Thursday, February 28, 2008

Let's Try Again... Next Week!

We are almost back in commission, friends... thanks for the offers of food, errands, shuttling kids, and your prayers. God willing... Sonrisers to meet next Tuesday!

Love, Sarah

on my Ipod... AI's David Cook sings All Right Now

Monday, February 18, 2008

Sonrise Update: No Meeting Tomorrow!

Hey, friends. I have one down with the flu and will not make our meeting in the morning. Also understand that several others are not able to come. So, let's adjourn for this week and plan to meet again next Tuesday!

Continue to e-mail or call with prayer requests this week, friends.



Thursday, February 14, 2008

How To Study the Bible: Session 5

Notes for those who missed our awesome meeting on Tuesday...

The Questions…

Who, What, When, Where, Why (observation/interpretation), How, So What ( interpretation)?

… that comprise these tasks:

1. Observation
2. Interpretation
3. Application

Let's keep observing the text... going a little deeper:

o Key Words (“save” in Luke 23: 32-39, "love" in John 21: 15-17, "rested" in Genesis 2:2-3)
o Advice, Admonitions, Warnings, Promises (“Behold!” “You shall not…” “Woe to you [Scribes & Pharisees]”)
o Reasons, Results (… “therefore,” “because”)
o Contrast, Comparisons, Illustrations (Mark 12: 41-43: widow’s “penny” versus all other contributors)
o Repetition and Progression of Ideas (…Ro 1: “…God gave them over to…)
o Questions (Jesus and the Sadducees… Matthew 22.)
o Connectives
o Grammar
o Atmosphere/Feeling
o Literary Form (genre)
o General Structure (e.g., theme stated up front or text culminates in main idea at end?)

Helpful to “bracket” sentences when looking for and analyzing key points:

(Note: blogging does not allow proper formatting/indentation of what follows... please ask me for hand-out or refer to Wald's example on page 20 in Discovery book. Also see that I inserted green brackets.)

Matthew 6: 25-34

25.{ "Therefore I tell you,
do not worry about your life,
what you will eat
or drink;
or about your body,
what you will wear.
Is not life more important than food,
and the body more important than clothes?}
26. {Look at the birds of the air;
they do not sow or reap
or store away in barns,
and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not much more valuable than they?
27. Who of you by worrying
can add a single hour to his life?}
28. {And why do you worry about clothes?
See how the lilies of the field grow.
They do not labor or spin.
29. Yet I tell you
that not even Solomon in all his splendor
was dressed like one of these.
30. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field,
which is here today
and tomorrow is thrown into the fire,
will he not much more clothe you,
O you of little faith?}
31. {So do not worry, saying,
'What shall we eat?'
or 'What shall we drink?'
or 'What shall we wear?'
32. For the pagans run after all these things,
and your heavenly Father knows
that you need them.
33. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,
and all these things
will be given to you as well.}
34. {Therefore do not worry about tomorrow,
for tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own.}

For Next Session:

1. Underline in Scripture above any word you think might be especially important, including words that are repeated. Then, go through again and try to identify key words.

2. Questions are the bridge between observation and interpretation. Note any questions you have of the above text. (Don't provide answers just yet... we are still observing!)

Random Comments

Don't worry... there's a distant "click."

It's your recipe! (No way... it is not.)

When you read this in Greek... you see that the word "love" means something different in the way Jesus is using it versus Peter! (KP... this was stunning... thank you for sharing!)

"What game are we playing today?" asked the pastor in passing.

Where is Evelyn?

Saturday, February 09, 2008

What We Take for Granted...

I was happily resigned to having a laundry party with EA for the next couple weeks as it was looking like a rather serious repair of the old (er, new) washing machine. Looking forward to it, actually! How often do we have an opportunity to chat while Zouting out grass stains? But Flo from Accent Repair (nice guy... flat rate) was able to fix the part on site and I was back in business inside of 24 hours. Left to think about how spoiled I am. While I was worrying about my washing machine, there are people in our world without water! I've taken to thanking God lately for all that we take for granted. I was reminded this week of all of our modern conveniences and comforts. We have it so easy, friends.

I joked the other day that the five saddest words known to man are warranty related. In truth, as someone from DTS has said (can't remember who)... the saddest, most chilling words are really found in Scripture. A phrase (4 words... three or four of which are the same depending upon your translation) repeated three times in Romans 1 (see vs. 18-28). Do you know what it is?

Have a great weekend... don't sweat the small stuff... be grateful to God... and will see the Sonrisers on Tuesday!



Wednesday, February 06, 2008

I am a desperate housewife.

My 28-days-past-the-one-year-warranty-washer broke yesterday and the Ma Ingalls-let's-handwash-and-wring-out-our-laundry routine has me, um, a little anxious (when's the last time you tried to wash and wring out a bath towel, ladies? I got about 36 gallons of water out of one towel last night and still needed a gurney to haul it from the sink to the dryer... makes me appreciate how easy we have it today!). The repair people are telling me we have an especially special part that needs to be replaced (translated: they will be contacting their supply people in Timbuktu during office hours next week to see if the part that's probably no longer manufactured has turned up on e-bay yet.) The boys are entertaining this weekend (sleep-overs) and by Saturday afternoon my laundry heap will no doubt resemble the back room of a Super 8.

What I am grateful for today (among many other things)... modern conveniences we so take for granted and a working dryer!

Six of the saddest words known to man: "Did you purchase our extended warranty?"

How To Study the Bible: Session 4

Notes from yesterday's session... and welcome, RS!

Observation Exercise : How many squares do you see?

“Save”… What does it mean? (Wald/pg. 35)

What are the three “discovery” steps?

1. ________________

2. ________________

3. ________________

Hermeneutics is _______________

Exegesis is ___________________

Context, Context, Context:

1. Literary

2. Historical

Discussion: What was he/she feeling?

Exercise A… ______________

Exercise B… ______________

Exercise C… ______________

Next Session: Read Chapter 3!

A great ancient Biblical history/geography/sociology resource... Biblica by Barry Beitzel