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.

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.):

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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?