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Falls Creek Spring Retreat: A life-changing event
Apr20

Falls Creek Spring Retreat: A life-changing event

Falls Creek Spring Retreat impacts young adults DAVIS—“God, do something this weekend that we can never forget,” was Cris Lowery’s prayer as nearly 700 young adults, ages 18-24, converged at Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center, April 10-12, for the Falls Creek Spring Retreat. “Our hope for the weekend was for a quality event that would bring people from around the state together to be spiritually challenged,” said Lowery who serves...

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‘Pray for Marriage,’ ERLC urges for Supreme Court
Apr20

‘Pray for Marriage,’ ERLC urges for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (BP)—The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) is inviting Christians to pray regarding what might be a landmark decision on marriage by the U.S. Supreme Court. The ERLC launched its Pray for Marriage initiative on April 7, three weeks before the high court’s April 28 oral arguments involving same-sex marriage. The justices are expected to issue an opinion by late June or early July. In asking...

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Reflections: Bombing images haunted Williams
Apr14

Reflections: Bombing images haunted Williams

Joe Williams is familiar to his innermost being with the terms Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Compassion Fatigue. You could almost say he wrote the book on them, or at least edited it. But, he had to deal with the terrible images of death and destruction on a deeply, intimately personal level before he could begin to help others deal with the images and issues that plagued them after tragedies such as the bombing of the...

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Reflections: Bombing attacked Poes’ marriage
Apr14

Reflections: Bombing attacked Poes’ marriage

Oklahoma City Police chaplains Jack and Phyllis Poe weren’t inside the Alfred P. Murrah federal Building when a truck bomb exploded outside at 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, but the after-effects of that explosion nearly tore their marriage apart. “One of the things we really didn’t understand is, as caregivers, we want to make a difference, but we didn’t realize that you can give yourselves away. And, Phyllis and I gave ourselves...

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Springing into action!
Apr07

Springing into action!

Early spring storms’ response includes new DR volunteers, units Recently-trained volunteers and two new recovery and repair trailers were among Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) disaster relief responders when early spring storms spawning tornadoes slashed across the state’s central and northeastern sections March 25. Clean-up and feeding efforts by BGCO disaster relief volunteers in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metro...

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Gov. Fallin attends Oil Patch Chaplaincies’ job fair
Apr07

Gov. Fallin attends Oil Patch Chaplaincies’ job fair

ELK CITY—Tom Beddow has a compassion for those who work in the oil industry. As coordinator for Oil Patch Chaplaincies for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO), he has been burdened for those who recently have lost their jobs due to the downward turn in the oil and gas industry. With the help of Mike Terry, president of Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, Beddow was able to connect with Gov. Mary Fallin’s office...

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