July 2016

Don’t Bypass the Blessings

Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. (Prov. 27:1) I started out on my typical morning run of three miles at Boomer Lake in Stillwater, Oklahoma. It was about 5:45 a.m. and temperature in the 20s. The early chest pains in the first mile were easily chalked up to running in the …

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A Deliberate Vote for President by Samuel Hardy

I know I am an 18-year-old boy who hasn’t lived long, hasn’t developed the wisdom or maturity of most adults, and my opinion doesn’t carry a lot of weight. I am facing my first opportunity to vote for the President of the United States and was helped by listening to his acceptance speech at the Republican Convention. My challenge is …

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May 2016

The Willing Unknowns (Guest Editorial)

Article written by Pastor Dan Preston of Bethany Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas. A memorial that I visited in the Philippines occupies 152 acres on a prominent plateau and is visible at a distance from the east, south and west. It contains the graves of 17,201 soldiers, most of whom lost their lives in New Guinea and the Philippines during …

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March 2016 1

Recovering from Heart Surgery (Guest Editorial)

Article written by Jason Jett, the associate pastor of Bible Baptist Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Editor Wayne Hardy’s editorial, The Ready Writer, which normally appears on this page, is not appearing in this edition of The Baptist Times because Bro. Hardy unexpectedly had to have open-heart surgery and currently is recovering at home. He is showing steady improvement in recovering …

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Jan 2016

Why You Need a Willing Spirit

Peter planted his right foot firmly on the chest of the dead soldier lying at his feet. He clutched his bloody sword with both hands and lifted it high above his head, letting out a victorious cry. Dozens of the emperor’s best fighting men lay scattered around him, each victim to Peter’s lethal battle skills. Pilate would think twice next …

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Musings on Things GIBF

I wish that I could convince every pastor to take time to come to a GIBF meeting in the future. For their own sake, not for that of the GIBF. The GIBF is not an end in itself, but a means in order to encourage and strengthen pastors. Every pastor understands that one reason folks need to come to church …

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Sept 2015

The Importance of Sundays: Sunday Services

One of the great joys of pastoring Bible Baptist Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma, is being able to pick a service, any service, and walk into a thriving, bustling sanctuary full of expectant people. It is especially comforting to realize they are not there because I have beaten them over the head to attend church faithfully. They seem to be there …

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July 2015

After-40-Day Faith

As my Hoka Stinsons came down with each stride, they were taking noticeably longer to make contact with the pavement. Weariness definitely played a part, but was not nearly as much a factor as the 2 inches of water that had built up on the road. I had a real dilemma on my hands. I had trained for 10 months …

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Affective Forecasting: Emotions, Elijah, and You

As I watched a close-scoring college basketball game, the camera zoomed in on a scene that transported my mind from March Madness to the mysteries of life instantly. At the center of the screen a very good basketball player stood sideways with his left arm showing from his elbow up, along with a frustrating look that comes with having fouled …

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Three Truths to Take You Through Every Day

As a pastor, I’ve counseled numerous people experiencing challenging circumstances and have almost always struggled to say the right words. With few exceptions, the hardest times usually last only a season, but try telling that to the people going through them. Their pain is real. Hope is evasive. Motivation is weak. While it’s only a season, it’s the life they …

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