Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The God Dare by Kate Battistelli


I’ve been reading this amazing book I received in the Yada Missions Bible Journaling subscription box.  This book has brought a new friend into my life.  My newest “friend” and sister in Christ is Kate Battistelli.  If her name soumds familiar, that’s probably because she is Grammy Award-Winning Artist Francesca Battistelli’s Mom.  She is also the author of “The God Dare”.  Kate captured my devotion right away.  Her frankness and transparency rocks me to my core with each personal story.  She shares her life and parallels in Scripture the way I want a true friend to sit down with me over coffee.  This book has made me laugh and brought me to tears.  Kate has encouraged me and convicted me and pushed me down the road on my journey with Jesus!  Each of this beautiful book’s eighteen chapters can be read as a devotional.  Each chapter ends with a few verses of Scripture to meditate on and/or memorize.  There are also some “takeaways” to contemplate.  Finally, there are several questions to ponder that have the potential of influencing heart transformation.  This is the best book I’ve read in a long time!

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Homiletics: Luke 17:11-19:27


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

17:11-15 on way Jerus,J travl bordr Sam&Gal;10men leprosy:hv mrcy:J:sho selvs2prsts,cleansd,1cm bk

16-23 thx,Samrtn;J:ou othr9?Faith md u well;Phar:when koG cm,cmng obsrvd;ppl:there he is,go running

24-30 SoM lk lghtng,1st suffr;as days Noah,ppl eat,drink,marry,flood dstroy;days Lot,sulfur destroy;lk this

31-37 that day,poss insd,get;rmbr Lot wf;woevr kp life lose;2ppl1tkn;2wmgrind1tkn;ou ded vult gthr

 

18:1-8 parabl alwys pray,gv up;jdge: bec widow bothr me she get justc;G justc4chosn who cry out;quick

9-14 2confidnt own rtness:tmpl2pray Phar,tx coll;Phar:I lk othrs,fast,gv;tx coll:hv mrcy me sinnr;justfd

15-18 ppl brng babes,disc rebk;J calld chldrn,hndr;any1rec koG lk chld enter;rulr:gd tchr what do inhrt EL

19-21 y call me gd,no1gd xcpt G;u know cmdmts,adultery,murdr,steal,fls tstmny,hon fr/mr;kpt since boy

22-26 sell evrythg,gv2poor,follow;sad vy wealthy;hd4rich entr koG;easier4caml eye ndl;who can b savd

27-30 imposs man=poss G;P:lft all2follow;J:no1 lft hm,wife,brosis,parents,childrn4koG fail rec many x,EL

31-34 Jtk12:we2Jerus,evrythg writ abt SoM fulfilld,del2Gent,mock,insult,spit,flog,kill,3d rise;disc undstd

35-39 J apprch Jericho,blind man beg,what happng;J Naz passg;J SoD,mercy!quiet!J SoD mercy!

40-43 J Stop:What want?2see;recv sight,faith heald u;immed recd sight,followd,praisng G,ppl saw,praisd

 

19:1-6 J entr Jericho;Zacc,short,climbd tree;J lkd up:Zacc cm dn I stay ur hs today;he cm,welcm Him

7-10 He guest of sinnr;Zacc:L I gv ½ poss2poor,if I cheatd I pay4x;today salv cm2hs;SoM cm seek/sav lost

11-13 bec nr Jerus&ppl thot koG appr@once:noble went dist ctry hv hmslf apt k,10svt10minas;put2wk

14-19 subj h8d want b k;king retd,sent4svts;1stmina earn10,well dn,tk10cities;2ndmina earn5;tk5cities

20-25 anothr mina laid away,afraid;wckd svt,y put mina deposit,interest;tk,gv2 1w/10;he alrdy has10

26-27 evry1 who has,mo gvn;1 who has nothg,wht they hv tkn;those enemies want me king,bring,kill

20.

