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Perspective: The Acts 1:8 continuum
Apr20

Perspective: The Acts 1:8 continuum

Over the last several years, much has been said about churches becoming Acts 1:8 focused. The emphasis is for churches to develop ministries and budgets that reflect clear efforts to impact lostness in their Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the Earth. Without question, the idea is a biblical concept, and every church that follows the command of our Lord to fulfill Acts 1:8 can be assured to be in the center of God’s...

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Perspective: Thank you for 20 years!
Apr13

Perspective: Thank you for 20 years!

This week, I complete 20 years as the Executive Director-Treasurer of the Baptist General  Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO). To spend 20 years in one ministry is a significant marker in life. I have given much thought and prayer regarding the way I would communicate with you concerning this point on the continuum of life. Frankly, I have hit delete several times while writing this article, in some cases after having written a full-length...

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Perspective: Make calls for life!
Apr04

Perspective: Make calls for life!

With a little more than a month left in the legislative session, bills are moving through both houses of the legislature. There are two very important pro-life bills that have been passed by the House and now are in the Senate for passage. HB 2797 by Rep. Ann Coody and Sen. A. J. Griffin, called “The Humanity of the Unborn Child Act,” sets in place a culture of life in our educational system. The bill, which was featured and promoted...

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Perspective: Read the end of the Book
Mar30

Perspective: Read the end of the Book

Have you ever become so fascinated and engaged in the storyline of a book that you cheated and skipped to the end? You just could not wait to see how the book ends. I have a suggestion to make in these crazy mixed-up days in which we live. Pick up your Bible and read the end of the book. I am challenging you to read the book of Revelation. Yes, I know that many people are not familiar with apocalyptic literature. This type of material...

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Perspective: Our hope is alive!
Mar23

Perspective: Our hope is alive!

Have you noticed that sometimes a very small word can make a very large difference? One of those small words is the word “if.” The word “if” is used all the time. “If you will, so will I.” “If I had the money, I would go.” “If only I had…” Webster states that the word “if” is used to say that something must happen before another thing can happen. This little word is a giant when spoken in the context of Easter. Paul makes a series of...

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Perspective: Make evangelism personal
Mar16

Perspective: Make evangelism personal

Where has the emphasis on personal and church evangelism gone? If looking at most churches, clearly evangelism ranks somewhere in the lower recesses of the priority list. While most church leaders would state that the purpose of the church is to reach people, they often mean reach other Christians, not unbelievers. Look at your church’s bulletin next Sunday. Find the events or activities that have evangelization of the lost as the...

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