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Daniel of Doulogos Name:Daniel
Home: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
About Me: I used to believe that evolution was reasonable, that homosexuality was genetic, and that people became Christians because they couldn't deal with the 'reality' that this life was all there was. I used to believe, that if there was a heaven - I could get there by being good - and I used to think I was more or less a good person. I was wrong on all counts. One day I finally had my eyes opened and I saw that I was not going to go to heaven, but that I was certainly going to suffer the wrath of God for all my sin. I saw myself as a treasonous rebel at heart - I hated God for creating me just to send me to Hell - and I was wretched beyond my own comprehension. Into this spiritual vacuum Jesus Christ came and he opened my understanding - delivering me from God's wrath into God's grace. I was "saved" as an adult, and now my life is hid in Christ. I am by no means sinless, but by God's grace I am a repenting believer - a born again Christian.
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Monday, December 05, 2005
Second Sunday on gifts...
Normally at my church our previous pastor (who has retired) does the morning adult Sunday school. To be sure, it typically is a 45 minute sermon with a hand-out wherein people can ask questions. It is not well attended by the congregation, which is both typical I suppose, and sad because of how typical it is. I sometimes thing that if I had to choice to preach in the pulpit or take the adult study, I would take the adult study because you get more time to preach - I am not kidding. Our service begins at 11:00 when someone does the "greeting" and announcements which can run up to seven or eight minutes if there is no "call to worship" (that mini-devotional time where a passage of scripture is read, or what have you), then the singing lasts between 15 and 30 minutes, usually closer to 20 or 25 minutes though. Often times the Pastor isn't in the pulpit until twenty to twelve. We all know that holiness ends at 12:00 sharp, so the pastor is often left trying to squeeze in his message into a 20 minute slot.

Now, praise the Lord, our pastor is not overly intimidated by the clock - yet it is rare to have a sermon last longer than a half an hour. This is no criticism on the Pastor either - if anything it is amazing that he can get a message through in time when the "program" seems to be slowly but surely diminishing his time in the pulpit.

So when I say I almost prefer to teach the adult Bible Study/Sunday School than to preach in the pulpit, I only mean it in this sense - I have almost enough time to teach a full lesson when I do the Sunday School, but in the pulpit people are typically glancing at their watches when I am at the half way point...

Anyway, as the stand-in teacher for the adult Sunday school, I have had the joy of teaching the last five weeks. Our "old" pastor has been alternately away or sidelined - and I have had the privilege of leading the adult study.

Last weekend I did a study on Spiritual gifts, that just got rolling when the time ran out. I picked it up again yesterday, and when we ran out of time I think I had just enough left for one more study on the subject.

It was quite nice. I know some of you hate the "this is where I am right now" posts - well Frank Turk does at least - but it is all I got for you this morning. I am off to work, and can't type another word.
posted by Daniel @ 7:49 AM  
2 Comments:
  • At 12:58 PM, December 05, 2005, Blogger forgiven said…

    Daniel

    Teaching or soaking in the word is the Greatest. I learn so much teaching. Beside church did you ever do home studys . I have one home study and one at church on Saturday.

    Loving the word as you do and the way that you talked about your wife you could have a great time . My wife is with me when I teach and that is a Blessing. You have a gift Daniel.

    Thank you
    God Bless

     
  • At 7:01 AM, December 06, 2005, Blogger Daniel said…

    Forgiven: I do home studies, though not as many as I used to, I was up to three times a week, but now I am down to twice a week.

    My wife is seldom with me when I teach - our church is small with lots and lots of kids. Every parent is cycled through the nursery, and various children's ministries - so that when I am one place she is in another. Likewise for the home studies, she is often with our own children at home. We line up once in a while, but not as often as I would like.

    God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies - praise the Lord!

     
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