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  • The Failure of Forgetting

    “I am the Lord your God,
    who brought you out of the land of Egypt,
    out of the house of bondage.”
    (Exodus 20:2)
    Article by Dakota Dakota Lynch

    When God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses, He began with a reminder of Israel’s deliverance from Egypt. The Lord’s promise to “deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians” had been fulfilled (Exod. 3:8), and now they found themselves on the other side of a sea that once represented hopelessness and defeat. Pharaoh’s abusive taskmasters and harsh work orders were in the past. Their future, by contrast, held promises of blessing, rest, and provision.

    This reminder of deliverance is significant because forgetfulness proved to be one of Israel’s greatest struggles throughout the coming years — just as it is for us. As the Psalmist wrote in Psalm 106:21, they soon “forgot God their Savior, Who had done great things in Egypt.” Even before Moses made it down from Mount Sinai they had created a golden calf to worship!

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  • After the Ballot Box

    “If My people who are called by My name
    will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face,
    and turn from their wicked ways,
    then I will hear from heaven,
    and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
    (2 Chronicles 7:14)
    Article by Dakota Dakota Lynch

    As election season ends, our country’s need for healing and unity is undeniably obvious. Months of campaigning has left us emotionally raw as many find themselves angry, confused, and worried about what the future holds. Whoever you are and whatever your political affiliation is, the last 48 hours must have awakened you to the fact that our country is changing in a drastic, and perhaps permanent way.

    The question for Christians is this: amidst all the chaos, what should we be doing as believers? What role can we play in bringing peace to a troubled and torn country? Continue reading

  • The Man Who Took a Bullet for Reagan, And the One Who Took the Cross for Me

    "For there is one God
    and one Mediator between God and men,
    the Man Christ Jesus."
    (1 Timothy 2:5)
    Article by Dakota Dakota Lynch

    Everywhere the President goes, he is surrounded by members of the Secret Service. These highly-trained guards protect current and former presidents, vice presidents, nominees of major political parties, and even foreign diplomats. Their job is simple: protect those under their care at all costs, even at the expense of their own safety. On March 30, 1981, agent Tim McCarthy was called on to do just that as he willingly took a bullet for President Reagan in the line of duty. As shots rang out in Washington, D.C., McCarthy stood between the President and his would-be assassin, likely saving Reagan’s life while risking his own.

    Similarly, our salvation was accomplished by Christ, the one and only “Mediator between God and men” (emphasis added). Continue reading

  • Swordless

    "And take the helmet of salvation,
    and the sword of the Spirit,
    which is the word of God."
    (Ephesians 6:17)
    Article by Laura Laura Lynch

    The morning dawned early with a deafening roar as massing enemy troops shouted across the ravine. Smoke from a thousand torches boiled up into the sky.

    “Look lively!” cried the sergeant. “Up now! Into formation!”

    Throwing on our boots and helmets, we rushed to obey.

    “You forgot your sword,” I yelled to my comrade as he stood in line, his sheath swinging loosely at his side.

    “You have one,” he said with a yawn.

    “Mine is not enough for two of us,” I replied. “The enemy will have each his own weapon. So must we. Besides, I have practiced with my sword. Where is yours–the one you’ve spent hours with?” Continue reading

  • What Does Your Memory Actually Do?

    "Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God..."
    (Deut. 8:11)
    Article by Dakota Dakota Lynch

    The cover story for the November 2007 issue of National Geographic features a fascinating analysis of the human memory. The article tells the story of AJ, a 41-year-old-woman with an amazing ability to remember nearly every moment of her life since age 11. On the opposite end of the spectrum is EP, who suffered severe brain damage as a result of the herpes simplex virus. As a result, he is incapable of forming new memories and forgets every conversation within just a few seconds. The article is summarized well by its simple subtitle: “In the archives of the brain our lives linger or disappear.”

