Current News – 10/13/21

The Greatest Job in the World (pg. 1)

Donny Parrish Someone, somewhere designated October as Pastor Appreciation Month. I’m not sure who that someone was, but he or she ought to be commended. I think it’s great for churches to set aside time to recognize the sacrificial service pastors give to their people. There’s a shortage of men giving their lives to serve as pastors today. Did you know that? There aren’t enough pastors to fill the vacant pulpits in our country. I’m sure there are many of reasons for that, but I think one reason is that many pastors have a negative view of pastoral life . . .

Celebration Baptist Church Celebrates 10 Years (pg. 1)

Celebration Baptist Church (CBC) in Haskell celebrated 10 years of ministry as a New Testament church on Sunday, Oct. 10. A mission project of the BMA of Arkansas, CBC was organized in October 2011. Darrin Smith served as the church planter and Temple Baptist Church in Fordyce was the sending church. Originally, slated for Benton, Ark., Smith subsequently moved his focus to the Haskell community, just south of Benton . . .

Art for Water Gala (pg.1)

Ellianna R. Temple – The Art for Water Gala, benefiting Water for Christ, will be held at The Arkansas Governor’s Mansion on Tuesday, Oct. 19 with a special welcome from Miss Arkansas Whitney Williams and will feature guest speaker and comedian Rik Roberts from Nashville . . .

CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE: Save the Date: Homecoming 2022 (pg. 2)

Terry Kimbrow – Next year marks Central Baptist College’s 70th birthday, and we have plans to celebrate all year long. Our plan is to kick off our birthday during Homecoming 2022. CBC will host its annual Homecoming activities beginning Monday, Jan. 24 and continuing through Saturday, Jan. 29. Several Events will take place during the week as we gear up for our main events on Friday and Saturday . . .

CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE: CBC Sports Roundup (pg. 2)

STUDENT MINISTRY MATTERS: Making Mary Moments In A Martha Ministry (pg. 2)

Dan Carson –   In Luke 10:38-42, the Bible shares a short story about two sisters. Both love Jesus, but one chooses the important part. Now, for those of us in student ministry and the doers in our ministry context, it is hard to understand why Jesus said that Mary was actually choosing the better thing. There was work to be done. There was an event to plan. There were things to make sure were in order. However, those things were secondary to spending time with Jesus, and Jesus wasn’t going to fault Mary for making that choice. In student ministry, we are often focused on our to-do lists . . .

HEATHY CHURCH SOLUTIONS: Relax In Jesus (pg. 3)

Larry Barker – There is so much to do in the ministry. The list can be staggering and quite overwhelming. Yet, in John 6:28-29 (HCSB) Jesus was asked, “What can we do to perform the works of God?” He answered, “This is the work of God, that you believe in the One He has sent.” Think of all the works Jesus could have listed — prayer, acts of mercy, giving, Bible study, visiting the sick and a multitude of others. Yet, He challenges them to consider one work — believing. He challenges them to trust God continually in an ongoing, moment-by-moment, day-by-day kind of way and not just a one-and-done type of believing . . .

JUST THINKING: The Household of God (pg. 3)

Tom Mitchell – I have but a few more articles to share with you as president of the BMA of Arkansas. But because I have such a burden for the ministry of the local churches, I felt I should write about a wonderful privilege that we who are saved, who are united with the Lord’s church, are blessed to have. I share with you today some thoughts about The Household of God . . .

TRUMPET NOTES (pg. 4)

Maumelle Makes Six (pg. 5)

The sixth Safe Haven Baby Box in Arkansas (and 82nd in the nation) went live on Oct. 10 at Maumelle’s Fire Station 1 (2000 Murphy Drive). In addition to the Maumelle location, Safe Haven Baby Boxes were dedicated at the Fort Smith Fire Department Station 11 (8900 Massard Road) on Oct. 11 and at El Dorado Fire Department Station 2 (1403 East Hillsboro St.) on Oct. 12. The Safe Haven Baby Box is a device that allows parents to surrender their newborn infants that are less than 30 days old anonymously and safely near fire stations or other first responder stations . . .

STAND FIRM: Standing Firm Isn’t Enough (pg. 5)

Jake McCandless – Many, many times since launching Stand Firm Ministries, I preached from Luke 19:11-27, the Parable of the Ten Minas. At Stand Firm events, I’d often share a simplified overview of end time events and point out how short this age is when compared to the eternal age to come. Then I’d read the mentioned parable. This parable parallels the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25. Both tell of servants being given money from their master and then being judged on how they used that money. The master was pleased when the resources given grew His kingdom, and He told those faithful servants, “Well done, my good and faithful servant” . . .

SPOTLIGHT ON MISSIONS: Gavin & Haley Roberts (pg. 6)

A church name is not going to move anyone from death to life (John 5:24). However, we are hopeful that a name change will allow more people in Morgan to know about our church plant! In September, we changed our name from “Morgan Grace Fellowship” to “Morgan Grace Church.” We are hopeful this will allow more Morgan residents to know who we are and where we are located. Check out our new logo to the right of this article! We are excited about this new look . . .

PART 2: HOW DO I LEAD A CHILD TO CHRIST (pg. 6)

Betty Thomas – It is best for the child to come to you. When a child approaches you, seeking salvation, talk to him privately, not in a group setting. Have the parents present when possible. Avoid high-pressure group altar calls. It is a good idea to review a short and simple approach to salvation every time a lesson or presentation affords an opportunity . . .

STATE MISSIONS: Prayer (Part 2) (pg. 7)

Paul White – We need to make our petitions known unto Him. First, we are to praise, second repent and now we come to the asking part of prayer. “Give us this day our daily bread.” Some feel it is wrong to ask God for what we need, but it is not; matter in fact, we often have not for we ask not. Are you guilty of only asking for the things you want or the things you need? Do you pray and ask for a better understanding of His Word or a closer walk with Him, souls to be saved and lives to be touched? Do you pray for the physical and consumable things you want? “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matt. 6:33) . . .

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.

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