Saturday, November 30, 2019

Homiletics: Acts 12


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

12:1-3 Herod attacked church, exec Jas, Jn bro, w/sword;saw pleasd Jews,arrest P dur FestUnlvBr

4-5 P prison,4squad/4soldats guard;bring out after Passovr;church prayg fervently

6 Herod abt bring P4trial,that night,P bound2chains,sleep betw2guards;sentries front door guard

 

7-8 aoL strike P side,”Get up”, chains fell;get dressed,put on sandals,wrap cloak,follow me

9-10 followd, thot vision;past 1st&2nd guards,iron gate opened by itself;they went out,passed 1st,a left

11-12 P:I know L sent a&rescued me from Herod’s grasp;went2Mary,momof Jn-Mk where many pray

13-14 knocked outr gate,svt Rhoda cm, recog P voce;bec of joy open gate,ran in announc P@gate

15- “you’re out of mind”, but she insisting; they said “it’s is angel”;

16- P kept knocking, they opend door, saw,were amazed

17- motioning2b silent he descry how L brought him out of prison:tell Jas&bros,he left,went another plc

 

18- daylt,grt commotion among soldats re:what bec of P;

19- after Herod searchd find, interrog guards,ordered exec;went2Caesarea&stayed

20a Herod angry w/ppl Tyre&Sidon;together presented selves b4him,

20b after winng over Blastus,asked4pc bec their ctry supplied w/food by king’s ctry

21 on appt day,royal robes,seatd throne,Herod delivered speech2them

22 assmbld ppl began shout “It’s the voice of a god and not of a man!”

23 at once aoL struck him bec he give glory toG,eaten by worms and died

24 woG flourished and multiplied

25 after compld relief mission,B&S ret’d 2 Jerus,taking Jn-Mk

20.

 

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

1.Herod kills James and imprisons Peter (1-6)

Principle:  God’s people will experience persecution.

2.An angel of the Lord rescues Peter from prison (7-17)

Principle:  God’s people will experience rescue in this life and/or the next.

3.Commotion among soldiers, Tyre and Sidon and Herod’s death (18-25)

Principle:  God’s people will experience God at work.

 

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

An angel of the Lord rescues Peter and strikes Herod.

 

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

TCMATK God’s plan and purpose will prevail

 

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

1.How might seemingly negative activities be what is best for me and bring glory to God?

2.For whom are you praying who needs rescue and how might you minister to that person in other ways?

3.What has God done in your life so His Word could flourish and multiply?

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

New Every Morning




First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Dr. Phil Barfoot and the other ministers who penned offerings for this book and their publisher for sending me a copy of "New Every Morning" 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.

“New Every Morning” by Phil Barfoot and over 100 contributors is an engaging devotional.  As a choir member, I love the choir-related stories that teach me about the unity of the body of Christ.  To be honest, I thought this would be a “fluff” devotional, but this book is like boot camp!  The teaching each day prepares me for spiritual battle, challenges me to walk my talk and encourages me to keep going when I’m almost out of steam!

I will be buying this devotional for all the loved ones on my Christmas gift list this year!
New Every Morning is a beautiful devotional book written by Dr. Phil Barfoot and several other music ministers.  I am privileged to serve under one of these ministers in our church's choir.  I have also had the honor of traveling all over the world with "Uncle Phil" and several of these ministers of music to share the Gospel message through choir presentations in some of the most incredible venues through Celebration Concert Tours International! These men are the real deal and this devotional is set to be my quiet time driver for 2020.




Dr. Phil Barfoot is an internationally known composer, author, and music ministry professional. He has written and created more than 40 major choral collections and musicals, including High Praises, which won a Dove Award for choral collection of the year. He is also the author of The Ultimate Idea Book for Music Ministry, used by more than 7,000 churches and universities in the U. S. and Canada. Phil has created and composed some of the best-selling choral music in Christian music. He is currently the CEO and President of Celebration Concert Tours International, a Franklin, TN based choir company. He is also the CEO and President of CCT Music, a Christian Music Publishing Company. He and his wife, Sheri, have three grown children, Amy, Aaron and Adam. They reside in Franklin, TN.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Homiletics: Acts 8:1-9:30


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

8:1-2 Saul agree w/puttg2death,that dd perscutn v/church,all excpt apost scattrd;devout m burid Steph

3-8 Saul ravge church,m&w2prisn;those scattrd preachg Wd;Phil2Sam,crowds pay attn,saw signs,grt joy

9-13 Simon prev sorcery claim2b grt;all pd attn;they bel Phil,bap,Simon bel,bap,follo Phil,amazed

14-16 Apos@Jerus heard Sam rec woG,sent P&Jn;prayed rec HS,hands,rec HS,(only bap name of J)

17-25 Sim saw S gvn by hands,offr $:gv me pwr hands,Spirit;P:ur hrt right;repnt;S:pray4me;bk2Jerus

26-30 AoL2Phil:go S,rd2Gaza,went;Ethi eunuch,off Queen,treas,read Isa;Spir2Phil:go;P:u undstd read?

31-34 sm1 guide,invit Phil;Scr:lk sheep2sltr,lamb silent,justc denied,life tkn;who this abt?proph or else?

35-38 Phil tell gd news J beg w/that Scr;as trvlg,h2o,wht kp me from bap;Phil bap

39-40 cm out h2o,Spirt carry Phil away;eun rejoice;Phil2Azotus prchg2Caesarea

 

9:1-4 Saul thrts/mrdr v.disc;2HP,req ltrs 2Damscs brng prsnrs2Jerus;nearg Dam;light;fall;S,yu pers me?

5-8 who ruL;J,1u pers,get up,go city,u told what do;men w/him spchless;hearg,seeing;Saul see,led2Dam

9-11 see3dd,eat,drnk;L2Ananias vision:go st calld Straight,hs Judas,ask4m frm Tarsus,Saul,prayg

12-14 visn seen Ananias plcg hds regain sight;L,I hrd abt m,harm2ur saints Jerus,authrty from CP arrest

15-16 L:go,m my chosn instrmt tk nom Gents,kings,Is;I show himhow much he suffer4my nom

 

17-19a A went,hds:Bro Saul,LJ appr2u snt me sight,b filld w/HS;scales frm eyes,bap,food,reg strngth

19b-21 Saul Dam sm time;Immed proc J syngog:SoG;All hrd/astound:isn’t this m caus havoc,prisners2CP

22-25 S grew strngr,kpt prvng J=Mess;Jews conspire kill him;disc lowr him in basket thru opening in wall

26-27 arr Jerus,tried join disc,they afraid, Barnabbas brt him2Apos,expl how seen L,in Dam spk boldly

28-29 S cmg/going w/them spkg boldly in nom of L;convrsd/debatd w/Hellenistic Jews,they tried kill him

30 bros found out,tk him2Caesarea,sent him2Tarsus

 

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

1.Persecution and the spread of the Gospel (8:1-40)

Principle: 

2.Christ chooses Saul to take His name to Gentiles, kings and Israel (9:1-16)

Principle: 

3.Ananias restores Saul’s sight, who begins preaching boldly in the name of Jesus (9:17-30)

Principle: 

 

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

Persecution spreads the name of Jesus outside Jerusalem.

 

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

TCMATK God’s people will experience persecution and it is for our good and God’s glory.

 

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

1.Where have you taken the Gospel as a result of challenging circumstances?

2.How is God transforming and preparing you to serve Him?

3.How have others encouraged and supported you in doing the Lord’s work?