Confirmation of crucifixion at the time of Christ

Just one of today’s many highlights from the Museum of Israel: the heel bone of Yehohanan son of Hagkol crucified in the 1stC CE. The nail through the ankle confirms that crucifixion was practiced in the time Jesus lived.

“How to make nerves your friend”, Part 4

Tuesday Teaching Tips, Episode 130

Nerves are the secret sauce in public speaking. They can be your friend, not your enemy. In this fourth of four episodes on the topic we look at how to handle nerves after the speaking is over.

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God bless, Malcolm

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PPS: You might also be interested in my book: “An elephant’s swimming pool”, a devotional look at the Gospel of John

“A pre-service devotional for a worship team on Psalm 3”

The Sunday Sample Episode 56

I shared the following devotional with the worship teams of the Watford Church of Christ and the Thames Valley churches of Christ recently.  I hope you find it helpful in preparing your heart and mind to leave others in corporate worship. If you use it with your group, please let me know how it is received.

 “ A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom. LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.”
* THIS IS HOW MANY OF THE PEOPLE WE WILL BE LEADING IN CORPORATE WORSHIP ARE FEELING
* But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
* WE TRUST THIS IS THE CASE – GOD IS OUR SHIELD
* I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain.
* WE BELIEVE HE WILL RESPOND TO OUR WORSHIP TODAY
* I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.
* AT PEACE BECAUSE OF GOD – NOT BECAUSE WE MAKE NO MISTAKES / PERFECTLY PREPARED
* Arise, LORD! Deliver me, my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked. From the LORD comes deliverance.
* ANTICIPATE GOD ANSWERING, HELPING
* May your blessing be on your people.” (Psalms 3:0–8 NIV11)
* DAVID WANTS ALL GOD’S PEOPLE BLESSED, NOT JUST HIM
* WE MUST WANT THE SAME THING
* ALL PEOPLE BLESSED, NOT JUST US HAVE A GREAT TIME AS A WORSHIP TEAM

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Do you have a question about teaching the Bible? Is it theological, technical, practical? Send me your questions or suggestions. Here’s the email: malcolm@malcolmcox.org.

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“Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11)

God bless, Malcolm

PS: If you would like some coaching in spiritual disciplines, look me up here.
PPS: You might also be interested in my book: “An elephant’s swimming pool”, a devotional look at the Gospel of John

“How to build healthy spiritual habits”

Quiet Time Coaching, Episode 59

We’d all like to have healthy spiritual habits. But how do we build them? And what we do if we feel guilty about the need for external support?

Encountering some dog walkers on my prayer walk this morning reminded me of how helpful it can be to have a friend when trying to establish healthy spiritual habits.

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Do you have a question about teaching the Bible? Is it theological, technical, practical? Send me your questions or suggestions. Here’s the email: malcolm@malcolmcox.org.
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PPS: You might also be interested in my book: “An elephant’s swimming pool”, a devotional look at the Gospel of John

“How to make nerves your friend”, Part 3

Tuesday Teaching Tips, Episode 129

Nerves are the secret sauce in public speaking. They can be your friend, not your enemy. In this third of four episodes on the topic we look at how to handle nerves in the actual act of speaking.

Please add your comments on this week’s topic. We learn best when we learn in community.

Do you have a question about teaching the Bible? Is it theological, technical, practical? Send me your questions or suggestions. Here’s the email: malcolm@malcolmcox.org.

If you’d like a copy of my free eBook on spiritual disciplines, “How God grows His people”, sign up at my website: http://www.malcolmcox.org.

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God bless, Malcolm

PS: If you would like some coaching in spiritual disciplines, look me up here.

PPS: You might also be interested in my book: “An elephant’s swimming pool”, a devotional look at the Gospel of John

The Kingdom, Class 3

A lesson for the Thames Valley churches of Christ

“The Kingdom” Class 3

Becoming a kingdom person

Handout: Kingdom Class 3 Handout

“The community or people ruled by God and with whom he dwells, to some extent reality now but to be fully consummated in the future”

  1. What is reality?
  2. Who is well-off or blessed?
  3. Who is a truly good person?
  4. How do you become a truly good person?

