Music for Mission

My wife and I have been blessed with two children, both who have chosen to follow Christ and both have hearts to do life on mission with Christ. We have seen evidence of this as they live their lives locally and how they seek out ways to travel to share Christ with people groups around the world.

After graduating from college our daughter spent four months in Peru ministering and sharing Christ to in a remote village. That was just one of the missions she has been on. Today when a new opportunity comes up there is a ‘light’ that comes in her eyes and I know she is trying to figure out how to go.

Our son, has the same type of heart for sharing the gospel with others. He also has been on mission trips outside the United States and most recently to a small country in West Africa. This May he is planning to return. Spencer 'West Africa

He is passionate about going and is in the process of raising funds for this trip.  He is doing so by combining his passion for being on mission with his passion for music.

A few weeks ago he released his first recording project of original music. On this album he sings the original songs and plays all the accompanying instruments.

I have purchased and I am asking that you consider doing the same. The project is titled Prodigal and can be found on bandcamp.com. All the proceeds that are given for the project go directly to fund his mission trip. The suggested donation is $5 and you can add more if you can.

Spencer T Smith Not only am I proud of my kids but I am challenged by their commitment to ‘going’ to share the gospel.

Ministry Transition

Earlier this week I accepted the ministry position as Executive Pastor at RiverTree Church in Huntsville, Alabama. Soon after that I submitted my resignation to ClearView Baptist Church where I have served for almost seventeen years.

Not only I am moving to a different ministry location but I am also transitioning to a new area of ministry. For the last 34 years I have served as a Minister of Music/Worship Pastor in the local church.

Although this may seem as a major change, I believe it is what God has been preparing me for.

Throughout my career as a Worship Pastor I have had the opportunity to lead many other ministry areas from managing an office staff to coordinating three building projects and everything in between.

I am a strong believer in the fact that God allows you to experience things where you are now for what He wants you to do in the future.

God has been preparing me for the new ministry role.
 
God has opened the door for this new ministry.
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A Daily Pep Talk

How do you enter the office every day?

Making this more personal: how do I enter the office every day?
Meeting with some friends a few weeks ago one of the guys mentioned that he gives himself a pep talk each morning as he walks from his car to the entrance to his office. The pep talk includes these three statements:
  1. help me be a good leader today.
  2. let me inspire those I lead
  3. let me move the organization forward today
Simple statements that could be a game changer for the day.
I was challenged by the three statements, more importantly I was challenged to be intentional about how I enter the office every day.
Do you have a mantra that you use to get a day at the office started?

Encouragement When It Is Tough

There are times when the job is tough.

There are times you notice that your co-worker or team member is working hard, doing all the right things, but the tasks seems to be uphill all the way.

A few weeks ago I participated in a running relay from Chattanooga to Nashville, I was one member of a 12 person team. My last leg was the longest, it had the most elevation changes and it was hot. I started out great, but it wasn’t long until I was struggling.

Half way into the 9 mile run I was passed by someone who didn’t seem to be struggling at all. “What, did he get more that my three hours of sleep the night before?” The fact that he was passing me was a little disheartening until he said a few words: Continue Reading…

Lord I Need You

The following is short devotional thought I wrote for my church and was originally posted at clearview.org/prayingthrough.

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There is a popular worship song that has this text:

teach my song to rise to You
when temptation comes my way

It almost suggest that temptation only comes our way on occasion…reality…temptations rise often.

When you are tempted, don’t you feel isolated?
…you’re the only one this is happening to.
…you’re the only one that is being tempted in that moment.

When I am tempted and I let the thought build, I feel isolated.

I have come to realize that the feeling of isolation is because I am shutting God out and letting something else in. Russell Moore, in his book Tempted and Tried  says this: “temptation is, by definition, subtle and personality specific, with a strategy to enter as larvae and then emerge in the fullness of time as a destructive animal force.

In the book of James the same thought is stated this way: Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. 15 These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death. (James 1:14-15)

Giving time and thought to temptations is like giving power to or energizing the temptation.

So how do we walk through and not give into temptation? Continue Reading…

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