Saturday, December 07, 2019

Homiletics 1 Peter 1-2


Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line):

1:1-2a P2G’s elect,exiles scattrd Pontus,Galatia,Cappadocia,Asia,Bithynia;chosen acc2 4knowl Fr

2b-3 thru sanct o S,2b obed2JC:grace&pc;Praise G grt mercy gvn new birth in2 lvg hope thru resurr

4-6 in2 inhertnc nvr perish,spoil;who shieldd thru G’s pwr till cming salv;u grtly rejoice;little while suffer

7-8 these ccm,provn genuinss faith result praise,glry,honor when JC reveald;u seen Hm,love Him,filld joy

9-11 4u recvng reslt faith,salvation;concrng salv, proph spk grace2cm;trying find time/circ suffrngs Mess

12-13 srvg selves,but u;angls long2lk in2these thngs;T4 alert&sober,set hope on grace when JC revealed

14-16 conform2evi desires when lived ignorance;as He holy,be holy in all u do;written:be holy bec I holy

17-19 Fr judge impartially,live foreignrs-revrnt fear;u redeemd w/perishbl (ne or au),precious blood C

20-25 He chosn,thru Him u belive in G;love frm4u born thru woG:woL endur4evr this preachd2u

 

2:1-3 T4 rid malice,deceit,hypocrisy,envy,slandr;crave pur spiritul milk,grow up salv now u tastd L good

4-5 as u cm2livng Stone,u lk lvng stns,built in2spiritul hs2b holy priesthd offrng spiritual sacrfcs

6-7a Scr says:I lay stn Zion,chosn precius cornrstn,1who trust nvr put shame; 2who belve stn precius,

7b-8 2who belve”stn bldr rej bec crnrstn”;stn caus ppl stmbl bec disoby msg,destned4

 

9-10 u chosn ppl,royal prsthd,holy natn,G’s specl poss that u decl prais;now u ppl of G,now u red mercy

11-12 abstain frm evil desires wage war v. soul;lv good amng pagans see good deeds glorify G

13-15 submit selvs2 evry humn authrty,empror,govs;G’s will by do good u silence ignrnt talk,foolish ppl

16-17 Live free,use freedm2cvr evil,lv as G’s slaves;sho respect,lv believrs,honor empror

18-19 slaves submt2mastrs good&harsh;commendbl bear upundr unjst suffrng bec conscious of G

20-21 if suffr4do good&endure+commendbl b4G;2this u calld bec C suffrd4u,leaving ex u should follow

22-25 He commt sin;retaliate,threats,bore sins that we liv4rtness;u lk sheep astray now retd2Shepherd

 

Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division):

1.Peter writes to God’s elect born through the Word of God that endures forever. (1:1-25)

Principle: God’s Word gives birth and life to His people.

2.Peter shares instructions with “living stones”. (2:1-8)

Principle: God’s people are built into the body of Christ.

3.Peter discloses the identity of God’s people and the authority over them. (2:9-25)

Principle: God’s people are blessed with a grand identity and charged with obedience.

 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):

Peter writes God’s elect about birth, instructions, identity and authority.

 

Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, etc.):

TCMATK God’s people function as a single “structure” (body) to encourage each other and remind each other what God’s Word says.

 

Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about heart change):

1.How is the study of God’s Word changing your thinking right now?

2.What “spiritual sacrifices” are you holding back from God?

3.What authority (-ies) are you struggling to obey?

