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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 Crashers

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

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

Study Group
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.

Entrusted To Teach

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

Praying Hands
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.

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