Monday, August 29, 2011


Judy Coble, a member at Gassville Baptist Church and local artist and art teacher, experienced a brain aneurysm in 2009 with a poor prognosis of survival.  Her book, just recently published, chronicles her surgery, the waiting, and the eventual recovery.  Her family shares in her book concerning the days and weeks when Judy was not aware of what was happening around her.  Then Judy shares her early memories and her struggle to regain the abilities she had lost through the aneurysm and stroke.  And the fact that Judy has written this book and typed most of it is evidence of her great progress.

Judy wanted to share her experience with others to declare God's grace has been sufficient from day one till today.  Thank you, Judy, for sharing your story with us!

Copies of her book are available directly from her,, and our office has a limited number of copies for sale.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


One Hour on Sunday:
Making it Count!

Training for Sunday School
& Bible Study Leaders

Sponsored by the White River Baptist
Association Church Development Team

To be held at First Baptist Church,
Mountain Home, 400 Club Blvd.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Lunch by reservation: 12:30 p.m.
Seminars: 1:00-3:30

Leaders of Preschoolers: Susan Bumpas
Minister of Childhood Education,
Park Hill Baptist Church, North Little Rock

Leaders of Children: Allison Kizzia
Preschool & Children’s Specialist, ABSC

Leaders of Youth: Sean Mills
Student Ministry Specialist, ABSC

Leaders of Adults: David Bond
Adult Sunday School Specialist, ABSC

Special for Pastors: Dr. Charles Arn
President of Church Growth Inc. and Author

For lunch reservations, call First Baptist Church at 425-6961 
by Tuesday, September 13.
Catered by Sean’s Restaurant
Cost of $5 per person subsidized by the White River Association
"Most churches only take an hour on Sunday for Sunday School, or for a weeknight Bible Study group.  If we believe the Word of God is profitable for living the Christian life, then we need to make that hour count!"

Thursday, August 18, 2011


Saturday, September 10, 2011
First Baptist Church (sanctuary)
400 Club Blvd.
Mountain Home, AR

Doors open at 8:30 (coffee, fresh baked muffins and breads will be available)
Event begins at 9:30 - ends at 4:15
Ticket cost - $20 - lunch included - Sean's Restaurant will be catering the lunch

Tickets are available at CBO - Mtn. Home, or by calling Susie Wilson at 870-405-4080

Beth will be teaching live from Lubbock, Texas - we will watch it live here in Mountain Home.

Our prayer for this event is that women would be challenged by God’s Word and transformed by a personal relationship with Christ that impacts their families, churches, and communities for His glory. And long after the Living Proof Live Simulcast has ended, they would be able to say: “I AM LIVING PROOF!” 

Click HERE for more information about Beth Moore and the 2011 Simulcast.

Monday, August 8, 2011


Dr. Tommy Cunningham, pastor of Mountain Home Baptist Church, has written a book entitled “The Preacher.”  Dr. Cunningham’s book is a humorous autobiography.  Writing about growing up in a medical doctor’s home in the 50’s and 60’s in the delta of Arkansas, you will read of a less complicated time yet a time of unbelievable mischief. Next there is a quick look at the life of a pastor spanning some forty-five years from the turbulent 60’s to the present.  You will laugh and laugh again at the “things” that happened in this minister’s life.  

Dr. Cunningham will hold a book signing on Sunday, August 14th from 2-4 pm at Mountain Home Baptist Church.  The public is invited to come meet Dr. Cunningham.  Copies of “The Preacher” will be available for purchase and Dr. Cunningham will be happy to sign the book for you.  Refreshments will be served during the book signing.

In addition, you can purchase copies of "The Preacher" for $15 at the church office at 1960 Glenbriar, Mountain Home.  If you want your copy mailed to you, then send $20 for each copy to MHBC, 1960 Glenbriar, Mt Home, AR 72653.  The profit from the sale of "The Preacher" will go toward the Honduran mission team.  Your order should specify how many copies you would like and your check should be made to MHBC-HONDURAS MISSION FUND. Be sure and include your mailing address and zip code.

Thursday, July 21, 2011


Barry McGee Ministries Coming to Mountain Home Baptist Church

Christian Comedian, Barry McGee, will be at Mountain Home Baptist Church, Sunday, August 7th for the Sunday morning and evening services which begin at 10:00 am & 6:00 pm.  Barry does musical comedy, drama presentations and speaking engagements.  He is the three time Comedian of the Year with Inspirational Country Music Association.  Barry serves as a Motor Sports Chaplain and does shows at NASCAR/NHRA events.  He has worked with Lee Greenwood, Charlie Daniels, Ricky Skaggs and many more.  Mountain Home Baptist Church is located just off the bypass at 1960 Glenbriar Dr.  For more information call the church office at 425-3150.

