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Bible Q&A: Is there a sin that cannot be forgiven? (Mark 3:28-29)
Oct28

Bible Q&A: Is there a sin that cannot be forgiven? (Mark 3:28-29)

One of the most difficult statements that Jesus utters is found in Mark 3:28-29 and involves Jesus warning against blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (see also the parallel in Matt. 12:31-32). Mark narrates a series of conflict stories between Jesus and the Pharisees. The conflict began when Jesus pronounced the paralytic’s sins forgiven. The Pharisees thought to themselves, “Why does He (Jesus) speak like this? He’s blaspheming! Who...

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Encourage: Appreciating pastors
Oct24

Encourage: Appreciating pastors

Since 1992, October has been designated as Pastor Appreciation Month. I graduated from seminary that year and began my fourth year of ministry as the pastor of a local church. I confess that this annual month of appreciation embarrassed me at first. I thought, lots of people have difficult jobs so why do pastors need a special dose of appreciation and encouragement? It seemed to me like we pastors were in need of coddling. Honestly,...

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Powerful prayer: The greatest pastor appreciation gift
Sep23

Powerful prayer: The greatest pastor appreciation gift

On Oct. 14, many churches observe Pastor Appreciation Sunday. Today’s leaders face spiritual attacks and pressures like few previous generations. If ever there were a time church leaders needed encouragement and prayerful support, that time is now! No doubt, a most crucial way to encourage and support leaders is to pray for them. Yet, it is vital that we go deeper than the occasional “bless them” prayers that characterize far too...

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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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