Saturday, January 31, 2015

Homiletics - Leviticus 16

Contents (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture):  Where?                                                                Who?

LtoM after A’s 2 sons died: Tell A not to come whenever he chooses into MHP behind curtain in front of atonemt cvr or he die, for I appear in cloud over atonemt cvr.
This how A enter MHP: 1st bring young bull for sin offering, ram for burnt off; put on sacred tunic/linen undergarments/sash/turban, bathe with water before.
From Is community, take 2 male goats for sin off, ram for burnt off; A offer bull for his sin, atonemt for him/household; then take 2 goats, present at entrance ToM; cast lots – 1 for L, 1 for scapegoat; A bring goat whose lot falls to L & sacrifice as sin off; scapegoat presented alive, atonemt by sending into wilderness.
A bring bull for his sin off, make atonemt for him/household, slaughter bull; take censer full of burning coals from altar & 2 handfuls finely ground incense behind curtain; put incense on fire before L, smoke will conceal atonemt cvr above tablets of cov law so he not die.
He take some bull’s blood with finger, sprinkle on front of atonemt cvr, then sprinkle 7x before atonemt cvr; he then slaughter goat (sin off/people), take blood, do as he did w/bull’s blood; in this he make atonemt for MHP bec of uncleanness/rebellion of Is, whatever their sins; he is to do same for ToM which is among them in midst of uncleanness.
No one to be in ToM from time A goes in to make atonemt in MHP until he comes out having made atonemt for him/household/Israel; then he come to altar before L & make atonemt for it, he take some bull’s & goat’s blood & put on horns of altar; he sprinkle some blood on it w/ finger 7x to cleanse/consecrate from uncleanness of Israelites.
When A finished making atonemt for MHP, ToM, altar, he bring live goat, lay both hands on goat & confess all wickedness and rebellion of Israelites & put them on goat’s head, send goat into wilderness in care of someone appointed for task; goat shall carry sins to remote place, man shall release in wilderness.
A into ToM, take off garments, leave them; bathe w/water in sanctuary, put on regular garments, come out, sacrifice burnt off for him and burnt off for people to make atonemt for him/people; he also burn fat of sin off on altar.
Man who releases scapegoat must wash clothes & bathe w/water, afterward he may come into camp.
Bull & goat sin off whose blood brought into MHP must be taken outside camp; hides, flesh, intestines burned; man who burns them must wash clothes, bathe w/water, afterward he come into camp.
Lasting ordinance: 10th of 7th mo deny selves and not do any work – native or foreigner – bec on this day atonemt will be made to cleanse you, then you clean from sins; it is day of Sabbath rest.
Priest who is anointed/ordained to succeed high priest it to make atonemt; he put on sacred garments, make atonemt for MHP, ToM, altar, priests, community; lasting ordinance: atonemt once/yr for all sins; it done as L cmd M.


Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture):

The Lord tells Aaron how and when to approach Him and offer atonement sacrifices.
Cleansing after sacrifices and Aaron’s sacrifices in regular garments.
A lasting ordinance for making atonement.


Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure):

The Lord teaches Aaron a lasting ordinance for making atonement.


Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMATK God’s ways are deliberate and purposeful, the lasting ordinance of Old Testament activity pointing to the once-for-all sacrifice of Christ: the Father’s perfect plan for provision of salvation for all mankind.



What New Testament passages reflect the instruction that God gives to Aaron in verses 1-22?
As our High Priest, how did Christ’s activity mirror Aaron’s?
As a priest of God’s kingdom, how might your actions mirror Aaron’s?
What might have been the practical and spiritual purposes of cleansing after making sacrifices for the High Priest in Aaron’s day?
What might have been the practical and spiritual purposes of cleansing after escorting and releasing the scapegoat?
In what way do you present sacrifices to God today?
What do you think might be the necessity, method and purpose of cleansing after making those sacrifices?
How would this provision have impacted you if you were one of the Israelites traveling with Moses and Aaron?
Spiritually, when did the lasting ordinance of making atonement cease?
Historically, when did the lasting ordinance of making atonement cease?
What does it mean to you to know that Jesus fulfills this ordinance once for all?