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Homiletics: Acts 12


Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line):

12:1-3 Herod attacked church, exec Jas, Jn bro, w/sword;saw pleasd Jews,arrest P dur FestUnlvBr

4-5 P prison,4squad/4soldats guard;bring out after Passovr;church prayg fervently

6 Herod abt bring P4trial,that night,P bound2chains,sleep betw2guards;sentries front door guard

 

7-8 aoL strike P side,”Get up”, chains fell;get dressed,put on sandals,wrap cloak,follow me

9-10 followd, thot vision;past 1st&2nd guards,iron gate opened by itself;they went out,passed 1st,a left

11-12 P:I know L sent a&rescued me from Herod’s grasp;went2Mary,momof Jn-Mk where many pray

13-14 knocked outr gate,svt Rhoda cm, recog P voce;bec of joy open gate,ran in announc P@gate

15- “you’re out of mind”, but she insisting; they said “it’s is angel”;

16- P kept knocking, they opend door, saw,were amazed

17- motioning2b silent he descry how L brought him out of prison:tell Jas&bros,he left,went another plc

 

18- daylt,grt commotion among soldats re:what bec of P;

19- after Herod searchd find, interrog guards,ordered exec;went2Caesarea&stayed

20a Herod angry w/ppl Tyre&Sidon;together presented selves b4him,

20b after winng over Blastus,asked4pc bec their ctry supplied w/food by king’s ctry

21 on appt day,royal robes,seatd throne,Herod delivered speech2them

22 assmbld ppl began shout “It’s the voice of a god and not of a man!”

23 at once aoL struck him bec he give glory toG,eaten by worms and died

24 woG flourished and multiplied

25 after compld relief mission,B&S ret’d 2 Jerus,taking Jn-Mk

20.

 

Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division):

1.Herod kills James and imprisons Peter (1-6)

Principle:  God’s people will experience persecution.

2.An angel of the Lord rescues Peter from prison (7-17)

Principle:  God’s people will experience rescue in this life and/or the next.

3.Commotion among soldiers, Tyre and Sidon and Herod’s death (18-25)

Principle:  God’s people will experience God at work.

 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):

An angel of the Lord rescues Peter and strikes Herod.

 

Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, Desire etc.):

TCMATK God’s plan and purpose will prevail

 

Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about heart change):

1.How might seemingly negative activities be what is best for me and bring glory to God?

2.For whom are you praying who needs rescue and how might you minister to that person in other ways?

3.What has God done in your life so His Word could flourish and multiply?

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

New Every Morning




First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Dr. Phil Barfoot and the other ministers who penned offerings for this book and their publisher for sending me a copy of "New Every Morning" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

“New Every Morning” by Phil Barfoot and over 100 contributors is an engaging devotional.  As a choir member, I love the choir-related stories that teach me about the unity of the body of Christ.  To be honest, I thought this would be a “fluff” devotional, but this book is like boot camp!  The teaching each day prepares me for spiritual battle, challenges me to walk my talk and encourages me to keep going when I’m almost out of steam!

I will be buying this devotional for all the loved ones on my Christmas gift list this year!
New Every Morning is a beautiful devotional book written by Dr. Phil Barfoot and several other music ministers.  I am privileged to serve under one of these ministers in our church's choir.  I have also had the honor of traveling all over the world with "Uncle Phil" and several of these ministers of music to share the Gospel message through choir presentations in some of the most incredible venues through Celebration Concert Tours International! These men are the real deal and this devotional is set to be my quiet time driver for 2020.




Dr. Phil Barfoot is an internationally known composer, author, and music ministry professional. He has written and created more than 40 major choral collections and musicals, including High Praises, which won a Dove Award for choral collection of the year. He is also the author of The Ultimate Idea Book for Music Ministry, used by more than 7,000 churches and universities in the U. S. and Canada. Phil has created and composed some of the best-selling choral music in Christian music. He is currently the CEO and President of Celebration Concert Tours International, a Franklin, TN based choir company. He is also the CEO and President of CCT Music, a Christian Music Publishing Company. He and his wife, Sheri, have three grown children, Amy, Aaron and Adam. They reside in Franklin, TN.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Homiletics: Acts 8:1-9:30


Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line):

8:1-2 Saul agree w/puttg2death,that dd perscutn v/church,all excpt apost scattrd;devout m burid Steph

3-8 Saul ravge church,m&w2prisn;those scattrd preachg Wd;Phil2Sam,crowds pay attn,saw signs,grt joy

