Wednesday, May 31, 2017

True to You by Becky Wade


True to You

by Becky Wade
Contemporary Romance
Bethany House Publishers
A Bradford Sisters Romance #1


After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.

Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. However, when John, an adoptee, is diagnosed with an inherited condition, he's forced to dig into the secrets of his ancestry.

John enlists Nora's help to uncover the identity of his birth mother, and as they work side by side, this pair of opposites begins to suspect that they just might be a perfect match. But can their hope for a future survive their wounds from the past?
 

 Meet the Author

Becky Wade is a native of California who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and now lives in Dallas. A favorite among readers of Christian contemporary romance, Becky has won a Carol Award, an Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, and an INSPY Award. 

Learn more at www.beckywade.com.

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Here's my review of this beautiful romance from Becky Wade:


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Becky Wade and her publisher for sending me a copy of "True to You" 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.
 "True to You” by Becky Wade is a beautiful love story between Nora, a librarian/genealogist and John, a former Navy SEAL who is looking for his birth mother.  There are plenty of obstacles to these two getting together.  Still, this beautiful story engages the reader so sweetly that the book is nearly impossible to put down.

“True to You” tackles lots of real life troubles: health, relationships, family dynamics and more.  Becky Wade does this with sensitivity and great care.  This is a thought-provoking and moving novel that also entertains and reminds the reader that God is alive and active in every life, every situation.  Hallelujah!  I cannot wait to read Nora’s sisters’ stories!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Homiletics: 1 Peter 2


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

1.There4, rid all malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, slander of every kind (1)

2.like newborn, crave pure spiritual milk so u grow in salvation, now uve tasted that L is good (2-3)

3.as u cm 2 Him, living Stone, rejected by humans/chosen by G (4)

4.u like living stones being built into spirtual hse 2b holy priesthd offring spiritual sacrifices2G thruJC(5)

5.Scr says:I lay stone in Zion, chosen/precious crnrstone,who trusts in Hm nvr put to shame (6)

6.2u who bel, stone=precious;2 those bel, “stone builders rejected become crnrstone” (7)

7.& “stone that causes ppl 2 stumble&rock that makes em fall”; they stumble bec disobey, destined 4(8)

8.u chsn ppl,royal priesthd,holy nation,Gs special poss,that u declare praises Him calld u out darkness(9)

9.once u ppl, now u ppl of G; once u rec’d mercy, now u recd mercy (10)

 

10.frends/forenrs/exiles,abstn sinfl desires;live gd among pagans,accuse u o wrong,c gd, glrfy G(11-12)

11.submit4L sake2authority;emperor;governors;Gs will:doing gd u silence ignornt talk foolish ppl (13-15)

12.live as free ppl,freedm cvr evil;live as Gs slaves;respect evry1,lv beleivrs,fear G,honor emperor(16-17)

13.slaves submit2masters,gd also harsh;commendable if bears up under unjust suffering bec of G(18-19)

14.how it2ur credit if rec beating 4doing wrong;if u suffr4doing gd&endure, commendable(20)

 

15.2this u calld bec C suffrd4u, example,u should follow His steps(21)

16.”He committed no sin & no deceit found in His mouth”(22)

17.whn hurld insults@Him,He retaliate;when He suffrd,made threats,entrusted self2Him judges jstly(23)

18.He bore our sins on cross so we might die2sins&live4rightnss;by His wounds we heald(24)

19.U like sheep going astray,but ret’d2Sheprd/Overseer of your souls(25)

 

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

1.Come to the living Stone (1-10)

Principle: Believers are stones being built into a spiritual house

2.Friends, Foreigners, Exiles: Live, Submit, Endure (11-20)

Principle: Believers’ behavior should make even our accusers glorify God

3.Because Christ suffered for you, follow in His steps (21-25)

Principle: Believers are called to follow Christ, even in suffering

 

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

Christ, the Living Stone, suffered; believers should follow His example.

 

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

TCMATK A believer’s suffering brings him into intimate fellowship with Christ Himself.

 

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

1.How are you sharing what you’ve tasted to help others know the Lord is good?  (my testimonies about cancer, unemployment, etc.  Being vulnerable with my sharing.)

