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Powerful Prayer: Staying bold, joyful, persistent
Jul14

Powerful Prayer: Staying bold, joyful, persistent

It is hard to overstate the significance and timing of this year’s SBC Annual Convention Theme “The Third Great Awakening.” With the Supreme Court deciding against the biblical definition of marriage, praying for the next great awakening is more crucial than ever. But regardless of whether America first sees spiritual awakening or worsening consequences of rebellion, true churches can still see revival! Especially in times of...

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Pro-life laws stymied by courts in 4 states
Jun30

Pro-life laws stymied by courts in 4 states

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) — Pro-life regulations in Texas, North Carolina, Kansas and Iowa have been stymied in court challenges. Affected are a Texas law requiring abortion clinics to qualify as ambulatory surgical centers and for abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges; a North Carolina law requiring doctors to show pregnant women ultrasound images before performing an abortion; a Kansas law banning dismemberment...

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Gay weddings: who must perform them?
Jun27

Gay weddings: who must perform them?

WASHINGTON (BP) — Legal opinions vary widely on what the U.S. Supreme Court’s mandate of nationwide same-sex marriage will mean for pastors and government officials authorized to perform weddings. Some legal experts say government officials charged with performing weddings could lose their jobs for refusing to marry gay couples. But others believe both ministers and government officials likely will have freedom not to...

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Reaping results!
Jun15

Reaping results!

The largest organization in almost all Oklahoma Baptist churches is its Sunday School or small group equivalent (LifeGroup, Connection Group, etc.) The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s ReConnect Sunday School Initiative has a vision of connecting the church’s largest organization with the church’s most important task—fulfilling the Great Commission. BGCO ReConnect Sunday School point person Bob Mayfield said, “It seems obvious...

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The greatest result of Falls Creek
Jun15

The greatest result of Falls Creek

DAVIS—Much can be appreciated about the experiences at Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center, but one element that happens during the Falls Creek youth summer weeks has lasting, even eternal, results. That element is the invitation time at the end of the evening service when students make decisions for Christ. With thousands upon thousands of such decisions that have been made in the almost 100 years of Falls Creek, this year’s summer...

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Not your ordinary coffee house
Jun15

Not your ordinary coffee house

Claremore business promotes success with every cup CLAREMORE—Only by the grace of God could so much happen in a tiny coffee shop on Claremore’s main street. “The Lord gave me the name ‘She Brews,’ said founder Rhonda Bear, “so I thought it must have something to do with coffee.” The idea for a coffee shop came when Bear, who served prison time for drug violations, was looking for a way to help incarcerated inmates. “For years,...

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