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A vision of Africa and the local poor

by Polly House RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP)—The idea of a transformational church is nothing new to James Gailliard. It’s just business as usual. “Transformation comes by making daily adjustments that make you look more like Jesus,” said Gailliard, pastor of Word Tabernacle Church in Rocky Mount, N.C. Gailliard was one of the evening preachers at the Black Church Leadership and Family Conference at LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center, which...

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Seeing God heal the broken changes Oklahoma student’s life

by Don Graham RICHMOND, Va. (BP)—Hugo was an alcoholic ex-convict with a red-hot temper. He fit right in with the other residents along Chile’s Quatro Sud (Four South) road, home to prostitutes, transvestites, alcoholics and drug addicts. But it was this road, which runs through one of the roughest neighborhoods in Talca, Chile, that God used as a catalyst to transform Hugo’s life. Chris Burgess, a Comanche native from Lawton, went to...

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Evangelism: It’s not just a game

MY316 strategy implemented during youth weeks at Falls Creek Playing an interactive game with 2,000 high school students takes planning. Making that game a way to influence students’ perception of reaching the lost can make an eternal impact. Each morning during the tabernacle teaching time at Falls Creek, students were challenged to use the MY316 evangelism strategy as a way to share their personal testimony coupled with one of the...

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Templins come home to brand new house

ENID—The front porch is now a master bath and closet. The living room is now the master bedroom. The old master bedroom is now a guest bedroom/office. The kitchen/dining area has been opened up with a large pass-through and updated with new cabinets and appliances. And that’s just the original house. Added to it is a new, large living/great room area, laundry room, another bedroom and a spacious two-car garage. This is the house...

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Oklahoma teams ready to build permanent homes for Haitians

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (BP)—Sixty-six-year-old Libien Lorniska, pastor of the Baptist Spirit Church of Carrefour, prays every day that his congregation’s building, demolished in the 7.0 earthquake that struck here Jan. 12, will be re-built “before the Lord takes me home to Heaven.” He is confident now that his prayers will be answered, thanks to the generosity of Oklahoma Baptists and the willingness of state disaster relief volunteers...

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Missional Ministry Conference seeks to convey truth in a world of opinion

Oklahoma’s Missional Ministry Conference is focusing on communicating truth in a culture that typically denies the concept of absolute truth in favor of a truth that it can change and adapt to fit their changing circumstances. Conference coordinator Bob Mayfield, Sunday School/Adult Discipleship specialist with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, believes the theme is emerging as a critical component to churches who want to...

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