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.

Falling for You by Becky Wade

Famously beautiful model Willow Bradford is taking a temporary break from her hectic schedule to work as the innkeeper at her family’s small-town bed-and-breakfast. She was enjoying the peace of her hometown, Merryweather, Washington, right up until she came face-to-face with Corbin Stewart, the man she loves to hate. A thoughtful rule-follower by nature, Willow threw caution to the wind four years ago when she entrusted her heart to Corbin — then suffered the consequences when it all fell apart.

Former NFL quarterback Corbin is forceful, charming, and accustomed to getting what he wants . . . except where Willow Bradford is concerned. Unable to forget her, he’s never stopped regretting what happened between them.

When a decades-old missing persons case brings Corbin and Willow together, they’re forced to confront their past and who they’ve become — and whether they can risk falling for one another all over again.

What people are saying about Falling for You
“Becky Wade’s talent for penning beautifully romantic novels has never been in question, but her second Bradford Sisters Romance, Falling for You, confirms she is at the top of her game.” -RelzReviewz
 
“The end of this book drew me right into conversation with my Savior. When that is your response after reading a fictional book, you know you’ve found a new favorite.” -Faith Found in Fiction
 
“This captivating story has a sweet plot that immediately pulled me into the story and I didn’t want to put it down until the last page was turned. ” -Between the Pages with Katrina
 
 
 
Here's my review of this incredible book:
 
First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Becky Wade and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Falling for 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.

If you enjoyed Becky Wade’s novel True to You, you will love her latest effort: Falling for You.  It is the second book in the Bradford Sisters Series.  Although part of a series, this novel reads well as a standalone.  This story follows Willow Bradford, a beautiful model, and her arch nemesis, Corbin Stewart, a former NFL quarterback who usually gets what he wants.  The pair is thrust together again when Corbin’s 12 year-old cousin, Charlotte, asks Willow and Corbin to help her solve the mystery of her Great-Aunt Josephine who disappeared in 1977.

This beautiful story is a great kick back on the couch with a cup of tea weekend read.  It’s full of twists and turns, friendship, forgiveness and the rekindling of romance.  “Falling for You” is a completely satisfying way to pass the time.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Mary Connealy and her publisher for sending me a copy of "The Accidental Guardian" 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 Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy is a gritty, yet beautiful story about the survivors of a wagon train raid and the man who saves them.  Trace wants to catch the wagon train raiders and bring them to justice.  He must take Deb, one of the survivors, along to identify the murderer she saw.

This book is a suspenseful and enjoyable work of western fiction.  The characters are thick and fleshy.  The relationship development seemed a bit fast, but that got me thinking that relationships in those days developed out of necessity and probably did gel quickly because of that.  I love how works of fiction can help me process reality.  My only disappointment is that Mary Connealy’s signature wit, although still present, takes a back seat to the suspense and characterization.

“The Accidental Guardian” is a terrific book to take to the beach or pool.  Reading about a race against the approaching winter to catch a criminal is a great way to beat the summer heat!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

How to stay connected to God "out of season"

So, your church doesn't have Bible study during the summer...

And you're not a Sunday School teacher who has to prepare a lesson every week...

How about reading through the New Testament in 90 days???

If you read roughly 3 chapters each day, you can read through the entire New Testament over the summer.

There are plenty of plans available online for printing, so I won't create my own just to add to the mix.  If you need a checklist, print one of them up and start reading.

I heard recently that staying in God's Word is the most important thing we ever do!  So do it!

And for future reference...  if you have 15 days over spring break to fill with impromptu study, look through your Bible and find a book (or books) with that many chapters or pick a couple one chapter books and take several days to read, re-read and do homiletics on those books.

No matter what, stay in God's Word!

