Bible Teaching Tips! (Tip #2)

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Welcome to today’s edition of Teaching Tip Thursday!

Today’s Tip: Consider the Context

When we are preparing a class or discussing scripture with someone, always be mindful of these three important rules: Continue reading

A Spark in the Darkness.

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Shootings in Dallas. Riots in Charlotte. Explosions in New York.

Deceit in the debate hall.

Worry abounds.

When darkness prevails and our grief overwhelms us, how do we get through it? What do we hold on to?  Continue reading

Bible Teaching Tips. (Tip #1)

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Today’s teaching tip is one I find helpful when teaching children and those who may not be very familiar with the Bible. Are you ready? Continue reading

“Is this all there is?” (Part 3 of “Does Everything Happen for a Reason”)

This is the third part of the series, “Does Everything Happen for a reason?” To read the previous post, click here.

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“What we would here and now call our ‘happiness’ is not the end God chiefly has in view: but when we are such as He can love without impediment, we shall in fact be happy.”

~ C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

When faced with incomprehensible suffering, people respond in one of the following four ways:

  1. Blame God.
  2. Dismiss God’s omnipotence
  3. Conclude we are subject to random chance.
  4. Remember this life is temporary and turn to God for comfort

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Do you trust Him?

imageThis passage in Psalms began my daily reading today.

In light of our discussion, “does everything happen for a reason,” this scripture seemed quite timely. In this Psalm, David challenges his own soul to remember no scheme of man can ever snatch Him from God’s omnipotent hand.  Continue reading

Where were you?

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Tuesday morning dawned, bright and clear. The smell of cinnamon and nutmeg mingled with freshly cooked eggs while a soft, gentle breeze wafted through the open windows. I sat at the dining room table, savoring my freshly cooked scrambled eggs and warm coffee cake. I was home on summer break, very close to returning to college for my junior year. My mom sat across from me as we engaged in some light conversation.

The sudden jangling of the cordless phone shattered the quiet of the morning. My mom rose hurriedly from the table to answer it.

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Does the presence of evil negate the power of God?

This post is part 2 of the series, “Does Everything Happen for a Reason?” To read the previous post, click here.

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“If there is a God, why do bad things happen?”

“If God is so powerful, then why was this ruler able to murder all these people?”

“God doesn’t work in the world today. If He did, He wouldn’t have allowed my child to die.”

People from every race, color, and time have asked questions like these. Humanity is perpetually baffled by suffering. Grief or pain cause some to lash out at God or abandon Him altogether. How do we reconcile a loving, all-powerful God with a world overrun with destruction? Continue reading

Does Everything Happen for a Reason? (part 1)

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In our fast-paced, sound-byte world, people want (and give) quick answers with no real thought to the complexities of the question.

Consider, for instance, the following question:

“Does everything happen for a reason?”

For the past several weeks, I have been rolling this topic around in my mind after reading an article that a few of my friends shared (and apparently liked) on Facebook. It is not my normal practice to criticize the writing of another person on this blog, but in this case, the writer’s conclusion was so grossly fallacious it demanded addressing. Continue reading

Why we need to pray for GenNext (Part 2)

This is the final article in the series “Raising GenNext.” You can read the previous post by clicking here.

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Yesterday, we looked at why prayer is so critical in the effort to raise GenNext. Remember, GenNext is not just children; GenNext also includes new converts and current Christians. Like Jesus, we long for the growth of those who will follow in our footsteps. The effort to train “replacements” begins today, for today is all we have. As with any endeavor for the Lord, we need to be praying throughout the process.

What specific requests should be included in our prayers?

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Why we need to pray for GenNext (Part 1).

This article is part of the series “Raising GenNext.” You can read the previous post by clicking here.

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What do you believe about prayer?

Do you think praying is a rote activity?

Is prayer an active or passive endeavor?

Does it have value?

Is it helpful?

Does it actually work?

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