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Evangelism: Don’t just talk about it… be about it
Feb18

Evangelism: Don’t just talk about it… be about it

Over the last few years the Youth Evangelism Conference (YEC) has been transformed into primarily a training and equipping event, though it is still an event for every kind of student. When asked what type of student should churches bring to YEC we say “ALL of them!” Core students go deeper. Fringe students get encouraged to go all in. Evangelists find their happy place. Scaredy cats are in good company. Unsaved students hear the...

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ReConnect: Does your small group have a connection issue?
Feb04

ReConnect: Does your small group have a connection issue?

As we have developed the ReConnect Sunday School strategy, one of the primary connection points has been for the church’s small groups to connect guests or new members into a group. This connection is a primary emphasis in an ongoing small group strategy in the local church. Unfortunately, it is also one of the weakest connections in most small groups. In fact, many churches are letting potential new church members slip through their...

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Multiply: A tear from a glass eye
Jan28

Multiply: A tear from a glass eye

“He looked sad enough to bring a tear to a glass eye.” I heard this saying growing up, but now I was seeing it for myself. His name was Steve. I was a new church planter, and he was my first visit on the first week; a Baptist planting a church in a 97-percent Roman Catholic community, just 12 miles from the New Orleans International Airport. Our new community had the distinction of being named the Andouille (pronounced “On-du-ee”)...

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Bible Q&A: Do not judge? (Matt. 7:1-5)
Jan15

Bible Q&A: Do not judge? (Matt. 7:1-5)

Having listened to Jesus speak of giving His life for the world (John 6:60), His disciples exclaimed, “This is a hard saying; who can hear it?” This would not be the last time one of Jesus’ followers would express such a sentiment. In fact, there are many sayings of Jesus that fit the description of a “hard saying.” One such saying is found in the Sermon on the Mount in Matt. 7:1, “Do not judge, so that you won’t be judged.” Jesus’...

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Sharing Jesus: Join us at SEC, Jan. 29-30
Jan08

Sharing Jesus: Join us at SEC, Jan. 29-30

The State Evangelism Conference (SEC), Jan. 29-30, is a perfect time for us as a family of Oklahoma Baptist to refocus and re-energize our hearts and attention to the heart of God—the urgent need for souls to be saved. The theme for the 2018 SEC is “Urgency.” The focal scripture passage is, “We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming and then no one can work” (John 9:4 NLT). I pray that...

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Shine: Do you believe the Bible?
Jan07

Shine: Do you believe the Bible?

Two unrelated events in my life have made one major impact on my commitment to read God’s Word.  The first happened while I was a college student. Professor Gene Petty had just come to Ouachita Baptist University from Duncan, Immanuel. The room was filled with new ministry students, and we were about to encounter a very important series of questions.  Petty asked, “How many of you young men plan to obey God’s Word?”  We all eagerly...

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