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Issue No: 531     Published: 26 Dec 2011

PREACH, TEACH OR 'TREACH'? (Concluded)

CONCLUSION

As we have seen in our study over recent weeks, 'preaching' (proclamation) has been over emphasised in the church.

If we want to be literal, the Gospel is to be proclaimed (preached) to unbelievers (an evangelists tool) while believers need to be taught (discipled) in the ways of the Lord.

All too often, as the saying goes, we 'preach to the converted'. The commonly understood meaning of this saying, is that this is ineffective, both inside, and outside, the church situation.

In essence, walking with Jesus is all about relationship. A personal relationship with Jesus. Plus a sharing of life experiences and mutual support, with other believers.

We have a huge need to be taught the ways of the Lord. The ways of the Lord are not the theology of 'pre or post trib rapture', whatever that may be (for it is all pure speculation anyway!), but godly life principles such as Jesus taught.....

in the Beatitudes.....

The Beatitudes

Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them, saying:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:1-12)


in illustrations using everyday examples.....

Salt and Light

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:13-16)


in instruction of godly daily living.....

Murder

21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell. 23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift. 25 “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. 26 I tell you the truth, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny. (Matthew 5:21-6)


through parables.....

3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 He who has ears, let him hear.”
10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”
11 He replied, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables: “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. (Matthew 13:3-13)

through teaching on prayer.....

Prayer

5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Mathew 6:5-6)


through building faith.....

The Faith of the Centurion

5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6 “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering.” 7 Jesus said to him, “I will go and heal him.” 8 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 10 When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. 11 I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that very hour. (Matthew 8:5-13)


through releasing spiritual gifts, as enunciated by Paul.....

Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy. (1 Corinthians 14:1)

all of which culminates in, and is reflected through, godly love.....

Love

And now I will show you the most excellent way. If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12 Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 12:31b-13:13)


These principles are learned, not through great oratory, but through living example, and a shared impartation of experience from the mature to the immature. By its very nature, it is best done in smaller group settings which allow for interaction between the participants.

11 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. 12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. (Hebrews 5:11-14)

Jesus was not known as an orator, but as a teacher. Paul too, as he himself said, was not an orator either.

By the meekness and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you—I, Paul, who am “timid” when face to face with you, but “bold” when away! (2 Corinthians 10:1)

A revolution is coming to the church! The old ways will change, indeed are changing, as kingdom living comes to the fore. Impersonal, large audience, preaching is gradually being replaced by intimate, relational teaching and experience sharing amongst those hungering for a deeper, all embracing, personal, kingdom, relationship with the Lord.

What form of communication are you embracing today?

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DAVID'S DOODLINGS

TO BE or TO DO

701. Man expects 'to do' in order 'to be', but God requires us 'to be' in order 'to do'.

702. In God's dictionary, 'doing' follows 'being'.

703. 'To do' is simply living out our 'to be'.

704. If 'to do' does not follow out of our 'to be', then our 'to be' is 'not to be'!

705. 'To be' a witness is 'to do' God's will.

706. We are first called 'to be', then 'to do'.

707. Too often we try 'to do' when God is simply calling us 'to be'.

708. 'To do' good, it is best 'to be' good!

709. To best know what 'to do', we must first learn how 'to be'.

710. If 'what to do' is your question, look to 'what to be' to find your answer.

711. When 'to be or not to be' is the question, 'to be and to do' is the answer.

712. True 'being' results in 'doing'.

713. 'Being' without 'doing' is like a motor without a car. Makes plenty of noise but takes you nowhere!

714. 'To be' is the salt, 'to do' the light. We are called to be both.

1220. Our walk with Jesus is to start off with applying the 'don'ts' of the Law and to end up doing the 'do's' of His will.

1221. The sign of maturity in Jesus is when we live not only the 'dont's of the Law' but live the 'do's of righteousness, submission and obedience to God's will' in our lives.

1222. The 'don'ts of the Law' form firm foundations, but walls and roofs of a godly house are built of submission to God's will.

