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Cross Story 3: Donna Dye

Posted by Rich Lubbers on

Donna Dye has a special story around the cross she brought. It's a large cross at the bottom of the left panel of the cross display, made of many small pebbles, with a smaller cross put on top of it.  Her mom (Polly Jones) made it for her at Life of Service, an adult day care center in...

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Cross Story 2: Jan Hodges

Posted by Rich Lubbers on

Jan Hodges takes care of people, makes them well and whole again. It was interesting that this was somewhat reflected in the cross she brought for our cross display - it's a large, multicolored cross that looks like there are some white "stitches" in it that hold it together. As you're looking...

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Cross Story 1: Jim Spearman

Posted by Rich Lubbers on

Jim Spearman likes Corvettes. Making old things new again is something that he does well. Because I know this about him, I wasn't surprised to see the Spearman name on the back of one of the crosses. As you're looking at the display, it's the large 3-layered, predominately white cross close to...

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What we're doing and why...

Posted by Rich Lubbers on

A few weeks ago, we asked our church family to bring crosses to share in a congregation-wide cross display. So far, we have had 43 crosses brought to be a part of this display.  Some of the crosses are large, some are small. Some are simple, some are heavily ornamented. Some are made only...

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Trailblazing Women

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

Women’s History Month is celebrated in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom during March. Its purpose is to highlight the struggles and contributions of women throughout history and into the present day. The National Women’s History Project chose “Honoring...

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Grant offers infant formula for CCFI

Posted by Shana Adkisson on

  Thanks to a $5,000 grant from Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Ministries Council, First Baptist Church has been working with Center for Children and Families to provide baby formula for the organization’s Bringing up Babies program.“The program is a voluntary in-home visitation...

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Fences, Walls, Doors, and Gates

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

In his poem, “Mending Wall,” published in 1914 Robert Frost stated the proverb, “Good fences make good neighbors.” Frost recognized that “where there are cows,” fences make good sense. However, he questioned the necessity of fences where they are not needed...

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The Pursuit of Greatness

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

Collegefootballnews.com recently ranked the University of Oklahoma as the “Greatest Football Program of All-Time.” (Boomer. . .) Last summer, Michael Phelps was proclaimed the “Greatest Olympian of All-Time.” Muhammad Ali simply declared, “I am the greatest!&rdquo...

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Resolutions and Repentance

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

Have you made your New Year’s Resolution(s) yet? If so, have you developed a plan to carry them out? Changing the habits and patterns of life doesn’t just happen. These changes take place over a period of time as we intentionally practice new things, forging new habits to take the...

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Prepare the Way

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

  On a Black Friday long, long ago, my wife and I set out to find the perfect Christmas gift for our two and a half year old daughter.  We scanned the Thanksgiving Day paper to see what bargains would allow us to maximize our limited resources. Uninspired by the first stack of...

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