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Dear HBA Pastors and Executive Board Members,

As most, if not all of you, know, Family Church has petitioned the Harmony Association for membership. We received their request in May of 2017, and have been talking and working with them since that time, holding numerous meetings (as specified in our by-laws), seeking to facilitate the request according to by-laws.

On Feb. 13, the Administrative Team, believing that Family Church meets all the requirements stipulated in our constitution and by-laws, and in unanimous agreement, announced that a motion to receive Family Church into the HBA will be offered to the Executive Board for vote at our March 13, 2018 meeting at Family Time Baptist Church. This vote is not final and will only be for the Executive Board to recommend Family Church for final acceptance at the HBA Annual Meeting in October.

For clarification—the vote in March is only for Executive Board members. According to HBA by-laws, ARTICLE I, Section 2:

The Executive Board of the Harmony Baptist Association shall be composed of all elected officers of the Association and pastors of the cooperating churches, and one (1) elected member from each cooperating church in the Association… Mission pastors and retired pastors shall be ex-officio members of the Executive Board of this Association.    

Each pastor and one elected church member from each cooperating HBA church is a member of the Executive Board. The vote in October, at the Annual Meeting is for elected messengers from the HBA churches.

From ARTICLE IV, Section 3 of Constitution and By-Laws:

Representation: Each church shall be entitled to a minimum of five (5) messengers; one (1) additional messenger shall be allowed for every fifty (50) resident members or major fraction thereof above one hundred (100). No church, however, shall have more than ten (10) messengers.

The Admin. Team is excited for the prospect of welcoming Family Church into the fellowship of the HBA. Please pray that all which is said and done will be for the glory of God and for the expansion and edification of His Kingdom.

Please make every effort to join us for these meetings so that we might bind our hearts together as a testimony to the people of God and to the watching world.

Mike Manning, Associational Missionary

Josh Blevins, Moderator




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A Word from Mike…

Billy Graham was a remarkable tool in the hand of God for the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I won’t try to quote the numbers, but God used him for decades to impact the world, and there will likely never be another to have such an effect. One thing that always stood out to me was his integrity. He conducted himself with class and grace, yet never compromised the essentials of the gospel message. He may have been a polished speaker, but his messages were not of great depth. They were, though powerfully used by God. I am reminded of Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 2:1-5: “And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.” When not preaching, he exuded humility and deference to the Lord he proclaimed. The power in Billy Graham’s preaching was from Someone other than himself. He was also a great example to preachers for finishing well. He did not stumble at the end, like some. He finished the race faithfully that God set before him.


I felt mixed feelings, this morning, in hearing of his death. On one hand, death is an enemy that we all try to avoid and stave-off; but on the other hand, Christians believe that it is our entrance point into the very presence of God. So, I experienced a moment of sadness that such a stalwart of the faith is gone, and then, suddenly, an extreme sense of joy for him, as he is finally with the Savior he has loved and proclaimed for so many decades. Though death is indeed an enemy—it is a defeated enemy. Again, in 1 Corinthians 15:53-55, Paul wrote, “[T]his perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, ‘Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?’” No doubt, for Billy Graham, and all others who love Christ, death has and will burst forth into victory!


Thanks be to God for Dr. Graham’s life and ministry. I’m quite confident he heard from his Lord: “Well done, good and faithful servant...enter into the joy of your master.’ (Mt. 25:23).




I wanted to give some open dates for SEARK BCM this semester and the Free Lunch. We need churches to adopt these dates. Also for the teaching this semester we are going to teach through 1 Peter and I have the verses divided between the dates. If someone would like to bring lunch to the BCM that would be great and they can just contact me about that. If anything is unclear just let me know.


Here are those open dates: [I know it is not many but we are only twice a month right now.]

March 29

April 12

April 26


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Please pray for the following Pastorless Churches: Anderson Chapel; Grady First; Kingsland First;
Matthews Memorial.




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