Saturday, October 31, 2015

Homiletics Matthew 26:1-46

written 3 April 2014

Contents (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture):  Where?                  Bethany, Jerusalem, Mt. of Olives, Gethsemane  Who?  Jesus, Disciples, Chief Priests, Scribes, Elders, Caiaphas, (Simon the Leper), woman, Judas, Peter

J: 2 days – Passover, Son of man betrayed/crucified.
Chief priests, scribes, elders to palace of Caiaphas; consulted take Jesus by subtilty/kill; not on feast day, lest there be uproar.
J Bethany, house of Simon (leper); came woman/alabaster box precious ointment, poured on His head; Disc saw, indignation: what purpose this waste; ointment might have sold for much, given to poor.
When J understood: why trouble woman, she wrought good work upon me; ye have poor always, me not always; she poured ointment for my burial; where gospel preached in whole world, that this woman done told for memorial of her.
Then Judas Iscariot to chief priests:  what ye give me I deliver Him, they covenanted w/him – 30 pieces silver; he sought opportunity to betray.
1st day feast unleavened bread, Disc to J: where eat Passover; J: go city to man – Master saith My time at hand, I keep Passover @ thy house w/disciples; Disc. did as appointed, made ready Passover.
When even come, He sat w/12; as they eat, He: one of you betray me; they exceeding sorrowful: it is I; J: he that dippeth with me shall betray me; Son of man goeth as is written, but woe unto man by whom Son betrayed, good if he not been born; Judas: Master is it I, J: thou hast said.
J took bread/blessed/brake/gave to Disc: take/eat this my body; took cup/gave thanks/gave them: drink, this my blood of new testament, shed for many for remission of sins;  I not drink henceforth this until I drink w/you in My Father’s kingdom; when they sung hymn, they went Mt of Olives.
J: all ye be offended bec. of me this night, written: I smite shepherd/sheep scattered; After I risen, I go before you Galilee; P: though all offended, I never offended; J: this night before cock crow, thou deny me thrice; P: though I die w/thee, I not deny, likewise said all Disc.
Gethsemane, J: sit here, I go pray; took P/two sons Zebedee, began be sorrowful/very heavy.
J (to them): my soul exceeding sorrowful, unto death, tarry here, watch with me; He went further, fell on face, prayed: Father, if possible, let cup pass, not as I will, but as thou.
He cometh Disc, findeth them asleep (unto P): could ye not watch 1 hour; watch/pray, ye not enter temptation, spirit willing/flesh weak.
Went away 2nd time, prayed: Father, if cup not pass except I drink, they will be done; came/found them asleep again, their eyes heavy; He left/went away, prayed 3rd time same words.
Cometh He to Disc: sleep on now, take rest, hour at hand, Son of man betrayed; rise, he at hand that doth betray me.


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

Jesus says He will be betrayed/crucified; Chief Priests, Scribes, Elders, Caiaphas consult to take Jesus and kill Him NOT on the feast day; woman pours ointment/prepares Jesus for burial; Judas Iscariot covenants with Chief Priests to betray Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.
God controlled the timing of the crucifixion, not those plotting against Him.
Our plans are futile when they are in opposition to God’s plans.
When we pour out our best for Jesus’ sake, we will be rewarded.
Greed causes sinful behavior.
We should do our best for Jesus while we have the opportunity.
Disciples prepare Passover, they eat, Jesus speaks of betrayal, took bread and cup, warned of offense/denial.
Obedient behavior leads to treasured time with our Savior.
Celebration meals should be opportunities to eat and interact with others, teach important principles, and come to incredible revelations.
The Lord knows what our future behavior will be and whether or not we will be restored to Him.
Gethsemane, Jesus took Peter, sons of Zebedee to pray, they slept, He prayed 3 times, Son of man betrayed.
Jesus sees prayer as preparation for tough times ahead.
If Jesus needed friends to watch and pray with Him, how much more do we need this?
Just like Jesus, we may need to pray more than once or twice about the same thing until we truly release it to God’s will and control.


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

Jesus prepares for betrayal during Passover through prayer.


Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMAT see prayer as a powerful preparation for life’s circumstances and to engage in this practice on a regular basis and experience a real, growing relationship with Jesus through this practice.



