• Forrest Park Baptist Church, 3706 Cherry Street, Pine Bluff
  • South Side Baptist Church, 2309 Poplar Street, Pine Bluff
  • New Fellowship Baptist Church, 17th. & Cypress, Pine Bluff
  • Immanuel Baptist Church, 1801 West 17th, Pine Bluff
  • Altheimer First Baptist Church, 209 West 6th St, Altheimer
  • Claud Road Baptist Church, 1821 Claud Road, Pine Bluff
  • Anderson Chapel Baptist Church, 26713 Hwy 54 East, Dumas
  • Rison Baptist Church, 300 East Magnolia, Rison
  • Rankin Chapel, 27654 State Hwy 54 East, Dumas
  • Linwood Baptist Church, 8932 Hwy 65 South, Moscow
  • Pine Bluff First Baptist Church, 6501 South Hazel, Pine Bluff
  • Dumas First Baptist Church, 200 East Waterman, Dumas
  • Green Meadows Baptist Church, 4201 Hwy 65 South, Pine Bluff
  • South Pine Wood Baptist Church, 8869 Hwy 79 South, Pine Bluff
  • Shannon Road Baptist Church, 6817 Shannon Road, Pine Bluff
  • Hardin Baptist Church, 300 Todd Lynn Drive, White Hall
  • River Road Baptist Church, 723 River Road, Redfield
  • Oak Grove Baptist Church, 13112 Dollarway Road, Pine Bluff
  • White Hall First Baptist Church, 8708 Dollarway Road, White Hall
  • Sulphur Springs Baptist Church, 9127 Sulphur Springs, Pine Bluff
  • Greenlee Memorial Baptist Church, 4901 Old Warren Road, Pine Bluff
  • Central Baptist Church, 6107 Dollarway Road, White Hall
  • Dollorway Baptist Church, 1718 North Hutchinson, Pine Bluff
  • Matthews Memorial Baptist Church, 3820 West 20th, Pine Bluff
  • Watson Chapel Baptist Church, 5514 Pinnacle Lane, Pine Bluff
  • Kearney Baptist Church, 1900 South HWY 365, Jefferson
  • Grady First Baptist Church, 420 Grady Avenue North, Grady
  • Yorktown First Baptist Church, 13382 Hwy 425 North, Yorktown
  • Fellowship Bible Baptist Church, 111 Hwy 425 North, Star City
  • East Side Baptist Church, 1605 South Wisconsin, Pine Bluff
  • Humphrey Baptist Church, 408 North Division Street, Humphrey
  • Kingsland First Baptist Church, 160 Cedar Street, Kingsland
  • Family Time Baptist Church, 501 South Ohio Street, Pine Bluff
  • Bethel Baptist Church, 676 Holthoff Road, Dumas
  • Gould First Baptist Church, 305 South First Street, Gould
  • Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 802 Keepsake Road, Star City
  • Shepherd Hill Baptist Church, 10710 Shepherd Hill Road, Pine Bluff
  • Star City First Baptist Church, 200 West Wiley Avenue, Star City

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A Word from Mike…

                              

I recently watched a debate between a pastor and a former pastor-turned-atheist on the subject, Does Human Suffering Make Belief in God Unreasonable? When I read that it was in the works, I was interested in seeing how it would go. I had learned a bit about the former pastor-atheist’s position, but didn’t know anything about the pastor on the pro-God side. As I listened to the debate, I began to be disappointed…with both sides! I was not particularly moved by either one’s arguments; they just lacked punch, and, had I been looking to be persuaded, I would not have been toward either position. As I began to analyze, I asked myself what was missing. I concluded that it was not the debaters as much as it was the topic—they were simply rehashing the age-old question of what has been called the problem of evil. How can a good God allow evil in the world? More succinctly put in this context: How can a loving God allow people that He created, to suffer, when He has the power to prevent it? That was exactly the atheist’s argument.

