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Encourage: ‘Slow & steady’ guidance
May05

Encourage: ‘Slow & steady’ guidance

May is the month of graduations. In 2014, I delivered the commencement address at Oklahoma Baptist University. I would like to share with you an abbreviated version of that address. Feel free to pass this along to a new graduate. ********* “Don’t brag about your lightning pace, for slow and steady won the race!” Do you recognize that line from an ancient text? It is the moral of a story about a turtle and a rabbit—better known as “The...

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Encourage: He is risen
Apr21

Encourage: He is risen

This is the second Easter since I began serving Oklahoma Baptists as executive director-treasurer. This will also be the second time you have read this exact column. I will continue to resubmit this same piece every Easter for two reasons. First, I like holiday traditions. I hope you will come to anticipate and enjoy this same good word as part of your Easter celebration. Second, and more significantly, we focus on the Resurrection of...

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Encourage: The sacred value of a child
Apr07

Encourage: The sacred value of a child

Recently, the Lord blessed us with a new grandchild. Our son’s dear wife gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. Psalm 127 comes to mind every time I see new parents holding a precious bundle in their arms. “Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed when...

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Encourage: Is God calling you to pastor?
Mar24

Encourage: Is God calling you to pastor?

The summer after I finished high school, God called me to be a minister of the Gospel. My experience was rather sudden and unexpected, yet compelling. Spending my life serving the Lord in His church went from totally off my radar to the center of my vision in just a few hours while at Falls Creek that summer. I am grateful for that clear experience of God’s call, yet I have learned that for most, the call comes more gradually over...

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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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