Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Two Christmas Reading Plans

Christmas is upon us. 
Do you know the Reason for the Season??

Join me in reading about God's Redemptive plan to Save us from our sin.  Below are two reading plans to ready your heart for Christmas.  Pick one or read both.

The First Reading Plan is focused upon the Prophetic Messianic promises of God to send a Savior to save Humanity.  

The Second Plan takes you through the genealogy of Jesus were you will discover the Grace & Mercy of God to use some of the most unlikely people to bring the Messiah into the World.

You can also find PDF Printable versions Online;

Bible Reading Challenge #1  
Merry Christmas

               The Christmas Season is upon us.  As you prepare for the Season may you forever remember the Reason for the Season...Jesus, the Son of God, born of the virgin Mary, laid in a manger and destined to die for our sins.
       This reading is focused on just a few of the many prophetic Messianic promises found in the Old Testament pointing to the Birth and Ministry of our Lord. As well as a few Messianic promises of His Return for His people.

       May you find hope that God keeps His Word from Eternity Past to Eternity Future
1 Dec      Genesis 3
2 Dec      Genesis 22:1-18
3 Dec      Genesis 49:1-28
4 Dec      Exodus 12
5 Dec      Deuteronomy 18:15-18
6 Dec      2 Samuel 7:12-16
7 Dec      Psalm 2
8 Dec      Isaiah 9:1-7
9 Dec      Isaiah 11
10 Dec     Isaiah 35
11 Dec     Isaiah 40:1-11
12 Dec     Isaiah 42:1-4
13 Dec     Isaiah 52:13àIsaiah 53
14 Dec     Isaiah 61
15 Dec     Jeremiah 31
16 Dec     Micah 5:1-5
17 Dec     Zechariah 9:1-10
18 Dec     Zechariah 12
19 Dec     Psalm 110
20 Dec     Matthew 1:1-17
21 Dec     Luke 1:1-25
22 Dec     Luke 1:26-56
23 Dec     Matthew 1:18-25
24 Dec     Luke 1:57-80
25 Dec     Luke 2:1-40
26 Dec     Matthew 2
27 Dec     Revelation 1:9-20
28 Dec     Revelation 4
29 Dec     Revelation 5
30 Dec     Revelation 19:1-16
31 Dec     Revelation 21 & 22

Bible Reading Challenge #2  

                  The Season of Christmas is upon us once more.  As you prepare for the season may you forever remember the reason for the Season...Jesus, the Son of God, born of the virgin Mary, laid in a manger and destined to die for our sins.  

       The Reading will help you to see the focus of God’s redemptive plan.  Salvation is not relegated to a select few who are pure in their genealogy and their religion, but is open to all humanity and you find no greater evidence of this than in the genealogy of the Lord Jesus Himself. 

       Simple and short this plan may be but it is packed with great insight.  As always, let the Lord peak your curiosity read before and long after these passages. Enjoy the discovery of God’s Great Word.

1 Dec      Genesis 16

2 Dec      Genesis 27
3 Dec      Genesis 38
4 Dec      Joshua 2
5 Dec      Joshua 6
6 Dec      Ruth 1
7 Dec      Ruth 2
8 Dec      Ruth 3
9 Dec      Ruth 4
10 Dec     2 Samuel 11
11 Dec     2 Samuel 12
12 Dec     1 Kings 11
13 Dec     1Kings 12
14 Dec     1 Kings 15
15 Dec     2 Kings 8:16-29
16 Dec     2 Kings 15:32-16:4
17 Dec     2 Kings 18
18 Dec     2 Kings 21
19 Dec     2 Kings 22:1-23:3
20 Dec     Matthew 1:1-17
21 Dec     Luke 1:1-25
22 Dec     Luke 1:26-56
23 Dec     Matthew 1:18-25
24 Dec     Luke 1:57-80
25 Dec     Luke 2:1-40
26 Dec     Matthew 2
27 Dec     Revelation 1:9-18
28 Dec     Colossians 1:13-22
29 Dec     Hebrews 4:14-5:1-14
30 Dec     Romans 8
31 Dec     Ephesians 2

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

The Basics of Walking in the Christian Life


NOTE: This vast information was gathered & accumulated over years, thru reading various material & setting under godly men. I do not take credit for this tool that has helped me, I can only take credit for gathering it together in a way that is beneficial to me & I hope others. I do not wish to plagiarize anyone’s individual work, but I am unable to express proper citation due to gathering various notes & scraps of paper from my own study that I have accumulated over the years. I am grateful for all those who have allowed God to use them to help use become better witnesses to the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Basics of Walking in the Christian Life

2 Timothy 2:1-2 my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2 The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses,
entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

A Christian has Invited Jesus to be Lord of their Life

Admit you have sinned against God

            Romans 3:10  THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE

            Romans 3:23 All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

Believe Jesus Christ Died on the Cross to save you from your Sin

Jesus lived a the perfect sinless life Jesus we could not live & in our place died the death we could not die for our sins as a Sacrifice before God in our stead.

