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Hidden Harvest: Oklahoma’s unchurched population analyzed
May21

Hidden Harvest: Oklahoma’s unchurched population analyzed

Imagine: You are standing in line at the local shopping center. It’s the weekend. The store is packed with people waiting in line to check out. You look around and see people from all walks of life, ethnicities and ages. Have you ever found yourself wondering about the spiritual lives of the people all around you? Through our survey of Oklahomans, we found out the details about all those people you see in those lines with you. You can...

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Falls Creek 2018: The power of story
May20

Falls Creek 2018: The power of story

In the Old Testament, there are many stories, which are in and of themselves great testimonies of faith and salvation. But some of them are much more than that. They are pictures of the coming Messiah. The story of Jonah, for instance, is not just the tale of a wayward missionary swallowed by a great fish and sent to a city in need of repentance, but it contains imagery of Jesus in the grave for three days and then resurrected to...

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Spiritual development: A key Falls Creek emphasis
May13

Spiritual development: A key Falls Creek emphasis

Falls Creek is constantly expanding and changing its programming in order to address a broad array of student needs and issues.  With that in mind, every aspect of camp is developed with the objective of connecting, reaching and maturing students for Christ in a relevant and timely way. Though each afternoon at camp many students are occupied with volleyball, swimming, softball and the ropes course, still many others are free to...

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Shine: Balanced evangelism
May06

Shine: Balanced evangelism

In Acts 3-4, Peter and John encounter a man who had been cripple since birth. He was regularly placed at the Beautiful Gate of the Temple in order to beg for money.  When Peter and John approached the man, they did something that must have been somewhat unusual. They looked at him.  Now that is unusual because even today we try not to make eye contact with those begging on the corners of our streets. In full disclosure, I must confess...

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How to reach Millennials: Think and act like a missionary
May06

How to reach Millennials: Think and act like a missionary

“How can we reach Millennials?” I was asked this question recently after leading a presentation of data from the 2017 research of the unchurched from our new book, The Hidden Harvest: Discovering Oklahoma’s Unchurched.  The pastor lamented, “I want to reach Millennials in our community because we don’t have any!” The pastor is not alone, the Millennial Generation (individuals age 21 to 37 years old) is notably absent in many churches...

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Falls Creek 2018: FINISH
May01

Falls Creek 2018: FINISH

The theme for Falls Creek 2018 is FINISH. Our theme verse is Phil. 1:6, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Christ Jesus.” As God began a work in us through salvation, He is also sanctifying us day by day.  Our commitment is to faithfully engage with Him along the way through the practice of spiritual disciplines, such as prayer, meditation, Bible study, worship,...

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