“It is a mistake to measure spiritual maturity merely by the presence of gifts. By themselves they are an inadequate basis for a man’s lasting influence to God. They may be present and they may be valuable, but the Spirit’s object is something far greater — to form Christ in us through the working of the cross. His goal is to see Christ inwrought in believers. So it is not merely that a man does certain things or speaks certain words, but that he is a certain kind of man. He himself is what he preaches. Too many want to preach without being the thing themselves, but in the long run it is what we are, and not simply what we do or say, that matters with God; and the difference lies in the formation of Christ within.” -Watchman Nee
Author: Cody Holland
If you do not get Silent Word Ministries’, News Paper, you are missing out on a very beneficial resource! It is packed full of helpful advice geared towards Deaf Ministries, information about what is happening with Deaf Ministries all over the world, and some encouragement to keep on doing what we do! They have an online edition as well as a print edition. You can get it by going to there website here. I could go on about how much I love this resource, but I thought it better just to share you an article that I found particularly encouraging and let you enjoy it like I did!
Activities are an essential component to any thriving Deaf ministry. They provide opportunities for both in-reach and out-reach, and are modeled for us in the Bible. In Acts 2:42, the early church “continued stedfastly… in breaking of bread.” They were eating together!
“You see things; and you say ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say ‘Why not?'” – George Bernard Shaw
“Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work.” ― Oswald Chambers
I want to draw your attention to an excellent resource for your Deaf Ministry. “You Good Person, You?” is a great video Gospel tract produced by Deaf Video Communications and Silent Word Ministries. Both of...
Growing up, I always heard the expression “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I have found this to be true for most things in life. I am not looking to replace my truck’s transmission, take cholesterol medicine, or ask my wife to put a patch on new jeans.
“Let every man abide in the calling wherein he is called and his work will be as sacred as the work of the ministry. It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular, it is why he does it.”
― A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God
The other day, one of the Deaf men at my church asked me if I could help him pick up something for his house that was down the road at another man’s house. I was busy the day he asked, but we scheduled a time a few days later. Honestly, I was not particularly excited about helping.
When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. When I found I couldn’t change the nation…