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Creative Lesson #7 – Life in the Weeds

I came that you might have life, and have it abundantly…(John 10:10) Here is a creative way to portray the following spiritual truths about ”life” hidden in the “weeds” of life… *  Evil intends to steal and kill and destroy; but Jesus Christ came to bring us life, and have it abundantly (Jn 10:10) *  We can [...]

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Creative Lesson #6 – “Post-It” Apologies

Leave your offering and go first to be reconciled to your brother…(Matt 5:23-24) Here is a creative way to portray the following spiritual truths about our often times “feeble” attempts to apologize… *  Forgiveness is required curriculum of the Christian life…it is not an elective (Matt 5:24, “Go”) *  Giving and receiving forgiveness is tough, but [...]

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Creative Lesson #5 – Stepping Into The Light

“I am the Light of the World…whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the Light of Life” (Jn 8:12) Here is a creative way to portray the following spiritual truths about our need to “step into the light of God’s truth” so that we might enjoy the life He intended for His [...]

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Creative Lesson #4 – Shrink the Goal with Faithfulness

We’ll not shrink back, rather, we draw near…(Heb 10) Here is a creative way to portray the following spiritual truths about having an active and living faith that projects the proper spiritual attitude and momentum: *  Jesus warned us that we will face many challenges and troubles in this life, but He also promised to [...]

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Creative Lesson #3 – Fruit of Deep Roots

He will be like a tree [or tomato] firmly planted (Ps 1)… Why would anyone go the trouble of planting a tomato inside a bucket 12″ below ground???                      Here is a creative way to portray the following spiritual truths about our need to have deep roots of [...]

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Creative Lesson #2 – The Aroma of Worship

May my prayer be before You as incense (Ps 141)… Here is a creative way to portray the following spiritual truths about the Christian worship in prayer: * Incense was a symbol of the prayers of the people going up to God as a sweet fragrance .   > “…for my house will be called a [...]

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Book Discussion Update – July 2012

Humility is the most “over-looked” teaching of Jesus Christ.  

Andrew Murray’s classic, Humility: The Journey Towards Holiness, explores how essential humility is to the understanding and practice of Christianity.  For more than a hundred years, Murray’s works have reached the inner depths of the soul to change lives.  In Humility, we  learn to model our lives after Jesus’ life, discover the secret of dying to self and living for God, find joy in service, invigorate our prayers, add power to our witnessing, bring our focus back to God and walk in His will as never before!  ”By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.” (Proverbs 22:4)

Andrew Murray (1828–1917) was a South African writer, teacher, and Christian pastor.  Murray considered missions to be “the chief end of the church.”  Andrew pastored churches in Bloemfontein, Worcester, Cape Town and Wellington, all in South Africa.  He was a champion of the South African Revival of 1860.  In 1889, he was one of the founders of the South African General Mission (SAGM), along with Martha Osborn and Spencer Walton…now know as the Africa Evangelical Fellowship (AEF) starting in 1965.  Over the years he has influenced many, including Jessie Penn-Lewis, a key figure in the 1904-1905 Welsh Revival.

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Breakfast Devotion Update – Jun 2012

Proven Character

About the Boreham essay…this particular essay, entitled “Gog And Magog“, reminds us that even poplar trees and emperor moths are able to instruct all men on the wisest way to developing our character and our soul.  “It is not half bad a thing to be living in a world that has some fight in it!”

How true!  So often we tend to overprotect our children…but we can go too far, can we not?  What is it that causes our souls’ roots to grow strong and deep?  What is it that produces the beauty of health?  What does proven character require?  Would we not prefer our hearts to come to the brink of breaking than for our children to chance tragedy?

“And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Rom 5:6)

We trust…We forgive…We grow…

We trust God…We forgive each other…We grow in Jesus Christ…

The Veritas family met for an early summer fellowship to study what God’s Word teaches us about recovering from HURTS, LOSSES, and TRAUMA.  We gained an understanding of how He desires all of us to learn how to grow in Christ through even the most painful events of life (Philippians 2).
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Creative Lesson #7 – Life in the Weeds

I came that you might have life, and have it abundantly…(John 10:10)

Here is a creative way to portray the following spiritual truths about ”life” hidden in the “weeds” of life…
*  Evil intends to steal and kill and destroy; but Jesus Christ came to bring us life, and have it abundantly (Jn 10:10)
*  We can learn to be content in whatever circumstances we face through Jesus Christ who strengthens us (Phil 4:11-14)
*  Our joy in life is not dependent upon the success of our labor or our own strength, but in the God of our salvation (Hab 3:17-19)
*  God continues to reveal his eternal power and divine nature through His creation (Rom 1:18-20)
*  Our lives were designed by God to respond to True Life – Jesus Christ…which results in eternal life with Him (Jn 11:25-27)
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Book Discussion Update – June 2012

