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Christmas a little brighter for children in Marlow area

Marlow, First has its own Toy Story. And its own Toy Store. On Saturday, Dec. 4, the church’s LIFE Center was turned into a giant “Toys R Us” environment with tables loaded with all the new-fangled as well as traditional items that light up youngsters’ eyes on Christmas morning. From footballs, basketballs and fishing rods, to dolls to electronic games to bicycles, parents could choose a variety of items for their children. And it was...

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Jail ministry changes lives of both inmates, volunteers

by Betty McMahan Editor’s note: From Oct. 31-Nov. 23, some 90 Oklahoma disaster relief volunteers cooked meals at the Oklahoma County Detention Center. This is a testimony of what transpired by a chaplain who served there. Today the angels in Heaven rejoiced as three young inmates ages 18, 19 and 21 accepted the Lord Jesus. What a glorious time for all of us disaster relief team members who witnessed that. Please, please pray for...

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WEEK OF PRAYER: Baptist workers experience ‘God’s time for Cuba’

EDITOR’S NOTE: Every penny given to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is used to support more than 5,000 Southern Baptist missionaries as they share the Gospel overseas. This year’s offering goal is $175 million. The 2010 emphasis is a celebration of what God has done in recent years, praising Him for allowing Southern Baptists to be a part of His work. Are we there yet? Not yet, but reaching those who remain untouched by the Gospel...

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IMB Commisions 17 at OBU

SHAWNEE—The International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention commissioned 17 newly appointed missionaries before a packed house Nov. 16 in Raley Chapel on the campus of Oklahoma Baptist University. The 6:30 p.m. service provided for a moving and memorable conclusion to the 104th Annual Meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, which met in the facility Nov. 15-16. The 17 new missionaries will serve in...

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Three great questions about church planting in Oklahoma

In the past nine months, 34 Baptist churches have been launched in Oklahoma!  These churches are making disciples, baptizing new believers and teaching them the ways of following Jesus.   Already, 130 professions of faith have been reported, and these new churches are averaging 37 in attendance. Because Oklahoma Baptists start about 50 new churches each year, we are often asked important questions about church planting. In this...

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Disaster Relief: Preparing, training are essential

Norman Wagoner’s goal is to add 1,000 new “friends” to his personal social network every year—friends who have a heart for missions and a desire to serve both God and their fellow man in times of distress. Wagoner is state training coordinator for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s disaster relief organization—an army of more than 4,500 trained volunteers in several disciplines. His dream for 2010 is to have more than 5,000...

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