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  • Oh, That Men Would Praise the Lord! [ARTICLE - Aaron Mast]
    Oh, That Men Would Praise the Lord! [ARTICLE – Aaron Mast]
    Psalm 107 is a wonderful song of thanksgiving. In it, the Psalmist recounts many reasons we all have to praise the Lord. What becomes a repeated refrain appears for the first time in verse 8: “Oh, that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” It is most reasonable to expect that those who have experienced His goodness would express gratitude by giving praise in return. In 2001, I began...
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  • Why Should We Read The Bible? [ARTICLE - Ryan Rench]
    Why Should We Read The Bible? [ARTICLE – Ryan Rench]
    WHY SHOULD WE READ THE BIBLE? Not only is reading and studying the Bible a GOOD idea, it’s GOD’S idea. If you can read the Scripture with an open heart, God will reveal SO much to you, including Himself, His will, His Son, His goodness, and so much more. Reading the Bible should not be approached as something you MUST do, but as something you’re privileged to do. Think of false religions. They serve gods that they don’t even know—gods...
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  • Launch Out Into The Deep [Sermon - Matt Farinella]
    Launch Out Into The Deep [Sermon – Matt Farinella]
    Church planter Matt Farinella preached this sermon at the Wednesday night service of the 2018 Heartland National Church Planting Conference, which was held at Southwest Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Be prepared to be encouraged and challenged to “launch out” into God’s plan for you.   Pastor Matt Farinella accepted Christ as his personal Savior in the winter of 1985. On October 9th of 1994, he felt the call of God upon his  life to preach the gospel and...
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  • Presenting the Gospel Message: Learning Graphic Design [ARTICLE - Mike Collins]
    Presenting the Gospel Message: Learning Graphic Design [ARTICLE – Mike Collins]
    There’s nothing worse than having a great message that gets ignored.  I’m a fan of eating at local restaurants, and I often come across fantastic food joints that I only found by searching the web or through curiosity.  I’ve wondered many times, after finishing a delicious meal, how come more people don’t know about this?  It’s a shame when a restaurant offers a great product that is worth purchasing, but fails to attract a customer base. Unfortunately, the greatest message...
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  • AAAH! Where Do I Start? - Ladies Biblical Counseling [ARTICLE - Vickie Jett]
    AAAH! Where Do I Start? – Ladies Biblical Counseling [ARTICLE – Vickie Jett]
    (Editor’s Note: In this article, Mrs. Vickie Jett provides valuable counseling guidance to ladies who are called upon and needed to counsel other ladies.) People are hurting all around us and seeking for help and answers!  While we may feel intimidated or distracted by the world’s philosophy and claims that hurting people need an “expert,”  biblical counseling is a ministry of the local church.   The purpose of biblical counseling is simply intensive discipleship with the goal of getting a person...
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Pastors

  • Church Planting Tips From Someone Who Is Still Learning... [ARTICLE - JJ Lusk]
    Church Planting Tips From Someone Who Is Still Learning… [ARTICLE – JJ Lusk]
    I have not arrived. In fact, I told my wife just the other night that I’m not a good husband, I’m not a good dad, I’m not good at planting churches…and here I am trying to do all three! So, before you can ask, “What does he know?” Let me go ahead and answer… Not very much. I do believe, though, that three years of trying to plant Forest Hills Baptist Church in Rockville, Maryland, has taught me a few...
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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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  • 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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Music

  • Oh, That Men Would Praise the Lord! [ARTICLE - Aaron Mast]
    Oh, That Men Would Praise the Lord! [ARTICLE – Aaron Mast]
    Psalm 107 is a wonderful song of thanksgiving. In it, the Psalmist recounts many reasons we all have to praise the Lord. What becomes a repeated refrain appears for the first time in verse 8: “Oh, that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” It is most reasonable to expect that those who have experienced His goodness would express gratitude by giving praise in return. In 2001, I began...
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  • 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....
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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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Philosophy

  • God Offers Peace, But We Get In The Way [ARTICLE - Garrett McNew]
    God Offers Peace, But We Get In The Way [ARTICLE – Garrett McNew]
    “Get a life.” This is one of my favorite playful insults to direct at any given teenager in our youth group.  The interpretation of the insult (should it need to be explained) is to say, “Your life is of very little value.  It is pointless because it is boring and inconsequential.  In your current status, you amount to nothing.”  (The insult sounds much worse when it is explained… I may owe some people an apology…)  The insult does not denote...
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  • 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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Encouragement

