Saturday, April 30, 2016

Homiletics: Revelation 20:1-10


Contents (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture):  Where?                                                                Who?

1
1
I saw A come out hvn having key to Abyss and holding a great chain.
2
2
He seized dragon (ancient serpent, devil, Satan) and bound him for 1000 years.
3
3a
A threw him into Abyss, lockd/sealed it to keep him frm deceiving nations til 1000 yrs end.
4
3b
After, he must be set free for a short time.
5
4a
I saw thrones on which seated those givn authority to judge.
6
4b
I saw souls of those beheaded bec of testimony about J and word of G.
7
4c
They hadn’t worshiped bst/image, not recd mark on foreheads or hands.
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4d
They came to life & reigned w/Christ 1000 yrs.
9
5
Rest of dead not come life until 1000 yrs ended; this 1st resurrection.
10
6a
Blessed & holy those who share in 1st resurrection.
11
6b
2nd death has no power over them, they priests of G and Christ & reign w/Him 1000 yrs.
12
7
When 1000 yrs over, Satan released from his prison
13
8a
Will go deceive nations in 4 corners of earth – Gog and Magog – & gather them for battle.
14
8b
In #, they like sand on seashore.
15
9a
They marched across breadth of earth & surrounded camp of G’s ppl, city He loves.
16
9b
But fire came down frm hvn & devoured them.
17
10a
The devil was thrown into lake of burning sulfur where beast & false prophet thrown.
18
10b
They will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

 


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

1
20:1-6
The Thousand Year Reign of Christ
Principle:
 
2
20:7-10
After the Thousand Years, Satan is Thrown into the Lake of Burning Sulfur
Principle:
 

 

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

Christ reigns 1000 years, then Satan lands in hot water.

 

Aim:

TCMATK what we do today impacts where we will spend the 1000 year reign of Christ and eternity.

 

Application:

1
How does the description of the 1000 year reign of Christ make you want to serve your Savior now?
Who is alive and reigning with Christ during the 1000 years, and what are you doing right now to potentially impact those believers?
2
What action are you currently taking to limit the numbers that Satan will deceive after the 1000 year reign of Christ?

 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Becky Wade Facebook Party May 5th!


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A female bodyguard plus her star NFL client plus danger equals a great recipe for romance! Her One and Only, book four in Becky Wade's Porter Family novels, releases May 3. To celebrate, Becky is hosting an author chat party on her Facebook page on May 5 at 5 PM PDT/8 PM EDT. Join Becky for an evening of book chat with other bookworms and prizes.

Plus a portion of all pre-sales and sales the release week of Her One and Only will be donated to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. For more details on how to purchase a copy, click here.

About the Book
After ten years in the NFL, super star Gray Fowler is accustomed to obsessive fans. But when Gray starts receiving death threats from a stalker, his team hires an executive protection agency to guard him until the culprit is caught. Dealing with bodyguards 24/7 is a headache, especially when one of them is a young, beautiful woman. How can a female half his size possibly protect him better than he can protect himself?

Dru Porter is a former Marine, an expert markswoman, and a black belt–none of which saved her from disaster on her last assignment. In order to rebuild her tarnished reputation, she’s determined to find Gray’s stalker and, since relationships between agents and clients are forbidden, avoid a romantic attachment between herself and the rugged football player with the mysterious past.

Yet every secret that leads Dru closer to the stalker also draws her closer to Gray. As the danger escalates, they’ll survive only if they can learn to trust their lives — and their hearts — to one another.

The Bachelor Girls Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan

The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder

by Rachel McMillian   
Historical Mystery
Publisher


In 1910 Toronto, while other bachelor girls perfect their domestic skills and find husbands, two friends perfect their sleuthing skills and find a murderer.

Inspired by their fascination with all things Sherlock Holmes, best friends and flatmates Merinda and Jem launch a consulting detective business. The deaths of young Irish women lead Merinda and Jem deeper into the mire of the city's underbelly, where the high hopes of those dreaming to make a new life in Canada are met with prejudice and squalor.

