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  • Correcting Recitations - Help Without Exasperation

    Article by Laura Laura Lynch

    We all make mistakes in reciting Scripture. “To err is human;” perhaps nowhere more than in reciting Scripture! But because "every word of God is pure" (Prov. 30:5), make it your aim to find and fix every error. Being confident of the exact wording will make quoting more pleasurable and sharing more comfortable. An attentive hearer who catches your mistakes will help you make great progress toward the goal of having your Scripture ready to deploy in every situation (2 Tim. 4:2). If your hearer also quotes to you, this will make it much easier for him/her to have mercy on your miscues. Consider the two types of correction below:

    1) Instant Correction: Your hearer alerts you instantly, as soon as a mistake is made in your recitation. He/she can correct you with "Say that part again" or "Go back to the part where it says this.” Or, a hearer can simply say "again" at the exact point of error. Instant feedback prevents errors from lodging in the mind. Experience proves that errors allowed a foothold soon become permanent residents very difficult to evict! On the other hand, instant feedback can derail your train of thought.

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  • The Pursuit of Purpose

    "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
    Fear God and keep His commandments,
    For this is man’s all."
    (Ecclesiastes 12:13)
    Article by Dakota Dakota Lynch

    Why are we here? This is a question that has puzzled humanity for nearly as long as humanity has existed, and perhaps never more so than in this 21st century. The lie that life is meaningless is propounded by evolutionists who foolishly conclude, “There is no God” (Psa. 14:1), and yet even the atheist’s heart yearns to accomplish something meaningful with his time on earth.

    Few of us never aspired to be an astronaut, the president, or a movie star. Perhaps these aspirations were not as significant as we once believed, but they do reflect the common desire of us all to live purposeful lives. Even as adults we’re discontent with pointless careers. We have children to leave a living part of us behind once we ourselves are gone. We write blog posts because we want to be part of a conversation deeper than next week’s weather forecast.

    As Christians, of course, we know that the Divine purpose of life is chiefly to enjoy an intimate relationship with our Creator and glorify Him “in our body and in our spirit” (Rev. 4:11; 1 Cor. 6:20; Eph. 2:10). Moreover, we have the promise of Christ that “if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:3). If all of this isn’t enough, recall that in the meantime we have been commissioned to join in the greatest rescue mission of all time by sharing the Gospel of salvation “to those who are perishing” (2 Cor. 4:3; Mark 16:15).

    The objective of this blog post is not to encourage an overinflated sense of importance or self-esteem, but to offer a reminder of this simple yet profound Biblical truth: when Christ was on the cross, it was out of love for you and me (Rom. 5:8). To discount the meaning of life is to discount the value of Christ’s life-giving sacrifice by which you have been “bought at a price” (1 Cor. 6:20).

  • No Thief Like Fear

    "For God has not given us a spirit of fear,
    but of power and of love
    and of a sound mind."
    (2 Timothy 1:7)
    Article by Dakota Dakota Lynch

    Fear has many names. Whether you call it insecurity, anxiety, worry, nervousness or apprehension, its effects remain the same. Science tells us that to every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, and this same principal finds its way into our spiritual lives as well. For every ounce of fear you accommodate in your heart, you rob yourself of an equal of the peace and joy Christ offers instead.

    Fear is the enemy of faith (Matt. 8:26), which is why Satan has looked for ways of instilling fear in people’s hearts since the beginning of time. Why did Peter deny Christ? Why did all of Israel cower before Goliath for 40 days? Why did only one disciple go out to meet Jesus on the raging sea? Why did the Pharisees crucify the Messiah they’d so long been waiting for? Fear. Fear of persecution, fear of defeat, fear of shame.

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  • Anchored

    “Which hope we have
    as an anchor of the soul,
    both sure and steadfast.”
    (Hebrews 6:19)
    Article by Dakota Dakota Lynch

    An anchor serves one purpose: to keep its vessel from moving. An anchorless boat is quickly displaced by the slightest wind or current it encounters at sea. The presence of an anchor doesn’t mean storms won’t come, but it does ensure the ship will be able to withstand them.

    The author of Hebrews obviously recognized the significance of hope in the Christian’s life, and he refers to it in this passage as “an anchor of the soul.” The implication is that without hope, we will be “like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed” (Jas. 1:6) — quite the opposite of our calling in 1 Corinthians 15:58 to be “steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.”

    But what exactly is hope anyway?

    As John Piper aptly points out, “Christian hope is when God has promised that something is going to happen and you put your trust in that promise. Christian hope is a confidence that something will come to pass because God has promised it will come to pass.”

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  • Join the Microblade Community

    Success in systematic Scripture memorizing comes far more readily when we make it a group effort. Besides the benefit of God’s Word being hidden in more hearts, memorizing as a group creates accountability that helps keep everyone motivated.

    Scripture Memory Fellowship has always believed in the value of group memorization, which is why we’re excited to announce our brand new Microblade program starting February 1. Microblades invites you to join a community of memorizers just like yourself, as well as get back in the habit of memorizing after the holidays.

    The Microblade community will memorize 2-3 verses per week on topics like Worship, Purity, and Marriage. Each Microblader will receive short devotionals for each memory verse and be invited to join the online Microblade forum. In the forum, you'll be able to interact with a growing community of memorizers, answer study questions, and discuss God's Word together.

    Each month's Microblade will be available in the SMF Bible memory app or via PDF download in one of five translations. Start off the New Year with a fresh commitment to Scripture memory and sign up for Microblades today!