9-13 Simon prev sorcery claim2b grt;all pd attn;they bel Phil,bap,Simon bel,bap,follo Phil,amazed

14-16 Apos@Jerus heard Sam rec woG,sent P&Jn;prayed rec HS,hands,rec HS,(only bap name of J)

17-25 Sim saw S gvn by hands,offr $:gv me pwr hands,Spirit;P:ur hrt right;repnt;S:pray4me;bk2Jerus

26-30 AoL2Phil:go S,rd2Gaza,went;Ethi eunuch,off Queen,treas,read Isa;Spir2Phil:go;P:u undstd read?

31-34 sm1 guide,invit Phil;Scr:lk sheep2sltr,lamb silent,justc denied,life tkn;who this abt?proph or else?

35-38 Phil tell gd news J beg w/that Scr;as trvlg,h2o,wht kp me from bap;Phil bap

39-40 cm out h2o,Spirt carry Phil away;eun rejoice;Phil2Azotus prchg2Caesarea

 

9:1-4 Saul thrts/mrdr v.disc;2HP,req ltrs 2Damscs brng prsnrs2Jerus;nearg Dam;light;fall;S,yu pers me?

5-8 who ruL;J,1u pers,get up,go city,u told what do;men w/him spchless;hearg,seeing;Saul see,led2Dam

9-11 see3dd,eat,drnk;L2Ananias vision:go st calld Straight,hs Judas,ask4m frm Tarsus,Saul,prayg

12-14 visn seen Ananias plcg hds regain sight;L,I hrd abt m,harm2ur saints Jerus,authrty from CP arrest

15-16 L:go,m my chosn instrmt tk nom Gents,kings,Is;I show himhow much he suffer4my nom

 

17-19a A went,hds:Bro Saul,LJ appr2u snt me sight,b filld w/HS;scales frm eyes,bap,food,reg strngth

19b-21 Saul Dam sm time;Immed proc J syngog:SoG;All hrd/astound:isn’t this m caus havoc,prisners2CP

22-25 S grew strngr,kpt prvng J=Mess;Jews conspire kill him;disc lowr him in basket thru opening in wall

26-27 arr Jerus,tried join disc,they afraid, Barnabbas brt him2Apos,expl how seen L,in Dam spk boldly

28-29 S cmg/going w/them spkg boldly in nom of L;convrsd/debatd w/Hellenistic Jews,they tried kill him

30 bros found out,tk him2Caesarea,sent him2Tarsus

 

Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division):

1.Persecution and the spread of the Gospel (8:1-40)

Principle: 

2.Christ chooses Saul to take His name to Gentiles, kings and Israel (9:1-16)

Principle: 

3.Ananias restores Saul’s sight, who begins preaching boldly in the name of Jesus (9:17-30)

Principle: 

 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):

Persecution spreads the name of Jesus outside Jerusalem.

 

Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, Desire etc.):

TCMATK God’s people will experience persecution and it is for our good and God’s glory.

 

Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about heart change):

1.Where have you taken the Gospel as a result of challenging circumstances?

2.How is God transforming and preparing you to serve Him?

3.How have others encouraged and supported you in doing the Lord’s work?

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

“The Moon is Always Round” by Jonathan Gibson and illustrated by Joe Hox


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Jonathan Gibson and Joe Hox and his publisher for sending me a copy of "The Moon Is Always Round" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

“The Moon is Always Round”, written by Jonathan Gibson and illustrated by Joe Hox, is a beautiful tribute to a stillborn daughter that teaches children (and adults alike) that God is always good, regardless of circumstances.  The words are easy to understand.  The theology is huge!  The drawings are colorful and engaging.
This is a wonderful book that brought tears to my eyes and filled me with hope and compassion for the author and his family.  The message that God is always good is something we all need to remember….especially in the tough times.  My only issue with the book is how it reads in .pdf format.  This should really be read in print, where the side-by-side artwork makes more sense.