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NOT FOR SALE!

Have you ever had a garage sale at your house? Brooke and I have hosted a few successful garage sales during our 11 years of marriage, and by “successful” I mean that we are still married. Garage sales are fun, aren’t they? When I say “fun,” I mean “awful.” The only part I don’t hate about a garage sale is the 4-inch stack of wrinkled one-dollar bills at the end that means we will get at least one sit-down meal at a semi-nice restaurant…

PURSUE A PAUL

Research has revealed that one of the most critical elements to preventing new converts from leaving the church is friendship. According to one study, “Each new person should be able to identify at least seven friends in the church within the first six months.”[1] In other words, developing faith based friendships is critical to faith development.   Maybe that is why relationships played such a vital part in Paul’s ministry. Paul was a man who thrived on relationships. Rarely do you…

TRAIN A TIMOTHY

Timothy was unique as a minister because of his age, frequent illnesses, and what appears to be a timid spirit. Such obstacles could hinder many individuals from becoming successful ministers, but Timothy had a secret weapon named Paul. Paul referred to Timothy as his “beloved and faithful child in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 4:17; cf. 1 Timothy 1:2, 18; 2 Timothy 1:2), and as a ”fellow worker” (Romans 16:21; cf. 1 Thessalonians 3:2). Timothy became one of Paul’s most reliable…

Beauty & the Beast… And the Christian

I grew up watching Disney movies. Because of my love for drawing, I obviously watched all of the animated features; but I also religiously watched some of the lesser-known live-action Disney movies (“Swiss Family Robinson,” anyone?). As a child, Disney represented fun, family, adventure, and usually a few catchy songs.God’s Word. I haven’t grown up much since then (just ask my wife). I still watch every new animated Disney movie that is released (I saw “Moana” 3 times and one…

BE A BARNABAS

William Arthur Ward once wrote, “Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you.” I believe that sentiment embodies the example of a man named Joseph who was integral to the growth of the church during its infancy. In Acts 4:36 we are introduced to Joseph. We tend not to remember him for his surname but for…

How Important Is Homework?

Our teenagers live in a demanding world, and one of the greatest demands that are placed upon them comes in the form of homework. A 2014 survey discovered that high school teachers, on average, assigned approximately 3.5 hours of homework each week. If a typical high school student has five classes with five different teachers, this could theoretically add up to 17.5 hours of homework every week! This would dwarf the amount of time that most teens spend in Bible…

A SIGN FROM GOD

Have you ever noticed the abundance of traffic signs around you? Everywhere you look there are traffic signs. Some signs regulate the flow of traffic like speed limit signs and stop signs. Other signs tell you what to expect ahead such as construction signs, speed bump signs, and curvy road signs. Then there are signs that indicate your location or provide directions such as street names, mile markers, and exit signs. The most important thing about traffic signs is that…

THE FEAR FACTOR – PART THREE

As we wrap up this study on our response towards fear, let’s take a look at one final approach: THE “FEAR OF GOD” APPROACH: What does this approach towards fear look like? Imagine the following scenario: Something happens in our life that causes us to be afraid, but instead of doing nothing or reacting to the cause/source of that fear, we remind ourselves of whom we fear most: God. As a result of this foundational “fear” of God, we make…

WHO DO YOU SAY THAT I AM?

In Matthew 16:15, Jesus asked His disciples the most important question man will ever answer. He asked, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter answered correctly in the following verse when he said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). Peter’s response was celebrated by Jesus and identified as the “rock” on which Jesus would build His church (Matthew 16:17-18). Why was so much emphasis placed on Peter’s confession of Jesus’ identity? Because it…

THE FEAR FACTOR – PART TWO

Last week, we began a 3-part study on how to handle fear. We took a look at the “Frozen by Fear” approach and saw that it is an unwise and unbiblical way to deal with our fears. We simply can’t “do nothing” in most scary situations and still be pleasing to God. So let’s examine another possibility this week: APPROACH #2: THE “MISPLACED FEAR” APPROACH What does this particular approach to fear look like? Imagine this scenario: Something happens in…

THE GREAT I AM

In Exodus 3, we read the story of Moses and the burning bush. At this point in his life, Moses had been away from Egypt for approximately forty years. You may remember that Moses thrived in Egypt. He lived in the house of Pharaoh. He was raised among kings in a royal environment. He grew up as an Egyptian even though he shared the same ethnicity as those who were slaves. However, he eventually grew sympathetic toward his kinsmen, and,…

THE FEAR FACTOR – PART ONE

Have you ever been in a situation that scared you to the point that you didn’t know what to do or how to handle it? Have you ever allowed fear to control your decision-making? Have you ever wondered what to do when you are scared to do anything? Maybe some of these situations sound familiar: “I’ve lied to my parents about something, and I know I need to make it right, but I’m afraid of what might happen if I tell…