Monday, October 22, 2018

Homiletics: Ruth 1-4

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

1.In days judges ruled, famine;Elim-Naomi-Mahlon-Killion from Bethlehem2Moab;Elim died(1:1-3)

2.Sons married Moab wm:Orpah&Ruth;live there10y;sons died;Nheard L aid ppl-food;prep2retn hm(4-6)

3.w/d-i-l, set out;”go bk2mother house”,may L grant u nothr husb;kissed them bye;”we go2ur ppl”(7-10)

4.N:retn hm dtrs;I hv more sons be cur husb?I too old;if I birth sons,u wait4them?No;mo bitr4me(11-13)

5.Orpah kissd bye,R clung;N:go bk w/her;R:wher u go/stay,I go/stay;ur ppl b my ppl;ur G my G(14-16)

6.wher u die,I buried;went Beth,N:call me Mara(bitter);L brought me bk empty;barly harv begin(17-22)


7.relative of Elimelek-Boaz;R2N:let me pu grain;N:go;she glean Boaz field;B arrive:”L b w/u”(2:1-4)

8.B:who that?Overseer:Moabite w/N;B2R:stay here,follow wm, when thirst get drink(5-10)

9.R bow;y u notice me?B:I told what u done;R:u put me@ease;@mealtm,B:cm;R ate(11-14)

10.B2men:let her gather;R glean til eve,carried to mil;”where u glean”;”Boaz”;he Guardn-Redemr(15-20)

11.R:he said stay w/my wrkrs;N:good;R stayed close2wm of Boaz&lived w/mil(21-23)


12.N:B=relatv,2nite winno;wash,perfum,best clothes,go,when he lies dn,u lie dn,he tell u wht2do(3:1-4)

13.R went,B lie dn,R lie dn, mid of nite:”who that”;R:u G-R;B:L bless u;I do what u ask, u noble char(5-11)

14.anothr more closely rel8d;if he willing,I will;B pour6meas barley;N:man rest till matter settled(12-18)

15.B2town gate;G-R came:10elders;”N back if u redeem,I will;u also acquire R”;”I cannot”(4:1-6)

16.earlier Is sandal legalize transact;G-R2B:”Buy it”,rem sandal;B2Eld:u witness,I bought prop Elim(7-9)

17.I acquire R as my wife;Elders:we witness;B took R as wife;L enabled conceive; son(10-13)

18.Wm2N:Praise L;G-R renew ur life;dil givn birth;N took child;Obed,fr of Jesse, fr of David(14-17)

19.Fam of Perez:P fr Hezron;H fr Ram;R fr Amminadab;A fr Nahshon;N fr Salmon(18-20)

20.S fr Boaz;B fr Obed;O fr Jesse;J fr David(21-22)


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

1.Naomi goes to Moab with her husband and two sons and returns to Israel with her daughter-in-law, Ruth (Ruth 1)

Principle: Believers in Christ are family to each other.

2.Guardian-Redeemer Boaz notices Ruth (Ruth 2)

Principle: Believers in Christ display His character.

3.Boaz redeems Naomi and Ruth, marries Ruth and has a son, Obed, Grandfather of David (Ruth 3-4)

Principle: Believers in Christ tell others about Him.


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

Ruth leaves Moab with Naomi, marries Boaz and gives birth.


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

TCMATK God is sovereign over every life, believers and non-believers, and has a purpose for every person.


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

1.To whom might you be an unlikely ally in deepening your relationships with God? (Who might you mentor to a deeper relationship with God?)

2.What will you do today to display Jesus’ character traits to a lost world?

3.How will you share your redemption with your descendants?

Monday, October 15, 2018

Homiletics: Joshua 22:24

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

1.Josh2Reubenites,Gadites,Manasseh:u carried out mission,return home,lv G,walk in obedienc(22:1-5)

2.Josh blessd/sent away; they built altar;Is heard/gathered2go2war w/them(6-12)

3.Is sent Phinehas w/10chiefs2Reub/Gad/Man:how u brk faith w/G like this?RU turning from L?(13-18a)

4.If u rebel,He angry w/Is;Achan only1died4his sin;they:if we built altar2turn,let L call us2acct(18b-23)

5.we fear ur desc might cause ours2stop fearg L;it’s2b witness,then ur desc say “u hv share in L”(24-27)

6.if they say this,we answer:lk at replica of altar built as witness,far b it from us2rebel against L(28-29)

7.Phin/priests/ldrs heard/pleased;L w/us bec u unfaithful;Is glad2hear,praised G,more talk of war(30-34)


8.aftr lng time,Josh summnd Is:I vy old,u seen evrytg G done;nations that remain G will push out(23:1-5) vy strong,careful2obey law;assoc w/nations among u;hold fast2L;L drvn out nations;lv the L (6-11)

10.if u ally urselvs w/nations,they becm snares;I abt2go;if u violate covt,L’s anger will burn vs. u(12-16)


