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Alan Smith

About the Author

Alan Smith serves as the minister for the Cruciform Church of Christ ( 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].

On Your Hands and Knees

We husbands like the idea of our wives coming to us on their hands and knees. We are quick to memorize Ephesians 5:22, “Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as to the Lord.” And yes, the Bible does teach the leadership of the husband. But it is not a leadership patterned after Genghis Khan. Rather, it is a leadership patterned [...]

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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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A Difficult Word

While not difficult to understand, reconciliation can be a difficult word to put into practice. It can be very difficult to get two family members who are at odds to be reconciled. And it can sometimes seem very difficult for us (or for others we know) to be made right with God.

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Afraid to Speak Up

There are times in our lives when we are hesitant to say something out of fear. Not fear of being "shot," but fear of being "shot down," fear of being ridiculed, fear of being embarrassed. As a result, given the opportunity to take a stand for Christ, we choose silence instead. It seems "safe" considering the circumstances. May God help [...]

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