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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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  • God and The Great Eclipse …

    Aug 21, 2017 | 16:03 pm

    God and The Great Eclipse …   After months of hype, the eclipse is finally here.  Parties have been planned, schools are out, glasses are purchased, and we’ve been warned: “Don’t look directly at the sun!” We’ve known this was coming.  In fact, astronomers tell us they can predict every eclipse for the next 1,000 years (good thing; I need to […]

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  • Charlottesville Thoughts…

    Aug 14, 2017 | 21:12 pm

    Charlottesville Thoughts…   By now you’ve heard the news stories about the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia this past weekend.  Once again, we are confronted with the reality we are a divided nation.  Can I offer persepctives as you think about Charlottesville? Jesus said to pray for your enemies.  We are doing Jesus’s work when we condemn racism.  […]

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  • Missing Grace…

    Aug 13, 2017 | 11:26 am

    Missing Grace…   It’s so easy to miss grace.  We miss grace when: We have to prove we are right about everything. We don’t take time to understand people, especially the ones that ignite our anger. We forget God made us with the capacity for peace. We make decisions from the broken parts of our soul, not […]

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  • Time for Peace…

    Aug 10, 2017 | 19:00 pm

    Time for Peace… Chaos is quick; peace takes time. I create chaos when I hurry.  I pack too much in my day.  This results in clothes not put away, a desk left a wreck, and meals grabbed on the run.  The house is chaos, my health is chaos, and I’m exhausted. Peace requires time.  To live a centered […]

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  • True Love…

    Aug 4, 2017 | 12:44 pm

    True Love… The True Love Quiz: Q:  Do you miss him/her when you don’t see him/her every day? Q:  Do you feel like you are in an endless whirlwind when you are with him/her? Q:  Do you wake up happy because you know you get to see them in the day? Q:  Do you love the way […]

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  • The Last Sleepover…

    Aug 2, 2017 | 16:03 pm

    The Last Sleepover… Sleepovers were a way of life in my house for years.  When it was the boys, there would be all-night video game binges.  With the girls, there was giggling, dancing, and movies.  I lost count of the mornings I tiptoed over children sprawled out on the living room carpet, in the deep contented sleep of […]

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  • Church Fights…

    Jul 28, 2017 | 14:57 pm

    Church Fights… I’ve seen my share of church fights.  I’ve even been the subject of one or two. I didn’t witness it first hand, but family legend has it that my Aunt Ouida and Mizz Eva Robertson nearly got in a wrestling match over the color of the carpet when my home church built a new building […]

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  • Try Something New…

    Jul 25, 2017 | 11:40 am

    Try Something New… You need to try something new.  Your organization needs to try something new.  Your church needs to try something new? Why?  Isn’t the old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” true? Nope. Just because something is working in this moment is no guarantee it will work tomorrow or even the rest of the […]

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  • Bad Decisions I Have Made…

    Jul 21, 2017 | 11:40 am

    Bad Decisions I Have Made… I’ve made some bad decisions in my time. I decided to kiss the Methodist preacher’s daughter in high school.  I was so thrilled, on the way home I wrecked my parent’s car.  Later, she dumped me at the prom.  In hindsight, the kiss wasn’t worth wrecking the car. I decided the creek couldn’t be that […]

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  • Sitting in the Pilot’s Seat…

    Jul 19, 2017 | 23:04 pm

    Sitting in the Pilot’s Seat…   We filmed a segment for At the Movies today at Shaw Air Force Base.  Through the gracious provision of Dan Tindall, one of our members, we were able to use the training mockup cockpit of an F-16. I had to take a moment out of filming to sit in the cockpit.  Even though it […]

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