Matt 5.1-12

1. How kingdom people live

  1. Brighter, Matt 5.13-16; Matt 7.1-5
  1. Deeper, Matt 5.17-20ff
  1. Sweeter, Matt 5.16; Matt 6:25ff
  1. Higher, Matt 5.17; Psalm 1

2. How kingdom people grow

Conclusion

  • What is the area of greatest temptation towards un-kingdom like behaviour in your life at the moment?
  • Which spiritual discipline could help your training to form Christlike habits in that area?
Please add your comments on this week’s topic. We learn best when we learn in community.
Do you have a question about teaching the Bible? Is it theological, technical, practical? Send me your questions or suggestions. Here’s the email: malcolm@malcolmcox.org.
If you’d like a copy of my free eBook on spiritual disciplines, “How God grows His people”, sign up at my website: http://www.malcolmcox.org.
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God bless, Malcolm
PS: If you would like some coaching in spiritual disciplines, look me up here.
PPS: You might also be interested in my book: “An elephant’s swimming pool”, a devotional look at the Gospel of John

“Why we should always be flexible with our song choices”

The Sunday Sample Episode 55

Last week in my interview with Mwamba Bennett she mentioned an occasion when they changed a song during their church service.  As it happened, this coming Sunday gave me reason to do the same thing.

TJ was preaching on the opening verses of Isaiah chapter 6:
“I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:
“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.” At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.” (Isaiah 6:1–4 NIV11)
While he was speaking, the words of the song, “I see the LORD” came to mind:

I see the Lord
Seated on the throne exalted
And the train of His robe
Fills the temple with glory
And the whole earth is filled
And the whole earth is filled
And the whole earth is filled
With His gloryChorus
Holy holy holy holy
Holy is the Lord
Holy holy holy holy
Holy is the Lord of lord

It seemed right to me that we sing that song after the sermon instead of the one we had prepared.  In the attached recordings I share how we did that and why.

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Do you have a question about teaching the Bible? Is it theological, technical, practical? Send me your questions or suggestions. Here’s the email: malcolm@malcolmcox.org.

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“Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11)

God bless, Malcolm

PS: If you would like some coaching in spiritual disciplines, look me up here.

PPS: You might also be interested in my book: “An elephant’s swimming pool”, a devotional look at the Gospel of John

“Sing a song with God”

Quiet Time Coaching, Episode 58

Do you sing in your times with God?  Is it part of your relationship with him?  In today’s podcast and video I reflect on an experience I had last night and connected with something that happened a little while ago in my local woods.

Thank you for listening and watching to this recording.
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Thanks again for listening.
God bless,
Malcolm
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“Amazed!”, Acts 8.9-25

A sermon for the Watford Church of Christ

“What amazes you?”

  • The possibility of the amazing is what keeps us looking forward
  • The possibility of the amazing is what keeps us optimistic
  • The possibility of the amazing is what keeps us faithful
  • People who lose the possibility of the amazing lose the life for which they were designed

What helps and what gets in the way?
Some ideas from this passage…..Acts 8:9–25

Here’s the Acts8.9-25 Handout

Question: What is amazing in this passage?

1. Philip’s courage
2. John’s change, Luke 9:51–56
3.Stephen’s changes
4. Apostles’ calmness and imperturbability

Question: What stops us being amazed & amazing others about God?

  • When all said and done, it is not a what, but a who is amazing.
  • And one is more amazing that all others.
  • And he has inspired more amazing things than anyone who has ever lived.
  • Jesus is the most amazing person who ever lived

“The people were amazed at his teaching, … and many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?” The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.” (Mark 1:22; 6:2; 7:37; 10:26; 11:18 NIV11)

How do we get the strength/courage? Matt 28.20
From presence and spirit of Jesus.

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Thanks again for watching. Have a super day.

God bless,

Malcolm