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Jim Stewart reflects on 30 years at First Baptist before retirement

Posted by Shana Adkisson on

When Jim Stewart was about 12 or 13, his grandmother told him he was going to be a minister. “I just laughed,” Stewart said. “Over 40 years later, here I am.” Stewart’s ministry will come to a close at First Baptist Church on December 31 when he retires as...

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Vickie Riggs celebrates 30 years with FBC

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Vickie Riggs doesn’t hesitate when she says that the last 30 years of her life have been nothing but a blessing.During her time at First Baptist Church as the senior adult minister, Riggs has enjoyed traveling, building new friendships and enriching the lives of others.“I think what...

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A Reason to Celebrate

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

“For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations.” Psalm 100:5 On October 27, 1889 eleven charter members formed the “First Baptist Church of Christ” in Norman. Four years later the church received her “patent&rdquo...

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A Better Way

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

The news has been filled with reports of violence and domestic abuse. Many of these reports have centered around football players, some of the biggest, strongest, and most recognizable men in our society. Some contend that these “bad apples” are the exception within a culture of men...

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Tags: sin, abuse, violence

Roller Coasters

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

Roller coasters and summers have gone together for me since the days of my youth and I am passing this on to my children.  Growing up in Louisiana and Oklahoma made annual pilgrimages to Six Flags a summer ritual.  I remember standing in line to ride the Big Bend roller coaster and...

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50 is the New 50

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

The last of the Baby Boomers turn 50 this year. This generation of Americans, born from 1946–1964, is named after the post-World War II “baby boom.” I am a Baby Boomer and as one of the “late Boomers” one of the last to turn 50—tomorrow! My son recently...

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Faith in the Storms

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

The one year anniversary of the Moore tornado (EF-5) has been an emotional week for many. This one day will be etched forever in the minds of those who suffered it. In retrospect, however, the 2013 Moore tornado was the devastating focal point of a 2 week period of storms and tornados unlike...

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Hit the Mark

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

Good morning Norman! As you read this devotion I am finishing up a week of ministry in Cuba with Reaching Souls International. Over the past week I have had the opportunity to preach and see firsthand the work of pastors and churches in Cuba. We have talked about the need and importance of...

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Let the Practice Begin!

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

The Sochi Winter Olympics are just a couple of weeks away. Athletes are making final preparations to compete for Olympic medals. Years of sacrifice, practice and discipline come down to a few days of fine tuning routines, honing skills, and resting the body for peak performance. Beyond the...

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Everything Changes

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

December 7, 2013 is a day that I will always remember.  From the bow of the USS Missouri, I watched naval launches shuttle passengers to the USS Arizona memorial.  As I toured the Missouri, I stood at the spot where General Douglas MacArthur and the Allied leaders accepted the...

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