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Truth and Freedom

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

In John 8:31-32 Jesus taught His disciples that the “truth will set you free.” Jesus understood that freedom and truth go hand in hand. Where there is no truth, there is no freedom. And this is true “on earth as it is in heaven.”  On earth, The Declaration of...

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Exodus or Exile?

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

Two of the dominant themes of the Old Testament are Exodus and Exile. The Exodus dominates the first part of the Old Testament as the Israelites found themselves in slavery in Egypt. Their cries and groans were heard by the Lord who prepared Moses to liberate them from Pharaoh and to lead them...

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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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Minister of Discipleship and Children call weekend planned January 11-14

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The Minister of Discipleship and Children search committee is excited to announce a candidate for the church’s consideration in view of a call the weekend of January 14.  Due to confidentiality issues in the church she is currently serving, the candidate will be fully introduced to...

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The Meaning of Christmas

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

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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Stay and be

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Let me tell you something – this morning I woke up with a sore jaw. At first, I thought I was coming down with tetanus (I’ve always been a bit melodramatic). Come to find out, though, I was just clenching my jaw in my sleep. Can I say that I’m a little stressed? I was (and...

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Forsaken!

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

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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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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Deadline nears for Peru sign-up

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In 2018, First Baptist Church will partner with Operacion San Andres (OSA) by sending a team of high school youth for the third time. The deadline to sign up for the mission trip is Nov. 19 and the deposit is $200. Avery Taylor plans to make another trip to Peru, and she's pretty excited about...

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