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First Person: Repent, believe, follow
Apr01

First Person: Repent, believe, follow

Confusion needs clarity; complexity calls for simplicity. As our circumstances grow cloudy, we should search for the big, bright lights to guide our steps. Pastors who are working to shepherd God’s flock in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis should allow big, bright Gospel lights to guide their work. As you pray and preach and counsel and converse, use three Kingdom beacons to keep you off the rocks: Repent, Believe in the Gospel and...

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First person: He finished well
Mar28

First person: He finished well

I thank God for Roy Moody. Sitting on my back porch early this morning, I found myself profoundly sad, remembering our loss of this good man and servant.  I met Roy just before he joined our Oklahoma City, Quail Springs ministry staff in 2006. He began helping us with senior adults and pastoral care and soon made himself an indispensable part of our work.  From 2006 to 2018, Roy Moody blessed me.  Let me tell you how: Roy Moody helped...

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Thank God for the telephone
Mar20

Thank God for the telephone

Thank God for the telephone. I promise this is the first time that sentence has ever come to my mind. I am not a huge fan of the phone, I would rather talk to a person face to face. I often feel like the phone allows everyone I know—everyone I do not know—to invade my space and interrupt my life. Most of the time, the phone seems like a necessary tool, a reality of life.  Not today, not in this season. As we work to shepherd the flock...

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Sword & trowel: Faith amid fear
Mar19

Sword & trowel: Faith amid fear

A famous historian once said, “No man is happy until the end is known.” With the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, no person knows how this will end. Some have compared our present situation to the flu outbreak of 1918. Others have compared it to the polio outbreak of 1952, with portions of the population dramatically being affected while the entire country struck by fear. Like other times throughout history, no one wants this...

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Shine: Offering help to ‘fill the tank’
Feb12

Shine: Offering help to ‘fill the tank’

Oklahoma Baptists are poised to be a part of a historic day in the life of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) as churches all across North America “fill the tank” on Easter Sunday, April 12. SBC President J.D. Greear has challenged all of our churches to strive toward having at least one baptism on Easter Sunday. Greear isn’t the first to sound a call to churches to baptize. Jesus calls His church to “Go, therefore, and make...

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Sword & trowel: What’s new for 2020
Jan14

Sword & trowel: What’s new for 2020

For more than 100 years, the Baptist Messenger has been informing and inspiring Oklahoma Baptists, as we advance the Gospel together. For 2020, all the existing reader favorites, like Walker Moore’s column and the crossword puzzle, continue as great as ever. Also for 2020, we are rolling out some new features and offerings I wanted to highlight. More Church News The Messenger has long published a “People and Church News” section. From...

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