Sunday, December 15, 2019

Book: Whisper by Mark Patterson

This is a must read. Perfect for those snow days with a hot cup of your favorite beverage, a warm blanket and the quiet.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019


Forty (40) in the Bible seems to be a time of probation. A time to prove that one is ready for the next task or part of their lives.

Saturday, November 02, 2019

Point to study:

Time of Noah the rain fell for 40 days.
Moses spent 40 days on Mount Sinai twice.
Israelites spent 40 years in the wilderness.
Nineveh was given 40 days to repent.
Elijah spent 40 days in the wilderness.
Christ spent 40 days in the wilderness.

What is the significance of the number 40 in the Bible?

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

This is the outline for next week taken directly from " The Reese Chronological Bible"

The Old Testament Scriptures are my add on and can be found in the Blue Letter Bible Resources online. 

D. John the Baptist introduces Christ

His Appearance Matthew 3:1-6; Mark 1:2-6; Luke 3:1-6; John 1:6-18 (Isa 40:3-5) (Malachi 3:1)

His Message Matthew 3:7-10; Luke 3:7-14

His Introduction to Christ Matthew 3:11,12; Mark 1:7,8; Luke 3:15-18 John 19-28 ( Isa 40:3)

Baptism of Jesus Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21,22

John declare Him to be the Messiah John 1:29-34

Temptation in the Wilderness Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12, 13; Luke 4:1-13 ( Deut 8:3; PS 91:11, 12; Deut 6:13,16, Deut 10:20; Deut 8:3; 6:8; 10:20; Ps 91:11,12; Deut 6:16)

The first 3 disciples John 1:35-42

Phillip & Nathanael John 1:43-51 (Gen 28:12)

Turn water into wine John 2:1-11

Sojourned in Capernaum John 2:12

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Listen to the podcast from Village Church "Knowing Faith"  titled Bonus Episode: Reappearing Church with Mark Sayers

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Union with Christ (My Notes from podcast)

We enter into union with Christ by grace through faith. He becomes the source of our life, strength & blessedness.

Important words: in Him (Christ), with Him(Christ), through Him(Christ), into Him(Christ)

We identify, participate & are incorporated into & with Christ’s life, death, resurrection, ascension & heavenly session

We are united (knitted)  with Christ in every aspect of His life.

He obeyed perfectly on our behalf
In death He fully paid the price for the penalty of our sin
In resurrection He triumphed over death & the grave
In the ascension is in the very presents of the Father
In heavenly session we are knitted with Him in the on going work at the right hand of the Father (participants in God’s mission to the world)

We were in Christ from the beginning and became co- participants at the moment of His incarnation

Eph 1:3 ESV
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,

Eph 1:4
even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love

Eph 1:5
he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,

Eph 1:6
to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

Eph 1:7
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,

Eph 1:8
which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight

Eph 1:9
making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ

Eph 1:10
as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Mark 12:30
"And you shall love the Lord your God
with all you're heart,
and with all your soul, 
 and with all your mind,
and all your strength." (NIV)

Cross Reference: Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 22:37; Luke 10:27
30 Saying of the Wise

Proverbs 22 (NIV)
Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise;
    apply your heart to what I teach,
for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart
    and have all of them ready on your lips.
So that your trust may be in the Lord,
    I teach you today, even you.
Have I not written thirty sayings for you,
    sayings of counsel and knowledge,

How to Feel God (John Piper “Ask Pastor John” Episode 748)

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Harmony of the Gospels Biblical Literacy Class Lesson 1 Example

Harmony of the Gospels Biblical Literacy Class Lesson 1 Example

The outline for the lessons is taken from Jen Wilkin's Annotating Helps as presented at the Women Teaching Women at Revive 15 in Indianapolis, Indiana pages 14 - 17

The following is just an example of the process to study John 1:1-5


Read the following verses several times

John 1:1-5 (NIV)

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2 He was with God in the beginning.

3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.

5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

John 1:1-5 (NASB)

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2 He was in the beginning with God.

3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.

4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.

5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

Key Words


Main Idea

The Word is God and has been from the start, lighting the way out of darkness.

Repeated ideas connected & thought progressions thoughts

The Word
Though & by Him Him all things were made
The Word is light 
Darkness can not be there where there is light


What is meant by “the Word” ?
What is meant by “apart from him nothing came into being”?
What is meant by “the light”
Who or what is the “darkness”?
What is meant by the words “comprehend or overcome” in verse 5?


Cross References

Verse 1
Isaiah 55:11; Genesis 1:1; John 17:5
Verse 2 
John 8:58; 1 John 1:1

Verse 3
1 Corinthians 8:6; Hebrews 1:2

Verse 4
John 5:26; Acts 3:15; Psalm 36:9

Verse 5
Psalm 18:28; John 3:19


The Son of God, who is God, was at the beginning of creation and participated in creation of all things. He is the life & light to all and nothing can extinguish that light.


Ask yourself and pray about each of these questions ? 

How should it change me?
• Consider how what the passage teaches about God should change the way you think, speak or act.
• Make meaningful connections to your own life experiences or the experiences of those you teach.
• Is there a Sin to confess?
• Is there a Promise to claim?
• Is there an Attitude to change?
• Is there a Command to obey?
• Is there an Example to follow?
• Is there a Prayer to pray?
• Is there an Error to avoid?
• Is there a Truth to believe?
• Is there Something for which to praise God?

Saturday, April 06, 2019

Yeah change!

Okay change is happening. New commitment, new direction! Stay tuned