Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Nothing Short of Wondrous by Regina Scott

 

Nothing Short of Wondrous

American Wonders Collection #2
by Regina Scott

When a sassy widowed hotel owner partners with a world-weary cavalry officer to defend the country's first national park and save the last wild buffalo herd in Yellowstone from poachers, they discover that two wounded hearts can lead to one powerful love.

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Regina Scott and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Nothing Short of Wondrous" 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.

"Nothing Short of Wondrous" is a refreshing read that transports the reader to Yellowstone National Park and the Hotel run by a young widow who desires to protect her son and the land she loves!

Our hero is a young, strong and handsome military man with a haunting past.  He is learning to navigate the area so he can protect the land and wildlife from poachers and those who might damage the geysers.

The pages of this book turn themselves as a romance blossoms and exciting encounters occur.  I haven't read a fiction book in quite some time, but I am grateful I chose to read this book.  I highly recommend it.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Homiletics Acts 8

 

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

1.Saul approved killing,grt persecution broke out,all except Apost scattered;godly men buried Steph(1-2)

2.Saul began destroy church,dragged m/w prison;those scattered preached(3-4)

3.Philip to Samaria;crowds paid attn;impure spirits out,lame healed;grt joy in city(5-8)

4.Simon sorcery boasted he great;ppl gave him attn;he amazed w/sorcery(9-11)

5.believed Philip,were baptized;Simon believed,was baptized,followed Philip(12-13)

 

6.apostles sent Peter John Samaria;arrived,prayed new believers receive HS;HS not yet come(14-16)

7.P&J placed hands,they recd HS;Simon saw Spirit given laying hands,offered $;give me ability(17-19)

8.P:your $ perish w/you,thought you could buy gift;you no share this ministry,heart not right(20-21)

9.Repent,pray He forgive;you full of bitterness,captive to sin;Simon:pray for me;P&J retd Jerus(22-25)

 

10.AoL to Philip:go south;met eunuch in charge treasury;on way home chariot reading Isaiah(26-28)

11.Spirit to Philip: go;Philip ran, heard reading:you understd;how can I unless someone explains(29-31)

12.passage:like sheep led to slaughter,did not open mouth;deprived justice,life taken(32-33)

13.eunuch asked P:who prphet talking about?;P began w/that passage, told good news about J(34-35)

14.they traveled,came to water, eunuch:look water,what stand in way being baptized(36)

15.[P:if believe, you may,eunuch:I believe J=SoG(37)]

16.gave orders stop chariot, P eunuch went,P baptized(38)

17.when came out of water,Spirit took P, eunuch not see again,went away rejoicing(39)

18.P appeared at Azotus traveled preaching gospel all towns until reached Ceasarea(40)

19.

20.

 

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

1.Saul began to destroy the church and Philip went to Samaria(1-13)

Principle:  God divides to multiply.

2.Apostles send Peter and John to Samaria, where they pray and preach(14-25)

Principle:  God sends His people to pray and preach.

3.Philip met an Ethiopian eunuch, told him the good news, baptized him, then appeared in Azotus(26-40)

Principle:  God sends His people on divine appointments.

 

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

Persecution began, Apostles went to Samaria, Philip baptized a eunuch.

 

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

TCMATK God’s plan and purpose for persecution, preaching and prayer is the spread of the gospel.

 

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

1.Where are painful circumstances taking you and how are you making Jesus known in that place? How are you destroying the church because of your refusal to go where God is sending you?

2.For whom are you praying and to whom are you revealing Jesus and His gospel?  Where are you missing out on impacting the lives of the lost because of lack of prayer and/or not sharing the love of Christ?

3.Why aren’t you sharing the gospel more often?  Where is God asking you to go to share the gospel?

Homiletics Genesis 13-14

 

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

1.A went w/wife,everything,Lot;wealthy livestock,silver,gold(13:1-2)

2.place2place2Bethel where tent earlier;where 1st built altar(3-4)

3.Lot had flocks,herds,tents;land could not support together;quarreling between herders(5-7)

4.A2L:let’s quarreling;part co,;Lot saw plain Jordan well watered,like Egypt;chose,set out(8-11)

5.A lived Canaan,Lot lived near Sodom;ppl Sodom wicked sinning greatly(12-13)

6.L2A:look N,S,E,W;all land you see I give you offspring forever;offspr like dust,count(14-16)

7.Go walk through length, breadth;Abram went live Hebron,built altar(17-18)

 

8.Amraphel (king Shinar),Arioch (Eliasar),Kedorlaomer (Elam),Tidal (Goyim)(14:1)

9.war against Bera (Sodom),Birsha (Gomorrah),Shinab (Admah),Shemeber(Zeboyim),(Bela/Zoar)(2)

10.latter kings joined forces Valley Siddim;12y subj to Kedorlaomer,13thy rebelled(3-4)

11.14thy Kedolaomer/kings def Rephaites,Zuzites,Emites;Horites;conquered Amalekites,Amorites(5-7)

12.king Sodom,Gomorrah,Admar,Zeboyim,Bela drew battle lines Siddim(8)

13.v Kedorlaomer,Tidal,Amraphel,Arioch-4 against 5;valley full tar pits,some fell into,rest fled(9-10)

14.4 kings seized goods Sodom/Gomorrah;carried off Lot;man reported to A(11-13)

15.A called 318 trained men;divided to attach;recovered goods,Lot,possessions,women,ppl(14-16)

16.king Sodom came meet him;Melchizedek (Salem) brought bread/wine,priest GMH(17-18)

17.blessed A;praise GMH,A gave tenth;king Sodom:give me ppl,keep goods(19-21)

18.A:sworn oath;accept nothing so you never say I made A rich(22-23)

19.accept nothing but what men eaten,but men who went let them have share(24)

20.

 

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

1.Abram and Lot part company – Abram lived in Canaan and Lot lived near Sodom(13)

Principle:  Stuff can separate people, but God never leaves or forsakes.

2.Abram recovers Lot after a battle between kings and gives a tenth to Melchizedek(14)

Principle:  Being in the wrong place can lead to capture, but rescue leads to praise.

 

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

Abram parts from and recovers Lot, giving Melchizedek a tenth.

 

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

TCMATK God blesses His people and our response should be praise.

 

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

1.On what are you basing your decisions: God’s revealed will or what your eyes see?

2.How has God rescued you today? Eternally? And how are you praising Him for rescuing you?

