Saturday, April 01, 2017

Homiletics: John 17


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

1. aftr J lookd 2 hvn/prayd: Fr, hr cm, glrfy Son tht Son glrfy U (1)

2. u grntd Hm authrty ovr all ppl tht He might gv etrnl life 2 all U gvn Hm (2)

3. this etrnl life: they kno U, only tru G&JC, whom U snt: I’ve brought U glry by fin wrk U gv me (3-4)

4. now, Fr, glrfy me in ur presnc w/glry I had w/U b4 wrld began (5)

5. I revld U2 thos U gv me, they wer urs/obeyd ur wd; now they kno evrythg u gvn me cms frm U (6-7)

6. 4I gv em wds u gv me&they accptd, they knew w/certnty I cm frm U/bel U sent me (8)

7. I pray 4em,wrld but thos u gvn me 4 they r urs; all I hv=urs,all u hv=mine&glrys cm 2me thru em (9-10)

8. I remn lngr but they still in wrld, I cmng2U; HFr prtct em by pwr o ur nom, so they1 as we1 (11)

9.  while I w/em I prtctd em by nom u gv me, none lost xcpt 1 doomd to destructn so Scr fulfilled (12)

10. I say so they hv full meas o my joy; I gvn em ur wd&wrld h8d em 4they o wrld ne mo than I (13-14)

11. my pryr u tk em out wrld bt prtct frm evl1;they o wrld as I o it;snctfy em by truth,ur wd=truth (15-17)

12. as u snt me into wrld, I snt em;4 em I snctfy myslf that they my b truly snctfied (18-19)

13. my pryr 4em alone bt 4 those who’ll bel in me thru their msg (20)

14. tht allB1 as UinMe&IinU,may they BinUs so wrld bel U snt me (21)

15. Igvn em glry UgvMe tht they b1 as We1- (22)

16. IinEm&UinMe-so they brght 2 complt unity then wrld kno UsntMe&lvd em as UlvdMe (23)

17. Fr,I want those UgvnMe 2Bw/Me whr I am&2CMy glry,the glry UgvnMe bec UlvdMeB4creatn o wrld (24)

18. Righteous Fr, tho wrld kno U, I kno U & they kno U hv snt Me (25)

19. Ive md U known 2em & will cont 2 mk U known that lvUhv4Me may BinEm&I may BinEm (26)

 

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

1. Jesus prayed for the Father to be glorified and those given to Him to believe. (1-8)

Principle:  Jesus’ goal is to glorify the Father.

2. Jesus prayed for the protection and sanctification of those given to Him. (9-19)

Principle:  Jesus protects and sanctifies His people.

3. Jesus prayed for the unity of those who would believe through the message of those given to Him. (20-23)

Principle:  Jesus is united with all believers.

4. Jesus prayed that those given to Him would be with Him and see His glory and that He would be in them. (24-26)

Principle:  Jesus opens the eyes of those who belong to Him to see His glory.

 

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

Jesus prayed for God’s glory, believers’ protection, sanctification and unity.

 

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

TCMATK Believers in Christ are united with Him, being sanctified by and protected by Him, bringing glory to Him with their lives.

 

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

1. In what areas of your life are you not bringing Christ as much glory as you could and what will you change this week to glorify Him better?

2. How are you sharing your experiences of Christ’s protection and/or sanctification with those in your sphere of influence?

3. What changes has Christ made in you as a direct result of your unity with Him?

4. How have you seen Christ’s glory this week and how has this encounter changed your behavior or thinking?

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Homiletics: John 16:5-33


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

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

1.Jesus is going to the Father and will send the Spirit of truth (5-15)

Principle:

2.Jesus’ disciples will mourn, then rejoice (16-22)

Principle:

3.Jesus speaks about asking in His name and declares He has overcome the world (23-33)

Principle:

 

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

Jesus is going, Spirit is coming, disciples will mourn, scatter.

 

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

TCMATK Believers’ grief will turn to joy when Christ returns.

 

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

1.How have the Spirit’s proofs that the world is wrong changed how you live for Christ?

2.How might you comfort someone who is suffering for their faith with the knowledge that they will see Jesus in a little while?

3.How has studying John 16 changed your prayer life?

How does the fact that Jesus has overcome the world comfort you in times of trouble?

