Current News Oct. 31
*Power of the Word (pg. 1)
Wade Allen – Everything is ready for a wonderful meeting of the BMA of Arkansas this week at Central Baptist College in Conway. This will be the 69th annual meeting of the BMA of Arkansas. We hope that you are making plans to attend! This year’s theme is focused on the power of the Word of God in our lives—providing everything we need for life and godliness. Each of our breakout sessions Thursday will be focused on the impact of God’s Word in specific areas of ministry — biblical exposition, counseling, conflict resolution and church planting. Our goal for these breakout sessions is to provide you with valuable content and encouragement for life and ministry. We hope you will take advantage of these opportunities. The Brotherhood and WMA meetings will begin Thursday morning, Nov. 1, at 10 a.m. in the Cooper Complex. The Missionary Committee will meet after the breakout sessions in the Watkins Education Building. The association will begin Thursday evening with worship being led by the CBC Singers, Choir and Band, followed by the annual sermon. See you there!
*DiscipleGuide: Finding the Way Forward (pg. 1)
Aaron Middleton – DiscipleGuide Church Resources is the department of the BMA of America that seeks to supply the local church with useful tools for making disciples. Our department was created several years ago by combining existing departments in an attempt to streamline ministry while cutting costs and providing more resources. Some of the ministries we have looked after have a long, rich history in the BMA, such as our Sunday School curriculum, conferences and Daniel Springs Camp. Other resources we have added along the way included our ‘consulting’ division, with the Activate program being its best known and most beneficial element. We have sought to provide our churches with the finest content possible by utilizing the best and most gifted personalities in the BMA in all levels of our ministry. However, in the past six months, it has become increasingly clear that we can no longer continue to do these ministries in the same manner as we have done in the past. It simply costs more to run this department than we are able to take in.
*Don’t Let Your Pastor’s Hands Drop (pg. 1)
Hance Dilbeck – Consider the power of an encouraging word. As told in II Chronicles, the Spirit of God came on a prophet named Azariah who had been watching King Asa lead Judah in a season of renewal, calling the people to trust wholly in the Lord. Azariah’s inspired word for Asa is one of the great lines of encouragement in the Old Testament: “But you, be strong and do not lose courage, for there is reward for your work” (II Chron. 15:7). Oftentimes, we feel like our work has no real impact. We wonder, “Am I even making a difference?” If those doubts linger, they sour into discouragement or even despair. Azariah’s words, “Do not lose courage,” translate a Hebrew phrase that reads literally, “Don’t let your hands drop.” What a powerful picture of discouragement. When our hands drop, we are no longer getting the work done, and we open ourselves to the enemy’s knockout punch.
*A Call for Vision (pg. 2)
Dan Carson – This morning on my run, I was listening to the Revitalize and Replant podcast by Thom Rainer. If you aren’t listening to this, you should. It provides a great insight in helping you and your church find breakthroughs in those areas. This morning’s podcast talked about ways to help generate giving in your revitalization setting, and something Dr. Rainer said jumped out at me: “People will give when there is a clear and communicated vision. Whether you are looking to increase giving toward your student ministry or add more volunteers, a clear statement of vision will draw others into your world and ministry. With so many other things seeking our time and resources people want to invest in something they understand and see as worthwhile.” So the question is “Does your student ministry have a clear vision?” Too often, our student activities fall into patterns or programs at the church. We have activity for our students with no real purpose.
Homecoming 2019 (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – Make plans to join us for Homecoming activities on Feb. 8-9! This year, we will honoring the 50th anniversary of the CBC Singers, and Stampede Preview Day for prospective students will be our kickoff event. For a full schedule of Homecoming events and to register to attend, visit cbc.edu/homecoming. For more information about Stampede Preview Day, visit cbc.edu/stampede. (Also see CBC Sports, pg. 2)
Smithville Camp Annual Report (pg. 3)
Scott Small – StoneRidge Baptist Camp wants to rejoice with you over what the Lord Jesus Christ is doing in Smithville. In this past year, we have been blessed with 12 different camps, four retreats and five family reunions here on the campground. This year has been full of good food, fellowship and a sweet spirit from the Lord. We all know that camp ministry is about evangelism and fun, and we filled this summer with both. This year, the bells of Heaven rang 137 times in rejoicing over a lost sinner being saved.
Pastor, You Need Perspective (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – Perspective is a funny thing, because many times the way we think a situation is can be very different from how it actually is. I heard of a man on flight who was asked if he would like a meal. He asked, “What are my choices?” The flight attendant said, “Yes or no!” The right perspective is developed by walking with the Lord and listening closely to the Holy Spirit. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way” (Psa. 37:23). You also need others who can speak into your life. “For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety” (Pro. 24:6).
Dine-in or Take Out (pg. 3)
Valarie Fish – Our town has several already, but I saw the sign the other day announcing the “coming soon” of yet another Mexican restaurant. I suppose more options are always a good thing, right? Of all the restaurants to choose from, what do you use as your standard to know where to go? I suppose the first decision is what style of food you want for your family, taking into consideration the individual palates of each family member. Sometimes the decision is based on which one has the best queso, the serving sizes as they compare to the cost or how family friendly the menu may be.
