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Rite of passage: First lap
Nov06

Rite of passage: First lap

My inspiration for carrying the cross up Mount Kilimanjaro a few years ago came to me through a man named Keith Wheeler. I have known Keith for a long time, and he is one of my favorite missionary speakers. Several years ago, I was talking to Keith about my upcoming 40th anniversary of entering the ministry. I asked him, “How do you thank Jesus for allowing you to represent Him around the world?” Keith looked at me with those steely...

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Practical steps to having a welcoming church
Nov04

Practical steps to having a welcoming church

Have you ever considered how much preparation and planning goes into getting ready for a typical Sunday when we gather for worship and Bible study? We do it every week—plan and rehearse music, sermon preparation, Bible studies planned, volunteers contacted and more! We love to get together as the “family” of God, but we are ever aware that it is our joy and privilege to welcome guests who are new to the community or might even be...

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Conventional Thinking: The Care in foster care
Nov02

Conventional Thinking: The Care in foster care

We live in times of continual outrage, in which a bombardment of news and events come at us daily. This is so constant it creates a numbing effect, so that when an issue comes along that needs our full attention, Christians have grown apathetic. Take, for example, the urgent issue of foster care. Did you know that there are approximately 8,500 children currently in Oklahoma DHS custody? A number like that can sound like a mere...

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Messenger Insight 322 – Ministry to Women
Oct31

Messenger Insight 322 – Ministry to Women

Hear LifeWay’s Kelly King talk about her newest book, which is an essential guide for leading women in the local church. Get your copy of Ministry to Women here. https://media.blubrry.com/messengerinsight/p/cdn.baptistmessenger.com/2018/10/29145553/Messenger-Insight-322-Kelly-King.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (17.0MB) Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Play | Stitcher | TuneIn | More...

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Del City, Sunnylane Southern baptizes 94
Oct29

Del City, Sunnylane Southern baptizes 94

  DEL CITY—Over the course of a calendar year, a church that runs just under 300 on a Sunday morning has baptized 94 believers. Pastor Danny Gandara, who has been at Del City, Sunnylane Southern for a calendar year, said the Lord’s work has been mighty, and it’s not because of anything that he has specifically done, rather pure obedience to the Lord’s leading. “At an evangelism tune up I heard the phrase ‘in everything you do, a soul...

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Q&A Focus – Foster care & the Church: Ministry opportunity knocks at Baptists’ door
Oct25

Q&A Focus – Foster care & the Church: Ministry opportunity knocks at Baptists’ door

  The Baptist Messenger recently interviewed Teri Blanton, foster care coordinator for Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children (OBHC), and Amy Cordova, women’s missions and ministry specialist of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO), about the Oklahoma’s foster care crisis, discussing how churches can meet the need with the Gospel. Baptist Messenger: In thinking about foster care, can you talk about the One Such Child...

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