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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Thanksgiving Prayer

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Pam Roth
Have you ever noticed how the Lord works in mysterious ways and how relevant His word is for us?  Today, I found a prayer that I wrote almost 30 years ago. Little did I know, when I wrote this prayer, that my children would be in their 30’s and 40’s and that my husband and I would live 900 miles away from some of them when I found this prayer.

Heavenly Father,

As I think about the Thanksgiving season, help me to be thankful…I mean really thankful.  I am truly grateful for your provision and my family.


Father, help me to see that every moment of everyday has been given to me by you; and I pray that I make the best decisions possible within that day.  Help me to see that today’s minutes with my children are tomorrow’s memories.  Memories - good memories I hope - that will be rehearsed not only in our minds, but verbally as we gather together in the years to come…when, who knows, we may be miles apart.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Aiming of an Arrow

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Cyndi Coleman
Every day, I write a quote for the day on the whiteboard at the front of my classroom. When I began doing this, I wasn’t sure my students would even notice. On days when I forget, they are quick to remind me! Today, I decided to use a Bible verse from the book of Psalm. As I was flipping through my Bible, what caught my eye was pen markings around the verse from another time when I read it.


Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” There are penned brackets around the verse, and above the word “instruct,”  I had written in the margin, “the aiming of an arrow.” 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Lessons learned through nonconformity

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Pam Roth
Do you remember the film, Dead Poet’s Society?  Robin Williams plays a free-spirited English professor, Mr. Keating, at a prep school for boys.  Through unorthodox teaching methods, Mr. Keating encourages his students to look at literature from a new perspective.

Although the professor’s intentions are good, calamity comes out of the students’ newly inspired desire to be nonconformist when it comes to studying poetry.  Unfortunately, the loss of a student brings the class full circle when the authorities of the school decide that something must be done to stop this nonsense.  With a discipline committee on hand, Mr. Keating is asked to resign from his position and the class is brought back under control by a professor that follows “the law to the letter.”

And then, there is that infamous final scene when Mr. Keating comes back to his classroom to gather his personal belongings.  One of the boys apologizes to Mr. Keating for signing a confession that blamed Mr. Keating for all of the boys’ problems.  As Mr. Keating accepts the apology, Mr. Nolan, the interim professor asks Mr. Keating to leave.  Mr. Keating begins to leave when one by one the boys begin to stand upon their desks and cry out, “O Captain, My Captain.”  Through this one act of nonconformity, Mr. Keating realizes that the life lessons he had hoped to impart happened in the lives of these young men and a passion for poetry had been birthed out of Mr. Keating’s unconventional teaching methods.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Take heart!

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Cyndi Coleman
Often it is said that after people go through a significant crisis together it will have either destroyed their relationship, or made them so strong that they are forever united.

Just as this dynamic is true in our human-to-human relationships, the same is true of our relationship with God.