Posts tagged ‘act’

April 18, 2012

What’s Next

by pastortimfowler

I asked my church last Sunday night what they would like to study in the next few weeks. We are finishing up a study on anger and I like to see if they have any ideas that I can turn into a good couple of weeks of teaching. One of the suggestions was the men of the Bible. My wife teaches a women’s group on Wednesdays and they recently studied the women of the Bible. I am sure it was a great study, but I don’t do those kind of studies very well. It would be a great study, but I think I will leave it to my wife and her Wednesday night crowd to handle that. I am not sure what I will teach next.
Maybe I will start a basket weaving class. That way we keep our hands occupied and can take something home with us after we are finished. Everyone likes baskets and few folks nowadays know how to make one from scratch. If we get enough participation we can fill them with Easter eggs next year and sell them to the Easter Bunny.
Whatever I teach next I want it to be something that we can walk away from with an idea of how to do what we were studying. So many Bible studies just give us head knowledge. We walk out knowing something in our minds but have no idea how to put into our lives in a way that others see a difference. I really think that Jesus wants people to see how much we know by the way we act instead of how much we talk. Talking is the easy part.
I wonder what kind of Bible study it would be if we studied how Jesus and His teaching changed the way we act? Would it be a quick, one night study where we all agreed that we are doing fine? Would it be a boring night that is so boring no one will come back? Will it be weeks of talk about how messed up he or she is? Would it be a continual story of all the great things we think that we have done?
The Apostle Paul was an amazing fellow. He often had to talk about his self. When he did it was usually a defense of his calling into the ministry, because he was a very bad dude before he met Jesus or a reminder of the fact that before he met Jesus that he was a very bad dude. Paul said of himself that he was the worst of all sinners. He told people that he was nothing without Jesus and rarely talked about how good he was and never compared himself to others. He never bragged about his church or his group that he hung out with, but rather he bragged about God’s mercy and grace and calling in his life to preach the gospel.
The reason Paul talked like this is not because he spent time studying the deep secrets of the Bible. He knew them and for the longest time, before he met Jesus, went around quoting the Bible to people. He was a very religious man. Once he met Jesus, he got away from religion and started having a relationship with Jesus through the Holy Spirit. He began to recognize that the less he talked about Paul, the more people would see Jesus. He showed people through his actions what he knew from the word of God. He lived each day as if it were his last and did not focus only on Sunday gatherings. One of his greatest teachings was to the church in Corinth when he taught about love. He said that even if he could do all things spiritual but did not have love, then it was all worthless. Love is the overwhelming factor that changes someone from a religious person to a person in a relationship with God. It changed Paul’s life.
Sounds like I may have found a good next topic for my Sunday evening Bible study.

August 10, 2011

Explanation And Apology

by pastortimfowler

I realized after posting yesterday that I may have been a bit brash and maybe offended some with a few of my statements. Let me issue an explanation and an apology. First, the explanation.
I had just been reading an online article about how people use the internet to lure children into child pornography. I think that there is nothing lower on this earth than someone who would do such a thing to a child. I often sit and think about things after I read them in order to process them, but yesterday I jumped straight into my blog. Can you say oops? So if I offended some by the whole idea of killing such a pervert, I am sorry. I would hope that my Christianity would allow me to trust God for such vengeance.
Emotions are a very powerful thing. They cause us to act and react before thinking. They can cause us to challenge everything we have ever been taught and they can freeze us in our tracks. That is why it is so important to not make major decisions in a highly emotional state. Even blogging while emotional can be dangerous.
My wife was so sweet to see the pride in what I wrote and did not mention the whole gun thing. I am not sure if she is that kind or agreed with me that much. Scary huh? There is nothing more dangerous than a momma defending her young.
I have been more emotional the last few days, more than usual. I am very proud of my new grandson and equally as proud of all my grandkids. I guess the emotions come from this being the latest and the fact that it is my “baby” who now has a child. Give it time and the new one will be just as loud and irritating as the rest. That is where Mimi spoiling them comes into play.
This will be my last blog for now about my grandkids. They may be loud and obnoxious but I love them. I would do anything to protect them and I will do my best to teach them the right ways to handle life’s little problems. I am crazy proud of them all and always amazed at God’s handy work when I see a new-born baby.