Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. [Matthew 10:29-31, NIV]
Photo: a rose from hubby for Valentine's Day, February 14, 2007
And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his spendor was dressed like one of these. If this is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will ne not much more clothe you, O you of lilttle faith? So do not worry... [Matthew 6:28-31, NIV]
Monday, February 26, 2007
- Waste not, want not.
- If the shoe fits, wear it.
- Practice makes perfect.
- Time heals all wounds.
- Once saved, always saved.
- Money is the root of all evil.
- Cleanliness is next to godliness.
- Spare the rod, spoil the child.
- You can't judge a book by its cover.
- God said it. I believe it, that settles it.
- God helps those who help themselves.
- You can't teach an old dog new tricks.
- An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
- Children should be seen and not heard.
- All good things come to those who wait.
- If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.
A fun exercise using this list might be to poll your Bible study group members to see how many these proverbs they identify as being in the Bible. My guess is that the average lay person would say at least a third of these are (when, in fact, none are as stated, though some are fragments of or inspired by actual Bible passages).
Enjoy! And have a good week!
'Til next time,
Friday, February 23, 2007
Letters from Leavers (actually run by two seminary students studying why people leave)
Fair warning: the second site (exchristians.net) is run by non-believers ministering to exChristians. What you read there is real, but not pretty. The first (Letters from Leavers) has posted guidelines, including things like no swearing and not slandering others, so you can find honest replies without too much objectionable content.
Both, however, provide great insight into why people leave church or the faith.
If you're working with or ministering to an embittered soul, these sites might give you a window into how the disillusioned think.
But do pray as you read these sites, lest you give the enemy an opportunity to plant seeds of doubt.
I offer these only as a means to broaden your understanding of the the lost.
'Til next time,
- Is this tool suited to me?
- Does it dovetail with my weaknesses to strengthen them?
- Is it consistent with my theological convictions (or, if not, is it flexible enough for me to still use; can I adapt it)?
- Does it "fit" me (my style, my strengths, my ability or skill level)?
- Does it "fit" the group to whom I'm ministering?
- Would something else (or someone else) better cover this area of weakness?
Thursday, February 22, 2007
It just occurred to me that perhaps some of those articles, now archived online, might be of benefit to you, my Teachers' Tips readers.
So here's where you can find some of the tips-for-minstry-leadership articles I've written in the past:
Discipleship Journal (17 articles)
Pray! magazine (4 articles)
Today's Christian Woman (1 article)
That should be enough to get you started. :o) I hope you find something helpful!
'Til next time,
Saturday, February 17, 2007
If you're a Bible study teacher or small group leader, you'll find all kinds of helps at the sites listed below: everything from free PowerPoint slides to lesson plans to Bible book outlines to memorization aids to 3D visual kits you can order for a cost.
Here are the best of the recent ones I've found:
- BibleInVerse.com's freeware (free software download) for Bible Memorization
- Christian Research Institute's Equip.Org (I've recommended this site before, but with the blogger upgrade, my original link was lost. So here it is again; a GREAT resource.
- Christianity Today's ChristianBibleStudies.com
- ChristianBibleStudies.Com's Featured Articles about Bible Study
- E-Bible Teacher
- Equip.org's Legacy Study Bible's Bible Reading Plan
- Free downloadable memory verse cards in several translations
- International Bible Society's Bible-Study and Bible-Reading Resources
- Navpress Bible Study Guides (again, an old favorite link that was lost in the upgrade)
- Navpress's Bible Study Zone Newsletter (free)
- Tools for Bible Study provided by Xenos Christian Fellowship
That's enough for now. I'll post more another day, but in the meantime, I hope you find something useful here!
'Til next time,
Monday, February 05, 2007
To that end, here's a list of books I've recommended over the years; they're some of the best I've found targeted specifically to Bible study teachers and leaders.
Filled with practical suggestions and solid theology, these books can't help but be a positive influence whether you've been a teacher for decades or are just starting out.
Here's my top-ten list arranged in alphabetical order (I've included it as a permanent sidebar, too, for future reference):
- Discipleship Journal's Best Bible Study Methods
- How to Ask Great Questions by Karen Lee-Thorp
- How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart
- Living By the Book: The Art and Science of Reading the Bible by Howard Hendricks
- Mastering Teaching by Earl Palmer, Roberta Hestenes, and Howard Hendricks (Mastering Ministry series)
- Rick Warren's Bible Study Methods: Twelve Ways You Can Unlock God's Word
- Speaking with Bold Assurance by Bert Decker and Hershael W. York
- Spirit-Filled Teaching by Roy B. Zuck
- Teaching to Change Lives by Howard Hendricks
- The Seven Laws of the Learner by Bruce Wilkinson
Numbers 1, 2, 9, & 10 are my all-time favorites.
Enjoy! And may you find something helpful here.