Saturday, November 07, 2020

Homiletics Acts 7

 

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

1.hp ask Steph:chgs true?repl:G of glory appeard2Abraham b4 Harran;leave country/ppl,go(7:1-3)

2.left,settled Harran,after death fr,G sent to this land;G promisd desc poss land;400y desc enslaved(4-6)

3.punish nation,after worship me this place;gave A covenant circ,A fr Isaac fr Jacob fr 12 patriarchs(7-8)

4.patriarchs jealous Joseph,sold,G w/him;rescued him, gave wisdom,Phar made ruler Egypt/palace(9-10)

5.famine, ancestors find food;Jacob heard grain Egypt,sent forefathers;2nd visit,Jos told bros(11-13)

6.Jos sent for fr;Jacob went Egypt;bodies brought bk Shechem;time near G fulfill prom # ppl incr(14-17)

 

7.new king;dealt treacherously;Moses born, 3 mos cared for by fam; placed outside,Phar dtr son(18-21)

8.Moses educated pwerful speech/action;40yo visited Israelites;mistreated,defense kill Egyptian(22-24)

9.Moses thot ppl realize G rescue;next day 2 Israel fightg;man push Moses:who made you ruler(25-27)

10.you thinking kill me like Egyptian;Moses fled Midian,2 sons;40y angel appeared burning bush(28-30)

11.amazed,closer lk;I G Abr,Isa,Jac,Mos trembled;tk off sandals,holy grd;seen oppress ppl Egypt(31-34)

12.Moses deliverer;led out Egypt,wonders,Red Sea,wilderness;Mos:G raise prophet like me(35-37)

13.angel spk Mt. Sinai,recd living wds;ancest refuse obey;told Aaron mk gods;idol calf,brt sacrfc(38-41)

14.G gv over worship sun;will exile Babylon;tabernacle according to pattern;remained until David(42-45)

15.asked provide dwellng plc;Solomon built;Most High live houses;Heaven throne earth footstool(46-49)

 

16.hasn’t my hand made all things;just lk ancestors:resist HS;Righteous One u betrayd murdered(50-52)

17.you rec’d law obeyed;Sanhedrin heard,furious;Stephen full of Spirit saw glory of G,Jesus stdg(53-55)

18.Lk I sww hvn open SoM standing rt hand G;they covered ears,yelling,rushed him(56-57)

19.dragged out, stone him,coats feet Saul;Stephen prayed LJ receive my spirit(58-59)

20.fell on knees:L hold sin against them,fell asleep(60)

 

Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division – a truth about God, a truth about man, a truth about God’s relationship to man):

1.Stephen speaks about Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph(7:1-17)

Principle: 

2.Stephen speaks about Moses and God(7:18-49)

Principle: 

3.Stephen is stoned by the Sanhedrin(7:50-60)

Principle: 

 

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

Stephen answers the high priest and the Sanhedrin stones him.

 

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

TCMATL God’s people should be prepared to give an answer for their hope.

 

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

1.How would you respond to an accusation that you had spoken blasphemous words against Moses and against God?

2.How would you connect that accusation to your testimony about Jesus Christ?

3.How will you pray and prepare yourself for accusations and worldly consequesnces?

Homiletics Genesis 11:10-12:20

 

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

1.Shem’s family line,2y after flood,Shem 100 fr Arphaxad;after lived 500y, other sons/dtrs (11:10-11)

2.Arph 35 fr Shelah;after lived 403y, other s/dtrs;Shelah 30 fr Eber;after lived 403y,other s/dtr(12-15)

3.Eber 34 fr Peleg;after lived 430y,other s/dtr;Peleg 30 fr Reu;after lived 209y, other s/dtr(16-19)

4.Reu 32 fr Serug;after lived 207y,other s/dtr;Serug 30 fr Nahor;after lived 200y,other s/dtr(20-23)

5.Nahor 29 fr Terah;after lived 119y,other s/dtr;Terah 70 fr Abram, Nahor, Haran(24-26)

6.Terah fr A,N,H, Haran fr Lot;Haran died Ur;Abram’s wife Sarai,Nahor’s wife Milkah(27-29)

7.Sarai childless;Terah took Abram, Lot Sarai Canaan, Harran settled;Terah 205y Died Harran(30-32)

 

8.L2Abram:go;great nation, bless you,name great, be blessing;all ppls blessed through you(12:1-3)

9.A 75yo set out from Harran;Sarai, Lot, possessions, ppl, Canaan arrived;traveled through Shechem(4-6)

10.L:2offspring I give land, altar;pitched tent Bethel on W,Ai on E, altar;A cont toward Negev(7-9)

11.famine, to Egypt;to Sarai: beautiful woman;Egyptians kill me;say you sister,my life spared(10-13)

12.Egyptians saw Sarai beautiful;officials praised to Pharaoh,taken to palace;treated Abram well(14-16)

13.Lord inflicted serious diseases;Phar:what you done? Why didn’t tell she wife?(17-18)

14.Take her and go;Phar sent him, wife, everything he had(19-20)

15.

16.

17.

18.

19.

20.

 

Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division – a truth about God, a truth about man, a truth about God’s relationship to man):

1.Abram’s father Terah, from Shem’s family line, took Abram, Lot and Sarai to Harran, and died (11:10-32)

Principle:  God sovereignly builds families and nations.

2.The Lord told Abram “go”, Abram arrived in Canaan, then went to Egypt because of famine (12:1-20)

Principle:  God cares for His people wherever He takes them.

 

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

Abram’s father dies and Abram goes to Canaan and Egypt.

Shem’s great-great-great-great-great-great-grandson, Terah, dies; Abram goes to Canaan and Egypt.

 

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

TCMATL Trusting and obeying God builds a healthy spiritual legacy.

 

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

1.Where do you need to cooperate with God to build a spiritual family legacy?  (Where has God taken you and how might you honor and glorify Him in that place?)

2.Where do you need to trust God and His ways rather than the ways of the world?

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Homiletics Acts 5

 

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

(Used Content from 1 October 2019)

1.Ananias/Sapphira sold property;wife’s full knowl kept $,brought rest apostles(5:1-2)

2.P:An,how Satan filld heart,lied HS kept$;u not lied just to human beings but2G(3-4)

3.An heard,died;fear seized all who heard;men buried;3h later wife came(5-7)

4.P:is this $ u got;Y;P:how u test Spirit of L, men who buried husb carry u out;she died,men buried(8-10)

5.grt fear seized church/all who heard(11)

 

6.Apost perf signs;1 dare join tho they highly regarded;more believd(12-14)

7.result:ppl brt sick street so P shadow fall on as he passd;crowds bring sick/tormented, heald(15-16)

8.HP&Assoc (Saddu) filld jealousy;arrestd apostl; during night angel L opend doors,brought out(17-19)

9.go tmpl cts,tell ppl re new life;daybrk entr cts,teach;HP/Assoc arr,calld Sanhdrn,sent4apostl(20-21)