While searching for answers, donning disguises, and sneaking around where no proper ladies would ever go, they pair with Jasper Forth, a police constable, and Ray DeLuca, a reporter in whom Jem takes a more than professional interest. Merinda could well be Toronto's premiere consulting detective, and Jem may just find a way to put her bachelor girlhood behind her forever---if they can stay alive long enough to do so.

Want to read up on Jem and Merinda before reading book one? Check out the e-novella, A Singular and Whimsical Problem!  
 
 

 Meet the Author
Rachel McMillan is a keen history enthusiast and a lifelong bibliophile. When not writing or reading, she can most often be found drinking tea and watching British miniseries. Rachel lives in bustling Toronto, where she works in educational publishing and pursues her passion for art, literature, music, and theater.


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Here's my review of this enjoyable detective story:


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Rachel McMillan and her publisher for sending me a copy of "The Bachelor Girls Guide to Murder" 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 Bachelor Girls Guide to Murder” by Rachel McMillan is a charmingly penned work that takes the reader back to the early 1900s.  In this time of very distinct gender roles, two women (Merinda and Jem) have set aside their aprons for careers as detectives.  These best friends, flatmates and partners in business have found themselves in the midst of investigating several murders.  With the help of a policeman and a reporter, Merinda and Jem will find adventure, romance and hopefully a killer.

This compact novel is an enjoyable weekend read.  It took me a while to get into because of the authenticity of the language.  But once I did, I found that the prose actually has the flavor of a Sherlock Holmes story.  The writing is intelligent and articulate, vivid and humorous.  I truly feel transported back in time and to a different place.  I will definitely add Rachel McMillan to the list of authors I regularly read.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Sit, Stay, Love by Dana Mentink

Sit, Stay, Love
by Dana Mentink   
Contemporary Romance
Harvest House 


Take one abrasive professional athlete, a quirky out-of-work schoolteacher, and an overweight geriatric dog, and you're ready for a lesson in love . . . Tippy style.
Pro baseball pitcher Cal Crawford is not a dog guy. When he inherits his deceased mother's elderly dog, Tippy, he's quick to call on a pet-sitting service.
Gina isn't thrilled to be a dog sitter when her aspirations lie in the classroom. Furthermore, she can't abide the unfriendly Cal, a man with all the charm of a wet towel. But with no other prospects and a deep love for all things canine, she takes the job caring for Tippy.
As Gina travels through Cal's world with Tippy in tow, she begins to see Cal in a different light. Gina longs to show Cal the God-given blessings in his life that have nothing to do with baseball or fame. When her longing blooms into attraction, Gina does her best to suppress it. But Cal is falling in love with her too. . . .
Discover the charming story of Tippy, the dog who brought a family together.
 

 

 Meet the Author

Dana Mentink lives in California, where the weather is golden and the cheese is divine. Dana is an American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year finalist for romantic suspense and an award winner in the Pacific Northwest Writers Literary Contest. Her suspense novel, Betrayal in the Badlands, earned a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third and fourth grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with her husband, two daughters, a dog with social anxiety problems, a chubby box turtle, and a feisty parakeet.

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Here's my review of this multi-dimensional love story:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Dana Mentink and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Sit, Stay, Love" 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.

“Sit, Stay, Love” by Dana Mentink is a heartwarming work of fiction.  Cal Crawford can easily throw a 100 mile per hour baseball, but dealing with loss is a completely different story.  When he inherits his mother’s dog, he hires Gina to take care of the grieving pet.  But Tippy has plans of her own: to bond with the son of her mistress.

Dana Mentink pens some comical moments, some heart-wrenching scenes and some very thoughtful prose and dialogue.   There are even a couple surprises.  This is a touching romance between a man and a woman, as well as a tribute to the love pets and owners share and love between mother and son that never dies.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Homiletics: Revelation 19


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

1
1-7
John hears roars of praise from Heaven because of God’s judgments
Principle:
 
2
8-15
John describes the Faithful and True Rider on the white horse
Principle:
 
3
16-21
John sees the beast’s capture, the killing of those with his mark and birds feast on their flesh
Principle:
 

 

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

Judgment brings praise, the Faithful and True and a feast.

