Pastor Wrinkles: Chapter Charts Pt. 98

We are so close to Chapter charts 100! Just one more week and our contest will be finished. Thank you to those who have been reading and especially to those who have been walking through the chapters of the Bible with me. Your fellowship has meant more than you will ever know! 🙂 Now for today’s chapters…here is what I see.

Joshua chapter 4 sermon topics/titles:

1. Back Into the River: Josh.4: 1-9

2. Ministers In the Middle: Josh 4:10-13

3. Miracles For Them and For You: Josh 4:19-24

Joshua chapter 5 sermon topics/titles:

1. When God Melts Hearts: Josh 5:1

2. Claiming the Faith Your Father Did Not Have: Josh 5:2-8

3. God’s Roll Backs: Josh: 5:9

Now Tell me what you see! 🙂

P.S. Tina if you are reading today Happy Birthday!

Pastor Wrinkles: Chapter Charts Pt. 97

Pastor Wrinkles has returned from vacation and is ready to plough on to 100! Are you ready to finish this contest! If so then march on with me into the conquests of Joshua! Here is what I see in these chapters!

Joshua chapter 2 sermon topics/titles:

1. A Team Not a Committee: Joshua 2:1

2. The Righteous Turncoat and the Holy Spies: Josh. 2:2-14

3. The Piece of Rope That Held Up A Wall: Josh 2:17-19

Joshua chapter 3 sermon topics/titles:

1. The Holy Space: Josh. 3:1-4

2. Awaiting God’s Exalting Hand: Josh. 3:7

3. Recognizing Your Personal Water Heap: Josh 3:9-17

Now tell me what you see! 🙂

Pastor Wrinkles: Chapter Charts Pt. 85

The God of the Christians is different from every other god mentioned in the pantheons made by men. That is of course because He alone is the real God. Throughout His Word He displays this truth again and again reinforcing the idea that because He is above all the other gods He is not to be worshiped as they are worshiped. Here is what I see from today’s chapters.

Deuteronomy chapter 12 sermon topics/ titles:

1. Do not worship as the world worships: Deut. 12:1-5

2. Feast and Rejoice! Deut. 12:7

3. Crossing Over To Change: Deut. 12:8-10

Deuteronomy chapter 13 sermon topics/ titles:

1. When the Lord Tests You With Prophets: Deut. 13: 1-3

2. Fear God Do Not Be Enticed: Deut. 13:4-11

3. Piling the Plunder To Please the Lord: Deut. 13:11-18

We are only 15 chapter charts away from the end of our contest! Join in the fun there is still time!

Here are the rules: https://jelillie.wordpress.com/2012/04/13/pastor-wrinkles-chapter-charts-pt-75/

Pastor Wrinkles: Chapter Charts Pt. 76

Today begins our countdown to a hundred contest! If you want to join in and missed the rules simply look back to yesterday’s post and join us in the fun! Here is what I see in Numbers 30 and 31

Numbers chapter 30 sermon topics/titles:

1. The Unbreakable Vow: Nu 30:1,2

2. Lines of Authority: Nu. 30: 3-16

3. Bound By Someone Else’s Promise: Nu. 30:3-16

Numbers chapter 31 sermon topics/titles:

1. Moses Bucket List: nu. 31: 1-54

2.  Put Your Best Foot In Battle: Nu. 31: 6

3. The Gold Of Remembrance: Nu. 31:54

There’s a lot more in that second chapter especially. What did you come up with? 🙂

Pastor Wrinkles: Chapter Charts Pt. 74

The Old Testament is full of fire and blood. It is a mighty reminder that God is justice as well as love. It was His love that led Him to institute sacrifice as a way of bringing the human race back to Himself. That way  ultimately led  to the offering of His own son, Jesus, as the ultimate and final sacrifice upon the cross of Calvary. Today, Good Friday, we remember Christ’s sacrifice and look at it in light of Numbers 28 and 29.

Numbers 28 sermon topics/ titles:

1. Jesus, the Everyday Sacrifice: Nu. 28: 1-8

2. Jesus, Our Rest: Nu. 28: 9,10

3. Jesus, Our Atoning Sacrifice: Nu. 28: 16-22

Numbers chapter 29 sermon topics/ titles:

1. Jesus, the Sacrifice of Praise: Nu. 29: 1-5

2. Jesus, the End of Sacrifice: Nu. 29: 12-39

3. Jesus, Our Freewill Offering: Nu. 29:39-40

What do you see?

Pastor Wrinkles: Chapter Charts Pt. 72

I love the Bible because of its honesty about the complexity of humanity. The characters which walk through the pages of The Book can hardly be called flat or one- sided. The Bible shows its people…truly shows them in all their human joy and misery. Balaam for instance, the sorcerer/ pagan bank rolled by God’s enemies working as a double agent for God and then trying to stick the knife in God’s back on the way out the door even as he slits his own throat, what a mess this guy was! And yet how like us; We’re on God’s side one second and then we forget He even exists the next. We like to think we would never find ourselves in such messy situations as the biblical characters, until of course we’re suddenly there!

Here is what I got out of today’s chapter charts!