10.offcrs find them there,rptd:jail lockd,guards@doors,1 inside;Cpt tmpl guard/CPs at a loss(22-24)

11.sm1 cm:lk, men in tmpl cts teachg; Cpt w/offcrs brought apostl,use force,feard ppl stone(25-26)

12.Apostl b4Sanhdrn2b questn by HP:we gv ordr teach this name yet u fill Jerus w/tchg(27-28)

13.P/apostl:must obey G;G raisd J, u killd;G exaltd2 rt hd as Savior,bring Is2repnt;we wtnss(29-32)

 

14.Whn heard,furious,wantd put2deth;Phar Gamaliel,tchr law,ordrd men out,add Sanhdrn(33-35a)

15.cnsdr carefully what do;sm time ago Theudas+400,he killd,follwrs disprsd,all cm2nothing(35b-36)

16.aftr,Judas Galilean led revolt,killd,follwrs scattrd;I advise lv men alone;if activity hum orign,fail(37-38)

17.if frm G,u stop,fight G;spch persuad;apos floggd,ordrd spk J;apos rejoic-suffrng,stop tchg(39-42)

 

 

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

1.Ananias and Sapphira die for lying to God. (5:1-11)

Principle:  God is omniscient and cannot be lied to.

2.Apostles perform signs, teach the good news and suffer for Christ’s name. (5:12-32)

Principle:  God’s people will suffer in the name of Jesus.

3.Gamaliel advises the Sanhedrin to leave the apostles alone. (5:33-42)

Principle:  God’s plans cannot be stopped.

 

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

Ananias and Sapphira die, Apostles perform signs, teach, suffer, rejoice.

 

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

TCMATK God is all-knowing, worthy of our suffering and unstoppable.

 

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

1.In what areas do you need to be more truthful with God?  How does knowing you cannot lie to God free you to tell Him the truth?

2.What area(s) of service has God called you to and how are you obeying His call?  Where are you suffering for your faith?  Where have you suffered for your faith in the past and would you say it’s worth it?

3.How are you trusting your service to Jesus to His protection?  When have you experienced God’s unstoppable activity?  Where are you finding your service to God being unstoppable?

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Homiletics Acts 3

 

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

1.Peter John temple prayer 3 afternoon;man lame birth gate Beautiful beg(3:1-2)

2.saw P&J asked money;P:look at us; man gave attention expecting something(3:3-5)

3.P:what I have I give, In name JC walk;tk hand helped up feet ankles became strong(3:6-7)

4.temple courts walking jumping praising G;ppl saw;recognized filled w/wonder amazemt(3:8-10)

 

5.man held P&J,ppl came;P:this surprise you?;G glorified J;you disowned,murderer released(3:11-14)

6.you killed author life,G raised;by faith in J this man strong,healed(3:15-16)

7.you acted ignorance;this how G fulfilled(3:17-18)

8.repent,turn to G,sins wiped out;He send Mess;Heaven receive Him until G restore everything(3:19-21)

9.Moses:G raise prophet;anyone listen cut off(3:22-23)

10.beginning w/Samuel prophets foretold these days;you heirs prophets covenant Abraham(3:24-25)

11.When G raised,sent first to you,bless(3:26)

 

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

1.God heals a man lame from birth(3:1-10)

Principle:  God brings healing through the name of Jesus.

2.God gives Peter a message about the Healer for the Jews(3:11-26)

Principle:  God brings healing through His Word.

 

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

God heals a man and Peter preaches about the Healer.

 

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

TCMATK God is the ultimate Healer!

 

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

1.What praises can you sing of God’s healing in your life?

2.Where do you need to submit to the heling God wants to do in your relationships with Him and others?

Friday, October 02, 2020

Fascinating Bible Studies on Every Parable by Dr. William H. Marty

Fascinating Bible Studies on Every Parable

A Change of Pace for Your Bible Study

Jesus knew the power of stories to touch people's hearts, so he used parables to teach his followers about the kingdom of God. If you want to know God better, the parables are a great place to start.

This book provides short studies on every parable in the Bible. You'll learn what God wants us to know from the prodigal son, the good Samaritan, the lost sheep, the talents, the sower, and many more.

Each study includes a summary of the parable, the Scripture reference where it can be found, information on the historical and cultural setting, and key points. At the end of each study are questions that open the door to discussion, reflection, or further investigation, and help you get to the heart of the parable.

A wonderful tool for small groups or to add variety to your personal devotions. Let these studies draw you nearer to God as they enhance your understanding of his Word.

Dr. William H. Marty taught at Moody Bible Institute for thirty-seven years. His main emphasis was teaching an Old and New Testament survey to freshman at the Chicago campus, and the fruit of his focus on teaching the story line of the Bible was published in The Whole Bible Story. Dr. Marty has also written The World of Jesus and The Jesus Story and coauthored A Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible. He lives in Colorado with his wife, Linda, and is an active triathlete.


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Dr. William H, Marty and his publisher for sending me a copy of "Fascinating Bible Studies on Every Parable" 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.

"Fascinating Bible Studies on Every Parable" is a thought-provoking book that supports the study of the parables of Jesus.  Whether for personal devotions, preparation to teach a lesson or facilitate a discussion, this book will bring the parables to life in brilliant ways.  I highly recommend this book.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Homiletics Acts 2

 

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

1.Pentecost together;sound violent wind from heaven;tongues fire separated rest(1-3)

2.filled HS other tongues;G-fearing Jews every nation;bewilderment heard own language(4-6)

3.Galileans?;how our native language?;Parthians,Medes,Elamites,Mesopotamia,Judea,Cappadocia(7-9a)

4.Pontus,Asia;Phrygia,Pamphylia,Egypt,Libya nr Cyrene,Rome;Cretans,Arabs,declaring wonders G(9b-11)

5.amazed perplexed:what this mean?;some made fun:wine(12-13)

 

6.P:listen;drunk,9 morning;this spoken prophet Joel;last days pour Spirit;men women,prophesy(14-18)

7.wonders blood,fire,smoke;sun2dkness,moon2blood b4day L;every1 calls name L saved(19-21)

8.J accredited by G;handed over G’s plan,death cross;G raised(22-24)

9.David:L always before me;heart glad,tongue rejoice;let holy 1 decay;fill me joy Your presence(25-28)

10.David died,tomb here;knew G place desc throne;spoke resurr of Mess;G raised J,we witnesses(29-32)

11.He rec’d promised HS,poured;David:sit rt hand;mk enemies footstool;G made J L&Mess(33-36)

12.Ppl cut2<3,what we do?;P:repent,baptized,rec HS;promise4all G call;save selves corrupt gen(37-40)

13.those accepted baptized 3000(41)

 

14.devoted apost teaching,fellowship,bread,prayer(41-42)

15.everyone awe wonders signs;believers together everything in common(43-44)

16.sold property possessions,gave;every day ate together;praising,L added daily saved(45-47)

 

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

1.On Pentecost, Apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit, some were amazed and some made fun(1-13)

Principle:  The Holy Spirit draws God’s people together.

