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Posted 5 hours ago

The Law of Connection Part 20 

Paul Connects-Philemon 4-22 

In the very personal letter of Philemon, Paul asks his friend to do something very difficult: graciously receive back a runaway slave. Before he confronts Philemon, Paul connects by walking through the following stages of conflict management: 

  1. The compliment stage (vv. 4-7)  

Paul affirmed Philemon, and reminded him of his love. Good leaders begin confrontation with affirmation. They focus on positive qualities. 

  1. The compromise stage (vv. 8-13)  

Before his appeal, Paul concedes the present status of the slave, Onesimus. Good leaders own some responsibility for the conflict and recognize their differences. 

  1. The choice stage (v. 14)  

Go Ye Therefore

Posted 16 hours ago

The Law of Connection Part 19 

Empowerment Precedes Imperative-Ephesians 1:1-14 

Because Paul believes he needs to give before he asks, he reminds us of our choice position in Christ: chosen (Eph. 1:4); predestined (1:5); accepted (1:6); redeemed (1:7); informed (1:9); heirs (1:11); and sealed (1:13). He declares what God has done for us before demanding we do anything for Him. 

Paul Mentors-1 Thessalonians 2:7-12 

Although Paul had met with this young church only three Sabbaths, he longed for them like a parent longs for child. As Paul mentored his "children," he developed a parental, coaching relationship with them. Note how he describes this relationship: 

Go Ye Therefore

Posted 52 minutes ago

The Law of Connection Part 18 

Paul Illustrates and Invites-Galatians 3:6-4:31 

To make plain his teaching on grace, Paul uses stories and allegories. To drive home the truth, he uses an illustration of Abraham (Gal. 3:6-29); and Old Testament scripture (3:10-14); an illustration of a son and a slave (4:1-7); and an allegory of Sarah and Hagar (4:21-31). Paul knew just how to connect with his audience. He painted familiar pictures to connect them with unfamiliar truths. 

Paul also knew how to connect with a difficult group of people. Although they are living in error and it might feel tempting to focus on their foolishness (3:1), instead the apostle invites them into the experience of discovery. 

Consider the "Ten Commandments of Handling Difficult People": 

  1. Use the 101% principal. Find the 1 percent you agree on and give it 100 percent of your attention. 

  1. Love people more than policies but love truth more than people. 

Go Ye Therefore

Posted 3 hours ago

The Law of Connection Part 17 

Paul Touches Hearts-Romans 12:1, 2 

After climbing an enormous theological hill, Paul shift gears in Romans 12. The first eleven chapters provide A basis for our belief, but from chapter twelve to the end of the book, the apostle supplies a basis for our behavior. First doctrine; then duty. This is how Paul always attempted to connect with his listeners. 

Paul pleads with his friends, based on God's mercy, to lovingly surrender themselves to the Lord. He urges them to respond in four ways: 

  1. Presentation: We are to present our bodies to God as living sacrifices (v. 1). 

  1. Separation: We are to avoid conforming to the world's ways (v. 2). 

  1. Transformation: We are to renew our minds and thus change our lives (v. 2). 

Go Ye Therefore

Posted 6 days ago

The Law of Connection Part 16 

Paul Effective in Athens-Acts 17:22-34 

Peter, Stephen, and Paul all practiced the Law of Connection in the four sermons that Luke records (Acts 2:14-36; 7:2-53; 13:16-41; 17:22-31). The one Paul delivered in Acts 17 is a masterpiece. He connected brilliantly with people from a different culture, showing he understood both Greek society and human needs. Read his message and watch a master communicator in action: 

  1. He began with affirmation (v. 22). 

  1. He bridged his subject with the familiar (v 23). 

  1. He enlarged their vision of God (vv. 24, 25). 

  1. He used inclusive language (v. 26). 

Go Ye Therefore

Posted 10 hours ago

The Law of Connection Part 15 

Jesus a Shepard-John 10:1-16 

Jesus describes Himself as the Good Shepherd, a leader who guides His people as a shepherd leads his sheep. The Old Testament prophets use this metaphor many times, from Moses (Num. 27:15-17) all the way to Ezekiel (Ezek. 34:1-10). 

Everyone who wants to lead in the kingdom of God must develop certain heart qualifications. The image of the shepherd best captures the heart of a godly leader: Shepherds are tender, sincere, intimate, loving. They guide, correct, protect, and feed. John contrast the good shepherd with a hireling. A hireling receives pay for his job but has no heart for it. He watches out for the sheep until he no longer benefits. 

The Hireling 

The Shepherd 

1. Labors only for money (Matt. 20:7) 

1. Labors out of love 

Seasons of Parenting

Posted 34 minutes ago

Analyzing your interaction with your kids 

God gives specific instructions on “the way” that parents should interact with and teach their children. In fact, 2 Timothy 3:16 says: 

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” [NJKV] 

The parenting self-test required honest self-examination when it asked about what percentage of your time do you spend with your children on doctrine (teaching the word of God), reproof (e.g. criticism, scolding, lecturing, etc.), correction, and instruction in righteousness (e.g. living by Biblical Principles). 

If very little of your time is spent on teaching the word of God and training your children on how to live according to God’s plan and the majority of the time is spent on scolding and punishing, then it may be time to make some adjustments in the way you are parenting. 

God has given us the blueprint for building strong relationships with our children and helping them grow spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. The following scriptures are just a few of the many helpful tips from the Bible on how to raise our children:   

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (NKJV) 

Seasons Of Parenting

Posted 6 days ago

Take a Parenting Self-Test

This month we will take a closer look at “the way…” we parent and train/teach our children by starting with the word of God. Proverbs 22:6 is a very familiar Bible verse that people often quote without understanding the full meaning. A lot of parents focus on the part about training a child but forget about the part that says, “in the way [he or she] should go”.

Have you ever thought about the way you parent your children who each have different personalities, interests, and abilities? Some additional questions to think about are:

·         How do you interact with your kids?

Go Ye Therefore

Posted 1 week ago

The Law of Connection Part 14

Jesus Changes a City-John 4:1-26

We don't even know her name. Other Jews wouldn't even speak with her. Yet because Jesus was different, He spoke with this Samaritan woman—a snubbed gender within a despised race. Through this personal connection, God reached an entire city. We learn at least seven principles from Jesus' leadership in John 4:

  1. Leaders initiate the contact (vv. 1-7).  

Jesus spoke first. He didn't isolate Himself even from "undesirables."

Seasons Of Parenting

Posted 1 week ago

This week we will focus on another gift that anyone will appreciate, the gift of listening!

Not only did God gives an obvious hint about the importance of listening vs. talking by creating us with two ears and one mouth but God gave us clear instructions in the Bible about how we should communicate:

"...be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath." [James 1:19 KJV]

While we all can recognize that healthy communication is an essential ingredient of a healthy relationship, our actions seem to reveal that we have things backwards. 

We are often quick tempered, attempt to talk over or louder than others, especially when we are angry, and when others are talking, we are not listening because we are too busy thinking about what we want to say next.

We simply overlook the fact that the effective communication is a respectful, attentive, two-way interaction.