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*Arrington Sinks During Storm (pg. 1)

Eric Johnson – There is much to be thankful for in the BMAA Amazon River ministry. Many souls have been reached, churches have been started and the light of the Gospel continues to shine in the Amazon River Basin. One of the ways the Gospel has reached so many is through the ministry of the Arrington riverboat. Sadly, we have been informed that the Arrington boat has sunk due to a storm. Thankfully, no one was hurt in the accident. This news, although painful, is an opportunity to praise God for the history and legacy of our churches in the Amazonian jungle.


*Just the Crumbs Provides Florence Disaster Relief (pg. 1)

When disaster strikes, the BMA of America partners with Just the Crumbs to provide relief. Just the Crumbs is a nonprofit organization that began in December 2014 in order to provide help to those in need. Its founder, Lavon Haden, began the ministry by simply handing out hotdogs to the hungry in his town of Columbia, Miss. His goal was not to ask for money, but rather ask for anything people had in excess that he could sell, hence the name “Just the Crumbs.” This vision has resulted in the establishment of four thrift stores, the profits of which go to disaster relief projects.


*SYATP Collage (pg. 1)

Are some of the youth at your church participating in this year’s See You At The Pole (SYATP) event at their school on Sept. 26? If so, we’d love to have a photo to go in a collage in the Oct. 10 issue of the Baptist Trumpet. Each BMA of Arkansas church is encouraged to send one photo, full size and in a jpeg format. Photos must be received by the Trumpet no later than Oct. 3, and should be emailed to Including their photos will give your students a “pat on the back” for standing up for what they believe!


*Storm Reports (pg. 1)

Last week was a rough one for weather — Hurricane Florence battered the East Coast for several days, and Typhoon Mangkhut did major damage in The Philippines. I know that everyone involved would deeply appreciate your prayers. The following are reports from our works in those areas:


*Barker and West to Host Coaching Workshop (pg. 5)

Join Larry Barker and Todd West as they teach The Coaching Workshop on Sept. 28, 6-9 p.m.; and Sept. 29, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. You will learn about this insightful communication tool that focuses on how to ask good questions in order to determine the Holy Spirit’s direction in your life. Your $25 investment will cover snacks Friday night, a light breakfast Saturday morning, lunch Saturday afternoon and The Coaching Workshop materials.


Make CBC Your College Choice (pg. 2)

Terry Kimbrow – If you are a student or are the parent of a student, my prayer is that as you are considering your college choice that you are considering Central Baptist College. Please take the time to read student Averi Ratliff’s story below. I think her message will resonate with so many. And we have the perfect opportunity coming up for high school juniors and seniors to experience CBC through our Stampede Preview Day, which will take place Oct. 3, beginning at 10 a.m. You can get all of the details and register to attend at (Also see CBC Athletic Scores on page 2.)


Worship and our Students (pg. 2)

Dan Carson – This past week, I had the privilege to attend the Sing! Conference in Nashville again. It was an incredible event where we heard from notables such as John Piper, John MacArthur and David Platt — and that was all in one day! In addition, the Gettys shared their music, Matt Redman performed and Phil Keggy jumped up on stage for a couple of pieces. With over 7,000 people in attendance, it is hard to describe what the corporate worship was like. I highly recommend your pastoral staff and worship team make it a part of their annual training schedule. This year, we spent time looking at the Psalms and worship. Next year, they will be focusing on the Life of Christ and worship.


What is Activate? (pg. 3)

Larry Barker – Activate is an initiative to help your church be healthy. It is a biblical approach to church health, church growth, systems evaluations and pastor support. It focuses on helping make sure that leaders are healthy so they can lead healthy families and healthy churches. More than ever before, pastors and churches are realizing that they must come together and discover how to move forward in “such a time as this.” We can’t do this alone and God never intended us to. We now have 50 churches from 10 different states that have joined the Activate movement.


ABS Kicks Off Another School Year (pg. 3)

Chris Lucy – Monday, Aug. 27, the ABS on the Campus of Southern Arkansas University welcomed their students back with a Hamburger/Hot Dog Cookout. It was a great night for our current students to reconnect, but also provided an incredible opportunity for incoming freshman to be introduced to our ministry! We had an awesome night of fun and games, and met many new students throughout the evening. Our first regular services were held Monday, Sept. 10, with a meal sponsored by Brister Baptist Church (Emerson) and services led by our Student Praise/Worship team. This year our focus is on being “United in Christ!”


Spotlight on Missions (pg. 4)

Jesse & Rebecca Hales, Dominican Republic


Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)

Second Lawsuit Filed Against Casino Proposal; Colorado Schools End EBSCO Sex Ed Program; Three Ark. Newspapers Close

After Decades of Coverage; CA: Gender Surgery, Hormone Treatment for Foster Children


Chaplains Are Chaplains (pg. 5)

Chaplain David Norvell – God’s calling is amazingly simple. His calling is often a crooked and hilly road. I recently had a person say, “You know, I heard a company hired a ‘chaplain’ for their employees. He goes to their homes, visits them in the hospitals and talks to them about their problems at work and at home.” Yes, that is what chaplains do. Pastors serve a church by doing those things. That is pastoral care. A chaplain does pastoral care in the military, hospitals, prisons and in the work place.


FC Releases Voter’s Guide (pg. 5)

On Thursday, Sept. Sept. 13, Family Council released its voter’s guide for the 2018 Arkansas General Election. Family Council President Jerry Cox released a statement, saying, “I am pleased to announce the 2018 Arkansas Voter’s Guide from Family Council is available. We surveyed candidates for state and federal office. We asked them to respond to ten survey questions and three short answer questions covering everything from abortion and marriage to economics and gun legislation. This will help voters understand where candidates stand on a wide variety of issues.”


Are You in a Comfort Zone? (pg. 6)

Becca Watts – What if I asked you to create world peace by playing a musical instrument? Or thought that a game of chess could solve world hunger? You would think I was insane, right? I wonder if that’s what Joshua thought when God asked Him to march around the walls of Jericho for six days with the Ark of the Covenant (basically how Israel experienced the presence of God) and all armed men? Then on the seventh day to march around the walls and priests blowing on trumpets.


BibleStick Update (pg. 6)

David Powell – So far, 1,027,888 Military BibleSticks (MBKs) have been shipped to over 2,000 chaplains for distribution to our troops and to our Veterans — BMA congregations have funded 8,241! An Army Chaplain shared “What a blessing this is! It’s a brilliant way to get the Word of God into the hearts and minds of these soldiers. Thank you for your ministry.” An MBK is a dedicated listening device that has been pre-loaded with the dramatized audio New Testament and 65 minutes of selected Psalms. In 2008, Military Chaplains requested an audio Bible from Faith Comes By Hearing that they could distribute to the troops. The average age of the military community is in their early 20s, and many have never been to church. The Chaplains wanted to meet the troops “where they’re at” with the Bible.


Suicide: Churches Awaken (pg. 6)

David Roach – Pastor Andrew McGinnis still remembers his “solemn drive” home on June 25, 1995. Then four years old, McGinnis had been attending a family reunion in Tennessee with his mother and two older brothers while his father Dan, pastor of Double Springs Baptist Church in Waynesburg, Ky., carried out his normal weekend duties at the church. But Dan McGinnis never arrived at church that Sunday morning. Members found him dead in the parsonage — a victim of suicide. Evidence suggested ministerial stress and undiagnosed mental illness may have been contributing factors.


On the Road Again (pg. 7)

Paul White – Saturday, I was privileged to attend the United Association meeting. This year, they met with our mission church, Life Journey in Fort Smith and Missionary Darrin Smith. Darrin had asked the members of the mission to come at noon to help serve and also give us an opportunity to get to know them. A special thanks to everyone who was involved, from the meeting to the meal. We currently have two missionaries sponsored by United Association churches. The association’s love for lost souls can be seen in their supporting State Missions and in supporting Darrin and Jim Tollison in particular. God continues to bless all our mission works. Please pray God will raise up men with a burden to plant churches right here in Arkansas.


Can You Ever Truly Understand Your Spouse? (pg. 8)

The Late Travis Plumlee – No! And why do you feel the need to do so anyway? There are so many critical ingredients to focus on to make a healthier, holier marriage — honesty, trust, open communication, empathy, respect, affirmation, affection and the list goes on. Sometimes couples get hung up on the assumption that if they are close to each other, they must understand each other fully. That’s not even possible.


One Place You Should Never Charge Your Phone (pg. 8)

When things go wrong with technology, the results can often be dire. Who can forget the cell phone battery explosions that caused a global recall of the product? Not the ideal situation for the many people who like to keep their phones within a fingertip’s reach. We all know it’s not the healthiest habit to stay glued to your cell phone at bedtime. But there’s another downside to that habit besides disrupted sleep cycles. As we stay up in bed (and fall asleep) to play games, send texts, listen to music or use a phone’s alarm clock, we could be taking a risk. Many of us charge our phones overnight, which causes the battery or charger to heat up. That heat is a fire hazard.


Assistant Editor

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