Tuesday, July 05, 2016

“Dwelling Places: Words to Live in Every Season” by Lucinda Secrest McDowell


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Lucinda Seacrest McDowell and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Dwelling Places: Words to Live in Every Season" 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.
“Dwelling Places: Words to Live in Every Season” by Lucinda Secrest McDowell is a beautiful devotional book that is divided by seasons:  Dwell (fall), Shine (advent - winter), Renew (lent - spring) and Grow (summer).  For the purposes of this review, I was asked to read the summer devotions.

First, let me say this book only has 30-40 devotions for each season.  Even though there aren’t enough entries for every day of the year, the writing is thought-provoking and potentially life changing.  This is a lovely devotional that would be a very nice gift for yourself or someone else.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Homiletics 2 Timothy 4


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

1
4:1
In pwr G/CJ, Who’ll judge living/dead & in view of his appearing/kingdm, I charge you:
2
4:2
Preach wd, be prepd in seas/out; correct, rebuke, encourg w/grt patience/careful instruct
3
4:3
Time cm ppl not put up w/snd doct; to suit desires gather teachers say what ears want
4
4:4-5
They turn frm truth 2 myth; u keep head, endur hdship, do wk of evang, duties of ministry
5
4:6-7
I already being pourd out lk drink off, my depart near, I fought gd fight, fin race, kept faith
6
4:8
For me crn righteousness L award that day & al who longed for His appearing
7
4:9-10
Do best cm quick, Demas loved world desert me to Thes, Crescens to Gal,Titus to Dalmatia
8
4:11-12
Only Luke w/me, get Mark, bring bec he helpful in ministry; I sent Tychichus to Ephesus
9
4:13
When cm, bring cloak I left w/Carpus in Troas & scrolls, esp. parchments
10
4:14
Alexander (metalworker) did me grt harm; L will repay
11
4:15
Be on guard vs. him bec he opp our msg
12
4:16
My 1st def, no one support, everyone desert; may it not be held vs. them
13
4:17
L @ my side/gave strgth, thru me msg fully proclaimd, Gents hear, I del’d frm lion’s mouth
14
4:18
L will rescue me frm evry evil attack, brng me safely to hvnly kingdm; to Him glory forever
15
4:19
Greet Priscilla & Aquila & household of Onesiphorus
16
4:20
Erastus stayed Corinth, I left Trophimas sick in Miletue
17
4:21
Do best get here before winter; Eubulus grts you & Prudens, Linus, Claudia, all bros/sis
18
4:22
L be w/your spirit; grace be w/you all

 


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

1
4:1-8
Paul’s final instructions
Principle:
Christians follow Christ in service
2
4:9-18
Paul’s final warnings
Principle:
Christians treasure their friends
3
4:19-22
Paul’s final words
Principle:
Christians encourage and bless other believers

 

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

Paul writes Timothy a final charge, warning and blessing.

 

Aim:

TCMAT Engage in ministry, giving their all and mentoring other disciples

 

Application:

1
What have you been asked to do to minister to others and what has been your response to that request?
In what ways are you observing an increase in intolerance for sound doctrine in the world today?
How will you guard against gathering teachers who tell you what you want to hear?
In what ways is society turning from truth to myth?
How would the advice Paul gave to Timothy in v. 5 pertain to you?
In what ways are you fighting the good fight, finishing the race, keeping the faith?  How would you encourage others to do the same?
How does v. 8 encourage you?
2
When have you been almost desperate for companionship?
Why might Paul ask for his cloak, scroll and parchments, and what would you ask for if you were in prison (and perhaps facing death)?
How does knowing that the Lord will repay the wrongs done to His people free you to treat those who mistreat you with the love of Christ?
How has the Lord stayed at your side during desperate moments?
What evil attacks has the Lord rescued you from lately?
3
Who means most to you in this world and how will you pray for them?
How will you bless and encourage those you love?
If you were writing your final letter to those you love most, what would you tell them and why?

