Sermons by Alan Smith

“I Am the Way”

            Our grandson Eric is in the 7th grade this year, and he was very excited to be able to take algebra for the first time.  But what that means is that, once or twice a week, I’ll get a phone call from Eric asking me to help him with his algebra homework.              He…

Jonah (3) — Running Back to God

            This morning, we pick up in our study from the book of Jonah.  In just a few moments, we’ll be in chapter 2 if you’d like to be turning there.  But first, let’s take a moment to review where we’ve been.  In the first verses of Jonah, we read, “Now the word of the Lord came…

Jonah (2) — How God Calls Us Back

            This past week, beginning Tuesday evening, there was a very important Jewish holiday.  Does anyone here know what it was?  Yom Kippur.  We probably know it better as the Day of Atonement.  That’s the day when the Jewish people remember how they have sinned over the past year and then they seek God’s forgiveness. …

Jonah (1) — Running Away From God

            It is often said that Christianity is a religion of grace, which it certainly is. We talk about grace in our sermons and Bible classes, we sing about grace, and if anyone were to ask us, we certainly believe in grace.  But I want to ask you a question this morning — Have you…

Lord, Teach Us to Pray (4)

            This morning, we bring our study of the Lord’s Prayer to a close.  It all began when the disciples of Jesus came to him in Luke chapter 11 and they asked him, “Lord, teach us to pray.” (Luke 11:1).  And Jesus taught them to pray using these words: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come.…

Lord, Teach Us to Pray (3)

            For the past couple of weeks, we’ve been taking a look at the Lord’s Prayer.  Since this is a prayer that is quoted by people both young and old, I thought it would be interesting to find out how children pray the Lord’s Prayer.  I heard about one child who actually thought God’s name…

Lord, Teach Us to Pray (2)

            Last week, we saw that the disciples of Jesus came to him with a request, “Lord, teach us to pray.” (Luke 11:1).  And Jesus responded by giving them what we often refer to as the Lord’s Prayer.  He said, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily…

Lord, Teach Us to Pray (1)

            The 11th chapter of the gospel of Luke begins with these words:  “Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray…’” (Luke 11:1)             The disciples had been with Jesus for months, maybe even years at this point. They had…