A Psalm of Two Ways — Psalm 1

A World Without Uniforms (v. 1): Wouldn’t it be nice if the good guys really wore white hats and the bad guys really wore black hats?  It would make the application of the Psalm 1 (and many other portions of Scripture) so much easier.  The problem is that the line...

A Psalm for the Afflicted Soul — Psalm 102

Thoughts on Teaching Psalm 102: This psalm is as awkward as the subject and experience of suffering.  It begins desperate and then quickly plunges into despair.  The despair is self-loathing, full of self-pity, and bears many marks of deep depression (changes in...

A Psalm for the Fearful Soul — Psalm 56

Points of Resonation: Where does this psalm speak of difficult things you can relate to?  As you look over the experiences found in Psalm 56, where/when do you experience these kinds of things? v. 1 – being attacked by others v. 2 – slander from prideful people v. 3 –...

Teachers Equipping Ministers Through Prayer Time

Most Sunday School classes, small groups, and other Bible studies begin (or end) with a time of shared prayer requests and prayer.  This is more than routine and meeting spiritual expectations.  It is a recognition that information alone (even biblical information)...