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  • God Does Not Always Deliver [ARTICLE - Tim Knutson]
    God Does Not Always Deliver [ARTICLE – Tim Knutson]
    God does not always deliver… So, does that get your attention? Let me throw a few quotes of commonly used statements at you for a moment: “You’re either in a storm, about to be in one, or just coming out of one.” “Just remember, someone’s got it a lot worse than you do.” “Don’t worry, you’ll understand this some day.” “Hey! Your best days are still in front of you!” “You just gotta believe!” There are many more of these...
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  • When God Writes Our Résumé - 1 Samuel 16 [SERMON - Matt Martinez]
    When God Writes Our Résumé – 1 Samuel 16 [SERMON – Matt Martinez]
    David received some tremendous opportunities. What we sometimes lose sight of is the long hours of preparation that preceded those opportunities. Many seek great opportunities while doing their best to avoid the preparation process. The ability to seize an opportunity to serve God tomorrow, depends on our submission to God’s providence and discipline today.   Want Posts Emailed To You? Subscribe to get our latest content by email.Plus, you'll get a FREE E-Book, too! Success! Now check your email to...
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  • Making a Statement Or Making a Difference? [ARTICLE - Tyler Prater]
    Making a Statement Or Making a Difference? [ARTICLE – Tyler Prater]
    It was Monday morning and I was enjoying my day off.  As is typical for me on Monday mornings, I was sitting down in my “man chair,” drinking coffee and watching ESPN.  It didn’t take long for me to figure out what the big news was from the past weekend.  It was the very controversial statement made by many NFL players and teams of kneeling down or not even coming out of the locker room for the national anthem. I’ve...
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  • God's Word – Sufficient for What Ails Us [ARTICLE - Jamie Jett]
    God’s Word – Sufficient for What Ails Us [ARTICLE – Jamie Jett]
    At times the ministry can be very daunting–even overwhelming.  As a pastor for almost 20 years, there were occasions that I felt completely clueless as to what I needed to do.  Usually (not always) those clueless times would come when confronted with people’s problems of living.  Failing marriages, life-dominating sins, teen pregnancies, tragic deaths, and unhealthy life choices are only a part of the list that could go on and on. Don’t get me wrong!  I believed God could help...
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  • Southwest Baptist Church - "Let All the People Praise Thee" [GIBF Meeting Videos]
    Southwest Baptist Church – “Let All the People Praise Thee” [GIBF Meeting Videos]
    The September 2017 Global Independent Baptist Fellowship Meeting was hosted by Southwest Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Based upon the conference theme, “Let All The People Praise Thee,” the church produced the following videos for the meetings, which emphasize the importance of prayer, people, and praise in the accomplishment of God’s work. Prayer   People   Praise   Want Posts Emailed To You? Subscribe to get our latest content by email.Plus, you'll get a FREE E-Book, too! Success! Now...
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  • The Untouchable Purpose [SERMON - Joe Decker, Jr.]
    The Untouchable Purpose [SERMON – Joe Decker, Jr.]
    Pastor Joe Decker of South Campbell Avenue Baptist Church in Springfield, Missouri, is always a favorite preacher around Heartland Baptist Bible College. This sermon from Philippians was preached on a Wednesday night (Nov. 30, 2016), and is an exposition of how Paul WITH joy encourages the church to HAVE joy.   Want Posts Emailed To You? Subscribe to get our latest content by email.Plus, you'll get a FREE E-Book, too! Success! Now check your email to confirm your subscription. There...
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Pastors

  • God's Word – Sufficient for What Ails Us [ARTICLE - Jamie Jett]
    God’s Word – Sufficient for What Ails Us [ARTICLE – Jamie Jett]
    At times the ministry can be very daunting–even overwhelming.  As a pastor for almost 20 years, there were occasions that I felt completely clueless as to what I needed to do.  Usually (not always) those clueless times would come when confronted with people’s problems of living.  Failing marriages, life-dominating sins, teen pregnancies, tragic deaths, and unhealthy life choices are only a part of the list that could go on and on. Don’t get me wrong!  I believed God could help...
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  • Is Sunday School Biblical? [ARTICLE - Bill Rench]
    Is Sunday School Biblical? [ARTICLE – Bill Rench]
    “Is Sunday school biblical?”  Usually, such a question means: “Is it right?”  In other words, should it be practiced?  Should we participate in it?  Is it the will of God?  Should it be supported, promoted, and encouraged as an essential part of the ministry of a church?” There has arisen in recent days a concerted effort by some groups in our country to cast aspersions on the ministry of the Sunday school.  This movement was, in part, at least, inspired...
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  • God Works In People's Hearts [ARTICLE - Chris Grimbilas]
    God Works In People’s Hearts [ARTICLE – Chris Grimbilas]
    (Editor’s Note: Bro. Chris Grimbilas is doing a fantastic job reaching and shepherding people in rural Maine.  Having recently made a connection with Heartland Baptist Bible College through the Church Planting Conference, Ministry Refresher Institute, and through GloryBound visiting New Life Baptist Church where he pastors, Bro. Grimbilas is now sending a student to HBBC this fall.  Bro. Grimbilas’ zeal for soul-winning comes through clearly in this challenge to fellow ministers.) …And Soul-Winning is the Key. God has placed us...
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Music

