Sermons by Alan Smith

O Little Town of Bethlehem

Most of you are probably aware that our country is deeply divided, and I don’t know if there is any hope of reconciliation.  I’m not talking about the division between Republicans and Democrats.  I’m not talking about the ways that different races are divided in our country today.  I’m talking about something much deeper than…

Baptism: A Believer’s Wedding Ceremony

            There’s a TV show that first came on decades ago that is currently having a comeback – “Kids Say the Darndest Things”.  Art Linkletter hosted the first version, Bill Cosby hosted the second version, and now Tiffany Haddish is hosting the third version.  And I enjoy watching that show, because it’s so true.  You…

A Response of Thanksgiving

            As I’m sure you know, this week is Thanksgiving and I hope that you will spend some time thinking about the importance of giving thanks to God.  Before I begin my lesson, though, I want to share with you a brief video of what Thanksgiving is all about, at least in the eyes of…

“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.…