Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line): 1.Jude,svt JC/bro James,2 those calld, loved in G/Fr&kept4JC:mercy,pc,lv b urs in abundance(1-2) 2.Friends,tho I eager write u abt salv we share,I compelld write/urge u2cntnd4faith ...

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"WORD up!" - 5 new articles

  1. Homiletics: Jude
  2. Homiletics: Philemon
  3. Bruce Wilkinson’s “The Secret of Lasting Forgiveness: How to Find Peace by Forgiving Others and Yourself”
  4. Falling for You by Becky Wade
  5. The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy
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Homiletics: Jude


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

1.Jude,svt JC/bro James,2 those calld, loved in G/Fr&kept4JC:mercy,pc,lv b urs in abundance(1-2)

2.Friends,tho I eager write u abt salv we share,I compelld write/urge u2cntnd4faith entrstd2G’s ppl(3)

3.indiv whose condemn8n written abt long ago slipd in among u,ungodly,pervert grace,deny JC(4)

 

4.L del’d ppl Egypt/l8r destroyd those believe;angels who abandnd propr dwellg,He bound4jdgmt(5-6)

5.Sodom/Gom/surr towns gave selves up2 sex imm/perv.They ex of those who suffr pun of etern fire(7)

6.same way on strgth o dreams,these ungdly ppl pollute own bods/rej authrty/heap abus celestials(8)

7.even AAMichael,when disputg dvl abt body Moses,himselfdare condemn him,”L rebuke you”(9)

8.these ppl slandr what undrstd,& thgs undrstd by instinct’ll destroy em:Woe! Takn way of Cain(10-11a)

9.rushd in2 Balaam’s error;destroyd in Korah’s reblln;blemishs@lv feasts;shep who feed selvs(11b-12a)

10.clouds rain,autmn trees fruit/uprooted,2x dead;wild waves foaming shame;wandrng stars(12b-13)

11.Enoch,7th frm Adam,proph:L cming w/1000s holy1s2jdg all ungdly acts/defiant wds spkn v.Him(14-15)

12.these grumblers/faultfinders follow own evil desires;boast&flatter others4own adv(16)

 

13.Rem what apostles of LJC 4told:In last x will be scoffers who follow own ungdly desires(17-18)

14.these ppl divid u,follow nat’l instinct,haveSpirit(19)

15.U,by bldg up in f8th&prayg in Spirit,keep selvs in G’s lv as u w8 4mercy o LJC bring u2etrn life(20-21)

16.Be mercifl2those who doubt;save others by snatching them from fire(22-23a)

17.2others show mercy mixd w/fear-h8ing even clothing stained by corrupted flesh(23b)

18.2Him able2keep u frm stumbling&present u b4 His glorious presence w/o fault&w/great joy(24)

19.2the only G our Savior b glry,majesty,pwr&authrty thr JC our L.b4 all ages,now&4evrmore!Amen(25)

 

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

1.Jude’s Greeting and Purpose for Writing (1-4)

Principle:  Christians should encourage each other and keep each other accountable to mature the church and its people.

2.Lessons From Old Testament History (5-16)

Principle:  Christians should learn from the mistakes of the past so we don’t repeat them.

3.Lessons from the Apostles/Applications for Today/Praise for Jesus (17-25)

Principle:  Christians should obey God’s Word to live a godly life and bring honor to Jesus.

 

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

Jude warns called: contend for faith, keep in God’s love.

 

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

TCMATL Believers should apply what Scripture warns about bad attitudes and behavior and encourages good attitudes and behavior.

 

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

1.What is God teaching you that would benefit other believers or encourage non-believers to at least consider the possibility of Christianity?

2.How have your beliefs or attitudes changed as a result of lessons you’ve learned from studying Scripture?

3.In what ways have you been encouraged by Scripture to adopt positive attitudes and behaviors?
 
    

Homiletics: Philemon


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

1.Paul,Prisnr o CJ&Tim,bro2Philemon,dear friend&fello wkr; Appia,sis& Archippus,fello soldat(1-2a)

2.&2church that meets in ur home:grace&peace2u from G our Fr & LJC (2b-3)

3.I always thk G as I remem u in my prayers bec I hear about ur love4all his holy ppl&ur faith in LJ (4-5)

4.I pray ur partnrship w/us in faith effctiv in deepning ur undrstg of evry gd thing we share 4sake of C (6)

5.Ur love’s givn joy&encgmt,bec u refreshd harts L’s ppl(7)

 

6.T4,tho in C I could order u do what u ought(8)

7.I pref2appl basis of love.as Paul,ol man/prisnr o JC,appeal2u4Onesimus,bec son while I in chains(9-10)

8.Formerly he useless2u,now he useful2u&me;I sending him who is my heart, back2u(11-12)

9.I would’ve liked2keep him so he take ur place helping me while I in chains4gospel(13)

10.but I want2do anything w/o ur consent so any favor u do not seem forced but be voluntary(14)

 

11.perhaps reason I separated frm u was that u might have him back 4evr(15)

12.no longer as slave, but bro; he very dear2me,dearer2u,as fellow man&bro in L(16)

13.so if u consider me partner, welcm him as u would me(17)

 

14.if he owes u,chg2me;I writing w/own hand. I pay back-not2mention u owe me ur very self(18-19)

15.I do wish,bro, that I may have sm benefit from u in L; refresh my heart in C(20)

16.confident of ur obedience,I write u knowing u will do even more than I ask(21)

17.and one thing more:prep a guest rm4me bec I hope2b restored2u in ans to ur prayers(22)

 

18.Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in CJ, sends u greetings (23)

19.and so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas & Luke, my fellow wrkrs(24)

20.the grace of the LJC b w/ur spirit(25).

