Thursday, December 06, 2018

Homiletics: 1 Samuel 21-24


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

1.D2Nob-Ahimelek(pr)trembld:yu alone?D:king mission,men meet me;Gv5loavs;A:no ord br(1Sa 21:1-3)

2.consec br if kept frm wm;D:men’s bods holy;A gv br;S’s svt Doeg(chf shep)there;D:u hv spr/sword(4-8)

3.A:sword Gol here,take;D fled2Achish-Gath;svt Achish:Is D,king?Sing S slain 1000s,D 10s o 1000s?(9-11)

4.D afraid,prtnd madman,marks doors,saliva dn beard;Ach:am I short of madmen that u brg2me(11-15)

 

5.D2cave Adullam,bros heard,went;those in distress,debt,discntnt-he becm cmdr,abt400men(1Sa22:1-2)

6.D2Mizpah2kingoMoab:my fr/mr stay w/u?Lft em;ProphGad:stay strghld,goJudah,D2forest Hereth(3-5)

7.S hrd Ddscvrd,w/spear undr tree,2off:sonoJes gv u fields/vnyds?Mk u cmdrs?Is that yu conspire?(6-8a)

8.1 tell me son cvnt/incitd svt;Doeg:sonoJes cm2Ahimelek@Nob,A inqrdL4hm,gv prov/sword(8b-10)

9.S sent4A/fam;2A:yu conspre v.me?A:who loyal as D,s-i-l,cpt o bodygd,1stxinqirL4hm;accusefam(11-15)

10.k ordr gard2kill prs bec side w/D;off unwillng;Doeg struck dn85/Nob m,w,c,inf,cattl,dnkys,shp(16-19)

11.1son-Abiathar-esc/join D,told D S kill prs;D:Doeg there,knew he tell S, I resp4death;stay,u safe(20-23)

 

12.D told Phil ft Keilah,?L:go?L ans:go;men fraid;D?L,L:go;D/men ft,savd Keilah;Abi brt ephod(1Sa23:1-6)

13.S told D2Keilah,call frces4battl;D learnd S plot,2Abi:brg ephod;Saul cm?L:y;Keilah surrdr me?L:y(7-12)

14.D&men 600 left;S told D esc,go:D wildrnss;S srch:D@Horesh;Jon2D:afraid,ub king,I2nd,cvnt(13-18)

15.Ziphites2S@Gibeah:Isnt D strghld@Horesh?S:L blss u,get mo info;they2Ziph,D in Dsrt oMaon(19-24)

16.S2DsrtMaon1side Mt,D othr;S clos in,msgr:Cm,Phil raid,S went,Sela Hammahlekoth;D2En Gedi(25-29)

 

17.S told D En Gedi;S tool 3000 2 look;cave S rel self,D/men far bk,D cut robe,conscnc strickn(1Sa 24:1-5)

18.2men:4bid I lay hand on L anointd;S left;D went out,calld S,bowd;L delvd u,I spared u;see robe(6-11)

19.L aveng wrongs u dn2me;v.whom u cm out?L judge btween us;S wept:u mo rteous,u kill me(12-18)

20.L reward u,u be king,swear u kill my desc/wipe out my name;D gv oath;S retn hm,D2strnghld(19-22)

 

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

1.David receives Goliath’s sword from Ahimelek the priest, flees to Gath and behaves like a madman before King Achish’s men. (1Sa 21)

Principle: Jesus’s people experience challenges yet move forward with the help of godly people.

2.David flees to Adullam, leaves his father and mother in Moab, while Saul’s shepherd, Doeg, kills 85 priests including Ahimelek and every living thing in Nob; Ahimelek’s son Abiathar escapes and joins David. (1 Sa 22)

Principle: Jesus’ people experience fear and persecution and persevere by helping others.

3.David inquires of the Lord and saves Keilah, escapes to the wilderness, makes another covenant with Jonathan and evades Saul. (1 Sa 23)

Principle: Jesus’ people experience answers to prayer and are drawn to increasingly inquire of Him.

4.David cuts Saul’s robe, Saul declares David’s righteousness and David gives an oath not to wipe out Saul’s name. (1 Sa 24)

Principle: Jesus’ people experience conviction and come to repent.

 

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

David flees, Doeg kills 85+ and David cuts Saul’s robe.

David takes Goliath’s sword, leaves parents in Moab, saves Keilah and cuts Saul’s robe. –became-

David takes Goliath’s sword, protects parents, saves Keilah and cuts Saul’s robe. –became-

David flees Saul, takes Goliath’s sword, and cuts Saul’s robe.

*David flees, takes Goliath’s sword, protects parents and spares Saul.

 

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

TCMATK When you flee an enemy, mourn a friend, protect a family member or fight a battle, God hears, guides, comforts and protects His people. –became-

*Wherever you go and whatever you do, God hears, guides, comforts and protects His people.

 

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

1.Who do you run to for encouragement and support and how does that relationship motivate you to be a supportive encourager to someone else who needs it?

