Tuesday, August 04, 2020

The Beautiful Ashes of Gomez Gomez | Buck Storm

Literary Americana fiction filled with humor and heart
When his wife, Angel, is killed in a head-on collision, Gomez Gomez feels he can't go on--so he doesn't. He spends his days in the bushes next to the crash site drinking Thunderbird wine, and his nights cradling a coffee can full of Angel's ashes. Slow, sure suicide, with no one for company but the snakes, Elvis's ghost, and a strange kid named Bones.
Across town, Father Jake Morales plays it safe, haunted by memories of the woman he left behind, hiding his guilt, loss, and love behind a thick wall of cassock and ritual. Then a shady business deal threatens the town--and his good friend Gomez Gomez--and Father Jake can't just stand by and watch. But what happens when the rescuer is the one in need of saving?
The Beautiful Ashes of Gomez Gomez is quirky, heartfelt, and deeply human. Lives and hopes collide in the town of Paradise, stretching across decades and continents in this epic story of forgiveness, redemption, and love.

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Buck Storm and his publisher for sending me a copy of "The Beautiful Ashes of Gomez Gomez" 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 Beautiful Ashes of Gomez Gomez” by Buck Storm is a beautifully written book with interesting characters dealing with a tough subject matter: life.  The small town of Paradise, Arizona is the home of some very different personalities.

This book reads as if you’re sitting in a corner just watching life happen!  How each life weaves into the next creates a beautiful tapestry called community.  So few novels read like this one.  The characters attach to the reader’s heart like friends.  Ahhh, what a refreshing read!  It fills me with the desire to carve out, engage and nurture my own community in this time when neighbors don’t even speak to each other.

Friday, July 31, 2020

At Love's Command by Karen Witemeyer

Ex-cavalry officer Matthew Hanger leads a band of mercenaries who defend the innocent, but when a rustler's bullet leaves one of them at death’s door, they seek out help from Dr. Josephine Burkett. When Josephine's brother is abducted and she is caught in the crossfire, Matthew may have to sacrifice everything—even his team—to save her.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Homiletics - Mark 5

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

1.They across lake Gerasenes; J impure spirit meet; tombs no bind chain(5:1-3)

2.tore chains no1 strong subdue;night/day cry out cut self;saw J ran knees(4-6)

2.shouted what want Son of MHG;J:come out spirit;what name, Legion many(7-9)

3.begged send out area;pigs feeding nearby;send us pigs;gave permis,spirits pigs,drowned(10-13)

4.those tending pigs reported;came J, saw man, afraid(14-15)

5.told ppl what happened;ppl plead J leave;man begged go with(16-18)

6.J:go home, tell;man tell, ppl amazed(19-20)

 

7.J crossed lake, large crowd;synagogue leader Jairus came;pleaded dtr dying(21-23)

8.J went crowd followed;wm bleeding 12 years;suffered, spent all, worse(24-26)

9.she behind touched cloak; thought touch, healed;immed bleeding stopped,freed(27-29)

10.J realized, who touched;disc:how you ask;J kept looking(30-32)

11.woman,trembling,told truth;dtr, faith healed you(33-34)

12.ppl from Jairus:dtr dead;J:just believe;Peter,John,James(35-37)

13.J saw commotion;why commotion, child asleep;they laughed,put them out(38-40)

14.took hand Talitha koum;immed girl stood 12yo;orders not let anyone know(41-43)

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

1.Jesus heals a demon-possessed man(5:1-20)

Principle:  Jesus is sovereign over the spiritual realm.

2.Jesus heals a bleeding woman and a dead girl(5:21-43)

Principle:  Jesus is sovereign over life and death.

 

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

Jesus heals a demon-possessed man, bleeding woman and dead girl.

 

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

TCMATK Jesus is sovereign over every condition of life and death.

 

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

1.Where are you struggling to be still and wait on God as you experience spiritual warfare?

2.What area is Jesus wanting to heal or resurrect in you?


