Saturday, December 03, 2016

Homiletics - John 4:1-30

I didn't type up my Content today, but here's how I boiled it down...

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

Jesus is the Living Water
Jesus meets every need, exceeds every expectation and quenches every thirst.
How we should worship


Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure):

Jesus, the Living Water, is worshiped in Spirit and truth



TCMATK The Life Jesus offers springs up in His people like a well to eternal life and helps us worship properly.



How did Jesus lead you to the truth of Who He is?
What does it mean to worship Jesus in Spirit and in truth?  Are you worshiping Him this way?


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Homiletics - John 3

Contents (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture):  Where?                                                                Who?

Phar, Nicodemus, mbr Jew rul couns, came 2 J nite: Rabbi we know u teacher frm G
No once perf signs u do  if G not w/Him; J: no one see koG unless born again
How be born again when old?  Cannot enter mother’s womb
J: no one enter koG unless born water/Spirit; flesh birth flesh, Spirit birth spirit
U shouldn’t be surprised @ saying must be born again
wind blows, u hear, can’t tell where from/going, so is w/everyone born of Spirit; N: How?
J: U Israel’s teacher, u don’t understand?  We speak, ppl not accept testimony
I spoke of earthy things, u not believe, how u believe if I speak of heavenly things?
No one  gone hvn except Son of Man; as Mos lifted snake, Son of M lifted so everyone believes have eternal life
G love wrld, gave only Son, who bel have etern life; G not send Son to condemn but save
Who bel not condemned, who not bel condemned already
Light cm into wrld, ppl lv dkness bec deeds evil; who does evil hate lt, fear deeds exposed
Who live in truth cm into lt so seen what done in sight of G
After, J/disc to Judea ctryside, spent time/baptized; Jn baptizing @ Aenon (before prison)
Argumt betw Jn disc/certain Jew re: cerem washg; they to J: man u testify about baptize, everyone go to him
Jn: pers only rec what givn frm hvn; I not Messiah, full joy when hears bridegrm; He>, I<
One frm above=above all, one frm earth bel to earth; He testify, no one accept testimony
Who accept certify G is truthful; One G sent spks words of G, for G gives Spirit w/o limit
Fr lv Son, place everything in hands; who bel in Son has etern life, who rejects not see life


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

You must be born again
Believing in Jesus is the only way to be born of the Spirit and get to heaven.
Jesus is greater
Like John’s, our ministries must point to Christ and glorify God.


Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure):

Jesus teaches Nicodemus about being born again then begins baptizing.



TCMATK the only way to heaven is through belief in Jesus Christ.



What evidences have you seen in your life that you’re born of the Spirit?
How would you explain to a friend the importance of being born again?
In what way has Jesus become greater and you’ve become less in your area of ministry?
In what areas are you being challenged to become less and make Jesus greater?


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Trust My Heart by Carol J. Post

Trust My Heart

by Carol J Post  

General/Christian Fiction
Grant McAllister arrives in Murphy, North Carolina, with one aim: to sell his inherited property and leave as quickly as possible. The big-city lawyer has no interest in his late, estranged grandparents or the dilapidated mansion he just acquired. After his high-profile divorce, he should be avoiding perky reporters, too. But Jami Carlisle is honest, funny, and undeniably appealing.
After breaking up with her safe-but-smothering boyfriend, Jami is determined to ace her first big assignment. A story about the McAllister estate is too intriguing to ignore---much like its handsome, commitment-phobic heir. Thanks to her digging, the pieces of Grant's fraught family history are gradually fitting into place, but also upending all his old beliefs.
The two draw closer as they share their dreams, until misread signals and misunderstandings begin to test their trust. But in the unspoiled beauty of the Smoky Mountains, there's healing and forgiveness to be found. And for Grant, this unplanned detour may be just what's needed to finally guide him home. . . .

 Meet the Author
From medical secretary to court reporter to property manager to owner of a special events decorating company, Carol's résumé reads as if she doesn't know what she wants to be when she grows up. But one thing that has remained constant through the years is her love for writing. She currently pens fun and fast-paced inspirational romance and romantic suspense stories. Her books have been nominated for a RITA® award and an RT Reviewers' Choice Best Book Award. Carol lives in sunshiny Central Florida with her husband, who is her own real-life hero, and writes her stories under the shade of the huge oaks in her yard. Besides writing, she works alongside her music minister husband singing and playing the piano. She enjoys sailing, hiking, camping---almost anything outdoors. Her two grown daughters and grandkids live too far away for her liking, so she now pours all that nurturing into taking care of a fat and sassy black cat and a highly spoiled dachshund.

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Trust My Heart Carol J. Post

Here is my review of this sweet novel:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Carol J. Post and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Trust My Heart" 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.
"Trust My Heart" by Carol J. Post is an enjoyable romance read that took me a bit of time to get into.  Grant McAllister finds himself in Murphy, North Carolina looking for answers about his father and to dispose of the estate of his deceased grandparents.   Jami Carlisle is a reporter for the local newspaper who wants to interview Grant, but he wants nothing to do with the press.

