Timely Truths

Children on Thanksgiving

Children on Thanksgiving

Bet you've never heard this take on the great date!

Alan Smith shares with us some children's definitions on how the first Thanksgiving happened and reminds us to have a blessed Thanksgiving.

In My Next Life

In My Next Life

What do you want to be when ...?

Alan Smith reminds us that as tempting as it might be to be a bear, we have something much better in our future for us!

The Color of Grace

The Color of Grace

Which color would you be?

Alan Smith tries to remind us that our goodness comes from Jesus and not from ourselves.

The Glory of the Groom

The Glory of the Groom

Why do the grooms never get any of the press?

Alan Smith reminds us that the church is the bride in this great wedding and that Jesus is the groom who deserves and should receive all the attention.

If You're Not Sure of Your Part

If You're Not Sure of Your Part

How do you find your part?

Alan Smith talks about a junior high music teacher whose students didn't play.

Looking at Things Differently

Looking at Things Differently

What you are looking for determines what you will find!

Alan Smith reminds us that our passion to find something is in direct proportion to our sense of value in that thing.

Too Slow or Too Hasty?

Too Slow or Too Hasty?

How do you know what the right pace really is?

Alan Smith laments the fact that discerning the time is very hard -- whether we are too hasty or too slow, but seeking God is the only way.

When You Care Enough

When You Care Enough

How much do you actually care?

Alan Smith reminds us of the importance of sending notes of thanks, appreciation, and encouragement and how important those are to others.

Last Will and Testament

Last Will and Testament

What did you get in the will?

Alan Smith tells the story of a wild will and how Jesus' last will and testament is far different and far better!

The Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture

Can you see beyond the hard times you are now facing?

Alan Smith shares a Leith Anderson story about going to the only perfect World Series game and how he saw it as a disappointment because his team lost and then Alan compares this to our sometimes not seeing the big picture of what is really happening when

Broken Spirit

Broken Spirit

How good is your spirit?

Alan Smith reminds us that we have to be moldable, to have a broken and contrite spirit if God is going to do anything with us.

Willing to Be Weirdos

Willing to Be Weirdos

Are you willing to pitch a tent with the weirdos outside the camp?

God calls us to be weird, different, to be like Christ who died outside the camp to help those caught inside to find his glory and grace.

The Comforter

The Comforter

What will you do with this blanket?

The Holy Spirit is God's gift to Christians, the comforter who helps us and blesses us with his presence.

Something Bigger

Something Bigger

What can be bigger than this?

In a humorous teaser from comedians comes the important reminder that God is bigger!

The Pleasure of Tight Boots

The Pleasure of Tight Boots

Can you find anything good about tight shoes?

Sometimes the pleasure we get out of life has to be found in the most challenging of places.

Unrecognized Workers

Unrecognized Workers

Have you noticed the hard work that no one else seems to noitce?

So often the people who do the most hard work get no recognition for it and we need to remedy that situation.

New Wood

New Wood

What will you do about a New Year?

We can continue to grow and mature and flourish if we choose to do so, even until we are quite old.

Worst Analogy

Worst Analogy

These analogies are so bad, they're like ...

God's love exhausts all analogies and can only be defined by what he did in Jesus on the cross and in the manger.

More than the Wrapping Paper for Christmas

More than the Wrapping Paper for Christmas

Can we move beyond the fluff to the focus of God's heart?

We get so caught up in the fluff we forget the focus of God, like justice and mercy.

Giving Back to God What Is His

Giving Back to God What Is His

Are we just renters of the blessings we have?

Using something for free almost every weekend of the year for a parking lot reminds a church that they don't own what they use; we need to learn that same thing as God's children.

Appreciating God's Blessings

Appreciating God's Blessings

How can an undeserved inheritance make us sad?

A humorous story about undeserved inheritance reminds us of how easy it is to forget to thank God for all that he has done for us.

Thinking about God

Thinking about God

Can you think about nothing but God?

Can we spend any special, focused, time thinking about nothing but God? It is hard, but we must learn to do so.

A Story About A Giant

A Story About A Giant

Are you a giant or a burden?

We stand on the shoulders of giants and have the blessinmgs we have because of their sacrifices.

A Time to Rest

A Time to Rest

Can you rest and put your hope in God?

We all need time for real, genuine, rest.

Whatever the Need

Whatever the Need

Are you ready to trust Jesus with your need?

God longs to help supply us with our need, just as he did with the apostles trying to feed the 5000.