Current News Jan. 31
*Helping Hands (pg. 1)
Paul White, BMAA President – After we have prayed for others, we might need to put legs on our prayers. Pastors, you probably know of churches in your area that might love to be represented at the meeting, but they can’t afford it and the pastor would never ask for help to do so. I encourage our churches to help some of our smaller congregations be able to be represented at the national meeting. An investment like that could not help but be a win-win situation for everyone involved. Be creative — share a ride or a room when possible. After all, preferring our brother is not a bad thing.
*Survey Deadline is March 31 (pg. 1)
The BMA Annual Church Survey deadline is March 31. By providing the most up-to-date information, your church helps BMA of America connect, build relationships and understand the impact BMA churches are making through their local communities with the Gospel. Visit bmaamerica.org 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 return it to BMA America, P.O. Box 1188, Conway, Ark. 72033. Request an email or paper copy of the survey by contacting Lauren Noland in the Information Services department at (501) 358-4007 or email@example.com.
*An Open Letter from the Seminary (pg. 1)
Dr. Charley Holmes – The Seminary staff and administration are praying that all our churches and their families will experience Christ’s peace during 2018. I’d like to take just a few minutes to update you on some matters of prayer for your BMA Seminary. Financially, things are steady and we have a small operating surplus for the fiscal year-to-date. Our end of the year giving seems to have been a little stronger than the past few years, which helped us go from a moderate deficit to a surplus. One substantial source of income for the last seven years will be unable to help us for the immediate future. With that in mind, we are making final adjustments now for next year’s budget year which begins June 1.
*Two Issues That Could Impact Arkansas Churches (pg. 1)
Larry Page – Churches and their pastors, staff and congregations are navigating through a variety of issues. However, there are two evolving issues that are both front and center and potentially problematic, if churches don’t understand them and refuse to prepare adequately to deal with them. — Guns in Churches, and The First Amendment/Homosexuality.
2018 Spring Sports Preview (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – Following successful fall and winter campaigns, Central Baptist College will begin the spring sports season with high expectations to finish the year strong. Baseball and softball both return a lot of players that have been keys to success in the past. CBC baseball returns 18 players from a team that finished last season 30-27, but also brings in a talented crop of freshmen. Head Coach Aaron Brister enters the season approaching milestone victories, with his 300th overall and 150th at CBC on the horizon. Baseball was picked to finish in a tie for fourth in the American Midwest Conference by the coaches. (Also see Athletic Scores on page 2)
Mayo Named Associate Athletic Director (pg. 2)
Central Baptist College Athletics Director Lyle Middleton announced the hiring of Michael Mayo as the associate athletic director for the Mustangs. Mayo began his duties on Dec. 18, 2017. “He’s taking on an important role in the athletic department as the associate AD, along with athletic compliance,” Middleton said. “Taking on such a big responsibility is important, and he’s a great addition to the department.” Mayo, a 2012 CBC graduate, becomes the associate athletic director after serving the past three years as the director of housing and student activities.
CBC Homecoming Court Announced (pg. 2)
Central Baptist College Director of Student Services Kerry Norris has announced the court for the 2018 Mighty Mustang Charge Homecoming festivities. Voting will take place until Jan. 31 in the Students Services office in the Mabee Student Center, and the queen will be announced between the women’s and men’s basketball games against Missouri Baptist on Feb. 3. The seven women selected by their peers for the 2018 homecoming court are: Stephanie Battles, Averi Ratliff, Mackenzie Crocker, Michaela Brandon, Hannah Bowen, Allison Bisher and Jessica Jones.
Never Been Exposed (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – Jesus said that He came to “seek and to save that which was lost.” He clearly described what it meant to follow Him when He declared, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” A disciple, a follower of Jesus, is defined as a person who knows Jesus and has decided to follow Him. That disciple is being changed and transformed by Christ daily and has committed himself to the mission of Christ. We seem to do well focusing on being biblically sound and relationally connected, but somehow we fail miserably when it comes to living missionally.
A Heart for Local & Global Missions (pg. 3)
Why does Grace Baptist Church in Joplin, Mo. participate in global missions? According to their pastor, Brad Wieneke, “The easy Sunday School answer: It’s what Jesus told us to do in Matt. 28:19! The mission we have been called to is easier to accomplish if we work together. We support BMA Missions because we believe we can do more together than we can apart. Our association of churches gives us the ability to reach and serve beyond ourselves, and trained missionaries give us confidence that we are being good stewards of what God has given us here at GBC!”
