Count Them All

Brent Smith - Wednesday, October 12, 2016

As days continue move on my mind keeps returning to September 25, 2016 when J.J. weeks shared about the story of how he was led to the song “Count Them All”. This led me to research the hymn “Count Your Blessings” and what an amazing story about Johnson Oatman, Jr. who was led by God to write music that would minister to so many people. “He born April 21, 1856, was a citizen of Lumberton, N.J. His dad was a local merchant and just happened to be the best singer in town, with a rich, powerful voice. Young Johnson could not sing as well as his father, yet he grew up wanting to make some musical contributions of his own. However, for a time he worked in the family business, but soon gave up those opportunities and began to study for the ministry. After finishing school and ministering in the Methodist Episcopal churches for a time, Johnson continued to hope that life surely held some other plans for him. At 36, he realized that he did, without question, have a musical talent after all. He could write songs for other Christians to sing. So, every year some 200 songs flowed from his pen. He eventually had written 5,000 songs and was happy that in his musical compositions he had found a way to preach the gospel through his music.”

When the storms of life blow remember to count your blessing because they will by far outnumber the trials and troubles we walk through. As we count our blessing remember what God has done, it’s truly a gift we don’t deserve. We must never forget that as we count them one by one, your heart will overflow and truly be a blessing to someone else like Mr. Oatman. Never let fear or doubt keep you from giving thanks to the ones that are great and even the ones that are small. As this takes place there is a real power that’s unleashed and through His Spirit you will gain strength to stand up through the storms of this life. My prayer today is that you might think to whisper a praise of blessing unto Jesus, that joy and peace might flood your heart! I am encouraged and feel blessed that our Church was a part of unitenow16 event that people were saved and changed forever, including mine. Thank you Lord for the blessings that I don’t deserved only because you have redeemed a sinner like me! The Lord still has a plan and desires for Glen Hope Baptist to a blessing in this community, nation, and the world.

In Christ’s Love,

Pastor Brent

A Heart Of Worship

Brent Smith - Monday, August 15, 2016

The word worship can be misunderstood, most people when hearing the word worship think of some kind of corporate or religious activity. Another thought that comes to mind is when people gather to lay candles at Golden images, sing hymns with fellow believers; they meet together with a small group, or at a church service. Or another aspect of worship is how we spend time chasing our favorite team, favorite hobby, friends, jobs, and other material things. For a lot of people worship is a word that summarizes the outward spiritual or non-spiritual activity of their lives. The Bible betrays us not as people who occasionally worship but as worshipers. It's not just that we have a religious aspect of our living, but we have been designed by God to be worshipers. This means that worship is first our identity before it ever becomes our activity. The motivation for our worship is placed there by God to draw us closer to Him, the one to whom you were made to give our worship. There is one huge thing that divides human beings and that is to what or whom they worship. So what does this mean, that we're all worshipers. This concludes that we all attach our identity, our future hopes and dreams, our purpose, our meeting, and our well-being to something. As I've said before you will give your life to something and that’s what you allowed have control of your heart. We have a tendency to surrender and serve what we think will give us life. For some of us that could be friends, money, hobbies, and even families. But the only thing that will give us life is Jesus Christ. As I believe there are only two possible object of our worship, no matter what you believe, your worshiping the Creator and surrendering your life to Him, or you are in a active worship of some part of His creation. We all put ourselves, other people, or other things in God's rightful place. I pray that we would all look and see what has taken God’s rightful place and truly turned back to Him that He is our object of worship. The only place that life can be found is the worship of the one and true living God, everything else is sinking sand. So today, every word you say, every choice you make, and every action you take, is reshaped by some kind of worship. Nothing depicts your need for the grace of Jesus better than the war of worship that will rage in your heart today. What you worship is not best shown on Sunday mornings, but demonstrated by your words and behavior the rest of the week. The heart of worship!



Tripp, Paul David. New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional. Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway, 2014.


The Good Good Father

Brent Smith - Wednesday, February 17, 2016


The Good Father

I am reminded by song written by Anthony Brown and Pat Barrett, which is released by a few different artists like Chris Tomlin and Kristian Stanfield, "The Good Good Father". The song confirms in my heart how much God the Father truly loves us. In John 14:6 he says, " Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John had a lot to say about God, he uses the word "God" 83 times and in connection he uses the word "Father" more than 120 times which points to God’s deity. In John’s eyes God is a great person; he is "the only true God"(John 17:3). John also points out that God was in Christ, he points to him as divine, revealer of the father, and by saying “the Word was with God”(John 1:1). God has always willed to make His teaching known to His people and has brought this revelation through His Son Jesus Christ. John's great advance over everyone else in the New Testament is teaching about God, lies in the emphasis he gives to the truth that God is Father, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and Father of believers. The Father is accessible to all who call upon His name through His son Jesus Christ. In John1:12-13 it says, " But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God”. So through Christ He gave us the right to be His children and the right to call Him “Father”. What joy it brings to my heart. I'll leave you with some words to the song, “I've heard a thousand stories, of what they think you’re like, but I've heard the tender whisper, of love in the dead of night, you tell me that, you’re pleased and that I'm never alone. You're a Good Good Father, and it's who you are! Thank for being my Father!



