Friday, September 22, 2017
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Luke's Gospel is written to the Gentiles [non-Jews]
- Angels (Gabriel 1:26-35; at Bethlehem 2:10-11)
- Simeon (2:25-35)
- Anna (2:36-38)
- Mary (1:46-55)
- John the Baptist (3:16-17)
Is it with a servant's heart or for glory?
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
In addition to the photo
- Live in expectation of the fulfillment of God's promises.
- Reminder to those that are saved Jews (the Hebrews audience).
- Not trying to condemn.
- Jesus/Holy Spirit as our Guide.
Assurance of hope.
Those who lead others astray by "taking your eyes off your duty."
a) Patiently, but not the whole time - Hagar and Ishmael.
But God blessed Abraham anyway.
God's Word is enough. He cannot lie. But, when God worked with humans, the oath was to show humans His intent.
A promise might be changed.
Promise and Oath of God.
Flee to God: refuge, comfort, salvation, protection.
Hebrews fled persecution among them.
We are in the Holy of Holies because Jesus tore the veil.
This connects us with God Himself.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
11. The prisoner’s hands were clamped tightly to the bars of his cell.
Nevertheless, thanks to sentence #12, I've cleverly managed to end up with 15 adverbs in total to critique in the three posts on this topic.
Unfortunately, they are common in the works of writers who edit less [vigorously] than they should.
From time to time during the next two months, I’ll revisit this topic. More than one book I’ve been asked to review has been mired in the pit of excessive adverbs. I lost interest in the stories because there were
- many times when I was told what I already knew or felt.
- other times when the adverb didn’t match what I felt about that scene in the story.
By definition, clamp--hold (something) tightly against or in another thing (Google)--is to apply pressure on something to hold it in place. Hold it tight. Clamping tightly is like swimming wetly. It's hard to know how to rewrite this quote without knowing the setting. Did the prisoner just learn of his/her execution date? Was the inmate in the next cell part of the reason this prisoner was incarcerated?
Possible rewrite: The prisoner's hands gripped the bars with such force that the guard was certain the inmate's fingerprints were imprinted in the metal.
Is slightly bumpy more or less bumpy than rough? or uneven? Is it more bumpy than rutted?
Possible rewrite: The bicyclist jerked the handlebars first left, then right to avoid potholes and rocks as he pedaled across the empty field.
I don't recall daggers or arrows shooting from my eyes at any time.
Possible rewrite: Tired of all the time wasting by her class, the teacher gave each of the biggest offenders her best "teacher look."
Cynical laughter and hollow laughter are never cheerful. I contend that if the reader doesn't know that the laughing character is cheery, the author needs to re-write the scene.
- First, think of the situation.
- Then write without an adverb.