Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Shift Your Thinking for a Deeper Faith by Dean Del Sesto

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Dean Del Sesto and his publisher for sending me a copy of "Shift Your Thinking for a Deeper Faith" 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.




“Shift Your Thinking for a Deeper Faith” by Dean Del Sesto is an engaging read filled with memorable quotes, challenging questions and timeless Scripture verses.  The 99 topics can be read in any order, depending upon your needs.  Each topic brings home God’s truth and practical application by presenting the reader with thought-provoking questions designed to gauge where the reader currently resides in that area, where he or she wants to go and potentially how they will pursue that destination.




This is a book for my keeper shelf that I will refer back to whenever I feel I’m at a crossroads or when a friend at a crossroads asks for my help and prayers.  It's a good resource to help change your stinkin' thinkin'.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Back Roads to Belonging by Kristen Strong

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Kristen Strong and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Back Roads to Belonging: Unexpected Paths to Finding Your Place and Your People" 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.


Do you remember what it was like to be the new kid in the neighborhood?  The new student in class?  The new employee who had so many names to learn and procedures to remember?  Can you spot the “outsiders” sitting near you in church?  Are you currently the “outsider”?


“Back Roads to Belonging” by Kristen Strong is a sweet book that should be read by every woman in leadership.  Actually, it should be read by every church member.  People in business would also benefit from this book.  We all need to be reminded now and then what it feels like to be on the outside looking in.  When we are made aware that there are “outsiders” right next to us, we can honor and glorify God by reaching out to those people in love and making them feel welcome.


This book can change the world you love in.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Homiletics: Luke 24


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

24:1-3 1d/wk vy early morn,wm tk spices2tomb;fnd stone rolld,entrd,find body LJ

4-5 while wndrg,2 men cloths gleamd stood beside them; wm faces2grd,men:yu lk4lvng among dead

6-8 here,risen! Remem wht He told u;SoM must b delvd2sinnrs,cruc,3rd d raised;then they remem

9-10 when cm bk frm tomb,told11&others;MM,Joanna,M mothr Jas&others told apostles

11-12 they believe bec wds seemd nonsense;P ran2tomb,saw strips linen lying by selves,went wondring

 

13-16 same d,2go2Emmaus,7mi frm Jerus;talkg re:what happnd;J walkd w/them,but they kept frm recog

17-19 He:wht u discuss;Cleopas:u know happnd;what?Abt J of Naz,proph,pwrfl wd/deed b4G&all ppl

20-23 CP/rulers crucified Hm;we hoped He redeem Is;it’s 3rd d;sm wm2tomb find body;angels:He alive

24-26 sm compn2tomb fnd as said,see J;He:foolish ur,slow2beliv all proph spkn;didn’t Mess hv2 suffr

27-29 beg w/Mos&proph,He expln Scr concrng self;approchd vill,they urged:stay,He went w/them

30-32 He@tbl,tk brd,gv thx,brk,gv;eyes opend,recog,He disapprd;weren’t burng when open Scr2us

 

33-36 2Jerus,fnd11,L risen!apprd2Sim;2told wht happnd,how J recog whn brk brd;J among them:Pc w/u

37-40 startld,frightnd,ghost;y trbld,y doubts;lk hands/ft,touch,see,ghost hv flesh&bones;showd hands/ft

41-45 anythg2eat;gv broiled fish;He ate;I told evrythg fulifilled;opend minds so they undrstd

46-48 this writn:Mess suffer, rise on 3rd d;repntc4forgvnss preachd2all nations beg@Jerus;u witness thes

49-50 I send u wht Fr promsd; stay until u clothed pwr frm on hi;led2Bethany,liftd hands,blessed

51-53 while blessing, left them,tkn2heaven;they worshipd,retd Jerus grt joy;stayed cont @tmpl,prsg G

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19.

20.

 

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

1.The third day (Luke 24:1-12)

Principle: Jesus keeps His promises.

2.The road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-32)

Principle: Jesus meets us where we are.

3.The risen Christ (Luke 24:33-53)

Principle: Jesus’ resurrection is also our resurrection.

 

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

Tomb empty, Jesus returns to heaven after Emmaus, Jerusalem appearances.

 

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

TCMATK Faith in Christ gives the believer hope in their own resurrection and eternal life with Jesus.

 

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

1.Where are you doubting Jesus and how will you allow Him to fill you with joy and renew your hope?

2.What is keeping you from recognizing Jesus’ presence in your faith walk?