Thursday, July 14, 2011


White River Baptist Association has been involved in Disaster Relief at least 10 years, with local volunteers serving from Florida to New York as they responded to the opportunities to assist disaster victims.

We currently have a chainsaw trailer and a need to train more volunteers to respond to the call out to serve.  On Saturday, July 23, White River will conduct its second training event for disaster relief volunteers this year.  It will be held at Rea Valley Baptist Church, on 101 South off 62/412 West near Flippin.  Call White River Baptist Association office (870-453-2575) to reserve your place and lunch.  Or call to gain more information about the training or the ministry of Disaster Relief.

The training and orientation will begin at 8:30 AM and go till around 3 PM.  Registration will begin at 8:00 AM.


Are you grieving for a loved one?  Let us help.  Grief Share sessions begin Sunday, July 17, 2011, at Yellville First Baptist Church at 4 PM.

You are invited to just show up at that time, or call ahead to the church office (870-449-6741), or call Gaynell Sasser (870-449-6410).  Sessions will continue for several weeks, and you can begin at any time, since each of the 13 sessions are self-contained.  The sessions will be Bible based.  We request your prayers for the leaders and group members.

Please share this opportunity with others who will benefit from this ministry.

Thursday, June 30, 2011


Are you looking for . . .
An innovative and exciting evangelism tool?
An opportunity to volunteer from home?
An outlet to provide phone Christian counseling?
An evangelistic tool your church can use to discover seekers in your community? 

A way to know more about how you can have new life in Jesus Christ? 

Check out the following website to gain more information, such as how and when this ministry is carried out.  But, there is another and better way — On July 10, from 2 to 3:30 PM at the Hensley Building at East Side Baptist Church in Mountain Home, there will be volunteer training for the Evangelism Response Center.                                                                                                                                                                 

Information regarding the Evangelism Response Center 
can be found at the website --                                                                                                               


This is a great ministry for senior adults as well as adults that have time to log in and receive phone calls from persons seeking spiritual assistance.  Please share this opportunity with others who may not know of this unique ministry.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Carroll Roberson
Carroll Roberson Ministries Coming to Mountain Home Baptist Church
Sunday, July 17th at 10:00 am, Carroll Roberson will bring the morning message.  Sunday evening Carroll Roberson will present a concert at 6:00 pm.   Carroll Roberson’s ministry is multi-faceted.  Carroll is available to do concert events, revivals, and Bible seminars.  He carries the message of Christ to multitudes each year. MHBC is located just off the Sheid-Hopper Bypass at 1960 Glenbriar.  The concert is free of charge and a nursery will be provided for both services.  For more information, call the church office at 425-3150.

Saturday, April 16, 2011


The participants begin to gather for the meal
White River Baptist Association hosted its first annual Wild Game Dinner on Saturday, April 16.   153 men and boys (a few daughters attended also) participated in event held at the Exhibit Building at Baxter County Fairgrounds.  The menu included deer burgers, wild hog, and few unnamed entrees that tasted similar to opposum.  The meal was supplemented by covered dishes provided by the participants.

David Small kicks off the event
The program included brief introductions to our ministries by the WRBA Family Ministry Team leader (Randy Livingston) and WRBA Associational Missionary (Maurice Hitt).  David Small and Jim Brown, two of the planning committee members, shared their vision for future wild game dinners, and kicked off the event.  The pastors who were present were introduced along with the full planning committee.
Estel Grigg shares today's turkey hunt

After a great meal, Estel Grigg shared this morning's successful turkey hunt by his son and granddaughter.  (It made me wish my grandsons lived close enough for me to take them hunting.)  After an inspiring video of pro fisherman, Hank Parker, who shared his salvation testimony, Eric Smeltzer closed the service with a message on how God can take a "mess" and straighten out a person's life through forgiveness that only God can give.   

 Eric, pastor of The River Bible Church in Mountain Home, took a simple illustration of getting his dad's fishing reel all tangled-up, and by his father's skill, put the reel in order.  In the same way, God can take our mess and by His grace He can clean us up.
Eric Smeltzer share a testimony of God's grace
The Family Ministry Team of WRBA are already planning for next year's event.  Thank you for all the effort to make this year's Men and Boys Wild Game Dinner a successful event that is intended to draw us closer to the Lord and to our families.

