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Encourage: Embrace brokenness
Apr11

Encourage: Embrace brokenness

We all work together to advance the Gospel.  When Baptists in Indian Territory first began to work together in 1883, they declared their desire to “give the Gospel to destitute places.” They opened their eyes to the fields of Indian Territory and saw people and places that were dark and waiting for the Gospel light. If we open our eyes, we would still see people who are dark and destitute. Think in terms of sociology instead of...

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Encourage: Aid feeble churches
Apr04

Encourage: Aid feeble churches

Why? That is always a good question. Wise people are careful to consider the objective. In 1883, the Baptist Missionary and Educational Society of Indian Territory formed. The messengers declared a threefold purpose: 1. Aid feeble churches 2. Give the Gospel to destitute places 3. Train God-called ministers of the Gospel Our state convention has worked through several mission statements over the years, but I am not sure we did not get...

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Encourage: He is risen
Mar28

Encourage: He is risen

Hallelujah! Christ is Risen. He is risen indeed! Malcolm Muggeridge was a Marxist before he turned to Jesus. During the Cold War he traveled to Russia to write a story about the Communist party and the decline of religion under that atheistic regime. He was surprised by what he observed. After conducting a series of interviews with officials in the Kremlin who declared the decline of Christianity in Russia, he attended a Russian...

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Encourage: Understanding ‘encourage’
Mar21

Encourage: Understanding ‘encourage’

Encourage is a word that is misunderstood by many. Maybe I should say that the word encourage is under-understood. We often fail to appreciate the full range of what the Bible means when it says, “Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing” (1 Thess. 5:11). The biblical vocabulary for encourage carries the idea of support. To encourage is to come alongside of another in order to help. We...

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Encourage: Giving and spending
Mar14

Encourage: Giving and spending

Sometimes it is important to state the obvious. I think this is such a time. You need to know that Oklahoma Baptists agree on a few basic assumptions. I have stated two assumptions in the past two issues of the Baptist Messenger: In the Kingdom of God, leaders serve; and Kingdom work is spiritual work. Today, I want to state another obvious truth: Stewardship involves both giving and spending. I am the executive director-treasurer of...

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Encourage: Kingdom work is spiritual work
Mar07

Encourage: Kingdom work is spiritual work

As I write this, I am literally between offices. I have moved out of my office at Oklahoma City, Quail Springs. I have yet to move into my new office in the Baptist Building. In transition, after 30 years of service as the pastor of a local church, this is a big change. Moving out of my office, I packed an old piece of paper, framed, with 19 signatures—my Certificate of Ordination. That certificate declares that I am a “Minister of...

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