  • Leading Men to Participate in Music Ministry - Music MRI Session [VIDEO - Jason Jett]
    Leading Men to Participate in Music Ministry – Music MRI Session [VIDEO – Jason Jett]
    With male leadership and involvement lacking in the music ministry of many churches, Bro. Jason Jett was asked to give his perspective on how God is using the men at Bible Baptist Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma, to encourage churches across the nation in this area. This session was from the music track of the 2017 Ministry Refresher Institute. Want Posts Emailed To You? Subscribe to get our latest content by email.Plus, you'll get a FREE E-Book, too! Success! Now check...
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  • Holiness in Church Music [ARTICLE – Adam Ferguson]
    Holiness in Church Music [ARTICLE – Adam Ferguson]
    “Man Gets Lost on Way Down Aisle to Receive Christ Due to Fog Machine.” That’s the title of an article from The Babylon Bee, a satirical Christian news site. The article describes this poor guy’s attempt to go to the front of the sanctuary so he can learn how to be saved. He gets confused, and ends up wandering around aimlessly; eventually, the service is over. “Oh, well,” he says to himself, “there’s always next week.” This is an obviously...
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  • Working With Special Groups [VIDEO - Music Ministry Refresher Institute]
    Working With Special Groups [VIDEO – Music Ministry Refresher Institute]
    Session by Aaron Mast, HBBC Music Chairman This session was given in 2016 at the Music Ministry Refresher Institute by Bro Aaron Mast, the Music Chairman at Heartland Baptist Bible College and Music Minister at Southwest Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, OK. In this session he discusses starting special groups, forming guidelines, and some administration aspects. Click the link below to download the accompanying notes from this session: Working with Special Groups [PDF]     Want Posts Emailed To You? Subscribe to...
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Philosophy

  • Wielding the Sword [ARTICLE - Josiah Jones]
    Wielding the Sword [ARTICLE – Josiah Jones]
    Principles of Preaching Cross-Culturally The engine in your automobile has thousands of parts. It will only run if the parts do their job. It can be argued that a single washer or bolt is less important than a piston or crankshaft; it certainly costs less. However, every part has its purpose; if the engine is going to last 100k, 200k, or even 300k miles, your engine must have its parts in working order. The same is true of the ministry–whether...
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  • Is Sunday School Biblical? [ARTICLE - Bill Rench]
    Is Sunday School Biblical? [ARTICLE – Bill Rench]
    “Is Sunday school biblical?”  Usually, such a question means: “Is it right?”  In other words, should it be practiced?  Should we participate in it?  Is it the will of God?  Should it be supported, promoted, and encouraged as an essential part of the ministry of a church?” There has arisen in recent days a concerted effort by some groups in our country to cast aspersions on the ministry of the Sunday school.  This movement was, in part, at least, inspired...
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  • Be What You Are, Not What You’re Not [ARTICLE - Tim LaVere]
    Be What You Are, Not What You’re Not [ARTICLE – Tim LaVere]
    For most of my time in Heartland’s undergrad program and now in graduate school, I have been a server at Cracker Barrel. I understand that just referencing Cracker Barrel may have made you hungry, but bear with me. The following explanation of Cracker Barrel policies is headed somewhere. As a server at Cracker Barrel, I am required to know Cracker Barrel’s “One Best Way” policies. By “One Best Way,” I mean that Cracker Barrel has a specific way its employees...
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Encouragement

  • God Does Not Always Deliver [ARTICLE - Tim Knutson]
    God Does Not Always Deliver [ARTICLE – Tim Knutson]
    God does not always deliver… So, does that get your attention? Let me throw a few quotes of commonly used statements at you for a moment: “You’re either in a storm, about to be in one, or just coming out of one.” “Just remember, someone’s got it a lot worse than you do.” “Don’t worry, you’ll understand this some day.” “Hey! Your best days are still in front of you!” “You just gotta believe!” There are many more of these...
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  • Making a Statement Or Making a Difference? [ARTICLE - Tyler Prater]
    Making a Statement Or Making a Difference? [ARTICLE – Tyler Prater]
    It was Monday morning and I was enjoying my day off.  As is typical for me on Monday mornings, I was sitting down in my “man chair,” drinking coffee and watching ESPN.  It didn’t take long for me to figure out what the big news was from the past weekend.  It was the very controversial statement made by many NFL players and teams of kneeling down or not even coming out of the locker room for the national anthem. I’ve...
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  • The Lord Wants Me To Be a Blessing To a Church... FOR FREE?! [ARTICLE - Eustace Daniyan]
    The Lord Wants Me To Be a Blessing To a Church… FOR FREE?! [ARTICLE – Eustace Daniyan]
    When I left Oklahoma City after spending 6 years there, I felt like Jacob leaving Padan Aram. I arrived in Oklahoma City only with a collection of Air Jordans and some furniture from my apartment in New York, but I left there with a wife (one wife) and a couple of kids. In my naivete, I thought that God would acquiesce to my itinerary. My agenda was to graduate Bible college in 4 years, go back to my home church...
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Students

