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Perspective: Will 2017 bring revival?
Jan04

Perspective: Will 2017 bring revival?

Happy New Year to you all! I begin this article with a prayer that God will richly pour out His love, grace and joy upon you throughout 2017. This new year will be full of challenges that will stretch you and opportunities that will increase your faith. We start 2017 with uncertainty and high expectations all wrapped into one. A new year means that a new president will take office. Whether one likes our new president or not, it would...

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Perspective: A great announcement
Dec25

Perspective: A great announcement

“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” With these words, the angels made the announcement of the birth of the Christ child. The words are so familiar to us that we often read and repeat them with a casualness that erodes the remarkable truth they embody. For 400 years the people of God had not heard...

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Perspective: Color embracing
Dec14

Perspective: Color embracing

One of the great blessings of leading Oklahoma Baptists is the privilege to see the great diversity among us. While Oklahoma Baptists are predominately Anglo in our makeup, be assured that with each passing year, the color palate becomes even more diverse. I would suggest that today our convention looks more like Heaven than ever. Over the last few weeks, I have had the joy of worshipping with and seeing firsthand some of the amazing...

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Perspective: Revelation relevancy
Dec07

Perspective: Revelation relevancy

I love the book of Revelation. Some people would immediately say that I must be a real prophecy buff. They might expect me to have my eschatological charts and have pinpointed the exact timing of when the rapture, tribulation and millennium will take place. Oh, I have my own perspective on these things, but that is not why I love reading and studying the book of Revelation. To read Revelation affirms to me over and over again what a...

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Perspective: A Lottie Moon Christmas
Nov30

Perspective: A Lottie Moon Christmas

The marching orders for reaching the world with the Gospel are clear. First, the marching orders are to the church. Second, the marching orders clearly describe a movement, not just an action. Going, making disciples of all people groups, baptizing them and teaching them to observe all things He has commanded. Jesus was very clear—go and keep on going into the world carrying the Gospel. He is unequivocal in His command to the church....

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Perspective: Don’t miss Thanksgiving
Nov21

Perspective: Don’t miss Thanksgiving

The news story was so sad; a driver hit someone and then left the person in the middle of the street to die—a hit and run. Over the last few years, I feel like that is what we have done with Thanksgiving. The commercialization of Christmas hits Thanksgiving and leaves it in the middle of the road to die. If there ever was a people who ought to give thanks for the guiding and blessing hand of God, it ought to be Americans. To walk back...

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