2.In what areas are you failing to submit to the authority over you and how will you place yourself under that authority today?  (there are a few.  With regard to one, I’ve added that person to my daily prayer list because praying for them less often was allowing my heart to become bitter and hard between prayer times.  With regard to a couple others, I pray for their salvation and pray that I quit complaining about my workplace and stop disrespecting these people.)

3.How can you follow Jesus’ example of suffering the next time you go through a trial?  (praise Him through it.  Walk confidently with God.)  How can you encourage a friend to follow Jesus’ example as they suffer?  (point out the positives of suffering: knowing God better, growing faith, coming through it a better person, being a shining light toward Christ and pointing loved ones to Him.)

 

How can I be a blessing to the nations this week?  (Follow Christ’s example – even in suffering – and encourage others to do the same.)

 

A few notes on 1 Peter 2:

 

Because our time is so short (we are vapor – see James 4:14), there’s no time to waste!  Get rid of bad behavior now.  Pray.  We cannot develop Christ’s character in ourselves!  He must develop it in us.  Get specific with Him when you pray.  Do you need to be delivered from complaining?  Arguing?  Thanklessness?  Patience?  Ask Jesus to purge specific habits from you.

 

Do you crave God’s Word like food?  Does our obedience satisfy and sustain us?  Our obedience certainly declares how we feel about God.

 

How have you tasted that the Lord is good?  With whom are you sharing that taste of the Lord’s goodness?  With whom should you be sharing it, but aren’t?  Are you praying for Christ to fill your mouth with His praises to share with others?

 

Jesus is the cornerstone of the priesthood we are part of.  We’ve been set apart by God to be His priests.  What are your priestly duties?  One duty was to offer sacrifices.  Are you daily offering sacrifices of praise?  Where do you need Christ’s help to execute those duties?

 

You are God’s special possession…His treasure.  How should treasure act?

 

How are you declaring God’s praises?

 

Do you remember back to when you were not one of God’s people?  Would you trade your life now to go back into the darkness?

 

Are you prayerfully abstaining from sinful desires?  Are you praying for others in this area as the war is waged for their souls?  Are you offering encouragement and support to those who are struggling?  Are you asking for help in your areas of struggle?  Do you transparently share your struggles to help others fight?

 

Where are you struggling to live as a foreigner and an exile?  Who can you ask to help keep you accountable in this area?

 

Does your life look so different from the world that “pagans” accuse you of doing wrong?  When you’re tempted to give up in the face of opposition, remember it is more commendable to suffer for doing right.

 

The authority placed over you (parents, supervisors, pastors, government officials, etc.) are appointed by God!  Disrespecting that authority is disrespecting God and His will and plan for your life.

 

What do you do when you struggle to submit to authority?  Pray?  Study God’s Word? Force obedience?  Talk bad about that authority figure with others who are like-minded and feed your dislike?  Undermine the authority?  Disobey?  We need to remember that how we treat the authorities over us is a reflection of how much we love God.  Obedience to God shows our love.

 

We are free not to look like the world.

 

We are free to submit to good masters and harsh ones.  Which master would be more difficult to submit to?  Our submission to which one honors Jesus?

 

How are you focusing on God to get through your painful circumstances?  Remember, when Peter focused on Christ during the storm, he walked on water.  When he focused on the circumstances, he began to sink!  What are you focusing on today?

 

How has Christ’s example as the suffering servant helped you in your suffering?  How are you following Him in your suffering as He commanded?  If He was sinless, yet suffered, why do we think we should be spared suffering?  How could you practice what Jesus did in your own trials?

 

Have you entrusted yourself to God to the point where you rejoice in your suffering because He gave it to you?

 

Does sharing in the sufferings of Christ bring joy to you?

