“Spending New Year’s Eve with ‘Dadda'”

Quiet Time Coaching bonus episode 68a

Are you ready for 2019? I spent some time on New Year’s Eve reflecting on my birthplace, and my relationship with my heavenly Father – “Dadda”.

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“What to do when you’re hurried and worried”

Quiet Time Coaching: Episode 68

Have you been feeling the Dec/Jan pressure like me?

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Phil 4:6)
 
I developed the following arrow prayer to help me get through this busy period:
 
Busy, not hurried; busy, not worried.
 

 

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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.
 
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
 
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“Simple is beautiful”

The Sunday Sample, Episode 64

As worship leaders our goal is good communication.  This communication has many layers. Ours with God; ours with the worship team; the worship team and the congregation; the worship team and the rest of the congregation with God … and so on.
 

 
 
For this to be effective and healthy, simplicity is crucial.  In search of creativity and variety it is tempting to make services overly complex. At least, it is to me! Our worship services should be as simple as they can be but no more. What does this mean for us as worship leaders?
  1. Know your limits as a singer, guitarist, keyboard player etc.
  2. Play simpler chords, play or sing simpler lines if it helps you to communicate better.
  3. Look up from your music or lyrics. Take a risk, connect with the team and the congregation – and God!
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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“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

“Dealing with distractions”

Quiet Time Coaching Episode 67

How do we stay spiritually focused when distractions are dominant? I bring you a slice of my own experience from a recent prayer walk through my neighbourhood.

If Paul and Silas managed to stay connected to God whilst in prison (Acts 16:25), and Daniel found the discipline to pray despite his life being in danger (Daniel  6:10), it must be possible to remain close to God no matter what else is going on.

I would be grateful for your feedback and experiences. 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.
Please pass the link on, subscribe, leave a review.
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

 

Music in this episode courtesy of: Life in Romance by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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“The value of ‘Pause/Pray'”

Quiet Time Coaching: Bonus Episode 66a

Sometimes it’s hard to switch off the noise in your head. I’ve had a challenging week with this, and found the following resource to be a tremendous help.

Here’s the link to the podcasts I mention in the recording.  

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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

“How to be a ‘wonderful’ speaker”

Tuesday Teaching Tips: Episode 137

In his article, “God is not a Cosmic Egotist”, Brian Morykon writes this,

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Our job as mothers and fathers, artists and writers, pastors and teachers and worship leaders is to help others see reality—to behold the beauty of God. We’re tour guides. We drive people out to the Grand Canyon of God and stare breathless over the abyss and say Will you look at that? And our wonder inspires their wonder.

  • How do we have an impact with what we are saying?
  • It starts with what we are seeing. 

“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.” (Psa. 119:18 NIV11)

  • Wonder inspires wonder
  • Start by being ‘wondered’
  • Then we can lead others to that wonder.

Wouldn’t you like to be a wonderful speaker? You would? So would your listeners! How do you propose to grow in your ability to be ‘wondered’ by God’s Word? Please met me know.

Thank you for listening to this recording. You can find more teaching tips here and on the on the YouTube teaching tips playlist

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.

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Thanks again for listening. Have a terrific Tuesday, and a wonderful week.

God bless,

Malcolm 

Carol Service 2018: Complete Service, Thames Valley churches of Christ

We finished the year with a tremendous sing-song.  The Christmas spirit was strong as we sang carols, listened to children reading, took communion together and rejoiced over the birth of our King.

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God bless, Malcolm

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“Jesus’ Christmas story”, Watford church of Christ

Malcolm read a story for the children (and, perhaps, for the adults) about the innkeeper and his part in the Christmas story.

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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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God bless, Malcolm

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“From the heart to the Lord”, Worship Team Devotional

Our theme verse for 2019 for the Watford church of Christ and the Thames Valley churches of Christ is:
“And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:22 NIV11)
I fell to thinking what relevance this had to at times of corporate worship, and the significance of this theme for our worship teams.  A couple of verses later on in the book of Ephesians came to mind:
“Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:18–20 NIV11)

I shared these thoughts with the worship teams of the Watford and Thames Valley churches in a short devotional before we lead the worship.
When we lead worship, we are helping to build the body of Christ together.  This happens not because we are singing the same words, or the same music, but because we are all singing from the heart to the Lord. A worship leader’s responsibility is to help the worship team and the worship team together with the congregation to sing from our collective hearts to the Lord.
Have you shared any devotional thoughts with your worship teams recently? I would love to see what has been helpful in your situation.
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.
Please pass the link on, subscribe, leave a review.
“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

“When God is Silent”, a new book by Douglas Jacoby

Doug’s new book

The Problem of Human Suffering

We inhabit the same world Jesus did—one of pain, joy, surprise, suffering, and wonder. At times life is good, joyous, and fair. At other times it’s dreary, unfair, and hard. We may pray with little sense that God is listening. In many ways, divine silence is part of this life. It can be deeply unsettling when we have been wronged, misrepresented, defrauded, violated, or betrayed. Inwardly or perhaps vocally, we cry out for divine justice. To hear nothing in response is difficult, even disorientating.

In this work, Douglas addresses questions we all ponder:

• How long should we keep praying if God is not answering?
• If a person with mental illness commits suicide, can God have mercy on them?
• What about tsunamis, floods, and other “acts of God”?
• Why does God allow the death of the innocent?
• Why wouldn’t an all-powerful and all-loving God prevent humans from doing evil?
• Is there purpose in suffering and can good come from it?

You can order it from the publisher’s website here.  

God bless, Malcolm