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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.

Passion is a mark of great teaching.

by Terry Lanford on January 12th, 2015

Passion is a mark of great teaching. Passion drives a teacher to prepare well and helps a teacher communicate that he or she sincerely believes the truth they teach.  Hopefully you have allowed God’s own passion about teaching to inspire you to prepare and teach with passion.  We cannot expect our learners to be passionate about God’s Word if we are not passionate about teaching God’s Word.

Spiritual Health Assessment for Teachers

by Terry Lanford on January 9th, 2015

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The Astonishing Teaching of Jesus

by Terry Lanford on January 8th, 2015

The teaching of Jesus astonished people, and his instructional style can serve as a model for all Christ-followers who seek to be better teachers. What Jesus taught was often tied closely to how he taught. Christian educator Roy Zuck writes: “How [Jesus] gained interest, how he stimulated thinking, involved students, told stories, applied truths, answered questions, dealt with individuals of varying personalities and differing attitudes toward him, motivated and corrected students — these are a few of the many areas where we can learn from his style.”

Training Bible Teachers Can Change the Culture

by Terry Lanford on January 7th, 2015

Training the Bible teachers in my church reaped rewards I never predicted. As I mentioned in my book, Capturing God’s Passion for Teaching, I was thinking about issues like church growth and Biblical illiteracy. Those issues are hugely important, but the building of relationships with my teachers is something that goes beyond measure. Spending time investing in my teachers told them how much I value their sacrifice. I am not exaggerating when I say that training teachers in church can change the culture. Subtly, the bar for teachers was raised.

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