 

As I thought on the matter, I realized that they were debating the wrong question. The term unreasonable is the problem. If I had been in the debate, I immediately would have had to concede! I readily admit that the existence of God isunreasonable—and it has nothing to do with human suffering or the problem of evil—it has to do with our ability to comprehend, with reason, the eternal existence of an eternal being. Nothing in our experience or senses gives us the ability to comprehend Him. When we come right down to it, humanly speaking, existence itself makes no sense (it is beyond our senses), and those who disbelieve have tried every way possible to explain it. It is, though, beyond explanation apart from revelation. We can’t figure it out, we have to be told what it is about, and we believe God did that through scripture. Though man can see evidence of a creator through nature (Ps. 19:1), if He did not speak, then there is no other way for man to know about his origin, about creation, or about meaning or hope in life with any measure of confidence. Scientists and philosophers take their shots, but, since they are relying solely on human intellect, there are, of necessity, leaps of faith and gaps in knowledge that leave them just guessing.

 

The former believer in the debate sounded quite hopeless. He has gone from being a believer in Christ to a nonbeliever. The book in which he once found meaning, and the savior in which he once found hope, he now sees as fable and nonsense; and that’s just the problem for all of us. When we value our ability to make sense of God on our own, we are a short step from a slippery-slope toward unbelief. We have a very limited perspective on reality, and when we try to make God logically understandable, we will fail; He refuses to be measured by His creatures’ estimations.

 

Back to the debate. Human suffering is difficult, and I agree that it would seem logical for a loving and all-powerful God to prevent it, but how arrogant is it for one to draw conclusions about the person and purposes of God based on what seemslogical? That would assume that such a one has a grip on He Who refuses to be gripped. So, how can we know God at all? Why is it that God and scripture makes such sense to some of us and not to others? Why do some of us “stick” with the faith and others don’t? It can only be explained by the work of God, Himself! He will only be known on His own terms, and that is when He quickens the understanding to see the reality revealed in His Word. John 16:8 records for us that the Holy Spirit is the One Who convicts or convinces (lit. expose or bring to light) people of their need for Christ. In other words, we will not respond to God’s light and message without the Holy Spirit’s help. Maybe we need to be careful how we appeal for people to believe and accept God’s offer of salvation in Christ. Maybe we place too much emphasis on a free-will decision that is capricious at best, when we should call on them to be sensitive to the convicting work of the Holy Spirit Who quickens the understanding and urges them to faith.

 

I am concerned that the current Calvinism / Armenian (free will) controversy in our ranks has taken many to where we place an inordinate amount of credence and emphasis on the human finite ability to deal with the infinite God, rather than on God’s part in the process. Notice that I have not stated a theological position on the controversy; I have, though, tried to emphasize a biblical fact that God has an active part in revealing Himself. Surely, both sides agree with that.

 

So, if our faith in God is based simply on the matter of it making sense to the mind, maybe it is time for a heart-check. If you and I are not believing and following because of the compelling urging of God’s Spirit upon our spirits, having certainly been sealed for the day of redemption, then we too could one day find ourselves to be former believers.

 

Soli Deo gloria!

 
 
Mike Manning        
Director / A.M., Harmony Baptist Association
2001 S Cherry St. Pine Bluff, AR 71601
501-581-9776 cell  -  870-534-1021 office  -  870-534-4625 fax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Announcements

  • Looking for a supply pastor, revival preacher...look here

    In 2016 the Lord was very, very good to me in my itinerate preaching ministry.  He allowed me to preach 115 messages in 24 different churches in Arkansas and Tennessee.  Included in this were 10 revivals.  I am so blessed that the Lord is continuing to allow me to preach since my retirement from the pastorate five years ago.

    As I look at my 2017 calendar with the exception of January, I have many open dates.  My contact information is listed below.  If I can be of assistance to you, your church, or your association by supply preaching, revival preaching, interim pastor, or special event, please get in touch with me.  I have promised the Lord I will travel anywhere at any time to any church.

    May God continue to bless you and your ministry, not just in 2017, but until He comes!

