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Apprenticed In Love

The only One who knows how to love is God, and so we must be students, learners, apprentices - receiving from Him the love that only He can give.

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Father's Word

My Father wants to talk to me, to guide me, to share His   heart   with   me, Father to son, God to man, Lover to beloved.

My Father wants to talk to me, to guide me, to share His heart with me, Father to son, God to man, Lover to beloved.

Some call it the "Bible". The word is simply a transliteration of the Greek word "biblos," which means book. Others call it the "Scriptures," a word that means sacred writings. I prefer to call it "Father's Word". I like that.

My Father wants to talk to me, to guide me, to share His heart with me,
Father to son, God to man, Lover to beloved. 
Father's Word.

The supreme purpose behind Father's word to me is to lead me to an intimate dependence and experience with "His Word" the Lord Jesus Christ, by and through the presence of the Spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit dwelling in me.

I love Father's word for leading me to the Living Word - Jesus. I fear though, that there are some these days who in their finding the "Living Word - Jesus", are neglecting Father's word - the Bible - that was written for us, to us, to lead us to the "Living Word - Jesus"

I fear sometimes that we become so smart, that we fail to remain teachable and humble and students of Father's word so we can know the Living Word - Jesus.

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Teaching vs Training

Just like a little kid learns by looking into the eyes and life of its Father, so that is how we learn.

Just like a little kid learns by looking into the eyes and life of its Father, so that is how we learn.

Ah, the wonderful grace of God. How can we learn of it?

Not the usual way, that is for sure. In Titus 2, we are told that the grace of God has appeared bringing us salvation. First, we must embrace that grace therefore, is not a doctrine, nor a formula, a message, or a teaching.

Grace is a Person because Jesus is the One Who brought us salvation.

The next verse says it is this grace (this Person) Who teaches us, to deny ungodliness and live righteously. "Teaches" is our key word in answering the question of how we learn of grace.

The normal word for teach is "didaskalos", which refers to formal, classroom type of instruction. Not the word used here. You will never learn how to live out of grace in a classroom or a book.

The word used here is from "pais" --- or little child. Little children are concrete learners, not abstract learners. Their learning is more caught than taught. The word should really be translated "training".

Do you see the word picture? Just like a little kid learns by looking into the eyes and life of its Father, so that is how we learn. As we look into Jesus's eyes, we are allowed to see His eyes that are to us and for us. I would put it this way, the teacher talks at us, but the trainer (the Person of Grace) walks with us.

May I illustrate it? One father may tell his child to do a particular chore. That is "didaskalos" - teaching. Another father does that chore with the son. That is "pais" - training. That is Grace.   That is Jesus.

We learn of the grace of God by fixing our eyes on Him, so that He may walk with us and show us how to live. His LIFE is so much more caught than taught.

Be a little kid, fix your eyes on Him, and let Him walk with you.

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My Goals as a Bible Teacher:

I teach the Bible!

That is what I do, and what I have done for most of my life now. Please understand, 'teacher' is not who I am, nor is my desire to get an identity out of what I do. I never have and to this day, do not WANT to teach the Bible. Rather, it is a compulsion than a desire.

That is because to be quite honest, it is such a scary thing to claim that you are teaching for God, His perfect Word! That is a major OUCH to the ego of anyone who would want to claim the office of teacher.

I do, however, love the fruit of what God accomplishes by using such mere human vessels to deliver life-changing truths to His people. In 1 Timothy 1, Paul put the goal of the teacher in plain form:

'The goal of our instruction is FAITH' = we want people to trust God. To take Him at His Word and learn of His goodness toward them.

Second, our goal is to produce love. First and foremost is the desire for people to have love for God. But the instant by-product of that is, of course, love for people. What an amazing thing to ponder, that people by trusting God become lovers of people and thus create a glorious community of faith that becomes a safe harbor for those who endure such a harsh and victimizing world.

And because that is so glorious, we want to thus teach from a pure heart, "katharos" = clean. The word was used of an army that had been purified of all its cowardly men so that only true soldiers remain. A pure heart is a heart that is "unmixed" with anything else.

This is why I teach.... to see people come to know God by faith so that they will become lovers, and live before God with clean hearts. That is real LIFE and makes for very real living. This is what I seek, it is of course, not what I always experience. I allow the world and sin to clutter my mind and behavior, WAY TOO MUCH, but that is my goal, for my life and for the lives of all who choose to listen!

I would put it this way, sadly, I ALWAYS preach a better message than I live but my heart is always to preach a message that accomplishes faith, and love, from a pure heart.

Just wanted you to know...