Current News April 3
*Gospel Music’s Russ Taff At BMA National Meeting (pg. 1)
Winner of 6 Grammys, 18 GMA Dove Awards, and inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame, Russ Taff has been hailed by Billboard magazine as “The single most electrifying voice of Christian music.” His success stemmed from his stints with bands such as the Imperials, the Gaither Vocal Band and many solo ventures. Russ Taff will be sharing his music and his testimony at the BMA National Meeting on Wednesday, May 8 at 3:30 p.m.
*EIM: Praise and Thanks! (pg. 1)
Fonda Norris – Over 15,000 Shepherd’s Bags left EIM’s storage warehouse last week! Will you say “amen!” with us? Tim Tyler, director of Water For Christ (W4C) Ministry came with his truck, and they were loaded, bound for Ghana, West Africa. EIM (Evangelistic International Ministries) is partnering with W4C to combine our shipment with theirs in order to allow these bags to be sent to Moses Adjekwei, our EIM Director in Ghana. These bags will be used to open doors to allow the Gospel of Christ to be preached in many villages and schools.
*Mustangs Make History During Winter Sports Season (pg. 1)
Terry Kimbrow -The Central Baptist College Mustangs have had, and are continuing to have, a successful year. I am thankful for our coaches who pour into our student athletes both on and off the field and court. I am pleased to share this recap of the winter sports season, written by Sports Information Director Erik Holth: (Also see CBC Sports Results on page 2)
*What Students Need From the Youth Leader (pg. 2)
Anders Lee (via Mississippi Baptist) — In January of 2012 I was in between church ministry positions, and it was cool to visit around and see what other churches in our area were like and what they were doing in ministry. After a few months, we ended up visiting one particular church. I enjoyed the preaching, Carla enjoyed the early service and my kids enjoyed the contemporary music style. Having found that everyone liked the church, I committed to make that the only church we were going to until God showed us what to do in ministry. We started going on Wednesday nights, and the adult Bible study was awesome. Our youngest kids went to AWANA and there were at least 100 teens at youth. Wow!
*Taking Care of Yourself (pg. 2)
Dan Carson – Summer is just around the corner and that means some of the busiest times for student ministry workers. Working with students demands a high level of energy, and if not careful, we can burn out quickly. It is important that we take steps to care of ourselves if we hope to have a long lasting impact on the students to whom God has called them to minister. To help you do that, here are a few words of encouragement as you approach the busy season of summer ministry:
Choose Character (pg. 3)
Larry Barker -Developing character is a very important part of discipleship and spiritual growth. All too often, we jump over character to focus on someone’s competencies and skill sets. God is far more interested in who you are than in what you do. Are we more infatuated with the gifts of the spirit than we are with the fruit of the Spirit? Jeff Christopherson reminds us, “The truth is, we are bankrupt. The knowledge of our personal bankruptcy forces us to depend on the Spirit. In this transformation, by God’s grace, an exchange takes place and we become what we lack.”
Nomads (pg. 3)
Valarie Fish – They were the cutest little things — singing songs in their native tongue after their dad talked about the needs of their mission field in Romania. I watched them interact and was brought back to my own childhood when we traveled from church to church, watching dad give his presentation of our mission field. I was 12, and my sisters were 10 and 4, when our parents took us on deputation before we left for the Philippines.
It Isn’t Looking Good! (pg. 4)
Editor – God has blessed the Trumpet, so I’m not as “concerned” as I would have been a year ago if this had happened… but I’m still… okay, I’ll just say it — worried! Most departments have always had money that is set aside to “back them up” in times of financial need; but until last year, the Trumpet never had that. Now that we do have a little, I’m afraid people will think we don’t need help. But that’s not true, because it won’t take long for that “back up” money to be gone, and we’ll be right back where we were. Add to that the extra costs (plumbing, etc.) we’ve had this year, and other expenses we will have in the near future — including a van with over 160,000 miles on it that is beginning to get a little cantankerous and a lot old — and it won’t take long for us to be hurting again. We’re already having to dip into our backup funds pretty deeply.
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
Ark. Down-syndrome Abortion Ban OK’d; No Church Tax Relief Yet From Congress; MI Adoption Agencies Can’t Bar LGBT Couples; Utah Bans Abortions After 18 Weeks; NC- Judge Strikes Law That Bans Abortions after 20 Weeks
Former Missionary To Brazil Dies (pg. 5)
Johnny Gerald Price, 83 of Benton, died March 26. He graduated from Central Baptist College in 1964 with a BA in Bible, and served as pastor of Faith Baptist Church at Quitman and Macedonia Baptist Church at Greenbrier before being elected as BMA missionary to Brazil in 1967. In order to “reach almost impossible to reach places in the Brazilian jungles,” Bro. Price initiated a successful campaign to raise funds and Gold Bond Trading Stamps to purchase an airplane. He and his wife, the late Lois Ford Price, served in Brazil until 1975. They then moved to Lewisville, Texas in 1976, and he worked for Accelerated Christian Education until he retired in 2011. He is survived by son, Danny G. Price; a daughter, Rhonda Temperato; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held March 30 at Criswell Funeral Home Chapel in Ada, Okla., with Ralph Rice officiating. Interment was at Lightning Ridge Cemetery near Roff, Okla.