2.Peter speaks about the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and 3000 repented(14-41)

Principle:  When the Holy Spirit is poured out, people repent.

3.The repenters learned, fellowshipped, ate and prayed together and the Lord added daily to the saved(42-47)

Principle:  The Holy Spirit at work grows God’s church.

 

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

Spirit-filled Peter speaks, 3000 repent and the saved grow daily.

 

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

TCMATK Salvation through Jesus releases the Holy Spirit, enabling and empowering God’s people to live for Him.

 

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

1.What is keeping you from being more amazed by the Holy Spirit and His activity?

2.Where are you bearing evidence of the Holy Spirit’s outpouring in your life?

3.How is the Holy Spirit’s work in your life growing the church?


NIV Observations:

2:1 “they” – the Apostles?

2:6 – the sound could be heard from outside, apparently.  A crowd gathered.

2:11 – Apostles declared the wonders of God

2:12 – some were amazed and perplexed (and curious)

2:13 – some made fun of them (how does this even make sense? Too much wine wouldn’t help a Galilean speak a foreign language.  In fact, too much wine can mess up your ability to speak!)

2:16-21 – Joel 2:28-32

2:25-28 – Psalm 16:8-11 (Septuagint)

2:34-35 – Psalm 110:1

2:41 – how long to baptize 3000 people?

2:42 – devoted themselves to Apostles’ teaching, fellowship, breaking bread, prayer – so they stayed in Jerusalem?  Didn’t return home?

2:47 – enjoying the favor of all the people?  Some people still wanted them dead.

 

Parallel Observations:

 

 

Identify People and Other Beings:

Apostles

God-fearing Jews from every nation (Parthians, Medes, Elamites, Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, Libya (near Cyrene), Rome, Cretans, Arabs)

Peter

The Eleven

 

Cross References:

 

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Homiletics Acts 1

 

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

1.former bk wrote J began do/teach;until tkn hvn after instructions through HS to Apostles(1:1-2)

2.after suffering,many proofs 40 days;leave Jerus, wait for gift Father promised(3-4)

3.you baptized w/HS(5)

 

4.L you restore kingdom to Israel;not for you to know;you receive power,witnesses end earth(6-8)

5.taken up;they looking up, suddenly 2 men;why looking sky,J come bk same way(9-11)

6.Apostles returned Jerusalem; went upstairs where staying(12-13)

7.all constantly prayer, women, Mary mother, brothers(14)

 

8.Peter stood group 120;Scripture fulfilled concerning Judas;he shared ministry(15-17)

9.bought field, intestines spilled; everyone Jerusalem heard(18-19)

10.Psalms: place deserted, another take leadership(20)

11.Choose one with us; from John’s baptism to when J taken(21-22)

12.nominated Joseph (Barsabbas aka Justus), Matthias; prayed Lord show us which; take over(23-25)

13.cast lots, Matthias added(26)

 

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

1.Jesus tells Apostles: wait for the promised Holy Spirit(1:1-5)

Principle: 

2.Jesus is taken to heaven and the Apostles return to Jerusalem(1:6-14)

Principle: 

3.Peter speaks about choosing another to take Judas’ place and prayer leads to Matthias being added(1:15-26)

Principle:  All leadership is in place because of God’s will.

 

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

Jesus is taken and Scripture leads Apostles to replace Judas.

 

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

TCMATK The best course of action is obedience to Jesus and His Word.

 

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

1.What have you done with the last instruction Jesus gave you?

2.How has obedience to God’s direction changed your life?

3.What do you do while you are waiting on Jesus?

Saturday, September 05, 2020

Homiletics: Mark 11

 

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

1.Bethphage/Bethany,J sent2;go village colt untie;any1 ask?L needs,send bk(11:1-3)

2.found colt,untied;ppl asked what doing;they ans,ppl let go;brought colt J,sat(4-7)

3.ppl spread cloaks/branches road;Hosanna! Blessed cms nom L;Blessed coming kingdom David(8-10)

4.J enter Jerus, late, Bethany(11)

 

5.next day,J hungry;fig tree,not seas figs;no1 eat fruit from you(12-14)

6.Jerus temple driving out buying/selling, money changers;allow carry mds thru courts(15-16)

7.house prayer/den robbers;CP/toL lk2kill;evening J/disc out of city(17-19)

 

8.morn fig tree withered from roots;P:tree you cursed withered;have faith(20-22)

9.say mt into sea,doubt,done;ask prayer believe yours;forgive so Fr forgive you(23-25)

10.(forgive Fr forgive you(26))

 

11.arr Jerus,J temple, CR/toL came;who gv you authority(27-28)

12.question,you ans,I tell;John’s baptism-heaven? human?(29-30)

13.if we say heaven-why believe;human-(fear ppl);don’t know,neither I tell authority(31-33)

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

1.Jesus enters Jerusalem on a donkey colt (11:1-11)

Principle:  The King of the Jews came first in peace.

2.Jesus curses a fig tree and clears out the temple (11:12-19)

Principle:  God’s house should be respected.

3.Jesus teaches about prayer and forgiveness (11:20-26)

Principle:  Prayer and forgiveness are distinctive marks of God’s people.

4.Jesus receives a question about His authority (11:27-33)

Principle:  Jesus’ authority is unquestionable: God Himself

 

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

Jesus entered Jerusalem, cleared the temple addressed prayer, forgiveness and authority.

 

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

TCMATK God’s people are His house and should be identified by Jesus’ peace and authority, prayer and forgiveness.

 

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

1.How has Jesus brought peace and celebration when He entered/enters your life?

2.What should you be doing to respect God’s temple: your body?

3.What would others say about your prayer life and your action of forgiveness?

4.What has God given you authority to do in His name?  How are you using that authority?