Romans 5:8God demonstrates His own love toward us,
             in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 6:23
             For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Confess Jesus Christ as the Lord of your Life

Romans 10:9
If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him        from the dead, you will be saved

            Acknowledge your sin -

            “I have sinned against God”

            Confess your sin -  

            This isn’t telling God what He already knows, but admitting He was right all along

Repent of your sin
            “Turn to God & from your sin”

LORD---Lordship of Christ---Jesus Christ’s authority to rule your life as a Christian

SAVIOR---Deliverer, preserver---Jesus Christ’s life given to deliver humanity from the wrath of God

            Romans 10:13

Prayer of Commitment

Lord Jesus, I am a sinner in need of forgiveness
I am sorry for breaking Your Law and my disobedience
Thank You for dying on the Cross and being raised from the dead to make my Salvation possible
I do invite You into my life to be Lord and Savior

A Christian is sure of their Relationship with Jesus

John 10:27-30 27 "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. 29 "My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. 30 "I and the Father are one."

Romans 8:38-39 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

A Christian Reads & Studies the Bible

            The Holy Scriptures of the Old & New Testament are the only safe & infallible revelation of God to man.  Thus, it is the infallible rule for a believer’s life & practice.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

            For teaching (Doctrine)……………………………..What is right in God’s eyes

For reproof (Conviction)…………………………….What is not right in God’s eyes

For correction (Discipline)…………………………..How to get it right in God’s eyes

For training in righteousness (Discipleship)………How to stay right in God’s eyes

A Christian is a Person who Prays

We are called out by God to be in an intimate relationship with Him. He is our Creator and Redeemer and we are called to communicate with him through prayer.  This prayer life is to be based in our love and devotion to God. A prayer is not to be done as a means to gain the approval of men, for that in itself is its own reward.  It is a life time means of communicating with our Lord.

 Colossians 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer
                                        This is to be a constant activity
                                        Requires sacrifice

            1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing
                                        This is to be based upon an ongoing relationship 

Matthew 6:9-13 The Lord’s Prayer – A Primer for Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer, more appropriately called the Disciple’s Prayer, though it may be memorized,
it is an outline of how we are to communicate with our God.

A Christian is to be Baptized

Baptism is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to a believer’s faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord's Supper. (Baptist Faith and Message 2000)

Jesus at the beginning of his earthly ministry set the example of baptism in His own life (Mark 1:9) and commanded baptism as He ascended to heaven (Matthew 28:18-20)

Baptism does not save you; it is an outward expression of an inward change of the heart through faith in Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior. Only your faith in Jesus brings salvation.

Baptism doesn’t make you a believer—it shows that you already believe.

As soon as you have decided to receive Jesus into your life, you can and should be baptized. If you attempt to wait until you are “perfect,” you’ll never feel “good enough.”

A Christian Attends Church 

          The Church, of which Jesus is the Head (Colossians 1:18), is the only institution Jesus promised to build (Matthew 16:16-18) and empowered by the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4) to make an eternal impact upon the World.

The writer of Hebrews explains we are not to forsake going to church (Hebrew 10:25). Going to church is an indication to all that we have passed from death into eternal life because we love the people of God (1 John 3:14).

A Christian Worships

“To worship God is to ascribe the proper worth to God, to magnify His worthiness of praise, or better, to approach and address God as He is Worthy.” Donald S. Whitney

Worship is about being God-centered, or preoccupied by God.

Matthew 22:37-38 You shall Love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the Great and foremost commandment.

Worship is to be done both corporately with the Church & privately in the Home.

A Christian Serves Jesus by Witnessing to the World

Matthew 28:19-20 19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always , even to the end of the age."

            Jesus commanded His people to go & tell the World that He loves them & died for them.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Developing a Personal Testimony


This vast information was gathered & accumulated over years, thru reading various material & setting under godly men.  I do not take credit for this tool that has helped me develop my own testimony, I can only take credit for gathering it together in a way that is beneficial to me.  I do not wish to plagiarize anyone’s individual work, but I am unable to express proper citation due to gathering various notes & scraps of paper from my own study That I accumulated.  I am grateful for all those who have allowed God to use them to help use become better witnesses to the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Developing a Personal Testimony

The world may question the reliability of the Bible,
But the world cannot discount
What has happened to you
Since Jesus entered your life

1 John 5:10-13   10 The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son.  11 And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.  12 He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.  13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.

