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Book Review: ‘Sacred Rest’ by Saundra Dalton-Smith
Jan06

Book Review: ‘Sacred Rest’ by Saundra Dalton-Smith

Are you weak, weary or worn out? Are you maxed out and stressed out? When is the last time you were simply still? These are some questions author Saundra Dalton-Smith asks in her book Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity.  Published by Faith Words in 2017, Sacred Rest addresses the epidemic of exhaustion in our culture. It challenges readers to understand the practical aspects of rest, evaluate...

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Prodigal prayer ministry: The fruit of a mother’s and daughter’s transformed lives
Oct04

Prodigal prayer ministry: The fruit of a mother’s and daughter’s transformed lives

BARTLESVILLE—The enemy meant to destroy them, but today they are destroying the enemy. In 2013, Francine Perry, a member of Bartlesville, First, started the Come Grow with Me Bible study with 25 women who met in a home for several years. Today, that study has grown to nearly 140 women from area churches who meet weekly in the Bartlesville, First worship center. It was during the growth of this Bible study that Francine and Paul Perry,...

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Enid, Open Door launches with support from community, church planting coaching system
Oct01

Enid, Open Door launches with support from community, church planting coaching system

  ENID—A new church was added to the family of Oklahoma Baptists on Sep. 16 with the launch of Enid, Open Door. An excited group of 237 people filled the auditorium of the Oklahoma Bible Academy, and one person made a profession of faith in Christ. With a desire to reach the nearly 28,000 unchurched in Enid, church planters Kevin and Meagan Hisey started by simply getting to know their neighbors in the community. God put a burden...

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God leads former Muslim to become OKC church planter
Jun12

God leads former Muslim to become OKC church planter

The Lord has proven Himself as Shepherd for Iranian church planter Farshid Amin. Amin has been through dark valleys, yet God’s goodness and faithful love pursued him, gave him a renewed life and led him on the right path with a specific purpose in mind. A native Iranian, Amin grew up in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Raised in a Muslim home, but not fully practicing Islam, he had several Christian friends who took him to church...

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Church planter candidates assessed for success
May31

Church planter candidates assessed for success

DEL CITY—Ensuring the success of new missional churches is a priority for the Church Planting Group of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO).  Assessing potential church planters is a vital tool in the church planting strategy. The third Church Planting Assessment Center was held May 8 – 11 at Del City, First Southern. The Assessment Center provides feedback and evaluation toward the establishment of new missional churches...

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