Cherishing the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Open it, write it, and remember it.

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Like many people, several years ago I really got into the digital craze. I got my first iPhone was given an iPad.  I love using these devices.  From everything from keeping up with my mileage, expenses, reminders and my calendar.  They were very helpful.  I began to read my bible from my devices and wrote notes on my iPad or iPhone bible app.  It was like a one-stop shop for my life.  Everything I needed was on my devices.

But something strange happened to me spiritually.  I began to dry up.  The biblical awareness that I had when I was younger seemed to lapse and my ability to memorize or remember what I had read started to leave me.  Finding cross-references began more arduous and the use of Scripture began to slowly leave my soul as well.  Over the years, I had asked the Lord to help me with a solution to this.  I originally believed much of my challenge was age and busy-ness.  So I thought this was the natural process of getting older and dismissed my lack of spiritual clarity on the “crazy-busy” seasons of life.

However, a few months ago I began to sense a nudge from the Lord to revive writing in a journal and reading a paper Bible.  Part of my reasoning was because as I considered my spiritual journey, I realized that much of my growth through the years came when I was writing thoughts and ideas down from the Bible passages I was reading.  So I thought that I should go back to this practice and see how the Lord would meet me.  Here’s what I have found:  I have found a refreshed love for God’s word as I have meditated on it more slowly.  I have found that as I write down (with a pen) the thoughts that come from a particular Bible passage, I have an elevated love for God and I remember what it more easily.  I have found a renewed eagerness to read and think about God’s word.  I have found a renewed “crispness” in my thinking and a renewed ability to cross-reference Bible passages more easily.

Now, I do not think that this is an “every person” answer but it might be one that’s helpful to some.  If you find yourself a tad dry or maybe a little weary of reading your Bible, why not take out a pen, a journal and a real-life leafy paper Bible and open it and write about it?  I pray that it will encourage you like it has me.

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Present Distress

The texts from 1 Corinthians 7 have been incredibly challenging to interpret and then make clear. Much of the dilemma is cultural, but the syntax, grammar, and language also made these sections really hard. So, my prayer is that throughout this chapter, it has been clear and hopefully, encouraging and helpful.


Called by the Lord

ALL of God’s people are in ministry, at one level or another. And when Jesus enters our lives, he doesn’t expect us to move, change locations/jobs/spouses/etc., to be better Christians or be more acceptable to God.

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