Finding God's Winning Spirit

God's Winning Spirit

Emily & Malcolm

September 16, 2015 | Greg Smith | Focus
It was mid-afternoon one uneventful Saturday when the doorbell rang. I opened the door to find a roughly dressed, obviously out of work, man standing on the porch. I prepared myself for the “Can you spare some money? I need to get somewhere,” speech. I got a slightly different version of this as the stranger noted that my front yard looked pretty bad and he would rake leaves to earn some money for food. No man likes hearing that his yard looks bad, but I had to admit he was right. I needed to get outside anyway, so I agreed – if he would help me, I would pay him ten bucks.
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Football Season 2015

September 1, 2015 | Greg Smith | Sports
Well it is football season! This week starts the craziness that excites, entertains, and unfortunately at times, consumes millions of American lives. An untold number of athletes and coaches at all levels have diligently prepared for this week and season. Some will reach their goals – most will not. Some will exceed their expectations – most will fall short.
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Sacrifice

August 14, 2015 | Greg Smith | Sports
Any athlete worth his or her salt knows what it means to sacrifice. No matter if it is through hours of practice, following a regimented diet or monitoring sleep, athletes have to make sacrifices. They know that there is a correlation between sacrifice and success, that one increases the chance of the other.
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Words Count

August 3, 2015 | Greg Smith | Focus
My father taught speech communication at Auburn University for 27 years. I heard him say more than once that “words matter" – that good communication lives or dies on the words we use. He would go on to say that it wasn't that he didn't believe what people said he just didn't believe they knew what they were saying.
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Happy Birthday

July 20, 2015 | Greg Smith | Devotional
The worst birthday present I ever received from my dad was a pair of boots I got when I was 12. My Dad tried to pass off a pair of work boots as hunting gear, which was pretty lame seeing’s how neither one of us hunted – this was confirmed every weekend when he would stick his head in my bedroom on Saturday and say “grab your working boots I need your help.”
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Testimony: Part 2

July 13, 2015 | Greg Smith | Christianity
Last week in Testimony (Part One) I referenced a pastor who said, "The number one reason most people say they don't go back to church is because they have been there before." As "church goers" we have heard this time and time again and typically blow it off for what it often is – an excuse for people to avoid making a commitment about religion or faith.
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Testimony: Part 1

July 6, 2015 | Greg Smith | Christianity
On the way home from church the other day I was listening to a sermon on the radio and the pastor said, "The number one reason people say they don't go to church is because they've been there before." I could hear laughter from the congregation and had to chuckle myself. Because I had not heard the whole sermon I am not sure where he had been or where he was going with this homily, but it was a great line.
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Quantity Time

June 29, 2015 | Greg Smith | Devotional
I saw one of those religious sponsored commercials on television the other day; you know, the ones that focus on family issues. This particular spot was encouraging us to sit down as a family and eat one meal a week together. There are two sad things about this. First, someone has to remind us to eat together as a family and second, one a week is too low. Surely, the family eats more than one meal a week together, or do we?
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Mudville

June 22, 2015 | Greg Smith | Devotional
I don't know where you grew up, or what was important to you as a kid, but in the South Little League baseball was huge. Every summer we looked forward to new uniforms, team announcements and the crowning jewel of summer – All-Star selection. One of my childhood friends who played Little League with me was named Ed Bagwell. Most of us grew up and moved away but Ed stayed home, raised his family and eventually became director of Little League baseball programming.
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"Class of _________"

June 15, 2015 | Greg Smith | Christianity
Most everyone is going to have to negotiate high school reunions. As far as I am concerned there are three types of people when it comes to this: those who will never attend, those who love this kind of thing and those who begrudgingly go because it is in their home town – I am the latter.
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