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Go together to grow together!
Jul28

Go together to grow together!

DAVIS—Sending children off to camp brings to mind the early morning bus departure time, when sponsors and kids wave good-bye to their parents for a week. The Hill family is an exception to this image. Since 2012, parents Zeke and Lindsey, along with their youngest daughter, Jerica, have attended CrossTimbers Children’s Mission Adventure Camp as a family. “My husband, Zeke, and I first decided to take off work to be CrossTimbers...

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Messenger Podcast feature: Does Jesus hate religion?
Jul28

Messenger Podcast feature: Does Jesus hate religion?

The Baptist Messenger recently interviewed Alex Himaya, pastor of Broken Arrow, Battlecreek, about his new book, Jesus Hates Religion. The book has sparked conversation, and people are listening and are at attention. Baptist Messenger:  Why did you choose the title, “Jesus Hates Religion?” Alex Himaya:  Well, clearly, it’s an attention grabber, and it gets people’s attention. But, I think the message is that poignant; that...

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OBU hosts 90 pastors at annual pastors school
Jul28

OBU hosts 90 pastors at annual pastors school

SHAWNEE—Oklahoma Baptist University hosted 90 pastors and a total of 110 participants in the 2014 OBU Pastors School, July 14-16, on the OBU campus in Shawnee. The theme for the 2014 school was “Sent: Preach the Gospel of Good News,” based on Rom.  10:14-15. Designed to provide an opportunity of ministry development for Baptist pastors, the event featured devotions, Bible studies, breakouts and plenary sessions. The event...

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Serving at Falls Creek satisfying lifetime mission for Lawton doctor
Jul21

Serving at Falls Creek satisfying lifetime mission for Lawton doctor

DAVIS—There’s nothing more satisfying than playing a part in seeing hundreds of people coming to know Jesus as their Savior. “Not many people realize that the first aid station at Falls Creek plays a significant role in that,” said Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center Director James Swain. And no one knows that better than Dan Horton, M.D., who has a family practice in Lawton. Horton has served as a doctor at Falls Creek...

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Governor goes to Falls Creek
Jul21

Governor goes to Falls Creek

DAVIS – Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin paid a visit to the largest known Christian youth encampment on Wed., July 16. Fallin’s visit to the Falls Creek Conference Center is the first of an active governor since Brad Henry’s in 2006, and she is the third governor, along with Frank Keating, to visit in recent years. Anthony L. Jordan, executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO), gave Fallin a tour of...

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ReConnect impacting the local church
Jul16

ReConnect impacting the local church

What is the one thing your church could do that could have a dramatic impact on its entire congregation? Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) Sunday School Specialist Bob Mayfield had a ready response when asked that question. “Of all the things a church could do that could have a positive and substantial impact on the local church, I think it would have to be an investment in the equipping and training of the Sunday School...

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