Monday, August 31, 2015

Glory Days by Max Lucado

Glory Days 
by Max Lucado 
Inspirational
Thomas Nelson 


God has a Promised Land for you to claim.
 
Maybe you're feeling a little stuck. Caught in a rut. You're fighting the same battles and facing the same temptations. You're wondering, is this as good as the Christian life gets?
 
There's good news. You were made for more. You were made for Glory Days.
In God's plan, in God's land, you win more often than you lose, forgive as quickly as you are offended, and give as abundantly as you receive. You may stumble, but you will not collapse. You may struggle, but you'll defy despair. You will enjoy abundant fruit and increasing faith.
With God's help you can close the gap between the person you are and the person you want to be.
These days are Glory Days.
Your past is past,
your future is bright,
God's promises are true and
his Word is sure.
With God as your helper,
you will be all he wants you to be,
do all he wants you to do,
and receive all he wants you to receive.
These days are Glory Days.
More than 120 million readers have been inspired by the words of Max Lucado. He lives with his wife, Denalyn, and their mischievous mutt, Andy, in San Antonio, Texas, where he serves the people of Oak Hills Church.
 
 
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 Meet the Author
More than 120 million readers have found comfort in the writings of Max Lucado. He ministers at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and a sweet but misbehaving mutt, Andy.

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Here is my review of this incredibly encouraging read:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Max Lucado and his publisher for sending me a copy of "Glory Days" 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.

“Glory Days” is the latest engaging and potentially life-changing read by Max Lucado.  We’ve all taken our laps around the desert on our way to the Promised Land after being rescued from the bondage of sin.  Life in the wilderness can get you down, but Lucado encourages with this book on Promised Land living based on the Scriptural text of the book of Joshua.

Covering topics including Inheritance, Listening, Trust, Prayer and Remembrance, Lucado offers hope for Promised Land living here on earth before we reach our true Promised Land.  “Glory Days” is easily digestible and packed with encouragement and practical life application.  This is a must read for any Christian whose walk with Christ isn’t everything they want it to be.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Homiletics Matthew 16

written 22 January 2014


Contents (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture):  Where?                Coasts of Magdala & Caesarea Philippi  Who?  Jesus, Pharisees, Sadducees, Disciples, Peter

1
16:1-4
Pharisees/Sadducees came, desired sign; J: when evening, ye say will be fair weather for sky red - in morning, foul weather for sky red/lowring – hypocrites, ye discern sky but not signs of times - Wicked/adulterous generation seeketh sign, no sign given but sign of Jonas and He departed.
2
16:5-7
When D come other side, forgotten bread; J: beware leaven Phar/Sadd; they reasoned because we taken no bread.
3
16:8-10
J: ye of little faith, why reason ye because no bread, remember 5 loaves of 5000/how many baskets ye took up, 7 loaves of 4000/how many baskets ye took up?
4
16:11-12
How ye not understand I spake not concerning bread; then understood they beware doctrine Phar/Sadd.
5
16:13-15
J came Caesarea Philippi: whom men say I Son of man am; they: some John the Baptist, some Elias, others Jeremias or prophets; J: whom say ye I am.
6
16:16-19
P: Christ, Son of living God; J: blessed thou Simon, flesh/blood not revealed but my Father; thou art Peter, upon this rock I build church, gates of hell not prevail against it; I give thee keys to kingdom, whatsoever thou bind on earth/bound in heaven, whatsoever thou loose on earth/loosed in heaven.
7
16:20-23
Charged D tell no man he Christ; began shew D He must go Jerusalem, suffer, be killed and raised third day; P: this shall not be; J: get behind me Satan, thou art offense, thou savourest not things of God but of men.
8
16:24-26
J: if any man come after me, deny himself, take up cross, follow me; whosoever will save life shall lose it, whosoever lose life for my sake shall find it; what profited if he gain whole world/lose soul, what shall man exchange for soul?
9
16:27-28
Son of man shall come in glory of Father w/angels, reward man according to works; verily some standing here shall not taste death till they see Son of man coming in kingdom.