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TAIT TALK 2011

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CRANWELLS CARTOONS

14 for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said:
“Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” (Ephesians 5:14)














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THIS WEEK: 3 KINGDOM AGES
CENTRAL KINGDOM CHARACTERS


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LAUGHING AT OURSELVES

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*** "Those who can't laugh at themselves leave the job to others." ***

431. OMITTED
A woman in her forties got married but was a bit nervous about her honeymoon.

Pastor Carl wanted to encourage her by sending a telegram with a verse of Scripture...
1 John 4:18 - There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.

But the Pastor's oral instructions to the church typist omitted, by mistake, the 1 before John and the telegram just read...

John 4:18 - For you have had five husbands, and he whom you now have is not your husband; this you said truly.

430. A DRIER CLIMATE
Pastor Bob shocked the congregation when he announced that he was resigning from the church and moving to a drier climate.

After the service, a very distraught lady came to the pastor with tears in her eyes. "Oh, Pastor Bob, we are going to miss you so much. We don't want you to leave!"

Pastor Bob patted her hand and said, "Now, now, Carolyn, don't carry on. The pastor who takes my place might be even better than me".

"Yeah," Carolyn said, with a tone of disappointment in her voice, "That's what they said the last time too."

429. TECH SUPPORT v EXODUS 20:4-5
Tech Support: All right...now double-click on the File Manager icon.

Customer: That's why I hate this Windows -- because of the icons. I'm a good
Christian, and I don't believe in icons.

Tech Support: Well, that's just an industry term sir. I don't believe it was meant to...

Customer: I don't care about any "Industry Terms" -- I do NOT believe in icons!

Tech Support: Okay, then... why don't you just click on the little picture of a file cabinet -- is "little picture" OK?

Customer: [click]

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FACTS FOR FUN

LAST WEEKS QUESTION: How do black and white stripes camouflage zebras?

ANSWER: It doesn't seem to make sense. For there isn't any black and white shrubbery in Africa for zebras to hide in! So how does being striped help them to avoid being someone else's dinner? The answer is in what scientists call ‘disruptive coloration’. The alternating stripes break up and obscure the outline of the zebra, making it difficult for predators to focus on the animal, particularly when many zebras are running together at once. Instead of a solid shape, the predator sees a jumble of apparently unrelated forms. Some experts think the stripes may serve another purpose - avoiding the tsetse fly. These biting flies prefer to snack on large, dark, moving animals. The zebra's stripes may well make it difficult for the biting bugs to find a single dark region to alight upon. (What about the ‘Stars and Stripes’?)

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: What is an egg tooth?

Answer Next Week.

SOME FUN FACTS

1177. SWEET KISSES
Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it's kissing the conveyor belt. (Who would have thought that even ‘kissing’ could be mechanised!)

1178. HORSE SENSE
If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes. (However we don’t know the fate of the horse!)

1179. THE DOGFIGHT
The term "the whole 9 yards" came from WWII fighter pilots in the Pacific. When arming their aeroplanes on the ground, the .50 calibre machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got "the whole 9 yards." (Unfortunately most ended up 6 feet {2 yards} under.)

A WORD PUZZLE FOR YOU

Make another word from this word using all the letters.

LIMPED

Answer at the end of A David Musing

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A SELF-EVALUATION PAPER FOR PASTORS By Rodney W. Francis.

NOTE FROM DAVID: Over the next while we will be including questions from this excellent, thought provoking, self - analysis questionnaire prepared by my friend Rodney. I recommend this highly to all who are involved in pastoring.

.............

Pastoring is a very challenging calling, and one that often has many demands placed upon it by people battling through problems and circumstances in life that they would prefer not to have. It is therefore very important that the office of a Pastor is filled by those who have the call of God to be Pastors. We have observed that people with the gifting of an Evangelist often finish up Pastoring. Yet Evangelists do not make good Pastors ~ it is a very different gifting.

