Saturday, April 01, 2017

Homiletics: John 17


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

1. aftr J lookd 2 hvn/prayd: Fr, hr cm, glrfy Son tht Son glrfy U (1)

2. u grntd Hm authrty ovr all ppl tht He might gv etrnl life 2 all U gvn Hm (2)

3. this etrnl life: they kno U, only tru G&JC, whom U snt: I’ve brought U glry by fin wrk U gv me (3-4)

4. now, Fr, glrfy me in ur presnc w/glry I had w/U b4 wrld began (5)

5. I revld U2 thos U gv me, they wer urs/obeyd ur wd; now they kno evrythg u gvn me cms frm U (6-7)

6. 4I gv em wds u gv me&they accptd, they knew w/certnty I cm frm U/bel U sent me (8)

7. I pray 4em,wrld but thos u gvn me 4 they r urs; all I hv=urs,all u hv=mine&glrys cm 2me thru em (9-10)

8. I remn lngr but they still in wrld, I cmng2U; HFr prtct em by pwr o ur nom, so they1 as we1 (11)

9.  while I w/em I prtctd em by nom u gv me, none lost xcpt 1 doomd to destructn so Scr fulfilled (12)

10. I say so they hv full meas o my joy; I gvn em ur wd&wrld h8d em 4they o wrld ne mo than I (13-14)

11. my pryr u tk em out wrld bt prtct frm evl1;they o wrld as I o it;snctfy em by truth,ur wd=truth (15-17)

12. as u snt me into wrld, I snt em;4 em I snctfy myslf that they my b truly snctfied (18-19)

13. my pryr 4em alone bt 4 those who’ll bel in me thru their msg (20)

14. tht allB1 as UinMe&IinU,may they BinUs so wrld bel U snt me (21)

15. Igvn em glry UgvMe tht they b1 as We1- (22)

16. IinEm&UinMe-so they brght 2 complt unity then wrld kno UsntMe&lvd em as UlvdMe (23)

17. Fr,I want those UgvnMe 2Bw/Me whr I am&2CMy glry,the glry UgvnMe bec UlvdMeB4creatn o wrld (24)

18. Righteous Fr, tho wrld kno U, I kno U & they kno U hv snt Me (25)

19. Ive md U known 2em & will cont 2 mk U known that lvUhv4Me may BinEm&I may BinEm (26)

 

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

1. Jesus prayed for the Father to be glorified and those given to Him to believe. (1-8)

Principle:  Jesus’ goal is to glorify the Father.

2. Jesus prayed for the protection and sanctification of those given to Him. (9-19)

Principle:  Jesus protects and sanctifies His people.

3. Jesus prayed for the unity of those who would believe through the message of those given to Him. (20-23)

Principle:  Jesus is united with all believers.

4. Jesus prayed that those given to Him would be with Him and see His glory and that He would be in them. (24-26)

Principle:  Jesus opens the eyes of those who belong to Him to see His glory.

 

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

Jesus prayed for God’s glory, believers’ protection, sanctification and unity.

 

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

TCMATK Believers in Christ are united with Him, being sanctified by and protected by Him, bringing glory to Him with their lives.

 

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

1. In what areas of your life are you not bringing Christ as much glory as you could and what will you change this week to glorify Him better?

2. How are you sharing your experiences of Christ’s protection and/or sanctification with those in your sphere of influence?

3. What changes has Christ made in you as a direct result of your unity with Him?

4. How have you seen Christ’s glory this week and how has this encounter changed your behavior or thinking?

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Homiletics: John 16:5-33


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

1.Jesus is going to the Father and will send the Spirit of truth (5-15)

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2.Jesus’ disciples will mourn, then rejoice (16-22)

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3.Jesus speaks about asking in His name and declares He has overcome the world (23-33)

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

Jesus is going, Spirit is coming, disciples will mourn, scatter.

 

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

TCMATK Believers’ grief will turn to joy when Christ returns.

 

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

1.How have the Spirit’s proofs that the world is wrong changed how you live for Christ?

2.How might you comfort someone who is suffering for their faith with the knowledge that they will see Jesus in a little while?

3.How has studying John 16 changed your prayer life?