 

Have you turned to the Shepherd?  Don’t go another moment without Him.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Homiletics: 1 Peter 1


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

1.P, apostle o JC, 2Gs elect,exiles scattrd throughout Pontus,Galatia,Cappadocia,Asia,Bithynia(1)

2.chosen accordg24knowlg o G thru sanctfyg wk o S,2b obed to JC&sprnkld w/blod:grace&peace(2)

3.praise2Fr! In grt mercy,givn us new birth thru resurr o JC in2 inheritnc tht nvr perish/spoil/fade(3-4a)

4.inhrtnc kpt hvn4u who thru faith r shieldd by Gs pwr til cming o salv ready 2breveald in last time (4b-5)

5.in this u grtly rejoice, tho now u may’ve had2suffr grief in trials; thes cm so genuinss ur faith (6-7a)

6. (>worth thn au-perish tho refind by fire)result in praise, glry, honr whn JC reveald (7b)

7.tho u seen Hm,uYHm;tho u see Hm now,u bel&r filld w/inexprssbl&glrius joy,4u recv salv(8-9)

8.concrng this salv, proph who spoke o grace2cm2u,searchd intently w/grtst care(10)

9.trying 2find time&circumstncs Spirit was pointing when predictd suffrings o Mess&glories2follow(11)

10.revld they servg u whn spoke things told u by preachd Gosp2u by HS,angels long 2lk n2 thesthngs(12)

 

11.Ther4,w/minds alert&sober, set ur hope on grace2b brought when JC=revld@His cming(13)

12.cnform2evl desirs had whn livd n ignornc;as He who calld u=holy,b holy;writn:b hly bec I holy(14-16)

13.Since u call FR who judgs ea pers’s wk impartially, live as foreigners here in revernt fear (17)

14.u know it not w/perishbl things such as silver/au u redeemd frm empty life handd u frm ancestrs (18)

15. but w/precious blood of Christ, a lamb w/o blemish/defect (19)

16.He was chosn b4 creation, but reveald in these last times 4 ur sake (20)

17.Thru Hm u bel in G who raisd Him frm dead/glorfid Him, so ur faith/hope r in G(21)

18.now uve purifd urselvs by obeyg truth so u hv sincreY4ea othr,Y1anothr deeply frmY(22)

19.4u brn agn, imperishable seed thru living/enduring wd o G(23)

20.ppl lk grass,glry lk flowers, grass withrs,flowers fall, word o L endures 4evr, this wd prchd2u(24-25)

 

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

1.Peter to God’s elect: praise God the Father  Who has given us new birth, though we may suffer so our faith may result in praise, glory and honor when Christ is revealed; the prophets predicted Messiah’s suffering and glories and even angels long to look into these things (1-12)

Principle:  Believers live lives of praise to God.

2.Don’t conform to evil desires, live as foreigners in reverent fear, through Jesus believe in God, obey the truth, love each other deeply, born again through the imperishable word of the Lord. (13-25)

Principle:  Believers live lives of obedience to God.

 

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

Peter to God’s elect: you may suffer; praise and obey.

 

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

TCMATK Believers are foreigners on earth, rejoicing, obeying the truth and enduring temporary suffering.

 

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

1.To whom can you show grace and peace and how will you do that this week?  (the one who hurt me.  I will do this by adding them to my daily prayer list because praying for them less often hasn’t healed my heart, and by spending time with them.)

What needs to change in your heart or attitude so you live a life characterized by praise for Christ?  (Welcome suffering, praise Him for persecution, remember His joy is my strength)

2.In what area(s) of your life are you conforming to evil desires rather than God’s Word and what might you change this week to get back on track?  (See my work as service to Jesus and do it diligently and with excellence and integrity.  Quit complaining and disrespecting authority.  I had been boycotting staff meetings because of inappropriate comments made during the meeting – I went to the last one and when my boss tried to bait me into saying something inappropriate, I told him, “I’m not falling for that.”)

 

How can I be a blessing to the nations this week?  (I can start by sharing grace and peace with one person!  I can welcome suffering in my life and encourage others who are suffering.)

 

A few notes on 1 Peter 1:

 

Remember Peter?  Fisherman…One who witnessed the transfiguration…walked on water…denied Christ 3x…he authored the gospel penned by Mark…his 1st sermon brought 3000 to Christ…experienced Pentecost…declared Jesus to be “the Son of the Living God”…didn’t want to eat with Gentiles…

 

This letter was written by the apostle Peter during the time of Nero’s persecution of Christians around AD 64, from Rome (Babylon), penned by Silas, to believers who were undergoing trials (possible stemming from Nero’s persecution) in 5 provinces in the area now known as Turkey.

