A Coin in the Mouth of a Fish (A Strange Way to Meet a Need)

by Terry Lanford on January 19th, 2016

A cartoon-like picture of a fish with a coin in its mouth can be found in classic children’s Bible story books as an illustration of Matthew 17:24-27. While that simple picture is an accurate depiction of the miracle, it does not convey the deeper spiritual meaning of the surrounding story

Matthew 17:24-27 (HCS)

24 When they came to Capernaum, those who collected the double-drachma tax approached Peter and said, “Doesn’t your Teacher pay the double-drachma tax?”

From Glory To Gory and Back Again

by Terry Lanford on January 13th, 2016

One can only imagine what Peter, James and John felt as they witnessed the Transfiguration of Jesus. “His clothes became dazzling—extremely white as no launderer on earth could whiten them.  Elijah appeared to them with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus” (Mark 9:3-4). In the afterglow of that supernatural experience, the three disciples and Jesus came down from the mountain to find the other nine disciples surrounded by a crowd and arguing with the teachers of the law. (See Mark 9:14-29)

Temptation and the Dark Side

by Terry Lanford on December 30th, 2015

Temptation. The meaning of the word has evolved in modern culture to include pleasures we should not deny ourselves. Saying things like, “I am tempted to take the day off” or “I am tempted to eat dessert” or “I am tempted to buy new clothes,” has changed temptation into a dare that must be met. Giving into temptation is something we do as a reward.

Have We Given the Innkeeper a Bad Rap?

by Terry Lanford on December 14th, 2015

Based on the sentence, “there was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7), there has been a great deal of speculation regarding the innkeeper’s role on the night of our dear Savior’s birth. A true understanding of who was in control of every single event leading to the Messiah’s birth reveals we have been unfair and a little hard on the innkeeper.

Biblical Pedagogy

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by Terry Lanford on December 9th, 2015

Biblical pedagogy that transforms will prioritize the Holy Spirit in preparation and presentation of Biblical truth!

Pedagogy (ped-uh-goh-jee) is a fun word to say.  Merriam-Webster defines pedagogy as the art, science or practice of teaching. Biblical pedagogy is the practice of teaching God’s Holy Word. Pastors and spiritual leaders have a sacred responsibility to ensure small group Bible teachers have been equipped for Biblical pedagogy!

Visions Of His Holiness

by Terry Lanford on December 2nd, 2015

Over the past week I have been gripped by thoughts of God’s holiness. These thoughts have been shaped by dwelling on some of the most high and holy moments found in Scripture. I didn’t engage in a deep Bible study. In fact, I simply meditated on the Holy Spirit’s description of moments where God’s holiness left a life changing imprint.  

The Lens Crafter

by Terry Lanford on November 18th, 2015

One day while Jesus was in a town called Bethsaida, “some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him” (Mark 8:22). Their motivation wasn’t so much an issue of compassion and concern as it was a desire to see Jesus perform another miracle. Their actions were no more spiritually motivated than when we take a trip to LensCrafters to get a new pair of glasses.

Do You Guard Against False Teaching?

by Terry Lanford on October 22nd, 2015

On two separate occasions, Jesus fed thousands of people with a handful of fish and loaves. I have always thought of the feeding of the 4000 as a parallel and somewhat secondary miracle to the feeding of the 5000. Almost as if the second was needed to confirm the first was not a fluke.

Entrusted To Teach Workshop @ Christian Supply

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by Terry Lanford on October 12th, 2015

Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
“Entrusted to Teach” is a new Bible teacher training workshop designed to provide much needed practical matters such as the basics of Bible study, lesson preparation, and lesson presentation but it goes beyond the traditional training and addresses spiritual preparation and passion in teaching.

Friends Don’t Let Friends...

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by Terry Lanford on October 4th, 2015

We are all familiar with the slogan, “Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.” That slogan has been frequently amended and added to bumper stickers and t-shirts to communicate various messages. For example, friends don’t let friends, do stupid things, alone. Friends don’t let friends wear bad outfits.



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