Current News Nov. 7
*Association Enjoys CBC Hospitality (pg. 1)
Editor – This year’s annual BMA of Arkansas meeting was again held at Central Baptist College. Special music was provided by several from CBC, including Preston Jones, Drew Brewer and Andrew Guyton. The CBC Band, under the direction of Tim Gunter, opened the meeting with a short concert, followed by one from the CBC Choir, led by Jim Turner. (See photo collage, page 8) The talent, delicious food and hospitality of “our” college was unsurpassed, and I know everyone is looking forward to returning there for the 70th annual session, Nov. 7-8, 2019. David Inzer was elected to bring the annual message next year, with Mike Silvey serving as alternate. (Also see directors’ reports on pages 4-5, photo collage and listing of committees on page 8.)
*Power of the Word (pg. 1)
Wade Allen – I believe we can all agree that ministry is hard. No matter the size of your church, your geographical location or economic stability or instability, ministry is hard. Many of us find ourselves weighed down with the pressures of life and ministry, looking for a little extra time each day to study for the weekend, feeling woefully ill-equipped to give people the answers they seek or wondering how in the world am I going to deal with the most recent dispute in the church. We receive emails promising solutions for all our ministry problems. We seek out conferences designed to revive and equip us. We are constantly on the lookout for that “silver bullet” that will resolve all our problems, but these things often fail to bring the needed solutions to our dilemmas. Where do we turn?
*2018 Lifeword Sunday (pg. 1)
Holly Meriweather – Although some churches have scheduled Lifeword Sunday celebrations for the month of November, most 2018 Lifeword events and emphasis days are in the books. Regardless of when your church learns about, prays for and gives to Lifeword, we want to sincerely thank those who participated in this season of giving. Your ministry partnership is not something we take for granted. Without it, we could not take the Gospel to the nations and in the languages that need the message of hope. The Lifeword Cloud is now two months old, still in its infancy, but it is already being heard by people who speak the five languages that have been loaded to it so far: Arabic, Swahili, Garifuna, Spanish and English.
*Commissioned to Serve in China (pg. 3)
Mailbox – Oasis Church in North Little Rock will be commissioning two of its members as missionaries to China this Sunday. The two have been praying for quite some time, and in the last few months, God has opened doors and provided opportunities for them to leave much sooner than they originally planned. The couple is very excited to be leaving at the end of this month! They desire to speak at churches with their remaining Sundays and Wednesdays to share about what they will be doing in China and specific ways they could be supported. If your church would like to hear them speak, please email them at the email listed below or call (501) 205-9725 and leave a detailed voicemail.
*President’s Message: Don’t Forget the Cross (pg. 6)
Jeff Swart, president, BMA of America – Early in the crusade ministry of the late Billy Graham, he left a meeting feeling that his performance that night was weak and ineffective. An elderly man encountered Dr. Graham after the service had concluded, and lovingly said: “Dr. Graham, you forgot the cross tonight. Don’t forget the cross, Billy! Don’t forget the cross!” In 1950, at the age of 31, Dr. Graham wrote a letter to the White House, requesting an appointment with President Harry Truman — it was ignored. He then wrote a second letter, and still did not receive an invitation to the White House.
2018-19 Mustang Winter Season Preview (pg. 2)
Terry Kimbrow – With fall sports wrapping up, the winter sports of men’s basketball, women’s basketball and wrestling will begin their seasons soon. Men’s and women’s basketball were both seen for the first time on Saturday night, Oct. 27, at the annual Blue-White Game, and wrestling opened their season on the mat at the Reddin Fieldhouse on Nov. 1. (Also see CBC Sports and Future Mustangs, page 2)
It was a Joy! (pg. 2)
Dan Carson – It was a joy to be with you this past week at the BMA of Arkansas annual meeting. I loved having the opportunity to see some old friends and make new ones. I want to thank Central Baptist College for hosting us again. I love being on campus. Many things have changed since I was there in the early 90s, but the school’s commitment to a Christ-centered education hasn’t changed one bit. That emphasis shows itself in required chapel services and nine hours of Bible classes for every student working on a degree. But more importantly, it is evident in the students that I had the opportunity to meet — whether it was a young lady named Sophie, who had posted a video to Instagram about the student-led worship services; or it was the two young men who led worship for us at the Pastor Appreciation Breakfast, Drew Brewer and Andrew Guyton. Central Baptist College has a number of quality young men and women who simply want to serve. They are great.
