With family: 2 Kings 8; 1 Timothy 5 2 Kings 8 (Listen) The Shunammite's Land Restored 8 Now Elisha had said to the woman whose son he had restored to life, “Arise, and depart with your household, and sojourn wherever you can, for the LORD has called for a famine, and it will come upon the land for seven years.” 2 So the woman arose and did according to the word of the man of God. She went with her household and sojourned in the land of the Philistines seven years. 3 And at the end of the seven years, when the woman returned from the land of the Philistines, she went to appeal to the king for her house and her land. 4 Now the king was talking with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying, “Tell me all the great things that Elisha has done.” 5 And while he was telling the king how Elisha had restored the dead to life, behold, the woman whose son he had restored to life appealed to the king for her house and her land. And Gehazi said, “My lord, O king, here is the woman, and here is her son whom Elisha restored to life.” 6 And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed an official for her, saying, “Restore all that was hers, together with all the produce of the fields from the day that she left the land until now.” Hazael Murders Ben-hadad 7 Now Elisha came to Damascus. Ben-hadad the king of Syria was sick. And when it was told him, “The man of God has come here,” 8 the king said to Hazael, “Take a present with you and go to meet the man of God, and inquire of the LORD through him, saying, ‘Shall I recover from this sickness?'” 9 So Hazael went to meet him, and took a present with him, all kinds of goods of Damascus, forty camels' loads. When he came and stood before him, he said, “Your son Ben-hadad king of Syria has sent me to you, saying, ‘Shall I recover from this sickness?'” 10 And Elisha said to him, “Go, say to him, ‘You shall certainly recover,' but1 the LORD has shown me that he shall certainly die.” 11 And he fixed his gaze and stared at him, until he was embarrassed. And the man of God wept. 12 And Hazael said, “Why does my lord weep?” He answered, “Because I know the evil that you will do to the people of Israel. You will set on fire their fortresses, and you will kill their young men with the sword and dash in pieces their little ones and rip open their pregnant women.” 13 And Hazael said, “What is your servant, who is but a dog, that he should do this great thing?” Elisha answered, “The LORD has shown me that you are to be king over Syria.” 14 Then he departed from Elisha and came to his master, who said to him, “What did Elisha say to you?” And he answered, “He told me that you would certainly recover.” 15 But the next day he took the bed cloth2 and dipped it in water and spread it over his face, till he died. And Hazael became king in his place. Jehoram Reigns in Judah 16 In the fifth year of Joram the son of Ahab, king of Israel, when Jehoshaphat was king of Judah,3 Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, began to reign. 17 He was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem. 18 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, as the house of Ahab had done, for the daughter of Ahab was his wife. And he did what was evil in the sight of the LORD. 19 Yet the LORD was not willing to destroy Judah, for the sake of David his servant, since he promised to give a lamp to him and to his sons forever. 20 In his days Edom revolted from the rule of Judah and set up a king of their own. 21 Then Joram4 passed over to Zair with all his chariots and rose by night, and he and his chariot commanders struck the Edomites who had surrounded him, but his army fled home. 22 So Edom revolted from the rule of Judah to this day. Then Libnah revolted at the same time. 23 Now the rest of the acts of Joram, and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? 24 So Joram slept with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the city of David, and Ahaziah his son reigned in his place. Ahaziah Reigns in Judah 25 In the twelfth year of Joram the son of Ahab, king of Israel, Ahaziah the son of Jehoram, king of Judah, began to reign. 26 Ahaziah was twenty-two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Athaliah; she was a granddaughter of Omri king of Israel. 27 He also walked in the way of the house of Ahab and did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, as the house of Ahab had done, for he was son-in-law to the house of Ahab. 28 He went with Joram the son of Ahab to make war against Hazael king of Syria at Ramoth-gilead, and the Syrians wounded Joram. 29 And King Joram returned to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds that the Syrians had given him at Ramah, when he fought against Hazael king of Syria. And Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah went down to see Joram the son of Ahab in Jezreel, because he was sick. Footnotes  8:10 Some manuscripts say, ‘You shall certainly not recover,' for  8:15 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain  8:16 Septuagint, Syriac lack when Jehoshaphat was king of Judah  8:21 Joram is an alternate spelling of Jehoram (son of Jehoshaphat) as in verse 16; also verses 23, 24 (ESV) 1 Timothy 5 (Listen) Instructions for the Church 5 Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, 2 older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity. 3 Honor widows who are truly widows. 4 But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God. 5 She who is truly a widow, left all alone, has set her hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day, 6 but she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives. 7 Command these things as well, so that they may be without reproach. 8 But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. 9 Let a widow be enrolled if she is not less than sixty years of age, having been the wife of one husband,1 10 and having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has shown hospitality, has washed the feet of the saints, has cared for the afflicted, and has devoted herself to every good work. 11 But refuse to enroll younger widows, for when their passions draw them away from Christ, they desire to marry 12 and so incur condemnation for having abandoned their former faith. 13 Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not. 14 So I would have younger widows marry, bear children, manage their households, and give the adversary no occasion for slander. 15 For some have already strayed after Satan. 16 If any believing woman has relatives who are widows, let her care for them. Let the church not be burdened, so that it may care for those who are truly widows. 17 Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. 18 For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.” 19 Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 20 As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear. 21 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, doing nothing from partiality. 22 Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, nor take part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure. 23 (No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.) 24 The sins of some people are conspicuous, going before them to judgment, but the sins of others appear later. 25 So also good works are conspicuous, and even those that are not cannot remain hidden. Footnotes  5:9 Or a woman of one man (ESV) In private: Psalm 119:49–72; Daniel 12 Psalm 119:49–72 (Listen) Zayin 49 Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope.50 This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.51 The insolent utterly deride me, but I do not turn away from your law.52 When I think of your rules from of old, I take comfort, O LORD.53 Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked, who forsake your law.54 Your statutes have been my songs in the house of my sojourning.55 I remember your name in the night, O LORD, and keep your law.56 This blessing has fallen to me, that I have kept your precepts. Heth 57 The LORD is my portion; I promise to keep your words.58 I entreat your favor with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise.59 When I think on my ways, I turn my feet to your testimonies;60 I hasten and do not delay to keep your commandments.61 Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me, I do not forget your law.62 At midnight I rise to praise you, because of your righteous rules.63 I am a companion of all who fear you, of those who keep your precepts.64 The earth, O LORD, is full of your steadfast love; teach me your statutes! Teth 65 You have dealt well with your servant, O LORD, according to your word.66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments.67 Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word.68 You are good and do good; teach me your statutes.69 The insolent smear me with lies, but with my whole heart I keep your precepts;70 their heart is unfeeling like fat, but I delight in your law.71 It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.72 The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces. (ESV) Daniel 12 (Listen) The Time of the End 12 “At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book. 2 And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above;1 and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. 4 But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” 5 Then I, Daniel, looked, and behold, two others stood, one on this bank of the stream and one on that bank of the stream. 6 And someone said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream,2 “How long shall it be till the end of these wonders?” 7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream; he raised his right hand and his left hand toward heaven and swore by him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time, and that when the shattering of the power of the holy people comes to an end all these things would be finished. 8 I heard, but I did not understand. Then I said, “O my lord, what shall be the outcome of these things?” 9 He said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end. 10 Many shall purify themselves and make themselves white and be refined, but the wicked shall act wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, but those who are wise shall understand. 11 And from the time that the regular burnt offering is taken away and the abomination that makes desolate is set up, there shall be 1,290 days. 12 Blessed is he who waits and arrives at the 1,335 days. 13 But go your way till the end. And you shall rest and shall stand in your allotted place at the end of the days.” Footnotes  12:3 Hebrew the expanse; compare Genesis 1:6–8  12:6 Or who was upstream; also verse 7 (ESV)
Proper 25 First Psalm: Psalm 119:49–72 Psalm 119:49–72 (Listen) Zayin 49 Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope.50 This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.51 The insolent utterly deride me, but I do not turn away from your law.52 When I think of your rules from of old, I take comfort, O LORD.53 Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked, who forsake your law.54 Your statutes have been my songs in the house of my sojourning.55 I remember your name in the night, O LORD, and keep your law.56 This blessing has fallen to me, that I have kept your precepts. Heth 57 The LORD is my portion; I promise to keep your words.58 I entreat your favor with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise.59 When I think on my ways, I turn my feet to your testimonies;60 I hasten and do not delay to keep your commandments.61 Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me, I do not forget your law.62 At midnight I rise to praise you, because of your righteous rules.63 I am a companion of all who fear you, of those who keep your precepts.64 The earth, O LORD, is full of your steadfast love; teach me your statutes! Teth 65 You have dealt well with your servant, O LORD, according to your word.66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments.67 Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word.68 You are good and do good; teach me your statutes.69 The insolent smear me with lies, but with my whole heart I keep your precepts;70 their heart is unfeeling like fat, but I delight in your law.71 It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.72 The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces. (ESV) Second Psalm: Psalm 49; Psalm 53 Psalm 49 (Listen) Why Should I Fear in Times of Trouble? To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. 49 Hear this, all peoples! Give ear, all inhabitants of the world,2 both low and high, rich and poor together!3 My mouth shall speak wisdom; the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.4 I will incline my ear to a proverb; I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre. 5 Why should I fear in times of trouble, when the iniquity of those who cheat me surrounds me,6 those who trust in their wealth and boast of the abundance of their riches?7 Truly no man can ransom another, or give to God the price of his life,8 for the ransom of their life is costly and can never suffice,9 that he should live on forever and never see the pit. 10 For he sees that even the wise die; the fool and the stupid alike must perish and leave their wealth to others.11 Their graves are their homes forever,1 their dwelling places to all generations, though they called lands by their own names.12 Man in his pomp will not remain; he is like the beasts that perish. 13 This is the path of those who have foolish confidence; yet after them people approve of their boasts.2 Selah14 Like sheep they are appointed for Sheol; death shall be their shepherd, and the upright shall rule over them in the morning. Their form shall be consumed in Sheol, with no place to dwell.15 But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol, for he will receive me. Selah 16 Be not afraid when a man becomes rich, when the glory of his house increases.17 For when he dies he will carry nothing away; his glory will not go down after him.18 For though, while he lives, he counts himself blessed —and though you get praise when you do well for yourself—19 his soul will go to the generation of his fathers, who will never again see light.20 Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish. Footnotes  49:11 Septuagint, Syriac, Targum; Hebrew Their inward thought was that their homes were forever  49:13 Or and of those after them who approve of their boasts (ESV) Psalm 53 (Listen) There Is None Who Does Good To the choirmaster: according to Mahalath. A Maskil1 of David. 53 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity; there is none who does good. 2 God looks down from heaven on the children of man to see if there are any who understand,2 who seek after God. 3 They have all fallen away; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one. 4 Have those who work evil no knowledge, who eat up my people as they eat bread, and do not call upon God? 5 There they are, in great terror, where there is no terror! For God scatters the bones of him who encamps against you; you put them to shame, for God has rejected them. 6 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When God restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad. Footnotes  53:1 Probably musical or liturgical terms  53:2 Or who act wisely (ESV) Old Testament: Ezra 6 Ezra 6 (Listen) The Decree of Darius 6 Then Darius the king made a decree, and search was made in Babylonia, in the house of the archives where the documents were stored. 2 And in Ecbatana, the citadel that is in the province of Media, a scroll was found on which this was written: “A record. 3 In the first year of Cyrus the king, Cyrus the king issued a decree: Concerning the house of God at Jerusalem, let the house be rebuilt, the place where sacrifices were offered, and let its foundations be retained. Its height shall be sixty cubits1 and its breadth sixty cubits, 4 with three layers of great stones and one layer of timber. Let the cost be paid from the royal treasury. 5 And also let the gold and silver vessels of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took out of the temple that is in Jerusalem and brought to Babylon, be restored and brought back to the temple that is in Jerusalem, each to its place. You shall put them in the house of God.” 6 “Now therefore, Tattenai, governor of the province Beyond the River, Shethar-bozenai, and your2 associates the governors who are in the province Beyond the River, keep away. 7 Let the work on this house of God alone. Let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews rebuild this house of God on its site. 8 Moreover, I make a decree regarding what you shall do for these elders of the Jews for the rebuilding of this house of God. The cost is to be paid to these men in full and without delay from the royal revenue, the tribute of the province from Beyond the River. 9 And whatever is needed—bulls, rams, or sheep for burnt offerings to the God of heaven, wheat, salt, wine, or oil, as the priests at Jerusalem require—let that be given to them day by day without fail, 10 that they may offer pleasing sacrifices to the God of heaven and pray for the life of the king and his sons. 11 Also I make a decree that if anyone alters this edict, a beam shall be pulled out of his house, and he shall be impaled on it, and his house shall be made a dunghill. 12 May the God who has caused his name to dwell there overthrow any king or people who shall put out a hand to alter this, or to destroy this house of God that is in Jerusalem. I Darius make a decree; let it be done with all diligence.” The Temple Finished and Dedicated 13 Then, according to the word sent by Darius the king, Tattenai, the governor of the province Beyond the River, Shethar-bozenai, and their associates did with all diligence what Darius the king had ordered. 14 And the elders of the Jews built and prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. They finished their building by decree of the God of Israel and by decree of Cyrus and Darius and Artaxerxes king of Persia; 15 and this house was finished on the third day of the month of Adar, in the sixth year of the reign of Darius the king. 16 And the people of Israel, the priests and the Levites, and the rest of the returned exiles, celebrated the dedication of this house of God with joy. 17 They offered at the dedication of this house of God 100 bulls, 200 rams, 400 lambs, and as a sin offering for all Israel 12 male goats, according to the number of the tribes of Israel. 