Leon Morris, Jesus Is the Christ: Studies in the Theology of John (Grand Rapids, Mich.: W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., ©1989) .


The Light Of The World

Brent Smith - Tuesday, December 01, 2015

This Sunday evening we had the opportunity to have a bonfire out in our field. While sitting around the fire worshiping our Lord and Savior as Josh played for us, I started thinking about Jesus making the statement "He is the light of the world". In John 9 Jesus healed a blind man who had lived all his life blind, the Pharisees accused Jesus of breaking the law by performing a miracle on the Sabbath. So many people wanted to see a sign or miracle by Jesus but boy did they miss the miracle maker who is the light of the world. Once the blind man could see he realized that Jesus was the Messiah and as he did he said "Lord, I believe. According to John, the miracle of healing occurred as Jesus passed by. That Jesus even notice, let alone heal a blind beggar under such circumstances.Although Jesus healed many blind people during his public ministry, this miracle is unique in that this person was the only individual afflicted from birth. When the blind man received his sight, he became a witness of the miraculous power of Jesus in his life. Being a new convert and not knowing much about Jesus that didn't stop him from sharing about what Christ had done. He identified Jesus as, "the man who was called Jesus, a prophet, God fearing and does His will, Son of Man, and his Lord." The blind man became a witness to his friends, the Pharisees, his family, and even enemies. In John 9:38  it says "then the man said, Lord I believe you, and he worshiped him".As we realize that Jesus is the light of the world our response should be a reverent worship and we should let our light shine. In doing so we need to always remember that His illumination is what   enlightens every man's heart that believes.My prayer is that we as those redeemed by the light of Christ, that we would take advantage of every opportunity to let Jesus shine that others might believe.

Student Life Week

Brent Smith - Thursday, June 25, 2015

This past week Living Proof Student Ministries had the opportunity to attend Student Life Camp in Myrtle Beach. It was amazing week and I believe it had a tremendous impact on our ministry and so many others. The theme for the week was "Come to the Table" from John 6:35 which says, "Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. The speaker for the first two days was Derwin Gray the founding and Lead Pastor of Transformation Church, a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, mission-shaped community with two campuses in South Carolina (Indian Land and Rock Hill), both just south of Charlotte, North Carolina. After graduating from Brigham Young University, Pastor Derwin played professional football in the NFL for five years with the Indianapolis Colts (1993-1997) and one year with the Carolina Panthers (1998). One of the messages that Derwin shared was “The four ways Jesus has set us free”, which entails that Jesus lived a perfect life because we can't, Jesus died the death we should have died, Jesus rose again, and Jesus gives us His power for today. In Romans 8:37 it says, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us." Through gospel of Christ, Jesus gave us power through His Spirit in adversity, that we're more than triumph because of God's good hand which in turn leads to our good.

Our speaker for the last two days was Afshin Ziafat, he moved with his family to their native country of Iran when he was two years old. In the midst of the Iranian Islamic Revolution, Afshin’s family moved back to Houston at age six. In the second grade, he was given a Bible by a tutor who was teaching him the English language. He read that Bible 10 years later as a senior in high school and came to faith in Christ. Ultimately, his family would disown him because of his faith in Christ, and he began to understand the call of Christ on each of our lives—to follow Him regardless of the cost. In so doing, Afshin found that the reward was greater than the cost, demonstrating the truth of Matthew 16:25 – “that whoever loses his life for the sake of Christ will find it.” Afshin message was based on “The Call of Christ” which is “follow me”, which is influenced by our faith in Christ and our understanding of His will for our lives. Afshin pointed out their faith should compel us to receive God's Word, obey God's Word, preserve God's Word, and be an influence with God's Word (witness). Then he encouraged us about God's will for life, that we would know God deeply, we would be Spirit filled, sanctified, and willing to suffer for the cause of Christ. This was a great time hearing from God's Word and the testimonies of what God is doing through His people!

The Mind Of Christ

Brent Smith - Friday, May 29, 2015



What exactly is the mind of Christ?

In the first couple blog posts we established that the mind of Christ is an attitude, action, and affects your thinking. Then we noted that you have to have the unity of affection, the Spirit, and purpose. In Philippians 2:2 it says, “fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind." As we adopt the mind of Christ, is not how many Bible verses we memorize or our attendance to Sunday morning worship and Sunday school, but it is that we act like Christ and He affects our way of thinking. This also develops a unity between the Spirit of the Lord and His purposes which in turn draws us closer to one another.

Now let's look at attitude#3 which is selflessness, and Philippians 2: 4-5 it says, "let each of you look out not only for his own interest, but also for interest of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. In this passage it looks us to do a certain action that only those with this third mindset are capable of doing. If we take a moment and think about what is being asked of us in this verse, I believe the third attitude of selflessness points us to the heart of Jesus. Because He not only had the interest of His Father in heaven in mind, but He had also the interest of salvation for mankind." Our purpose for considering the interest of others has a purpose that benefits not us, but that person, which in turn we offer support, prayers, and open hearts and listening ears in hopes of pointing them to gospel of Jesus Christ.

