Current News May 24
*From The States (pgs. 5-8)
*How Did Jesus See People? (pg. 1)
Donny Parrish (Annual Message, part 2) What do you think He saw when He looked at those people? What do you think we, as people who are trying to win people to Jesus, need to see when we look at people? Jesus put together a plan to meet their deeds.
*2017 Christmas Shoeboxes (pg. 1)
Angela Rice – Be looking for Everlasting Smiles shoebox information that will be mailed to your church in the next couple of weeks. We are praying for many smiles from the children who receive the shoeboxes and open doors for our missionaries. Honduras and Guatemala will be receiving shoeboxes this year, and since both are Spanish-speaking countries, they will need Spanish Bibles. Please plan on participating in our Everlasting Smiles shoebox ministry this year. You never know how many people will come to know Christ because of your willingness to help out in this ministry. If you have any questions or if you do not receive your packet, call the office at (501) 455-4977 and ask for Angela.
*Holth Named Sports Information Director (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – Erik Holth was named the new sports information director and public relations officer at CBC on May 17. He will be the primary contact for all 12 CBC Mustang athletic teams. Holth comes to CBC after spending the 2015-16 academic year as the Assistant Sports Information Director at Hendrix College in Conway. While at Hendrix, his primary responsibilities were social media content, video and live streaming and video production and editing. He took Hendrix from a 120th ranked program in NCAA Division III to 76th by the end of his tenure.
Memorial Day: May 29 (pg. 1)
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Ill. established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers
Flag Day: June 14 (pg. 1)
In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The United States Army also celebrates the U.S. Army Birthdays on this date; Congress adopted “the American continental army” after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775.
Students Help Builders (pg. 2)
Nelda Malone – On May 5, as the students moved out, The Master’s Builders moved into the parking lot beside the girl’s dorm at Jacksonville College in Jacksonville, Texas. Dr. Mike Smith had asked the Builders to come help with several campus projects, with the main project being creating more campus housing. They worked in several of the college houses around campus, creating more rooms and bathrooms for the Fall 2017 enrollment. They also put a new ramp on the backside of the gym, worked on cabinet tops in the bookstore and worked on several other projects.
Sifting Does Occur (pg. 3)
Larry Baker – We must expect trials and tribulations to come our way. We have already discussed the importance of learning to read the Bible honestly. Jesus told Peter in Luke 22:31-32 (HCS), “Simon, Simon, look out! Satan has asked to sift you like wheat. But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And you, when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” Leaders should especially be ready for the attacks that will come our way. There is a bullseye on our backs, and the devil has us in his crosshairs.
How Can I Overcome Loss? (pg. 3)
Becca Watts – The shortest verse in all of Scripture is simple — “Jesus wept.” In this passage, He was weeping over the loss of His friend, Lazarus. Even Jesus experienced loss. He felt grief, which is why, before His death, He wanted the disciples to be as prepared and comforted as possible with what was about to happen. He wanted to give them clear instructions so they would know what to expect, how to react and how to cope with the feeling of loss that would occur within their lives over the time of His death and burial before His resurrection.
Christian Publications Editors Meet (pg. 4)
Editor’s Notebook – Friday, May 12, I traveled to the St. John Catholic Center in Little Rock to meet with other editors and assistant editors of Central Arkansas Christian publications. (Maddy was unable to attend since her sister, Savannah Works, was graduating from Camden Fairview High School that night.) It was a first for all of us, as we shared a meal, got to know each other and talked about our challenges and blessings — which were amazingly similar in many ways and yet different in others. We also brainstormed subjects like budget constraints, loss of subscribers, dealing with the Post Office, preserving past issues in archival form, advertising challenges and the general, day-to-day functioning of a periodical. The utmost goal for all of us was keeping our readers informed and keeping costs down as much as possible.
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
Christian Business Owner Fights Back and Wins; Wash. Court To Hear Case Of Squelched Religious Speech; “Last Man Standing” Cancelled
Spotlight on Missions (pg. 9)
Stan & Donna Scroggins
Sunbeams Walk for Mothers (pg. 9)
April McCright – The Sunbeams at Spring Lake Baptist Church in Texarkana participated in Walk for Life. They walked or ran a mile, and raised $115 for the First Choice Pregnancy Center in Texarkana, an organization that educates young mothers with options for raising babies and with information for adoption.
