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Never Too Old to Harvest

Over the past six and a half years, Walt Durant has led 629 people to the Lord. Durant is not flashy, tall, or handsome. He is more comfortable wearing blue jeans and a cowboy hat than a suit and tie. He doesn't have a seminary degree; in fact, he never completed high school. Oh, and […]

73-year-old retired farmer turns energies to soul-winning

ROGERS, Ark. (BP)–Over the past six and a half years, Walt Durant has led 629 people to the Lord. Durant is not flashy, tall or handsome. He is more comfortable wearing blue jeans and a cowboy hat than a suit and tie. He doesn’t have a seminary degree; in fact, he never completed high school. […]

Bingo parlors in Ark. county challenged by local Baptists

TUMBLING SHOALS, Ark. (BP)–Baptists and bingo are clashing in Cleburne County, Ark., after an associational moral concerns committee filed complaints with the county sheriff. Six organizations are holding bingo games in the county. County Sheriff Wayne Milligan is investigating them and will file a report with the prosecuting attorney when all investigations are complete. The […]

4 students shot in Okla. expected to fully recover

FORT GIBSON, Okla. (BP)--Four students were shot and one other injured Dec. 6 as Fort Gibson (Okla.) Middle School became the latest scene of an ever-growing list of school shootings.

Okla. Baptists OK $34 million to renovate conference center

OKLAHOMA CITY (BP)–Oklahoma Baptists approved a $34 million master plan for Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center and affirmed the Baptist Faith and Message, including the family life amendment, during their Nov. 15-16 annual meeting. Messengers also passed a record $20.2 million budget and passed resolutions supporting state government, strengthening marriages and calling for prayer. The […]

These folks raised the standard & they intend to keep it there

INOLA, Okla. (BP)–While many churches suffer through the summer doldrums each year, one Oklahoma church decided it didn’t want business as usual this year. As a result, First Baptist Church, Inola, in the Tulsa area had its second-highest attendance of the year in July as church members were challenged to “raise the standard” all month. […]

Faithful prayers lead family to Christ

STILLWATER, Okla. (BP)–The strip joint was across the street from where Susan Stephens banked. God impressed on her to pray for the business owner, which she did every time she went to the bank. This continued for a year and a half. Stephens, a former student at Oklahoma Baptist University and Oklahoma State University, believed […]

Vietnam vet goes from ‘tunnel rat’ to ‘point man’

ENID, Okla. (BP)–Soldiers came upon the tunnel while looking for Viet Cong soldiers. It was one of many crisscrossing the Vietnamese countryside. During the 16 years the United States was involved in the Vietnam War, American soldiers noticed that Viet Cong soldiers would attack them and then seemingly disappear in the jungles. Soon, they discovered […]

Church goes ‘International’ while never leaving the U.S.

OKLAHOMA CITY (BP)–“International” is a name usually associated with churches or missions started to minister to people from other countries. The congregation is usually multiethnic and led by an ethnic pastor. An Oklahoma City church, however, has bucked tradition by changing its name to “Trinity International Baptist Church,” perhaps the first time an existing church […]

Deployed troops’ families face tough times at Thanksgiving

MIDWEST CITY, Okla. (BP)–Thanksgiving: a time for families to gather and thank God for all he has provided.For many people across the United States, though, this Thanksgiving is tough, thanks to Operation Desert Thunder. That is the code name for the United States’ response to the latest antics of Iraq’s Saddam Hussein.Following Iraq’s invasion of […]