 

Written to emphasize and encourage Christian living, especially in the face of suffering and persecution.

 

We need to understand our suffering in light of God’s higher purposes for ourselves and others.

 

We are foreigners/strangers/exiles who should live as citizens of heaven.

 

By living this way, we are God’s priestly people.  One source indicated we are fulfilling our calling where Israel failed: to be a blessing to the nations.  Read 1 Peter with this in mind.

 

Do you thank and praise God for choosing you?

 

Are you experiencing His grace and peace in abundance?  To whom can you show His grace and peace?

 

What has God given you in His great mercy?

 

Praise Jesus!  Eternal life doesn’t erode or diminish!

 

We are totally protected by God the whole time we’re on earth!  Hallelujah!!! This doesn’t mean we won’t suffer.

 

How are you suffering?  (Disease, unemployment, relationships, addictions, pain)  Are you able to rejoice in that suffering?

 

A pregnant woman has pain (physical labor and childbirth) and joy (bringing a child into the world) at the same time!  The joy is so much greater than the pain, she’ll get pregnant again!  A pregnant woman will PRAY for labor to begin!  Are you praying for your spiritual labor to start so something amazing can be birthed in you?  (thanks, Joyce Meyer!)

 

The joy of the Lord is your strength!!!

 

Our trials are purposeful.  What purposes have you observed from your trials or the trials of others?

 

Rejoice in your suffering.  Wouldn’t the enemy leave you alone is you weren’t making an impact for the kingdom of God?

 

One day, EVERY knee will bow and EVERY tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!

 

How has Jesus filled you with “inexpressible and glorious joy”?

 

Eternal life began the moment Jesus saved you.  How does your life reflect that?

 

The prophets and angels don’t understand salvation, repentance and man’s intimate relationship with God.  Do you treasure that relationship?  Have you thanked Him for it lately?

 

We show our gratitude through our obedience.  How is your obedience?  Are you conforming to the evil desires you used to have? Have you prayed expectantly for God to take them from you?

 

What are you hanging onto from your past that keeps you desiring those evil things?  Are you willing to let them go?

 

Do you seek God’s will for your life daily?  How about hourly?

 

When He reveals His will, do you obey it?

 

What thoughts need to be taken captive and what activities need to be purged because they talk you out of obeying God?

 

Partial obedience is disobedience.

 

We are legal aliens…Ambassadors!!!

 

How can you live as a foreigner on earth?  We need to hold to the laws, customs, language, etc of our homeland: Heaven.

 

We should look different.  We should sound different.  We shouldn’t fit in with the world.

 

Where are you compromising your heavenly citizenship to fit in with the world?

 

Being a foreigner isn’t easy.  How can you encourage your Christian siblings for being different from the world?  Who will you encourage today?  Does your phone allow you to type a text now to be sent in the future?

 

Believers are to live in reverence to God…in awe…not arrogant…not hard-headed (or hearted)…not reckless…

 

Would someone watching you say you are reverent of God?  Or would they say you are arrogant?

 

Are there areas of hard-headedness in you that need to be softened?  Ask God to soften you in those areas.

 

Where are you living recklessly? Do you tend to “wing it”? Or are you deliberate about prayer and Bible study and fellowship and ministry and sharing the gospel?  Ask Jesus to guide you in leading a more deliberate and influential life to advance His kingdom.

 

Your life is purposeful.

 

We are called to follow Jesus.

 

We are called to love each other deeply.

 

We are called to be pure and obey the truth.

 

We are called to be holy.

 

We’ve been born again through the living, active, enduring Word of God that is sharper than any two-edged sword.  It’s like a scalpel in the hands of the Great Physician, and He is ready to use that scalpel to cut deeply and get all the evil and compromise and worldliness and arrogance and recklessness out of us.  Are you ready to let Him do that?