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Homiletics: John 15:1-16:4


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

1. I tru vine my Fr=grdnr; He cut evry brnch brs fruit;evry brnch tht brs fruit He prunes so mo frutfl (1-2)

2. U alrdy cln bec o wd I spkn 2u; remn in me as I rem in u; no brnch br frut by self mst rem in vine (3-4a)

3. u br frut unlss rem me; I vine/u brnchs, if u rem in me&I in u, u br much frut, aprt frm me u do 0 (4b-5)

4. if u rem me, u lk brnch thrwn away/brnd if u rem me&my wds rem u ask whtevr wish&it b gvn u (6-7)

5. this 2 my Fr’s glry: u br much frut, showing 2b my disc (8)

 

6.as FrY me, I Yd u, rem n my Y; if u kp my cmds u rem n my Yjus as I kpt Fr cmds/rem n His Y(9-10)

7. I told u this so my joy in u/ur joy complt; my cmd=Yea othr as I Yd u (11-12)

8. >Yhas no1 thn this:2 lay dn life 4 friends; u my friends if u do wht I cmd (13-14)

9. I lngr call u srvts bec srvt kno mstr’s bus; instd I call u frnds 4 evrythg I lrnd frm Fr I md known 2u (15)

10. u choos me, I chos&apptd u br frut tht last,whtevr u ask n my nom Fr gv u;my cmd:Yea othr (16-17)

 

11. if wrld h8s u kp in mind it h8d me 1st; if u belongd 2 wrld it’d Yu as its own (18-19a)

12. as it is u belong 2wrld, I hv chosn u out o wrld that’s y wrld h8s u (19b)

13. remem I told u serv>mstr, if they persctd me, they will u; if they obeyd my tchng they’ll obey urs (20)

14. they’ll treat u this wy bec o my nom 4 they know One who sent me(21)

15. if I cm spkn 2 em they be glty o sin but now they’ve excuse 4 their sin; whoevr h8s me,h8s Fr (22-23)

16. if I done wrks no1 did,they glty o sin; they seen, h8d me&Fr;fulfil Law: they h8d me w/o resn (24-25)

17. Wn Advc8 cm I snd frm Fr, Sot who go frm Fr tstfy abt me u mst tstify 4u been w/me frm beg (26-27)

18.this I told u so fall away; they’ll put u out synagog; tm cming wn any1kills u thnk they offr svc 2G (1-2)

19. they do bec known Fr/me; I told u so wn tm cms u remem I warnd u; I tell u frm beg bec I w/u (3-4)

 

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

1. Jesus is the true vine, His Father is the gardener and His people are the branches (15:1-8)

Principle: Christ’s disciples only bear fruit when connected to the Vine.

2. Jesus told friends, “Remain in my love, keep my commands, love each other.” (15:9-17)

Principle: Christ’s disciples remain in His love by obeying His commands to love each other.

3. Jesus warned His people, “The world hates you because it hated me first.” (15:18-16:4)

Principle: Christ’s disciples expect persecution from the world.

 

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

True vine Jesus commands, “Love,” and warns of world’s hate.

 

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

TCMATK A fruitful life is the direct result of connection with and obedience to Jesus Christ.

 

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

1. Where am I disconnected from the true vine and to what action will I commit to reconnect?

2. What tempts me away from remaining in Christ’s love and how can I protect against that temptation?

3. In what areas am I receiving the world’s approval and how can I turn those areas over to Christ?


If the Gardener cuts off every branch “in the Vine” that doesn’t bear fruit, how can we say one can never lose their salvation?  Are they “in Christ” or not?

*Where am I experiencing the Gardener’s pruning and how might this pruning make me more fruitful?

Clean?  Where does this thought come from? NIV Footnotes say the Greek for “he prunes” also means “he cleans”.

How do I remain in Jesus and He remain in me?

What am I attempting to do apart from Jesus?

How do I know if I am remaining in Jesus or if I am doing something apart from Him?

How is my joy made complete?  By keeping Jesus’ commands and thereby remaining in His love?

What does loving each other as Jesus has loved us look like?  The greatest love is laying down one’s life for their friends.

Jesus chose me to bear fruit.  What fruit am I bearing?

What evidence do I see that the world hates me?

What persecution am I experiencing?

How and what am I testifying about Jesus?

*Under what circumstances am I tempted to “fall away” and how might I prevent it?

What evidence do I see in the world that supports the idea that Christian persecution is a service to God?

