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Words of Endearment: the Ten Commandments as a Revelation of God’s Love by Bill Coker, Sr. became available December 16, 2020 on amazon.com Publisher: Sermon to Book. Paperback for $12.95 and e-book for $6.50
“When we look at the ten words that make up what we call the Ten Commandments, or Decalogue, I want you to look at them as I’ve titled this book, Words of Endearment. I hope this will help you understand the Lord’s words a little differently than we have understood them in the past…. The reason I prefer the word endearment to the word commandment is because commands are often viewed as a form of oppression or military might…. This creates a wrong image of God.”
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Bill’s next book was published April 2021 and contains Bill’s pulpit prayers from World Gospel Church. Title: Prayers for the People: from the Heart of a Pastor. Arranged by topics: this book contains prayers from Sunday morning services, special occasions such as weddings and funerals, national events, the church calendar, and benedictions. Pastor Dr. Charles Lake wrote the foreword. It was published by EABooks. This book is available at $13.00 on amazon.com and from us with Bill’s stamped signature. Order from us by sending your mailing address to: firstname.lastname@example.org
An article, “The Lost Art of Pastoral Prayers,” was published in 2019 in Grace and Peace, a magazine of the Nazarene Press for pastors. It included comments by Bill but also interviews from several pastor friends.
In time for reading during Advent 2021
The Scandal of Christmas: Advent Reflections on Four Unlikely Figures
Some of you remember Bill’s Advent series that included “Man in the Shadows” about Joseph. People have said it’s one of their favorite sermons. This series of four messages has been published in time for Christmas of 2021 and titled The Scandal of Christmas: Advent Reflections on Four Unlikely Figures. The other three personalities are Zechariah, Mary, and Jesus.
Released October 2021, it was in good time for Advent. Published by EABooks, illustrations by Dave O’Connell of each biblical character are an added highlight.
Transcripts have been edited for two more books gleaned from Bill’s messages:
1) Bill’s fourth book, Let the Church Be the Church, will be going to EABooks for publication in mid-August of 2022. Tentative schedule is to have it ready by mid-November. These messages were not from one series but collected from various dates at World Gospel Church. In one sermon, Bill describes what an ideal church should look like spiritually and structurally. One aspect is a church with no walls (and therefore no prejudice) in order to welcome anyone and everyone.
2) The next one is Holiness: A Matter of Relationship. The bulk of content is based on a series of messages Bill presented to missionaries and staff of OMS (One Mission Society). More messages will be added. A publisher is forthcoming and may be connected with an organization that specializes in Wesleyan resources. Our son, Bill, Jr., as co-author, will help expand his dad’s messages and add discussion questions.
Journey with Bunyan’s Pilgrim is a Work in Progress by Ann. Chad R. Allen coached me with his Book Proposal Academy. The goal of this companion book is to connect John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress and Scripture with a personal life journey. I’m seeking a publisher with a good fit, while I continue to work on platform. With comments and devotions, this book will help readers interpret Bunyan’s classic and apply his various characters to life’s experiences. The content divides into 13 six-day weeks with room for journaling.
I’m writing a memoir: Bill’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Me. It’s a book concept around my own feelings, faults, and frustrations I’ve identified during Bill’s journey through dementia. This memoir would be more about me but connected with Bill. My hope is that it will help other caregivers be honest with their feelings and submit to the Lord’s guidance. My current goal is complete the writing by early 2023. I’ve joined Chad Allen’s 2022 Book Proposal Academy to help me form the book proposal and grow my platform.
My dream job expanded when Becky motivated me to consider a Podcast of her dad’s sermons. We gathered a team that includes Michael Gearhart in California who does the conversions from cassette tapes into digital format and then works on the mix. Erik Thein provides the tech support here, organizing us well. Dan Badger is our host with a good voice. On April 6, 2022, the “Teaser” introduced the podcast: Words of Endearment with Bill Coker. Episode #1, Wednesday 13 April 2022, featured the Introduction to the Decalogue. The closing episode of this series will air June 29 and a new series will begin. Podcast directories include Apple, Castbox, Stitcher, Spotify, Google, and others. Tune in: episodes are published every Wednesday.
While in Terre Haute, IN, we began getting Bill’s audio messages online. You may try to listen to Bill’s sermons on Ezra and Nehemiah on Sermon Cloud. But I’m not sure if the link is current: http://www.sermoncloud/billcokersr Try it and report back to me.
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