*MRS Exec. Director Retires (pg. 1)
Ron Chesser – As confident as I was in December 1999 of becoming the executive director of Ministers Resource Services, the retirement agency of the BMAA, I am equally confident that it is now the time for me to announce my retirement. My retirement will be effective May 31, 2018. I am allowing this time frame, from my announcement to the effective date, so our board of trustees can receive resumes and have a candidate to submit as nominee for executive director at the BMAA national meeting in Jackson, Miss. next April.
*Lifeword Season Officially Begins (pg. 1)
Holly Merriweather – Your church should have received the 2017 Lifeword Sunday/Walk packets during the week of July 31-Aug. 4, marking the official beginning of Lifeword Sunday season. The packet includes a letter from Executive Director Donny Parrish, a sample bulletin insert and two posters for promotion. When you register your church at lifeword.org/lifewordsunday, you can request additional inserts and posters for promotion. October 22 is Lifeword Sunday (or whatever day works for your church), an opportunity for church members to understand how Lifeword helps them fulfill their Great Commission calling. We ask churches to show the 2017 Lifeword Sunday video, pray for and give to Lifeword on that day.
*Help a Small Church Help the Homeless (pg. 1)
Editor – East Kenwood Baptist Church, a small church in Siloam Springs, has joined hands with the local non-profit agency Genesis House (a homeless day shelter) to facilitate a joint project the church is calling “Launch Pad.” The project will serve the large homeless population in that city. This is in partnership with the Genesis House’s program for three-month transitional housing called “Family JumpStart.” The JumpStart program is currently completing a 12-month pilot program and is already successful. It will be enhanced by funneling their homeless families into the Launch Pad tiny homes (See details below.)
*Back To School: Physical Readiness
Travis Plumlee – Each child is unique, just like adults. Not every adult needs the same amount of sleep. However, generally speaking, adults need about eight hours of sleep a night to function properly, and to give their body adequate rest. Deviating very far from this causes all kinds of health problems. Your children require even more sleep because their bodies are growing rapidly and they are very active. Many behavioral problems kids experience can be traced to a lack of adequate sleep.
*Words of Advice for College Students (pg. 2)
Chris Mitchell – Going to college for the first time can be an exciting time. Students make new friends and find newfound freedom. This is good and healthy for students as long as they heed good advice. As a retired police detective, I have seen many individuals fail to listen to the warnings of others and end up in bad situations. I would like to share a few words of advice to all college students, especially new college students, as the academic year begins.
Experience CBC (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – As summer winds down and students head back to school for another academic year, we invite you to campus to see what God is doing at Central Baptist College. It is one thing to hear about what is going on at CBC, but it’s an entirely different thing to actually experience it. For high school seniors and juniors, now is the time to decide what colleges to visit. That is the best way to decide to what schools they should apply.
Bridging the Gap (pg. 2)
Dan Carson – In just a few short days, I will be taking my son down to Ouachita Baptist University as he begins his college career. Many reading this may be experiencing the same. As a parent, you want to see your child continue in their faith and make the most out of their college experience. My son will have a weekly chapel requirement, and a number of Bible courses as he pursues his Bachelor of Music in Worship Arts, but that is not the case for many attending higher education. So, how do we approach this transition with more confidence? One of the great ways to help your student is to point them to available Association of Baptist Students (ABS) chapters and other college ministries.
Is Jesus Enough? (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – We look for affirmation of our worth in many different places. If we are not careful, we allow what we do to define who we are. The reality is that only Jesus can tell you who you are. He should define your sense of security and wholeness. He gives us our identity and the meaning of life. He is the one who shows us our purpose for being in the equation. Your identity, security, and significance must come from Him, and Him alone. As we develop intimacy with Him, we become less dependent on the need for other people to tell us who we are.
Advice for Back-to-School (pg. 3)
Becca Watts – Question: What is your best advice for back-to-school? Answer: Whether you are a teacher, parent, student or just a person who loves one of those three groups of people, my best back-to-school advice is simple. Live in the all. But what does that mean? Well, I am so glad you asked. It’s this new philosophy that I’ve been trying to embrace. It helps me to remain focused on what’s important.
Living Life on Mission (pg. 4)
Madelaine Priest – Funny how when God calls you to something, it consumes you until you act on it. And even then, He may still not be done with you, even if you think He is. That’s the way missions has been in my life for about 10 years. Beginning in 2007, I attended SOAR for the first time and was introduced to world missions. I heard missionaries to China tell their stories, as I sat in wonder and awe. I saw God working through them and I wanted to be a part of that work.
