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 By Mark Smith    Opinion

It's a wonderful world | Worship

Someone wrote: “What is this life if so full of care, we have no time to sit and stare.” We usually keep ourselves so busy and distracted that we fail to savor the moment and... — Updated 8/4/2020

 
 By Mark Smith    Opinion

An epidemic of loneliness | Worship

The COVID-19 pandemic we have all been dealing with has served to amplify the impact of another epidemic that has been with us for some time: the epidemic of chronic loneliness.... — Updated 6/12/2020

 
 By Mark Smith    Opinion

True Greatness

What would you say are the marks of greatness in our society today? Is it someone who occupies a prestigious position? Is it someone who is famous and has a lot of money? Is it some... — Updated 3/4/2020

 
 By Mark Smith    Opinion

Worship | Breaking bad habits

With the beginning of a new year, chances are some of us have resolved to break some bad habit in our life. We human beings are creatures of habit. We like to settle down into... — Updated 12/31/2019

 
 By Mark Smith    Opinion

Dealing with criticism l Worship

We all know people who seem to delight in finding fault with us. In their eyes we can do nothing right. They may ridicule us for making certain changes in our life or in the sphere... — Updated 10/9/2019

 

Don't waste your time! l Worship

Billy Graham, who died at the ripe old age of 99, was once asked in his later years what surprised him the most about life: “To me,”# he said, #“the greatest surprise is just how short life really is." Life really is... — Updated 7/24/2019

 
 By Mark Smith    Opinion

Problems can be friends

Life is a series of problems. We all have our big and not so big troubles. We all have to deal with painful situations and relationships. The question is, how do we deal with them?... — Updated 5/22/2019

 

Judge not! l Worship

This world is full of folks who are quick to judge others for some perceived fault or failure. In fact, some people seem to live under a compulsion to subject every person they meet to ruthless, destructive criticism and have... — Updated 2/27/2019 Full story

 
 By Mark Smith    Opinion

The wonder of it all l Worship

Of all the folks that figure in the Christmas story, I relate most to the shepherds. The shepherds were not of privileged background. They were simple, common people engaged in the... — Updated 12/19/2018

 

Cultivate positivity so it become part of you | Weekly Worship

There is a story about a farmer who was continually optimistic, seldom discouraged. He had a neighbor who was just the opposite. Grim and gloomy, he faced each new morning with a heavy sigh. The happy, optimistic farmer would see... — Updated 5/30/2018

 

The gift of true friendship l Worship

How are you fixed for friends? That's an important question to ask yourself. Having some friends is not only nice thing; it’s crucial to your emotional and physical health. We are made to live in relationship with others.... — Updated 3/7/2018

 

A New Year’s resolution to keep l Worship

Have you made a New Year’s resolution? Actually, New Year’s resolutions have become something of a joke, since very few of us actually keep them. I read that 45 percent of Americans make a resolution of some kind and only 8 per... — Updated 1/3/2018 Full story

 
 By Mark Smith    Opinion

When disaster strikes I Worship

This fall, our country has suffered one disaster after another – both of the natural and man-made variety. So many lives lost. Families are trying to pick up the pieces and begin a... — Updated 10/11/2017

 

Live for today, for tomorrow might not come | Worship

As the story goes, a gambler who rubbed Aladdin’s lamp was confronted by a genie that told him he could have one wish. The gambler pondered the gracious offer for a few moments and then made his pronouncement: “I wish to have... — Updated 7/26/2017

 

Even a humdrum job can be a humble calling | Worship

When you think about your daily work – whatever it may be – are you holding down a job or are you living out a calling? The distinction is critically important. For many people, their work is simply a job – essentially a means t... — Updated 5/10/2017

 
 By Mark Smith    Opinion

God’s love is ultimate antidote to deadly, destructive envy | Worship

At the root of so much human strife is the deadly sin of envy – it can poison and destroy relationships, and it can even ruin our health. “A heart of peace gives life to the... — Updated 3/1/2017

 
 By Mark Smith    Opinion

To tell the truth | Worship

It’s election season, and not a day goes by without one politician accusing another politician of lying. But if truth be known, we are all pretty good liars. Social scientists... — Updated 9/28/2016 Full story

 
 By Mark Smith    Opinion

The trap of instant gratification | Worship

It is easy to fall into the trap of instant gratification. We make the mistake of acting on impulse, satisfying our immediate desires without considering the long-term consequences... — Updated 7/20/2016

 
 By Mark Smith    Opinion

Love is not blind | Worship

It must be very challenging to be blind in a sighted world - to be unable to see what most people see. Unless we know a blind person, we know little about their particular... — Updated 5/11/2016

 

Love is more than a feeling | Worship

February is the month of love. Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but love is still in the air. It was John Lennon who said, “All you need is love.” But what did he mean by that? Love is hard to define. It’s tragic that... — Updated 2/24/2016 Full story

 

Sharing in the family meal | Worship

You may have heard it said that the family that prays together, stays together. I say to you that the family that eats, together stays together. In fact, I wonder if some of the contemporary breakdown of the family in our society... — Updated 7/22/2015

 

Eternal beauty in a looks-crazy America | Worship

We live in a looks-crazy culture where – if you pay attention to the media – we’re led to believe that outward appearance is everything. We spend a lot of time and money to make ourselves look “good.” In America, $20... — Updated 5/13/2015

 

Practice civility as a step toward peace | Worship

The other day I read about how woman had an episode after McDonald’s got her order wrong. She grew agitated, demanded her money back, and after the employees refused, she threw a fit. First, she grabbed the water dispenser and po... — Updated 2/25/2015

 

The Star of Hope | Worship

Sirius may be the brightest star and Alpha Centauri may be the closest star, but I have no doubt that the most famous of all the stars that have shown in the sky above is the star that shone so brightly over Bethlehem that night... — Updated 12/24/2014

 

Grace-full friends reflect love of God | Worship

There is a story about a man by the name of Roy Riegels, who had a chance at fame and glory playing football for the University of California on New Year’s Day in 1929. The Cal Bears were playing Georgia Tech in the Rose Bowl. Ne... — Updated 9/30/2014 Full story

 

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