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Set Free: Oklahoma prison chaplaincy ministry bearing much fruit
May16

Set Free: Oklahoma prison chaplaincy ministry bearing much fruit

After years of struggling with addiction and confrontations with the law, Tammy found herself behind bars. She was feeling broken and alone. From her prison cell, she cried out to God for help. And help came in the form of Christian chaplains who were ministering in the Oklahoma prison where she resided. Today, Tammy is forgiven and set free from sin, and also set free from prison. At the Oklahoma Jail & Prison Ministries (OJPM)...

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‘Hymns & M’s’: Kids choir learning hymns by heart at OKC church
May10

‘Hymns & M’s’: Kids choir learning hymns by heart at OKC church

Martin is a fourth grader who would rather be playing sports or video games than do memorization work for school. Every Sunday evening, though, he is challenged by the children’s choir directors at his church to do another kind of memorization. He and scores of other children, ages 3 through fifth grade, are working to memorize Christian hymns; to learn them by heart, as the saying goes. Angela Lee, children’s choir program director...

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Sword & trowel: It’s GO time
May02

Sword & trowel: It’s GO time

With few days remaining in the school year, summertime is upon us. As Oklahoma Baptists, summer is home to some of our very best missions and ministry opportunities for children and youth. From Baptist camp ministries to Vacation Bible Schools to local and global missions trips, opportunities abound for boys and girls in missions. Whether you are 8 years old or 80, you can find ways to participate in this going, including the...

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Sword & trowel: Resurrection life
Apr18

Sword & trowel: Resurrection life

A recent opinion poll indicated the most popular Easter candy is Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs. These delicious morsels of chocolate and peanut butter surpassed other classic favorites, including Cadbury Mini Eggs and the ever-popular marshmallow Peeps. Yes, there are many cultural treats and traditions surrounding Easter that excite us. From Easter Egg hunts, to taking pictures at the mall with the Easter Bunny, to picking out new...

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Sword & trowel: News & the Good News
Apr04

Sword & trowel: News & the Good News

Next month, the Baptist Messenger will celebrate its 107th anniversary, or “birthday,” if you will. 12, contained stories about the work of the Foreign and Home Mission Boards, Christian education, teaching about Christian doctrine and theology, and the Oklahoma Baptist Orphans’ Home.” So much has changed in the world since 1912. Yet in so many ways, the mission and focal points of that first issue remains the very same today, with...

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