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Messenger Insight 317 – Evangelism Today
Sep19

Messenger Insight 317 – Evangelism Today

Hear Preston Condra and Mike Napier talk about ways to share the Gospel. https://media.blubrry.com/messengerinsight/p/cdn.baptistmessenger.com/2018/09/12163750/Messenger-Insight-316-Preston-Condra.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (37.2MB) Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Play | Stitcher | TuneIn |...

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Encourage: Propagation revitalization
Sep12

Encourage: Propagation revitalization

As I read Oklahoma Baptist history, I find a certain word used repeatedly. This is a word that has fallen out of favor. My hope is that we do not use this word because we no longer understand it, but I fear we might also no longer value it. Propagation. The Random House dictionary that I received as a high school graduation gift reads as follows: Propagation, n. 1. The act of propagating. 2. The state of being propagated. 3....

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Conventional Thinking: 7 deadly sins & social media
Sep07

Conventional Thinking: 7 deadly sins & social media

In other faith traditions, we hear about the seven deadly sins. These are considered sins that literally and spiritually lead unto death. Various authors and writers in recent years have drawn links between popular social media platforms and the tendency of each one toward various sins. As more young people—and people of all ages—spend increasing time on social media, I wish to echo and expand upon this conversation. Here are the...

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Bible Q&A: Why Such Praise? (Matt. 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9)
Sep02

Bible Q&A: Why Such Praise? (Matt. 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9)

The anointing On Tuesday of Passion Week, an unnamed woman poured out a vase of very expensive ointment/perfume on Jesus’ head (see Matt. 26:6-9; Mark 14:3-5). While the anointing of someone’s head could be done with cheaper olive oil, it was a common mark of courtesy to a guest. The value of the anointment indicates this is more than a simple courtesy. In fact, the text indicates that the perfume was worth 300 denarii, nearly a...

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Encourage: The excuse of ‘not me’
Aug29

Encourage: The excuse of ‘not me’

Most of the people reading this sentence have never led another person to faith in Jesus Christ. More than half have never even tried. That truth hurts. The New Testament calls Philip “the Evangelist.” He is always leading people to Jesus. We admire the consistency of his obedience. Everywhere he goes, with everyone he meets, Philip shares the Good News of Jesus Christ. He challenges our excuses—Not them, Not now. When we read the...

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Encourage: Never a better time
Aug22

Encourage: Never a better time

Not them. Not now. Not me. We all know that we are called to share the Good News, but we resist that call with the common excuses listed above. In last week’s article, Philip the Evangelist challenged each excuse, having taught us to cross barriers and boundaries with the Gospel. The people whom the Church tended to ignore or to write off as beyond reach, those are the people Philip pursued. Lord, forgive us for excluding people with...

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