 

Friday, July 01, 2016

“Jilted” by Varina Denman


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Varina Denman and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Jilted" 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 third novel in the Mended Heart series, “Jilted” by Varina Denman is a thinking woman’s Christian romance novel.  This is an honest look at the life, struggles and personality of a woman who was abandoned many years ago.  Denman beautifully crafts her characters including the town of Trapp, Texas with depth and great care.  She deals with issue like depression with great sensitivity and knowledge gained from either painstaking research or experience.  This novel was so real, it took concerted effort to remember that it is a work of fiction.  And I love the thick thread of spirituality that is woven through the novel.

Lynda Turner isn’t looking for love.   After being abandoned, she has a hard time trusting.  But the most unlikely of men turns out to be the balm that her still-wounded heart needs to heal.

My take-away is that God uses the most unlikely people and circumstances (even the most painful parts of our lives) to mold us and bless us and help us to be a blessing to others.  Thank you, Ms. Denman, for telling such a beautiful story.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

"The Daniel Prayer" by Anne Graham Lotz



Many people today find that their prayers don’t “work.” And like a broken cell phone, DVD player, or TV remote, they throw prayer out as unnecessary “clutter” in their busy lives. Anne Graham Lotz has found that while prayer does work, sometimes the “pray-ers” don’t. So she has turned to the prophet Daniel for help.

The Daniel Prayer is born deep within your soul, erupts through your heart, and pours out on your lips, words created by and infused with the Spirit of God quivering with spiritual electricity. It’s really not an everyday type of prayer. It’s a prayer birthed under pressure. Heartache. Grief. Desperation. It can be triggered by a sudden revelation of hope. An answer to prayer, a promise freshly received, a miracle that lies just over the horizon…

Join Anne in a thrilling discovery of prayer that really works.

This book will help readers pray effectively for their nation, for their families, and for themselves. She will answer such questions as: • Does God only hear the prayers of good people? • How do I know the God to whom I pray will listen? • How do I know God cares about my prayer? • How do I know God will answer my prayer? • Why should I pray? • Does it matter where I am when I pray? • Are words in prayer all that matter, or does my attitude affect prayer? • What difference does my prayer make?

The book also includes some of her original prayers that demonstrate the principles taught in The Daniel Prayer.


Here's my review of this enlightening book on prayer:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Anne Graham Lotz and her publisher for sending me a copy of "The Daniel Prayer" 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 Daniel Prayer” by Anne Graham Lotz is a life-changing read that will inspire the reader to pray more passionately for revival in their sphere of influence and our nation so that our land may be healed.  One area we Christians can all use a little encouragement in is the area of prayer.  Anne offers that encouragement and gives solid examples how, when, why and where to pray.

 Daniel has always been one of my favorite books of the Bible.  "The Daniel Prayer" has made me look at those Scriptures with transformed and hopeful eyes.

I will read this book over and over and refer to it often.  “The Daniel Prayer” has reignited a passion in me at a time when the Lord is already working to transform my prayer life.  His timing is perfect and reading this book at this time was nothing short of a divine appointment!

Looking for Lovely by Annie F. Downs



Here's my review of this "Lovely" book:


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Annie F. Downs and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Looking for Lovely" 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.
“Looking for Lovely” by Annie F. Downs is a beautiful book!  As I neared the end of the first section of the book, I felt myself getting discouraged at all the not so lovely the author was bringing to light.  Much of the not so lovely was (or still is) part of my life.  Part I ended right on time because my heart was hungry for some lovely.  Annie Downs exposed me to some things I never knew, made me look at my own world for the lovely around me and helped me to destroy some long-standing “uglies”.

I’ve read several other reviews stating “Looking for Lovely” might not be for everyone.  However, if you approach this book in such a way that you can replace the ugly the author has lived (that you can’t relate to) with the ugly you’ve experienced, this can be a life-changing read.  It has personally helped me to identify my own “ugly” and “lovely” and I am looking deeply into God’s Word for healing.  I am so glad I went “Looking for Lovely” and recommend it highly.