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Speak Truth to Others

Eph. 4:25 says, “Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.” Since we have been changed through our union with Christ, we are no longer to think and act like we once did. One of those changed-ways has to do with telling the truth. Professor and author Harold Hoehner has said, “Truth is conforming one’s words to reality.” What a great statement. Does that sound like what most do in our world today? In speaking the truth, we are to speak about objective and subjective reality, particularly within the family of God.

             It is important that we guard ourselves against spouting off about things we really know nothing about. If we are to speak the truth, we first need to know the truth. That means knowing objective truth as revealed by God, and also judging subjective situations as accurately as possible when it comes to other people. It is very easy to misjudge, and misspeak.

It is not uncommon for people to speak what God says, without really knowing what God has said. We gather bits and pieces from the Bible (snippets that may or may not be in the context of what God intended to say) and then pontificate as though we are speaking for God, when, just maybe, we really are not. It is also common for people to size up a situation in another believer’s life (or anyone else’s life for that matter) with limited information, and readily pass judgment on that person, or launch into mouthfuls of sage advice and correction. Sadly, we could be giving counsel to a situation that we really don’t understand with words that really are not from God. What a dangerous and pompous position to take. I realize, that under the best of conditions, we can be wrong in our appraisal of others and in our interpretation and application of scripture, but we certainly want to be careful about how we do these things. Let’s be careful not to turn a God-ordained opportunity to speak truth to others, into an occasion to promote ourselves over others. Let’s not shun away from speaking the truth, but let’s also remember the reason Paul gives for speaking truth: because we’ve been changed from what we once were, and because we (as followers of Christ) are members of one another. We have a new perspective, and we’re on the same team—in the same family! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all lived like it? What if we all started working on knowing God’s Word and each other better? It takes hard work and self-discipline, and I think I know a good place for it to start…with me!

Sadly, we could be giving counsel to a situation that we really don’t understand with words that really are not from God.

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


Harmony Baptist Association 's 100th Annual Meeting

             Harmony Baptist Association will celebrate our 100th Annual Meeting on October 23rd at White Hall First Baptist Church. If you would like to volunteer to be part of a Celebration Team which will plan this meeting, please contact Linda at the association office or Moderator Paul Williams at White Hall First Baptist Church. We want to rejoice in looking back and seeing what God has done for us and looking forward to seeing how we can join Him in advancing the Kingdom!!!



Good afternoon, dear friends.

As you have heard, the needs in Texas are great.

Waters continue to rise in some locations, and many are displaced from their damaged homes.

Our current response includes the Geyer Springs shower/laundry unit and a 100KW generator. Both deploying tomorrow to be staged in Dallas and sent out as needed.

At this time, it appears we will have a large feeding deployment for an extended period of time beginning after Labor Day – exact dates and location are yet to be determined. Additional types of teams will be requested after Labor Day.

We expect to need 70 feeding volunteers a week.

All volunteers must be currently credentialed in feeding with a current Disaster Relief ID badge.

To meet this need we are offering 3 Emergency Feeding Trainings at the Arkansas Baptist State Convention in Little Rock from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration at Disaster Relief Emergency Feeding Training

  • August 30, 2017 – ABSC Little Rock, 10 Remington Drive, Little Rock, AR 72204
  • September 6, 2017 - ABSC Little Rock, 10 Remington Drive, Little Rock, AR 72204
  • September 13, 2017 - ABSC Little Rock, 10 Remington Drive, Little Rock, AR 72204

We also have 2 remaining Disaster Relief Regional Training events scheduled this year from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. These events cover all our Disaster Relief disciplines. Registration at Disaster Relief Regional Training.

  • September 9, 2017 – Central Baptist Church, 3707 Harrisburg Rd., Jonesboro, AR 72404
  • October 14, 2017 – Geyer Springs First Baptist Church, 12400 Interstate 30, Little Rock, AR 72210

Please take a moment to register for one of these important training events, preparing you to serve our neighbors experiencing crisis.

After you register, please share this information with your fellow church members and encourage them to join in the ministry of Disaster Relief!

Together we can make a difference in people’s lives, sharing the help, healing, and hope of Jesus Christ!!!!

Michelle Hendrix

Missions Team Assistant

Arkansas Baptist State Convention

10 Remington Drive

Litte Rock, Arkansas 72204

Phone - 501.376.4791 ext 5249 or 800.838.2272 ext 5249

FAX - 501.376.7463


      Missions Team ABSC


Dear brothers & sisters,

Thank you for your continued passion for empowering women to choose spiritual life for themselves, physical life for their babies and abundant life for their families.  Things are moving along at the new facility. We need volunteers to work alongside the Baptist Builders 

If you have any questions or comments, call me at 870-535-0811 or 870-718-7616.  Any and all help will be greatly appreciated and will speed up the process.

Thank you again.

Love from your sister in Christ,

Debra B.



This is a flyer for a training that Adam McCampbell will be doing at FBC Pine Bluff on September 30. This training will be equipping churches and people in effectively reaching the lost through reproducible tools that are bearing fruit in many parts of America and the world. If you have any questions, then please contact Adam via email or the church. See the flyer here



These mission groups will do ministry around our association. If you have VBS, BACKYARD BIBLE CLUBS, construction or ministry projects, contact Harvey Hibner or Brother Mike



Do you need to host a block party for your church to reach the neighborhood?

Contact Bro Harvey Hibner to schedule a date for him to bring the block party trailer to your location


We welcome Wes Sparks as the new pastor of Whispering Pines Cowboy Church!



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