Let’s get real…
I love sharing what God’s given me through teaching and speaking. Whatever your event - big or small - I’d love to be a part of what’s happening. Usually, I prefer to bring a personal message to each group I speak for based on the needs and theme at hand. God has so much to say through His Word that there’s no need for plug-and-play in most cases.
That being said, here are a few topics that I love to share, based on my Bible studies.
More Than Mind-Full
All of our intellectual study of God’s truths and His Word doesn’t help us a bit if we can’t remember it. And remembering it doesn’t help even a squish if we don’t take action based on what we know. When we look to the Scriptures for what God tells us to remember, we’ll find that He expects us to remember Who He Is, who we are, what He’s said, what’s He’s done, and that we’re part of a larger story. And He wants us to remember with our heart and hands as well as with our minds. (Can be a single message or part of a series for a conference or retreat)
God’s Female Image Bearers
We get a lot of confusing and conflicting messages on what it means to be a woman made in the image of God. Certainly our culture has plenty of ideas. So does tradition. But what does God have in mind when He makes the woman, and how do we live that out in our world today? This message is based on Genesis 2:18, when God designs the woman to be an “ezer” (from the Hebrew) in His image. We’ll look at how God is an “ezer” throughout the Scripture, and get some ideas of what He has in mind for His female image bearers. (Can be a single message or part of a series for a conference or retreat).
If you’ve spent any time around Christian circles, then you’ve seen the quote “Be still and know that I am God.” You might not know, though, that God says tells His people to “be still” a handful of other time in the Old Testament, and uses four different Hebrew words to settle us down. Turns out, He’s not after some passive or apathetic response from us. Instead, He wants us to stop “frapping” (FRAP = frantic random activity period) and panicking in response to the world around us. And He actually tells us how to do that.
Each of us has a ministry God calls us to, and the fact that we’re still breathing on planet earth means our ministry isn’t done yet. But living that out can be discouraging, disheartening, and downright scary. We’ll learn from the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 4 &5 how we can “not lose heart” as we press on to do the things God calls us to. Oh, and by the way, this is the path towards our greatest joy, too.
Born of Love
What is real love and why must this be the mark of a true disciple of Jesus? The Apostle John lays it all out for us in his first letter to the churches around Ephesus. Apparently, the Beatles kinda got it right - love is really all we need. God’s kind of love, anyway.