Current News June 27
*CBC: Education Accreditation (pg. 1)
The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) has announced that the Central Baptist College Teacher Education Program is one of 46 providers from 22 states and Puerto Rico to receive accreditation for their educator preparation programs. The spring 2018 review by the CAEP Accreditation Council increased to 147 the total number of providers approved under the CAEP teacher preparation standards — rigorous, nationally recognized standards that were developed to ensure excellence in educator preparation programs.
*A W4C Trip “Like Never Before” (pg. 1)
Robin Tyler – Water for Christ (W4C) has dug 15 wells in this country to provide accessible, clean drinking water for the people there. The W4C team’s visit (May 26-June 7) included dedicating 10 of those 15 wells that were dug in 2017-2018, and those dedication services provided an atmosphere of praise and celebration as never before experienced by a W4C team.
*Master’s Builders Raise the Roof for We Are FREE (pg. 1)
Nelda Malone – The Master’s Builders began work on the We Are FREE Hebron Hills facility project on June 4. There were 13 campers, 18 men (at different times during the 3 weeks) and 4 women who worked on this project. Two men drove back and forth from their homes each day, and two stayed in motels while we worked. The Master’s Builders worked on two buildings, bringing them up from a pier and beam floor with the block work completed by another crew.
*Whatabortionreallyis.Com (pg. 8)
Rose Mimms – On June 22, Americans for Life, an outreach of Arkansas Right to Life, and The Radiance Foundation launched a powerful billboard/web campaign to tell the public WhatAbortionReallyIs.com at a press conference in Little Rock (South University & Lakeshore Drive) and in Pine Bluff (Martha Mitchell Expressway & University Drive) where billboards are located. Other board locations include 12th Street & Rodney Parham in Little Rock and Hwy 79 South at 16th Street in Pine Bluff. The billboard campaign will last for eight weeks.
CBC Day Set for Sept. 16 (pg. 2)
Duffy Guyton – We are honored and blessed to partner with the BMAA churches. It personally has been one of the greatest joys visiting with many pastors, church leaders, and precious church members this past year. In our churches, our Savior is exalted, His Word is preached unequivocally, His church loves the rescued and His church loves the lost. We are in great days in the BMAA. Please mark your calendars for CBC Day on Sunday, Sept. 16.
Independence or Dependence? (pg. 2)
Bobby Bowman – Two hundred twenty-seven years ago, our forefathers brought forth a new nation. People had migrated from England and other European countries in search of a land where they would be free from a “state religion,” and would have free exercise of their rights to worship God according to their own convictions. That religious freedom was the primary motivation for founding the nation we call America. Every year at this time, we enjoy a paid holiday and put on our patriotic faces and celebrate Independence Day. Nostalgia often overcomes us as we hear patriotic music and reflect on what brought our nation to the greatness she enjoys. This is a great nation, in spite of all of her misgivings.
The Power of Family (pg. 2)
Dan Carson – In October 2016, I joined the staff of Calvary Baptist Church in Fayetteville. It was a new role for me and the church. They decided to call me as their pastor of Family Ministries. While I serve as the student pastor, I also serve the church in a larger capacity of working with those from cradle to college and creating a cohesive ministry for our families. I had been the youth and music guy at Temple Church of Rogers and served in a variety of roles like that through the years. As God opened the door to serving with Kirk Shelton at Calvary, I started evaluating some things about student ministry.
Are We There Yet? (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – Is your church any healthier today than it was at this time last year? Have you taken effective steps toward the preferred future you envisioned? The reality is that after speeding up the music, spicing up the sermons and sprucing up our buildings our church health and overall spirituality is no better off. You have to know that it is not easy to take the steps that need to be taken for your church to be what God desires it to be. There will be challenges that will tax you, and there will be challenges that will push you to your wits’ end at times.
