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Unlikely Clay

Dr. Clay Smith, the Lead Pastor at Alice Drive Baptist Church, writes a semi-weekly blog relating to the church, current events, sermon series or other things that are relevant to life today.  

 

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  • Rethinking the Sexual Revolution…

    Dec 12, 2017 | 18:16 pm

    Rethinking the Sexual Revolution… I lived through the sexual revolution.  The TV shows of my childhood showed couples sleeping in separate beds; now I can see sexually graphic content on broadcast networks.  Pornography was found in magazines in quick stop stores; now, pornography is available on my phone (that’s weird even to type).  We were taught “The Pill” would […]

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  • Christmas List…

    Dec 12, 2017 | 15:22 pm

    Christmas List… Christmas list: check.  Travel plans made: check.  Menu for Christmas Dinner: check.  Husband delegated to get tree: check.  Kids’ pictures with Santa: check.  Party invitations mailed: check.  Strategy for dealing with strange relatives: in process. This time of year, Santa is not the only one making a list and checking it twice.  Even kids have […]

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  • Assumptions and Hurry …

    Dec 6, 2017 | 01:50 am

    Assumptions and Hurry … We took my son to Outback for his birthday (his request).   The meal was excellent and I paid with my debit card (who carries cash anymore?). I hurried to my truck to escape the cold, cranked it, and backed out.  I started to pull into the exit drive when I was cut off by old, […]

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  • Lesson From My Father-in-Law …

    Dec 1, 2017 | 20:13 pm

    Lesson From My Father-in-Law … My father-in-law, Floyd, passed away last week.  He was fighting lung cancer, but God graciously gave him a quiet and peaceful passing to heaven. Floyd was not like the men I grew up with.  Freud would have called them “repressed.”  Emotions were for women and children.  “Don’t cry” was not a suggestion, but a command.  […]

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  • What Mama Taught Me About Giving Thanks…

    Nov 23, 2017 | 14:12 pm

    What Mama Taught Me About Giving Thanks… God never meant for children to receive underwear for Christmas.  The Wise Men did not bring Jesus underwear as one of their gifts.  Christmas is for toys and joys.  Underwear falls into neither category. Yet every year of childhood, one of my aunts seemed designated to give me underwear.  One year it might be Aunt […]

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  • When Jesus Gave Thanks…

    Nov 16, 2017 | 16:54 pm

    When Jesus Gave Thanks… It’s strange to think about Jesus giving thanks.  After all, Christians believe he was the God in flesh.  It seems odd for him to thank his Heavenly Father for anything.  But Jesus did give thanks. When he fed the five thousand, he gave thanks for the five loaves and two fish.  I wonder why?  I […]

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  • I Can’t Imagine…

    Nov 10, 2017 | 12:37 pm

    I Can’t Imagine… I can’t imagine, but I need to. I can’t imagine what it must have been like at First Baptist Sutherland Springs, Texas last Sunday.  People gathered to worship and hear a visiting preacher while their pastor was out of town.  Songs were sung.  The Word was being proclaimed.  Then Devin Kelley came into the sanctuary […]

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  • Five Keystones of Generosity…

    Nov 7, 2017 | 13:51 pm

    Five Keystones of Generosity… The law of the fist: Open hands receive; closed fists don’t.  This basic faith principle works whether you believe in God or not.  If you live with a closed attitude, you cannot receive love.  If you live with an open attitude, you can receive friendship.  Building an open-handed life requires generosity as a regular practice.  […]

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  • For You, Not From You…

    Nov 2, 2017 | 16:05 pm

    For You, Not From You… I grew up in churches that assumed if you really followed Jesus, you would be miserable.  Therefore, the more miserable you were, the closer you were to Jesus.  Our pastors told us that it was better to be miserable at church on Sunday night than to be at home watching the “Wonderful World of Disney.”  […]

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  • Why We Don’t Like God Being the Judge…

    Oct 25, 2017 | 15:35 pm

    Why We Don’t Like God Being the Judge… We like God being compassionate, gracious, loving, faithful and forgiving.  When we talk about God as judge, we don’t like it.  Why? We like being our own judges.  I like to have moral authority over you.  When I catch you doing something I deem inappropriate it, I have a feeling of power in condemning you.  […]

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