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   - International Bible Encyclopedia, 1939,  InternationalStandardBible.com
   - Jewish Encyclopedia, 1906,  www.JewishEncyclopedia.com
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Galatians
     2018    theme      chapters summary
 

 7. Oct. 14  True Compassion 6   Scars of the Saints 

 6. Oct.  7  True Fruit      5   Love One Another - Fast Flee the Fiery Flesh 

 5. Sep. 30  True Freedom    4   Diary of a Hug, or Paul's Most Personal Moment  

 4. Sep. 23  True Heirs      3b  Priority of the Promise - All One in Christ   

 3. Sep. 16  True Life       3a  Crystal Clear Curse--Clearer  

 2. Sep.  9  True Grace      2   Pugnacious Paul Pillories Puny Pillars   

 1. Sep.  2  True Gospel     1   Case of the Crystal Clear Curse   

^^^ Also used William Hendrickson, Testament Commentary—Galatians  (Baker, 1968; 260p.);  Professor Emeritus Christian Marek, In the Land of a Thousand Gods:  A History of Asia Minor in the Ancient World (Princeton University 2016; 824p.).


2 Samuel – Israel’s Golden Age
     2018     theme   chapters  Theme/Title 

13. Aug. 26  Last Psalm  24  David's Last Psalm Sung

12. Aug. 19  Thankful    22  Lord God, My Rock, Ps. 18   
          
Spurgeon on Ps 18:16 ~ Ps 18:19 ~ Ps 18:23 ~ Ps 18:29 ~ Ps 18:35 ~ Ps 18:44

11. Aug. 12  Resolved    21  Gibeonite Revenge on Saul's House   
             
Rizpah Defends Her Sons ... Such Judgement NEVERMORE

10. Aug.  5  Averted     20  Sheba Revolts against David   
              
Not My King--Not My President ...  

 9. July 29  Restored    19  David Restored to Throne   
             
King Comes Back         

 8. July 22 Deposed    15-17  Absalom Rebels Against David   
             
Treasure of Long-Lasting Loyalty ... One Tin Soldier     

 7. July 15  Grieved     13  Rape of Tamar 
             
Rape of Tamar ... Compounding Interest of Delaying Justice

 6. July  8  Accountable 12  David & Bathsheba, Repents to Nathan 
    
           Beauty & the Beast ... Tale of Two Sieges   

 5. July  1  Valued       9  David Befriends Mephibosheth  
        
      From Lame & Limited to Unlimited Leave   

 4. June 24  Established  7  God's Covenant to Build House of David 
        
      To Build or Not to Build   

 3. June 17  Celebrated  5-6  King David Moves Ark to Jerusalem 
       
       What's Your Happy Dance? ... Presence of God to Jerusalem      

 2. June 10  Crowned     3-4  Civil War - Abner Killed by Joab 
       
       Tale of Two Generals & Their King      

 1. June  3  Respected   1-2  David Mourns Saul & Jonathan
     
        Loyal Love that Lasts ... ode "Lament of the Bow"  
  


2 Corinthians
     2018    theme                chapters  summary

13. May 27  Finding Strength   12-13  When Weak, then I Am Strong
       
      Strength in Weakness ... Impossible Dream w Man of La Mancha

12. May 20  Giving Faithfully      9  Ministry to the Saints
     
       Generosity Generates Thanks to God ... or, Kingdom Money
 

11. May 13  Becoming New         5-6  In Christ - A New Creation
     
       Zero Hour - Born Again - Mother's Day 

10. May 6   Displaying the Gospel  4  Light Shone in Our Hearts
           
Eternal Weight of Glory

 9. Apr 29  Enjoying God's Comfort 1   Afflicted for Your Comfort
      
       Comfort in Corinth  


1 Corinthians 
     2018    theme                chapters  summary

 8. Apr 23  Understanding Love        13   Greatest of These Is LOVE 
     
       Love Always Eternally ~ Moffatt Front-matter Quotes on Love Extra   
              Books on Love: Gills' Love  ~  C.S. Lewis' Four Loves  ~  Chapman's 5 Love Languages    
                >  Edwards' Charity & Fruits  ~  Templeton's Pure Unlimited Love  ~  Moffatt's Love in N.T.
                >  Maness' Would You Lie to Save a Life?--Theology on Ethics of Love  
 

 7. Apr 15  Serving God's People      12   Gifts of Same Spirit & Lord
     
       Be All You Can Be - Slaying the "Tests Market" & Greatest Is Love

 6. Apr  8  Remembering the Sacrifice 11   Examine One's Role & Self   
   
           How Yo Roll ... Male Headship & God's Judgment in Lord's Supper .     

