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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.

Did You Get In Your Workout?

by Terry Lanford on February 2nd, 2015

In his book, Disciplines of a Godly Man, R. Kent Hughes said, “none of us naturally seeks after God, none is inherently religious, none instinctively does good” (Rom. 3.9-18). Therefore as children of grace, our spiritual discipline is everything – everything.  The apostle Paul instructed Timothy in 1 Timothy 4.7 to “train yourself to be godly.”

Compassion In Action

by Terry Lanford on January 31st, 2015

I just returned from a fruitful mission trip to Nicaragua with Chosen Children Ministries. Our group was able to give out yellow bags to children living in barrios whose parents cannot afford to send them to school. The yellow bags (part of the yellow bag challenge) contained shoes, uniforms and school supplies. We also fed around 300 people in two different barrios.

Who Are You Anyway?

by Terry Lanford on January 23rd, 2015

“The Fish,” “W.W.J.D.,” “a cross,” and a growing number of t-shirts and other paraphernalia are being used more and more to identify ourselves as ChristiansSome of this is marketing and some of it is, I think, an effort to witness. Many of us slap a Christian symbol on the back of a car and throw on a t-shirt with a good Christian message and head out into the world proud to be a believer.  These things can be great witnessing tools, but we also have to be careful about what it is we are giving witness to. Especially preachers and teachers.

Be Holy? You've Gotta Be Kidding Me.

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by Terry Lanford on January 21st, 2015

When you think of holiness, what do you think? I think many believers have sized up holiness as being something they are not sure they want to try. What I mean is that we know holiness describes God and the things of God. We know that holiness is good but, since it is applied to God, it is beyond us.  Truthfully, the idea of being around that which is holy makes us fearful. We think of God telling Moses to remove his sandals because he is standing on holy ground.

The Old Scribe Got it Right

by Terry Lanford on January 18th, 2015

He put study, obedience, and teaching in the proper order. Ezra is a great example for all believers to follow but especially for those who are teachers. Ezra’s pattern was to first study God’s Word, then to practice God’s Word in his own life. Only after doing these things did Ezra seek to teach others. Ezra 7:10 says Ezra had “determined in his heart” to study the word of God.  The KJV reads Ezra “prepared his heart.” The NIV reads Ezra “devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law.”

Good Bible Teachers are Relevant

by Terry Lanford on January 16th, 2015

Every generation has been defined or influenced by a unique set of significant social issues particular to that generation’s time and location. Some contemporary social issues include same sex marriage, abortion, gun laws, terrorism, human trafficking, immigration, high unemployment, and rising national debt. On a more personal level, many people are dealing with employment, marriage, parenting, health and financial issues.

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