Saturday, January 28, 2017

Homiletics: John 9


Contents (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture):

1
1-2
He saw man blind frm birth; Disc: Rabbi, who sinned man/parents that he born blind?
2
3-4
Nethr, hapnd so wks o G displyd; as lng as day, we do wks o Him, night cming, no one wk
3
5-7a
While I in wrld, I lt o wrld; after, He spit/md mud/put man’s eyes; Go wash Pool o Siloam (what a beautiful, gross, intimate moment)
4
7b-8
man washd/came hm seeing; neighbrs/those seen him: isn’t this man used to beg?
5
9-10
Som claim he was, others: only lks lk him, he insistd: I am man; how eyes opend, they askd
6
11-12
J made mud, put on eyes, told me go Siloam/wash, I washd, I could see; where man? IDK
7
13-14
They brought to Phar man who’d been blind; day J made mud/opend eyes was Sabbath
8
15-
Thr4 Phar askd how he recd sight, he put mud on eyes, I washd, I see
9
16-
Som Phar: man not frm G, doesn’t keep Sabb, others: how sinner perf such signs, divd
10
17-18
They to blind man: what u say about Him; He a prophet; they not believe, sent for parents
11
19-21
This son born blnd? How see; He son/born blind;how see/who open eyes, dunno, ask him
12
22-
Parents afraid of Jewish ldrs who decide any1 acknowledge J as Messiah out of synagogue
13
23-24
That y par: he of age, ask him; 2ndx summnd man: gv glry G/tell truth, we no ths man sinr
14
25-27
Sinr/not, dunno; I no was blind/now see; how open eyes; I told, u listen,u want bec disc 2
15
28-29
They hurld insults, u fella’s disc, we disc o Moses; G spk Mos, dunno where ths fela cm frm
16
30-32
he opnd my eys, G listen sinrs, He listen godly pers; nobdy hrd o openg eys o mn brn blnd (through v. 33 is a beautiful, bold testimony)
17
33-34
If frm G, could do nothing;they: u steepd in sin @ birth, threw him out
18
35-38
 J: u bel Son o Man; Tell me so I bel; U seen Him, He spkg w/u; L, I bel, he worshipd
19
39-40
J: 4 judgmt I cm into wrld so blnd see and those who see becm blnd; Phar: we blind too?
20
41
J: if u blnd, you’d not be glty of sin, but now u claim to see, ur guilt remains

 


Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture):  I had a hard time coming up with these divisions.

1
1-16
Jesus makes mud on the Sabbath to display the works of God in a man born blind, dividing the Pharisees (divided here because of “Then” at beginning of v.17)
Principle:
Every day is a good day to display the works of God.
2
17-34
Pharisees question the blind man and his parents, and throw the man out of the synagogue
Principle:
True believers stand for Christ regardless of the circumstances.
3
35-41
Jesus reveals Himself to the man born blind and reveals to the Pharisees their blindness
Principle:
People can have physical sight and be blind spiritually.

 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure):  This wrote itself this week.

Jesus’ mud opens the eyes of a man born blind.

 

Aim:

TCMATK Jesus reveals Himself and our blindness so He may be displayed in the lives of His people.

 

Application:

1
What will you do this week so God can display His works in your life?  How will you encourage others to display God’s works in their lives?
2
In what way will you take a stand for Christ this week and how will you engage God to prepare for that moment?
3
What has Jesus revealed to you about Himself or your blindness this week and what will you do with that revelation?

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Eden: The Animals' Parable by Keith Korman

Eden: The Animals' Parable

by Keith Korman  

Biblical Fiction
Liberty Island Media

"Ask the animals, and they will teach you." ---Job 12:7
Experience the Gospels in a way you never imagined.
In this beautifully inspired retelling of the Gospels, we see Jesus and his disciples in the Holy Land through the eyes of the animals---especially his intrepid and loyal dog, Eden.
With a wise, old donkey, innocent lambs, and legions of curious field mice---the animals follow their master's journey across Galilee and onto Jerusalem, rapt with awe and wonder and bearing great tidings---even if they don't fully comprehend the divine events they witness.
Simple, clear, and spiritually profound, Eden is an artful retelling that is captivating, moving, and alive with the joy you felt the first time you opened the Bible.
 

 Meet the Author
Keith Korman is an American literary agent and novelist. Over the years he has represented many nationally known clients through his family's agency, Raines & Raines. The agency is most noted for representing the following books: The Detective, Deliverance, Die Hard, Cruising, My Dog Skip, How to Eat Fried Worms, and Forrest Gump. Korman's novels include Secret Dreams, Banquo's Ghosts (with Rich Lowry), and END TIME (Macmillan, August 2015).


