As We Go

Buckle Up! This week I was in a meeting concerning weather closings. At the meeting one of the participants asked “If this was the first incident of the year would we do anything different”? The question on my mind was “what have we learned through this process that is making us better at making these decisions”? Later that afternoon the Spirit reminded me that the question should be asked about our spiritual life also. “What have we learned through this...

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Purpose

I sat in the Upper Room, hanging on to the end of my rope. Over a few short weeks, I’d lost my wife to cancer and my purpose in life. Although I was in ministry at a local church, had a master’s degree from a leading seminary, and was living the American Dream, my head and heart were a mess. I no longer wanted to serve the church. In early morning convocation with God, I pleaded my case for either...

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Transformed

I admit it—I enjoy cooking. Before following God’s call to vocational ministry, I worked for a successful Burger King franchise in Birmingham, Alabama. Working as a fast food manager requires extensive product knowledge and efficiency in working every station in the restaurant. Believe it or not, when Burger King first entered the breakfast business, biscuits were homemade with flour, sugar, salt, yeast, butter, milk, sifting, kneading, rolling, and baking. It was with terror that I approached the biscuit station for...

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Effective Teaching

This week I have found myself in several discussions focusing on effective teaching. These conversations drove me back to a work by William R. Yount entitled Called to Teach: An Introduction to the Ministry of Teaching. This work focuses on (1) The teacher as Dynamic Synergist (2) The Teacher as Instructor (3) The Teacher as Educational Manager and (4) The Teacher as “Minister”. In this work Dr. Yount points out that there are three systems of learning. He calls these...

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Follow Me

Matthew tells us that Jesus inaugurated His public ministry by issuing three significant calls to those who would follow Him. These calls transcend time, apply to each of us today, and are found in in Matthew 4:17-23. 1. Believe and Follow Jesus The first call is to Believe and Follow Jesus. In Matthew 4:17 we read, “From then on Jesus began to preach, ‘Repent, because the kingdom of heaven has come near!’” Answering the call to salvation is the first step...

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