Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Made for the Journey by Elisabeth Elliott

Made for the Journey: One Missionary's First Year in the Jungles of Ecuador

by Elisabeth Elliot

In this deeply personal account of her first year as a missionary, Elisabeth Elliot shares the challenges she faced as she worked in the jungles of Ecuador to bring the Word of God to a people virtually untouched by the outside world. With fascinating detail, she captures the stark realities of life in the jungle, the difficulties she encountered while developing a written language for the tribe, and her confusion when God didn't "cooperate" with her efforts to accomplish what she believed was His will.

More than just a memoir, Made for the Journey is a beautifully crafted and deeply personal reflection on the important questions of life and a remarkable testimony to authentic Christian obedience to an unfathomable God.

Here's my review of this amazing memoir:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Elisabeth Elliott and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Made For The Journey" 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.

“Made for the Journey” by Elisabeth Elliott is a touching, insightful memoir of a well-known servant of God.  Elisabeth Elliott beautifully chronicles her first year as a missionary in Ecuador.  She details the disappointments and the victories, setbacks and encouragement of serving a faithful God Who never fails to meet needs and always exceeds expectations.

This is a sweet book and en encouraging read for every Christ-follower.  You will walk away with the understanding that you were made for the journey you are walking with Jesus.

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Homiletics 1 Samuel 25-27

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

1.Sam died,Is assmbl/mourn,D2DsrtParan;welthy Nabal-Carml,Abi intelgnt;Nabal mean-Calebite(25:1-3)

2.D sent10yung men2Nab@Carml;ur shep we mistreat;gv svts whevr u can;men gv msg, wait(4-9)

3.Nab:who D?Y I tk br/h2o/meat4my shearrs&gv2men frm who know where;D men went bk,rptd(10-12)

4.D:strap on swords;400 men w/D,200 w/supplies;svt told Abi: D men gut2us,mastr wickd(13-16)

5.Abi 200br,2wine,5shp,grn,100ck raisn,200ck fig,tell Nab;D:Nab pd evil;G deal w/me if lv1m live(17-22)

6.Abi bowd:pardn svt,pay attn2wckd Nab,fool;I see ur men;L kpt u frm avngng,gift2men(23-27)

7.4gv;L mk dynsty bec u fght L bttls,wrongdng in u;ur life bnd by L;enems lives hurld as frm sling(28-29)

8.when L fulfill prom,rem svt;D:prs L who sent u,kpt me frm blodshd;L kp me frm harmg u/males(30-34)

9.D: go in pc;Nab drunk;AM Abi told what happnd,his heart failed;10d later died(35-38)

10.D sent svts ask Abi2b wife;quickly went,becam wife;D also marr Ahinoam;S gv Michal2Paltiel(39-44)


11.Ziphites2Saul:isn’t D hiding Hakilah?S w/3000 troops,md camp Hakilah,D lrnd S arrived(26:1-4)

12.D saw S&Abner,cmdr Army,lying w/Army around him;D:who go w/me2S?Abishai go(5-6)

13.S asleep spear in grd by head,Abnr/soldats around;Abishai:G deld enemy,let me pin him2grd(7-8)

14.D:don’t! L strike him;D tk spear/h2o jug near head;no1saw/woke;L D stood away called Abner(9-14)

15.D:Y u guard king?Where spear/jug?S recog D voce; D:y u pursuing svt?S:I sind,try harm u again(15-21)

16.Here=spear;L rewrd rtnes/f8flns;as I value ur life,may L value mine:S2D:b blesd,D went, S2hm(22-25)


17.D:1dI destroyd by S,I escape2Phil,S gv up srch;D+600 2Gath w/fam;S no longer search(27:1-4)

18.D2Achish:assign me town2live;Achish gv Ziklag,belong2kings Judah since;D live Phil terr 1y4m(5-7)

19.D+men raid Geshurts,Girzits,Amalekts;D lv m/w alive,tk sheep,cattle,donky,clothes,ret2Achish(8-9)

20.Ach:where raid?D:Negev;lv m/w live2inform; Achish trust D-he becm obnox2ppl,my svt4life(10-12)


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

1.David buries Samuel, is insulted by Nabal and marries Nabal’s widow, Abigail. (25)

Principle:  The Lord blesses the teachable.

