Pastor Smith

/H. Lamar Smith

About H. Lamar Smith

Native of Alabama. Graduated from Valley High School, Valley, AL. Graduate of Trevecca Nazarene College, 1966. Graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University, M.A. 1992. Pastored churches in Tennessee, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Alabama.
Oct 20, 2017

Announcing The Gospel

By |Oct 20, 2017|Christ, Creation, Devotionals, Kingdom of God, Righteousness|0 Comments

We have reduced announcing the gospel to how we can get a free ticket to heaven.  The real good news is that Jesus Christ, whom God raised from the dead, is Lord of Heaven and Earth, and He has come to restore all things with a new heaven and a new earth wherein righteousness dwells. 

Oct 19, 2017

Wake Up!

By |Oct 19, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Light|0 Comments

“Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you” Ephesians 5:14b.  The context of this verse is for the sinner to come out of the deeds of darkness to the Light of Christ.  Sleepers are not aware of where they are and what they are doing.  Individual Christians and congregations can fall

Oct 18, 2017

Confession, Repentance, Obedience

By |Oct 18, 2017|Confession, Devotionals, Father, Formation, Grace, Growth, Obedience, Repentance, Sin, Spirit, Surrender|0 Comments

Confession of sin should lead to repentance (turning around) and should be followed by obedience.  Confession of sin, which has no intention of amending one’s ways, is an attempt to use grace as a license to sin.  Confession is meant to be an honest statement of where we are in light of where God’s Word

Oct 17, 2017

The Blessing Of Crisis

By |Oct 17, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Father, Formation, Growth, Maturity, Prayer, Relationships, Trials|0 Comments

A life crisis may be a catalyst for needed change.   Think of a crisis that became a positive turning point in your life.  It broke the status quo.  It set you on a new path.  It was the beginning of a new maturity.  It produced a deepening in your relationship with your Lord.  A

Oct 16, 2017

Churchly Experiences

By |Oct 16, 2017|Christ, Commitment, Devotionals, Discipleship, Sanctification|0 Comments

It is possible to have a religious experience and never become a Christ follower.  You can enter a religious culture that will get you to jump through some hoops, so that you will be “in” or “accepted”, with the assurance that you have arrived.  You may do great works.  You can then spend your life

Oct 15, 2017

Hope Of Eternal Life

By |Oct 15, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, God's Word, Life, Resurrection|0 Comments

Eternal life is not automatic.  The Greeks believed in the natural immortality of the soul, that is, everybody gets to live forever.  This is still popular, unfortunately, even in the church.  The Hebrew scripture does not teach that.  The NT does not teach that.  It teaches that life is a gift from God through His

Oct 14, 2017

God’s Essence

By |Oct 14, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Formation, Growth, Holiness, Love, Spirit|0 Comments

“God is love” (1 John 4:8, 16).  It is His character.  God does not have to try to love.  Love is the essence of Who He is.  The human problem is that we are not yet like that.  God knows this full well.  So, in love, He laid down his life for us.  That love

Oct 13, 2017

The Do’s And Don’ts Of Love

By |Oct 13, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Love|0 Comments

Love does not control, manipulate, extort, demand, threaten, seek to harm, retaliate, nor is it vengeful (1 Corinthians 13).  God is love, and to the degree we do any of these things, we are just that much unlike God.  Love is self-sacrificial, seeks the best interest of the loved, persuades, and welcomes sinners.  God is

Oct 12, 2017

Finding Meaning

By |Oct 12, 2017|Choices, Christ, Devotionals, Father, Surrender|0 Comments

Rational human beings want to know that life and the things that happen in it have meaning, because meaning gives us significance.  It is haunting to think that things are happening for no reason.  God does not order everything that comes into our lives.  It is just the way life works out on this fallen

Oct 11, 2017

Four Offices of Jesus

By |Oct 11, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Intercession, Kingdom of God|0 Comments

Jesus is Rabbi, Prophet, Priest and King.  Nicodemus said, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God” (Jn 3:2).  He was the promised Prophet (Dt 18:18); He was a “Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people” (Lu 24:19).  He is our great High Priest (Heb 7-10).  He