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  1. And when Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, and did not believe that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. And he declared to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. Acts 9:26, 27 (NKJV) Before being saved by God's grace, Saul was a persecutor of Christians and was determined to stop the new movement called The Way. Yet, on the road to Damascus, he had an encounter with Jesus Christ. This encounter would forever change his life. With the help of Ananias, Saul became a Christian. Although he got saved by God's grace, Saul had a hard time convincing the disciples that he was born-again. The disciples used Saul's past as a means of their skepticism. They could not believe that someone who had persecuted Christians could become a follower of Christ. Thank God for Barnabas. Barnabas stood up for Saul and told the disciples how Saul had become a Christian. Barnabas also explained that Saul had already started to proclaim the name of Jesus Christ. Sometimes, people try to hold our past against us. They say that we cannot possibly be a follower of Jesus Christ because of the mistakes we have made. I know that I have made my share of mistakes in my life. I had to spend two days in jail for one mistake in particular. Yet, I believe that God has called me to do Christian service for Him. Despite my shortcomings, God can still work in, with, and through me. The same is true for you. God has a wonderful plan for your life. You may have made some bad mistakes, but God is willing to forgive you of those mistakes. God is able to take your broken life and turn it into a masterpiece that He can work in, with, and through. Don't let people use your past against you. Remind them of God's great love for you and His grace that is sufficient. I encourage you to pray for opportunities to serve God and to allow God to work in, with, and through you. May God bless you today and every day!
  2. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the ultimate example of blessing others. Despite being unfairly treated by the Pharisees and even His own people, Jesus reached out to those in need of God's unconditional love and compassion. How did He respond when He was insulted? 1 Peter 2:23a (NIV) states, "When they hurled insults at Him, He did not retaliate..." What did He do when He was paying our sin debt on the cross? How did He handle the suffering and the intense pain? 1 Peter 2:23b (NIV) states, "...when He suffered, He made no threats." In fact, He prayed. What? He prayed for the people who had Him crucified. But, what was His prayer like? Did He pray for God to destroy the people. No. He simply said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do" (Luke 23:34, NKJV). How can we be like Jesus in the sense of blessing others, especially those individuals who don't like us? In His Sermon on the Mount, He addresses this issue. In Matthew 5:43 (KJV), He says, "Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy." It was probably a widespread rumor that the proper response to an enemy was hatred. That is to say, if the enemy hates you, you hate him/her in return. Yet, Jesus states in Matthew 5:44 (KJV), "But I say unto you, Love your enemies..." This is a 180-degree turn from the rumored response. Love our enemies? How are we supposed to do that? Jesus provides us with three specific ways to love our enemies. (1) Bless individuals who curse you. Again, we see that we are to be a blessing. Even when people say or do bad things to us (curse us), our first response should be to bless those people in some way. (2) Do good to individuals who hate you. There are some people who simply do not like us because we are followers of Jesus Christ. To paraphrase 1 John 3:13, "Do not be surprised if the world (referring to individuals who do not know Jesus Christ) hates you." Jesus states in John 15:18 (KJV), "If the world hate you, ye know that it hated Me before it hated you." Our response to a world that hates us is simply doing good to those who are of the world. We let our lights shine before them (see Matthew 5:16) even though they try to suffocate us with their darkness. (3) Pray for people who despitefully use you and persecute you. Has Jesus suddenly become absurd? Of course not! Praying for people who hate us to the point of hurting us (physically, mentally, and/or emotionally) is the most effective response. What should we pray? We should pray that the individuals who persecute us will experience God's grace like we have when we got saved. So, instead of getting even with an enemy, we may be able to gain a brother or sister in Christ. In Matthew 5:45 (KJV), Jesus states the reason why we are to love our enemies: that ye may be the children of your Father which is in Heaven. As children of God, we are to imitate Him and walk in love (see Ephesians 5:1, 2). This means that we are to bless the individuals He blesses and to do good to people whom He does good. Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:46, 47 that it is easy to love those who love us, but the real reward comes when we love people who do not love us. As Jesus clearly points out in Matthew 5:48 (KJV), "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in Heaven is perfect." The word perfect means "complete". What Jesus is saying is that we are to be a blessing to everyone we encounter and love each person as God loves him/her. May God bless you today and every day and be sure to be a blessing to others!
