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  • Lankford sees a ‘missional calling’ to government

    March 2 2017 by Brian Koonce, Missouri Pathway | with 0 comments
    Lankford sees a ‘missional calling’ to government

    “For all of the disciples, Jesus used one simple phrase to call them: ‘Come follow me,’” Sen. James Lankford said during a conference. “It wasn’t a calling to an occupation, to a place or a task. It was a calling to a person, and each of them had to make a decision to follow.”

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  • Oklahoma disaster relief gets rare recycling unit

    March 2 2017 by Emily Howsden, The Baptist Messenger | with 0 comments
    Oklahoma disaster relief gets rare recycling unit

    Volunteers for Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief are taking steps to ensure they are good stewards of what the Lord has given them. Following historic floods in Louisiana, volunteers served 20,000 meals a day. Some volunteers decided to take action after they saw the amount of cardboard that wasn’t being used or recycled. ...

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  • Illusionist catches attention for gospel sharing

    January 19 2017 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Illusionist catches attention for gospel sharing

    Some believers might cringe at the idea of a “Christian magician,” but Bart Glatt has seen many people come to faith in Jesus. Glatt is pastor of volunteer ministries at First Baptist Church in Muskogee, Okla., and he also is a professional illusionist, photographer, videographer and voiceover artist.

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  • A foster story authored by God

    January 18 2017 by Kristi Prince, Oklahoma Baptist Messenger | with 0 comments
    A foster story authored by God

    Bobby and Molly Edwards are models of God’s mandate in James 1:27 to love and care for those whom society often neglects. Since 2006, they have opened their home and hearts to nearly 60 foster children. Molly herself was adopted through the foster system and her parents hosted 101 foster children in their home.

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  • Death penalty affirmed by California, Nebraska, Oklahoma voters

    November 11 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Death penalty affirmed by California, Nebraska, Oklahoma voters

    All three states with death penalty-related measures on the ballot Nov. 8 – California, Nebraska and Oklahoma – affirmed the use of capital punishment. Capital punishment “is grounded in the understanding that God has established civil authorities to rule over us ... for our good,” said Oklahoma pastor Shane Hall, referencing Romans 13.

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  • Church cheers for high school football team

    September 23 2016 by Chris Doyle, Baptist Messenger | with 0 comments
    Church cheers for high school football team

    Cherokee Hills Baptist Church is investing in Putnam City High School as families “adopt” players on the Pirates’ football team by going to home games and cheering them on. The idea happened as pastor Mike Keahbone was looking for ways the Oklahoma City church could have a community presence.

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  • She found healing & now directs pregnancy center

    April 20 2016 by Chris Doyle, Oklahoma Baptist Messenger | with 0 comments
    She found healing & now directs pregnancy center

    Carolyn Anson was told she was not ready to be a volunteer at the Crisis Pregnancy Center because she needed healing from her past abortion experience. After reading an advertisement in the Baptist Messenger of Oklahoma, Anson would be on her way to not only find healing, but also help other post-abortive women.

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  • Pro-life roses at capitol: Oklahoma Baptists’ 25th year

    February 29 2016 by Chris Doyle, Oklahoma Baptist Messenger | with 0 comments
    Pro-life roses at capitol: Oklahoma Baptists’ 25th year

    Oklahoma has been declared the “number one” state on Americans United for Life’s “Life List” – a recognition by the nation’s oldest pro-life organization based on how well Oklahoma law protects life. The achievement can be attributed to the many years Oklahomans have encouraged state government leaders to support pro-life legislation …

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  • Oklahoma church sees abundance of baptisms

    December 11 2015 by Brian Hobbs, The Baptist Messenger | with 0 comments
    Oklahoma church sees abundance of baptisms

    Situated in Caddo County, the town of Cement has a population of just north of 500 people, according to the most recent U.S. Census. On an average Sunday morning, you will find more than 100 people gathered for worshipping God at First Baptist Cement, which has seen an explosion of baptisms in 2015.

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  • Oklahoma Baptists focus on individual evangelism

    December 3 2015 by Oklahoma Baptist Messenger/Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Oklahoma Baptists focus on individual evangelism

    An emphasis of sharing the gospel was made throughout the reports, presentations and addresses at the 109th annual meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma where 621 registered messengers gathered at Southern Hills Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. Messengers embraced an evangelism strategy for 2016 called the “3151 Challenge.”

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  • SCOTUS ruling rekindles death penalty debate

    July 22 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SCOTUS ruling rekindles death penalty debate

    A Supreme Court ruling that Oklahoma’s method of lethal injection does not constitute “cruel and unusual punishment” has rekindled discussion of capital punishment among evangelicals and the high court’s nine justices. In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled June 29 that Oklahoma may use the sedative midazolam …

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  • Oklahoma Supreme Court rules Ten Commandments must go

    July 1 2015 by Greg Horton, Religion News Service | with 0 comments
    Oklahoma Supreme Court rules Ten Commandments must go

    The Oklahoma Supreme Court ordered a Ten Commandments monument removed from the state Capitol grounds June 30, three years after its installation sparked a religious feud. The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma first filed a lawsuit challenging the monument’s constitutionality in 2013.

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  • Okla. Baptist DR helps tornado victims

    March 30 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press/Oklahoma Baptist Messenger | with 0 comments
    Okla. Baptist DR helps tornado victims

    Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers began preparing meals, clearing debris and repairing damaged homes March 27 after tornadoes swept across central and northeastern Oklahoma just two days earlier, killing at least one person. At least 75 homes were destroyed and several hundred were damaged in the Oklahoma City metro area ...

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  • Steve Green’s Bible curriculum shelved by school district

    December 1 2014 by Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service | with 0 comments
    Steve Green’s Bible curriculum shelved by school district

    An Oklahoma school district has shelved a Bible curriculum that Hobby Lobby President Steve Green had hoped would be used by students in January. Two legal groups that opposed the elective said Nov. 25 that the Mustang Public Schools decided not to feature the curriculum, which was approved in April by the school board.

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  • Coburn to retire; Lankford to run

    January 22 2014 by Baptist Press staff | with 0 comments
    Coburn to retire; Lankford to run

    Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, an outspoken conservative and Southern Baptist, has announced he will retire. Rep. James Lankford, also a Southern Baptist, announced he will run for the Republican nomination to the open Senate seat.

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