*BMA of Arkansas’ Newest Church (pg. 1)
Diane Springs – An overflow crowd, estimated at over 50, gathered Saturday afternoon, Dec. 4, in Mountainburg for the organization of Cain Baptist Church, formerly known as Mustard Seed Mission, a BMA of Arkansas Missions project. From the opening songs, led by Bailey Byers, to the final prayer by Former Missionary Hershel Conley, the excitement was evident! . . .
Why I Celebrate Christmas (pg. 1)
Jeff Swart – Christmas is actually the celebration of the incarnation — God becoming flesh. It has been said: “Michelangelo expressed himself in marble, Rembrandt expressed himself in oils, Handel expressed himself in music, Shakespeare expressed himself in prose and verse and God expressed Himself in flesh.” During the 1963 Princeton Lectures, theologian Karl Barth was asked by a student, “Sir, don’t you think that God has revealed Himself in other religions and not only Christianity?” Dr. Barth immediately replied, “No! God has not revealed Himself in any religion, including Christianity. He has revealed Himself in His Son”. . .
*2021 National Senior Adult conference Re-cap (pg. 1)
Nick Jacobsen – In November, BMA Conferences held its annual National Senior Adult Conference at Chateau on the Lake in Branson, Mo. It was the first venue change in over 13 years, and it did not disappoint . . .
*CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE: 3rd Annual Scholarship Gala (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – Save the date for our 3rd Annual Scholarship Gala. The event will take place on Saturday, April 2, 2022, at 6 p.m. at the Conway Expo Center. The black-tie optional event will be a celebration of “Courageous Faith.” The proceeds from the event will benefit the Central Baptist College Scholarship Fund which supports all institutionally funded scholarships . . .
CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE: CBC Sports Roundup (pg. 2)
STUDENT MINISTRY MATTERS: Loving our Family During the Holidays (pg. 2)
Dan Carson – The holidays are full of fun, food and fellowship, but for those of us in youth ministry, we can neglect those closest to us if we aren’t careful. We have concerts to attend, parties to plan and service projects that take up our time. It is important, especially if we have littles in our homes, to make sure that our spouses and children understand how important they are . . .
*HEATHY CHURCH SOLUTIONS: Am I Too Old? (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – The Scriptures are clear, you are never too young to serve the Lord. God uses us in the midst of our inexperience, lack of knowledge and not being ready for the assignment He has given us. But do we ever get too old for the Lord to use us? Never! Yet, we all wonder when is it time to step aside, retire and not hold on so long that it begins to hurt the church or ministry . . .
JUST THINKING: What If . . . (pg. 3)
Dr. Tom Mitchell – I am a ponderer. I think about all sorts of things. That is why I chose the title of my column — Just Thinking. As I have pondered experiences of life, I often think “What if?” So, in this article, my focus is to get readers to also ponder “What if?” . . .
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
STAND FIRM & EPIC: You Are Here (part 3 ) (pg. 6)
Jake McCandless – In Scripture, almost all the signs of the end times are immeasurable unto themselves. This doesn’t mean they’re irrelevant, it just means it’s hard to go by them solely to know our proximity to the end of the age. Although the majority are, to a degree, immeasurable, there are two signs in Scripture that can be measured with far more preciseness . . .
SPOTLIGHT ON MISSIONS: Stan and Donna Scoggins (pg. 5)
Well, it is Thanksgiving while we are preparing this newsletter, but we know you will not read this until December. So, Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas. Donna and I just returned from Manila for our annual physicals. Once again, we are grateful for God’s blessings on our bodies allowing us to fully serve Him here in the Philippines . . .
A SIP FROM THE SAUCER: The Usual Suspects
Valarie Fish – If the game show category were “Famous Parents,” you know Joseph and Mary would make the cut. Chosen to raise the Son of God from infancy to the cross of our salvation — what an honor to be selected for such a prestigious position. Some religions even elevate the parents to the highest ranks of spiritual status, right under God Himself . . .
MORAL ACTION: Christian Founders of America (pg. 6)
Dr. John Adams – The blessing of wisdom is the blessing of God. The invitation of wisdom is the invitation of God. Many believe that God invited the early American founders overwhelmingly to raise Christ as the leader of America. That mindset was held widely among the founders — George Washington, John Adams, Daniel Webster, Benjamin Rush, Samuel Adams and on and on . . .
SPOTLIGHT ON MISSIONS: Larry & Tammy Wood (pg. 6)
Ukraine is under a very serious threat of attack from Russia. It is difficult, at best, to predict what will take place, but even the threat is very destabilizing to the nation of Ukraine and her people, as well as economically . . .
*STATE MISSIONS: Thank You, Lord (pg. 7)
Paul White – Nothing short of the love and grace of God could result in two new churches being birthed during this time of concerns and uncertainty. Saturday, The Mustard Seed Mission near Mountainburg organized into the Cain Baptist Church. Jim and Becky Tollison have served faithfully over the past few years . . .
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.
SAFETY FIRST: Count What’s Inside (pg. 8)
Valarie Fish – It was a Monday morning when Zach Mize, an insurance agent with American Church Group of Texas, received the call. One of the ministries he serves had severe storm damage. The roof collapsed, and a deluge of rainwater poured into the building. Almost everything was damaged or destroyed, from furniture to computers. Mize sprang into action and helped the mission organization’s business manager file a claim . . .
LEAVE IT TO CLEAVER: What Wisemen Know
Dr. Tony Cleaver – In our culture to be wise means “book learning.” Wisdom in the culture of the Scriptures means put into practice a grasp of the eternal — the ultimate truths of God. Wisemen know at least seven things: . . .