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ABN edition for November 13, 2014

Arkansas Baptists: ‘Every One Matters’

TEXARKANA – An estimated 1,000-plus Arkansas Baptist messengers and guests converged on Trinity Baptist Church in Texarkana Oct. 27-29 to conduct business, worship and hear inspiring sermons and entity reports during the 161st annual meeting of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC), Pastors’ Conference and related meetings.

The 515 church messengers registered by the ABSC at the meeting represented every geographical region of the state. In 2013, the annual meeting held at Cross Church in Rogers attracted 591 messengers. This year’s annual meeting theme was Every One Matters.

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Alcohol proposal fails, GOP sweeps offices

LITTLE ROCK – Nov. 4 marked midterm elections in various states across the United States, including Arkansas. Arkansans voted to uphold local control of alcohol sales and gradually raise the state’s minimum wage. Republican candidates swept nearly all offices up for election in the state.

Larry Page, executive director of the Arkansas Faith and Ethics Council (AFEC), was a harsh critic of the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Initiative, Issue 4, on the ballot. Page argued that the initiative would stifle the voice of individuals living in Arkansas’ 37 dry counties. By forfeiting the right of local municipalities and communities to decide to allow or prohibit the sale of alcohol, Page argued Arkansans would unnecessarily lose their voice on the issue.

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Ark. church accepts call to impact African city

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (BP) – Dinner was a far cry from an Arkansas Baptist church supper. 

On this night, six members of Arkansas’ Valley Baptist Church in Searcy squeezed into a modest Muslim home in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and dipped their spoons into African groundnut stew and fish sauce served over “attieke,” the staple Ivorian food made from cassava. They were eating with a local family who was breaking their Ramadan fast.

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Here's what you missed in the 11/13 edition of the Arkansas Baptist News if you aren't a subscriber: 

- Arkansas Baptists: 'Every One Matters'
- Alcohol proposal fails, GOP sweeps offices
- Ark. church accepts call to impact African city
- ABN Digest: New York Baptists consider name change
- ABN Digest: Missouri Baptists challenge state's AG
- Sparkman First Baptist Church: 'Beautiful Past, Bright Future'
- Frank Page: 'Cooperative Program levels the playing field'
ABN Digest: Marijuana legalized in Alaska, Ore. and D.C.
ABN Digest: Pro-life ballot issues gain in Tenn., Colo.
- Editorial & Opinion
- Editorial cartoon by Gary Thomas (Exclusive to the ABN)
- Speakers enourage messengers to live 'Every 1 Matters'
- Arkansas Baptist agencies report God's work across the state
- Arkansas Baptist ministers encouraged to 'Be Encourged'
- Arkansas Baptists make voice known on five resolutions
- Faith & Culture
- Thank you, Arkansas Baptist churches
- Dr. Jack's Coffee changes lives locally and internationally
- Ministers' wives gather, fellowship
- Across Arkansas
- Classifieds
- Bible Commentary
- Bonus Content: Fewer churches growing, more churches declining
- Bonus Content: East Germans still burdened by the Berlin wall 

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