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All the Families of the Earth

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

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

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

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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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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Cross Story 6: Carol Kellison

Posted by Rich Lubbers on

Carol Kellison is someone who is detail-oriented, focused, and maybe just a little bit different. It's no surprise that the metallic Russian Orthodox cross that she brought is similar. It is a cross with three cross beams, with a fair amount of ornamentation close to the bottom left of the right...

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Cross Story 5: Polly Dvorak

Posted by Rich Lubbers on

Polly Dvorak hopes that you are reminded of the differences among us when you look at the cross she lent us. It's a freestanding cross made of wood sitting on the floor just to the right of the middle of the display. It gives off this interesting 3-dimensional kind of idea, which helps you to...

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Cross Story 4: Marilyn Lasseter

Posted by Rich Lubbers on

Marilyn Lasseter had the distinct pleasure of going to Israel with FBC Norman last October, and the wooden Jerusalem Cross in the bottom right corner of the cross display caught her eye. Fittingly, it caught her eye in a Christian store in Jerusalem, but it was the detail of the cross that...

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