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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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  • My Squash Died …

    Jun 23, 2017 | 11:36 am

    My Squash Died …   In a fit of confidence this year, I set out tomatoes and squash this year.  My tomatoes have done great.  Nothing like home-grown tomatoes. My squash, however, died.  I got two squash off four plants.  Not a good return on investment. Most gardeners I know grow boat-loads of squash.  In one community where we […]

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  • It’s How You Say It…

    Jun 16, 2017 | 15:11 pm

    It’s How You Say It… On Wednesday, June 14, a supporter of Senator Bernie Sanders specifically asked if the people on a baseball field were Democrats or Republicans.  When told they were Republicans, he opened fire.  The protective guard of Steve Scalise bravely returned fire, using pistols against a semi-automatic rifle.  The assailant, James Hodgkinson, died after treatment for gunshot […]

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  • How to Have a Couple Conversation About Giving- extended version

    May 21, 2017 | 14:04 pm

    How to Have a Couple Conversation About Giving- extended version   You and your spouse are pulling out of the church parking lot.  The message that day was on giving.  During the message, you exchanged glances, as if you both knew God was speaking to you.  In your heart you know your financial relationship with God isn’t where it needs to be.  During the last […]

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  • How to have a couple conversation about giving – short version

    May 21, 2017 | 14:02 pm

    How to have a couple conversation about giving – short version You and your spouse are pulling out of the church parking lot.  The message that day was on giving.  During the message, you exchanged glances, as if you both knew God was speaking to you.  In your heart you know your financial relationship with God isn’t where it needs to be.  During the last song, […]

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  • Givers, Takers, and Matchers…

    May 19, 2017 | 12:33 pm

    Givers, Takers, and Matchers… Do you want to be a giver or a taker? Part of our souls leap to say “I want to be a giver.” But another part of our souls, says, “Wait a minute. What if I give too much? What if I get taken advantage of?” So we hesitate. According to Adam Grant in, Give […]

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  • I Want to Matter to Someone…

    May 16, 2017 | 15:52 pm

    I Want to Matter to Someone… I hate being treated as a number.  You know those places that have the little machine that says “take a number?”  I avoid those places as much as possible. I don’t think anyone wants to grow up and be a number.  Did anyone ever dream: “I’m the 43rd employee of this company?”  Or “I can’t […]

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  • What I wish Mama Could See and Hear…

    May 12, 2017 | 15:32 pm

    What I wish Mama Could See and Hear… It’s been almost five years since my mother died.  She really left us years before, as Alzheimer’s robbed her of her mind.  Sometimes her eyes would lock on you and you could almost feel the part of her brain that was clear of memory robbing plaque trying to communicate. People ask me from time to […]

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  • Every Journey has a Starting Point

    May 9, 2017 | 15:56 pm

    Every Journey has a Starting Point   Every journey has a starting point: Every relationship began with a conversation. Every job had a first day. Every change in behavior had first uncomfortable moments trying something new. Every building started with an idea. Every degree was preceded by a first day of class. Every trip to Disney started by pulling out of […]

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  • What Would it Take to Change Your Mind?

    May 5, 2017 | 15:13 pm

    What Would it Take to Change Your Mind? If you are a life-long Clemson fan who bleeds orange, what would it take for you to become a die-hard, crow at every touchdown, South Carolina Gamecock fan? If you are a staunch Republican, who believes in small government, low taxes, de-regulation, and individual freedom, what would it take for you to become a big […]

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  • Unmovable…

    Apr 28, 2017 | 16:23 pm

    Unmovable… Unmovable can be a good thing or a bad thing. Bad Unmovable: You have a habit or an addiction that you can’t break.  No matter what you try, it hangs on.  Just when you think you’ve got it licked, it seizes control of your soul again. You hold to old ways of thinking because that’s […]

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