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Lawton, Friendship inspired by MLK during special service
Jan29

Lawton, Friendship inspired by MLK during special service

LAWTON—On Mon., Jan. 16, people across America observed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which marks the birthday of the late, great Civil Rights leader and Baptist minister. One day prior, in Lawton, one church congregation honored King and worshipped the Lord Jesus Christ during a special Sunday morning service. Lawton, Friendship incorporated elements connected to King’s life and legacy in its regularly scheduled morning worship...

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Q&A Focus: Faith & facts: 2017 SEC keynote speaker links apologetics, evangelism
Jan26

Q&A Focus: Faith & facts: 2017 SEC keynote speaker links apologetics, evangelism

Evangelism is at the core of every relationship with Christ. At the 2017 Oklahoma State Evangelism Conference (SEC) on Jan. 30-31 at Del City, First Southern, those in attendance will hear from top evangelists and, in Frank Turek’s case, a world-renowned apologetics teacher. Turek is president of CrossExamined ministries, an award-winning author and a cultural commentator. The Baptist Messenger recently spoke with Turek, about what he...

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Students respond to YEC 48-hour challenge to share Gospel
Jan23

Students respond to YEC 48-hour challenge to share Gospel

DAVIS—Students who attended the Youth Evangelism Conference (YEC), Jan. 15-16, were offered the opportunity to make a 48-hour pledge that would begin soon after the event, which met at Falls Creek Conference Center. The pledge, offered by YEC keynote speaker Greg Stier, involved sharing the Gospel with someone within 48 hours after YEC concluded. Stier, founder and president of Dare 2 Share Ministries, said he wanted students to have...

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SEC 2017 speaker revitalizes struggling church
Jan19

SEC 2017 speaker revitalizes struggling church

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Rodney Keith was ordained into the ministry at the age of 21, at Jacksonville, Fla., First. Since then, Keith has dedicated his life to sharing the Good News. After being a full-time evangelist for 14 years, Keith felt the Lord was urging him to take a pastoral position. That is when the Lord put Jacksonville, Fla., Gardenview on his radar. Gardenview is on the north side of Jacksonville, the city with one of the...

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Six statements that can kill a church
Jan16

Six statements that can kill a church

Words can kill. Words can kill churches because they often have deadly actions behind them. As we begin this new year, please allow me to share six statements that I have heard from church members whose churches have died. Please hear that last statement again: These are statements from church members whose churches have already closed their doors. I am convinced these statements were major contributors to the churches’ demise. “We...

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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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