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Homiletics Mark 10

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

1.J went across Jordan, ppl, taught;Phar:lawful divorce? What Mos cmd? Mos permitted div(10:1-4)

2.bec heart hard Mos wrote;at beginning G md m/f;m lv fr/mr, united wife;2 bec 1;G joined(5-9)

3.disc asked; div wife,marries another,adultery;div husb,marries another,adultery(10-12)

 

4.ppl bringing children,disc rebuke;let children cm,koG belongs2these;any1 rec koG lk child enter(13-15)

5.took children, blessed;man:gd tchr,inherit eternal life? No1 gd except G;you know cmdmts(16-19)

6.kept since boy;sell everythg,gv2poor;face fell,went sad;hard4rich enter koG;hard enter koG(20-24)

7.easier camel eye of needle;disc:who can be saved?all possible w/G(25-27)

8.P:we left everythg;no1 left 4me fail to rec100x;first last, last first;2Jerus,disc astonished(28-32)

9.going to Jerus,SoM death;mock, spit, flog, kill, 3d rise;Jas/Jn:do whatever we ask;what;sit rt/lt(33-37)

10.u know what ask, u drink cup? We can, you will;not4me2grant;10 indignant w/Jas/Jn(38-41)

 

11.rulers of Gents authority;become great,be servant;first must be slave;SoM serve,gv life(42-45)

12.Jericho Bartimaeus begging;J have mercy;many rebuked, shouted more;J:call him(46-49)

13.jumped to feet;what want? to see;faith healed, immed sight(50-52)

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

1.Jesus teaches about marriage and divorce (10:1-12)

Principle:  God guides His people into righteousness.

2.Jesus teaches about salvation and reward (10:13-41)

Principle:  Living for God brings reward now and in eternity.

3.Jesus teaches and demonstrates service (10:42-52)

Principle: 

 

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

Jesus teaches about marriage, divorce, salvation, service and heals Bartimaeus.

 

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

TCMATK God is constantly transforming (sanctifying) His people.

 

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

1.What is God leading you away from that He had permitted in the past because your heart was hard?

2.How has Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross made you more generous?

3.How is Jesus healing (preparing to heal) you right now?

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Homiletics: Mark 9

 

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

1.some taste death b4 koG cm pwr;Peter,James,John mountain transfigured;clothes dazzling wt(9:1-3)

2.Elijah Moses;P:gd be here 3 shelters;frightened;cloud,voice:mySon,love,listen;suddenly Jesus(4-8)

3.J orders tell until risen;what “risen” meant;y tol say Elijah 1st;E does cm 1st,restores,y SoM suffer(9-12)

4.E has cm&they done as wished(13)

 

5.disc,lg crowd,tol arguing;saw J ran to Him;what arguing about?(14-16)

6.my son poss,rob spch;ask disc drive out,couldn’t;unbelvg gen,bring boy;spirit saw J,convulsion(17-20)

7.how long,from childhood;often thrown fire water kill;everything poss for who believes(21-23)

8.immed:I do,help overcm unbelief;saw crowd running,rebuked;spirit out,boy like corpse(24-26)

9.J lifted2feet;why we couldn’t drive out;only by prayer(27-29)

10.left,thru Galilee,J want any1 know where were;SoM deliverd,kill,3d rise;understand,afraid ask(30-32)

 

11.Capernm hs,what arguing rd;quiet,greatest;1st be last;child;whoevr welcomes-me-1Who sent(33-37)

12.some1 drv demon,stop;stop;whoevr against,4us;any1 gv h2o bec u belong Mess lose reward(38-41)

13.any1 caus little ones stumble better millstone sea;hand stumble cut, better than hell(42-44)

14.foot stmbl cut,better than hell;eye stmbl pluck,better than hell;ou worms die,fire quenched(45-48)

15.everyone salted w/fire;salt gd,if lose saltiness how salty again.be at peace w/ea other(49-50)

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

1.Jesus is transfigured and tells Peter, John and James not to say anything until after He is risen (9:1-13)

Principle: 

2.Jesus drives a spirit out of a possessed boy (9:14-32)

Principle: 

3.Jesus addresses who is greatest, who is against us and causing others to stumble (9:33-50)

Principle: 

 

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

Jesus is transfigured, heals a possessed boy and teaches disciples.

 

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

TCMAT

 

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

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Saturday, August 15, 2020

Homiletics: Mark 8

 

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

1.lg crowd nothing to eat;I have compassion,3 days nothing eat(8:1-2)

2.if send hungry,collapse;where get enough bread(3-4)

3.how many loaves? Seven;crowd sit,thanks,broke distribute(5-6)

4.a few small fish,distribute;ste,satisfied,seven basketfuls left over;4000 present(7-9)

5.boat Dalmanutha;Phar question, to test ask for sign;sighed,no sign be given;left,boat other side(10-13)

6.disc forgot bread,one loaf;beware yeast Phar,Herod;bec we have no bread;y u talk about bread(14-17)

7.eyes fail see,ears fail hear,remember;5 loaves,5000,basketfuls? 12;7 loaves,4000,basketfuls?7(18-20)

8.still understand?(21)

 

9.Bethsaida, blind man;spit on eyes,see?;ppl like trees walking;hands eyes,sight restored(22-25)

10.sent home,go village(26)

11.J/disc villages around Caes Phil,who ppl say I;John Bap,Elijah,proph;who you say,P:Messiah(27-29)

12.tell anyone(30)

 

13.began teach SoM suffer,killed,3d rise;spoke plainly,P rebuke(31-32)

14.get behind,Satan,you mind human concerns;my disc deny themselves,cross,follow(33-34)

15.whoever want save life,lose,whosever loses life4mw/gospel save(35)

16.what good gain whole world forfeit soul;what give exchg soul(36-37)

17.any1 ashamed me,SoM ashamed them when comes in Fr’s glory w/angels(38)

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

1.Jesus feeds a crowd of 4000 after 3 days without food then warns the disciples to beware the yeast of the Pharisees and Herod (8:1-21)

Principle: 

2.Jesus heals a blind man and Peter confesses Jesus is the Messiah (8:22-30)

Principle: 

3.Jesus teaches the disciples about suffering (31-38)

Principle: 

 

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

Jesus feeds 4000, heals the blind and teaches about suffering.

 

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

TCMATK Giving up worldly things will not be a sacrifice when compared to living for Jesus!

 

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

1.What do you need to let go of for Jesus to be the primary focus and motivation of your life?

2.Who is Jesus to you and how does your life testify to what you believe about Jesus?

3.What are you willing to give up in this life so Jesus will be pleased with you when He returns?

