Friends of Koinonia (Dr. Parrott’s Sunday School Class) President’s weekly Email

I must claim that last Sunday’s class was an answer to prayer. If you were not there, class began promptly; Dr. Parrott spoke about Paul’s message to the church in Galatia concerning being saved by grace alone; Dr. Parrott entertained some questions, comments, and discussion; and then the class shared announcements and prayer concerns before being dismissed right on time. It was all great. You see, I had asked God for just such a miraculous balance. The balance, like our visitors, confirmed the spiritual health of our small group. PTL.

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How Is Your Soul?

This is one of my favorite short pieces. It comes from a great mentor and friend, Dr. Jerry Flora, Professor Emeritus, Ashland Theological Seminary. These are his words:

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Below the Bottom Line

What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?
Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?
Matthew 16:26

Helping people take hold of the deeper priorities of life is something I do in a seminar exercise called, “Below the Bottom Line.” Everyone is given a blank sheet of paper.

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Amigos: A Story of Priorities

Here is a story gathered from the “internet-highway” many years ago. If you have read it before, you will enjoy it again. If you have not, you are in for a treat. I have shared this at scores of leadership gatherings:

The American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

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YOU, A Spiritual Leader? YES!

Spiritual leadership! This is a different kind of leadership, and it includes YOU. We have leaders in all segments of our world: politics, the military, education, business, business, social services, the church, etc. Now, all this “leadership” is good and I have consulted and taught leaders in all these areas. But, this is not the kind of leadership I am speaking of in this blog.

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A Living Reminder of Jesus

A week ago, the school where I teach (Trevecca Nazarene University) celebrated the opening dinner of the school year. And, it happened to me again. An individual hurried up to meet me and in great overtures, complemented my on my exceptional skills at the piano. I quickly explained that I don’t play the piano. However, the gentleman continued thanking me for sharing my musical gift. It took two more explanations before he realized that I am not the person he thought I was. When he finally realizes the mistake, we both laughed as he explained, “You look just like him.”

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She Sold Her Possessions and Moved; that’s Faith!

We use the word faith is two very different ways. First, there is “the Faith,” meaning accepting the doctrines and beliefs of the church. There are a few places in the Bible where faith is used in this way, but not many. Second, there is “faith that trusts,” meaning faith that results in action, putting your trust in God. This is the meaning of faith in most of the Bible.

Let me give you a human example of faith as a verb: May 2012, my wife and I celebrated our 10th anniversary.* It was more than a decade ago, I asked Shirley to marry me. I shared my heart with her, “you are the one I love, and I want us to build a life together.”

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Stay Focused

  It is hard to focus when surrounded with distractions.  Imagine the driver who is balancing a morning coffee, holding his cell phone, dictating a…

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Growing in Christ: Spiritual Insight

  As a teacher and professor, I constantly watch the eyes of students, listen for the timbre of their voices, and consider the freshness in…

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What’s In A Name?

 What’s In A Name? Years ago, I visited the Holy Land with a tour group. On one stop on the tour, north of Galilee, we…

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