The Use of the Personal Testimony in Witnessing

  1. Your testimony should spotlight Jesus not you.
  2. Detail what Jesus has done for all people. (1Corinthians 15, The Gospel)

1 Corinthians 15:1-4  

Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand,  2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.  3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,  4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

  1. Tell what God has done for you and continues to do in you, and through you

It creates interest.

It will plant the seed of the Gospel.

v  It takes 7 or more meaningful contacts with Christians sharing their faith before a person accepts Jesus.

You can share the Gospel without sharing your Testimony,

But you cannot share your Testimony without sharing the Gospel


The Characteristics of the Personal Testimony

  1. Keep it Free of “Churchy” Language

Ø  The world does not understand many of the words used in church

§  Sin – Repent – Saved – Salvation – Righteousness - Holy

§  If you use them define them!

  1. Keep it Brief

Ø  No more than 3 to 4 minutes

Ø  This is not a biography of your life

  1. Be Clear & Concise
  2. Be Excited

Ø  This is the Story of Jesus and How He Saved you à Stress your personal relationship with Christ

  1. Exalt Christ                   [Jesus] must increase, but I must decrease (John 3:30)

Ø  Present Christ as the center of your testimony, not yourself.

  1. Be Courteous & Kind

Ø  Share what happened to you à don’t be oppressive

Ø  Don’t try to force them to make a decision

Ø  The Holy Spirit Convicts them (John 16:8)  and Jesus Saves them (Romans 10:9-10)

  1. Must be Outlined well

Ø  Before you received Christ

Ø  How you received Christ

Ø  After you received Christ

Testimonial Examples   ---   Read the Testimony of the Apostle Paul – Acts 22 & Acts 26

  • Paul’s primary focus in the Scriptures of Acts was the sharing of the Gospel 

Ø  Twice Paul shared his personal testimony when he was on trial for his life. 


Acts 26 - A Biblical Model

                                    Before Verses 4-11

                                    How     Verses 12-20

                                    After    Verses 21-23

Your story has power…

  1. It's personal. You don't have to memorize Bible verses, or worry about telling it correctly.
  2. It is conversational. It's not a sermon. It can be shared over a cup of coffee or dinner.
  3. No one can dispute it. If you have joy, peace, and love in your life because of Christ, it will be evident.
  4. It is interesting. It's natural for friends to want to know more about each other. Even if your friend is antagonistic to the Gospel, he/she may still be interested in why you value your relationship with a man named Jesus.

An Outline for the Personal Testimony

Tips on how to Start

1.      Jot down thoughts, ideas, and events (at this point write down everything).

2.      Arrange your thoughts, ideas, and events in a logical (even chronological) order of presentation.

3.      Develop your thoughts, ideas, and events into sentences.

4.      Decide what is most important to sharing your testimony.

5.      Tie the sentences together in a concise, meaningful way.


Before you received Christ

  1. What things were most important to you? What did your life revolve around?
  2. Why were they so important? What basic need were you attempting to fulfill?

Examples: lack of peace, fear of death, something missing, no meaning to life, desire to be in control, loneliness, lack of security, lack of purpose, lack of significance, no real friends, no motivation

3.      How did you try to satisfy that need?

Examples: marriage/family, work, drugs/alcohol, sports/fitness, money, education, hobbies/entertainment, sex, wrong friends

How you received Christ

  1. Describe the circumstance that caused you to consider Christ as a solution to your need
  2. State specifically the steps you took to become a believer in Christ

Ø  This is where you would share Specific Scripture references  à  Don’t be rote make them personal


  1. Include the Gospel clearly and briefly (1 Corinthians 15)

Ø  Romans Road               (3:10; 3:23, 5:8; 6:23; 10:9-10; 10:13)

Ø  Ten Commandments     (Exodus 20)


v  Focus              Not to Quote Scripture but to know and incorporate in your testimony

All have sinned, penalty of sin, Christ paid the penalty, must make Jesus Lord of your life.


After you received Christ

  1. Describe how Jesus filled or is filling your need that you stated in the Before section
  2. What changes have occurred in your life as a result of accepting Jesus?
  3. Focus on the greatest need being met à Eternal Life in Jesus      (John 17:3)
  4. What is the Lord teaching you now?
  5. How do you know Christ is in your life?

v  Remember you’re not perfect, but you are forgiven and spiritually growing     (I’m a Work in Progress)


I Became a Christian as a Young Child

And There Seems to be Little "Dynamic" to Tell…

What should I include?

  1. Christian home/family background, people who influenced you, your early Christian experience.
  2. How you knew as a child what following Christ meant.
  3. Your experience of understanding that you personally needed to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior.
  4. Reasons why God's presence in your life makes a difference now and specific areas in which He is actively working in and through you.