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  • A Walk Through the Bible

    "The words of the LORD are pure words:
    as silver tried in a furnace of earth,
    purified seven times."
    (Psalm 12:6)
    Article by Dakota Dakota Lynch

    Part 1 – Meet God

    In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. You alone are the LORD; You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and everything on it, the seas and all that is in them, and You preserve them all. The host of heaven worships You.

    He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice, a God of truth and without injustice; righteous and upright is He. The LORD reigns, He is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed, He has girded Himself with strength. Surely the world is established, so that it cannot be moved. Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting.

    Part 2 – Meet Sin

    The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one.”

    Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.

    Part 3 – Meet the Savior

    And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

    Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth. Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

    Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. 

    But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.

    There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

    Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

    And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. Therefore comfort one another with these words.

    Scriptures: Gen. 1:1; John 1:3; Neh. 9:6; Deut. 32:4; Ps. 93:1-2; Prov. 15:3; Gen. 6:5; Rom. 3:10-12; Job 14:1; Ps. 51:5; John 1:14; Phil. 2:8-10; Acts 4:12; Isa. 53:4-5; 1 John 3:16; 1 Cor. 15:20-22; Rom. 8:1; Rom. 8:34; Heb. 4:16; Ps. 43:5; 1 Thess. 4:16-17; Rev. 21:4; 1 Thess. 4:18

  • Motivated Memory Work

    “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ,
    as though God were pleading through us…”
    (2 Corinthians 5:20)
    Article by Dakota Dakota Lynch

    To me, the most noteworthy benefits of memorizing Scripture are those we experience on a personal level. These include joy, peace and “good success” (Josh. 1:8). It is, however, important to recognize that the world naturally holds Christians to a higher standard of Biblical competence than those who deny its inspiration altogether. In my experience, unbelievers think it only natural that an ambassador for Christ would be well-versed in the Bible (pun intended) and able to defend his or her faith confidently.

    Of course the source of your motivation to memorize shouldn’t be a desire to please others. Our human nature is to prioritize what is personally necessary above that which is done for the benefit of others, meaning your commitment to Scripture memory is much more likely to be weakened by the “cares of this life” if not rooted in a realization of its power to transform your own walk with God (Luke 21:34).

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  • The Powerful Word of God

    “But no man can tame the tongue.
    It is an unruly evil,
    full of deadly poison."
    (James 3:8)
    Article by Dakota Dakota Lynch

    The power of the spoken word is enormous and difficult to fully comprehend. The personal impact of our own speech is that “by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned,” and the eternal effects of what we say to others are often just as drastic (Matt. 12:37). According to Solomon in Proverbs 18:21, death and life themselves are in the power of the tongue, meaning our words can either be used as a tool to accomplish “what is good for necessary edification,” or as a deadly weapon that sows seeds of doubt and discouragement (Eph. 4:29).

    Unfortunately, using our words to tear down isn’t something that requires special training. Our human nature is to speak before we think, a tendency we must be intentional about overcoming by instead “exercising ourselves toward Godliness” (1 Tim. 4:7). Our goal as Christians should be that our “speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt,” something most people will acknowledge is easier said than done (Col. 4:6).

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  • Unscripted Bricks

    “Truly God is good.”
    (Psalm 73:1)
    Article by Dakota Dakota Lynch

    For most people, each new year begins with a long list of resolutions for change. We determine to alter the way we look, the way we act, and the way we spend our time. Personally, I’ve never been the type to head into January with more than a few New Year’s resolutions, but I almost always begin my year with a general idea of things I’d like to do differently.

    Unfortunately, research shows that only about 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s goals. I’ve personally been among the other 92% quite often, and so I can say from experience that this failure isn’t usually due to the resolution being unattainable; most of the time, it’s a simple lack of commitment on my part.

    So if most New Year’s resolutions don’t reflect an unwavering commitment to change, why is our culture seemingly obsessed with them this time of year? Continue reading

  • Lessons from a Christmas Carol

    In Dickens’ classic Christmas Carol, Scrooge spies two wretched children in the skirts of the Spirit of Christmas Present. Scrooge asks the spirit, “Are they yours?”

    Article by Jim Woychuk Jim Woychuk

    'They are Man's,' said the Spirit….This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased.

    Doom born of Ignorance. If Dickens read our news and walked our streets, he would see that doom coming to pass. Ignorance of God’s ways, of God’s Word, of God Himself is bludgeoning our culture into a slow-motion train-wreck frightful to behold.

    Hosea saw a similar doom born of ignorance 2700 years ago:

    There is no truth or mercy or knowledge of God in the land…My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…. Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children…They do not direct their deeds toward turning to their God, for the spirit of harlotry is in their midst, and they do not know the LORD. (Hos. 4:1, 6; 5:4)

    We joke about ignorant people or dismiss ignorance as inconsequential, but in fact ignorance decimates! “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hos. 4:6). Nations, cities, families, men and women, boys and girls, wither and perish by ignorance.

    In such desperate times, Hosea offers healing and hope:

    Come, and let us return to the LORD; for He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. Let us know, Let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, like the latter and former rain to the earth.

    When we store God’s Word in our heart, we “pursue the knowledge of the LORD.” Let us be careful to know Him, not just about Him, lest we fall into error of those unwilling to come to Him (John 5:39-40). God’s Word reveals who God is, what He is like what He may be depended on to do and say. Preaching to Cornelius, Peter said, “To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins” (Acts 10:43).

    To believe on Him and receive forgiveness is the best educational answer to the worst moral and spiritual ignorance. And in us, as in Scrooge in Dickens’ Carol, knowledge of Christ leads to repentance, forgiveness, life, and joy.

    Scrooge was better than his word…Some people laughed to see the alteration in him, but he let them laugh, and little heeded them… Ever afterwards… it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God Bless Us, Every One!

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