- You will not find the word "fatherlessness" in a contemporary dictionary. The word does not exist in our language. It does, however, exist in reality, in the condition of many hearts. Most of our churches have many people, whether children, youth, or grown adults who suffer from "fatherlessness."
April 13-14, 2012
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Recently, I read these words of a Christian psychologist: "Every day believers should be either learning something from those with more knowledge and information than they or teaching something to those who may have less knowledge than they possess.
As a teacher with an assignment and mission to share God's Word each week, do you love to teach? Do you live to teach?
A few years ago, I received a call one Saturday afternoon from the teacher of an adult Sunday school class. He apologized for the late notice, but said he was ill and was certain he would not be able to be there the next day.
The lesson that Sunday was on the "Ordinances of the Church." I agreed to fill in and spent the rest of the evening studying and talking to God about that important but rather stuffy-sounding topic.
When Sunday morning dawned, I felt ready. With Bible, notes, commentary, and props in hand, my husband and I were there early enough for me set the scene before the students began arriving. He helped me carry in a chalice, a loaf of homemade bread (which, "coincidentally," he had baked the day before), a large basin of soapy water, and a fluffy bath towel. I arranged these items on a table at the front of the room.
You should have seen and heard the students' reactions and comments when they walked in and saw the items on the table, including the basin of water and towel, waiting for them. Priceless! I kept them wondering for a while about my intent before assuring them I had not staged an impromptu foot-washing service. Their responses provided a great segue into the lesson.
With God's help, that lesson became one I will never forget and one that helped the students grasp the meaning and significance of the holy ordinances of the church. But that often happens when a teacher loves (lives) to talk about Jesus and allows the Holy Spirit to make Him known.