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College or Not Spring Retreat April 10-12
Mar03

College or Not Spring Retreat April 10-12

DAVIS—College and college-age young adults are encouraged to have a great time and make new memories April 10-12 at Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center during The Spring Retreat at Falls Creek! The retreat is sponsored by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM)and Emerging Generation Office, in cooperation with Oklahoma church college ministries. It offers late night activities with lots...

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Karate ministry has ‘staying power’ at Moore, First
Mar03

Karate ministry has ‘staying power’ at Moore, First

MOORE—The KICS (Karate in Christ’s Service) school was featured in the Baptist Messenger in 2011. What began as a martial arts class that meets in Moore, First’s recreation center has now become a full certified year-round school with more than 300 students who participated in the last six and half years. School founder Brandon Boozer said the KICS school will continue to advance and impact lives beyond what they have accomplished...

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Should churches play role in members’ physical health?
Feb24

Should churches play role in members’ physical health?

EDITOR’S NOTE: Reprinted with permission of the Florida Baptist Witness. Potluck dinners, ice cream socials and Sunday morning doughnuts and coffee are staples of Baptist gatherings. They also can be a detriment to the health and physical wellbeing of those who are taking part. And, while Baptists’ stances against alcohol and tobacco help many stay healthy, the benefits may be offset by the inattention to our diets and, in many cases,...

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OBU Named NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Institution
Feb16

OBU Named NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Institution

SHAWNEE—Oklahoma Baptist University was recently named a 2013-14 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Champions of Character Five-Star Institution. The vision of the NAIA Champions of Character program is to change the culture of sport. Its mission is to provide training to instill the values that build character so student-athletes, coaches and parents know, do and value the right things on and off the field. The...

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Erick’s girls basketball coach doing things ‘the right way’
Feb10

Erick’s girls basketball coach doing things ‘the right way’

ERICK—The 2013 basketball season was a special one for Coach Justin Janz. His Erick High School Lady Bearcats were playing Lomega, the defending champions, in the state championship game, and both of his daughters were major contributors to a 56-53 double overtime victory. Miranda Janz was a senior on the squad. With Erick down three points and five seconds remaining in regulation, Miranda sank a deep three-pointer to send the game...

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Hall of Fame inductee John Smoltz has humble testimony
Feb03

Hall of Fame inductee John Smoltz has humble testimony

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The last week in January marked the anniversary of the very first elections in the U.S. Baseball Hall of Fame, when baseball greats Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson were named as the first inductees on Jan. 29, 1936. Joining these baseball legends will be three standout pitchers and a power hitter who make up the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015. In six months, Randy Johnson, Pedro...

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