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)

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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)

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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)

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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?