*Directors’ Prayers and Goals for 2018 (pg. 1)
This week features Ministers Resource Services, Lifeword and BMA of Arkansas Missions. More departments next week.
*Looking Back at 2017 (pg. 6)
A recap of articles of interest in Trumpet in the past year; and a listing of Arkansas-related ministerial deaths during the year.
*Ministry at Miss. Mardi Gras (pg. 1)
Angela Rice – BMA Missions is pleased to join the ministry of Campground Baptist Church in Gulfport, Miss. to share the love of Jesus on the Mississippi Gulf Coast! Each year, thousands of people attend the annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Mardi Gras Parades. The 2018 parades will be in held Feb. 9-11. You can sign yourself or a group up online at bmamissions.org/mardigrasmission or contact Angela Rice, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (501) 455-4977.
*SOAR 2018 First Look (pg. 1)
On Jan. 31, the SOAR team from DiscipleGuide will be hosting this free event on the SOAR Conference Facebook page as a broadcasted event. Tune in at 6:30 p.m. to get important details about this summer’s SOAR conference, including introducing the featured speaker and getting a “First Look” at the lessons he will cover during the sessions. Register for this free, online event in order to be entered in to a drawing for one FREE SOAR registration. Register at gosoar.com/firstlook, and don’t forget to tune in to the SOAR Conference Facebook page at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 31. Registration is open through Jan. 31.
*40th Annual March for Life (pg. 1)
The 40th Annual March for Life will be held on Sunday, Jan. 21, in Little Rock at 2 p.m. Staging begins at 1:30 p.m. between Battery and Wolfe Streets on West Capitol Avenue behind the Arkansas State Capitol. At 2 p.m. President Andy Mayberry will lead the marchers, along with elected officials, invited dignitaries and others special guests to the steps of the State Capitol for a brief program.
Academic Achievement (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – It is a pleasure to release for publication the President’s and Dean’s Lists in recognition of student academic achievement. The lists are for the fall of 2017.
CBC Sports Results (pg. 2)
Wrestling, Women’s Basketball and Men’s Basketball
Spotlight on Missions (pg. 2)
Michel & Ruth Poirier • Canada & Haiti; Bryan & Pam Risner, Romania
Be the Light of Jesus (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – Tony Dungy is well known as an NFL player, coach, and now commentator. In one of his books, he shares that when he was still coaching he was often asked how he could justify working in the football “world” and be a Christian? They would point out how violent the game was, how bad the language used was and that it was played on Sunday. His answer was, “I try to be careful to bring Christ’s light to that ‘world’ without getting swallowed up by it!” That is a great answer because God can only use us in the world if we are, in fact, in the world.
Resolutions for Women (pg. 3)
Ruth Millett – These resolutions were first run in the Jan. 21, 1948 issue of the Baptist Trumpet. What was true 70 years ago is still true today, for men and for women:
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
Due to very limited space in this week’s issue, these articles are more abbreviated than usual. For more information, please visit the websites in each news item.
Browning to Celebrate 50th Anniversary (pg. 5)
Jerry Browning, a native of Hope, will be honored for his 50 years in the ministry on Jan. 28, 4-6 p.m. at Keltys First Baptist Church, 2402 N. John Redditt Dr., Lufkin, Texas 75904. For more information, call (936) 634-4019.
Larry Britton, BMA Minister, Dies (pg. 5)
Lawrence R. “Larry” Britton, 92 of Searcy, died Nov. 22. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the Navy on the USS Nassau and the USS Scout in the Pacific. He was a retired minister and evangelist. He began his ministry in 1949 at Haynes Baptist Church in Haynes, and his first pastorate was New Hope at Wynne. Funeral services were held Nov. 28 at the Powell Funeral Home Chapel in Searcy, and interment was at White County Memorial Gardens, also in Searcy.
Ruth Peters Dies (pg. 5)
Ruth Irene Malone Peters, 88 of Keithville, La., passed away Jan. 5. She was the widow of Edwin K. Peters, who pastored several churches in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas and served as a writer for the Baptist Publishing House. Mrs. Peters, who was very active in WMA, YLA and GMA for many years, was also the author of Beautiful Feet & Their Works. Funeral arrangements are pending at Forest Park Funeral Home in Shreveport, La. (forestparkfh.com).
WMA Project Deadline Nears (pg. 5)
The National WMA Project Committee encourages each local WMA group to send their offerings in by Feb. 28. Donations may be sent to Pat Duncan, P.O. Box 30, Hardy, Ark. 72542. The project (BMA Bible College in the Philippines) is in great need of your offerings.
Teach a Man to Fish (pg. 5)
Valarie Fish – We have heard the saying over and over again: Give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish, and he will feed himself for the rest of his life. I read something today that I had not noticed before. (That happens to me a lot when I surrender my familiarity with a passage of Scripture and ask God to show me something new.) Luke 11 and Matthew 7 both contain Jesus’ words about how “an earthly father knows how to give good gifts to his children; how much more then, will a heavenly Father give good gifts if we ask Him?”
Counting on You (pg. 7)
Paul White – As we begin a new year, one of my resolutions (or perhaps better said, desires) is to visit with some of our churches I have not had the privilege of visiting. You have a great group of men and their families that serve you as missionaries. Souls are being saved and lives are being changed right here in our own neighborhoods. All of this is possible because of so many who faithfully support this work. I know, having served as a pastor for a majority of my 30 years in the ministry, there is no shortage of worthwhile ministries that need supporting. But at the same time, I firmly believe that through the avenue of planting new churches our association will prosper on the local, state, national and world scene.
Mailbox (pg. 8)
Restoring A Fallen Christian by Mike Collins