 

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

1.In Love (8-14)

Principle: God’s love flows out of people who belong to Christ.

2.In Partnership (15-17)

Principle: God’s people are unified partners through Christ.

3.In Generous Obedience (18-22)

Principle: God’s children are generous and obedient because of Christ.

 

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

Paul appeals to Philemon in love, partnership and obedience for Onesimus.

 

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

TCMATK Christians extend grace and mercy through love and unity, generosity and obedience to those who have wronged them.  And they do this with celebration when those who have wronged them become believers, themselves.

 

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

1.In what current circumstances will you choose to act in Christ’s lavish love rather than merely doing what you ought to do?

2.How have you seen God work through the partnering of Christian effort?  How does this inspire you to serve Him?

3.How has Christ’s sacrifice for you motivated you to sacrifice for other believers?
 
    

Bruce Wilkinson’s “The Secret of Lasting Forgiveness: How to Find Peace by Forgiving Others and Yourself”


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Bruce Wilkinson and his publisher for sending me a copy of "The Secret f Lasting Forgiveness" 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.
Bruce Wilkinson’s newest release “The Secret of Lasting Forgiveness: How to Find Peace by Forgiving Others and Yourself” is a potentially life-changing read!  It comes with an incredible money back guarantee that I’ve never seen in a book before!  This world could use a lot more forgiveness, which essentially means the people in it need to be more forgiving.  This may sound challenging – and it is – but the peace and joy and freedom that we are promised as a result are absolutely worth it!!!

 I took the Prologue (which introduces this book as a conversation between me and the author(s)) to heart and routinely read at the dining room table with a cup or glass of something, my Bible and a journal.  I invited Jesus to sit with us and treated this book like a conversation.  I paced, contemplated, fussed, processed and submitted.  This book has been quite the experience for me.  It wasn’t always pleasant to deal with what I had to deal with, but those things no longer have control over me.  Hallelujah!
 
Wilkinson has helped me to discover those places of unforgiveness within myself – some of which I thought I’d already dealt with.  He has pointed me to the healing found within Scripture and I am finding that my stress is shrinking and God’s peace is returning.  Thank you, Mr. Wilkinson and Mr. Strong for helping me to rediscover God’s peace.  If you have a similar experience to mine in reading this book, you will not only NOT request a refund, you will buy several copies to give to family, friends, mentors and the sheep you shepherd. 
    

Falling for You by Becky Wade

Famously beautiful model Willow Bradford is taking a temporary break from her hectic schedule to work as the innkeeper at her family’s small-town bed-and-breakfast. She was enjoying the peace of her hometown, Merryweather, Washington, right up until she came face-to-face with Corbin Stewart, the man she loves to hate. A thoughtful rule-follower by nature, Willow threw caution to the wind four years ago when she entrusted her heart to Corbin — then suffered the consequences when it all fell apart.

Former NFL quarterback Corbin is forceful, charming, and accustomed to getting what he wants . . . except where Willow Bradford is concerned. Unable to forget her, he’s never stopped regretting what happened between them.

When a decades-old missing persons case brings Corbin and Willow together, they’re forced to confront their past and who they’ve become — and whether they can risk falling for one another all over again.

What people are saying about Falling for You
“Becky Wade’s talent for penning beautifully romantic novels has never been in question, but her second Bradford Sisters Romance, Falling for You, confirms she is at the top of her game.” -RelzReviewz
 
“The end of this book drew me right into conversation with my Savior. When that is your response after reading a fictional book, you know you’ve found a new favorite.” -Faith Found in Fiction
 
“This captivating story has a sweet plot that immediately pulled me into the story and I didn’t want to put it down until the last page was turned. ” -Between the Pages with Katrina
 
 
 
Here's my review of this incredible book:
 
First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Becky Wade and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Falling for You" 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.

If you enjoyed Becky Wade’s novel True to You, you will love her latest effort: Falling for You.  It is the second book in the Bradford Sisters Series.  Although part of a series, this novel reads well as a standalone.  This story follows Willow Bradford, a beautiful model, and her arch nemesis, Corbin Stewart, a former NFL quarterback who usually gets what he wants.  The pair is thrust together again when Corbin’s 12 year-old cousin, Charlotte, asks Willow and Corbin to help her solve the mystery of her Great-Aunt Josephine who disappeared in 1977.

This beautiful story is a great kick back on the couch with a cup of tea weekend read.  It’s full of twists and turns, friendship, forgiveness and the rekindling of romance.  “Falling for You” is a completely satisfying way to pass the time.
    

The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Mary Connealy and her publisher for sending me a copy of "The Accidental Guardian" 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 Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy is a gritty, yet beautiful story about the survivors of a wagon train raid and the man who saves them.  Trace wants to catch the wagon train raiders and bring them to justice.  He must take Deb, one of the survivors, along to identify the murderer she saw.

This book is a suspenseful and enjoyable work of western fiction.  The characters are thick and fleshy.  The relationship development seemed a bit fast, but that got me thinking that relationships in those days developed out of necessity and probably did gel quickly because of that.  I love how works of fiction can help me process reality.  My only disappointment is that Mary Connealy’s signature wit, although still present, takes a back seat to the suspense and characterization.

“The Accidental Guardian” is a terrific book to take to the beach or pool.  Reading about a race against the approaching winter to catch a criminal is a great way to beat the summer heat!
    

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