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Randall Smith
I'm a Bible teacher and discipler.
Interests: archaeology, ancient coins, maps, history, Bible lands geography, watching my students grow, being a dad and husband, map making.
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When I was a kid, I remember my dad working on the family car out back. Eager to be with him and even more eager to be a helper, I would sit beside the car next to his legs that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2011 at The Wandering Shepherd
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In the ancient world, the way to spell "power" was "PHARAOH". His throne personified the ability to erect great monuments, amass vast armies, organize elaborate rituals, or spin colorful tales in writing on the huge walls of ancient temples and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2011 at The Wandering Shepherd
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Frommers recently posted a "guide to Italian street names" that I found helpful. It is always nice to know the people behind the names. If you'd like to take a look: LINK. Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2011 at Christian Travel Study Programs, Ltd
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We are human BEINGS, not simply human DOINGS. God made us for relationship, not just as “elves doing His bidding”. Sometimes we tell the story of man in some perverse version of the “six billion dwarfs whistling in His divine... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2011 at The Wandering Shepherd
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“I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!” the lady cried out to her “Life Alert” guardian. The commercial was catchy and was mimicked on Saturday Night Live and a variety of other places. The “Life Alert” system was marketed to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2011 at The Wandering Shepherd
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What are you really committed to? When you examine your priorities, your time commitments, your stresses and your joys, what can you really say are your highest commitments? Jesus picked out five commitments that were absolutely essential to being His... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2011 at The Wandering Shepherd
I use MS Word to write it, save it in plain text, then color code it in type pad. All of my sites are Wordpress but this one, it is type pad. I use and like both platforms. The article above is exactly what I use when I am teaching on the passage. In the audio teaching page you can hear how close I actually follow the script. On good days, I follow it exactly. Then there are the other days....:-) R
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Today we will be looking at an issue that is so close and relevant, that it literally affects every person in this room – the issue if marriage. “But I am not married!” You may protest. That’s ok. The definition... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2011 at The Wandering Shepherd
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When God directed Moses to Pharaoh, God also delivered trouble to Israel. The clear fact in the book of Exodus was that God both orchestrated the trouble and planned the result, a fact born out by the statement in Exodus... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2011 at The Wandering Shepherd
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From the AP Wire Service: JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli scholars have confirmed the authenticity of a 2,000-year-old burial box that appears to bear the name of a relative of the high priest Caiaphas mentioned in the New Testament, the Israel Antiquities Authority said Wednesday. The find offers support for the existence of the biblical Caiaphas, who appears in the New Testament as a temple priest and an adversary of Jesus who played a key role in his crucifixion. LINK Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2011 at Christian Travel Study Programs, Ltd
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What is the definition of success? Is that a senseless question? Really? People are spending away their lives desperately seeking this illusive dream – do we even know what success is in life? The question is simple enough, but the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2011 at The Wandering Shepherd
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Running from your call is not safe! Did you get a call on your cell phone this week, see the name of the person calling, and decide not to take the call? Don’t roll your eyes, it happens on every... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2011 at The Wandering Shepherd
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How powerful are you? What is the greatest power you possess? Some would probably immediately think of a piece of hardware like a gun, a knife or a hammer that makes them feel powerful. Many in our society would think... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2011 at The Wandering Shepherd
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Recently I have been reviewing materials on the Dead Sea Scrolls, and decided that many of us might need the quick refresher. (Professors Gary Rendsburg from Rutgers and Geza Vermes of Oxford provide the facts and numbers as follows): The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2011 at The Wandering Shepherd
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"Once you understand Aramaic," says Karen Stern, "you can read anything. You can read Hebrew, you can read Phoenician. I always call it the little black dress of Semitic languages." For this interesting article from NPR - LINK. Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2011 at Christian Travel Study Programs, Ltd
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Todd Bolen published an interesting article on the place of Herod the Great's death at Caesarea. He wrote: "The death of Herod Agrippa I occurred in Caesarea according to both Josephus and the book of Acts. Josephus writes that the king was in the theater when the crowd hailed him as a god and he was struck down. Details in Josephus’s account, however, indicate that the episode occurred in the city amphitheater next door to the temple where the emperor was worshipped." For the whole article: LINK. Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2011 at Christian Travel Study Programs, Ltd
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Recently to get on flights our need for clear and certain identification has dramatically increased. You can’t go back to the gate without a security check on your gate pass. You can’t get a gate pass without proper identification. We... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2011 at The Wandering Shepherd
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Most Americans are out of shape – that is the sad and plain truth. Our excess of convenience has made us inordinately soft in many ways. Consider the evidence from an article by the Journal of the American Medical Society:... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2011 at The Wandering Shepherd
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One of my favorite graduations is that of our Daycare at Grace. Parents come for the happy celebration! Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2011 at The Wandering Shepherd
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We have all played the game. It isn’t complicated. Two teams form and grab two ends of a rope. The rope has a knot in the middle, and that knot is positioned over the starting point, so that neither side... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2011 at The Wandering Shepherd
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Have you seen the news in Germany? Salads are killing people! Reuters reported Friday: “Acting to curb the spread of a killer food bug, Germany set up a national task force on Friday to hunt down the source of a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2011 at The Wandering Shepherd
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What a great experience we are having with students from GCBI in Sebring,Florida as well as students from Dayspring Academy in Lancaster,PA. The group has been studying the Life of Jesus in beautiful weather, great hotels, and unbelievable sites! Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2011 at Christian Travel Study Programs, Ltd
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Learning about Elijah at Mt Carmel! Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2011 at The Wandering Shepherd
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Thanks to Grace Church of Sebring and the GCBI students for a great outreach to the community! Last count on salvations is 29 so far!! Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2011 at The Wandering Shepherd
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In 1965, James A. Michener published a historical novel called The Source. The novel acts as a survey of the history of the Jewish people from antiquity and their meager beginnings to the modern State of Israel. Set at a... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2011 at The Wandering Shepherd