What is the Key to Success? (pg. 3)
Becca Watts – As a student minister, Joshua 1:9 is a staple in my teaching rotation, especially when it comes to counseling seniors or giving encouragement to seniors at graduation events. But recently upon revisiting this passage, I paid extra attention to the verses above it (Joshua 1:7-8). Normally when I read this part of Joshua 1, I’m focusing on the value of Scripture in my life and in the lives of my fellow believers. God is very clear in this passage that Joshua’s strength and courage came from his studying the Law, knowing the Law and living according to it or obeying it.
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
Ten Commandments Lawsuits Merged; Timely Christian Program For Ark. Kids “Not Allowed”; Arkansas #1 in Percentage Of Students at Risk; Court: Ark. Medical Marijuana Program Can Continue; Girls Run, But Boys Rule, State Sanctions Trans Agenda; Conservative Groups Want Censorship to Stop
Ark. AG Alert: The Favorite Grandchild Scam (pg. 5)
A panicked phone call from a person claiming to be a relative needing money right away to get him or her out of some sort of trouble pulls at the heartstrings of elderly Arkansans, but this is more than likely a scam. Con artists continue to disguise themselves as close relatives or favorite grandchildren caught in serious trouble and in need of money wired immediately, often to a location out of the country. With wire transfers similar to cash, the money cannot be retrieved.
Shepherd Honored For 20 Years (pg. 5)
On Sunday, June 17, Spring Lake Baptist Church in Texarkana honored Randy Shepherd for faithfully serving as their pastor for the past 20 years. After the morning service, there was a luncheon followed by a special presentation. “A number of members spoke about Bro. Randy, and how he has been a faithful leader who always stays attentive to God’s Word,” said Kristie Rankin, reporter.
Thank God You Are an American (pg. 5)
The Late Travis Plumlee – As we all prepare to celebrate July 4, Christian families should stop and pray to God. We should not just run to the lake, have a picnic and watch ball games, parades and fireworks. We should first gather as a family of God and thank Him that we are Americans. We live in the greatest nation on earth, and that is a blessing from Heaven. Here are some things to be thankful to God for in your Independence Day prayer.
Intentional Vacation (pg. 6)
Autumn Wall – It’s summertime and you know what that means: family vacation! It’s a great opportunity to make memories together and get away from the routines — or the chaos — of everyday life. The danger in vacation, however, is that we tend to want to check out of every part of life, and that’s not helpful for any of us. Here are some ways to keep Christ at the center of your vacation and find true rest this summer while you spend time together:
Pastors (pg. 7)
Paul White – I need just 2 minutes and 20 seconds to share with your people our 2018 Special Emphasis Video. I not only want to introduce each of our current missionaries but most of all, it will give me the opportunity to thank your church for their faithful and generous support of this department. Having only a few weeks for appointments and hundreds of churches in our state, we hope to be more accessible to each congregation. You can find this video on our website or on our Facebook page. Thank you.
What Makes a Good Mission Team? (pg. 7)
Keith Shorter – Churches all across America will be taking short-term mission trips this summer to places like Cleveland, Boston, Uganda, and Thailand. Recently, I asked some missionaries, church planters and missions leaders a strategic question: What did the best mission teams do that made you glad they came? The insights listed below were gleaned from their answers.
A Glorious Transformation (pg. 8)
Mike McEuen – (Ezek. 37:23) According to the Law, every Jew who became ceremonially defiled from coming in contact with something or someone who was unclean had to be cleaned before they could return to the camp and the blessings of God’s people. This was done either by bathing in running water or by being sprinkled with water prepared for that purpose.
Stepping Out in Faith (pg. 8)
Chuck Lee – Most of the time when I sit down to write an article, I do so with the intent of bringing a little levity into the lives of the readers. It seems we all share similar experiences in life, and sometimes it is nice to know that we aren’t alone in the incidents that befall us. I mean, who hasn’t been sprayed by a skunk and had to sleep outside for a week? Who hasn’t done a one-legger down a stump hole while sneaking quietly through the woods in pursuit of game? Who hasn’t done a one-eighty split while trying to step into a canoe? Right? We have all had things happen that generally takes years of rehabilitation and therapy in order to be able to get a laugh out of it years later.