I was not writing to expound something I could call ‘my religion,’ but to expound ‘mere’ Christianity, which is what it is and was what it was long before I was born and whether I like it or not. - C.S. Lewis

Mere Christianity is possibly C. S. Lewis’ most frequently read work…a theological book adapted from a series of BBC radio talks made between 1942 and 1944, while Lewis was at Oxford during World War II.  Considered a classic of Christian apologetics, the transcripts of the broadcasts originally appeared in print as three separate pamphlets: The Case for Christianity (1942), Christian Behaviour (1943), and Beyond Personality (1944).  Lewis was invited to give the talks by Rev. James Welch, the BBC Director of Religious Broadcasting, who had read his 1940 book, The Problem of Pain.

Lewis’ ability to get to the heart of Christian doctrine in this way was one of his greatest gifts and helped to inspire a greater sense of solidarity amongst churchmen of many persuasions. As far as the world at large was concerned, the level of public response to Lewis’ talks was considerable, and divided, more often then not, into warm appreciation or vehement criticism.

C.S. Lewis argues that modern man, in doubting the reality even of good and evil, has cut himself off from his ancestors (with the age-old notion of the Tao, or Law of Human Nature) and the whole bedrock of Christian thought that related to it.  Those interested in learning more about the idea of the Tao can find practical examples of it at work in different cultures in the appendix to Lewis’ The Abolition of Man.
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Breakfast Devotion Update – May 2012

The Power of Perspective…

About the Boreham essay…this particular essay, entitled “The Other Side of the Hill“, reminds us of the plenary power of proper perspective!  Possibly the oldest question asked by mankind is the greatest question, “‘I wonder what is on the other side of the hill?’  All the pathos and the tragedy of the ages are crammed into it…it was the first question that man asked; it will be the last that he will try to answer.”  Boreham speaks of “pathos and tragedy” because this inquisitive wonder fuels not only our heart’s desire to grow and discover, but also our soul’s desire to find peace and unity…yet that can seem elusive at time, no doubt.

How often do we find ourselves standing on opposite valleys of the same hill from our adversaries?  ”Our angry sentences prove, that for a little season…“, neither they nor we are able to see what is on the other side of the hill.  ”It is obvious that each of us are standing on his own side of the hill, shouting at our opponent over the ridge that separates us If only all of our controversialists could be convinced of the very obvious truth that a peak is the meeting-place of two separate valleys!  So many people seem to suppose that a hilltop crowns one valley and one valley only.  So few are willing to see what grows on the other side of the hill.”
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Speaking To Your Children About A Fallen Leader


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Monthly Meeting Update – May 2012

Safe People…Unsafe People 

Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend, Safe People (.pdf)

Ch.1 What is an UnSafe Person
Unsafe people are not easy to spot, but three typical types of unsafe people are:
1) Abandoners start relationships but don’t finish them, keeping them always at a shallow level, never entering into really trusting one another
2) Critics assume a parental role in all of their relationships, becoming judgmental, condemning,“speaking the truth” but without love, grace, or forgiveness. They can be very intellectual, and might even love truth and righteousness, but they insist everyone do it “their way”
3) Irresponsibles have never grown up and continue to behave like children, assuming someone else will always be there to take care of them and to deal with the consequences of their behavior. They lack discipline, even though they can be warm, caring, loving, empathetic, and fun
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Book Discussion Update – May 2012

A man shall leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. This is a profound mystery… – Ephesians 5:31-32

Modern culture would have you believe that everyone has a soul-mate; that romance is the most important part of a successful marriage; that marriage does not mean til death do us part, but merely for as long as my needs are being met; and that when serious differences arise, divorce is the best solution.

According to the bible, all of these modern-day assumptions miss what marriage is all about. In The Meaning of Marriage, Timothy Keller, along with Kathy, his wife of thirty-six years, draws a profound portrait of marriage from the pages of Scripture that neither idealizes nor rejects the institution but points us back to the relationship between God and man. The result is a vision for marriage that is refreshingly frank and unsentimental, yet hopeful and beautiful. This book is for anyone from singles, to couples considering marriage, to those who have been married recently or for a long time.
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Breakfast Devotion Update – April 2012

Our Decisions Make Us… 

The Landlord And Tenant, F.W. Boreham…reminds us that we might all be better off if we simply “Try Ducks!”  because “Destiny is made of trifles.”

This is a timely reminder, especially for a generation that is “too fond of the drastic and dramatic course…too apt to involve ourselves in a big move when we might have gained our point by…” a simple decision that “…commends itself to heart and conscience and reason.”  Course corrections are needed daily, to be sure, but a new course altogether is the exception, never the rule.
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