Category Archives: witnessing

Seeds of Truth: Proverbs 3:6

Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

Proverbs 3:6, NLT

What does this verse mean to you? What does it say about God’s will? What does it say about following His guidance? How do you find God’s will? What role does His Word play? What role does prayer play? How do you know if it’s God’s will or your own will? How do you hear His voice? How do you live each day for Him?

How Can You Use This Verse in Your Writing?

  • What kind of nonfiction piece can you write?
  • What tips would you offer in a how-to article?
  • What story can you tell in a personal experience piece? What takeaway value can you give?
  • How can you use this verse to inspire fiction?
  • How can you use this verse to inspire poetry?
  • Do you know someone who lives out this verse? Can you interview them and write a personality profile on them?
  • How can you explain this verse to children? What kind of children’s story can you write? What kind of nonfiction piece can you write for children? For teens?
  • What kind of devotion can you write on this verse?
  • How can you apply this verse to writing about trusting God, God’s sovereignty, prayer, healing, illness, salvation of loved ones, marriage, parenting, pregnancy, singleness, family relationships, relationship struggles, work, finances, unemployment, current events, fear, discouragement, weakness, courage, hope, forgiveness, anger, anxiety, patience, grief, persecution, trials, etc.?
  • What other issues can you apply this verse to?

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Seeds of Truth: Psalm 60:12

With God’s help we will do mighty things…

Psalm 60:12, NLT

How do you depend of God? What helps you rely on Him instead of yourself? How did you learn to trust Him? How has He used you to do mighty things? What is your definition of “mighty things”?

How can you use this verse in your writing:

  • What kind of nonfiction piece can you write?
  • What tips would you offer in a how-to article?
  • What story can you tell in a personal experience piece? What take-away value can you give?
  • How can you use this verse to inspire fiction?
  • How can you use this verse to inspire poetry?
  • Do you know someone who lives out this verse? Can you interview them and write a personality profile on the?
  • How can you explain this verse to children?
  • What kind of devotion can you write on this verse?
  • How can you apply this verse to writing about marriage, parenting, singleness, relationships, work, sharing your faith, illness, character, serving God, finances, prayer, etc.?

Friday Facts: Through Gates of Spendor

Sixty years ago today, five missionaries were murdered by the Waodani (we used to call them “Auca” but that name no longer applies). Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Ed McCully, Pete Fleming and Roger Youderian were attempting to reach out to the people. After their deaths, some family members and wives, including Rachel Saint and Elizabeth Elliot, contacted them and helped the Waodani come to Christ. Elizabeth Elliot wrote about their deaths and the aftermath in her book Through Gates of Splendor.

Ideas with Integrity

lamp and snowThis past week, the top-rated TV news anchor came under fire for embellishing—lying about—news stories. Witnesses have come forward to say that his version of events in Iraq and during Hurricane Katrina did not happen.

These stories would’ve made great fiction. But as news stories, they lack integrity.

Several years ago, I attended a conference held by a Christian press association. One of the speakers was a well-known and award-winning journalist. He enthralled us with stories of life in war zones. He told us amazing tales of miracles. You could hear a pin drop in the room.

I remember one of those stories. He claimed that he needed to escape a frightening situation. God opened up an alley where none had existed so that he could get away.

A few months later, he was fired from his job for lying in his stories. He was so well-known and so many people had trusted him for so many years that it made the news. I felt foolish. Here I was, a professional editor, believing spectacular stories with no proof or corroboration.

As Christian writers, we need to make sure that we use our ideas with integrity. Is it true? Are we claiming it’s true? Are we “embellishing” our ideas? Would it work better as fiction?

On the other hand, we also need to be wise when contemplating the idea of telling someone else’s story. We can’t believe something just because someone tells us it’s true. God does work miracles. But as writers, we need to do our research. Can we verify the details? Who else witnessed it? What is their perspective? How trustworthy is the person telling us the story?

We need to write with integrity. Embellishing our ideas might make us look more spiritual or blessed in a special way. However, it brings dishonor to the Kingdom of God.

Accepting someone else’s embellished story also dishonors God. If we naively write a story of a miracle without checking the facts, we look foolish and we perpetuate the stereotype that Christians just look for the sensational.

God works in powerful ways. We don’t need to enhance the story. We need to tell the truth.

© Deborah Christensen

The Gift of Love

hibiscus…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23, NIV (1984)

This year, we’re going to glean writing ideas from the fruits of the Spirit. What better place to start than love?

Our Love for God

The fruits of the Spirit refer to the qualities that the Holy Spirit builds in us. It begins with our love for God. We can never love God the way He deserves and, at times, our love for Him wanes. But, the Holy Spirit fuels that love to keep it alive. The more we connect with God and spend time with Him, the brighter our love burns.

When was a time when your love for God burned bright? Where were you spiritually at that time? How do you sense God’s love? How do you return His love?

When was a time when your love for Him flickered? What was happening in your life at the time? Where were you spiritually? How did you reconnect with God?

Our Love for Others

God calls us to love others. He is love and He wants love to characterize our life. It’s not always easy but the Holy Spirit can help us as we grow in Him.

Love in Marriage: What is your love story? How do you love your spouse? How do you show love when you don’t feel like it? What role does sacrifice play in your love?

Love in Parenting: How do you show love to your children? What role does discipline play in love? How do you build loving memories? How is your love different for each child?

Love for Friends: How do you love your friends? How does an authentic friendship deepen love? How do you handle conflict in a loving way?

Love for the Body of Christ: How do you show love to your fellow believers? How does serving together strengthen your love?

Love for Unbelievers: How do you show love to unbelievers? How does love affect the way you serve them? How does love affect the way you share your faith with them?

Love plays a part in every relationship. Share your story of the highs and lows of love. Offer tips. Use love in your fiction and poetry. Share biblical insights in a devotion. And, help children understand the truths of love in stories and articles.

© Deborah Christensen

Seeds of Truth – Ephesians 4:29

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths,
but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs,
that it may benefit those who listen.

Ephesians 4:29, NIV

Have you ever struggled with using unwholesome talk? Have you struggled with taking the Lord’s name in vain or swearing? Have you struggled with gossip or complaining? How did God lead you through these struggles? How do you make sure that you speak encouraging words to others? How do you use your words to build them up instead of tear them down? How do you control your tongue?

How else can you apply this verse? How can you use it in your writing?

  • How can you apply this verse to marriage?
  • How can you apply this verse to parenting?
  • How can you apply this verse to your relationships at work? To the way you serve with others at church?
  • How can you apply this verse to the way you interact with unbelievers?
  • What stories can you tell in a personal experience piece? What takeaway value can you give your readers?
  • What insights and tips can you share with your readers in a how-to article?
  • How can you use this verse as a theme for fiction?
  • How does this verse inspire your poetry?
  • What kind of devotion can you write based on this verse?
  • Who lives out this verse? What kind of profile can you write on them?
  • How can you explain this verse to children?
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