THIS SUNDAY, May 9th – Mother’s Day
- Sammy continues his series. This week’s emphasis: parenting.
- Don’t forget to continue to pray over your maps & lists.
414 Evangelistic Events
- May 19th – Prayer walking/driving through the 79414 area.
- May 26th; 6-8pm – Block Party in the BHBC parking lot
Mission Delta, CO; June 17-22: if interested, please contact the church office.
Prayer Warriors Ministry:this past Wed. evening we had our inaugural meeting. Interested? Contact the church office.
The question is not, “Was there strong Bible teaching?”, but rather, “Was there strong Bible learning?”
This week’s tip to help students learn:
William Danforth once said,
The best cure for a sluggish mind is to disturb the routine.
Are your students locked in? Are they engaging? Asking questions? If not, it may be time to “disturb the routine” a little.
- If you’re teaching in the traditional “lecture” method, bring in tables. This may make the environment more conducive to discussion and learning.
- After a time of teaching, have the people divide up into small groups and answer questions you’ve prepared before hand.
- Consider using a different translation of scripture for a Sunday to allow the students to gain greater nuance of a particular passage.
- Arrive dressed up as a biblical character about whom you’re teaching. (Let me know if you do this as I will want to get it on video.)
Whatever you do, ask God to help your teaching not become stale and predictable. Don’t be afraid to, everyone once in a while, “disturb the routine.”
FOR THOSE WHO ARE DISCOURAGED
I’m presently in Isaiah for my daily devotionals. Be encouraged…
“But now, (insert your name here), listen to the Lord who created you. (Insert your name here), the one who formed you says, ‘Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” – Isaiah 43:1-3
FAITH vs. FAME: According to God, they’re not even close.
“The Old Testament gives clues into the kind of history God is writing. Exodus identifies by name the two Hebrew midwives who helped save Moses’ life, but it does not bother to record the name of the Pharaoh ruling Egypt (an omission that has baffled scholars ever since).
“First Kings grants a total of eight verses to King Omri even though secular historians regard him as one of Israel’s most powerful kings.
“In his own story, God does not seem impressed by size or power or wealth. Faith is what he wants, and the heroes who emerge are heroes of faith, not strength or wealth.”
QUOTE(s) of the WEEK
Yesterday, May 5th, was Danish philosopher, Søren Kierkegaard’s, birthday.
Kierkegaard, when considering the holiness of God, referred to God as the “wholly other,” and is famous for many quips and quotes. In light of his birthday, this week’s wisdom is brought to you by Kierkegaard:
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.”
“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.”
“God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful: He makes saints out of sinners.”
LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE
SOUL FOOD: The Gospel According to Charlie Daniels
I love Charlie Daniels. I’m sure you do too. You’ll love him even more after you read – and listen – to what I have for you this week. Read the blog here.
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick