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Shine: High calling of servanthood
Jul15

Shine: High calling of servanthood

Recently, we went through another round of graduation ceremonies. Some graduating from high school may have felt the weight of their future, and those graduating from college surely did. Questions must have swarmed through their heads like, “What am I supposed to do now?” “What am I supposed to be, and/or what is my life’s purpose?” Basically they all had to determine, “What does having a ‘successful’ life will look like for me?” In...

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Conventional Thinking: Now what?
Jul13

Conventional Thinking: Now what?

The people have spoken. On June 26, Oklahoma voters approved State Question 788, presented to the voters “medical marijuana,” by a 57-43 margin. Ignoring reasonable voices of caution, including U.S. Senator James Lankford and Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore, as well as leaders from the business and medical community, Oklahoma voters took one giant leap toward marijuana with this ballot. While this should sadden Christians, it...

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Encourage: A reflection & a challenge
Jul11

Encourage: A reflection & a challenge

As I read the minutes of the 33rd annual meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, I found a pleasant surprise. The convention gathered in Shawnee, on Nov. 16-18, 1938. Early in the minutes the Report of the Credentials Committee lists every registered messenger. Under the Bs, I notice two familiar names, Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Bivins. Can I tell you a little about Ray Bivins? When Ray Bivins was a boy, he lived in...

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2018 Vacation Bible School Scrapbook
Jul08

2018 Vacation Bible School Scrapbook

As summer continues, the Baptist Messenger plans to feature additional photos from Vacation Bible Schools (VBS) from across the state of Oklahoma.  To send in your VBS pictures, please follow these simple steps: Capture Capture high quality photos, with permission. Email Email your photos to us at baptistmessenger@okbaptist.net.  Include a...

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Conventional Thinking: Liberty takes the cake
Jul02

Conventional Thinking: Liberty takes the cake

Approximately six years ago, a man named Jack Phillips, who is a cake artist and owns the Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado, was asked by a same-sex couple to bake a cake for their wedding ceremony. At the time, same-sex marriage was not the law of the land in Colorado—or in America for that matter. Phillips, a devout Christian, decided his sincerely-held religious beliefs and conscience would not allow him to bake the cake, but said...

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Caleb Freeman continues road to recovery
Jun29

Caleb Freeman continues road to recovery

OMAHA—Caleb Freeman is no stranger to overcoming circumstances that might quickly discourage the average person. Since his life changed due to injuries he sustained in a car wreck on Dec. 19, 2017, Caleb has overcome obstacle aft er obstacle, citing God’s healing hand for all victories along the way. The Baptist Messenger first printed a story about Caleb and his miraculous healing in the Jan. 25 print edition. On Jan. 15, Caleb was...

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