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Perspective: Stronger in prayer today
Dec22

Perspective: Stronger in prayer today

Many years ago, I felt a great burden to see Oklahoma Baptists take a strong step forward in regard to prayer. After all, we can work, strain and exhaust ourselves in the work of the Gospel, but the results are not ours to produce. Only God can bring revival, spiritual awakening and a great harvest of souls. The Bible is clear—prayer is at the heart of our spiritual growth and productivity, both individually and corporately. For this...

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Perspective: Giving the greatest gift
Dec16

Perspective: Giving the greatest gift

During this time of the year, do you find yourself scratching your head trying to find that special gift for family and friends? Perhaps for weeks you have been asking your spouse, children, and grandchildren, “What do you want for Christmas?” Gift giving is often hard because we are trying to find a gift that someone wants, doesn’t have, or one that we can afford. I can tell you that I cause problems for my family because I don’t...

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Perspective: Adjustments
Dec09

Perspective: Adjustments

Like many people, I am a sports fan and I especially love college sports. These young men and women are not professionals, and while they do get scholarships, they play for the love of the game. Yes, I know a small number of them will end up in professional sports and make millions of dollars, but the vast majority will not. I have observed that halftime is one of the most important parts of the college game. Good coaches know how to...

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Perspective: God at work
Dec02

Perspective: God at work

I love to watch God at work. His thoughts are beyond our thoughts, and His ways beyond our ways. We think He is silent, but silence on our end often means He is speaking on the other end. Across the years, I can assure you that God has used no place on Earth to speak to me as He has at Falls Creek. He called me to ministry there, and time and again, I have had the fresh wind of the Spirit breathe life into me. He has done it again....

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Perspective: A ‘Legacy of Faith’
Nov25

Perspective: A ‘Legacy of Faith’

The period between Thanksgiving and Christmas always ignites the stress of finding just the right gifts for loved ones and friends. Weep as we may, the reality is that Christmas in America is more of a commercial event than a religious holiday. Decrying commercialism won’t change things much, but there are some ideas to make your holiday season a more spiritual experience for your family. Let me recommend an amazing gift you can give...

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Perspective: Pure, faultless religion
Nov18

Perspective: Pure, faultless religion

It is hard to imagine, but the raw truth is that 10,000 Oklahoma children are in the custody of the State of Oklahoma. Read that number again—10,000. These children, ranging in age from newborn to teens, have been removed from parental custody to become wards of the state. The reasons for their removal from their homes of origin are legend. Drugs, alcohol, abuse, neglect, even incarceration of parents all play a part. Sometimes...

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