18 And they set the priests in their divisions and the Levites in their divisions, for the service of God at Jerusalem, as it is written in the Book of Moses. Passover Celebrated 19 On the fourteenth day of the first month, the returned exiles kept the Passover. 20 For the priests and the Levites had purified themselves together; all of them were clean. So they slaughtered the Passover lamb for all the returned exiles, for their fellow priests, and for themselves. 21 It was eaten by the people of Israel who had returned from exile, and also by every one who had joined them and separated himself from the uncleanness of the peoples of the land to worship the LORD, the God of Israel. 22 And they kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with joy, for the LORD had made them joyful and had turned the heart of the king of Assyria to them, so that he aided them in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel. Footnotes  6:3 A cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters  6:6 Aramaic their (ESV) New Testament: Revelation 5:1–10 Revelation 5:1–10 (Listen) The Scroll and the Lamb 5 Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, 4 and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. 5 And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.” 6 And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. 8 And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation,10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.” (ESV) Gospel: Matthew 13:10–17 Matthew 13:10–17 (Listen) The Purpose of the Parables 10 Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” 11 And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: “‘“You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive.”15 For this people's heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.' 16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. 17 For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it. 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Morning: Jeremiah 17–19 Jeremiah 17–19 (Listen) The Sin of Judah 17 “The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron; with a point of diamond it is engraved on the tablet of their heart, and on the horns of their altars, 2 while their children remember their altars and their Asherim, beside every green tree and on the high hills, 3 on the mountains in the open country. Your wealth and all your treasures I will give for spoil as the price of your high places for sin throughout all your territory. 4 You shall loosen your hand from your heritage that I gave to you, and I will make you serve your enemies in a land that you do not know, for in my anger a fire is kindled that shall burn forever.” 5 Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength,1 whose heart turns away from the LORD.6 He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land. 7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD.8 He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” 9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?10 “I the LORD search the heart and test the mind,2 to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.” 11 Like the partridge that gathers a brood that she did not hatch, so is he who gets riches but not by justice; in the midst of his days they will leave him, and at his end he will be a fool. 12 A glorious throne set on high from the beginning is the place of our sanctuary.13 O LORD, the hope of Israel, all who forsake you shall be put to shame; those who turn away from you3 shall be written in the earth, for they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living water. Jeremiah Prays for Deliverance 14 Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise.15 Behold, they say to me, “Where is the word of the LORD? Let it come!”16 I have not run away from being your shepherd, nor have I desired the day of sickness. You know what came out of my lips; it was before your face.17 Be not a terror to me; you are my refuge in the day of disaster.18 Let those be put to shame who persecute me, but let me not be put to shame; let them be dismayed, but let me not be dismayed; bring upon them the day of disaster; destroy them with double destruction! Keep the Sabbath Holy 19 Thus said the LORD to me: “Go and stand in the People's Gate, by which the kings of Judah enter and by which they go out, and in all the gates of Jerusalem, 20 and say: ‘Hear the word of the LORD, you kings of Judah, and all Judah, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, who enter by these gates. 21 Thus says the LORD: Take care for the sake of your lives, and do not bear a burden on the Sabbath day or bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem. 22 And do not carry a burden out of your houses on the Sabbath or do any work, but keep the Sabbath day holy, as I commanded your fathers. 23 Yet they did not listen or incline their ear, but stiffened their neck, that they might not hear and receive instruction. 24 “‘But if you listen to me, declares the LORD, and bring in no burden by the gates of this city on the Sabbath day, but keep the Sabbath day holy and do no work on it, 25 then there shall enter by the gates of this city kings and princes who sit on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they and their officials, the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And this city shall be inhabited forever. 26 And people shall come from the cities of Judah and the places around Jerusalem, from the land of Benjamin, from the Shephelah, from the hill country, and from the Negeb, bringing burnt offerings and sacrifices, grain offerings and frankincense, and bringing thank offerings to the house of the LORD. 27 But if you do not listen to me, to keep the Sabbath day holy, and not to bear a burden and enter by the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day, then I will kindle a fire in its gates, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem and shall not be quenched.'” The Potter and the Clay 18 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: 2 “Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will let you hear4 my words.” 3 So I went down to the potter's house, and there he was working at his wheel. 4 And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter's hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do. 5 Then the word of the LORD came to me: 6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the LORD. Behold, like the clay in the potter's hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. 7 If at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it, 8 and if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I intended to do to it. 9 And if at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it, 10 and if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will relent of the good that I had intended to do to it. 11 Now, therefore, say to the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: ‘Thus says the LORD, Behold, I am shaping disaster against you and devising a plan against you. Return, every one from his evil way, and amend your ways and your deeds.' 12 “But they say, ‘That is in vain! We will follow our own plans, and will every one act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.' 13 “Therefore thus says the LORD: Ask among the nations, Who has heard the like of this? The virgin Israel has done a very horrible thing.14 Does the snow of Lebanon leave the crags of Sirion?5 Do the mountain waters run dry,6 the cold flowing streams?15 But my people have forgotten me; they make offerings to false gods; they made them stumble in their ways, in the ancient roads, and to walk into side roads, not the highway,16 making their land a horror, a thing to be hissed at forever. Everyone who passes by it is horrified and shakes his head.17 Like the east wind I will scatter them before the enemy. I will show them my back, not my face, in the day of their calamity.” 18 Then they said, “Come, let us make plots against Jeremiah, for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, let us strike him with the tongue, and let us not pay attention to any of his words.” 19 Hear me, O LORD, and listen to the voice of my adversaries.20 Should good be repaid with evil? Yet they have dug a pit for my life. Remember how I stood before you to speak good for them, to turn away your wrath from them.21 Therefore deliver up their children to famine; give them over to the power of the sword; let their wives become childless and widowed. May their men meet death by pestilence, their youths be struck down by the sword in battle.22 May a cry be heard from their houses, when you bring the plunderer suddenly upon them! For they have dug a pit to take me and laid snares for my feet.23 Yet you, O LORD, know all their plotting to kill me. Forgive not their iniquity, nor blot out their sin from your sight. Let them be overthrown before you; deal with them in the time of your anger. The Broken Flask 19 Thus says the LORD, “Go, buy a potter's earthenware flask, and take some of the elders of the people and some of the elders of the priests, 2 and go out to the Valley of the Son of Hinnom at the entry of the Potsherd Gate, and proclaim there the words that I tell you. 3 You shall say, ‘Hear the word of the LORD, O kings of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem. Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I am bringing such disaster upon this place that the ears of everyone who hears of it will tingle. 4 Because the people have forsaken me and have profaned this place by making offerings in it to other gods whom neither they nor their fathers nor the kings of Judah have known; and because they have filled this place with the blood of innocents, 5 and have built the high places of Baal to burn their sons in the fire as burnt offerings to Baal, which I did not command or decree, nor did it come into my mind—6 therefore, behold, days are coming, declares the LORD, when this place shall no more be called Topheth, or the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter. 7 And in this place I will make void the plans of Judah and Jerusalem, and will cause their people to fall by the sword before their enemies, and by the hand of those who seek their life. I will give their dead bodies for food to the birds of the air and to the beasts of the earth. 8 And I will make this city a horror, a thing to be hissed at. Everyone who passes by it will be horrified and will hiss because of all its wounds. 9 And I will make them eat the flesh of their sons and their daughters, and everyone shall eat the flesh of his neighbor in the siege and in the distress, with which their enemies and those who seek their life afflict them.' 10 “Then you shall break the flask in the sight of the men who go with you, 11 and shall say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts: So will I break this people and this city, as one breaks a potter's vessel, so that it can never be mended. Men shall bury in Topheth because there will be no place else to bury. 12 Thus will I do to this place, declares the LORD, and to its inhabitants, making this city like Topheth. 13 The houses of Jerusalem and the houses of the kings of Judah—all the houses on whose roofs offerings have been offered to all the host of heaven, and drink offerings have been poured out to other gods—shall be defiled like the place of Topheth.'” 14 Then Jeremiah came from Topheth, where the LORD had sent him to prophesy, and he stood in the court of the LORD's house and said to all the people: 15 “Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, behold, I am bringing upon this city and upon all its towns all the disaster that I have pronounced against it, because they have stiffened their neck, refusing to hear my words.” Footnotes  17:5 Hebrew arm  17:10 Hebrew kidneys  17:13 Hebrew me  18:2 Or will cause you to hear  18:14 Hebrew of the field  18:14 Hebrew Are foreign waters plucked up (ESV) Evening: 1 Timothy 6 1 Timothy 6 (Listen) 6 Let all who are under a yoke as bondservants1 regard their own masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be reviled. 2 Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are brothers; rather they must serve all the better since those who benefit by their good service are believers and beloved. False Teachers and True Contentment Teach and urge these things. 3 If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound2 words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, 4 he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, 5 and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and3 we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. Fight the Good Fight of Faith 11 But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before4 Pontius Pilate made the good confession, 14 to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen. 17 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life. 20 O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,” 21 for by professing it some have swerved from the faith. Grace be with you.5 Footnotes  6:1 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface  6:3 Or healthy  6:7 Greek for; some manuscripts insert [it is] certain [that]  6:13 Or in the time of  6:21 The Greek for you is plural (ESV)
Psalms and Wisdom: Psalm 86 Psalm 86 (Listen) Great Is Your Steadfast Love A Prayer of David. 86 Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.2 Preserve my life, for I am godly; save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God.3 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day.4 Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.5 For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.6 Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace.7 In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me. 8 There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours.9 All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name.10 For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God.11 Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.12 I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.13 For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol. 14 O God, insolent men have risen up against me; a band of ruthless men seeks my life, and they do not set you before them.15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.16 Turn to me and be gracious to me; give your strength to your servant, and save the son of your maidservant.17 Show me a sign of your favor, that those who hate me may see and be put to shame because you, LORD, have helped me and comforted me. (ESV) Pentateuch and History: 1 Kings 18:20–46 1 Kings 18:20–46 (Listen) The Prophets of Baal Defeated 20 So Ahab sent to all the people of Israel and gathered the prophets together at Mount Carmel. 21 And Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” And the people did not answer him a word. 22 Then Elijah said to the people, “I, even I only, am left a prophet of the LORD, but Baal's prophets are 450 men. 23 Let two bulls be given to us, and let them choose one bull for themselves and cut it in pieces and lay it on the wood, but put no fire to it. And I will prepare the other bull and lay it on the wood and put no fire to it. 24 And you call upon the name of your god, and I will call upon the name of the LORD, and the God who answers by fire, he is God.” And all the people answered, “It is well spoken.” 25 Then Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose for yourselves one bull and prepare it first, for you are many, and call upon the name of your god, but put no fire to it.” 26 And they took the bull that was given them, and they prepared it and called upon the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying, “O Baal, answer us!” But there was no voice, and no one answered. And they limped around the altar that they had made. 27 And at noon Elijah mocked them, saying, “Cry aloud, for he is a god. Either he is musing, or he is relieving himself, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.” 28 And they cried aloud and cut themselves after their custom with swords and lances, until the blood gushed out upon them. 29 And as midday passed, they raved on until the time of the offering of the oblation, but there was no voice. No one answered; no one paid attention. 30 Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come near to me.” And all the people came near to him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that had been thrown down. 31 Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the LORD came, saying, “Israel shall be your name,” 32 and with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD. And he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two seahs1 of seed. 33 And he put the wood in order and cut the bull in pieces and laid it on the wood. And he said, “Fill four jars with water and pour it on the burnt offering and on the wood.” 34 And he said, “Do it a second time.” And they did it a second time. And he said, “Do it a third time.” And they did it a third time. 35 And the water ran around the altar and filled the trench also with water. 36 And at the time of the offering of the oblation, Elijah the prophet came near and said, “O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your word. 37 Answer me, O LORD, answer me, that this people may know that you, O LORD, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.” 38 Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. 39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, “The LORD, he is God; the LORD, he is God.” 40 And Elijah said to them, “Seize the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape.” And they seized them. And Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon and slaughtered them there. The Lord Sends Rain 41 And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink, for there is a sound of the rushing of rain.” 42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Mount Carmel. And he bowed himself down on the earth and put his face between his knees. 43 And he said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” And he went up and looked and said, “There is nothing.” And he said, “Go again,” seven times. 44 And at the seventh time he said, “Behold, a little cloud like a man's hand is rising from the sea.” And he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot and go down, lest the rain stop you.'” 45 And in a little while the heavens grew black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode and went to Jezreel. 