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Current News- Nov. 14

“The Woods Exploded” Amid Pastor’s Fire Rescue (pg. 1)

David Roach • Baptist Press, Magalia, Calif. (BP)—When one of the deadliest wildfires in state history struck the Northern California town of Magalia, Pastor Doug Crowder didn’t get to preach his Veterans Day sermon about risking death to save others. But he got to live it.


Casinos are Coming, But We Aren’t the Big Losers (pg. 1)

Larry Page—We were praying and hoping to prevail in Issue No. 4, the Casino Gambling Amendment, at the ballot box, but we fell short. However, we weren’t the big losers in that matter. The big losers are the state of Arkansas and its weakest, most desperate and most vulnerable residents — especially those living in and around Pine Bluff and Russellville.


Arkansas Wins Pro-Life Victory (pg. 1)

Jerry Cox—After three years of fighting the state in federal court, Planned Parenthood has agreed to obey a pro-life law Arkansas passed in 2015. Act 577 of 2015, the Abortion-Inducing Drugs Safety Act, requires abortionists to follow FDA protocols when dispensing abortion-inducing drugs like RU-486; it also requires them to contract with a physician who has admitting privileges at a hospital — just in case the woman experiences any complications from the abortion.


Spring Semester Registration (pg. 2)

Terry Kimbrow—Central Baptist College is now registering for Spring 2019 classes. Now is the time for new and current students to decide what degree to pursue or courses to take. Here are deadlines and some financial tips to help students and/or parents navigate the process:


God Deserves Our Thanks (pg. 2)

Mike McEuen—God’s true followers have always been a very thankful people. The Bible is filled with messages and testimonies of thanksgiving and praise to the Lord. “Bless the Lord, O my soul, O Lord my God, thou art very great: thou art clothed with honour and majesty. Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain: Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind” (Psa. 104:1-3).


Spotlight—(pgs. 2 and 8)

Siripong & Jessie Yaebeang, Thailand, and Michel & Ruth Poirier, Canada, Haiti and Africa


Be Thankful Not Anxious (pg. 3)

Larry Barker—Thanksgiving is once again upon us, which hopefully reminds us not to allow anxiety to control us! Philippians 4:6 tells us, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” The translation is literally, don’t be “anxious;” and it carries the idea of being pulled in different directions.


Student Ministry During the Holidays (pg. 3)

Dan Carson—When we make it past Halloween, we officially fall into the holiday season. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s all blend together as a mixture of fun, parties, food, family and friends. As we work with students, these holidays give us a great opportunity to speak into their lives. Students are open to a number of concepts at this time of the year — giving, gratitude, renewal and Jesus — and those are just the tip of the iceberg.


I Almost Got Into Trouble! (pg. 4)

Editor—I narrowly escaped getting into a little trouble at the state meeting. Although I’m sure that doesn’t surprise most of you, let me explain. Several people said, “I was going to really get onto you because you haven’t written anything lately, but I see that you did this week.” (To be honest, I didn’t write something for last week’s issue to avoid getting scolded, but God does protect His Baby Girl!)


Q&A (pg. 5)

Valarie Fish—Everything has a reason. This must be true, because my first-grade teacher told me so — much to the chagrin of my parents. Apparently, I asked lots of questions and the time came when “because I said so” wasn’t going to cut it. I still ask lots of questions, but as an adult I am responsible for finding my own answers somehow.


Operation Christmas Child (pg. 5)

Beacon Baptist Church in Taylor packed 104 boxes for Operation Christmas child. This is a project the WMA and GMA sponsor. 


Mt. Vernon Youth Meet (pg. 5)

The Mt. Vernon Youth in the Harvest met with County Line Baptist Church in Marvell on Oct. 22, with 71 present, representing 9 churches. The program was presented by the youth of County Line. The attendance banner went to Rondo Baptist Church at Rondo, and the Percentage Banner went to Bethel Baptist Church in Forrest City. The $177 offering went to Eddie and Jo Kelso. The next meeting will be Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. at Rondo Baptist Church. (Barbara Belew, reporter)


Stressed is Desserts Spelled Backward (pg. 6)

Richard Fewell—I’ve watched a fairly sizable number of young professionals in a great many disciplines, from law and medicine to counseling, pastoring and engineering, burnout, quit and/or have significant health problems requiring them to take medication much too young. Stress has a profound effect on their marriages, relationships with their children, coworkers and staff. I went through the same burnout just three years into my law practice.


But One Came Back (pg. 6)

Gary O’Neal—Have you ever been an outcast? I didn’t start out life as an outcast. I had a normal childhood, and my friends could often be found playing at my house until late in the day. I was blessed with a precious wife and we had three of the most beautiful children you’ve ever seen. My business was successful and growing — more than providing for the needs of my family. Life was good. Until — until it wasn’t.


SOAR Prayer Teams (pg. 6)

“I feel like God would like us to be intentional in praying for our kids and our leadership: youth, pastors and leadership of SOAR,” said Kristen Riddle, SOAR Prayer Teams Leader. Sign-ups have opened for those who are passionate about praying for those who will attend SOAR 2019.


Excuses (pg. 7)

Excuse: “I have no feeling.” Answer: The world isn’t run by feelings. Washington did not live at Valley Forge because he felt like it. Most people do most of their worthy acts contrary to feelings. The doctor does not deal with diseases because of feeling, but because of necessity. From the State Missions director, all the missionaries and administrative assistant, with thankful hearts, we wish all of you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.


Haiti: “Well Worth Supporting” (pg. 8)

Ben Temple—Fear — what is it good for? International missions are complicated by logistics and the unknown. Recently, Water for Christ (W4C) took a trip to Haiti to support the mission work of Michel Poirier. W4C had never been to Haiti, therefore it was unknown territory. Three weeks before we left, there was a 5.9 earthquake in Gros Morne, an area W4C was planning to visit. One week before leaving, Hurricane Michael appeared and there were concerns that there might be another hurricane behind it.


Assistant Editor

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