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When one door closed, God opened another
Dec03

When one door closed, God opened another

“Other than being a small and old congregation, we were a healthy church,” said Jack Kilgore, chairman of deacons at Moore, Sharon, in explaining why the church disbanded. The 41-year-old church closed its doors after worship services on Nov. 11. “Because of deaths in the membership, advanced ages and poor health, we decided it was time to do the right thing,” said Kilgore. The right thing, the congregation decided, was to give the...

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After 130 mission trips, Biehler not finished yet
Dec03

After 130 mission trips, Biehler not finished yet

In 2000, Larry Biehler closed the doors to his pediatrics office after nearly 40 years. That year, after a check-up, doctors put him in the hospital and did surgery to clean out his right carotid artery. Five days later, the left artery was operated on. Seven days later, Biehler had four heart bypasses and his aortic valve was replaced. A couple of years later, he was diagnosed with West Nile, then had a kidney stone surgically taken...

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Wrecked when Sandy hit, Baptists helped
Nov27

Wrecked when Sandy hit, Baptists helped

MIDDLETOWN, N.J.—Eighty-year-old Donald Smith stood tall in the kitchen of the modest home in which he has lived his entire life and visited quietly with chaplain Dee Denton of Noble, Twelve Corners as he tried to fight back tears of gratitude. Down in the home’s brick-walled basement, Oklahoma disaster relief mud out volunteers from Union Association busily worked Nov. 16 to clean out a lifetime accumulation of Smith’s possessions...

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Women donate thousands of homemade items to missions
Nov27

Women donate thousands of homemade items to missions

On Tuesday mornings, as many as 27 women gather at Del City, Sunnylane, where since 2004, they have used their skills to make more than 1,000 quilts. On the same days, across town at Oklahoma City, Springdale, five women have been working since 2002 making 16,649 lap robes, turbans, bonnets and purses with pillows. These women, who enjoy using their talents to make items, don’t do it for money for themselves or even for their...

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Missions around the world: A Messenger exclusive interview with IMB President Tom Elliff
Nov14

Missions around the world: A Messenger exclusive interview with IMB President Tom Elliff

>>by Staff  The Baptist Messenger recently sat down with author, pastor and president of the International Mission Board, Tom Elliff, about life, missions and the advance of the Gospel.  Baptist Messenger: What has blessed your heart, things you’ve seen God doing through the IMB the last year and a half? Elliff: The Lord called us to the IMB after our second retirement. We retired, then went to be IMB senior vice president, and...

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Oklahoma’s Sandy response continues
Nov14

Oklahoma’s Sandy response continues

>> by Joe Conway  NAMB writer   MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (BP)—Election Day, Nov. 6,  dawned with Hurricane Sandy storm survivors voting in tents—along with a reminder of the preparation of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) volunteers. Prior to Sandy’s landfall, SBDR area commander Mark Gauthier reminded state DR leaders to make sure deploying volunteers voted absentee before they traveled to begin ministry. The day also...

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