What a Mighty God We Serve!

Date April 25, 2017

Often our lives grow heavy with the burdens of life. When debilitating sickness comes unexpectedly, many grow despondent and wonder what to do. Some grow suicidal and feel like life is over. However, when life grows difficult, we know this is a test, sent from God, so that we will be able to demonstrate the power of our faith and choose the path of victory and life (James 1.2-4).

Since we are told to ask God for wisdom when these seasons overcome us (James 1.5), Melodee and I have done just that. And, as James promised, God is answering! What follows are some thoughts from my prayer time recently:

“He said, “If you will

1) carefully obey the LORD your God, 
2) do what is right in His eyes,
3) pay attention to His commands, and
4) keep all His statutes, 

I will not inflict any illnesses on you that I inflicted on the Egyptians.

For I am Yahweh who heals you … (כִּ֛י אֲנִ֥י יְהוָ֖ה רֹפְאֶֽךָ׃ ס”)
(Exodus 15:26, HCSB/LHI)

“.yehōwāh,” can be translated, “I am the One who is life .יְהוָֹה”

“רָפָא rāp̱aʿ” can be translated, “healer, rebuilder, repairer.”

Hence, “For I am the One who is Life; I am the One who heals you!”

Have you thought about the amazing implications of Jesus’ ability to hold together, put together, create?

Couple this verse with the thoughts in these:

“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him ALL THINGS HOLD TOGETHER.” (Colossians 1:16–17, ESV)

The One who heals us is the One who holds all things together. And when we break down, consider calling on the God who …

“… gives life to the dead and calls things into existence that do not exist.” (Romans 4:17, HCSB)

So, in summary, our God …

1) Is Life!
2) Heals us!
3) Creates us (and in us)!
4) Holds us together!
5) Gives our dead parts life!
6) Calls into existence the nonexistent for and in us!

What a MIGHTY God we serve!
Praise Him where you are when you read this … He is worthy of our praise!

Hope For Today – If You Will Walk In My Ways!

Date April 23, 2017

Wisdom, long life, riches … what’s your life goal? For Solomon of old, he just needed to get through each day without messing everything up in his job! How about you?

I’m Dr. Matthew Lee Smith and I want to share some Hope For Today to remind us that We need to walk in God’s Ways!

 Waking up the morning after his dad died, Solomon must have felt the entire weight of the Kingdom of Israel on the shoulders of this new king. He prays, after a generous offering to the Lord, asking for wisdom to do his job well, to not mess it all up! And God responds,

I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.” (1 Kings 3:12–14, ESV)

Talk about winning the Trifecta! In God’s answer to Solomon, we discover Hope For Today for our lives!

God longs to give us what we need to do our jobs well. Our job is our mission field. When we focus on the needs of those around us – physical and spiritual – and ask God to supply us with the wisdom to do our work well, God’s heart is happy and, just maybe, he will give us more than we asked for. God provides for those who choose to serve the least and the lost in their workplace, neighborhood or classroom.

 

Hope For Today is a part of the ministry of Eagles In Leadership. If you would like to know more about the hope God gives and His abundant life through Jesus Christ, I would invite you to check out our website: Eagles In Leadership . org; that’s Eagles In Leadership .org.

Faith Expands God’s Territory!

Date April 18, 2017

Every living thing grows. Thus, it’s interesting that so many people today are trying to grow dead things. When we watch Jesus in the Gospels, we see Him repeatedly moving on to the next place … (now watch the subplot) … all the while He is watching to see who would follow Him! 

The lesson Jesus teaches is simple: We should seek to help living things grow more effectively! 

And how do we know if something is alive? It follows Jesus in practice and protocol. 

This is the evidence of life, which is the heartbeat of faith. And when faith gets inside a people, a local congregation or group of churches, it is visible in three predictable activities …

1) It strengthens existing disciples who make up current, existing congregations

Wherever we read in the New Testament letters, we discover a simple reality: People need to grow deeper in faith, more daring in the expression of their faith in order to see more dynamics from their faith. How can we do that today? As disciples of Jesus we can …

