Current News Oct. 4
*The Honor of Bi-Vocational Ministry (pg. 1)
Duffy Guyton – We all have heroes in our lives who we have admired and who have greatly influenced and shaped us. When I was growing up in the northern part of Louisiana, I was in awe of my pastor as he demonstrated amazing care. His genuineness to all captivated me. I would watch how he ministered with people as the Lord moved on their heart during the worship service. He not only seemed to care for each person, but he portrayed a love for the Lord’s flock that brought peace and comfort to all who reached out to him in their time of need.
*BMA Churches Damaged in Hurricane Maria (pg. 1)
Madelaine Priest – On Sept. 20, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico as a devastating category 4 storm with winds clocking in at over 155 mph. Torrential rains caused flooding over almost the entire island, with people having to be evacuated due to extreme river flooding. David Dickson, BMA coordinator for Latin America, posted a series of updates from BMA pastors in Puerto Rico.
*CBC Announces Construction of Band Rehearsal Hall (pg. 1)
Central Baptist College officials announced on Monday, Oct. 2 that the college will begin a 4,000 square foot renovation of the Harold E. Cooper Educational Complex. The remodel, which is anticipated to be completed by the start of the Spring 2018 semester, will accommodate a new Band Rehearsal Hall. Additionally, new and renovated office space dedicated to the Fine Arts Department will be included in the renovations. An anonymous donation is covering the cost of construction.
*Responding to Criticism (pg. 1)
Shane Pruitt, Baptist Press – In life, there are two things we can’t avoid: death and taxes. Let’s add criticism as another unavoidable part of life. Criticism can come from all sorts of people —our spouse, boss, friend or enemy, a church member or a complete stranger. When someone tells us about our faults or mistakes, we don’t always respond well, especially if it hits us when we least expect it.
*Before You Get A Divorce (pg. 2)
Travis Plumlee (Part 2) – This article is the second one on why you should fight to stay married. Last week, I wrote about how you can keep the marriage together and restore the relationship. In this article, I will address the negatives of divorce. These are reasons why you need to do all you can to stay married and find grounds for marriage, rather than grounds for divorce.
50+ Churches Commit to Hosting CBC Day (pg. 2)
The BMA of Arkansas sets aside three months of Special Emphasis for Central Baptist College. The college has recently begun choosing one day that is designated as CBC Day. This year, that date was Sunday, Sept. 10. Even though the official CBC Day has passed, your church can still schedule one this fall during the remainder of October or November or anytime throughout the year, if that better fits your church’s schedule. Our goal for CBC Day was 50 churches, and we have already exceeded that goal! Duffy Guyton, CBC’s Director of Church Relations said in a recent article, “It has been inspiring experiencing the excitement and trust from participating churches.
Practical Mission Strategy Tips (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – This is the fourth article written to help you think through how your church can be more strategic in its approach to reaching out locally, regionally, nationally, and globally. Be sure to take a look at the other articles that include Developing a Church Missions Strategy, Church Mission Strategy #2, and Sequentialism. There are other excellent materials out there that go into more detail, but hopefully, these articles will help you to creatively and intentionally get more involved in the mission God has given your church.
Discerning the Signs of the Times (pg. 3)
Carrol Herring – Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for their failure to discern the times concerning His first coming. They were the religious leaders of the day, who were supposed to be knowledgeable of the Scriptures and prided themselves on being able to understand and teach the Scriptures, but they did not understand the signs that pointed to Christ’s first advent. For this reason, Christ called them hypocrites. The question arises — are we just as ignorant of the signs that point to the second coming of Christ?
Eat. Give. Bless. (pg. 3)
Join us for DiscipleGuide’s World’s Largest Potluck offering. As an association, we all pool our resources to help each other — just like everyone brings something to the table at a potluck — and nobody walks away hungry. It’s easy for your church to get involved. Simply take a collection at a potluck meal during the holidays to help DiscipleGuide invest in local churches.
Can You Feel It? (pg. 4)
Valarie Fish – How do some verses become “favorites?” Who decides what passages make the cut for the next poster or cross-stitch sampler, and which ones aren’t that interesting? If all Scripture is inspired and profitable for life, then why not memorize and spotlight them all? The other day, I was reading through an old Bible and looking at some of the verses I underlined back when I was younger; back when reading the Bible was on my chore list. Compare those to my Bible now, and the passages aren’t even similar!
Face It — Atheists are Smarter (pg. 5)
Larry Page – That’s right. It’s finally settled. Those who profess no belief in God are more intelligent than the rest of us who find that belief in a Creator is a more likely explanation for our universe, our world, and our lives. Two pseudo-intellectuals (emphasis on the word “pseudo”) have discovered why atheists are more intelligent than people of faith.
Crisp, Former Miss GMA, Dies (pg. 5)
Carley Crisp, 19 of Waldo, died Sept. 30. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Waldo.
Walker, Northwest Ark. Pastor, Dies (pg. 5)
Ralph Owen Walker, 82 of Rogers, died Sept. 25. He served as pastor of eight northwest Arkansas churches.
Spotlight on Missions (pg. 5)
Danny and Rita Ballard, Michael and Ruth Poirier
The Alpha and Omega: Revelation 1:8 (pg. 7)
Paul White – Wow! What a wonderful God we have! There is none who can even stand in His shadow. The description of God in our text reaffirms the teachings that run through the Bible, that Jehovah is one God. Knowing our finite minds, God illustrates this truth by using the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet to help man understand that He was first before anything or anyone. And He will be last also. God is saying that all things must fall somewhere in between. He further states His position as “the beginning and the ending,” revealing that, unlike all others, God Himself is not limited by time. This means that Christ is the first and the last of all things. No one was here before He was, and no one will be here after He leaves. Because of His position, He has priority over everyone and everything.