Our Little Town

Listen to “Our Little Town” by Fred Smith   When we moved from New York to a small town in rural East Texas thirty-five years ago small towns were not trending. That has changed. [...]

He Told Stories

Listen to “He Told Stories” by Fred Smith   Years ago, as a much younger man, I began a search for wisdom in giving. Although looking back, I realize that I didn’t know what [...]

A Living Thing

Listen to “A Living Thing” by Fred Smith   My grandfather was a Baptist pastor with the temperament of an Irishman. Named Matthew Bunyan after John Bunyan, he was always [...]

A Hand in the Flood

Listen to “A Hand In The Flood” by Fred Smith   The Bible reminds us, “With a strong hand and an outstretched arm His love endures forever. We are safe in His hand and with [...]

If I Were Rich

Listen to “If I Were Rich” By Fred Smith   “If I were rich, I would tell them exactly what I was thinking and not hold back. I would ask the hard questions. What could they do to [...]

At Last – Not Free

Listen to “At Last – Not Free” by Fred Smith   Max Pennywise, a local small business owner and new Chair of the Long-Range Planning committee at First Church had just [...]

His Mother’s Son

Listen to “His Mother’s Son” by Fred Smith   Over the holidays I had time to think again about images of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Traditionally, what is our picture of [...]

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