– Assess: Where are we when it comes to actually being a follower of Jesus? Can people realize I am different from everyone else because of my adherence to and imitation of Jesus?
– Refocus: In those areas where my assessment came up short, how will I delete the distractions and emphasize the essentials that mark the life and mission of Jesus in me?
– Disciple: How am I learning the lifestyle of Jesus from another more seasoned follower? And, who am I pouring what I have learned into? We are not reservoirs, we are channels!!
– Revive: All around us and, to a greater or lesser reality within us, there are places and things that are lagging because we allowed something less eternal to seep into our daily routine. How can I breathe life into the things that will matter in 5, 10, 50, or 100 years from now? 
– Retool: All of this strengthening will no doubt require some change, whether in attitude, thoughts, actions, or relationships. How will I make the changes NOW that will yield fewer regrets in the next season of my life and beyond?
– Return: When all is said and done, the Great Commission, the Great Commandment, and the Great Compassion are what life is all about. Taking the time and effort to stay on the path of King Jesus, guided by these three focal points, will bring life more abundant to anyone, any church, or any group of churches. 

2) It strategizes on “how to” expansion plans

When a disciple is discipled, a church exists. When a disciple is discipled AND disciples another, expansion is created. THIS is the plan of Jesus (See Matthew 28:19-20). The life and faith of Master Jesus wants us to think MORE because every person is someone for whom He died and wants to enjoy throughout time and eternity through a personal, abundant relationship. In order to reach more, we will need to think … MULTI … as in …

– Multi-disciples: You being discipled and discipling another, MULTIplied over and over, creates …
– Multi-groups of disciples: These groups of disciples who choose to be discipled (as individuals) and disciple others, MULTIplied over and over, creates …
– Multi-sites of disciples: Gathering these groups of disciples together to worship God and work for God, to reach up and reach out,  – Multi-groups of disciples: These groups of disciples who choose to be discipled (as individuals) and disciple others, MULTIplied over and over, creates …
– Multi-venues with disciples: Let’s face it … we’re not all the same. However, we have the same Lord Jesus Christ. Thus, as we gather groups of disciples together to fulfill the Great Commandment, we’ll do so to accomplish the Great Commission by loving different types of people in our communities with the Great Compassion of Jesus; and that, MULTIplied over and over, creates …
– Multi-cities of disciples: Because one city cannot contain the expansion plans of Jesus (reread Acts 1:8 for example). This is the process of planting and harvesting (See Galatians 6:7-8). New disciples form new Life Groups, which become new church locations which expand into more locations in more cities until the Glocal Church of Jesus is found everywhere!

3) It steps forward by faith

Where there is life, there is growth! And growth has one thing in common no matter the language, the culture, the geography, or the urban setting … the life of Jesus – FAITH – will …

– Act to reach one’s connections locally; inviting them to consider the claims of Jesus and becoming the conduit to share Jesus and His life with those people (Faith inside us longs to reach inside others!)
– Act to disciple those connections who respond positively; baptizing them and training them to follow Jesus in lifestyle and sacrifice so that no one locally or relationally goes without hearing and having the opportunity of receiving the love and leadership of King Jesus!
– Act to expand their faith community with more disciples, more groups, more sites, more venues, and more cities, until the WHOLE world knows who Jesus is and responds to His offer of life, and that more abundant (See John 10:10).

How about you? Do you need to strengthen? Strategize? Step forward?

What say you?

Hope For Today – Easter: The Tomb of Jesus is Empty!

Date April 16, 2017

It’s Easter and, if we were honest, had it not been for the resurrection of Jesus, we would most likely have never met like this.

I’m Dr. Matthew Lee Smith and I want to share some Hope For Today announcing The Tomb of Jesus is Empty!

In fact, without the resurrection of Jesus, I would most likely be a retired computer programmer, having never answered the call of Jesus to full-time ministry in that critical year when I was seeking WHICH college to go to back in the early 1970s. You see …

Jesus Christ changes lives:

Some people are transformed with hope.

Others are revulsed by their shame.

No one encounters Jesus and walks away indifferent forever!

Yet, some say His claims …

  • Are too bizarre – He can forgive sin and give us eternal life
  • Are too demanding – He calls us to follow Him as King of our lives and leader of our hearts and dreams
  • Are too supernatural – He is the All-Powerful, All-Knowing, All-Present One who is fully God and fully human

Yet, when the honest, open-minded person looks into the historical evidence within and outside the New Testament, they discover it …

  • It screams a risen Jesus!

Listen as I read the earliest Creed of the Church. Paul reminds the Corinthian Church …

I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me.

