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Read It!

“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” Rom. 15:4 What is the best way to begin memorizing? Simple. READ IT, but don’t be lazy. Read your memory verse in context thoughtfully and ...
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Memorizing is the Easy Part

Memorizing Scripture does not by itself make a person Christ-like or spiritual. In fact, memory work is the easy part. Many actors, singers, and scholars can quote God’s Word precisely and even forcefully. But that is not the same thing as knowing God. Allow me to repeat: memorizing is the ...
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When the Cowboys Beat the Saints

The Dallas Cowboys beat the New Orleans Saints last night here in our fair city, and it brings up an unpleasant topic: it’s become very fashionable and acceptable in our culture to “beat the saints” verbally. Criticism of Christians’ bad behavior seldom takes a holiday. Whether it’s the ...
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The (Partial) Truth Behind our Idols

Idols are lies. Concerning idol-worshipers, Isaiah says, “A deceived heart has turned him aside; And he cannot deliver his soul, Nor say, ‘Is there not a lie in my right hand?’” An idol is a lie of such powerful deceptive power that it actually blinds us to its existence. We don’t ...
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Adrift Without a Paddle

"And He said to them, 'Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts?'" (Luke 24:38) Indonesian teenager Aldi Adilang knows what hopelessness feels like. While aboard his floating fish trap this summer, strong winds snapped his anchor lines and he drifted out to sea without so much ...
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Soul Coffee: Why You Cannot Afford to Miss Another Quiet Time

"O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You..." (Psalm 63:1) We’re all creatures of habit. Whether you’re making breakfast, hanging laundry, or driving to work, certain parts of your day are so routine they require little thought or attention. That’s why you sometimes can’t remember ...
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Talent vs. Commitment

  "And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things..." (1 Corinthians 9:25) In 2008, the world watched in amazement as Michael Phelps made Olympic history. One of the most talented swimmers of all time, Phelps won 8 medals just like he'd done 4 years earlier. But this ...
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The Chimney

Every person you meet fights a hard battle. The smiling friend with whom you just had lunch faces fiery trials that would break your heart if you knew them all. But God’s Word enables us to come through the fire. A heart nourished on words of truth acquires an asbestos-like quality, which fire ...
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The Measure of True Success

“He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” 1 John 5:12 What is the measure of a life well-lived? If you browse your local library for books on professional success, financial success, marital success, or academic success, you’ll find no shortage of ...
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The Difference Between Memorizing Scripture & Raising Chickens

"I am Yours, save me; for I have sought Your precepts." (Psalm 119:94) Years ago, a hobbyist chicken farmer in Missouri was asked, "If I start raising chickens, when can I expect to start making some money?” The chicken farmer simply smiled and said, "You don't raise chickens to make money. ...
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