- July 21, 2017
I believe hope offers us a new perspective on everything. And nothing brings me joy like the opportunity to share hope—whether it’s on stage at a church somewhere in the Midwest, a school in Florida, through a book like “The Messenger,” on the airwaves with my Live Hope Minute daily radio feature, or behind bars at a local prison.
Sometimes the inspiration strikes and I’ve got to post something. This is where it goes.
As I travel the country, I constantly meet people who are struggling to find hope. So many of us feel alone, tired, defeated, broken, and victims of our circumstances. We long to have some light break into our darkness, to experience hope in the midst of our pain. I believe that light can come from a variety of places—from something you read, a phone call with a friend, an inspirational song, a meaningful scripture, a stranger’s kindness, etc. That glimmer of light—however small or large—is the first sight of HOPE and tells a person they can continue.
The Messenger: A Journey Into Hope is a unique book & CD brimming with inspiration. Go on an adventure with Thomas to discover the true meaning of a hope that transcends circumstances. In addition to the novella, I created a soundtrack filled with songs inspired by the story. May you find yourself in these lyrics, or within these pages, and uncover a fresh, new way at looking at your life!
"If you want a boost for your congregation may I heartily recommend a concert with Mark Smeby. Mark plays the keyboard and uses videos in a very interactive and delightful concert. Mark is a great musician with a beautiful voice and a heart for God which all shows forth in his performance. Our congregation found it a very moving and enjoyable evening. Also - personally, Mark is very easy to work with - very professional and organized."
"We especially loved the interactive nature of his event, involving the audience throughout the evening. People are still talking about Mark and his music (a combo of classics and new music), and asking when he might be returning to the area. Parishioners and community members alike enjoyed this concert immensely!"
"It was wonderful to have Mark with us. He has a contagious enthusiasm for the message that he is presenting which had people on their feet and fully engaged with a message of hope."
"Expect a Mark Smeby concert to be reflective, inspirational, motivating, multigenerational and purposeful. We were amazed by his original music and lyrics and entertained by his professional renditions of others' cover songs. He quietly made us aware of the needs of the often forgotten or unseen children of prisoners — inviting a response to help him address those needs with hope."
"In a word, Mark Smeby is GENUINE! His infectious enthusiasm and his authentic desire to share with his listeners creates a musical world so much needed to today - Joy!"
"I know there are other performers with his kind of talents, but what sets Mark apart is the depth of his songs and how each one seems to be a sermon based on his own life experiences, that touch people in a profound way. He engages the audience between songs and makes the whole evening feel like a loving conversation with God. It has been weeks since the concert, but my congregation is still talking about how Mark impacted their faith and their relationships with the Lord.”
“We’ve heard many speakers with good messages, but Mark was exceptional. His interactions were unique in that he really listened to the kids and valued what they said. As a result it was obvious that he really affected them as he encouraged them to pursue finding what their unique gifts are and what the Lord’s plans are for their lives. Mark also had some really practical tips on songwriting and performing which he shared through the lens of his own experiences. The kids loved his style and presentation.”
“Having Mark perform in our home and share stories of his personal voyage and dance with God was nothing short of triumphant! His collection of narratives, inspired lyrics and music combined to create an atmosphere of hope smothered in God’s Spirit. Not only that, but funny - always filled with hope and encouragement.”
"Having Mark Smeby was the highlight of our holiday season. Mark was able to lead us in songs that we knew and that were new and original for us. He even got us to get out of our seats and dance. With Mark's assistance, we had a larger turnout to his concert than our traditional celebration. We met new "neighbors" to our church and have seen a few come back since. Mark is personable and easy to work with, and his passion for reaching out to the lost and hurt is an encouragement to how Christ calls us to follow Him."
“Mark brings a fresh relevancy to our faith, a passion for honest relationships, and strength of character where he serves. I have found him flexible enough to adapt his musical style and substance to meet the needs of diverse ministry and cultural environments, and sensitive enough to work closely with a broad array of leadership styles. Mark is who he appears to be: honest, passionate, caring, and courageous.”