Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Mary Connealy and her publisher for sending me a copy of "The Accidental Guardian" 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 Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy is a gritty, yet beautiful story about the survivors of a wagon train raid and the man who saves them.  Trace wants to catch the wagon train raiders and bring them to justice.  He must take Deb, one of the survivors, along to identify the murderer she saw.

This book is a suspenseful and enjoyable work of western fiction.  The characters are thick and fleshy.  The relationship development seemed a bit fast, but that got me thinking that relationships in those days developed out of necessity and probably did gel quickly because of that.  I love how works of fiction can help me process reality.  My only disappointment is that Mary Connealy’s signature wit, although still present, takes a back seat to the suspense and characterization.

“The Accidental Guardian” is a terrific book to take to the beach or pool.  Reading about a race against the approaching winter to catch a criminal is a great way to beat the summer heat!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

How to stay connected to God "out of season"

So, your church doesn't have Bible study during the summer...

And you're not a Sunday School teacher who has to prepare a lesson every week...

How about reading through the New Testament in 90 days???

If you read roughly 3 chapters each day, you can read through the entire New Testament over the summer.

There are plenty of plans available online for printing, so I won't create my own just to add to the mix.  If you need a checklist, print one of them up and start reading.

I heard recently that staying in God's Word is the most important thing we ever do!  So do it!

And for future reference...  if you have 15 days over spring break to fill with impromptu study, look through your Bible and find a book (or books) with that many chapters or pick a couple one chapter books and take several days to read, re-read and do homiletics on those books.

No matter what, stay in God's Word!

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

The CSB Worldview Bible Review

Thank you, B&H/Lifeway for sending me the CBS Worldview Bible to review! The CSB Worldview Bible is loaded with lots of features like study notes focusing on worldview, center margin references, worldview-related articles by respected Christian scholars and two ribbon markers. The beautiful navy blue leathertouch cover and silver-edged pages make this a beautiful gift for yourself or someone else. This Bible has recently become my “go to” resource for engaging Scripture. It’s a pleasure to feel in the hand. It’s appealing to look at open or closed, but preferably open… The pages are thin, yet thick enough that you’re not distracted by the printing on the back of the page. The CSB version is easy to read and understand, yet is also one of the more formal word-for-word translations of the Scriptures according to several sources. The introductions to each book of the Bible are informative foundations that connect different books, validate authorship and provide background information to help put the books in context. For example, the Timelines place each book into historical context. Each Introduction concludes with teachings found within the book about God, Humanity and Salvation to help the believer build a Biblical worldview. The articles are informative and thought-provoking. Each one helps the reader to put practical issues on display and helps the reader see how our worldview shapes how we see and deal with those things. This Bible can potentially make you a more thoughtful Christian. It is certainly a Bible I am thrilled to own and will give as a gift to others.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Bound By Duty by Valerie Hansen

Bound by Duty 
by Valerie Hansen

When Sgt. Linc Colson is assigned to monitor Zoe Sullivan and determine if she's secretly aiding her fugitive serial killer brother, his instincts tell him she's not in league
with the criminal---she's in danger. It's up to him and
his K-9 partner, Star, to keep the pretty single mom alive.

Here is my review of this enjoyable Romantic Suspense read:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Valerie Hansen and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Bound By Duty" 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.
“Bound by Duty” by Valerie Hansen from Love Inspired is everything I hoped it would be in a romantic suspense read!  This short novel begins building tension from page one and literally takes off at a run!  I was completely entertained by the novel even though certain storylines didn’t tie up at the end of the read.

Hunting for a fugitive serial killer, the military has assigned Sgt. Linc Colson and his K-9 partner, Star, to follow Zoe Sullivan, the killer’s sister.  Zoe, a single mom who would do anything to protect her son, denies any knowledge of her brother’s whereabouts.  Then it becomes very evident that Zoe is being stalked and it appears that she may be the killer’s next target.
This is an enjoyable book.  I recommend it as a clean lazy afternoon read.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Homiletics: Romans 16

Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line): 1.I commend2u our sis Phoebe,deacn of church in Cenchreae;rec her in L/gv herany help she need(1-2a) 2.she benefctr o many incl me;greet Prisc/Aquila,my co-wkrs in C;riskd lives4me,all gents gr8ful(3-4) 3.greet:church that meets their hse,my dear friend Epenetus-1st convert2C in Asia;Mary,wkd hd4u(5-6) 4.Grt Andronicus&Junia,fellow Jews-been in prison w/me.they outstdg among apostles, in C b4I(7) 5.Grt Ampliatus,my dear friend in L:Urbanus,co-wrkr in C;my dear friend Stachys(8-9) 6.Grt Apelles-fidelity2C stood test, hshold-Aristobulus;Herodion-felow Jew,hshold-Narcissus in L(10-11) 7.Grt Tryphena&Tryphosa-wm wk hard in L, dear friend Persis,another wm wkd very hd in L(12) 8.Grt Rufus&mom(mom2me);Asyncritus,Phlegon,Hermes,Patrobas,Hermas&othr brosis w/em(13-14) 9.Grt Philologus,Julia,Nereus/sister,Olympas,all L’s ppl w/em(15) 10.Grt1anothr w/holy kiss.All churchs of C send grtgs(16) 11.I urge u brosis2watch out4those cause div/put obstcls in way contrary2teachg u lernd,keep away(17) 12.such ppl serving L,but own apetits.by smooth talk/flattery they deceive minds of na├»ve ppl(18) 13.evry1 hrd re:ur obednce,so I rejoice bec of u;I want u b wise re:what=good,innocent re:what=evil(19) 14.G of peace soon crush Satan under ur ft. Grace of LJ be w/u(20) 15. Tim,my co-wrkr,sends grtgs,Lucius,Jason&Sosipater,fellow Jews;I,Tertius,wrote ltr,grt u; (21-22) 16. Gaius,whose hosp I/church enjoy,send grtgs.Erastus,city dir pub wks&bro Quartus send grtgs(23) 17.(some mnscr)May grace of our LJC b w/u all. Amen(24) 18.Now to Him who able2estab u in acc w/gospel in keepg w/rev of mystery hidden4long ages past(25) 19.but now revealed thru prophetic writgs by cmd of eternal G so Gents might cm2obed frm faith(26) 20.to the only wise G b glry 4evr thru JC! Amen.(27) Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division): 1.Greetings (1-16) Principle: The Christian life is about relationships. 2.Watch Out (17-20) Principle: The Christian life is about helping each other. 3.Grace to Romans, Glory to God (21-27) Principle: The Christian life is about glorifying God. Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture): Paul sends Romans final greetings, a warning and encouragement. Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, etc.): TCMATK Christians need God and each other. Application (not yes or no question. Meant to bring about heart change): 1.(R)What thinking needs to change to make your Christian life more about people and less about tasks? (F)With whom do you serve Christ and how might you encourage them? 2.(R) Where are you vulnerable to deception and flattery? (F) In what ways are you protecting yourself and others from deception? 3.(R)Where do you need the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ right now? (F) How are you displaying the grace that you’ve received from God?