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

The CSB Worldview Bible Review

Thank you, B&H/Lifeway for sending me the CBS Worldview Bible to review! The CSB Worldview Bible is loaded with lots of features like study notes focusing on worldview, center margin references, worldview-related articles by respected Christian scholars and two ribbon markers. The beautiful navy blue leathertouch cover and silver-edged pages make this a beautiful gift for yourself or someone else. This Bible has recently become my “go to” resource for engaging Scripture. It’s a pleasure to feel in the hand. It’s appealing to look at open or closed, but preferably open… The pages are thin, yet thick enough that you’re not distracted by the printing on the back of the page. The CSB version is easy to read and understand, yet is also one of the more formal word-for-word translations of the Scriptures according to several sources. The introductions to each book of the Bible are informative foundations that connect different books, validate authorship and provide background information to help put the books in context. For example, the Timelines place each book into historical context. Each Introduction concludes with teachings found within the book about God, Humanity and Salvation to help the believer build a Biblical worldview. The articles are informative and thought-provoking. Each one helps the reader to put practical issues on display and helps the reader see how our worldview shapes how we see and deal with those things. This Bible can potentially make you a more thoughtful Christian. It is certainly a Bible I am thrilled to own and will give as a gift to others.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Bound By Duty by Valerie Hansen


 
Bound by Duty 
by Valerie Hansen

When Sgt. Linc Colson is assigned to monitor Zoe Sullivan and determine if she's secretly aiding her fugitive serial killer brother, his instincts tell him she's not in league
with the criminal---she's in danger. It's up to him and
his K-9 partner, Star, to keep the pretty single mom alive.


Here is my review of this enjoyable Romantic Suspense read:

 
First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Valerie Hansen and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Bound By Duty" 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.
“Bound by Duty” by Valerie Hansen from Love Inspired is everything I hoped it would be in a romantic suspense read!  This short novel begins building tension from page one and literally takes off at a run!  I was completely entertained by the novel even though certain storylines didn’t tie up at the end of the read.


Hunting for a fugitive serial killer, the military has assigned Sgt. Linc Colson and his K-9 partner, Star, to follow Zoe Sullivan, the killer’s sister.  Zoe, a single mom who would do anything to protect her son, denies any knowledge of her brother’s whereabouts.  Then it becomes very evident that Zoe is being stalked and it appears that she may be the killer’s next target.
This is an enjoyable book.  I recommend it as a clean lazy afternoon read.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Homiletics: Romans 16

Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line): 1.I commend2u our sis Phoebe,deacn of church in Cenchreae;rec her in L/gv herany help she need(1-2a) 2.she benefctr o many incl me;greet Prisc/Aquila,my co-wkrs in C;riskd lives4me,all gents gr8ful(3-4) 3.greet:church that meets their hse,my dear friend Epenetus-1st convert2C in Asia;Mary,wkd hd4u(5-6) 4.Grt Andronicus&Junia,fellow Jews-been in prison w/me.they outstdg among apostles, in C b4I(7) 5.Grt Ampliatus,my dear friend in L:Urbanus,co-wrkr in C;my dear friend Stachys(8-9) 6.Grt Apelles-fidelity2C stood test, hshold-Aristobulus;Herodion-felow Jew,hshold-Narcissus in L(10-11) 7.Grt Tryphena&Tryphosa-wm wk hard in L, dear friend Persis,another wm wkd very hd in L(12) 8.Grt Rufus&mom(mom2me);Asyncritus,Phlegon,Hermes,Patrobas,Hermas&othr brosis w/em(13-14) 9.Grt Philologus,Julia,Nereus/sister,Olympas,all L’s ppl w/em(15) 10.Grt1anothr w/holy kiss.All churchs of C send grtgs(16) 11.I urge u brosis2watch out4those cause div/put obstcls in way contrary2teachg u lernd,keep away(17) 12.such ppl serving L,but own apetits.by smooth talk/flattery they deceive minds of na├»ve ppl(18) 13.evry1 hrd re:ur obednce,so I rejoice bec of u;I want u b wise re:what=good,innocent re:what=evil(19) 14.G of peace soon crush Satan under ur ft. Grace of LJ be w/u(20) 15. Tim,my co-wrkr,sends grtgs,Lucius,Jason&Sosipater,fellow Jews;I,Tertius,wrote ltr,grt u; (21-22) 16. Gaius,whose hosp I/church enjoy,send grtgs.Erastus,city dir pub wks&bro Quartus send grtgs(23) 17.(some mnscr)May grace of our LJC b w/u all. Amen(24) 18.Now to Him who able2estab u in acc w/gospel in keepg w/rev of mystery hidden4long ages past(25) 19.but now revealed thru prophetic writgs by cmd of eternal G so Gents might cm2obed frm faith(26) 20.to the only wise G b glry 4evr thru JC! Amen.(27) Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division): 1.Greetings (1-16) Principle: The Christian life is about relationships. 2.Watch Out (17-20) Principle: The Christian life is about helping each other. 3.Grace to Romans, Glory to God (21-27) Principle: The Christian life is about glorifying God. Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture): Paul sends Romans final greetings, a warning and encouragement. Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, etc.): TCMATK Christians need God and each other. Application (not yes or no question. Meant to bring about heart change): 1.(R)What thinking needs to change to make your Christian life more about people and less about tasks? (F)With whom do you serve Christ and how might you encourage them? 2.(R) Where are you vulnerable to deception and flattery? (F) In what ways are you protecting yourself and others from deception? 3.(R)Where do you need the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ right now? (F) How are you displaying the grace that you’ve received from God?

