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 By Mark Smith    Opinion    October 9, 2019

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 of influence around us. Perhaps they are jealous or somehow feel...


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 short – we may be...

 By Mark Smith    General    May 22, 2019

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? When problems come our way, do we resent their intrusion into our liv...


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 become masters of the... Full story


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 ordinary business of daily living. They, like you and me, had their...


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 the sun coming up...


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. Researchers have...


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 percent actually follo... Full story

 By Mark Smith    General    October 11, 2017

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 again. After such terrible tragedy, the question is always asked, “W...


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 tomorrow’s...


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 to make a living. It...

 By Mark Smith    General    March 1, 2017

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 body,” says the biblical proverb, “but envy rots the bones.” Envy...


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 estimate that the... Full story

 By Mark Smith    General    July 20, 2016

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 of what we do. We go after things we think we must have right away....

 By Mark Smith    General    May 11, 2016

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 difficulties, or their...


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 the English language... 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 may be attributed...


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 billion is spent...


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 poured it on the coun...


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 long ago. It is a...


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. Near the end of the f... Full story


Find solid ground in our unchanging God | Worship

Do you ever stop and wonder, “What’s happened to my world?” For many of us, the world in which we grew up is no more. We feel like foreigners in a strange land. Change has always been part of life, of course. But these days the world around us...


Finding happiness where we are today | Worship

Have you ever thought, “If I could only go to some new place, get a new start, change environments, then life would be better. Then I would be happy”? A lot of people try to solve their...


Grow old along with me! | Worship

The jig is up! It’s time for me to come to terms with my own aging process. I have been writing my worship column for the Beacon for some 20 years now, and the picture of me that has graced this... Full story


Can you imagine Christmas without any caroling?

Without a doubt one of the greatest gifts of God is music. Can you imagine a world without song? Can you imagine Christmas with no carols? Some things are so wonderfully good, you just have to sing about them. It comes as no surprise when the angel...


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