46 And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah, and he gathered up his garment and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel. Footnotes  18:32 A seah was about 7 quarts or 7.3 liters (ESV) Chronicles and Prophets: Haggai 1 Haggai 1 (Listen) The Command to Rebuild the Temple 1 In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, on the first day of the month, the word of the LORD came by the hand of Haggai the prophet to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest: 2 “Thus says the LORD of hosts: These people say the time has not yet come to rebuild the house of the LORD.” 3 Then the word of the LORD came by the hand of Haggai the prophet, 4 “Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, while this house lies in ruins? 5 Now, therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts: Consider your ways. 6 You have sown much, and harvested little. You eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes. 7 “Thus says the LORD of hosts: Consider your ways. 8 Go up to the hills and bring wood and build the house, that I may take pleasure in it and that I may be glorified, says the LORD. 9 You looked for much, and behold, it came to little. And when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why? declares the LORD of hosts. Because of my house that lies in ruins, while each of you busies himself with his own house. 10 Therefore the heavens above you have withheld the dew, and the earth has withheld its produce. 11 And I have called for a drought on the land and the hills, on the grain, the new wine, the oil, on what the ground brings forth, on man and beast, and on all their labors.” The People Obey the Lord 12 Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the LORD their God, and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the LORD their God had sent him. And the people feared the LORD. 13 Then Haggai, the messenger of the LORD, spoke to the people with the LORD's message, “I am with you, declares the LORD.” 14 And the LORD stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people. And they came and worked on the house of the LORD of hosts, their God, 15 on the twenty-fourth day of the month, in the sixth month, in the second year of Darius the king. (ESV) Gospels and Epistles: James 1 James 1 (Listen) Greeting 1 James, a servant1 of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings. Testing of Your Faith 2 Count it all joy, my brothers,2 when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. 9 Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, 10 and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass3 he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits. 12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.4 18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. Hearing and Doing the Word 19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. 26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless. 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. Footnotes  1:1 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface  1:2 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters; also verses 16, 19  1:10 Or a wild flower  1:17 Some manuscripts variation due to a shadow of turning (ESV)
With family: 2 Kings 7; 1 Timothy 4 2 Kings 7 (Listen) Elisha Promises Food 7 But Elisha said, “Hear the word of the LORD: thus says the LORD, Tomorrow about this time a seah1 of fine flour shall be sold for a shekel,2 and two seahs of barley for a shekel, at the gate of Samaria.” 2 Then the captain on whose hand the king leaned said to the man of God, “If the LORD himself should make windows in heaven, could this thing be?” But he said, “You shall see it with your own eyes, but you shall not eat of it.” The Syrians Flee 3 Now there were four men who were lepers3 at the entrance to the gate. And they said to one another, “Why are we sitting here until we die? 4 If we say, ‘Let us enter the city,' the famine is in the city, and we shall die there. And if we sit here, we die also. So now come, let us go over to the camp of the Syrians. If they spare our lives we shall live, and if they kill us we shall but die.” 5 So they arose at twilight to go to the camp of the Syrians. But when they came to the edge of the camp of the Syrians, behold, there was no one there. 6 For the Lord had made the army of the Syrians hear the sound of chariots and of horses, the sound of a great army, so that they said to one another, “Behold, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Egypt to come against us.” 7 So they fled away in the twilight and abandoned their tents, their horses, and their donkeys, leaving the camp as it was, and fled for their lives. 8 And when these lepers came to the edge of the camp, they went into a tent and ate and drank, and they carried off silver and gold and clothing and went and hid them. Then they came back and entered another tent and carried off things from it and went and hid them. 9 Then they said to one another, “We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news. If we are silent and wait until the morning light, punishment will overtake us. Now therefore come; let us go and tell the king's household.” 10 So they came and called to the gatekeepers of the city and told them, “We came to the camp of the Syrians, and behold, there was no one to be seen or heard there, nothing but the horses tied and the donkeys tied and the tents as they were.” 11 Then the gatekeepers called out, and it was told within the king's household. 12 And the king rose in the night and said to his servants, “I will tell you what the Syrians have done to us. They know that we are hungry. Therefore they have gone out of the camp to hide themselves in the open country, thinking, ‘When they come out of the city, we shall take them alive and get into the city.'” 13 And one of his servants said, “Let some men take five of the remaining horses, seeing that those who are left here will fare like the whole multitude of Israel who have already perished. Let us send and see.” 14 So they took two horsemen, and the king sent them after the army of the Syrians, saying, “Go and see.” 15 So they went after them as far as the Jordan, and behold, all the way was littered with garments and equipment that the Syrians had thrown away in their haste. And the messengers returned and told the king. 16 Then the people went out and plundered the camp of the Syrians. So a seah of fine flour was sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley for a shekel, according to the word of the LORD. 17 Now the king had appointed the captain on whose hand he leaned to have charge of the gate. And the people trampled him in the gate, so that he died, as the man of God had said when the king came down to him. 18 For when the man of God had said to the king, “Two seahs of barley shall be sold for a shekel, and a seah of fine flour for a shekel, about this time tomorrow in the gate of Samaria,” 19 the captain had answered the man of God, “If the LORD himself should make windows in heaven, could such a thing be?” And he had said, “You shall see it with your own eyes, but you shall not eat of it.” 20 And so it happened to him, for the people trampled him in the gate and he died. Footnotes  7:1 A seah was about 7 quarts or 7.3 liters  7:1 A shekel was about 2/5 ounce or 11 grams  7:3 Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13 (ESV) 1 Timothy 4 (Listen) Some Will Depart from the Faith 4 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, 2 through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, 3 who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer. A Good Servant of Christ Jesus 6 If you put these things before the brothers,1 you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; 8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 9 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. 10 For to this end we toil and strive,2 because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. 11 Command and teach these things. 12 Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. 14 Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. 15 Practice these things, immerse yourself in them,3 so that all may see your progress. 16 Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers. Footnotes  4:6 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters  4:10 Some manuscripts and suffer reproach  4:15 Greek be in them (ESV) In private: Psalm 119:25–48; Daniel 11 Psalm 119:25–48 (Listen) Daleth 25 My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word!26 When I told of my ways, you answered me; teach me your statutes!27 Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous works.28 My soul melts away for sorrow; strengthen me according to your word!29 Put false ways far from me and graciously teach me your law!30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I set your rules before me.31 I cling to your testimonies, O LORD; let me not be put to shame!32 I will run in the way of your commandments when you enlarge my heart!1 He 33 Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes; and I will keep it to the end.234 Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.35 Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.36 Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!37 Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.38 Confirm to your servant your promise, that you may be feared.39 Turn away the reproach that I dread, for your rules are good.40 Behold, I long for your precepts; in your righteousness give me life! Waw 41 Let your steadfast love come to me, O LORD, your salvation according to your promise;42 then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me, for I trust in your word.43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for my hope is in your rules.44 I will keep your law continually, forever and ever,45 and I shall walk in a wide place, for I have sought your precepts.46 I will also speak of your testimonies before kings and shall not be put to shame,47 for I find my delight in your commandments, which I love.48 I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes. Footnotes  119:32 Or for you set my heart free  119:33 Or keep it as my reward (ESV) Daniel 11 (Listen) The Kings of the South and the North 11 “And as for me, in the first year of Darius the Mede, I stood up to confirm and strengthen him. 2 “And now I will show you the truth. Behold, three more kings shall arise in Persia, and a fourth shall be far richer than all of them. And when he has become strong through his riches, he shall stir up all against the kingdom of Greece. 3 Then a mighty king shall arise, who shall rule with great dominion and do as he wills. 4 And as soon as he has arisen, his kingdom shall be broken and divided toward the four winds of heaven, but not to his posterity, nor according to the authority with which he ruled, for his kingdom shall be plucked up and go to others besides these. 5 “Then the king of the south shall be strong, but one of his princes shall be stronger than he and shall rule, and his authority shall be a great authority. 6 After some years they shall make an alliance, and the daughter of the king of the south shall come to the king of the north to make an agreement. But she shall not retain the strength of her arm, and he and his arm shall not endure, but she shall be given up, and her attendants, he who fathered her, and he who supported1 her in those times. 7 “And from a branch from her roots one shall arise in his place. He shall come against the army and enter the fortress of the king of the north, and he shall deal with them and shall prevail. 8 He shall also carry off to Egypt their gods with their metal images and their precious vessels of silver and gold, and for some years he shall refrain from attacking the king of the north. 9 Then the latter shall come into the realm of the king of the south but shall return to his own land. 10 “His sons shall wage war and assemble a multitude of great forces, which shall keep coming and overflow and pass through, and again shall carry the war as far as his fortress. 11 Then the king of the south, moved with rage, shall come out and fight against the king of the north. And he shall raise a great multitude, but it shall be given into his hand. 12 And when the multitude is taken away, his heart shall be exalted, and he shall cast down tens of thousands, but he shall not prevail. 13 For the king of the north shall again raise a multitude, greater than the first. And after some years2 he shall come on with a great army and abundant supplies. 14 “In those times many shall rise against the king of the south, and the violent among your own people shall lift themselves up in order to fulfill the vision, but they shall fail. 15 Then the king of the north shall come and throw up siegeworks and take a well-fortified city. And the forces of the south shall not stand, or even his best troops, for there shall be no strength to stand. 16 But he who comes against him shall do as he wills, and none shall stand before him. And he shall stand in the glorious land, with destruction in his hand. 17 He shall set his face to come with the strength of his whole kingdom, and he shall bring terms of an agreement and perform them. He shall give him the daughter of women to destroy the kingdom,3 but it shall not stand or be to his advantage. 18 Afterward he shall turn his face to the coastlands and shall capture many of them, but a commander shall put an end to his insolence. Indeed,4 he shall turn his insolence back upon him. 19 Then he shall turn his face back toward the fortresses of his own land, but he shall stumble and fall, and shall not be found. 20 “Then shall arise in his place one who shall send an exactor of tribute for the glory of the kingdom. But within a few days he shall be broken, neither in anger nor in battle. 21 In his place shall arise a contemptible person to whom royal majesty has not been given. He shall come in without warning and obtain the kingdom by flatteries. 22 Armies shall be utterly swept away before him and broken, even the prince of the covenant. 23 And from the time that an alliance is made with him he shall act deceitfully, and he shall become strong with a small people. 24 Without warning he shall come into the richest parts5 of the province, and he shall do what neither his fathers nor his fathers' fathers have done, scattering among them plunder, spoil, and goods. He shall devise plans against strongholds, but only for a time. 25 And he shall stir up his power and his heart against the king of the south with a great army. And the king of the south shall wage war with an exceedingly great and mighty army, but he shall not stand, for plots shall be devised against him. 26 Even those who eat his food shall break him. His army shall be swept away, and many shall fall down slain. 27 And as for the two kings, their hearts shall be bent on doing evil. They shall speak lies at the same table, but to no avail, for the end is yet to be at the time appointed. 28 And he shall return to his land with great wealth, but his heart shall be set against the holy covenant. And he shall work his will and return to his own land. 29 “At the time appointed he shall return and come into the south, but it shall not be this time as it was before. 30 For ships of Kittim shall come against him, and he shall be afraid and withdraw, and shall turn back and be enraged and take action against the holy covenant. He shall turn back and pay attention to those who forsake the holy covenant. 31 Forces from him shall appear and profane the temple and fortress, and shall take away the regular burnt offering. And they shall set up the abomination that makes desolate. 32 He shall seduce with flattery those who violate the covenant, but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action. 33 And the wise among the people shall make many understand, though for some days they shall stumble by sword and flame, by captivity and plunder. 34 When they stumble, they shall receive a little help. And many shall join themselves to them with flattery, 35 and some of the wise shall stumble, so that they may be refined, purified, and made white, until the time of the end, for it still awaits the appointed time. 36 “And the king shall do as he wills. He shall exalt himself and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak astonishing things against the God of gods. He shall prosper till the indignation is accomplished; for what is decreed shall be done. 37 He shall pay no attention to the gods of his fathers, or to the one beloved by women. He shall not pay attention to any other god, for he shall magnify himself above all. 38 He shall honor the god of fortresses instead of these. A god whom his fathers did not know he shall honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and costly gifts. 39 He shall deal with the strongest fortresses with the help of a foreign god. Those who acknowledge him he shall load with honor. He shall make them rulers over many and shall divide the land for a price.6 40 “At the time of the end, the king of the south shall attack7 him, but the king of the north shall rush upon him like a whirlwind, with chariots and horsemen, and with many ships. And he shall come into countries and shall overflow and pass through. 41 He shall come into the glorious land. And tens of thousands shall fall, but these shall be delivered out of his hand: Edom and Moab and the main part of the Ammonites. 42 He shall stretch out his hand against the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape. 43 He shall become ruler of the treasures of gold and of silver, and all the precious things of Egypt, and the Libyans and the Cushites shall follow in his train. 44 But news from the east and the north shall alarm him, and he shall go out with great fury to destroy and devote many to destruction. 45 And he shall pitch his palatial tents between the sea and the glorious holy mountain. Yet he shall come to his end, with none to help him. Footnotes  11:6 Or obtained  11:13 Hebrew at the end of the times  11:17 Hebrew her, or it  11:18 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain  11:24 Or among the richest men  11:39 Or land as payment  11:40 Hebrew thrust at (ESV)
A devotional on Colossians 3:16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. (NLT) Order My Steps - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9h0bcaLElk
Science education is important, but can often seem dry. Homeschooling parents often wonder how to teach K-8 science. Just how do you make learning scientific concepts, theories, and laws fun and engaging? Don't fret and don't stress. Today, Holly and Melody discuss how to introduce science to your children, how their science education grows [...]