2.In what area(s) are you obsessing about yourself and how might you change your focus to point another to God for their protection or provision?

3.What needs to change so you’ll inquire of the Lord more often this week?

4.Where do you need to commit to waiting on God rather than laying a hand on His anointed?

Monday, November 26, 2018

Homiletics: 1 Samuel 18-20


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

1.Jon1n spirt w/D; d him as self;S kept D w/him;Jon covnt w/D;gv robe2D,tunic,sword,bow,belt(18:1-4)

2.D successful,S gv hi rank army;after D kill Phil, wm sing:S slain 1000s,D10s of 1000s(5-7)

3.S angry,what more he get but kgdm;S kept close eye D;evil spirt on S;S threw spear,D elude2x(8-11)

4.A afraid of D;gv D cmd of 1000,D grt success,Is/JudD;S:here oldr dtr Merab,marriag,srv bravly(12-17)

5.D:whoami2bec s-i-l?Merab gvn2Adriel;MichalD,S plsd, she b snare;D:I poor/lil known(18-23)

6.S:tell D price=100 Phil 4skins;D kill200;S gv Michal;S more afraid,D more success(24-30)

 

7.S2Jon&atts:kill D;Jon warn D,spk well of D2S;S oath:D put2deth;D w/S as be4;war,D ft Phil fled(19:1-8)

8.Evil spirt S,D elude spear/escape;Michal warn D,out wndw,idol in bed;S men2captr D;Michl:he ill(9-14)

9.S2men:brng D so I kill him;iidol in bed;S2Michal:yu decv?M:he said let me get away, y I kill u?(15-17)

10.D fled2Sam;S sent men2captr;men phrophsied,sent more,proph2,S went,proph in Sam’s pres(18-24)

 

11.D fled2Jon;J:u going2die;D:1step betw me&deth;J:whtevr u want I do;D:2mrro feast I hide(20:1-5)

12. if fr lose tmpr,he harm me;J:Nvr!I swear sound out fr, let u know,L b w/u;covenant out of love(6-17)

13.J2D:2mrro feast, day aftr go by stone Ezel,I shoot arrows,”on this side”,cm,safe;”beyond u”,go(18-23)

14.D hid,S said nothing;next day,S2J:y son of Jesse cm?J ans,S anger:he must die(24-31)

15.J:what he done?S threw spear;J knew S2kill D;J fierce anger,eat,grieved at fr’s shamfl trmt D(32-34)

16.In AM Jon2mtg w/D;shot arrow,”beyond u”;weapons2boy:carry back;D bowd(35-40)

17.Aftr boy done,D bowd,kissed,wept;J:go,sworn friendship,D left,Jon bk2town(41-42)

 

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

1.Jonathan’s and Michal’s love for David, Saul’s fear

Principle: Perfect love, found in Christ, casts out fear.

2.Saul’s order to kill David, Michal deceives, David escapes to Samuel

Principle: No one can outrun and hide from God.

3.Jonathan confirms Saul’s desire to kill David and David leaves

Principle: The best place to go is where God sends you.

 

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

David, loved by Jonathan and Michal, is feared by Saul.

 

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

TCMATK God is able to alleviate our fears and guide us in the right path, protecting us all the way.

 

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

1.In what area(s) of your life is fear (rather than love) ruling your thoughts and actions?

2.Where do you run when you’re afraid?  Is this where you should be running?

3.What have you walked away from (or do you need to walk away from) to do God’s will?

Monday, November 19, 2018

Homiletics: 1 Samuel 16-17


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

1.L2Sam:fill horn,2Jesse,son king:Sam:if S hear,kill;L:“I cm scrfc”;invite Jes,anoint1I indicate(16:1-3)

2.Sam did;elders:u cm pc?Sam:y,sacfc2L;consec J&sons;Eliab?L:consider apprnc/ht,L lk@(4-7)

3.Abinadab?Shammah?7sons,L chosen,these all?Youngst tend sheep;Send4him,sit he arrives(8-11)

4.he glow w/hlth,fine apprnc,handsm;L:anoint;Sam anoint;SoL cm pwrfly on David;Sam2Ramah(12-13)

5.SoL depart S;evil sfL trmnt;attdnt:sm1 play lyre,u feel betr,son of J;L w/him(14-18)

6. S2J:send D;J snd D,donky,brd,wine,goat;D entr svc;S like D,bec an armr-br;sfL cm, D play, relief(19-23)

 

7.Phil gathr4war;Goliath,ht6cub+span,armor weigh 5000shekl,spear pt w 600(17:1-7)

8.G:cm battl;choose man;if he kill me we be cur subj;if I kill,u srv us;I defy armies of Is:s/Is terrified(8-11)

9.J-8 sons,3 oldest follow S2war-Eliab,Abinadab,Shammah;D youngest,bk-4th frm S2fr’s sheep(12-15)

10.40d Phil cm fwd am/pm;J2D:tk grain/bread4bros;D left flock;Is/Phil battle lines;Gol cm,Is fled(16-24)

