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Piedmont, First faithfully serves tornado victims

PIEDMONT—Within an hour after the tornado hit, Piedmont, First had its doors open as a shelter. The city of Piedmont was the victim of one of seven tornadoes which swept across the Oklahoma landscape during the late afternoon Tuesday, May 24. The most deadly of the seven twisters touched down eight miles northwest of Binger, and destroyed homes in El Reno and Piedmont as it cut a 75-mile swath across the state before it lifted four...

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Baptist Home Care now ‘Entrusted Hearts’

There’s a new service in town. While Baptist Home Care has been around for some time, there’s a new face to the ministry, which is now called Entrusted Hearts. With the new name, which still encompasses a licensed home health services ministry, comes an emphasis on personalized services. More than just clinical, home health services, the ministry offers personalized services, which focus on daily activities or companionship that are...

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Falls Creek: The survey says…

Last year at Falls Creek, almost 4,000 students and leaders representing approximately 160 churches were surveyed on a variety of issues. Three different surveys were used during the summer: a Falls Creek evaluation, a spirituality survey and a morality survey. The information gathered from these surveys and shared in this article should be used by churches to better educate their students spiritually and morally, and to equip them...

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The Baptist Association . . . a key partner in reaching the world

In Southern Baptist life, the headquarters is the local church. Churches have organized into local associations, state conventions and the national Southern Baptist Convention to assist carrying the Gospel to the world. In Acts 1:8, Jesus commands that we be His witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the uttermost parts of the Earth. In addition to the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO), which is comprised of 1,800...

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Guest Editorial: How will you change the life of a child?

Editor’s Note: May is Foster Care Awareness Month As of Jan. 2, 2011 there were 8,046 children in state custody. Through no fault of their own, these children are orphans or “fatherless,” not because they don’t have a parent, but because their families are unable to care for them due to incarceration, extreme poverty, physical abuse, neglect or abandonment. These children need our help—your help. In last week’s issue, you read the...

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Ezell: NAMB will continue jointly funded missionaries with states

by James A. Smith Sr. BRANDON, Fla. (BP)—In spite of the Great Commission Resurgence report that many expected would end jointly funded missionaries with state Baptist conventions, North American Mission Board President Kevin Ezell says “strategically placed mobilizers” in southern states are necessary to accomplish NAMB’s church planting goals in the rest of North America. Ezell, who was elected NAMB’s third president in September,...

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