Saturday, August 08, 2020

Homiletics: Mark 7

 

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

1.Phar/tol gathered around J;disc eating hands unwashed(7:1-2)

2.Phar/Jews eat unless hands washing,tradition;other traditions:washing cups pitchers,kettles(3-4)

3.Phar/tol2J:why disc eat defiled hands;Isa right,honor lips,hearts far;worship vain,tchg hum rules(5-7)

4.u let go cmds G,hold hum trad;Moses:honor fr/mr;u:declare Corban;no do anything4fr/mr(8-12)

5.nullify woG by tradition(13)

6.J:listen,understand;nothing outside defile, what comes out defiles;(he who has ears to hear…)(14-16)

7.left crowd,disc asked;nothing outside can defile;all foods clean(17-19)

8.what comes out defiles;from heart evil thoughts;evils from inside defile(20-23)

 

9.J left, could not keep presence secret;woman dtr possessed came;Greek,begged J(24-26)

10.first let children eat;dogs eat children’s crumbs;go,demon left dtr;she home demon gone(27-30)

 

11.J left Tyre;ppl brought man deaf/hardly talk;put fingers ears,spit,touched tongue(31-33)

12.looked hvn,”be opened”;ears opened,tongue loosened;J:tell,they kept talking(34-36)

13.ppl overwhelmed w/amazement(37)

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

1.Traditions vs. What Really Defiles (Mark 7:1-23)

Principle: 

2.The faith of a Greek woman (Mark 7:24-30)

Principle: 

3.Jesus heals a deaf and mute man (Mark 7:31-37)

Principle: 

 

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

Jesus confronts tradition, declares what defiles, heals girl and man.

 

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

TCMATK Holding to the Word of God over human tradition will build faith and bring healing.

 

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

1.How are you rooting out hypocrisy and preserving integrity, so you “walk” matches your “talk”?

2.How far are you willing to go for one person?  Jesus walked 100s of miles…

3.Who do you love enough to bring them closer to Jesus?  Who loved you enough to draw you closer to Him?

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

The Beautiful Ashes of Gomez Gomez | Buck Storm

Literary Americana fiction filled with humor and heart
When his wife, Angel, is killed in a head-on collision, Gomez Gomez feels he can't go on--so he doesn't. He spends his days in the bushes next to the crash site drinking Thunderbird wine, and his nights cradling a coffee can full of Angel's ashes. Slow, sure suicide, with no one for company but the snakes, Elvis's ghost, and a strange kid named Bones.
Across town, Father Jake Morales plays it safe, haunted by memories of the woman he left behind, hiding his guilt, loss, and love behind a thick wall of cassock and ritual. Then a shady business deal threatens the town--and his good friend Gomez Gomez--and Father Jake can't just stand by and watch. But what happens when the rescuer is the one in need of saving?
The Beautiful Ashes of Gomez Gomez is quirky, heartfelt, and deeply human. Lives and hopes collide in the town of Paradise, stretching across decades and continents in this epic story of forgiveness, redemption, and love.

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Buck Storm and his publisher for sending me a copy of "The Beautiful Ashes of Gomez Gomez" 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.

“The Beautiful Ashes of Gomez Gomez” by Buck Storm is a beautifully written book with interesting characters dealing with a tough subject matter: life.  The small town of Paradise, Arizona is the home of some very different personalities.

This book reads as if you’re sitting in a corner just watching life happen!  How each life weaves into the next creates a beautiful tapestry called community.  So few novels read like this one.  The characters attach to the reader’s heart like friends.  Ahhh, what a refreshing read!  It fills me with the desire to carve out, engage and nurture my own community in this time when neighbors don’t even speak to each other.

Saturday, August 01, 2020

Homiletics - Mark 6

 

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

1.J2hometown,disc;Sabb synagogue amazed wisdom miracles;Mary’s son, took offense(6:1-3)

2.proph w/o honor home;miracles there,a few sick heal;amazed lack faith(4-6)

3.Twelve send 2x2;take nothing except staff;sandals not extra shirt;enter house,stay(7-10)

4.not welcome, shake dust;they went, preached repent;drove demons,sick healed(11-13)

 

5.Herod heard,some:Baptist raised;others: Elijah, prophet;Herod:John beheaded raised(14-16)

6.Herod ordered John prison;John:lawful bros wife;Herodias grudge,wanted kill(17-19)

7.Herod feared John protected;b’day banquet;dtr danced,pleased,ask anything;promised(20-23)

8.to mother:what/head;girl:head John platter;king distressed bec oaths/guests(24-26)

9.immed sent executioner,beheaded;presented to girl/mother;disc tk body,tomb(27-29)

 

10.apostles reported done.taught;many ppl chance eat;went away solitary place(30-32)

11.many saw ran ahead;J compassion teaching;disc:remote,late;send away they go eat(33-36)

12.give eat,>1/2y wages;loaves?5,2 fish;have ppl sit groups;100s/50s;gave thanks,distrib(37-41)

13.ate,satisfied;12 basket;men 5000;immed disc boat Bethsaida;He mts pray;later boat mid lake(42-47)

14.disc straining wind,he walking lake;terrified,don’t be afraid;climbed in wind died(48-51)

15.understood loaves hearts hardened;landed Gennesaret, anchored;ppl recog J(52-54)

16.carried sick wherever He was;begged let them touch Him,all touched healed(55-56)

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

1.Jesus’ hometown lacks faith and He sends the Twelve 2x2(6:1-13)

Principle: 

2.Herod remembers John the Baptist(6:14-29)

Principle: 

3.The apostles’ report and the feeding of the 5000(6:30-56)

Principle: 

 

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

Jesus, dishonored at home, sends the Twelve and feeds 5000.

 

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

TCMATK

 

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

1.How could your witness be more bold at home?  What needs to change for you to be a better friend and accountability partner?

2.What have you learned by making a rash promise you later regretted?  How have you been blessed by enduring persecution?

3.What is your current attitude about interruptions and how would you like to change your attitude and actions in this area?

Friday, July 31, 2020

At Love's Command by Karen Witemeyer

Ex-cavalry officer Matthew Hanger leads a band of mercenaries who defend the innocent, but when a rustler's bullet leaves one of them at death’s door, they seek out help from Dr. Josephine Burkett. When Josephine's brother is abducted and she is caught in the crossfire, Matthew may have to sacrifice everything—even his team—to save her.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Homiletics - Mark 5

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

1.They across lake Gerasenes; J impure spirit meet; tombs no bind chain(5:1-3)

2.tore chains no1 strong subdue;night/day cry out cut self;saw J ran knees(4-6)

2.shouted what want Son of MHG;J:come out spirit;what name, Legion many(7-9)

3.begged send out area;pigs feeding nearby;send us pigs;gave permis,spirits pigs,drowned(10-13)

4.those tending pigs reported;came J, saw man, afraid(14-15)

5.told ppl what happened;ppl plead J leave;man begged go with(16-18)

6.J:go home, tell;man tell, ppl amazed(19-20)

 

7.J crossed lake, large crowd;synagogue leader Jairus came;pleaded dtr dying(21-23)

8.J went crowd followed;wm bleeding 12 years;suffered, spent all, worse(24-26)

9.she behind touched cloak; thought touch, healed;immed bleeding stopped,freed(27-29)

10.J realized, who touched;disc:how you ask;J kept looking(30-32)

11.woman,trembling,told truth;dtr, faith healed you(33-34)

12.ppl from Jairus:dtr dead;J:just believe;Peter,John,James(35-37)

13.J saw commotion;why commotion, child asleep;they laughed,put them out(38-40)

14.took hand Talitha koum;immed girl stood 12yo;orders not let anyone know(41-43)

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

1.Jesus heals a demon-possessed man(5:1-20)

Principle:  Jesus is sovereign over the spiritual realm.