11.Is:man kps cmg out2defy Is;king gv$2who kills+dtr/taxes;D:who uncirc Phil defy armies Livg G(25-27)

12.Eliab anger,yu cm,u conceitd,wickd,watch battle;D:cant I speak;D ovrhrd;S sent4hm(28-31)

13.D:no1lose,ur srvt fight;S:u young;D:frs sheep,killd lion&bear;L rescud&will rescu;S:G be w/u(32-37)

14.S dress D:tunic,armor,helmet,sword;D:used2them;took staff,5 stones,sling;Phil cm closer(38-41)

15.despised hm;He:u cm at me w/sticks?cursed D;I gv ur flesh2birds/anmls;D:I cm in name o LGA(42-45)

16.I strike u dn,cut hd;I gv Phil army2birds/anmls;let wrld know there G in Is;battl is L’s(46-47)

17.Phil mv closr,D ran2meet;Stone struck Phil 4head;D triumphd,took Phil sword,cut hd;Phil ran(48-51)

18.Is/Jud pursu Phil,plundrd camp;D took Phil hd Jerus,weapons in tent:S2Abner:who’s son that(52-55a)

19.Ab:?;king:find out;D retd,Ab brought2S still holding hd;S:whose son ru;D:Jesse of Bethlehem(55b-58)

 

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

1.Samuel anoints David and David serves Saul (16)

Principle: God empowers His people to serve as humble leaders.

2.David triumphs over Goliath (17)

Principle: God works triumphantly through His people.

 

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

Samuel anoints David who serves Saul and defeats Goliath.

 

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

TCMATK God empowers His people to serve victoriously in His name.

 

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

1.In what area(s) are you struggling to follow Christ’s example to serve others?

2.When do worldly thoughts or behaviors rise up in you in defiance of God?

Monday, November 12, 2018

Homiletics: 1 Samuel 9-15


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

1.Bnjmt Saul,hndsm,tallr-dnkys lst-Ephrm2Shlisha2Shalim2Bnjmn2Zuph;manofG;1/4shek ag,Sam(9:1-14)

2.Day b4L:frm Benj,rulr;S L:this man;Sam:u eat w/me,dnkys fnd;S@hd;svt go,I gv msg frmG(9:15-27)

3.Sam oil S hd;2men-dnkys fnd,fr worried;3 men offer2loavs;Gibeah-Phil outpst-prophets;Gilgal(10:1-8)

4.G chg S;signs fulfild;G pwrfly on him, joind prophsyg;tell uncle about kingship(10:9-16)

5.Sam-Mizpah-Benj by lot-S;long lv king;Sam expl rts/dutes;hm;scndrls-no gifts,S silent(10:17-27)

6.Nahash Amnite siege JabGilead;treaty-rt eye;msgr2Gib,S oxen pcs,mustrd 300000,30000Jud(11:1-11)

7.S:L rescud Is;Gil-S md king;Sam:L apptd Mos/Aar,brt out Egy;u4got L;Lsent Jrb-Baal…Sam(11:12-12:11)

8.saw Nahash,want k;L set k ovr u;evil-askd4k;ppl2Sam:pray;if u persist evil,u&k perish(12:12-25)

 

9.S(30)k42y;Jon attac Phil outpst;Phil assmbl2ft;S troops fear;S offering;as he fin Sam arrived(13:1-10)

10.Sam:wht u done?foolsh thg;ur kdm endure;Phil raidg;blksmth;2Phil,only S&Jon hv sword(13:11-23)

11.Jon left tell fr;2Phil outpst;Phil fell;panic struck army, sent by G(14:1-15)

12.S’s lookouts saw army melting;S:bring ark;Phil confusion/strk ea othr;Phil on run;L savd Is(14:16-23)

13.S:cursd who eats;Jon hrd, dippd honycmb;Is strk dn Phil,plndr,butchr,ate w/blood(14:24-32)

14.S:u broke faith;pursue Phil, lv no1alive;inquire of G, G answer;what sin commitd today?Jon(14:33-42)

15.S:What done;J:hony;men:Jon brt delvrnc w/G sos,put2death;S rule/ft enem;bitr war w/Phil(14:43-52)

 

16.Sam2S:L sent me anoint;L punish Amalkts-go,attack;put2death;S attk,spard Agag&evrythg gd(15:1-9)

17.L regrt md S k;Sam went S,there,monumt;S2Sam:I carried out L instruct;Sam:what I hear?(15:10-15)

18.spard2sacrfc;Sam:obey;obey betr than sac;rebellion lk divination;arrognc lk idoltry;u rejct L(15:16-23)

19.I sinnd,forgv;Sam:u reject Wd of L;L rej u,tore kdm from u;went bk w/S(15:24-31)

20.Sam:brg Agag;put2death;not see S again;Lregret mk S k(15:32-35)

 

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

1.Saul seeks donkeys, finds a seer and is made king; the Lord rescues Jabesh Gilead and Samuel warns Israel not to persist in evil (1 Samuel 9-12)

Principle: God’s people pursue Him over other things.