How does the fact that Jesus has overcome the world comfort you in times of trouble?

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Homiletics: John 15:1-16:4


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

1. I tru vine my Fr=grdnr; He cut evry brnch brs fruit;evry brnch tht brs fruit He prunes so mo frutfl (1-2)

2. U alrdy cln bec o wd I spkn 2u; remn in me as I rem in u; no brnch br frut by self mst rem in vine (3-4a)

3. u br frut unlss rem me; I vine/u brnchs, if u rem in me&I in u, u br much frut, aprt frm me u do 0 (4b-5)

4. if u rem me, u lk brnch thrwn away/brnd if u rem me&my wds rem u ask whtevr wish&it b gvn u (6-7)

5. this 2 my Fr’s glry: u br much frut, showing 2b my disc (8)

 

6.as FrY me, I Yd u, rem n my Y; if u kp my cmds u rem n my Yjus as I kpt Fr cmds/rem n His Y(9-10)

7. I told u this so my joy in u/ur joy complt; my cmd=Yea othr as I Yd u (11-12)

8. >Yhas no1 thn this:2 lay dn life 4 friends; u my friends if u do wht I cmd (13-14)

9. I lngr call u srvts bec srvt kno mstr’s bus; instd I call u frnds 4 evrythg I lrnd frm Fr I md known 2u (15)

10. u choos me, I chos&apptd u br frut tht last,whtevr u ask n my nom Fr gv u;my cmd:Yea othr (16-17)

 

11. if wrld h8s u kp in mind it h8d me 1st; if u belongd 2 wrld it’d Yu as its own (18-19a)

12. as it is u belong 2wrld, I hv chosn u out o wrld that’s y wrld h8s u (19b)

13. remem I told u serv>mstr, if they persctd me, they will u; if they obeyd my tchng they’ll obey urs (20)

14. they’ll treat u this wy bec o my nom 4 they know One who sent me(21)

15. if I cm spkn 2 em they be glty o sin but now they’ve excuse 4 their sin; whoevr h8s me,h8s Fr (22-23)

16. if I done wrks no1 did,they glty o sin; they seen, h8d me&Fr;fulfil Law: they h8d me w/o resn (24-25)

17. Wn Advc8 cm I snd frm Fr, Sot who go frm Fr tstfy abt me u mst tstify 4u been w/me frm beg (26-27)

18.this I told u so fall away; they’ll put u out synagog; tm cming wn any1kills u thnk they offr svc 2G (1-2)

19. they do bec known Fr/me; I told u so wn tm cms u remem I warnd u; I tell u frm beg bec I w/u (3-4)

 

Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture):

1. Jesus is the true vine, His Father is the gardener and His people are the branches (15:1-8)

Principle: Christ’s disciples only bear fruit when connected to the Vine.

2. Jesus told friends, “Remain in my love, keep my commands, love each other.” (15:9-17)

Principle: Christ’s disciples remain in His love by obeying His commands to love each other.

3. Jesus warned His people, “The world hates you because it hated me first.” (15:18-16:4)

Principle: Christ’s disciples expect persecution from the world.

 

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

True vine Jesus commands, “Love,” and warns of world’s hate.

 

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

TCMATK A fruitful life is the direct result of connection with and obedience to Jesus Christ.

 

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

1. Where am I disconnected from the true vine and to what action will I commit to reconnect?

2. What tempts me away from remaining in Christ’s love and how can I protect against that temptation?

3. In what areas am I receiving the world’s approval and how can I turn those areas over to Christ?


If the Gardener cuts off every branch “in the Vine” that doesn’t bear fruit, how can we say one can never lose their salvation?  Are they “in Christ” or not?

*Where am I experiencing the Gardener’s pruning and how might this pruning make me more fruitful?

Clean?  Where does this thought come from? NIV Footnotes say the Greek for “he prunes” also means “he cleans”.

How do I remain in Jesus and He remain in me?

What am I attempting to do apart from Jesus?

How do I know if I am remaining in Jesus or if I am doing something apart from Him?

How is my joy made complete?  By keeping Jesus’ commands and thereby remaining in His love?

What does loving each other as Jesus has loved us look like?  The greatest love is laying down one’s life for their friends.

