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The Value of Christian Friends

Freckles never knew what she was missing. For over a year she had occupied our back yard by herself, enjoying the privileges afforded to the current Brittany in the Stephenson family. She had a spacious dog house, a covered patio, and all the food she could eat. Actually, all the food she needed. She visited with the neighbors and their dogs when they happened by. Nancy an...

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A Growing Ministry

If you have happened by the children's check-in desk lately on Sunday or Wednesday, you have probably noticed the large number of children and families that are served by our children's ministry. It has become increasingly difficult to adequately serve all our preschool and grade school age children without additional resources. After much prayer, discussion, and conside...

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"It Was Better Than Nothing"

"It was better than nothing!" We both laughed after she accurately described the benefits of a "swamp cooler" during the hot summertime, back in the day. She spoke with 94 years of accumulated wisdom. Today's worst central air system excels by far the best air conditioner of yesteryear. However, as Billie said, if a swamp cooler was all you had, it felt pretty good. Th...

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The Root Is The Issue

Trees are a great part of God's creation. As they provide shade and oxygen, they remind us of God's general grace, expressed to all people, through his good creation. Sometimes trees grow where they're not intended to grow. When trees shed their seeds and one happens to fall in a flowerbed next to a house, there is potential for that tree to do some real damage. It could...

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Practical Advice From a Friend

What I had planned as a simple task lasted longer than I expected. Much longer. While I worked on a little plumbing project, Nancy completed multiple chores around the house. We had agreed that it was best if she stayed away. I didn't plan to say anything I would regret, but my frustration level was on the rise. No sense in stressing our marriage over such a minor issue. ...

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Reflection From Poland Mission Trip

In the early morning hours of this past Monday, I was finally able to lay my head down on my own pillow after 20+ hours of traveling from Central Europe back to good 'ol Oklahoma. As strange as it may sound, my mind just wasn't quite ready to shut down for the day. I began to reflect back on the previous week and all that it entailed. Our group of nine that served as volun...

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"Want to" or "Have to"

Most Friday mornings, during quail season, my dog Freckles can be heard howling and moaning on the back patio. She refuses to silence herself until I bring her inside to put on her boots for the day. I have never been able to figure out how she knows we are going hunting. Somehow she senses that the day will include hunting. Maybe it is because we don't go walking. Maybe i...

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Game On

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL . . . what can I say? VBS at First Baptist Church is such a special time. More than 380 children, youth, and adults filled the halls, rooms, and every space in between learning about how much our God loves them. Smiles were on everyone's face as they sang in the worship rally about the joy they have in Jesus! I am so thankful for those who choose ...

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Puppies

Puppies are like small children in that they explore the world with their mouths. If they can pick it up, whatever it is, they put it in their mouths in order to experience its taste and texture. Most children have swallowed at least one coin for no valid reason. Once it heads down the esophagus there is no way to stop it. Yes, I was one of those children. Freckles picks...

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Serving at the Pleasure of THE KING

I've heard one variation of a certain phrase on the TV show "Blue Bloods." The main character of the show, the police chief, will say from time to time, "I serve at the pleasure of the Mayor." I've also heard a similar phrase from real life politicians who "Serve at the pleasure of the President." The phrase came to my mind this evening because Christian Service has been...

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