Posts by Ryan Smallwood (Page 2)

Have You Prayed About It?

Have you prayed about it? About what? Whatever you’re worried about? Whatever you’re talking about? Whatever you’re gossiping about? Whatever you’re ranting on Facebook about? Have you ever stopped to think that maybe there are things in your life that you don’t have, things that haven’t happened or things that aren’t working the way you […]

Love is the Answer

A couple weeks ago I wrote a blog about sending a prison inmate a Bible that he had requested. Just this past week I received a letter back from him that contained these words, “I want to thank you for the Bible. When mail call came I was sure it was a mistake since I […]

What Fireworks and the Church Have in Common

The celebration of America’s independence has come and gone once again. Another year of family picnics complete with all American burgers, ballpark hot dogs and juicy watermelon. Another year of fun in the blistering sun while in the backyard, at the lake or the park. Another year of dazzling pyrotechnics displays that light up the […]

Is It Dangerous?

This week I stopped in the UPS store to mail a package. In fact, it was a Bible. A gentlemen who was a part of our church’s campus at the county jail had been recently transferred to a state prison. When they are “chained out” it usually happens quickly and they are not allowed to […]

God Help Us!

This past Sunday I was preaching a sermon on anxiety and worry and was completely unaware of the events surrounding the worst mass shooting in United States history. I had not seen any news that morning and had no idea the 29 year old shooter had opened fire inside an Orlando, Florida club where 50 […]

Take That Step

Moving Into the Uncharted Waters of Life What are you afraid of? Some people have a fear of spiders, others dread the dark, for some panic sets in when they find themselves in enclosed spaces and others would rather eat their own toenails off than speak in public. For me, it’s heights. I will go […]

It’s a New Thing

Summer is here! Well, officially summer does not begin until June 20 at 5:34 CST. Something about the summer solstice where the earth is tilted in such a way that the sun reaches its highest position in the sky causing the days to be long and the nights to be short. I do not really […]


Remember “Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” Lamentations 3:21-23 (NLT) This weekend we celebrate Memorial Day. It is a federal holiday set aside for remembering those who have served […]

Spiritual Retainers

Last week we celebrated a big day at our house. Our youngest son, Jeb, got his braces taken off! After almost two years of wearing metal brackets, wires, chains, and rubber bands he was able to feel the real surface of his teeth again. After intermittent periods of pain and soreness each time the metal […]