In what way were the plans of the Chief Priests thwarted by God in this passage?
What plans have you made that have proved futile against the Lord’s plans?
What are your most valuable possessions that you have yet to pour out for Christ?
How will you pour out your best for Christ?
What may have motivated Judas Iscariot to seek to betray Jesus at this time?  How will you guard your heart from similar behavior?
How might you advise a friend to release thoughts of greed that might lead to sinful behavior?
Where are you serving Jesus since you have the opportunity to do so?
What instruction from the Lord have you obeyed this week?  How has your obedience affected your relationship with Christ?
What purpose might Christ have had for warning the disciples about betrayal and denial?
What would your reaction be to Christ if He warned you about an upcoming happening?
Describe a time when the Lord restored you to relationship with Him after you exhibited some disappointing behavior.
What is your attitude toward prayer?
What does your prayer “schedule” look like?
Who are your prayer partners?  For whom do you act as a prayer partner?
What do you look for in a prayer partner?
What qualities do you exhibit that you look for in a prayer partner?
What qualities do you need to develop to be a more productive prayer partner?
How will you develop those qualities?
Describe your prayer “patterns”: how often do you pray about a particular thing before you quit praying about it?
Why do you think the disciples fell asleep at this time?
Would you be more inclined to sleep or pray if you found yourself in similar circumstances?  Why?


Monday, October 26, 2015

Armor of God – Week Seven – The Sword of the Spirit

To wrap up this study, this is what I learned from Video #7:

·         Standing firm is maintaining the posture I’ve been given in Christ (my identity).

·         The Sword of the Spirit is the Spirit’s weapon!  Not my weapon.

·         The word Paul uses for sword describes an 18” dagger that is quick to draw, needle sharp and for use in up-close hand-to-hand combat.

·         When Scripture is illumined, that is the Holy Spirit handing you the sword…even preparing you in advance for battle.

I pray you’re experiencing dramatic change in your own prayer lives.  I also pray you’re ready to mentor someone else like Miss Priscilla has mentored you for the last seven weeks.  I pray that God will bring that person into your life right now while you’re fresh from Boot Camp.  Maybe you’ve been mentoring someone the whole time you’ve been learning.  Use your armor and weapons well, my brothers and sisters!  May God bless you richly.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Homiletics Matthew 25

written 27 March 2014

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

Koh likened unto 10 virgins, took lamps, to meet bridegroom; 5 wise, 5 foolish; foolish took lamps/no oil; wise took oil w/lamps.
Bridegroom tarried, they slumbered/slept; midnight – cry: behold bridegroom cometh, go meet him; virgins rose/trimmed lamps.
Foolish: give us oil, our lamps out; wise: not enough for us and you, go buy for yourselves; while they went, bridegroom came, ready went w/him to marriage & door shut.
Other virgins: Lord, open to us; he answered I know you not.
Watch, ye know neither day nor hour Son of man cometh.
Koh as man traveling, called servants, delivered them his goods; one 5 talents, another 2, another 1, according to ability, took journey.
He that rec’d 5, made 5; he that rec’d 2, gained 2; he that rec’d 1, hid money.
After long time Lord cometh; 5 talents: gained 5 talents more; well done g&f servant, thou faithful over a few things, I make you ruler over many things, enter joy of lord.
2 talents: gained 2; well done g&f servant, thou faithful over few things, I make you ruler over many things, enter joy of lord.
1 talent: kew thou hard man, reaping where not sown/gathering where not strawed; I afraid/hid talent; wicked/slothful servant, knewest I reap where sowed not/gather where I not strawed; thou oughtest put money to exchangers, I should have rec’d mine w/usury; take talent/give to 10 talents; every one that hath shall be given – abundance, him that hath not shall be taken what he hath.
Cast unprofitable servant into darkness – weeping, gnashing of teeth.
When Son come in glory, holy angels with him, he sit upon throne of glory; before him gathered all nations, he separate as shepherd divideth sheep/goats; sheep on his right, goats on left.
King to them on right: come, blessed, inherit kingdom; for I hungered, you gave meat, I thirsty, ye gave drink, I stranger, you took me in; naked, ye clothed me, sick, ye visited, in prison, ye came
Righteous answer: when; King: as ye done unto least of these, ye done unto me.
To left: depart, cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for devil/angels; I hungered, ye gave no meat, I thirsty, ye gave no drink; I stranger, ye took me not in, naked, ye clothed me not, sick/prison, ye visited not.
They answer: when saw we thee hungered/athirst/stranger/naked/sick/prison and did not minister?
Inasmuch as did not to least of these, you did not to me; these go to everlasting punishment, righteous into life eternal.