2.Saul offers sacrifices, Jonathan pursues the Philistines and Israel breaks faith (1 Samuel 13-14)

Principle: God’s people respond to His salvation.

3.Saul disobeys and the Lord rejects him as king (1 Samuel 15)

Principle: God’s people obey Him.

 

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

Samuel anoints, Saul fails, the Lord rejects Saul as king.

 

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

TCMATK God is worthy of our time, attention, pursuit, worship, love and obedience.

 

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

1.Where are you feeling unfulfilled by worldly pursuits and how might seeking God instead satisfy you?

2.In what areas are you seeing God’s activity around you and how will you join Him in His work?

3.What area of partial obedience or disobedience will you commit to repentance and prayerful obedience?

Monday, November 05, 2018

Homiletics: 1 Samuel 4-8


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

1.S’s wd cm2all Is;Is fight Phil;Is@Ebnzr,Phil@Aphek;Is defeatd,Phil kill4000;Is:bring ark;Phil afraid(4:1-7)

2.Phil:we doomd/be strong&fight;Is defeatd,lost30000ft soldr;ark capturd,Hophni/Phin died(4:8-11)

3.Benjmt2Shiloh;Eli fear4ark,man told,town cried;Eli(98)heard abt ark,fell,neck broke,led Is 40y(4:12-18)

4.His dil(Phin),preg,near dely,heard,gv birth,dying:named Ichabod-Glry deprtd Is4ark captured(4:19-22)

5.ark2Dagon tmpl;nxt day D on face b4ark,D put bk;foll am D on face,hd/hnds broke on threshhld(5:1-5)

6.L’s hand hvy on Ashdod,tumors;ppl:ark stay,what do w/ark;rulrs:2Gath,mvd(5:6-8)

7.L hand hvy Gath;ark2Ekron;ppl:brought ark2kill us;panic;those die,tumors;outcry2hvn(5:9-12)

8.ark w/Phil7mos;send bk w/o gift,then u heald;offring?5au tumors/5au rats(#Phil ldrs)(6:1-4)

9.mk models tumor/rat,gv glry2Is G;y hardnas Egy/Phar;cart2cow;ark on cart,au offrg,send(6:5-8)

10.watch,if goes BethShemesh,L brought disaster;cows2BShemesh;rulers followd border(6:9-12)

 

11.BShem hrvst,saw ark,rejoicd;ppl chop cart,sacrfc cows;ark/au2rock;Phil saw,retd2Ekron(6:13-16)

12.5tumr/rat=frtfied tns;rock=witns;G struk 70 BShem lookd in ark;msgr2KiriathJearim:cm take(6:17-21)

13.KJ took ark Abinadab’s hs; Eleazar guard ark;remaind 20y;Is turn bk2L;S:rid 4n gs;commit2L,srv(7:1-4)

14.S:assembl@Mizpah;assembl,fast,confess;Phil heard,attack;Is afraid,2S:stop cryg out2L,rescue(7:5-8)

15.S sacrfcd;L ans;stone Ebnezer L hlpd us;Phil subdud;towns restord2Is;pc Is/Amrit;S Ramah hm(7:8-17)

 

16.S sons ldrs,follow S ways;dishonest,bribes,injustice;Elders2S:ur sons follow ways, appt king(8:1-5)

17.”gv king”displeasd S;prayd;L:listen2ppl,you rejectd,me;warn what king claim;S told ppl(8:6-10)

18.k tk sons mk srv chariots,cmdrs,plow,reap,mk weap/equip;dtr perfumers,cooks,bakers(8:11-13)

19.tk best fields,vinyds,oliv groves,1/10grain&vintage;servts,cattle,donkeys,1/10 flocks,u slaves(8:14-17)

20.u cry,L ans;ppl listn;want k,b lk other nations;S rpt2L;L:gv king;S2Is:go bk own towns(8-18-22)

 

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

1.Israel fights the Philistines, the ark is captured and the Philistines send it back to Israel(4:1-6:12)

Principle: God’s presence doesn’t bless His enemies.

2.Israel rejoices and turns back to the Lord(6:13-7:17)

Principle: God’s presence brings joy.

3.Samuel’s sons don’t follow his ways, so Israel asks for a king(8:1-22)

Principle: God’s presence should be welcomed and desired by His people.

 

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

Philistines capture and return the ark; Israel requests a king.

 

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

TCMATK God’s presence and sovereign leadership is a treasure that blesses His people.

 

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

1.How do you protect yourself from being separated from God’s presence?

2.In what areas of your life do you need to turn back to God and what is preventing you from doing so?

3.Where are you trading God’s leadership for man’s and how will you return your loyalty to God?

