Posts by Duane Smith

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Preparing the Whole Family for Sunday

by Duane Smith

Sunday mornings can be tough.  Many families find that waking up following a busy Saturday, which may have ended late, to be a task so difficult that skipping church seems preferable. Here are some helpful suggestions from Karen Wilk for preparing as a family for corporate worship so that each member feels welcome and involved. Begin […]

Foundations Courses

by Duane Smith

For many years Christians have enjoyed the benefits of living in a culture heavily influenced by a Judeo-Christian philosophy and morality.  This, however, is changing very rapidly.  Many Christians will despair at this change and will spend their time lamenting the loss of the good old days. I believe, however, that with this change will […]

THE MOST IMPORTANT NEGLECTED PRAYER

by Duane Smith

THE MOST IMPORTANT NEGLECTED PRAYER by Drew Hunter This article appeared on www.thegospelcoalition.com on 1/7/15 “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name” (Matt. 6:9). This first line of the Lord’s Prayer is one of the most familiar in the Bible. It is one of the most commonly prayed prayers in history. Yet among believers […]

5 REASONS WE EAT TOGETHER AS A FAMILY

by Duane Smith

5 REASONS WE EAT TOGETHER AS A FAMILY by Tim Challies This article appeared at www.challies.com on 1/5/15 It is one of my clearest memories from twelfth grade. It was my final year of high school but my first year at Ancaster Public High School. I was in sociology class when the teacher asked this: […]

10 Promises for Parents

by Duane Smith

by Kevin Deyoung You probably have a book mark somewhere with promises to pray for your children. You probably have good kid verses on your refrigerator about obedience and kindness and sharing with others. You probably have a few standby verses you share with the little ones when they start to get defiant and lippy. […]

SCBC Elder Candidates

by Duane Smith

This past Sunday (5/18/14) we presented 3 men as candidates for the office of elder at SCBC.  The following document was given to all in attendance. ============================= ELDERS IN THE LOCAL CHURCH According to the Bible, the church is to be led by qualified and called men known as elders.  Simply put, a church elder […]

6 Deadly Enemies of Marriage

by Duane Smith

The following post is by Tim Challies and originally appeared at www.challies.com Marriage is under attack. Marriage has always been under attack. The world, the flesh and the devil are all adamantly opposed to marriage, and especially to marriages that are distinctly Christian. Marriage, after all, is given by God to strengthen his people and […]

Is God a Pluralist?

by Duane Smith

The following post is by Derek Rishmawy and originally appeared  at www.thegospelcoaltion.org It was in my freshman composition class at the University of California, Irvine, that I first heard a professor say, “Well, you know, most of the differences in religion don’t matter. The main point is that God just wants all is just to […]