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
Solar Eclipse Warning; New Parental Rights Amendment; Can’t Force Christian Photographer; Study – The Church, Money & Embezzlement; Facebook Declares Jihad On Anti-Jihad Content
Robert Isaacs Marks 65th Anniversary (pg. 5)
Robert Isaacs, former Interstate missionary, recently celebrated his 65th anniversary in the ministry. He was saved in 1941 near O’Donnell, Texas, and was baptized by Calvary Baptist Church there. After surrendering to the ministry in 1952, Bro. Isaacs pastored several BMA of Texas churches before being elected as interstate missionary in 1964. He established two Spanish missions, one in Roswell, N.M. and another in Lubbock, Texas. Serving with Spanish-speaking people brought to light the need for good Christian literature in their native language. The result of this conviction was the Casa Bautista Misionera de Publicaciones de Lubbock (Spanish Publishing House).
Mrs. Charles Jackson Dies (pg. 5)
Shirley Ann Hudson Jackson, 79 of DeWitt, passed away July 10, 2017. She was a member of Crocketts Bluff Baptist Church at Crocketts Bluff, where her husband, Charles, served as pastor. Mrs. Jackson was also an active member of the Master Gardeners and Prairie Gems EHC, and volunteer work in the community was a huge part of her life. Other survivors include a sister, Betty Simpson; 4 children — Dianne Mavar, Phil Jackson, Tara Thurman and Christi Golleher, 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held July 14 at Essex Funeral Home, and interment was at Crocketts Bluff Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Crocketts Bluff Baptist Church, 559 Hunt Rd., DeWitt, Ark. 72042.
A Letter to My Child’s Teacher (pg. 5)
Mrs. Jason (Toya) Aultman – Come Monday morning, my family will wake up early, have a big breakfast and put on new everything. Then I will listen to weeping, wailing and moans loud enough to wake the dead while I try to snap pictures of this yearly ritual. They don’t get it. They don’t get that these pictures I take every year capture memories. Years from now, when I look back to the pictures I will take on that Monday morning, memories will flood back of this 2017/2018 school year. Memories that include our last year of middle school as well as a junior year of high school. Today I can look back to the pictures I have taken since preschool and remember the many teachers who have blessed the lives of my children.
A Very Special Lady (pg. 5)
On Aug. 6, Landmark Baptist Church in England honored a very special member of their church. Mrs. Eula West celebrated 76 years of being a faithful member of Landmark. She joined the church August 3, 1941, and has been an active member since then. She is still very faithful to every service, including Wednesday nights. “What a great example she is to all of us,” said her pastor, David Inzer. “We are thankful for her faithfulness that still goes on today, and we pray for many more years to come.”
Churches “Partner” (pg. 5)
On Saturday, Aug. 5, Central Baptist Church of Texarkana partnered with New Shiloh Baptist Church in Mineral Springs to host Mega Sports Camp VBS in Mineral Springs. It was a day full of singing, sports (including basketball, kickball, and soccer), food, fellowship and, most importantly, looking at selections from the life of David. Children learned, that just like David, they need to “practice with purpose” and “compete with courage.” Central and New Shiloh are both excited about this partnership in missions and evangelism, which they wish to continue for years to come.
Our Mandate: “Always be Ready” (pg. 6)
Larry Page – The following are some of the conferences offered by the Arkansas Faith and Ethics Council. Many of the topics covered by the conferences can be presented in a sermon format. There are no fees imposed on attendees or on the churches or groups hosting the conferences. If you may be interested in hosting a conference call (501) 837-1688 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DNA Editing, Ethics & Biblical Truth (pg. 6)
David Roach – Scientists have successfully edited the DNA of human embryos for the first time ever. But a Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary bioethicist says the research in question was unethical for its destruction of embryos and raises moral questions about genetic engineering. The research — published Wednesday (Aug. 2) in the journal Nature — used a gene-editing tool known as CRISPR-Cas9 to correct in dozens of embryos a genetic mutation that causes a potentially fatal heart condition. The embryos were purposefully created with the mutation and destroyed following the experiment.
Glory in the Cross: Gal. 6:14 (pg. 7)
Paul White – In the closing verses of Galatians, Paul kept coming back to the cross. He was a well-educated man and understood the importance of grasping the beautiful, but essential truths of the Gospel. On many occasions, Paul restated that salvation is by grace, not by the keeping of the law or rituals. Because of his discussion in the previous verses, he was giving a contrast between himself and those who insisted on being circumcised. While the Judaizers gloried in human attainment and self-effort as a means of salvation, Paul boasted of the cross of Christ.
Don’t Ignore the Warnings! (pg. 7)
Jeff Swart – More than a century ago, the Corps of Engineers went to inspect South Fork Dam, the world’s largest earth dam (made of dirt and rock and not concrete and steel). The dam controlled the Allegheny, Little Conemaugh and Stony Rivers and created what was at the time the world’s largest man-made lake — Lake Conemaugh. Below the dam was a valley where a town of 30,000 had been built 14 miles from the dam. The engineers inspecting the dam found it to be unsafe and warned the townspeople of the impending danger. The citizens ignored the warning of the engineers because they had heard such warnings before.
Trumpet Notes (pg. 8)
Carl & Dana Sookraj, Peru