Devotional


The God Who Provides

By TYLER CLOYDE
October 23, 2020

I can count on many occasions where we have been in need of something, whether it be some extra income to cover medical bills or a letter of appreciation when I’ve been down. In every circumstance the Lord has shown me that He is Jehovah Jireh, the God Who Provides. Genesi...

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The God who is There

By STEVEN SMITHSON
October 22, 2020

"DAD, can you see me?" "Yes, Steven, I can see you, and God can see you too." I can't tell you how many times that exchange happened during my childhood. I had a very active imagination and excellent ears as a kid. My hearing was so good that I could hear monsters. When I got f...

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The God Almighty

By STEVEN SMITHSON
October 19, 2020

Do you know what your name means? As a child, I discovered that my name means "Crowned One." I'm still not sure what that means, but it sounds cool. When we named our children, we wanted their names to have a significant meaning to set a direction for their lives. In the Old ...

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Open my eyes

By TYLER CLOYDE
October 16, 2020

“Well, I wonder what God has in store for us now.” This was Lora & I’s response after our plans changed…again! It seemed like every time we planned something it would change. However, after Unit 4 Day 4 of Experiencing God, we began to realize that Go...

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How much longer?

By STEVEN SMITHSON
October 15, 2020

As a kid, almost every summer, we went to the lake.  Looking back, this was typically the highlight of my year.  We forged so many great memories on these trips.  Though it didn't take long to get to Ouachita, the two-hour drive seemed like it would last for days.&...

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How Can I Help You?

By STEVEN SMITHSON
October 14, 2020

When I was in High School, I worked several jobs. One of my favorite jobs was also one of my least favorite jobs. I was a server at a restaurant that is no longer standing in Fort Smith. Though the fact that it's closed had nothing to do with me. One of the questions that peo...

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Stagnant or Fresh

By BRANDON CREWS
October 12, 2020

Growing up in Florida, our house was across the street from a river.  We never swam in this river because often it would get blocked upstream and the water would become stagnate. When water stagnates and is not active in any way, there is all kinds of potential for rotten th...

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So very EQUIPPED

By STEVEN SMITHSON
October 08, 2020

Any job is easier when you have the right tools. Have you ever been working on a project and needed one tool, but you had to make it work with something else? On a recent disaster relief mission trip, one of our team encountered a man attempting to cut down a tree that had fallen...

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So very BORED

By STEVEN SMITHSON
October 07, 2020

"Dad, I'm so bored. This is so monotonous." These were the sentiments of all three of my children when the Coronavirus shut us down last spring. I wonder if these feelings of boredom as a boy extended to David, the youngest son of Jesse. While his big brothers were away doing bat...

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So very INTIMIDATING

By STEVEN SMITHSON
October 06, 2020

Think for a moment about an intimidating situation that you have found yourself in. Maybe it was that you were called on when you didn't know the answer, or you were not paying attention. I've found myself in that position a time or two. Let's take it to the next level though. Ha...

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Jesus Understands

By TYLER CLOYDE
October 01, 2020

One of the greatest ways that we can connect with others is showing empathy. Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. It builds a connection between you and the other person because you understand their pain or suffering or just the dilemm...

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God Cares

By BRANDON CREWS
September 30, 2020

When I was younger we spent many hours in our pool.  We had so many games that we would play to pass the time and one that was a constant favorite was “Marco Polo”.  In this game the person who is “It” would keep their eyes closed while wondering...

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Simon Says

By STEVEN SMITHSON
September 29, 2020

Have you ever played the old game Simon Says? This game is one of my favorites. The premise is simple. Only follow the instructions that come after the leader announces, "Simon Says." "Simon Says, stand on one foot." "Simon Says cluck like a chicken." You get the idea. If you fol...

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Nothing but Love

By BRANDON CREWS
September 25, 2020

What comes to mind when you think of the word “Love”?  This word has several different meanings in the English language.  Did you know the Bible mentions the word “Love" over 310 times?  It’s a word that Jesus mentions often in his teachin...