  1. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said.
  2. He was buried,
  3. And he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.
  4. He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve.
  5. After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died.
  6. Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles.
  7. Last of all, as though I had been born at the wrong time, I also saw him.” (1 Corinthians 15:3–8, NLT)

ANYONE could have tracked these people Paul talks about down and verified if these claims were true … I mean, it had been less than 20 years! Today, we celebrate again an event that has been …

  • Recorded in history
  • Reinforced by investigation
  • Revered by nations
  • And rebelled against by many

However, if you are honest and open-minded, you will look into the historical evidence within and outside the New Testament and discover:

  • It establishes Jesus’ claims of being God!

You see, as fully devoted followers of Jesus, we believe that it was the death of Jesus that paid the penalty of our numerous errors, failures, and rebellions – both in our past, in our present, and into our futures.

We trust that Jesus’ death was the substitution for our own penalty for all those failures and that by admitting to God our specific failures and asking Him to remove the stain of our insolence and the weight of our guilt, He will do so because of the death of Jesus outside of Jerusalem almost 2,000 years ago.

 

 

Hope For Today is a part of the ministry of Eagles In Leadership. If you would like to know more about the hope God gives and His abundant life through Jesus Christ, I would invite you to check out our website: Eagles In Leadership . org; that’s Eagles In Leadership .org.

Order Now! Start An Outreach Movement This Summer!

Date April 13, 2017

Eagles don’t flock! You have to gather them. Eagles soar in a specific habitat conducive to their nature. If you want to gather eagles, you will have to create an environment where they want to be.

Gathering Missional Leaders explores the elements necessary to build the habitat that will attract a strong and vibrant coalition of men and women who want to reach their world in their generation!

With that in mind, this book is set up as a guided study. Whether you study alone, with someone, with your small group, leadership team or entire congregation, you will appreciate the discussion questions after each chapter. They are designed to stir your soul and allow you to hear the Spirit of God’s heart and desire for your life.

Gathering Missional Leaders will help you do two things as you build a missional team of eagle leaders around you. First, we will help you gather a Grand Alliance. These issues help you create the habitat where “eagles” long to reside.

Second, we will help you focus the Grand Alliance by target your community through decisive action using twelve key focal points. Again and again, you will return to these focal points as you take new ground and train new missional leaders for the Great Commission of Jesus.

Order your copies of Gathering Missional Leaders today … reach your community this year! 

 

What others are saying about Gathering Missional Leaders

“If learning to be a missional church is the key issue of our time, then it begs many strategic questions about the formation of missional leaders.  In these pithy reflections, Matthew Smith provides some really significant clues to the key issues we must face, as well as some practical suggestions as some ways forward.”

 

“Rich, straightforward and practical, Matthew Smith has given us a gift with this book. He writes with clarity from his own experience and shows how we can gather missional leaders to serve the cause of Christ in a powerful way. The contents of this book will lift hearts and communities to experience the love of Jesus.”

 

“I write a lot about leadership in the church. I’m probably passionate about this subject, because I sense such a great need for godly, missional leaders. We need men and women willing to walk by faith and challenge a generation to be more like Christ. Matthew Smith has the heart and tools to mentor young leaders and he’s doing so in his new book, Gathering Missional Leaders.  This is a needed book and will challenge you to live more boldly for Christ and the Kingdom.”

 

  • Brandon Cox, author of RewiredPastor, Church Planter, & Community Facilitator for Pastors.com

 

“In my work with Pastors around the world, there are very few I’ve met that have the ability to organize huge ideas and share them in a way that makes them easy to apply than Dr. Matthew Lee Smith. Matt has been a help and an encouragement to me, and I’m excited to see how Gathering Missional Leaders will be used to reach the world. Every Pastor needs this on his shelf!”

 

 

“Matthew Lee Smith writes a lot like he lives—with tons of passion and energy. And it’s contagious! Gathering Missional Leaders is a clarion call for those who long to break out of the church-as-usual-mode and accomplish great things for the kingdom. It’s also an excellent resource for groups to work through, as Smith has included insightful discussion questions throughout. This book will stretch your vision for ministry and inspire you to connect with other missional leaders.”

 

“Matthew Smith picks up where the “Purpose-Drive Life” left off. Smith has created a reproducible Missional Movement plan for the local church.”

“The passion of Matthew Smith will awaken the sleeping giant of the local church to the reality of its God-ordained mission.”