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Homiletics 15:14-33


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

1.I convinced brosis u full of goodness,knowledge,competant2instruct1another(14)

2.I’ve written u boldly on some pts2remind u bec of grace G gave me 2b minister of CJ2Gents (15-16a)

3.He gave me priestly duty proclaim Gosp of G so Gents might becm offring accept2G,sanctfd by HS(16b)

4.T4 I glory in CJ in my svc2G. I venture 2speak of anything except what G accompl thru me(17-18a)

5.in leadng Gents2obey Gby what I’ve said/done by pwr of signs/wondrs thru pwr of Spirit of G(18b-19a)

6.so from Jerus to Illyricum I’ve fully proclaimed Gosp of Christ(19b)

 

7.It’s always been my ambition2preach gosp where C known so I bldg on some1 else’s foundation(20)

8.rather as it’s written: those told about him will see & those who heard will understd(21)

9.this is why I often hindered from coming2u(22)

10.now that there’s place 4me2wk in these regions&since I been longing4many yrs2visit u(23)

11.I plan2when I go Spain. I hope2c u/have u assist me on my jrny after I’ve enjoyd ur co awhile(24)

12.Now I on my way to Jerus in svc of L’s ppl there(25)

13.Macedonia&Achaia pleased2mk contrib2poor among L’s ppl in Jerus(26)

14.They pleasd2do it& owe it2them,4if Gents share Jews spirit blessgs, they owe them matl blessgs(27)

15.so after I’ve completed this&made sure they recd contrib,I go Spain&visit u on way(28)

16.I know when I come,I come in full measure of blessing of Christ(29)

 

17.I urge you brosis by LJC&Love of Spirit2join me in my struggle by praying4me(30)

18.Pray I Kept safe from unbelievers in Judea&contrib. be favorably recd by L’s ppl(31)

19.so I may come2u w/joy by G’s will&in ur co be refreshed(32)

20.The G of peace be w/u all. Amen(33)

 

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

1.Paul’s Duty to the Gentiles (14-19)

Principle: Christ people share Him with others.

2.Paul’s Plan to Visit Rome and Spain After a Trip to Jerusalem (20-29)

Principle: Christ’s people evangelize throughout the world.

3.Paul’s Urging for Prayer(30-33)

Principle: Christ’s people to pray for each other.

 

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

Paul asks Romans to pray for his travels to minister.

 

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

TCMATK Every Christian has a ministry to spread the Gospel throughout the world and we have the honor to join each other’s mission through prayer.

 

Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about heart change.  R-Root, F-Fruit):

1.(R/F)How is God preparing you to serve Him and where are you using those things He’s teaching you?