 4. Mar 25  Influencing for Christ  9-10   All Things to All People   
    
         Free the Food, Feed the Free ... or Run Forest Run    

 3. Mar 18  Keeping Commitments        7   Marriage for Life in Love
           
Married Sex in the City ... or In the Heat of the Night    

 2. Mar 11  Glorifying God             6   Bought with a Price   
      
      Corinthian Church Sex Practices CANNOT Honor God ...    

1.  Mar  4  United in Christ           1   No Divisions / Wisdom of God  
            
Unity Begins with Your Love ... or ... Who Do YOU Keep Track Of?     

^^^ Also used Raymond Bryan Brown, Broadman Commentary: Acts, Romans, I Corinthians (Broadman, 1970); Gordon D. Fee, New International Commentary on the New Testament, The First Epistle to the Corinthians (ed., F.F. Bruce; Eerdmans: 1987); Alfred Plummer, A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Second Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians (Edinburgh: 1978). 


Book of Acts 13-28 
   2017-18   theme         chapters  summary

13. Feb 25  Always on Mission  28  Paul Testifies to Jews in Rome
   
          Who's Your Captain NOW? 

12. Feb 18  Answering Critics  26  Paul in Caesarea w King Agrippa 
   
          Wish that Others May Become like You 

11. Feb 11  Testimony          22  Paul's Words in Jerusalem HATED 
   
          Your Testimony - If Only All Were as Impelled  

10. Feb  4  Delivered          20  Paul's Farewell at Miletus
   
          The Last Farewell ... Your Last Words?

 9. Jan 28  Incomplete Picture 18-19 Priscilla, Aquila / Paul Baptizes 12 
   
          Jesus I Know ... Paul I Know ... But Who Are You  

 8. Jan 21  Value All          16  Paul Delivers Possessed Girl
   
          Who Cares about Python Girl ... Sanctity of Human Soul Sunday  

 7. Jan 14  Unknown Known      17  Paul in Areopagus w Greek Scholars
   
          Greece—Home of the Known Unknowns    

 6. Jan  7  Changed Families   16  Paul & Silas Delivered in Philippi
   
          Jail House Rock ... with Lydia of Thyatira by Virginia Haynes

 5. Dec 31  Strengthened    15-16  Paul & Silas Add Timothy 
   
          How to Grow a Church  

 3. Dec 17  Available to All   15  Church Council in Jerusalem  
   
          To Circumcise or Not to ... Case of Kingdom Cutters  

 2. Dec 10  Misguided Worship  14  Paul Stoned in Lystra
   
          Credibility ... or Eye of the Tiger     

 1. Dec  3  Gospel Message     13  Paul's Message in Pisidian Antioch 
   
          Ask and You Shall Receive - They Asked Paul to Speak     

^^^ Also used F.F. Bruce, Book of Acts, New International Commentary on the NT (Revised; Eerdmans,1988);  T.C. Smith, Broadman Commentary: Acts, Romans, I Corinthians (Broadman, 1970). 


Leviticus  
      2017
    theme     chapters   summary 

13. Nov 26  Set Futures  Lev 26    God Will Remember 
   
          Do & Get vs. Don't & Die ... Rain or Ruin        

12. Nov 19  Set Free     Lev 16    Day of Atonement 
   
          Tale of Two Goats         

11. Nov 12  Set Apart    Lev 9-10  Fire from Lord 
   
          Untouchable Mountain ... Not So Anymore         

10. Nov  5  Set Before   Lev 1-3   Burnt, Grain, Fellowship Offerings 
   
          The Perfect Male    


Exodus  
      2017
    theme       chapters   summary 

 9. Oct 29  His Presence  39-40  Glory of Lord Filled Tabernacle 
   
         Shekinah Glory in Us        

 8. Oct 22  Rebellion     32   Golden Calf & Moses' Prayer  
   
         Mad Cow Disease ... Worldwide Epidemic        

 7. Oct 15  Equiped       25-31  MosesBuilding the Tabernacle  
   
         Betrayal at Mt. Sinai ... Too Long on Mt. Sinai        

 6. Oct  8  Commanded     20   MosesTen Commandments    
   
         God's Words Shake Mt. Sinai         

 5. Oct  1  Sufficient    16   MosesManna from Heaven  
   
         Meals with Deals, or Taters for the Haters         

 4. Sep 24  Victory       14   MosesParting of Red Sea 
   
         Greatest Sea Crossing ... No Turning Back         

 3. Sep 17  Liberation    12   Passover & "When I see the blood..." 
   
         Hebrew Slaves' Last Supper -- on Their Darkest Night    

 2. Sep 10  Confrontation 7    Moses before Pharoah & Cultural Milieu 
   
         Snake Season - or My Snake's Badder than Your Snake    

 1. Sep  3  Reluctance    3-4  Moses at Burning Bush, Hebrews Cry
   
         Who Sent You?   

