Friday, April 17, 2015

Homiletics Genesis 50

7 May 2013

Contents:            Where?                  Egypt                                   Who?  Joseph, his brothers, Israel, Pharaoh

Joseph wept and kissed his father and commanded his servants and the physicians embalmed Israel.
40 days were fulfilled for him who was embalmed and the Egyptians mourned him 70 days.
When the mourning period passed, Joseph spoke to Pharaoh about going to Canaan to bury Israel and Pharoah said go according as he made thee swear.
A very great company (Joseph, all Pharaoh’s servants, all the house of Joseph and his brothers) went to bury Israel only leaving the little ones and flocks and herds in Goshen.
They came to the threshing floor of Atad and mourned seven days and the Canaanites saw.
His sons did as he commanded: buried him in the cave of Machpelah and Joseph returned to Egypt.
When Israel died, Joseph’s brothers were afraid and sent a message to Joseph saying their father commanded before he died that Joseph forgive his brothers and Joseph wept.
Joseph said, Fear not: for am I in place of God?
You thought evil against me but God meant it unto good, so fear not I will nourish you and your little ones.
Joseph lived 110 years and saw Ephraim’s children to the 3rd generation and the children of Manasseh’s son.
Joseph told his brothers: I die, and God will bring you out of this land and ye shall carry my bones and Joseph died and was embalmed and put in a coffin in Egypt.



Joseph kissed Israel and had him prepared for burial.
Grieving a loss is natural.
Leaders experience loss and grieve.
Grieving is a process.
Life goes on.
Keep your promises.
Joseph buried Israel in Canaan and returned to Egypt.
Everyone should honor their deceased loved ones.
Others are watching how we mourn.
We must get back to living after burying our dead.
After Israel’s death, Joseph’s brothers fear him because of the evil done to him but Joseph promises to nourish them.
Relationships should exist because of the people in them, not because of outsiders.
No man is in the place of God.
All evil committed against God’s people is meant for good by God.
As God’s people, we should care for those under us regardless of how they treat us.
Before dying at 110, Joseph told his brothers to take his bones when they left Egypt then died and was embalmed and put in a coffin.
It is a blessing to know your descendants.
It is a blessing to know your ancestors.
You should say the important things before you die.


Subject Sentence:

Joseph buried Israel and, dying, gave instructions about his bones.


Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMAT see that every action and word from a believer is on display, and to carefully guard what they do and what they say so that it glorifies and honors God.



What are some positive ways of grieving a loss?
How might a leader influence others with how he or she grieves?
What are ways to ensure that you keep your promises?
How have you honored deceased loved ones?
What would others see if they watched you mourn?
What do you want others to see about the way you grieve?
How have you gotten back to living after grieving a loss?
What has been your experience with having a relationship because of someone else?
How is your relationship with God about just you and Him?
In what way have you kept yourself from putting yourself in God’s place?
How has evil committed against you been used by God for good?
What advice would you give to someone about how to treat people who mistreat them?
How are you able to care for others regardless of how they treat you?
What blessings have you received because of knowing your descendants?
How have you been blessed by knowing your ancestors?
What important things do you need to say before you die?


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

One in a Million by Priscilla Shirer – Session 5

Our group discussion this week focused on why we settle for so little in our relationship with Jesus.  We have poor prioritization skills.  We are lazy when it comes to spending time with the Lord.  We know how wonderful He is, but we don’t make time for Him.  We know how powerful and sovereign He is and that He has plans to prosper us, but we can’t carve the first few moments out of our day to devote to Him.  We don’t study our Bibles as we should.  We don’t pray.  Notice I’m saying “we”.  I am pointing the finger at myself, too.

Why do we settle?  Why don’t we run to God at every opportunity and receive all of the wonderful blessing He has for us?

This week’s video was loaded with lots of great teaching.  But the one thing that really resonated with me – probably because of our group’s earlier discussion – was when she said (almost in passing), I don’t want to get to heaven and see all of the blessings God had set aside for me…  I want those things now.  Do you want those things?  Do you want to be that “One in a Million” believer?  Do you want to break through the barriers that come between you and God?

Motivation is great, but I want practical ways to achieve things.  There’s a problem with that, though.  In God’s economy, “doing something” looks like “letting go”.  Sure, we can focus our attention for a while and “muscle” our walk with Christ.  But that is doing things under our own power, and eventually our power will fail and we will fall.  Don’t get me wrong.  I am all for developing good habits like participating in daily Bible reading and study.  I think we should make appointments with God to pray and set our clocks a few minutes early so we can spend time with Him before the day overtakes us.  But I also believe that we must submit to the Lord IN ALL THINGS.  Pray that you will go through your entire day “as unto Him”.  Acknowledge Him throughout the day.  Memorize His Word and meditate on it so that it changes how you think.

