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Rite of passage: First lap
Nov06

Rite of passage: First lap

My inspiration for carrying the cross up Mount Kilimanjaro a few years ago came to me through a man named Keith Wheeler. I have known Keith for a long time, and he is one of my favorite missionary speakers. Several years ago, I was talking to Keith about my upcoming 40th anniversary of entering the ministry. I asked him, “How do you thank Jesus for allowing you to represent Him around the world?” Keith looked at me with those steely...

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Piedmont family fosters more than 50 children over course of 12 years
Nov05

Piedmont family fosters more than 50 children over course of 12 years

Piedmont—When Mark and Renae Johnson, members of Piedmont, First, began dating, Mark told Renae that he was unsure about how he felt about children. Now, after 38 years of marriage and five biological children, Mark laughs at what he said years ago. Five children of their own would be enough of a reason to laugh at his younger self and how much he claimed not to like children, but there have been many more children in his life. Mark...

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Conventional Thinking: The Care in foster care
Nov02

Conventional Thinking: The Care in foster care

We live in times of continual outrage, in which a bombardment of news and events come at us daily. This is so constant it creates a numbing effect, so that when an issue comes along that needs our full attention, Christians have grown apathetic. Take, for example, the urgent issue of foster care. Did you know that there are approximately 8,500 children currently in Oklahoma DHS custody? A number like that can sound like a mere...

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Changing seasons, keeping faith: Falls Creek, CrossTimbers host fall retreats
Nov01

Changing seasons, keeping faith: Falls Creek, CrossTimbers host fall retreats

DAVIS—Summer camps feature weeks full of fun activities, Bible studies, worship services, church group meetings and other scheduled functions from early morning to late night. This is a common occurrence for both Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center and CrossTimbers Children’s Mission Adventure Camp. However, not all meaningful experiences have to be of the summer variety. Falls Creek has offered its Fall Back Weekend for eight...

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Messenger Insight 322 – Ministry to Women
Oct31

Messenger Insight 322 – Ministry to Women

Hear LifeWay’s Kelly King talk about her newest book, which is an essential guide for leading women in the local church. Get your copy of Ministry to Women here. https://media.blubrry.com/messengerinsight/p/cdn.baptistmessenger.com/2018/10/29145553/Messenger-Insight-322-Kelly-King.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (17.0MB) Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Play | Stitcher | TuneIn | More...

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Encourage: Prayerful voting
Oct31

Encourage: Prayerful voting

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, Oklahomans have the opportunity to vote on many key issues. From candidates for various statewide offices to the state legislature to state questions, the 2018 midterm elections promise to be consequential. The significance of this moment should remind Christians of our opportunity—our duty—to exercise the right to vote. The right to vote was earned by the sacrifices of many men and women who came before us. This...

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