Memorize Monday: The Blesseds

The Beatitudes begin what might be the most critical summation of Christ's teaching--the Sermon on the Mount.  If every Christian could know only one passage by heart, the Sermon on the Mount would be a good start.  Be on your way by memorizing Matthew 5:1-12. … [Read more...]

Memorize Monday: 1 John 4:7-21

Part of the purpose of spiritual disciplines is to make right actions automatic.  When we are faced with someone who we can respond to with love or hate, we should not have to decide, we should be so formed that love is our default.  Spiritual disciplines are a way of returning our lives to the "factory settings" of God's Kingdom.Reading and meditating on scripture is a particularly power way to achieve such a reset.  Today read, reread, and work on memorizing 1 John 4:7-21.  Carry the verse … [Read more...]

Memorize Monday: Colossians 1:15-20

Memorize Colossians 1:15-20This passage, a hymn of sorts, answers the critical question: who is Christ?  By memorizing this hymn-poem you will have a ready answer for others, but more critically for yourself.Use this passage as a means of meditating on Christ.  Once you've memorized it, bring it back to mind regularly so that you can reflect on the rich and profound things the writer of the hymn is saying about who Christ is.For some scholarly reflection on the passage see F.F. B … [Read more...]

Memorize Monday: Romans 12:9-21

In what will be a recurring exercise, we will take Monday to memorize a passage of scripture.  This week our passage is Paul's classic portrait of the Christian life in Romans 12:9-21.  Write this passage on a note card or print it off--find some way that works for you to keep the scripture with you wherever you go.  During any down time in the day, look at the passage and memorize it.  There are several apps for smart phone users that can also help with memorization.Suggested Reading:  "C … [Read more...]


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