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Strengthen: Lessons from the ‘no clutch shift’
Oct16

Strengthen: Lessons from the ‘no clutch shift’

Growing up around the farm in southwest Oklahoma provided many wonderful opportunities, including learning how to drive at any early age. While I’m not sure of the details of the transaction, my dad acquired my grandfather’s late 1960s Ford farm truck when I was a boy.  Because of the age and the condition of a well-used farm vehicle, they thought teaching a boy to drive it would not do any further damage. The truck had a standard...

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Rite of passage: Where’s the love?
Oct16

Rite of passage: Where’s the love?

Recently, I had a birthday, and many have asked me how old I am. Let’s just say I am getting close to the age where I can plan my own surprise birthday party. While I was out speaking one night, Grammy had Titus the Honorable and Cohen the Goodhearted come over and secretly make Poppy a birthday card and some gifts. I guess someone didn’t tell Cohen the Goodhearted it was supposed to be a secret, because as soon as I opened the door,...

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Ministry wives event highlights the Gospel & ‘biblical hospitality’
Oct15

Ministry wives event highlights the Gospel & ‘biblical hospitality’

“Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve others, as good stewards of the varied grace of God” (1 Peter 4:10 CSB). TULSA—Ministry wives gathered from around the state at Tulsa, First on Sept. 20-21 for a retreat designed to honor and encourage ministry wives as they serve in their local churches. These women play a valuable and unique role in the life of the church, utilizing their gifts to serve others. The keynote...

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Caleb’s ‘incredible week’ inspires, makes national news
Oct14

Caleb’s ‘incredible week’ inspires, makes national news

NEWCASTLE—The second week of October was full of surprises—truly inspiring ones—for Caleb Freeman and his entire family, church and community. Surprises so big that state and national media sources took notice. Baptist Messenger readers have been closely following the story of Freeman, who was seriously injured in a near-fatal automobile accident in December of 2017, and has been on a long road to recovery. Reflecting on Caleb’s...

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Praying for your witness
Oct14

Praying for your witness

King Jesus has called all of us to be witnesses for Him. He told His first disciples, “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel” (Mark 16:15). The word translated “preach” simply means “to proclaim.” Unfortunately, many of us struggle to witness. I personally believe that our breakdown is primarily a breakdown in prayer. Consider four prayers we can pray to become more faithful and effective in this area. Pray for open doors. When...

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Court debates gay, transgender protections
Oct12

Court debates gay, transgender protections

WASHINGTON (BP)—The U.S. Supreme Court deliberated for two hours Tuesday, Oct. 8 on whether longstanding, non-discrimination federal workplace law provides protection based on “sexual orientation” or “gender identity,” and at least some justices appeared persuaded it does. The high court heard oral arguments in two consolidated cases addressing “sexual orientation,” followed by arguments in an...

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