A Lesson from the Hillcrest Sing-A-Long

Posted by Stephen

I am often amazed at worship. I am always amazed at the One we worship; but there are facets about worship itself that fascinate me. Being born in the late 80's, I tend to gravitate to the modern worship scene. People like Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, and Leeland are the ones who "speak my language" when it comes to worship music.

But today during the Hillcrest Sing-A-Long, I understood more clearly that worship transcends styles and genres, worship is about the heart. As we sang from the Heavenly Highway Hymnal (which I can count on one hand how many times I have used), I noticed some of the residents in pure worship. They were like me at the recent Leeland concert: they were simply worshipping the God who created them and the Savior who redeemed them.
So, Heavenly Highway or Modern Worship? Fiddle or Electric Guitar? We all have our preferences, but these aren't the point. The point is that worship is more than music, it's about our heart crying out in adoration to our God who is worthy of our praise.

Revelation Study

Posted by Perry

Wow, we're in the 20th week, (the 20th chapter) of Revelation, and I must say this has been a very interesting journey. Preaching one sermon from each chapter certainly does not give us an exhaustive view of the entire book or the complete prophecy picture. It does however provide us the motivation to reach others for Christ because we can see that we are living in the end times. I have a new urgency to tell others about Jesus and His plan of their salvation. My prayer is that you have received the same motivation by listening to this series of sermons on Sunday morning. If you didn't get to attend, or listen to them on FM radio 104.9, we have a few of them recorded on dvd. Contact the office and we will attempt to get you a copy.

AWANA Pajama Night

Posted by Sherry

What song is inside you?

Posted by Stephen

I played a short video tonight before 24/7 began that got some thinking. Enjoy!

Preteens, Movies, and Morality

Posted by Stephen

As most of you know, we are excited about our new Preteen Ministry starting here at Central. The vision that one of our members had in beginning this ministry was truly inspired.

Our first event is on March 6 at 6p. We are hosting a movie night for all students in third through sixth grade. We will have popcorn, games, and a great movie of course! (Be sure to sign-up in Kid's Choir or during AWANA!)
Movies to watch, like music to listen to, is a discussion that can last for hours. Comedy or action? Romantic or thriller? We, too often, ask these questions when we should ask this one: Pure or not pure?
As Christians we have the call to "be holy, because [God] is holy." But how do we do this when we go to the theater? Use the ratings? Well, that's a good start, but not always very accurate. Some PG movies are as crude as PG-13, and some PG-13 movies are as harmless as some that have a G rating. So what should we do?
If you are asking my opinion, I use Movieguide. Movieguide is a Christian, family-oriented movie review site that will rank movies according their purity and themes and will uncover the truth about what movies to see and to avoid before you buy a ticket. Check it out!
(Movieguide ranked the movie the Preteens will be watching as "Excellent" and "Good." We care deeply about only showing wholesome movies to build-up our youth.)

Young at Heart Goes to Sheba's

Posted by Sherry

Excited about Fireproof!

Posted by Stephen

It would be hard for you to be more excited than me about our SNL showing of the hit movie "Fireproof!" I have seen this movie several times, and I can't wait to see it again! This movie is very powerful and will change your life and your marriage.

Why should you be excited about watching it? Because it is a great way for the Good News to be shared with unbelievers and it is a tool that God has already used to save hundreds of marriages. If you are married, have been married, will be married in your life, or will never be married, it is a movie that you must see.
So, invite friends. Invite coworkers. Invite everyone. Get excited about what God is going to do this Sunday night!

If you missed the trailer on TV or at church, here it is:

Problems viewing our new site?

Posted by Stephen

Some are having problems viewing our new blog. The problem seems to be isolated to those using Internet Explorer 6 & 7 to view the site. While we are working on the solution to this problem, it may be profitable for you to upgrade to the newest version of Internet Explorer or to switch to another browser. You may go to the sites by clicking on the links below.

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[Update] It has come to our attention that the issues with our site can be most readily resolved by viewers simply upgrading to the newest version of Internet Explorer (IE 8) or by switching to another compatible browser (such as the ones listed above).

[Update] We have identified and corrected the problem that caused the text to run to the right side of the screen. If you experience any problems be sure to let us know. It is still recommended that all users upgrade to the newest version of their browser.

Meet the Staff: Perry Johnson

Posted by Perry

I was born April 2, 1959 in Seminole, Texas to Harold and Wanda Johnson, who also served as a pastor in the Baptist Missionary Association. I came to know the Lord as my Savior during the night in my bedroom in 1969.
I began my full time Christian Ministry as Minister of Music & Youth at the Bellaire Baptist Church, Port Arthur, Texas, August 1980 while attending Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas. I served the Lake Highland Baptist Church as Minister of Music, Youth and Education for 8 years beginning July 1984 and surrendered to preach January 26, 1986. In May of 1992 I accepted the position of Music, Youth and Education with the 1st Providence Baptist church of Livingston, Texas. I began my pastoral ministry by accepting the call to the 1st Baptist Church of Talco, Texas and was ordained August 29, 1993.
I accepted the Lord's call to Arkansas in February 1997 and served as Pastor of the Bethany Baptist Church, Spring Hill community just outside of Hope until July 2004 when I began my ministry with the Central Baptist Church of Prescott, Arkansas August 1, 2004. I married Linda Dickerson June 28, 1980 in her home town of San Augustine, Texas.
My ministry opportunities at Central, Prescott include being the President of the Nevada County Ministerial Alliance which exists to help the hurting and serve those in need. I also serve as Police Chaplain for Arkansas State Police -Troop G, Nevada Co. Sheriff's office and Prescott Police Department.

Shawn McDonald/Leeland Concert

Posted by Stephen

Meet the Staff: Stephen Castleberry

Posted by Stephen

I have been serving here at Central since August 2008. I grew up in Camden, Arkansas and was born September 29, 1987. My junior year of High School I surrendered to vocational ministry. On July 28, 2007 I married my longtime sweetheart, Ashley Pipkin. She is currently a student in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

I graduated from Camden Fairview High School in 2005. I graduated in May 2008 from Central Baptist College with a Bachelors Degree in Biblical Studies with a Christian Counseling emphasis. My hobbies include amateur photography (and I emphasize amateur), tinkering with electronic gadgets, and listening to the Positive Alternative, Air-1!
You can find me on Facebook or at my personal blog.

New Site!

Posted by Stephen

Let me be the first to welcome you to the new home of Central Baptist Church on the Internet. We really believe that this change will be one that better serves our church as a hub of the latest information, messages, and pictures of Central.

If you are not familiar with the blog concept, we invite you to look around and begin to get acquainted with the site. There is also a video below that explains how blogs work. Check it out and don't forget to leave comments!