A Collection of Topical Articles

I love to write through chapters of the Bible or spend time on thinking and writing through Biblical topics. Here is that collection, arranged easily to be able to find what you are looking for. Here is the list of things I have written on.

 

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Warning: Preaching is Not the Performance of an Hour

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Warning: Preaching is Not the Performance of an Hour

I had an opportunity to present ideas on cultivating the discipline of Bible study recently at a weekend retreat. I only had fifteen minutes to present so I worked really hard on being succinct which meant cutting five points down to the one main thing with ways to immediately apply. I love to teach, almost as much as I love to write, but this exercise on whittling down my sermon to fit within the time constraints was challenging, but proved effective.

The next day, the retreat organizer thanked me for presenting and commented that what I shared was simple and straightforward, what everyone needed to hear. My ego would have loved to hear that I had wowed them or that it was full of wisdom but in reality this is one of the best compliments a Bible teacher could receive. A simple and straightforward message from the Word of God makes it accessible and understandable.

Summary of the Book of II John

Written by Juli Camarin on . Posted in II John

Summary of the Book of II John

Author: The Apostle John; The Elder
Date Written: 90-95 AD
Major Theme: Remaining true to the basics of Christianity & to be discriminating in showing hospitality.

This second letter by John, was written to an individual and her children. It deals with the same thoughts and instructions of I John, so it was possibly written around the same time. John writes about remaining faithful to the fundamentals of Christianity and then gives instructions about using discernment when showing hospitality. False teachers were infiltrating believers homes and spreading lies. John warns that love and hospitality should be shared within the confines of truth, not as universal acceptance of those claiming to be believers. II & III John are the shortest epistles in the New Testament. 

II John 1—Use Discernment in Hospitality

Top 5 Takeaways from the Global Leadership Summit—Plus A Bonus!

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Top 5 Takeaways From the Global Leadership Summit—Plus A Bonus!

This past week I, like 90,000 other leaders, spent Thursday and Friday participating in the Global Leadership Summit. The Summit is a two-day event that is telecast live from Willow Creek’s campus near Chicago. They bring in amazing speakers, both within the body of Christ and also leadership experts and social scientists. It was a great event. 

Because of the flux of information during these two days, I really tried to take minimum notes and just be present to listen. Fortunately, I have this luxury as a coworker is an amazing note taker, so I knew I’d have the margin to go back and access his notes. (You can get them too; click here!) Thanks @BenInIowa

After it was over, I tried to boil everything down to bite-sized takeaways to immediately apply— So here they are…

#1—The highest calling of leadership

“The highest calling of leadership is to unlock the untapped, unlimited potential of others”  Carly Fiorina (@CarlyFiorina).

How to Understand the Bible! 5 Ideas That Really Work

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How to Understand the Bible! 5 Ideas That Really Work

God places incredible value on His Word, In fact, the greatest gift God gave us outside of Jesus was the scriptures. He places incredible value on the Word that was written, preserved and passed down to us. It says in the Psalms, “You have exalted above all else Your name and Your word and You have magnified Your word above all Your name!” (Psalm 138:2b AMP). We know God values His word because He magnifies it above the His name, and if it’s this important to Him; it needs to be this important to us.

But what happens when we let our insecurities about the Bible keep us from delving into it? Here’s five ways in which I’ve found helpful to make the Word of God an integral part of my life.

None of These Will Surprise You!

Summary of the Book of 1 John

Written by Juli Camarin on . Posted in I John

Summary of the Book of 1 John

Author: The Apostle John
Date Written: 90-95 AD
Major Theme: A reminder to remain true to the fundamentals of Christianity.

The apostle John is now advanced in age, writing from Ephesus to remind and encourage the church to remain faithful to the basics of Christianity. While the letter does not mention or introduce him, early believers who knew him ascribed this letter as from him because of the clear authority demonstrated. It also has many similarities with the gospel of John. The Apostle writes to combat teachings that later became Gnosticism. He writes in a very black and white style with absolutes using repetition of similar themes throughout the letter, emphasizing the fundamentals of genuine faith. 

1 John 1 - The Word of Life

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