Friday, January 30, 2015

'I Choose You Today' | Deb DeArmond

I Choose You Today
by Deb DeArmond 
Abingdon Press 

How would your marriage change if you and your husband made the spoken declaration "I choose you" every day? Even when "for better or worse" is disappointing, we need to remind ourselves that love is a choice. And it's God's grace that makes that choice possible.
I Choose You Today offers 31 practical ways you can make love last, by choosing to:
*    Pursue your spouse
*    Challenge one another
*    Listen mindfully
*    Love fiercely
*    And twenty-seven other opportunities to choose wisely.
Deb DeArmond offers inspirational stories, conventional wisdom, and thought-provoking questions to help you explore your choices and commitments to each other . . . every day of your marriage.
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"It's often been said that our choices define us. Deb DeArmond has provided a practical and insightful book detailing 31 choices we can make as husbands and wives that have the potential to transform even a good marriage-and make it a great one."
---Greg Smalley, Vice President of Family Ministry, Focus on the Family
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---Meg Meeker, M.D., best-selling author and co-host of Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk radio broadcast
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---Rick Johnson, best-selling author of Becoming Your Spouse's Better Half and Romancing Your Better Half

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Here is my review of this wonderfully helpful book:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Deb DeArmond and her publisher for sending me a copy of "I Choose You Today" 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.
 "I Choose You Today” by Deb DeArmond is a great devotional:  31 chapters of choices to make to improve your relationship.  The chapters are short, but packed with practical application and activities to develop the habit of choosing your spouse and your marriage.  This book will make you a more thoughtful partner is you take the time to really absorb what is being taught.

I am personally using this book as a devotional and taking on one chapter a day – maybe even every OTHER day – to really solidify positive behaviors and understanding of concepts.  I’m also using it as a discussion springboard with my husband when we have our weekly lunch date to discuss what I’m reading and ask him about his thoughts on some of the topics.  In addition, I am planning to participate in the Challenge to tell my husband that I choose him daily during the month of February.  I recommend this book as a gift for self or others.

Homiletics Genesis 25:19-28:9

25 April 2013

Contents:            Where?                  Gerar, Beersheba                          Who?  Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob, Esau

Abraham’s son Isaac married Rebekah at 40 and prayed for her barrenness and she conceived but the children struggled within her and she inquired of the Lord.
The Lord said she carried 2 nations and the older would serve the younger and she gave birth to twins when Isaac was 60: Esau was red and Jacob came out grasping Esau’s heel.
Esau, the hunter, was loved by Isaac and Rebekah loved Jacob, the peaceful; when Jacob made stew, Esau sold his birthright (which he despised) for a bowl.
A famine came and Isaac settled in Gerar when the Lord told him not to go to Egypt and that He would bless him in Gerar, giving land, descendants and blessing to all nations because of Abraham’s obedience.
In Gerar, Isaac was afraid so he said Rebekah was his sister, but Abimelech caught Isaac caressing her and confronted Isaac and told the people to leave them alone or die.
God blessed Isaac with wealth and the Philistines envied him, stopped up Abraham’s wells and Abimelech sent Isaac away because he was powerful so I camped in valley of Gerar.
Isaac re-dug Abraham’s wells and his servants found a well and the herdsmen claimed it – twice and a third well they didn’t quarrel over because the Lord made room for them.
The Lord appeared to Isaac at Beersheba promising blessing and Isaac built an altar, pitched tents and dug a well.
Abimelech came to Isaac requesting a covenant because the Lord was with him so they feasted and exchanged oaths, when A left Isaac’s servants found water and called it Shibah and Esau married 2 Hittites at 40 and grieved his parents.
When Isaac was old, he told Esau to make him game so he could bless him before he died.
Rebekah overheard and prepared goats, dressed Jacob in Esau’s clothes and goatskins and sent him to Isaac.
Jacob went to Isaac claiming to be Esau, saying God gave him success hunting, so Isaac touched him and smelled him and questioned him, ate and blessed him with the dew of heaven, fatness of the earth, abundance of grain and new wine, people to serve him, nations to bow to him, mastery over brothers, curse those who curse him and bless those who bless him.
Jacob left and Esau came in with food and Isaac trembled and Esau cried out for blessing but Isaac couldn’t he said he would dwell away from fertility of earth, away from dew of heaven, live by the sword, serve brother, when you become restless you will break yoke from your neck.
Esau threatened to kill Jacob so Rebekah sent him to Laban for a few days, telling Isaac she didn’t want Jacob to take a wife from the daughters of Heth.
Isaac called Jacob and sent him to Laban to find a wife and blessed him and Esau saw that the daughters of Canaan displeased Isaac and married Ishmael’s daughter Mahalath.



