Two Beautiful Names, One Beautiful Purpose

Repairer. Restorer. Those names can be attributed to God. He rebuilds people’s lives and restores their souls. He has the perfect power and love to do it. But did you know that He has given those names to us?

 

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A Teaching Strategy that Works: Test Case

Last Tuesday I introduced three keys to an effective strategy for teaching the Bible: give your group the what, why, and how of any Bible passage. What is Scripture telling us to do or know about the Christian life? Why is this important to live out and remember? And how do we practically apply this to our everyday lives?

... Let’s take Philippians 4:8, and test our What, Why, and How strategy.

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A Teaching Strategy that Works: Three Keys to a Life-Shaping Bible Lesson

My first strategy for teaching the Bible failed. I was anxious to give the tenth grade girls I taught all of the delightful things I had discovered about our Bible passage. I lost their attention quickly. The next week I picked a more effective strategy: I gave them a what and a why. The what: Follow Jesus. The why: 12 reasons to follow Jesus from Mark Chapter 1. It worked.

If you’re looking for an effective strategy to teach God’s Word, I’d like to suggest three keys. You can apply them to just about any passage of Scripture and give your listeners ...

 

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Gaining and Sustaining Peace

How do you gain peace and sustain it? Maybe if I lived on the beach and every morning I could watch the sunrise glisten on the waters, I would have peace. Or perhaps if I had no struggles or temptations, my heart would abide in peace. But the battle between good versus evil rages on, and no life on earth is free from struggles and temptations. Even the beach has its storms and hurricanes.

Jesus assured us that although we would have adversity in the world, we could have ...

 

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What's Steering You?

What spirit drives you? Does the spirit of fear influence your everyday life, or does the Spirit of God? Does a spirit of anger hover over your heart, or a spirit of love? The word spirit means “a governing influence or disposition.”1 God doesn’t want fear or any other negative influence to govern our hearts (2 Timothy 1:7). These influences will lead us down a path we won’t want to travel. ...

 

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2 Timothy: Winning the Victory Excerpts

Six excerpts in six weeks. Every week I’ve posted an excerpt from my Bible study, 2 Timothy: Winning the Victory, about how to win the spiritual battles of life and ministry. You can find these excerpts on my blog by looking for the picture above, or by clicking on the links below.

Is victory possible? Does God show us how to win our everyday battles with temptation, fear, selfishness, spiritual harassment, and opposition to the gospel? What “battle plan” does He lay out for dealing with life’s obstacles and hindrances? ... 

 

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Our Lord Jesus Christ Is Greater Than Any Enemy

In this final excerpt from my Bible study, 2 Timothy: Winning the Victory, I want to share with you the go-get’-em, no-holds-barred, let’s-overcome-the-obstacles-and-do-what-God-has-for-us passage. This paragraph comes from the final chapter, and compares our spiritual enemies, who may seem overwhelmingly strong at times, to our God who has almighty power.  

“No matter how fierce the enemy seems—when fear cripples us, anger enrages us, or selfishness possesses us; when adversity crushes us, opposition hounds us, or temptation plagues us—God is greater. In our own strength, we may be no match for the spiritual forces fighting against us, but those forces are ... 

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"I Am with You"

“In the stillness of the night, God whispers, ‘I am with you.’ In the middle of the raging storm, He reassures us, ‘I am with you.’ In every joy, in every trial, in every victory, in every burden, He is with us. He strengthens us for every part of life. He strengthens us for every part of the work.”

- 2 Timothy: Winning the Victory, Day 35, p. 178

God is with us. What comforting words! Because God is with us, we can survive any storm. Because He loves us, He will enable us to overcome any trial and to shine His light in the darkest moments or in the ...

 

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