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Conventional Thinking: Know when to fold ‘em
Sep16

Conventional Thinking: Know when to fold ‘em

Take a drive from Dallas to Oklahoma City on I-35, and one thing becomes readily apparent. Texas is plagued with pornography shops, and Oklahoma is not. Yet before we feel too good about ourselves, stop to think how many casinos and billboards advertising the state lottery we have along the highway in Oklahoma. In the grand scheme of things, pornography provides a more universal temptation, but gambling also has a corrosive influence...

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Day to pray, Oct. 20
Sep15

Day to pray, Oct. 20

More than 100 years have passed since there was a sweeping nationwide spiritual awakening. “Greg Frizzell, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) prayer and spiritual awakening specialist, suggests that if we experienced an awakening of the magnitude of the past, we would see as many as 30 million new believers flood our churches,” said BGCO Executive Director-Treasurer Anthony L. Jordan. “That number seems...

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National Day of Prayer May 3
Apr16

National Day of Prayer May 3

On Thursday, May 3, America will observe its 61st National Day of Prayer. With moral conditions at an all-time low, an exploding national debt and a critical election, this year has unusual significance. There is no question that many who founded our nation had a strong reliance upon God. Because their generations earnestly sought God in united prayer, they saw a surprising work of grace. Since our founding, America has experienced...

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Conventional Thinking: Text without ceasing?

One hundred and fifty times. That is how often the average American looks at his cell phone each day, according to new studies. The Apostle Paul, in his first epistle to the Thessalonians, instructs them to “pray without ceasing.” Biblical commentators and pastors throughout the ages have pondered how often he meant by this. I have often wondered as well. Should I pray three times a day, like Daniel did? Should I pray more often? Does...

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