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Smith Family portrait 2013My heart is saddened this month as I reflect on my Dad who entered his Heavenly home the morning of August 22nd.  For those of you who didn't know him, My Dad was a storyteller, an encourager, and an evangelist.  He cared so much for people and his love of God's truths were evident from his life just as much as they were in his sermons. I am so happy that Dad and I had a chance to become good friends over the last ten years as we both reflected on life on our weekly calls.  I will treasure our talks about parenting, work, God and dealing with our shared struggle with our temper.   His last year was pretty tough on Mom and the rest of the family, but she got to spend every day of the summer with him and he got to come home for a couple weeks before he departed for his new home.  I can imagine him leaping into the arms of Jesus and hearing the words "Well Done" for his faithfulness and fighting the good fight for his church and his family.  

I have uploaded the sermon I preached Labor Day weekend for his home church in Langeloth, Pennsylvania titled Labor Prompted by Love.

I appreciate all of you who have reached out to me and given your condolences.  I feel very blessed to have such a network of friends.   I am heading home to spend time with my Mom on Labor Day.  There will be a memorial service for Dad on October 21st at 2pm at Weirton Heights Church of Christ in West Virginia.  Dad donated his body to research in hopes that even in his death, he might help others with Muscular Dystrophy or Lewy Body Dementia.  Any donations to either of these causes or the Langeloth Church of Christ where he preached for his last 20 years would be preferred over flowers.

On the site, we have launched all of our fall Contests.  

Our prayers are with the families in Houston and central Texas who were affected by Hurricane Harvey.  Sending love from
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