Wednesday, June 29, 2016

"The Daniel Prayer" by Anne Graham Lotz



Many people today find that their prayers don’t “work.” And like a broken cell phone, DVD player, or TV remote, they throw prayer out as unnecessary “clutter” in their busy lives. Anne Graham Lotz has found that while prayer does work, sometimes the “pray-ers” don’t. So she has turned to the prophet Daniel for help.

The Daniel Prayer is born deep within your soul, erupts through your heart, and pours out on your lips, words created by and infused with the Spirit of God quivering with spiritual electricity. It’s really not an everyday type of prayer. It’s a prayer birthed under pressure. Heartache. Grief. Desperation. It can be triggered by a sudden revelation of hope. An answer to prayer, a promise freshly received, a miracle that lies just over the horizon…

Join Anne in a thrilling discovery of prayer that really works.

This book will help readers pray effectively for their nation, for their families, and for themselves. She will answer such questions as: • Does God only hear the prayers of good people? • How do I know the God to whom I pray will listen? • How do I know God cares about my prayer? • How do I know God will answer my prayer? • Why should I pray? • Does it matter where I am when I pray? • Are words in prayer all that matter, or does my attitude affect prayer? • What difference does my prayer make?

The book also includes some of her original prayers that demonstrate the principles taught in The Daniel Prayer.


Here's my review of this enlightening book on prayer:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Anne Graham Lotz and her publisher for sending me a copy of "The Daniel Prayer" 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 Daniel Prayer” by Anne Graham Lotz is a life-changing read that will inspire the reader to pray more passionately for revival in their sphere of influence and our nation so that our land may be healed.  One area we Christians can all use a little encouragement in is the area of prayer.  Anne offers that encouragement and gives solid examples how, when, why and where to pray.

 Daniel has always been one of my favorite books of the Bible.  "The Daniel Prayer" has made me look at those Scriptures with transformed and hopeful eyes.

I will read this book over and over and refer to it often.  “The Daniel Prayer” has reignited a passion in me at a time when the Lord is already working to transform my prayer life.  His timing is perfect and reading this book at this time was nothing short of a divine appointment!

Looking for Lovely by Annie F. Downs



Here's my review of this "Lovely" book:


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Annie F. Downs and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Looking for Lovely" 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.
“Looking for Lovely” by Annie F. Downs is a beautiful book!  As I neared the end of the first section of the book, I felt myself getting discouraged at all the not so lovely the author was bringing to light.  Much of the not so lovely was (or still is) part of my life.  Part I ended right on time because my heart was hungry for some lovely.  Annie Downs exposed me to some things I never knew, made me look at my own world for the lovely around me and helped me to destroy some long-standing “uglies”.

I’ve read several other reviews stating “Looking for Lovely” might not be for everyone.  However, if you approach this book in such a way that you can replace the ugly the author has lived (that you can’t relate to) with the ugly you’ve experienced, this can be a life-changing read.  It has personally helped me to identify my own “ugly” and “lovely” and I am looking deeply into God’s Word for healing.  I am so glad I went “Looking for Lovely” and recommend it highly.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Homiletics 2 Timothy 3


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

1
3:1
Mark this: there’ll be terrible times in last days
2
3:2
Ppl be lovers of selves/money, boastful, proud, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy
3
3:3
w/o love, unforgiving, slanderous, w/o self-ctrl, brutal, not lovers of good
4
3:4
Treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than G
5
3:5
Having form of godliness but denying its pwr; have nothing to do w/such ppl
6
3:6
They worm way in homes/gain ctrl ovr gullible wmn, loaded dn w/sin/swayd by evil desire
7
3:7
Always learning but nvr coming to knowledge of truth
8
3:8
As J&J opp Moses, these tchrs opp truth; men depravd minds, as faith cncrnd, rejected
9
3:9
They not get far bec their folly will be clr to everyone
10
3:10
You know all about my teaching, way of life, purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance
11
3:11a
Persecutions, sufferings, kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium, Lystra*
12
3:11b
Persecutions I endured, the L rescued me from all of them
13
3:12
Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ will be persecuted
14
3:13
While evildoers & imposters go frm bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived
15
3:14
Cont in what you’ve lrned and become convinced of bec u know frm whom you learned it
16
3:15
& how frm infancy you’ve known Scriptures which able mk you wise 4 salv thru faith in C
17
3:16
All Scripture G-breathed, useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, trn in reighteousness
18
3:17
So serv of G may be thoroughly equipped for every good work

 

*see Acts 14:19-20
Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture):

1
3:1-9
What people will be like in the last days
Principle:
The Christian’s behavior shouldn’t mirror people of the world.
2
3:10-17
Paul’s experiences, advice for Timothy and the usefulness of Scripture
Principle:
The Christian’s behavior should mirror that modeled by Christ and revealed as righteous in Scripture

 

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

Paul tells Timothy about last says and usefulness of Scripture.

