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Encourage: What giving is
Oct17

Encourage: What giving is

Everywhere I traveled this fall across Oklahoma, in churches big and small, I have discovered Oklahoma Baptists faithfully giving to the Edna McMillan State Missions Offering. I saw posters tacked on the bulletin boards, inserts tucked into worship folders and envelopes in the pews. I heard Women’s Missionary Union leaders challenging the church to give, pastors taking up the offering and promotional videos playing to explain the work...

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Encourage: What I pray for our churches
Oct10

Encourage: What I pray for our churches

Let me give you an idea of my preaching schedule for the months of September and October: Sentinel, First; Altus, First; Seminole, Indian Nations; Boise City, First; Guymon, First; Ramona, First; Ada, Morris Memorial; Skiatook, First; Red Oak, First; and Hinton, First. I have or will also preach for several associational meetings: Muskogee, Cimarron, Panhandle, Atoka-Coal, Pottawatomie-Lincoln, Enon, Northwestern, Central and Cherokee...

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Encourage: One sacred effort
Oct03

Encourage: One sacred effort

Recently I spoke with two young men who remind me of the impact of our cooperative efforts. One is a key leader for the International Mission Board (IMB) and the other was commissioned as an IMB missionary in September. They and their wives are raising their families in hard places. Each of these families have gone with the Gospel to the nations. I cannot mention the name of either for security reasons. One grew up in western Oklahoma...

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Encourage: Encourage your pastor
Sep26

Encourage: Encourage your pastor

Consider the power of an encouraging word. As told in 2 Chronicles, the Spirit of God came on a man named Azariah. He had been watching King Asa as he led Judah in a season of renewal. Asa was calling the people to trust wholly in the Lord. Azariah’s inspired word for Asa is one of the great lines of encouragement in the Old Testament. “But you, be strong and do not lose courage, for there is reward for your work” (2 Chron. 15:7)....

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Encourage: Layers of accountability
Sep19

Encourage: Layers of accountability

I am writing this article the day after our Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) Board of Directors meeting at Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center. What a beautiful time to be in that special place. The creek runs full of water; the sights, sounds and smells refresh the soul. I thank our Lord for the women and men who serve as our Board of Directors. They selflessly give of their time, expertise and energy to help Oklahoma...

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