 

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

1
16:1-12
Phar/Sadd desired sign; J: hypocrites, ye discern sky but not signs of times - Wicked/adulterous generation seeketh sign, no sign given but sign of Jonas, He departed; When D come, forgotten bread; J: beware leaven Phar/Sadd; they reasoned because  no bread; J: ye of little faith, why reason ye because no bread, remember 5 loaves/5000/baskets ye took up, 7 loaves/4000/baskets ye took up; How ye not understand I spake not concerning bread; then understood they beware doctrine Phar/Sadd.
Principle:
Those who truly belong to God will not require signs for they will be able to discern the signs of the times.
Beware the doctrine of man.
2
16:13-28
J: whom men say I am; John the Baptist/Elias/Jeremias/prophets; J: whom say ye I am; P: Christ; J: flesh/blood not revealed but Father; upon this rock I build church; I give thee keys to kingdom, whatsoever thou bind on earth/bound in heaven, whatsoever thou loose on earth/loosed in heaven; tell no man he Christ; began shew He must go Jerusalem, suffer, be killed, raised third day; P: this shall not be; J: get behind me Satan, thou savourest not things of God but men; J: if come after me, deny himself, take up cross, follow me; whosoever will save life shall lose it, whosoever lose life for my sake shall find it; what profited if he gain whole world/lose soul, what shall man exchange for soul.
Principle:
Knowing that Jesus is Christ is a blessing revealed by our Heavenly Father, not by men of flesh and blood.
Jesus would build the church upon Peter’s declaration that He was the Christ.
After His identity was revealed to at least Peter, Jesus began preparing them for what was to come.
When we are passionate about the things of men rather than the things of God, we are behaving just like Satan.

 

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

Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God.

 

Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMAT be exposed to the identity of Jesus Christ and examine themselves thoroughly to determine their belief about Him.

 

Application:

1
Are you still requesting signs from God or are you able to discern the signs of the times?
In what way have you seen this wicked and adulteress generation request a sign?
What doctrines of men do you know of that have nothing to do with the truth of God?
How might you help another Bible student to understand the teachings of Jesus?
2
Whom do you say Jesus is and how do you live to show evidence of your belief?
Why might Jesus have responded to Peter as He did when Peter protested Christ’s future suffering?
How have you denied yourself, taken up your cross and followed Jesus?
What does it mean to lose your life for Jesus’ sake?

 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Homiletics Matthew 15

written 15 January 2014


Contents (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture):  Where?                Jerusalem, Tyre, Sidon, Magdala              Who? Scribes, Pharisees, Jesus, disciples, Peter, Canaanite woman, multitude

1
15:1-6
To J, scribes/Pharisees: why disciples transgress tradition, wash not hands; J: why ye transgress commandment of God by tradition, commanded: honor father/mother – ye honor not father/mother; made commandment of none effect by tradition.
2
15:7-9
Esaias prophesy of you: draweth nigh with mouth, honoreth me w/lips, heart far from me; in vain they worship me, teaching commandments of men.
3
15:10-11
J to multitude: hear/understand – not goeth into mouth defileth, that which cometh out defileth man.
4
15:12-14
Disciples to J: Pharisees offended; J: every plant heavenly Father not planted rooted up; let them alone – blind leaders of blind, both fall into ditch.
5
15:15-20
Peter: declare this parable; J: are ye w/o understanding, whatever entereth mouth goeth belly/is cast out; things out of mouth come from heart – evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies, these defile, to eat w/unwashen hands defileth not.
6
15:21-28
J to Tyre/Sidon, woman of Canaan:  mercy, daughter vexed w/devil; he answered not, disciples: send her away; J: I not sent but unto lost sheep of Israel, she worshipped: help me; J: not meet to take children’s bread/cast to dogs; she: truth, yet dogs eat crumbs from master’s table; J: great faith, be it as thou wilt; daughter whole from that hour.
7
15:29-31
J unto sea of Galilee, up mountain, sat; multitudes came with lame, blind, dumb, maimed, others – He healed; when they saw, they glorified God.
8
15:32-34
J called disciples: I have compassion on multitudes, with me three days, nothing to eat, will not send away fasting lest they faint; D: whence we have so much bread to fill multitude: J: how many loaves; D: 7 and a few little fishes.
9
15:35-38
J commanded multitude: sit; took loaves/fishes, gave thanks, brake, gave to disciples, disciples to multitude; all eat/were filled; took up 7 baskets full; they that did eat were 4000 men beside women/children.
10
15:39
J sent away multitude, took ship, came into Magdala.