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Homiletics: John 14:15-31


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

1. if uYme, keep my cmds (15)

2. & I’ll ask Fr & He give u another advocate 2 hlp u & b w/u 4evr (16)

3. the Spirit o truth. wrld cant accept him bec it neithr sees nor knows him (17a)

4. but u know him 4 he lives w/u & will b in u (17b)

5. I will not leave u as orphans, I will cm 2 u (18)

6. b4 long, wrld see me anymore but u see me. bec I live, u also will live (19)

7. on that day u’ll realize I in my Fr & u r in me & I in u (20)

 

8.whoevr has my cmds/kps em=whoYs me, whoYs me’ll bYd by my Fr & I’llYem/sho myslf 2 em (21)

9. then Judas (Iscariot): but L, y u intend 2 sho urslf 2 us & not wrld? (22)

10. J: any1 whoYme’ll obey my tchng, my Fr’llYem&we’ll cm 2 em&mk r hm w/em (23)

11. any1 whoYme’ll obey my tchng, these wds u hear r my own, belong 2 Fr who sent me (24)

12. all this I hv spokn while still w/u (25)

13. but Advocate, HS, whom Fr’ll send in my nom ‘ll tch u all thngs&remind u o evrythng I said 2u (26)

 

14. pc I lv w/u, my pc I gv u. I gv 2u as wrld gvs. Let hts b trbld & b afraid (27)

15. u hrd me say ‘I going away & cming bk 2u’, if uYd me u’d b glad I going to Fr 4 Fr>I (28)

16. I’ve told u now b4 happens so when it does happen, u bel (29)

17. I’ll say much more 2u 4 prince o this wrld cming.  He has no hold over me (30)

18. but he cms so wrld learn I lv Fr&do exactly wht my Fr cmdd me (31a)

19. cm now, let us leave (31b)

 

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

1. Jesus will ask the Father to send the Spirit of truth to those who love and obey Him

Principle (Aim for division):

2. Jesus will show Himself to whoever obeys, the Father will love them and the Holy Spirit will teach them

Principle:

3. Jesus gives His peace and the prince of this world comes so the world learns Jesus loves the Father and does what He commands

Principle:

 

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

Jesus’ Father sends the Advocate to whoever loves and obeys.

 

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

TCMATK Obedience brings the Holy Spirit, revelation of Christ and peace.

 

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

1. How will you love and obey Christ today to experience the power of the Spirit of truth?

2. What changes will you make in your life to experience the revelation of Christ, the love of the Father or the teaching of the Spirit?

3. How does having Jesus’ peace inspire you to obey His Word and what will you do this week to show that to others?

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Still Life by Dani Pettrey



Still Life by Dani Pettrey

Work hits too close to home for crime scene photographer Avery Tate when her best friend disappears. The only lead is a chilling photo of her—apparently dead. As Avery, her ex-boss Parker, and his friends in law enforcement dig into the case, she’s forced to confront her feelings for Parker when they come face-to-face with a dangerous criminal.


Here's my review of this enjoyable suspense read:


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Dani Pettrey and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Still Life" 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.

Avery Tate is a gifted, but blacklisted, photographic artist who quit her job as a crime scene photographer and her boss, Parker Mitchell, so she could sort out her growing feelings for him.  Now she finds herself supporting a friend in the photography world that turned its back on her, that friend is missing and there’s a chilling photo of her posed as if she were dead.  So Avery seeks out Parker’s help to find her missing friend.

“Still Life” is book two in the Chesapeake Valor series by Dani Pettrey, but can easily be read as a stand-alone novel.  Pettrey is a gifted suspense and romance author who has crafted an edge-of-your-seat, stay-up-way-past-bedtime story.  The chemistry between these two leading characters is not the main focus of the story, yet the relationship creates a mild undercurrent to the story.

I’m looking forward to the third offering in the series, Blind Spot, due to hit shelves in October!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Rescue Me by Susan May Warren

Rescue Me
by Susan May Warren
Montana Rescue #2


Deputy Sam Brooks is committed to keeping the town of Mercy Falls safe. But when a deadly storm strikes, Sam must abandon all his safety rules to rescue the woman he's falling in love with.




Here's my review of this wonderful read:
 
First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Susan May Warren and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Rescue Me" 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.
“Rescue Me” by Susan May Warren is the exciting second offering in the Montana Rescue Series.  This novel follows the rescue efforts of Deputy Sam Brooks and his tumultuous romantic entanglements. He is crazy about Sierra while Sierra’s sister, Willow, is in love with Sam.  When a youth group trip leads Willow and Sam into a fight for their lives, other aspects of their relationship change as well.
Susan May Warren has a gift for weaving a dramatic, engaging and suspenseful romance that begins like a racing train the reader can easily jump on and cling to until the final page is turned.  The poignant moments of the novel bring tears to my eyes.  This is a heart-pumping, suspenseful, sigh-inducing, romantic read that I recommend highly for a long weekend.  You won’t want to put this one down.
I can’t wait to read Gage Watson’s story in book three, “A Matter of Trust,” when it hits the shelves in July!
 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Homiletics: John 13:1-30

