Weekly Stories

Stories are featured on the back of the worship folder each Sunday

Annual Christmas Store Returns

This December marks the third year we will host a Christmas Store at First Baptist Tulsa. The Christmas Store is offered for families who are struggling to provide gifts for their children this Christmas, allowing First to stand in the gap with those parents...


New Children's Library Opens

If you’ve found yourself walking the third floor hallway of the Children’s Building, you may have stumbled upon a hidden jewel in the northeast corner. The children’s library (previously located on the second floor of the North Building, is being renovated for the adult library to relocate from the South Building) has settled into its new glass-front location near the children’s Sunday school classrooms...


Success in Mexico!

Today we celebrate the success and conclusion of our oldest mission partner in Mexico. What began as a short trip to see how we could serve in Mexico became a thirteen year partnership. Over the years we sent close to 100 First Baptist Tulsa members on mission to Mexico...


Who's My Neighbor: Human Trafficking

As Jesus-followers, we know that His command to love your neighbor as yourself is not an option. Even still, we all question who exactly counts as a neighbor when love gets challenging. In Luke 10, Jesus teaches that the borders of our neighborhood extend far beyond our imagining, including and embracing the ostracized and vulnerable people who are most in need of love and neighborly friendship...


Mission Trip to Vladimir, Russia

A trip to Vladimir, Russia was a giant trip for a retired teacher who had not left the country since her honeymoon in 1991!

While in Russia we worked with our ministry partner, Orphan’s Tree, a non-profit ministry alliance of Americans and Russians who want to change life for orphans, ages 16 and older. Their ministry to students aging out of orphanages is compelling and I soon discovered that these kids are at a tremendous risk of becoming terrible statistics. The three ministry centers supported by Orphan’s Tree strive to be the home base these kids so desperately need as they leave the only life they’ve known in orphanages and become students in technical training schools in an unfamiliar new setting...


A Letter to Garth Brooks

Today marks the first Sunday in a new teaching series by Deron Spoo entitled The Gospel According to Garth. In preparation for this new series, Deron sent a letter to Garth Brooks. Here is a copy of that letter:

Dear Mr. Brooks...

 


Community Group Fair, September 8!

Newlywed and starting off on a new adventure together—at least that’s how I envisioned it. My wife and I had been married for all of five weeks when I accepted an associate position at a mega church in the Phoenix area, which also happened to be the same church I grew up attending. Within a month, we moved from Waco, Texas to Phoenix, Arizona...


Quattro! Let’s Celebrate Italian-Style On the Fourth!

Life is too short and too challenging to walk through alone. That sentiment runs deep in our culture across generational lines. According to the Bible, we are intentionally designed to long for community, because we are created in God’s image (Gen 1:26-27). Just as God exists in the community of the Father, Son and Spirit, we were created for community with God and with others...


Visiting Our Compassion Center in Haiti

On Wednesday morning, August 7, Bobby Hart, First Baptist Tulsa chief operations officer, and I found ourselves driving some two hours over the roughest roads that the country of Haiti has to offer. But every bump in the road was worth enduring when we arrived at the community of Dame located on Haiti’s north coast. It is here that First contributed to building a church which hosts Compassion Project HA926. It was hard for our team to imagine that only a few months earlier the location of the church was an undeveloped hillside... 


Alyssa & Chelsea's Story

Last December, on Compassion Sunday at First Baptist Tulsa, my family and I sponsored a little girl from Haiti named Chelsea. I got to choose who we sponsored and Chelsea was close to my sister’s age and was a beautiful little girl who stood out to me. When I found out about the trip to Haiti to see the new church and Compassion project, I jumped at the chance to go with my dad...


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