Isaac prays, Rebekah conceives and Esau sells his birthright to Jacob.
Prayer changes things.
A praying husband is a blessing.
Don’t make hasty decisions when you’re hungry.
Isaac is blessed in Gerar and Beersheba.
God guides and blesses His people.
God may not keep you in one place.
Jacob steals Esau’s blessing.
Beware of being ruled by your stomach.
It is best to let God rather than taking matters into your own hands.
Deceit may lead to God’s will, but it is not God’s way.
We cannot circumvent God’s will.
Parents should reserve blessings for all of their children.
Isaac sends Jacob to Laban to find a wife.
Equal yoking in marriage is important.


Subject Sentence:

Isaac’s prayer brings twins, a sold birthright and stolen blessing.


Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMATK without any doubt that God’s will be done in spite of our actions.



What experience have you had with answers to prayer?
How has prayer changed things in your life?
How has God blessed and guided you throughout your life?
Where and how has God moved you to accomplish His will in your life?
How has being ruled by something other than God hurt you?
When have you experienced doing things your own way with less than stellar results?  How did God turn that situation into blessing?
If it was God’s will for Jacob to receive the blessing, how might God have brought that about without Rebekah and Jacob deceiving Isaac?
What blessings did you and your siblings receive from your parents?
What blessings have you reserved for each of your children?
Why is equal yoking important in marriage?


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The 7 Experiment by Jen Hatmaker – Week 3


I will admit that my first thoughts about this study were legalistic in nature.  Tell me what’s okay to eat so I can lose some weight.  Help me clean out my closets.  Teach me how to downsize my possessions and reduce clutter in my home.  It wasn’t about growing closer to the Lord, but about feeling better about myself regardless of where I stood with Him.  Ouch!

Narrowing the wardrobe down to seven items for a week was a bit tough.  It would have been easier to take vacation from work and sit around the house in the same pair of Jeans and just change my shirt.  But, no.  I generally choose the more difficult path.  Black slacks, jeans, 3 blouses, 1 t-shirt, black pumps/sneakers.  Pretty sparse.  And I even attended a corporate employee appreciation dinner during this week.  Thank the Lord undies, socks, nightgowns and coats didn’t count.  It was actually kind of fun to plan and see this work out.  Sure I did laundry more often, but I definitely washed fewer pieces!

In spite of this, I didn’t experience any groundbreaking moments this week.  So I had to go hunting on my own for my second battle strategy.

Second step in the battle plan:  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Remember, we are at war!  And the battle is primarily spiritual.  Are you putting on your armor every day?  Do you even know what the whole armor of God is made of?  Ephesians 6:11-18 identifies the components of the armor.  Are you repairing the areas the armor that have been damaged in the fight?  To do this, you must be examining the armor, inspecting the nicks, removing debris.  We also need to practice.  Warriors don’t just run to the battlefield.  They train, exercise, run practice drills and scenarios.  But how can we do this with regard to spirituality?  Read God’s Word.  Study it.  Meditate on it.  Memorize it.  Obey it.  Know the truth.  Be sure of your salvation.  Share the gospel.  Pray.  Sounds like quite a “To Do” list.  Actually, it’s a lifestyle.