 


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

1
15:1-20
To J, scribes/Pharisees: why disciples transgress tradition, wash not hands; J: why ye transgress commandment of God by tradition – honor not father/mother; Esaias prophesy of you: draweth nigh with mouth, honoreth w/lips, heart far from me; in vain they worship me, teaching commandments of men; J to multitude: hear/understand – that which cometh out defileth man; D: Pharisees offended; J: every plant heavenly Father not planted rooted up; let them alone – blind leaders of blind, both fall into ditch; J: things out of mouth come from heart – evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies, these defile, to eat w/unwashen hands defileth not.
Principle:
The traditions of men are worthless compared to the commandments of God.
The condition of our heart is revealed by our words.
2
15:21-28
J to Tyre/Sidon, woman of Canaan:  mercy, daughter vexed w/devil; he answered not, disciples: send her away; J: I not sent but unto lost sheep of Israel, she worshipped: help me; J: not meet to take children’s bread/cast to dogs; she: truth, yet dogs eat crumbs from master’s table; J: great faith, be it as thou wilt; daughter whole from that hour.
Principle:
Jesus already knows all, so don’t make excuses to get what you want from Him.
Great faith is evidenced by humility (and persistence?), not arrogance.
3
15:29-39
J unto sea of Galilee, up mountain, sat; multitudes came with lame, blind, dumb, maimed, others – He healed; they glorified God; J: I have compassion on multitudes, with me three days, nothing to eat, will not send away fasting lest they faint, how many loaves; D: 7 and a few little fishes; J commanded multitude: sit; took loaves/fishes, gave thanks, brake, gave to disciples, disciples to multitude; all eat/were filled; took up 7 baskets full; they that did eat were 4000 men beside women/children; J sent away multitude, took ship, came into Magdala.
Principle:
Jesus won’t send us away hungry – spiritually or physically.
Jesus involves His disciples in the activity of His miraculous provision.
After meeting the needs – and exceeding the expectations of the crowd – Jesus sends those who seek Him out away.

 

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

Jesus teaches about defilement, rewards great faith and feeds 4000+.

 


Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMATK that what they say is an indication of the condition of their heart, that He rewards great faith and meets all of our needs while He exceeds our expectations.

 

Application:

1
In what ways are you more like the scribes and Pharisees, concerned more with man’s traditions than God’s commands?
Why might someone (including the scribes and Pharisees) be more concerned with man’s traditions than God’s commands?
How do you respond when you are convicted of wrongdoing by God’s Word or His Spirit?
Who are you following and why?
What testimony do your words give about the condition of your heart?
2
How have you persisted in making requests to God?
When have you attempted to bargain with God or justify your behavior before Him and how did that work out for you?
How is the Canaanite woman’s persistence a show of great faith?
In what way has your faith been rewarded?
3
How do you resemble Christ in the area of caring for the needs of others?
When have you given the little bit you have to the Lord and He multiplied it miraculously?
What is Christ giving to you that He’s asking you to give to others?

 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Homiletics Matthew 14

written 8 January 2014


Contents (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture):  Where?                  (Jerusalem?)  Gennesaret         Who?  Herod, Herodias, (Salome), John the Baptist, Jesus, disciples, multitude, Peter

