Category Archives: Wisdom

New to Toastmasters

Well I have started on a new journey in my life.  I have joined Toastmasters!

In March I joined a local Toastmasters club to improve my public speaking and to network with like minded individuals.

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Our organization has more than 352,000 memberships. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 16,400 clubs in 141 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations.  To learn more about Toastmasters click here.

On July 2nd I prepared and delivered my first prepared speech – the Ice Breaker speech.  In this speech you are to introduce yourself to the club and speak 5 to 7 minutes sharing details of your life you want to share.

For me five minutes was not near enough!  I can talk all day about me.  I am a subject matter expert on myself don’t you know, and have a few years with myself as well.  But for the sake of the other members I shared in less than 7 minutes.

Now I have been a leader, teacher, singer, master of ceremonies and coach for most of my life.  I really don’t have a problem talking in front of other people, but this crowd is different.  They all are trying to better their speaking abilities and know when I am messing up – they are just looking for it!

There is someone at the meeting who counts the number of times you say – uh, ah, so, and so, use improper grammar and repeat yourself.  This person had a field day with me.  I know I have a problem with my dialect and use of the English language, but I don’t care to stand up and share what I know.

My speech was titled “Blackberry Wisdom”.  Wonder where I got that idea.  Through the speech preparation I found my life can be best summed up by sharing a few details from the different seasons of my life.

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So now with the 1st speech behind me, I am ready now to aim toward becoming a Distinguished Toastmasters (DTM).  Let the journey begin!

 

 

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Yes – Jesus still heals!

Do you believe that Jesus still heals people?  I certainly do – because He healed me!

I had hurt my neck and shoulder from doing some yard work and was in some kind of pain.  I could not get comfortable to sleep at night and it hurt me during the day to the point of affecting my work.

The week after we happened to be in revival services at church and I was in our prayer room with a few good men.  After we prayed for the revival and for others, I asked if they would pray for my neck and shoulder.  They agreed and anointed me with oil and prayed for my healing from the great physician.

I went to bed that night already feeling better and prayed as I went to sleep that the Lord would continue to make my shoulder better.  He told me that He would heal me, and that I needed to do three things:

  1. do pushups in the morning
  2. thank the men who prayed for me giving credit to Jesus
  3. write this article

So here I am- thank you for reading.  And I do want give Jesus all the praise for healing – even if it didn’t happen to me.

About 5 months ago I was doing yard work of a different sort and I hurt my elbow.  It limited some movements that I do such as even picking up a coffee cup.  So I finally went to the orthopedic doctor and he gave me some meds and said that I had tennis elbow and it would eventually go away.  Actually the elbow was still hurting some when my neck and shoulder became aggravated.

So when I hurt my neck and shoulder I just knew I would be in for another body part that would be drawn out with ache and pain.  I just could not go through this kind of pain for very long I felt

You can imagine my excitement when just a few days after hurting my neck and shoulder it was actually feeling better from His healing.  I was for some reason surprised.

Then I got to thinking about why God chose to heal me.  Why did He give me three specific things to do in response.   And how did Jesus heal while He was in body form here on earth.

I believe that Jesus does heal.  Even today.  The examples we learn in the Bible show us that He heals and it is over, and sometimes He heals and expects the person to do something to accept the healing.

In Luke 22:51 we see that Peter cut off the ear of a soldier who had come after Jesus.  Jesus rebuked him for his retaliation and healed the soldier’s ear.  He just did it.  The soldier did not ask for it and neither did Peter – but Jesus healed.

Then we see plenty of examples where Jesus heals and tells the person to do something that I think make them accept the healing by asking for it or an action after the healing.  We see this in John 9:7 where Jesus heals the blind man, but tells him to go wash in the pool of Siloam.  When was the man healed?  When Jesus put spit and mud on his eyes, or when we washed it away?

I know that Jesus doesn’t always heal either.  We don’t always understand why He does or doesn’t heal.  But I do think He expects us to demonstrate our faith in Him.

Are you in need of healing?  I suggest that you pray to Jesus asking for specific healing and then listen if He wants you to do something to receive that healing.  If we don’t listen and then respond I am not sure that He will heal as we have asked.

