Sermons by Alan Smith (Page 2)

Something Better Lies Ahead

            The apostle Paul begins 2 Corinthians 4:16 by saying, “So we do not lose heart.”  Nobody here wants to lose heart.  Nobody came in this morning saying, “I sure hope we sing some songs and hear a sermon that will help to me lose heart.  I really want to be discouraged this morning by…

A Treasure in Clay Pots

Merriam-Webster is the oldest dictionary publisher in the United States.  For the past 20 years, they have chosen a word of the year – one word that sums up, in one way or another, the prevailing mood of that year.  For example, in 2020, the word was “pandemic.”  The next year, the word they chose…

We’re Not Adequate

I heard about a 5-year-old boy by the name of Nick who came home from school after spending two weeks at Pre-K and proudly announced to his grandmother that he was the smartest kid in the class.  His grandmother, of course, was very proud of Nick and asked him if that was what his teacher…

Back of the Parade

In our text this morning, Paul is going to talk about a parade, a victory parade.  It’s a familiar image to us.  For example, whenever a professional sports team wins a championship, there is often some sort of a victory parade that winds through the streets of the hometown.              You can kind of imagine…

A No-Win Situation

In Luke 20, the chief priests and the scribes came to Jesus with a question.  They asked him, “Should we, the Jews, pay taxes to Ceasar?”  It seemed like an innocent question, but it wasn’t innocent at all.  They were trying to put Jesus in a no-win situation.  If his answer was, “Yes, you should…

Navigating a New Year

At the end of every year, news services and magazines like to take a look back at the past 12 months to do a “year in review.” They go over the highlights and the lowlights of the past year to help us remember what this past year has been like.             And then, sometimes, they…

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