This episode takes a break from the beast of classroom management and identifies a totally different beast… the cell phone. Chris and Tyler discuss how cell phones are impacting not just students and the learning environment, but also the impact they are having on teachers. Learn more about us at www.teachbigger.comEmail: email@example.comYouTube: Teach BiggerFacebook: teachbiggerTwitter: @teachbiggerInstagram: teachbigger#iteachbiggerFollow Chris Pratt on Facebook: @chrispratt.the.educator Twitter: @cp_the_educator Instagram: chrispratt_the_educator Follow Tyler Lemmond on Twitter: @DiddlePete Instagram: paradiddlepete Facebook: tyler.lemmond.52 Follow Kris Mosley on Facebook: kristopher.mosley Twitter: @music_lovr10 Instagram: musiclovr_10
A daily quote to inspire the mind, gratitude to warm the soul, and guided breathing to energize the body. Quote: "When teaching, light a fire, don't fill a bucket." - Dan Snow Gratitude: People Willing to Teach. Whether it's your grandmother teaching you to knit or your plumber showing you how to prevent future problems, be grateful that others are willing to use their time and talents to teach you something new. Guided Breathing: Equal Breathing. Visit TheDailyRefresh.com to share your unique piece of gratitude which will be featured on an upcoming episode, and make sure to watch the tutorial of how to make The Daily Refresh part of your Alexa Flash Briefings! Call to action: If you're ready to master productivity, discipline and focus in 100 days, visit TheMasteryJournal.com and you'll have the step by step guidance to do just that. Use promo code 'refresh' as a thank you for listening to The Daily Refresh.
Laurie & Matt are spending Season 2 asking themselves "Why Are We Still Teaching?" This week's answer...Our Classroom is Why. Please take a moment to subscribe and leave a review! It really helps us become more visible and grow the coalition of caring adults dedicated to the health and wellness of our teens. Get your copy of Matt's book Helping Teens Succeed in High School & Life at amazon.com/author/mattsavesworld To connect with Laurie & Matt and find out more: Website: TeacherSavesWorld.com Voice Message: (559) 399-0966 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: twitter.com/teachrsaveswrld Instagram: instagram.com/teachersavesworld/ Facebook: facebook.com/teachersavesworld/ Show music provided by Brian Karmelich of VirtualCampfire.net
Rom 7:18-25a Brothers and sisters: I know that good does not dwell in me, that is, in my flesh. The willing is ready at hand, but doing the good is not. For I do not do the good I want, but I do the evil I do not want. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. So, then, I discover the principle that when I want to do right, evil is at hand. For I take delight in the law of God, in my inner self, but I see in my members another principle at war with the law of my mind, taking me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Miserable one that I am! Who will deliver me from this mortal body? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Responsorial Psalm 119:66, 68, 76, 77, 93, 94 R. (68b) Lord, teach me your statutes. Teach me wisdom and knowledge, for in your commands I trust. R. Lord, teach me your statutes. You are good and bountiful; teach me your statutes. R. Lord, teach me your statutes. Let your kindness comfort me according to your promise to your servants. R. Lord, teach me your statutes. Let your compassion come to me that I may live, for your law is my delight. R. Lord, teach me your statutes. Never will I forget your precepts, for through them you give me life. R. Lord, teach me your statutes. I am yours; save me, for I have sought your precepts. R. Lord, teach me your statutes. Alleluia See Mt 11:25 R. Alleluia, alleluia. Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom. R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Lk 12:54-59 Jesus said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west you say immediately that it is going to rain–and so it does; and when you notice that the wind is blowing from the south you say that it is going to be hot–and so it is. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky; why do you not know how to interpret the present time? “Why do you not judge for yourselves what is right? If you are to go with your opponent before a magistrate, make an effort to settle the matter on the way; otherwise your opponent will turn you over to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the constable, and the constable throw you into prison. I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.” --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/sofia-fonseca7/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/sofia-fonseca7/support
Toni Rose is joined by two of her former 6th grade students, Lila and Tyler (currently 8th graders) to talk about their experience in Modern Classrooms throughout middle school - in person, in remote learning, and in general. Show Notes Edpuzzle (https://edpuzzle.com/) (and MCP Tutorial (https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1z8sWGDotmEoG82ZK_5alaANSDutj0dxJ6Bf2zAfnqSw/edit#slide=id.g5d5171a0f2_0_0)) Kahoot (https://kahoot.com/) Quizlet (https://quizlet.com/) Follow us online and learn more: Modern Classrooms: @modernclassproj (https://twitter.com/modernclassproj) on Twitter and facebook.com/modernclassproj (https://www.facebook.com/modernclassproj) Kareem: @kareemfarah23 (https://twitter.com/kareemfarah23) on Twitter Kate: @gaskill_teacher (https://twitter.com/gaskill_teacher) on Twitter Toni rose: @classroomflex (https://twitter.com/classroomflex) on Twitter and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/classroomflex/?hl=en) The Modern Classroom Project (https://www.modernclassrooms.org) Modern Classrooms Online Course (https://www.learn.modernclassrooms.org) Take our free online course, or sign up for our mentorship program to receive personalized guidance from a Modern Classrooms mentor as you implement your own modern classroom! The Modern Classrooms Podcast is edited by Zach Diamond: @zpdiamond (https://twitter.com/zpdiamond) on Twitter and Learning to Teach (https://www.learningtoteach.co/)
Elana Miller of Zen Psychiatry shares what veterans with PTSD can teach you about overcoming fear. Episode 2144: What Veterans with PTSD Can Teach You About Overcoming Fear by Dr. Elana Miller of Zen Psychiatry on Therapy Elana Miller is a psychiatrist based out of Los Angeles, California. She loves to write, read, and make music. Elana received her B.A. in psychology at Harvard University before studying at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, where she was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. I completed my psychiatry residency training at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she was nominated as a UCLA Exceptional Physician. The original post is located here: https://zenpsychiatry.com/overcoming-fear/ Visit Me Online at OLDPodcast.com Interested in advertising on the show? Visit https://www.advertisecast.com/OptimalLivingDaily Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Should we tell the truth? Everybody hates to be lied to. When that happens, we feel anger and dissapointment. There is a sense of betrayal, a loss of trust, and enemies are created. But, there is another kind of hate we feel when somebody tells us the truth, especially when it is a truth that we don't want to hear. It's that feeling we get when a teacher calls us out for not trying our best, or when a parent catches us breaking the rules. In those cases, we don't want to hear the truth and we take our anger out on the messenger. Join Steve and Dan Fouts for a conversation with David Olson, Director of Education at Retro Report, about honesty using the Teach Different 3-Step conversation method. Make sure you go to teachdifferent.com to learn more, and check out our library of conversation plans, where we've compiled dozens of quotes, each with their own claim, counterclaim, and essential question. Image source: Look and Learn | Rijksmuseum
Hey friends!! A long Episode title, I know lol. We wanted to make sure people read the importance of the title and what it means for progress in the LGBTQ Community, the Black Community, and our country as a whole. Representation matters from the state and federal governments to the community organizations. We are excited for our friend MD-43 delegate candidate who is working to make the lives of his fellow Baltimore friends and family. - Reginald served as a Teach for America corps member, earned his MBA from Duke University, and worked for Deloitte Consulting LLP. Outside work, Reginald is passionate about public service, serves on the Advisory Board for Reading Partners Baltimore, and is an avid runner and traveler. Please take a listen like and share and let us know your thoughts!! - Thank you, friends! https://www.reginaldbenbow.com/
A life-long learner, Charell Colemman shares her teaching story and why she is passionate about helping students of all ages develop executive functioning skills. We discuss what is executive functioning, how can we help our students of all ages foster executive functioning skills, and more! Show notes can be found here: https://www.sfecich.com/post/executive-functioning-skills-for-learners-of-all-agesIf you are loving this episode, please tag me @SFecich on social media and share! Check out the books EduMagic: A Guide for Preservice Teachers, EduMagic Shine On A Guide for New Teachers, and get your semester ready with the EduMagic Future Teacher Digital planner. Want to get started with your digital portfolio? Check out this self-paced, digital, mini-course digital portfolio from scratch in one week or less. Find these and more resources for future teachers at www.sfecich.com. Remember you have the #EduMagic in YOU!
It's our first minisode for Phase 2 of the pod! We discuss the first episode of "Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later" and share a couple camp stories from our youth. Then we name some of our favorite stageplay-to-film adaptations and recast the roles of Don and Teach from "American Buffalo" with actors from other "American" movies we covered so far. And finally we rank our top five tracks from the incredible "American Graffiti" soundtrack and pick apart the trailer for the ill-advised sequel "More American Graffiti." References: Titus Welliver's Al Pacino Impression 2 (YouTube) More American Graffiti - Original Theatrical Trailer (1979) (YouTube) List of plays adapted into feature films (Wikipedia) 41 Original Hits from the Soundtrack of American Graffiti (Wikipedia)
Melissa founded Re-Align Coaching and Consulting to help empower and teach entrepreneurs how to elevate their mindset, accelerate sales, & make the perfect hire in their business so they can scale with ease. Melissa is a certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming Master Practitioner and possesses a deeper understanding of what's really preventing someone from reaching their goals. With more than ten years of sales experience, over $100 Million in Volume Sold in Residential Real Estate, and more than eight years being educated by multiple coaching organizations and mentors, Melissa understands how to build and grow a business in any market, and how your mindset can control your outcome and results. Let's see how they Get up, Dress up, and Show up! CONNECT WITH THEM www.melissamachat.com Personal transformation takes time, subscribe now, and let's grow together! --------------------------------------------------------
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Ultimately, guiding our youth ministry students towards Jesus is always the number one priority in our Sunday and mid-week programs; but, it's always good to have a mission statement (or vision statement) for your student ministry so that you can stay focused on the best ways to get them there. Vision casting is an excellent way to get your direction and guide your youth group so that there can be purpose to everything you do! Today, we will be sharing the vision statement for our youth group and what it all means.Books Referenced in this episode:"Sticky Church: Leadership Network Innovation Series" by Larry Osbornehttps://amzn.to/3cNxRbDSign up for a FREE Audible Trial here: https://amzn.to/30XN0QWEpisodes Referenced in this episode:How Do You Help Your Youth Group Fall In Love With Jesus: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-do-you-help-your-youth-group-fall-in-love-with-jesus/id1507977601?i=1000487340261Going From New Student to Student Leader: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/going-from-new-student-to-student-leader-in-youth-ministry/id1507977601?i=1000538558071Christian Worldview For Youth Ministry - How to Teach: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/christian-worldview-for-youth-ministry-how-to-teach/id1507977601?i=1000478482857We love hearing from you all and we do our best to provide powerful and insightful youth ministry content on a weekly basis to be that coach and mentor you may not have, but desperately need.If you have a story to share or have an episode idea, please E-Mail us at MinistryCoachPodcast@gmail.com! Thank you for those who have submitted!This episode is also available at our YouTube channel:https://www.youtube.com/c/ministrycoachAudio Equipment:Microphoneshttps://amzn.to/3eWUWrkDigital Recorderhttps://amzn.to/3eXmvkjPop Filtershttps://amzn.to/2ApEz7MMic Standshttps://amzn.to/2Zrwat2Shock Mounthttps://amzn.to/2AvjhWwXLR Cableshttps://amzn.to/2VI4uiy*This episode is not sponsored. Some of the links are affiliate links which simply means, if you buy something, we will receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you) Thank you!*
Teacher, are your primary kiddos consumed by the excitement of Halloween? Mine sure are!The good news is, we can harness that excitement and use it to our advantage. Halloween doesn't have to wreck our classroom management, and with these five strategies, you can actually use your students' excitement to motivate positive behaviors and learning.Some of these strategies will require a little prep, but some are free and you can use today.Ready? Let's go!Links mentioned in today's episode:Today's blog postBlog post with free Halloween Word Works trial
Jonny Ardavanis is the Dean of Campus Life at The Master's University, a Camp Director at Hume Lake Christian Camps and hosts the podcast Dial In with Jonny Ardavanis. He is passionate about the Gospel and God's Word and desires to see people understand and obey it. Dial In with Jonny Ardavanis: Big Questions, Biblical Answers, is a series that seeks to provide biblical answers to some of the most prominent and fundamental questions regarding God, the Gospel, and the Bible In this episode Pastor, Author and President of For The Gospel Ministries, Costi Hinn answers the question: “What does the Bethel movement teach?” Subscribe to stay up to date with each episode! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGB5fYWHTNemqp9aZC232eg (Watch on YouTube) https://www.instagram.com/dialinpodcast/ (Follow on Instagram) https://www.jonnyardavanis.com (Visit Our Website )
The Scriptures are full of examples where God provided for financial exemption for His people from the hardships and poverty taking place in the world around them.This week David and Lynn examine some of these examples and point out the principles of the Kingdom of God that produce exemption in each example.To watch the video of this message, check out our YouTube channel.For more information regarding David Weeter Ministries, to send prayer requests, praise reports or to become a Covenant Partner with us to get this uncompromised Word of the Living God out to the world, please visit our website: DavidWeeter.orgSupport the show (https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=YFPVWPPV3DA9N)
SCAD (3:30) – Savannah College of Art and DesignIntroduction to art via one's environment (4:30)Art Direction as a career option (5:00)Deciding to be an artist (6:15)A fine arts magnet school experience (6:30)Presenting one's work at an early age (7:15)Garrison Middle School and Savannah Arts Academy (7:30)Painting? (8:00)Varied interests and art opportunities (8:50)Access to materials as a factor for the pursuit of art (9:30)Why keep learning? (11:00)How is college different from high school? (11:45)Basketball with no high school team (13:00)Turning point moments in art (15:45)Believing in one's potential, plans, and possibilities (16:15)A parent's support (16:45)COVID's impact on schooling (18:00)A high school principal's generous act (18:30)An unexpected benefit of the changes resulting from the pandemic (19:15)Greatest influencers (20:30)Artists inspiring others (21:00)José Lucio (21:20)Julia's ongoing affection for the worm sticker (22:00)The beginning of requests for art from friends and family (23:00)Commissioned work for the Taste of the Junction Festival in Iowa (24:15)From a shy child to speaking with others about her art (25:15)Make art, local recognition, meaning, and impact (26:00)Rafiki (26:45)Parents' wedding portrait (27:30)The lobster's interview (28:30)Self-Portraits (29:45) A great teacher, Margo Ecke (32:30)The learning needs to connect to the student and the teacher (34:45) Julia Roland on Instagram@j.r.art_ Esther F. Garrison School for the Artshttps://spwww.sccpss.com/schools/efg/Pages/default.aspx Savannah Arts Academyhttps://spwww.sccpss.com/schools/saa/Pages/default.aspx Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)https://www.scad.edu/ SCAD Atlantahttps://www.scad.edu/locations/atlanta Margo Eckehttps://www.scad.edu/academics/faculty/margot-ecke America's Teamhttps://www.amteamsport.com/ Jose Luciohttp://www.joselucio.com/ and firstname.lastname@example.org Taste of the Junction Festival, West DesMoines, Iowahttps://www.tasteofthejunction.org Music for Lead. Learn. Change. is Sweet Adrenaline by Delicate Beats Podcast cover art is a view from Brunnkogel (mountaintop) over the mountains of the Salzkammergut in Austria, courtesy of photographer Simon Berger, published on www.unsplash.com. Professional Association of Georgia Educators: www.pageinc.org David's LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-w-reynolds-5a5b0a36/
It's time to discuss babies and dogs! This is part one of a series. Trigger warning: child deaths are discussed. Board-certified behavior analyst and a long-time dog owner Lauren Haley joins Elizabeth Silverstein of Telltail Dog Training to discuss getting her pitbull, MJ, ready for her baby, and the management she learned and implemented. Follow Telltail Dog Instagram: instagram.com/telltaildog/ Facebook: facebook.com/telltaildog/ Twitter: twitter.com/telltaildog Website: https://telltaildogtraining.com/ Follow MJ Watson Barker Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjwatsonbarker/ Special Guest: Lauren Haley.
