Monthly Archives: October 2014

FOUR SUGGESTIONS FOR SUCCESSFUL JOURNALING

by Roger Severino      I am not consistent in my journaling, but have at one time or another practiced each of these methods. Maybe you will find at least one of these helpful to you. Journal Your Experiences. I know people who do this on a consistent basis. They keep a diary of their experiences and then can look back on ways God has been at work in their lives. Without capturing these with pen and paper, we can … Continue reading

THREE QUESTIONS TO ASK IN YOUR PERSONAL BIBLE STUDY

by Roger Severino   What did this text mean to the original readers (as best I can discern)? The basis for trying to understand any text is to discern the author’s intent. It’s the courtesy we try to provide for anyone in communication. If you and I have a conversation, and I take your words out of context and interpret them in a way you did not intend, then I have not listened well as a hearer. The same goes … Continue reading

FOUR MOTIVATIONS TO SHARE MY FAITH

by Roger Severino   I have a confession to make. Though I work in vocational ministry as a minister in a church, I am not drawn to canned approaches to evangelism, or programmatic ways of sharing my faith. I’m not saying God cannot use these approaches, and I do believe there are Christians who are gifted in using these methods. For me, I often feel like a salesman or someone peddling his wares. Having said that, there are things that … Continue reading