 

Will you entrust yourself to the Savior of your soul?  He has your best interest at heart.  He has plans for your life.  Plans to prosper you and not harm you.  Plans to give you hope and an eternal future.

 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Forensic Faith by J. Warner Wallace

Forensic Faith

by J. Warner Wallace
Christian Living
David C Cook



Christianity has a rich evidential history, yet most of us are ill-prepared to make the case for what we believe. In Forensic Faith, veteran detective J. Warner Wallace teaches us the principles investigators use so we can develop a clear, evidence-based faith. Forensic Faith will help you:
  • embrace your duty to defend the truth
  • devise a training strategy to master the evidence for Christianity
  • learn how to employ the techniques of a detective to discover new insights from God's Word
  • become a better communicator by learning the skills of professional case makers 
Are you ready to start a new journey as a follower of Christ? Are you ready to have greater impact on your culture? Forensic Faith provides you with the strategies and the tools needed to become an effective Christian Case Maker.


 

 Meet the Author


J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective who has been featured on
Dateline, FOX News, and Court TV. A former atheist, he is the author of Cold-Case Christianity and God's Crime Scene. Wallace has a master's degree in theology and lives in California with his wife and four children.



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Here's my review of this amazing witness-building tool:


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to J. Warner Wallace and his publisher for sending me a copy of "Forensic Faith" 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.
“Forensic Faith” by J. Warner Wallace is a valuable resource enabling the Christian to deepen their faith by building their case for why they believe what they believe.  When we defend our beliefs, we strengthen them and we may also influence the thinking of others. 

I used the Readiness Review to which this book refers in my adult women’s Sunday school class.  We learned that not many of us is capable of defending our faith.  We also learned specific areas where we need to figure out why we believe what we believe not only to defend our faith, but to strengthen it. This evaluation is going to help me tailor the curriculum we use to pose questions designed to help my ladies build their own case for faith.
I visited the forensicfaithbook.com site to obtain the Readiness Review and articles pertaining to each question.  The yellow font on the website makes the titles difficult to read, but I was able to trip over everything I needed to prepare my lesson.  I highly recommend this book and its accompanying resources.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Homiletics: John 21


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

1.After, J revealed self again 2disc by Sea of Tiberias: SP, Thos, Nath, Zeb sons&2others together (1-2)

2.SP:I’m going fishing;they:we’re coming; went into boat, that nite caught nothing (3)

3.When daybrk came, J stood on shore, disc know it J;”men”,J called,”u have fish, do u?” “no” (4-5)

4.”cast net rt side boat&you’ll find some”, they unable 2 haul bec of lg # of fish (6)

5.discJlv2P:it is the L;P tied outr garmt round him/plungd in2 sea; discs came in boat draggin fish(7-8)

6.when they got out, saw charcoal fire w/fish&bread;”bring some fish u caught,”J told them (9-10)

7.SP hauled lg fish 153,net torn;“come have breakfast”;none ask who r u bec they knew it was L(11-12)

8.J came,took bread,gave2em,same w/fish;this 3rd time J appeard2disc after raised(13-14)

 

9.Whn they’d eaten,J:Sim,son of John, do u lv me mo than these?Y,L u know I lv u;feed lambs(15)

10.2nd x:Sim, do u lv me? Y,L u know I lv u; shepherd my sheep(16)

11.3rd x:Sim, do u lv me? P grieved He askd 3rd x:L u know evrythg,u know I lv u; feed my sheep(17)

12.whn young u walk where u wantd,whn old u’ll stretch out hands some1 carry u where u want 2go(18)

13.He said to signify kind of death he glorify G; “Follow me” (19)

 

14.P saw disc J lv following, P:L what about him?(20-21)

15.”If I want him 2 remain till I come, what’s that to you? Follow me”(22)

16.Rept spread to bros this disc wouldn’t die, yet J tell him he wouldn’t die(23)

17.This is disc who testifies to these things&wrote them;we know testimony true(24)

18.There many other things J did, if they were written 1x1, not even wrld could contain bks written(25)

 

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

1.Jesus revealed Himself a third time to the disciples by the sea of Tiberias. (1-14)

Principle:  Jesus reveals Himself to those who love Him.