Jami’s character is very sweet.  I’d love to have a friend like her.  Grant is a likeable leading man.  The town of Murphy, North Carolina is a charming setting.  The character development wasn’t rushed like it is in so many books today.  This made the story a sweet read that really transported me to the South, where things are more laid back in rural areas.  I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend this novel.

The Radical Book for Kids by Champ Thornton

The Radical Book for Kids

by Champ Thornton  

Children's Non-Fiction
New Growth Press

The Radical Book for Kids is a fun-filled explorer's guide to the Bible, church history, and life for boys and girls age 8 and up. Along with examining some of the most exciting realities in the universe, the handbook is vibrantly illustrated and chock-full of fun facts and ideas. Deep truths are communicated to elementary and middle-school aged kids while stimulating their curiosity and sense of adventure within a gospel-centered framework.

The Radical Book for Kids will take children on a fascinating journey into the ancient roots of the Christian faith. Kids will read about men and women who learned to trust Jesus and stand for him---displaying radical faith---even when everything seemed against them.

Kids will also read about ancient weapons (and how to make one), learn about jewels, create pottery, discover ancient languages, use secret codes, locate stars, tell time using the sun, play a board game that's 3,000 years old---and more.

Check out the table of contents, skip around, or read straight through. However a child chooses to explore it, The Radical Book for Kids will open new vistas for their imagination and help to make straight paths for their feet.

Advance praise

"The Radical Book for Kids is like packaging that awesome Sunday school teacher you remember in a book. You know, she was the amazing mom who made learning about God a ton of fun but did it with gospel truth that transformed lives."
      ---Marty Machowski, Family pastor; author of The Ology, The Gospel Story Bible, Long Story Short, and other gospel-rich resources for families

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 Meet the Author
Champ Thornton is associate pastor at Ogletown Baptist Church in Delaware. He has pastored in South Carolina and served as director of SOMA, a ministry training school in Columbus, Ohio. He is also the author of God's Love: A Bible Storybook and of Bible curriculum for early and upper elementary-aged children. Champ and his wife, Robben, have been married since 1996 and have three children.

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Here's my review of this fascinating and fun book:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Champ Thornton and his publisher for sending me a copy of "The Radical Book for Kids" 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 Radical Book for Kids' by Champ Thornton is an amazing book with a huge mix of topics and activities for kids (and adults – shhh)!   Learn how to understand the Bible, make a sling, memorize, pray, make pottery and a sundial.  Learn the Greek alphabet and what to do when you’re afraid or angry.  This incredible book gives a little bit of knowledge about a lot of subjects – enough to whet your appetite to go and learn more.

'The Radical Book for Kids' can help you develop the daily habit of Bible reading.  There are chapters on weapons in Bible times, Christian Symbols, money in the Bible, the names of God and so much more.  This book will bring hours of enjoyment and education to kids and families and create a strong foundation in Biblical knowledge, history, culture and principles.

Monday, November 21, 2016

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Ace Collins

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

by Ace Collins   

Christmas Non-Fiction
Abingdon Press

For Christians worldwide, the month of December is filled with joy and wonder as we anticipate the celebration of Christ's birth. There is no other time of the year that can compare to the Christmas season for both the young and young at heart.
From December to New Year's Eve, reawaken the wonder, joy, and magic that is Christmas with daily scripture and inspirational readings of stories behind popular Christmas traditions, carols, and movies. Enjoy a wealth of fun activities to help make the most of the season, including heartwarming holiday recipes and homemade gift ideas.
With this soon-to-be-cherished holiday devotional, best-selling author Ace Collins will capture your imagination and help to make each day of December more memorable and meaningful to you, and those you love, by shining a light on the real spirit of the season.

 Meet the Author
 Ace Collins defines himself as a storyteller. He has authored more than sixty books that have sold more than 2.5 million copies. His catalog includes novels, biographies, children's works as well as books on history, culture and faith. He has also been the featured speaker at the National Archives Distinguished Lecture Series, hosted a network television special and does college basketball play-by-play. Ace lives in Arkansas.

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Here is my review of this heartwarming holiday devotional:
First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Ace Collins and his publisher for sending me a copy of "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" 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 Most Wonderful Time of the Year" by Ace Collins is so much more than a Christmas devotional book!  This amazing read will have you reminiscing during your quiet time about holidays past with its 31-derful devotional offerings.  Each day there’s something new to discover or something old to rediscover.

Filled with beautiful memories, treasured hymns, creative gift ideas, recipes for eating and for pampering, poems, Christmas carols and holiday cheer, this little book will prepare your heart to celebrate the birth of the Savior of the world!

As part of our review, I was asked to share a favorite holiday memory.  I loved holidays as a child in New York when my Mom would pick me up from school early and the whole family would drive into the City to see The Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall.  Then we'd all go to my Grandparents' house for dinner.  Christmas always meant veal cutlets.  Yum!  I can smell them cooking right now!  I always snuck a piece or two as they were cooling.  I had a great childhood!