  3. In a previous three-part blog, I discussed how God wants to bless us and shared many of the blessings God bestows on us. Among these blessings was His ultimate blessing of His Son Jesus Christ. In this blog, I will answer the question, "Why does God want to bless us?" An obvious answer would be, "Because He loves us." Yes, this is true. But, I believe there is another reasonable answer. God wants to bless us because He wants us to bless others. Zechariah 8:13 (NKJV) states in part, "...so I (God) will save you, and you shall be a blessing." God saved us by His grace for the purpose of working in, with, and through us to be a blessing to other people. As Philippians 2:13 (KJV) states, "For it is God which worketh (not the -eth ending) in [us] both to will and to do of His good pleasure." This means that God is continually at work in us to give us the desire and the ability to do His will. Part of God's will for us is to be a real blessing to people. What a great reason for filling us with His Holy Spirit! The first part of 1 Peter 3:9 (NIV) states, "Do not repay evil for evil, insult for insult..." Repaying someone evil for evil means that when that person does something bad to us, we get even with that person in some way. Often I am tempted to repay evil for evil when I am driving and another driver cuts me off, passes me on the double line, or runs a red light the moment my light turns green. The temptation is to confront this idiotic individual and let him know how stupid I think they are. But, what's the point in doing all that? All that would do is fuel negative emotions and possibly lead to violence. Therefore, the best course of action would be to let the driver move on without incident (at least, that is what my mother tells me to do). Rendering insult for insult is quite a different matter. I am sure you have heard that phrase, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names (insults) will never harm me." If we are truly honest, names and labels do hurt. I have been called many insulting names because of my height (I am 5 foot 1 1/4 inches tall). I have also been ridiculed for having a mild form of autism (Asperger's Syndrome). Despite the name-calling and the ridicule, I remind myself that God loves me no matter what. So, how are we to respond when someone does something bad to us or mislabel us? The second part of 1 Peter 3:9 (NIV) answers this question quite well: with blessing. Say what? Yes, we are to do or say something good even when we are mistreated. But, why are we supposed to respond with blessing. The reason is also included in this verse: because to this you were called. We are called to bless others even though they insult us. In the next part of this blog, I will relate how Jesus Christ is the ultimate example of blessing others and how we can follow His example in being a blessing to others.
  4. God's greatest blessing is for all mankind. We all know (or should know) John 3:16. Billy Graham once stated that this verse is the gospel of Jesus Christ in a nutshell. The first part of this verse (NKJV) is, "For God so loved the world..." Indeed, God loves everyone. His love is for people who have lived on this planet called Earth, people who are living now, and people who are yet to be born. The next part of John 3:16 states, "...that He (God) gave His only begotten Son". God's gift of His Son Jesus Christ presents the opportunity for anyone to experience His grace (unmerited) favor. If you have been saved, then you already know about God's grace. However, if you are reading this and have never been saved, I encourage you to read the next few paragraphs. Due to Adam and Eve's disobedience in the garden of Eden, you were born with a sinful nature. This is what the apostle Paul meant when he stated, "...all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23, NKJV). Despite your best efforts to be good, there is nothing you can do on your own merit to atone for your sins. And so, you remain in a spiritually dead state. That is, your sins have separated you from God. Romans 6:23a (NKJV) clearly states, "...the wages of sin is death." If you physically die in a spiritually dead state, you will become eternally separated from God in a place called Hell. The good news is that God does not want you to go to Hell. He has made the way for you to escape Hell while you are physically alive. That way is His Son Jesus Christ. Out of love for you, God gave His Son to be the sinless sacrifice for your sins. As Romans 5:8 (NKJV) states, "...God demonstrates His own love towards [you] in that while [you] were still [a sinner], Christ died for [you]. Christ's death on the cross paid for all of your past, present, and future sins. Not only did Jesus Christ die for your sins, but He also rose from the dead to give you the opportunity to receive the free gift of eternal life. You cannot work for your salvation. You cannot even straighten up your life to obtain it. All you have to do is to believe, repent, and receive. The rest of John 3:16 states, "...whoever believes (places whole trust) in Him (Jesus Christ) should not perish but have everlasting life." As the apostle Paul states, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved" (Acts 16:31, NKJV). If you are ready to commit your life to Jesus Christ and receive the gift of eternal life, I encourage you to follow these five steps. (1) Admit that you are a sinner and that you are in need of God's grace. This is the hardest step because you have