Saturday, April 29, 2017

Homiletics John 19:31-42

Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line): day o Prep,next Spec Sabb; Jew ldrs want bods on crosses,askd Pil 2hv legs brkn/bods tkn dn (31)

2.soldats brk legs 1st man crux w/J, then the other (32)

3.when they came to J, found he already dead, didn’t brk legs (33)

4.instead, 1of soldats pierced Js side w/ spear bringing sudden flow of blood/water (34) who saw is has givn testimony & testimony is true; he testifies so you believe (35)

6.these happened so Scr fulfilled: “not one of his bones will be broken” (36)

7.and another Scr says: “they will look on the one they have pierced” (37)


8.later, Jos of Arima askd Pil 4 body, Jos disc secretly bec feard Jew ldrs; w/Pil permis, he took body (38)

9.He accomp by Nic, man who visitd J @ nite; Nic brought myrrh/aloes, 75# (39)

10.taking Js body, the 2 wrappd it w/spices in strips of linen in accord w/Jew burial customs (40)

11.@ place where J crux was garden, in garden was new tomb in which no1 ever laid (41)

12.bec it Jew day o Prep & tomb nearby, they laid J there (41)


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

1.Jesus, already dead, is pierced with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water (31-34)

Principle: Jesus’ blood (and living water) cleanses every sin!

2.True testimony so you may believe Scripture fulfilled (35-37)

Principle: Testifying about Jesus’ activity in your life can help others believe.

3.Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus took Jesus’ body, wrapped it and laid it in a new tomb (38-42)

Principle: We minister to Jesus when we minister to His body/others.


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

Jesus’ pierced, Scripture-fulfilling body is laid in a tomb.


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

TCMATK Jesus’ death perfectly fulfilled God’s plan to pay the debt for all your sins.


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

1.How will you express your thanks to Jesus today for washing you in His sin-cleansing blood?

2.What testimony will you share about Jesus this week so others may believe?  With whom, specifically, will you share?

3.How will you minister to Jesus this week by serving others?

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The NKJV Women's Study Bible

The NKJV Women's Study Bible
Contributions from Dorothy Patterson and Rhonda Kelley
Women's Bible
Thomas Nelson

The Woman's Study Bible poignantly reveals the Word of God to women, inviting them to receive God's truth for balance, hope, and transformation. Special features designed to speak to a woman's heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman's identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom.

Now with a beautiful full-color redesign, The Woman's Study Bible reflects the contributions of more than 80 women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Since the publication of the first edition of The Woman's Study Bible under the editorial guidance of Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Rhonda Harrington Kelley, this landmark study Bible has sold more than 1.5 million copies.

Features Include:
  • Beautiful full-color design throughout
  • Detailed biographical portraits of more than 100 biblical women
  • Thousands of extensive verse-by-verse study notes
  • More than 300 in-text topical articles on relevant issues
  • Insightful essays by women who are recognized experts in the fields of theology, biblical studies, archaeology, and philosophy
  • Book introductions and outlines
  • Hundreds of full-color in-text maps, charts, timelines, and family trees
  • Quotes from godly women throughout history
  • Set of full-page maps of the biblical world
  • Topical index
  • Concordance

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Here's my review of this beautiful Bible:
First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Thomas Nelson for sending me a copy of "The NKJV Women's Study 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.
NKJV Women’s Study Bible is not only a beautiful, full color version of the Scriptures.  There are many helps in this valuable resource to enhance your study and quiet time with Jesus.  I used this Bible as my primary source for my personal quiet time as well as a post personal study review source for my BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) study of the Gospel of John.
The all-color interiors make headings and special information boxes *pop*!  This can greatly enhance your study if you’re looking to supplement your Scripture reading with contemporary application.   I thought that this Bible may have been a bit too colorful and distracting to help me actually study the Word, but here is an instance I experienced where the exact opposite happened:
I went to a passage of Scripture and read it.  I was still a bit confused about the meaning so I prayerfully went to the index of the special tools in the back of the Bible before the concordance.  I looked up the topic of my confusion and discovered an article about that very subject in another book of the Bible.  I went to the article and read it and all the Scripture references it cited.  I was blown away that the Scripture references addressed the very point of my confusion and cleared up my thinking.  I will totally recommend prayerful use of this Bible!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Homiletics: John 19:18-30