 

Aim:

TCMATK Scripture should be the standard of living for the Christian

 

Application:

1
How are you observing/experiencing the characteristics listed in vv. 2-5 and how are you protecting yourself from being like that?
What does it mean to have a form of godliness by deny its power?  How can you protect yourself from doing this?
How do you reconcile sharing the gospel with “have nothing to do with such people” (v. 5)?
What might you say/do to help those who are always learning but never coming to knowledge of the truth?
How will you protect yourself and others from teachers who oppose truth?
Describe a time without using names when you’ve clearly observed the folly of a teacher who opposed truth?
2
What do you know of Paul’s experiences (vv. 10-11) and deliverance?
What experiences has God delivered you from and how have you thanked Him?
What are the differences between the one who wants to live a godly life and evildoers/imposters?  Which group are you in and how do you know?
What have you learned from studying Scripture that you need to continue in?
Based on 314, how does the Holy Spirit (Who gives us understanding of Scripture) add credibility to what we learn and Scripture itself?
In what way have you used Scripture to teach, rebuke, correct and train in righteousness?
How has Scripture equipped you for the good work you’ve done for Christ?

 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Like Never Before by Melissa Tagg


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Melissa Tagg and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Like Never Before" 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.
“Like Never Before” by Melissa Tagg is the beautiful love story of Amelia and Logan.  Amelia is the editor of a small town newspaper.  Logan is a successful speechwriter who has just inherited the newspaper where Amelia works.  Being thrust together professionally seems to be just what these two wounded people need to heal and become whole again and, of course, find the love of their lives.

It takes an amazing author to craft believable characters that are writers, themselves.  Melissa’s writing is fast-paced, witty and intelligent.  She entertains with snappy dialogue and beautifully molds characters that are easy to care about.  She tackles subplots like single parenthood with insight and grace.  This second book in the Walker family series reads well as a standalone novel.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Homiletics 2 Timothy 2


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

1
2:1-2
Son, be strong in grace in C J; thgs u hrd me say entrust to reliable ppl qualified to teach
2
2:3-4
Join me in suffring like good soldier of CJ, no sold entangled in civ affairs, rather please CO
3
2:5-6
athlete not rec victor crn excpt compete by rules; Hrd wkg farmer should rec 1st crops
4
2:7-8
Refl on what I’m saying, L give u insight; Rem JC, raisd frm dead, desc frm Dvd; this gospel
5
2:9
which I suffring to pt being chained like crim but G’s Wd not chained
6
2:10
Theref I endure evrything for sake of elect that they obtain salvation in CJ w/eternal glory
7
2:11-12a
Here trustworthy saying: if we dies w/Him, we live w/Him, if we endure, we reign w/Him
8
2:12b-13
If we disown Him, He disown us; if we faithless, He remains faithful, He can’t disown self
9
2:14
Keep remind G’s ppl these thgs; warn vs quarrel about wds, no value, ruins who listen
10
2:15
Do best present self to G as 1 approved, wrkr not ashamd/correctly handles Word
11
2:16-17a
Avoid godlss chatter, those who indulge bec more ungodly; their teaching lk gangrene
12
2:17b-18
Hymenaeus & Philetus who depart frm truth, say resurr already take pl, destroy faith
13
2:19
G’s foundn firm: L knows His; Everyone who confess name of L must turn frm wickedness
14
2:20
In lg hse articles of gold, silver, wood, clay; some for spec purp/some common use
15
2:21
those who cleanse frm latter for spec purp, useful to Master prep to do good work
16
2:22-23
Flee evil desires, pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace; don’t have to do w/foolish arg
17
2:24
L’s servant not quarrelsome, kind/able to teach/not resentful
18
2:25
opponents gently instructed in hope G will grant repentance leading to knowl of truth
19
2:26
And cm to senses & escape trap of dvl who has taken them captive to do his will

 


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

1
2:1-13
Paul tells Timothy to be strong and victorious
Principle:
Christians should give their all to serve Christ
2
2:14-26
Paul’s additional Warnings and Instructions to Timothy
Principle:
Christians should heed Scripture to live victoriously

 

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

Paul teaches Timothy victorious living using soldier, athlete and farmer.

