Weekly Stories

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

Parenting Challenge

One of our deepest desires is for every child to have Christian parents and to grow to have a personal relationship with Christ.


Personal Worship Challenge

Most followers of Christ have a general idea of what it means to be a worshiper. Many may say, “Worship is something we do on Sunday morning. Worship is singing songs before Deron preaches. Worship is listening to scripture. Worship is praying.” Yes, these can all be part of what worship is, but we can’t contain or define worship to a specific “thing” or time...


Making Connections with Springdale Students

Junior Achievement (JA) is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to inspire young people to succeed in a global economy. Since its founding in 1919, Junior Achievement has contributed to the business and economics of school age children throughout the world.

JA’s elementary school programs show students the relevance of education to the workplace through sequential business and economics curriculum...


Mosaic Women's Retreat

Around the world, mosaics depict the narrative of Christ’s life. Upon closer examination, one finds tiny bits of glass, metal, ceramic or shells carefully laid by master hands. The art requires one seeing the loveliness of a singular piece and envisioning it as part of the whole creation. Doesn’t that sound just like God? Seeing individuals marred or broken by sin, then choosing, refining and placing us precisely where the best light will shine forth in God’s overall design?

We are such to Christ. Our stories dance in refraction, showing how each fragment transforms in God’s light. But what if we brought our pieces together? What unseen loveliness would we behold, allowing the giver of light to fashion into his beautiful mosaic?


ASH WEDNESDAY: LOVE & REDEMPTION

Ash Wednesday can be uncomfortable because it forces us to consider things that we normally try to avoid thinking about—particularly death, our frailty and the ways we fall short. But Ash Wednesday is also about love and redemption.

God so loved the world that he sent his Son into the ashes. The Eternal God became a man, experiencing in his life everything that we experience. Jesus became one of us. He ate and drank. He spoke our language and he told stories. He laughed and he wept. He felt loneliness, grief, pain and betrayal. Our God understands us, even at our lowest moments, because he too has experienced life in the ashes...


Serving Missionaries in Germany

How many times have you given to the Lottie Moon Christmas offering or prayed for the International Mission Board (IMB) missionaries serving overseas? Our team just returned from Germany, spending a week with some of those very missionaries... 


Deron Spoo's New Book: The Bible in 10 Words

I am pleased to share with our church the news that I am releasing a new book on February 18 titled The Bible in 10 Words: Unlocking the Message of Scripture and Connecting with God.

The book explores 10 words from the first pages of Genesis, and follows each word as it appears and reappears throughout the Scripture. In their own way, these 10 words capture the full narrative of Scripture. I liken each chapter to pulling a loose thread and seeing how it weaves through a whole piece of cloth...


Philippines Mission Team Returns

Our team of 11 ventured to the Philippines on a 10-day mission trip this January. We ministered to 25 girls—rescued from trafficking and abuse—who live together in a home. The Butterfly Project, a ministry of First Love International, is an effort to restore those children based on 2 Corinthians 5:17, Therefore if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come...


A Letter From Deke Rader

Dear First Baptist Tulsa,

Let me first say, we have a great church, and I am really looking forward to what 2020 has in store for us! A Deacon’s primary responsibility is to provide service to the church, and we plan to continue doing just that this year. We will continue to greet in the parking lots and visit members who are in the hospital. But we are also going to refocus our lense, and look at our community through the eyes of the least of these...


Changes at Hospitals to Affect Pastoral Care

The ministers and deacons of First Baptist Tulsa consider it a sacred honor to visit and pray with our church members during times of hospitalization. However, recent changes at our local hospitals will have a dramatic effect on our ability to continue this ministry to you and your family—and we need your help!


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