11.Josh assmbld all:long ago Abram worshipd other gds,I led thru Canaan&gave him desc Isaac(24:1-3)

12.2Isaac,I gave Jacob&Esau,hii ctry Seir to Esau,Jacob to Egypt;I sent Moses&Aaron&brought u out(4-5)

13.when I brought u out of Egypt,L put dkness betw u&Egyptians;u lived in wilderness long time(6-7)

14.I broght u2Amorites,dstroyd them,u tk land;Balaam blesd u;u xd Jordn;I gave ites into ur hands(8-11)

15.I drove out,gv u land;fear/serve L; choose whom u serve; me&my house srv L(12-15)

16.ppl ans:we will srv L;Josh:u able2srv;ppl:we will srv;Josh:u witnesses,u chosen2srv,ppl:yes(16-22)

17.Josh:thro away 4n gds;ppl:we srv G&obey;Josh record these thngs,tk stone,set up near holy pl(23-26)

18.Josh:this stone=witness,he dismissed ea2their inherit;he died at110,buried in land of inherit(27-30)

19.Is srvd L thru lifetime of Josh;Joseph’s bones buried at Shechem, inheritnc of Joseph’s desc(31-32)

20.Eleazar,son of Aaron,died/buried at Gibeah, allotted to his son Phinehas(33)


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

1.Reubenites, Gadites and half-tribe of Manasseh return home and build an altar (Joshua 22)

Principle: Remembering who we are to God can help keep us on the path of serving God when we are discouraged or afraid.

2.Joshua summoned Israel: “Be very strong.  Obey the Law” (Joshua 23)

Principle: Remembering what God has done for us can motivate us to be courageous and obedient.

3.Joshua to Israel: “Serve the Lord” and died at 110 (Joshua 24)

Principle: Remembering where we’ve come from can help us serve God well and appreciate the inheritance we have in Him.


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

Israel returns home, Joshua dies and is buried.


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

TCMATK When the battles have ended, we must still guard against sin and serve the Lord.


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

1.In what areas are you struggling to obey and serve the Lord and how will you build encouraging reminders into your life to do so?

2.How are you living now so that when you’re old you’ll give godly counsel?

3.What changes might you need to consider for you to keep Jesus as the focus of your service?

Monday, September 24, 2018

The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible

The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible brings to life more than 40 Bible stories that help readers understand that God’s Spirit
has been with us since the beginning of time and continues to be with us today. From the glory of creation through the
powerful letters of Paul, God’s Spirit is living in his people. Old and New Testament stories such as Adam and Eve,
Abraham, Joseph, the Baptism of Jesus, and Pentecost come alive with dramatic illustrations by Fernando Juarez and
moving text by Doris Rikkers. With a cover that sparkles and shines with foil, this is a special storybook Bible that will
appeal to both children and parents alike.

Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
If I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
If I settle on the far side of the sea,
Even there your hand will guide me,
Your right hand will hold me fast.
~ Psalm 139: 7–10
About the author and illustrator:
Doris Wynbeek Rikkers is a freelance writer and editor who has written many bestselling children’s books and Bibles.
Although she loves the ocean, she lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, surrounded by her books, her flower gardens, and
her family and friends.
Spanish artist Fernando Juarez illustrates children’s books and also works as an art supervisor at the Madrid studio Ilion
Animation. The company produces 3D feature films for children. Fernando has three kids himself, and if he has any time
left after work and family, you might catch him playing guitar in a rock band.
First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Doris Wynbeek Rikkers and Fernando Juarez and their publisher for sending me a copy of "The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible" 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 Spirit of God Illustrated Bible is a beautiful book of Bible stories with lovely illustrations.  This book is a great gift for baby showers, birthdays, Christmas or any other occasion you can think of to share the gift of God’s love and power with a child and their parents.

This is a Bible storybook rather than an actual Bible.  So, not all Bible stories are found in these pages.  But the ones that are represented are fast, easy reads with beautiful illustrations.  This is a wonderful gift book.  Great for bedtime stories!

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Homiletics: Jude

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

1.Jude,svt JC/bro James,2 those calld, loved in G/Fr&kept4JC:mercy,pc,lv b urs in abundance(1-2)

2.Friends,tho I eager write u abt salv we share,I compelld write/urge u2cntnd4faith entrstd2G’s ppl(3)

3.indiv whose condemn8n written abt long ago slipd in among u,ungodly,pervert grace,deny JC(4)


4.L del’d ppl Egypt/l8r destroyd those believe;angels who abandnd propr dwellg,He bound4jdgmt(5-6)

5.Sodom/Gom/surr towns gave selves up2 sex imm/perv.They ex of those who suffr pun of etern fire(7)

6.same way on strgth o dreams,these ungdly ppl pollute own bods/rej authrty/heap abus celestials(8)

7.even AAMichael,when disputg dvl abt body Moses,himself dare condemn him,”L rebuke you”(9)