Mindful of Your Behavior (pg. 4)
Editor – “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise” (Eph. 15:5). When I taught that verse to my GMA girls several years ago, I defined it as “being mindful of your behavior.” Then I went on to admonish them about avoiding even the “appearance of evil” (I Thess. 5:22), and reminded them that they were, as the GMA Watchword says, “ambassadors for Christ” (II Cor. 5:20). I’m sure it won’t surprise you when I say that I then proceeded to “expound upon that greatly.” After all, they were teenagers, and I didn’t want to miss my chance! At the end of class that day, I summed it all up by saying two things: A good reputation takes a lifetime to obtain, but it can be lost by committing just one foolish or flippant act. Live your life in such a way that, if someone accuses you of something terrible, nobody will believe it.
“Lie of the Enemy” Led to Murders; Museum Outs Fake Dead Sea Scrolls Pieces
Board Rules Arkansas Abortion Clinics Violated Law (pg. 5)
Jerry Cox – On Oct. 25, Arkansas’ State Board of Health determined Planned Parenthood clinics in Little Rock and Fayetteville and a surgical abortion clinic in Little Rock all violated a state informed-consent law earlier this year. In 2015, the Arkansas Legislature passed Act 1086 by Rep. Robin Lundstrum (R/Elm Springs). At the time, Act 1086 arguably was the best informed-consent law in the nation. It made sure women inquiring about abortion received all the facts — including information about abortion’s consequences, risks and alternatives.
Gaylan Henry, Texas Minister, Dies (pg. 5)
Travis Gaylan Henry, 81 of Fort Worth, Texas died Oct. 23. He surrendered to preach in August 1955, and went to Jacksonville College and graduated with an Associate’s Degree. He then received a Bachelor’s degree at Texas Christian University, and finished his schooling at the Jacksonville (BMA) Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. His first pastorate was First Baptist Church at Freestone, Texas, where he served for 18 months. He then became pastor of South Park Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas on Aug. 14, 1957 and continued to serve there for 55 years, retiring Aug. 12, 2012. He was also the 2012 recipient of the Ninth Annual Kellar Award, which is awarded by BMA Seminary in recognition of a “BMA Seminary alumnus for outstanding contributions in ministry.” Survivors include his wife, Linda Henry; two sons, David Henry and Dennis Henry; a daughter, Karen Cooper; a brother, James Melvin Henry; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Oct. 27 at South Park Baptist Church, and interment was at Lost Prairie Cemetery, under the direction of Laurel Land Funeral Home.
The Master’s Builders at Hebron Hills (pg. 5)
Nelda Malone – The Master’s Builders spent three weeks (Oct. 8-27) working on the administration building for the We Are FREE project. On the previous work project at Hebron Hills in June, the Builders put the floor decking down over a large storage area of this building. This building has two stories and is 95×35 ft. long. The first story will be the Counseling Center. This will house the office, counseling offices, reception area, breakroom, medical/exam rooms, bathrooms, closets and stairway. Most rooms will have large windows, and there will be five French doors opening onto a large deck which faces due East. The sunrises will take your breath away — “God’s love letter to them every morning”!
Coordinating Council Meets (pg. 6)
Paul White – Friday, Oct. 26, the Coordinating Council met in Conway at the world headquarters of the BMAA. We received reports from each department and agency of their status, needs and future. In the absence of an executive director for Disciple Guide, we were privileged to hear from a member of their board. A special thanks to all the directors of our various ministries for making themselves available Friday. We are scheduled to meet again in January, and should have several recommendations for your consideration for next year’s annual meeting.
Memo Could Roll Back Some LGBT Policies (pg. 6)
Jerry Cox – Last week, the New York Times triggered outrage and hysteria on the part of LGBT activists by publishing a column (nytimes.com) claiming a Trump Administration memo “would essentially eradicate federal recognition” of transgender people. To put it plainly, the New York Times got this one wrong. The administration is simply looking to undo some of the extreme policies the Obama Administration implemented during President Obama’s second term in office. According to the Times, the new federal Department of Health and Human services memo instructs government agencies to define “sex” as “a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth.” That’s a major shift from the Obama Administration’s decision to define “sex” as a person’s self-identified gender identity.
Nahum’s View of God (pg. 6)
Tony Cleaver – “The Lord is slow to anger but great in power…His path is in the whirlwind and storm, and clouds are the dust beneath his feet” (Nahum 1:3). What a high concept of the Lord of Armies! How magnificently Nahum sets the Lord apart from all other things — even concepts about things. For some, God is not high and lifted up. He is not exalted. God, for many, tends to be in some “buddy-buddy” model. Well, God is not your buddy!
How Should I Respond to the Harshness? (pg. 6)
Dr. Gary O’Neal – Have you given up on the major news services? It seems like we are being fed 24-hour coverage aimed at showing us the stupidity of whatever group they oppose. Debates usually end up in a war of words, with each side trying to win points with a “zinger” or to make their opposition look foolish. The exchange has little or no desire for genuine discussion and the presentation of ideas. These hostile exchanges provide fuel for angry protesters who attempt to intimidate their targets or to provoke them to respond in ways that could be used to further humiliate them. Unfortunately, this cycle has sometimes — way too many times — led to violence.
Meetings (pg. 7)
Paul White – Friday night we traveled to DeWitt to attend the Arkansas Prairie Association meeting. While they are small in size, they make it up with enthusiasm and faithful giving! Saturday, we traveled to Nashville and attended the Howard Association, which is the last district meeting of the year. I am looking forward to our time together in Conway, Thursday and Friday, as we share with the churches of the state how God is blessing in the area of their State Missions. As I have stated before, we hope to be able to recommend a new candidate or two in the very near future. I hope to see you there.
Spotlight on Missions (pg. 8)
Sue & Sam Jordan, Jordan