Monday, 5 September 2016

Eight Characteristics of a good T E A C H E R

Deut. 6:5-7:  "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength.  And these words which I command you today, shall be in your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down and when you rise up."

To be a TEACHER to your children, you need to know the Word of God yourself, before you start to teach the Word of God.  You need to know the Master Teacher, Jesus Christ, as your Saviour!

According to the Child Evangelism Fellowship Resource Edition of the Bible you need 8 characteristics to be a good teacher:

T - Teachable - You need teaching from the Bible by studying the Word or by listening to sermons about the Word, so that you can teach other people.  You need to be teachable!
E - Enthusiastic - You need to be enthusiastic about the Word of God.  Enthusiastic means to be filled with the Holy Spirit so that you can understand the Word of God and teach the Word of God correctly and with enthusiasm!
A - Approachable - people must not be afraid to approach you,! They must but have confidence to come to you with problems and questions.
C - Consecrated - You must give yourself fully to the Lord as a living sacrifice - Rom. 12:1
H - Honest - You must be honest before God and know your strengths and weaknesses and be honest about it.  Confess your weaknesses to the Lord and other people.
E - Enduring -  Persevere when things are difficult
R - Ready - Be prepared for your tasks as parent and teacher and sit at the feet of your Heavenly Father to get your wisdom from Him by Reading the Word and meditate on it day and night (Ps. 1)
S - Sensitive - Be sensitive to the needs of people around you and be sensitive to the work of the Holy Spirit in your life and the lives of other.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Problems children’s workers can face:

In 1995 Mr. Sam Doherty asked my husband to sit at his desk in his office in Kilchzimmer, Switzerland with his head in his hand and act out as if he is a children’s worker with problems.  This photo was used on the cover of his book  “The problems of a children’s worker and God’s solution.”
( You can download all Mr. Sam Doherty’s books from CEF specialized Book Ministry)
Two weeks ago my husband, who turned 80 last December, faced a tremendous health problem. We were all shocked to hear the bad news, but we experience that the God that Dan and I proclaim in our ministry, is faithful and gives us peace and direction.  Dan wrote a letter to our family and friends:
“This letter is just to bring you up to date with what is happening in our lives.  On the 18th of February 2015 after a CT scan I was diagnosed with aggressive pancreatic cancer.
The bile duct from the gallbladder was blocked because of the  tumor in the mouth of the pancreas and a stent was inserted into the duct on the 26th of February, in order to widen th duct and allow the bile to flow again.
I came out of hospital on Friday the 27th of February and for 2 days I felt very bad.  I am regaining my strength slowly.
There are specific times in one's life when specific Bible truths stand out all the more clearly. During the  last few days many such truths have come strongly to the fore in my own life – God  is Sovereign and in complete control of my life and I can rest in that blessed assurance; God is faithful to His promises and will never leave or forsake me and, the trials of life are given as special times for the believer in Jesus Christ to declare the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2.9)
We are called to be lights in this world and I ask you to pray with me that ‘this little light of mine’  will keep shining until the end.
Obviously the light the believer has is only a reflection of the light that has been poured out in his life. Paul makes it clear that this is only possible because of God’s grace and likens  it to the miracle of creation itself in 2 Cor. 4.6: “For God, who said, ‘ Let light shine out of darkness’, has shone in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory in the face of Jesus Christ”.
David is facing great trials but his first words in Psalm 27 are triumphant: “ The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?”
In verse 4 he prays: “one thing I asked of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD (in the presence of the LORD) all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.”
My ‘little light’ will keep on  shining as I keep my eyes fixed on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter  of our faith.” (Hebrews 12.2)
My prayer is that my Saviour and Lord will be glorified in my life and death!
Once again thank you for your  love and prayers!
Thank you for the fellowship in the Gospel we have enjoyed over may years.
Every Blessing
In Christ."
(My husband, Dan, died 4 months after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  The Lord is giving grace to His children to overcome problems and face death and glorify the Lord in life and death!)

In Chapter 9 of Mr. Doherty’s book – “The problems of a Children’s worker and God’s solution” he writes:
 The Results We Can Experience
 A s we see God, know Him, focus our thoughts on Him and worship Him what can we expect to happen in our lives? What does the Bible teach?
We have already seen most of the answers, but it will be helpful to summarize them and revise them. I am not in a position, of course, to make promises or give precise and absolute guarantees. But I am sure, from what we have already seen and studied in the Word of God, that there are many blessings which God has promised to those who know Him, and who then on the basis of that knowledge obey Him.
 This does not necessarily mean “success” and the instant and immediate solution of the problem(s)—although it might. But it does mean that God will, more and more, give strength and grace to overcome failure and to handle problems, as we give Him His rightful place in our lives.
Knowing God Can Help Us in Our Prayer Life
The more we know about God and the better we know Him, the more we will know to whom we are speaking, and the more we will be able to trust Him for His answers.
All the great men and women of the Bible, and the great “prayers” show a clear and deep knowledge of the One to Whom they were praying.

May God help you with your  problems.  May you experience God’s grace everyday.

HE GIVETH MORE GRACE – by Annie Johnson Flint

He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;
To added affliction He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources,
Our Father's full giving is only begun.

His love has no limit, His grace has no measure;
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth and giveth and giveth again.