 

October blog reviews

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HOW TO PRAY A PSALM – Great explanation

Gospel-Driven Humility – yes, we all need to be reminded to be humble in all situations.

Is Politeness Killing Your Prayer Life? – I agree.  Prayer is not about saying the right things to God, it is being honest and listening to Him.

Does Porn Use Disqualify a Pastor? – Strong but correct advice from Dr Piper.

FAULTS TO AVOID IN PUBLIC PRAYER – Ok, I offer this post up for consideration, not that we have to follow any kind of rules when praying to God.  I do believe some folks need a little guidance so as not to bring attention to themselves during public prayer.

Chick-fil-A  – the most polite restaurant chain in America.  Just another reason to love Chick-fil-A.

3 Awful Features of Roman Sexual Morality – wow, what an eye opening look at the Roman culture and how it resembles where America is heading.

Greatest Leadership Questions – these are good to keep on hand if you are a leader

4 Great Reasons to Read Romans – We are starting to read Romans this week at church – what good timing!

 

August blog reviews

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Four Reasons to Pray for Your Pastor Daily – I could not agree more with this article.  Pray for your pastor.

Read the Bible as Your Spiritual Food – 11 great ways to look at reading your Bible

Three Models of Family Ministry – a great video every church ministers should watch and consider

Why Satan Is So Skillful at Tempting Us to Sin – know your enemy well, to be able to defeat him.

The First 15 Bible Verses a Christian Needs to Memorize – We should consider these as part of the scriptures we all should have memorized.

Understanding the Development of the New Testament Canon – I am no Bible scholar, but certainly appreciate how the Bible came to be what it is today.

 

July blog reviews

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True Leaders Are Teachable – this is so true.  I know I am at my best when I have changed something in my leadership from what I have learned.

Making the Most of Your Bible Reading – great advice here

4 Reasons Why Every Bible Reader Should Do Word Studies – I am not a Bible scholar by any stretch of the imagination, but I certainly do appreciate studying words sometimes and what they meant in the original language.

10 Ways To Resist The Devil – solid ideas here we all should consider

You Have Enough Time to Study the Bible – I agree, we really do what we want to do with our time each day.

Why We Fail at Family Devotions –  how true, how true.  We make a family devotion too hard I think.

June Blog Reviews

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6 Reasons Why I Like to Read Scripture in the Morning – I agree with each of Art’s reasons.

 

Church Links (articles of interest for local church leaders)

The Gospel Was Given for a Time Like This – Well articulated by Tim Challies

WHAT’S NEXT IN CHURCH TECHNOLOGY? – I think as a church we need to be open towards technology when it helps share the Good News of Jesus.

7 Reasons Mid Size Churches Get Stuck – My church fits in the mid-sized church (200-800).  Gotta look close at these stumbling blocks.

Developing a Timeline for Your Church-Wide Campaign – This is a great article on planning for a campaign.

 

May Blog Reviews

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3 NEGLECTED OBJECTS OF STEWARDSHIP – good points for us to consider

Apple Destroyed My Will to Collect Music – I have been an Apple music fan since my first iPod.  I agree with the author here, I too have been disenchanted with the new Apple Music features.  I have also lost songs that were original and hard to find.

The Power Of Conformity – how quickly those without a moral compass will sway with the winds of conformity.  I am so nervous about how our country has changed it moral views and what drives them now.

Court-Ordered Same-Sex Marriage Cannot Deliver on Its Promise – only time will tell, but I so agree with Dr Mohler in this short video.

Calvin & Hobbes – Art Before Commerce – My favorite comic strip of all time.  I never understood why these characters could only be found in print, so the title and this video gives the artist reasons why.

How a Gutenberg printing press works – I am fascinated with how the Bible came to what it is today.  The printing press was one of those technologies that helped spread the Word!  Interesting video on how a printing press works.  Now I understand why it is called the printing “press”.

Church Links

10 Reasons Why the Church Gathers – short, great points

How to Backslide in 9 Easy Steps – I couldn’t emphasise point #1 any stronger.  Lack of daily Bible reading and prayer will lead anyone away from Jesus.