Adding to your MEMORY BANK

CHALLENGE 25 continues – and…

so far, so much candy has found new homes! HA!!

If I am honest, I love that I now have a new and growing arsenal of scripture to reflect on without using my iPad, smart phone, laptop, or even the old school ink/paper version. It really does pay to store the word of God in my heart. I knew this, of course, but now, I am living it on a whole new level.

So, if you are just getting on board, here’s a list of the ones we have mastered so far:

  • Ephesians 3:20
  • Galatians 5:22-23 (yeah, I know, that’s two)
  • Matthew 5:16
  • John 3:16
  • Philippians 4:6-7

Our newest one is John 13:34:

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. John 13:34

What a challenge. Truth is, we don’t always feel like loving one another. More truth – we aren’t always easy to love. Yet, we are commanded to love one another THE.WAY.HE.LOVES.US. Wow. That should be… well, nothing short of world changing!

So, keep memorizing. Add to that bank.

These verses will work in our brains to map out the way to live as followers of Jesus.

Who is with me?

Advertisements

How’s your memory?

So well over a month ago we started the Challenge 25 in middle school. Along with our church family, Seneca Creek Community Church, we have taken on the challenge of memorizing 25 verses over the course of a year. This is just one part of a year-long, life-changing celebration of our 25th anniversary!

So far, so awesome!

Students are super impressing us with their desire and ability to memorize scripture after scripture. Honestly, I have never been good at the whole memorizing verses thing, but I am working extra hard JUST.TO.KEEP.UP!! And it’s been great!!

If I am honest, I love that I now have a new and growing arsenal of scripture to reflect on without using my iPad, smart phone, laptop, or even the old school ink/paper version. It really does pay to store the word of God in my heart. I knew this, of course, but now, I am living it on a whole new level.

So, if you are just getting on board, here’s a list of the ones we have mastered so far:

  • Ephesians 3:20
  • Galatians 5:22-23 (yeah, I know, that’s two)
  • Matthew 5:16
  • John 3:16

Our newest one is Philippians 4:6-:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

This scripture, though challenging to memorize for me, is also INCREDIBLE in the TRUTH that it convey and the PROMISE it holds. So I plan to memorize it not just for the glory (or the candy), but for my heart. For my faith. For my life.

Who is with me?

Philippians-4-6-7

Freebie Extra ReFuel Devotional #3

I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. ¾ Psalm 119:10-11

Can you say the same thing David says here? Can you honestly say that you seek God with all your heart? If you’re like most people, you could say that sometimes. But what’s keeping you from saying that all the time?

How about your commitment to God’s commands? David begged God not to let Him stray. What about you? How is your commitment to, as Paul says in Ephesians 5:1, “imitating God”?

Is God’s Word hidden in your heart? If you never had access to a Bible again, would you be able to recall God’s Word based solely on how well you know it? And are you studying the Bible so that your life will reflect God’s own character?

Big questions, aren’t they . . .

But they’re important ones. And as a Christ-follower, how you answer them may tell you a lot about your faith.

So, I’ll check in with you again… How are you doing at the #Challenge25 memory verses? Here’s a list of all FOUR (with links) that we are working on right now.

Ephesians 3:20   Galatians 5:22-23   Matthew 5:16    John 3:16

Have you memorized any? If not, what’s stopping you? Why don’t you start right now! I mean, there are prizes…

Freebie Extra ReFuel Devotional #1

“But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.”    Luke 8:15

There’s a cool word in verse 15.

It’s the word, “retain.”

Think about it. Jesus is talking about how the ideal person responds to God’s Word. He had just finished talking about how some people ignore it, some people hear it but don’t really pay attention to it, and some people are OK with it for a while, but then lose interest.

These aren’t really good examples, are they?

But the last way of responding to God’s Word is the right way. In faith, we’re supposed to accept God’s Word and retain it. The idea of “retaining” is cool. It paints the picture of someone wanting God’s Word. Of someone holding on to it. Keeping it in. Really wanting it to find a home inside them.

How is your attitude toward God’s Word? Do you retain His Word? 

If not, what’s standing in the way of you wanting God’s Word more?

BTW… How are you doing with our #Challenge25 memory verse so far? We are three deep and a new one comes this week!  Keep working on Matthew 5:16, Galatians 5:22-23, and Ephesians 3:20! Prizes are still available every Sunday!