Thursday, September 01, 2016

Redeemed Bible Study by Angela Thomas-Pharr


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Angela Thomas-Pharr and Lifeway for sending me a copy of "Redeemed" 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.

“Redeemed” by Angela Thomas-Pharr is a beautiful Bible study about God’s love for us and geared to increase our love for Him and His people.  This seven session study is video-driven, but can be done effectively without watching the videos, but engaging God’s Word through six weeks of book work broken down over five days each week.

“Redeemed” is not just what we are as Christians.  It is what God is doing in us every day.  Each day of study will have the Bible student reading Angela’s stories, answering study questions, changing in accordance with God’s will, reading and meditating on Psalms and engaging the Lord in prayer.  This study found me at the perfect time: just as I entered a season of wanting so much more of Jesus!  And I am receiving what I long for as I work through each day of “Redeemed”.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

No Way Up by Mary Connealy


No Way Up by Mary Connealy
After ranch patriarch Chance Boden is wounded in an accident, he demands that the conditions of his will go into effect immediately: His children must reconcile and live at home for a full year or forfeit the ranch. He trusts hired hand Heath Kincaid to see it done. But when Heath suspects foul play, his desire to protect Chance’s daughter goes beyond duty.

Here's my review of this western adventure:


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Mary Connealy and her publisher for sending me a copy of "No Way Up" 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.

“No Way Up” is the mildly suspenseful kickoff to the new Cimarron Legacy series by Mary Connealy.  Just like Mary Connealy’s other books, “No Way Up” is filled with likeable characters, humor, action, romance and an amazing western landscape.  And even with all this going for it, I struggled to really enjoy this book.

Chance Boden has just been seriously injured in an accident.  He uses the seriousness of the incident to draw his three children back under the roof of the family’s ranch for one year or they forfeit their inheritance.  After saving Chance’s life, trusted ranch hand, Heath Kincaid, sets his eye on protecting Boden’s daughter Sadie and solving the mysterious circumstances surrounding Chance’s accident.

I love Mary Connealy’s writing enough to grab the next book in this series despite this read not being one of my favorite books.

 
 

Monday, July 25, 2016

HCSB Illustrator's Notetaking Bible

 
A Bible that combines two hot trends: Bible journaling and adult coloring. Each Bible spread contains a line-drawn illustration that can be filled in by the reader with whatever colors they choose. Includes three varieties of illustrations: (1) filigree, (2) Scripture quotes, and (3) drawings that illustrate the topic of the corresponding Bible text.

Here's my review of this wonderful Bible:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to B&H/Lifeway for sending me a copy of "HCSB Illustrator's Notetaking Bible" 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 was so excited to receive my HCSB Illustrator's Notetaking Bible!  I have made several attempts at Bible journaling with limited success.  My mental idea doesn’t always translate well to the margins of my Bible.  I have also enjoyed coloring since I was a child and have plunged full on into adult coloring.  This wonderful version of the Scriptures has lots of room in the margins for original drawings or actual notes.  There is also lots of pre-printed art in the margins to color.  The pre-printed art is pale enough that if you really want to design your own artwork, you can draw right over it.

My only issue with this book is that the lines where they appear in the margins are fairly dark.  If they were as light as the pre-printed drawings, I would be able to draw right over them after using them to line up my lettering.
In any case, this is a wonderful Bible.  It’s not just for journaling.  It has maps and a mini concordance and other tools as well.  What a great way to record your journey through the Word of God!

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?