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

1.There they crucifd Him w/2othrs,1on ea side,J in middle (18)

2. Pil had notice prepd/fastnd2cross:J of Naz, The K of the Jews(19)

3.Many Jews read sign, plc where J crucifd near city & sign written in Aramaic, Latin & Greek (20)

4.CPs of Jews protested to Pil: do not write The K of the Jews, but this man claimed 2b K of Jews (21)

5.Pil ans: what I hv written, I hv written (22)

6.Whn soldats cruc J,took clothes,div into 4 shares,undrgrmt rem; garmt seamless woven 1 pc (23)

7.Let’s tear,decide by lot who get;happen that Scr fulfilld:they div my clothes/cast lot4my grmnt (24)


8.Near cross stood His mother,mother’s sis, Mary wife of Cleopas & Mary Magdalene (25)

9.when J saw mother & disc He loved nearby, He: Woman, here is your son (26)

10.and2disc:here is your mother;from that time, disc took her into his home (27)


11.Later, knowing everything fin, so Scr fulfilled, J said: I am thirsty (28)

12.jar of wine vin there, they soaked sponge on stalk of hyssop plant, lifted to J’s lips (29)

13.When He recd drink, J said: it is fin; w/that He bowed head, gave up his spirit (30)


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

1. Jesus is crucified between two others, Pilate prepares a sign protested by the Chief Priests and soldiers divide His clothes. (18-24)


2.Jesus said, “Here is your son” and “Here is your mother”. (25-27)


3.Jesus said, “I am thirsty” and received a drink, then “It is finished” and gave up His spirit. (28-30)



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

Crucified Jesus’ disciple receives His mother and it is finished. (covered my 3 divisions, but left out A LOT)


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



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

1.If you were to prepare a sign to hang over Jesus on the cross, what would it say and how does your life declare this to the world?

2.In what way does caring for the needs of others affect your view of your own life circumstances and how does this motivate you to put others’ needs before your own?

3.How have you experienced blessing from your obedience to God’s will in the past and how will that affect your obedience to Him now and in the future?

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Homiletics: John 18:28-19:17

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

1.Then Jew ldrs took J frm Caia to Rom Gov, early morn, 2 avoid cer unclean enter palace 2 eat PO (28)

2.Pil askd: What chgs u bring v. man; If he not criminal, they repl, we wouldntve handed him 2u (29-30)

3.Pil: judge him by ur law; we hv no rt2execute, they objd; this fulfill what J say abt death he die (31-32)

4.PIl: RUking o Jews?; ur idea o othrs talk 2u abt me?  Am I Jew, ur ppl hand u ovr, what u done?(33-35)

5.J:my kngdm o this wrld;URking; Usay I king,I born testfy2truth,evry1 on side o truth listen2me (36-37)

6.Whatistruth, out2Jews: I find basis4chg,custom rel 1 prisnr@PO,Uwant KoJews?N,Barabbas (38-40)


7.Pil tk J,had floggd;soldats twistd crwn o thorns,put on,clothd him in prpl robe,said:Hail! Slapped(1-3)

8.Pil2Jews:I bringng him out, find chg v. him, J came out wearng crown/robe, Pil:here is man! (4-5)

9.CPs/offs:Crucfy!Pil:u crucfy,I fnd basis 4chg;Ldrs:we hv law he mst die bec he claim 2b Son o G (6-7)

10.Whn Pil hrd, he more afraid; Where u cm frm? J ans;U refuse spk 2me?I hv pwr 2 free/crucify u(8-10)

11.J:u hv pwr ovr me if not gvn2u frm above,1 who handed me over guilty of>sin (11)

12.Frm then, Pil tried set J free,Ldrs:If u let man go,u friend o Caes,any1 claim2b king oppose Caes (12)

13.When Pil hrd this, brought J out, sat on judge’s seat @ stone pavement (Aramaic Gabbatha) (13)

14.It was day of Prep of PO, about noon, here is ur king, Pil sd 2 Jews (14)

15.They shoutd:tk hm away!Crucify hm!Shall I crucfy ur king,Pil askd;we hv king but Caes, CPs ans (15)

16.Fin Pil hand hm ovr 2 them 2b crucified, so soldats took chg of J (16)

17.Carrying own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (Aramaic Golgotha) (17)


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

1.Pilate offers to release Jesus when he can find no basis to charge him, but the Jews want Barabbas. (18:28-40)

Principle: Jesus should be our priority if we are on the side of truth.