                                             Never Forget you were saved from death, wrath, and hell,
                                                            You’re a living miracle with a story to tell.

                                                 Have Multiple Length Personal Testimonies Prepared

Same story; different lengths depending upon the audience and time available.

1.      Standard version:

Ø  3 to 4 minutes

Ø  For when you meet a new or old acquaintance

Ø  Sunday School or Worship Service Testimonial 

2.      Long Version:

Ø  5 to 15 Minutes

Ø  For testimonials in services or when occasions allow for more specific detail.

Ø  This would revolve around your life story with Christ.

3.      Short version:

Ø  60 to 90 Seconds

Ø  For those occasions when time is of the essence

§  The plane is boarding and you both are heading in different directions.

v  Always, Always, Always

Ø  End with what they must do to be saved (Romans 10:9-10)

Ø  And with an Invitation to respond

                                             Religious Word Conversion Chart

Religious Word                                   Possible Substitute


Gospel (1 Corinthians 15)          Jesus died for our sins according the Word of God,

was buried and raised 3 days later

Sin                                           Disobedience, Breaking God’s Law,

                                                Turned my back on God

Substitute/Debt/Penalty             To stand in place of – Jesus was my Substitute on the Cross

                                                Jesus paid the penalty for my (sin) breaking God’s Law

                                                Jesus took the punishment for my (sin) breaking God’s Law

Repent                                     Turn from (sin) breaking God’s Law

and turn to God and obeying God’s Word (Bible)

Forgiveness                             To be pardoned from (sin) Breaking God’s law

Eternal Life (John 17:3)             To have a personal relationship with God/Jesus

Justified                                   Declared Right before Holy God

Believe in Jesus                        Trusted or Relied on Jesus/Christ

Went forward                            Decided to turn my life over to God/Jesus

Under the Blood                        God forgave the wrongs I had done

Saved/Born Again                     Became a Christian, Committed my life to Christ

v  Never Ever Sugar-Coat the Gospel      à Explain It

v  Never Ever Hide the Blood of Jesus    à Explain It

v  Never Ever be Ashamed of the Cross  à Explain It

v  If you use a “Churchy” Word                à Explain It


Scripture Memorization for Evangelism

Roman’s Road Gospel Presentation

  1. Romans 3:10 as it is written, there is none righteous, not even one

  2. Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

  3. Romans 5:8 God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

  4. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

  5. Romans 10:9-10 if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation


Additional Scriptures helpful for Evangelism

  1. Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me

  2. John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

  3. John 14:6 I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

  4. Heb 9:27 it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment

  5. Mark 1:15 The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.

  6. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

  7. 1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit

  8. Romans 14:12 each one of us will give an account of himself to God

  9. Acts 4:12 there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved

  10. Matt 11:28-30 28 Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. 30 "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.


10 Commandments (Exodus 20)

1. You shall have no other gods before Me.

Matthew 4:10  10 Then Jesus said to him, "Go, Satan! For it is written, 'YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND SERVE HIM ONLY.'"

2. You shall not make for yourself any idols.

Acts 15:19-20  19 "Therefore it is my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles,  20 but that we write to them that they abstain from things contaminated by idols and from fornication and from what is strangled and from blood.

3. You shall not take the Name of the Lord your God in vain.

Matthew 7:21-23  1 "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.  22 "Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?'  23 "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.'

4. Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.

5. Honor your father and mother.

Ephesians 6:1-3  Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  2 HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER (which is the first commandment with a promise),  3 SO THAT IT MAY BE WELL WITH YOU, AND THAT YOU MAY LIVE LONG ON THE EARTH.

6. You shall not murder.

Matthew 5:21-22  21 "You have heard that the ancients were told, 'YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER ' and 'Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.'  22 "But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, 'You good-for-nothing,' shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, 'You fool,' shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.

1 John 3:15  5 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

7. You shall not commit adultery.

Matthew 5:27-28  27 "You have heard that it was said, 'YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY';  28 but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

8. You shall not steal.

Ephesians 4:28  28 He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need.

9. You shall not lie.

Colossians 3:9  9 Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices,

10. You shall not covet.

Romans 7:7  7 What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said, "YOU SHALL NOT COVET."

v  Have a Basic Understanding of what each of the Commandments Mean

The Great Commandment
Jesus gave an Expository Sermon on the Ten Commandments of Exodus 20

Matthew 22:36-40  
36 "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?"37 And He said to him, "'YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.' 
38 "This is the great and foremost commandment. 39 "The second is like it, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.' 40 "On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets."

Ø  Commandments 1-4      à         Love your God

Ø  Commandments 5-10    à         Love your Neighbor