This paper is an honest attempt to help those who are Pastoring to be more sure of their calling in God. When we know the will of God ~ and are walking in that will ~ then our lives and ministries will be much more fruitful. Pastoring is a calling, a gifting, not an occupation. I Pastored churches for 25 years, as well as pioneered several others, before God clearly called me into a full-time faith ministry at the beginning of the year 2000, so I do have an understanding of the things a Pastor goes through. My heart is to see Pastors fulfill their calling and destiny ~ that of nurturing and shepherding the people God entrusts to them ~ and to bring them to a place where they can be released to fulfill their calling and destiny as well (Ephesians 4:11-16).

May the following questions help you to clarify more of the call of God on your life, so you will be more effective than ever in the days ahead. There is no greater privilege in this life than to be called of God to a specific task, and to be fulfilling it. It also carries a huge responsibility, because Pastors are answerable to God for the way they treat and lead their people.

PERSONAL AND FAMILY LIFE:

Do you have a regular devotional life, i.e. spend personal time in prayer and study of God’s Word?

Do you have good disciplines in your life?

Do you know what to say “Yes” to and what to say “No” to?

Do you have a good accountability to others who understand the calling of God in your life, who understand the calling of a Pastor?

If you ran into personal problems, who could you talk to?

How open and honest are you as a person?

Do you make sure you spend quality time with your wife/husband and family?

Do you have any other interests that you can refresh yourself with?


Your fellow-labourer in the harvest field of Jesus,

Rodney W. Francis.

Founder/Director: The Gospel Faith Messenger Ministry
(Commenced April 1964)

EVALUATION PAPER CONCLUDED.

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BIBLE QUESTION - THE KINGDOM OF GOD

19: Where did Philip preach the good news about the Kingdom of God leading to many baptisms?

a. Samaria
b. Judea
c. Antioch
d. Tarsus


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IF ONLY I'D THOUGHT OF IT!

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!!! My mind contains many good ideas, but it is not always easy to squeeze one out.

!! There is a guaranteed way to get what you want: want less.

! No wonder I'm so confused - one of my parents was a man, the other was a woman.

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WHY?

Some of Life’s Most Puzzling Questions

Can You Provide the Answers?


1. Why is the time of day when the traffic is slowest called the ‘rush hour’?

2. Why isn’t ‘phonetics’ spelled the way it sounds?

3. Why are homes called apartments when they are all stuck together?

4. Why do we drive in parks and park in drives?

5. Why don’t sheep shrink in the rain?

6. If nothing sticks to teflon, how do they make it stick to the pan?

7. Why is it for each and every action, there is an equal and greater criticism?

8. If fire fighters fight fires and crime fighters fight crime, what do freedom fighters fight?

9. If a service station never closes, why do they still have locks on the door?

10. Do vegetarians eat animal biscuits?

11. How come an iron has a setting for ‘permanent press’?

12. If Barbie (the doll of course) is so popular, why do you need to buy her friends?

13. What’s another word for ‘Thesaurus’?

14. If you had everything in the world, where would you put it?

15. After they make styrofoam, what do they ship it in?

16. When you see a microwave, do you wave back?

17. Why is experience something you don’t get until just after you need it?

18. Why is the severity of an itch inversely proportional to your ability to reach it?

19. Why is change inevitable, except from vending machines?

20. Why do bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of cheques?

21. Why is the 3rd hand on the watch called the second hand?

22. If a word is misspelled in the dictionary, how would we ever know?

23. If Webster wrote the first dictionary, where did he find the words?

24. Why do we say something is ‘out of whack’? What is a whack?

25. Why does ‘slow down’ and ‘slow up’ mean the same thing?

26. Why does ‘fat chance’ and ‘slim chance’ mean the same thing?

27. Why do ‘tug’ boats’ push their charges?

28. Why do we sing, ‘Take me Out To The Ballgame’ when we are already there?

29. Why are they called ‘stands’ when they are made for sitting on?

30. Why is it called ‘after dark’ when it is really ‘after light’?

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BIBLE TRIVIA (Strange and Amazing Facts)

HOW MANY LETTERS?

