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Encourage: A ‘dangerous’ song
Dec12

Encourage: A ‘dangerous’ song

In the Dec. 6 Baptist Messenger, we began to consider Mary’s song in Luke’s account of the birth of Jesus. This song is often called the Magnificat because of the key word in the opening phrase, “My soul exalts the Lord.” Exalt or magnify means to make great. Mary’s response to all that was happening was a deep desire to make great the Lord’s Name. Read again her song of praise from Luke 1:46-55: And Mary said: “My soul exalts the...

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Encourage: Season of praise
Dec05

Encourage: Season of praise

The old French carol confirms our pattern of celebrating the birth of Jesus by singing. Sing we now of Christmas, Noel sing we here! Hear our grateful praises to the Babe so dear. Sing we Noel, the King is born, Noel! Sing we now of Christmas, sing we now Noel! Why do we sing at Christmas? The people of God have been singing about the birth of Jesus since Mary was pregnant. The Gospel of Luke tells us the story of Mary’s song. Take...

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Encourage: Support new IMB leader
Nov28

Encourage: Support new IMB leader

Our International Mission Board (IMB) established a new president earlier this month, Paul Chitwood. I admire Dr. Chitwood and fully support his work as our IMB President. I believe we will see a great Gospel advance under his leadership. In the press conference following his election, Dr. Chitwood said this about the IMB vision statement: “I do not bring a new vision to the IMB. In fact, I don’t believe the IMB’s vision is ours to...

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Encourage: Blessing for His purpose
Nov21

Encourage: Blessing for His purpose

I have noticed that around the holiday season, life’s disappointments can loom especially large. God understands. God sees our suffering. He is there, through our disappointments and when we ask, “Why?” In contrast, I have noticed we seldom ask “Why?” when good things happen. Why are we blessed by God? When we have health and wealth, we do not often ask, “Why am I being given this?” To think about that question, let’s look at Psalm...

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Encourage: Advancing the Gospel
Nov14

Encourage: Advancing the Gospel

We encourage one another to advance the Gospel. With that sentence, I am stating the purpose of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma as we gather together for our annual business meeting. We are a partnership, a fellowship of churches working to spur one another on in the Lord’s work. The Lord’s work is the advancement of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul employs the idea of the advancement of the Good News of Jesus. “Now I want...

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