    Technically speaking, the memory is the faculty by which our minds store and retrieve information. Practically speaking, however, it is much more than a stored pattern of connections between neurons in the brain; nearly every expression of your individuality comes from the archives of your memory. Continue reading

  • The Life-Changing Love of God

    “Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom
    one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved.”
    (John 13:23)
    Article by Dakota Dakota Lynch

    The Gospel of John is incredibly unique. The writings of Matthew, Mark and Luke were written not long after the resurrection, and they are referred to by many as Synoptic Gospels based on their parallel descriptions of Christ’s earthly ministry.

    John’s Gospel, on the other hand, was written after the holy city of Jerusalem had been destroyed by the Romans. All of the original apostles, including Paul, had been martyred for their faith, leaving John alone and with plenty of time to reflect on the significance of the events he was about to describe. And so with pen in hand, John begins his Gospel by introducing us to the Son of God with the timeless words, “In the beginning was the Word” (1:1). Continue reading

  • Remember This

    "I remembered Your judgments of old, O Lord,
    And have comforted myself."
    (Psalm 119:52)
    Article by Dakota Dakota Lynch

    The cover story for the November 2007 issue of National Geographic features a fascinating analysis of the human memory. The article tells the story of AJ, a 41-year-old-woman with an amazing ability to remember nearly every moment of her life since age 11. On the opposite end of the spectrum is EP, who suffered severe brain damage as a result of the herpes simplex virus. Consequently, he is incapable of forming new memories and forgets every conversation within just a few seconds. The article is summarized well by its simple subtitle: “In the archives of the brain our lives linger or disappear.”

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  • 4 Excuses for Not Memorizing Scripture

    Princes persecute me without a cause,
    But my heart stands in awe of Your word.
    (Psalm 119:161)
    Article by Dakota Dakota Lynch

    If the thought of memorizing Scripture makes you cringe, then you know how I felt six years ago when I was challenged to start memorizing myself. It took me about four seconds to come up with a list of reasons why Scripture memory just wasn’t for me. I was quite proud of my list of excuses:

    • “I have a bad memory.”
    • “I don’t have enough time.”
    • “Scripture memory might be commendable, but it’s probably not a requirement.”
    • “Plenty of good people I know have never memorized a Bible verse.”

    Despite my excuses, I decided to give Scripture memory a try for the next 40 days and see if it was worthwhile. More than 2,000 days later I’m still memorizing, and here’s what I’ve learned in the meantime:

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  • Nearing Home

    “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
    (2 Corinthians 5:7)
    Article by Dakota Dakota Lynch

    Abraham is remembered for his unconditional trust in God. He very literally walked by faith, uprooting his family and leaving the familiarity of his hometown, “not knowing where he was going” (Heb. 11:8).

    Such faith is both rare and impressive, but just as remarkable (and yet not as well-known) is the faith exhibited by his future daughter-in-law Rebekah some years later.

    Let’s take a look at her story:

    Nearing the end of his life, Abraham knew it was time to find a godly wife for his son Isaac. Since the neighboring Canaanites were idolaters, Abraham sent his chief servant on perhaps the greatest mission of his life. His orders were simple: “You shall go to my country and to my family, and take a wife for my son Isaac” (Gen. 24:4).

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  • Kansas City Scriptorium 2016

     

    If you’ve never been to a Scriptorium, you’re missing out — big time. In a nutshell, a Scriptorium is a formal recitation of a predetermined portion of Scripture. Scripture Memory Fellowship hosted the first-ever Scriptorium in Hannibal, Missouri 10 years ago, an idea that quickly gained traction with churches across the country. To date, more than 20 Scriptoriums have been hosted around the world!

    Thanks to the Pentimone family and Masters Community Church in Kansas City, I was able to attend my very first Scriptorium this past weekend. The event was a remarkable success that featured dozens of memorizers reciting entire chapters of Scripture with a contagious joy and enthusiasm. Friday evening began with recitations from Genesis, the entire book of Ruth, several Psalms and a portion of Isaiah. Recitations continued Saturday morning and featured more than 30 memorizers quoting through the entire book of Matthew and the final 3 chapters of Revelation.

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