“Are you ready to get your “stuck” church moving forward as a Missional team? Matthew Smith leads us down a pathway dealing with the key issues involved and clarifying our focus toward building and gathering a Missional team that gets the mission accomplished.”

 

  • Tom Cocklereece, Author of Simple Discipleship, Senior Pastor of Shady Grove Baptist Church in Marietta, GA and CEO of RENOVA Coaching and Consulting/Simple Discipleship http://www.simplediscipleship.com/ 

“Dr. Matthew Smith has done it again. His book Growing Missional Leaders was good, but his new book Gathering Missional Leaders is even better. Perhaps because the same questions raised by Smith about missional churches are relevant to disciple-making churches.

“Each chapter begins with a missional premise to set the stage for discussion. All of the premises are right on target to developing and gathering a great leadership team for a missional church. However, one is particularly notable as it reminds us of the reality that Christians are in a spiritual war centered in enemy territory. Premise #12 is: Missional leaders understand they are soldiers for Jesus Christ and, as such, are invading a hostile territory to rescue men, women teens and children held hostage. It is imperative that today’s church awaken to meet tomorrow’s challenge of the Great Commission.

“My readers know I am passionate about motivating Christians and the churches to get busy doing the Great Commission—making disciple-making disciples. Recently I began challenging Simple Discipleship churches particularly to develop Special Ops Discipleship Teams that consist of certified disciple-coaches. Gathering Missional Leaders is an excellent guide for developing and maintaining your Special Ops Discipleship Team so you can launch a discipleship revolution in your church.

“Dr. Smith includes good questions for study and reflection at the end of each chapter. Form your vision team, read and study Gathering Missional Leaders together, and make disciple-making disciples! I heartily commend Dr. Smith’s book to leaders who are looking for a great training resource.”

 

  • Scott Couchenour, Life Coach at ServingStrong.com, VP Operations at Cogun.com

“This is serious stuff in this book. Dr. Matthew Smith has not only addressed the importance of living missionally, but has provided timeless and relevant guidance for those set on taking the challenge to reach a world for Christ, with Christ. From the start Dr. Smith addresses the leader’s heart in the chapter entitled, “It’s Not About You!” He says, “Missional leaders realize the Master has set the agenda.” From there, Dr. Smith proceeds to give clear and effective insight into all the salient aspects of being and leading missionally.

“Look, we don’t have a lot of time on this earth. Even if the Lord tarries for another 100 years, if you are reading this endorsement you have a limited lifespan within which to be used by God. If you’re serious about maximizing God’s impact through you, this book will be a well-worn item on your desk.

 

  • Walter White Jr. (Special Assistant, Inner City Impact, Chicago; Adjunct Professor, School of Religion, Liberty University Online)

Gathering Missional Leaders is a must read for anyone with a sense of call to reach their community with the life transforming power of the gospel. Birthed out personal experience, decades of hands-on ministry , and a clear understanding of the Biblical mandate, this significant resource will inspire you, challenge you and instruct you on what it means to purposely and authentically be “on mission” for Jesus Christ in the 21st century.”

 

  • Paul Banister, Pastor, Cornerstone Church in Sandwich, Illinois. www.cornerstoneofsandwich.com

“Matthew’s book is a mountain of missional motivation.  It is Biblically sound and practically written; a map of hope that helps bridge the call to mission with developing a team to carry out the Great Commission.  If you don’t want to try to soar alone in mission, read this book!”

 

  • Richard Jarman, Pastor, Touch Point Church, Bell Gardens, CA, http://www.touchpointbellgardens.org/

“Dr. Matthew Lee Smith is a blessing to the body of Christ! He has a deep passion to see lives changed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. He knows that the local church is the best place to bring followers of Jesus together, and train them to become leaders who will reach their communities (and the world) for Jesus.

Gathering Missional Leaders was born from his desire to see local churches become training centers where people can learn to “go and make disciples of all nations.” This book is not a dry, academic text designed to teach you facts about discipleship. Instead, it’s a field manual, a how-to guide. It can be (and should be) used by pastors and other church leaders who want to build a climate in their church where the next generation of mission-minded Christians can come together and thrive.

Gathering Missional Leaders is designed to be used as a personal or small group Bible study. Each chapter gives you a unique insight into creating and sustaining an environment conducive to mentoring people who want to follow God’s call to seek and save the lost.

