Readers: this week’s memory verse is below. Another one from chapter 1 of James. As always, please study and memorize this verse with an understanding of where it is in the context. Interpretation will never be accurate unless it is accomplished within context.
James 1:17 (ESV)
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
First, an apology is due for missing last week’s verse as you can imagine, time is not something that seems to be available around this time of year with Christmas and New Year’s consuming a lot of it. I simply never got around to choosing a verse for last week and am very sorry about that. I do hope that despite my absence you stayed in the Word!
This week I want us to look at a verse that is short, simple, sweet, and extremely challenging:
James 1:22 (ESV)
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
Notice the first word. That should cause you to do something: study the context. Meditate and memorize, but understand this verse in the context. Seek to understand how the original audience would have understood these words, then work to uncover what the text means (not what it means to you).
Have a great week! And be sure to stop by with your thoughts 🙂
December. Christmas. Crowds. Spending a lot of money. The usual, right? This is what Christmas has become and it couldn’t be more distracting. Christmas is a time for us to remember, reflect, and worship because of God sending his one and only Son to us in the form of a baby who would grow into a man and eventually give his life on a cross for those who would believe in him (John 3:16). That is why we celebrate Christmas.
This week is a simple verse. Actually just one verse. I want you to spend as much time on this as you have with the passages in the past. Really study this and think about what it says. You are probably familiar with it, so that will cause you to read it very fast and glaze over it. Fight that urge and take your time. Do some research and bible study (remember to do so with the context in mind). This will be a rewarding exercise and I look forward to seeing what you learn through he week.
Isaiah 7:14 (ESV)
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
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I look forward to discussing this verse with you on Sunday!!
As for me, I would seek God, and to God would I commit my cause,
who does great things and unsearchable, marvelous things without number:
he gives rain on the earth and sends waters on the fields;
he sets on high those who are lowly, and those who mourn are lifted to safety.
Don’t forget to study this verse daily this week. Return here during the week with your thoughts on the verse then on Sunday come back to say if you were able to memorize it or not and share any final thoughts on the passage.
This week we were meditating on and memorizing Psalm 119:1-4. If you were able to participate in the challenge this week, go ahead a leave a comment saying so and and be sure to include your thoughts on the passage.
Maybe you forgot about the challenge this week, or were not able to get it memorized? Take a look at the passage below for a few minutes and share your thoughts with us. It is never too late to slow down and reflect on a passage from God’s Word.
Psalm 119:1-4 (ESV)
Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord!
Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart,
who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways!
You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently.
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I look forward to reading your thoughts on the passage this week 🙂