Here were the resources we covered in the episode: Benchmark Episode Slide of benchmarks and hurdles NEW LinkedIn Learning course about LinkedIn Ads by AJ Wilcox Contact us at Podcast@B2Linked.com with ideas for what you'd like AJ to cover. Show Transcript One of the most important skills that you can learn as you're managing LinkedIn Ads campaigns. That's right. We're talking about troubleshooting your ad performance. Let's do it. Welcome to the LinkedIn Ads Show. Here's your host, AJ Wilcox. Hey there LinkedIn Ads fanatics. I'm really excited about the topic today. And I have a special guest that I want to introduce you to. But before that, a quick story about why this topic is so important to me. So back while I was working on my undergrad at Brigham Young University here in Utah, I got a job doing tech support. And it was like second level tech support. So a little bit techier than what I was used to. And I was responsible for internet connections and servers for 30,000 or more locations. I've always been really good with computers, but the topic of internet and modems and networks was all new to me at this point. So I went through the training process and I did my best to do what I could which was memorizing the different tactics of ways you can fix things. And you techies will probably appreciate this part. I found that it was pretty common to reboot the router or the modem and that would work to restore their internet connection. Have you tried turning it off and on again? Hello, IT? Have you tried turning it off and on again? Hello IT. Have you tried turning it off and on again? Hello IT, Hi, something's wrong with my computer. Have you tried turning it off and on again? Oh dear, thanks. Hello IT. Have you tried turning it off and on again? Hello IT. Have you tried turning it off and on again? Have you tried sticking it up your arss? Mr. Reynold's laptop is broken. Have you tried turning it off and on again? Hello IT. Have you tried turning it off? You know what I'm sick of saying that. From this moment on, everything is going to be different. Hello, IT. Have you tried turning it off and on again? Yeah, but that's an important part of the process he has, if you don't complete that part, there's no way that you're going to be able to do the next bit. Okay, so now, turn it back on again. I have to say, Have you tried turning it off and on again about 1000 times a day. So I could bloody catch phrase. All right, okay. 100 pounds says I don't say it again today. How's that? Well, have you tried turning us off and on again? AJ Wilcox 3:09 I also found that sometimes computers had proxy settings erroneously set up in the browsers. On one of my first calls that I ever had with a customer, unbeknownst to me, my manager was listening to the call, I was super nervous and I was asking the customer to try everything. We were rebooting modems and routers, we were checking proxy settings, we were all over the board. My manager right after the call, he called me into his office, and he taught me a principle that would serve me my entire life. He taught me that throwing every tactic I knew at the problem was super inefficient. And that the much better way to do this would be to systematically test through the system. In the case of computer networking, he taught me that you can either work from the outside to the inside, which would be like checking the internet connection to the building first, and then moving to the router to see if it's working, and then to each computer. Or you can work from the inside to the outside. So check the computer status first, and then move to the router, then move to the modem. And he taught me that it didn't matter which direction you started from, but that the most important thing was ruling out the tactics that wouldn't be useful and helpful to try in our troubleshooting. That skill of systematic testing is something that I took with me into digital marketing and I count it as being one of the most important skills that I could have had and I would recommend that any other marketer can have. Today's guest is going to teach us how to apply these same troubleshooting and testing strategies to your marketing which will make you an infinitely better advertising professional, especially on LinkedIn where the stakes are just quite honestly higher due to the high costs. Let's hit it. Alright everyone, I'm super excited to introduce you to Parker Williams, who's on our team. He is one of B2Linked's most senior account managers. He's built and sold his own company. He grew a startup software company from zero to 1 million in ARR, he's married with two kids, lives in Mesa, Arizona, and if he's not working, he's either mountain biking or riding his dirt bike. Parker, so excited to have you here. Thanks for coming on. Parker Williams 5:13 Man, it's a pleasure, AJ. Happy to be here. AJ Wilcox 5:16 Alright, so maybe give us the backstory here. The topic that we're talking about today is troubleshooting. Why did you feel like this was such an important topic? And why did you volunteer to hop on to get grilled by me? Parker Williams 5:27 Yeah, no, that's a great question. I feel like my career in marketing or as a marketer really pivoted when I started to understand the process of troubleshooting because, you know, I think back to early days, when I got into marketing, marketing my own company when things went wrong, which they always do, I always approached it with a process of like, throw spaghetti at the wall and see what sticks which to some people that might work, but it didn't work for me. I would freak out, I get nervous or running advertising campaigns, like, you kind of panic, and you start making decisions that are not good when things don't go right. And so I feel like once I understood the process of troubleshooting an ad campaign, sales campaign, it was pivotal for my career as a marketer, I started to excel and started to find areas to improve, and I started to see success faster than previously. So I feel like it's crucial, very crucial. AJ Wilcox 6:29 I totally agree. I think as a marketer, you really can advance. You can have great positions by just throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks, right? My personal feeling on it is, if you actually understand the process right from beginning to end, you understand what makes a difference where, you're thinking more strategically as a marketer, and less tactics focused. And I think ultimately, that makes us a much better marketer because you can see the whole picture. Parker Williams 6:56 Yeah, exactly. It becomes an engineering and science game versus like, a guessing game, you know, you know exactly what to do to improve an ad campaign or not necessarily know what to do, but you know what to focus on next. And because it didn't work, doesn't mean it's not going to work. And so being able to troubleshoot something it's way better. It's just so much more, it's more fun to me when you approach it that way. AJ Wilcox 7:26 Same here, I've said this before, but basically, every time I run a test, doing something with LinkedIn Ads, despite the fact that I've got 10 plus years of experience, I feel like I'm really good and comfortable on the platform, I still am going to fail half the time, right? And most of us don't want to admit that, but everything we do in marketing is a test. So if you're going to be testing things, but you don't know what your inputs are, what your levers are, you're probably going to be running some pretty risky campaigns. Parker Williams 7:56 Right? I heard an advertiser I think was Frank Kern. He's like a big time advertiser, marketer. He mentioned one time, like if if marketing worked every time like we'd all be, it would be easy. Everybody would be millionaires, and super rich, and like, we would never have any issues. But this is not the case with marketing. It never works the first time. Sometimes it does, but it rarely does. And like being able to troubleshoot things that don't work, like that's a game changer. That's a huge game changer. AJ Wilcox 8:30 It is. It takes it from an art where only a few people are skilled and turns it into a science where right anyone can follow a repeatable process. I love that. So maybe share with us a specific experience where you had to troubleshoot and walk us through that process. What you thought about what it took. Parker Williams 8:47 Yeah, that's a great question. So you know, initially, when I came on and started helping manage ad accounts at B2Linked, one of the things that was stressful to me was, click through rates. Getting click through rates above our benchmark, which was 0.4%. And I remember I was assigned a client, they're called Asahi Kasei, they're a big Japanese company. Our click through rates were a bit low and I didn't know what to do. I didn't know how to get him up. AJ actually gave a training on troubleshooting and showed the process of how to fix problems or solve problems in advertising. He presented us levers that you can pull at certain points or certain hurdles that you're experiencing. And so in this case, my click through rates were low. And I knew from that training that I had certain levers I could pull to improve that click through rate and so one of the things we tested was the headlines and the intro text or they were text ads in this case. And so we started to tailor our ad copy to be more industry specific and we saw a dramatic increase in our our click through rates. I think we went from like, they were text ads, so they were less than .04 percent. We were like .01, .02 percent like really low, but our average click through rates went up above .04 percent, which was a game winner for their ads. AJ Wilcox 10:10 And for the uninitiated, that is basically it's almost two times the average for text ads. So we took something that was performing below benchmark, and then doubled LinkedIn to benchmark with it. That's pretty awesome. Right? So this might sound a little bit silly, but why did you decide based on knowing that the click through rates were having an issue? Why didn't you go and make changes to the landing page or recommend a different offer? Or, you know, why did you go right for the headline in the description? Parker Williams 10:38 Yeah, so I think that goes to kind of the process of, you know, troubleshooting, what is it? And how do you prioritize what things you need to fix? And so, you know, I chose click through rate initially, because that was our first hurdle. And then I had listed from that training, different levers we could pull to improve it, or improve or overcome that hurdle. And I prioritized ad copy because that was the initial contact point. And so I knew that that would be the priority. The landing page, in this case, it was a follower ad. So there wasn't really a landing page, but if there was a landing page, like it wouldn't improve that click through rate, it wouldn't impact it. So I chose the headline, because that's what people are engaging with, or the audience was engaging with. I knew it would impact it more than changing the audience. I guess that was another lever, like before changing the audience, which is a lot of work. We could test something minor and quick. So that was a big reason. AJ Wilcox 11:44 Yeah. So it sounds like a silly question. But those are the kinds of things you might do as a marketer, if you didn't know what levers you could pull to get better performance, you might just say, Oh, I I know how to make landing pages convert better. I have a poor click through rate here, but let me go and work on the landing page and try to get better performance, when that's really not your pain. Can you walk us through? What are the hurdles that we face as advertisers? And maybe what are the levers that you can pull if we're stumbling over one of those hurdles? Parker Williams 12:14 Yeah, absolutely. Back to the point of which hurdles we pull on advertising, there's two main ones, which is click through rate and conversion rates. There's levers for each one. And a lot of times, they're very similar levers, like ad copy, or messaging, or audience or your call to action. Those are some examples of levers you can pull. The click through rate, we can discuss what those levers are and then we can discuss what the conversion rate levers are next. So the first levers I usually look at when it comes to click through rate is ad copy. So your intro text, your headline, or your image text, right, your image ad copy. The next thing I'll look at or consider is the image, you know, is the image engaging. Is it interesting? Does it look too ad-ish? Does it capture people's attention? So that's the next thing I'll usually test. The other library you have is that you can pull is the offer, the actual offer that you're advertising. So if you're advertising an E-book or a white paper, what exactly is that offer? Is it enticing enough to get your individual, your audience to engage with you? I don't usually go to that offer, or I don't go to that level until I've tested everything because to change an offer, that's a lot of work. So before changing the offer, I'll even test the audience. Maybe our audiences just slightly off, maybe we're not targeted enough. Or maybe we're too broad. So those are the levers I typically pull when it comes to click through rates. Conversion rates, they're going to be similar. AJ Wilcox 13:50 Actually, let's stop right there. What is the punishment you receive as an advertiser if your click through rates aren't great? Parker Williams 13:57 Yeah, that's a great question. To answer that question, it can be pretty in depth or it can be pretty simple. If your click through rate is low, let's say 0%. You're not getting any clicks. Right? That's the first terrible thing that can happen. But if you are getting clicks, let's say you're getting .2% click through rate. And from that same ad, targeting that same audience if you double that, so let's say .2 and a half percent if you double that, it's 5.5% click through rate, you just doubled your clicks from the same amount of impressions. And so your efficiency just doubled with that one ad. We can go into depth on that, but it's it's pretty simple at the same time, like poor click through rate like your gate to the ad performance is not opened all the way. It's like not performing at all. AJ Wilcox 15:00 And then I think if you are bidding by the impression, let's say you are using LinkedIn to auto bidding, literally, you just reach twice the number of people for the same cost. I mean, literally, when you say you doubled efficiency, it's true. But if you are bidding by the click, you're basically like trying to bribe LinkedIn to get them to show your ads. If you have a .2% click through rate. It's like, alright, LinkedIn then I'll try bidding $15, will you show me then? What if I bid $20. And on the other hand, if you've doubled that, and now you're at like the .5%, you can bid down significantly, you're paying so much less for the traffic. And of course, it matters in your scale, and it matters in your ads efficiency. So I think that's a really good example. Parker Williams 15:45 It's also kind of like a faucet, like everyone uses a faucet everyday when they brush their teeth, right? If you turn on your faucet, just a tiny bit, and you had drips coming out, that's kind of like a 0.1% click through rate, and you got to wash off your toothbrush, like you can't do that with drips. And so if you increase that click through rate, and you open your faucet more, you're gonna get more clicks, and it's going to achieve your goal faster, you're gonna be able to test faster, you're going to be able to prove your offer faster, you're going to be able to, you're gonna have way more data to work with. So I always think of faucets when I think of click through rate, like, that's your faucet to your funnel. So if your click through rates are low, like, you're not gonna have any data for conversions, which is the next hurdle. AJ Wilcox 16:27 Oh, so true. And I love that metaphor, because I can imagine, if you're trying to wash your toothbrush out with drips, think of how many toothbrushes you can wash when the faucets going full blast, I mean, several can be under there, that could be a whole bunch of different tests around. That leaves us really, really nicely to the second hurdle. So tell us about the second hurdle and tell us why it's important. And maybe what levers you'd be trying to pull to, to effect a change there. Parker Williams 16:53 Yeah, absolutely. So that the next hurdle is conversion rates. This can change quite a bit depending on where you're sending traffic to. I know there's a lot of native forums on LinkedIn now, even other platforms as well. If you're running traffic to like a lead form, the levers are going to be a little different. If you're