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A Word from Mike…
I, like many of you, spend a lot of time considering what God is saying to us in His Word. I want to get as much as I can and not miss a thing that He has to say. Sometimes, I can become so eager to find a word from Him that I can confuse what is mere narrative with what is instructive. There are plenty of instructions and commands in scripture for us to follow, but there are also some things written that merely describe events. Now, we can learn truth from everything written, but just what truths to learn and apply can present a challenge. Some passages, then, are descriptive while others are prescriptive. Part of the observational step in studying a passage has to do with determining the difference. Understanding the genre of a passage (what kind of literature it is) is an important part of this process. Is it narrative; meaning that it is describing a situation, setting, or action? Is it instructive; telling someone what to do or not do? Is it a parable; using a fictional story to make a literal point? Maybe it’s poetry or prophetic literature, which can be difficult to interpret.
Without going into great length here, suffice it to say that we want to be careful trying to claim promises, or follow instructions that may not be for us. Certainly, God can speak to us through His Word, and He surely has the prerogative to do that in even unexpected ways, but, we as teachers should be cautious using scripture carelessly in exhorting people to do things that God may not have intended for them.
So, a good habit to practice in studying scripture, is to ask of every passage: “Is it descriptive, or is it prescriptive?” then, go from there to determine what to understand and apply.
Next time, we’ll consider how to go about looking for principles of application that are consistent with the meaning of the passage under consideration.God’s blessings as we increase our skills in studying God’s Word together!
Director / A.M., Harmony Baptist Association
Today we updated the copy of Bro. Bobby Lamb's weekly report for October 16, 2016. 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.
SEARK Gospel Concert featuring The Lefevre Qt., The Holcombs and The Kinsmen.
MC for the event is Roger Stewart.
There is no admission charge, however a freewill offering will be taken.
Concession stand will be open to purchase food and drinks.
The event will be held on October 29th, 2016 at 6 pm at the Jitters Morgan/White Hall Community Center located at 9801 Dollarway Rd, White Hall, AR 72602.
The Community Center is at the red light at the main Arsenal Entrance.
Humphrey BC has called Bobby McPherson as pastor. He began October 2
Need a special worship time on Sunday evening October 30? Check out this page for Immanuel Baptist Church:
check out this article from our State Convention about the upcoming ballot issues. See this page: http://www.harmonybaptistassociation.org/page/ballot_issues_update
For the latest on the Arkansas Baptist State Convention Disaster Relief response to Louisiana flooding (click on Louisiana flooding).
Here's the update on Hurricane Matthew and the ARDR:
I just want to let you know what’s going on.
We were originally going to Florida, but Hurricane Matthew decided to go on up the coast.
Instead, we have partnered with Oklahoma to staff our Unit 1 Feeding unit in Greenville, NC.
The meal count is projected to be 30,000/day (a lot!). Currently, we are scheduled to serve three weeks.
Wednesday, Oct. 12, the unit left being pulled by Tyson with a set-up team. Thursday the AR/OK feeding team rolled out in the OK tour bus. We started cooking on Friday.
Geyer Springs Shower Unit also deployed to the same location in Greenville, NC.
Please pray for our teams’ working conditions and for those whose lives are greatly challenged in the storm aftermath.
Follow us on facebook to stay abreast the deployment (Missions Team ABSC).
So appreciate you!
You are the people who make this relevant ministry possible.
Missions Team Assistant
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.
Check out the new EXECUTIVE BOARD webpage under Teams and Committees, to see photos of the Executive Board meeting on September 13 at Watson Chapel Baptist Church.
Please pray for the following pastorless churches:
Claud Road Baptist Church
Fellowship Bible Church
Linwood Baptist Church, Moscow
Northside (Interim: Matthew Watson)
River Road Baptist Church
Whispering Pines Cowboy Church
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.