Current News – 11/03/21

*The Importance of Gathering (pg. 1)

Dr. Tom Mitchell – I cannot stress enough the importance of the churches sending messengers and guests to the meeting Thursday & Friday, Nov. 4-5. While many do not realize their churches are members of this body, they need to know, and they need to know they have a voice in the work of the four ministry departments of this association, so please send messengers. Each church is allowed three voting messengers. Each church is also to be represented by a missionary committeeman who votes regarding recommendations from the Missionary Committee . . .

*What’s Your Ministry Story? (pg. 1)

Nick Jacobsen – SOAR 2022, we will spend the week looking at God’s calling on our lives and how He wants us to serve His church. I believe God calls us all to serve. Some serve in leadership roles as pastor or student pastor, but all are called to serve . . .

CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE: Upcoming Mustang Stampede Day  (pg. 2)

Terry Kimbrow – Our first Mustang Stampede Preview Day of the year was Wednesday, Oct. 20. We had the honor of hosting 16 prospective students and 36 total guests on campus. If you or someone you know missed the October Stampede Preview Day, we have another one right around the corner! Wednesday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m.–2 p.m . . .

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

STUDENT MINISTRY MATTERS: The Power of Youth Sundays (pg. 2)

Dan Carson – This past Sunday, I started seeing Student Ministry Workers post pictures from their Youth Sunday services. For the uninitiated, a Youth Sunday is a day set aside for the young people in the church to lead out and serve in expanded ways. For some churches, a fifth Sunday provides the perfect opportunity for a break in the normal rhythm of church life. The churches that host such a day might do it quarterly or just once a year. Either way, a Youth Sunday can provide students an opportunity to stretch themselves . . .

HEATHY CHURCH SOLUTIONS: Stillness and Silence (pg. 3)

Larry Barker – There is certainly something big to His command to us in Psa. 46:10 to be still and know that He is God. I am not really good at being still, but would much rather be busy and active. You know, you need to make things happen and you are either a part of the problem or you are part of the solution. Yet, there are several biblical examples where God speaks His loudest when we are our quietest . . .

*STAND FIRM: Not the Hour, but the Season (pg. 3)

Jake McCandless – Standing firm in the faith calls for knowing not only the challenges we face now, but those we will encounter in the future. Through the Bible we can. Over a third of the Bible is prophecy — we’re warned about what is coming. There’s a lot of debate and confusion over Bible prophecy — especially the end of the age events in the Bible. This uncertainty leads us to often throw up our hands and avoid the topic . . .

JOURNEY WITH JEFF: Building for the Future (pg. 4)

Jeff Herring – Our theme for this year has been “Building for the Future.” My goal is for us to do our best to make sure the ministry of the Baptist Trumpet is around long into the future, providing important information and inspiration for generations to come. As I shared in this column last week, there are some financial considerations that we must address in order to be ready for the future ministry of the Trumpet. After meeting with the Publications Committee and sharing where we are financially, they are recommending the following . . .

TRUMPET NOTES (pg. 4)

A SIP FROM THE SAUCER: Follow the Science (Part 2)(pg. 5)

Valerie Fish – The scientific method begins with a question followed by an assumption, or a proposed explanation called a hypothesis. The dictionary says a hypothesis is made based on limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation. Part of the scientific process is taking the hypothesis and testing its accuracy through a series of duplicatable experiments . . .

SPOTLIGHT ON MISSIONS: Stan & Donna Scroggins – Philippines (pg. 5)

October has been busy. Helping folks deal with COVID-19, getting the Academy up and running, baptisms, mid-terms, church and mission visits, Chaplain’s commissioning, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) approval celebration and finishing up with the BMA of the Philippines association meeting. We were glad to host our pastors and churches for the event . . .

SPOTLIGHT ON MISSIONS: Michael & Ruth Poirier (pg. 5)

People have started coming back to church a little at the time, and it is nice and encouraging to see new faces. We don’t have the liberty to have unlimited people in church, but we don’t stop anyone who wants to come. We don’t hear much of COVID cases around us anymore, and if someone has a cough or a cold, he simply calls and tells me the reason and we pray for that person . . .

LIFEWORD: Five challenges For Your Thanksgiving (pg. 6)

Andy Comer – As you and I celebrate Thanksgiving, there is a tendency to overlook one very simple element of the day. We don’t leave it out intentionally. We honestly get so busy enjoying the day that this particular thing can easily get pushed to the side. Here it is — as you celebrate Thanksgiving, don’t forget to give thanks! . . .

Don’t Be Stingy With Compliments (pg. 6)

A young man in London wanted to be a writer, but the odds seemed to be against him. He had only four years of school, and his father was in jail because he couldn’t pay his debt . . .

STATE MISSIONS: Exciting Visits (pg. 7)

Paul White – It was a pleasure to be with Antioch West in Magnolia Sunday morning to share the work of State Missions. It was my first visit there, and I was able to connect with these missions-minded people face-to-face and thank them for their love for lost souls . . . I was asked by Pastor Paul Bullock and the good people of College View to be with them Sunday night. After a time of bragging on our missionaries, I shared the evening message. It was good to be back and see several old friends I had made in past visits . . . “

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.

IN MY OWN WORDS: Essential Workers (pg. 7)

Donny Parrish – Some of the toughest things for me to swallow during the pandemic were some of the edicts coming down from our rulers in Washington. I’m sure they were trying to use their best judgement with the information they had been given, but when decisions about who and what were considered “essential” and “non-essential” were revealed, it was really hard for me to keep silent . . .

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