running traffic to a landing page, the levers are going to be a little little different, but it's the same hurdle. And so let's just use the example of running traffic to a landing page. The levers you're going to pull there are going to be similar to click through rates. The first thing I like to check or prioritize is my ad copy on the landing page. Now, what is the messaging? Is it congruent with the ad, for example, if you're running an ad campaign for like the ultimate guide to LinkedIn advertising, and that's in your ad, and they come to a landing page, that's like the ultimate guide to Google advertising? What do you think's going to happen to that conversion rate, it's going to not be that great, because people that clicked on the ad came the landing page with the expectation to be served the Ultimate Guide to LinkedIn advertising. So messaging needs to be congruent with your ads to see good conversion rates. So that's usually what I like to test first, is the messaging on the landing page. The other lever that I moved to next is traffic, is the traffic clean that we're sending to the landing page. Is it the right audience, that's an easy lever to pull, it doesn't take a lot of effort to pull that. So the other lever is going to be your offer? Is your offer back to the ad campaign? Is it something that's irresistible to your audience? Are they going to be stupid for not saying yes to this offer, basically. So those are the typical levers we pull, you know, there are little tactical things, but I don't think those last they work and change all the time. But really, it's your offer, message, and audience that you need to focus on. AJ Wilcox 18:48 And what I want everyone to get out of this, if you've listened to me for any amount of time, you've heard me say that the offer is everything. Notice how when Parker was talking, the offer was actually a piece of the troubleshooting and the performance for both improving the click through rate and improving the conversion rate. Literally, it feels like you're pulling teeth, trying to get traffic on LinkedIn, your performance really sucks. Take a hard look at your offer. Because more often than not, when you've tested everything, and you just can't figure out like why are my ads not working? It's because the offer isn't attractive enough. Think of it from the perspective of your prospect. If they look at it, just like Parker said, is it irresistible? They would be stupid not to put their their information in to get this or is it something super high friction, like sign up for a trial or hop on the phone with a sales rep where it's scaring them away active, Parker Williams 19:43 Your audience temperature can play a big part in that too. And that's that goes to the to what you said earlier, like maybe the offer isn't positioned at the right time for that audience. So if you're targeting, like a LinkedIn Ad campaign we'll use that as an example. If you're targeting cold audience like, let's say your offers a free trial 30 day trial, no one knows likes or trust you, you're probably gonna have low conversion rates with with something like that. But if this audience has engaged with your content, they've raised their hand to other pieces of content that's created demand for your product or service. retargeting those people or putting uploading a list of those people and targeting them with a 30 day trial, you probably see higher conversion rates than you would with a cold audience. AJ Wilcox 20:35 Oh, very true. That know, like, and trust factor is ultra important. And if someone already knows likes and trusts you, they'll be open to a really high friction offer. But I think you have to earn that trust, you have to earn that like and so much of what we do, I think in terms of cold traffic, because so much of what we do on LinkedIn is reaching new audiences we haven't reached before. That's really really insightful. Here's a quick sponsor break, and then we'll dive into the rest of the interview, Speaker 4 21:02 the LinkedIn Ads Show is proudly brought to you by B2Linked.com, the LinkedIn Ads experts. AJ Wilcox 21:12 If the performance of your LinkedIn Ads is important to you B2Linked is the agency you'll want to work with. We spent over $140 million on LinkedIn ads, and no one outperforms us on getting you the lowest cost per lead and the maximum scale of your campaigns. We're official LinkedIn partners, and you'll only deal with LinkedIn Ads experts from day one, fill out the contact form on any page of B2Linked.com to chat about your campaigns. We'd absolutely love to work with you. All right, let's jump right back into the interview with Parker. So Parker, walk us through when you're inside of a LinkedIn account, you're inside of campaign manager, and you're looking to analyze some of these things, and decide what to test what to troubleshoot. Where are you looking? What are you doing? Teach us so that we can follow along? Parker Williams 21:57 Yeah, absolutely. I'll tell a story about this. So one of my responsibilities and B2Linked is consulting or helping. You can purchase consulting time with a director. And so I've had the opportunity to do that and one of the first things I do when someone asked me to take a look at their account is I pull up the campaign, or I go into the ad campaign group that we're running ads in, that we're wanting to focus on and improve. And I make sure that my timeframe is set to either 30 days or 90 days, I want as much data as I can initially to analyze the performance of the campaigns we're focusing on. And then depending on what offer, how you have your campaigns set up, I'll make sure that those campaigns are selected. And then the first thing I'm looking at is my click through rate. So back to troubleshooting, I'm going to I'm going to be in the campaign level, looking at all the campaigns. And looking at the average of the click through rate. Let's say it's one specific campaign, though, that we're wanting to look at, I'll make sure that I select that one campaign, so it pops it up in the the header bar, the campaign manager view. And that's usually where I go initially. And then, depending on your objective, if you're trying to get leads, if you're trying to get downloads, if you're trying to get followers, then I'll look at that conversion rate. And sometimes you'll have to export that data to be able to analyze that, depending on that objective. So that's kind of where I go initially. If I want to get into more information and a deeper dive, I'll export it to an Excel sheet, and then I'll run like pivot tables, and I'll do a little bit more digging so I can analyze the ad copy, the ad imagery, maybe the offers, if you've ran multiple offers. AJ Wilcox 23:52 I really, really liked what you said, I follow the same process, I will export from LinkedIn, and I will export specifically the ad data. But when I get it into Excel, I build my pivot table by campaign name. And that way I can look down the list and see, like you said, any campaign that sticks out as being a really poor performer, that's really what troubleshooting is looking for the poor performers right, then once I found a campaign, I'll break that campaign down to see the ads that make that up. And really often I'll find that there might be two ads or maybe four ads that have run inside that campaign. And one of them is actually doing really well but the other one or the other three are the actual poor performers. And so one quick thing we can do is just pause the poor performers and turn the best one backup or or back on if it were off. Parker Williams 24:46 After listening to you talk about that. I think there's a few key ingredients to troubleshooting that we need to discuss which would one of the first ones would be benchmarks, knowing your benchmarks and what to compare to troubleshooting is pretty useless if you don't have any benchmarks. AJ Wilcox 25:04 Great point, for those of you listening, Episode 15 of the podcast, and we'll link to it down below in the show notes. Episode 15 is all about benchmarks. And if you go and listen to that, you can compare your own performance against benchmarks to see where we are. Okay, keep going. Parker Williams 25:20 Yeah, so I feel like benchmarks are a key ingredient. And then we've talked about this already identifying being very specific on your hurdle, that's one of the other ingredients is knowing your hurdles. And the other key ingredients is, are the levers which we've discussed. So I just wanted to hit on making sure that you know your benchmarks, and you know your hurdles, and you know, your levers you can pull. And you've identified them, and you've listed them. I've got a noted document in my computer, I used to have it on a piece of paper, but I refer to it all the time. What are my hurdles? What are my benchmarks? And what's cool about this process is, it doesn't only work for LinkedIn Ads, but this also works for everything else you do in business, and even sometimes in life, which not to get off of the topic of LinkedIn Ads. But I've found myself with clients, I've had situations where I've, we've had great performing campaigns, like our front end is working really well, we're producing really good leads, we're producing really good click through rates. And it gets to the sales team. And they're coming back to us and saying, hey, we're not converting any of these. Well, before we point fingers at advertising and saying, hey, advertising is not working, because we're leads aren't converting. What's that next hurdle? And sometimes I can advise the sales team on what are the hurdles, what's the next thing that you're sending them? Is it an email or calling them like? I'm able to help them identify their next hurdle that they're dealing with. So if you're a marketer have a small team or a big team, being able to provide advice or direction for the sales team is also beneficial, and build your value that you add to the company, not just in advertising. AJ Wilcox 27:11 So true, you could be the very best LinkedIn Ads professional on the planet, and still totally fail if sales doesn't know how to how to handle your leads. Or if you don't have a good enough offer to advertise. I've said before, but you can only put so much lipstick on a pig and it's not getting any prettier. Right? I thought it'd be interesting to interject here. For those looking to troubleshoot the conversion rate hurdle. If you are running lead generation form campaigns, then what I like to do is, you will have a lead form open rate that's can be interesting. But more often than not, I'm just taking the number of leads and dividing it by the number of clicks to get a conversion rate. And that's really simple, but when you're running like a website visits campaign, for instance, or an engagement campaign, and you're running the conversion tracking on the website, LinkedIn's metrics won't tell you the whole picture though. They will seek to tell more of a picture than what it deserves. If you just look at the conversions column, it will show you a number of conversions. But if you go into your like leads and conversions view of campaign manager, you'll see that that number is actually made up of two different metrics. One is last click conversions, and one is view through conversions. And if you ask me, it's not right for LinkedIn to claim the view through conversions. Those are basically conversions that occurred from a different marketing channel of yours that LinkedIn knows that that member saw at least one of your ads in the last, you know, 30 days or seven days, whatever you set your window to. So anytime I'm doing this analysis, I don't use LinkedIn's conversions column, I specifically pull the column that is last click conversions. Those will tell you the ones the conversions that actually came because of clicking one of your ads. Parker Williams 29:05 I love it. The data LinkedIn provides is a little skewed sometimes. That's another key ingredient to troubleshooting is making sure you're you're pulling the right clicks. Because LinkedIn, we've learned this, LinkedIn says if you look at the original view and campaign manager and you look at clicks, those are all clicks to your landing page. They're not all clicks to your lead form. Sometimes they're clicking share, like, or the see more if your text is long. So that's not actually true click through rate. So making sure, like initially when I look at an account, I just quickly glance at that click through rate. But if I want to really know what the number is, I'm exporting the data into an Excel sheet and looking at it that way. AJ Wilcox 29:53 I so agree. Knowing the definitions of what each of the metrics mean is really really important. Case in point, if you're running any of the sponsored messaging ad formats, LinkedIn, in so many different views inside of campaign manager, they will tell you that you have a click through rate that is like 55% or higher. But when you really look at it, you'll realize, oh, every time that LinkedIn sees the word click there saying an open of that message was a click, I mean, we have to change our definitions, we have to pull that data out and recalculate our own click through rate of the like sponsored message, or message ad clicks, divided by the number of opens, just punctuating your point, we really do need to know the definitions super valuable. Alright, so last question for you. What advice would you have to give to a marketer who wanted to get better at troubleshooting and testing? Parker Williams 30:49 Yeah, I think I've kind of mentioned it already. But just being super clear on your hurdles, and your levers you can pull when it comes to the ad campaign you're running. Whether it's on LinkedIn, Google, Facebook, or even your landing page, just being clear on those hurdles. And those levers is a game changer to me. And I feel like, you can go deep with those levers, too. So it's messaging is broad. Right? Like just saying, hey, are levers in messaging Well, what does that mean? Like? It's the ad copy. But like, what do you change in the ad copy? Sometimes there's only so much you can change about an E-book, like at least being clear that, hey, the messaging is what we need to fix. But like, what are the things you could pull off of your tool bag when it comes to messaging? Like, what different types of ad copy like what kind of emotions? Should we use fear? Should we use novelty? Should we use...? What types of influence should we use this messaging to hopefully try and improve click through rate? Should we talk to more of their pain points, or the benefits of the the E book? So when we say lever messaging, like, we actually mean a little bit more than just messaging. AJ Wilcox 32:04 Yeah, I totally agree with that, I find that in troubleshooting, we're oftentimes looking for the largest pain point. So if we take a look at an ad, and we go, the imagery isn't great, but it sure looks like the ad copy is, is really terrible. Let's take a swipe at that, we may not have to redesign the image yet, we're going to do something with the message. And let's say we fix that and click through rate doubles, we might come back and see an image and say, oh, let's make a change here and maybe we can improve another 10%. And then we'll find another, like optimization we can make, and maybe we can get an additional 5% performance. And so we're alleviating the biggest pain that we see from an ad and then making marginally better decisions about how to optimize it. So at first, you'll make big, big pieces of difference. And then later on down the road, you'll find that every change you makes a smaller difference. That's okay. That is the process of optimization. Parker Williams 33:06 Yeah. And one thing to add to the question you asked about, you know, what do you need to do to be successful at troubleshooting and outside of identifying hurdles and levers, being able to prioritize those hurdles, and then prioritize those levers is very crucial, because to your point, let's say the click through rate is poor. And that's the hurdle you're first focusing on. And you pull the offer lever before you even touch messaging, you just wasted a lot of time and potential resources, like just changing the author may not change the performance of the ad, like it could. The messaging, which is yes, it has a big impact. But it's a quick, like, advertising is all about being fast. And failing fast. I never understood that before, when people would say that, but I do now, with understanding troubleshooting, like, if you fell fast to advertising, you're going to be really good at it. And being able to prioritize where you need to fail next, basically is, is kind of the key. AJ Wilcox 34:09 And every failure teaches us something. That's why we call it testing and not necessarily failing. Yeah, even if