Where are you “muscling” your walk with God?  What do you need to let go of?  Ask Him to take it from you.

This week of study is all about breaking barriers, changing course (aka repenting), getting rid of obstacles to promised land living.  It’s about opening your eyes to where God is at work around you and keeping your focus on Him rather than on the storm that rages around you.

Have you accepted God’s invitation into relationship with Him?  If you have, praise Jesus!  If not, what are you waiting for?  Don’t know how to accept that invite?  Pray with me the prayer on the left side of your screen, then comment on this post or find a Christian friend or a Pastor who can tell you where to go from here.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Enough Already by Barbara L. Roose

Enough Already 

by Barbara L. Roose         
Christian Living/Women
Abingdon Press 

Nearly every woman struggles with issues regarding her size, shape or style and those struggles eventually have an impact on her soul. Enough Already: Winning Your Ugly Struggle with Beauty offers biblical perspective and practical tips on how women can see the goodness, blessing, and purpose in every area of their bodies as well as embrace a powerful truth: That we are beautiful because God created us.
Most women know that God loves them, but might he love them more if they finally lost that last ten pounds, or got their hair to lay right, or finally found a pair of jeans that looked good and let them breathe? Well, maybe God doesn't care about jeans, but women do, and all the talk about inner beauty hasn't kept all of us from staring into a mirror and taking an inventory that never quite measures up. Enough Already will:
  • Elevate the soul-freeing, spiritual truth that God is the Creator of beauty and that women are called to appreciate and care for themselves as his own.
  • Enable women to accept God-given beauty so that when they look in the mirror they see his handiwork, not their flaws.
  • Equip women to win the ugly struggle with beauty once and for all.

 Meet the Author
Barbara L. Roose is the Directional Leader of Spiritual Formation at CedarCreek Church in Perrysburg, Ohio. Additionally, she serves on the executive and weekend teaching teams. She is passionate about communicating the Bible in a way that is easy and relevant for people to apply to their lives.  A frequent women's conference speaker, Barbara loves to inspire and encourage women to pursue God and connect with each other. She lives in Toledo, Ohio, with her husband and three beautiful daughters.

Find Barbara online
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Here's my review of this wonderfully encouraging book:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Barbara Roose and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Enough Already" 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.
Enough Already” by Barb Roose is 20 chapters of wisdom, Scripture and helpful discussion questions to be used in a group or for personal reflection.  There are also journaling activities that can help you put your thoughts and feelings into some kind of order and perhaps dispel lies that you believe about who you are.

Within these pages, I met a friend who shares many of my life experiences.  It’s nice to know I’m not alone in this battle.  It’s nice to be reminded that I am beautifully made AND I am beautiful!  It was nice to see women in the Bible and their strengths and know that I am created by the same God Who loves me just as well.
This book made me laugh and cry and see myself and my God in a new light.  This is a book I will recommend and it will become a gift I give to all the gals in my life.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Homiletics Genesis 49

30 April 2013

Contents:            Where?                  Egypt                                   Who?  Jacob, his sons

Jacob called unto his sons to gather so he may tell them what shall befall them.
Reuben, firstborn, Jacob’s might, excellency of dignity and power, unstable as water, shalt not excel because thou went to thy father’s bed and defiled it.
Simeon and Levi, instruments of cruelty, in their anger they slew a man, cursed be their anger and wrath, I will divide and scatter them.
Judah, thy father’s children shall bow before thee, a lion’s whelp, the scepter shall not depart from Judah, he washed his garments in wine, eyes red with wine and teeth white with milk.
Zebulun shall be a haven for ships and his border unto Zidon.
Issachar, strong ass crouching between two burdens, bowed his shoulder to bear and became a servant unto tribute.
Dan shall judge his people, be a serpent by the way that biteth the horse heels and his rider fall backwards.
I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD.
Gad, a troop shall overcome him, but he shall overcome.
Out of Asher, his bread shall be fat and he shall yield royal dainties.
Naphtali is a hind loosed, he giveth goodly words.
Joseph, a fruitful bough by a well, archers have grieved, shot and hated him, arms and hands made strong by God.
God shall help thee, bless thee with blessings from heaven, breasts and womb, thy father’s blessings shall be a crown on Joseph’s head.
Benjamin, ravin (plunder-act of violently seizing something) as wolf, shall devour prey in morning and divide spoils at night.
So he blessed the twelve tribes and he charged them to bury him in the cave of Machpelah Abraham bought from children of Heth where Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebekah and Leah are buried, and he was gathered to his people.



