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*East Texas Pastor Killed in Plane Crash (pg. 1)

Trevor Morris, 39 of Brownsboro, Texas, was killed Thursday morning, July 13 at about 8:15, when the small twin-engine plane in which he was a passenger crashed shortly after takeoff in a pasture about one mile south of Tyler Pounds Regional Airport. He was a former BMAA missionary to Ecuador and served as lead pastor at Union Hill Baptist Church in Brownsboro. Bro. Morris was also the vice president of Burton Oil Service Operations, and often traveled to Midland, which is where he was headed, for his job. The pilot, William Robert Walls, 62 of Huntsville, Texas was also killed in the accident.


*The Duties and Powers of an Association (pg. 1)

Dr. Charley Holmes – Historically, duties have been understood as obligatory tasks, conduct or functions that arise from a position of membership in a group or life in general. Powers have also been viewed as the abilities or attributes of control or authority. As the BMAA approaches its season of state and local associational meetings, we look forward to re-establishing and enjoying our relationships with other churches and hearing the different ways God is advancing the Great Commission through our associational work. However, while enjoying these blessings we must remember our duties that must be attended to and powers that must be exercised in responsible and ethical ways.


*Seminary Class Starts Aug. 8 (pg. 1)

Are you interested in becoming better equipped to make disciples for Christ? The BMA Seminary has invited Professor of Biblical Counseling at The Master’s University and Seminary Dr. Stuart Scott to teach an Essential Qualities course for disciple-makers/biblical counselors, Aug. 8-11 at Oak Park Baptist Church in Little Rock. Participants can obtain seminary credit, or simply enjoy this as a conference. For those who would like to attend at the conference level, it is only $100! Sign up today by calling the BMA Theological Seminary at (800) 259-5673!


*Fall Ark. District Meeting Schedule (pg. 1)

The BMA of Arkansas annual meeting is scheduled for Nov. 2-3 at Central Baptist College in Conway. The following is a list of annual Arkansas district meetings scheduled for September and October, in chronological order. The list includes the name of the association, the date, time and location of the meeting and the name of the moderator. Any changes to this list should be sent to Diane Spriggs at editor@ An updated list will be run in the Aug. 23 issue of the Trumpet.



SOAR 2017 (pg. 2)

Terry Kimbrow – We had another great time sponsoring the recent SOAR Youth Conference in Dallas. The theme “Selfless” spoke directly to how CBC prepares students for a life of selfless Christian leadership in areas of vocational ministry, as well as voluntary ministry through many other career fields for which CBC is capable of preparing our students. In addition, all employees commit to “selfless” service to our students and the mission of Central Baptist College each day. To see examples of this, view our SOAR video that was played before Session 2 at Also view #gosoar17 or the CBC Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts to see all the CBC SOAR pictures from the week.


Murphy To Lead CBC Women’s Soccer Program (pg. 2)

Erik Holth – Central Baptist College Athletic Director Lyle Middleton announced July 17 the hiring of CBC men’s assistant soccer coach Chris Murphy as the head coach for the women’s soccer program. Murphy succeeds Tasha Flynn, who left CBC on July 7 after three seasons. “We are very excited about this opportunity,” Middleton said. “Coach Murphy brings a Division I recruiting background and a winning philosophy.” Murphy has spent last season as the assistant coach for Taylor Carnahan and the CBC men’s soccer program. He helped the team to a 2-14 record in his first season as the assistant.


Daniel Springs Needs Your Help (pg. 2)

Mati Spencer – Church camp is so much more than just fun. Though there is an abundance of fun, Daniel Springs Baptist Camp surrounds students in an environment of spiritual growth and discipleship. It’s a vital part of many young lives and a cherished memory of many more. But this BMA camp legacy is in danger. Daniel Springs is experiencing financial difficulties, and a line of credit has been established with a local bank. This financial strain is not a result of spending problems. Camp Director Jason Prewitt works on a very tight budget and makes the most of every single dollar.


Eye Candy (pg. 3)

Larry Barker – The story is pretty universal — you go “just to look,” and you come home with something you said you never meant to purchase. You have more furniture than you intended to buy, or even needed, but you came home with it and are now wondering how you will pay for it. Or you went to the car dealership with a plan to not go above a certain monthly payment, but left with far more than you bargained for. The sales world knows that a very large percentage of Americans are “impulse buyers,” and they are trained on how to capitalize on that reality. What happened to our resolve to only “look,” and especially to stay within our budget? One explanation could be that the “eye candy” got the better of us.


Spotlight on Missions (pg. 3)

Jesse & Rebecca Hales, Dominican Republic


Short and Sweet (pg. 4)

Editor – I know y’all probably think I’ve fallen off the face of the earth, since I haven’t had a Notebook column recently. But what you have to understand is that when we’re long on copy and short on space in the Trumpet, my column is the first thing I cut — and such has been the case in the past few weeks. To be honest, that is still the case in today’s issue, but I just have to share a few things or bust. So I’ll try to make it short and sweet:


Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)

Judge Hears Arguments: New Ark. Abortion Laws; City Pol Not Planning To Stop Scripture Readings; Hard Labor For Home Schooling; Oregon to Make Abortion Coverage Free for All


Curry Selected as Nominee for Home President (pg. 4)

Charles Johnson (Baptist Progress)- The trustees of Texas Baptist Home (TBH, Home) are thankful to announce our selection of Jason Curry as our nominee for the next president of the Home. He was previously selected from a group of applicants by the Home search committee and was unanimously approved by the trustees at their summer quarterly meeting. A native of Jacksonville, Texas, he holds a Bachelor of Religion in New Testament Studies from BMA Theological Seminary in Jacksonville. He also has a Masters in Christian Education degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth.


