Writing (Part 1)

I write and record these 60-second, 200-word pieces, which I call “spots,” for The Sound of Life, a local/regional Christian radio station our church supports and partners with. To my mind, they give a unique insight into how Bible study and Bible reading lead me to “have something to say.” I’m totally convinced that your time in God’s Word can do the same for you! Even if you are the only one to receive the message, which is often the case with me, time in Scripture does make preachers of us all! (Of course, a preacher would believe this.)

I’m going to post a variety of spots here for the next handful of days. The idea is to get you to write your own 200-word spot! If you are happy with something you wrote, send it along! I’d love to see what you come up with. I think the process of having to write something (or say something) about God and His Word can sometimes close the loop and add gravity to our Bible study and reading. If you know you have to say something about it, you tend to read the source material differently. What does it really say? What did it mean when it was first written? (Scripture cannot mean something different today than it did when it was written. It is not fluid or malleable like Play-Doh. We can’t mold it to mean what we want it to mean. It molds us.) What message does God have for me in these ancient, timeless, trustworthy words of His?

So here is one spot from last year titled FEAR ZONE…

  • “Sometimes… stepping out in faith feels the same as going too far. It’s supposed to. Hi. This is John Torres of Goodwill Church and I have a confession to make: I’m a little tired of hearing about my comfort zone. Here’s why: I call something my comfort zone because I don’t want to step out of it. In other words, I’m afraid. Comfort zones are not the issue; fear zones are. Faith is about stepping into my fear zone; faith is the courage God gives each of us to do what we are afraid to do. 2 Timothy 1:7 says that “God did not give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” So, what is your fear zone? The only way someone becomes an effective witness or leader for Christ is by stepping into his or her fear zone. Read the story of any hero of yours in life or faith and you will see the truth of it. You fear zone is not your enemy; it may be your destiny! Maybe it’s your faith zone! Let us know how we can pray for you, contact us at goodwillchurch.org.”

Yeah, that one was pretty fun. Here’s another titled COOKBOOKS…

  • You can’t eat a cookbook. Hi, this is John Torres of Goodwill Church, and maybe you, like me, have lots of cookbooks in your home. They’ve got recipes and pictures of the glorious food those recipes are designed to produce. These cookbooks are all about food. In some ways, they make food happen, great food, but they themselves are not food. Sometimes, if we’re not paying attention, we can treat the Bible like a cookbook that we only read. In Scripture we find a recipe for new life in Christ (the only recipe for new life anywhere, it turns out) and pictures of what this new life in Christ looks like, but if all we do is read or hear it, then something’s not working. If you just read a cookbook, and you don’t do what it says, you are left with no food, only descriptions and pictures. The same goes for the Bible. In James 1:22 James tells us plainly, “…be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” God’s cookbook for New Life is a book of action. It demands our response. Let us know how we can pray for you, contact us at goodwillchurch.org.

Yes, you too can communicate Gospel truth, but for any of us to do this, we each must first – to paraphrase a film character who shall remain nameless – “get it in my belly!” God bless…



2 Replies to “Writing (Part 1)”

  1. Deuteronomy 6:5-9
    5 “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+6&version=ESV

    As I take up Pastor John’s challenge to write about what I have read, I chose this verse because it is so near to me; as I was called to be a parent. I challenge those of you who are not a parent to still apply these verses to your family, friends, in work relationships, and with those you encounter.
    Having hosted an orphaned child in my home two years in a row now, I am keenly aware of the fact that not everyone has a mom or a dad, never mind a Christian mom or dad, or even a Christian role model to teach them His commands. It never ceases to amaze me how privileged I am to be able to speak the words of God to my children; so that His words would be placed on their hearts, and can then they can be passed down to the hearts of all the generations that will come!
    I have the privilege of driving my daughter to school and these words of scripture kept coming to mind and I just had to do something about it; I had to be obedient. So one day as we were driving we came up to this little bridge with a quaint little stream flowing under it. I began to pray out loud giving thanks to God for the weather, for the blessings of my family, for the teachers, for safety, for special prayer requests, and ended it with, so that we can be a blessing to you and to others, Amen.
    One day I forgot to pray and drove right over that bridge and my daughter yelled out, “Mommy, you forgot to pray on our prayer bridge.” Without knowing it, I always started to pray on that bridge. That is now a very special place for us both. She daily holds me to pray on~ The Prayer Bridge.
    I encourage all of you to find your prayer bridge with someone and to put God’s word and commands in your heart- so that you can help plant the word in another heart.
    Melissa Anderson

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