Gifts For Guys (pg. 4)
The Late Travis Plumlee – I recently wrote an article to help guys show their affection toward their wife on special occasions. I have now had requests that I write one to the ladies on how to shop for their man. So, in the name of equality and by popular demand, here is an article on ways for the wife to be romantic to her husband, and ideas on gifts for guys. The first thing ladies need to understand is what kind of man they have. Men, for the most part, can be divided into two groups — Guy Group One and Guy Group Two. You should know which one your man falls into, but it is always reasonable to understand that no one man fits neatly into a category. Everyone is unique. But for the sake of brevity in this article, as a general rule, guys fall into these two categories:
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
NFL Rejects Patriotic Super Bowl Ad; Chinese Government Fines Pastor, Demands Church Offerings; Facebook: Threat “Doesn’t Violate Community Standards;” China Bombs Megachurch
Arkansas Galilean Meeting & Basketball Tournament (pg. 5)
Kenneth Colvert – Our state officers met in early January to plan all of our 2018 meetings and camps. Our theme for 2018 is “The Race” from I Cor. 9:24-27. The subthemes are: Spring — “Training” (Heb. 12:1-2); Summer — “Running” (Prov. 4:11-15 and Matthew 14); and Fall — “Finishing” (II Tim. 4:7-8 and Rev. 21:7). We are all set for our spring meeting, March 2-3. Registration will begin at 7 p.m. in the Central Baptist College gymnasium foyer. The worship and praise service will be at 8:30, with Galilean Caleb Harris serving as our speaker and Galilean Will Sellers serving as our worship music leader.
Roses & Rainbows (pg. 5)
Kim Crabill will be speaking at the National WMA meeting in Jackson, Miss. on Tuesday, April 17. There will be a meal between sessions. Send $17.50 to Jodi Rhea, 40156 E. CR 1631, Wynnewood, Okla. 73098 to reserve your place. They are filling up fast. Invite all the ladies in your churches, because if they are in Women’s Ministry, they don’t want to miss this great opportunity to hear this wonderful, godly woman speak. The theme for this year is “Fear Not: Finding Courage to be who God wants you to be.”
Southwest GMAs Meet (pg. 5)
Southwest GMAs held their first meeting of the year on Jan. 20. The meeting included the presentation of Junior Miss and Miss GMA representatives. If your church wants to start a GMA program, contact our Southwest District GMA Promoter, Mrs. Peggy Bland at (870) 299-0617. (Ashlyn Middleton, reporter)
Spring Lake Sunbeams (pg. 5)
The Sunbeams at Spring Lake Baptist Church in Texarkana created a temporary shelter to donate to City Bridge Project of Mission Texarkana. The City Bridge Project raises money and awareness for the homeless population, and also provides temporary shelters. This year’s winner of the Sunbeams’ annual T-shirt design contest is Carson Chandler. The Sunbeams wear their shirts to all their fun activities, choir performances and community services programs. (April McCright, reporter)
Southwest WMA Meets (pg. 5)
Southwest District WMA met Jan. 9 at Unity Baptist Church in Hope with 47 present and 12 churches represented. Guest Speaker Jerry Kidd represented the Missions Department by telling of his work with, and the needs of, the Missionary Care Department. Special music was presented by Jennifer Williams and JOY Trio from Unity.
Fundraising – Ugh! (pg. 6)
Anders Lee (Mississippi Baptist) – So you’ve planned all these exciting things for the summer calendar, and you are pumped up about it. But then it hits you that you are going have to do fundraising — the most dreaded phrase in youth ministry! Listen, I get it! It’s the pits! But you and I both know that God does great things at camp, SOAR and other youth ministries we take our kids to each year, so fundraising is a labor of love.
Why We Are Like Tacos (pg. 6)
Becca Watts – One day as I was sitting at my desk staring at my Fuzzy’s Taco shop cup, reminiscing about the amazing tacos I had for lunch, it hit me. Life is like tacos. I mean let’s get real, there is just something amazing about tacos. There’s a reason why so many people like them. They can be healthy or seriously unhealthy, depending on what you put in them. They can be gourmet or fast food. They can hold anything from veggies to proteins to chocolate. (Have you ever made a Nutella taco with chocolate chips? It’s amazing!) There’s a taco for everyone and every taste bud.
God Can Be Trusted (pg. 7)
Paul White – For the next couple weeks, I want us to become more acquainted with the sovereign hand of God. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28). This is one of the certainties Paul was sure of, but what does the promise of this verse mean to you? This is one of God’s promises that tells us we are not just stumbling along through this life at the mercy of fate or chance. We are not driven along by some blind, impersonal force. On the contrary, we are the objects of God’s providential care. We are under His guiding and protecting hand.
Spotlight on Missions (pg. 7)
Philippines (Danny & Rita Ballard, Doug & Diane Lee and Stan & Donna Scroggins
Pornography — The National Shame (pg. 8)
Dr. John Adams – (Eph. 5:3-5) – Some say that pornography such as (sex magazines and videos) is a victimless crime. The Bible exposes sexual explicit magazines for what they really are — smut and filth from Satan’s domain. Paul the Apostle told the Ephesian culture in verse 3 of our text not to even let impurity be named among them. Our modern era has to contend with sex parlors, topless bars, porno magazine stands, video stores, sex cable channels, regular TV programming, the internet and dial-a-porn telephone services to satisfy one’s lust for sex. Most in the American culture are willfully ignorant of just how vicious this moral plague has become and how devastatingly widespread it is.
Mailbox (pg. 8)
Jim Lea (Bethel, Port Arthur, Texas); Dedication Planned Following Harvey