One of the tools I use to encourage myself in the memory of Holy Scripture is the Fighter Verse app. It is a really helpful way to get weekly passages hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against God (Psalm 119:11).
This week, the passage is from the book of Deuteronomy and the story of Israel. After their rebellion against God and forty years in the wilderness, wandering, they are now on the cusp of the Promised Land. Before they enter, Moses launches into an extended sermon, preparing the people for obedience and blessing in their new home. A few minutes into his exhortation, we find our memory passage:
Hear, O Israel:
Yahweh our God,
Yahweh is one.
You shall love Yahweh your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
(Deuteronomy 6:4-5, ESV)
"Hear, O Israel."
Huh. Why would Moses utter what seems like such a rudimentary and simple command at this point in the life of God's people? What might be bound up in the word, "hear"? And how might such an exhortation continue to apply to God's people today?
Well, thanks to the folks over at The Bible Project, we've got a great start on meditating on this passage and its ongoing significance. Take a few minutes to watch and hear.
Preparation For Holy Week
If you were here on Sunday, then you know that we will not be leaving Paul’s letter to the Philippians as the text for our Good Friday and Easter Sunday services.
Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you.
First, it is Palm Sunday. Which means it is the beginning of a week of remembering the most important events in the history of the world: the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, his last meal with his disciples, his death at the hands of sinful men as the result of a sham sentence in a kangaroo court, his burial by those who loved him, and his resurrection from the dead just three days later. All of it for the salvation and rescue of the world.
One of the dangers of reading the stories of those followers of Jesus that we find in the Bible is we can treat them as if they are almost super-human.
In the unsearchable counsel of God's will for the world, he has so designed that salvation will come through the church, that body of people gathered by the power of his Holy Spirit.
The Whole Story: Ephesians-Week Two
I attempted to show in the sermon this past Sunday that Paul offers us two anchor points for our lives, and upon which our lives depend.
Why Should I Read The Bible?
Most days I love waking up, coffeeing up, praying up, and then gobbling up the Bible. But not every day. I’m just like you in that. I need reminding about why the Bible — God’s Whole Story — is an important part of my day, for every other part of my day.