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[2 Jun 2014 | No Comment | 1,958 views]

Women of Northwest Arkansas and beyond are invited for a weekend of rest, rescue and redemption at the third annual Captivating Heart Retreat.
Captivating Heart is Oct. 17-19 at New Life Ranch in Colcord, Okla. (about 10 minutes west of Siloam Springs, Ark.). Sponsored by Strings Attached Ministries, the retreat is inspired by the book Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge.
The retreat is designed for women (age 16+) of all backgrounds and faiths although the Christian Bible will be used as a reference point. Cari Kaufman of Strings Attached Ministries and …

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[26 Jul 2013 | One Comment | 3,247 views]
Do Christians really need anything but the four Gospels?

When the ship is sinking, get rid of all the dead weight.
This is written for my Christian friends. My non-Christian friends stopped reading at the word Christian. That’s OK. This isn’t written for them. This is for my Christian friends who, after reading this, will brand me a heretic. But I’m not. I simply ask my Christian friends to read and ponder what I’m saying and ask if it is true. What I write is true, you just won’t like the implications of it, because you’ve never heard this before …

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[15 Jul 2013 | No Comment | 4,652 views]
The lifestyle for teaching

Quality leadership is a necessity for every organization and also for an organism like the church. If the church is going to function as God intends it to, we will have to emphasize developing leaders. The book of Titus tells us how to go about that task. A quick reading of Titus shows that character not skills determines the quality of church leadership.
According to Titus 1, the Christian leader is called to be above reproach which does not mean perfect but rather making progress, admitting to failure, and repenting.
Titus 1:7-9 …

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[7 Jul 2013 | One Comment | 1,376 views]
Being good, doing good

The Apostle Paul trained and equipped Titus to oversee the churches on the island of Crete. Paul wrote Titus a letter which is part of the New Testament.
That letter is mainly a set of instructions for Titus’ work. There is a consistent theme running through the letter. That theme includes two very closely related ideas: “being good” and “doing good.” Titus was tasked with developing leaders for the churches. Paul wanted to make absolutely sure that Titus understood that integrity and moral goodness are the most important characteristics for a …

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[3 Jul 2013 | One Comment | 1,844 views]
Fortnight for Freedom to end Thursday

Editors note: This column wraps up a two-part series about the Fortnight for Freedom, an event running from June 21 to July 4 in which Catholics have gathered to pray for the preservation of religious freedom. You can find the first column in the series here and find out more about the Fortnight for Freedom at Fortnight4Freedom.org. Bear in mind that the Supreme Court effectively struck down both the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8 after the Fortnight for Freedom took place and you can read …

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[29 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 1,622 views]
Titus’ assignment

The Apostle Paul established some churches on the island of Crete. When Paul moved on to set up new churches elsewhere, he left those churches in the capable hands of Titus.
Paul had trained and equipped Titus for a special job. Titus 1:1-5 states,  “Paul, a bond-servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness, 2 in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago, 3 …

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[27 Jun 2013 | One Comment | 1,801 views]
Catholics praying for religious freedom

Editor’s Note: Both this column from Father James Melnick and the one after it will touch on the Fortnight for Freedom. To that end, we at First Arkansas News believe a brief explanation of what that event is will benefit our readers. You can read about the event at length by visiting Fornight4Freedom.org, but we’re happy to provide a summary. In a nutshell, the Fortnight 4 Freedom is a two-week period of prayer focusing on the preservation of religious freedoms in the United States. It started on June 21 and …

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[19 Jun 2013 | One Comment | 3,022 views]
Zapped VBS starts next week

First Baptist Church of Benton (FBC) is trying something new this year — moving vacation Bible school from the church to the Boys & Girls Club in Benton in an attempt to include more children in the community in the Sunday-Thursday event.
Pastor Rick Grant, in a sermon a couple of months ago, said Zapped is a new endeavor for First Baptist Church. He said vacation Bible school is traditionally held on the FBC campus, but church officials wanted to reach out to more children in the community who would like …

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[18 Jun 2013 | One Comment | 2,760 views]
TSA due for an overhaul?

Editor’s note: The following guest editorial is from Glenn Mollette of Newburgh Thelogical Seminary. While the author’s opinions are his own, he does raise some points well worth considering.
You probably think this doesn’t apply to you. Wrong. Even if you never enter an airport your hard earned dollars are paying big salaries and big benefits to thousands of federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers — right now.
How many times a year do you fly on an airplane? Millions of Americans have never flown on a commercial plane and millions more …

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[16 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 1,638 views]
The congregation search committee

Churches sometimes do not have a very realistic view of themselves. Often this becomes very evident when they begin to search for a pastor. It happens all the time, but it is out in the open during the pastor search process. Surveys are completed by the congregation in which individual members create a long list of qualities a pastor ought to have and things a pastor ought to do.
Because each member has a different set of desires, the list for the prospective pastor becomes very long.  So long, that no …