Author Archives: jeff smith
Mission Trip to South Africa

    Just got back from a ten day ministry trip working with children’s pastors and ministry leaders in South Africa.   It was a magnificent time of training and encouragement; both for me and for the participants.  The conference is run by Lisa Ekman, a representative of Ivangeli, which is loosely connected to Gospel […]

Mission trip to the Philippines

This is a picture of the creative ministries team at Church of God in Desmarines, Philippines.  It’s a very large and vibrant church that fully utilizes the arts in worship.  As you can see from this picture, there were a lot of youth here and they brought a lot of energy to the training day. […]

Do Something!

  I just received this letter from Ann Casey, a patron of our resources who has used our materials for years in her ministry.  Recently, she sent me this very encouraging note that I would like to share with you: Dear Jeff, First I want to wish you a wonderful, Merry Christmas! Second, I want […]

My Spiritual Walk as a Runner: The Final Lap

Warm Up: John 14:27, Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. Stretching: Matthew 14: 22-33 Run: Running has taken me to some unexpected places: in the middle of a herd […]

My Spiritual Walk as a Runner, Week 30

Warm Up: 1 Thessalonians 4:14, “Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.” Stretching: Psalm 23 Run: I was running in Augusta, GA one evening in the spring. I knew it […]

My Spiritual Walk as a Runner, Week 29

Warm Up: James 1:2-4, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, when you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. Stretching: Numbers 14. Run: The term, “a pebble in […]

My Spiritual Walk as a Runner, Week 28

Warm Up: Ecclesiastes 3: 11, He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Stretching: Exodus 16 Run: I’m writing this devotion from my running experiences. I don’t read a lot about running and […]

My Spiritual Walk as a Runner, Week 27

 Warm Up: Exodus 20:9-11, Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in […]

My Spiritual Walk as a Runner, Week 26

  Warm Up: Ecclesiastes 3: 11, He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Stretching: Exodus 16  Run: I’m writing this devotion from my running experiences. I don’t read a lot about running […]

My Spiritual Walk as a Runner, Week 25

 Warm Up: Exodus 20:9-11, Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in […]