Saturday, January 20, 2018

Homiletics: Romans 8:28-39


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

I hand-wrote my content this week…

 

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

1.God calls, justifies and glorifies His people.(28-30)

Principle:  God glorifies believers by transforming them into Christ’s likeness.

2.Christ has died, been raised and intercedes for His people.(31-34)

Principle:  God proves His allegiance to His people through Christ’s death and resurrection.

3.We are inseparable from Christ Jesus our Lord, Who makes us more than conquerors.(35-39)

Principle:  Christ, the Victor, makes His people victorious through unbreakable unity.

 

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

We’re more than conquerors through Christ Who intercedes and glorifies.

 

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

TCMATK Believers are called by God and prayed for by Christ, inseparable from Him and more than conquerors through Him.

 

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

1.How have you been transformed to look like Jesus since you came to Christ and how does this encourage you for the change He’s working in you, now?

2.How might Christ be interceding for you right now and how will this change how you pray for yourself and others?

3. In what areas do you feel distant from Christ and what changes are you willing to make to draw closer to Him?

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Oath of Honor by Lynette Eason

 


                                            
Oath of Honor
by Lynette Eason

Blue Justice #1


When police officer Isabelle St. John's partner is murdered, she must work with Detective Ryan Marshall to solve a case that may force her to choose between family and justice.






Here's my review of this amazing read:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Lynette Eason and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Oath of Honor" 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.
“Oath of Honor” by Lynette Eason is an action-packed suspense novel that’s impossible to put down.  Izzy and Kevin have been friends since childhood.  They even became partners on the police force.  In a bad turn of events on a stakeout that cost Kevin his life, Izzy has become the target of a killer.  Now she is trying to stay out of the line of fire while working with Kevin’s brother, Detective Ryan Marshall, to solve the mystery of his brother’s murder.

This is a white-knuckle read with lots of twists and turns.  I haven’t been so gripped by a book in a long time.  Lynette Eason has a gift for crafting a great story with believable characters and interesting dialog.  If you enjoy a good suspense read, pick up this book and choose a long weekend to enjoy it because you won’t want to put it down.

  
 

The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz

               
The Lacemaker
by Laura Frantz


On the eve of her wedding, Lady Elisabeth Lawson’s world is shattered, as surely as the fine glass windows of her colonial Williamsburg home. In a town seething with Patriots ready for rebellion, her protection comes from an unlikely source—now if she could only protect her heart.

Here is my review of this amazing work of historical fiction:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Laura Frantz and her publisher for sending me a copy of "The Lacemaker" 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.
he elegant cover of “The Lacemaker” by Laura Frantz sets the stage well for the beautifully crafted story of Lady Elisabeth Lawson, daughter of the Lieutenant Governor of the colony of Virginia in 1775.  There is a wedding in Lady Elisabeth’s future to Miles Cullen Roth and an undercurrent of political intrigue as Noble Rynallt, Miles’ cousin, spies on Lady Elisabeth’s father to advance the cause of the Independencemen.
Tables turn on the eve of the American Revolution when Elisabeth loses her affluence, her fiancĂ© disappears and she must rely on the protection of Rynallt.  This is an enjoyable story of patriotism, family and new beginnings.
Having lived in Virginia for a time, I really enjoy the setting of Colonial Williamsburg.  I thought I would be able to read this at a relaxed pace, savoring the old ways, language and environment.  But I was surprised to find a very fast-paced, exciting story beneath that elegant cover that thrilled me like a ride in a runaway carriage!  Laura Frantz is a gifted storyteller and this is a wonderful book! 

