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Rite of passage parenting: Wonderfully made
Sep02

Rite of passage parenting: Wonderfully made

I believe every child is created gifted and unique. Let me rephrase that: I believe every person, including you, is uniquely made. You have a particular God-giftedness installed within your very makeup. The Bible is full of people who discovered their giftedness. Some used it wisely, while others let it waste away. Nehemiah had a gift for organizing people. David had the gift of praise and worship. No one would have guessed Noah had a...

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Christian Health: Cruciferous vegetables
Sep02

Christian Health: Cruciferous vegetables

As we transition into the cooler weather of autumn, it is a great time to incorporate more cruciferous vegetables in the diet.  These vegetables are a diverse group, including many different colors, sizes and shapes.  Arugula, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, rutabaga, turnips and watercress are some of the vegetables in this group. Generally, cruciferous vegetables are rich in vitamins and...

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Perspective: A ‘WE’ effort
Sep02

Perspective: A ‘WE’ effort

Baptists can be a very independent group of people. Oklahoma was pioneered by hardy pioneers who were individualistic and willing to face every kind of obstacle to plant their lives in a “brand new state.” But one thing Baptists and Oklahomans have learned is that when our focus is on “WE,” more can be accomplished than alone. The Oklahoma State Missions Offering is a “WE” effort. The mission endeavors funded through this offering...

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Katrina at 10: A ‘heavenly match’
Sep01

Katrina at 10: A ‘heavenly match’

EDITOR’S NOTE: Aug. 29 marked the 10th Anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Katrina along the U.S. Gulf Coast. In this issue, the Baptist Messenger presents Part 2 of a three-part series: “Katrina at 10,” featuring reflections by three New Orleans area leaders assisted by Oklahoma disaster relief volunteers after the storm. NEW ORLEANS, La.—Sam Porter is visionary, but never in his wildest imagination did he think Oklahoma...

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Chapel bells, trumpets, drums . . . sounds of the season on Bison Hill
Sep01

Chapel bells, trumpets, drums . . . sounds of the season on Bison Hill

SHAWNEE—It’s 5 p.m. at Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU). Classes are under way. Summer break has yielded to studying and exams. The air is beginning to cool. The bells of Raley Chapel strike five times, then ring out great hymns of faith. In the distance, sounds of whistles, tackles and shoulder pads echo from the football practice field. But if you listen closely, another sound fills the air . . . a sound once foreign to the OBU...

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BGCO annual meeting set Nov. 9-10
Sep01

BGCO annual meeting set Nov. 9-10

Hance Dilbeck, senior pastor of Oklahoma City, Quail Springs, and president of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO), and Anthony Jordan, BGCO executive director-treasurer, extend an open invitation to the 109th BGCO Annual Meeting, Nov. 9-10, at Oklahoma City, Southern Hills. The theme this year is “Connect>1,” reflecting the Convention’s focus on personal evangelism through the ReConnect Sunday School strategy. A...

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