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Perspective: Repent and believe!

A recent blog post by Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources, (See page 2) challenged me to think again about the state of our work in the local church. His blog post is titled “Where Have all the Baptisms Gone?” The 2012 statistics for the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) reflect the lowest number of baptisms since 1948. The SBC lost another 105,000 members as well. Oklahoma Baptists fare no better than our national...

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Perspective: Cooperation on display

Since May 20, life in Oklahoma has centered on disaster relief. People have given so generously. Oklahoma and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief have both done the usual remarkable job of serving. Local churches in the affected areas have given their all in service to people in need. Frankly, this ministry of service is a beautiful picture of the love of God at work through His people. It is also a wonderful expression of cooperation on...

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Perspective: Faith in action

The devastation wrought by the storms May 19-20 brings us to our knees. As I have driven through these areas that stretch many miles surrounding Shawnee and Moore, my heart breaks for those who have lost so much. Also, we have had to watch families bury their loved ones whose lives were lost in the storms. In the midst of this tragedy, I have seen the “Oklahoma Standard” turn into “Oklahoma Strong.” The resolve of Oklahomans to begin...

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Perspective: The Oklahoma standard

  The scene is all too familiar in Oklahoma—the force and destruction of a tornado. Now our fellow citizens in Bethel Acres, Carney, Shawnee, and Moore must face the tragedy of homes and families lost to untamed forces of nature. In surveying the loss, we feel deeply the hurt and tears of our fellow citizens. The people of our great state have walked this path far too often. Many of us remember the devastation of May 1999 in...

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Perspective: Pray for our camps!

The arrival of Memorial Day marks the beginning of the camping season. Across our state, children, students, and adults will arrive at associational camps, Falls Creek, and CrossTimbers to spend days of fun, fellowship and spiritual encounters with the living Lord. Falls Creek begins each year with a children’s camp that will exceed 6,000 campers. At the same time, children and sponsors will attend the new CrossTimbers Children’s...

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