Spiritual Prepper (pg. 10)
Guest Book Review – Doug Hibbard (via Arkansas Baptist News) – The first thing that turns your eye to Jake McCandless’ “Spiritual Prepper” is the cover art of a man in a suit, wearing a vintage-looking gas mask. From that point, you, the reader, know you are in for something a bit different. McCandless asserts that his book is about “tapping into overlooked prophecies to prepare you for doomsday.” Naturally, being concerned about doomsday will draw you in to see just what you may have overlooked.
More than Good Deeds (pg. 10)
Diana Davis – Have you noticed? “Doing good” is in style. It may be called “paying it forward” or community service. Clubs do it to help their community. Universities or businesses may encourage students or employees to do it. Fundraisers, marathons and events support worthy causes. Corporations often donate chunks of cash to charities. Volunteering may even enhance college entry or job resumes. People like those who “give back.” “Good deeds” may be trending, but doing good in Jesus’ name is ongoing. For Christians, there’s nothing “random” about acts of kindness.
Dealing With Criticism (pg. 10)
Dr. Allen Tilley (Baptist Progress) — Criticism can crush you. Preachers are criticized for just about everything. At one time or another, every preacher has heard, “Why did you let someone park in my spot. You misspelled a word in the handout. It’s too hot (or cold) in here. You preached too long. You didn’t attend the bladder suspension of my third cousin.” The list of complaints a pastor receives are endless. Pastors, before throwing in the towel and walking away, here is how I learned to deal with criticism:
Investing into God’s Kingdom (pg. 11)
Paul White – We are sad to announce that the mission work in Mayflower has been discontinued. While it was the goal and hope of all of us that in a few years we would have a strong sister church planted in that area, all is not lost. The seed that has been sown, and the lives that have been touched through the ministry of this outreach effort has not been in vain. I want to personally thank the good folks at the Bethlehem Church and their pastor, Martin Jameson, for extending an arm to this work. Thanks to you, souls have been saved and lives have been both changed and encouraged.
Don’t Blame God (pg. 11)
Larry Page (AFEC) – How many times have we heard it: “Hey, don’t be critical of homosexuals who actively live out that lifestyle. They’re doing nothing wrong. After all, God made them that way.” Well, the only thing wrong with that is that it is just plain wrong. Would a loving God make anyone act in a way that He describes as an abomination or as detestable (Lev. 18:22)? Or would He cause behavior like Paul described in Rom. 1:27: “…men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful…”
Zika Protection On Mission Trips (pg. 12)
Arkansas Dept. of Health – This summer, you may have the chance to serve on a mission trip. A mission trip is a time to serve, while also experiencing new cultures, meeting new people and building lasting friendships and memories. During your trip, it is important to protect yourself and your loved ones from viruses such as Zika. Zika is spread by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. Zika can also be transmitted sexually. The virus can be passed from a pregnant woman to her baby, and can cause serious birth defects, including microcephaly, which affects a baby’s brain development.
Teacher Files Lawsuit (pg. 12)
(Christian Post) – Toni Richardson, a devout Christian teacher and mother of two who was warned by the Cony School in Augusta, Maine, that she could be fired for using phrases such as “I will pray for you” and “you were in my prayers” while at work has filed charges of religious discrimination and retaliation with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The charges were filed on behalf of Richardson May 16 by Eaton Peabody and First Liberty Institute, the largest legal organization in the nation dedicated exclusively to defending religious freedom for all Americans.
Greenbrier Men Meet (pg. 12)
The Greenbrier District Men’s Fellowship (DMF) held their quarterly meeting at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, May 6, at Kaley Hill Baptist Church near Quitman. The Brotherhood at Kaley Hill did a wonderful job on breakfast. There were 31 men and boys present, with an offering of $159. James Willis, pastor of Barney Baptist Church at Enola, brought the morning devotional. With the closing of New Hope Baptist Church in Clinton, the DMF voted to give their quarterly offering to the Greenbrier District Galileans. The fourth quarter meeting will be held at Immanuel Baptist Church in Greenbrier. (Jim Atkinson, reporter)