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Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

In a letter to French scientist Jean-Baptiste Leroy in November 1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote, “Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” With the passing of April 15 just a couple days ago, we can affirm this certainty. When asked about paying taxes to Rome, Jesus replied, ...

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Tags: render to caesar, render to god, tax day

Easter Beginnings

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

Easter has come and gone.  Or has it?  What if Easter is the beginning of something new, not just the remembrance of something old? By looking at the initial days of Jesus’ earthly ministry through the eyes of Luke, we discover that Jesus began His earthly ministry with great ...

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Tags: jesus christ, luke

Severe Weather Precautions

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

The possibility of severe weather has been forecast for our area this evening. Please keep weather aware and use your best judgment in making plans to attend Wednesday activities. Any cancellations will be posted on our website, social media, and local television stations. In the event that storms ...

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Easter Sunday!

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

  He is Risen! The tomb is empty! Jesus is alive! Let us rejoice and worship! Easter Sunday is a glorious morning of worship as we celebrate and give thanks to the risen Lord. Through His sacrifice on the cross, our sins are forgiven. Through His resurrection, death has been conquered. ...

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Good Friday

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

It is Friday evening. Jesus, the anticipated Messiah, is dead. The dreams, hopes, and promises of a new Kingdom crucified. Jesus' followers find each other and gather in secret places. It is unknown if the Jewish and Roman authorities will be looking for them next, so they must be careful. ...

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Maundy Thursday

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

  On a Thursday evening in Jerusalem, Jesus gathered with His disciples in an upper room to share the Passover. From the washing of feet to the sealing of His tomb, the next 24 hours would change the history of the world. He would be betrayed, denied, arrested, convicted, and ...

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A Reason to Celebrate

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“For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations.” Psalm 100:5 On October 27, 1889 eleven charter members formed the “First Baptist Church of Christ” in Norman. Four years later the church received her “patent” ...

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A Better Way

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

The news has been filled with reports of violence and domestic abuse. Many of these reports have centered around football players, some of the biggest, strongest, and most recognizable men in our society. Some contend that these “bad apples” are the exception within a culture of men ...

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Tags: sin, abuse, violence

Roller Coasters

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

Roller coasters and summers have gone together for me since the days of my youth and I am passing this on to my children.  Growing up in Louisiana and Oklahoma made annual pilgrimages to Six Flags a summer ritual.  I remember standing in line to ride the Big Bend roller coaster and with ...

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50 is the New 50

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

The last of the Baby Boomers turn 50 this year. This generation of Americans, born from 1946–1964, is named after the post-World War II “baby boom.” I am a Baby Boomer and as one of the “late Boomers” one of the last to turn 50—tomorrow! My son recently informed ...

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