 

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

1.Jesus heals 10 lepers and teaches about the coming of the Son of Man. (Luke 17:11-37)

Principle:

2.Jesus teaches always pray and everything is possible with God then heals a blind beggar. (Luke 18)

Principle:

3.Jesus was Zacchaeus’ guest and taught whoever has, more will be given. (Luke 19)

Principle:

 

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

Approaching Jerusalem, Jesus taught, healed lepers and a blind man.

 

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

TCMATK God’s people call out to Him in prayer, praise and thanksgiving.

 

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

1.What has the Lord done lately for which you haven’t praised Him?

2.How will you motivate yourself to keep praying for that item God hasn’t yet answered?

3.In what ways are you investing what God has entrusted to you?

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Homiletics Luke 13:10-17:10


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

13:10-14 Sabbat J tchg syngog;wm cripld18y;J:u free;immed str,praisd G;syngog ldr:6d4wk,b heald Sabb

15-20 L:hypcrts!Shldn’t wm b free;opp humilitd;J:wht koG lk?must sdtree,birds perch;wht cmpr koG2

21-25 Yeast mixd thru dough;J tch2Jerus;sm1:L only few savd?he:enter narrow door;ownr close

26-31 we ate w/u,u taught;away evildoers;weepg/gnashg;last-1st,1st-last;Phar:Herod want kill u

32-35 3rdd goal;press on;Jerus,u kill proph,long gathr ur childrn;ur hs desolate;see me till blessed he cm

14:1-6 Sabb J eat@Phar;man swellg;J:lawfl heal Sabb?silnt,heald;child ox in2 well Sabb pull out?say

7-11 noticd guests pickd plcs honr;tk pl honr;humiliated;tk lowest plc,host mv,honrd;exalt self b humbld

12-17 gv lunch/dinnr,invite poor,u blessd/repd@resurr;blssd1eat feast koG;man prep banq,sent svt:cm

18-24 mk excuse-bought fld,oxen,married;svt rpt,owner angry:bring poor;svt:done;no1invite,taste banq

25-30 J2crwd:any1cm2me h8 fr,mr…life,carry cross discpl;want bld twr,est cost,enuf$;able fin,ridicule

31-35 king2war,able,ask4pc;those gv up evrythg discpl;salt lose saltnss,how md salty,fit4soil nor manure

 

15:1-7 tax coll gathr;Phar:eat w/sinnrs;parble:100 sheep,lose1,leave99;finds,joyfully hm;rejoic hvn1sinnr

8-20 10sil coins,lost/fnd/rejoice;1 sinnr rpnts;2sons,youngr:gv estate;wild lvg,strvg,go bk;fr saw,cmpssn

21-32 I sinnd,feast;celebrt;oldr son angry;fr plead:evrythg urs,had2celbrate

16:1-8 J2disc:rich man,mgr accusd waste;calld debtrs,900gal oo450,1000bushl wht800;mstr cmend

9-14 use wrldly welth2gain amis;whoevr trustd w/lil can b trusted much;can’t srv2mstr;G&$;Phar sneer

15-31 u jstfy selvs,G know,divrcadultry;send beggr Laz2bros;if listn Mos/proph,convncd sm1rise

 

17:1-4 things cause stmbl cm,woe any1 thru whom;bettr thrown sea;if bro sins,rebuke,if repent,4gv

5-8 Incrs r faith;if sm as must sd u say tree:b uprootd,it obey;svt cm frm field,sit eat?prep suppr

9-10 will he thank svt bec did wht told2do;so u also should say we unworthy svts, only done duty

 

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

1.Jesus heals on the Sabbath, teaches about planning and saltiness (Lk 13:10-14:35)

Principle: Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath.

2.Jesus teaches in parables about lost things and trust and confronts Pharisees (Lk 15-16)

Principle: Jesus is the Supreme Authority.

3.Jesus teaches about stumbling, faith and servanthood (Lk 17)

Principle: Jesus is the Ultimate Teacher.

 

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

Jesus performs Sabbath healings, teaches in parables and confronts Pharisees.