to agree with God that your sins have separated you from Him. (2) Believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is God's Son Who died on the cross for your sins, was buried for the atonement of your sins, and rose from the dead by God's power. (3) Turn away from your sins and turn to Jesus Christ for salvation. (4) Ask God to forgive you of all of your sins and to fill you with His Holy Spirit (the third part of the Trinity Who dwells in the heart of every Christian). (5) Receive Jesus Christ by faith in your life as your Lord and Savior. If you are unsure of what to pray, use the following prayer... Heavenly Father, I come to You as a sinner in need of Your grace. I believe in my heart that Your Son Jesus Christ died for my sins, was buried for the atonement of my sins, and rose again on the third day by Your power. I choose to turn away from my sins and to turn to Jesus Christ for salvation. Forgive me of all of my sins and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. I receive by faith Your Son Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and choose to follow Him completely. Thank You for saving me. In Jesus's name. AMEN If you prayed that prayer, congratulations! You are now a member of God's family and my new brother or sister in Christ. To quote the apostle Paul in Romans 15:13 (NKJV), "Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." May God bless you as you begin your new life in Christ.
  5. Psalm 68:19 (NKJV) states, "Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits..." Allow me to apply some logical reasoning into this verse. The word benefit in this verse means "treatment." This treatment can be good or bad. However, in the case of this verse, I believe that benefit means "good treatment." We can look at good treatments as blessings. Note also how often God provides these blessings. God does not provide blessings weekly, monthly, or even yearly, but daily (every day). So, to paraphrase, we can say, "Blessed be the Lord, Who provides blessings to us every day." The psalmist David reminds us to "forget not all [God's] benefits" (Psalm 103:2b, NKJV). As mentioned in the last paragraph, the word benefits can be interpreted as "blessings." So, what are these blessings? Psalm 103:3 - 5a (NKJV) lists five specific blessings provides for us. (1) Forgiveness of our iniquities. How is it possible for God to forgive us of every single sin we have committed, may be committing now, and will continue to commit in the future? The answer is found in God's Son Jesus Christ Who "is the propitiation (atonement) for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the whole world" (1 John 2:2, NKJV). That is, Jesus died for all people's sins. The key is to being forgiven is our confession of these sins. As 1 John 1:9 (NKJV) states, "If we confess our sins (agree with God that we have sinned), He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." That means that God can be counted on to do the right thing by forgiving us of all our sins. (2) Healing of our diseases. People often think of disease as something that affects them physically (like the common cold). But, there are other illnesses to consider. Mental issues such as schizophrenia affect the minds of many people. Emotional problems like depression plague young people. Yet, God is still in the healing business. As 1 Peter 2:24 explains, it was "by [Jesus's] stripes [we] were healed." Not only did Jesus die for our sins on the cross, but He also promoted healing for our illnesses by His suffering. (3) Redeeming our lives from destruction. This is equivalent to saving our souls from Hell. When we fully committed our lives to Jesus Christ, God saved us by His marvelous grace. As Ephesians 2:8 (KJV) states, "For by grace are [we] saved through faith..." I placed emphasis on the verb are for a reason. I believe that we become eternally saved the moment we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. In John 10:27 - 30, Jesus reminds us that we are His sheep and that we will never perish. That is, once we are saved, we can never be lost again. Isn't it assuring to know that we are God's eternally secure children. (4) Crowning us with lovingkindness and tender mercies. The word crown means to "encircle" as in protecting from harm. God literally surrounds us with His lovingkindess and tender mercies. 1 John 4:8 states that God is love, and 1 Corinthians 13:4 states that love is kind. Putting these two verses together, we reason that God is kind. Tender mercies refers to God's compassions. In Lamentations 3:23, the prophet Jeremiah writes, "...[God's] compassions never fail." 1 Corinthians 13:8 states that God's love never fails. To fail means to "end". Therefore, we can say that God's love and compassions never end. God never stops loving us and bestowing us with His kindness. (5) Satisfying our mouths with good things. The Contemporary English Version (CEV) of Psalm 103:5a states, "Each day that we live, "[God] provides for our needs..." Note that it does not say "our wants." In Matthew 6:25 - 34, Jesus talks about God supplying us with what we need. He tells us that we should not worry, but that we should "...seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things (our needs) will be added to you" (Matthew 6:33, NKJV). Indeed, when we seek God's kingdom, He "[supplies] all [our] need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19, NKJV). In part 3 of this blog I share God's greatest blessing to all mankind.
