Current News Oct. 18
*From the States Insert (pgs. 5-9)
* Anticipation (pg. 1)
Paul White – This year at the state meeting, the Mission’s Department will be presenting Carter Pearce to serve as a bivocational missionary to the Green Forest area. He recently retired from the National Guard, where he served as one of our chaplains. Carter has also served as a pastor and staff member in many of our churches. He contacted the office a couple months back and said that he and his wife, Kristen felt God leading them to plant a church in Green Forest. (Also see Bro. Pearce’s Personality Profile on page 11.)
*BMA of Arkansas Meeting Information (pg. 1)
Terry Kimbrow – Again this year, Central Baptist College is pleased to host the annual BMA of Arkansas Annual Session, which will be held next week, Nov. 2-3. It is our pleasure to welcome the pastors and messengers of the BMA of Arkansas to campus so that you can see and experience “your” college! We want your experience on our campus to be exceptional! For your convenience, an information table will be set up outside of the Burgess Auditorium. Please stop by and let us know if there is anything you need. Student members of the Minister’s Association will be staffing the table for the duration of the session. Please note these important details relative to the meeting:
*First at Palmer Helps Camp Survive (pg. 1)
Mati Spencer, DiscipleGuide – When First Baptist Church (FBC) of Palmer, Texas received word that Daniel Springs Baptist Camp might have to close its doors, they generously donated funds, and now the camp is able to continue. Because of their kindness and generosity, along with that of several other donors, Daniel Springs will carry on and continue to change lives for Christ!
CBC Board of Trustee Highlights (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – The CBC Board of Trustees met on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20-21. The annual Employee/Board Dinner was held at 5:30 p.m. in the Childers Dining Hall. Thank you, Chef Jill McCollum and staff, for the “Deluxe Salad Bar” and the “Crepe Station.” The Academic, Advancement and Finance Committees met at 7 p.m. Friday evening. During the Academic Committee, faculty department directors presented reports to the committee. The Auditor gave his report to the Finance Committee. The full Board convened at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. Duffy Guyton, Director of Church Relations, opened the meeting with a devotional and prayer. Vice Presidents Dr. Gary McAllister, Sancy Faulk, Ryan Johnson and Paul Cherry each made a presentation to the Board relative to his/her areas of responsibility. The following are some highlights of the Board meeting: (Also see CBC Athletic Scores on page 2)
Spotlight on Missions (pg. 2)
Jesse & Rebecca Hales (Dominican Republic) and Stan & Donna Scroggins (Philippines)
The Sacrifice of Worship (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – J.D. Greear emphasizes the importance of worship: “When we see the size and beauty of the God who speaks to us, the power of sin and idolatry over our hearts is broken! The way we will stop sinning is not by being told, over and over to ‘Stop sinning!’ but by seeing the majesty and glory of God in our hearts. As we see the beauty of God and feel His weightiness in our hearts, we begin to desire Him more than we desire sin. Before the Bible says ‘Stop sinning,’ it says ‘Behold your God!’”
Compass Classic Provides Traditional Format (pg. 3)
DiscipleGuide – Do you prefer the traditional format of Compass Sunday School literature? Beginning this spring, DiscipleGuide will offer Compass Classic: a traditional format of Compass curriculum. Now, every class in your local church will be able to choose the format they prefer, while all studying the same lesson. For teachers, Compass Leader will be compatible with both formats.
Feed the Momentum! (pg. 3)
DiscipleGuide – When I hear the word “Potluck,” I immediately think of Ms. White’s homemade sour dough bread and Mrs. Patterson’s chocolate pie! Those are sweet memories, and not just because of the food. The local church is where we share life’s most important moments with life’s closest friends. We profess Christ and are baptized in a local church. We take marriage vows and raise our children in a local church. We watch future missionaries and pastors grow up in Sunday School classes and serve in the youth group. We send out faithful families to take the Gospel overseas in local churches.
Updated BMMI Schedule (pg. 3)
Dr. Ralph Izard – The following updated list of Baptist Medical Missions International (BMMI) trips shows the dates of the trips planned, the mission field and the missionaries with whom the group will be working. All information is subject to change. Please check with Angela Rice at firstname.lastname@example.org or me at email@example.com for more information on any scheduled trips or to let us know if you would like to be part of any of the BMMI teams.
Don’t Forget to Remember! (pg. 4)
Editor – We have two ongoing projects at the Trumpet, and items for either one (or both!) can be brought to the Baptist Trumpet table at next week’s BMA of Arkansas Meeting at Central Baptist College: Hotel “Freebies” — This is our project to collect toiletries for the Union Rescue Mission. They primarily need the “freebies” you get at hotels for transients who are only at the facility for only a short time. But they can also use larger items like body wash, soap, etc. — especially for the longer-term facilities including Dorcas House, a facility for battered women and their children; and Nehemiah House, a rehab facility for men who are primarily dealing with drug and alcohol abuse. Due to health regulations, all items (large or small) must be unopened. Boxed Greeting Cards — Another project is to provide greeting cards (especially masculine ones) for the chaplains at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock to send to the soldiers who are stationed there. The chaplains can use all kinds of cards, but especially get well, birthday, sympathy and encouragement. They prefer the boxed cards. Thanks for any help you can give these worthy projects.
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
Ark. Birth-Record Fix for Gays Falls to Lower Court; Ark. Bill to Protect Clergy; California Legalizes “Nonbinary” Gender; Canada Euthanizes 2,149 In First Year; ACLU Sues to Allow Abortion Pills in Pharmacies; Apple Removes Pro-Life Group’s App; Twitter Suspends, Reinstates Pro-Life Campaign Ad; Air Force Punishes Colonel Over Marriage Views; Brown Vetoes Moral Code Bill
Homosexuality: The Real Problem (pg. 10)
Dr. John Adams – Rom. 1:24-32 – Across the land, pressure is increasing to give homosexuals more and more privileges. They desire access to jobs of every kind (including ministry), the right to be accepted as foster parents and the right to marry each other in church weddings. Should they have the right to do something that the Bible convinces us is morally and spiritually wrong? All this is the crux of what is called the “gay-rights” issue.
He Who Was and Is: John 1:1-3,14 (pg. 11)
Paul White – The expression “older than dirt” certainly applies to the subject of our text this week. When we think of things that are eternal, we can narrow down our list in a hurry. In his writing about Jesus, John reveals that Jesus is eternal. That means He was there before creation. He was always in existence. Notice that the word “in” does not mean “from” — Jesus was already there. He did not become, He was not created and He never had a beginning. He “was in the beginning with God” (John 15:5).
Greenbrier Men Meet (pg. 12)
Jim Atkinson – The Greenbrier District Men’s Fellowship gathered for their breakfast meeting at Mt Olive Baptist Church in Guy at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21. There were 44 men and boys present, and an offering of $184 was received. Jake Steele, a member of Mt. Olive Church and a student at Central Baptist College, brought the morning devotional from Acts 4. He encouraged all of us to stand firm for the Lord as we face oppression in our country today. The next District Men’s Fellowship Breakfast will be held at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Greenbrier. The date will be announced at a later time.