“Rather than give you a synopsis of the book, let me tell the two things I appreciate most about Gathering Missional Leaders. The first is Dr. Smith’s faithfulness to Scripture. This man loves God and His word. He truly believes that everything we do as Christians should have its foundation in the Bible. Thus, what you get in this book are not his theories or ideas. What Dr. Smith delivers are timeless principles from God’s word.

“The second thing I love about this book is the way Dr. Smith applies those timeless principles to the way we live out our calling as Christians. God doesn’t expect us to merely study His word. We need to be doers of the word, and not hearers only. Dr. Smith lays out concrete steps that any church can take to build a culture where missional leaders can grow and thrive.

“I believe that Gathering Missional Leaders will be a great blessing and help to any church, large or small, that acts on the ideas it contains. That’s why I recommend it to you. Read it! Study it! Apply it! God will use it for your good, and His glory.”

 

 

My Daily Prayer

Date April 11, 2017

What’s your daily focus when you kneel in God’s presence?

Each day, when we stop and drop before the Lord of Life, we all focus our hearts. Where do your words take you before Him?

Here’s how I choose to surrender daily:

“Today, Lord, I will …

* Surrender to Jesus completely

* Serve His kingdom wholeheartedly

* Celebrate His generosity effervescently

* Seek His lost courageously.”

In this simple prayer, which I embellish, alter, rearrange, and seek to embody, I express the core of my heart to God. Let me explain …

First, I choose to surrender my will each day to His. Then, I focus my heart on His agenda and not mine. As I continue to turn my day to the Lord, it’s my deepest desire to express my appreciation for each of God’s provisions. As I rejoice in His goodness, it is my longing that each person enjoys the same favor from God. All around us are those who need Christ. Thus, I complete this simple pray by focusing my daily mission on His.

Each and every day, this simple prayer turns my heart and soul to God and His will; nothing more, nothing less, and nothing else.

How do you focus your heart and soul?

 

Come and See Where Jesus Healed the Demon-Possessed Man!

Date April 10, 2017

“When He had come to the other side, to the region of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men met Him as they came out of the tombs. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. Suddenly they shouted, “What do You have to do with us, Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?”

Now a long way off from them, a large herd of pigs was feeding. “If You drive us out,” the demons begged Him, “send us into the herd of pigs.”

“Go!” He told them. So when they had come out, they entered the pigs. And suddenly the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and perished in the water. Then the men who tended them fled. They went into the city and reported everything—especially what had happened to those who were demon-possessed. At that, the whole town went out to meet Jesus. When they saw Him, they begged Him to leave their region.” (Matthew 8:28–34, HCSB)

Walk through the town where Jesus did this exorcism! See the place where the miracle took place. Imagine the shock and awe of the villagers as they told Jesus to leave as a result of this. Listen as we read these words in their original setting.

Kursi is the Arabic name of the valley whose western side touches the lake shore, and where remains of a Jewish fishing village from the time of the Mishnah and the Talmud was found, and on whose eastern side, at the foot of the Golan Heights, a monastery was discovered. The monastery was found by accident during road construction after the Six-Day War.

According to the New Testament, Jesus disembarked here and met a man plagued by unclean spirits. Jesus cast out the unclean spirits into a herd of pigs grazing nearby, which stampeded into the lake and drowned (Mark 5:21). Versions of the story also appear in Matthew 8:28-33 and Luke 8: 26-39). The Gospels do not mention a specific site for the miracle, but early Christian tradition marked it here.

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We look forward to touring with you in Israel in November!

Hope For Today – Palm Sunday: Making Your Eternity Secure!

Date April 9, 2017

In today’s world, there are few things that are totally secure.

I’m Dr. Matthew Lee Smith and I want to share some Hope For Today with you about making your eternity secure!

Jesus, in the last hour of His freedom, declared the security seal of His new covenant with us. The Bible records His words in Mark 14:22-26 (NLT) … As they were eating [the Passover Meal], Jesus took a loaf of bread and asked God’s blessing on it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take it, for this is my body.” And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And he said to them, “This is my blood, poured out for many, sealing the covenant between God and his people. I solemnly declare that I will not drink wine again until that day when I drink it new in the Kingdom of God.” Mark 14:22-26 (NLT)

In the eating of this final meal, Jesus assures us that we can depend upon Him for our eternal life. As the final Lamb, Jesus secures our place in His presence for all eternity.