Should I Take it Personally? (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – Just this week, I had a young pastor ask me, “How do you not take it personally when someone criticizes you?” That is a great question, and difficult to answer knowing how often we all do take it personally. If you have been in the ministry or any type of leadership in the church very long, someone has probably stepped up to you and said, “Don’t take this personally, but…!” What do you do when you believe you are being personally attacked unfairly, or you are receiving unwarranted criticism? How should you respond to unkind words or an unexpected challenge?
What is Something So Beautiful? (pg. 3)
Becca Watts – A few months ago, I did something crazy, and I would like to share it with you. I started a blog. For someone who often struggles to get content together for her preexisting column, I felt like a total hypocrite. But it was one of those times that obedience trumped what other people thought. About a year and half ago, I felt God put this desire on my heart. I’ve never really thought of myself as a writer, but this column has pushed me into discovering my voice and point of view. So I began to fiddle with the idea of blog. It never really went anywhere until one day, as I was getting out of my shower, it hit me.
Mrs. Arrington Dies
Katherine Byrd Arrington, 94, died Oct. 21, 2018 in Oxford, Miss. She graduated as an R.N., training at Jackson Infirmary, the forerunner of St. Dominic’s Hospital. In 1948, she married M. S. (Deek) Arrington, a Hattiesburg, Miss. native, and for the next 15 years the couple made their home in Jackson. They were elected to serve as BMA missionaries to Bolivia in 1966. Survivors include a son, Melvin S. Arrington, Jr.; a daughter, Maryjane Mathis; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Oct. 25 in the chapel of Parkway Funeral Home in Ridgeland, with Roger Taylor officiating. Interment was at Mize Cemetery in Mize, Miss. under the direction of Parkway Funeral Home in Richland, Miss. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rivers of Blessing Bolivian Boat Ministry, Baptist Missionary Association, P.O. Box 878, Conway, Ark. 72033.
Spotlight on Missions (pg. 6)
Jimmy & Julie Walker, Philippines
State Brotherhood Meets (pg. 6)
Bill Thornton – The Arkansas State Brotherhood met Nov. 1 at Central Baptist College. Mike Cantrell gave a devotional on “God’s Promises,” from Rom. 8:28. Our Galilean Treasurer report was read by Kenneth Colvert. Bro. Colvert will be stepping down after 31 years as our Galilean Promoter. Dan Williams spoke about our three Galilean Camps in Arkansas. Our state project for 2018-19 will be the Arkansas State Galileans.
Central, Texarkana, Hosts Fall Fest (pg. 6)
On Wednesday, Oct. 31, Central Baptist Church in Texarkana hosted its seventh annual Fall Festival. This event is always a highlight for the families of Texarkana, and this year resulted in a record attendance of more than 280. Thirteen games and activities were planned for the evening, but bounce houses and a hayride were cancelled due to inclement weather. Free food was served, and lots of candy was distributed as the children enjoyed each game.
Excuses (pg. 7)
Paul White – Excuse: “I am so weak.” Answer: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever; for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength” (Isa. 26:3-4). Who will keep? The Almighty God. How? “In perfect peace.” On what condition? “Whose mind is stayed” on God, not on self, nor circumstances, failures, successes, nor on others. Trust, not try or worry, but trust. In Whom? God. How long? All the time. Why? For God is everlasting strength. Further Scriptures which may be used: Jude 24, I Cor. 10:13, Phil. 1:6, Isa. 41:10, 13-14, II Tim. 1:12.