POSTS BY Lucas Smith


Lucas Smith has served in full-time ministry since 2011 and holds MDiv and MA in Biblical Languages degrees from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. He currently serves as Associate Pastor of Youth and Families at Eastern Heights Baptist Church in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

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Christ in Gethsemane

Jesus Did Not Want to Die for Your Sins: The Gethsemane Prayer

In reading the Gospel accounts, one thing is quite clear: Jesus did not want to die for your sins. But he willingly did so anyway. Why?

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Christ's entry into Jerusalem, Felix Louis Leullier (1800s)

Palm Sunday: The Beginning of the End

Palm Sunday is an interesting point in Jesus’s story—a triumphal entry followed shortly by his arrest and murder. So, why do we still celebrate it today?

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"John Wesley," by the English artist George Romney, oil on canvas.

John Wesley: A Brand Plucked Out of the Fire

John Wesley was a “brand plucked out of the fire” by God, who used him to spark a movement that continues to influence millions of people to this day.

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We Are the Champions - The Gospel in Philippians

We Are the Champions: The Gospel in Philippians

Paul knew that, regardless of the believer’s situation in life, what Freddie Mercury would pen thousands of years later is true—we are the champions.

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George Whitefield - The Purposed Wanderer

George Whitefield: The Purposed Wanderer

George Whitefield’s passion for Jesus was a contagious catalyst that led to sweeping change throughout American churches during the Great Awakening.

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True Humility and the Christ Hymn of Philippians

True Humility and the Christ Hymn of Philippians

In the center of Paul’s writing to the Philippians is a beautiful and profound poem that ties the entire letter together through the gospel.

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Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

The Unfinished Sermon: Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

The title of Jonathan Edward’s most known sermon reads like a tragedy, but truly it magnifies the beauty of God’s sovereign grace toward sinful humanity.

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What Does "To Live Is Christ, to Die Is Gain" Mean?

What Does “To Live Is Christ, to Die Is Gain” Mean?

Paul knew that Christ is the one who is superior over all things. He truly believed that anything we give up for Christ is not loss, it’s gain—even death.

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Guardians of the Gospel

Guardians of the Gospel: The Background of Philippians

In Acts 16, we’re introduced to a rag-tag group of people with nothing in common who Jesus brings together to form a church.

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Rejoice in the Battle - Philippians

Rejoice in the Battle: The Theme of Philippians

Paul tells us in Philippians that we will fight and suffer, but also encourags us to rejoice. How is it possible to have joy in the midst of the battle?

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