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Creative Use of Adjectives


How important are adjectives? How creatively do you use them?

Try this writing exercise:

Using this list of adjectives, write an essay. When you’ve completed your essay, then read the entry below.

glass, vibrant, craggy, deep, velvety, timeless, melted, pewter, snow-dolloped, sun-infused, small, imposing, massive, majestic, grand, stunning, temporary, awe-inspiring, regal

Got your essay done? Come on, you can do it! It’s fun.

Try it. Go back up and use those adjectives. Share with me what topic came to mind as you saw that list of 19 words.

Okay, your essay is completed? Read the entry below:

Inspired by Ps. 145:5, Kim Taylor Henry in “Daily Guideposts” wrote the following devotional:

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I thought Kim Taylor Henry’s writing was wonderful. It inspired me to want to make better use of adjectives. What did you think about it?

Google her and see what else she has written. It’s an impressive list. Whose use of adjectives inspires you?

From Fear to Awe


From Fear to Awe – An Epiphany Sunday Sermon

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Politics has a long history
Of striking fear in hearts.
In Matthew, we hear the king asking,
“Where’s the new child in these parts?”

 

The Magi responded and left
With a heavy sigh of relief;
But all of Jerusalem was frightened
As their king behaved as a thief.

 

He seemed to want to steal
The joy of this promised birth.
His fear spread throughout
This part of the Christ-child’s earth.

 

We, too, live in fear of things
Beyond our ability to control.
Fear of God is extraordinary
As we are confused by our role.

 

If we are God-fearing, it is
Not the same as fear of faith.
It’s an invitation to see
Our loving God face-to-face.

 

Fear is a cascading emotion.
Fear begets fear, you see.
A chain reaction occurs –
The fear of Herod passes down to me.

 

What if Herod’s fear had turned
To trust and awe of the Lord?
Trust and awe are emotions
We must know we CAN afford.

 

We cannot afford, in fact,
To live in fear instead of awe.
Read the stars, find the Christ Child.
Trust God and His Word – His Law.

 

Are YOU in awe of the Lord??

 

 Sermon notes by Jan Beekman based on the message:
“See and Be Radiant!” by Pastor Steven Mabry
Plymouth Congregational Church, Paso Robles, CA

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