  • A Good Kind of Busy [ARTICLE - Steven Jones]
    A Good Kind of Busy [ARTICLE – Steven Jones]
    College was a very busy time in my life. In fact, being a newlywed college student, I thought life was never going to be busier than it was while I was in Oklahoma City. I was wrong! The men of God we learned under at Heartland Baptist Bible College tried to warn us, but I didn’t listen. They tried to tell us, “Ministry life is far busier than Bible college.” Yet, I doubted them. I figured that being married, having...
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  • Moving Into the Light at the End of the Tunnel [ARTICLE - Shelby Pritchard]
    Moving Into the Light at the End of the Tunnel [ARTICLE – Shelby Pritchard]
    An Encouragement to Fellow Young Ministers Transitioning from College to Ministry What began as a tiny pin-point of contrast in the distance soon shone brighter and brighter as it rushed my way. The light from the end of the tunnel was at once both strange and spell-binding. At last the the light blinded the darkness, and something was placed in my hand. A pat on the back, some cursory words, and the light suddenly ceased. I look up. There is...
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  • A Tale of Two Heartland Experiences [ARTICLE - Will Berry]
    A Tale of Two Heartland Experiences [ARTICLE – Will Berry]
    How Heartland Changed My Life When I first came to Heartland in 2011, I had some rough edges. I had been born again as a 16-year-old in my hometown of Tucson, Arizona, just a couple of years before. As a teenager, I was not the most terrible kid who had ever existed, but I had been surrounded by bad influences my whole life. The Lord must have really gifted my youth pastor with special grace and patience because he had...
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Ladies

  • Creativity Without Compromise In Ladies Ministry [BAPTIST TIMES ARTICLE - Stephanie Tidd]
    Creativity Without Compromise In Ladies Ministry [BAPTIST TIMES ARTICLE – Stephanie Tidd]
    The following article was used by permission from The Global Baptist Times: Author Maya Angelou said, “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” Webster’s dictionary defines creativity as the process by which one utilizes creative ability. From personal experience, creativity is what makes women’s ministries fun, exciting, and magnetic. It is the tool that allows the opportunity to transform a space into an entirely different world by changing the design and atmosphere.  The problem...
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  • Fulfilling the Great Commission As a Stay-At-Home Mom [ARTICLE - Grace Lande]
    Fulfilling the Great Commission As a Stay-At-Home Mom [ARTICLE – Grace Lande]
    I have no coworkers; I don’t clock in. I’m a stay-at-home mom–and I love it! My husband, John, and I have four children: ages 1, 2, 4, and 5. Our boys–Uriah, Luke, Jared, and Thomas–are a part of almost everything I do. They help me with laundry, cleaning, dishes, food prep, grocery shopping, we do school together, and the list goes on! As Christians, we know the primary purpose of our lives is to be involved in the propagation of...
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  • "I'm So Busy!" Sound Familiar? [ARTICLE - Jamie Rench]
    “I’m So Busy!” Sound Familiar? [ARTICLE – Jamie Rench]
    By Jamie Rench Finally, all your ducks are in a row…or so you think.  The house is picked up, supper is in the oven, and all your outfits are ready for church tomorrow.  You sit down for a nice cup of coffee.  First sip, and your phone rings.  Your friend is crying on the other end and needs some help through a really difficult situation.  Your two older children enter the room fighting loudly about something unimportant. The baby wakes...
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Family