Friday, April 8, 2011


Engage Sochi Arkansas Summer Tour
May 31 - June 3, Five Locations

Are you ready to engage Sochi?  Sochi, Russia, will be the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics/Paralympics, but there’s a lot to do before and after the Winter Games!
Starting in early 2012 and going well into 2014, IMB representatives will be hosting teams in Sochi for:

  • English language training/outreach for locals
  • Prayerwalking
  • Training local believers/strengthening local churches and home groups
  • Black Sea Beach Reach-Evangelism
Most teams that serve before and after the Olympics will be able to lodge at no cost, thanks to the support of the Cooperative Program and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering!  Your costs will include roundtrip airfare to Sochi, meals, and in-country transportation, which will be shared with the group you are with.  Groups will have the option of stopping off in Moscow for a tour (cost extra).

  Though the above information speaks of 5 locations, one of those is right here in Mountain Home.  It will be hosted at East Side Baptist Church.  Meal is at 5:30 - 6:45 PM, and Presentation is from 6:45 to 7:15 PM.  Registration for the event is required -- Click ONLINE HERE to make your online Registration; or call Jill at 800-838-2272 extension 5149.

From 2012 to 2014, IMB representatives Don and Diane Combs will host teams for the projects listed above.  Don and Diane will be here on May 31 to share their vision and how you and your church can be involved in this amazing opportunity for missions efforts during the 2014 Olympics.

For more information, check out overview document by clicking HERE.

Sunday, April 3, 2011



Men and Boys Wild Game Dinner
Saturday April 16, 2011
Baxter County Fairgrounds
Sponsored by WRBA Men's Ministry Team

Shooting Contests, Games, Door Prizes,
Exhibits, Lots of Great Food, Great Time of
Fellowship for Christian Men and Boys
Speaker - Eric Smeltzer

Tickets $5.00 plus a covered dish.
Doors Open at 3:00 p.m.
Meal Served at 5:00 p.m.
For More Information, Contact:
Gary Sloan at 870-427-3836
Randy Livingston 870-404-2292

White River Baptist Association
P.O. Box 358, Flippin, AR 72634
870-453 -2575

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


I am posting here that I have begun second blog called LOADED AND COCKED. Just click the blog name and it will take you there.  The first posting will explain its purpose.  There is a LIKE button on the site plus a place to subsribe or follow the postings.

I am interested in your response to this personal writing project.  I hope you will enjoy it!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Mission partnerships . . . here and beyond!

We are asking everyone to begin praying for us (WRBA) as we seek God's direction in mission partnerships right here in our own backyard or further out. We don't need to ask His will about does He want us to do it ( He wrote that instruction down just so we wouldn't forget it; see Matthew 28:18 plus the three other text messages :-) ). We do need to ask Him to guide us as to who, when, what and where.
If you are interested in your church getting involved locally or beyond, please call the WRBA office or write me at . "Here am I, send me Lord" is a great place to start the prayer. See you on the field.

Jack Gilliland
Rea Valley Baptist
Mission Ministry Team

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Baptist Relief for Japan

I am sure the issue of how can you or your church respond to the disaster and tragedy in Japan has come to your mind.  Clicking on Japan Relief will take you to the web address of Arkansas Baptist State Convention Japan Relief site. Individuals or churches can also contribute to the Japan Relief by donating through White River Baptist Association by mailing a check to WRBA Japan Relief Fund, P. O. Box 358, Flippin, AR 72653.  We are providing this as an alternative only for your convenience.  White River will send all contributions to this fund to the ABSC Japan Relief. 

In addition to financial responses we can provide, I encourage you to intercede on behalf of the victims and their families, missionary families living there, and Americans who live and work there.  As tragic as the earthquake and tsunami are, we can believe that God will compassionately work among the communities there.  Pray that a spiritual awakening will occur among the people.

The New York Times has an interesting presentation of before and after satellite photos of the area affected by the earthquake and tsunami.  There is a blue slider in the midst of each picture that allows you to slide right and see the before photo and then as you slide left you will be able to see the after effects of the disaster.  It is a sobering piece of photo journalism.  Click HERE to view those photos.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


On Monday evening, February 28, White River Baptist Association is sponsoring the Making It Work Conference 2011 which will be held at Gassville Baptist Church from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.  The Leadership and Worship Team of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention is co-sponsoring that event, which was planned by the ABSC Team along with the Church Development Team of WRBA.

The seminars offered that evening were designed with pastors, staff, deacons,  youth and children's workers, women, and church members in mind.  In other words, all the church leaders will benefit from attending this event.

Seminars topics include the following: Sharpening Pastoral Skills, A Biblical Worldview (What it is and How to get it), Reflecting His Glory, A Deacon (Be it, See it, Do it), Reach Generation Now, and Discipline...Who needs it?

Each seminar will have a conference leader who serves in ministry area that includes their topic -- so you will be getting good information from experience and training.

I hope you will attend and encourage others to be present for this conference.  Click HERE to see a copy of the program.