Saturday, March 16, 2019

Homiletics 1 Kings 1-2

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

1.D old,kp warm,yng virgin lie beside,beautiful Abishag Shunammite,tk care king,sex(1:1-4)

2.Adnijah:IBking;fr nvr rebuked;aftr Abs;Joab/Abiathr support;Zad/Ben/Nath/Shim/Rei/guard join(1:5-8)

3.A sac,invitd bros,Nath/Ben/guard/Sol;N2Bath:A king/D know;me advs,save u/Sol:go king/I cm(1:9-14)

4.B2kng:A kng;invt bros,Ab,Joab,Sol;Is lrn frm u who on thrn or I/Sol trt crim;N arr,went b4kng(1:15-23)

5.N:u decl A kng?D:call Bath;D:this d,Sol kng; call Zad/Nath/Ben:tk Sol Gihon,anoint;Ben:Amen(1:24-37)

6.Z/Nath/Ben/Kereth/Peleth-Sol mt D mule2Gihon,anoint,ppl shout;A heard;Jon:Sol on thrne(1:38-46)

7.Officials cm,kng bowd,A guests disprs;Sol told A afraid;Sol:if wrthy,fall,if evil,die;S2A:go hm(1:47-53)


8.Time4D2die;2Sol:b strng,wlk obed2G so u prospr&L kp proms2me:if desc wlk f8thfl,u hv throne(2:1-4)

9.u know Joab shed blood;deal w/him;show kndnss2sons of Barzillai(Stood by me);Shimei innocnt(2:5-9)

10.D buried,reignd40y,7Hebron33Jerus,Sol on thrne,rule firmly estab(2:10-12)

11.Adon2Bath:kngdm as mine,thngs chgd,kngdm2bro;ask Sol gv Abishag-wife;B:I spk2king4u(2:13-18)

12.B2Sol,he bow, brought throne4mom;B:let Abi be givn Adon;S:y?mt as well ask4kngdm(2:19-22)

13.S:Adon pay w/life;Lestab me throne,dynasty promised;ordr2Ben,he struck,Adon die(2:23-25)

14.2Abiath:go ur fields;u desrv2die but u carried ark/shared fr hardships;rem Abiath frm prsthd(2:26-27)

15Joab fled;Sol2Ben:strk dn;Ben-tent of L,2Joab:cm out!No;Ben rpt2king;king cmd Ben:strk dn(2:28-31)

16.Ben killd/buried J;king put Ben ovr army,Zadok=priest(9:32-35)

17.sent4Shimei:live Jerus,go nowhere;3y l8r slaves ran2Gath,Shimei went,brt bk;Sol:yu kp oath(2:36-43)

18.u know wrong u did my fr;L repay; Sol be blessd;D throne secure b4L4evr(2:44-45)

19.king gv order2Ben;he struck Shimei&he died;kingdom established in Sol hands(2:46)


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

1.David makes Solomon king of Israel.  (1 Kings 1)

Principle: God’s will be done.

2.David dies and God establishes Solomon’s throne. (1 Kings 2)

Principle: God’s kingdom has come.


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

David anoints Solomon king and God establishes the kingdom.


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

TCMATK God works in and through people and circumstances to bring His plan to fruition.


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

1.Where are you tempted to act outside of God’s plan for your life?  How might acting on that temptation affect you and others?

2.How does your life fail to reflect submission to God’s kingdom and what attitude must change to bring those areas under His lordship?

Friday, March 08, 2019

Character Carved in Stone by Pat Williams

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Pat Williams and his publisher for sending me a copy of "Character Carved in Stone" 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.

“Character Carved in Stone” by Pat Williams is a moving, entertaining and motivational read.  I originally requested this book for review because I grew up in the area of upstate New York near West Point.  I love reading books that transport me to my childhood home.  And this book blessed me with many stories about integrity and leadership from the worlds of sports and military service.

Written by Pat Williams, Senior Vice President of NBA Basketball’s Orlando Magic, “Character Carved in Stone” focuses on twelve characteristics of leadership taught at West Point…twelve characteristics lived by great leaders…twelve characteristics carved into benches of pink marble located at West Point overlooking the Hudson River donated by members of the West Point Graduating Class of 1934...twelve characteristics that every human being would benefit from embracing.

