READ: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” 2 Tim 2.15 ESV.

THINK: The right handling of the word spares the disciple from shame and allows him to be approved by God. It also helps him to avoid involvement in useless debates and profane chatter, vv. 14, 16. Right handling is more than reading: it means a careful study in order to arrive at a correct comprehension of the text, that leads to communicating “with precision” (ISV). Continue reading

READ: “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” Mt 28.20.

THINK: Teaching is a process by which God’s will and Christ’s commandments (contained in Scripture) become known. By the knowledge of these, one becomes capable of teaching, 2 Tim 3.16-17. So the content has already been defined, as well as the objective, that of obeying Christ. In order to learn the right attitude of fear of God, it is necessary to teach, Psa 34.11; Pro 22.19. Continue reading

READ: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and exhorting one another with all wisdom, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, all with grace in your hearts to God” Col 3.16.

THINK: The hymn teaches the Good News, besides being praise, Eph 5.18-20. We sing without instruments because we have no authorization for them, which cannot praise God nor teach our brother. Continue reading

The Itaquera congregation in the state capital holds a yearly women’s day. Vicki was one of two featured speakers for the day. Her assigned topic was, “Do you still have hope in your hope?”

Three other women from SJC/Taubaté participated and rode with Vicki there and back. Over a hundred women were present for the event. Thanks to Aline who shot the photos. Continue reading

Here are a few details of our trip to teach on the NT church in the ministry training program in August. (Coming up in next report, the work details.)

  1. Each day began with a devotional led by either the program director or one of the students.
  2. After our breaks, I’d ask male students to lead us in prayer and song. The presence of God livened our hearts.
  3. On Thursday I taught the students a song I had translated. Vicki pulled out one I had written and we sang it too. Continue reading