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Thank You for Serving in To Norman With Love!

Posted by Angela Atkins on

This past week many of us joined together in service as we participated in To Norman with Love, through projects with our families, life groups, and as individuals. It was an opportunity and a reminder to be more present in our lives and in the lives of those we see each day. Through our group...

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Emancipation Day

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

April 15 is tax day in America, except in 2016 when taxes were due on April 18. The reason for this three day grace period was Emancipation Day, a holiday celebrated only in Washington D.C. Emancipation Day, which is annually celebrated on April 16, was observed on April 15th in our...

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The Most Interesting Man

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

In the event that you missed the headlines of recent weeks, you will be surprised to learn that “The Most Interesting Man in the World” has been retired. In fact, he has been exiled to Mars. You know of who I speak, the man who is so suave and so distinguished that “when in...

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Children of God

Posted by Crystal Byrd on

The soil was cold. It clung to your skin as you moved your hand around in dirt. As we poured the soil into each pan, pans that later that evening people would use to write their confessions, I thought of how Ash Wednesday strikes at our beings, perfectly flawed and in desperate need of...

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Finding Home

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

There is a poignant scene in the movie “The Blind Side.” The Touhys welcome Michael, a homeless teen, into their home. As Mrs. Touhy shows Michael his bedroom, he says, “I never had one before.” Clarifying, Mrs. Touhy asks, “A room to yourself?” “A...

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Cupcakes and God's Grace

Posted by Jenny Smiley-Nava on

Hebrews 10:24-25 says "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." This verse was wonderfully illustrated by...

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The Sanders' Journey Through the Foster System

Posted by Pascha Sanders on

Carter and I always knew that we wanted to open up our home in some form to children in need. When we first married, we thought that adoption was the avenue that the Lord would use, but years passed and our family kept growing and our hearts slowly changed. 4 children later and that calling for...

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Preparing for the Election

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

Do you remember the first day of college and the anxiety of sitting in a classroom with a new professor, new classmates and a syllabus that seemed impossible to accomplish in 16 weeks? The excitement, anticipation and fear of the moment were almost overwhelming, especially after the 4th or 5th...

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Home for Christmas

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

One of the traditions of Christmas is traveling to be with family. Growing up an Air Force brat, I learned that no matter where we were stationed, we always found our way “home” for Christmas. Likewise, my wife and I make our way back “home” for Christmas each year, a...

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Lions and Pastors and Refugees, Oh my!

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

It had been a long, but rewarding week. I was leading in a pastors’ conference at Mt. Meru University near Arusha, Tanzania. Before returning to the U.S., we went on safari in the nearby Ngorongoro Highlands. We saw all the animals you would expect, including elephants, giraffes, and...

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