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Homiletics: Romans 8:18-27


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

1.4I consider sufferings of present time worth comparing1glry going2b revealed in us(18)

2.4creation eagerly awaits w/anticipation4G’s sons2b revealed(19)

3.4creation was subjected2futility-willingly but bec of Him who subjected it-(20a)

4.in the hope that the creation itself will also be set free(20b-21a)

5.from the bondage of corruption into glorious freedom of G’s children(21b)

6.4we know whole creation has been groaning together w/labor pains until now(22)

 

7.&only that but we also have Spirit as the 1stfruits(23a)

8.we also groan w/in ourselves, eagerly awaiting4adoption the redemption of our bodies(23b)

9.now in this hope we were saved, yet hope seen=hope bec who hopes4what he sees?(24)

10.but if we hope4what we see, we eagerly wait4it w/patience(25)

 

11.in same way, Spirit also joins2help in our weakness bec we know what2pray4as we should(26a)

12.but Spirit Himself intercedes4us w/unspoken groanings(26b)

13.and He who searches hearts knows the Spirit’s mindset(27a)

14.bec He intercedes4saints according2will of G(27b)

 

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

1.(Present sufferings not worth comparing to) The Glory to Come (18-22)

Principle: God will free all creation from the bondage of corruption.

2.Our Hope (23-25)

Principle: God-given faith leads to our hope.

3.The Spirit’s Groanings (26-27)

Principle: God Himself intercedes for His people.

 

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

Paul tells Romans about the coming glory and Spirit’s groanings.

 

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

TCMATK Believers have hope in the glory to come and our present sufferings in life aren’t worth comparing to it.

 

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

1.How have you observed the bondage of creation to corruption and how does your observation change your thinking about what Christ has done for you?

2.What is the difference between coveting what we see and hoping for what we haven’t seen and how does this hope increase your longing for things of God?

3.How might the Spirit pray for you according to God’s will and how will this change how you pray for yourself and others?

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Homiletics: Romans 8:1-17


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

1.T4, now condemnation 4those in CJ (1)

2.bec thru CJ,law of Spirit who gives life has set u free frm law of sin&death(2)

3.4what law pwrless2do bec weaknd by flesh,G did sendg Son in lkness of sinful flesh2b sin offring(3a)

4.so He condemd sin in flesh that rteous requremt o’law might be met in us who live acc2Spirit(3b-4)

 

5.those who live acc2flesh hv minds set on what flesh desires(5a)

6.those who live acc2Spirit hv minds set on what Spirit desires(5b)

7.mind governed by flesh=death but mind governed by Spirit=life&peace(6)

8.mind governed by flesh=hostile2G;submit2G’s law, nor can it do so(7)

9.Those in realm of flesh cannot please God(8)

10.U in realm of flesh but in realm of Spirit,if G’s Spirit lives in u; if any1 have Spirit of C,they belong2C(9)

11.But if C in u, even thou r body subject to death bec of sin, Spirit gives life bec of rtness(10)

12.&if Spirit o Him who raised J=living in u,He will give life2ur mortal bodies bec His Spirit liv in u(11)

 

13.T4 bro&sis, we have obligation – but not2flesh, 2 live acc 2 it(12)

14.4if u live acc2flesh,u’ll die;but if by Spirit u put2death misdeeds of body,u’ll live(13)

15.4those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God(14)

16.Spirit u recd make u slaves so u live in fear again;rather Spirit u rec brought ur adoption2sonship(15a)

17.and by Him we cry, “Abba, Father” (15b)

18.Spirit himself testifies w/our Spirit that we are God’s children(16)

19.now if we children, we heirs of G and co-heirs2Christ(17a)

20.if we share in His sufferings in order that we also share glory(17b)

 

 

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

1.There is no condemnation for those in Christ (1-4)

Principle: Jesus saves His people from God’s wrath.

2.Living according to the Spirit indicates you belong to God (5-11)

Principle: Jesus brings satisfying life in the Spirit.

3.Those led by the Spirit are Children of God (12-17)

Principle: Jesus shares His inheritance with His people.

 

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

Paul tells Romans: there’s no condemnation for children of God.

 

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

TCMATK Believers in Christ are not condemned, but are God’s Children and will share in Christ’s inheritance.

 

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

1.How has the knowledge that there is no condemnation for those in Christ changed your thinking about your relationship with Jesus and your pursuit of godliness?

2.In what ways has living according to fleshly desires failed to provide lasting satisfaction and how has living according to the Spirit brought genuine fulfillment to your life (or the life of a friend)?

3.If you are a believer, how has the knowledge that you are a child of God impacted your relationships with God and others and your service to Christ?  If you’re not a believer, how does knowing that believers enjoy this relationship with God affect your decision to become a follower of Christ?