Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Pass It On by Champ Thornton

Pass it On

by Champ Thornton
Devotional / Christian Living
New Growth Press


There are many different kinds of legacies we can leave, but sharing yourself and your faith with the next generation will always stand the test of time. Through showing himself and his wisdom in the book of Proverbs, God has also left his legacy with us---and relies on us to share it with our children and grandchildren. But before we can share that wisdom, first we must grow in our own understanding and knowledge and record, reflect, and consider what we have learned.

Pass it On provides readers with an opportunity to create a legacy of wisdom and faith and to share it with their children and grandchildren. As readers are guided through the book of Proverbs, they are asked to create their own personalized, wisdom journal with the aim of giving it to someone they love. Through careful study, answering questions, writing out prayers, and sharing personal stories, readers can create a lasting keepsake for themselves and for their families and friends.

Created by Champ Thornton, best-selling author of The Radical Book for Kids, Pass It On is an innovative resource to strengthen families and help them grow in their love for God and each other. This is a perfect gift for an older and wiser friend or relative, so they can share themselves and what they have learned about God with the next generation. 

  

 Meet the Author




Champ Thornton, MDiv, 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, OH. He is also the author of The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith, God's Love: A Bible Storybook, and 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 is my review of this Bible study/Devotional:


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Champ Thornton and his publisher for sending me a copy of "Pass It On" 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.
Are you looking to leave a legacy for the next generation?  “Pass It On” by Champ Thornton is a terrific idea for personalizing and gifting to your physical or spiritual descendants!  Oh my goodness!  This is a wonderful book!  From the soft leather (at least it feels like leather) cover, to the detailed instructions on how to use the book, to the beautiful “guided tour” of each chapter of Proverbs, to each exercise that will draw you nearer to God and create a keepsake for a future generation…

This book is a MUST!!!  Must have, must use, must give!
I wish I had a book like this from each of my grandparents, great-grandparents and great-great-grandparents.  We must pass on God’s wisdom to the next generation.  Buy one to fill out for each of your descendants.
 
 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The One Year Experiencing God's Love Devotional by Sandra Byrd



 

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Sandra Byrd and her publisher for sending me a copy of "The One Year Experiencing God's Love Devotional" 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 One Year Experiencing God’s Love Devotional by Sandra Byrd is an incredible book.  From the first devotion I read, I was challenged to step out of my comfort zone and live life more like Jesus would.  There are wonderful ideas for showing hospitality.  There is encouragement to memorize Scripture and live a godly life.  The devotions are uplifting.  This book makes a great gift for yourself.  Pick one up for someone else while you're at it.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Homiletics Romans 5:1-11


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

1.T4 since we’ve been justified thru faith,we have peace w/G thru our LJC (1)

2.thru Whom we’ve gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand (2a)

3.And we boast in the hope of the glory of G (2b)

4.Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings bec we know suffering produces perseverance (3)

5. perseverance, character; and character, hope (4)

6.And hope doesn’t put us to shame bec Gs love has been poured out (5a)

7.into our hearts thru the HS Who has been given to us (5b)

 

8.U see @ just the rt time, while we still pwrless, C died 4 the ungodly (6)

9.Very rarely will anyone die 4 a righteous person (7a)

10.tho 4 a good person someone might possibly dare 2 die (7b)

11.But G demonstrates His own love for us in this, While we were still sinners, C died 4 us (8)

 

12. Since we have now been justified by His blood (9a)

13.How much more shall we be saved from G’s wrath thru Him! (9b)

14.4 if while we were G’s enemies we were reconciled 2 Him thru death of His Son (10a)

15.How much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved thru His life (10b)

16.Not only is this so, but we also boast in G thru our LJC (11a)

17.thru Whom we have now rec’d reconciliation (11b)

 

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

1.Christ gives peace with God and hope of glory (1-5)

Principle: True peace only comes through Jesus Christ.

2.Christ died for sinners (6-8)

Principle: God’s love was demonstrated by the death of Jesus Christ.

3.Christ reconciled people to God (9-11)

Principle: Relationship with the Father is only restored through Jesus Christ.

 

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

Christ died for the ungodly, bringing us peace and reconciliation.

