Current News- 11-29-17

Current News Nov. 29


  • From The States Insert (pgs. 5-9)


*One Phone Call Made All the Difference (pg. 1)

Editor – Sunday, Nov. 19, was a special one for North Hills Baptist Church in Sherwood. In addition to celebrating their 42nd Annual Harvest Day, a dedication service was held for the church’s new 7,700 sq. ft. facility, which houses a fellowship hall that seats about 250, a state-of-the-art kitchen and other areas. The building also has another 2,300 sq. ft. that will be remodeled later to house a food pantry and classrooms. It all began when North Hills contacted nearby First Pentecostal Church (FPC) to see if they could purchase a 100 x 200 sq. ft. grassy area behind the church for additional parking. That telephone call resulted in North Hills’ purchase of three buildings and about 3.5 acres of land adjacent to their current church plant in the fall of 2016.


*Information Services Survey Reminder (pg. 1)

Don’t forget to fill out the Annual Church Survey! By providing the most up-to-date information, your church helps the BMA America connect, build relationships and understand the impact BMA churches are making through their local communities with the Gospel. Please choose one of the following options to provide BMA America with the most accurate information for your church: Visit to view and edit your church information. Once on the website, select the “BMA Churches” tab listed at the top, then click on “BMA Church Log In.” Fill out the pre-populated survey you received in the mail and mail to: BMA America, PO Box 1188 Conway, Ark. 72033. Request an emailed copy of the survey by contacting Lauren Noland in the Information Services department at (501) 358-4007 or


*MRS Needs Help (pg. 1)

Ministers Resource Services is asking for your assistance in locating participants with open accounts, whom we have lost contact with over the past few years — Gary Brewer, Charles E. Brown, Ted Dorton, Joe Ponder, Sandra Kay Remsing, Charles H. Southard, A.F. Whitehead and Tanya Withrow. If you, or anyone you know, can be of help in locating these individuals, please contact the MRS office in Texarkana at (870) 774-2654 or MRS hours are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. We appreciate any help you may give us.


*Another View on Guns & Church (pg. 12)

Mailbox, Kevin Carson


Holiday Column Begins This Week (pg. 1)

Beginning in today’s issue, the Trumpet will run our annual “Holiday” column. It is weekly column will feature information about Christmas programs, dramas, musicals, etc. and New Year’s events to which the public is invited. To include your church’s activity, send the pertinent information — name of event, time, date, location, sponsoring church, contact person, and phone number — to Baptist Trumpet at, P.O. Box 192208, Little Rock, Ark. 72219; or call (501) 565-4601.


Business Added to List (pg. 1)

The following business has been added to the “Businesses Owned by Members of BMA of Arkansas Churches” that is on our website at To add your business, visit the site, download and complete the form and return it to or P.O. Box 192208, Little Rock, Ark. 72219. Wooster — Watkins Acoustical, P.O. Box 236, Wooster, Ark. 72181; Tanya Battles Foster (Springhill, Greenbrier) and Keith Watkins (Mt. Olive, Guy); (501) 580-2264;


What Does Lifeword do With Contributions? (pg. 1)

Lifeword’s season of giving continues as BMA churches send in contributions from Walk fundraising and Lifeword Sunday offerings. Churches who registered for Lifeword Sunday and send in all or partial contributions by Dec. 11 are entered to win two free passages on DiscipleGuide’s Church Leaders Cruise, Jan. 13-18. If your church gives to Lifeword through LWS/Walk giving, make sure it is registered. So where do churches’ Walk/Lifeword Sunday offerings go?