something is an absolute failure, it still taught us something that we never want to do, again, in the future, in that campaign or with that messaging. And that's valuable. The longer we do it, and the more tests we run, then the better marketers we're gonna get, it breaks my heart when companies are making these super dramatic changes to ads, and they don't have a set AB testing strategy, because you can move things around and get better performance, but you didn't learn anything along the way. And you paid for those learnings, you might as well claim them. Parker Williams 34:48 Yeah, you just brought up a great point to AJ. In advertising there are variables everywhere. Advertising, marketing, sales, there are variables everywhere and if you want to be good troubleshooting and solving problems, solving hurdles that you deal with along that sales funnel, limiting your variables is huge. I can't tell you how many times when it comes to consulting or helping a new account that we're taking over or looking at. They're running like five different ads, there's different images, there's different intros, there's different headlines, that data is useless. Because we don't know what actually influenced that specific ad or that campaign. But if we had all the same images, all the same headlines, and a difference was the intro. We'd be able to say, with confidence that the intro is what's impacting that and we would know where our hurdle really is. Maybe it's not the image maybe it's not the headline. Right now we're focusing on the intro, and that's what we're trying to improve. So limiting your variables with the data's is also another key ingredient. AJ Wilcox 36:00 So true, it makes the test. Well, Parker, thanks so much for coming on, and teaching us an ultra valuable principle. And being an in full transparency one that I didn't know I wanted to cover in a podcast episode. And Parker came to me and said, hey, there's this really important principle, I think it'd be good to have an episode on so Parker, thanks so much for driving that, I really think there's been a ton of value here. Anything else you'd leave the guests with, Parker Williams 36:24 I'll just have fun. doing marketing, have fun. troubleshooting. won't matter if you're not having fun, at the end of the day. If you don't enjoy marketing, like go somewhere else. This is what I've learned as a marketer, as sales. Like, if you're not having fun doing it, then you're probably not in the right place. AJ Wilcox 36:42 I agree. If you're not excited about learning, the results of the last test that you ran, and you're eager to start another one, you can still do your job, but you're not going to be fueled by what else can I learn? What else can I do? And it's my firm belief that marketers who approach it, like you said that they are excited they want to learn and to approach it as a scientist and not necessarily as an artist. I think your career is going to be much greener. Awesome. Well, Parker, thanks so much for joining us. Just for everyone here, I have a couple slides that I share. One is specifically like helping you visualize where the hurdles are. And then another slide that's all about benchmarks. So make sure if that's interesting to you, go check those out. I've got the episode resources for you coming right up. So stick around. Speaker 4 37:36 Thank you for listening to the LinkedIn Ads Show. Hungry for more? AJ Wilcox, take it away. AJ Wilcox 37:47 As promised, here are the episodes resources. We made mention of the benchmarking episode so go back and listen to that. That's Episode 15. Plus, you'll find the link down below. I also included the slides, the benchmark slides, and the hurdles slide that we made reference to during the episode. So check the link out for that. These are slides for my actual presentations that I give. These are advanced LinkedIn tactics slides. So definitely check them out if that was interesting to you. And if you are just learning LinkedIn Ads, or you have a colleague or a friend who's looking to learn, definitely check out the course that I did with LinkedIn Learning, you'll see the link for it down below in the show notes. But this is everything that you'll need in order to become a solid starting advertiser. And because it's on LinkedIn Learning, it's so so cheap, so definitely check that out. 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Proper 24 First Psalm: Psalm 38 Psalm 38 (Listen) Do Not Forsake Me, O Lord A Psalm of David, for the memorial offering. 38 O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath!2 For your arrows have sunk into me, and your hand has come down on me. 3 There is no soundness in my flesh because of your indignation; there is no health in my bones because of my sin.4 For my iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me. 5 My wounds stink and fester because of my foolishness,6 I am utterly bowed down and prostrate; all the day I go about mourning.7 For my sides are filled with burning, and there is no soundness in my flesh.8 I am feeble and crushed; I groan because of the tumult of my heart. 9 O Lord, all my longing is before you; my sighing is not hidden from you.10 My heart throbs; my strength fails me, and the light of my eyes—it also has gone from me.11 My friends and companions stand aloof from my plague, and my nearest kin stand far off. 12 Those who seek my life lay their snares; those who seek my hurt speak of ruin and meditate treachery all day long. 13 But I am like a deaf man; I do not hear, like a mute man who does not open his mouth.14 I have become like a man who does not hear, and in whose mouth are no rebukes. 15 But for you, O LORD, do I wait; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.16 For I said, “Only let them not rejoice over me, who boast against me when my foot slips!” 17 For I am ready to fall, and my pain is ever before me.18 I confess my iniquity; I am sorry for my sin.19 But my foes are vigorous, they are mighty, and many are those who hate me wrongfully.20 Those who render me evil for good accuse me because I follow after good. 21 Do not forsake me, O LORD! O my God, be not far from me!22 Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation! (ESV) Second Psalm: Psalm 119:25–48 Psalm 119:25–48 (Listen) Daleth 25 My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word!26 When I told of my ways, you answered me; teach me your statutes!27 Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous works.28 My soul melts away for sorrow; strengthen me according to your word!29 Put false ways far from me and graciously teach me your law!30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I set your rules before me.31 I cling to your testimonies, O LORD; let me not be put to shame!32 I will run in the way of your commandments when you enlarge my heart!1 He 33 Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes; and I will keep it to the end.234 Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.35 Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.36 Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!37 Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.38 Confirm to your servant your promise, that you may be feared.39 Turn away the reproach that I dread, for your rules are good.40 Behold, I long for your precepts; in your righteousness give me life! Waw 41 Let your steadfast love come to me, O LORD, your salvation according to your promise;42 then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me, for I trust in your word.43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for my hope is in your rules.44 I will keep your law continually, forever and ever,45 and I shall walk in a wide place, for I have sought your precepts.46 I will also speak of your testimonies before kings and shall not be put to shame,47 for I find my delight in your commandments, which I love.48 I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes. Footnotes  119:32 Or for you set my heart free  119:33 Or keep it as my reward (ESV) Old Testament: Lamentations 2:8–15 Lamentations 2:8–15 (Listen) 8 The LORD determined to lay in ruins the wall of the daughter of Zion; he stretched out the measuring line; he did not restrain his hand from destroying; he caused rampart and wall to lament; they languished together. 9 Her gates have sunk into the ground; he has ruined and broken her bars; her king and princes are among the nations; the law is no more, and her prophets find no vision from the LORD. 10 The elders of the daughter of Zion sit on the ground in silence; they have thrown dust on their heads and put on sackcloth; the young women of Jerusalem have bowed their heads to the ground. 11 My eyes are spent with weeping; my stomach churns; my bile is poured out to the ground because of the destruction of the daughter of my people, because infants and babies faint in the streets of the city. 12 They cry to their mothers, “Where is bread and wine?” as they faint like a wounded man in the streets of the city, as their life is poured out on their mothers' bosom. 13 What can I say for you, to what compare you, O daughter of Jerusalem? What can I liken to you, that I may comfort you, O virgin daughter of Zion? For your ruin is vast as the sea; who can heal you? 14 Your prophets have seen for you false and deceptive visions; they have not exposed your iniquity to restore your fortunes, but have seen for you oracles that are false and misleading. 15 All who pass along the way clap their hands at you; they hiss and wag their heads at the daughter of Jerusalem: “Is this the city that was called the perfection of beauty, the joy of all the earth?” (ESV) New Testament: 1 Corinthians 15:51–58 1 Corinthians 15:51–58 (Listen) 51 Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53 For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. 54 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”55 “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. (ESV) Gospel: Matthew 12:1–14 Matthew 12:1–14 (Listen) Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath 12 At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. 2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath.” 3 He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, and those who were with him: 4 how he entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him to eat nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests? 5 Or have you not read in the Law how on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath and are guiltless? 6 I tell you, something greater than the temple is here. 7 And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless. 8 For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.” A Man with a Withered Hand 9 He went on from there and entered their synagogue. 10 And a man was there with a withered hand. And they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”—so that they might accuse him. 11 He said to them, “Which one of you who has a sheep, if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 Of how much more value is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” 13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And the man stretched it out, and it was restored, healthy like the other. 14 But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him. (ESV)
Some call it a P.R. stunt to get more people buy products form Amazon. Chris Janeway, the founder of Fourth Point Wealth, says all the billionaires who are launching rockets into space are trying to build a cult following around their brand names. Chris says stock prices at Amazon, Tesla, and Virgin didn't move much on the days when each of those company's owners launched rockets, including the day William Shatner went into space. Instead, he says many people are investing thier money the way they deal with traffic congestion. And that's a very bad thing. Because he says it isn't exciting to invest your money the right way. You can follow this show on Instagram and on Facebook. And to see what Heather does when she's not talking money, go to her personal Twitter page. Be sure to email Heather your questions and request topics you'd like her to cover here. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nita Creekmore's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion Friends, I am soooooooooo happy today because not only is my guest going to share what diversity, equity, and inclusion is she is also going to share WHY diversity, equity, and inclusion in education is soooooooo very, very important. Without further ado, it is my pleasure to introduce Nita Creekmore. Nita is an Instructional Coach who lives just outside Atlanta, GA (hello neighbor!). While originally from Woodbridge, Virginia, Nita taught in grades 1, 2, and 5 for 13 years before becoming an Elementary School Instructional Coach. With a Master's Degree in Elementary Education and an Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership, underlying Nita's mission is her commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Invite under-represented voices to the table: diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices Before becoming a speaker on diversity, equity, and inclusion, Nita began Love. Teach. Bless. on Instagram in 2015. Interestingly, it started simply as a fun hobby highlighting the fun things that she did with her first grade class. From there, Love. Teach. Bless. has grown to be a true consulting business where Nita presents, coaches teachers, and collaborates with a variety of educational companies…all while sharing diversity, equity, and inclusion resources. Most of all, Nita believes in holding inclusive spaces. And today, we're going to talk all about that. In addition, you'll hear: Nita's journey through education, how she became an instructional coach, how she found success in her mission-driven business, and how, through her journey, she allowed her passion for inclusivity to create a greater conversation around diversity and equity in all classrooms. In this episode, you will learn: Advice on how you can make your business more inclusive and equitable How to take what you do in education and turn it into a business Why starting a T-shirt merchandise store, such as her BLESSED & BEARDED TEES, can also be an opportunity to further your mission for diversity, equity, and inclusion How a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion can begin by inviting under-represented voices to the table How to just start small and focus on your interest LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE ABOUT DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION: Love. Teach. Bless. BLESSED & BEARDED TEES LoveTeachBless on Instagram E2E Educational Consultants on Facebook Get Your Teach On Teacher Self-Care Conference CEO TEACHER® RESOURCES WORTH THEIR WEIGHT IN GOLD: What's your CEO Teacher® Type? Find out here! Download my free book, Start or Expand Your Online Teacher Business, and get started building your business today! Check out my CEO Teacher® Book Recommendations here! JOIN OUR CEO TEACHER® PODCAST COMMUNITY TO GROW WITH LIKE-MINDED TEACHERS: Send me a DM on Instagram– I love chatting with my people, so send me your diversity, equity, and inclusion in education resources! ENJOYING THE PODCAST? THANKS FOR TUNING IN! Tag me @kaysemorris on Instagram and tell me what you are listening to! I love seeing what resonates most with our listeners! I don't want you to miss a thing! Be the first to know when a new episode is available by subscribing on iTunes here! If you would like to support The CEO Teacher® podcast, it would mean so much to me if you would leave a review on iTunes. By leaving a review, you are helping fellow CEO teachers find this podcast and start building a life they love. To leave a review on iTunes, click HERE and scroll down to Ratings and Reviews. Click “Write a Review” and share with me how this podcast is changing your business and your life! READY FOR MORE? I LIKE YOUR STYLE! LISTEN TO THESE CEO TEACHER® PODCAST EPISODES NEXT! How a Mental Health Check In Chart Changed the Game in and out of the Classroom with Erin Castillo How to Navigate Teacher Maternity Leave How to Become Your Own Business Copywriter with Chanti Zak
In this episode of Modern Grandparenting, Jim and Corinne talk about how to share books with your grandkids. Helping them develop a love of reading, and bond with them as you read all kinds of stories to them and with them. They talk about finding the right book, and how important it is to model reading when you are around them. Join the conversation at Grannies go Digital our https://www.facebook.com/groups/granniesgodigital and website. We know everyone has their advice and experiences that can help out the rest of us as grandparents. Don't forget to subscribe and tell your friends about our grandparenting podcast!