  • No Place Like Home [ARTICLE - Melissa Hainline]
    No Place Like Home [ARTICLE – Melissa Hainline]
    Tears trickled down her face as she gazed longingly out the window at the home she had known for so long. As the airplane rose higher, the landscape of her home grew fainter and fainter. They were leaving! They were leaving home! How she had loved the thirteen wonderful years her family had spent as missionaries in Kenya. She reflected on the past few month’s events: furlough, the offer for her Dad to work at Heartland, the night her parents...
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  • Let God Be the Judge of Success and Failure [ARTICLE - Andrew Hurst]
    Let God Be the Judge of Success and Failure [ARTICLE – Andrew Hurst]
    Isaiah 49:4 – Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: Born in Ireland in 1843, CY O’Connor was hired in 1891 as the inaugural Engineer-in-Chief of the state of Western Australia.  Originally his responsibilities were primarily railroads, but, with the discovery of gold in 1893 in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, came the need to provide water to the arid, outback town.  CY O’Connor designed a catchment in the Darling Ranges along...
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  • As For God, His Way Is Perfect [ARTICLE - Kristen King]
    As For God, His Way Is Perfect [ARTICLE – Kristen King]
    The majority of us have created a picture in our minds of how life should play out. I read a quote that really stuck out to me, although I don’t know who wrote it. It said, “Along the very noble path of attempting to explain God and His ways, we tend to domesticate His awesomeness and attempt to create Him in our image.” This usually works fairly well for us until God actually works and we see that it was...
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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

  • AAAH! Where Do I Start? - Ladies Biblical Counseling [ARTICLE - Vickie Jett]
    AAAH! Where Do I Start? – Ladies Biblical Counseling [ARTICLE – Vickie Jett]
    (Editor’s Note: In this article, Mrs. Vickie Jett provides valuable counseling guidance to ladies who are called upon and needed to counsel other ladies.) People are hurting all around us and seeking for help and answers!  While we may feel intimidated or distracted by the world’s philosophy and claims that hurting people need an “expert,”  biblical counseling is a ministry of the local church.   The purpose of biblical counseling is simply intensive discipleship with the goal of getting a person...
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  • 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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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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  • Launch Out Into The Deep [Sermon - Matt Farinella]
    Launch Out Into The Deep [Sermon – Matt Farinella]
    Church planter Matt Farinella preached this sermon at the Wednesday night service of the 2018 Heartland National Church Planting Conference, which was held at Southwest Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Be prepared to be encouraged and challenged to “launch out” into God’s plan for you.   Pastor Matt Farinella accepted Christ as his personal Savior in the winter of 1985. On October 9th of 1994, he felt the call of God upon his  life to preach the gospel and...
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  • What You Value You Will Keep [SERMON - Jonathan Burgett]
    What You Value You Will Keep [SERMON – Jonathan Burgett]
    Jonathan ('06) and Tabitha ('04) Burgett are deputation missionaries to Japan who are sent from Southwest Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.  Bro. Jonathan preached this message from Deuteronomy 4 during the Sunday evening service at Southwest Baptist Church on December 31, 2017....
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  • Restored Back to Ministry by Ministry [SERMON - Jason Gaddis]
    Restored Back to Ministry by Ministry [SERMON – Jason Gaddis]
    Pastor Jason Gaddis preached from Galatians 6 on the subject of being restored back to ministry by ministry. Each person is in one of two places: 1) needing to be restored, or 2) needing to help others be restored back to God. For Christians to love and to help one another, they must understand the hope in Jesus Christ that is available, even after a fall....
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    This session is designed to help equip you with a working knowledge of sound equipment. From the prelude to the postlude, your sound system touches all aspects of the service. Having a limited understanding about one of the most integral components of a church service can be very stressful......
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    Christmas Praise [VIDEO – SWBC Event]
    Rather than presenting an entire choir cantata this year, Southwest Baptist Church in Oklahoma City closed out its 2017 theme of "Let All the People Praise Thee" with a "Christmas Praise Service." Two combined choir specials (SWBC and HBBC) and six special groups all sang Christmas songs that gave praise to God. Enjoy this uplifting music....
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