Changing up the template as I've seen other people's homiletics and adopted some of their styles:


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

1. Just b4 PO Fstvl, J knew hr cm to lv wrld go Fr, hvng Yd His own in wrld He Yd them to end (1)

2. Eve ml, dvl prmptd Judas btray J; J knew Fr put all thngs undr His pwr, He cm frm G/was retg 2 G (2-3)

3. He got up frm ml, tk off outr clothg, towl arnd waist; pourd h2o bgan wash Disc ft, drying w/towl (4-5)

4. He cm 2 SP: L u going wsh my ft? J: u realize what I doing, but l8r u undstd (6-7)

5. P: No, u nvr wash my ft, J: unless I wash, u hv no part w/me; P: L not jst ft but hands/head as well (8-9)

6. J: those who had bath need only wash ft, whole bdy cln, u cln tho evry1; He knew who btray (10-11)

 

7. Whn fin washg, put on clothes, ret’d to place: Do u undstd what I done 4u? (12)

8. U call me L&Tchr, rghtly so, that wht I am; Now tht I, L&Tchr wshd ur ft u shld wsh 1 anothrs ft (13-14)

9. I set ex u shld do; VTITY no srvt>mastr nor msgr>1who sent him; now u know u blesd if u do (15-17)

10. I referrg 2 all u, I know those I chosn, this 2 fulfil Scr: He who shard bread turnd against me (18)

11. I tell u so when happn u bel I am who I am (19)

12. VTITY whovr acc NE1 I send acc me, whovr acc me acc who sent me (20)

 

13. After He said this, J troubled in spirit and testified: VTITY 1 of u going 2 btray me (21)

14. Disc stared @ 1 anothr @ loss 2 know which He meant; 1 of em, Disc J Yd, recline nxt 2 Him (22-23)

15. SP 2 this Disc: ask which 1 He means; leaning bk against J: L who is it? (24-25)

16. J: the 1 I give this bread when dipped, then dipping bread, He gave 2 Judas son of Simon Iscariot (26)

17. As soon as Judas took bread, Satan enterd him, J: what u about 2 do, do quickly (27)

18. No1 @ ml understood why J said this (28)

19. Since Judas had chrg of $, some thot J telling him buy for festvl or gv 2 poor (29)

20. As soon as Judas tk bread, he went out, it was night (30)

 

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

1. Jesus washes the disciples’ feet

Principle: Jesus’ work cleanses His people.

2. Jesus set an example for His disciples and revealed Scripture to be fulfilled

Principle: Jesus’ disciples follow His example and study the Scriptures.

3. Jesus testifies about betrayal and Judas goes into the night

Principle: Jesus’ betrayal by Judas was part of God’s plan to give salvation to the world.

 

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

After washing the disciples’ feet, Jesus sends Judas to betray.

 

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

TCMATK Jesus came to earth to cleanse people from their sins and set an example of service for His disciples to follow.

 

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

1. How has Jesus’ work on the cross cleansed you?

2. In what way have you followed Jesus’ example as revealed in Scripture?

3. When have you experienced an unpleasant circumstance that proved to be part of God’s perfect plan for your life and how has this circumstance changed how you look for God’s activity around you?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Control Girl by Shannon Popkin

Control Girl

by Shannon Popkin   
Christian Living
Kregel


"I control because I care."

"I just want to be sure of a happy ending."

"I worry that everything is spinning out of control."

Many women can identify with statements like these. They have a compulsion to make everything turn out just right and are willing to do anything to make it happen. But this unbalanced pursuit of control makes those around them anxious and defensive. And when they realize control is slipping from their grasp, they lose control of themselves and react in anger or fear.
Shannon Popkin knows this struggle inside and out. Keeping her inner Control Girl hidden is a full-time job. Thankfully, she also knows another very important truth: no woman has to be a Control Girl.
In this encouraging book, Shannon invites seven Control Girls from the Bible into the conversation. She examines each story for the moments in which grasping for control circumvented God's plans for good, whether it was Eve's desire to know instead of to trust, Sarah's inability to wait for God to move, or Rebekah's controlling hand on her family's future. Finally, Shannon finds God's perspective on each of the problems and then reveals how readers can have their own happy endings in similar situations.
The author shares from her own struggles and follows each Bible study with questions for personal reflection. In the end, controlling women will find insight into their own experience, peace in the knowledge that God is in control, and relief that they are free.
 