2.(F)What plans are you making to share Christ with others and how will you put those plans into action?

(R)What thinking needs to change for you to “go to the ends of the earth” to share Christ?

3.(R/F)How have your prayers for others changed your thinking and how you pray for yourself?

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Homiletics Romans 15:1-13


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.The Strong and the Weak (1-4)

Principle: God is pleased when the strong build up the weak.

2.The Spirit of Unity (5-12)

Principle: God is glorified when His people are one with Him in Christ.

3.The God of Hope (13)

Principle: God fills His people to overflowing with hope.

 

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

Strong and weak Romans believers glorify God with unity and hope.

 

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

TCMAT

 

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

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Saturday, April 07, 2018

Homiletics Romans 14


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

1.Accept the 1 whose faith=weak w/o quarreling over disputable matters(1)

2.1pers faith allows them2eat anything, another whose faith=weak eats only veg(2)

3.the1who eats evrythg treat w/contempt1who dsn’t&1who dsn’t judge1who does,G accept them(3)

4.who ru2judge some1else’s servt? 2their mastr,svts stand or fall.they’ll std bec L able2mk them std(4)

5.1pers considers1day more sacred;another considers everyday alike.Ea should be fully convinced(5)

6.Whoevr regards1day as special does so2L.Whoevr eats meat does so2L bec they give thx(6a)

7.whoevr abstains does so2L&gives thx;none lives4selves alone&none dies4selves alone(6b-7)

8.if we live/die,live/die4L.whethr live/die belong2L,4this reasn C died/retd2lifeso He L of livg&dead(8-9)

 

9.Y u judge brosis?Yu treat w/contempt?We’ll all std b4G’s judgmt seat(10)

10.it written:evry knee will bow b4me,evry tongue will acknowldg G;so let’s give acct of selves2G(11-12)

11.T4 let’s stop passg judgmt on 1anothr. Make up mind 2 put stumbl blk in way of brosis(13)

12.I convincd,fully persuaded in LJ nothg unclean in itself.If any1regards unclean,4that pers unclean(14)

13.if brosis distressed bec of what u eat, u acting in love. Do not by eating destroy some1(15)

14.T4 let what u know=good b spokn of as evil;koGmatter of eat/drink but rtness,peace,joy in HS(16-17)

15.bec any1 who serves C this way=pleasing2G&receives human approval(18)

16.let us t4 make evry effort2do what leads2peace&mutual edification(19)

17.destroy work of G4sake of food.All food=clean, but wrong2eat anything causes some1 2stumble(20)

18.it better 2 eat meat/drink wine or2do anything else that’ll cause brosis2fall(21)

19.whatvr u beliv abt these thgs,keep betw self&G.blessd is1who condemn self by what he approve(22)

20.but whoevr doubt=condemnd if they eat bec eating from faith;evrythg that come from faith=sin(23)

 

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

1.Live unto the Lord (1-9)

Principle:

2.Do what leads to peace and mutual edification (10-23)

Principle:

 

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

Paul writes Romans to Live to the Lord in Faith, not judging other people.

 

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

TCMATK Every believer lives according to his or her spiritual maturity and we must not judge those who are weaker or stronger than we are.

 

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

1.How should a Christian relate to other Christians who are more strict (or more free) than they are?  How might noticing the differences in behavior between you and other Christians help you to mature?

2.Where do you need to reign in the freedom you have in Christ so you don’t cause another person to stumble?

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Homiletics Romans 13:8-14


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

1.let no debt remain outstanding except the continuing debt to love one another(8a)

2.for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law(8b)

3.The commandments “you shall not commit adultery”, “you shall not murder”,(9a)

4.”you shall not steal”, “you shall not covet” & whatever other command there may be(9b)

5.are summer up in this one command: “love your neighbor as yourself”(9c)

6.love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is fulfillment of the law(10)

 

7.and do this understanding the present time(11a)

8.the hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber(11b)

9.because our salvation is nearer now that when we first believed(11c)

10.the night is nearly over, the day is almost here(12a)

11.so let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light(12b)

12.let us behave decently, as in the daytime(13a)

13.not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery(13b)

14.not in dissention and jealousy(13c)

15.rather clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ(14a)

16.and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh(14b)

 

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

1.Love one another(8-10)

Principle:  God’s people are known by their love for each other.