3.How will you remind yourself how Jesus has blessed you when you need to keep going and He seems far away?

 

Monday, August 12, 2019

A Monthly Mini-Retreat with Jesus

How do you stay connected to Jesus when your Bible study group goes on vacation?  Does your commitment and discipline go away when there's no one in the flesh to hold you accountable?


For eight months now, I've been purchasing a monthly subscription box from Yada Missions (formerly Purpose Driven Essentials).  Each box has contained wonderful goodies to help me keep my focus on Jesus like books and CDs, Bible journaling supplies and a treat to enjoy when I sit down to enjoy the elements in the box.


I've tried to scrape together a little time after receiving each kit to use the Bible journaling supplies because I don't have a regular time that I commit to being artistic in my Bible.  I've thought that being spontaneous when creating the artwork keeps it honest and not forced.  The result of that is a growing pile of art and Bible journaling supplies waiting to be used.


I thought that maybe having a "place" to do this journaling would make it easier to create a habit.  And I've been wanting to designate a room in my house as a "War Room" for prayer and Bible study and making ministry related phone calls so I won't be disturbed.  So this is where my art supplies are.


Just this morning, it dawned on me that I should take the arrival of each kit as an invitation to make an appointment for a mini-retreat with Jesus!  I need to give myself time to engage the elements in the kit and allow the artistic representation to come forward...  After all, this is how I add drawings to my sermon notes each Sunday.  I listen to my pastor preach and when he says something that brings a visual to my mind, I draw it in my notes.


I received a new kit on Saturday.  And I just scheduled my mini-retreat for the end of August.  I'll let you know how it goes.


Will you schedule a mini-retreat with Jesus over the next month?  What will you bring to your retreat?  What music will you listen to?  What Bible passage will you read?  For whom will you pray?  Will you draw or paint or stamp or color or add stickers to your Bible?  How will you commemorate your retreat?

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Homiletics Luke 22-23


Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line):
22:1-6 Passovr apprch,CP/tol rid of J;Satn entrd Jud;Jud2CP betray;delightd,agree$;he watch crwd
7-13 day lamb sacrfcd,J sent P&Jn;ou;entr city,man h20 follo,2ownr:Tchr rm Passovr,he show,they prep
14-20 hr cm,J2Ap:desird eat this Pass w/u b4suffr,aftr tkg cup,thx,tk brd,thx,brok,gv,aftr supr cup covnt
21-25 hand betray on tbl;woe2man betrays;qu among selvs;dispute grtst;J:koGents call selvs Benfctrs
26-28 u be lk that;grtst among u lk1who srvs;I among u as1who srvs;u stood by me in trials
29-32 confer u k,u eat@my tbl,thrones,judg12tribe;Sim,Satn ask sift all wheat;I prayed4u,strgthn bros
33-38 I rdy go w/u;b4roostr crow deny3x;whn sent u w/o bag u lack?0;now tk bag,sword buy;here2;enuf
39-46 J2MtOl;pray fall2tempt;prayd tk c;angl apprd/strngthd;prayd sweat blood;disc sleep;yu sleep,pray
47-53 Jud kiss;btray w/kiss?we strk w/swords?svt HP ear;J heal;am I leadg rebellion?evrydy w/u,this ur h

54-62 2HP;P fire svt:w/Hm;denyd;u1them;not;w/Hm,Gal;know wht tlkng abt:roostr;L lk@P;remem;wept
63-71 guardg mockg beatg;daybk councl:if Mess,tell us;believe;SoM@rt hd G;u SoG?u say;hrd frm lips
23:1-9 off2Pil;accuse;u koJews?u say;basis4chg;strtd Gal;Galilean?2Herod;wantg2see sign;J answer
10-17 CP toL there accusg;Her/sold mockd,bk2Pil;Her/Pil friends;Pil:basis,neithr Her;punish/rel
18-25 rel Barabbas;murdr;Pil appeal;crucify!;3x-why,grounds;demanded;Pil grant;rel murdrr,surr J

26-30 Simon Cyrene cross;lg#follw mourn wail;weep4me,weep4urslvs;u say blessd childlss,mt fall on us
31-34 if ppl do these when tree grn,what happn when tree dry?2crim led plc Skull cruc;Fr 4gv,div clothes
35-43 sav self;notice KoJews;1crim:sav slf&us;2crim:u fear G,man done nothg,remem me;today paradise
44-48 noon dkness until3;curtain tmpl torn;Fr ur hands commit spirit;cent:rteous man;ppl beat breasts
49-54 those knew Hm distnc,watchg;Joseph consent2dec,ask4body,plcd tomb;Sabb abt2begin
55-56 wm w/J foll Jos saw tomb;went prep spices,reston Sabb in obedience

Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division):
1.Judas betrays Jesus (Lk 22:1-53)
Principle: 
2.Jesus is tried by the Council, Pilate and Herod and sentenced to crucifixion (Lk 22:54-23:25)
Principle: 
3.Jesus is crucified, dies and is buried as the Sabbath begins (Lk 23:5-56)
Principle: 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):
At Passover, Jesus is betrayed, tried, crucified and buried.

Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, Desire etc.):
TCMATK God has a perfectly timed plan for every life.

Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about heart change):
1.What needs to change so you are honoring God’s desires for your life rather than your own?
2.How are you preparing for future challenges to your faith?
3.How is Jesus’ suffering and death affecting how you live, suffer and worship?

Saturday, August 03, 2019

Homiletics Luke 19:28-21:38


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

19:28-36 Aftr,J2Jerus;Bethpage/Bethany sent2disc colt,unty,L needs,cloaks on, J on;ppl cloaks on rd

37-42 rd dn2mt olives crowd praise G;Phar:Tchr rebuk disc;stones cry out;Jerus wept:wht brng pc hidn

43-48 enmies,dsh2grd,u recog G cming;tmpl drv out sell;hs prayr;tch tmpl,cp/tch lw try kill,ppl hng wds

 

20:1-8 J tch tmpl,cp/tch lw:what authority;John bap from hvn or human?We know;neithr I tell u

9-16 man vinyd rent;@hvst,sent svt,tenants beat;anothr,beat;3rd,wound;son,killd;he kill tenan;ppl:G4bid

17-19 wht mean:ston bldr rej bec crnrstn?any1 fall on broken,any1 it falls crushed;tch lw/cp afraid of ppl

20-25 sent spies:taxes2Caes?He saw thru duplicity:whos image?Caes.Gv2Caes what caes&2G what G’s

26-28 they unable trap, silent;Saddu,resurr,Mos:bro die,wife,child,man marry widow,raise offsprg

29-36 7 bros,married wm,childless;wm die;@resurr whose wife?Those in resurr marry;G’s childrn

37-41 brning bush,dead rise,G Ab,Is,Jac;God of ded,G of lvng;more quest;J:y said Mess=son of David

42-44 D decl Ps:L2my l:sit rt hd I mk enemies ftstool:D calls him L,how he b his son?

45-47 bwr tch law lv respect,important seats,devour widows hs,4show mk lngthy prayr,punishd sevrly

 

21:1-4 J saw rich gifts tmp,poor widow coins;widow put in more;gv out of poverty

5-8 sm disc:tmpl adornes beautfl stones,gifts;time not1stone on anothr;When?:watch out u deceived

9-11 when hear wars,be frightnd;nation v nation;earthquk,famn.pestilences;grt signs frm hvn

12-15 b4 this,prscute u;prison,b4kings,gov;u bear testmony2me;worry how u defend;I gv wds contradict

16-19 u betrayd by parnts,brosis,relatvs,friends,sm2deth;evry1 h8u bec me;hair perish;std firm u win life

20-24 when see Jerus surr armies,desol near;Judea flee;time of punishmt;grt distress;Jerus trmpld Gents

25-33 signs sun,moon,stars,SoM cm cloud;redmptn near;fig tree leaves summr;hvn earth pass,my wds

34-38 carefl carousg,drunknss,anxieties,that day close lk trap;watch,std b4SoM;each d J tch,ppl cm early

 

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

1.Jesus enters Jerusalem on a colt, clears the temple and teaches there. (Luke 19:28-48)

Principle:

2.Jesus teaches in the temple and sees through the duplicity of spies sent to trap Him.  (Luke 20)

Principle:

3.Jesus teaches about signs to come before the Son of Man returns. (Luke21)

Principle:

 

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

Jesus enters Jerusalem, clears the temple and teaches there.

 

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

TCMATK Friendship with Jesus is preferable even though it means enmity with the world.

 

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

1.What is keeping you from allowing Jesus to clear certain things out of your temple?

2.How are you responding to what Jesus is teaching you?

3.How do you encourage others (or how does the Lord encourage you) that Jesus is going to return?