 

Aim:

TCMATK God’s judgment is good and purposeful and should inspire me to praise Him.

 

Application:

1
For what unusual things are you praising God, or should you be praising God?
2
What is the most memorable characteristic of the rider on the white horse and how will you emulate that characteristic?
3
How does the final judgment of the beast, the false prophet and their followers affect how you feel about God and how you behave toward Him?
Describe the wedding supper of the Lamb.

 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Homiletics: Revelation 18


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

1
1-8
Two voices from heaven describe fallen Babylon’s adulteries and punishment
Principle:
 
2
9-19
Terrified kings and merchants weep and mourn Babylon’s ruin
Principle:
 
3
20-24
God’s people rejoice at God’s judgment of Babylon
Principle:
 

 

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

God judges Babylon’s adulteries as kings and merchants mourn her.

 

Aim:

TCMATK God judgment is coming and each of us needs to choose whether we’ll be judged with Babylon or rejoicing with God’s people.

 

Application:

1
What will you do with the announcement from the angel with great authority that Babylon has fallen?
What is your response to the temptations of Babylon?
2
What happens as a result of Babylon’s fall and what are your thoughts about being part of that?
How will you react to Babylon’s ruin?
3
On which side will you be when God’s judgment of Babylon comes and what assurance do you have of this?

 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Back in the Saddle by Ruth Logan Herne

Back in the Saddle
by Ruth Logan Herne   
Contemporary Romance
Waterbrook Multnomah 


The prodigal is coming home.
It's been a long time since Colt Stafford shrugged off his cowboy legacy for shiny Manhattan loafers and a promising career on Wall Street. But when stock market manipulations leave him financially strapped, the oldest son of legendary rancher Sam Stafford decides to return to the sprawling Double S ranch in Gray's Glen, Washington. He's broke, but not broken, and it's time to check in with his ailing father, and get his legs back under him by climbing into the saddle again.

He doesn't expect to come home to a stranger pointing a loaded gun at his chest---a tough yet beautiful woman that Sam hired as the house manager. Colt senses there's more to Angelina Morales than meets the eye and he's determined to find out what she's hiding . . . and why.
Colt's return brings new challenges. Younger brother Nick has been Sam's right-hand man at the ranch for years and isn't thrilled at having Colt insert himself into Double S affairs. And the ranch's contentious relationship with the citizens of Gray's Glen asks all the Stafford men to examine their hearts about what it truly means to be a neighbor.  And as Wall Street recovers, will Colt succumb to the call of the financial district's wealth and power---or finally the courage to stay in the saddle for good?

Advance Praise for Back in the Saddle:
"Heart and hope combine in Ruth Logan Herne's sweet tale of old wounds and ties that bind. Where faith and forgiveness are present, old scars can be healed and new love can bloom. Sometimes, you really can go home again."
---Lisa Wingate, national best-selling author of The Story Keeper and The Sea Keeper's Daughters
"As always, Ruth Logan Herne shoots straight to the heart with Back in the Saddle . . . the heart of the story and the reader. This is one cowboy love story you'll want to enjoy to the very last page."
---Debra Clopton, author of Kissed by a Cowboy

 

 Meet the Author

Ruth Logan Herne has more than half a million books in print, including fifteen Love Inspired contemporary novels. Back in the Saddle is the first book in her new western romance series. Ruth is a founding member of Seekerville, a popular writing collective blog. A country girl who loves the big city, Ruth and her husband live on a farm in upstate New York.

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Here is my review of this enjoyable novel:


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Ruth Logan Herne and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Back in the Saddle" 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.
 "Back in the Saddle” by Ruth Logan Herne is a beautiful “prodigal son” story.  Colt has returned home to the Double S Ranch in Washington State after being dismissed from his Wall Street career.  Angelina is a former police detective who manages the household of the ranch.  Both Colton and Angelina are looking forward to getting back to their former lives until a surprising attraction surfaces and makes them think that there might be something new in their futures.

This is a sweet novel that teaches some valuable lessons about forgiveness and loving your neighbor and humility and community.  The characters are likable and human.  God is thickly woven throughout the story.  This is a novel I would recommend to anyone looking for good, clean romance.