Current News Aug. 2
*Back To School : Spiritual Readiness (pg. 1)
Travis Plumlee (Part 1) “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity” (I Tim. 4:12). As you prepare to send your children back to public or Christian schools, it is important to have devotionals with them at night, preparing them for their most important role in school. Their most important role is not cheerleader, sports star or academic scholar; their most important role to fulfill in school is to be an example of a believer in Christ.
*Lifeword Community Radio and the Lifeword Cloud (pg. 1)
Holly Meriweather (What we are Doing And Where we are Going at Lifeword) — There are 16,000 people groups in the world, and 7,000 of them are considered “unreached” with the Gospel. A people group is considered unreached (UPG) when there is no indigenous community of believing Christians able to engage them with church planting. Generally, that means less than 2% have heard the name of Jesus. Lifeword’s goal has been, and always will be, to seek out those people groups and present the Gospel via the airwaves and all available technology.
*New Arkansas Laws, Effective July 31 (pg. 1)
Michael Buckner, KTHV – (To see copies of each of the laws, visit thv11.com and click on the links.) On Monday, July 31 several laws which were passed during the 91st General Assembly were set to go into effect. Acts which were passed and signed into law become effective 91 days after the legislative session has ended. The laws range from increasing criminal fines to raising the speed limit on interstate. Below is a list of some of the more interesting laws going into effect.
*CBC Extends Veteran Tuition Discount (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – Central Baptist College is proud to announce a special Veteran Education Grant for retirees and veterans of the armed forces. All veterans, active duty, guard or reserve members of the military who are receiving service-related benefits are eligible for the tuition discount. The discount will waive the remaining tuition for most military service men and women in both the online and traditional programs. The previous discount was only available for those service men and women who were eligible for Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA).
*Leadership Distinctives (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – What makes a leader a leader? Even more importantly, what makes a leader worth following? There are several reasons leaders are followed such as position, power and personality. The lowest level of leadership is being followed only due to the position you hold, but at some point, leadership influence must be earned. People may follow you for a period of time, but you will eventually earn or lose the right to be followed. Leadership influence is a lot like trust because it takes a long time to earn but can be lost in a second.
Would the Apostle Paul be on Facebook? (pg. 3)
Anders Lee (via Mississippi Baptist) — I don’t have to tell you that social media is a craze that has reshaped the way Americans live and interact with their family and friends. That’s an understatement! It’s not a fad anymore. Do you remember “Myspace?” It was a fad among teens when it first came out. No worries, most didn’t know it existed. Social media became a craze when Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook. Do you want to know how successful he became because of it? Forbes currently has his net worth listed as $62.8 billion. That should tell you it’s not a fad, it’s a craze! That begs the question, “Would the Apostle Paul be on Facebook?” If he were living today, would we be able to find his “page” and “like it?” Would we get online and see a selfie of him in Rome, discipling people? Based on I Cor. 9:19-23, he might have because Paul did everything he could to be culturally and socially relevant without violating the truth of the Gospel or doctrine. So, what do we need to do with all of this technology?
Keep Arkansas Beautiful (pg. 3)
Each fall, Arkansans improve their communities by volunteering in the Great Arkansas Cleanup (GAC), the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission’s (KAB) annual litter pickup and community cleanup event. This year’s GAC will kick-off Saturday, Sept. 9, with cleanups already scheduled around the state, and will continue through October. Communities and organizations in two-thirds of Arkansas’s counties hosted more than 140 local cleanup events last year. More than 7,000 volunteers picked up about 210,000 pounds of litter from roughly 1,735 miles of roadway and waterway and collected more than 900,000 pounds of bulky waste.
In Daddy Bob’s Memory (pg. 4)
Editor – When my father died (July 5, 2016), my sisters and I asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made toward a two-fold memorial to him. The first phase — landscaping around the BMA of Arkansas Building — was completed several weeks ago, and I think Daddy Bob really would’ve loved the way it turned out. Phase two was delayed because I couldn’t find “just the right picture” to place inside the building. While shopping with two of my grandchildren last week, I found this one I really liked; and it was on sale for half price at Mardel’s! I hope y’all like it, too. Thank you to everyone who gave toward this project. My family, and all of us at the Trumpet, State Missions and Trumpet Printing appreciate your generosity!
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
Tech Company Announces Plans to Microchip Employees; Trump Says No to Transgender Personnel Serving in the Military
Get Ready For Kickoff! (pg. 5)
Diana Davis – A great beginning can set the pace for a great year. In planning a women’s ministry kickoff event, these tips also can be tweaked to launch other key groups into the church year, such as the youth ministry, leadership teams and the choir. Let’s get ready for an awesome kickoff day!
