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The Gift of Hospitality

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

  Acts 10 tells the story of salvation for Cornelius and his household. It takes place in a cultural context of social barriers and notions of “clean and unclean.”  The story begins with Cornelius having a vision during a time of prayer. Cornelius, a Roman centurion, was...

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Behold!

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

Behold! To see, observe or witness something remarkable or impressive.  When was the last time you had a Behold! moment? Christmas is filled with Behold! moments. When the angel appeared to Zacharias announcing Elizabeth, his barren and aged wife, would become pregnant, Behold! When the...

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Thankful for Hair

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

On this day after Thanksgiving, I still find myself filled with gratitude for the gift of life, family, friends and the blessings we enjoy and often take for granted. I am reminded of God’s love for each of us, a love that allowed His Son, Jesus, to be crucified on a cross for our...

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Encountering God

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

David Garland writes, “while many receive healing in their lives, only a few encounter God in their healing.” Have you encountered God in your journeys of healing?  In Luke 17 we read the story of Jesus healing 10 lepers, but only one encountered God. The lepers stood at a...

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The Bell Rings

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

John Donne, a 17th century poet, cleric and dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London from 1621-1631, wrote “never send to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.” Donne is reflecting on the use of bells to announce the death of a fellow-citizen, reminding us that the...

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It’s Football Time in Oklahoma!

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

The start of a new school year means the start of a new football season. The Crosstown Clash between Norman High and Norman North kicks things off next Thursday at Owen field and the Sooners begin their quest to return to the College Football Playoffs next Saturday at Owen field as well. The...

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Shalom!

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

Shalom! I hope you are familiar with this Hebrew word. It is often translated as peace, but means much more than the English word can convey. Shalom speaks not just to the absence of conflict or violence, but to wellness or wholeness in all of life and relationships. It speaks to being in right...

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The Red Devil

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

I suspect the term “Red Devil” conjures up many different images in your mind. Perhaps you think of impish caricatures with pitch forks, pointy tails and horns.  Recently, I confronted a new “Red Devil.” Its scientific name is “doxorubicin” and it is one...

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First Baptist Norman to host free concert at Legacy Park

Posted by Shana Adkisson on

Not exactly sure what to do for your favorite “Pop” this Father’s Day? Be sure to save the date for the First Baptist Church Pops in the Park. The Sunday concert is free and open to the community. “Pops in the Park will be on Father’s Day, June 17. Our worship...

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The Class of 2018

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

I have had the privilege of working with high school and college students through the years. In these formative years one of the most significant questions asked is “What is God’s will for my life?” For some students this is a liberating journey of faith and self-discovery that...

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