“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3-4 This passage comes shortly after Jesus twice reveals He will die, and to follow Him we must take … Continue reading Becoming like little children
I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. Romans 16:17-18 … Continue reading Clearing our obstacles
“If we do not act we shall surely be dragged down the long, dark and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion, might without morality and strength without sight.” When Martin Luther King Jr. uttered those words, he was warning us of the greed and undue power surrounding America’s … Continue reading Guns, greed and our spiritual death
Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Psalm 105:1-4 Sometimes it’s easier than others to … Continue reading Singing praises in the tough times
'We had to be strong for our little Addi' Enid, Okla. -- When Ashley Epps took her 2 1/2-year-old daughter Addison to an urgent care clinic on Aug. 31, 2018, she expected to receive antibiotics for an ear infection. Instead, after more than 24 hours of exams and tests, she learned her daughter has cancer. … Continue reading ALL: The most common pediatric cancer
We, as humans, pride ourselves on our superior communications skills. Next to walking upright and operating can openers, it’s the single most important attribute separating us from our pets and our food. Over the last 50,000 years (give or take a few) we have refined linguistics to the point of having only 7,000 recognized languages … Continue reading Use your words … and listen!
“Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ … stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you.” Philippians 1:27-28 We must strive to live up to the gospel. But, we sin. In ways great and … Continue reading Stay in the fight
The thought of selling the church was hard for the congregation, "but ultimately, we're called to minister to people — we're not called to minister to a building." --Pastor Peter Olson, Faith Lutheran ELCA, Enid, Okla. ENID, Okla. — An Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) congregation and a United Methodist retirement community are strengthening … Continue reading Ecumenicism: The way forward?
ENID, Okla. — The families of Ryker Sutherland and Jett Hartling have long had a lot in common. Both boys now are 11 years old and sixth-graders at Waller Middle School. Both have been active boys, and both enjoy baseball. But over the last two years, the families have been drawn closer together by … Continue reading PANDAS and PANS: Families drawn together by rarely diagnosed diseases
In order for our society to secure a more just, harmonious and peaceful future, there is perhaps no endeavor more important than a compassionate and honest accounting of our past. Tulsa mayor G.T. Bynum reopened an important effort on that front this week, with attempts to locate and excavate the unmarked graves of victims from … Continue reading Truth, reconciliation and digging up the ugliness of our past