Saturday, January 24, 2015

Your Turn Challenge Results

I don't expect this post to be especially valuable. I'm mostly writing it because I took on the 7-day Your Turn Challenge in my own modified way, and today would be my day to finish it. Feel free to skip this over, as that would probably be a good demonstration of what I'm about to describe learning to do.

Friday, January 23, 2015

One Day the Conductor Will Appear!

J. Vernon McGee has preached all the way through the Bible. One day I was reading his remarks on Psalm 2:12, and he tells a story that has really stuck with me. Perhaps that is because we, too, “live in a world where every man is tooting his own little horn.” His comments follow:

“Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.”
Psalm 2:12

The late Dr. George Gill used to tell us in class, “ ‘Kiss the Son’ is the Old Testament way of saying, ‘… Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved …’ (Acts 16:31).” “Kiss the Son.”

Do you remember who kissed Him? Have you ever noted what our Lord said to Judas after he kissed Him? The theologians today argue about predestination and election and predetermination and foreknowledge, and that this man Judas could not help what he did since it had been prophesied he would do it. Now I’m going to let the theologians handle that. I’m just a poor preacher who doesn’t know very much; so I stay away from those problems and let the theologians solve them.

However, after I listen to them awhile I have a sneaking feeling they haven’t solved them. Notice what the Bible says, and it is well to listen to the Bible rather than to the theologians.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Top 6 Things I Learned About Giftedness

It is from the late Howard Hendricks that I learned inductive Bible study.

It is from his son Bill Hendricks that I learned inductive people study.

Bill has made it his life's work to help people discover, what he calls, their giftedness. That is, how you are wired, what makes you tick, what makes you come alive.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Essence of Sales

Sales help keep the economy going. If you work in sales and want to learn how to do things better, you may find something here helpful. If you want to know how the process works, you're welcome to read this, too.

The heartbeat of the sale is the buying sign. Learning to recognize them and maximizing their potential is what a salesman does. It begins with creating an environment in which these signs can emerge.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

How to Write a Great Paper the Night Before It's Due

That was the tagline that inspired hundreds of high school students to gather at 6am for breakfast one day to hear a Student Venture speaker. It also helped that he was a triple major from Harvard.

His basic message was one of a three-step process of preparation for one to undertake leading up to the night before a writing assignment must be submitted that he called “Load, Relax, and Capture.”

Monday, January 19, 2015

Spring Forth

One of the ways to know you are a writer is you cannot help but write. The seeds of writing are always available and often planted. Some finally spring forth into something final for publication.

The powerful thing about words is they have meaning. They are not just marks on a page or sounds coming out of our mouths. The goal is to see that meaning, that intent, reflected off the understanding of others. One's writing is an expression of oneself with a purpose beyond oneself.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Stucco Them

I've discovered that with certain writers and producer-people, I like to keep up with them on a weekly basis. Daily is a bit frequent and more for regular news. The weekends tend to be slower for news, and life in general, which is good for slower reading, video watching, thinking, etc. It's already producing amazing results.