The desert is a desolate place. It's dry. It's dusty. It's either miserably hot or bitterly cold--there is rarely a mild day. To top it off, there is a minimal vegetation as far as the eye can see. Any visible plants include shrubs, succulents, palms or spindly Joshua Trees (in certain parts of the world).… Continue reading Lessons from the Wilderness: Scripture Writing Plan October 2022
Why It’s So Hard to Be Patient with People
It's easy to talk about love when there is no conflict. It's easy to stand in a brightly lit hall, surrounded by a hundred smiling faces and listen to the preacher tell you how "love is patient and kind," but as offenses mount, love, patience, and kindness are no longer easy to swallow.
Patience, Even When Suffering Doesn’t Make Sense
Suffering is frequently linked with the word "why." Why do we suffer? Why does God allow suffering? Why me? Suffering triggers an immediate desire to understand why. When sin entered the world suffering came along for the ride. We have seasons of peace, seasons of prosperity, and seasons of pain. Even in the good seasons,… Continue reading Patience, Even When Suffering Doesn’t Make Sense
Bible Teaching Tips! (Tip #3)
Welcome to today’s edition of Teaching Tip Thursday! Today's Tip: Review isn't for dummies If you have the opportunity to teach a class with the same person (or people) more than once, do not hesitate to review. It gives you, as a teacher, a pulse on what information has been retained and what the student does… Continue reading Bible Teaching Tips! (Tip #3)
Expanding the Core of Workers
This article is part of the series “Building GenNext.” You can read the previous post by clicking here. The preacher looked wearily at the building as he shifted into park. When he had begun the work here, he'd had such high hopes of helping the tiny church grow into a massive group of believers. Over… Continue reading Expanding the Core of Workers
The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the Lord tests hearts. ~ Proverbs 17:3 ESV My children have taught me a great deal about parenting. For instance: when I was a starry-eyed parent-to-be I said things like, "I'll never yell at my children. I'll never say, 'because I said so.'… Continue reading No tests?
Testing, 1, 2, 3… [Coffee Chat #9]
What do you use to see if someone is teaching truth or lies?