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Finding hope and faith in the midst of pain

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

Las Vegas… New York City… Sutherland Springs. What do you say in the face of horrific evil that continues to manifest itself in our world and nation?  The Psalmist cried out in anguish, My God, My God, why have You forsaken me? We do not know the circumstances around the...

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Being a Blessing

Posted by Tyler Couch on

I have for some time believed that the purpose of short-term mission trips is concerned much more with the development of those who go on the trip than it is with the actual work done by the goers. I don’t think I’m alone in this belief – people frequently return from a week...

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Called to Serve

Posted by Lori Couch on

It was my first mission trip and now I was ready for the first day of our work in Collique, Peru, at the OSA House. But I hesitated as I stepped out of my hotel room that first day. What was I doing here? What good could I possibly bring to the people we were to serve that day? After all, I...

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Empty No More

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

Last October I sat at the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem. The Garden Tomb is an alternate site to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre as the place for the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Both sites have their merits and persuasive arguments. The Garden Tomb setting, however, invites its visitors...

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Prepare the Way

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

  On a Black Friday long, long ago, my wife and I set out to find the perfect Christmas gift for our two and a half year old daughter.  We scanned the Thanksgiving Day paper to see what bargains would allow us to maximize our limited resources. Uninspired by the first stack of...

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Trick or Treat?!

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

The candy bowl is filled, the porch light is on, and the doorbell is waiting. I am ready for Halloween. On Monday evening as sunset turns to darkness, costumed children will begin their quest for “tricks or treats.” Of course, every child hopes for a bag full of treats on their...

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The Greatests!

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

The Olympics have provided high drama and intense competition over the last two weeks. We have witnessed world records and photo-finishes. We have watched heart-warming stories about athletes. We have seen athletes push their bodies and minds to (and even past) the breaking point, sharing their...

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How long, O Lord!?

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

“How long, O Lord, will I call for help, and you will not hear? I cry out to You, ‘Violence!’ Yet You do not save.” And so began the oracle of the prophet Habakkuk. He continued his lament to the Lord, “Why do You make me see iniquity, and cause me to look on...

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Life, Liberty, Happiness

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

The Fourth of July is almost here! This mid-summer holiday offers an opportunity for families and friends to gather and celebrate the freedoms of our nation. Food, fireworks and patriotic music draw us together for a day and night of fun. The Fourth of July is also an opportunity to remember...

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PDO Three/Four Class Field Trip!

Posted by Ada Sewell on

The Three/Four year old class went on its annual field trip Wednesday,  May 11. This year we went to Lake Thunderbird! We saw many things that God made. There were ducks, geese, squirrels, ants, trees, water and a blue bird!  We hiked next to the water and threw in rocks. They made...

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