Current News – 12/22/21

Philippines Typhoon (pg. 2)

Danny BallardTyphoon Odette, reportedly the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year, battered vast portions of Visayas, Mindanao and Luzon last week, affecting nearly two million people. The death toll from the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year surged to 375 on Monday, with 56 missing and 500 more injured, the national police said. Desperate survivors pleaded for urgent supplies of drinking water and food . . .

Just The Crumbs Ministry Update (pg. 2)

Just the Crumbs (JTC) will be serving in Bowling Green, Ky. through Dec. 22, then will crank back up in Mayfield on Dec. 27. We are moving equipment from Raceland, La to Mayfield for an extended period. (We have been serving La. for almost 4 months.) We will serve in Mayfield as long as there is a need and we have the resources to do so. . . .

JUST THINKING: The Prince of Peace (pg. 2)

Dr. Tom Mitchell –      As Christmas nears, our world is in a mess. Russia and China are on the rise again, giving the world the rumors of war. COVID variances are putting fear into the hearts of people of all nations. Crime is at an all-time high in our country. Homes are being broken. The street corners are filled with homeless people. To top it all off, people are turning to everything and everyone but the One they should turn for comfort — for peace. Jesus is the Prince of Peace who has the authority and ability to give true peace to those who seek Him . . .

CENTRAL BAPTIAT COLLEGE:  Sports News (pg. 2)

HEATHY CHURCH SOLUTIONS: A Spectacular Display Of God’s Presence (pg. 3)

Larry Barker – Christmas is definitely a spectacular display of God’s presence. John 1:14 (HCSB) says, “The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” In the Message, Eugene Peterson says that “God moved into the neighborhood.” What a wonderful picture of a divine invasion that caused man to reconsider and refocus on what is really important . . .

STUDENT MINISTRY MATTERS: New year. New Opporunities. (pg. 3)

Dan Carson – As we look ahead at 2022, I challenge you to look beyond the fun and excitement and to spend some time evaluating your life and ministry. It may be the hard work of the new year, but it can be some of the most rewarding. Ask yourself the following questions: . . .

JOURNEY WITH JEFF: The Importance of Family (pg. 4)

Jeff Herring – As we gather over the next few weeks for some family activities, there will be some missing. This will be the third Christmas without my dad. This is also the third Christmas without my Grandma Stacy. (We used to gather at her house every Christmas Eve for our extended family Christmas celebration.) There are still others that we have lost more recently. The lesson I am reminded of is that we shouldn’t take these moments for granted . . .

Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)

From The States (pg. 5)

STAND FIRM & EPIC: Most Missed the First Advent (pg. 6)

Jake McCandless – As we talk about standing firm and remaining faithful, especially in talking about the end of the age, the bottom line is that the Messiah is coming, and we need to watch and be ready. Jesus said nearly those exact words in the most famous prophecy conference ever — the Olivet Discourse. Matthew recorded Jesus’ words in chapters 24 and 25 of his gospel which begins with the disciples asking what were the signs of the end of the age . . .

Former Editor’s Widow Dies (pg. 6)

Barbara Jean Tidwell, 83 of Little Rock, passed away Dec. 13. She was the widow of David Tidwell, who served as editor of the Baptist Trumpet for 33 years until his death in 2002. . .

Former Owner of Trumpet Printing Dies (pg. 6)

Ralph Ricciardi, 85 of Bryant, passed away Dec. 13. He was born in the Bronx, NY and served in the United States Air Force. He started working as a pressman for the Baptist Trumpet in August 2001 and became co-owner of Trumpet Printing, Inc. in November 2011. . .

STATE MISSIONS: From Our Missionaries (pg. 7)

Misión Creciendo en Cristo, North Little Rock; Life Journey, Fort Smith; Ebenezer, West Little Rock; Faith Chapel, Flippin; The Table, Springdale

The Real Reason for the Season (pg. 7)

Jeff SwartChristmas is a wonderful time of the year and yet, if we are not careful, the true meaning of Christmas can be lost. To illustrate what I mean, I would like to share a contemporary paraphrase of Luke 2: “And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from the U.S. Treasury, that all of America should go shopping. (This decree was first made when leading economic indicators dipped to their lowest point.) And all went out to shop, each to his own mall . . .”

LIFEWORD: Correct Date or Not, I’ll Celebrate (pg. 8)

Diane Spriggs – We’ve all heard a myriad of reasons why Dec. 25 “can’t possibly be” Jesus’ actual birthday. Here are just a few: 1) Mary and Joseph came to Bethlehem to register in a Roman census (Luke 2:1-4). Such censuses were not taken in winter when temperatures often dropped below freezing and roads were in poor condition. Taking a census under such conditions would have been self-defeating . . .

IN MY OWN WORDS: What Do You Expect for 2022? (pg. 8)

Donny ParrishSo 2021 is almost in the books! There’s nothing we can do to change what has happened in the past year. Those New Year’s resolutions that you made at the dawn of 2021? Gone. That exercise program you were determined to begin? History. And let’s not talk about the diet. Lord, deliver us from the never-ending diet… 2021 is gone!  Some of us will regret all the things we planned to do but never made time for. But there is a world of possibility right around the bend, and 2022 can be the best year of your life! . . .

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