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?