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Using Your Gifts

Our Brittany Spaniel, Gus, was hit by a truck and killed on January 20. While the 45th president of the United States was being sworn into office, I watched my dog die. It was a tough day. Had he lived, my brother would have turned 50 years old on that same day. Clouds covered the sun. Sadness gripped my heart.The sun did come up and did shine on the following day. Life co...

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Life Goes On

Freckles has become a part of our family. Nancy and I picked her up in Ponca City when she was barely eight weeks old. She was born as one of five females in a litter of eleven Brittany Spaniels. A friend of mine had reserved her for himself but let me have her after our dog Gus was killed. How kind of him! How fortunate for us.Nancy picked out the name “Freckles&rdq...

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Thank You!

Since late September 2015, I have enjoyed serving as the Preschool and Children’s Director, starting with the Interim position and then transitioning to the permanent position. What a rewarding experience it has been! It’s no surprise to me that we have seen growth in our Preschool and Children’s Department.We have been incredibly blessed by the countless...

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Weep With those Who Weep

Nancy recognized the food editor’s picture on the front of The Daily Oklahoman. She reads what he writes, and I am grateful. Bad recipes rarely make it into print in a major newspaper.“Oh, no. His son died. He was only nineteen. I wonder what happened?”I left the room to brush my teeth before heading to the church. When I returned, she had tears in her ey...

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The Latest Worship War - part 2

So does worship and my response to God’s goodness have more to do with me than the atmosphere of the room? Does a congregation’s lack of singing have more to do with the people of God and the worship leadership than the selection of songs? Could it be that in an attempt to diagnose reasons for the lack of participation, we need to look beyond aesthetics and loo...

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I Love Being Your Pastor

The significance of the local church cannot be overstated. The local church is the body of Christ operating in a specific community. The local church is the pillar of truth standing strong in a specific community. The local church is the light of the world, displaying moral purity in a specific community. The local church is the salt of the earth, fighting moral decay in a...

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The Latest Worship War

Worship wars aren’t new. They have been around for centuries. They have often been centered around the Christian community’s time of corporate, congregational singing. It has involved debates that have included, but not limited to, instrumentation, hymns, choruses, choirs, praise teams, projected lyrics, standing, sitting, volume, and uses of multimedia and tec...

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