Each chapter embraces one of the twelve virtues: compassion, courage, dedication, determination, dignity, discipline, integrity, loyalty, perseverance, responsibility, service and trust.  And each chapter feels like an intimate conversation: I’m sitting on the couch with the author over a cup of coffee listening to him tell stories about people who have exemplified each of these characteristics.  Tears fall as I read about men and women giving the ultimate sacrifice because they embody these traits.  They also fall as I read about those who didn’t have a drop of these traits within them.

This is a book for my keeper shelf.  I probably won’t loan it out, but will buy it for high school and college graduates and everyone I love!  Great book!

Saturday, March 02, 2019

Homiletics 2Samuel19-24

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

1.J told king mourn,victry2mourng/ashamed;J2D:u humili8 men,go encourage;g8way,all came(19:1-8)

2.Is arguing Abs dead,bring bk king;D:Amasa cmdr army;Shimei:I sinned;Abishai:death;D:u die(19:9-23)

3.D2Meph:yugow/me;M:I ride,Ziba betray,king angel;D:u&Z÷land;M:let him tk evrytng(19:24-30)

4.D2Barzillai:I provide4u;B:do4Kimham;B retn hm;Is:yJudah steal k;Jud:k related,pressd claim(19:31-43)

5.Is follo trblmkr Sheba;D2Ama:sumn Jud,tk2lng;D2Abi:pursu Sheba;Joab kill Amasa,purs Sheba(20:1-13)

6.J siegeAbelBethMaakah;ppl cut Sheba hd,threw2Joab,J retn Jerus,over army;Ira=D priest(20:14-26)

7.famine3y bec S Gib2death;D2Gib:how atone;G:7m desc;D spare Mephib,gv 7;Gib kill,hvst beg(21:1-9)

8.Rizpah let birds/ani touch;D tk S/Jon bones&7desc,buried S/J w/Kish;G ans prayer;D fight Phil(21:1-14)


9.D sang:L rock,fortress,deliverer,refuge,shield,horn salvation,stronghold,savior,worthy of praise(22:1-7)

10.waves death swirld,grave coild,snares cnfrntd me;I calld L,he hrd,thunderd,took hold of me(22:8-17)

11.rescud me,my support,bec He dlightd in me,I kept ways of L;L reward me acc2my rtness; (22:18-25)

12.2f8ful u…;2blamelss u…;2pure u…;2devious u shrewd;u save humble;w/ur help I advance(22:26-30)

13.His way prfct,word flawlss,keeps way secure,trains4battle;shield;broad path;gives victories(22:31-51)

14.last wds:L spk thru me,when1rules in fear of L,he lk lt;if hs rt w/G,mk cov;evil cast asid/burnd(23:1-7)

15.D mty warr:Josheb-Basshebeth,Eleazar,Shammah;harvst,30warriors,Phil;3mw brt wtr;Ddrnk(23:8-17)




18.angr L v Is:tk census;king2J:enroll ftng men;J/cmdrs went,cm bk 9m20d;Is800k,Jud500k(24:1-9)

19.D:I sinnd,L tk guilt,3options,let’s fall in L hands;plague;D:not sheep,me&my family(24:10-17)

20.altar Araunah;sacrifices;pd50shek silver;sacrificed;L ans prayer,plague stopped(24:18-25)


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

1.David’s return to Jerusalem, death of a troublemaker, famine because of Saul and fighting the Philistines. (2 Sam 19-21)

Principle:  God places people in our lives to teach, encourage, humble, lead and transform us and them.

2.David’s song of praise, last words and mighty men. (2 Samuel 22-23)

Principle:  God reveals His character to us and through us to lead us and others to praise.

3.David’s census, his choice of punishment (plague) and sacrifices at the threshing floor of Araunah. (2 Samuel 24)

Principle:  God instructs and disciplines us, leading us to confess, repent and experience answered prayer.


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

David returns to Jerusalem, praises, writes last words and sacrifices.


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

TCMATK God is intimately involved in the lives of His people and always only a prayer away.


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

1.How may your godly influence and encouragement deepen someone else’s relationship with God?

2.What gets in the way of you expressing praise and thanks to God?

3.What areas of your life require repentance and restoration for partial obedience (aka disobedience)?