Current News May 17
*How Did Jesus See People? (pg. 1)
Donny Parrish (BMAA Annual Message, Part 1) – Have you ever heard the old saying, “Ministry would be a great if it weren’t for people”? Have any of you ever said that? I heard the story about a lady who went in one Sunday morning to wake up her husband and tell him it was time to get ready for church, to which he replied, “I’m not going.” “Why not?” she asked. “I’ll give you two good reasons,” he said. “One, they don’t like me; and two, I don’t like them.” His wife replied, “I’ll give you two good reasons why you should go to church — one, you’re 54 years old; and two, you’re their pastor!” People can drive you crazy, can’t they?
*BMAA Missions: The Excitement is Contagious (pg. 1)
Editor – The last session of each year’s BMAA meeting (Wednesday night) includes the Missions Department report and the Missionary Commissioning Service. For many, it is understandably their favorite part of the meeting because the excitement of the missionaries who are beginning their service, as well as those who are finishing their service on the mission field, is contagious. The following is the BMA Missions report from the national meeting.
*CBC Graduates 159 (pg. 1)
Terry Kimbrow – Commencement was held at Central Baptist College on May 6. This year’s class of 159 graduates was the largest graduating class in the college’s history. Bob Lepine, Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer of FamilyLife and Co-Host of FamilyLife® Today, FamilyLife’s nationally syndicated program, delivered the commencement addresses for both ceremonies. During the commencement ceremony, two Greatest Contribution Awards were presented. Pranay Borde received the traditional graduate award, and Sgt. First Class James H. Howard received the PACE graduate award.
*Life Journey (pg. 8)
Paul White – This past week, we closed on an existing building in Fort Smith for Darrin Smith and the Life Journey congregation. God opened some doors and allowed us to purchase it for much less than what it would have cost to build. Of course, it is going to take a lot of remodeling to make it completely functional. Saturday night they met for the first time in the building, and they are excited about having their own place to meet. It already has a good paved and lighted parking lot, and lots of space to grow. In fact, this building should carry them into their time of organizing. Please continue to pray for the work in Fort Smith, and please consider loading up a group to go and help them. Two former state missions projects have already mentioned that they would be glad to do that. I encourage our churches to get directly involved through physical help as well as financial assistance. Darrin will be announcing workdays in the future, so we hope to see you there.
Read the Bible Honestly (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – While recently attending the Exponential Conference, Matt Chandler challenged us to learn to read the Bible honestly. All of us read the Scriptures through our own lens. We must discipline ourselves to read it for what it actually says and not what we want it to say. It would be great if it said that we will never have struggles, trials and tribulation, but it actually stresses the opposite. In Exodus 15 Abram is told of a day that his descendants would be afflicted for 400 years in Egypt. In this world, we will have trouble and there will be difficult days! The apostle Peter reminds us to not “think it strange” when we go through trials in our lives. Reading the Bible honestly demands that we admit that our faith will be challenged and sometimes we will wonder why God is allowing what He is allowing us to go through. All you have to do is listen to Paul or James; do I even need to mention Jeremiah or Job?
Spark of Life: Grief Recovery (pg. 5)
Editor – Last Saturday night, Pat and I were guests of the Sonshiners (55 and older) at North Hills Baptist Church in Sherwood (Jim Ward, pastor). They were having their once-a-month meeting, and we were invited by my sister and brother-in-law (Barbie and Deacon Joe McCall). They thought the speaker’s topic would be helpful to us personally, especially after the loss of Daddy Bob last year, and that it might also benefit our Baptist Trumpet readers. The speaker was Russell “Rusty” Meadows, with Spark of Life, which sponsors Grief Recovery Retreats in various locations. The organization, which was started by David and Debbie Mathews, offers retreats for those who are struggling with loss free of charge, not counting transportation. Spark of Life also conducts grief recovery workshops for churches and businesses, each adapted to meet specific needs. They also offer funeral homes “a unique and powerful After Care Program.”
Word of the Year: “Post-Truth” (pg. 5)
Larry Page – Post-truth sounds oxymoronic, doesn’t it? Well, regardless of how it sounds, get used to it. It has been declared by Oxford Dictionary to be the “word of the year” for 2016, and its usage has and will continue to show up with ever-increasing frequency. Generally speaking, post-truth describes a situation in which one places a higher premium on his or her feelings or subjective opinions than on facts. Oxford Dictionary editors define it as, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”
Spotlight on Missions (pg. 5)
John & Brenda Bienlein, Michigan, Master’s Hand Deaf Church; Jesse & Rebecca Hales, Dominican Republic; Carl & Dana Sookraj, Peru
Water for Christ Goes Back to Ghana (pg. 6)
Ben Temple – The Water for Christ (W4C) team traveled to Ghana, West Africa March 24-April 9, and the trip can be summed up in three letters — HOT! It was relentlessly hot, with temperatures peaking at 111F with lows of 90F at 5 a.m. in the morning. The hot weather made the need for clean drinking water very real as we could see malnutrition, poverty and diseases everywhere we looked. A team of eight traveled with the W4C team, and we were greatly blessed by each member. The W4C team was able to drill five water well boreholes, witness 960 professions of faith and was even able to meet the Vice President of Ghana!
Trumpet Notes (pg. 6)
Trump Expands PP Defunding Order; Commandments Monument Assigned Spot at Ark. Capitol; Fall of Christianity In UK Continues; 7th Grader Suspended For “Liking” Gun Photo