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Five things to expect at the Oklahoma State Evangelism Conference Jan. 30-31
Jan09

Five things to expect at the Oklahoma State Evangelism Conference Jan. 30-31

The Oklahoma State Evangelism Conference (SEC), Jan. 30-31, is always an exciting event for Oklahoma Baptists. This year’s SEC is designed to equip, encourage and inspire pastors and church members to share the Gospel with others. Along with this important designation, there are many reasons for Oklahoma Baptists to attend this year’s SEC, but here are five of the most significant factors to expect. 1. Breakout sessions. This year’s...

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Ten noteworthy stories from 2016
Jan08

Ten noteworthy stories from 2016

The events of 2016 were plentiful. Some made historical impact on the country, including a major presidential election. Others made historical impact on a personal and spiritual level, and the Baptist Messenger reported many of these experiences throughout the year. Here are 10 noteworthy stories from 2016, covered by the state paper of Oklahoma Baptists. /// Focus on Foster Care—The Baptist Messenger featured 17 articles on foster...

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Edmond pastor uses CrossFit to connect with community
Jan07

Edmond pastor uses CrossFit to connect with community

EDMOND—It’s the New Year. Many people make all kinds of resolutions, but most of these promises involve improving one’s health and fitness. Blake Gideon would be an example of not only health improvement but also applying this personal goal with ministry and outreach. The pastor of Edmond, First has been doing CrossFit training for a few years and has expanded his involvement in the competitive fitness sport as a way to connect with...

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Embracing Elk City: BVC opens ‘Neighborhoods’ in western Oklahoma
Dec22

Embracing Elk City: BVC opens ‘Neighborhoods’ in western Oklahoma

ELK CITY—Baptist Village Communities (BVC) has made its presence known in western Oklahoma. Baptist Village of Elk City is now in operation, marking the ninth Baptist Village in the state, and has been a welcomed addition in the region. “We’ve heard over and over from families who have come in of how badly needed this was,” said Cathy Henderson who serves as campus director for Baptist Village of Elk City. “There seems to be a lot of...

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The Bowden Dynasty’ shown one night only in theaters Jan. 8
Dec17

The Bowden Dynasty’ shown one night only in theaters Jan. 8

LifeWay Films declares, “This story is TOO BIG for the small screen!” The movie “The Bowden Dynasty” shares the life and times of Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden. It is promoted as a film that “extends beyond football and shows the world how one man’s commitment to Jesus affected all his decisions. Coach Bowden’s unyielding faith inspired acts of courage and grace while changing the lives of everyone around him.” “The Bowden...

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