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Alan Smith serves as the minister for the Cruciform Church of Christ (www.cruciformcoc.com) in Spring Lake, North Carolina. Alan has been preaching for 39 years and has been with the Cruciform Church of Christ since February 2016. He received a bachelor’s degree in Bible from Freed-Hardeman College in 1977, and has previously preached for congregations in Milan, TN, Bassett, VA, Roanoke Rapids, NC, Gloucester, VA, Boone, NC, White House, TN, and Fayetteville, NC. Alan has been married for 39 years to the former Sueanne Sword, and they have three children — Charity (living in TN), Amber (living in NC) and Joshua (living in KY). They are also blessed with six grandchildren. Alan started the daily e-mail devotional, “Thought For the Day” in September 1997. He enjoyed sharing humorous stories received by e-mail with his friends and members of the congregation and felt that people might enjoy reading those bits of humor with a spiritual application and challenge to Christian living, so TFTD was born. Initially sent to 25 friends, it was passed on and passed on until eventually it reached over 6,000 subscribers in all fifty states and over 90 different countries. To receive the free issues of “Thought For the Day,” send a blank email to [email protected].

A Real Pane

The regular minister was stranded in a snowstorm. A young substitute preacher started his sermon by explaining the meaning of a substitute. “If you break a window,” he said, “and then cover the hole with a piece of plywood – that’s a substitute.” After the sermon, a well-intentioned woman complimented the young man.  As she […]

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Dog Diversity

How many dogs does it take to change a light bulb? Golden Retriever: The sun is shining. The day is young. We’ve got our whole lives ahead of us. And you’re inside worrying about a stupid, burned-out light bulb? Border Collie: Just one. Not only that, but I’ll replace any wiring that’s not up to […]

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Learning from Jigsaw Puzzles

Everything I Needed to Know About Life I Learned From a Jigsaw Puzzle Don’t force a fit ‒ if something is meant to be, it will come together naturally. When things aren’t going so well, take a break. Everything will look different when you return. Be sure to look at the big picture. Getting hung […]

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Add-On Options

A farmer had come to the conclusion that the local car dealer had profited greatly by all the add-on options that increased the price of cars sold to the hapless farmer. Then one day the car dealer informed the farmer that he was coming around to buy a cow. In the spirit of justice, the […]

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On Your Hands and Knees

There was a man telling his friend that he and his wife had a serious argument the night before. “But it ended,” he said, “when she came crawling to me on her hands and knees.” “What did she say?” asked the friend. The husband replied, “She said, Come out from under that bed, you coward!” […]

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Ambiguous Recommendations

Robert Thornton, a professor of economics at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, was, like many teachers, frustrated about having to write letters of recommendation for people with dubious qualifications, so he put together an arsenal of statements that can be read two ways.  He calls his collection the “Lexicon of Inconspicuously [...]

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A Difficult Word

I heard about an office whose answering machine was set up to instruct callers to leave their name and address, and to “spell any difficult words.” Early one Monday, when the secretary was reviewing the weekend messages, she heard an enthusiastic young woman recite her name and address, and then confidently offer, “My [...]

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Afraid to Speak Up

Farmer Joe decided his injuries from the accident were serious enough to take the trucking company to court. In court, the trucking company’s fancy lawyer was questioning farmer Joe. “Didn’t you say at the scene of the accident, ‘I’m fine’?” asked the lawyer. Farmer Joe responded, “Well, [...]

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