2.Wake up, put aside the deeds of darkness and clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ(11-14)

Principle:  God’s people seek to resemble and glorify Him.

 

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

Clothed with Christ, love others; don’t think about gratifying flesh.

 

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

TCMATK People are only capable of loving others as God commands and putting aside fleshly desires when clothed with Christ Himself.

 

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

1.What areas of your heart and mind need to change so loving your neighbor as yourself becomes less of a challenge?

2.Where are you struggling to clothe yourself in the Lord Jesus Christ?

How is your prayer life changing as you seek to put aside deeds of darkness?

How is clothing yourself with Christ helping you to put aside deeds of darkness?

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Beneath the Surface by Lynn H. Blackburn

Beneath the Surface
by Lynn H. Blackburn

Dive Team Investigations #1


Leigh Weston thought she’d left a troubled past behind when she moved back home to Carrington, North Carolina. But when dive team investigator Ryan Parker finds a body in the lake near her home, she fears the past hasn’t stayed where it belongs.

Here's my review of this enjoyable work of romantic suspense:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Lynn H. Blackburn and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Beneath the Surface" 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.

“Beneath the Surface” by Lynn H. Blackburn is an enjoyable romantic suspense read.  When a body is found in the lake that borders Leigh Weston’s property, a childhood crush, Officer Ryan Parker knocks on her door.  The investigation draws Leigh and Ryan together and the threats against her life keep Ryan around to protect her.

I was more engaged by the romantic plotline than the suspense.  Although I didn’t figure out the whodunit, I didn’t feel cheated – like the author withheld clues that could’ve helped me draw the proper conclusions.  I’m not sure if this was because I was so wrapped up in the Leigh-Ryan relationship that I didn’t pick up on the clues or because the clues weren’t there.  I was left wanting more at the end of the book.  To a certain extent I think that’s a good thing, because it will lead me to read the next book in the series.  On the other hand, I think it could’ve been tied up a little better.  Overall, I would recommend this novel to romantic suspense fans.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Homiletics Romans 13:1-7


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

1.let everyone be subject to the governing authorities(1a)

2.for there is no authority except that which God has established(1b)

3.the authorities that exist have been established by God(1c)

 

4.Consequently, whoever rebels v. the authority is rebelling v. what God has instituted(2a)

5.& those who do will bring judgment on themselves(2b)

6.For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong(3a)

7.do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority?(3b)

8.then do what is right and you will be commended(3c)

9.for the one in authority is God’s servant for your good(4a)

10.but if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason(4b)

11.they’re God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment to the wrongdoer(4c)

 

12.therefore it is necessary to submit to the authorities(5a)

13.not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience(5b)

14.this is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants(6a)

15.who gave their full time to governing(6b)

16.give to everyone what you owe them(7a)

17.if you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue(7b)

18.if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor(7c)

 

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

1.God’s Established Authority(1)

Principle:  All Authority is established by God.

2.Authority: God’s Agents of Wrath(2-4)

Principle:  All Authority is intended to (commend those who do right and) punish wrongdoers.

3.Submitting to Authority(5-7)

Principle:  All Authority serves God and we submit by paying taxes, revenue, respect and honor.

 

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

Submit to God’s established authority: agents of punishment for wrongdoers.

 

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

TCMATK God has appointed all authority over us fir our good and He calls His people to submit to that authority.

 

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

1.How is your reverence for Christ reflected in your response to God’s established authority?

2.In what ways do you honor Christ by exercising the authority God has given you?

3.Where are you  struggling to submit to God’s authority over you and what change in attitude must take place for you to seek to obey Him in spite of your resistance?