 

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

TCMATK Jesus’ teachings are pertinent today, making the Bible worth studying.

 

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

1.What methods do you use to be sure Jesus is in charge of your plans?

2.How are you serving and honoring God and His people in the ministry He has entrusted you with?

3.What are you doing to ensure you don’t lead another person to stumble in their faith?

 

 

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Homiletics Luke12:1-13:9


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

12:1-2 many k gathrd,tramplng,J spk 1st 2disc: beware hypocrisy;nothg disclosed,hidden md known

3-5 wht sd dk hrd lt,wht whisprd prclmd roofs;be afraid those kill body;fear who has auth throw into hell

6-8 5sparr sold 2penny,1frgttn by G;hairs #d;u wrth mo many sparr;ackn me b4 others,I ack u b4 angels

9-12 disown me,disownd;evry1spk v SoM4gvn,any1blsph HS 4gvn;b4 rulrs worry wht say;HS teach

 

13-14 sm1 in crowd:Tchr,tell my bro/inhrtnc;J:who apt me judg

15-18 guard v greed,life abundc poss;parbl:grd rich mn abundt hrvst;thot no pls2store;I build biggr barns

19-21 hv plnty mny yrs,tk life easy;G:fool,this nite ur life demandd,who get wht u prep4urslf

21-23 it b4who stor thngs,rich twrd G;worry abt life,eat,body,what wear;life mo thn food, body>clothes

24-26 ravens sow reap,G feeds,mo valubl thn birds;who worrying add hr2life;y worry abt rest

27-30 flwrs labr spin,Sol dressd lk these;G clothe grass,He clothe u;wht eat/drink,worry;Fr knows u need

 

31-34 seek kingdm,these givn;b afraid Fr plsd gv u kngdm;sell poss gv2poor;treas in hvn;ou treas isbe

35-38 b dressd4svc,lamps burng lk svts waitg4mastr immed open door,he wait on them;gd4those ready

39-41 if ownr hs kno whn thf cm,let hs brkn in2;SoM cm expect Him;P:parbl2us or evry1

42-44 who wise mgr in chg svts gv food;gd4svt mastr finds doing so when he cm;put him chg many poss

45-47 sup svt:mstr lng time,beat svt,eat,drunk;mstr cm cut him pcs;svt knows mstr will/do,beaten many

48-51 1kno,beatn few,evry1 gvn much,much demand;I cm brng fire,baptsm undergo;thnk I brg pc,no div

52-56 now fam dividd;u see cloud west,rain;south wind,hot;u interpret earth sky,how know intrp time

57-59 y judg wht rt;as go w/advrsry2magstrt,try b recncld,advrsry may…thro u prison,get out last penny

 

13:1-3 sm told J abt Gal blod Pilate mix w/scrfc;J:u thnk Gal wrse sinnrs bec suffrd this way,no,repent

4-9 18 died twr Siloam mo guilty?no,repent;parabl man fig tree fruit 3y,cut dn,lv1mo y;if fruit next y cut

 

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

1.Be on guard against hypocrisy (Lk 12:1-12)

Principle:

2.Be on guard against greed (Lk 13:15-30)

Principle:

3.Seek His kingdom (Lk 12:31-59)

Principle:

4.Repent and be fruitful (Lk 13:1-9)

Principle:

 

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

Jesus teaches beware hypocrisy and greed, seek God’s kingdom, repent.

 

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

TCMATK Seeking God’s kingdom leads to repentance and fruitfulness and guards against hypocrisy and greed.

 

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

1.How do your walk and talk need to be adjusted to line up more succinctly with God’s Word?

2.What needs to change for you to consider others before yourself?

3.Where does your life fail to bear evidence that you are seeking God’s kingdom?

4.In what or whom will you invest one more year to potentially bear fruit?

 
This one was tough for me.  I'm still struggling with the Subject Sentence.  I had to adjust my content several times to make my divisions work.  I'm happy with the divisions, aim and applications.  There was a real lesson in this passage for me.  God is good!

