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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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  • Looking for a Safe Place…

    May 18, 2018 | 12:43 pm

    When I pastored in rural Kentucky, we lived in the parsonage (a house the church provides for the pastor).  Because this church always wanted to know where to find the pastor, they located the parsonage right next to the church.  Everyone in that rural community knew if I was home, they felt great liberty to […]

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  • My Many Mothers…

    May 13, 2018 | 13:29 pm

      Don’t get me wrong, my mother was an amazing woman. Growing up, she came home every afternoon from school, saddle up her horse and rode out with her brother Pete to doctor screw-worm calves across 10,000 acres of marsh and swamp.  She was the most popular girl in her graduating class at Lake Placid […]

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  • A Word to Your Circle…

    May 4, 2018 | 16:10 pm

      Wayne Collier helped us work cows after my father had died.  I was four years-old, riding my one-eyed Shetland pony, gathering up cows.  I felt so big.  Even a four-year-old on a Shetland pony can move a cow.  Then I rode up too close to the herd and Wayne hollered at me, “Son, don’t […]

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  • Up is Down…

    Apr 27, 2018 | 15:53 pm

        When I was in college, I got a hankering to learn to fly.  The cost was not out of reach back then.  I would sneak away from campus, down to the Bessemer Airport, and get an hour of instruction for $35. Good pilots know how to focus.  I can still hear the voice […]

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  • Spewing Liver…

    Apr 20, 2018 | 11:59 am

    I realize most of you grew up in tasteful families with genteel manners, where everyone was born knowing which fork to use for dessert and which fork to use for salad.  I grew up in a family that was proud to have forks. We did have some couth.  Chewing with your mouth open or smacking […]

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  • The Empty House…

    Apr 13, 2018 | 10:36 am

      No one lived in the old Durrance home place.  The two-story house sat empty most of my childhood and teen-age years.  What had once been home to a family was home to rats and snakes.  The house was a hazard. The surviving grandson, Juddy, owned the place.  He decided to burn it down (you […]

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  • Temptations…

    Apr 6, 2018 | 12:38 pm

    My brothers and I were given the chore of cleaning out the horse stalls.  Steve was seventeen, Bobby was fourteen and I was ten.  Over time, the horse stalls fill up with processed horse feed.  My step-father, Lawrence, never one to waste a resource, wanted us to shovel it onto the truck, and then shovel […]

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  • Peter Meets Jesus on Easter

    Apr 1, 2018 | 15:42 pm

    It is just a fragment of a verse: “The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon (Luke 24:34).”  On the day that changed the world, Jesus took time to personally appear to Simon Peter.  Peter, of course, would become the leader of the church, the preacher of the first Christian sermon, and the one […]

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  • The Pile…

    Mar 30, 2018 | 14:48 pm

    Imagine all the evil of the world piled into one place.  What’s in the pile? There is big evil, of course.  Slavery throughout the centuries.  Genocide.  Wars of conquest and plunder.  Apartheid.  Into the pile goes not just the sins of nations, but the sins of complicit individuals, many of whom would claim, “We were […]

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  • Larry’s Truck…

    Mar 23, 2018 | 11:43 am

    My brother-in-law, Larry, is a great guy.  A Florida Athletic Hall of Fame High School Soccer Coach, in his 50’s he discovered turkey hunting.  When Larry gets interested in something, intensity is too mild a word to describe his focus.  The ranch has ready-made turkey hunting habitat.  Larry was hooked.  Before long, he was embracing […]

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