Current News March 7
*BMA of America Recommendations (pg. 1)
The following recommendations, supplied by BMAA Recording Clerk Jerome Cooper, will be voted on by the messengers at the April 16-18 BMA of America meeting in Jackson, Miss.: Committee on Arrangements — “Your Committee on Arrangements (Jerome Cooper, Charles Attebery and Bill Thornton) visited the following prospective site for the 2021 annual meeting of the BMAA: Antioch Baptist Church in Conway. Our recommendation to our churches is that the 2021 meeting be held at Antioch Baptist Church, April 19-22.”
*Casino Amendment Has Morphed — It’s Worse (pg. 1)
Larry Page – Last month I reported on a new effort to put a proposed casino gambling amendment on the ballot for November’s general election. A group calling itself The Driving Arkansas Forward (TDAF) ballot question committee submitted the proposed text of a constitutional amendment to the state’s Attorney General… The amendment in its current form would authorize one casino in each of Jefferson and Pope Counties. Additionally, the amendment would grant Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs and Southland Greyhound Park in West Memphis the rights to operate full-blown casinos. Presently, the two tracks conduct virtual casinos in the guise of so-called electronic games of skill. There would be no additional county selected from a designated list to get a casino as the previous proposal allowed.
*Right Here in Arkansas (pg. 7)
Carter Pearce – I have often thought that State Missions work would be pretty much like serving as a pastor. I am beginning to understand the error of my thinking. I grew up in a missionary’s home. Our family moved across country when I was four years old to work in Tacoma, Wash., leaving all of our extended family in Arkansas. During my teenage years through mid-twenties, I had the opportunity to visit Honduras, Guatemala, Bolivia, Argentina and Uruguay with various BMA mission trips. I even got to spend my college internship in Puerto Rico, learning from and serving with Missionary David Dickson. That was, obviously, missions work. After all, missionaries are always called to leave the comforts of home, learn a new language and/or culture and truly suffer for the sake of the Gospel. Right? During these past few months, my eyes have truly been opened to the realization that state missionaries are, in fact, real missionaries. I mean no offence to those who have served locally for many years. I just think the emphasis on worldwide missions may unduly create pictures of mission work that affects the mindset of young men and women who may be led to local mission work.
*Trumpet Special Emphasis (pg. 4)
Editor – Our Baptist Trumpet Special Emphasis (SE) began last Wednesday, March 1 and runs through Monday, April 30. It is always “nail biting” time for me — and yes, I know worrying is a sin; but it’s one I really seem to be good at! (Just kidding…. sort of…) Seriously, I do know that God will use His children and His churches to bless this ministry — He always has, and He always will. “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” Our goal is $35,000, and my prayer is that it will be enough to give us a small cushion to help us through the bad times. Thank you for anything you can do to help, and a special thanks to these wonderful people who have already contributed:
CBC Board Meeting Highlights (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – The CBC Board of Trustees met Friday and Saturday, March 2-3. At 5:30 p.m. on Friday, board members and spouses joined the CBC Executive Leadership Team, CBC Department Directors and Academic Division Chairs and Leadership Scholarship students for a delicious dinner catered by CBC Dining Services. The committees convened at 7 p.m. to conduct business. The full board met on Saturday morning at 8:30. All vice presidents gave a report relative to his/her area of responsibilities. The following recommendations from Friday night’s committees were approved by the full board… (Also see CBC Sports, pg. 2)
Ellen Siler (pg. 2)
Lifeword Profiles – Ellen Rhinehart didn’t know she was considered the best typist at Southeastern Baptist College until Doug Siler arrived at the Laurel, Miss. campus in 1982. As a new student, priority one was finding someone to type his term papers, so he consulted his peers, who all agreed he should talk to Ellen. Talking soon turned into dating, and by Christmas break Doug decided to return home to Bradford, Ark., to work and save money so they could marry after Ellen’s graduation.
Moral Action Resolutions (pg. 2)
The following resolutions will be presented and voted on by the messengers at the BMA of America meeting in April: Resolution #1: Reaffirmation On Building Healthy Marriages (continued next week).
Assimilation: Next Steps (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – Assimilation focuses on connecting with guests and newcomers. The overarching goal of assimilation is to help unbelievers become functioning followers of Jesus Christ. It is having a system that helps people become increasingly connected to Jesus and His church. We must seek to help people make various connection points such as classes, ministry opportunities, small groups, friendships, discipleship opportunities and other relationships. The blessing of church systems is developing clear next steps so you will assimilate people you might otherwise not connect with and possibly even lose.
