Posts by John Stephen Smith (Page 22)

Seeing Our God Today

Our text today concerns a time Jesus needed to go through Samaria.  The inhabitants of that area had been rejected by the Israelites and as a result they were turned off to the Jewish religion. While there, He met a Samaritan woman, of questionable morals, by the well side and asked her for a drink. As they discussed the strained relationship and eventually worshiping of God Jesus told her true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. Because…

“Bee”ing Gods Worker

The Holy word of God is the most practical book in this world. It has described mankind throughout history and into the future. Little doubt remains in the mind of man as to its value in a variety of practical everyday concerns of life. I am unsure as to who first branded the Book of James the most practical book of the bible. Certainly, the book has a different way about it. Little if anything is said concerning Miracles, the…

The Way To True Happiness

What do we want in life? Some may say health, wealth, and riches. Many today, might offer the over used word of the day “fun.” But it seems reasonable to assume we want happiness, and that means many different things to many people. A great many lack what is really needed to be happy. Would it surprise us to learn true happiness does not come with the things we often think of? I like what the following Chinese Proverb presents…

Dangerous Ways to Use The Bible

No passage in Gods Holy Word is of little importance. The shortest verse in the Bible, Joh 11:35 Jesus wept. Some may think its length is its claim to fame. Yet these two words explains much about our Lord and Savior and the aim of God. If one does not believe the little things matter, ask Jeb Bush. If you have a computer type in JebBush.com, you will find you are directed to Trump.com. This is what happens when small…

Revitalizing Worship

Revitalize –  Inspire with new life and vitality: Last week we told you about a small group of men studying the various ways we can revitalize the worship of the Lord. Surely none could say about any worship period it is as good as he needs to be. Personally we know when our worship could and should be “more.” We can understand there are a great many difficulties and distractions to overcome anytime we engage in worship of our Lord.…

Conflict, How to Handle

CON-FLICT, noun, ˈkänˌflikt/ a serious disagreement or argument, typically a protracted one. be incompatible or at variance; clash.   The text for this short message is not an optional one. This is as much a command as “Thou shalt not Murder” God certainly expects us to understand and fulfill the very essence of it.   Conflict affects everyone. One simply cannot go through life without conflict. Yet very few people look for or even hope for conflict. Most of us…

Shoot at Bird by Rin Thomas

Albert Schweitzer shared a life changing experience when he was about seven or eight years of age. He accepted a proposal to use a sling-shot of sorts to hit defenseless birds. He did so reluctantly, and had regret as he walked toward the aiming point. His experience was that which many little boys engage in that later in life they would like to forget. He participated because, he said, he did not want his friend to laugh at him if…

Idolatry is More Than We May Think

The Gibeonites, by deception has become the servants of the nation of Israel. They are to serve them as woodcutters and water barriers. Israel is to protect them as they would any servants. The 5 kings of the Amorites agree on an alliance to defend themselves against Israel. Because of the peace brokered by the Gibeonites, (who’s nationality was Amorite) the 5 kings have become their enemy and are about to attack them. Joshua chapter 10 begins the extended conquest…

Must Remember to Consult God.

The old westerns I used to watch as a kid had a great sense for “fair play”. We learned we “don’t kick someone when they are down” or “shoot someone in the back” and ambush was a sneaky thing to do. Fair play may be defined as equitable or impartial treatment even justice. In the western’s, one would expect the same treatment one would extend to others. Don’t lie, cheat, steal for it was only done by the guys who…

Ambushing Our Ai.

With the sin in the camp correctly taken care of, Joshua and the army of Israel is ready to tackle the city of Ai once again. They had loss the first battle due to the sin in the camp. Now they had God’s plan and have prepared accordingly. The city of Ai represents the flesh in bible typology. We first hear about Ai as Hai in Genesis 12. There Abraham pitched his tent between Bethel (House of God) and Hai,…