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A Word from Mike…
I posed the question in an earlier article as to how well we know the Bible. Bible study skills are not only important for the pastor, but for every Christian as well. I am absolutely persuaded that we will not grow beyond our ability to study God’s Word carefully and accurately for ourselves. You might wonder why this is important since you can read materials and hear sermons where someone else has already done the study for you. Certainly, you can learn from the studies of others, and serious study might be difficult for many of us, but, we will generally find ways to do, or at least try to do, what we think is of vital importance. Thank God for great teachers and thinkers, but if we depend on others for our biblical input, at least three things will happen. First, we will limit ourselves significantly to learning only what the teacher knows and teaches. Second, we will be at the teacher’s mercy to tell us the truth, because we won’t be able to discern the truth from error on our own (so we will be evaluating one’s teaching by what someone else has already taught us). And, third, we will lack confidence in knowing for ourselves why we believe what we do. Therefore, in learning to study well, we can expect to increase in skills that will help us interpret and apply God’s Word ourselves with greater competence and confidence, and will build a solid framework from which we might communicate scripture with accuracy, which is obviously crucial if you are a teacher.
In the issues to come, I hope to share a few thoughts that I pray will encourage many of you to become students of scripture, and many others of you to sharpen the skills you already have in handling the Word of Truth. These are some of the topics we work on in our Monday night class, and you are invited to come and share these studies with us. I am also available to come and share these concepts with your church if it would be of help.
Blessings to you as you increase in the grace and knowledge of God! I am grateful for the privilege of serving Christ with you.
Director / A.M., Harmony Baptist Association
Central Baptist Church has called Jordan Farris and his wife to serve with them as their pastor!
The Evangelism and Church Health Team of the ABSC would like to invite you to the upcoming Church Safety Training on September 12 or 13. SEE THIS PAGE FOR DETAILS
This training will help you reduce the divorce rate in your church and community. A registration deadline is approachiing. see this page for more information.
Arkansas Baptist State Convention Disaster Relief is in our response to Louisiana flooding. See this page.
A Ministry Class led by Associational Missionary Mike Manning will meet on Monday night's at 6:30 p.m. at the HBA office. Leslie Manning will be leading a study and support group for women that will meet at the same time and place.
The Pastor's Conference at OBU is shown under INFO CENTER. Please notice the dates and cost to register. This year it will be the book of Malachi. To see the announcement, just click on the "info Center" in blue.
See this announcement on the Local Church Events 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.
Today we updated the copy of Bro. Bobby Lamb's weekly report for August 21. 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.
Check out the new EXECUTIVE BOARD webpage under Teams and Committees, to see photos of the Executive Board meeting on August 9 at Greenlee Baptist Church. This was added August 12, 2016.
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.
The next Global Awareness Meeting will be held on Monday, October 10, at HUMPHREY BAPTIST CHURCH, 408 N. Division St, Humphrey, AR at 6:30 p.m.
Please pray for the following pastorless churches:
Claud Road Baptist Church
Fellowship Bible Church
Humphrey Baptist Church
Northside (Interim: Matthew Watson)
River Road Baptist Church
Whispering Pines Cowboy Church
The Harmony Baptist Association Annual meeting will be held on Monday, October 17, at Pine Bluff First Baptist Church.
We want to extend to you an opportunity to show your appreciation for Billy Burks and support for his wife, Hallie.
The Executive Board of the HBA recently approved the establishment of the Billy Burks Memorial Fund. We are encouraging you to consider giving in this effort, the proceeds of which will go to help Hallie in her time of transition need. Please show your love for Hallie by considering a generous gift in memory of Bro. Billy. You may make checks payable to Harmony Baptist Association or HBA. We will be receiving gifts through Aug. 31
The next Executive Board Meeting will be held Tuesday, September 13, at Watson Chapel Baptist Church, 5514 Pinnacle Lane, in Pine Bluff.
Harmony Association Office will be closed for Labor Day on Monday, September 5th.
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.