’s a question of purpose — “Why do I exist? Why am I here?” For all of history, philosophers have done their best to answer this question but have fallen short. Musicians and philosophers and poets have written songs and sonnets attempting to answer this question. If you’re young, this idea of purpose might be a daunting thing, something you’re thinking, I’ve got to find the answer or be thrust into this ocean without a life preserver . . . .
LEAVE IT TO CLEAVER: The Trail of Band-Aids (pg. 5)
Dr. Tony Cleaver – As I have reached that certain age, there are many shots my 12-year-old doctor has recommended that I take. Each shot is followed by a band-aid to cover the spot where the inoculation has been administered. Band aids costs about $3 for a box of 30. That’s about 10¢ apiece. Right now, it seems I have used a box of band-aids over the last few months. The first shot was the Pfizer covid vaccine, administered at a drive through in my county . . . .
SPOTLIGHT ON MISSIONS: Stan & Donna Scroggins (pg. 6)
Guess what? It’s Christmas in the Philippines! And you thought November was too early to start the Christmas season. Here in the Philippines all the “ber” months are part of Christmas. So, Sept. 1 begins the Christmas season. We spent a lot of money, re-wrote our curriculum twice, hired professional staff, upgraded our pay scale and added required spaces. We cried and wanted to quit; but with God’s help, and the hard work of all of our staff, teachers and administration we made it . . . .
STATE MISSIONS: Prayer (Part 1) (pg. 7)
Paul White – The matter of prayer is, to many, a very misunderstand and misused part of their Christian life. No greater asset do we have than the privilege of prayer. Without a doubt prayer is the most powerful and yet the most unused of all our Christian privileges. So, what is prayer? Prayer is us communicating with God, just as the Bible is God communicating with us. If fellowship is to exist, the lines of communication must be open. The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, and Jesus gave us the example in the model prayer. We would be wise to follow its example. “Our Father which art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name…”
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.
BOOK REVIEW: Jesus and the White Horse (pg. 8)
Jake McCandless – When I first heard that Jake McCandless had written a book about the second coming of Jesus, I was intrigued. After reading the book, I was very impressed. I appreciate that the book includes the life and ministry Jesus. It begins with a reminder of the things we that hear about Jesus most often — He loves us, came to take away our sins and performed miracles. It also reminds us of His coming as a baby in the manger, that He died on the cross because of His love for us and then He left to return to Heaven.