Don’t Miss This Study (pg. 5)

Tommy & Judy Wallace – We were probably in our third decade of marriage before we even gave any thought to the Song of Solomon. We had both read through it in one of our read-through-the–Bible-in-a-year plans, and we had both been taught that it was a picture of God’s love for Israel and Christ’s love for the church. Then we heard the Tommy Nelson tapes. It was either on Family Life Today or Focus on the Family that his series on this important book was played over several days. His presentation was funny, enlightening, challenging and inspiring. For the first time, we began to really comprehend that this book was actually about marriage with insight given through the courtship, wedding and marriage of King Solomon.


Iqbal Sara, of Iraq, Dies (pg. 5)

Iqbal Sara, of Allen, Texas, was a strong and loyal servant of our Lord Jesus Christ. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, devoted grandmother and powerful ministry leader. She was born in Ninevah, Iraq on Nov. 27, 1943 and went home to be with her Lord and Savior July 13. She lived the majority of her years in Baghdad, Iraq. She was a retired English high school teacher, and had completed her bachelor’s degree at Al-Mustansiriya University in Baghdad. Mrs. Sara received the call from the Lord for a life of ministry. She established the Al-Imaan Al-Aamil bil Mahabba Ministry in Baghdad and continued to faithfully live a life of ministry true to her calling until God called her home. She is survived by her loving husband of 44 years, Nabil Sara; a son, BMA U.S. Ministry Coordinator of Arabic People Ashraf (Jenny) Sara; a daughter, Rasha (Doug) Cummings; four grandchildren; and two sisters, Heyam Rezeqallah of Allen, Texas and Amal Rezeqallah of Baghdad, Iraq. Funeral services were held July 18 at Williams Funeral Home in Garland, Texas.


I’ll Fly Away (pg. 5)

Valarie Fish – Just a few weeks back, I got to cross parasailing off my bucket list. The speedboat ride out to the designated area had been rough, and the wind and sea spray, along with the sound of the motor, made it difficult to carry on a conversation with fellow adventurers. For the most part, we just held on for dear life as the ride operators enjoyed being a little daring with their landlubber participants. Once stopped, we talked over the puttering of the idling engine as most of the riders went up in pairs high above the water. Before being reeled in, the operators would slow and dip the parasailers’ feet into the waves. Finally, it was my turn! I got to ride alone (the advantage of being oversized), and as the parachute caught the wind and lifted, the rope tethered to the back of the boat let out and I started to fly!


Army’s Promotion of Transgender Ideology “Misguided” (pg. 6)

Tom Strode • Baptist Press – The U.S. Army has implemented new training that requires soldiers to accept the presence of people with the physical traits of the opposite sex in barracks, bathrooms and showers. The Army is thereby threatening the religious freedom of service members and playing a role in promoting falsehoods about what it means to be male and female, said a policy director for the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). The mandatory training follows the repeal last year of the prohibition on transgender men and women serving openly in the armed forces. Then-Secretary of Defense Ash Carter set a deadline of July 1, 2017, for implementing the new policy. New Secretary of Defense James Mattis, however, announced June 30 a six-month delay in enlisting transgender people.


Reigniting a Dying Church (pg. 6)

Dr. Allen Tilley (via Baptist Progress) – The death rate of churches is at an all-time high. Across America, scores of churches are shutting their doors permanently every day. If your church is in a state of declining or plateauing, here are five keys for reigniting your church: Recognize that your church is dying. While this may seem simplistic, many churches refuse to accept reality until it is too late. All things die, including churches. None of the churches mentioned in the New Testament exist today. Why? They died. Just as we go to the doctor only when we realize we are sick, churches won’t seek help until they realize they are dying. Recognition is a painful, but necessary, part of rebuilding any dying church.


Assurance (Psa. 57:7-11) (pg. 7)                                             

Paul White – David is a good example of a person who is devoted to God under the worst of circumstances. Hiding in a cave and fearful of his enemies, he proclaimed emphatically that circumstances would not control his decision to praise his God. David said, “My heart is fixed.” To have one’s heart fixed means to have a heart that is prepared for communion with God. We must have hearts that are fixed and set upon the great duty and privilege of communion. It is not enough just to have thankful hearts; we must express that thankfulness publicly.


Honoring A “Fearless and Ageless” Leader (pg. 8)

Angela Rice – On July 30, Dr. Ralph Izard, director of Baptist Medical Missions International (BMMI) will celebrate his 82nd birthday. When I turn 82, I hope and pray that I will still be faithfully serving the Lord and impacting lives as much as he is. I am so blessed to know him and to get to work with him each day. He amazes me with his knowledge, stamina and humor. I cannot tell you how much I have learned from working with him. This past year, he has allowed me to travel with the BMMI family and to “learn the ropes” of BMMI. I will be forever grateful for that. Most of you know what a special person he is. I am amazed at how respected he is, not only here, but all over the world.


True Repentance (pg. 8)

Mike McEuen – Joel 2;12-13 – When God says, “Return to me, and I will return to you,” the appeal is, “you repent, and I can draw near.” The turning of repentance is the turning from sin to God. “Take with you words, and turn to the Lord: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves (meaning the sacrifices) of our lips” (Hosea 14:2).


A Neat Idea (pg. 8)

One church has a neat ministry. They have a group of retirees that call (between 10 a.m. and noon) on seniors who live alone. The caller is trained to make sure the retiree is doing well. If they need to see a doctor, they provide transportation. They also listen for anyone who’s sounding weak or in need of help, and if they think it’s necessary, they’ll call again in the afternoon. They’ve also formed many friendships with their calls. (The DollarStretcher at

Assistant Editor

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