I’ve been reading the Word every morning in compliance with my first step in the battle plan:  Seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness.  In addition to that, I’ve been praying about what I’ve read, chewing on God’s Word with Him.  I’m sharing what I’ve learned with others.  And that’s a good start.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Homiletics Genesis 24:1-25:18

24 April 2013

Contents:            Where?                  Nahor, Beer-lahai-roi                   Who?  Abraham, Servant, Rebekah, Isaac, Ishmael & sons

When Abraham was old, he made his oldest servant swear that Isaac would not marry a Canaanite, but someone from his relatives.
The servant swore he wouldn’t bring Isaac back to Abraham’s relatives.
The servant loaded 10 camels and went to Nahor and had the camels kneel by the well, then he prayed for success and asked for a sign of who God chose for Isaac.
Before he finished, Rebekah came and filled her water jar, gave a drink to the servant when he asked and watered his camels while he watched her.
When camels finished, the servant gave her jewelry and asked who she was and if she had a place for him to stay, she said yes and he worshiped God for leading him to A’s family.
Rebekah ran to tell her family and her brother Laban ran to the spring and invited the servant home and fed the camels but the servant wouldn’t eat until he told his business.
The servant said Abraham was blessed by God and told them about Abraham’s desire to find Isaac a wife from family, not the Canaanites, releasing him from his oath if she won’t come.
So he came to the spring and prayed that the woman he asked for a drink who offered to water the camels would be God’s choice.
Before he finished speaking, Rebekah came out and did all he prayed for, so I praised God and I’m waiting to know if you will deal kindly with my master.
Laban and Bethuel acknowledge the Lord and told the servant to take Rebekah and he gave them gifts, spent the night and wanted to leave early the next morning.
Mom and brother wanted her to stay a few days, servant wanted to leave, they said they would ask Rebekah and she agreed to go so they blessed her and they left.
Isaac went out to meditate and saw camels, Rebekah asked the servant who he was and she covered herself, he told Isaac what he’d done and Rebekah became Isaac’s wife.
Abraham married Keturah and had more children and gave them gifts and sent them away, but he gave Isaac everything.
Abraham lived 175 years and Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah with Sarah and God blessed Isaac and he lived by Beer-lahai-roi.
Ishmael lived 137 years and his sons were Nebaioth, Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, Mishma, Dumah, Massa, Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish and Kademah – they settled from Havilah to Shur.



Abraham sends his servant to get a wife for Isaac.
Choosing a spouse is important.
We should allow God to choose our mate.
Praying about who God wants you to marry is wise.
Watch for God to answer your prayer.
Worship God once He answers.
The Lord gives the servant success and Isaac marries Rebekah.
When God answers prayer, don’t hesitate to act on it.
Bless your children when they leave home to get married.
You learn surprising things while meditating.
Trust God to bring you the right mate.
Abraham fathers more children and is buried by Isaac and Ishmael.
Putting aside your differences to honor your parents honors God.
Ishmael fathers 12 tribes and dies at 137 y.o.
God promised to prosper Ishmael and He kept that promise.


Subject Sentence:

Isaac marries Rebekah and buries Abraham with his brother Ishmael.


Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMATK that God brings relationships into the lives of His people and desires that we honor those relationships.



What method did you use to choose your spouse?
What can you do – or not do – to insure that God chooses your mate?
What are you praying/did you pray about your mate?
How did God answer your prayer for a mate?
How did you worship God when He answered your prayer for a mate?
How do you respond when God answers prayer?
How did your parents bless you when you married?
How would you have liked your parents to bless you when you married?
How did you bless your children when they married?
How will you bless your children when they marry?
What surprising things have you learned while you were meditating?
In what ways did you trust God to bring you the right mate?
In what ways have you had to put aside differences with others to honor your parents?
In what ways have you had to put aside differences with others to honor God?
What promises has God kept to you?
How has God prospered you?