Saturday, July 25, 2015

Homiletics Matthew 9:1-34

written 12 November 2013


Contents (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture):  Where?                His own city       Who? Jesus, disciples, etc.

1
9:1-3
He entered ship, came to own city, they brought man sick of palsy, Jesus seeing faith said: thy sins forgiven, scribes said: blasphemeth.
2
9:4-6
Jesus knowing thoughts said: wherefore think evil in your hearts, easier to say forgiven or arise and walk, that ye know Son of man hath power to forgive: Arise, take bed, go thine house.
3
9:7-8
He arose/departed, multitudes saw/marveled/glorified God.
4
9:9-10
J saw Matthew at custom: follow me; he arose/followed; J at meat in house, publicans/sinners sat w/him & disciples.
5
9:11-13
Pharisees said unto disciples: why eateth Master with publicans/sinners; J heard/said: whole need not physician, but sick; not come to call righteous but sinners to repentance.
6
9:14-15
Disciples of John: why we/Pharisees fast, thy disciples fast not; J said: can children mourn while bridegroom with them, days will come when bridegroom taken and they fast.
7
9:16-17
No new cloth unto old garment – rent made worse; no new wine in old bottles – bottles break/wine runneth out/bottled perish; new wine-new bottles, both preserved.
8
9:18-21
Certain ruler worshipped, saying: Daughter dead-you lay thy hand on her, she live; J arose/followed, so did disciples; woman, issue of blood, 12 yrs, touched garment: if I touch, I be whole.
9
9:22-26
J turned/saw: thy faith made thee whole; came into ruler’s house: maid not dead, sleepeth; went in, took hand, maid rose; fame went into all land.
10
9:27-31
J departed; 2 blind men followed, saying: Son of David, mercy; J: believe ye I am able, they said: yea, Lord; touched eyes: according to faith be it unto you, eyes opened; J: see no man know; but they spread fame.
11
9:32-34
They brought dumb man possessed w/devil, devil cast out, dumb spake, multitudes marveled, Pharisees said: He casteth out devils through prince of devils.

 


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

1
9:1-8
Jesus brought man sick of palsy, seeing faith said: thy sins forgiven, scribes said: blasphemeth; knowing thoughts: easier to say forgiven or arise and walk, that ye know Son of man hath power to forgive: Arise, take bed, go thine house; He departed, multitudes saw/marveled/glorified God.
Principle:
Jesus responds to our faith, knows our thoughts and has the power to forgive sins.
2
9:9-17
Jesus saw Matthew: follow me, at meat, publicans/sinners sat with Jesus and disciples, Pharisees said unto disciples: why eateth Master with publicans/sinners; Jesus heard/said: not come to call righteous but sinners to repentance; Disciples of John: why we/Pharisees fast, thy disciples not; Jesus said: days will come when bridegroom taken and they fast; No new cloth unto old garment – rent made worse; no new wine in old bottles – bottles break/wine runneth out; new wine-new bottles, both preserved.
Principle:
Jesus calls unlikely people to follow Him and calls sinners to repent: this is the new way.
3
9:18-34
Ruler worshipped, Daughter dead-you lay hand on her, she live, Jesus followed, woman, issue of blood, 12 yrs, touched garment: if I touch, I be whole: thy faith made thee whole; ruler’s house: maid not dead, sleepeth; went in, took hand, maid rose; fame went into all land; 2 blind men followed, saying: Son of David, mercy; Jesus touched eyes: according to faith be it unto you, eyes opened, they spread fame; dumb man possessed w/devil, devil cast out, dumb spake, multitudes marveled, Pharisees said: He casteth out devils through prince of devils.
Principle:
Jesus isn’t irritated by interruptions.
Our faith makes us whole.
Jesus has the power to heal disease, raise the dead, restore sight to the blind and cast out dumb demons.

 

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

Jesus responds to faith and thoughts, bringing healing and restoration.

 

Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMATK the power of Christ to know every thought, heal any disease, forgive every sin, call sinners to repentance, raise the dead, restore sight and cast out demons without becoming irritated at being interrupted.

 

Application:

1
How has Jesus responded to your demonstrations of faith toward Him?
2
Describe your encounter with Jesus where He invited you to follow Him.
How does Christ’s references to new cloth and old garment and new wine and old bottles relate to the ministry He was engaged in?
3
How has your faith made you whole?
In what way has Jesus touched your life and healed it?

 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Not Your Average Reading Challenge




This is not your average reading challenge.  You don’t have to read 50 books by the end of the year.  You don’t have to read a book by an author with the same initials as yours.  You don’t have to read a thriller or a classic or a book translated from in a foreign language.  I don’t belittle those types of challenges.  In fact, I completed two such lists this year.  But I’d like to issue a challenge of another sort.

