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Disappointed With God

Once upon a time there was a gardener.  And when spring came that gardener worked very hard and planted flowers and vegetables.  All summer the gardener played and swam and waited for God to make her garden grow.  And in the fall the gardener went to her garden and BEHOLD the flowers were scraggly from neglect and had dried up.  The green beans had produced...

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Unseen

UNSEEN   Usually, if you can’t see it, it’s not there.  Unless you believe in God and then you know that there is a lot going on that you can’t see, which is, quite frankly, a little scary.  As often as we remind ourselves that God is at work in unseen ways, it seems a little iffy.  What if we could see the network that...

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Start with a PUNCH!

Start with a PUNCH!  “The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips.” (Proverbs 16:23)   Our messages are meant to persuade, to transform.  Whether we are preachers, teachers, or leaders, our words should be weighed to have an impact.  Garr Reynolds uses the acronym PUNCH as a device for planning your message introductions.   We always introduce a...

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Have a Sharp Focus to Your Teaching

Have a SHARP Focus to your Teaching Whether you teach or preach it is important that you keep the main idea in FOCUS at all times. The main purpose of this website is to encourage and empower you to be a more effective Bible teachers or speaker, so I would like to share with you an acronym for things to add so that you communicate...

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When Blessings Bring a Curse

When Blessings Bring a Curse  The scary little question I’m afraid to ask is this, why does God bless us with so much when so often those God generously blesses fall away from Him?  You’ve probably heard of King Solomon the son of King David.  He was very devout in following God and once even brought 1000 burnt offerings to worship God. ( 2 Chron....

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Hunting for Eggs

Hunting for Eggs (Treasure!) ““Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.” (Matthew 13:45–46, ESV) Finding a pearl is worth 50 on a string.  Good Bible teachers like to share the treasure they have found in Scripture, but even better yet,...

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A Fig Tree or a Fake: Am I Producing Fruit or Just a Lot of Leaves

After Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem at his last Passover Feast he went back to Bethel for the night.  Bethel was where Mary and Martha and Lazarus lived.  Maybe Jesus even stayed at Martha’s, she loved to entertain.   But I don’t think he got breakfast before starting back to Jerusalem in the morning because the text says he was hungry.  Mk. 11:11-12 As they were...

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Shepherd or Hired Hand?

In John 10, Jesus said that He was the GOOD SHEPHERD. (Jn. 10:14)  He was not only the shepherd, but the very GATE of the sheepfold.(Jn. 10:7-9)  The reason the Father loved him, Jesus said, was the he would willingly LAY DOWN his very life for his sheep.(Jn. 10:17)  No one could take his life, but he laid it down willingly, of his own accord. ...

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Many are Called but Few are Chosen

Unfortunately, sensing a call from the Lord to teach or preach does not always correlate with the number of students or parishioners one might have.  You hear stories about “someone” who worked for 45 years as a missionary in far off “someplaceland” and had only 1 convert.  That is supposed to be encouraging.  I can tell you it is not. On the other hand, good...

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For the Birds

I saw a beautiful hawk on the fence next to the bird feeder this cold winter morning.   I believe he is a broad winged hawk.   It is exciting to actually see the hawk sitting like a pet right outside my kitchen window.   Usually I think it is great just to see him soaring over the yard and to hear his piercing whistle.  Earlier there were...

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Pasting Together Feathers Hoping for a Duck

Pasting together feathers hoping for a duck.  Such a great line.  I heard it on NPR this morning. (You’ve heard the joke, “That’s not just my opinion, I heard it on NPR.”) Well, I’m writing a talk on John 1:1-18.  Couldn’t have a better passage right?  But there is so much great stuff written on that passage.  I could just read commentaries and books on...

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Sometimes I Feel a Little Nuts

or The Confusing Downside of My Otherwise Blessed Life The life of a teacher can be isolating. OK, the truth is I’m a relatively new empty nester.  The birds have flown the coop.   Everyone was home for Christmas and now they are all gone along with their sundry pets, and it’s awfully quiet around here.  For twenty some years there has been loud noise, music,...

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