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Homiletics: Romans 12:9-21


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

1.Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good(9)

2.Be devoted to one another in love.  Honor one another above yourselves(10)

3.Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord(11)

4.Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer(12)

5.Share with the Lord’s people who are in need.  Practice hospitality(13)

6.Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse(14)

7.Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn(15)

8.Live in harmony with one another(16a)

9.Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position(16b)

10.Do not be conceited(16c)

 

11.Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in eyes of everyone(17)

12.If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone(18)

13.Do not take revenge, my dear friends, leave room for God’s wrath(19a)

14.for it is written: It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord(19b)

15.On contrary, ”if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if thirsty, give him drink(20a)

16.In doing this, you’ll heap burning coals on his head”(20b)

17.Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good(21)

 

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

1.Living with others(9-16)

Principle: Live a life of love.

2.Overcoming evil(17-21)

Principle: Love conquers all.

 

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

Paul writes Romans about living with others and overcoming evil.

 

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

TCMATK For the Christian, living with others and overcoming evil are done with love.

 

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

1.How does Paul’s list of activities convict you in the area(s) of your life where you are not reflecting Christ’s love toward others and how will you pray/what will you do to be more loving in those areas?

2.What impact does Paul’s instruction on overcoming evil have on your thinking regarding how to handle situations differently?

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Homiletics: Romans12:3-8


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

1.4by grace gvn me I say2evry1of you (3a)

2.do not think of urself more highly than you ought(3b)

3.but rather think of urself w/sober judgmt(3c)

4.in accordance w/faith G distributed to ea of you(3d)

 

5.4just as ea of us has 1 body w/many members(4a)

6.&these members do not all have same function(4b)

7.so in Christ we, tho many, form 1 body&ea member belongs to all the others(5)

 

8.we have different gifts according2grace given ea of us(6a)

9.if ur gift is prophesying, prophesy in acc w/ur faith(6b)

10.if serving, then serve; if teaching, then teach(7)

11.if2encourage, then give encouragement(8a)

12.if giving, then give generously; if2lead, do it diligently(8b)

13.if2show mercy, do it cheerfully(8c)

 

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

1.My Self(3)

Principle: God calls the people of Christ to be humble.

2.Christ’s Body(4-5)

Principle: God builds the Body of Christ with the people of Christ.

3.Different Gifts(6-8)

Principle: God gives different gifts to the members of the Body of Christ.

 

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

As members of one Body, Christ gives Christians different gifts.

 

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

TCMATK Christians complement each other as we each serve Christ with our different gifts, functioning as one body with many members.

 

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

1.What is your sober judgment of yourself as prayerfully revealed by God and His Word and what change needs to take place based on that evaluation?

2.How might you honor God for His perfect planning and purpose in placing you in the church you attend?  If you’re not attending church, how might you go about finding a church where He can use you?

3.How has God gifted you to serve in the church where He has planted you and what do you need to do to utilize those gifts?

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Homiletics: Romans 11:33-36


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

1.oh the depth of the riches of the wisdom and the knowledge of God!(33a)

2.how unsearchable His judgments(33b)

3.and His paths beyond tracing out(33c) – another translation says “ways”

4.Who has known the mind of the Lord?(34a)

5.Or who has been His counselor?(34b)

 

6.Who has ever given to God that He should repay them?(35)

7.For from Him, through Him and for Him are all things(36a)

8.To Him be the glory forever! Amen.(36b)

 

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

1.God’s Mind (33-34)

Principle: God’s thoughts are not like our thoughts.

2.God’s Glory (35-36)

Principle: All things will bring glory to God.

 

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

God’s wisdom, judgments, mind and all things bring Him glory.

*Paul writes Romans about God’s wisdom riches and His glory.

 

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

TCMATK We cannot fathom God’s mind or judgments, but He is worthy of our praise always.

 

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

1.How do my thoughts better resemble the mind of Christ since before I was saved and how does this impact how I minister to others?  One lesson I learned recently, because God is constantly growing me, is that “my” resources are really His resources, so if He wants to use the resources He gives me to help someone else, I should be ok with that.  Also, if He brings someone into my life, I am to minister to them in some way.  The major change I’ve seen in my life is less selfishness.