2.David spares Saul again. (26)

Principle:  The Lord defines the days of our lives.

3.David, his men and their families live in Philistine territory. (27)

Principle:  The Lord guards His people wherever they go.


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

David marries Abigail, spares Saul and lives in Philistine territory.


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

TCMATK God’s people, though still “people”, are different from the world in that we seek to please God through confession, repentance and forgiveness.


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

1.How do you  point yourself back to Jesus and keep yourself from reacting to circumstances based on emotion?

2.In today’s world, who are “the Lord’s anointed” and how are you being a protector of those individuals?  What needs to change in your thinking so you aren’t tempted to “pin them to the ground”?

3.In what areas does your thinking and behavior resemble “the world” and how will you ask God to transform your heart so they resemble Christ?

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Homiletics: 1 Samuel 21-24

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

1.D2Nob-Ahimelek(pr)trembld:yu alone?D:king mission,men meet me;Gv5loavs;A:no ord br(1Sa 21:1-3)

2.consec br if kept frm wm;D:men’s bods holy;A gv br;S’s svt Doeg(chf shep)there;D:u hv spr/sword(4-8)

3.A:sword Gol here,take;D fled2Achish-Gath;svt Achish:Is D,king?Sing S slain 1000s,D 10s o 1000s?(9-11)

4.D afraid,prtnd madman,marks doors,saliva dn beard;Ach:am I short of madmen that u brg2me(11-15)


5.D2cave Adullam,bros heard,went;those in distress,debt,discntnt-he becm cmdr,abt400men(1Sa22:1-2)

6.D2Mizpah2kingoMoab:my fr/mr stay w/u?Lft em;ProphGad:stay strghld,goJudah,D2forest Hereth(3-5)

7.S hrd Ddscvrd,w/spear undr tree,2off:sonoJes gv u fields/vnyds?Mk u cmdrs?Is that yu conspire?(6-8a)

8.1 tell me son cvnt/incitd svt;Doeg:sonoJes cm2Ahimelek@Nob,A inqrdL4hm,gv prov/sword(8b-10)

9.S sent4A/fam;2A:yu conspre v.me?A:who loyal as D,s-i-l,cpt o bodygd,1stxinqirL4hm;accusefam(11-15)

10.k ordr gard2kill prs bec side w/D;off unwillng;Doeg struck dn85/Nob m,w,c,inf,cattl,dnkys,shp(16-19)

11.1son-Abiathar-esc/join D,told D S kill prs;D:Doeg there,knew he tell S, I resp4death;stay,u safe(20-23)


12.D told Phil ft Keilah,?L:go?L ans:go;men fraid;D?L,L:go;D/men ft,savd Keilah;Abi brt ephod(1Sa23:1-6)

13.S told D2Keilah,call frces4battl;D learnd S plot,2Abi:brg ephod;Saul cm?L:y;Keilah surrdr me?L:y(7-12)

14.D&men 600 left;S told D esc,go:D wildrnss;S srch:D@Horesh;Jon2D:afraid,ub king,I2nd,cvnt(13-18)

15.Ziphites2S@Gibeah:Isnt D strghld@Horesh?S:L blss u,get mo info;they2Ziph,D in Dsrt oMaon(19-24)

16.S2DsrtMaon1side Mt,D othr;S clos in,msgr:Cm,Phil raid,S went,Sela Hammahlekoth;D2En Gedi(25-29)


17.S told D En Gedi;S tool 3000 2 look;cave S rel self,D/men far bk,D cut robe,conscnc strickn(1Sa 24:1-5)

18.2men:4bid I lay hand on L anointd;S left;D went out,calld S,bowd;L delvd u,I spared u;see robe(6-11)

19.L aveng wrongs u dn2me;v.whom u cm out?L judge btween us;S wept:u mo rteous,u kill me(12-18)

20.L reward u,u be king,swear u kill my desc/wipe out my name;D gv oath;S retn hm,D2strnghld(19-22)


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

1.David receives Goliath’s sword from Ahimelek the priest, flees to Gath and behaves like a madman before King Achish’s men. (1Sa 21)

Principle: Jesus’s people experience challenges yet move forward with the help of godly people.

