Laws of Communication - Part 4

Laws of Communication - Part 4
Written by Jim Staley

How to be a better parent, teacher and minister

Part 4
 

A teacher’s job is to communicate, but doing so effectively often seems to be our biggest problem. The Latin word for communication is communis which means to have something in common. In other words, in order to communicate with those we’re trying to teach we need to try to have something in common with them. No matter the kind of relationship, if we don't find something we have in common with the one with whom we’re trying to communicate, we’ll fall flat on our faces. The fundamental law of communication compels us to build bridges before we even attempt to convey whatever we’re trying to convey.

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The Power of Being in Hot Water!

The Power of Being in Hot Water!
Written by Jim Staley

Submitting to the “190”
 

We’ve all heard the expression “He's in hot water.” And all of us have been in hot water at one time or another. Furthermore – and I think it’s safe for me to say this – most of us don’t like it and do everything we can to avoid it! Nevertheless, from time to time the Father allows His children to end up there. But why? What’s the purpose behind it?

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The Greatest Teacher, Failure Is

The Greatest Teacher, Failure Is
Written by Jim Staley

“The greatest teacher, failure is.”

                                         -- Yoda, Star Wars: The Last Jedi 

They just showed the latest Star Wars film here. This quote from it hit me hard. There are so many spiritual parallels to the biblical record in the Star Wars franchise: how we fight not against flesh and blood but against spiritual principalities in high places, the force being the Spirit of God holding all things together and available to all who seek it, and the Jedi being the powerful prophets of old who are called to protect and fight against the "prophets of Baal," if you will. But my favorite parts of all the Star Wars movies revolve around Yoda. This almost-1000-year-old Master Jedi has said some of the most profound things I've ever heard, and the above quote is one of them.

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Laws of Communication - Part 3

Laws of Communication - Part 3
Written by Jim Staley

How to be a better parent, teacher, and minister

Part 3: The Law of Activity
 

One of the biggest mistakes we make as teachers – and everyone is someone’s teacher – is that we forget what our main goal is. Sometimes we spend so much time speaking and doing our best to impress those we’re trying to teach with what we know that we forget that our goal is not to impress them but to impress upon them the motivation to change. After all, if the learner doesn’t change, has he really learned anything? Has the teacher really taught anything of lasting value?

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Laws of Communication - Part 2

Laws of Communication - Part 2
Written by Jim Staley