Saturday, July 18, 2020

Homiletics - Mark 4

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

1.J teach lake, crowd lg, boat;taught parables;farmer sow seed; scattering path birds ate(4:1-4)

2.rocky places soil shallow; sun plants scorched withered no root; seed among thorns choked(5-7)

3.J:whoever ears hear(8)

 

4.Twelve & others asked;secret koG given you;they perceiving,undstdg(9-12)

5.don’t you undstd? Farmer sows word;seed path=Satan takes word,fall away(13-15)

6.rocky places,trouble persecution fall away; thorns, worries deceitfulness choke(16-19)

7.good soil, hear accept produce crop;lamp under bowl, bed, on stand; what hidden be disclosed(20-22)

8.anyone ears hear;measure use measure to you;who has given more,hasn’t taken away(23-25)

9.koG like man scatters seed; seed sprouts grows; soil produces grain;grain ripe harvest come(26-29)

10.what say koG like?mustard seed smallest;grows largest plants; similar parables J spoke(30-33)

 

11.alone w/disc explained;evening let’s go other side;leaving crowd behind boat;furious squall(34-37)

12.J stern sleepg, disc woke; got up rebuked wind; why afraid no faith; terrified, wind waves obey(38-41)

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

1.Jesus teaches in parables

Principle:  God teaches spiritual truth.

2.Jesus explains the parables to His disciples

Principle:  God reveals truth to His people.

3.Jesus calms the furious squall

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

Jesus teaches in parables, explains to disciples and rebukes wind.

 

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

TCMATK

 

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

1.What Scriptural teaching is a mystery to you and how will you cooperate with God to gain understanding?

2.What revelation has the Holy Spirit given you lately and with whom are you sharing that revelation?

3.How is the study of Scripture and prayer calming you in the midst of a storm?


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Pastor Matt's Sermon notes:

What action have you taken to implement the things God showed you last week?

What happens when we hear the Word?

Why do we gather?

 

Path – hardened by many feet packing down the dirt.

Rocky – shallow, no root.

Thorns – congested, no fruit.

Fruitful soil.

 

Reflect: what kind of heart do you have?

 

If you want to know Jesus, you have to follow Jesus.  There’s no casual relationship with Jesus!  It’s all or nothing.  Those who know Him will know the kingdom.  Those who don’t know Him, who are only curious about Him, won’t understand spiritual truth.

 

We don’t get to judge God’s Word.  God’s Word judges us.

 

Believing means seeing.

 

If we do not turn our beliefs into practice, they will not soon be our beliefs. – Alexander McLaren

 

Those with no root will flee when testing comes.

 

Most Christians are unfruitful.  James 1:22.

 

v. 21 - You must be filled often to be a light-bearer – just like a lamp.  Oil is indicative of the Holy Spirit.

 

Just like the Israelites couldn’t store manna, we need a constant infusion of God’s Word!

 

Get alone with Jesus!  When you want to hear from the Lord, you cannot be distracted.

 

Jesus will explain what He wants you to know.

 

Whenever you take a teaching in, you know there will be a test.  If you’re given a test, God has equipped you to deal with it.  He expects you to pass.

 

Fear and faith cannot live in the same heart.


Monday, July 13, 2020

The Heart of a Hero by Susan May Warren

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Susan May Warren and her publisher for sending me a copy of "The Heart of a Hero" 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.

Susan May Warren’s latest novel, “The Heart of a Hero” is an action-packed read perfect for a long summer weekend!  Aria Sinclair is caught smack-dab in the middle of a category 4 hurricane in Florida.  Jake Silver can’t get Aria out of his head and, hearing of her predicament, rushes down there in an attempt to rescue her…again.

This novel starts off at a run and doesn’t let up until the last page is turned!  I have not read “The Way of the Brave,” yet, which is the first offering in this Global Search and Rescue Series.  But even though Jake and Aria’s relationship began in that novel, this book reads really well on its own.  In fact, it makes me want to read the first book and I’ll definitely be picking up the last one.

“The Heart of a Hero” isn’t just an action-packed romance.  It’s a book with deep moral lessons that will leave you wanting to be a better human being.