Current News – 2-14-2018

Current News Feb. 14


*Part 1: Leading a Child to Christ (pg. 1)

Jeff Russell – Probably the most important task any parent has is to lead their children to know and experience God’s saving grace. There are some trends in Baptist life that indicate that we should examine how we go about this critical work. According to a 1993 study by the Home Mission Board, 60% of Southern Baptist baptisms are people previously baptized. The same study found that 36% of adult baptisms were candidates previously baptized in Southern Baptist churches. Apparently, these were people who once made a profession of faith, but discovered they were not really saved when they were first baptized.


*BMA Members: Greenbrier Award Winners (pg. 1)

Kim Tyler, a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Conway, will be recognized as the Citizen of the Year at the 2018 Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet on Thursday, March 1 at the Greenbrier Junior High Cafetorium. Verna Higgins, a member of the Baptist Trumpet Publications Committee and Immanuel Baptist Church at Greenbrier, will receive the Volunteer of the Year Award. Andie Finley has been named Student of the Year.


*FEMA Funds for Disaster-Stricken Churches Now Law (pg. 1)

Tom Strode, Baptist Press — Churches and other houses of worship now have the assurance of federal law that they may receive disaster relief funds. Congress approved Feb. 9, as part of the latest budget bill, a measure making houses of worship eligible for public assistance money for the restoration of damaged buildings and other purposes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the aftermath of such disasters as hurricanes and tornadoes. President Trump signed the legislation into law the same day. The bill’s enactment places into federal law and gives permanence to a new FEMA interpretation issued in early January. At that time, the agency announced it would no longer exclude houses of worship from its aid, which provides for debris removal, emergency protection and the rebuilding of facilities for some private nonprofit organizations.


*The Reproductive System (pg. 3)

Larry Barker – We know that God is a God of systems because of His design of the universe (solar system) and of the human body. Is there a system in your body that you would be willing to live without for one day? You couldn’t make it without the circulatory system, because you would die without your heart beating and pumping your blood to keep you alive. If you gave up the skeletal system, you would just be a blob in the floor and survival would be very short lived. Without the respiratory system, you would not be able to breathe; and without air, your life would be over in minutes. There is a time we need to get our bodies scanned to see whether they are healthy or not. There is much debate and difference of opinion over whether the benefits of a full body scan are greater than the danger of the radiation used while performing it. Could it be that many churches are afraid of what a full spiritual scan of their body of believers might reveal? It would be good for all of us, individually and corporately, to lay back on God’s examination table and allow Him to expose our areas of sickness, disease and unhealthy practices.


Spring Stampede Open House Success (pg. 2)

Terry Kimbrow – We welcomed 34 prospective-students to our spring open house on Friday, Feb. 2. Faculty, staff and administrators had a great time connecting with the students and their parents. The 34 students consisted of seniors, juniors and sophomores. The spring open house is set up for “come and go” attendance. Nearly 70 students and parents were able to personally connect to the departments and campus resources to get their questions answered. Look for details on the Fall Stampede Open House this summer. If you missed the Spring Open House, we invite you to schedule a Personal Campus Visit at Contact our team with any questions at or (501) 329-6873. (Also see CBC Sports, pg. 2)


Lifeword Team Profiles (pg. 3)

Carol Gipson – Carol Gipson – One of the clearest memories of Carol’s Oklahoma childhood was her father’s salvation when she was five years old. It was a defining moment for the Wood family, and changed their lives forever. From that point on, Carol, her parents and her two sisters went to church every time the doors of Summers Baptist Church were open. After high school, Carol left Westville, Okla. to attend Central Baptist College, where she received her associate degree. She met her husband, Ken Gipson there; and they started a life of ministry that began at their first pastorate — Spring Creek Baptist Church in Springdale. From there, Ken was called to Mantachie First Baptist at Mantachie, Miss., and they moved there with their two small children, Erin and Lance. After six years there, they returned to Arkansas to serve at First Baptist Church in Damascus for seven years, then at Old Hickory Baptist Church in Hattieville for 19 years.


How to Live With Your Teenager and Like It (PG. 3)

Dwayne Fant – Knowing when and how to help your teen is often a perplexing situation. When do we lay aside the woodshed approach for the heart-to-heart talk? When do we lay down the “belt” for the “no privilege” technique? In the little pamphlet with the same title as this article, Mel Johnson supplies us with some principles that teenagers feel are important and appreciate seeing in their parents:


How to Give Mom & Dad a “Heart” Attack (Pg. 3)

David Egner – Does it seem as if the lines of communication between you and your parents have been cut by the enemy? Do Mom and Dad seem old-fashioned and prudish? Even though you love them, do you feel they should try harder to understand you? Well, as a teenager who wants to serve Christ, you can do something about it. I suggest you prayerfully try the following:


First at Galena Produces Interstate Missionaries (pg. 4)

When a church is passionate about the lost, they follow Christ’s command to make disciples. At First Baptist Church (FBC) in Galena, Kan., not only have international missionaries to the Dominican Republic Jesse and Rebecca Hales been raised up from their congregation, many interstate missionaries have taken up the call to become church planters. Here is FBC’s backstory of their outpouring of interstate missionaries:


Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)

Searcy High School Removes Bible Quotes, Gay Marriage Reversed in Bermuda , Gender Identity Issue Steering Culture in Concerning Direction, NJ Mom Takes Year-long School Fight to Court


