*#SMWR2019 (pg. 1)
Dan Carson – With SOAR 2019 over, we are gearing up for our annual student ministry workers retreat in a big way. This year’s event is scheduled for Sept. 7 at Central Baptist College, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. In our three main sessions, Samuel Bierig will be covering Student Ministry & The Local Church, Student Ministry & Discipleship and Student Ministry & Sexual Holiness. Bierig serves as the undergraduate dean and as assistant professor of Biblical Studies at Spurgeon College. He also serves as an elder at Liberty Baptist Church. He is pursuing his Ph.D. in Theology at Midwestern, and holds degrees from Southern Seminary and Ouachita Baptist University. He is also currently working with Rainer Publishing to release a book entitled, Fulfill Your Student Ministry (working title) and is a regular contributor at ftc.co. He is married to Mallory, and they have two children, Abby and Levi.
* ARTL Billboard Campaign (pg. 1)
Rose Mimms -Arkansas Right to Life (ARTL) has announced the first installment of a statewide billboard campaign to promote the Safe Haven Law and Safe Haven Baby Boxes in all 75 counties in Arkansas. On June 14, the first billboard went live in Harrison at 801 Highway 62-65N. Editor’s Note: Another Safe Haven billboard is also up in Faulkner County on Highway 64 N. In a note on that post, Mrs. Mimms said, “Thank you, Paul Calvert, for donating your sign on your property to help mothers know about the Safe Haven Law and the Safe Haven Baby Boxes. You’re a lifesaver!”
*Legislation Challenged (pg. 1)
Rose Mimms -On July 24, we will know what will happen and what won’t. Ninety days after sine die, the official close of the 92nd Arkansas General Assembly, is when the majority of legislation passed during the session and signed by the governor will become law. So July 24 is the day when we expected the record number of pro-life laws enacted to take effect. But now we know that at least 3 of the 12 laws have been legally challenged by the ACLU, which asked the court to permanently enjoin them from ever taking effect:
*Alarming Statistics (pg. 3)
Larry Barker – Five levels of health and growth help to categorize evangelical churches in America. Here is their description from 2009 and what percentage of churches each represents: Fast-growing (greater than 5% annually) 12%; Growing (nominally to 5% annually) 23%; Steadily declining (0% to 3% annually) -34%; Rapidly declining (2% to 5% annually) 21%; Declining toward death (over 5% decline annually) 10%. We know from research that 85% of all churches have either plateaued or are in decline. Of the 15% that are growing, only 1% is from conversion growth.
*CBC Alumni Story – Chris Vines (pg. 2)
My name is Chris Vines and I am originally from Buckner. I currently live in Hope, where I love and adore my wife, raise two boys and eat many watermelons! For the past five years, I have joyfully served as the family and discipleship pastor at Garrett Memorial Baptist Church (GMBC). One ministry of our church is our k4-12th grade Christian school, where I also get to teach Bible and coach golf. Serving the Lord in Hope was never part of my plan, but I am so thankful it has been part of His. (Also see CBC Sports, pg. 2)
A Lot of Love to Cover One Speck of Sin (pg. 3)
Martha Brock – Translucent, memorabilia, heirloom — these words that sound so different all make me think of my friend Jesus’ special stories. Have you noticed how many times Jesus would center his stories around jewels, especially pearls? You can easily see where I am going, right? Translucent means clear, free from disguise or falsehood — sure, a pearl! I think Jesus was like us, He would get homesick; and when He got to thinking about Heaven and His Father — well, pearls just naturally came to mind. Heirlooms, items of special value that kept in the family and memorabilia are things that stir our memories.
God Continues to Bless (pg. 4)
Editor – I sent out the “thank you” letters the other day, thinking the Special Emphasis gifts were over; but since then, we’ve received even more! If you were here in the office each time a donation is received, you would hear Jeff, me and especially Marene (our bookkeeper!) saying things like “Praise the Lord!” and “Thank you, Jesus!” We never take a penny for granted and are so very grateful to the Lord, and to you, for each gift. Now, I’m really not trying to sound greedy, but Marene tells me that all 2019 Special Emphasis offerings must be received by our office on July 31 in order to count on this year’s total. Again, may God bless each one of you “real good!”