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
Huckabee Quits CMA Over “Traditional Christian Values”; The End Of International Adoption?; Maryland Cross Memorial
Won’t Be Saved; City Removes Decades Old Church Directory
Lord of the Realm (pg. 5)
Valarie Fish – The day starts out the same every time. As my brain wakes up, it starts going over the to-do list, and I feel overwhelmed before my feet hit the floor. “Father, help me” is the familiar refrain. From somewhere deep inside, where the Holy Spirit craves communion with my own spirit, He speaks the words — “Seek first the kingdom of God, my beloved child…” I respond by adding “quiet time” to the top of the chore list, even as the Deceiver whispers “adding to your to-do list doesn’t seem very helpful.” “Father, help me,” my spirit cries again.
The World Needs A Few Good Men (pg. 5)
Richey Hester – There are some prerequisites to being a good father. You need to be a man for one, and you need to be functioning as a man, taking responsibility as a man, acting like a man and working like a man. All of these are prerequisites to being a good father! You will not be a good father until you are a good man. It’s a dying art today; there are not many in our nation anymore. Thank God we do have a few good men, but we can always use a few more. Men of the Brotherhood of the BMA, we need to stand up tall and teach these young boys and young men how to be real men that are not afraid to stand in the name of Jesus.
Random Thoughts from Revelation 3 (pg. 6)
Tony Cleaver – “… you have a reputation for being alive, but you are dead” (Rev. 3:1). Our current culture is enamored with zombies. A zombie is a living-dead type person. There are no such things, but zombies sell airtime and print space. Jesus tells people in His church they are zombie-like — “You are no longer living for me; you are dead.” The TV zombies I see have dirty, filthy clothes. Jesus tells His church members if they will repent, they will walk in white clothes because they are worthy. I don’t want to be zombie like in my Christian life — neither do you, good reader. Let’s go for the clarity of serving Him who offers us clean, white and bright clothing as we come to Him.
Getting a Grip (pg. 7)
Paul White – A second means of overcoming worry is to pray. Paul gives us wise counsel: “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6-7). I visited a friend in the hospital who, without a doubt, had the peace of God. He explained his peace this way: Having flown over a million miles, he said “Every plane I’ve boarded, we prayed it would reach its destination.” Concerning his serious medical condition, he explained, “God knows where this plane is going to land.” In the valley, we often do not feel like praying; but that is when we need to pray even more. In fact, when you are down, the thought of praying may never enter your mind. “What’s the use,” you may say. “It won’t do any good anyway.” Have you ever felt like that? If we would be honest, most of us have been in that place.
You Don’t Reap What You Sow; You Reap More (pg. 7)
J.D. Greear – Plant a wheat seed, and it will turn into a wheat stalk that can produce hundreds of wheat seeds. Plant an acorn, and it will grow into an oak tree that will produce thousands of acorns. In the harvest, what comes back to you is always greater than what you sowed. This also works for the things we don’t want to see multiplied. Anybody who has ever tried to grow a nice lawn of fescue knows that if you get even the smallest amount of Bermuda grass there, it will take over.
It Does Matter How We Treat Others (pg. 8)
Grover Laird – (Prov. 26:27) Many mistreat others without realizing that this could determine how God deals with them. Many verses teach this. The Bible tells us that if we ignore the cry of the poor in their need, we can expect God to ignore our prayer for help. “Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard” (Prov. 21:13). This verse could explain why our prayers may not bring us the help we ask for. God will be merciful to us and will deal with us in an upright, pure manner; that is, if we show this kindness to others. But God will deal with us differently if we are stubborn and contrary to others. “With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright; With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward” (Psa. 19:25-26).
“Just Breathe” (pg. 8)
Becky Ulmer, Mississippi Baptist) – How many times have you used this instruction while assisting others to cope? It’s free and plentiful. Air is a God-given necessity of life. The process of breathing is for cleansing and replenishing. Oxygen is taken in with inhalation and waste goes out with exhalation. Adequate time and effort must be given to both phases to maintain health. We realize that Emphysema, COPD, Asthma and Fibrosis affect one’s ability to breathe. Posture, obesity, (large abdominal girth) and/or arthritis can also directly impact breathing. In the elderly population, the word “atelectasis” is seen frequently on chest x-ray reports. That means an area (lobe) of the lung is without adequate air. The treatment requires deep breathing and chest exercises to re-inflate the lobe. Nature tends to take our shoulders forward and our shoulders slump.
Help Somebody Today (pg. 8)
Jeff Swart – Many years ago, I heard a pastor share the following true story: A lady who was a member of the church he pastored came to him and said, “Pastor, I’m about to have a nervous breakdown. Can you help me?” The pastor told the lady, “Yes, ma’am I can help you. Go home and bake a cake.” She said, “Pastor, you don’t understand. I’m serious. What should I do?” He said, “Go home and also bake some cookies.” She said rather tersely, “Pastor, don’t tease me; what should I do?” He said, “Go down to the flower shop and buy a couple dozen flowers.”