Some Random Thoughts On The Last Chapters of I Kings (pg. 5)

Tony Cleaver – “Elijah is here!” (I Kings 18:8): At least three times in this chapter, the phrase “Elijah is here” is spoken. What a presence this man offered as he stood for God and the things of God. Today there’s little audacity, certainty, much less presence of the man of God! There is no respect for the man of God. There is little awe in the preacher’s presence. Why? Because the man of God is weak in his prayer life, lacking in his Scripture study, withdrawn from the pastoral care of his flock and focused on all things bright, shiny and on social media. He is probably involved in politics. He leaves no time for the important. Tell them Bob, Fred or Manuel is here — that produces laughter, not respect. “Elijah is here” stiffened the spine of those who heard it.


State GMA Houseparty Planned (pg. 5)

Melody Rinehart – The time has come to celebrate the Arkansas State GMA Houseparty. The show comes to Oak Park Baptist Church in Little Rock on Feb. 23–24, and registration begins at 7 p.m. Come one, come all and be a part of the fun as we use the theme from Esther 4:14 — Now! Everyone will need to bring what you need for sleeping at the church, and you will want to eat before you come. Friday evening will be interviews for the Arkansas Miss and Jr. Miss, as well as games and fun for all. Be sure you bring money, as there will be opportunities to give to our state project — 90% Daniel Springs Encampment and 10% General Fund.  We ask each church to provide 10-15 grab bags, which will be available for purchase. All proceeds will go to the State GMA Project. For more information, contact Kelsey Fagala-Sandedur at (501) 581-6806.


The Perils of Peer Pressure (pg. 6)

Maggie Chandler – Peer pressure is very strong, both positively and negatively. Get with the right group of friends. and they’ll bring out the best in you every time. Oh, but make a few bad choices, run with the devil’s crowd for a while, and you can sink lower than you ever dreamed. When we think of peer pressure, we usually think of teens being influenced to smoke or drink or perhaps very young children, who refuse to live without a Tickle Me, Elmo. However, I’m convinced that it’s all of us — the mature adults — who face the biggest battles. Temptations don’t suddenly stop just because we reach a certain age in life. In fact. they may even grow stronger. There are four weapons the devil will use to deceive you, and he will whisper these things in your ear from time to time:


Hallmarks of Great Leaders (pg. 6)

Dr. Allen Tilley (Baptist Progress) – Dan Southerland said, “The difference between a leader and a martyr is two steps. A leader stays one step ahead, while a martyr is three steps ahead.” Sadly, most pastors understand this all too well. To keep from being a martyr in your church, here are eight leadership tips for pastors:


Can’t Wait For That Committee Meeting! (pg. 6)

Diana Davis (Baptist Press) – Meetings get a bad rap. If you’re the leader of any church team or group, you can change that. Being on a church committee should be a pleasure, not a punishment. Ask God to help you prepare well, lead with excellence and inspire your team to impact eternity. Consider these simple tips for effective committee meetings:


Our Best for the Lord (pg.6)

Mike McEuen (Col. 1:10) – Paul longed for the Colossians to grow to full maturity, becoming God’s best. What a wonderful challenge for each one of us! If we expect to be our best for the Lord, we must grow in personal, spiritual knowledge. We must know and do God’s will if we expect to be at our best in God’s service. We should be “increasing in the knowledge of God.” We will grow in our ability and capacity to serve only as we grow in comprehension of spiritual things. So if we strive to keep on growing spiritually, our lives will honor God.


Are we up for the Challenge? (pg. 7)

Paul White – In 2014, the population of Arkansas was 2.966 million. A study revealed that 75% of these do not attend any type of church service. It’s hard to wrap our minds around the fact that three out of every four people we meet need Jesus. This “out of sight out of mind” unfelt need should awaken us to the necessity of local, state, national and world missions. With this knowledge, it is not hard to wonder why Jesus said, “The fields are white unto harvest.” Currently, thanks to you, lives are being changed. Along with others, we are burning holes in the darkness, with men working in seven locations and the possibility of sending more in the next few months.


How Clean is Your Sponge? (pg. 7)

Judy Wallace – I know it may sound “yucky,” but studies have shown that more bacteria are found around the sinks in our kitchens than around the commodes in our bathrooms! The culprit, in most cases, is the sponge that is used to wipe up our messes and swipe off our dishes. The very thing we think we are using to clean is, instead, spreading contamination. The sponge seems harmless enough. It is designed to absorb liquids. The thing about it, though, is that it retains the residue of whatever it took in, even when it has dried out it.


Mailbox (pg. 8)

Back in Arkansas (Jenni Johnson)


Must We Choose Preferences? (pg. 8)

John Yeats (Baptist Press) – I was reading my half-folded Wall Street Journal. I got to the fold and subconsciously realized my index finger was attempting to scroll the rest of the article up the page. I suppose I am caught in a time warp, preferring to smell ink and read hard copy — and at the same time live in an age of digital communications. I can hear a purist for print and/or digital attempting to say, “Choose between the two.” I say not so fast. There is room for both. No need to create a hardline subculture for digital and another for hard-copy enthusiasts. I can operate in the world of digital communications and still read books, newspapers and letters. Just because someone prefers one or the other does not mean I have to choose between the two.







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