DIRECTORS’ PRAYER GOALS FOR 2022 (pg. 1)
MRS/BMAA Foundation – Dr. Steve Crawley, Executive Director – At Ministers Resource Services (MRS) and BMA Foundation, it is our pleasure to provide retirement, benefits, risk insurance needs and financial endowment services for the churches and entities affiliated with the Baptist Missionary Association of America. This year, we will focus on the following objectives as we seek to accomplish our mission: . . .
BMAA Theological Seminary – Dr. Charley Holmes, President – At BMA Seminary, we are thankful for the work of the editors of our state papers, especially at this time of the year when the Baptist Trumpet allows each of the national departments to share their prayers and goals for 2022. Since 1956, when BMA Seminary was founded, the theme verse has been the last half of Jude 3 — “earnestly contend for the faith.”. . .
BMA pf Arkansas State Misions – Paul White, Executive Director – Having endured one of the toughest eras for missionary work any of us have lived through, I am not only encouraged but surprised that we have faired as well as we have. Even in the depths of COVID, we were blessed with two works organizing last year. . . .
BMA of Arkansas Youth Dept./Student Ministry Matters = Dan Carson, Director – Over the past five years, we have seen God bless the BMA of Arkansas Youth Department in big ways. After a slow start during the 2016-2017 associational year, God made it clear that we needed to make a change in direction. It was during the 2017-2018 associational year that we made the shift to investing in student ministry workers and Student Ministry Matters was born. . . .
2021 Year in Review (pg. 1)
Jeff Herring – The year 2021 was a continuation of the uncertainty and unusual time we faced in 2020 dealing with the global pandemic. It was filled with many things that remind us that God is always in control, even in the midst of circumstances that are not the most ideal. Since space is always limited in the first of the year issues of the Trumpet, the following is a list of a few of the things that happened in the BMA last year. For full stories on these and other items of interest, check out the Trumpet archives on our website at baptisttrumpet.com . . .
Our Loss, Heaven’s Gain (pg. 1)
COVID-19, and other illnesses and accidents, claimed several of our beloved BMA members this year. Our sincere sympathy goes to every family and church that mourns their loss. Space would not allow us to run full obituaries on each one of them, but articles on the following BMA ministers, leaders and immediate families can be found in the Trumpet archives at www.baptisttrumpet.com: . . .
CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – CBC Homecoming 2022 is just a few weeks away — Jan. 28-29! During CBC Homecoming this year we will celebrate our 70th anniversary. The weekend will kick off on Friday night with a 1950s bash on the campus lawn. The event is free and open to all alumni and families. This is just one of our events for the weekend, so make plans to join us. For a full schedule of Homecoming events, visit cbc.edu/events . . .
CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE: Sports News (pg. 2)
STUDENT MINISTRY MATTERS: Where is the Next Generation? (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: . . .
HEATHY CHURCH SOLUTIONS: Make the Day Count (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – In Win the Day by Mark Batterson hesays, “If you want every day to count, you have to count the days!” We tend to focus on New Year’s resolutions, three-year goals or five-year strategies, but each day must be stewarded well to reach any of those commitments. Batterson challenges us to think about the power of 24 hours . . .
JUST THINKING: Fewer Emojis Please (pg. 3)
Dr. Tom Mitchell – I was just thinking about how social media has changed the perspectives of believers across the world. Certainly, in dealing with the COVID pandemic, online worship has taken its toll on in-person attendance. Many seats in houses of worship are empty! Still, that’s not the only way social media has affected us. Let me say that every aspect of this phenomenon is not bad, but it is often misused and abused . . .
STAND FIRM & LIVE EPIC: Few Didn’t Miss the First Advent (pg. 6)
Jake McCandless – Most (the majority) weren’t ready and believing when Jesus came in the first advent. They missed it. There’s much we can learn from the reception of Jesus from those during that first century. They had the opportunity to have known the truth in Scripture and have it revealed to them through the Holy Spirit. It was all laid out in the law, the poetry and from the prophets. In Luke 2, we find that Anna and Simeon understood the Word. They recognized that the consolation of Israel — the coming Messianic Kingdom — was at hand. We also see through the Spirit that it was revealed to them that Jesus was the promised Messiah . . .
JOURNEY WITH JEFF: Happy New Year! (pg. 4)
Jeff Herring – It is hard to believe it is 2022! In some ways, due to the ongoing pandemic, it feels like we are still in the midst of a never-ending 2020! As we look back over the last year and do our best to prepare for what is to come, I am reminded of the truth that keeps me going forward every day in life and ministry — God is faithful! . . .
SPOTLIGHT ON MISSIONS: Stan and Donna Scroggins (pg. 6)
Typhoon Rai hit The Philippines Dec. 22 — the 15th typhoon to hit the islands in 2021. Like most hurricanes (typhoons in the east) the damage came from flying debris and fallen trees. Hundreds of years ago, hardwood trees like Mahogany and Walnut were transplanted to the Philippines. It is those ancient trees that have caused the most damage. Indigenous Palm and Coconut trees stood up to the winds — just another display of God’s perfect original design. . . .
Trust But Verify Internet Sales and Auctions (pg. 6)
Many Arkansans enjoy saving money after the holidays by shopping after-Christmas sales online, including social media marketplaces, internet classifieds and internet auction websites. While these platforms allow for ease of commerce and often feel like shopping from a friend instead of a retailer, they are also a hotbed for scammers who exploit that sense of community. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge urges Arkansans to use caution on auction-style sites, classified ads and marketplaces because they may present opportunities for scam artists. . . .
STATE MISSIONS: Happy New Year (pg. 7)
Paul White – I pray that you are getting off to a good start this year, and. I want to state how thankful I am for everyone’s dedication to missions, even with the hardships placed on everyone since the beginning of COVID. Thanks to you, your Missions Department continues to make progress on every field, but I am fearful that missions and our churches will continue to suffer the effects of COVID for some time. The continued outbreaks send many people into social distancing for safety’s sake, only to drop out of corporate worship altogether. Please let me encourage you to be diligent concerning your health, but also not to use COVID as an excuse to be unfaithful. It’s a fine line, and I know you will do your best . . .
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
What It Means to Truly be Broken (pg. 8)
Dr. John David Smith – As we build toward World Missions Day 2022 and its theme, “Broken,” let’s consider what lessons we learn from Jesus and brokenness? Philippians 2:7 (NKJV) explains the connection between the two: “… rather, he made himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.” The first part of this verse literally means that Jesus emptied Himself. The second part is that He became a servant. In this divine act of the incarnation where God became flesh, these two actions help us understand brokenness and its absolute necessity in fulfilling the mission Christ has given us . . .”
44th March for Life (pg. 8)
The 44th Annual March for Life, sponsored by Arkansas Right to Life, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, in Little Rock. The march marks the 49th anniversary of the Jan. 22, 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States. The observance is an event that attracts thousands of Arkansans from across the state, including churches and families to participate in a peaceful, prayerful and powerful remembrance of the millions of unborn children who have lost their lives to legal abortion . . .