^^^ Also used Clyde T. Francisco & Roy L. Honeycutt, Jr., Broadman Bible Commentary:  Vol. 1, Genesis-Exodus (Broadman Press, 1969).    


Psalms - 1, 19, 23, 32, 42, 51, 78, 84, 95, 136, 138, 141, 146 
      2017
    theme       Psalm  summary

13. Aug 27   The Longing    42   Deep Calls unto Deep
            
   Deep Calls Unto Deep      

12. Aug 20   The Protector  141  Protect Me from the Trap
   
             Save My Life     

11. Aug 13   The Cleansing  32   My Hiding Place 
            
   My Hiding Place      

10. Aug  6   The Confession 51   Create in Me a Clean Heart  
            
   Broken but Not Out -- The Most Broken Man (after Nathan Confronted David)      

 9. July 30  His Faithfulness 146  Whose Help is God  
            
   Hallelujah -- Praise Ye Yahweh     

 8. July 23  His Love       136  His Love Endures Forever  
            
   His Love Endures Forever - Israel a Singing Nation     

 7. July 16  God Revealed   19   Heavens Declare God's Glory in Nature  
            
   Heavens Declare God's Glory--a Psalm Progressing in Stupendous Sublimity    

 6. July  9  The Creator    95   Today, if You Hear, Harden NOT  
            
   Crossing the Creator, or Today, If You Hear     

 5. July  2  His Presence   84   I'd Rather be a Doorkeeper  
            
   How Lovely Your House      

 4. June 25  Our Response   138  Gratitude for Keeping Thy Word  
            
   Gratitude for Keeping Thy Word    

 3. June 18  The Shepherd   23   Lord is My Shepherd 
            
   Nightingale of the Psalms ... Pearl of the Psalms     

 2. June 11  The Past       78   God was Their Rock  
            
   The Rock - Ballad of God's Grace      

 1. June 4   The Path       1   Intro Psalms & Tree Planted by Streams 
            
   Good Trees Have Deep Roots - No Swamp Sitting in the Kingdom   

^^^ Also Charles H. Spurgeon's Treasury of David (1865-85), John I Durham, Broadman Bible Commentary:  Vol. 4, Esther, Job, Psalms (1971), Robert G. Bratcher and William D. Reyburn, A Handbook on Psalms (Handbook series for translators; United Bible Societies, 1991).    


Matthew 14-28 -  
      2017
    theme              Matthew summary

13. May 28    What Do We Do Now?   28   Great Commission 
            
   Live to Help All to Know God    

12. May 21    Crucified           27   Crucifixion  
            
   Shaken, Not Sterred, or Deterred -- Forsaken, Not Forgotten

11. May 14    Loyal?            26:47-75  Peter's Denial 
            
   Peter Denied, But Still Loved -- He was THERE in the Valley w Jesus  

10. May  7     Do I Have the Strength? 26:36-46  Gethsemane 
            
   Jesus' Favorite Place & Longest Night     

 9. Apr 30   How Do We Remember?  26:17-30  The Last Supper
            
   Last Supper Recalls the Last Sacrifice, Last Kingdom, Last Deliverance   

 8. Apr 23  What About the Future?  24   Parable: Coming as a Thief
             
   When Comes a Thief--Jesus' Parable Masterpiece      

 7. Apr 16  Where Is Jesus?      28   Resurrection:  Happy Easter
        
   Universe's Realignment - Resurrected to Rule (You Didn't Think It was Local Earthquake, Did You?) 
              
           Eternal Life Certified, Nail-Holed-Hand-Delivered to Us!      

 6. Apr  9  Offered to All       22   Parable:  Wedding Banquet
             
   Dressed for Success ... or No Sagging Pants in the Kingdom               

 5. Apr  2  If I Reject Jesus    21   Parable: Wicked Tenants, 34MBS  
             
   Prophetic Parable for the Church                

 4. Mar 12  More than a Prophet  21   Triumphant Entry, 22MBS
          
          Hosanna - "Save Now" King of Kings               

 3. Mar 19  What Is Required?  18-19  Rich Young Ruler - Sell ALL? 
             
   All Things Possible              

 2. Mar 12  Jesus Touched Them   17   Transfiguration 
             
   He Touched Me     

 1. Mar  5  Who Is Jesus?        16   Upon This Rock & Keys to Heaven 
            
   Rock Is Jesus & Keys to Heaven the Gospel Message               

^^^ Also used Donald A. Hagner, Word Biblical Comm., Matthew (v. 33a, 1-13, Word, 1993; v. 33b, 14-28, Word, 1995).    


