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Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men

Submitted by Macka on Wed, 04/13/2022 - 07:46

For (approximately) the first twenty four years I had heard 1248 sermons, attended 1248 home bible studies and sung (badly) about 3744 hymns but how many people had I introduced to the Lord?

How much over those 24 years had I thought just about my needs and not about anyone else’s salvation and growth, let alone being a part of growing the Kingdom here on Earth?

Of all those years of knowledge and studies how much of it did I actually obey and put into daily practice? Not much at all really when I think honestly about it!

How about you? What is your track record?

Can you trust in the Bible?

Submitted by Macka on Wed, 04/13/2022 - 07:29

Have a look at this picture. Can you read this sentence?... Give it a try; after all it is only simple English. Don’t feel too bad if you can’t get it all. This is old English and there have been four very major changes to our language since that was last used in 1066 AD.

You would probably say today: “Then she went to speak this in her native language English” (It does not really make up a complete thought today.)

Lordship Circles - What does it mean to make Christ your Lord?

Submitted by Macka on Wed, 04/13/2022 - 07:24

In this practical world, what does it really mean to make Jesus your Lord today?  It is always a good idea to get a potential new Christian to count the cost before they commit to a lifetime commitment to Jesus Christ.  It is especially good to explain to someone with a "high church" history what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus. (e.g., Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, etc.) 

Remember to let them decide what their main life activities are and how big a slice of pie to give to each one!

Does the Piano know how best to play itself? (Video)

Submitted by Macka on Wed, 04/13/2022 - 07:18

Does a piano know its own full potential? Can it write and play a master piece by itself?? Does a piano know what the other instruments around it are fully capable of? Does a piano know how to work in best with the other instruments around it? I don’t think so. So why do we think that we know best for ourselves and others? Why do we set up limits of what we can and can not do?

Only a master artist can use a piano to its full potential, only God knows what your true full potential is and can use all of you! Don’t set yourself up for a fall, let Him take total control of your life.

The Right Handed Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13)

Submitted by Macka on Wed, 04/13/2022 - 07:13

Important Note: This article was designed to fit in the last third of the three thirds meeting. Usually called “Multiplication” or “Look Ahead”. These exercises can be completed after the group has first done a self-discovery Bible study on the passage. It is not to be used as a teaching medium but instead as a memory reinforcement for what they have already discovered for themselves.

The Five "P"s in the template of how Jesus wanted us to pray.

SOS – How to read the bible for all its worth (Part 1 the basics)

Submitted by Macka on Wed, 04/13/2022 - 03:26

5 Top Tips for reading the Bible for all its worth:

  1. PRAY! Pray that the Holy Spirit will teach you and give you understanding
  2. Source different versions of the Bible
  3. Study large blocks of text instead of individual verses
  4. Ignore headings (IE: chapters, subheadings and verses) and try not to start with joining words (EG: but, therefore, likewise, etc.).  Instead determine where the topic begins and start from there.
  5. Use a tool like S. O. S. (details below)

 

SOS – How to read the bible for all its worth (Part 2 the next level)

Submitted by Macka on Wed, 04/13/2022 - 03:19

Basic SOS is all most people need, most of the time but let’s take a look at the next level.  “Sitz im Leben”. Are you OK, did you sneeze? No this not a German blessing after a sneeze but it is actually the next level of studying the bible using a tool like S. O. S.  It sounds complicated but really it’s not.  It is an old German phrase that roughly means “settings in life”.  It is just the process of putting the bible into the daily life of people in its proper context. 

SMART Goal Setting for Following Jesus

Submitted by Macka on Wed, 04/13/2022 - 03:13

The 3 biggest reasons people fail to change are:   

1.  They don’t really see the need to change.  The change is imposed on them based on the expectations, or  perceived expectations, of others (externally).

2. Lack of CLEAR, SPECIFIC and MEASURABLE goals.

3.  Little or no SUPPORT (training, backup) and ACCOUNTABILITY in reaching those goals.

Addressing these issues will increase your ability to succeed in life. (See also a related article on SMART Goal Setting for Fishing for People)

Is that an apple tree?

Submitted by Macka on Wed, 04/13/2022 - 02:49

Stan, a good friend, and I were walking in the garden the other day.  He asked “is that an apple tree?” and pointed to a tree that was about 600 mm (2 ft) tall .  It was jam packed with fruit (over twenty) . I told him that it was a fairly young apple tree.  He was amazed at the amount of fruit on it and asked me how it had so many apples on it?  Was it a special type of apple tree?