Staged Shots vs. Real Shots (pg. 5)
Don Burke -As winter has seemed to drag on, offering little new and exciting for picture-taking, I’ve tried my hand at a new-to-me category of pictures — staged shots. While I’ve enjoyed much of it, I’ve decided that it is still not nearly as good as capturing moments from the real world. Staged shots often feel a bit contrived, and sometimes are not really consistent with all the other elements in the picture. And when done right, they give an appearance of perfection that just isn’t reflective of what normally happens in real life. In all of its sometimes-randomness, real-life has a sense of genuineness that staged shots so very often miss.
Error Pointed Out By Seminary (pg. 5)
Keri Southern – The item at the top of page three in this week’s Trumpet has an error in the proposed change to Article X of the Statement of Principles of Cooperation. It should be: Proposed changes to the Statement of Principles of Cooperation – Article X – Department of Church Ministries: Section 1. – No changes recommended. Section 2. – A. Providing a complete course of Sunday School and Christian Growth Ministry (insert) Bible Study literature, and such other literature and publications as the association may deem advisable. Section 2. – B. No changes recommended. Section 2. – C. Delete the following — “Developing and coordinating retreats, conferences, student ministries, and special events.” Section 2. – D. Delete the following — Offering information services, including statistical data related to the association’s ministries.
National Brotherhood Annual Meeting (pg. 5)
Richey Hester -The National Brotherhood will gather for their annual meeting during the National BMA meeting in Rogers on Tuesday, May 7, at 9 a.m. in Grand Ballroom 7 at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center. The speaker’s name will be announced later. The Board of Trustees of the National Brotherhood will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 6, in Grandball Room 7. We ask that all of our BMA men attend the annual meeting to see how Brotherhood is needed in all of our churches. May God bless your travels, and I hope to see you there.
Missionary Profile (pg. 5)
Michael Strong, to serve in Minneapolis, Minn.
Moral Action Resolutions (pg. 6)
The following resolutions will be presented by Dr. John Adams and voted on by the messengers at the BMA of America meeting in May: Resolution #1 – Israel; Resolution #2 – Euthanasia/Suicide, Resolution #3 – One Man/One Woman, Resolution #4 – God Can Work and Resolution #5 – Political Offices
Why Women Divorce (pg. 6)
The Late Travis Plumlee – The most common reasons cited in divorce court are mental cruelty and neglect. Actually, this eludes to the clear fact that the husband is in rebellion to God’s plan for marriage found in Eph. 5:25: “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church. and gave himself for it.” By the very original meaning of the word “husband,” he is to be the caretaker, grower and cultivator. He is the family gardener. He is to love his wife like Christ loved the church — so much that He sacrificially served her and died for her. The church is the bride for Jesus, just as the wife is the bride for the husband. Jesus would never have been mean, cruel, called the church hateful names or ignored and neglected the church; but sadly, many Christian men do that to their brides.
Just a Few Reasons Why I Hate the Devil
Paul White (Lesson 5) – Too many of God’s children underestimate the power of Satan. While he does not have absolute power like God, he is much stronger than mortal man. One such power is that of sickness. “And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?”(Luke 13:16) “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him” (Acts 10:38).
An Empty Easter Egg (pg. 8)
Dr. Gary O’Neal -Paul Harvey was one of America’s greatest storytellers. He had a unique way of drawing his audience into his story and then quickly making his point with “the rest of the story.” One year around Easter, Harvey told the story of young Philip, a nine-year old boy who had been born with Down’s Syndrome. Because of his limitations, Philip had difficulty fitting in with the other children in his class. Even at church, kids were still kids, and Philip often found himself the brunt of jokes or crude remarks. At Easter, Philips’s Sunday School teacher taught about Jesus’ resurrection and how this gives us new life. To reinforce the lesson, each child was given an empty plastic egg and sent outside to find some object that represented new life. They were to put their objects inside the egg and then the class would discuss what they had found.
Archaeological Discovery In Jerusalem (pg. 8)
“A tiny clay impression from the 8th century BC, which bears an inscription mentioning a member of the court of the biblical King Josiah, was recently located in the City of David in Jerusalem,” said Michael Gryboski in an April 1 Christian Post report. Excavations held at the Givati Parking Lot in the City of David uncovered a tiny clay impression, also known as a bulla, that included a reference to Nathan-Melech, who was identified as “Servant of the King.” (christianpost.com)