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Does the Virgin Birth really matter?
Dec23

Does the Virgin Birth really matter?

I often wrestle with doubt in my faith journey. I’m a realist at heart, and there’s no exception to that, even in the holiday season. I can easily get swept off my feet by a good Christmas hymn and rejoice unhindered at the sight of a well-lit Christmas tree. However, the jingling of bells and the twinkling of lights are often not strong enough to drown out the skepticism to which I am susceptible. One primary area of borderline...

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Bethany, Council Road helps ‘The Gift Go On’
Dec05

Bethany, Council Road helps ‘The Gift Go On’

BETHANY—On Tuesday, Nov. 19, vendors and shoppers alike filled the CUBE activity building on Bethany, Council Road’s campus. The “shopping with a purpose” event, The Gift Goes On, celebrated its 10th year. All proceeds from the event go directly toward financially assisting Christian families going through the process of adopting a child. The financial scholarships are distributed through the Karis Adoption Fund. One adoption can cost...

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A ‘Momentum’ of truth: College students gather to be encouraged in the Gospel
Sep17

A ‘Momentum’ of truth: College students gather to be encouraged in the Gospel

EDMOND—Edmond, Henderson Hills’ entrance hall resembled a combination of a college campus and a family reunion on Sep 6 as nearly 1,000 college-age young adults teemed into the building. They poured into the church from all over the state for Momentum, a Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) Collegiate Ministry event. The event consisted of three segments, the first being a worship service. Oklahoma band Soul Society led...

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Broken Arrow, First excels in loving special needs families
Aug13

Broken Arrow, First excels in loving special needs families

BROKEN ARROW—Laughter and music filled the children’s area at Broken Arrow, First, July 23-27 as Champion’s Camp commenced. Short kids, tall kids, little kids and big kids filed into the church through a tunnel of sponsors and volunteers cheering and dancing every morning. Each kid was a champion. Each kid mattered. And each kid had a special need or handicap. Champion’s Camp was formed six years ago with the mission to “serve persons...

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‘Pray for Caleb’ 5K event has powerful results in participation, prayer
May05

‘Pray for Caleb’ 5K event has powerful results in participation, prayer

NEWCASTLE—“We just want Caleb to be fully restored. Our big prayer is that God, in a way that only He can, heals Caleb’s brain in such a way that it’s no mistake that God did it.” These were the words of Jeremy Freeman, pastor of Newcastle, First, in his interview with the Baptist Messenger just four and a half months ago. Freeman spoke of his son, Caleb, who, in December 2017, was involved in a car wreck. The wreck left Caleb, 16, in...

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