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Ada, Trinity hosts 300 at foster family dinner
Dec16

Ada, Trinity hosts 300 at foster family dinner

ADA—Members of Ada, Trinity are very active in their community, but especially so during the time leading up to the celebration of the birth of Christ. “One of the most important and amazing things we do in our community is a ministry to foster families in Pontotoc County,” said Pastor Rusty Fuller, referring to the church’s 10-year history of providing a dinner and gifts at Christmas time to foster children and the...

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Religious persecution becoming ‘scary’
Nov10

Religious persecution becoming ‘scary’

As a person intimately familiar with the issue of religious persecution, Door of Hope International President Paul H. Popov—referring to recent incidents in Houston and Idaho—said, “It is scary for me. I am, for the first time in the United States, being a little scared about where things are going.” A Bulgarian native, Popov was in Oklahoma City recently working with local blogger/producer Chris Forbes in the initial...

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WW II vet: ‘My life didn’t just happen’
Nov03

WW II vet: ‘My life didn’t just happen’

WASHINGTON—Clarence Paul Ratliff was sitting in the cockpit of his Grumann F6F Hellcat on the flight deck of the U.S.S. Aircraft Carrier Saratoga (CV-3) at 1700 hours (5 p.m. local time), Feb. 21, 1945, when he heard someone tapping on the side of the aircraft. Adrenalin flowing and already a veteran of the European Theater of Operations after having supported the invasion of Southern France, the 22-year-old Oklahoman was as primed...

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Retirees benefit through Mission:Dignity
Oct13

Retirees benefit through Mission:Dignity

BARTLESVILLE—Former state pastor/evangelist William E. (Bill) Spencer was bitten by the “writing bug” as a young man, and said he has started writing again at the robust age of 82. In fact, he had his first novel, The Thrilling Adventures of King David—a biography of the biblical king—published in July, and is working on a second book to be released in November. However, he knows sales of the book probably won’t send him...

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Church Retirement Plan has added benefits for ministers
Oct06

Church Retirement Plan has added benefits for ministers

Lula King’s husband, Doug, passed away on the operating table during heart surgery Oct. 29, 2013, at age 62. He had been the pastor at Goodwell in Panhandle Association (PBA) for exactly seven years. “Doug accepted God’s call late in life,” Lula said. “He said he felt called into the ministry while he was in high school, but he never really understood what that meant until quite later in life.” But, Doug King...

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