Current News June 14
*Part 2 – Our Faith, Fellowship And Future is in Him (pg. 1)
Dr. Jack Graham – Our Fellowship Is In Him – Our faith must be focused on Him, and our fellowship is in Him. Jesus said, “Upon this church I will build my church.” The word “church” that He used (ecclesia) means “the called-out ones.” Those in Christ become Christians, and Christians become the church. We have been called out — from every race, tongue, tribe and nation; rich and poor, young and old, from generation to generation — and God has built us together as His church. Therefore, it is brick upon brick. That’s what Peter said: “You yourselves like living stones (or bricks) are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (I Peter 2:5).
*Christmas Shoeboxes Due Sept. 1 (pg. 1)
God revealed to us the importance of showing our love to others when He sent His Son for us. This Christmas, you can serve Him by giving children around the world a smile through the gift of a shoebox. Not only will they receive this gift, but they will also have an opportunity to meet Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. This year we will be sending the shoeboxes to Guatemala and Honduras, so please be sure to include Spanish Bibles. As in previous years, BMA churches participated in 2016 helping us collect about 10,000 shoeboxes. They were shipped in two containers to children in Jordan and El Salvador.
*Water for Christ to Drill Free Well for FREE (pg. 1)
Water for Christ (W4C) broke ground June 9 for an all-expense paid $5,000 Water Well for We Are FREE (Fostering Respect, Eradicating Exploitation) so victims of human trafficking can have access to clean, sustainable water. The event was held at We Are FREE’s soon to be built facility — Hebron Hills in southwest Arkansas. Volunteer engineers, surveyors, lawyers and more attended throughout the day to drill and show their support of We Are FREE and the victims that will soon have a safe house to live in after being rescued.
*SOAR Workshops (pg. 7)
For those wishing to fill their down time during SOAR 2017 with practical and profitable knowledge, we will have five workshop options available for both students and student ministers! There will be two time slots on July 6 at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., with all five workshops offered during both hours for participants to choose from. These workshops are optional, but will be very beneficial. There will be two workshop options for student ministers:
CBC Board Meeting Highlights (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – The Central Baptist College Board of Trustees met Friday and Saturday, June 2-3 with 17 of 20 members in attendance. The three standing committees of the Board (Budget, Academic and Advancement) met on Friday to conduct business and hear recommendations from college administrators, and the full board convened on Saturday morning. All members of the Executive Leadership Team gave a report relative to his/her area of responsibilities, and then each committee secretary gave a report of his/her respective committee meeting to the full board.
Not Who But Whose (pg. 2)
Becca Watts – “It’s not who you are but whose you are,” said Tim Tebow in his book Shaken. This profound statement has completely changed my view on identity. No lie, identity is something that I often struggle with, like lots of people do. It’s so easy for me to get caught up in my different positions and relationships that I forget about the value that is placed on me because of the greatest relationship in my life.
Heart Test (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – All of us need to examine our hearts to determine if we are true disciples of Christ or not. In order to administer a test, the test first has to be developed and written. If you are going to ask a question, there needs to be a definitive answer. When you ask many church leaders to define a disciple, you actually will get a multitude of answers. How does your church define a disciple? What elements are necessary to say a person is a fully devoted follower of Christ? There are three tests every believer should test himself or herself on to determine where they are in their personal journey:
Lifeword Visionary Leaders Around the World (pg. 3)
As Lifeword begins year number 38 of fundraising through walks, other events or Lifeword Sunday offerings, the ministry looks forward to exciting new innovations made possible through advancements in technology. Development of the Lifeword Cloud or Lifeword Network is in the brainstorming and discussion stage and will allow listeners, affiliates and producers to access a repository of programs and multi-language discipleship materials at lifeword.org.
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
10 Commandments At Ark. State Capitol; “Huckabee” Coming To TBN in Fall 2017; Texas Bill Protects Pastors’ Sermons; Fighting a “Heckler’s Veto” For the Right to Meet; Christian Business Banned From Farmers’ Market
Raymond Scott, Ark. Pastor, Dies (pg. 5)
Raymond Clyde Scott, 74 of Maysville, died June 9. He had served as pastor of Maysville Baptist Church for over 20 years. Survivors include his wife, Carol Sue Scott; a daughter, Sherri (Dewayne) Daugherty and a son, Ray (Angela) Scott, both of Maysville; a brother, Davey Thomas of Springfield, Mo.; four grandchildren and one great grandson. Funeral services were held June 14 at 10 a.m., at Maysville Baptist Church. Interment was at Maysville Cemetery in Maysville, under the direction of Wasson Funeral Home in Siloam Springs.
