Chew on this during your week – James 1:19-21

 Good morning readers. First I want to thank those of you who participated in the discussion last week regarding infant salvation and baptism. I believe it is a sensitive topic, but one that scripture is clear on. It is certainly one of those issues that will test the faith of anyone who happens to lose a child.

Second, I want to let you know that I am changing the format of the weekly memory verses. Or rather, I am changing the expectations. I realize that some, if not all, of us are unable to memorize the verse(s) each week. This can become discouraging and may end up turning you away from simple meditation on a selected passage. So, for those of you who are nodding your head at this, myself included, you can expect to see a change in the expectations regarding these weekly passages. I want you to meditate first, and if memorization comes out of that time then great, but that is not our goal. 

The goal is not to be able to say a verse on command; the goal is to read a passage over and over again so that through doing so you begin to truly ponder the words, meaning, and application. How does this sound to you?

To kick off this new view, I want you to chew on the passage from James below (my wife and I are reading through the book of James, so expect a lot from this book here):

James 1:19-21 (ESV)

19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person  be quick to hear,  slow to speak,  slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore  put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with  meekness the implanted word,  which is able to save your souls. 

This Week’s Memory Verse (James 1:2-4)

Good morning readers. Below you will find this week’s memory verse. This passage has always been a challenge for me, as I suspect it is for you as well. That said, study this passage in context and you will learn how to “count it all joy…when you meet trials of various kinds.”

James 1:2-4

2 Count it all joy, my brothers,   when you meet trials   of various kinds,  3 for you know that   the testing of your faith   produces steadfastness.  4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be   perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Stay tuned later today for a big announcement. This is exciting for me to share with you and is something that I hope you can be involved in!

Final Day for Isaiah 9:6 – Your Thoughts?

This past week we were able to take some time to meditate on Isaiah 9:6, a verse that speaks to the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ, the reason for our time of celebration this time of year.

Isaiah 9:6 (ESV)

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Did you study this verse throughout your week? If so, I’d love to hear what you learned. Please use the comment form below to share your thoughts.

(Also, take six minutes to read the first post in the Christmas Series, “The Significance of the Time in History.”)

A Lamp to My Feet Reminder – John 3:16

This past week we had the pleasure to take a look at a short verse, compared to the passages we have been working on, which is also an extremely fascinating verse. I don’t want to steal any of your thunder, so I’ll hold off on getting preachy on what I love about this verse and learned from it and save it for another time. But one thing that is incredible about this verse is that God sent his Son, his one and only Son, to the earth. Just thinking about that part of the verse itself is unfathomable, but true.  
I invite you to share your findings on John 3:16 in the comments below. What does this verse mean? What did you learn? What stands out to you? 
If you didn’t get a chance to complete this week’s “challenge” feel free to take a look at our verse this week below and comment with what you love most about this verse. 

John 3:16 (ESV) 

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
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A Lamp to My Feet Reminder – Psalm 1:1-3

Today is the last day of the first “memory verse challenge” here. The weekly passages are posted on Monday and conclude on Sunday. During the week you are encouraged to meditate on the verse each day, even throughout each day, so that it is not just a memory game but something that can become a part of you. This week we focused on Psalm 1:1-3:

Psalm 1:1-3 (ESV)

1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.

If you participated this week please comment to this post or the original post letting all of us know how you did with the verse. Were you able to memorize it? What did you learn this week from meditating on it? Did anything stand out to you? Did you do any type of study on the verse? If you have no idea what this is about read the original announcement here and subscribe to future passages.

I look forward to hearing how you did!