2.Jesus is flogged, mocked with a crown of thorns and a purple robe, and carries his own cross to Golgotha. (19:1-17)

Principle: All power and authority exercised on earth is given from God above.

Obedience to authority on earth is obedience to God.


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

Pilate releases Barabbas and Jesus carries His cross to Golgotha.


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

TCMATK When Jesus is a believer’s first priority, Christ equips that believer to do whatever is necessary to accomplish God’s will.


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

1.What do you want more than you want Jesus and how might you change your behavior to make Christ your priority?

How are you prioritizing Jesus over other things in your life and how have you experienced His pleasure for doing so?

2.In what way are you allowing your witness for Christ to be negatively influenced by the people around you rather than positively directed by God and how will you silence those voices and take a stand for Jesus?

How are you encouraging believers you know to take a stand for Christ?

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Homiletics John 18:1-27

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

1.Whn He fin prayg, J left w/disc,crossd Kidron Vly; othr side-garden, He & disc went in (1)

2.Judas, who betrayd, knew place bec J often met there w/disc (2)

3. so Judas came into grdn guiding soldiers/officials carrying torches, lanterns, weapons (3)

4.J,knowg all2happn2Him went/askd: who u want? J o Naz they repl; IAmHe, J said (Judas w/em)(4-5)

5.When J said IAmHe, they drew bk/fell2grnd;again He askd: who u want; J o Naz they said (6-7)

6.J:I told u IAmHe if u lookg4me let these men go; happnd so wds He spokn fulfilld:I lost 1ugave me(8-9)

7.SP sword HP’s srvt, cut off rt ear(Malchus);J cmdd P:put sword away shall I drnk cup Fr gvn me(10-11)

8.soldiers w/cmdr&Jew officials arrestd J;bound Him brought 2 Annas,f-i-l o Caiaphas, HP that yr (12-13)

9.Caiaphas was 1 who advised Jew ldrs it would be good if 1 man died for ppl (14)


10.SP&another disc were followg J; bec this disc known 2HP, he went w/J into HP courtyard (15)

11.but P had 2wait@door; othr disc came bk, spoke 2srvt grl on duty there & brought P in (16)

12.U aren’t 1o this man’s disc too, ru? She askd P; he repl I am not (17)

13.It was cold, srvts/officials stood around fire 2 keep warm; P also stdg w/em, warming self (18)


14.MW HP questioned J about His disc & teaching (19)

15.I’ve spkn openly2wrld,always taught synaggs/temple where all Jews 2gethr, I sd nothng in secret(20)

16.why question me? Ask those who heard me surely they know what I said (21)

17.when J said this,official nearby slapped him in face: Is this way u ans HP, he demanded (22)

18.If I said wrong testify what; if I spoke truth, y u strike me;Annas sent J bound to Caiaphas, HP (23-24)


19.MW SP standg there warming self, they askd:u aren’t 1oHis disc2,RU; he denied: I am not (25)

20.1oHP srvts,relative o (Malchus):didn’t I CU w/Him grdn?P denied, rooster began crow(26-27)


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

1.Judas guides soldiers to Jesus, Peter cuts off the High Priest’s servant’s ear and Jesus is taken to Annas (1-14)

Principle: Obedience to God’s plan, though sometimes painful, glorifies God and is best for us.

2.Peter and another disciple follow Jesus, where Peter denies being His disciple (15-18)

Principle: Following Jesus is a challenge that draws us closer to Christ.

3.The High Priest questions Jesus then sends Him, bound to Caiaphas (19-24)

Principle: Jesus handles interrogation and abuse with grace and dignity – an example believers should prepare to follow.

4.Peter denies being Christ’s disciple and being with Him in the garden then the rooster begins to crow (25-27)

Principle: Denying Christ can be tempting when we’re afraid, so believers must prepare to answer for the hope we have in Jesus.