2.David flees to Adullam, leaves his father and mother in Moab, while Saul’s shepherd, Doeg, kills 85 priests including Ahimelek and every living thing in Nob; Ahimelek’s son Abiathar escapes and joins David. (1 Sa 22)

Principle: Jesus’ people experience fear and persecution and persevere by helping others.

3.David inquires of the Lord and saves Keilah, escapes to the wilderness, makes another covenant with Jonathan and evades Saul. (1 Sa 23)

Principle: Jesus’ people experience answers to prayer and are drawn to increasingly inquire of Him.

4.David cuts Saul’s robe, Saul declares David’s righteousness and David gives an oath not to wipe out Saul’s name. (1 Sa 24)

Principle: Jesus’ people experience conviction and come to repent.


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

David flees, Doeg kills 85+ and David cuts Saul’s robe.

David takes Goliath’s sword, leaves parents in Moab, saves Keilah and cuts Saul’s robe. –became-

David takes Goliath’s sword, protects parents, saves Keilah and cuts Saul’s robe. –became-

David flees Saul, takes Goliath’s sword, and cuts Saul’s robe.

*David flees, takes Goliath’s sword, protects parents and spares Saul.


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

TCMATK When you flee an enemy, mourn a friend, protect a family member or fight a battle, God hears, guides, comforts and protects His people. –became-

*Wherever you go and whatever you do, God hears, guides, comforts and protects His people.


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

1.Who do you run to for encouragement and support and how does that relationship motivate you to be a supportive encourager to someone else who needs it?

2.In what area(s) are you obsessing about yourself and how might you change your focus to point another to God for their protection or provision?

3.What needs to change so you’ll inquire of the Lord more often this week?

4.Where do you need to commit to waiting on God rather than laying a hand on His anointed?

Monday, November 26, 2018

Homiletics: 1 Samuel 18-20

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

1.Jon1n spirt w/D; d him as self;S kept D w/him;Jon covnt w/D;gv robe2D,tunic,sword,bow,belt(18:1-4)

2.D successful,S gv hi rank army;after D kill Phil, wm sing:S slain 1000s,D10s of 1000s(5-7)

3.S angry,what more he get but kgdm;S kept close eye D;evil spirt on S;S threw spear,D elude2x(8-11)

4.A afraid of D;gv D cmd of 1000,D grt success,Is/JudD;S:here oldr dtr Merab,marriag,srv bravly(12-17)

5.D:whoami2bec s-i-l?Merab gvn2Adriel;MichalD,S plsd, she b snare;D:I poor/lil known(18-23)

6.S:tell D price=100 Phil 4skins;D kill200;S gv Michal;S more afraid,D more success(24-30)


7.S2Jon&atts:kill D;Jon warn D,spk well of D2S;S oath:D put2deth;D w/S as be4;war,D ft Phil fled(19:1-8)

8.Evil spirt S,D elude spear/escape;Michal warn D,out wndw,idol in bed;S men2captr D;Michl:he ill(9-14)

9.S2men:brng D so I kill him;iidol in bed;S2Michal:yu decv?M:he said let me get away, y I kill u?(15-17)

10.D fled2Sam;S sent men2captr;men phrophsied,sent more,proph2,S went,proph in Sam’s pres(18-24)


11.D fled2Jon;J:u going2die;D:1step betw me&deth;J:whtevr u want I do;D:2mrro feast I hide(20:1-5)

12. if fr lose tmpr,he harm me;J:Nvr!I swear sound out fr, let u know,L b w/u;covenant out of love(6-17)

13.J2D:2mrro feast, day aftr go by stone Ezel,I shoot arrows,”on this side”,cm,safe;”beyond u”,go(18-23)

14.D hid,S said nothing;next day,S2J:y son of Jesse cm?J ans,S anger:he must die(24-31)

15.J:what he done?S threw spear;J knew S2kill D;J fierce anger,eat,grieved at fr’s shamfl trmt D(32-34)

16.In AM Jon2mtg w/D;shot arrow,”beyond u”;weapons2boy:carry back;D bowd(35-40)

17.Aftr boy done,D bowd,kissed,wept;J:go,sworn friendship,D left,Jon bk2town(41-42)


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

1.Jonathan’s and Michal’s love for David, Saul’s fear

Principle: Perfect love, found in Christ, casts out fear.

