Posted by: Terry | June 19, 2011

Sunday morning tea, Father’s Day

It is father’s day, yet too early for the rest of the house to be up. My Sunday mornings usually follow a regular routine as I teach The Class at 9.00.

First cup of tea

By this time all of the serious study for The Class is done, I have spent many hours either reading the texts, researching, or pondering the content for the class. So with the first cup on Sunday I will read a devotional commentary or a sermon covering the passage or topic; not really looking for new insights it helps to refresh and focus my thoughts for the day. Today, Harry Ironside’s Commentary on John.

Second cup of tea

On Sunday most of my tea with God is spent going over with him the ideas and passage for the day. Often He gives additional insight, I find that amazing. Yet after a week of priming the mind and heart regarding a passage it is not surprising that I am more sensitive to his leading.

This weeks passage is John 7.1-24. What struck me this morning is verse 17:

Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.  (John 7:17 NIV)

“Choosing to do the will of God” precedes “finding out.” We want to change it all around so that we condition doing God’s will on understanding the message. Jesus is teaching that we will not completely understand the message until we seek God first. It reminds me of:

Who, then, are those who fear the LORD? He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.  (Psalms 25:12 NIV)

Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God."  (John 8:47 NIV)

These insights are often the most important for me and for The Class, they are from God so they are timely and relevant.

Have a great Sunday, Father’s Day, If you can, have a cup of tea with your dad, in person or on a phone call. If you are not able to have one with your earthly father, have one with your heavenly Father, he is always ready for tea.



  1. The Class this morning was so very good. I wish that I could get my poor old memory to function normally so that I could play your comments back and meditate on them. Thanks for all the time and effort you put in to your class presentations. We all appreciate your efforts very much.

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