2.Jesus heals a bleeding woman and a dead girl(5:21-43)

Principle:  Jesus is sovereign over life and death.

 

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

Jesus heals a demon-possessed man, bleeding woman and dead girl.

 

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

TCMATK Jesus is sovereign over every condition of life and death.

 

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

1.Where are you struggling to be still and wait on God as you experience spiritual warfare?

2.What area is Jesus wanting to heal or resurrect in you?


Saturday, July 18, 2020

Homiletics Genesis 29-36

Homiletics - Mark 4

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

1.J teach lake, crowd lg, boat;taught parables;farmer sow seed; scattering path birds ate(4:1-4)

2.rocky places soil shallow; sun plants scorched withered no root; seed among thorns choked(5-7)

3.J:whoever ears hear(8)

 

4.Twelve & others asked;secret koG given you;they perceiving,undstdg(9-12)

5.don’t you undstd? Farmer sows word;seed path=Satan takes word,fall away(13-15)

6.rocky places,trouble persecution fall away; thorns, worries deceitfulness choke(16-19)

7.good soil, hear accept produce crop;lamp under bowl, bed, on stand; what hidden be disclosed(20-22)

8.anyone ears hear;measure use measure to you;who has given more,hasn’t taken away(23-25)

9.koG like man scatters seed; seed sprouts grows; soil produces grain;grain ripe harvest come(26-29)

10.what say koG like?mustard seed smallest;grows largest plants; similar parables J spoke(30-33)

 

11.alone w/disc explained;evening let’s go other side;leaving crowd behind boat;furious squall(34-37)

12.J stern sleepg, disc woke; got up rebuked wind; why afraid no faith; terrified, wind waves obey(38-41)

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

1.Jesus teaches in parables

Principle:  God teaches spiritual truth.

2.Jesus explains the parables to His disciples

Principle:  God reveals truth to His people.

3.Jesus calms the furious squall

Principle: 

 

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

Jesus teaches in parables, explains to disciples and rebukes wind.

 

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

TCMATK

 

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

1.What Scriptural teaching is a mystery to you and how will you cooperate with God to gain understanding?

2.What revelation has the Holy Spirit given you lately and with whom are you sharing that revelation?

3.How is the study of Scripture and prayer calming you in the midst of a storm?


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Pastor Matt's Sermon notes:

What action have you taken to implement the things God showed you last week?

What happens when we hear the Word?

Why do we gather?

 

Path – hardened by many feet packing down the dirt.

Rocky – shallow, no root.

Thorns – congested, no fruit.

Fruitful soil.

 

Reflect: what kind of heart do you have?

 

If you want to know Jesus, you have to follow Jesus.  There’s no casual relationship with Jesus!  It’s all or nothing.  Those who know Him will know the kingdom.  Those who don’t know Him, who are only curious about Him, won’t understand spiritual truth.

 

We don’t get to judge God’s Word.  God’s Word judges us.

 

Believing means seeing.

 

If we do not turn our beliefs into practice, they will not soon be our beliefs. – Alexander McLaren

 

Those with no root will flee when testing comes.

 

Most Christians are unfruitful.  James 1:22.

 

v. 21 - You must be filled often to be a light-bearer – just like a lamp.  Oil is indicative of the Holy Spirit.

 

Just like the Israelites couldn’t store manna, we need a constant infusion of God’s Word!

 

Get alone with Jesus!  When you want to hear from the Lord, you cannot be distracted.

 

Jesus will explain what He wants you to know.

 

Whenever you take a teaching in, you know there will be a test.  If you’re given a test, God has equipped you to deal with it.  He expects you to pass.

 

Fear and faith cannot live in the same heart.


Monday, July 13, 2020

The Heart of a Hero by Susan May Warren

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Susan May Warren and her publisher for sending me a copy of "The Heart of a Hero" 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.

Susan May Warren’s latest novel, “The Heart of a Hero” is an action-packed read perfect for a long summer weekend!  Aria Sinclair is caught smack-dab in the middle of a category 4 hurricane in Florida.  Jake Silver can’t get Aria out of his head and, hearing of her predicament, rushes down there in an attempt to rescue her…again.

This novel starts off at a run and doesn’t let up until the last page is turned!  I have not read “The Way of the Brave,” yet, which is the first offering in this Global Search and Rescue Series.  But even though Jake and Aria’s relationship began in that novel, this book reads really well on its own.  In fact, it makes me want to read the first book and I’ll definitely be picking up the last one.

“The Heart of a Hero” isn’t just an action-packed romance.  It’s a book with deep moral lessons that will leave you wanting to be a better human being.


Saturday, July 11, 2020

Homiletics Genesis 25-28

 

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

1.A wife Keturah;sons;A left everything Isaac;gifts2sons sent east;A 175y;died;Is/Ish buried w/S(25:1-10)

2.G bless Is;acct Ish ;sons;12 tribal rulers;Ish 137y died;lived hostility tribes related(11-18)

3.acct Is;40y Rebekah;prayed,Reb preg;babies jostled,she inquired;L:2nations womb;twin boys(19-24)

4.1st red Esau;heel Jacob,Is 60y;Esau hunter Jacob home;Is lv E,Reb lv Jac;Jac cooking E famished(25-29)

5.me have stew;sell birthright;what good is brithright;swear,swore;E despised birthright(30-34)

 

6.famine Is2Phil Gerar;L:not go Egypt;stay,I bless,gv lands;bec A obeyed;Is stayed Gerar(26:1-6)

7.wife=sister afraid kill;king saw Is caressing;she wife;what you done;any1 harm man/wife,death(7-11)

8.Is crops L blessed;rich;flocks,herd,svts;wells Phil fill earth;Abim:move;Is moved;reopen wells(12-18)

9.svts dug well;herders quarreled;dug another, quarreled;moved, dug another,quarrel;Beersheba(19-23)

10.L appeard,Is altar;Abim come;Is:why;L w/you,agreemt;you harm;Is feast;swore,went peaceful(24-31)

11.svts well;called Shibah;Esau 40y m Judith/Basemath;grief Is/Reb(32-35)

 

12.Is old Esau;go hunt;prep food,gv blessg;Reb listening;2Jac:listen;bring goats;you blessg(27:1-10)

13.E hairy,I smooth;I appear trickg;Reb:curse me:he went;clothes E on Jac;cover hands goatskins(11-16)