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

Arrested Jesus is questioned and Peter denies Him three times.


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

TCMATK Following Jesus is surprising, costly and challenging, resulting in a deeply meaningful and fulfilling relationship with Christ.

Jesus calls believers to follow Him…


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

1.Where do you turn and what do you do when things don’t go as you planned?

2.How have you followed Jesus so far and what preparations have you made/will you make so you don’t give up following Him when the path is difficult and may cost you much?

3.What questions do you have about Jesus’ teaching and what path will you take to resolve those questions?

How have you prepared yourself to respond to interrogation and abuse heaped on you because of your faith?

4.In what areas of your life are you not a “sold out” disciple of Christ and what will you do today to change that?

How would you counsel a Christian friend who fears she has disappointed Christ?

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Homiletics: John 17

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

1. aftr J lookd 2 hvn/prayd: Fr, hr cm, glrfy Son tht Son glrfy U (1)

2. u grntd Hm authrty ovr all ppl tht He might gv etrnl life 2 all U gvn Hm (2)

3. this etrnl life: they kno U, only tru G&JC, whom U snt: I’ve brought U glry by fin wrk U gv me (3-4)

4. now, Fr, glrfy me in ur presnc w/glry I had w/U b4 wrld began (5)

5. I revld U2 thos U gv me, they wer urs/obeyd ur wd; now they kno evrythg u gvn me cms frm U (6-7)

6. 4I gv em wds u gv me&they accptd, they knew w/certnty I cm frm U/bel U sent me (8)

7. I pray 4em,wrld but thos u gvn me 4 they r urs; all I hv=urs,all u hv=mine&glrys cm 2me thru em (9-10)

8. I remn lngr but they still in wrld, I cmng2U; HFr prtct em by pwr o ur nom, so they1 as we1 (11)

9.  while I w/em I prtctd em by nom u gv me, none lost xcpt 1 doomd to destructn so Scr fulfilled (12)

10. I say so they hv full meas o my joy; I gvn em ur wd&wrld h8d em 4they o wrld ne mo than I (13-14)

11. my pryr u tk em out wrld bt prtct frm evl1;they o wrld as I o it;snctfy em by truth,ur wd=truth (15-17)

12. as u snt me into wrld, I snt em;4 em I snctfy myslf that they my b truly snctfied (18-19)

13. my pryr 4em alone bt 4 those who’ll bel in me thru their msg (20)

14. tht allB1 as UinMe&IinU,may they BinUs so wrld bel U snt me (21)

15. Igvn em glry UgvMe tht they b1 as We1- (22)

16. IinEm&UinMe-so they brght 2 complt unity then wrld kno UsntMe&lvd em as UlvdMe (23)

17. Fr,I want those UgvnMe 2Bw/Me whr I am&2CMy glry,the glry UgvnMe bec UlvdMeB4creatn o wrld (24)

18. Righteous Fr, tho wrld kno U, I kno U & they kno U hv snt Me (25)

19. Ive md U known 2em & will cont 2 mk U known that lvUhv4Me may BinEm&I may BinEm (26)


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

1. Jesus prayed for the Father to be glorified and those given to Him to believe. (1-8)

Principle:  Jesus’ goal is to glorify the Father.

2. Jesus prayed for the protection and sanctification of those given to Him. (9-19)

Principle:  Jesus protects and sanctifies His people.

3. Jesus prayed for the unity of those who would believe through the message of those given to Him. (20-23)

Principle:  Jesus is united with all believers.

4. Jesus prayed that those given to Him would be with Him and see His glory and that He would be in them. (24-26)

Principle:  Jesus opens the eyes of those who belong to Him to see His glory.


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

Jesus prayed for God’s glory, believers’ protection, sanctification and unity.


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

TCMATK Believers in Christ are united with Him, being sanctified by and protected by Him, bringing glory to Him with their lives.


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

1. In what areas of your life are you not bringing Christ as much glory as you could and what will you change this week to glorify Him better?

2. How are you sharing your experiences of Christ’s protection and/or sanctification with those in your sphere of influence?

3. What changes has Christ made in you as a direct result of your unity with Him?

4. How have you seen Christ’s glory this week and how has this encounter changed your behavior or thinking?