Thursday
Aug292013

ABSC Cruise ’13 set for Sept. 26-27

Cruise ’13: Arkansas Mission Road Trip, a motorcycle ride open to pastors and staff members of Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) churches, is set for Sept. 26-27. 

The event is sponsored by the ABSC and hosted by ABSC Executive Director J.D. “Sonny” Tucker.

Marcus Brown, ABSC evangelism and church growth team member, said tentative plans are to have lunch in Clarksville before heading to Siloam Springs, where riders will spend the night at Camp Siloam (Arkansas Baptist Assembly). The next day they will ride to Fort Smith and then to Ozark before ending with lunch.

“The purpose of the ride is twofold – to highlight Cooperative Program ministry points in that part of the state and to provide a great opportunity for fellowship among the riders,” said Brown.

For more information, call 501-376-4791, ext. 5128, or email mbrown@absc.org.

Thursday
Aug152013

Multihousing conference set for Aug. 24

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) missions ministries team will host the Multi-Housing Missions Conference Aug. 24 at the ABSC building in Little Rock. 

The event’s goal is to help churches reach those who live in multihousing settings, such as apartments, trailer parks and retirement centers. The conference will give attendees the tools to help reach people in such settings through multihousing ministry or through planting a church in a multihousing setting.

FreemanSpeakers will focus on multihousing missions development, church planting in multihousing settings and prayer walking. Attendees can also choose to attend one of the following breakout sessions: strategy for multihousing missions, the basics of simple church in multihousing settings or children’s ministry.

“Statistics show us that 57 percent of Americans live in multihousing and 95 percent of those people living in multihousing are without Christ. Wow! What a mission field in our back door,” said Breck Freeman, ABSC missions ministries team member and church and community mission strategist for the convention.

Registration deadline is Aug. 16.

For more information, call 800-838-2272, ext. 5150.

Thursday
Aug012013

Five reasons young adults need to be a member of a local church

Josh Mauldin
FBC, Fayetteville

Too often today we see young adults taking a hiatus from the local church. Sometimes we see them walk away completely from the faith. Scripture has some things to tell us about the importance of not only attending but investing in the local church. The following are some of the reasons God’s Word tells us that it is important to be in a local church.

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Thursday
Aug012013

How to talk to your children about sex

Ben Phillips
Arkansas Baptist State Convention 

Christian parents are losing the battle on all fronts in the cultural war on sex and the casualties are their children, grandchildren, and future generations. Children hear a few messages from parents and the church and an overwhelming number of messages from the media, friends, and school. Instead of parents having “the talk,” they must have “multiple talks” with their children to equip their children with a biblical worldview regarding sexuality.

The book of Proverbs illustrates the example of parents teaching children 27 times, primarily the father teaching his son, providing a model for parents. Included in Proverbs are examples of a father taking initiative to warn and guide his son to make wise choices in the sexual arena of his life. Proverbs devotes almost three entire chapters to this subject in 2:16-20, 5:1-23, 6:20-29, 7:1-27. The repetition of these references emphasizes the continuous role of parents frequently teaching their children in the home to walk the right path.

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Thursday
Aug012013

How to address human trafficking issues in your church

Debbie Moore
Arkansas Baptist State Convention

Like the priest in the Good Samaritan story, we would rather avert our eyes and pretend not to see some things. Human trafficking is one of those things. We want to believe that slavery, child labor, sex trafficking, and human trafficking are exaggerations or nonexistent. However, human trafficking is occurring across the globe and yes, even in Arkansas. How can we stop this problem?

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