The 33rd annual Durant Community Prayer Breakfast was held this morning in the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Ballroom.
This year’s theme was “One Voice United in Prayer.”
David Whitlock, president of Oklahoma Baptist University, was the speaker.
Whitlock has served as OBU’s president since Nov. 1, 2008. Having been a college professor or administrator for more than 24 years, Whitlock is noted for his emphasis on the integration of faith and learning.
Holding bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southeastern, he taught for 14 years at SE and was chair of the university’s business information management program.
He was licensed to preach by the First Baptist Church of Durant and ordained by Hendrix Baptist Church in Hendrix.
Whitlock moved to Durant when he was 18. He said it was when he was a student at SE that he came to know Jesus Christ as his savior.
“So much of what I am today is really tied to this community,” Whitlock said. “I thank you for giving me a great education and for introducing me to Jesus Christ.”
Whitlock spoke about “good jewelry gone bad,” which means the good things that come into a person’s life sometimes can go bad when the individual focuses more on it than God who provided it.
“God gives us something so wonderful and so good, and over time, we put something in the place of who gave it to us,” Whitlock said.
He presented a series of 10 gestures with fingers to illustrate how to remember all the 10 Commandments.
Whitlock also spoke about politics, and while he recognized the importance of public policies, he said the answers to the nation’s problems will not be found there.
“The answer to what ails us most isn’t going to be found in public policy,” he said. “It’s going to be found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.”
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