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Here's my review of this amazing read:


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Keith Korman and his publisher for sending me a copy of "Eden: The Animals' Parable" 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.
'Eden: The Animals' Parable' by Keith Korman is an engaging read that will touch the hearts and minds of young and old alike.  This is the story of Christ’s life told from the perspective of His dog, Eden.  Reading this book has actually added to the dimension of how I see my Savior because I’ve contemplated things I never considered before, like how it would feel to have your fur stroked by the Creator of the Universe.
This is a wonderful book for out-loud bedtime reading for any age group.  For me, it has helped to flesh out my view of Jesus Christ and added to my enjoyment and study of Scripture, particularly the Gospel of John which I’m studying right now.  I highly recommend this book for personal reading, book groups and bedtime stories.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Homiletics: John 8


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

1
1-2
 J went Mt Olivs; @ dawn He tmpl cts, all ppl gathrd/He tch
2
3-5
Tchrs o Law/Phar brght wmn caught in adult/said 2 J: Mos cmd stone such, wht u say?
3
6-8
Qu trap, J write grd w/fngr; They qu, He strtn “any w/o sin 1st throw stn”, he stoop/wrote
4
9-10
Those who hrd go 1@time, oldr 1st, only J left;J strtn “wm where they? No 1 condemn?”
5
11-12
No 1, “nther I condemn, leave life of sin”; J 2 ppl: I lt of wrld follo me nvr walk dkness.
6
13-15
Phar chall: u ur own witnss, test not valid;J: my test valid; u jdg by hum std I jdgmt no 1
7
16-19
If I jdg, dec true bec I std w/Fr; in Law test of 2 wtnss=tru; where Fr; J: u know me/Fr
8
20-21
He spk wds tmpl cts near offerings, no 1 sz bec hr not cm; I go, u lk/die in sin, wr I go u cm
9
22-24
Jews: will he kill self? He: U frm belo, I frm abv, u of this wrld, I not; if u believe u die in sin
10
25-27
Who u; J: what I tell frm beg; I hv mch jdgmt of u; what I hrd I tell wrld; they undrstd re Fr
11
28-31
Whn lift SoM, u no I he/1 snt me w/me I pls Hm; mny bel; 2 Jws bel: if hld my tch u my dsc
12
32-34
Thn u no trth/set u free; we Abe desc/nvr slav, how we set free; J:VT evry1 sins, slave 2 sin
13
35-37
Slv perm pl in fam, son blng 4evr; if Son set free, u free; u Abe desc yet u no rm for my Wd
14
38-39
I tell wt I seen Fr pres, u do wt hrd frm ur fr; A our fr, J: if u A’s chldrn u do wht A did
15
40-43
u lk kill me, A do, u do wks o ur Fr; We illegit, only Fr=G; J: if G ur Fr ud lv me; u able hear
16
44-
u belong ur fr, devil, u want crry out ur fr desire, he mrdrr, no truth in him, lies=n8iv lang
17
45-47
I tell truth, u bel; can u prv me glty o sin why bel, who blng G hear G, u hear bec u belong
18
48-51
U Sam/dmn-poss? J:poss, I hnr Fr/u hnr me; I seekg glry; VT who obeys Wd nvr see death
19
52-53
Now we no u poss! A died & Proph, yet u say who obey taste death; u>A? who u thk u r?
20
54-59
J:Fr glrfy me; I no Hm/obey;A rejocd@my day; u 50, u see A? VT b4 A, I AM! pu stns, J hid.

 


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

1
1-11
Jesus blesses the woman caught in adultery
Principle:
Christ forgives all sins.
2
12-20
Jesus teaches He is the Light of the world in the temple courts
Principle:
Christ is the Light that reveals sin.
3
21-30
Jesus teaches about returning to His Father and many believe
Principle:
Christ conquers sin and death.
4
31-59
Jesus teaches about sin and lying and His relationship to Abraham
Principle:
Christ deserves mankind’s complete obedience.

 

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

Jesus pardons an adulteress and escapes stoning at the temple.

 

Aim:

TCMATK Christ has forgiven and rescued the world from darkness, sin and death and His people are revealed by their obedience and submission to His teaching.

 

Application:

1
How will you treat others differently because of what Christ has forgiven you?
2
Who needs to hear you testify about Christ being the Light of the world and how He rescued you from walking in darkness?  How will you encourage that person with your testimony?
3
What has God done to make sure you won’t die in your sins?  How will you share this knowledge and pray for others to be rescued from the same fate?
4
In what areas are you struggling to understand Jesus’ teaching?  What will you do submit to God and walk in obedience to Him in those areas?