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Ministry wives encouraged to let their light shine
Oct15

Ministry wives encouraged to let their light shine

  EDMOND—Ministry wives from 87 churches across Oklahoma gathered on Sept. 28-29 at Edmond, First for Ministry Wives Weekend, which had the theme, “Radiant Beauty,” which is based on Ps. 34:5, “Those who look to Him are radiant with joy; their faces will never be ashamed.” The 230 women in attendance were inspired to let their light shine in order to draw others to Christ. The retreat featured keynote speaker Lori Merrill, founder and...

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Text talk: What is good preaching?
Oct14

Text talk: What is good preaching?

Frequently at the end of a worship service, as church members greet their pastor on their way out the door, you hear these words, “Good sermon, preacher!” Sometimes when pastors get together and the conversation turns to church life, a particular pastor is mentioned, and someone says, “Man, he’s a good preacher!” But what is good preaching? Some may see it as being entertaining. Perhaps the speaker is a good storyteller or maybe can...

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Church plant multiplies ministry legacy in east Edmond
Oct11

Church plant multiplies ministry legacy in east Edmond

  EDMOND—The church plant East Edmond Community Church officially launched with 81 people present Sept. 30, meeting in the Hilton Garden Inn and Edmond Convention Center, located at I-35 and Covell Road. The plant is sponsored by nearby Edmond, Waterloo Road; Edmond, First and the Church Planting Group of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. The church plant team is led by two longtime friends, Ray Strauss and Aaron Day, son of...

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Southern Baptists ‘send our best’: 66 IMB missionaries go to the nations, 11 from Okla.
Oct11

Southern Baptists ‘send our best’: 66 IMB missionaries go to the nations, 11 from Okla.

  RICHMOND, Va.—Southern Baptists celebrated the sending of 66 new International Mission Board (IMB) missionaries on Wed., Sept. 26, at Richmond, Va., Grove Avenue—with each new missionary sharing firsthand how God has woven throughout their lives a desire to take His Gospel to people who have never heard it. Of the 66 new missionaries, 11 have ties to Oklahoma, either by upbringing or education. Many of the 11 are serving in closed...

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Messenger Insight 319 – Foster Care & The Church
Oct10

Messenger Insight 319 – Foster Care & The Church

Hear Hance Dilbeck and Greg McNeece discuss how the church can make a Gospel impact through foster care. https://media.blubrry.com/messengerinsight/p/cdn.baptistmessenger.com/2018/10/09082243/Messenger-Insight-319-Hance-Dilbeck-Greg-McNeece.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (24.1MB) Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Play | Stitcher | TuneIn | More...

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Rite of passage: The green room
Oct09

Rite of passage: The green room

I have the privilege of speaking at some of the largest churches in the United States. Because the services are televised worldwide and the messages have mass exposures, there are sometimes threats from unstable individuals. When I preach in these churches, I must follow their protocols. One megachurch where I preach has a bodyguard who comes and picks me up from my hotel. He drives around to the back of the church, and I have to wait...

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