Numbers chapter 24 sermon topics/titles:

1. Not Sorcery! Prophecy! Nu. 24:1-3

2. Falling Down, Seeing Clearly: Nu. 24:3-9

3. A Star, A Scepter Nu. 24: 15-19

Numbers chapter 25 sermon topics/titles:

1. How To Lose the Unloseable Blessing: Nu. 25:1-5

2. Flaunting Sin In A Place Of Repentance: Nu. 25: 6-9

3. When Family Becomes Enemy: Nu. 25: 16-18

What do you see?

Pastor Wrinkles: Chapter Charts Pt. 71

Well we have finally gotten to one of the most famous stories in the Book of Numbers. The story of Balaam has inspired many devotionals and sermons. Let’s see what you come up with!

Numbers chapter 22 sermon topics/titles:

1. Sent By God, Unwelcome By Men: Nu. 22:1-5

2. The Fee For Divination: Nu. 22:7

3. Negotiating With God and Man: Nu. 22: 7-20

I don’t even have space to talk about the donkey!

Numbers chapter 23 sermon topics/titles:

1. the Death Of the Righteous: Nu. 23: 7-10

2. The Shout Of The King: Nu. 23:18-24

3. Trying to Go Over God’s Head: Nu. 23: 25-30

Now you try 🙂

Heaven Pt. 40

For the LORD your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon you or destroy you or forget the solemn covenant he made with your ancestors. “Now search all of history, from the time God created people on the earth until now, and search from one end of the heavens to the other. Has anything as great as this ever been seen or heard before? Has any nation ever heard the voice of God [fn]speaking from fire—as you did—and survived? Has any other god dared to take a nation for himself out of another nation by means of trials, miraculous signs, wonders, war, a strong hand, a powerful arm, and terrifying acts? Yet that is what the LORD your God did for you in Egypt, right before your eyes. Deut. 4:31-34 NLT

Creation boasts many works of beauty. God has splashed the world with a myriad colors and cut the corners of the Earth into a thousand provocative shapes that capture the mind and the heart pointing all towards eternity.

Of all his glorious works none is greater or more beautiful   than the plan of redemption. Before the world was founded God knew He would make a world filled with beauty and goodness. He knew he would make a creature called man who being good would yet choose evil bringing destruction on God’s beautiful creation. Yet knowing this He did not choose to not make man. Instead He made the man and put a plan in place to undo the devastation man would cause and to even save mankind from itself! He made man even though the making cost him the life of His only begotten Son…the Darling of Heaven… God’s most precious treasure…Jesus Christ. The painful beauty of redemption’s plan surpasses everything else.

Let’s Pray: All we can say Lord is thank you!

Heaven Pt. 39

“And [take heed], lest you lift your eyes to heaven, and [when] you see the sun, the moon, and the stars, all the host of heaven, you feel driven to worship them and serve them, which the LORD your God has given to all the peoples under the whole heaven as a heritage.”Deut. 4:19

In this verse the “heavens” referred to are the starry heavens…the grandeur of the universe. Truly the stars, planets, galaxies and the space between them are awesome in their scope. But they were created to point us to the One who is far beyond their measure! We humans have a thing for beauty. We tend to worship the artwork rather than the Artist. We ogle the painting and forget the Creative Genius who is behind it; So Deuteronomy 4:19 warns us to be careful not to get so lost in the landscape that we miss the Maker of the forest because of the trees.

I suppose it goes to our thinking about the eternal Heaven as well.  Jesus wants to be our chief reason for desiring Heaven.  Living in the City of Gold and even living forever need to come in as  secondary desires.

Let’s pray: Father I thank you for the eternal life you have given me. I thank you for the promise of seeing the place You have prepared for me. But Lord give me an undivided heart even when it comes to these precious treasures of Heaven. May I be all consumed by the desire to be with You! In Jesus Name A-men!

Pastor Wrinkles: Chapter Charts Pt. 66

You might be new to “Reinventing the We’ll”. You might be asking Who is Pastor Wrinkles? What is a chapter chart?

Pastor Wrinkles is a moniker my youth group gave me in 2010/ 2011 during my last year as a youth pastor (for now). At the time I was the oldest youth pastor in our district (just a spring chicken really but as youth pastors go a little past my prime).

The chapter charts are a devotional exercise.Here are the steps to creating a chapter chart:

1. read the chapter in question?

2. Ask yourself “What are three things I noticed in this chapter?”

3. Write those three points down as titles or sermon topics.

It’s easy and fun so give it a try!

Here are my offerings for Numbers 12 and 13.

Numbers chapter 12 sermon topics/titles:

1. The Wounds of A Brother, the Wounds of A Sister: Nu.12:1-13

2. What’s a Prophet? What’s A Friend? Nu. 12: 6-8

3. One Sure Way to Lose Face.: Nu. 12: 1-11

Numbers chapter 13 sermon topics/titles:

These are rather tongue in cheek but they would make fun church signage!

1. Leading By Logic: Nu. 13: 1-33

2. Bugging People: Nu. 13: 1-33

3. Count Your Many Curses Count them One By One Count Your Many Curses Forget What the Lord Has Done! Nu. 13:1-33