  • Time For A Family Adventure [ARTICLE - Rick Williams]
    Time For A Family Adventure [ARTICLE – Rick Williams]
    Welcome to summer! If the calendar hasn’t signaled you that summer is here, the temperatures certainly have! Summertime means lemonade and tire swings, and, in ministry, it usually also means vacation Bible school and camp. In fact, ministry life in summer is often a blended smoothie of down time, prep time, and crazy time. For our family, summer means it’s also time for a family adventure. Because God has blessed us with 6 children who are 8 years old and...
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  • How to Defuse Conflict and Make Your Marriage Even Better [ARTICLE - Daniel Fleet]
    How to Defuse Conflict and Make Your Marriage Even Better [ARTICLE – Daniel Fleet]
    By Daniel Fleet Preaching and teaching on marriage is rewarding work, but it is also risky. Many times I have spoken on the subject of marriage only to look down on the front row at my beautiful wife and think to myself, “Am I living what I am preaching? Does she think I’m duplicitous? Do I treat her the way I am challenging these men to treat their wives?” As preachers and teachers of God’s Word, our marriages are to...
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  • Picked Up, Carried Through, Set Down On The Other Side [TESTIMONY - Ben & Becca Logue]
    Picked Up, Carried Through, Set Down On The Other Side [TESTIMONY – Ben & Becca Logue]
    Article by Ben Logue. Audio testimony (below) by Becca Logue. “God seemed to pick the disciples up, carry them through, and set them down on the other side of the storm.” This was the basic message Pastor Dan Preston preached from John 6:16-21 on Thursday morning, April 1, 2010.  As I sat there in the chapel service that morning, God seemed to use the message to tell me clearly that my wife and I were about to embark on a difficult journey...
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  • When God Writes Our Résumé - 1 Samuel 16 [SERMON - Matt Martinez]
    When God Writes Our Résumé – 1 Samuel 16 [SERMON – Matt Martinez]
    David received some tremendous opportunities. What we sometimes lose sight of is the long hours of preparation that preceded those opportunities. Many seek great opportunities while doing their best to avoid the preparation process. The ability to seize an opportunity to serve God tomorrow, depends on our submission to God’s providence and discipline today.   Want Posts Emailed To You? Subscribe to get our latest content by email.Plus, you'll get a FREE E-Book, too! Success! Now check your email to...
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  • The Untouchable Purpose [SERMON - Joe Decker, Jr.]
    The Untouchable Purpose [SERMON – Joe Decker, Jr.]
    Pastor Joe Decker of South Campbell Avenue Baptist Church in Springfield, Missouri, is always a favorite preacher around Heartland Baptist Bible College. This sermon from Philippians was preached on a Wednesday night (Nov. 30, 2016), and is an exposition of how Paul WITH joy encourages the church to HAVE joy.   Want Posts Emailed To You? Subscribe to get our latest content by email.Plus, you'll get a FREE E-Book, too! Success! Now check your email to confirm your subscription. There...
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  • Philippines Missions Trip Interview [AUDIO - Keith Hainline & Ben Tovar]
    Philippines Missions Trip Interview [AUDIO – Keith Hainline & Ben Tovar]
    Bro. Keith Hainline, Missions Chairman at Heartland Baptist Bible College, was recently able to take Heartland students to the Philippines for a missions trip. This interview chronicles the experiences they gained and lessons they learned. Enjoy listening in as Ben Tovar and Bro. Hainline discuss their trip… Want Posts Emailed To You? Subscribe to get our latest content by email.Plus, you'll get a FREE E-Book, too! Success! Now check your email to confirm your subscription. There was an error submitting...
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  • Southwest Baptist Church - "Let All the People Praise Thee" [GIBF Meeting Videos]
    Southwest Baptist Church – “Let All the People Praise Thee” [GIBF Meeting Videos]
    The September 2017 Global Independent Baptist Fellowship Meeting was hosted by Southwest Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Based upon the conference theme, “Let All The People Praise Thee,” the church produced the following videos for the meetings, which emphasize the importance of prayer, people, and praise in the accomplishment of God’s work. Prayer   People   Praise   Want Posts Emailed To You? Subscribe to get our latest content by email.Plus, you'll get a FREE E-Book, too! Success! Now...
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  • Alumni Days Promo Video [VIDEO]
    Alumni Days Promo Video [VIDEO]
      Alumni Homecoming Week is a highlight of the year for all students, staff, and alumni who are blessed to be a part of it. As always, the preaching of God’s Word is paramount, but being on campus with staff and faculty, catching up with students, and rekindling friendships from the past are a major part of the experience. Everyone is invited to attend Alumni Homecoming Week, October 9-12, 2017! Enjoy this short highlight video sharing all the details… Want Posts...
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  • The Magnificent Mix of Marriage and Ministry [MRI VIDEO - Jason Gaddis]
    The Magnificent Mix of Marriage and Ministry [MRI VIDEO – Jason Gaddis]
    Pastor Jason Gaddis taught a session at the 2017 Ministry Refresher Institute (MRI) titled, “The Magnificent Mix of Marriage and Ministry.” With Pastor Gaddis’ classic blend of humor, biblical philosophy, and practicality, this session video is sure to encourage you as you strive for balance in the myriad of responsibilities you hold as a ministry leader.     Want Posts Emailed To You? Subscribe to get our latest content by email.Plus, you'll get a FREE E-Book, too! Success! Now check...
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