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Episode 20

Dustin Smith: It’s Easier to Reject Than Redeem

The testimony of Jesus in your life is someone else's future.

We’ve all walked through experiences where we’ve been asked to do something that we didn’t feel prepared for. Those situations often cause us to be stretched beyond what we believe we’re capable of. The U.S. Navy SEALs have a saying: “Get comfortable being uncomfortable.” Now, we’re not all called to become Navy SEALs, but as followers of Jesus we are automatically members of the Lord’s army. That means we’re faced with embracing the uncomfortable situations of life that Jesus puts us in.

In this episode, we travel back with Dustin Smith to his early days of ministry and learn about how he became a worship leader that could also play the piano. That led to an anointed career as a songwriter, musician, worship pastor, and now senior pastor at Hope UC in Nashville.

Dustin’s encouragement to step out and not let insecurities get in the way of what Jesus has for you makes for a great episode of our devotional podcast, The Walk.

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New Music by Dustin Smith

Who is Dustin Smith?

Dustin Smith is a worship leader, songwriter and fourth-generation pastor, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. Dustin is also the founder of Here Be Lions, a ministry collective that focuses on discipleship, music and community not only through their songwriting and worship but through additional outreaches such as: Be Fierce, a discipleship resource for families, and Healing Is Right, a resource for the sick and hurting.

With vulnerability, humor and an unyielding love for God and His people, Dustin crosses denominational, cultural and generational lines to share the Gospel through preaching, teaching and music. His songs, which range from adoration to warfare, include ” I Speak Jesus”, “God Who Moves The Mountains,” “Miracles,” “Belong To You (Enemy Can’t),” “Praise The King,” “Rushing Waters” and “Chaotic Love (The One That Really Matters).”

Most recently Dustin has partnered with world renowned pastors Mark & Darlene Czech of Hope Unlimited Church Australia in expanding their reach to the US. Dustin & his wife Jeanna launched HopeUC Nashville in October of 2019 and just celebrated their 3rd year church anniversary.

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