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First person: Children without smiles
Dec28

First person: Children without smiles

We cherish the smiles of our children, capturing them in photos and our hearts. Perhaps they appear when sharing the birth of baby Jesus, opening a special birthday gift or the giggles and laughter a swing set can bring. Unfortunately, there are children without smiles around the world, who are forced into a life of sexual abuse and trauma, which enables individuals to click on a pornographic website or receive images by other means...

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Your giving touches the world
Dec18

Your giving touches the world

As Oklahoma Baptists, we have the joyful privilege of giving our tithes and offerings to the Lord through our churches each week. As a member of a Southern Baptist church, you are not only investing in reaching your community, but also our state, our nation and our world with the Gospel of Jesus. Oklahoma Baptists have learned that we can do more together than each church can do by itself. Our churches choose to give a portion of...

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Iraq declares end of war with ISIS
Dec17

Iraq declares end of war with ISIS

>> by Lynde Langdon World News Service IRAQ (BP)—Iraq officially declared victory in its war on Islamic State (ISIS) on Sat., Dec. 9 after more than three years of fighting. ISIS overran nearly a third of Iraqi territory including Mosul, the country’s second largest city, in the summer of 2014. In November, Iraqi forces retook Rawah, the last Iraqi town held by ISIS, before continuing to push the extremists out of the country’s...

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BGCO board unanimously approves Dilbeck as next executive director
Dec11

BGCO board unanimously approves Dilbeck as next executive director

Hance Dilbeck was approved to serve as the next Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) executive director-treasurer with a unanimous vote by the BGCO board at the Baptist Building in Oklahoma City on Dec. 11. Dilbeck, who has served as pastor of Oklahoma City, Quail Springs since 2003, will become the ninth executive director elected in the state convention’s history. Dilbeck will succeed current BGCO Executive...

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Dilbeck recommended as next BGCO executive director
Nov26

Dilbeck recommended as next BGCO executive director

BGCO board to vote Dec. 11 on nomination On Dec. 11, board members of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) will gather at the Baptist Building in Oklahoma City to consider a recommendation to make Hance Dilbeck the next BGCO executive director-treasurer. The nomination of Dilbeck, who serves as pastor of Oklahoma City, Quail Springs, comes from the BGCO Board of Directors’ Executive Director-Treasurer Search Committee....

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Messengers approve resolution condemning white supremacy, alt-right
Nov16

Messengers approve resolution condemning white supremacy, alt-right

On Nov. 14, messengers to the 111th Annual Meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) unanimously approved a resolution that condemned white supremacy, the alt-right movement and racism. Resolution number four stated in part, “We denounce and decry every form of racism, including alt-right and any organization that advocates white supremacy, as antithetical to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We acknowledge that we still...

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