2.Saul’s order to kill David, Michal deceives, David escapes to Samuel

Principle: No one can outrun and hide from God.

3.Jonathan confirms Saul’s desire to kill David and David leaves

Principle: The best place to go is where God sends you.


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

David, loved by Jonathan and Michal, is feared by Saul.


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

TCMATK God is able to alleviate our fears and guide us in the right path, protecting us all the way.


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

1.In what area(s) of your life is fear (rather than love) ruling your thoughts and actions?

2.Where do you run when you’re afraid?  Is this where you should be running?

3.What have you walked away from (or do you need to walk away from) to do God’s will?

Monday, November 19, 2018

Homiletics: 1 Samuel 16-17

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

1.L2Sam:fill horn,2Jesse,son king:Sam:if S hear,kill;L:“I cm scrfc”;invite Jes,anoint1I indicate(16:1-3)

2.Sam did;elders:u cm pc?Sam:y,sacfc2L;consec J&sons;Eliab?L:consider apprnc/ht,L lk@(4-7)

3.Abinadab?Shammah?7sons,L chosen,these all?Youngst tend sheep;Send4him,sit he arrives(8-11)

4.he glow w/hlth,fine apprnc,handsm;L:anoint;Sam anoint;SoL cm pwrfly on David;Sam2Ramah(12-13)

5.SoL depart S;evil sfL trmnt;attdnt:sm1 play lyre,u feel betr,son of J;L w/him(14-18)

6. S2J:send D;J snd D,donky,brd,wine,goat;D entr svc;S like D,bec an armr-br;sfL cm, D play, relief(19-23)


7.Phil gathr4war;Goliath,ht6cub+span,armor weigh 5000shekl,spear pt w 600(17:1-7)

8.G:cm battl;choose man;if he kill me we be cur subj;if I kill,u srv us;I defy armies of Is:s/Is terrified(8-11)

9.J-8 sons,3 oldest follow S2war-Eliab,Abinadab,Shammah;D youngest,bk-4th frm S2fr’s sheep(12-15)

10.40d Phil cm fwd am/pm;J2D:tk grain/bread4bros;D left flock;Is/Phil battle lines;Gol cm,Is fled(16-24)

11.Is:man kps cmg out2defy Is;king gv$2who kills+dtr/taxes;D:who uncirc Phil defy armies Livg G(25-27)

12.Eliab anger,yu cm,u conceitd,wickd,watch battle;D:cant I speak;D ovrhrd;S sent4hm(28-31)

13.D:no1lose,ur srvt fight;S:u young;D:frs sheep,killd lion&bear;L rescud&will rescu;S:G be w/u(32-37)

14.S dress D:tunic,armor,helmet,sword;D:used2them;took staff,5 stones,sling;Phil cm closer(38-41)

15.despised hm;He:u cm at me w/sticks?cursed D;I gv ur flesh2birds/anmls;D:I cm in name o LGA(42-45)

16.I strike u dn,cut hd;I gv Phil army2birds/anmls;let wrld know there G in Is;battl is L’s(46-47)

17.Phil mv closr,D ran2meet;Stone struck Phil 4head;D triumphd,took Phil sword,cut hd;Phil ran(48-51)

18.Is/Jud pursu Phil,plundrd camp;D took Phil hd Jerus,weapons in tent:S2Abner:who’s son that(52-55a)

19.Ab:?;king:find out;D retd,Ab brought2S still holding hd;S:whose son ru;D:Jesse of Bethlehem(55b-58)


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

1.Samuel anoints David and David serves Saul (16)

Principle: God empowers His people to serve as humble leaders.

2.David triumphs over Goliath (17)

Principle: God works triumphantly through His people.


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

Samuel anoints David who serves Saul and defeats Goliath.


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

TCMATK God empowers His people to serve victoriously in His name.


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

1.In what area(s) are you struggling to follow Christ’s example to serve others?

2.When do worldly thoughts or behaviors rise up in you in defiance of God?