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There are changes happening in one of the largest teachers unions in the country. The National Education Association, faced with declining membership and diminished revenues, is shifting its focus from being a powerful national lobbying group to more of an education-oriented local partner in education. Ironically, the problems the NEA is facing have been largely caused by their own unwillingness to work cooperatively with local school districts, resulting in financial cutbacks and teacher layoffs. There is reason for cautious optimism that the union is finally “getting the message” and seeking to work with school administrators rather than pursuing its own agenda. www.teachingandlearninginstitute.org and www.fln.org/media.
Ready Boat + Ready Band = Effective Ministry
Jesus' surprising tactics of restraint, retreat, and redirection demonstrated that He lived first and foremost for God's pleasure.
This People Making A Difference spotlights a woman who took her own experience of learning to depend on God as a single mother, and used it to help provide a weekend of refreshing and renewal for other families like hers: the Mom and Me Retreat.
RECIPE #1: CREATING SECURITY 4 INTRUDERS TO YOUR MARRIAGE â€œCatch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.â€ Song of Solomon 2:15 (NIV) 1. Escalation 2. Harsh Language 3. Retreat 4. Assumption â€œWhat causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you?â€ James 4:1 (NIV) â€œGod opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." James 4:6 3 KEYS TO A SECURE MARRIAGE KEY #1 - SAFETY Suspend JUDGMENT "Don't pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults--unless, of course, you want the same treatment. 2That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. 3It's easy to see a smudge on your neighbor's face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. 4Do you have the nerve to say, "Let me wash your face for you,' when your own face is distorted by contempt? 5It's this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.â€ Matthew 7:1-5 (MSG) KEY #2 - HONOR Recognize Your Mateâ€™s Incredible VALUE "Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous... You were there while I was being formed... You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe." Psalm 139:14-16 (LB) KEY #3 - COMMITMENT Resolve To STAY 3Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?" 4"Haven't you read," he replied, "that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,'5and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh'? 6So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate." Matthew 19:3-6 15 Has not the LORD made them one? In flesh and spirit they are his. And why one? Because he was seeking godly offspring. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith with the wife of your youth. 16 "I hate divorce," says the LORD God of Israel, "and I hate a man's covering himself with violence as well as with his garment," says the LORD Almighty. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith.â€ Malachi 2:15-16
We often respond to hurting people by sharing the gospel with them and that is completely appropriate but perhaps we are missing out on serving their physical needs...
The story of Ruth and her trust in God
The story of Jehoshaphat king of Judah and how he learned to trust God.
There are two reasons that we can't see the light... 1) Our eyes are blocked - 2 Cor 4:4 2) Our eyes are bad - Lk 11:34-35, Matt 6:24