* CBC Announces Date For 3rd Annual Scholarship Gala (pg. 1)
Central Baptist College has announced the date for our 3rd Annual Scholarship Gala. The event will take place on Saturday, April 2, at 6 p.m. at the Conway Expo Center . . .
*JTC Announces Tornado Response (pg. 1)
Just The Crumbs (JTC) will be responding to Mayfield, Ky. tornado disaster victims this week. They will be setting up in Bowling Green, Ky. to cook for Project 5:16, a group out of Virginia, Dec. 16-21 before returning home for Christmas. After Christmas, they will be working out of a church in Mayfield, Ky . . .
The Fourth Wise Man (pg. 1)
Jeff Swart – The Gospels do not specifically state how many Wise Men, or Magi, followed the star to Bethlehem to find the new “King of the Jews.” The traditional manger scene has three wise men whose names, although not mentioned in Scripture, are said to be Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar according to tradition . . .
CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE: Merry Christmas (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – I rejoice in all God has allowed Central Baptist College to enjoy and I am looking forward to His continued blessings on this place. Our challenges are huge, but they are not bigger than our God! I join the CBC administration, faculty and staff in wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year . . .
CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE: CBC Sports Roundup (pg. 2)
STUDENT MINISTRY MATTERS: During the Prepping Phase (pg. 2)
Dan Carson – As I write this, I am less than a month away from my son’s wedding. He and his finance asked me to perform the ceremony and I’m honored to do it. I love them dearly. My biggest concern is making it through the service without turning into a blubbering mess. Weddings are the end of one phase of life. No longer will his family priority be with his mom, sister and me. It will be all about his new bride, and that’s how it should be. January 2 will mark a new phase of life for Riley and Mariel . . .
*HEATHY CHURCH SOLUTIONS: Are You Listening? (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – The Revelation stresses the importance of listening. All seven churches mentioned in Revelation 2 and 3 are told, “Anyone who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches.” How do you know if you are listening to the Spirit well? . . .
JUST THINKING: When Heaven’s Royalty Wore an Earth Suit (pg. 3)
Dr. Tom Mitchell – The wonder of Christmas is not a snow-covered lawn. The real wonder is that God would send His Son to earth to be the Savior. That one event set the stage for how the Savior would change the world . . .
JOURNEY WITH JEFF: We Need You on Our Team (pg. 4)
Jeff Herring – Over the past few months, I have shared the financial situation of this ministry that led to the approved rate increase that is now in effect. At the same time, the approved rate increase did not completely erase the operating deficit we are facing. In order to make up the remaining operating deficit for the coming year, we are looking for 90 churches and individuals to join our Trumpet Team by committing to give $39 monthly. . . .
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
SAFETY FIRST: A Cautionary Tale (pg. 5)
It’s a cautionary tale that Jonathon Norton likes to tell customers — not to scare them, but to give them a reason to listen and take action. Norton is an agent with American Church Group of Utah. The story he tells takes place at a church in his area. One icy evening, the church rented out space to an unaffiliated group for a meeting. When Norton got the call that someone fell in the parking lot, he started to jot down notes. . . .
*LIFEWORD: A Faith Journey
Blake Martin – The wise men traveled from many miles away to see Him. These “wise men,” these men who had status and great dignity, came a very long way to witness for themselves the Christ child. They knew from the prophecies that He was coming. They knew what the age-old traditions said, but that wasn’t good enough for them — they had to see Him for themselves. . . .
STAND FIRM & EPIC: The Thinnest Ice (pg. 6)
Jake McCandless – If we’re on prophetic thin ice and shouldn’t be surprised if it breaks at any moment, then where is the weakest part of this ice? Where is the ice the thinnest? I believe we can know and that we’re possibly standing on it . . . .
Americans Say Christmas Celebrates a Historical Event
Aaron Earls – Christmas is a celebration of a real event, according to most Americans. Just don’t expect them to know exactly why Jesus was born and came to earth. A new study from Lifeway Research finds close to 3 in 4 Americans believe Jesus was born in Bethlehem more than 2,000 years ago. Even more say Jesus is the Son of God the Father, but less than half believe Jesus existed prior to being born on that first Christmas. . . .
STATE MISSIONS: I Can Hardly Wait! (pg. 7)
Paul White – While the birth of Christ may mean nothing to some or offend others, I, for one, am grateful that God loved us so much that He sent us the most precious gift ever given. Through Christ, we can have forgiveness of our sins, a friend that sticks closer than a brother, and a right relationship with our Heavenly Father. . . .
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
Be Great (pg. 6)
Gavin Roberts – No one gets to be on ESPN for being average. It’s not common for someone to get a promotion at work for being a run of the mill employee. No parent sets out to be a mom or dad that is just good enough. We appreciate greatness. People pay big money to watch great athletes. Businesses pay top dollar for great performers. When given the choice between being average and great, no one chooses to be average. . . .
Scammers Are Open for Business Online (pg. 8)
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is cautioning Arkansans to be careful when shopping online and on social media. Whether shopping through an adorable online boutique or Facebook Marketplace, con artists will use every trick in the book to steal your money without delivering what you paid for or their merchandise may not look as promised . . . .