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A foster story authored by God
Jan12

A foster story authored by God

STILLWATER—Bobby and Molly Edwards are models of God’s mandate in James 1:27 to love and care for those whom society often neglects.  Since 2006, they have opened their home and hearts to almost 60 foster children. Molly herself was adopted through the foster system, and her parents hosted 101 foster children in their home. “Our goal is at least 102,” chuckled Molly. Their story may sound like a Hallmark movie, but it is one that only...

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A lasting legacy: Oklahoma Baptists share their testimonies through letters
Jan12

A lasting legacy: Oklahoma Baptists share their testimonies through letters

What is a Legacy Letter? It is a proclamation of the legacy the Lord has given to believers in Christ, written down on paper or online that makes it easier to verbalize their story in a concise manner. Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) Evangelism Specialist Mike Napier, explained Legacy letters saying, “A Legacy Letter is you putting your life story on paper, what your life was like before you accepted Christ, how you had...

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Ten noteworthy stories from 2016
Jan08

Ten noteworthy stories from 2016

The events of 2016 were plentiful. Some made historical impact on the country, including a major presidential election. Others made historical impact on a personal and spiritual level, and the Baptist Messenger reported many of these experiences throughout the year. Here are 10 noteworthy stories from 2016, covered by the state paper of Oklahoma Baptists. /// Focus on Foster Care—The Baptist Messenger featured 17 articles on foster...

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2017 SEC: Prepare to Shout!
Jan05

2017 SEC: Prepare to Shout!

As the Oklahoma State Evangelism Conference (SEC), Jan 30-31, Oklahoma Baptists are planning to gather at Del City, First Southern for a time of fellowship and growing together in Christ. “Shout” is this year’s theme with Rev. 12:10-12 as the scripture of reference, “The reason God led us to that is exactly what the scripture says, “The salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God have now come. and we must live like that,”...

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Women’s Session set for 2017 State Evangelism Conference
Jan01

Women’s Session set for 2017 State Evangelism Conference

The 2017 State Evangelism Conference (SEC) at Del City, First Southern is quickly approaching. The event takes place Jan. 30-31, with a Night of Prayer Jan. 29. As a part of SEC, the Women’s Session will take place Jan. 31 from 9-noon. Women from across Oklahoma will have time to fellowship and grow together in their walk with the Lord as they learn from other women in leadership positions. This year, the Women’s Session will focus on...

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The Incarnation: Why Does it Matter?
Dec24

The Incarnation: Why Does it Matter?

As we celebrate Christmas, we focus on one of the most important Christian doctrines—the incarnation. Jesus was “Emanuel,” “God with us” (Matt. 1:23). So why does the incarnation really matter so much? (1) The incarnation matters because it reminds us that the body is not evil. God created the physical world, including the human body, and He described it as “good” (Gen. 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25, 31). The Bible’s affirmation that the...

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