According to Philippians 2:2-5 is clear that the mind of Christ is by no means something that is applied to you, based on the years of perfect Sunday school attendance, the amount of money you give to your church or on the people whom you know. It is not automatically applied to you if you grew up in the right family. It is not contingent upon merely memorizing creeds, dogma, or Scriptures. The mind of Christ is cultivated when you actively meditate on the teachings of the Scriptures, along with confessing with your heart any sin, and carefully following all of the biblical directives about cultivating unity, humility, and selflessness. I believe this is illustrated by the love we have for God and for others. Jesus love is illustrated by His sacrifice as He lay down His life for us. John said, "this is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us"(1 John 3:16). Laid down involves a deliberate, willful act that demonstrated His love for us. Love is a matter of the will rather than emotion. D.E.Heibert wrote, since one's life is an individual's most precious possession, Christ willingness to lay down that life on behalf of others constituted the greatest possible expression of love." The mind of Christ is seen when we love other people and we think more of their interest, than our own!

Sunday Night Live/ Anything But Avervage

Brent Smith - Friday, May 08, 2015



  "One of the things that can keep us from living beyond average is the tension between now and later.
We’re tempted to live for the moment, to satisfy our desires instantly. But when we pursue instant
gratification, the problems in our lives increase. We buy things before we can afford them.
Our relationships are damaged because we don’t put in the time to build solid
foundations of trust and respect. Our lives suffer because we try to climb faster than our competence can
sustain.Jesus wants anything but average for you. But to be anything but average, you have to learn to stop
living for now and begin living for later.
  When you dream about the future, do you dream about cars, expensive electronics, and beach houses?
Or do you dream about legacy, impact, influence, and eternal joy? Don’t give up what is eternal for
what is temporal. Don’t give up what is unseen for what is seen. Don’t give up what you want most for
what you want now." In Mathew 6:21 it say, " For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
Come join us Sunday night for a sweet time of fellowship and fun!

Sunday Night Live/ Anthing but Average

Brent Smith - Friday, May 01, 2015

No one wants to be average. You don’t want to be an average friend, student, boyfriend and girlfriend, or even an average Christian. You should not want to be average at all. You may not want to be extraordinary, but you should want to stand apart from the crowd. You probably want to avoid the pitfalls you see in the lives of some of the people around you. In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus spoke about behaviors that have the power to make you anything but average.Come join us this Sunday Night @ 6:30 in the youth room!



Sunday Night Live/ Follow Me

Brent Smith - Friday, April 17, 2015




"Most of us don’t become Christians with the intent of following Jesus. We become Christians becausewe were told obedience pays and disobedience doesn’t. We become Christians hoping that spirituality will fill a hole in our souls. We become Christians hoping God will fix us or fix someone we know.Eventually, our agendas clash with Jesus’ and we have to decide whether we’ll abandon Him or follow Him. It’s better to follow God’s will than to try to impose our own. Following God’s will means wanting what he wants more than what we want.So, before you turn your back on God, before you dismiss him, before you allow your disappointment with him to drive you to a decision you most certainly will regret later, pray: Heavenly Father, I want to want what you want more than what I want." Come Join us this Sunday in the youth  room as we take a closer look!


What exactly is the “Mind of Christ?”

Brent Smith - Friday, April 10, 2015



What exactly is the “Mind of Christ?”

In the first couple blog posts we established that the mind of Christ is an attitude, action, and affects your thinking. Then we noted that you have to have the unity of affection, the Spirit, and purpose. In Philippians 2:2 it says, “fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind." As we adopt the mind of Christ, is not how many Bible verses we memorize or our attendance to Sunday morning worship and Sunday school, but it is that we act like Christ and He affects our way of thinking. This also develops a unity between the Spirit of the Lord and His purposes which in turn draws us closer to one another.

Now I would like to look at Philippians 2:3 as it states, "let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but it lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself." As we dive into this verse the words "loneliness of mind" are used in the sense of low thinking or humble thinking. "It is clear from this verse the humility is an attitude that comprises the mind of Christ. Therefore if you want to live out the mind of Christ in your church, home, in relationships, you must also demonstrate the attitude of biblical humility."[1] As we look into the first part of this verse, "let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit", these two sinful attitudes are a self-promoting person and a person with an inflated ego. If a person has a self-promoting heart then his whole purpose is promoting himself and not the glory of God. The word used here by Paul is an illustration of politicians going from town to town to promote themselves for their own purposes. That's exactly what we see today of self promotions instead of promoting Christ to a lost and dying world. In the last part of this verse the word "conceit" means empty accolades and opinions. We always need to be very careful and not be caught up in listening to the praises of men so we want become conceited. When we desire the praises of our Lord in our actions, it will be irrelevant when we hear praises from others. God desires that His glory be the praise of the hearts of believers, and not their own which can be selfish and conceited. If one carries these sinful attitudes there is no way that the believer could be living out the biblical humility in the mind of Christ. We need to establish good checks and balances from the Word of God to live out humility in the mind of Christ!

[1] Ben Gutierrez, Living Out the Mind of Christ (Virginia Beach: n/a, 2011), 34.

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