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by Terry Lanford on May 8th, 2017

I am writing to tell you about an exciting new ministry called Entrusted To Teach. Over the past eighteen months God has done amazing things that led to the launch of a ministry which seeks to assist churches and pastors to equip small group Bible teachers.

Discovering God’s Truth For Yourself

by Terry Lanford on May 6th, 2017

Bible teachers can fall into the trap of depending completely on the study and work of others in order to save time in lesson preparation. In other words, we sometimes get lazy. Bible teachers should always begin lesson preparation with prayer followed by study of the passage of Scripture to be taught. Never read the thoughts and interpretations of others prior to beginning your own study.

Five of the Biggest Mistakes Bible Teachers Make

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by Terry Lanford on March 15th, 2017

5. Showing up poorly prepared. Not even the most gifted communicators are able to disguise a lack of preparation. Your listeners will wonder if it is pride or laziness that would lead you to attempt to teach God’s Word without study. When you are unprepared, you communicate a lack of conviction for what you are doing and damage your credibility.

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by Terry Lanford on November 1st, 2016

God has a passionate desire for people to know His Word. His passion for the teaching of Scripture is seen in Deuteronomy 6:6-9.  God said to Moses, “These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart.  Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead.  Write them on the door posts of your house and on your gates.” God desires for His Word to be in the hearts of His people.

Seven Is Special

by Terry Lanford on September 20th, 2016

I have always liked the number seven. As a kid I competed with teammates over uniforms numbered seven. I have no idea where the notion came from but I thought number seven was special. After all, the great Mickey Mantle wore number seven. John Elway also wore number seven. I read that if you stop and ask people to choose a number between one and ten, more often than not, they will choose number seven. Superstition says seven is the luckiest number. We even have a seven day week. Consider Seven-Up! Name another drink named after a number. Need I say more? Seven is special!

Does OMG Matter to God?

by Terry Lanford on August 18th, 2016

The third commandment reads “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain” (Ex. 20:4 KJV).  Many people believe this is a commandment that prohibits swearing. This commandment is often viewed as a warning against using words like “Damn” or “Hell.”  Many of us were raised to believe that “taking God’s name in vain” means using the words “God” and “Damn” in the same sentence.  So if that is correct then all we have to do is clean up our language. Right? Not exactly.

Our Spiritual Worship

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by Terry Lanford on July 26th, 2016

A few years ago while visiting India, I took a trip in a taxi. The driver, who was Hindu, had statues and images of Buddha and several other “gods” attached to the car’s dash.  After I revealed myself as a Christian, the driver made sure to show me his small image of baby Jesus in a manger.  He was intent on covering all his bases when it came to worship.  

The first commandment taught us who God is. The focus is on His exclusivity. The second commandment taught us how to worship the One and Only.

When Jealousy Is a Good Thing

by Terry Lanford on July 13th, 2016

Credibility is huge. The value of words are judged by the credibility of the speaker. Before God introduced Himself in the form of the Ten Commandments, He explained to the Israelites why they needed to listen. God told Moses to tell the people that He had carried them on eagle’s wings and He had chosen them out of all nations to be His treasured possession (Exodus 19:4-5).  He reminded them of what He did for them, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery” (Exodus 20:2).

The Big Mac or the Ten Commandments?

by Terry Lanford on June 8th, 2016

I read about a survey done a few years ago that said 80% of Americans can recognize the ingredients in a Big Mac to 60% who can recognize a statement as one of the Ten Commandments.  Let’s see. How does it go? I remember a little song: “Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun.”  I am not sure that’s exactly correct but it’s close and I am showing my age. McDonald’s certainly had a very effective marketing program. Do you know the Ten Commandments as well as you know an advertising jingle?

The Walking Dead

by Terry Lanford on April 28th, 2016

I have a number of friends who watch the popular television show, “The Walking Dead.” I tried an episode but just couldn’t get into it. My friends say they watch for the drama. I find that funny, yet I cannot point a judging finger because I have also temporarily suspended rational thought and enjoyed weird, bizarre and totally unreal stories. I guess I am not a dead head. Zombie stories are not my thing. Having said that, there is story I like that’s found in Scripture about a guy who died, decayed and came back to life.  Who knew?

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