Monday, October 29, 2018

Homiletics: 1 Samuel 1-3


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

1.Elkanah,Ephrmt;y aftr y worship L@Shiloh;portions2Peninnah/chldrn,dbl2Hannah-clsd womb(1:1-5)

2.Bec L clsd H womb,rival prvk till H wept/eat;Elk:yu weep;yu eat;yu↓d;I mean mo than10sons?(1:6-8)

3.they fin eatg/drinkg,H stood;H prayed,weeping bitterly;vow:L gv son,I gv him2L;Eli obs mouth(1:9-12)

4.H pray,lips mv,voce heard,Eli thot drunk:put away wine;drinkg;pourg soul2L;anguish/grief(1:13-16)

5.Eli:Go pc,may G grant;Erly nxt wrshp-hm,Elk md♥2H;L rem;preg,Samuel”bec I ask L4hm”(1:17-20)

6.Elk went offer yrly sac/fulfill vow;H go:after weand,brot hm w/bul,flour,wine2L(1:21-24)

7.bull sacrfcd,they brot boy2Eli;I prayd4this child,L grantd;I gv him2L&he worshipd L there(1:25-28)

 

8.H:Myrejoic in L;no1holy lk L;by Him deeds weighd;L brings death,raises up;humbles,exalts(2:1-7)

9.He guard faithful;who oppose L be brkn:L judge earth:Elk hm,boy minist b4L under Eli(2:8-11)

10.E's sons regard 4L;practice fork meat pot;b4 fat burnd-gv meat or I tk by force=sin(2:12-17)

11.Samuel mnstrg b4L;ea y H md robe;E bless Elk&H;:May L gv u chldrn;L gracious;3son2dtr(2:18-21)

12.Eli,old,2sons:y do wickd deeds;good;if1sin v.L,who intercd?sons listen,L’s will put2death(2:22-25)

13.Samuel grow statr/favr w/L&ppl;man of G2E:yu hon ur sons by fattng on choice offrng(2:26-29)

14.L:I cut ur strngth/prstly hs,no1 old age;sons die same day;Irais faithfl prst,ur fam bow b4hm(2:30-36)

 

15.boy Sam mnstrd b4L under E;wd o L rare;many visions;Sam lying dn ark of G was(3:1-3)

16.L calld Sam;Sam ans,Here I am;ran2E:u calld;E:I call,go;L call:Sam2E;E:I call,go;Sam know L(3:4-7)

17.3dXL calld,Sam2E;E realzd L callg;E2S:go,if He call,say:spk ur srvt listng;Lcm&stood,S:spk L(3:8-10)

18.L2S:I abt2judge E’s fam bec sons blasphmd G;S afraid tell E;E calld,S:here I am(3:11-16)

19.What he said? hide frm me;S told evrytg;E:He is L,let Him do what gd in His eyes(3:17-18)

20.L w/S,let none of S's wds fall2grd;all Is recgnzd S as propht of L;L revld self2S thru His wd(3:19-21)

 

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

1.Hannah prays for a son and gives Samuel to the Lord (1Samuel 1)

Principle: The blessings God gives us are for His glory.

2.Samuel ministers before the Lord, Eli’s sons do wicked deeds and God declares His will for Eli’s family (1 Samuel 2)

Principle: The Lord will guard the faithful and will break His opponents.

3.The Lord calls Samuel(1 Samuel 3)

Principle: The Lord calls His people to relationship and service.

 

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

Hannah prays and gives her son, Samuel, to the Lord.

 

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

TCMATK The Lord gives gifts to bless His people and bring Himself glory.

 

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

1.How do the things God has blessed you with bring glory to Him?

2.What changes are you willing to make to bring obedience to the areas of your life that are in opposition to God?

3.How have you responded to God’s call upon your life?

Monday, October 22, 2018

Homiletics: Ruth 1-4


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

1.In days judges ruled, famine;Elim-Naomi-Mahlon-Killion from Bethlehem2Moab;Elim died(1:1-3)

2.Sons married Moab wm:Orpah&Ruth;live there10y;sons died;Nheard L aid ppl-food;prep2retn hm(4-6)

3.w/d-i-l, set out;”go bk2mother house”,may L grant u nothr husb;kissed them bye;”we go2ur ppl”(7-10)

4.N:retn hm dtrs;I hv more sons be cur husb?I too old;if I birth sons,u wait4them?No;mo bitr4me(11-13)

5.Orpah kissd bye,R clung;N:go bk w/her;R:wher u go/stay,I go/stay;ur ppl b my ppl;ur G my G(14-16)

6.wher u die,I buried;went Beth,N:call me Mara(bitter);L brought me bk empty;barly harv begin(17-22)

 

7.relative of Elimelek-Boaz;R2N:let me pu grain;N:go;she glean Boaz field;B arrive:”L b w/u”(2:1-4)

8.B:who that?Overseer:Moabite w/N;B2R:stay here,follow wm, when thirst get drink(5-10)

9.R bow;y u notice me?B:I told what u done;R:u put me@ease;@mealtm,B:cm;R ate(11-14)

10.B2men:let her gather;R glean til eve,carried to mil;”where u glean”;”Boaz”;he Guardn-Redemr(15-20)

11.R:he said stay w/my wrkrs;N:good;R stayed close2wm of Boaz&lived w/mil(21-23)

