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Lions and Pastors and Refugees, Oh my!

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

It had been a long, but rewarding week. I was leading in a pastors’ conference at Mt. Meru University near Arusha, Tanzania. Before returning to the U.S., we went on safari in the nearby Ngorongoro Highlands. We saw all the animals you would expect, including elephants, giraffes, and...

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Grandma's Bible

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

One of the treasures I possess is The Living Bible that belonged to my Grandma Bessie. Grandma lived to be 99 and was a godly influence in my life and faith. She loved the Lord Jesus and she loved her church. As a boy, I loved to sit by her in church because her gentle hand would caress my arms...

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The Streams of Psalms

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

The Streams of Psalms worship series begins Sunday, October 11 and will run through November 22. During these weeks we will look at some of the more familiar Psalms and be reminded of their beauty and contribution to our faith. N.T. Wright notes that the book of Psalms “represents the...

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Catalyst is Coming

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

Catalyst begins Sunday, Sept. 6!  I am excited about the opportunity for our worship and LifeGroup ministries to explore what it means to be a Catalyst for Jesus Christ. In science, a catalyst is a change agent, something that causes or accelerates a reaction...

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Tags: catalyst

Trophies that Matter

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

Pittsburgh Steeler defensive lineman, James Harrison, made news last week by decrying the participation trophies his sons, ages 6 and 8, recently brought home. So offended was Harrison that he took the trophies from his sons and returned them to the league decrying they had not been earned...

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The Cry for Freedom

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

The news of two prison breaks has captured our attention over the past weeks. The first from Clinton Correctional Facility in New York involved two men convicted of murder. The subsequent 22-day manhunt ended in the death of one escapee and serious injury to the other. The second escape took...

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Washing Dishes

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

I remember my first church camp in the summer of 1977. I had just completed 7th grade and our youth minister took us to Camp Wentz in Ponca City. We stayed in small stone “castles” with bunks three high and no air conditioning. While the heat was stifling and the chiggers were...

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Tags: foot washing, upside down

Upside Down: The Wisdom of James

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

In just a few weeks, the record setting May rains will give way to the brutal heat of an Oklahoma summer.  And so, images of icebergs as part of our summer worship theme, Upside Down, hope to offer respite from the coming 100 degree days.  Have you ever taken the time to...

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Tags: james, sermon series

New Beginnings

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

It was graduation morning and I was up at the crack of dawn. My friends and I decided that we would celebrate our special day with a round of golf at Tulsa’s LaFortune Golf Course. It was a beautiful spring day and in the midst of all the fun, remembering the great times we had in high...

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Render...

Posted by Dr. Wade Smith on

In a letter to French scientist Jean-Baptiste Leroy in November 1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote, “Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” With the passing of April 15 just a couple days ago, we can affirm this certainty. When asked about paying taxes to Rome, Jesus replied...

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Tags: render to caesar, render to god, tax day

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