Jacob gathered his sons and blessed them.
Family gatherings change people.
Blessings change people.
Despite our strength, dignity and power, our instability can keep us from excelling.
Cruelty, anger and wrath will curse us.
Our fruitfulness may attract hatred.
God helps and blesses us.
Jacob was gathered to his people.
How we leave this world will be remembered.


Subject Sentence:

Jacob gathered and blessed his sons and gave burial instructions.


Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMAT desire to bless others with their actions and their words and resolve to take specific action to do that.



What is the greatest blessing you’ve received from a family gathering?
What prophetic words have been spoken over you and how did those words affect your behavior?
What prophetic words would you have wanted spoken over you?
What prophetic words have you spoken over others?
Would the prophetic words you’ve spoken be considered curse or blessing and why?
For what or whom are you a haven?
Whom do you serve?
According to God’s Word, whom will you judge?
In what way have you waited for the Lord’s salvation?
What have you overcome/are you overcoming with the Lord’s help?
What goodly words have you given and to whom?
In what ways are you fruitful?
How have your arms and hands been made strong by God?
How has God helped and blessed you?
How might the blessings of your father be a crown for your head?
For what do you want to be remembered?
What would you like your last words to be?
Of what would you like your final thoughts to be?
Under what circumstances might you give or receive burial instructions?
Do you have specific burial instructions to be carried out for you or a loved one?
Should we or shouldn’t we be concerned about our burial arrangements and why?


Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Never a Bridesmaid A May Wedding Story by Janice Thompson

A May Wedding Story
Never a Bridesmaid

By Janice Thompson
Published by Zondervan


Book Description

Meet the people who make it all happen - the planners, the photographers, the musicians who have helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples as they find their own happy endings in the second Year of Weddings novella collection. Can one bridesmaid undo the disasters caused by a poorly chosen maid of honor and save her sister's wedding from disaster?

Mari's older sister Crystal is getting married, and Mari is one of her bridesmaids - actually, the last in a lineup of five bridesmaids, but that doesn't really bother her. Much. But Sienna Jameson as the maid of honor? Really? She might be Crystal's best friend, but she's ditzy and undependable on her best days. When the best man turns out to be hunky Derrick Richardson, the right fielder for the Houston Astros and one of Houston's most eligible bachelors, Sienna abandons her duties as maid of honor to chase Derrick, and it's up to Mari to make sure Crystal's wedding day goes off without a hitch.

While Mari is wrapped up in dress fittings, bridal showers, and bachelorette nights, Derrick has taken notice of her devotion to her sister and her determination to make the wedding perfect. But between dodging Sienna's advances and watching Mari running around like a madwoman, Derrick is left to steal moments whenever he can to get to know this beautiful bridesmaid.

When the maid of honor shows up to the ceremony late and more done up than the bride herself, Mari fears her attempts to make her sister's wedding perfect have all been for naught. Will the bride be up-staged by the maid of honor? Will the fifth-in-line bridesmaid ever be recognized for all the work she's done? And will Mari finally have a moment to revel in the magic of a wedding and dance in the strong arms of a man?

About the Author
Janice Thompson got her start in the industry writing screenplays and musical comedies for the stage. She has published over ninety books for the Christian market, crossing genre lines to write cozy mysteries, historicals, romances, nonfiction books, devotionals, children's books, and more. She particularly enjoys writing light-hearted, comedic tales because she enjoys making readers laugh. In addition, she enjoys public speaking and mentoring young writers. She lives in Spring, Texas, where she leads a rich life with her family, a host of writing friends, and two mischievous dachshunds. Visit her website at Twitter: @booksbyjanice Facebook: Janice Hanna Thompson's Reader Page

Here's my review of this beautiful novella:
First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Janice Thompson and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Never A Bridesmaid: A May Wedding Story" 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.
“Never a Bridesmaid” by Janice Thompson is a sweet story of love between sisters and love between man and woman that brought back memories of both mine and my sister’s weddings.  Mari Hays loves her sister, Crystal.  So she swallows her disappointment when Crystal names someone else to be her Maid of Honor.  But when the Maid of Honor repeatedly flakes out on her duties, Mari finds herself stepping up to the plate to take care of things.  And it doesn’t hurt that many of these duties keeps Mari in close contact with Best Man Derrick Richardson, the handsome right fielder for the Houston Astros!
I could not put this novella down!  Literally!  I read this all in one sitting.  I laughed, I cried, I related, I reminisced, I learned more about the person I want to be – and the person I don’t.  This is a beautiful book about love and weddings and people and personalities.  I recommend it highly.  My only issue with the book is the cover – the bridesmaid dresses in the photo most definitely aren’t the dresses described in the book.