Second ‘Celebrate the Word’ set for Magic Springs July 19-20

Mercy Me.HOT SPRINGS – The second of three Celebrate The Word weekends is set for July 19-20 at Magic Springs Water and Theme Park.

Todd Burpo and family.The event features Heaven Is for Real: Live and Christian music group MercyMe.

Heaven Is for Real: Live will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, July 19 and MercyMe will performer at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 20. Citizen Way and Big Daddy Weave will take perform at 6:30 p.m.  prior to MercyMe.

Heaven Is for Real: Live features author Todd Burpo and a live show of “song, story and hope,” according to press release about the event. “It all began after Burpo’s 4-year old son, Colton, experienced heaven during emergency surgery. He talked about looking down to see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room,” the release states.

Also on hand at the park for the Celebrate the Word weekend is illusionist Harris III, performing at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. at the Lakeside Theater on Friday and Saturday.

 “These weekends are highly anticipated by many of our guests,” said Steve Honeycutt, general manager of the park. “This is a special festival with a focus on faith and family with a tremendous lineup of the best talent in contemporary Christian entertainment.”  


Sold Out youth conference set for Aug. 17

RUSSELLVILLE – Youth from Russellville and surrounding areas are invited to attend the Sold Out conference set for Saturday, Aug. 17, at Fair Park Baptist Church, 615 S. Knoxville Ave., Russellville.

HamKirby Vardeman, pastor of LifeStone Church in Russellville, is the organizer of the event. The conference theme is Marvelous Grace. 

“Sold Out is back, and this year is better than before,” said Vardeman. “Our emphasis in this year’s conference is on the gospel of God’s grace. His grace saves us, sustains us and changes us. His grace is what helps us to be the Church that He saw us being as He died for us.”

MorganMore than 60 youth attended last year’s conference, but Vardeman said he expects more than double for this year’s event.

Speakers included at the conference are Brad Morgan, LifeStone Church student pastor, and Jay Ham, equipping pastor for missions, outreach and recreation at First Baptist Church, Russellville.

The Elliott Andrews Band of Crossett will be featured in worship, and the worship leader for the day is Paul Rideout, LifeStone Church worship pastor.

RideoutVardeman said the main session will be “a time of powerful worship focusing on God and His grace through instrument and song, along with teaching relevant to the student to glorify God and stir His people to act out in love for Him.” 

AndrewsAlso included during the day will be several breakout sessions “in which students can more closely focus on the teaching and openly discus how what they have learned can change how they live,” Vardeman added.

A mission emphasis will give students the opportunity to hear about the various people groups around the world and how each can participate in reaching their city, state, country and world through Jesus as well. 

For more information or to register, visit or call Vardeman at 479-567-8850.

Sold Out Conference schedule:

8:00 – Registration

9:00 – Welcome

9:30 – Main Session

10:45 – Breakdown Groups

11:15 – Lunch

12:00 – Mission Emphasis

12:30 – Main Session

1:45 – Breakdown Groups

2:15 – Experience of Prayer

2:45 – Main Session

4:00 – Release


2013 WEE Workshop deadline July 8

Weekday Early Education (WEE) is a faith-based early childhood education program designed to provide a learning experience for infants through kindergartners by develop their physical, mental, social-emotional and spiritual needs.

Two workshops are scheduled. The first will be held July 29 at First Baptist Church, Rogers. The second is set for Aug. 1-2 at Geyer Springs First Baptist Church, Little Rock. Registration for both conferences ends July 8.

The workshop is designed to assist early childhood centers in Arkansas Baptist State Convention-affiliated churches, as well as other weekday centers in meeting these needs. Early childhood leaders are encouraged to guide the spiritual development of young children by including Bible truths in their curriculum, working cooperatively with families and providing a loving Christian environment while the child is in their care. For more information and to register, go to


Web prayer resources available to pray for Muslims during Ramadan July 9-August 7

The Five Pillars of Islam are the framework of the Muslim life: faith, prayer, concern for the needy, self-purification, and the pilgrimage to Mecca for those who are able. Ramadan (the month of self-purification) July 9 through August 7 this year. All Muslims will fast from the first light of day until sundown, abstaining from food, drink, and sexual relations, all in an effort to please Allah.

As you pray for Muslims, use the Scriptures as much as possible. This will build your faith, and God can give you new insights for prayer based on His Word. Pray for God’s sovereign intervention in the lives of Muslims during a time of the year when many of them are much more deeply aware of spiritual matters. It’s also a great opportunity for Christians to learn about and reach out to Muslim neighbors – across the street and around the world. 

  • Pray for Christ-followers to seek God’s wisdom and leading as to how to interact with Muslims (Prov. 13:14).
  • Pray that God will protect the Christ- followers in the Muslim world who are persecuted (Matt. 5:10).
  • Pray for supernatural interventions from God, that Muslims will have dreams and visions about Jesus as the way, truth and life (John 14:6).
  • Pray for more opportunities for Christ-followers to get the available Scriptures and literature into the right hands (Isa. 52:7).
  • Thank Jesus Messiah that it is through His blood that sins can be forgiven. Pray that Muslims would understand that Jesus is the only way to the Father so that sins can be forgiven. Pray John 1:29, Acts 10:43 and Heb. 1:3.

Consider using the following prayer guides: 

This article was written by Debbie Moore who has friends worldwide who are former Muslims as well as many who are practicing Muslims. For more information about how you can love and pray for your Muslim neighbors contact Moore at


Williams Baptist College to host screenwriting workshop

WALNUT RIDGE – The Williams Baptist College (WBC) theatre program will host a screenwriting workshop led by Vickie Caspall on Tuesday, April 23, on the WBC campus.

Caspall's screenplay “Splintered” received top honors at the 12th annual Ozark Foothills Film Fest.

Melinda Williams, head of the WBC theatre program, said the workshop will address five key screenwriting components, the most popular movie genres and how to pick the right one for each screenplay and the basic phases and skills needed for writing a screenplay.

The free event will take place in the Rose Room, located upstairs in WBC’s Southerland-Mabee Center.  The workshop begins at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Melinda Williams at (870) 759-4203 or

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