2.Jesus asks Simon Peter three times “Do you love me” and assures Peter by what kind of death he will glorify God. (15-19)

Principle:  Jesus restores His people so we may serve and glorify God.

3.The disciple Jesus loved follows Jesus and Peter, a report spreads to the brothers that this disciple would not die, he is the one who testifies to these things and wrote these words and declares if everything Jesus did were written, the whole world couldn’t contain the books! (20-25)

Principle:  Jesus did and does so much more than we could ever imagine out of love for people.

 

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

Jesus’ third appearance and restoration of Peter complete John’s gospel.

-or-

Jesus’ third appearance and Peter’s love declaration complete John’s gospel.

 

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

TCMATK  Jesus loves you and came to earth to reveal God to you and restore you into relationship with and service to Him.

 

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

1.How has Jesus revealed Himself to you lately and how has this changed your behavior and worship of Him?

2.In what areas of your service to Christ do you need to be restored and how will that restoration affect your relationship with and service to Him?

3.What are some of the things Jesus has done for you that are not recorded in books and how will those things change how you treat Him and others?

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Homiletics: John 20


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

1.Early 1st day/wk, still dk, MaryM2tomb, saw stone rem (1)

2.She run 2SP & disc J lvd: They taken L & we know where they put Him (2)

3.P& other disc started4tomb, running, other disc reached tomb 1st (3-4)

4.He looked at linen, didn’t go in, SP went straight in, saw linen/cloth still lying in place (5-7)

5.Finally other disc went inside, saw/believed;(they understd J had to rise from dead);went back (8-10)

6.Mary outside tomb crying, bent2look in, saw 2 angels is wt where body had been 1@head,1@ft(11-12)

7.”Wmn, YU crying?”  “They’ve taken my L&I know where they put Him” (13)

8.She turned, saw J, realize was J; He:Wmn YU crying?  Who U looking for? (14-15a)

9.Thinking He gardener: Tell me where U put Him&I’ll get Him; J:Mary; M:Rabboni! (15b-16)

10.J:hold onto me, I ascended to Fr; go to bros, tell them I’m ascend to my/ur Fr,my/ur G (17)

11.Mary2disc: “I’ve seen L” & told them He said all these things (18)

12.Evening 1st day disc together w/doors locked J stood among them: Peace Bw/U(19)

13.He showed hand/side, disc overjoyed; J:Peace Bw/U, as Fr sent me, I send U (20-21)

14.He breathed on them:Receive HS, if you 4give anyone’s sins, forgiven, if not, not (22-23)

15.Thos, 1of12, not w/disc when J came; other disc: we’ve seen L (24-25a)

16.Unless I see nail marks in hands, put my hand into side, I believe (25b)

17.1wk l8rThos w/em,doors lockd,J came:Peace Bw/U;2Thos:put fingr here,hand in2side,stop doubt, bel (26-27)

18.Thos: my L& my G; J:bec U seen, U bel, blessed are those seen, yet bel (28-29)

19.J perf many other signs in pres of disc recorded in this bk (30)

20.these written so U be J=Messiah/SonofG & by bel U hv life in His name (31)

 

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

1. Early on the 1st day, Mary Magdelene, Peter and John see the empty tomb, John believes and Mary sees the Lord (1-18)

Principle:

2.Evening on the 1st day, Jesus stood among the overjoyed disciples, except Thomas, who wasn’t there, won’t believe unless he sees (19-25)

Principle:

3.One week later, Jesus comes, Thomas believes and (author declares) signs recorded in this book were written so you may believe (26-31)

Principle:

 

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

The empty tomb and Jesus’ appearances lead disciples to believe.

 

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

TCMATK Belief is the disciple’s role in relationship with Jesus.

 

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

1.With whom is God calling you to share that Jesus’ tomb is empty and how will sharing this change their life and yours?

2.What part of Jesus’ story are you struggling to believe and what will it take for you to come to faith in that area?

3.Which signs performed by Jesus speak directly to an issue you or a loved one is challenged by and how will you use that sign to minister to that issue?