Wednesday
Apr222015

Moore issues 'urgent call to prayer' to ABSC Senior Prayer Force

LITTLE ROCK – An urgent call to prayer for the U.S. Supreme Court has been issued by the state leader tasked with recruiting Arkansas Baptists to commit to pray for spiritual awakening in Arkansas and around the world.

MooreDon Moore, retired executive director of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC), issued the call Wednesday, April 22, in an email to senior adults who are a part of the prayer network. The email was sent out in advance of deliberations by the high court set to begin April 28. Moore was recruited by the ABSC's executive and administrative team in 2014 with the task of recruiting senior adults to pray for spiritual awakening.

"The voices of those who have promoted same sex marriage have been loud and clear. They intend to reverse the teachings and influence of the Lord's Word and the Lord's Church," Moore said in the email. "Our God is a mighty God. He reigns from heaven above. With wisdom, power and love, our God is a mighty God!"

Moore urged pastors to preach about biblical marriage on Sunday, April 26, and to lead prayer services on Tuesday, April 28.

"I urge you to get with every believer you know and encourage them to pray with you, and with others on April 28, and ask God to intervene in the hearts and minds and to grace the Court with the courage to do right in the sight of God," said Moore.

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Read Don Moore's email in its entirety below:

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Hi Friends:

The voices of those who have promoted same sex marriage have been loud and clear. They intend to reverse the teachings and influence of the Lord's Word and the Lord's Church.

"Our God is a mighty God. He reigns from heaven above. With wisdom, power and love, our God is a mighty God!"

As followers of Christ we are in a mighty war with the forces of darkness. We do not war with "carnal weapons" such as the world would use. Nevertheless, 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NIV) (2Co 10:4)  The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. (2 Co 10:5) We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

On Tuesday, April 28, the United States Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in favor of ‘same-sex marriage.’ How will the American church respond?

How can the church rise to the occasion in this situation? ... I urge you to consider the following –

1. Preach about biblical marriage on Sunday, April 26.

2. Lead prayer services on Tuesday, April 28.

Will we be on the right side of history, the side occupied by the Author of history? Will we discard an institution, ordained by God, which has brought so much stability and happiness to the human family? ... Rightly or wrongly, the Supreme Court will take a stand on marriage this summer. Let’s take ours now.

I urge you to get with every believer you know and encourage them to pray with you, and with others on April 28, and ask God to intervene in the hearts and minds and to grace the Court with the courage to do right in the sight of God.

Thank you, and keep praying!  God is hearing our prayers for Revival and Awakening.

Don Moore
Sr. Adult Prayer Force Leader

 

Wednesday
Apr222015

Emmons retires as pastor of FBC, Green Forest

Marvin Emmons is retiring April 30 as pastor of First Baptist Church, Green Forest, where he has served as pastor since 2002. Royce Sweatman will serve as interim.

Thursday
Apr092015

Black River Baptist Association churches reach out to community March 28

HOXIE – Acts 1:8 was put into action on Saturday, March 28, with 54 believers from six churches in the Black River Baptist Association (BRBA) coming together to share the gospel in Hoxie and Walnut Ridge communities as part of the association’s Acts 1:8 Evangelism/Mission Day.

The event was hosted by First Baptist Church, Walnut Ridge, and was under the leadership of William Vassar, pastor of First Baptist Church, Hoxie, who serves as the association’s missions team leader, and Jake Guenrich, pastor of First Baptist Church, Walnut Ridge, who serves as the association’s evangelism team leader.

Mike McCoy, associational missionary for Black River Baptist Association in Hoxie, said those who participated served in various ways, including distributing water bottles and hot coffee in front of Walmart, throwing a community block party, praying for awakening and revival, training people in Evangelism Explosion, witnessing to community members and visiting senior citizens at the local
nursing home.

“Through the efforts of these obedient Christians, we were able to pray over several people, invite many unchurched in the community to Sunday school and worship services and share the gospel with a number of others in their apartments and homes,” said Guenrich. “The Lord’s presence was definitely felt in the midst of the evangelism and mission efforts of all who served as His witnesses to the world, and we saw one individual come to faith in Christ!”

McCoy noted his appreciation for those who partnered with the association, including Tracy Archibald, Acts 1:8 One Day Mission Trip coordinator and block party coordinator for the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, who helped with prayer walking and evangelism and who led a team from Green County Baptist Association that provided equipment for and helped with block parties. McCoy said he is also thankful for Jerry Parke and his team from Walnut Street Baptist Church in Jonesboro, who led in teaching evangelism before the day’s activities began.

Guenrich noted that “these individuals helped in making the day a success.”

“This event was good preparation for the statewide Acts 1:8 One Day Mission Trip in October,” said Archibald referring to the ABSC’s annual event.

Black River association’s missions and evangelism teams have three more Acts 1:8 events planned for the association this year. These will take place May 16 at Alicia Baptist Church, Alicia; Aug. 8 at New Song Baptist Church in Williford, and Sept. 12 at Immanuel Baptist Church in Newport.

“The reason we decided to have these missions activities was to have the opportunity for our people to have a kingdom impact in their areas,” McCoy said. “For many, a mission trip to some distant place might not be for them. Now they can go on missions locally, which may encourage other trips later. We have to start in our Jerusalem before we can go to the ‘uttermost.’”

Vassar said their vision for the evangelism/missions events is to “employ the soldiers of God and so present the gospel of Jesus Christ both in word and deed (so) that the people of the communities of Black River Baptist Association leave their sin and follow Jesus as Lord and Savior.”

“This event was a great blessing for the participants to exercise obedience to the Great Commission and the love of God through fulfilling the Great Commandment,” he said. “We want all of Jackson, Lawrence, Sharp and Poinsett county to know the hope we have in Christ can be had by all.”

For more information, contact Vassar at 870-886-2360 or Guenrich at 870-886-2722.

Tuesday
Apr072015

Raising loving children in a me-first world

Editor’s note: A version of this article originally appeared in Arkansas Christian Parent magazine.

Jennifer Booth
Special to ABN

Our children are born with a me-first mentality. As newborns, they demand our time and attention to feed, diaper and entertain them. And as they grow older, they began to stake a claim on what is “mine.”

Today’s society provides many opportunities for our children to practice me-first thinking. All too often our children are caught up in what’s “theirs” or what their friends have. They have a difficult time having compassion for other people. Yes, some children are born with more tender or sensitive hearts, but in general, being compassionate does not come naturally to children.

As parents, we have the difficult task of developing compassionate hearts in our children. We are battling messages from the media and the world that tell our children they should live life to the fullest and do the things that feel good. Very rarely do we see compassion in action portrayed on TV.

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Tuesday
Apr072015

Mother of the Year 2015

The deadline approaches for the Arkansas Baptist News’ (ABN) 11th annual A Tribute to Godly Mothers essay contest.

In an effort to honor all mothers, each year the ABN selects a Mother of the Year based on entries.

The ABN issue prior to Mother’s Day announces the winner and includes a tribute to the winner, which will be chosen based on the quality of motherhood, godliness of the woman being honored and the readability of the essay submitted.

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