8.these ppl slandr what undrstd,& thgs undrstd by instinct’ll destroy em:Woe! Takn way of Cain(10-11a)

9.rushd in2 Balaam’s error;destroyd in Korah’s reblln;blemishs@lv feasts;shep who feed selvs(11b-12a)

10.clouds rain,autmn trees fruit/uprooted,2x dead;wild waves foaming shame;wandrng stars(12b-13)

11.Enoch,7th frm Adam,proph:L cming w/1000s holy1s2jdg all ungdly acts/defiant wds spkn v.Him(14-15)

12.these grumblers/faultfinders follow own evil desires;boast&flatter others4own adv(16)


13.Rem what apostles of LJC 4told:In last x will be scoffers who follow own ungdly desires(17-18)

14.these ppl divid u,follow nat’l instinct,have Spirit(19)

15.U,by bldg up in f8th&prayg in Spirit,keep selvs in G’s lv as u w8 4mercy o LJC bring u2etrn life(20-21)

16.Be mercifl2those who doubt;save others by snatching them from fire(22-23a)

17.2others show mercy mixd w/fear-h8ing even clothing stained by corrupted flesh(23b)

18.2Him able2keep u frm stumbling&present u b4 His glorious presence w/o fault&w/great joy(24)

19.2the only G our Savior b glry,majesty,pwr&authrty thr JC our L.b4 all ages,now&4evrmore!Amen(25)


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

1.Jude’s Greeting and Purpose for Writing (1-4)

Principle:  Christians should encourage each other and keep each other accountable to mature the church and its people.

2.Lessons From Old Testament History (5-16)

Principle:  Christians should learn from the mistakes of the past so we don’t repeat them.

3.Lessons from the Apostles/Applications for Today/Praise for Jesus (17-25)

Principle:  Christians should obey God’s Word to live a godly life and bring honor to Jesus.


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

Jude warns called: contend for faith, keep in God’s love.


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

TCMATL Believers should apply what Scripture warns about bad attitudes and behavior and encourages good attitudes and behavior.


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

1.What is God teaching you that would benefit other believers or encourage non-believers to at least consider the possibility of Christianity?

2.How have your beliefs or attitudes changed as a result of lessons you’ve learned from studying Scripture?

3.In what ways have you been encouraged by Scripture to adopt positive attitudes and behaviors?

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Homiletics: Philemon

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

1.Paul,Prisnr o CJ&Tim,bro2Philemon,dear friend&fello wkr; Appia,sis& Archippus,fello soldat(1-2a)

2.&2church that meets in ur home:grace&peace2u from G our Fr & LJC (2b-3)

3.I always thk G as I remem u in my prayers bec I hear about ur love4all his holy ppl&ur faith in LJ (4-5)

4.I pray ur partnrship w/us in faith effctiv in deepning ur undrstg of evry gd thing we share 4sake of C (6)

5.Ur love’s givn joy&encgmt,bec u refreshd harts L’s ppl(7)


6.T4,tho in C I could order u do what u ought(8)

7.I pref2appl basis of Paul,ol man/prisnr o JC,appeal2u4Onesimus,bec son while I in chains(9-10)

8.Formerly he useless2u,now he useful2u&me;I sending him who is my heart, back2u(11-12)

9.I would’ve liked2keep him so he take ur place helping me while I in chains4gospel(13)

10.but I want2do anything w/o ur consent so any favor u do not seem forced but be voluntary(14)


11.perhaps reason I separated frm u was that u might have him back 4evr(15) longer as slave, but bro; he very dear2me,dearer2u,as fellow man&bro in L(16) if u consider me partner, welcm him as u would me(17)


14.if he owes u,chg2me;I writing w/own hand. I pay back-not2mention u owe me ur very self(18-19)

15.I do wish,bro, that I may have sm benefit from u in L; refresh my heart in C(20)

16.confident of ur obedience,I write u knowing u will do even more than I ask(21)

17.and one thing more:prep a guest rm4me bec I hope2b restored2u in ans to ur prayers(22)


18.Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in CJ, sends u greetings (23)

19.and so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas & Luke, my fellow wrkrs(24)

20.the grace of the LJC b w/ur spirit(25).


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

1.In Love (8-14)

Principle: God’s love flows out of people who belong to Christ.

2.In Partnership (15-17)

Principle: God’s people are unified partners through Christ.

3.In Generous Obedience (18-22)

Principle: God’s children are generous and obedient because of Christ.


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

Paul appeals to Philemon in love, partnership and obedience for Onesimus.


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

TCMATK Christians extend grace and mercy through love and unity, generosity and obedience to those who have wronged them.  And they do this with celebration when those who have wronged them become believers, themselves.


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

1.In what current circumstances will you choose to act in Christ’s lavish love rather than merely doing what you ought to do?

2.How have you seen God work through the partnering of Christian effort?  How does this inspire you to serve Him?

3.How has Christ’s sacrifice for you motivated you to sacrifice for other believers?