Have you ever known someone who is simply beyond criticism? No one finds fault with that person because there's just not any to find? These people aren't perfect, of course, but for the very most part of their day, and inside the greatest percentage of their thoughts, these people exist in in a perpetual place of honor. That was Job. He was above reproach. He was a man so forthright that the Bible uses the word "blameless" to describe his integrity. His honesty qualified him for the unique descriptor of "upright." Job feared
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Nehemiah built that wall. Did that kinda make you laugh? I really hope so. Ok, sorry. Let's get on to the story of Nehemiah. Let's get serious here. No more jokes. I promise. Let's review. Our last verse took us up to the point in Israel's history when Cyrus, king of Persia had overthrown the Babylonian empire and began to allow the exiled Jews to return to Jerusalem after 70 years of captivity. In Ezra 3:11, we memorized the words that spoke of the people's worship when the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.
Have you ever been homesick? I remember when I was first old enough to spend the night away from home. I packed a bag with my favorite jammies, tucked in my toothbrush and couldn't wait for my mom to pull the car into the driveway at my friend's house. It was all kinds of fun until the sun went down and it got dark outside. Then my stomach started feeling a little queasy, and I wondered what my mom and brother were doing at home. When the book of Ezra opens, it was 538 B.C., and God's people were plenty homesick. For 70 years,
As Kynzie (my granddaughter) and I approach the 29th verse on our quest to memorize one verse from each book of the Bible, we sense the momentum that has built along the way. By now, we've clearly heard and understood, verse by verse by verse, God's plan and God's heart for his people. He has continually assured them of his plans for their lives, his principles of discipline for their own good, and his passion for keeping them as his own. In what feels like our final lap around the Old Testament, we are memorizing verses from
Note: This post provides the backdrop for #28 in the list of 66 faith-filled Bible verses my granddaughter and I are memorizing together. We started at Genesis 1:1, and we're working our way through the whole Bible, one verse from each book.
And he did. Hosea married a cheater. Not the kind who didn't keep her eyes on her own paper, either. At the beginning of Hosea's career as a prophet, he married a woman who had an unappealing name and a reputation that was even worse. Described as adulterous,
(Note: This is number three in my 3-part travel series chronicling our family trip to Washington, D.C. If you missed out on the previous posts, here's Day One and Day Two.) This is the post I wasn't sure I would have the courage to write. (At the entrance to a presidential exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of American History.) At no time in my life have I considered myself a deep thinker. I took government in high school and philosophy in college. I understand the basics of our checks-and-balances structure, and
Kynzie and I have made it to our first big milestone on our scripture memory journey! We’ve now memorized 25 verses together!!! Woo-hoo!!! It has taken time, but not that much. It's taken effort, but it's surprisingly not that overwhelming. It's been hard, but not impossible. We may not make our goal of 66 by the end of the year, but, hey, we've already gotten to #25! Do you know what’s been the hardest part? It’s not remembering the book of the Bible where the verse is found. It’s not the succession of the words in the
My granddaughter and I are memorizing 66 verses together, one from each book of the Bible. It started out as a lofty goal on my part, as I over-enthusiastically planned for us to be finished in one year's time. Well, it's going to take us longer than I thought, but it's proving to be time well spent. Verse #17 is one of our favorites so far. It's about a brave young Jewish woman named Esther who was exiled with her people in the Persian empire under the rule of King Xerxes. One day, Esther's life takes a very unexpected
(Note: In order to share all 66 verses I'm memorizing with my granddaughter this year, I'll have to double up a time or two. This is a good time to combine two verses into one week, because these two principles go together like a hand in a spiritual glove. God's requirements for man - and God's provision when man just doesn't measure up.) Verse #3 Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am the LORD your God. Leviticus 20:7 I have loved being a parent, but I haven't done everything right - or at times even well! While
My idea of memorizing a verse from each book of the Bible with my granddaughter required some research on my part. In my mind, there was no way to overstate the importance of the scripture selection or understate the impact those scriptures would have over the course of her lifetime. But...how was I supposed to narrow down, from every rich page of God's holy word, just 66 verses for us to memorize? Taking this job anything but lightly, I took my time and asked God for his direction. Here are the four criteria I used in