 

12.N:B=relatv,2nite winno;wash,perfum,best clothes,go,when he lies dn,u lie dn,he tell u wht2do(3:1-4)

13.R went,B lie dn,R lie dn, mid of nite:”who that”;R:u G-R;B:L bless u;I do what u ask, u noble char(5-11)

14.anothr more closely rel8d;if he willing,I will;B pour6meas barley;N:man rest till matter settled(12-18)

15.B2town gate;G-R came:10elders;”N back if u redeem,I will;u also acquire R”;”I cannot”(4:1-6)

16.earlier Is sandal legalize transact;G-R2B:”Buy it”,rem sandal;B2Eld:u witness,I bought prop Elim(7-9)

17.I acquire R as my wife;Elders:we witness;B took R as wife;L enabled conceive; son(10-13)

18.Wm2N:Praise L;G-R renew ur life;dil givn birth;N took child;Obed,fr of Jesse, fr of David(14-17)

19.Fam of Perez:P fr Hezron;H fr Ram;R fr Amminadab;A fr Nahshon;N fr Salmon(18-20)

20.S fr Boaz;B fr Obed;O fr Jesse;J fr David(21-22)

 

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

1.Naomi goes to Moab with her husband and two sons and returns to Israel with her daughter-in-law, Ruth (Ruth 1)

Principle: Believers in Christ are family to each other.

2.Guardian-Redeemer Boaz notices Ruth (Ruth 2)

Principle: Believers in Christ display His character.

3.Boaz redeems Naomi and Ruth, marries Ruth and has a son, Obed, Grandfather of David (Ruth 3-4)

Principle: Believers in Christ tell others about Him.

 

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

Ruth leaves Moab with Naomi, marries Boaz and gives birth.

 

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

TCMATK God is sovereign over every life, believers and non-believers, and has a purpose for every person.

 

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

1.To whom might you be an unlikely ally in deepening your relationships with God? (Who might you mentor to a deeper relationship with God?)

2.What will you do today to display Jesus’ character traits to a lost world?

3.How will you share your redemption with your descendants?

Monday, October 15, 2018

Homiletics: Joshua 22:24


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

1.Josh2Reubenites,Gadites,Manasseh:u carried out mission,return home,lv G,walk in obedienc(22:1-5)

2.Josh blessd/sent away; they built altar;Is heard/gathered2go2war w/them(6-12)

3.Is sent Phinehas w/10chiefs2Reub/Gad/Man:how u brk faith w/G like this?RU turning from L?(13-18a)

4.If u rebel,He angry w/Is;Achan only1died4his sin;they:if we built altar2turn,let L call us2acct(18b-23)

5.we fear ur desc might cause ours2stop fearg L;it’s2b witness,then ur desc say “u hv share in L”(24-27)

6.if they say this,we answer:lk at replica of altar built as witness,far b it from us2rebel against L(28-29)

7.Phin/priests/ldrs heard/pleased;L w/us bec u unfaithful;Is glad2hear,praised G,more talk of war(30-34)

 

8.aftr lng time,Josh summnd Is:I vy old,u seen evrytg G done;nations that remain G will push out(23:1-5)

9.be vy strong,careful2obey law;assoc w/nations among u;hold fast2L;L drvn out nations;lv the L (6-11)

10.if u ally urselvs w/nations,they becm snares;I abt2go;if u violate covt,L’s anger will burn vs. u(12-16)

 

11.Josh assmbld all:long ago Abram worshipd other gds,I led thru Canaan&gave him desc Isaac(24:1-3)

12.2Isaac,I gave Jacob&Esau,hii ctry Seir to Esau,Jacob to Egypt;I sent Moses&Aaron&brought u out(4-5)

13.when I brought u out of Egypt,L put dkness betw u&Egyptians;u lived in wilderness long time(6-7)

14.I broght u2Amorites,dstroyd them,u tk land;Balaam blesd u;u xd Jordn;I gave ites into ur hands(8-11)

15.I drove out,gv u land;fear/serve L; choose whom u serve; me&my house srv L(12-15)

16.ppl ans:we will srv L;Josh:u able2srv;ppl:we will srv;Josh:u witnesses,u chosen2srv,ppl:yes(16-22)

17.Josh:thro away 4n gds;ppl:we srv G&obey;Josh record these thngs,tk stone,set up near holy pl(23-26)

18.Josh:this stone=witness,he dismissed ea2their inherit;he died at110,buried in land of inherit(27-30)

19.Is srvd L thru lifetime of Josh;Joseph’s bones buried at Shechem, inheritnc of Joseph’s desc(31-32)

20.Eleazar,son of Aaron,died/buried at Gibeah, allotted to his son Phinehas(33)

 

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

1.Reubenites, Gadites and half-tribe of Manasseh return home and build an altar (Joshua 22)

Principle: Remembering who we are to God can help keep us on the path of serving God when we are discouraged or afraid.

