Sunday April 8, 2017

The Share Report-- Harmony Baptist Association
                              April 08, 2018

 (Solicited, edited, and published by retired Pastor Bobby Lamb of Pine Bluff, AR.)


We had 83 in Sunday School – no count for worship. 

...It was "Church Ordinance" Day.  I Preached on baptism in the morning and had Lord's Supper in the evening.
...Bro. Joel Blackstock sang special music. 
 ...Two baptisms at close of service.   We got to baptize a husband and wife.
...We need a part-time music minister if you know anyone interested. email me at johnnyd.taylor@gmail.com, or call at 501. 413-3966.
It was a great day at Hardin.  God is good, all the time.  
Bro. Johnny Taylor
 Greta Lisenbey

Oak Grove
Approx. 35 for Sunday School; the big 50 for Worship.
... Bro. Michael Hayslip preached on Genesis 9:1-17.  "The Lord hit the reset button."

All mankind had adopted a lifestyle even more evil than that of Sodom and Gomorrah --  the lowest of the  low.  Noah was righteous man, but still it was God's grace that placed him and his family on the Ark.  Rain came for the first time.  The springs and wells gushed water, both continuously for  40 days and nights.  Everyone Noah knew outside was dying.  After the flood, a new covenant. God would never curse the ground or kill the animals because of the sin of man. The intention of men to sin continuously.  They cannot be perfect but can be good. The cycle of seasons is to continue.  Man can eat animals but no blood.  Animals to dread men.  God set a (rainbow) in the heavens - "When I see the bow I will remember and not destroy."
...There was a young man that professed that Jesus is Lord of all after everyone had left on Easter Sunday, I didn’t know until Wednesday.   Praise the Lord!  

...Also, Sister Betty Parnell, our sweet Sister in Christ, passed away unexpectantly.  She was in service Easter after a long illness.
Steve White

Rison Baptist had 89 in Sunday School and 135 in morning worship. 

...We had two come forward to join the church.  One on letter and one as a candidate for baptism.

Shannon Road -- 93 in SS. 

One addition by letter --  an adult female.
...Special music by Christy Greenlee and her sister, Karen Staats.

We had 20 in church .
...After the service I was ordained by brother Mike Manning. ...we had several in attendance. Afterwards a reception was given by the church.
Pastor Randy Rushing

Matthews Memorial
On Sunday the 8th we had our average attendance for Sunday School,
followed by Morning Worship with Six visitor's to hear Layman Gary Cicero
from Watson Chapel Bapt. fill the pulpit for his first sermon

Bro. Gary did a super job
Charles Mitchell

Kingsland First Baptist Church 
22--Sunday School
27--AM Worship Service

14--PM Worship Service & Business Meeting
Interim Pastor Jimmy Owen brought our special music, "Out Of My Bondage, Sorrow, And Night." 

...Bro. Jimmy preached from Acts 2:41-47 and many other passages-- "The Early Church."
...We welcomed one visitor.
...After the AM service, a delicious pot luck lunch was served.
...PM Service--Bro. Jimmy played and sang "I Surrender All." 
...Bro. Jimmy preached from 1 Peter 1:22 and many other passages-- "Purified Love."
....Monthly business meeting was then held.
Jo Ann Johnson

South Pinewood
Good Sunday at South Pinewood.  44 present for morning worship. 

...Potluck afterward. 

...Ladies had their monthly meeting.  
 ...Rebecca and I are taking the Youth Group on a Spring Outing to the Altitude Trampoline Park in Little Rock on Sunday afternoon 22-April.  We'll leave after morning service and be back in time for night church.  
... Church is planning a trip to Garvin Gardens in Hot Springs for the ladies to see the Spring Flowers and the men to do some looking around.  
 ...We have a wedding shower and baby shower coming up.  
 ...Just for fun, the Ladies are planning a "Fancy Hat Sunday" to celebrate mother's day on 13-May.  The most outrageous hat wins a prize.  
... Fish Fry Fundraiser is being planned for 1-June, proceeds going toward our building fund.  
Pastor Chris McGee