Raines Celebrate 60th Anniversary (pg. 5)
James Ray and Ann Raines celebrated their 60th anniversary with a family dinner in Hot Springs. They were married June 2, 1957 at Zion Baptist Church in Fordyce. He surrendered to the ministry July 26, 1953 and was ordained Oct. 15 of that year at Farmville Baptist Church in Warren. Bro Raines pastored several churches in Arkansas, including Lynch View (now North View) in North Little Rock, where he served for over 23 years before being named pastor emeritus in 2015. He has held several associational positions, including serving as president of Central Baptist College for over six years and as BMA of America recording clerk for 26 years. Mrs. Raines is the former Ann Oldner. Before retiring, she was an elementary school teacher for over 32 years, serving over 20 years at David O. Dodd Elementary School in Little Rock. They are blessed with a loving family — two sons, Dr. Tommy (Laura) Raines and Mike (Lori) Raines; a daughter, Kim Looney; and four grandchildren, Catherine (Dr. John) Sims, Dr. Stephen (Lauren) Raines, Haley Raines and Sam Looney. The Raines’ address is 5300 Timber Creek Circle, North Little Rock, Ark. 72116.
Thomas, Texas Minister, Dies (pg. 5)
Baptist Progress — Junior “J.C.” Thomas, age 83, of Jacksonville, Texas died June 8. He was a member of Craft Baptist Church and was a BMA minister, a retired truck driver and also raised cattle. Funeral services were held June 11 at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville, with Donny Saddler and Fred Morrow officiating. Interment was at Tecula Cemetery near Jacksonville, under the direction of Autry Funeral Home. Memorials may be sent to Craft Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1644, Jacksonville, Texas 75766; or Heart to Heart Hospice, 7925 S. Broadway Ave., Suite 1140, Tyler, Texas 75703.
Ark. Camp Joshua 2017 (pg. 5)
Rose Mimms – Arkansas Right to Life’s pro-life summer camp for teenagers is set for July 28-30, and registration is now open. Arkansas Camp Joshua (ACJ) will provide a weekend of pro-life education and training in order to equip students to be knowledgeable and effective pro-life advocates and leaders. The camp is part of the Life & Leadership Camps initiative, a nationwide pro-life program developed by National Right to Life, Louisiana Right to Life and Wisconsin Right to Life. Camp will take place July 28-30 at CrossHeirs Retreat Center in Arkansas County, and is open to high school students who will be entering grades 9-12 or who will be college freshmen in the fall of 2017. A donation of $100 per student is suggested, and includes transportation, meals, accommodations, materials and a t-shirt. Limited scholarships are available.
Pro-Lifers: No Longer Exclusively Catholics Or Evangelicals (pg. 5)
Larry Page – Ruth Graham, the daughter of the beloved evangelist Billy Graham, observed recently that the pro-life movement is undergoing a significant transformation. It used to be that to be pro-life meant one was probably either a Catholic or evangelical. No longer is it restricted in that way — respect for the value of human life is found outside as well as inside religious and ideological parameters. Recent polls illustrate the trend that secular-minded people are coming around to the principle of respect for human life.
Peter Denies Jesus (pg. 7)
Paul White – “And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly” (Matt. 26:75). My father used to use the expression “hindsight is 20/20,” meaning many of life’s lessons are learned through experiences in a person’s life, good and bad. Such was the case of the Apostle Peter. Like Peter, we sometimes attempt to live our lives in the power of the flesh (in our own strength) and not in the power of “thus saith the Lord.” Peter had argued with the Word, denied the Word and disobeyed the Word. He did the very thing he bragged that he would not do. He was guilty of turning on Jesus at a crucial time. If he and the others had been praying instead of sleeping, and if he and John had done as they were told, he would not have been there to find himself in such an extreme temptation.
Mailbox (pg. 8)
Vote “Yes” On Saving Daniel Springs (Paul Gauntt); Ministry Opportunity (Bruce Stone)
Am I Going to Succeed as A Dad? (pg. 8)
Paul Lewis – “Am I going to succeed as a Dad?” I have to ask that question when I think of the peer pressure, poor media values and widespread family failures influencing my children. And I have to wonder whether my children are really going to tum out right. I’m convinced, however, that by applying two simple principles, you and I as dads will discover that the rest of fathering follows rather naturally.