Trumpet Notes (pg. 4)
Oaklawn Casino Opens Sports Betting; Pine Bluff: A Step Closer to Public Drinking; Human Trafficking: U.S. Has Work to Do; AMA Turns Pro-Abortion; Court Rules: Trump Can Defund Planned Parenthood; Facebook Banned Pro-Life Ads; Candidate Grilled For Pledge to Wife
Hornadays to Mark 50th Anniversary (pg. 5)
Jack and Brenda (Vaughn) Hornaday will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Saturday, Aug. 3, at Sheridan Terrace Baptist Church in Palestine, Texas. The 3 p.m. reception will be followed by a concert by Heaven’s Echoes at 5 p.m. The Hornadays were married Aug. 2, 1969 in Leggett, Texas, with the bride’s father, G.H. Vaughn, officiating. They served the BMA of Arkansas as administrators of the BMA Children’s Home at Magnolia from 1981 until it closed in 2007.
Recreational Marijuana Would Hurt Arkansas (pg. 5)
On Tuesday, July 9, activists in Arkansas announced plans to propose measures legalizing recreational marijuana in Arkansas, letting Arkansans grow marijuana at home and letting a criminal convicted of a low-level marijuana offense petition a court for expungement of the conviction. Family Council President Jerry Cox released a statement saying, “There’s nothing safe about marijuana. People are killed every day in marijuana-related car accidents in this country. Children in Colorado, California and other states where marijuana is legal have been hospitalized after getting ahold of an adult’s marijuana. In Alabama, a toddler recently died in a hot car while his parents allegedly were passed out under the influence of marijuana. Legalizing recreational marijuana will put Arkansans at risk.”
Book Review – Abby Sue, Where Are You? (pg. 5)
Editor – Patty (P.L.) Rainey, of Morrilton and a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Plumerville, has written a delightful children’s book, Abby Sue, Where Are You? The book is written in rhyming form and “was written to inspire children to seek and follow God’s plan for their lives. “The story begins with a concerned mother and a misplaced daughter and ends with a reunion that reflects the lessons Abby Sue has learned from her Christian mother. As Mama searches for Abby Sue, children are shown many different and faraway places that they may not have heard or seen. This whimsical tale shows children that anything is possible for Abby Sue or for them and that no dreams are too large or too small for God!”
Honoring the Sabbath (pg. 6)
Mike McEuen – The Old Testament Israelites gathered for Sabbath Day worship at the tent of meeting, and later at the tabernacle; and finally, during the reign of King Solomon, at the temple. Jesus also went to the local synagogue to worship on the Sabbath Day, “as was His custom” (Luke 4:16). We also see this pattern of worship continued in the early churches. After Jesus’ resurrection, for Christians, the Sabbath Day was changed from the last day of the week to the first day of the week, from Saturday to Sunday, to celebrate and commemorate His resurrection. But the change in day signaled no change in purpose. Early Christians still knew that on their “Sabbath Day,” Sunday, they were to stop working and start worshiping.
Seed Time And… (pg. 7)
Paul White – As I travel around the state, I constantly notice how it seems one moment farmers are plowing, then shortly there will be a green field of plants and before you know it, the crops take on a more gold tint or a harvest brown, then the combines and pickers are gathering in the harvest. It seems that, in passing, this all takes place in just a short period of time; but in reality, it has taken several months. I can’t help but notice how much this, in a way, resembles planting a new church. There is the preparation time, followed by the planting and plowing. Just when you think everything is going well, some weeds try to take over, which requires special attention. But if we faint not, in due season, we will reap. When I became a state missionary, I asked the (now late) Larry Markum, a former state and foreign missionary, for advice. He shared the following: “Paul, you will gain some the first year, double the second year, lose half of them the third year, and will begin to (hopefully) experience a slow but steady growth the fourth year. But in time comes the harvest.”
Spotlight on Missions (pg. 8)
John & Brenda Bienlein, Flint, Mich., Master’s House Deaf Church; Don Newsom, Philippines
Buyers Beware of Flood-Damaged Vehicles (pg. 8) Flood waters across Arkansas and surrounding states have receded with damaged homes, businesses and vehicles remaining, but the potential for further consumer harm still exist. Consumers should use caution if they are considering purchasing a vehicle in the coming months as bad actors may be interested in lining their own pockets by selling water-damaged vehicles without disclosing the hidden damage. “Arkansas law has safeguards in place to protect consumers from unscrupulous individuals and car dealerships,” said Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “However, many of these transactions happen as part of private sales.”