Sulphur Springs Baptist Church
We had a blessed day of worship with 13 for Sunday school and 23 for Worship.
… Tommy Carter
 sang “Here Am I, Send Me” for the special music.
… Bro. Larry Childers preached from John 20:24 – 31.  Everything didn’t just end on Easter Sunday.  What next; Jesus was here another 40 days continuing His mission on earth.  Thomas did not believe the other disciples.  There is a blessing to meeting together with fellow believers.  8 days later Thomas was with the disciples when Jesus appeared.  We’re here to reach a lost world with Christ.  Until we meet Jesus; we can’t fully know Him.  Thomas wants the same experiences as the other disciples had.
…We had 18 for Evening Worship.
…Tommy Carter sang “I’ve Got Peace Like a River” for the special music.
…Bro. Larry preached from John 21:15 – 17.  Are we willing to be followers of Christ instead of wanting to be the leader?  Three times Peter denied Christ and in this scripture. Peter states he loves Jesus three times.  It’s easy to say you love Jesus, but it's harder to show our love for Jesus.  Jesus told Peter "if you love Me."   He needed to do something.  You can’t be a Christian if you don’t love.  We are to grow in the love of Jesus.
Hope all have a blessed week!
Larry Childers, Pastor
Tommy Carter, Secretary, reporting.


Attendance was around ten.

Mark Estes brought a message from Genesis 50:29-21.
Detours come at unexpected times in our life.  We can get stalled in one place.
....The time we live in is a heart wrenching time.  When God develops things in our lives, he often puts in detours.  Joseph’s life was full of detours.  God’s people are detoured by things, people and circumstances.
 ....Every born again Christian has an eternal destiny.  The life we’re living right now is what God has planned.  The plan is for us to glorify him.  We have a purpose.
....John 5:22 tells us that all judgement has been given to Christ.
 Abraham, David, Moses and Paul were all on detours.
How many times have we not wanted the place we are in?
...Destiny includes good and evil.
... Joseph is a key character in Genesis.  He was Jacob’s favorite son.  Jacob’s favor towards Joseph was obvious to all.  The robe was a symbol of privilege.
Genesis 37:5-7. Joseph was despicable in his brother’s eyes.
...Jacob was always having strife in his life.  We should not show favoritism to our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Joseph, at 17 years of age, was immature.  God’s developing two things through detours  -  maturity and the destiny for when we get there.  God has to take away the parts of ourselves that we don’t need.
... It depends on how we respond to God.  He wants to make sure we have the character.  God will take away the things we are putting before him.
 Some places we go will be dry.  God will make sure we are refined.
vs 27-28.
... Joseph was destined to become prime minister of Egypt.  He had to be put through things necessary to prepare him.

...Koletta is going on the mission trip to the Ukraine by the Master Singers.  They depart on April 16th and return on the 27th.  Larry Grayson of the state convention is the coordinator.  The evangelist will be Michael Gott from Texas.  Others from the Association that are going are Pastor Byers wife Jane, Judy Bitley Grimmett, Bryan Bolton, and a couple from Star City First. 

Koletta Hubbell 

Anderson Chapel
We had 26 for Sunday school and we had 35 for worship.

...Bro Monta Kellibrew's message was titled "Have You Lost It?"  from 2 Kings 6:1-7.  A very powerful message.
...Fish Fry this coming Saturday at 6:00.  Come meet our new pastor.
Kay Lambert

Claud Road
18 in SS and 26 for worship.
  It was good to have Betty Reed back after a lengthy illness.
Morris Conrad

Hickory Grove
Thirteen for Sunday School  and eight more for worship, making a total of 21

...Twelve came for the Sunday Evening Service. 
...Bill & Mary Hilburn, Augusta Weaver and Frances Brazil attended Global Awareness Monday Night at East Side Baptist Church.  Brother Paul Williams and Jim Monroe shared about the mission ministry of First Baptist White Hall. Great meal provided by the host church.
Bill D Hilburn


Believe it or not, attendance was more than double what it was on Easter.

Fran's sister Mary was out because she was at the hospital with her son Greg Tarlton. Greg is seriously ill so prayers are needed.
Fran Flowers

Fellowship Bible at Star City
31 members and guest were present for Pastors Ricky Harrison morning message. "Chastened by The Lord." 

...The message covered the 12 Chapter of Hebrews. 
 ...A very Cold day but warm hearts in Star City Sunday morning.  Our Sunday School lesson discussion was led by Brother Roger Newkirk. It was titled "Our Shepherd" and was taken from the 23rd Psalm. David was a Shepherd.  He took care of his family's flock . God is our Shepherd and he will guide and care for us all the days of our life if we allow him. 
... Our evening Bible Study was on The Book of Revelation 12th Chapter. We made it through about 1/2 of it. We will finish on Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting. Everyone is welcome to attend. May you and your family have a blessed week.
Ricky Harrison, Pastor 
Church Clerk Jim Russell reporting.