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

Parable of the 10 virgins
Be watchful and prepared because you don’t know when Christ will return.
If you’re not ready for Christ’s return, you will be locked out of the wedding.
Parable of the talents
Don’t bury your talents.  Invest them and they will multiply.
Being faithful in a few things leads to reward and the joy of the Lord.
If we bury our talents rather than invest them, what we have will be taken from us and we will be cast into eternal darkness.
Dividing the sheep and the goats
When Christ comes in glory to judge, He will separate the righteous from the wicked, welcoming the righteous into the kingdom and casting the wicked into everlasting punishment.


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

Jesus teaches three end times parables.


Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMAT be prepared for the second coming of Christ as righteous servants who will be invited into the kingdom of heaven.



What action are you taking to be prepared for Christ’s return?
What have you observed as you have watched for God’s activity this week?
What are your talents and how are you investing them?
What growth have you observed in the area of the talents God has given you?
What should you do to be considered a faithful servant?
Which of the three servants do you most closely resemble?
How might you grow in your faithfulness?
On which side will you be gathered when Christ comes to judge and why do you believe that?
What action will you take today to be counted with the sheep on Christ’s right hand?


Friday, October 23, 2015

Fervent by Priscilla Shirer PLUS GIVEAWAY!

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Priscilla Shirer and B&H/Lifeway for sending me a copy of "Fervent:  A Woman's Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer" 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.

Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer by Priscilla Shirer is a must read for every Christian who is serious about positive change in their prayer life!  The enemy has a strategy for attacking God’s people and we must be prayed up so we are not preyed upon in these areas.  Each chapter focuses on one area that may be vulnerable to attack:  your Passion, Focus, Identity, Family, Past, Fears, Purity, Pressures, Hurts and Relationships.  Each area is flushed out with plenty of Scripture to empower that area of your life.

One of my favorite features of this book are the perforated cards in the back that are meant to be torn out and tacked on the wall of your “prayer closet” after you’ve written out your prayer strategy for each topic.  “Fervent” will help make the people of God into battle-ready prayer warriors!

Now I'd like to hear about the victories or challenges you've experienced in your prayer life.  Leave a comment to be entered to win a copy of this book!  Random drawing will take place on 6 November 2015.  Please make sure you include your email address so I can contact you.

Fire and Ice by Mary Connealy

Saddle up for mysteries and laughs with the Wilde sisters!
Bailey Wilde is the oldest sister--and the one who takes care of everyone else in her family. But after her sisters marry and move away, her little homestead becomes bleak and lonely, especially during the long winter months. In a moment of weakness, Bailey agrees to a wild plan concocted by her neighbor, Gage Coulter.

Gage is an honest man, but he didn't make his fortune by being weak. He won't break the law, but he'll push as hard as he can within it. Five thousand acres of excellent grazing land is lost to him because Bailey's homestead is located right across the entrance to a canyon full of lush grass. Gage has to regain access to this land--and he's got to go through Bailey to do it. So he makes a proposal...

Can these two independent, life-toughened homesteaders finally loosen up enough to earn each other's respect--and maybe find love in the process?

The Author

  1. Mary Connealy
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    Mary Connealy

    Mary Connealy pens "romantic comedy with cowboys" and is known for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has been a finalist for the RITA Award, Christy Award, and Inspirational Reader's Choice Award and is a two-time winner of the Carol Award....
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Here's my review of this third offering in the Wilde Sisters Series:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Mary Connealy and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Fire and Ice" 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.
“Fire and Ice” by Mary Connealy didn’t grab me from the start like her novels usually do.  But once I got through the stage setting of the novel, it took off like a runaway train!  Connealy’s signature humor made this book an absolute joy, just like every other book of hers that I’ve read!  She is one of those authors whose books I will purchase – and recommend to others – without even knowing what it’s about!