2.Joshua summoned Israel: “Be very strong.  Obey the Law” (Joshua 23)

Principle: Remembering what God has done for us can motivate us to be courageous and obedient.

3.Joshua to Israel: “Serve the Lord” and died at 110 (Joshua 24)

Principle: Remembering where we’ve come from can help us serve God well and appreciate the inheritance we have in Him.

 

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

Israel returns home, Joshua dies and is buried.

 

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

TCMATK When the battles have ended, we must still guard against sin and serve the Lord.

 

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

1.In what areas are you struggling to obey and serve the Lord and how will you build encouraging reminders into your life to do so?

2.How are you living now so that when you’re old you’ll give godly counsel?

3.What changes might you need to consider for you to keep Jesus as the focus of your service?

Monday, September 24, 2018

The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible


The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible brings to life more than 40 Bible stories that help readers understand that God’s Spirit
has been with us since the beginning of time and continues to be with us today. From the glory of creation through the
powerful letters of Paul, God’s Spirit is living in his people. Old and New Testament stories such as Adam and Eve,
Abraham, Joseph, the Baptism of Jesus, and Pentecost come alive with dramatic illustrations by Fernando Juarez and
moving text by Doris Rikkers. With a cover that sparkles and shines with foil, this is a special storybook Bible that will
appeal to both children and parents alike.


Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
If I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
If I settle on the far side of the sea,
Even there your hand will guide me,
Your right hand will hold me fast.
~ Psalm 139: 7–10
About the author and illustrator:
Doris Wynbeek Rikkers is a freelance writer and editor who has written many bestselling children’s books and Bibles.
Although she loves the ocean, she lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, surrounded by her books, her flower gardens, and
her family and friends.
Spanish artist Fernando Juarez illustrates children’s books and also works as an art supervisor at the Madrid studio Ilion
Animation. The company produces 3D feature films for children. Fernando has three kids himself, and if he has any time
left after work and family, you might catch him playing guitar in a rock band.
 
First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Doris Wynbeek Rikkers and Fernando Juarez and their publisher for sending me a copy of "The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible" 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 Spirit of God Illustrated Bible is a beautiful book of Bible stories with lovely illustrations.  This book is a great gift for baby showers, birthdays, Christmas or any other occasion you can think of to share the gift of God’s love and power with a child and their parents.

 
This is a Bible storybook rather than an actual Bible.  So, not all Bible stories are found in these pages.  But the ones that are represented are fast, easy reads with beautiful illustrations.  This is a wonderful gift book.  Great for bedtime stories!

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Homiletics: Jude


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

1.Jude,svt JC/bro James,2 those calld, loved in G/Fr&kept4JC:mercy,pc,lv b urs in abundance(1-2)

2.Friends,tho I eager write u abt salv we share,I compelld write/urge u2cntnd4faith entrstd2G’s ppl(3)

3.indiv whose condemn8n written abt long ago slipd in among u,ungodly,pervert grace,deny JC(4)

 

4.L del’d ppl Egypt/l8r destroyd those believe;angels who abandnd propr dwellg,He bound4jdgmt(5-6)

5.Sodom/Gom/surr towns gave selves up2 sex imm/perv.They ex of those who suffr pun of etern fire(7)

6.same way on strgth o dreams,these ungdly ppl pollute own bods/rej authrty/heap abus celestials(8)

7.even AAMichael,when disputg dvl abt body Moses,himself dare condemn him,”L rebuke you”(9)

8.these ppl slandr what undrstd,& thgs undrstd by instinct’ll destroy em:Woe! Takn way of Cain(10-11a)

9.rushd in2 Balaam’s error;destroyd in Korah’s reblln;blemishs@lv feasts;shep who feed selvs(11b-12a)

10.clouds rain,autmn trees fruit/uprooted,2x dead;wild waves foaming shame;wandrng stars(12b-13)

11.Enoch,7th frm Adam,proph:L cming w/1000s holy1s2jdg all ungdly acts/defiant wds spkn v.Him(14-15)

12.these grumblers/faultfinders follow own evil desires;boast&flatter others4own adv(16)

 

13.Rem what apostles of LJC 4told:In last x will be scoffers who follow own ungdly desires(17-18)

14.these ppl divid u,follow nat’l instinct,have Spirit(19)

15.U,by bldg up in f8th&prayg in Spirit,keep selvs in G’s lv as u w8 4mercy o LJC bring u2etrn life(20-21)

16.Be mercifl2those who doubt;save others by snatching them from fire(22-23a)

17.2others show mercy mixd w/fear-h8ing even clothing stained by corrupted flesh(23b)

18.2Him able2keep u frm stumbling&present u b4 His glorious presence w/o fault&w/great joy(24)

19.2the only G our Savior b glry,majesty,pwr&authrty thr JC our L.b4 all ages,now&4evrmore!Amen(25)

 

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

1.Jude’s Greeting and Purpose for Writing (1-4)

Principle:  Christians should encourage each other and keep each other accountable to mature the church and its people.

