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Baggage, Bruises and Blind Spots

by Terry Lanford on January 26th, 2019

My mentor in ministry, Pastor Mike Hamlet, had to sometimes remind me, particularly when I was being judgmental about what I deemed strange behavior in others, that everyone has baggage. It is there, we just don’t always see it. All of us have been hurt, bruised and scarred by the sin of someone else. We have also hurt others by our own sin. Over the years I have also come to realize that each of us has struggled with blind spots. We all have had flaws that others could see but we couldn’t see in ourselves.

Resolutions

by Terry Lanford on December 31st, 2018

Jonathan Edwards, one of our countries greatest preachers, and the first president of Princeton; made a habit of guiding his life by resolutions.  At age 17, he penned 21 resolutions by which he would live his life. He continued to add to this list until, by his death, he had 70 resolutions. He put at the top of his list: "Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God's help, (Phil. 4:13).

Preparing for Christmas

by Terry Lanford on December 13th, 2018

My wife and I started our Christmas preparation with a search for a real tree this year. This is the first live tree we have had in many years. It was a special and exciting adventure for us as we began to anticipate time with family and friends and to consider the celebration of our Saviors birth.

Now That's An Amazing Grip!

by Terry Lanford on November 20th, 2018

On the heels of describing Himself as the Good Shepherd, Jesus was asked if He was the Messiah.  He responded, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand.  I and the Father are one” (John 10:27-30 ESV emphasis mine)

Live in Light of Who’s Watching

by Terry Lanford on November 14th, 2018

Are you living in light of who is watching?  That is the first step to a life that works.  Jesus hears.  Jesus sees.  Jesus knows.  Job 28:11, Psalm 69:5, Matthew 10:26, and scores of other passages all communicate that nothing is hidden from God.  He brings all things to light.  So, it only makes sense to live now as if God is watching and it will all be made known.

Studying the Book of Isaiah in the Ugandan Seminary

by Terry Lanford on April 6th, 2018

It’s early morning here in Uganda and I am preparing for the next class. For the past two days I have been teaching in the Ugandan Baptist seminary from the book of Isaiah.  These men humble me with their commitment to the Lord and their desire to learn. I thought I would share with you a little excerpt from Isaiah chapter 6. The following insights came from John MacArthur. Time permitting I will post more from our study. I hope this blesses you today.

Entrusted to Teach Newsletter

Holding Hands
by Terry Lanford on February 22nd, 2018

Welcome to the Spring 2018 edition of the Entrusted to Teach Ministries Newsletter!

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Wedding Reception
by Terry Lanford on October 19th, 2017

This past weekend my wife and I decided to check out High Hampton Resort near Cashiers, NC.  By checkout I mean drive through because my current budget doesn’t meet the standard for an overnight stay. Somehow we drove right in and happened upon a wedding procession moving slowly across the beautifully manicured lawn. The resort is surrounded by mountains so you can imagine the picturesque scene. Proceeding the bride and groom was a guy in a kilt playing bagpipes. A quick glimpse of the bride and groom told me they were full of joy.

Whatever Happened to Teacher Training in The Southern Baptist Convention?

by Terry Lanford on May 23rd, 2017

One of the fond memories I have from my time working on my doctoral dissertation is traveling to the Southern Seminary library in Louisville, Kentucky.  On a snowy weekend in 2012 I looked through archives, researching the history of Sunday school teacher training in the Southern Baptist Convention. What I discovered surprised me and created a sense that we Southern Baptists have let something extremely important wither away because of lack of attention and blatant apathy.

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by Terry Lanford on May 8th, 2017

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