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?

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Homiletics Romans 10:14-21


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

1.How can they call on the 1 they believed in?(14a)

2.How can they believe in the 1 of whom they haven’t heard?(14b)

3.How can they hear w/o someone preaching2them?(14c)

4.How can any1 preach unless sent;as written:how beautiful are ft of those who bring gd news(15)

5.all Israelites accepted gd news;Isa: L, who believed our msg?(16)

6.conseq. faith cms frm hearing msg & msg heard thru wd about Christ(17)

 

7.but I ask: did they hear? Of course they did: (18a)

8.”Their voce has gone into all earth, their wds to end of world”(18b)

9.again, I ask:did Israel understd? First, Moses says,(19a)

10.”I will make you envious by those who are not a nation;(19b)

11.”I will make you angry by a nation that has no understanding”(19c)

 

12.And Isaiah boldly says, “I was found by those who seek me(20a)

13.”I revealed myself2those who ask for me”(20b)

14.But concerning Israel he says: (21a)

15.”all day long I held out my hands to a disobedient and obstinate people”(21b)

 

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

1.Not all Israelites accepted the good news. (14-17)

(good news about Christ + preach + hear = faith) + belief = calling on the one they believe in

Principle: Not everyone will accept the gospel message.

2.Israel heard, will envy a non-nation, will be angered by those who don’t understand. (18-19)

Principle: Non-Israelites can receive the gospel message.

3.Isaiah says God held His hands out to disobedient Israel, but is found by those who don’t seek or ask for Him. (20-21)

Principle: God reached out to Israel, but many (mostly) non-Israelites found Him.

 

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

Disobedient, obstinate Israel heard the good news not all accepted.

*The gospel’s gone into the earth, revealing God to non-seekers.

 

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

TCMATK Believers must be obedient to share the good news so others can hear, believe and call on Jesus as Lord.

 

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

1.How does knowing that “not all who hear the gospel will accept it” free you to share your faith with others?

2.How does Israel’s response to the gospel impact your thoughts and your ministry?

3.How do you see God reaching out to the lost and how will your observations change the way you pray and serve others?

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Homiletics: Romans 9:30-10:13


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

1.What shall we say? That Gents who pursue rtness hv obtained it, a rtness by faith(30)

2.But Israel who pursued law as rtness have attained the goal?(31)

3.Whynot? Bec they pursued it by faith but if it by works;they stumbled over stumbling stone(32)

4.As written: see I lay in Zion a stone that causes ppl 2 stumble,rock that makes them fall(33a)

5.&the1who believes in Him will never be put2shame(33b)

 

6.Brosis, my heart’s desire &prayer2G4the Israelites is that they be saved(1)

7.4I can testify they are zealous4G, but zeal based on knowledge(2)

8.since they know rtness of G&sought2establish their own,they submit 2G’s rtness(3)

9.C=culmination of law so there b rtness4evry1who believes(4)

 

10.Moses write this abt rtness by law:person who does these things will live by them(5)

11.rtness by faith says:say in heart “who will ascend2hvn” (bring C down)(6)

12.or “who will descend2deep” (Bring C up from dead)(7)

13.but what it say?The Wd is near u it’s in ur mouth&heart;that is msg concerning faith we proclaim(8)

14.if u declare “J is L”& believe in ur heart G raised Him from dead, ur saved(9)

15.4 it w/ur heart that u believe&r justified&w/ur mouth that u profess faith&r saved(10)

16.as Scr says, and1who believes in Him never b put2shame4there diff between Jew&Gent(11-12a)

17.same L=L of all&richly blesses all who call on Him,4evry1who calls on L will be saved(12b-13)

 

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

1.Righteousness by the law pursued by works leads to a stumbling stone. (30-33)

Principle: God credits righteousness to those with faith.

2.Paul’s desire for the Israelites is they be saved through Christ, the culmination of the law.(1-4)

Principle: God’s desire is that all would be saved.

3.Anyone who declares, “Jesus is Lord” and believes in Him will never be put to shame.(5-13)

Principle: Saved or not, everyone will bow before Jesus someday.

 

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

 

 

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

TCMATK Everyone who calls upon the Lord will be saved.

 

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

1.

2.

3.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Melody of the Soul by Liz Tolsma


The Melody of the Soul
 
A Nazi officer. A Jewish Czech violinist. Her music haunts him. When he's faced with losing it, he'll go through any length to save it. And her.

It's 1943 and Anna Zadok, a Jewish Christian living in Prague, has lost nearly everything. Most of her family has been deported, and the Nazi occupation ended her career as a concert violinist. Now Anna is left to care for her grandmother, and she'll do anything to keep her safe-a job that gets much harder when Nazi officer Horst Engel is quartered in the flat below them.

Though musical instruments have been declared illegal, Anna defiantly continues to play the violin. But Horst, dissatisfied with German ideology, enjoys her soothing music. When Anna and her grandmother face deportation, Horst risks everything to protect them. 
Anna finds herself falling in love with the handsome officer and his brave heart. But what he reveals might stop the music forever.

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Here is my review of this enchanting read:


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Liz Tolsma and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Melody of the Soul" 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.