  6. I begin this blog by providing information about the meaning of names in the Bible. Each person's name had a meaning that was related to his/her destiny. Jeremiah means "appointed by God." God appointed Jeremiah to be a prophet to the nations. Caleb means "courageous." Caleb was one of the two spies who proclaimed that the Israelites could take the land of Canaan despite the giants who lived there. John (from which my name Shane is derived) means "God is gracious." John the Baptist was the forerunner of Jesus Christ. Speaking of Jesus, His name means "God is salvation." Indeed, Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. For the most part, the names of people in the Bible had positive meanings. However, a few had negative denotations. For example, let's look at Jabez. His name means "He will cause pain." The name resulted from his mother's painful experience in giving birth to him. Jabez was not the most popular name in the world, and it would seem that Jabez's destiny was to cause pain. Nevertheless, we see that this was not the case. 1 Chronicles 4:9 (NKJV) states that "Jabez was more honorable than his brothers." Perhaps it was his faith in God and devotion to prayer that gave him this status. 1 Chronicles 4:10 relates a prayer that Jabez makes to God. In the first part of the prayer, Jabez says, "Oh, that You would bless me indeed..." Sounds a bit selfish, doesn't it? Normally, when we pray, we ask God to bless our family, our friends, and even our enemies. But, praying for ourselves is unnatural. I believe that we should pray for ourselves in the sense of asking God to bless us. I will explain more about why God wants to bless us in an upcoming blog. After beginning his prayer for God to bless him, Jabez specifies how he desires God to bless him. He requests that God would enlarge his territory, that God's hand would be with him, that God would keep him from evil, and that he would not cause pain. (For more on Jabez's prayer requests, I would highly recommend Bruce Wilkinson's book The Prayer of Jabez.) The last sentence of this verse states God's response to Jabez's prayer: So God granted him what he requested." This means that God not only heard Jabez's prayer, but He also answered his prayer as he desired. Indeed, it was God's will to bless Jabez. The psalmist David writes, "For You, Lord, will bless the [uncomprisingly] righteous [him who is upright and in right standing with You]" (Psalm 5:12a, AMP). The word "will" can mean "want to", so this verse could mean that God wants to bless the ones who are in right standing with Him. Who are the ones considered righteous? Romans 5:1 declares that those who have placed their faith in God's Son are the righteous individuals. Even we who have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior are righteous in the eyes of God.. Therefore, it would be safe to restate Psalm 5:12a, "For You, Lord, want to bless us who have placed our whole trust in Your Son Jesus Christ and have become righteous as a result." Since God wants to bless us, it would be logical to ask the question, "How does God bless us?" Throughout the Psalms, we can find many ways God desires to bless us. The following list illustrates three key ways God blesses us, His righteous ones. (1) Psalm 146:8 (KJV) states, "The Lord loveth the righteous..." While this seems the most obvious way that God blesses us, we need to be continually remind of this fundamental truth. It is easy to believe that God loves us when things go well. But, when things go wrong or when circumstances arise that we do not understand, we question and even doubt that God even cares for us. Carefully examining the verb loveth in this verse, we see the ending -eth. This indicates that God loves us now and will continue to love us. So, restating Psalm 146:8, "The Lord continually loves the righteous..." (2) Psalm 11:5a (KJV) states, "The Lord trieth the righteous." Does this mean that the Lord tempts us? Absolutely not. As James 1:13b points us, "God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth He any man." When a metal is tried, it is thoroughly examined to determine if there are any impurities. If any are found, the metal is heated intensely so that the impurities can be burned away. God thoroughly examines us to determine if there are any flaws in us. God allows tests and trials to come our way so that we can depend on Him to remove those flaws. It is then that we can say the words of Job, "...when [God] has tried me, I shall come forth as gold" (Job 23:10, NKJV). (3) Psalm 37:25 is both a divine promise and a way that God blesses us. It states plainly that God will not forsake (abandon) the righteous. That is, God will not leave us. When we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, God filled us with the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 4:30 tells us that we are sealed by the Holy Spirit until the day of redemption. We are forever secure as God's adopted children for God has promised to never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). In part 2 of this blog, I will state five specific blessings that God bestows upon us.