14.handed Jac food;Father,Who is it;E,eat,gv blessg;quickly,L gv success;I touch;voce Jac,hands E(17-22)

15.bless,u really E?;bring game;cm kiss;smell;G gv abundance;Esau cm;who u;I blessd;bless me(23-34)

16.bro took;reserved blessing for me;him lord;one blessg;serve;E grudge Jac;Reb:E plan avenge(35-42)

17.flee Laban Harran;stay;I’ll send for you;Reb2Is:Jac wife Hittites(43-46)

 

18.Is:marry Canaanite;get wife from Laban;God bless;descendants,land;sent Jac;E married(28:1-9)

19.Jac Harran;stopped;dream stairway;L:gv land;desc dust earth;w/you;L this place;gate heaven(10-17)

20.Jac stone oil;Bethel;vow;L be my G;this stone G’s house(18-22)

 

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

1.Abraham dies and Isaac and Rebekah’s oldest twin sells his birthright for stew (Genesis 25)

Principle:  God’s people do not live by bread alone.

2.Isaac endures famine and Philistine conflict and is grieved by oldest son’s marriages (Genesis 26)

Principle:  God’s people are not to be unequally yoked.

3.Isaac is deceived and gives Jacob Esau’s blessing (Genesis 27)

Principle:  God’s people are to know the truth so they will not be deceived.

4.Jacob dreams of the Lord on the way to Harran (Genesis 28)

Principle:  God’s people need remembrances of meeting the Lord.

 

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

Rebekah bears twins, Esau sells birthright, marries Canaanites; Isaac blesses Jacob, who dreams of stairway flees.

 

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

TCMATK God reveals in Scripture how to live an abundant life.

 

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

1.What am I currently taking for granted that I should treasure, and how do I plan to gain the proper perspective?  (P. Matt: What am I willing to give up spiritually to gratify my flesh?)

2.How can I nurture my marriage and the other partnerships around me and also pray for the relationships of those in my sphere of influence?

3.How might I protect myself and those around me from being deceived?  (P. Matt: How attached are you to your Esau (flesh)?)

4.What am I doing to remember and act on what the Lord is teaching me?

 

P Matt

Gen 25

Look for Jesus in the OT.  It will make the stories more exciting because Jesus is exciting.

We are the espoused bride of Christ.

Abraham lived 35 years after Isaac married Rebekah and had 6 more sons in his old age.  The sons of Midian.

Midian – Moses dwelt in Midian and married a Midianite woman.

All had been given to Isaac.  All things are placed under the authority of Jesus Christ.

Abraham died when Esau and Jacob were about 15 years old.

Luke 15 – story of rich man, Lazarus.

Many people are sluggish in their spiritual walk.

Joktan – descendant of Shem.  1st inhabitants of Arab peninsula area of the Middle East.  Ishmael’s descendants joined the Arab nations.

Why was Rebekah barren?  Picture of us, the barren Bride of Christ who cannot bear fruit apart from Christ.

Jesus is able to save to the uttermost and the guttermost. – J. Vernon McGee

Isaac prays for Rebekah as Jesus prays for us.

Rebekah bears two different types of people.  Two different natures.  Gal 5:16-23

The flesh is not going to inherit the kingdom.

The fruit of the spirit is how we should live.  But my life is a mixture of both.

Because of my position in Christ, my flesh is put to death.  My two natures are at war – just like the twins jostled in Rebekah’s womb.

First birth is the weak birth, the flesh.  Esau is the flesh.  Heb 12

*What am I willing to give up spiritually to gratify my flesh?

There was no repentance found in Esau.  He wept and cried, but didn‘t repent.  Judas wept but didn’t repent.  Peter wept and repented.

Jacob wanted that blessing.

If the old nature is getting the better of you, pray.

We are set back by walking in the flesh.  It’s not a disqualification.  But it makes it hard to run.

 

Gen 26

Trials remind us of our need.

Isaac goes through something very similar to what his father went through.

When the Lord says, “no,” stay put.

Our kids learn from us.

Don’t be afraid of the truth.

Satan hates you!  He doesn’t want the living water of the Word flowing in your life!

I need the water of the Word every day!

If you are comfortable with complacency, you are heading toward calamity.

You can’t let the world stop you from digging another well.  Keep digging.  Dig deep.

Small minded people don’t treat others (esp enemies) with grace.

Esau marries two Hittite women to cause grief to his parents.

 

Gen 27

God’s Word is about the second birth!

Esau was a hunter.

Isaac wanted meat.

Isaac intends to give the blessing to Esau even though he knows the blessing should go to Jacob.

The flesh is our favorite son.

Isaac wants to bless Esau for bringing him flesh.

When you’re in the flesh, your life stinks.  But sometimes you like the smell.

You can’t nullify God’s promise by blowing it.  God is going to fulfill His promise!  You’re not making it to heaven because of anything you’re doing.  You’re making it because God has overridden anything you’ve ever done.  You’re making it because of Christ.

When Satan accuses you, he’s telling the truth!  But Christ overrides him!

Is Isaac trembling because he realizes he went against God’s plan?

Isaac was filled with Jacob’s goat meat.  There is no room for the meal Esau bought.  When we are filled with the Spirit, there is no room for the flesh!

So many of us want what we can get from God, but we don’t want God.  We want the blessing, but not to be the sort of person God can bless.

Rom 13:14 – we are not supposed to reserve a blessing for the flesh!

You can’t experience an encounter for the flesh unless you make provision for it.

Get rid of it!  Don’t provide for the flesh.

“you shall be away from the fatness and away from the dew of heaven”

One day, we will say “good riddance” to our Esau.

*How attached are you to your Esau?

Your natural man will never appreciate your spiritual man.

God will deal with it!  “Get your hands off and let Me be God!”

 

Gen 28

What happens when your Esau sees your Jacob blessed?

You cannot bless your flesh.

You cannot spiritualize the flesh.

When Esau sees Jacob blessed, he goes to Ishmael for another wife.

All your flesh can do is go to more flesh.

Don’t work on the flesh!  Kill it!!!

Stairway to heaven = Jesus Christ

How sweet is it when the Lord speaks to you, declares His love for you, reminds you that He will never let you go?

The narrow gate is the stairway to heaven.

I need to see Christ as my Savior in this place of desperation!

When you’re troubled, do you complain?  Or do you talk to the Lord about it?  This trouble could be anointed to transform you.  This is “big boy” teaching.

Worship God when you discover those places.  Maybe you’ll rename them.

Be a cheerful giver.

The rock pillows can be a blessing.

Don’t be a blamer.

God uses places of stress.

God is interested in molding our character and helping us grow.