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Encourage: Fatherhood foundations
Jun13

Encourage: Fatherhood foundations

Malachi lived in a day and age when society was sick. From priests to people, from marketplace to the home, he saw injustice, selfishness and corruption. He looked forward to the Day of the Lord, a day when things would be set right. Malachi assumed that a society that is rotten must be restored at its core. “He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers…” (Mal. 4:6). Our...

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Encourage: Pray for the SBC
Jun06

Encourage: Pray for the SBC

When I became pastor of a church in Oklahoma, there was a chairman of deacons by the name of R. C. Hall. I was 27, and he was 72. He helped me in more ways than you can imagine. He loved me, encouraged me, protected and advised me. He was also a master of one liners. He could plant a nugget of truth in your heart through a short memorable saying. For example, the church had been through a season of division just before I arrived....

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Encourage: Commit camps to prayer
May30

Encourage: Commit camps to prayer

Falls Creek was born from prayer and a burden for souls. Under pressure, the founders of Falls Creek, J. B. Rounds and W. D. Moorer, were receiving complaints about their selection of Falls Creek as the home of a summer camp for Oklahoma Baptists. Parents did not want to send their children to such a “deserted place.” So in late July 1917, the two men walked up Buzzard Hill discussing all the things that were wrong with the location....

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Encourage: Run to remember
May23

Encourage: Run to remember

The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon finished its 18th year a few weeks ago. Run to Remember: that simple combination of words sums it up. I like both of these words, “run” and “remember;” both are biblical words. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are running and remembering. Of course the Bible challenges us in Heb. 12:1 to “run with endurance the race that has been set before us.” Our life of faith compares to running a marathon in a...

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Encourage: Needing qualified people
May16

Encourage: Needing qualified people

We need better players, not better plays. Old football coaches have a saying, “It’s Jimmies and Joes not X’s and O’s that win football games.” A team might have an excellent game plan, creative formations and cutting edge equipment, but if their players are untrained, weak and slow, they will not win many games. The players are the key, not the plays. The church in Jerusalem was struggling, and they were distracted by a division that...

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