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Give Me Crumbs!!! Please!!!!

by Terry Lanford on September 1st, 2015

I can’t say that I often think of crumbs in a very positive light. After all, they tend to be very minute pieces of food that end up on the floor. They are swept out with a broom or licked off the floor by a pet. When we have a need, in any area of our life, we are likely be insulted if offered crumbs to meet that need. A fraction of medicine, surgery, repair, salary, friendship, or love might as well be nothing at all.

Your Small Group Bible Teacher Needs Your Prayer

by Terry Lanford on August 19th, 2015

Perhaps we have no better chance to learn about prayer than when we see God Himself pray.  I hope you will take time to look at Mark 14:32-39 and John 17 sometime this week.  One passage shows us Jesus praying to the Father in the Upper Room with the disciples and the other show us Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane before His crucifixion.  I believe these Scriptures teach us some great principles for our own prayer life.

When Jesus Hangs Out by the Pool

Pool at Bethesda
by Terry Lanford on August 14th, 2015

One day while Jesus was in Jerusalem for one of the Jewish feasts, He took a trip to the local pool (John 5:1-15). Now usually when we think of a pool, we think of recreational swimming in cool refreshing water. The pool called Bethesda was not that kind of pool. Bethesda means house of mercy. This pool might have been more aptly described as a house of misery. Instead of healthy people wearing swimsuits and catching rays, the people around this pool were physically and spiritually broken. John described them as “a multitude of sick – blind, lame and paralyzed” (John 5:3).

Is There an Unpardonable Sin and Have You Committed It?

Praying Hands
by Terry Lanford on July 28th, 2015

Some very sincere and concerned Christians have expressed fear that they may have committed an unpardonable sin. Others are afraid that the sum of their sin has placed them in a position that is beyond even the possibility of forgiveness by Jesus. Is that possible? Is there a sin or a degree of sin that the blood of Jesus is not sufficient to cover? There is a great deal of confusion over this issue. Part of the reason is the wide variety of interpretations surrounding the passages that address the unpardonable sin.

Are You Trusting an Impostor?

Disguise
by Terry Lanford on July 13th, 2015

In January 2015, a 17 year old in Palm Beach, Florida impersonated an anesthesiologist. For nearly a month he walked around a hospital wearing a white jacket and carrying a stethoscope. He went into examining rooms and observed other doctors examine patients. Fortunately he didn’t attempt to treat anyone. In May 2015, a man in Atlanta was charged with impersonating an eye doctor for nearly six years. In addition to performing eye examinations, he prescribed medications.

Entrusted To Teach

by Terry Lanford on July 8th, 2015

“Entrusted to Teach” is a new Bible teacher training workshop for small group Bible teachers designed to address 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. Find out more about “Entrusted to Teach” at TerryLanford.com  or email terry@terrylanford.com.

Desperately Reaching For The Hem of His Garment

by Terry Lanford on July 7th, 2015

While some of us have experienced difficult and embarrassing personal issues in our lives, I doubt many of us can truly relate to the lady described in Mark 5:25-34.  This poor lady had suffered with chronic bleeding for twelve years. Without being too descriptive I ask you to imagine the sanitary challenges of dealing with that problem, day after day, after day.  Along with that came the health issues. She must have been frequently weak and anemic. In all likelihood, she had no family because she would have been considered unclean.

Who Decides What Is Moral?

by Terry Lanford on June 26th, 2015

In light of today's ruling by the SCOTUS regarding same sex marriage and my being a Pastor, I have been ask some very sincere and difficult questions. Below is one example. This believer asked a very good question. How do we respond to those who do not accept the Bible as God's Word? Why should we force them to abide by what the Bible says?

A Miracle of Jesus Speaks to Absentee Dads

Pool at Bethesda
by Terry Lanford on June 24th, 2015

The miracle was so profound that the actions of a loving father were nearly eclipsed. After all, raising someone from the dead was impossible.

In Mark 5:21-32 is the story of Jesus raising Jairus’ daughter from the dead. Before we see what this story has for us, let’s take a quick look at what some eye opening statistics reveal about children raised in homes were a father is physically or relationally absent.

Why Did Demons Opt To Be Sent Into Pigs?

by Terry Lanford on June 19th, 2015

The miracle was so profound that the actions of a loving father were nearly eclipsed. After all, raising someone from the dead was impossible.

In Mark 5:21-32 is the story of Jesus raising Jairus’ daughter from the dead. Before we see what this story has for us, let’s take a quick look at what some eye opening statistics reveal about children raised in homes were a father is physically or relationally absent.

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