Students take in facts with their heads, but they learn with their hearts. José Antonio Bowen is an author and former dean at Miami University and Southern Methodist University, and former president of Goucher College. He joins host Krys Boyd to discuss why he believes education doesn't do enough to foster independent thinking and why he'd rewrite the 3 R's to relationships, resilience, and reflection. His book is called “Teaching Change: How to Develop Independent Thinkers Using Relationships, Resilience, and Reflection.”
How to promote your new business without being spammy “No one goes on Social Media to be sold to.” Brooke Elder Podcast 162 brings you another episode of the Spam Squad! Brooke walks through what you should and what you shouldn't do to promote your business without being spammy!! When you first starting a network marketing business you are so excited and can't wait to tell everyone about the amazing products and the great opportunities. If you aren't careful it is easy to overload on spamminess! “People come to social media to be entertained. They come to connect, they come to hear stories.” - Brooke Elder. So how do you tell a compelling story? Talk about one of the products you offer and tell an example of a problem it solves. Tell your story about why you love it. After telling your story say, “you know, I just joined this new company and here's why it was love at first sight, because this, this and this.” Then instead of just sending them, “here's a link, just order from me,” invite them to your launch party on your Facebook group. Teach them why it is that they actually need your product by doing five or six posts. Think of the products that you offer and tell a story in a post about each one and the problem that they solve. When you craft a post with a personal story people feel more connected. They want to find out all it is that you have to offer because you are taking them on a journey. It's not just, here's a post. I joined a new company, buy my stuff. “It is your job to know how to connect with your audience and to be able to help and serve them.” - Brooke Elder. When you create an experience for people through storytelling they connect better with you and your products. When that's your focus, your marketing is going to be a hundred times more effective because you're connecting with people and you're making it about them, and they can see themselves in the story. How to get involved If you are ready to take your business online and have the system to free up your time AND bring in the customers and recruits you want, check out www.socialtenacitytraining.com! If you want to continue the conversation, join the Official Authentic Influencer Marketing Community on FB HERE If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!
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As a manager, how do you have those awkward and difficult conversations with your employees about salaries and raises and promotions? Richard and Jeff have some answers. More people are leaving their companies right now than at any time in history. We entered the first relief period a few months ago. People left, companies made adjustments, now what are we left with? The people we absolutely need. You start making emotional decisions. How do I keep this person and make sure they don't leave? Because of Covid, a lot of these conversations have been postponed and avoided, and now they've ballooned. In today's episode, co-hosts Richard Lindner and Jeff Mask walk listeners through some anecdotal stories and a process for having these conversations effectively to benefit both the employee and the company. Listen in for some practical, actionable steps you can take to resolve these complicated issues. What to Do When Someone Asks For an Inappropriate Raise If a team member comes to you asking for a raise or promotion, and it's inappropriate to their situation, how do you say no? Jeff says we all have horror stories as leaders, where we had good intentions but unintended consequences. People want a raise, just because they need the money, not because they've earned it. The company isn't growing, or the person isn't growing, or hasn't delivered more value. So what do you do? “I want to back up and say why I think this is a broken conversation,” Jeff says. He believes that, when it comes to career progression paths, we've let it creep in that the path lies on the shoulders of the company/manager. He believes leaders need to train their employees to see what progression can look like, and tell them it's a choose your own adventure path. Step #1: Flip the script. Help them see it's theirs to declare. Step #2: Create different options with them, but let them own it. In the past, there was a manual. This is what you did. This was the progression. Now people change careers multiple times and much later in their working life. What you as a leader have to figure out is what do they want? Where do they want to go? Where Does Your Employee Want to Go? As a leader, before we get to “I want more money,” try to figure out what they really want. Most of them don't know or can't articulate it. Ideally, you'll ask these questions from the very beginning. Where do you want to be in 5 years? What do you want your day-to-day to look like in 10 years? What makes you happy? What energizes you? What income level are you looking at? What positions are here that would check the boxes of fulfillment for you? Your job as a leader is to identify skill gaps between where they are and what they want. A conversation about raises is easier if you've already talked about skill gaps. It has to be “no and here's why.” Or, better yet, “no, and here's what it will take to get it to a yes.” The no is so much easier if you've already built a foundation of clarity of what growth looks like. When it's not discussed initially, the employee blames the company and feels stuck. Call out what you want, then figure out a plan. What skills do I need to develop? Then it becomes a really cool process. If you created a great plan, the question of a raise doesn't come up. You have a much better path and help people stay engaged. Don't Be Too Quick to Give Away Titles What if someone comes to you asking for a promotion, a new title? It can be scary if you think the person will leave if you don't give them what they want. Make sure you're not hearing an ultimatum where there isn't one. That's not leading from a place of confidence and power. #1: Be self-aware. Make sure you really understand. #2: ask why. Why do they want this title? If you're not motivated by titles, then it's difficult to understand someone who is. Don't give away a title like it has no value. Richard shares a story of an employee who was doing awesome, growing rapidly, and their value to the company was growing. They came in early one day to ask about a director title. Richard gave it to them. Then, he was dismayed when this person went from having an amazing attitude to not being engaged, when they went from having a massive impact to going backward. A week or so later, he got an email from the employee. “After doing some research online, here's the average salary for a director of this. Here's mine. There's a large gap between the average and mine.” This person had looked at the salary of a director, but not the roles/responsibilities/experience. They matched a salary to a title, but they didn't match the roles to their average day. They hadn't actually earned the title and never should have been given it. It's important to find out why a person wants a new title. Do they want to be more important organizationally? Do they want more money? Do they want to strengthen their resume? Have the person go do the research as to what that job title entails. After your research, do you still believe it's appropropriate and you've earned it? And do you want that responsibility? Then we can have that conversation about a new job title. Don't Overlook the Importance of Growth Jeff has a huge takeaway for leaders. Teach the principle of patience for promotions and raises but impatience for growth. And separate the two. Too often people want a promotion, raise, or title and rob themselves of the growth, maturity, and value they can create for themselves. How can they grow here or strengthen this muscle? They'll be so much more valuable over time if they can develop this patience. You can't mistakenly replace growth with the band-aid of a title. The employee says what growth looks like for them, and you help them plan their path. It comes back to the 3 Cs—care, clarity, and consistency. Care means being able to have a tough conversation in the moment. If you can't do it because you want to be liked, that's not caring. See them for who they can become. Give clarity around what is needed before they can achieve a certain income. What are the goals, the time frame? When we're clear on foundational principles, we won't have to have these awkward conversations. If you haven't, own it. “That's on me. I'm sorry. Let's have that clarifying conversation now.” Consistency is important when it comes to a process around compensation conversations. If you're not consistent, favoritism creeps in, perceived or real. If it's perceived, it is real, at least in their mind. Avoid awkward, out-of-the-blue conversations by taking care of the 3 Cs at the beginning. That's how you create a great culture. Your job as a leader is not to give people more money. It's to make people more valuable to the company so they can help it earn more money. Does each person on your team know what it is that they do that brings more value to the company on a day/week/monthly basis? If they're producing more value, give them more money. And have these conversations from the beginning. Richard and Jeff want to hear from YOU. What questions do you have about compensation, raises, and job titles? What wasn't clear that they could clarify for you? What other topics would you like them to address on the show? Email them here with your thoughts/questions: email@example.com RESOURCES: The Truth About Employee Engagement (book by Patrick Lencioni) Multipliers (book by Liz Wiseman) OTHER SHOWS YOU MIGHT ENJOY: Business Lunch with Roland Frasier and Ryan Deiss Perpetual Traffic with Ralph Burns and Kasim Aslam DigitalMarketer Podcast
There is an issue that is rarely spoken of in education. It's hard to find a conference that focuses on it, and college courses rarely give it time or attention. That elephant is the topic of classroom management. Although many people will admit this is important, few people take the time to diligently teach educators how to create a learning environment that engages students while instilling within them a sense of excellence so that they can be successful at everything they do. In part 2 of the series, we discuss the mindsets a teacher must have to create an environment for high expectations and how to help your students reach these expectations. Learn more about us at www.teachbigger.comEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgYouTube: Teach BiggerFacebook: teachbiggerTwitter: @teachbiggerInstagram: teachbigger#iteachbiggerFollow Chris Pratt on Facebook: @chrispratt.the.educator Twitter: @cp_the_educator Instagram: chrispratt_the_educator Follow Tyler Lemmond on Twitter: @DiddlePete Instagram: paradiddlepete Facebook: tyler.lemmond.52 Follow Kris Mosley on Facebook: kristopher.mosley Twitter: @music_lovr10 Instagram: musiclovr_10
A high school history teacher wants to know how to teach Jacksonian America without focusing so much on Andrew Jackson. In other words, he wants more Calhoun. Everyone needs to hear this, even if you aren't a teacher. I discuss in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show. https://mcclanahanacademy.com https://brionmcclanahan.com/support http://learntruehistory.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/brion-mcclanahan/support
Mace Windu will be remembered as one the most powerful Force wielders to ever join the Jedi. He had a unique Force ability to channel the Dark Side through a fighting style called Vaapad to give him an advantage over Dark Side users. Mace was very focused and cautious whenever he performed Vaapad as to not let the Dark Side consume him. Today we are going to explore a dark story about Mace Windu. We follow the pitfalls of attempting to harness Dark Side energy while staying on the Light Side. Mace had taught this technique to another. In this tragic story, something goes wrong compelling Mace to never teach Vaapad again. Listen as we find out what happened. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Laurie & Matt are spending Season 2 asking themselves "Why Are We Still Teaching?" This week's answer...Youthful Inspiration is Why. Please take a moment to subscribe and leave a review! It really helps us become more visible and grow the coalition of caring adults dedicated to the health and wellness of our teens. Get your copy of Matt's book Helping Teens Succeed in High School & Life at amazon.com/author/mattsavesworld To connect with Laurie & Matt and find out more: Website: TeacherSavesWorld.com Voice Message: (559) 399-0966 Email: email@example.com Twitter: twitter.com/teachrsaveswrld Instagram: instagram.com/teachersavesworld/ Facebook: facebook.com/teachersavesworld/ Show music provided by Brian Karmelich of VirtualCampfire.net
In this weeks episode Dr Jessica Hochman and her mother in law,Ruth Rothfeld-Hochman discuss best practices for reading to children. Ruth is a speach and language pathologist and is an expert reader and teacher! We talk about how to reach children to read, what to read and how to make reading a life long joyful experience.
In our first "Teacher Feature" episode, Toni Rose is joined by Karen Simms and Stacey Eyler to talk about their implementation of the model, benefits they've seen in using the model, and how they've adapted it to the unique grading considerations of the IB Middle Years Program. Show Notes Cult of Pedagogy Podcast Episodes on Instructional Video Creation (https://www.cultofpedagogy.com/screencast-videos/) and Self-Pacing (https://cultofpedagogy.libsyn.com/158-how-to-create-a-self-paced-classroom) Evidence of Learning Levels used for Mastery Checks (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BKWa2sMkHSDGB2L_uXABl6FJs8D934j20IF2vC_ZtQg/edit?usp=sharing) Sample Mastery Check for Individuals and Societies (https://docs.google.com/document/d/13RDCFYJ7p2utECO_kwekovYi1GoVZeUGZMMOgV4vD8k/edit?usp=sharing) Knowing and Understanding Rubric Year 3 Individuals and Societies (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NNgMp2UJPjjIBBiZM-H7g0FyjYukmteWPaTEsQtbAC4/edit?usp=sharing) Follow us online and learn more: Modern Classrooms: @modernclassproj (https://twitter.com/modernclassproj) on Twitter and facebook.com/modernclassproj (https://www.facebook.com/modernclassproj) Kareem: @kareemfarah23 (https://twitter.com/kareemfarah23) on Twitter Kate: @gaskill_teacher (https://twitter.com/gaskill_teacher) on Twitter Toni rose: @classroomflex (https://twitter.com/classroomflex) on Twitter and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/classroomflex/?hl=en) The Modern Classroom Project (https://www.modernclassrooms.org) Modern Classrooms Online Course (https://www.learn.modernclassrooms.org) Take our free online course, or sign up for our mentorship program to receive personalized guidance from a Modern Classrooms mentor as you implement your own modern classroom! The Modern Classrooms Podcast is edited by Zach Diamond: @zpdiamond (https://twitter.com/zpdiamond) on Twitter and Learning to Teach (https://www.learningtoteach.co/)
For the past five hundred years, Protestants have argued that the doctrine of justification by faith alone is a core component of the gospel of Jesus Christ. But sometimes opponents of the Reformation claim that the Bible actually teaches the opposite. In James 2:24, for example, we're told that “a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.” So what is the point James is making and does his teaching actually conflict with Paul and others? Shane Rosenthal discusses this with Bob Hiller, author of Finding Christ in the Straw, as they continue their discussion of the book of James. __________ To receive Bob Hiller's book, Christ in the Straw, for a gift of any size just head over to whitehorseinn.org/hiller. __________ For the month of October, become a partner and receive the classic book, The Pearl of Christian Comfort, as a special thank you. Just head over to whitehorseinn.org/podcastpartner. __________ Sign up now to join Michael Horton and others for one of our two-day Modern Reformation Weekend Conferences. To sign up, head over to modernreformation.org/events.