1
14:1-2
Herod heard of Jesus, said this=John Baptist, risen – mighty works shew forth in him
2
14:3-5
John bound, prison for Herodias’ sake (bro Philip’s wife); John said not lawful to have her; would’ve put to death /feared multitude – they counted him as prophet.
3
14:6-8
Herod’s b’day, daughter of Herodius danced/pleased Herod, he promised whatever she ask: instructed by mother, said: John Baptist’s head in charger.
4
14:9-12
King sorry, for oath/them which sat with him, he commanded, beheaded John, brought to damsel, she brought to mother, disciples came, took body, buried, told Jesus.
5
14:13-14
Jesus heard, departed by ship into desert place, people heard/followed on foot; Jesus saw multitude/moved with compassion, healed.
6
14:15-18
Evening, disciples: send multitude away – they go buy victuals; Jesus: give ye them to eat; disciples: 5 loaves, 2 fish; Jesus: bring them.
7
14:19-21
J command multitude sit, took loaves/fish, looked up to heaven, blessed, brake, gave to disciples, disciples to multitude, all eat/filled; fragments – 12 baskets; 5000 men beside women/children.
8
14:22-24
Straightaway J: disciples get into ship, go other side, he sent multitudes away, went up mountain to pray; evening, he alone, ship in midst of sea, tossed w/waves, wind contrary.
9
14:25-27
4th watch, J went to them walking on sea, disciples saw, were troubled: it is a spirit; they cried out for fear; J: be of good cheer, it is I, be not afraid.
10
14:28-30
P: Lord, bid me come on water; J: come; Peter came out, walked, when he saw wind boisterous, afraid, beginning to sink: Lord, save me.
11
14:31
Immed., J stretched hand, caught him: thou of little faith, wherefore thou doubt?
12
14:32-33
When they come to ship, wind ceased; they in ship worshipped: thou art the Son of God.
13
14:34-36
Came into Gennesaret, when men of that place had knowledge of him, sent out, brought diseased; besought they might touch hem of garment, as many as touched were made perfectly whole.

 


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

1
14:1-12
Herod heard of Jesus: John Baptist, risen; John prison for Herodias, said not lawful to have her; would’ve put to death /feared multitude; b’day, daughter of Herodius danced, he promised/she ask: instructed by mother: John Baptist’s head; King sorry/beheaded John, brought to damsel/mother, disciples came, took body, buried, told Jesus.
Principle:
Don’t make promises you shouldn’t keep.
Don’t take action for appearance’s sake.
Beware of the company you keep.
2
14:13-21
Jesus heard, departed/people followed; Jesus, moved with compassion, healed; Evening, disciples: send multitude away; Jesus: give ye them to eat; disciples: 5 loaves, 2 fish; Jesus: bring them; J command multitude sit, took loaves/fish, blessed, brake, gave to disciples, disciples to multitude, all eat/filled; fragments – 12 baskets; 5000 men beside women/children.
Principle:
Jesus is compassionate and giving.
Jesus can do amazing miracles with limited supplies.
3
14:22-33
J: disciples go other side, he sent multitudes away, went to pray; evening, he alone, ship in midst of sea, tossed w/waves, wind; 4th watch, J walking on sea, disciples saw, were troubled/cried out for fear; J: be of good cheer, it is I, be not afraid; P: Lord, bid me come on water; J: come; Peter came out, walked, saw wind/afraid, beginning to sink: Lord, save me; J caught him: thou of little faith, wherefore thou doubt; when they come to ship, wind ceased; they in ship worshipped: thou art the Son of God.
Principle:
Prayer is important.
Jesus is with His people in the most turbulent of storms.
When we are afraid, we should cry out to Jesus.
When we are with Jesus, we should be of good cheer, not afraid, regardless of the circumstances.
Jesus empowers His people to do incredible things!
Keep your eyes focused upon Jesus, not your circumstances, or you may succumb to your fear rather than walking in His power!
4
14:34-36
Came into Gennesaret, when men had knowledge of him, brought diseased; besought they might touch hem of garment, as many as touched made perfectly whole.
Principle:
When people learn of Jesus, they seek His healing.
The slightest touch from Jesus changes lives, making us perfectly whole.

 

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

Herod beheaded John, Jesus fed 5000, Peter walked on water.

 

Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMATK Jesus’ compassion, power and ability to do a lot with a little, making them willing to be used for His divine purpose.

 

Application:

1
What promises have you made and regretted later that you honored simply because you made the promise or didn’t want to disappoint people who were watching you?
What action have you taken when you realized that the people you surrounded yourself with were not the best choice of friends or acquaintances?
2
How have you experienced Jesus’ generosity and compassion?
In what way have you seen Jesus do the extraordinary with limited resources?
3
How have/will you made prayer a regular part of your day?
What storms has Jesus accompanied you through and how did He remove your fear?
What incredible things has Jesus empowered you to do?
When have you kept your eyes focused upon Jesus in the midst of the storm, and what were the results?
When have you taken your eyes off Jesus to focus on the storm, and what were the results?
4
When you first learned of Jesus, what did you seek from Him?
How has Jesus made you “perfectly whole”?