Book of Ruth -     
    2016-17
     theme               Ruth
     summary

12. Feb 26   Redeemed & Secure    Ruth 2-4  Noble Ruth Wins       
             
   Ruth—More than 7 Sons' Worth of Nobility             

11. Feb 19   Faith Through Trials Ruth   1  Naomi Loved Orpah & Ruth     
             
   Naomi—The Lovable    

^^^ Also used Frederic W. Bush, Word Biblical Comm., Ruth/Esther (Word, 1996) and
 
Mrs. Hammond's A Widow's Plea ... Poetical Pieces (Stourbridge, 1837).


Judges - Israel Founded 
    2016-17
     theme                 Judges    summary

10. Feb. 12   Compromised Potential Judges 16  SAMSON Loved Delilah    
              
   SAMSON Loved Delilah ... Loneliest Judge     

 9. Feb. 05   Timid Warrior       Judges 6  Angel Charges Gideon    
             
   I so NEED to Do This ... But God KNOWS I Do Not Want To     

 8. Jan. 29   Willing Servants    Judges 4  Deborah, Jael, Barak Save Israel   
             
   Friend in Need Is a Friend Indeed, or Courageous Women Rock   

 7. Jan 22   Rebellion's Cycle    Judges 2  Return to God to Live
             
   Place of the Weepers - Judges is "The Book of Tears"    

 6. Jan 15   Value All   Prov. 24 & Mark 10  Sanctity of Life Sunday
             
   All Lives Matter - I Want to See         


Joshua - Israel Founded 
    2016-17
     theme                 Judges
   summary

 5. Jan 8    Challenged   Joshua 23-24  As for Me & My House  
             
   The Jewel and The Crown     

  Jan 1    Settled      Joshua 10-22  Founding Fathers, All of Them 
             
   Heart, Honor, Home - 3H3 - Can't Have One without the Other  

 3. Dec 18   Savior Announced  Luke 1   Mary Treasured in Her Heart
            
   There Be Angels in the Town All Around a Precious Heart 

 2. Dec 11   Conquest       Joshua 6-9  Jericho Falls - No Mercy?
             
Trusting God when Understanding Fails         

 1. Dec 04   Commissioned   Joshua 1-5  I will not leave or forsake you
             
When Duty Calls, Will You Be Ready?     

^^^ Also used Trent C. Butler, Word Biblical Comm., Joshua (Word, 1983), Trent C. Butler, Word Biblical Comm., Judges (Word, 2009), Thomas Kirk, Samson:  His Life & Work (Edinburgh, 1891).   


2 Peter - Our Living Hope
     2016      theme            2 Peter    summary

13. Nov 13   With Anticipation  3:1-18   Our Living Hope in Cataclysmic Catechism
              
Peter's Last Farewell - Pt. 4 - Look for the New Heaven    

12. Nov 20   On Guard           2:1-13 & Jude  Deviousness of False Teachers
             
Peter's Last Farewell - Pt. 3 - Satan's Secret Agents ... Spy vs. Spy    

11. Nov 13   With Trust         1:12-21   Majestic Glory - Morning Star Rises
             
Peter's Last Farewell - Pt. 2 - Until the Morning Star Rises  

10. Nov  6   Being Useful       1:1-11   7 Traits & Entry Eternal Kingdom Supplied
             
Peter's Last Farewell - Pt. 1 - LIVE Your Eternal Life  


1 Peter - Our Living Hope
     2016
      theme           1 Peter    summary 

 9. Oct 30   Alert Living       5:1-14   Satan a Lion, Humility, Chief Shepherd
             
Resisting the Devil, Clothe Yourself in Humility - w/ Protestant Reformation 499th Anniv.

 8. Oct 23   When Ridiculed     4:12-19  Suffering with Christ--Trust 
             
Trust Your Creator  

 7. Oct 16   Equipped to Live   4:1-11   Resolve as Christ - End is Near   
             
Pray--Love--Serve    

 6. Oct  9   Always Ready       3:13-22  Defend, Christ to Hades, Christ over ALL
             
To Hades and Back for You!    