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Umbrellas in the rain

By JOSH TEAGUE
September 24, 2020

Have you ever been caught in a rainstorm without an umbrella?  Wouldn’t it be amazing if the umbrella were always there when it rained?  Likewise, it would be great if a jacket would just appear when it was cold, or a bottle of sunscreen would appear when the sun ...

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Counter Current

By BRANDON CREWS
September 23, 2020

Growing up in Florida the summers were really hot and humid so we found our way to the pool.  One of our favorite activities was to get everyone moving around the pool in a circular motion which would create a current in the water.  We would move faster and faster so th...

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Singular Focus

By DAWAYNE STAMPER
September 22, 2020

Multi-tasking is a common practice for some people. How many people do you know that watch TV while browsing social media? Have you ever seen someone trying to read a book while driving down the interstate? That’s always scary to witness! Admittedly, I am not good at mult...

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The Conductor

By Josh Teague
September 21, 2020

In July 2016, 7,548 musicians came together in Frankfurt, Germany to break the world record as the largest musical ensemble.  Can you imagine over 7,500 people focused on one conductor, hanging on every wave of his hand?  At any moment, the conductor could stop everyone...

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Trusting God in the Overwhelming

By TYLER CLOYDE
September 17, 2020

Have you ever felt overwhelmed? Yeah, me too. Especially during this season of life. Whether it’s COVID-19, taking care of little ones, or the craziness going on in our nation; it’s easy to fall prey to worry and anxiety. However, no matter the circumstances in our li...

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Home-Ec

By BRANDON CREWS
September 16, 2020

I remember in middle school we were required to take a Home Economics class.  This class consisted of learning to sew, carrying around a baby made of rice for a week, and learning to cook.   Each Friday we were given the freedom to cook anything we wanted.  My gro...

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Hairs and Sparrows

By DAWAYNE STAMPER
September 15, 2020

There are seasons of life we sometimes go through that cause our minds to question God. “Is He even aware of what I’m going through right now?” “How am I going to be able to provide for my family since I’ve been laid off from my job?” Two of my...

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Use Your Freedom

By JOSH TEAGUE
September 14, 2020

Freedom is a word that is used so often that we can easily lose sight of it’s value and the responsibility that comes with it.  We have all heard that nothing is free.  Soldiers have paid the price for our freedoms as a country.  Jesus paid the price for our ...

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Experiencing God in the Trial

By DAWAYNE STAMPER
September 10, 2020

We live in a society where many things compete for our attention. Social media posts often showcase the “many” positive experiences that happen in the lives of those around us. Advertisements often boast how purchasing a particular product will enhance the quality o...

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The Good Kid

By TYLER CLOYDE
September 08, 2020

I was always considered the “good” kid. I made good grades, did good in sports, was a good student/friend/son. Most parents would say to their kids, “Why couldn’t you be more like Tyler?” (which I hated…please don’t do this with your kid...

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AWESTRUCK BY THE GLORY OF GOD

By TYLER CLOYDE
September 04, 2020

Have you ever been awestruck by God’s creation? It was while I was in the middle of nowhere in Alaska that I first experienced this. While up in the mountains, I saw massive glaciers off in the distance. I felt so small, humbled, and insignificant, yet I felt a closeness to...

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AIMING AT THE ETERNAL

By BRANDON CREWS
September 03, 2020

In high school my brother ran on the Cross Country team.  It was never something that interested me,  but he seemed to enjoy it and did very well in his class.  Throughout scripture we find that our christian walk is often referred to as a marathon or race.  I...

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How Many Decisions Will You Make Today?

By Steven Smithson
September 01, 2020

How many decisions do you think you’ll make today? I recently saw a statistic stating the average person makes over 35,000 decisions every 24 hours. Some decisions seem inconsequential, while others have enormous effects. Bottom line, how you live your life is a constant ...

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