 

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

TCMATK Christ’s death is the only way to bring true peace and hope to all men and reconciliation with God the Father.

 

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

1.Where is peace eluding you and how will you find that peace?

2.How might you re-evaluate Christ’s death to see it as an act of God’s love and how might this contemplation change your relationship with Him for the better?

3.Where does your relationship with God need restoration and how will you pursue Christ this week to achieve that?

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Homiletics: Romans 4


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

1.what shall we say Abe, our 4fr acc2flesh, discovered in this? (1)

2.if A justified by wrks, he had something2boast about – but b4 God. (2)

3.what Scr say? “A believd G & it credited2him as righteousness. (3)

4.to1who wrks, wages credited as gift but as obligation. (4)

5.howevr to1who work but trusts G, who justifies ungodly, faith credited as righteousness. (5)

 

6.David says same when spks of blessedness of1to whom G credits righteousness apart from law. (6)

7.Blessed those who transgressn forgivn/sins cvrd;Blessd is1whose sin L will nvr count against him(7-8)

8.is this blessedness only4circmcsd or also uncirc? We been saying A’s faith cred as righteousness(9)

9.under what circumstance credited? After circ or b4?B4.circ=sign of righteousness (10-11)

10.He also fr of circumcsd who follow steps of faith A had b4 circumcised(12)

11.thru law A offsprg rec’d promise he b heir of wrld but thru righteousness that comes by faith(13)

12.if those who depend on law=heirs, faith means nothing&promise=worthless (14)

13. bec law brings wrath; where there no law, no transgression(15)

 

14.T4 promise cm by faith so by grace&guartd2A’s offsprg those of law,those hv faith;he fr of all(16)

15.writn:”I made u fr many nation”; our fr in sight o G who gv life2ded& call in2being thngs that not(17)

16.against hope A believd/became fr many nations, just as said to him: “so shall ur offsprg be”(18)

17.w/o wkning faith,faced body, 100 yo/S’s womb ded; waver re:promis,strngthnd,gave glry2G (19-20)

18.fully persuaded G had pwr2do promis;this why “cred as rtness” (21-22)

19. wds “it cred2him” 4 him alone,4us2whom G’ll cred rtness-who bel in Him who raisd J frm ded(23-24)

20.He was delivered over2death4our sins,raised4our justification(25)

 

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

1.Abraham was justified by faith that God credited as righteousness. (4:1-5)

Principle: God credits those who believe Him with righteousness.

2.Blessed are those whose sins are forgiven, who follow Abraham’s footsteps of faith. (4:6-15)

Principle: Those whom God credits with righteousness are blessed.

3.Abraham believed God had the power to do what He promised. (4:16-25)

Principle: God credits righteousness to those who believe in Him Who raised Jesus from the dead.

 

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

Paul reveals how God credits righteousness using Abraham and David.

 

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

TCMATK God is a forgiving, powerful promise keeper.

 

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

1.How are you being called to trust God right now and how is that sweetening your relationship with Christ?

2.How might you gently counsel someone who believes they are earning their salvation through works to see the blessedness of God’s gift apart from works?

3.What promise have you believed of God and how has He powerfully kept that promise? (Jere 33:3)

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Read and Reflect Classics: Classic Hymns


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Lifeway for sending me a copy of "Read and Reflect Classics: Classic Hymns" 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.

I’ve heard that a hymnal can be an amazing devotional book.  OK, I understand that many hymns’ lyrics come directly from Scripture, so this seems plausible.  I love several hymns and get choked up whenever I hear or sing them.  So when I found an inexpensive hymnal in a second-hand shop, I bought it.  I still didn’t engage the hymns the way I expected to.  Then I had the opportunity to review “Read and Reflect Classics: Classic Hymns”.  This wonderful book is a beautiful hardcover containing 90 songs!

At first, I admit I was disappointed that only the words were presented and not the music.  Later, I appreciated the readability without the music taking up space.  Each song is followed by Bible study questions that point to Scripture.  There are Personal Reflection Questions that encourage personal application.  And they’re not the same questions over and over.  Each song ends with a suggestion for prayer.  I really love how this book is leading me to other songs in other hymnals for study and devotional reading.  This is an amazing book!