Below, you will find a list of names.  Each is the moniker of a human being who openly lived for Christ and because of that, changed the world in Christ’s Name.  Read something by or about one or more of these individuals, not to glorify the individual but rather to see the work of God in others’ lives so we may better notice His work in ours.  This list is certainly not exhaustive.  If you’d like to add a name, please leave it as a comment on this post.  I pray this activity blesses you and inspires you to live out loud for Christ!

A.W. Tozer
Adoniram Judson
Amy Carmichael
Andrew Murray
Benjamin Broomhall
Bethany Hamilton
Betty Greene
Betty Olsen
Billy Graham
Billy Sunday
Brother Andrew
Brother Lawrence
Cameron Townsend
Captain John Birch
Charles Grandison Finney
Charles Judd
Charles Spurgeon
Clarence Jones
Corrie Ten Boom
Count Zinzendorf
C.S. Lewis
C.T. Studd
David Brainerd
David Bussau
David Livingstone
Dawson Trotman
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Dixon Edward Hoste
D.L. Moody
Elisabeth Elliot
Eric Liddell
Eric Ludy
Fannie Crosby
Father Damien
Florence Young
Frances Ridley Havergal
Francis Asbury
Francis (and Edith) Schaeffer
Frank Laubach
Franklin Graham
G.K. Chesterton
George Muller
George Whitefield
Gladys Aylward
Harriet Tubman
Henry Martyn
Horatio Spafford
Hudson Taylor
Ida Scudder
Ignatius of Antioch
Irenaeus of Lyons
Isobel Kuhn
Jacob DeShazer
James W.C. Pennington
Jeanne Guyon
Jim Elliot
John Bunyan
John Calvin
John Eliot
John Lennox
John Newton
John Gibson Paton
John Stephen Piper
John Pollock
John Stott
John Wesley
John Williams
John Wycliffe
Jonathan Edwards
Jonathan Goforth
Ken Boa
Ken Taylor
Klaus-Dieter John
Lee Stroebel
Leonard Ravenhill
Lillian Trasher
Loren Cunninghan
Lottie Moon
Louis Zamperini
Luis Palau
Martin Luther
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Mary Slessor
Mary Jo Sharp
Mike Benge (Betty Olsen’s co-captor)
Montagu Beauchamp
Mordecai Ham
Mother Teresa
Nate Saint
Norman Grubb
Paul Brand
Philip P. Bliss
R.C. Sproul
Rachel Saint
Ravi Zacharias
Richard Wurmbrand
Robert Moffat
Robert Murray McCheyne
Rowland Bingham
Saint Augustine
Samuel Morris
Samuel Zwemer
Sundar Singh
Thomas a Kempis
Watchman Nee
Wilfred Grenfell
William (and Catherine) Booth
William Carey
William Cowper
William David Rudland
William Tyndale
William Wilberforce
Xi Shengmo
 
 
 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Beyond the Ashes by Karen Barnett

Beyond the Ashes 
by Karen Barnett    
Historical Fiction
Abingdon Press  


"Tis better to have loved and lost...," but can Ruby Marshall risk her heart a second time?
Where better to rebuild and face one's fears than in 1906 San Francisco, a city rising from the ashes? Ruby Marshall, a young widow, is certain she'll discover new purpose assisting her brother Robert with his cancer research, but she doesn't anticipate finding new love.

Dr. Gerald Larkspur dreams of filling his empty home with family, but he'd always hoped it would be a wife and children. In the aftermath of the great earthquake, the rooms are overflowing with extended family and friends left homeless by the disaster. When Robert's widowed sister arrives, the close quarters seem close indeed. Ruby and Gerald's fledgling romance is put at risk when Gerald develops symptoms of the very disease they're striving to cure. Together they must ask---is it worth a second chance at love when time might be short?

Note: Beyond the Ashes is the second book in The Golden Gate Chronicles series. To find out more about the series and to purchase book one click here.

 Meet the Author
Karen Barnett is the author of Mistaken and several articles that have been published by Guideposts and other national magazines. She lives in Albany, Oregon, with her husband, two children, and three cats.

Find Karen online: website, Facebook, Twitter  

 
Here is my review of this incredible historical romance:


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Karen Barnett and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Beyond the Ashes" 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.
"Beyond the Ashes" by Karen Barnett is the second offering in The Golden Gate Chronicles series and will be enjoyed more thoroughly if you’ve read the first book in the series, but it reads well as a standalone novel.  Rose Marshall has arrived in San Francisco to visit her brother, Dr. Robert King, a brilliant cancer researcher.  The widow doesn’t expect to fall in love.  She fears losing a new love like she lost her first husband.

Dr. Gerald Larkspur is Dr. Robert King’s cancer research partner.  He owns the home that is busting at the seams with friends and relatives displaced after the earthquake, but the addition of Robert’s beautiful redheaded sister is a pleasant distraction, especially as he gets to know the strong, independent woman.
“Beyond the Ashes” is a beautiful historical romance that will keep you turning pages well past bedtime.  It ends a bit abruptly for my taste, but it is a thought-provoking and entertaining read.