 

Aim:

TCMATK Victorious Christian living is rewarding obedience to Scripture

 

Application:

1
How might you be strong in the grace that is in Jesus Christ?
What are some of the things you’ve heard or read in Scripture that you have passed on to others?
What are some things you can apply to your Christian life that you’ve learned about soldiers?
What lessons can you learn from an athlete about the Christian life?
What have you learned from the illustration of the farmer that you will apply to your life?
In what way have you suffered for the gospel?  What do you think others have learned from your suffering?  What have you learned from watching the suffering of others?
What do verses 11-13 mean to you?
2
What are the things Paul instructs Timothy to remind God’s people?  How will you remind other believers these things?
What does it mean to “correctly handle the word of truth”?
What are some examples of godless chatter and how will you avoid it?
How would you refute someone who taught that the resurrection already happened?  How would you restore the faith of those who were discouraged by such teaching?
What encouragement do you receive from verse 19?
How are you being made holy and prepared for good works?
How are you pursuing righteousness, faith, love and peace and how will you encourage others to do the same?
What will you do to avoid foolish and stupid arguments and what will you pursue instead?
What are the qualifications of the Lord’s servant and how will you work to develop these traits in yourself and others?
After reading verses 25-26, how have your thoughts about non-believers changed and how will you gently instruct them?

 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Homiletics 2 Timothy 1


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

1
1:1
Paul, apostle of CJ by will of G, in keeping w/promise of life that is in CJ,
2
1:2
To Timothy, my dear son: grace, mercy & peace from G the Father & CJ our Lord.
3
1:3
I thk G whom I serve as ancestors did w/clr conscience as I remem u constantly in prayers
4
1:4
Recalling ur tears, I long 2 see u, so I may be filled w/joy.
5
1:5
I’m reminded of ur sincere faith which 1st lived in gram Lois & ma Eunice & now lives in u
6
1:6
For this reason, I remind you fan into flame gift of G in you thru laying on of my hands.
7
1:7
For Spirit G gave not make us timid, but gives pwr, love & self-discipline.
8
1:8
So don’t be ashamed of testimony about L or me; join me in suffring 4 gospel by pwr of G.
9
1:9a
He saved us/called us to holy life – not bec anythg we done but bec of His purpose/grace
10
1:9b
This grace was given us in CJ before beginning of time
11
1:10
now reveal thru Savior who destroy death/brought life/immortality 2 lite thru gospel.
12
1:11-12a
Of this gospel I appointed herald, apostle, teacher; That why I suffering as I am
13
1:12b
this no cause 4 shame: I know who I believd/convincd he able guard what I entrustd him
14
1:13
What u heard frm me keep as pattern of sound teaching w/faith & love in CJ.
15
1:14
Guard good deposit entrusted to u w/help of HS who lives in us.
16
1:15
U know everyone in Asia deserted me, incl Phygelus and Hermogenes.
17
1:16
May L show mercy to hsehld of Onesiphorus, he oftn refrshd me/not ashamd of my chains
18
1:17
On contrary, when he in Rome, he searched hard until he found me.
19
1:18
May L grant he find mercy from L on that day; u know how he help me in Ephesus.

 


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

1
1:1-5
Paul’s Greetings to and Remembrances of Timothy
Principle:
Christians should be Thankful
2
1:6-14
Paul’s Instructions for Timothy
Principle:
Christians should Testify about Christ
3
1:15-18
Paul’s Deserters and Helpers
Principle:
Christians should be Loyal

 

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

Paul writes Timothy another letter encouraging him in Christian life.

 

Aim:

TCMATK Christians should be deliberate in their behavior and protect their character  to glorify Jesus.

 

Application:

1
If you were to write a letter to your spiritual child, how would you address them?  What do you remember about them?
How would you like your spiritual mentor to remember you?
What are you thankful for regarding how you came to faith?
How will you express your thankfulness to God and to people for your salvation and ministry?
2
What are your spiritual gifts and how might you fan them into flame?
How might you encourage someone else to fan their gifts into flame?
In what way have you experienced the power, love and self-discipline of the Holy Spirit in your life?
What will you do to keep from being ashamed of the testimony about Christ?
How are you suffering for the gospel?  How have you seen the power of God manifest in your suffering?  What is your response to your suffering?  How might you encourage another Christian who is suffering?
What does it mean to you that God gave you grace in Jesus Christ before the beginning of time?
What does it mean to you that Jesus Christ has destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel?
What is your responsibility to the gospel and how might you improve how you’re carrying out that responsibility?
What have you entrusted to Christ that you have faith He will protect?
What is the good deposit we are supposed to guard that is entrusted to us?  Where else in Scripture do you find instruction on how to guard that deposit?  How might the Holy Spirit help us guard it?
3
When have you been deserted?  How did being deserted make you feel?
Who has refreshed you in your faith and life and how will you pray for them?
How will you exert great effort to minister to someone this week?