  7. …[A]fter digging through [the opening in the roof], [they] lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on. Mark 2:4 (NIV) Picture this situation: Four men bring their paralyzed friend to the house where Jesus is preaching the Gospel. The house is so crowded that no one could enter through the door. So, the four men create an entrance through the roof of the house. They lower their paralyzed friend to Jesus. Jesus not only forgives this individual, but He also heals him. What really amazes me about this account of Jesus’s life is the persistence of the four men. They could have given up and quit when they saw the crowd. Yet, they were determined to bring their paralyzed friend to Jesus. I ask myself, “Am I that determined to bring my lost friends to Jesus?” Do you have a God-given goal to achieve? It may be to graduate from high school or earn your GED. It may be to write a book. Whatever the goal, I encourage you to be persistent in fulfilling it. Pray that God will enable you to achieve this goal according to His will. Don’t give up! May God bless you today and every day! 😊
  8. So don't be afraid therefore; you are worth more than many sparrows. Matthew 10:31 (HCSB) As I am preparing this devotional, the price of gold is $1,467.25 per ounce. (Hmmm...I could use five ounces of it right now, but that is beside the point.) This price will go up or down depending on various economic factors that I will not discuss. Needless to say, gold is a valuable metal. Yet, there is one asset that is more valuable than gold. The value of this asset does not change with time. It is not platinum even though that is a reasonable guess. This asset is us. Us? Yes, us. Jesus makes it perfectly clear that we are more valuable than many sparrows. So, how much is a bunch of sparrows worth? It really does not matter. The key word in today's devotional verse is "are". We are highly valuable to God. So, how valuable are we to God? We are so valuable to God that He gave His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to be the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. Then, God raised Jesus up from the dead on the third day to give us all hope of eternal life if we choose to believe in Him. I encourage you to thank God for seeing you as highly valuable to Him. May God bless you today and every day!
  9. Show yourself in all respects a model of good works… Titus 2:7a (NRSV) I can vividly remember my first model car kit. I carefully fit each piece where it needed to go, but in the end, my model car did not exactly look like the one shown in the picture. I was disappointed with the results and vowed never to work with model cars again. Looking back at the model I built, I realized I did some things correctly. The model car did have four wheels like the original. It also had well-built doors and a firmly constructed hood that revealed an impressive motor. All in all, my model car was not a bad representation of the real thing even if it looked like it belonged in a junk heap. In Acts 10:38, Peter tells Cornelius and his friends that Jesus went about doing good. Jesus Christ is our ultimate role model when it comes to doing the right thing. As His followers, we are to set an example for new Christians as well as non-Christians who are seeking reasons to believe. What kind of good works should we be doing? I believe the most important good work we can do is to love everyone with God’s love. My mother says that loving others is the key to them understanding who God truly is. I agree with her wholeheartedly. God’s very nature is to love, and it was His love that motivated Jesus Christ to die for our sins on the cross. I encourage you today to perform good works for people. Pray that God will give you opportunities to share His love with those who are hurting and in need of someone who understands his/her problem. May God bless you in your endeavors as you reach out to a lost and dying world. May God bless you today and every day!