    Bro. Rudy

    Rudy Davis
    204 Donna Drive
    Little Rock, AR 72205
    870-995-3581
    brorudy@att.net

  • Ministry Opportunity

    A representative from Trinity Village Assisted Living called the office. They are looking for someone to lead a Bible Study on Thursdays from 11:00-12:00. If you would be interested please contact Ella Dorn at 870-727-9310, extension 235.

     

  • Evangelism and Church Growth Conference

    The Conference will be held January 30-31 at Geyer Springs FBC. A Prayer Leaders Workshop will be held on Monday January 30th from 9:30-11:30, led by Steve Gaines.

    Guest speakers for this Event include: Steve Gaines, Robert Smith, Jim Cymbala, Vance Pitman, Todd Cook and Herb Reavis.

    more information can be found by contacting: kwest@absc.org

     

  • HARMONY SENIOR ADULT REVIVAL

    The Harmony Senior Adult Revival is scheduled for February 6 - 8 at 10:30 a.m. each day.

    Services will be held at ShannonRoad Baptist Church on Monday...

    Hardin Baptist Church on Tuesday...

    and Pine Bluff First Baptist Church on Wednesday.

    Lunch will be provided by the host church.

    The speaker will be Dr. Alan Brock, Director of Missions at Linn-Livingston Baptist Association in Meadville, MO. 

    Mr. Mark Little will lead worship. Mark your calendars and plan to attend!

  • I N S P I R E
  • Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
    The schedule for Executive Board Meetings is listed below. Harmony churches have hosted these meetings in the past. If your church would like to host a meeting this year please let me know. Thanks!
     
     
    2017 Executive Board Meeting Dates
    Officers & Team Leaders @ 9:00 
    Fellowship @ 10:00 
    Executive Board Meeting @ 10:30
     
    February 14th--
     
    March 14th--hosted by Sulphur Springs BC
     
    April 11th--
     
    May 9th--hosted by Gould First BC
     
    July 11th--
     
    August 8th--hosted by Pine Bluff First BC
     
    September 12th--hosted by Hickory Grove BC
     
    December 12th--
     
     
     
     
  • HARMONY SHARE REPORT for January 8, 2017

    Today we updated the copy of Bro. Bobby Lamb's weekly report for January 15, 2017. Bro Bobby generates this report weekly and sends to various people. We wanted to add the page so more people could see what's going on in the Harmony Baptist Association. Check it out on the Info Center page of this website today.

  • Ministry Support Group Meeting
    Dear Men and Ladies,
    The next class will resume on Monday, January 16th at the association office at 6:30. Thanks.
     
    I very much look forward to being back together. These classes are the highlight of Leslie's and my week.

     

     

  • HAVE YOU SEEN THESE EVENTS? CHECK OUT THE INFO CENTER" PAGE

    Several new events have been posted onthe Info Center of this web site. Please check them out to see if you are interested and how to attend.

  • EXECUTIVE BOARD

    The next Executive Board Meeting will be held Tuesday, February 14th 

    Check out the new EXECUTIVE BOARD webpage under Teams and Committees

  • GLOBAL AWARENESS

    A new page has been added under "Teams & Committees" for Global Awareness. The name was changed from Missions Awareness. See the report and watch for updated information. Look at the photos and see if you can find yourself.

     

     

  • Pastorless Churches

    Please pray for the following pastorless churches:

    Claud Road Baptist Church

    Fellowship Bible Church

    Forrest Park BC

    Linwood Baptist Church, Moscow

    Northside (Interim: Matthew Watson)

    Oak Grove Baptist Church

    River Road Baptist Church

    Whispering Pines Cowboy Church

  • Grief and Comfort Community

    The Grief and Comfort Community, a bereavement support ministry, will begin the Fall session on Tuesday, September 13, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p..m. It meets at the Harmony Baptist Association Office, 2001 South Cherry St., and is facilitated by Brenda Doucey and Lisa Grigg. If yu would like to participate, please call Linda at (870) 534-1021.

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