 Meet the Author


Shannon Popkin is a wife and mom, a speaker and teacher, and a leader of small group studies. She's been published by Family Fun, MOMsense, Focus on the Family Magazine, and other outlets. She is a contributing blogger for True Woman.com and has blogged for several years at shannonpopkin.com. This is her first book.


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Here is my review of this MUST READ Self Help Book:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Shannon Popkin and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Control Girl" 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.

“Control Girl” by Shannon Popkin seemed like a thought-provoking self-help read that would enable me to counsel others who have issues with control.  I never dreamed that I would be the one who needed to read this book and receive God’s help with my own control issues!

This convicting but not preachy read takes you through the Biblical stories of Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Leah, Rachel and Miriam to help the modern day “Control Girl” become a “Jesus Girl” who is wholly submissive to God.  I highly recommend this book to help yourself and others!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Homiletics: John 12


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

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1-3
6d b4 Pass J2Beth dinr Marth servd, Laz@tbl; Mary $$$$ perf J ft, wipe w/hair, hs filld frag
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Judas, l8r betray obj: why wasn’t perf sold, wrth 1y wages, didn’t care abt poor, thief
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Lv alone, she sv perf 4my burial, u alwys hv poor; MW lg crwd came bec of J & 2C Laz
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10-13
CP md plans kill Laz-on acct o hm mny bel; Nxt dy grt crwd: Hos! Blest=He cm in nom o L
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14-16
J fnd dnky, sat, as writn: Dtr Zion, c ur king cming seatd on dnky colt; @ 1st Disc undrstd
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17-19
crwd w/Him whn Laz raisd spread wd; Mny went 2 Him; Phar: lk how wrld gone aftr Him
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20-23
Som Gks to Phil: we like 2CJ; Phil 2 Andrw, Phil&Andrw told J: hr cm 4 SoM be glrfd
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24
VTITY unless kernl wht dies, remains sngl seed; if dies, prod mny seeds
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25-26
NE1Ylife, lose; any1 h8 life n wrld keep 4 EL;who srv me fllw me, whr I am srvt be, Fr hon
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27-28
My soul trbld,I say-Fr save me? N, 4 this hr I cm;Fr glrfy ur nom,Voce fr Hvn: I hv & will agn
11
29-30
Crwd hrd/said thndrd othr said angel spkn Hm;J:voce 4 ur benft now time 4 jdgmt on wrld
12
31-33
Prince o wrld drivn out; I draw all ppl 2 myself; He said 2 show death He die
13
34-
crwd:we hrd Mess remain 4evr how u say SoM lifted? Who is SoM?
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35-36
U hv lt lil longr, wlk while u hv lt b4 dknss ovrtk u, bel in lt while u hv so u becm chldrn of lt
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37-38
After J perf mny sgns, they bel to fulfill Isa:L who bel msgs?2 whom arm of L revealed?
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He blindd eyes, hdnd Ys so neithr see/undstd/turn &I heal; Isa saw J glry, spok abt Hm
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42-43
Mny ldrs bel, bec o Phar,openly ackn faith-fear put out syngg, lv hum prs mo thn prs frm G
18
44-45
J cried: whovr bel in me bel in 1 who sent me, 1 who lk @ me seeing 1 who sent me
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46-47
I cm to wrld as lt so no1 stay dknss; any1 hears my wds but kp I jdge, I cm 2jdge but 2 save
20
48-50
Thr is jdge 4 1 who rejects me, my wds condmn last dy, Fr cmd all I spkn; His cmd lead 2 EL

 


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

1
1-11
Before Passover, Mary pours perfume on Jesus’ feet and Judas objects
Principle:
Jesus deserves our most costly offerings.
2
12-36
Jesus enters Jerusalem on a donkey saying the hour has come for the Son to be glorified
Principle:
Jesus’ life is marked with perfect obedience to the Father’s will and timing.
3
37-50
Jesus performed many signs and people still don’t believe but will be judged at the last day
Principle:
Jesus performed signs that people may believe and have life in His name.

 

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

Before Passover glorification, perfumed Jesus enters Jerusalem on a donkey.

 

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

TCMATK A believer’s response to encountering Jesus is following Him in costly obedience.

 

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

1
What offerings are you presenting to Christ and what are those offerings costing you?
2
Where are you struggling in obedience to God’s will and timing and what will you do to come into alignment with Him?
3
How have you responded to the signs Jesus has performed?