 5. Oct  2   Living in Relationship  3:1-12  Wives, Husbands, All ... Seek Peace
             
Love One Another, Seeking Pursuing Peace  

 4. Sep 25  Living as Strangers 2:11-25  As Pilgrims Abstain, Be Good, Endure  
             
Live the "Good Life" even though Life's Tough  

 3. Sep 18  Building Our Faith   2:1-10  Crave Milk, Cornerstone-Living Stones  
             
Chosen People ... God's Special Possession

 2. Sep 11  Be Holy             1:13-25  Living Holy Not for Faint of Heart
             
Special Tribute Reflection to 9-11-1 ... on 15th Anniversary     

 1. Sep  4  Living Hope          1:1-12  Living Hope Empowers to Supreme Heights
             
Living Hope

^^^ Also used Richard, J. Bauckham, Word Biblical Comm., Jude, 2 Peter (Word, 1983), J. Ramsey Michaels, Word Biblical Comm., 1 Peter (Word, 1988), Charles Swindoll, Living Insights N.T. Comm.: James, 1 & 2 Peter (Tyndale, 2014) John MacArthur, N. T. Comm. 1 Peter (Moody, 2004), F.F. Bruce, Book of Acts, New Intl. Comm. on the N.T. (Eerdmans,1988) and I. Howard Marshall, IVP N.T. Commentary Series 1 Peter (InterVarsity, 1991).   


1 Samuel - Lord Knows the Heart - King Saul and Rise of David
    2016
     theme    1 Samuel    summary

13. Aug 28  Victory    27-31  David Pursues Raiders & Saul Killed
            
To the Victor Go the Spoils of the Heart   

12. Aug 21  Respect    26     David Spares King Saul’s Life II
            
Be a Man or Woman After God's Own Heart   

11. Aug 14  Protected  24-25  Abigail’s Wisdom Saves Household
            
Wise Women Rock ... David Saw Abigail's Self-Sacrifice  

10. Aug 7   Blinded    21-23  Saul Pursues David & followers
            
Know when to Hold'em, Know when to Fold'em, Know when to Run

 9. July 31  Faithful  18-20  David and Jonathan’s Loyalty
            
Friends--Crown Jewels of Life

 8. July 24  Delivered  17    David Whips Goliath
            
Battle Is the Lord's, Though often It Seems Not 

 7. July 17  Anointed!  16    David Anointed—Lord sees the heart
            
Lord Looks at the HEART 

 6. July 10  Judged   13-15   Samuel Regrets ... Rejects King Saul
            
Don't Mess with Grandpa or Jonathan, Two Ways to Go  

 5. July 3   Feared      12   Thunder and Rain … to Obey?
            
Fear the Lord--Forget Not What He Has Done in Love 

 4. June 26  King?      8-11  Israel, “Give us a King!”
            
What Would Grandpa Do? - Samuel, Israel's Beloved Grandpa 

 3. June 19  Worthy!    4-7   Philistines take Ark … oooops!
            
Raiders of the Lost Ark, Staring Ancient Philistines 

 2. June 12  Called      3    Boy Samuel Clearly God Called
            
Lamp of God Had Not Gone Out 

 1. June 5   Answered!  1-2    Hannah Prays, Vows, Samuel Born 
            
No Rock Like Our God 

^^^ Also used David Toshio Tsumura, First Book of Samuel, New International Commentary on the OT (Eerdmans, 2007) 


Book of Acts 1-12 - Beginning of Church in Jerusalem to Anctioh
    2016
    theme         Acts         summary

13. May 29  Extraordinary 12:1-25      Peter Freed from Prison
            
Pray for Your Pastor

12. May 22  Accepting     10:1-11:30   Peter’s Vision—EAT
            
Eating for the Kingdom

11. May 15  Bold          9:32-43   Peter Raises Tabatha
            
All Prophets Testify to Christ 

10. May 8   Converted     9:1-31       Paul Blinded, then Sees
            
I Yam What I Yam

 9. May 1   Obedient      8:4-40       Angel, Phillip, Candace

 8. Apr 24  Selfless      6:1-8:3      Seven Chosen & Stephen

 7. Apr 17  Faithful      5:17-42      Peter Arrested, Gamaliel

 6. Apr 10  Integrity     4:32–5:16    Ananias & Sapphira

 5. Apr 3   Courageous    3:1–4:31     Peter Speaks

 4. Mar 17  Resurrected!  Luke 24:1-12 Easter Evangelistic Emphasis

 3. Mar 20  Unified       2:41-47      Giving, Meeting

 2. Mar 13  Empowered     2:1-15       Pentecost

 1. Mar 6   Entrusted     1:1-26       Wait for Gift

^^^ Also used F.F. Bruce, Book of Acts, New International Commentary on the NT (Revised; Eerdmans,1988)

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