Tag: teach

  • Three Blessings for Christians During Immoral Times

    I recently wrote a post cautioning about the consequences of making decisions without basing them upon GOD’s Word. I observed that this is not the first downward turn in morality that the world has undergone and that we can learn many lessons from past situations like we are seeing unfold today. While we would certainly prefer…

  • Fathering with a History Lesson (What Arione Irby Taught Me About Racism, Forgiveness, and Love)

    As I write this, my daughter is in the fourth grade. In Alabama, where we live, this means she is taking Alabama History in school. One of the requirements for fourth grade Alabama History is completion of a project which includes visiting a dozen or so historic sites of your choosing across the state. This…

  • A Letter to Jesus (Asking Questions About Things I Don’t Understand)

    One day my heart was heavy, so I wrote the following thoughts as though I were writing to Jesus. I feel that, in time, GOD helped me better understand the answers to my concerns. If you’d like to understand the increased clarity I received, I explain in this series of posts. … Jesus, Where do…

  • Guard Your Heart (Choosing Healthy Music)

    In the post “Guard Your Heart (How to Keep Yourself from Sin),” I discussed the importance of listening to GOD-focused music. People sometimes ask me for recommendations of good, positive music, so I thought I’d address that today. Musical taste is one of those very personal, unique things in life that varies wildly between individuals.…

  • Have Christians Over-complicated the Process of Making Disciples?

    Recently, I’ve heard a number of believers calling for increased focus and teaching on how to make disciples. These statements got me to thinking about discipleship and what the real needs are. On the one hand I agree—Jesus clearly told His followers to go teach people and make disciples, and the world certainly needs more…

  • Church Notes: Courage, Truth and Compassion

    These are my notes from our 7/29/2012 church meeting. Leader: Jon Atchison Assignment We will talk about courage as that has been on my heart lately. As our culture further slips into a moral landscape that is foreign to the Kingdom of God, we have the ability to truly Shine as lights in a dark…

  • December 19 – 2 Timothy: Paul’s Final Letter

    Reading 2 Tim. 1:1-4:22 Devotional It seems that Paul was once again arrested and had to stand trial, and was apparently sentenced to death as a result of his defense of the gospel. Secular history affirms that Paul died a martyr’s death (a martyr is someone who is killed for a cause—in this case, for…

  • December 6 – Every Person is Guilty of Sin

    Reading Rom. 1:1-3:20 Devotional Apparently during the three months while Paul is in Corinth—probably between 56-58 A.D.—he writes the letter to the Romans. Over the next three days we will complete our reading of this letter. In the first part, covered in today’s reading, the major theme is that every person—both Jew and Gentile alike—is…

  • November 21 – Persecution of Christians Begins; the Church Grows

    Reading Acts 3:1-6:7 Devotional One day Peter and John healed a crippled beggar outside one of the gates of the temple court. The man got and leaped and jumped around, praising GOD. Everyone recognized the man and were amazed at what happened to him. A crowd gathered there as people realized what happened, and Peter…

  • November 14 – The Upper Room

    Reading Luke 22:14-21, 23-30 John 13:1-21 Matt. 26:22-25; John 13:22-35 Luke 22:31-34; John 13:36-38 John 14:1-31a Luke 22:35-38 Matt. 26:20; John 14:31b Matt. 26:31-35 Devotional As the Jewish day transitioned from Wednesday to Thursday (Jews measured days from sunset to sunset), Jesus and His apostles met in the upper room, that Peter and John had…