2.Is your motivation for serving God based on glorifying Him or something else and how does your behavior support this?  Because I don’t like to owe anyone anything, I have served God thinking I could pay Him back or earn my salvation.  The more I know about Him and His character, the more I realize there is nothing I can do to earn my salvation.  The price paid is way too high.  Now, I seek to make His name know to others, putting Him front and center when I teach, facilitate, testify or worship.  It took me a long time to get involved in choir because I used to love receiving applause and compliments.  But I knew God was calling me into it and He has blessed me with more Christian friends, new ministry opportunities and feedback that people are blessed because of my participation

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Homiletics Romans 11:1-32


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

1.did G reject His ppl?No!I Israelite,desc of Abraham,Benjamin,G reject His ppl,who He 4knew (1-2a)

2.Scr:Elijah appeal2G v. Is:L they killd ur prophets& torn dn ur altars;I only1left&they trying kill me (2-3)

3.G’s ans:I reseverd 7000 who bowed to Baal;@pres there is remnant chosn by grace(4-5)

4.if by grace,based on wks;if it were,grace no longer grace; What ppl of Is sought earnestly,obtain(6-7a)

5. Elect did, others hardened:G gave them spirit of stupor, eyes that see,ears that hear. (7b-8)

6. David:May their tble b snare/trap/stumblg blk/retrib; May eyes b dkend so see/backs bent4evr (9-10)

 

7.Did they stumble beyond recovery?N!Bec of their transgression,salv cm2Gents2mk Is envious(11)

8.if trans mean riches4wrld,their loss mean riches4Gents,how much>riches their full inclusion bring!(12)

9.I2Gents.Inasmuch I apostle2Gents,I take pride in ministry in hope I arouse my ppl&save some(13-14)

10.if their reject brought reconciliation2wrld,what will their acceptance b but life frm dead?(15)

 

11.if root holy,so r branches;if some broken,u,wild shoot,grafted in&share nourishg sap frm root(16-17)

12.consider urself superior.U support root,root support u.u:branches broken so I be grafted in(18-19)

13.they broke bec unbelief,u stand by faith,be arrgant,tremble;if G spare natural branchs,spare u(20-21)

14.considr kindnss/sternness of G:stern2who fell,kind2u provided u cont in His kindnss or u cut off(22)

15.if they persist unbelief,graftd in;if wild graft in2cultiv8d tree,how natl branch graft2own tree!(22-24)

 

16.want u b ignornt so u conceited:Is exper hardng in part til full#Gents cm;this way all Is saved(25-26a)

17.writn:deliverr cm frm Zion;turn Glessnss frm Jacob.This my covnt w/em when I tk away sins(26b-27)

18.as gosp concrnd,they enemies4ur sake;election, lvd on acct o patriarchs;G’s gifts/call irrevocbl(28-29)

19.u disobed,recd mercy as result their disobed;now they may recv mercy as result G mercy2u(30-31)

20.4G bound evry1over2 disobed so He have mercy on all(32)

 

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

1.God’s remnant: chosen by grace (1-10)

Principle: God does not reject His people.

2.God’s kindness: Israel’s rejection brought restoration to the world (11-24)

(…grafting wild Gentiles into a cultivated tree and the natural branch Israel back to its own root)

Principle: God is the Master Gardener, grafting Gentiles (and later Israel’s remnant) into Israel’s tree rooted in salvation.

3.God’s mercy: for all (25-32)

Principle: God is merciful to the disobedient.

 

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

God’s grace and mercy graft Gentiles into Israel’s tree.

 

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

TCMATK God is mercy, kindness and grace.

 

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

1.What have you prepared to share with the person whose eyes God just opened to see Christ?

2.How do you maintain a humble heart and help other Christians to do the same?

3.In what ways has your mercifulness toward others changed since you gave your heart to Christ and how could that part of you resemble Him better?