Jesus chose me to bear fruit.  What fruit am I bearing?

What evidence do I see that the world hates me?

What persecution am I experiencing?

How and what am I testifying about Jesus?

*Under what circumstances am I tempted to “fall away” and how might I prevent it?

What evidence do I see in the world that supports the idea that Christian persecution is a service to God?

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Homiletics: John 14:15-31


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

1. if uYme, keep my cmds (15)

2. & I’ll ask Fr & He give u another advocate 2 hlp u & b w/u 4evr (16)

3. the Spirit o truth. wrld cant accept him bec it neithr sees nor knows him (17a)

4. but u know him 4 he lives w/u & will b in u (17b)

5. I will not leave u as orphans, I will cm 2 u (18)

6. b4 long, wrld see me anymore but u see me. bec I live, u also will live (19)

7. on that day u’ll realize I in my Fr & u r in me & I in u (20)

 

8.whoevr has my cmds/kps em=whoYs me, whoYs me’ll bYd by my Fr & I’llYem/sho myslf 2 em (21)

9. then Judas (Iscariot): but L, y u intend 2 sho urslf 2 us & not wrld? (22)

10. J: any1 whoYme’ll obey my tchng, my Fr’llYem&we’ll cm 2 em&mk r hm w/em (23)

11. any1 whoYme’ll obey my tchng, these wds u hear r my own, belong 2 Fr who sent me (24)

12. all this I hv spokn while still w/u (25)

13. but Advocate, HS, whom Fr’ll send in my nom ‘ll tch u all thngs&remind u o evrythng I said 2u (26)

 

14. pc I lv w/u, my pc I gv u. I gv 2u as wrld gvs. Let hts b trbld & b afraid (27)

15. u hrd me say ‘I going away & cming bk 2u’, if uYd me u’d b glad I going to Fr 4 Fr>I (28)

16. I’ve told u now b4 happens so when it does happen, u bel (29)

17. I’ll say much more 2u 4 prince o this wrld cming.  He has no hold over me (30)

18. but he cms so wrld learn I lv Fr&do exactly wht my Fr cmdd me (31a)

19. cm now, let us leave (31b)

 

Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture):

1. Jesus will ask the Father to send the Spirit of truth to those who love and obey Him

Principle (Aim for division):

2. Jesus will show Himself to whoever obeys, the Father will love them and the Holy Spirit will teach them

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3. Jesus gives His peace and the prince of this world comes so the world learns Jesus loves the Father and does what He commands

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

Jesus’ Father sends the Advocate to whoever loves and obeys.

 

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

TCMATK Obedience brings the Holy Spirit, revelation of Christ and peace.

 

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

1. How will you love and obey Christ today to experience the power of the Spirit of truth?

2. What changes will you make in your life to experience the revelation of Christ, the love of the Father or the teaching of the Spirit?

3. How does having Jesus’ peace inspire you to obey His Word and what will you do this week to show that to others?

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Still Life by Dani Pettrey



Still Life by Dani Pettrey

Work hits too close to home for crime scene photographer Avery Tate when her best friend disappears. The only lead is a chilling photo of her—apparently dead. As Avery, her ex-boss Parker, and his friends in law enforcement dig into the case, she’s forced to confront her feelings for Parker when they come face-to-face with a dangerous criminal.


Here's my review of this enjoyable suspense read:


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Dani Pettrey and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Still Life" 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.

Avery Tate is a gifted, but blacklisted, photographic artist who quit her job as a crime scene photographer and her boss, Parker Mitchell, so she could sort out her growing feelings for him.  Now she finds herself supporting a friend in the photography world that turned its back on her, that friend is missing and there’s a chilling photo of her posed as if she were dead.  So Avery seeks out Parker’s help to find her missing friend.

“Still Life” is book two in the Chesapeake Valor series by Dani Pettrey, but can easily be read as a stand-alone novel.  Pettrey is a gifted suspense and romance author who has crafted an edge-of-your-seat, stay-up-way-past-bedtime story.  The chemistry between these two leading characters is not the main focus of the story, yet the relationship creates a mild undercurrent to the story.

I’m looking forward to the third offering in the series, Blind Spot, due to hit shelves in October!