Lunceford Marks 50th Anniversary (pg. 5)
Keith V. Lunceford, who has served as pastor of Park Avenue Baptist Church in Searcy for 40 years, will mark his 50th anniversary in the ministry Aug. 2. He was saved in the summer of 1964, and surrendered to the ministry Aug. 2, 1967. After being ordained Dec. 17, 1972 by Meadowcliff Baptist Church in Little Rock, he served as pastor of Rowes Chapel Baptist Church in Humnoke; youth and bus ministry director at Jefferson Heights Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, Okla.; and pastor of Beech Street Baptist Church in Crossett before accepting the pastorate at Park Avenue.
Who is Your Supreme Love? (pg. 6)
Suffering in a Roman prison. Cut off from his fruitful ministry. Separated from the other believers. And yet, still joyful. How does Paul retain joy even in the darkest of circumstances? Amidst suffering and loneliness? His contentment is in the Lord, and no matter where his ministry took him — even if it was inside the bleak walls of a prison cell — God had a definite plan for his ministry. All of this joy in the midst of trials is documented in the book of Philippians, the first two chapters of which were the highlight text of SOAR 2017, and the topic of Dustin Wisely’s messages.
Pastor Compensation Studied (pg. 6)
Michael Foust – It happens often in Southern Baptist life: A church offers a prospective pastor a salary it thinks is reasonable, and the pastor — not wanting to appear greedy — begrudgingly accepts. But down the road, when tax season arrives or when retirement approaches, the pastor realizes he should have spoken up. It is a financial disconnect that Christian Messemer, a certified financial planner and a Ph.D. candidate at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, hopes to help solve.
The Powers That Be (Rom. 13:1-7) (pg. 7)
Paul White – Imagine, if you can, a world without government or rulers. At first glance, it does seem appealing, but without direction and organization our world would be in total disorder and turmoil. It is not in man to govern himself because he is a sinner and must have some kind of authority over him. God has set the powers that be in motion for the welfare of all mankind, whether they be lost or saved. We hear people who teach rebellion and want Christians to disobey the law and turn against the authorities, thus permitting man to do whatever he thinks is right in his own eyes.
“Not Retired” (pg. 8)
Doyle & Linda Moore – Linda and I have retired from the mission work in the Philippines and Asia Pacific, but we have not retired from the ministry. We are looking for opportunities to visit churches, WMAs, Brotherhood meetings and local associations, especially to promote the Bible College in the Philippines. The National WMA has chosen the Philippines Bible College as their project this year. We were elected in 1976 to go to the Philippines to start a Bible college and have spent 40 years working with that institution. We have now left it in the hands of capable Filipinos and American missionaries. Our goal for a while is to help raise support for this school. Could you help us by putting this short paragraph in your paper? We are available to visit churches that are interested in hearing about the BMA ministry in the Philippines and beyond, especially the BMA Bible College. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by cell at (601) 590-1196.
Arkansans Approved For Medical Marijuana (pg. 8)
“As the state of Arkansas prepares to dispense medical marijuana, 222 Arkansans already have their certification to get the drug,” said Meredith Mitchell in a July 25 KTHV report. The application process requires a visit to a state licensed physician with a DEA number. There are 18 conditions that make an individual eligible for an Arkansas Medical Marijuana Card. A doctor must sign off on one of those before the application is submitted. A study conducted by a division of UAMS showed that nearly 500,000 Arkansans are possibly eligible for certification. (thv11.com)
Central Ark. WMA Meets (pg. 8)
Shirley Barnett – Central Arkansas District WMA met July 8 at South City Church (formerly Temple) in Little Rock. There were 10 messengers and 10 visitors present, representing 6 churches. The program was presented by Coleen Franks, with special music by Drew and Lori Cline. Bro. Cline gave an inspiring message on how his being pastor of South City came about.
Greenbrier Men Meet (pg. 8)
Jim Atkinson – The Greenbrier District Men’s Fellowship met for their quarterly breakfast meeting on July 22 at Immanuel Baptist Church in Greenbrier with 34 men and boys present. Immanuel fixed a wonderful breakfast, which included pancakes! Joe Costa, BMAA missionary to Lebanon, spoke about the work in the Middle East. The members voted to give the $143 offering to Bro. Costa to assist him in his work for the Lord.