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Encourage: Church check-up
Mar10

Encourage: Church check-up

I have an appointment with my physician for my annual check-up on the day most of you will read this article. My doctor will check a few basic indicators of health: blood pressure, blood sugar, reflexes, weight, etc. If your church had a similar check-up, what would be the best indicators of its health? What are the signs or symptoms of a healthy church? Over the course of the last 30 years serving as a pastor, I have come to love the...

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Encourage: Advancing the Gospel
Feb24

Encourage: Advancing the Gospel

As you will read in this edition of the Messenger, the Board of Directors of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) made several very important decisions during their last meeting. We approved Joe Ligon to become the senior associate executive director. We set a bold Cooperative Program goal for 2020 and committed to sharing $1 million more with our Southern Baptist partners—International Mission Board, North American...

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Who’s your one?
Feb15

Who’s your one?

In a famous Peanuts cartoon strip, Charles Shultz exposed a common tendency. In frame one Lucy says to Linus, “You a doctor! Ha! That’s a big laugh.” She continues to chide him in the second frame, “You could never be a doctor! You know why?” Of course she gives her answer in frame three, “Because you don’t love mankind, that’s why!” Linus finally speaks in the fourth frame, “I love mankind… it’s people I can’t stand!” We smile...

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Encourage: Important opportunities
Jan23

Encourage: Important opportunities

Regular readers of this column know that I do not often push programs or events. With this edition, however, I want to put extra emphasis on a few important opportunities and issues you will read about in the pages that follow. First, I would like to invite you to join us at the State Evangelism Conference (SEC), Jan. 28-29, at Del City, First Southern located at 6400 South Sooner Road. The theme for this year’s conference is...

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Encourage: With one shoulder
Jan09

Encourage: With one shoulder

E. F. Hallock served as the pastor of Norman, First for 46 years, from November 1923 to September 1969. He was a great preacher. He was a visionary leader, pioneering Baptist Student Union work (now Baptist Collegiate Ministries) across the Southern Baptist Convention by beginning the work on the University of Oklahoma Campus. I suppose Preacher Hallock is best remembered as a man committed to praying the promises of God. He read the...

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Encourage: God keeps His promise
Dec19

Encourage: God keeps His promise

Read again Mary’s song of praise in Luke 1:46-55: “And Mary said: ‘My soul exalts the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave; for behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed. For the Mighty One has done great things for me; and holy is His name. And His mercy is upon generation after generation toward those who fear Him. He has done mighty...

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