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Resources by Smith, William H.

Historic evangelicalism has taken its cue on the needs of humans from the Philippian jailer whose question it assumed to be universal: “What must I do to be saved?” It has followed the lead of the Apostle Paul in proclaiming “how to be saved”: “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you […]

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Date May 5, 2004
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(Note: What follows below is not a sermon manuscript but sermon notes and worked out thoughts for preaching. Gospel Reading: Matthew 28: 16-20 On the first Easter morning two women, both bearing the name Mary, but neither the mother of our Lord, went to the tomb where Jesus had been buried. To their surprise they […]

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Date May 5, 2004
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Gospel Reading and Text: Mark 3:22-30Epistle Reading: Hebrews 6:1-9If you blaspheme my name, you may irritate me or may make me depressed. But you probably won’t provoke a full-fledged counterattack to defend myself. If you slander my friend, or my relatives, or my children, you will probably get a somewhat stronger reaction from me. When […]

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Date March 18, 2004
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Gospel Reading: Mark 2:23 – 3:6 I read this past week about an interesting decision of an Appeals Court in Mississippi. A man, his girlfriend, and family members were having a barbeque at a cabin in the woods. All were drinking alcoholic beverages. The man’s girlfriend became violently ill. They called 911, but after waiting […]

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Date March 18, 2004
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I join the many who are thanking God and congratulating you on eightieth birthday. Our Lord has been most gracious to you and to His Church in sparing you these many years. Your service as Professor of Theology in two seminaries, as Stated Clerk and Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in […]

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Date March 9, 2004
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Gospel Reading: Mark 3: 7-21There are three groups of people who can make a great impact on our lives. There are our foes. Not everyone has an enemy, or enemies, but if you do, you know that your enemy is against you. He does not wish you well, but will, if he has the chance, […]

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Date March 4, 2004
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The recent post on the Presbyterian Church of America News.com regarding a preacher who got into trouble for the length of his hair and the Hawaiian shirts he wore in the pulpit, brought to mind a story that has been circulating on the Internet for awhile. I think I have a little credibility to speak […]

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Date March 4, 2004
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Many things that are not wrong, but, in fact, good in themselves are inappropriate at some times and in certain circumstances. You don’t wear a white dress to a funeral or a black one to a wedding. You don’t act rowdy at church and you don’t act reverent at a football game. You don’t give […]

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Date March 1, 2004
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When I was in my first months of campus ministry, two young men came to my house one night to tell me that a student was pregnant and was going the next morning with her boyfriend to New Orleans for an abortion. To make a long story short she ended up not having the abortion. […]

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Date February 16, 2004
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Old Testament Readings: Leviticus 13: 45,56; Numbers 5: 1-3 Gospel Reading: Mark 1:40-45 “Will you have this woman to be your wedded wife, to live together after God’s ordinance in the holy estate of matrimony? Will you love her, comfort her, honor, and keep her in sickness and in health; and forsaking all others, keep […]

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Date January 21, 2004
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Gospel Reading: Mark 1: 21-28 Two weeks ago we had a man most had never met come into our congregation to preach God’s Word. We knew that Dr. Derek Thomas was a seminary professor, an author, and a staff minister who preaches regularly at a large Presbyterian Church. But we have never experienced him as […]

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Date January 21, 2004
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Kobe Bryant picked up a four million dollar diamond ring this week. As you probably know, this Los Angeles Lakers star basketball player recently admitted to adultery and is charged with worse. He has publicly apologized to his wife, and she has said she will stand by him. It is hard to think of the […]

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Date January 17, 2004
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The apostle Paul writes, "In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us" [Ephesians 2: 7, 8a] One of my favorite television shows, which I get to watch sometimes on Mondays, is Great Hotels. My wife thinks I watch […]

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Date January 16, 2004
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I was surprised at our last Presbytery meeting to learn that a minister of our Presbytery had recently joined the Presbyterian Church, USA, a liberal denomination with which our denomination has no relations. However, there is an explanation. This man has left his wife and is seeking a divorce. What seems so surprising, then, is […]

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Date January 9, 2004
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Gospel Reading: Mark 1: 29-39 One of the great preachers of the last century was the Welshman, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. I have heard a story about him that I have not been able to locate, but it sounds true of him. Once a woman, who was leaving church, said to him. “Dr, Lloyd-Jones, listening to […]

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Date December 30, 2003
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People who go to rock, country, or pop concerts have to listen to an “opening act” before the person or group they went to hear takes the stage. People who go to the movies or plays know that often there are several scenes before the main character appears. Sometimes it can be that way even […]

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Date December 30, 2003
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Psalter Reading: Psalm 27Epistle Reading: 2 Timothy 4: 9-18Text: 2 Timothy 4: 16-18 Sometimes you have to go it alone. The old spiritual teaches us to sing, “You gotta walk that lonesome valley, you gotta walk it by yourself, oh, nobody else can walk it for you, you gotta walk it by yourself”. There are […]

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Date December 5, 2003
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  We are going to consider the Lord Jesus Christ as a model child. We Christians,who are conservative evangelicals, and that takes in just about all of us, maybe hesitant to do that for two reasons. First, it requires us to consider the realhuman nature of Jesus, and we know that liberals old and new, […]

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Date October 19, 2003
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If Saul the blasphemer could be welcome at the Lord’s Table, so can you and I. by William Smith Reading: Leviticus 24: 10-23 After Job lost his wealth, his children, and his own health, his wife advised him: "Curse God and die" (Job 2:9). In a curious way, it was not bad advice to give […]

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Date August 15, 2003
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It seems that especially at times of "new beginnings" the LORD shows the reality of His judgment to His people that they may fear Him. by William Smith Text: Leviticus 10: 1-7 One of the things I most look forward to, if the Lord wills, is attending my son Jeremy’s ordination to the ministry. I […]

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Date August 12, 2003
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Historic Protestantism is different from evangelicalism in its current incarnation. But is historic Protestantism really Catholicism without a Pope and a Mass? by William Smith This is a time in the history of the church when to speak the language of historic Protestantism is to sound suspiciously like a Roman Catholic I believe that, if […]

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Date July 14, 2003
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Tonight we are going to observe the New Covenant counterpart of the Old Covenant Passover. We are going to celebrate the Lord’s Supper. This morning I want to answer the question, "What does this mean?" by William Smith You may have heard the story of the little Catholic boy who accompanied his Protestant friend to […]

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Date June 13, 2003
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We must look nowhere else and to no one else. There is no other Lamb, no other sacrifice, no other hiding place from guilt and shame. But there need be no other. by William Smith Perhaps you have received a call at work from your wife informing you that the kids are out of control […]

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Date March 31, 2003
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The day will come when we will see Jesus in the flesh of His resurrection glory and we will sit down at the marriage supper of the Lamb. Then we will see as we have never seen, know as we have never known, and eat the very bread and drink the very wine of heaven […]

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Date March 21, 2003
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However, diversity has come to mean for our post-modern society is really not diversity of race or gender, but diversity of ideas and values. by William Smith Our society has a remarkable uniformity on the matter of diversity. Universities and businesses tell us that they celebrate and are committed to diversity. Diversity is a core […]

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Date March 18, 2003
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