Friday, July 12, 2019

A Question for those who read my Homiletics posts:

Why?  Why are you reading my homiletics?  Are you in BSF?  Are you studying in seminary?  Are you comparing your own homiletics to mine?  I'm really just curious.  I did think about not posting homiletics anymore because if anyone is just copying my homiletics for an assignment, they'd be missing out on meeting with God for themselves and I would hate to be a part of someone missing out on meeting with God.


So, let me know.  Why do you read my homiletics?

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Homiletics Luke 11:14-54


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

14-16 J drvg demn mute,man spk,crowd amazd;some said:by Beelz Hr drv demns;othrs test askg4sign

17 J knew thots:kingdm/itslf ruind;hs/itslf fall;if Satan/hmslf how kingdm std?

18-19 I say bec u clm I drv demn by Beelz;If I drv by Beelz,by whom ur follwrs drv out,they b ur judges

20-21 If I drv by fingr oG,koG has cm upon u;whn strng man,armd,guards own hs,poss safe

22- when som1 strngr attacks/ovrpwrs,he takes armor man trusted,divides plunder

23-24 whovr w/me,v. me,whoevr gathr,scattrs;whn impur sprt cm out,goes arid plcs seekg rest,find,retn

25-28 finds hs swept;tk7sprts>wckd,fin cond wrse;wm:blssd mothr;He:blessd those hear woG&obey

 

29-30 Crwd incr,this wckd gen asks sign,none gvn exc sign Jonah;Jonah sign2Ninevts,so SoM b2this gen

31 QoS rise@judgmt&condemn;she listn Sol wisdm,smthg>Sol here

32 menof Nineveh std@judgmt&condmn,rpntd@prchg Jonah,smthg>Jonah here

33-34 no1 lt lamp,undr bowl,put on std,see lt;eye=lamp,eyes healthy,body full lt;unhealthy,body dkness

35-36 see2it lt in u dkness;T4 if body full lt,no part dk, it just as lt as when lamp shines lt on you

 

37-39 J fin,Phar invite eat;Phar surprised J wash;L:u Phar cln outside cup/dish,insd full greed wckdnss

40-41 foolish ppl!1who mk outsd,mk insd;be generous2poor&evrythng be clean4u

42-44 woe Phar,gv 1/10,neglect justice&love;lv imprtnt seats;u lk unmarked graves

45-46 exprt law:Tchr,u insult us too;woe2u bec u load ppl dn w/burdns,u lift fingr2help

47-49 u bld tmbs4proph,ur ancstrs killd;u apprv;G:I send proph/apostls,some they kill,some prscute

50-51 T4 this gen respnsbl4blood of all proph shed since begnng,frm Abel2Zech,killd betw altr/sanct

52 woe exprts law bec u tkn key2knowldg,u enterd,hindrd those who were

53-54 when J went out,Phar&tchrs law began oppose fiercly&besiege w/qu2catch Him is smthg He say

 

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

1.Jesus drives out a mute demon. (Luke 11:14-28)

Principle: Jesus doesn’t need us to speak, He knows our thoughts.

2.Jesus teaches the Queen of the South and the men of Nineveh will condemn this wicked generation. (Luke 11:29-36)

Principle: God chooses unlikely people for His own.

3.Jesus says, “Woe to the Pharisees and Experts of the Law” and they oppose Him fiercely. (Luke 11:37-54)

Principle: Jesus and His people experience opposition.

 

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

Jesus’ power is questioned and “Woes” lead to Pharisees’ opposition.

 

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

TCMATK The Bible transforms our thoughts and its application changes our lives.

 

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

1.Where does you life appear to be divided against itself and how will you bring it under the Lordship of Christ?

2.How will you share the gospel with the people you currently avoid talking with about Jesus because they seem to be unlikely candidates for salvation?

3.What preparations are you making to face opposition to your faith?