  10. Above all, put on love—the perfect bond of unity. Colossians 3:14 (HCSB) Unity is a delightful word. It basically means that groups of diverse people have developed into one multi-faceted group. The body of Christ is comprised of Christians from different denominations, countries, and races. So, unity is not a major issue in the Christian faith, right? Well, not quite. There are times when disagreements occur in the body of Christ. Suppose one person believes that the rapture of the church will occur before the Great Tribulation, and another person believes that the rapture will occur after the Great Tribulation. Such was the case between a fellow minister and me. When I expressed my view on the rapture, he looked at me and said, “I love you, buddy.” He did not agree with my view, but he still loved me as a fellow Christian. Unconditional love is the “super glue” that holds the body of Christ together. When we love one another as Jesus loves us, we can agree to disagree on issues and not let anything separate us from the body. Let us all love each other and maintain the unity of the body of Christ. May God bless you today and every day! 😊
  11. My name is Shane. I am a Christian minister and an educational mathematician. I love to share God's love to people and to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I hope and pray that the devotionals I prepare will bless you.
  12. [Andrew] first found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah!” (which means “Anointed One”), and he brought [Simon] to Jesus. John 1:41, 42 (HCSB) When I was very young (about twelve), I wanted to be a member of the Ricky Schroder fan club. Ricky Schroder was a young actor who starred in the comedy series “Silver Spoons” during the 1980s. I was excited when I got mail from the fan club. Among the souvenirs from this exclusive club was an autographed picture of Ricky Schroder. Although I never got to meet Ricky Schroder in person, he remains one of my favorite actors. In today’s devotional passage, we see that Andrew is very excited about having an encounter with Jesus Christ. He finds his brother Simon and tells him the great news of finding the Messiah. He then brings Simon to Jesus. Simon (Peter) later became one of the most dynamic disciples in the New Testament. In fact, on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came to indwell the disciples, Peter gave the first evangelistic message. Three thousand people got saved that day. If you are saved by God’s grace, then you are a spokesperson for Jesus Christ. You can tell your friends about what Jesus did for them when He died on the cross for their sins. You can even tell them the good news that Jesus rose again on the third day to give them hope of eternal life if they choose to follow Him. I encourage you to pray for God to give you opportunities to share His love and to tell others about Jesus Christ. May God bless you today and every day! 😊
  13. Reaching out His hand He touched him (the leper), saying, "I am willing; be made clean." Immediately his disease was healed. Matthew 8:3 (HCSB) At the beginning of Matthew 8, we read that Jesus has just finished His sermon on the Mount of Olives. As He is coming down the mountain, He encounters a leper who approaches Him. The leper kneels before Jesus and says, "Lord if You are willing, You can make me clean" (Matthew 8:2). In that bold statement, the leper expresses faith in Jesus's power to heal. The question is: Is Jesus willing to heal the leper?" In today's devotional verse, we see the answer: Yes! Motivated by God's love, Jesus heals the leper completely. We Christians are to follow Jesus's example of reaching out to hurting people. Although we cannot heal them as Jesus can, we can pray with them, encourage them, and even weep with them (see Romans 12:15b). In so doing, we are showing God's love to them and are extending an opportunity for them to receive God's wonderful grace. I encourage you to seek opportunities to reach out to people in need of an encouraging word or even the gift of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ. Pray for God to enable you to do this, and He will. I guarantee it! May God bless you today and every day!
  14. And he gave the…teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry… Ephesians 4:11-12 (ESV) I am an educational mathematician. That is, I have devoted my life to helping students with their mathematics skills. I have taught math remediation, geometry, and algebra to middle school students and have tutored high school students in almost every math course in the secondary school curriculum. Although my job is challenging to say the least, it is highly rewarding. To see a student master an objective that he/she didn’t think he/she could do is a wonderful sight. Teachers are also valuable in the body of Christ. The Apostle Paul says that God gives teachers (as well as a few other roles) for the purpose of equipping the saints to minister to others. To equip means to thoroughly prepare. It’s like a football player putting on his uniform before going out on the field. Classroom teachers prepare lesson plans that will guide them in instructing their students. Likewise, spiritual teachers prepare knowledge and understanding of key Christian principles so they can instruct fellow believers how to live for Christ. The hope of every teacher is that every student knows and understands the material well enough to apply it. According to the Apostle Paul, the teacher equips the saints for effective application in the ministry. That is, the teacher prepares the saints for going out into the real world and sharing God’s love with all people. In a world where hurt and pain are inevitable, it is good to have a Christian alongside a hurting person to ease the pain. May God bless you today and every day!
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