Save The Date (pg. 2)

Terry Kimbrow – We will host our Spring Stampede Open House on Feb. 2. This event is great for high school or transfer prospective students and their parents to experience CBC in a drop-in fashion. All the CBC academic departments, intercollegiate athletic programs, and student organizations will be represented to show how students connect at CBC. We recommend that undecided high school seniors and juniors attend. However, freshmen and sophomores are very welcome, as well. It’s never too early to start exploring colleges. The spring Stampede event will be kicking off Homecoming 2018. For more details, and to register, visit For more information about this event, please contact the Admissions Office at or (501) 329-6873. (Also see CBC Sports scores, pg. 2)


When Christ Sought Solitude (pg. 2)

Todd Gaddis (Baptist Press) – Examining the Gospels, I never cease to be amazed at the way Jesus ministered among people. Whether it was one-on-one, in small groups or before masses, He tirelessly made Himself approachable and available. Yet what also impresses me about Christ is the time He spent alone. Before He launched into public ministry, Jesus spent 40 days and nights by Himself in the wilderness. In the Garden of Gethsemane, He prayed alone even though the disciples were a short distance away. The Gospels include other instances of solitude as well (e.g., Luke 5:15-16; Luke 6:12-13; Matt. 14:23). Here are some reasons why we, likewise, would do well to seek solitude:


Just Check the Box (pg. 3)

Larry Barker – A couple of years ago my son, Matthew asked me why I used to be so legalistic. My first reaction was to justify and emphatically convince him that I was not legalistic. Point made. There are a lot of reasons for leaning toward legalism, such as your personality and/or your environment. In my case, it was both. It is very easy to have a checklist of what makes you think you are spiritual and others are unspiritual. We must, however, fight the temptation to add our specifics where the Bible is very unspecific. Unfortunately, I had drawn lines in the sand where God has not.


Spotlight on Missions (Pg. 3)

Doug & Diane Lee, Philippines


Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)

Judge Blocks Texas Dismemberment Abortion Ban; Female Pastor Steps In, SBC Votes Out; ‘Must-see’ Bible Museum Opens; Parents Respond to Library’s “Gay Pride” Push; Union Settles Lawsuit Over HHS Abortion Mandate; UK Teacher Disciplined For “Mis-gendering”; Disney Introduces Its First “Boy Princess”


Dan Fagala, BMA Pastor, Dies (pg. 10)

Charles “Dan” Fagala, 79 and pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church at Bella Vista, died Nov. 19. He was on his way home after church when he was involved in a one-car accident a short distance from the church after apparently suffering a heart attack. Bro. Fagala surrendered to the ministry in July 1963 and was ordained in March 1964 by Round Mountain Baptist Church in Fayetteville. In addition to Round Mountain, his pastorates include: First at Munford, Tenn.; Grace at Wynne; Salem at Fayetteville; Beacon at Gravette; and Fellowship Baptist Church, where he had been for over seven years. Funeral services were held Nov. 25 at Fellowship Baptist Church in Bella Vista under the direction of Bella Vista Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Central Baptist College, 1501 College Ave., Conway, Ark. 72034; Gideons International, P.O. Box 97251, Washington, D.C. 20090; Fellowship Baptist Church, 502 W. Lancashire Blvd., Bella Vista, Ark. 72715; or Care & Share, 103 Huntington St. SW, Gravette, Ark. 72736.


Sunbeams Help Friendship Center

The Sunbeams at Spring Lake Baptist Church in Texarkana had a canned food drive for Thanksgiving and donated over 70 cans to the Friendship Center in Texarkana. The Sunbeams that participated were Kennedy Payne, Presley Payne, David McCright, Lakyn Chandler, Carson Chandler, and Mark McCright. (April McCright, reporter)


My Redeemer (Rom. 5:6-11) (pg. 11)

Paul White – The biblical concept of redemption is based upon the Hebrew practice of buying back something — such as land or a slave — which formerly belonged to the purchaser, but for one reason or another had passed from his possession. The term was also used of a man paying the price of release for a kinsman who had sold himself into slavery. In present religious usage, it refers primarily to God’s saving activity, especially as manifested in the work of Christ. The title of this lesson depicts the personal relationship between a believer and Jesus. Jesus is my redeemer, not just the Redeemer. The very foundation of our justification is laid in the death of Jesus.


Assistant Editor

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