There are 3,566,480 letters in the Bible. (If you don't believe me, count for yourself! LOL!) The word count is between 773,692 and 773,746, depending on how hyphenated words are counted. A large book!

Adapted from: '1001 Surprising Things You Should Know About The Bible' MacGregor & Prys

Christians contemplate their future in secular Europe

Posted: Saturday, November 26, 2011, 20:00 (GMT)

Christians contemplate their future in secular Europe Former Dutch defence minister Eimert van Middelkoop said there was an "anti-Christian mood" in EU institutions AP

Christians have been told they must find a framework for promoting their beliefs if they are to confront the challenge of aggressive secularisation and the erosion of Christian values across all spheres of life.

Opening the Beyond Individualism conference on Friday, Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali said it was “amazing” that a Christian nurse in Britain today could be suspended for offering to pray for a patient, when it was Christians who had set in place many of the institutions and public services now taken for granted.

He warned that the Christian values inherent in Europe’s heritage have been eroded by a process of “aggressive secularisation” that Christians must understand if they are to challenge it.

While politicians offer “thin” values like respect and tolerance, the bishop said such “political mantras” were “not enough for society to be cohesive”.

Instead, Christianity presents European nations with a means to move beyond the individualism they have come to be characterised by, he argued.

“To have individualism without any sense of mutuality is very damaging for society,” he said.

Bishop Nazir-Ali took issue with attempts to detach concepts like equality and diversity from their Christian roots, arguing that they could only be properly understood from the vantage point of Christianity, with its emphasis on the common origins of all human beings and their intrinsic value as God’s creation.

Diversity, he said, should be understood as “Christian hospitality”, rather than multi-culturalism, which has “led to the segregation and isolation of communities”, he maintained.

Bishop Nazir-Ali went on to say that respect for individual conscience “had not been in the fore” in recent legislation in Britain.

Reflecting concern over recent court cases involving Christians, he said it was “unacceptable” that the law had “ignored” the rights of Christians.

“We must respect the autonomy of public law but we also need to argue for law to respect conscience,” he told the conference.

Social critic and author Dr Os Guinness said that one of the greatest issues facing the whole world today was how to live with our differences.

He said the emergence of a global public square meant that Christians need to speak increasingly with one “constructive” voice.

Rather than contradict civil liberty, Dr Guinness said that strong religious convictions could complement it.

However, Christians must examine some of the “unwise” responses they have made in the past “to make sure we do better”.

He criticised Christians for being too politicised, partisan, and self-interested at times.

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WAXING LYRICAL

Those important, yet unimportant jobs that have to be done! Oh, to get on the plane for a rest! (Could be Christmas instead!)

ON THE WAY - NEARLY!

The time has come to catch the plane,
Off to Africa, we're to go again,
Must get all the last minute jobs done,
Before getting on board and having fun.

So much to do, so little time,
Had better then, finish this rhyme.
Must go now and ring my Mum,
Then Uganda, here we come!

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A DAVID MUSING

Christmas is the time of good cheer, relaxing with families, enjoying Jesus' birth..... Or is it a time of rushing to get everything done, worries about money and whether the family will get on together and be happy with their gifts!

Somehow, we have our priorities all wrong. Whether it is crass commercialism or multitudinous church Christmas programmes, we rush, rush, rush......

Now Christmas is over, I need a holiday!

Not how it should be, is it?

May 2012 be a year when we hear from God more clearly and be obedient to the guidance and instruction He gives us.

..........

PS: Further severe earthquake aftershocks have struck Christchurch just 2 days before Christmas, resulting in more injuries, damage, and renewed uncertainty and fear amongst many people who had thought the worst had past. The aftershocks have done more damage than the original earthquake of 15 months ago. Your prayers for the people of Christchurch would be appreciated at this time.

Until next week.......

MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOU BLESS GOD.

His servant and yours

David Tait

Today's 'Word Puzzle' Answer: DIMPLE

TODAY'S 'BIBLE QUESTION' ANSWER: 19a. Samaria (Acts 8:5-12)

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