Yorktown report

A cold start to a great day!   We had a good number present for Sunday School and Morning Worship. 
...One of our members, Brother Larry Whaley, blessed us with a special.  He played the guitar and sang Precious Memories.
... Pastor Greene's sermon came from Ephesians chapter 2, verses 1-10.  
Mission Awareness Director Marie Draper reporting.
Pastor Robert Greene

Plum Bayou
Sunday School Attendance – 30
Worship Attendance – 39

Scripture ; I Corinthians 13: 6-7  
Message Title – Love is a Many Splendored Thing
The Corinthian Church had many problems because of their lack of love for Christ and each other.  A Church without love for Christ is a dying church.  We must love God first then we can love others.
Love Does Not Rejoice at Wrongdoing (v.6)  
Love Rejoices With the Truth (v.6)
Love Bears and Believes All Things (v.7)
Love Hopes and Endures All Things (v.7)
God is Love.  Sin brings death.  Christ Jesus is our only hope for eternal life.
Dianne Aiken – Reporting
Seth Givens -- Pastor

Sunday was about the same as last Sunday.. Sunday School Attendance: 23; Morning Service: 26.  

...Title of Sermon: Matching Words With Works~Jude:12.
...The reported contacts were up with 149 being reported.  I have attached my article to the church for this week.  You are welcome to share it if you are so inclined.
Dr. Don Taylor
                          The Great "unknown" Commission (excerpts)
 Are you familiar with the "Great Commission"?  Do you know where to find it in the Bible?  Do you know who gave it and when?   It is what Jesus said to His followers just before He ascended back into heaven.  
    Matthew records it:
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Matthew 28:18-20)
    According to a new study many have forgotten this great exhortation of Jesus when He commanded all Christians to "go and make disciples of all nations."
 4,000 churches in America each year close their doors for the last time.  They die.   And, in addition, 2.7 million people stop going to church, many of them Southern Baptists. (Hartford)
     According to the same source the average median age of a church member is 54.  Since 2003 Southern Baptists have lost 800,000 members. (SBC Life)
     Last year one-half of SBC churches didn't have one person join the church.
 Isn't it time for today's church to do as the early church?  To gather in an upper room to make our prayer unto God?
10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. 12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey. 13 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. 14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. (Acts 1:10-14)
 Acts 2 tells us what happened when God showed up at the prayer meeting.  How we need that to happen in today's church; in MY church.

Star City Northside
ss 7;  mw 13;  nw 7.
     Next week the Gideons will be here. 
 Linda Bailey

East Side
Bro. Matt Watson reports the food was great and the presentation by Pastor Paul Williams and Associate Jim Monroe of White Hall first was among the best ever given.
...Pastor Josh Dutton was off to seminary in Kentucky.

First Baptist of White Hall
Sunday School: 216
Worship Services: 324

FBCWH’s Worship Ministry will present “All Glory” on Saturday, April 21 at 6:00 pm and again on Sunday, April 22 at 11:00 am. Everyone is welcome!
Robin Bolen

We had a wonderful service with 22 in Sunday School and 36 in Worship.

...Message from 1 Samuel 17.
Pastor Bobby McPherson

River Road had 25 in SS and 33 for worship.
...Special  music by Rodney Phillips.  Great message by Shelby Andre.
...April 13-22 Tent Revival with William Blackburn.  Come support this if you can.
Plaul Forrest

Whispering Pines Cowboy Church

67 for worship.
...Remember  -- Priscilla Shirer will be with us for a one day conference on the 28th -  8:30 to 4:30.  The cost is $25.00.  Breakfast and lunch to be served.

Hallie Burks

Central Baptist had 141 for worship.

Dumas First had 125 in SS and 152 for worship.
....Sunday night the Honduras mission team shared about their trip.
Jan Martin

Star City First Baptist had 107 for SS. 

...The church is preparing for the "Star Daze" event 20th through 21st, in Star City.  They will have a booth where Bibles will be passed out.
Martha Weatherford

Rankin Chapel had 35 in services.  Message from the end of John 1.
Pastor Monty Meek

Pine Bluff  First Baptist
Pastor Ken Thornton was disappointed to see the drop in attendance from Easter.
...But a high point of the day was hearing Adam McCampbell preach Sunday night.  It was surely the best ever.

Watson Chapel had 355 in SS.

Greenlee Memorial
About 60 in church.  Pastor James Watson `attended Global Awareness Meeting at East Side Monday night.
Also attended the Executive Board Meeting at Shepherd Hill.


Shepherd Hill 

Pastor Thomas Lanthrip welcomed his pastor colleagues and made sure they were fed well after the meeting.  Several were in attendance, but not all that should have been.


The End