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The Third Day

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

Lent is the Christian season of preparation for Easter Sunday. Lent commences on Ash Wednesday and builds through Holy Week. Holy Week celebrations start on Palm Sunday with the crowds welcoming Jesus to Jerusalem. By Good Friday the crowds have violently turned on Jesus, crying for His death...

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Good News!

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

Are you familiar with the story of Martin Niemoller? Niemoller was awarded the Iron Cross as a German U-Boat commander during World War I. After the war, he sensed the call to preach and became a Lutheran pastor. Like many Germans, Niemoller was hopeful in 1933 that new Chancellor Hitler would...

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The Meaning of Christmas

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For many Christmas is a season spent among family and friends. We plan our calendars around Christmas parties, fellowships and family meals. We offer gifts of love and appreciation. We come together for beautiful worship services and Christmas concerts to proclaim that in the birth of Jesus, God...

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Forsaken!

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Sutherland Springs. . .Las Vegas. . .New York City. . .What do you say in the face of horrific evil that continues to manifest itself in our world and nation? Religious platitudes ring empty as we cry out. . . .”Where is God?” “Why have You forsaken us?” Denied...

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The Language of Old

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One of the struggles of Native American peoples is preserving their individual languages. Of course, language is more than words. Language embodies the culture of a people, preserving the past, shaping the future and giving meaning to the present. Language passes on the stories that tell...

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The Hurricanes of 2017

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The hurricane names of 2017 seemed harmless enough when I first saw them: Harvey, Irma, Maria. Today, these names will always be associated with some of the most devastating storms in modern history. And with nine weeks of hurricane season remaining, we must pray that Philippe, Sean, Tammy, and...

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All the Families of the Earth

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The Lord declared to Abram (Abraham) in Genesis 12, “I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great.” If we keep reading, however, we discover the purpose of God’s covenant with Abraham was not to bless him and his descendants alone, but to bless...

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Forgiveness Instead

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The New Testament is the wondrous story of God’s love for a broken world. The height of this love is manifested on the cross of Jesus. In the hours before His crucifixion, Jesus was betrayed, abandoned, slandered, and beaten. The crowds that cheered Him days earlier, jeered Him. They spat...

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I Recommend Hope

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

One of the great privileges of being a pastor is the opportunity to share with families and individuals at key moments in their lives. Last week offers a great example as I attended or participated in three funerals, one wedding and spent the week at camp with middle school youth. At times the...

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The Poems of God

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

The drive up and down I-35 is familiar to anyone who lives in central Oklahoma. While construction detours often frustrate and result in extended travel delays, there are times along the interstate where the peaceful rhythm of driving offers time for reflection and observation. Recently, I...

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