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Encourage: Share your time, Nov. 12-13
Nov07

Encourage: Share your time, Nov. 12-13

“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen” (Eph. 3:20-21). Amen. The apostle Paul wrote his letters in Greek, including the powerful prayer that closes the third chapter of Ephesians. Every word of the letter is in Greek except for one word, “Amen.” He...

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Annual Meeting exhibit hall to highlight Oklahoma & National ministries, organizations
Nov01

Annual Meeting exhibit hall to highlight Oklahoma & National ministries, organizations

EDMOND—Each November, as the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma Annual Meeting approaches, messengers to the meeting anticipate an interactive exhibit hall. The 112th Annual Meeting is no exception, with 58 booths from Oklahoma and national Southern Baptist ministries. Annual Meeting will convene at Edmond, First, in a change of pace from previous years when the meeting was hosted by Oklahoma City, Quail Springs. The meeting will...

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Changing seasons, keeping faith: Falls Creek, CrossTimbers host fall retreats
Nov01

Changing seasons, keeping faith: Falls Creek, CrossTimbers host fall retreats

DAVIS—Summer camps feature weeks full of fun activities, Bible studies, worship services, church group meetings and other scheduled functions from early morning to late night. This is a common occurrence for both Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center and CrossTimbers Children’s Mission Adventure Camp. However, not all meaningful experiences have to be of the summer variety. Falls Creek has offered its Fall Back Weekend for eight...

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Encourage: Prayerful voting
Oct31

Encourage: Prayerful voting

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, Oklahomans have the opportunity to vote on many key issues. From candidates for various statewide offices to the state legislature to state questions, the 2018 midterm elections promise to be consequential. The significance of this moment should remind Christians of our opportunity—our duty—to exercise the right to vote. The right to vote was earned by the sacrifices of many men and women who came before us. This...

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OBU XC runner Crowson prepared for ministry
Oct27

OBU XC runner Crowson prepared for ministry

NEWALLA—God makes Himself known to His followers and prepares them for unexpected events. Nathan Crowson is a prime example. A senior cross country and track athlete at Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU), Crowson also serves as student pastor at Newalla, New Life. He has been at New Life for three months, after serving as student pastor at Shawnee, Hopewell for almost a year. A full-time OBU student, a student athlete, a youth pastor...

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Conventional Thinking: 4,723 babies
Oct26

Conventional Thinking: 4,723 babies

While the United States continues to have one of the highest abortion rates in the industrialized world, the abortion rate in individual states has been falling across the map. In 2017, however, there was one state with a noticeable and tragic increase in its abortion rate. That state is Oklahoma. To be specific, there was a 10 percent increase in the abortion rate from prior year. But let’s put it in real terms. There were 4,723...

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