“Melody of the Soul” by Liz Tolsma is a gripping story about a period of history we cannot forget.  Deportation to a concentration camp separates Anna and her Grandmother from her parents and siblings.  Spared by a friend of her brother who didn’t think their Grandmother would survive the camp, Anna cares for her and continues to play her violin even though musical instruments are banned by the Nazis.  But the love of music is what draws these people from different world together.  And just like many of the Jews didn’t recognize their Messiah, Anna learns that salvation comes from an unconventional place.
This beautiful story is so engaging for many reasons.  First, God plays a major part.  The characters frequently refer to the Lord and God’s plan and God’s blessings.  It is especially encouraging in troubling circumstances.  Second, the family relationships and the development of the relationship between Anna and Horst are sweet and multi-faceted.  It wouldn’t surprise me if these characters stepped off the page into my living room.  Third, this time in history is especially tender for me.  I find it difficult to believe that there are people alive today who deny the existence of the holocaust, but I’ve met some.  I’ve also met people with numbers tattooed on their arms and believe their stories must be told.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Homiletics: Romans 9:1-29


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

1.I spk truth in C-I’m lying; conscience testifying2me w/HS-I have intense sorrow/anguish in heart(1-2)

2.4I could almost wish2b cursed/cut off from Messiah4benefit of my bros,my own flesh&blood(3)

3.They’re Israelites&2them belong the adoption/glry/covnts/giving of Law/temple svc/promises(4)

4.The ancestrs are theirs&from them,by phys descent,came Mess Who is G over all,praisd4evr.Amen(5)

5.But it as tho word of G failed,4 all who descended from Israel are Israel(6)

6.neither r they all children bec they Abe’s descendants;au contraire ur offspr will b traced thru Isaac(7)

7.it children of phys descent who r Gs but children of promise;stmt of promise:Sarah will hv son(8-9)

8.also Rebekah rec’d promise when she bec preg by Isaac(10)

9.4tho her sons born yet or done good or bad so Gs purpose according2election stand(11)

10.frm works but frm One Who calls-she told:older will srv youngr;as writn:I lvd Jacob, h8d Esau(12-13)

11.What shld we say?Is thr injustc w/G?Abs not!He tell Moses:I sho mercy/compass2whom I will (14-15)

12.so depend on human will/effort but G Who shows mercy(16)

13.4Scr tells Pharoah:Iraised u so I may display my pwr/my name proclaimd in all earth(17)

14.He sho mercy/hardens those He wants; u2me:why He still find fault?Who can resist His will?(18-19)

15.Who r u2talk back2G?Will what formed say”y u make me like this?”(20)

16.has pottr rt2mk1 4honr&1 4dishonr?What if G endur w/patnc obj o wrath ready4destructn?(21-22)

17.What if He did this2mk known riches o His glry2obj o mercy He prepd4glry frm Jews & Gents?(23-24)

18.He in Hosea:I’ll call my ppl, my ppl/unlvd-belvd&in plc they told u my ppl,calld sons of living G(25-26)

19.Isa concrng Is:tho#Is sons like sand,only remnant saved;L execute completely/decisively(27-28)

20.if L left us offspr, we become like Sodom/Gomorrah(29)

 

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

1.Paul’s Sorrow and Anguish Over Israel(1-5)

Principle: God brought salvation of mankind through the Jews.

2.God’s Election of Israel(6-13)

Principle: God’s will is forecast (revealed) in His promises.

3.God’s Just Election of Jews and Gentiles(14-29)

Principle: God has a plan and a purpose for every life.

 

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

Paul writes Romans about his anguish and God’s just election.

 

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

TCMATK God’s children aren’t limited to the descendants of Abraham.

 

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

1.How does your sorrow over non-believers missing out on eternity with Christ change your attitude about sharing Christ with those who don’t know Him?

2.What do God’s promises and their fulfillment in these verses teach you about “election” and how does this affect how you witness to others?

3.What does God’s inclusion of Gentiles in His family tell you about His salvation plan for mankind and who might you include in your evangelism that you hadn’t previously considered worthy?

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Troubled Waters by Susan May Warren


Troubled Waters
by Susan May Warren


A three day excursion turns into a nightmare when a rogue wave washes the passengers overboard, leaving Ian and Sierra scrambling for survival. Sparks ignite as they wait for a rescue, but will a secret keep them apart?




Here's my review of this amazing read:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Susan May Warren and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Troubled Waters" 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.

Susan May Warren creates pure adrenaline on the page with Montana Rescue Book #4, "Troubled Waters".  Although part of a series, this novel is enjoyable on its own.

Ian and Sierra's long-anticipated story is a suspenseful adventure of secrets, loss and love.  Everyone knows they belong together, but they're not even speaking right now.  Ian's niece, Esme, is missing after the death of her boyfriend and she blames herself.  Sierra knows where the girl is, but she hasn't been successful in convincing her to come home.

Sierra's need to get the PEAK Rescue Team helicopter repaired has thrust her and Ian together again when he offers to help by putting on a fundraiser.  An accident cripples Ian's yacht and the PEAK Team must rescue Ian and Sierra while they rely on each other for survival.

This high-energy novel is impossible to put down and does not disappoint.