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Edmond pastor uses CrossFit to connect with community
Jan07

Edmond pastor uses CrossFit to connect with community

EDMOND—It’s the New Year. Many people make all kinds of resolutions, but most of these promises involve improving one’s health and fitness. Blake Gideon would be an example of not only health improvement but also applying this personal goal with ministry and outreach. The pastor of Edmond, First has been doing CrossFit training for a few years and has expanded his involvement in the competitive fitness sport as a way to connect with...

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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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BGCO, Hope offer resources for Sanctity of Life Sunday (Jan. 22)
Dec27

BGCO, Hope offer resources for Sanctity of Life Sunday (Jan. 22)

In 1984, former President Ronald Reagan “issued a proclamation designating Sanctity of Human Life Day,” in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling and the resulting surge of abortions in America. Since that Sunday was designated, churches across America have observed the special Sunday to celebrate the sanctity of unborn human life and to emphasize the church’s role in responding to abortion. In time for 2017’s...

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U.S. citizen pastoring in Turkey jailed for faith
Dec26

U.S. citizen pastoring in Turkey jailed for faith

IZMIR, Turkey (BP) — Religious liberty advocates have joined the U.S. government in seeking the release of an American citizen who pastored a Protestant church in Turkey for 20 years before being imprisoned for his faith.   Andrew Brunson, formerly of Black Mountain, N.C., was reportedly detained 63 days without charges at the Harmandali Detention Center in Izmir, Turkey, before being imprisoned Dec. 9 at nearby Sakran...

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Embracing Elk City: BVC opens ‘Neighborhoods’ in western Oklahoma
Dec22

Embracing Elk City: BVC opens ‘Neighborhoods’ in western Oklahoma

ELK CITY—Baptist Village Communities (BVC) has made its presence known in western Oklahoma. Baptist Village of Elk City is now in operation, marking the ninth Baptist Village in the state, and has been a welcomed addition in the region. “We’ve heard over and over from families who have come in of how badly needed this was,” said Cathy Henderson who serves as campus director for Baptist Village of Elk City. “There seems to be a lot of...

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