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What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?

by Terry Lanford on March 16th, 2015

One Sabbath, while Jesus was teaching in the Synagogue, a man possessed by an unclean spirit cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him” (Mark 1:24-25)! During many of His encounters with demons Jesus commanded the demons to keep silent.

Show Me Something! Maybe Then I Will Believe.

by Terry Lanford on March 10th, 2015

Has desperation or crisis ever driven you to Christ? In John chapter 4 there is a story of a father who is desperate and panicked. He is consumed with fear for his son’s life. He traveled 20 miles to meet with someone he has only heard can perform miracles. This nobleman, a man of means, did not send a servant, or any other member of his household to Christ, but came himself. The nobleman would spare nothing, if it were possible to save the life of his child. Can you relate? Who wouldn't seek out the best doctor or hospital to save their child?

Why Water to Wine and What It Can Mean to You?

by Terry Lanford on March 5th, 2015

The setting was a wedding. Mary had told Jesus there was no more wine and then she instructed the servants to do whatever Jesus said. Check out what happened next. Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

If Jesus' "hour had not yet come," why the miracle?

by Terry Lanford on March 3rd, 2015

The conversation between Jesus and Mary at the wedding in Cana, and the subsequent miracle, certainly raises a lot of questions (John 2:1-12). The answers to those questions are quite profound. The conversation between Jesus and Mary, which seems extremely awkward, went like this; “When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you” (John 2:3-5).

Harsh Words From Jesus Aimed At Teachers

by Terry Lanford on February 28th, 2015

Jesus aimed some of His harshest words at the Scribes and Pharisees (Matt. 23). These guys were called teachers. Jesus called them hypocrites and blind guides. James warned that not everyone should become a teacher because of the greater expectations. In the Bible, God presents instruction, illustrations, and models, for Bible teachers to follow. The challenge is to know those expectations and seek to fulfill them.

Why Do We Live Like Orphans?

by Terry Lanford on February 23rd, 2015

I recently heard a very moving story from a young lady who lost her father in a traffic accident when she was a young child and was also neglected by her mom. At four years of age she was placed in foster care. She described her feelings of insecurity and the resulting negative behavior that stemmed from a desire to be loved. She was eventually adopted by a family that gave her the love she so desperately longed for and needed. Now this young lady has a ministry that seeks to help orphans who have been placed in foster care.

The Bible Teacher's Prayer Life

by Terry Lanford on February 20th, 2015

Unfortunately, the thing we need to do most as Bible teachers is the thing we tend to do the least. Pray. Oh we like to talk about it and teach about it.  The question is, do we pray and how do we pray? Bible teachers should note that Jesus prayed for those He taught. We should also note what He prayed.

Why five loaves and two fish? Why not steak and potatoes?

by Terry Lanford on February 16th, 2015

The story of Jesus feeding the 5000 is found in all four gospels. (See Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:30-44, Luke 9:10-17, John 6:1-14)* This story seems to begin on a somber note. Three of the four gospels report the beheading of John the Baptist prior to telling the story of the feeding of the five thousand.  Mark and Luke explain that Jesus had recently sent twelve disciples out to preach repentance and on their return they attempted to get away for some much needed rest. There is a problem. The crowds saw them leaving and followed.

Jesus Can Walk on Water. So Why Did He Get in the Boat?

by Terry Lanford on February 9th, 2015

The story of Jesus walking on water, in the midst of a storm and in the wee hours of the morning, is one of my favorites. This story is rich in spiritual truth, but I want to zero in on one question. Why did Jesus get in the boat?

No Expiration!

by Terry Lanford on February 5th, 2015

Can you imagine never again lusting after stuff or sex? No fear driven insecurities. No false humility. No greed. No weapons. No hate. No lies. No secrets. No hurting the ones we love. Forever. No expiration.

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