Peter Smith, Author at Farmville

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Devotional: Change is never easy

I’m not so sure I could have imagined eight months ago where I am today. February marked a big move for me and my family ... Read more

by Peter Smith, Saturday, April 27, 2024 10:33 am

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Devotional: I caught a glimpse and that was enough

It has been great to see things blooming again. The call of the shutterbug wild has been creeping back into my heart, and the joy ... Read more

by Peter Smith, Tuesday, April 2, 2024 6:19 pm

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Devotional: Let’s talk about cutting covenants

When was the last time you cut a covenant? My guess is that you have never actually cut a covenant, yet that is what the ... Read more

by Peter Smith, Friday, March 1, 2024 7:11 pm

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Devotional: Home is where the heart is

The idea of home is a strong, persistent theme in human hearts. Home is where the heart is. Lives, families happen in homes. Those without ... Read more

by Peter Smith, Friday, February 2, 2024 10:05 am

The Word Israel Book of Ruth Jesus

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Devotional: Let’s take a look at the Book of Ruth

Happy New Year! In the spirit of newness, I want to take a theme from my last devotional and make it new. Before, the idea ... Read more

by Peter Smith, Thursday, January 4, 2024 11:01 pm

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Devotional: Being known

Longwood University retired faculty member extraordinaire, Dr. Carolyn Wells, is nearing the end of her earthly walk. She may even be in her next chapter ... Read more

by Peter Smith, Friday, December 8, 2023 6:22 pm

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Devotional: We’re supposed to be different

As much fun as it would be to run for president, I have to tell you that it will never happen for me. Inevitably, I ... Read more

by Peter Smith, Saturday, November 11, 2023 3:29 pm

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Devotional: Where is God in all this?

Honestly, I had not planned to write about this, but the Hamas attack on Israel dictated otherwise. Already, this terrible aggression is the latest and ... Read more

by Peter Smith, Friday, October 13, 2023 12:18 pm

The Word Israel Book of Ruth Jesus

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Rev. Peter Smith: Where was God during Hamas attacks in Israel?

Honestly, I had not planned to write about this, but the Hamas attack on Israel dictated otherwise.  Already, this terrible aggression is the latest and ... Read more

by Peter Smith, Thursday, October 12, 2023 12:24 am

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Devotional: Table time is an important part of life

Everyone has probably been criticized or denigrated at some point in their life, but one thing I have never been called is a slouch at ... Read more

by Peter Smith, Saturday, September 16, 2023 5:55 pm

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DEVOTIONAL: Take time and appreciate God’s creative work

“O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouths of ... Read more

by Peter Smith, Saturday, August 19, 2023 6:24 pm

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Devotional: We’re in this together

“Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you ... Read more

by Peter Smith, Friday, July 21, 2023 3:11 pm

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Devotional: Answering evil with a greater love

When last I wrote, I was in Guatemala on a mission trip, meeting friends in faith and seeing firsthand the goodness of God’s love working ... Read more

by Peter Smith, Thursday, May 25, 2023 5:40 pm

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Devotional: Let us not forget God’s goodness

Tell me if you see these flowers blooming on High Street. This is a shot I got last year when I heard that these glorious ... Read more

by Peter Smith, Saturday, April 22, 2023 9:15 am

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Devotional: Time to continue the work

Barbara Johns has gotten some special attention recently as her statue was slated to be added to the U.S. Capitol, and her story was referenced ... Read more

by Peter Smith, Friday, March 17, 2023 4:55 pm

The Word Israel Book of Ruth Jesus

Church & Community

Devotional: What makes salt and light less useful?

What do square wheels, poisonous foods, glass golf clubs, and invisible car keys have in common? As tempting as it is to hope that they ... Read more

by Peter Smith, Friday, February 10, 2023 1:55 am

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Devotional — We can’t help looking back

Do you take things for granted, too? Well, of course you do. We all have this tendency, but the end of one year/beginning of another ... Read more

by Peter Smith, Saturday, January 7, 2023 9:00 am

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Devotional — Amen. Come, Lord Jesus

Here we are at the beginning of another season of Advent. In case this is news to you, Advent is a special time for the ... Read more

by Peter Smith, Sunday, December 4, 2022 8:00 am

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Devotional — Look at all the vibrant colors

I had originally planned to go in a different direction with this devotional, but driving around these days proved too much for my weak will ... Read more

by Peter Smith, Thursday, October 27, 2022 5:07 pm

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Devotional — God connects through our senses: Sight

One of the amazing things about being human beings is that we have different ways of experiencing the world around us through our senses. Our ... Read more

by Peter Smith, Monday, September 26, 2022 9:52 am

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Devotional — God connects through our senses: Hearing

One of the amazing things about being human beings is that we have different ways of experiencing the world around us through our senses. Our ... Read more

by Peter Smith, Thursday, August 18, 2022 2:30 pm

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Devotional — Touch is a compassionate need for everyone

One of the amazing things about being human beings is that we have different ways of experiencing the world around us. Those are our senses, ... Read more

by Peter Smith, Friday, August 5, 2022 12:39 pm

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Devotional — Accept real liberty with God to be truly free

Our freedom or liberty is precious to us as Christians and Americans. We all take it all for granted, and it gets muddied because the ... Read more

by Peter Smith, Thursday, July 7, 2022 6:26 pm

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Devotional — Spirit in different ways

Wind, Spirit, Breath. Throughout the Bible, these words are actually the same. Whether it is Ruah in Hebrew or Pneuma in Greek, the word for ... Read more

by Peter Smith, Sunday, June 12, 2022 10:00 am

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Devotional — Careful consideration of symbols

Numbers 21:4-9 is an interesting and troubling story of the people of God on the Exodus becoming bitter toward God and Moses. The response is ... Read more

by Peter Smith, Thursday, May 12, 2022 7:47 pm

Columns

Devotional — Good Friday at the beach

I  must make a confession: in the middle of this uberbusy time of the preacher’s calendar, I took a vacation – just a few days ... Read more

by Peter Smith, Friday, April 15, 2022 4:51 pm

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Devotional — Jesus is always with us

If you were Volodymyr Zelensky, president of Ukraine, you would be consumed by one idea – how to get Putin to stop. This thought, this ... Read more

by Peter Smith, Friday, March 18, 2022 10:03 am

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