As the Lamb of God, Jesus offers us His body in our place. In these last minutes, as the clock ticked down to His betrayal and arrest, Jesus provides the ultimate assurance for His friends. Jesus was saying in effect, “This is the night of the sacrificial lamb. It dies in your place. However, tonight I will die in your place.” This sacrifice reminds us of John’s words when he first laid eyes upon Jesus: “Look! There is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

As the Lamb of God, Jesus offers us His blood for our sin. Just as the High Priest would take the blood of the sacrificial lamb and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat in the Temple that night, so Jesus would take His own blood as the Great High Priest and sprinkle it upon the Mercy Seat in heaven the next day. By doing so He offered a final sacrifice for sins for all who submit to His leadership and accept His forgiveness for their sins (Romans 10:9-10).

As the Lamb of God, Jesus offers us His promise for our future. In these final words to His followers, Jesus drops a great and powerful hint of hope. He says, “I solemnly declare that I will not drink wine again until that day when I drink it new in the Kingdom of God.” In the midst of this night of sorrow, there is the joy of the morning! Tonight He must pay the awesome price for our sin alone, but one day soon He will reap the joys of being reunited with His own. We will be with Him forever in Heaven!

If you have submitted to His leadership and accepted His forgiveness, His sacrifice made your eternity sure. Although painful and difficult, Jesus was returning to Heaven to prepare a place for us. When our place is ready, he will usher us into His joyful presence!

Divine Direction is a book you need to read NOW!

Date April 6, 2017

Divine Direction is a powerhouse of practicality. Craig Groeschel is tremendously transparent, illuminating the 7 choices that can bring about a different harvest in each person’s life.

Chapter by chapter of Divine Direction shows us how the Biblical principle, “what you plant into your life is what grows to abundance” (Galatians 6:7-8) manifests itself in our small, everyday choices. Pastor Groeschel affirms, “each choice you make is the decision of a lifetime.”

Divine Direction reminds us that every person is telling a story with their lives – and that those around us could tell us the details of what our story reveals to this point! Craig encourages us to decide what story we would like to tell with our lives and make the choices necessary for that to come to reality.

As the light of life and the words of wisdom mix into the reader’s heart and soul, hope and help begin to birth and bloom afresh. Whether you are badly marred by your own (or another’s) choices or simply off course presently, Divine Direction is for you.

Grab a copy of Divine Direction, digest its contents and then start a life group study with a few friends. You could make a big impact in their lives, perhaps even an eternal impact as you share Divine Direction with others!

3 Steps I Use to Communicate God’s Word to Others

Date April 4, 2017

 

Often I’m asked questions about what I do to bring clarity to the Biblical teachings. For me, I follow a three-step process. Perhaps they will be helpful to you.

  • Phase One: Search and seek. This is the discipline of entering into God’s Word daily to discover afresh God’s wisdom, will, and whim.  In this phase, I first open God’s Word daily, read, observe, and question what I am learning as to its “first world” impact and implications. (“First world” here means the world it originally was brought to first, the context of the text if you will.) Understanding these thoughts of God from the context of their setting, the impact upon their original recipients, and the consequences of their being obeyed or disregarded will first cause me to comprehend the depth of their meaning in a much fuller manner. This is why I am reading cover-to-cover for the 39th time this year.
  • Phase Two: Ponder and align. This is the process of internalizing those realities into my personal life and walk. In this phase I step back from my observations and begin to think through the implications of those thoughts to my daily life and choices. How do these things align or contradict with what I am doing and being? While this process is ongoing, it is also regular and persistent. As I continue to contemplate the implications of God’s directions and guidance, and I take in fresh observations on a daily basis, through the indwelling work of the Holy Spirit there is an ongoing dialogue occurring to draw me deeper and deeper into the abundant life. This step is essential to integrating a Christian worldview into my teaching. It is hard to express what I do not possess.
  • Phase Three: Express and mentor. This becomes the daily reality of exuding the abundance of my heart – God and His Word – as I speak, teach, train and mentor. Having a more Christian worldview daily allows me to relate the training before me to the real world scenarios around me and the reality and practicality of the Word of God to those scenarios. Bringing the heart and hope of Jesus to the men and women I interact with so they can bring the transformative power of God into the lives of others in their communities and their world is now more possible because I am more focused on both the material and the message of the Master of life.

This is what I attempt to do in order to teach Biblically. It is the process I have used for almost two decades now. I hope it is of help to you. What do you think?

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