Happy July 4th

Happy Independence Day, 2014!

Here's a few thoughts about July 4th and our country, and some heartfelt prayers.

 

 

 

July 4th, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Not Alone: A Promise for God’s Children

“For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’” (Hebrews 13:5 NKJV).

On life’s journey, you don’t travel alone.
On every steep path, in every dark turn, you have a Companion for the road.
He shares each step with you, shining His light on the next step and the next.

In life’s race, you don’t run alone.

 

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Isaiah: Setting Things Right

The Complete Picture

            It’s not difficult to take in the complete picture of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Mona Lisa. The portrait is only about thirty inches tall by eighteen inches wide.1 It was hanging behind bullet-proof glass when my family and I saw it in the Louvre in Paris. What’s difficult is figuring out the expression on her face. What did the artist have in mind? Was he hoping to intrigue us with ...

 

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Isaiah: Setting Things Right

Love is Christ’s Driving Force

 In 2010, my family and I attended the International Christian Retail Show, where Christian book publishers … promote their new products to retailers. As writers, we wanted to see how the book promotion process worked.

Giant posters decorated the halls of the convention center like murals. One of them promoted The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Aslan the lion with his golden mane and piercing eyes dominated the center of the poster. His face ...

 

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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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Isaiah: Setting Things Right

Holiness Is a Transformation of the Heart

            True holiness has roots that reach down deeper than what we say and do. It reaches into our hearts—the treasure house of who we are, how we’re wired, and what we value. Holiness warms, enriches, and enlivens the heart with Godliness. It prompts us to think differently, to see more clearly ...

 

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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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