This is the third installment in the Wilde Sisters Saga, but it reads perfectly well as a stand-alone story.  Bailey is the eldest of the three Wilde sisters who were treated like boys by their pa, who failed to see the value of a female child and misses his deceased son.  All three girls served in the military during the civil war, but Bailey saw the ugliest part of it and still bears the scars.  She is deeply in touch with her tougher, more masculine side, so it comes as a big surprise to her neighbor, Gage Coulter, that she is in fact, a woman.

This story is slathered in mystery as it becomes evident that Gage is the target of a killer.  It is also thick with humor and romance as an impromptu proposal turns into a hysterical living situation when Gage’s mother comes to visit.  The Lord is a big part of how these characters live, so God is mentioned often.  “Fire and Ice” is an entertaining, satisfying read.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Armor of God – Week Six – The Helmet of Salvation

Video #6 taught me:

·         The enemy is after my mind.

·         Salvation is meant to be applied, not just received.

·         Salvation is meant to implement a new way of thinking.  It’s about my identity in Christ!

·         We have the protection of salvation, now we need to use it.

·         Being blessed is in our genetic code (Eph 1:3 says Your God is blessed!  My Daddy’s blessed and so am I!).

·         We cooperate in the sanctification process.

·         We tear down strongholds with the Word of God!

This week’s book work taught me:

·         The Lord restores me through the renewing of my mind through His Word as I respond to what He reveals by applying it to my life.  This makes me look like Jesus and protects my mind (Rom 12:2).

·         God has given me a lavish and substantial inheritance – my identity in Christ.  There are many good lists of these truths.  Here’s one:

·         The steadfast mind is peaceful because it trusts God (Isa 26:3-4).

·         I am God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works which He prepared in advance for me to do (Eph 2:10).

·         The weapons of our warfare are not worldly, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds.  We demolish arguments and every high-minded thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God taking every thought captive to obey Christ (2 Cor 10:4-5).

·         Do not be conformed to this age but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing and perfect will of God (Rom 12:2).

·         Make a lifestyle out of taking thoughts captive:  1. Identify toxic thoughts, 2. Confess your part in building the stronghold, 3. Dismantle the stronghold by replacing the toxic thought with God’s Truth (

·         I need to remember who I am in Christ because the enemy wants me to forget so he can control me.

·         Set your mind on things above, not on the things that are on earth, for you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God (Col 3:2-3)

This week’s bookwork included a fifth and final “Digging Deeper” article.  Digging Deeper V is called “My Inheritance and Identity in Christ” and it is a wonderful list of Scriptures describing who I am in Christ and many of God’s promises to me as a Christian.  I know I will refer back to this list over and over again when I become discouraged.  Actually, I plan to proactively review this list daily so I don’t get discouraged.

Here’s the prayer strategy I’ve crafted as a result of what I learned:

Blessed Father, You are blessed and I am Your daughter, so being blessed is in my genetic code (Eph 1:3).  You restore me through the renewing of my mind through Your Word as I respond to what You reveal by applying it to my life (Rom 12:2).  You have given me a lavish, substantial inheritance – my identity in Christ.  I pray that my mind would reflect on these truths and be steadfast, having peace because it trusts You (Isa 26:3-4).  This is possible because I am Your workmanship and You created me to do good works that You prepared for me in advance (Eph 2:10).  I repent of toxic thought patterns and confess to helping the enemy build strongholds in my life.  Empower me to demolish those strongholds by teaching me to make a lifestyle of taking toxic thoughts captive and replacing them with Your truth, the weapon with which I demolish arguments (2 Cor 10:4-5).  Transform me by renewing my mind so I may discern Your good, pleasing and perfect will (Rom 12:2).  Set my mind on things above, not things on earth, for I’ve died and my life is hidden with Christ in God (Col 3:2-3).  I’m sorry for the prideful arrogance I allowed to build a stronghold in my relationships with others.  I am Your ambassador (2 Cor 5:20) and want to share Your love with those people.  Thank You for healing those hurts and filling us with love for each other and making me blameless and beyond reproach (Col 1:22) before You.