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Dave Rhodes

Illustration: Imitations vs. imitation

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Life is filled with imitations. I know because I’ve tasted them. I remember vividly as a child when my parents would return from a stewardship conference or come home from a Dave Ramsey class. (OK, it was Larry Burkett at the time.) All kinds of new things would fill our pantries and refrigerators. The budget was under revision, and anywhere…

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Call to life

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If you’ve been around the Wayfarer Blog for a while, you’ve read the stats about how young people are fleeing from the church. One of our biggest purposes on this blog is to begin a discussion with leaders of teenagers and young people in order to begin to turn this stat around. But this is not a new problem… Long…

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Illustration: Finger trap

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One of my favorite illustrations is the classic finger trap, also known as the Chinese finger trap. Here’s how you can use this illustration to show students how submission, not resistance, is actually the path to freedom. Begin by demonstrating or inviting your students to demonstrate the finger trap. To demonstrate this device, stick your two pointer fingers into the…

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Is our gospel tasteless?

By | Faith, Mission | One Comment

This past week, I returned home from doing a week of ministry on Abaco Island in the Bahamas. I know what you’re thinking – ministry in the Bahamas? Well, someone had to take the way of the cross and go do ministry there. Some of the people I worked with called the week a boondoggle. Let’s just say it was one…

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Illustration: Jack in the Box

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From time to time here on the Wayfarer Blog, we take the opportunity to share some of the best illustrations we use in teaching students and adults. In this post, we want to share Dave Rhodes’ Jack in the Box illustration. Dave uses this familiar toy to demonstrate the power of learning to hear the voice of God. Please give…

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The fallacy of freedom

By | Discipleship, Faith | 3 Comments

By Dave Rhodes I’m sure that you have heard it said that, “The shortest distance between two points is a straight line.” But we don’t believe it – at least not really. We may adhere to it mathematically and recognize the truth geographically, but we don’t believe it with our hearts spiritually. No, we are all pretty sure that the…

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