2.Lessons From Old Testament History (5-16)

Principle:  Christians should learn from the mistakes of the past so we don’t repeat them.

3.Lessons from the Apostles/Applications for Today/Praise for Jesus (17-25)

Principle:  Christians should obey God’s Word to live a godly life and bring honor to Jesus.

 

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

Jude warns called: contend for faith, keep in God’s love.

 

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

TCMATL Believers should apply what Scripture warns about bad attitudes and behavior and encourages good attitudes and behavior.

 

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

1.What is God teaching you that would benefit other believers or encourage non-believers to at least consider the possibility of Christianity?

2.How have your beliefs or attitudes changed as a result of lessons you’ve learned from studying Scripture?

3.In what ways have you been encouraged by Scripture to adopt positive attitudes and behaviors?

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Homiletics: Philemon


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

1.Paul,Prisnr o CJ&Tim,bro2Philemon,dear friend&fello wkr; Appia,sis& Archippus,fello soldat(1-2a)

2.&2church that meets in ur home:grace&peace2u from G our Fr & LJC (2b-3)

3.I always thk G as I remem u in my prayers bec I hear about ur love4all his holy ppl&ur faith in LJ (4-5)

4.I pray ur partnrship w/us in faith effctiv in deepning ur undrstg of evry gd thing we share 4sake of C (6)

5.Ur love’s givn joy&encgmt,bec u refreshd harts L’s ppl(7)

 

6.T4,tho in C I could order u do what u ought(8)

7.I pref2appl basis of love.as Paul,ol man/prisnr o JC,appeal2u4Onesimus,bec son while I in chains(9-10)

8.Formerly he useless2u,now he useful2u&me;I sending him who is my heart, back2u(11-12)

9.I would’ve liked2keep him so he take ur place helping me while I in chains4gospel(13)

10.but I want2do anything w/o ur consent so any favor u do not seem forced but be voluntary(14)

 

11.perhaps reason I separated frm u was that u might have him back 4evr(15)

12.no longer as slave, but bro; he very dear2me,dearer2u,as fellow man&bro in L(16)

13.so if u consider me partner, welcm him as u would me(17)

 

14.if he owes u,chg2me;I writing w/own hand. I pay back-not2mention u owe me ur very self(18-19)

15.I do wish,bro, that I may have sm benefit from u in L; refresh my heart in C(20)

16.confident of ur obedience,I write u knowing u will do even more than I ask(21)

17.and one thing more:prep a guest rm4me bec I hope2b restored2u in ans to ur prayers(22)

 

18.Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in CJ, sends u greetings (23)

19.and so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas & Luke, my fellow wrkrs(24)

20.the grace of the LJC b w/ur spirit(25).

 

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

1.In Love (8-14)

Principle: God’s love flows out of people who belong to Christ.

2.In Partnership (15-17)

Principle: God’s people are unified partners through Christ.

3.In Generous Obedience (18-22)

Principle: God’s children are generous and obedient because of Christ.

 

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

Paul appeals to Philemon in love, partnership and obedience for Onesimus.

 

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

TCMATK Christians extend grace and mercy through love and unity, generosity and obedience to those who have wronged them.  And they do this with celebration when those who have wronged them become believers, themselves.

 

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

1.In what current circumstances will you choose to act in Christ’s lavish love rather than merely doing what you ought to do?

2.How have you seen God work through the partnering of Christian effort?  How does this inspire you to serve Him?

3.How has Christ’s sacrifice for you motivated you to sacrifice for other believers?

Monday, July 23, 2018

Bruce Wilkinson’s “The Secret of Lasting Forgiveness: How to Find Peace by Forgiving Others and Yourself”


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Bruce Wilkinson and his publisher for sending me a copy of "The Secret f Lasting Forgiveness" 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.
Bruce Wilkinson’s newest release “The Secret of Lasting Forgiveness: How to Find Peace by Forgiving Others and Yourself” is a potentially life-changing read!  It comes with an incredible money back guarantee that I’ve never seen in a book before!  This world could use a lot more forgiveness, which essentially means the people in it need to be more forgiving.  This may sound challenging – and it is – but the peace and joy and freedom that we are promised as a result are absolutely worth it!!!

 I took the Prologue (which introduces this book as a conversation between me and the author(s)) to heart and routinely read at the dining room table with a cup or glass of something, my Bible and a journal.  I invited Jesus to sit with us and treated this book like a conversation.  I paced, contemplated, fussed, processed and submitted.  This book has been quite the experience for me.  It wasn’t always pleasant to deal with what I had to deal with, but those things no longer have control over me.  Hallelujah!
 
Wilkinson has helped me to discover those places of unforgiveness within myself – some of which I thought I’d already dealt with.  He has pointed me to the healing found within Scripture and I am finding that my stress is shrinking and God’s peace is returning.  Thank you, Mr. Wilkinson and Mr. Strong for helping me to rediscover God’s peace.  If you have a similar experience to mine in reading this book, you will not only NOT request a refund, you will buy several copies to give to family, friends, mentors and the sheep you shepherd.