Free Audio Bibles

By Tuesday, March 26, 2013 0 0

Wow! Right now, you can download free MP3 recordings of the Bible in a variety of versions. Check out the Free Audio Bibles from Faith Comes By Hearing and choose the version you most enjoy. These recordings are dramatized, which means different voices for different characters. You may or may not enjoy that, but I encourage you to give it a try, especially if you enjoy books on tape.

Also, if you’ve been watching The Bible on the History Channel, I encourage you to download the real thing. You might be surprised to learn some of the details left out of the film version! Here are links to the Old and New Testament in the ESV, my favorite word-for-word translation.

 

Real Food {Week 2}

By Monday, January 21, 2013 0 0

For the grace of god appeared, bringing salvation to all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us, to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

-Titus 2:11-14

This was a very challenging week(s) for me! It’s a long portion of scripture that my church is memorizing while my pastor does a series on the return of Christ. His intention was that we would take a few weeks to memorize, but that’s not my goal for the year, so I did the whole thing over the last two weeks. For some reason, it has been really hard to make it stick. This verse is still hanging out behind tab #2, as I don’t have it down perfectly yet. I hope that as I begin to memorize Romans Road (in Spanish!) and keep practicing the previous two verses, scripture memorization is becoming a normal part of my brain function.

 

Memory Verse {1}

By Saturday, January 5, 2013 5 0

He is the radiance of the glory of God, the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the majesty on high, having become as much superior to the angels as the name he inherited is more excellent than theirs.
~Hebrews 1:3-4

typed from memory following week one of my year of memorizing scripture.

Real Food

By Wednesday, January 2, 2013 5 0

One of my goals for 2013 is to commit 50 Bible verses to memory. I probably know 10 verses by heart, some better than others. That’s not terrible, but I have been a Christian for over 10 years. In the last three years, God has significantly increased my appetite for His Word, and I am so grateful. Rarely does a day go by that I don’t at least read a Psalm or use my concordance to find some much needed encouragement. But intentionally memorize verses? Shamefully, not so much. That changes this year.

Based on this basic list and a modified version of this method for memorizing scriptures, I should be able to learn one new verse a week. I plan to use this list if there is ever a week when I don’t feel God has gifted me with a verse to learn. But my prayer is that as I study the word, certain scriptures will stand out as Ebenezers and I will commit them to memory. I’ll keep a running list as I go.

{January 1-6} Hebrews 1:3-4 I chose this verse because last year I halfheartedly tried to memorize it, but I didn’t put in the effort. I didn’t memorize the whole thing and I have forgotten most of what I did memorize.

My Word for 2013

By Tuesday, January 1, 2013 3 0

word for 2013The scriptures thoroughly address keeping one’s word. Jesus himself chides the Pharisees in Matthew 5:33-38, saying “let your ‘yes’ be yes and ‘no’ be no. Solomon said it is better not to vow than to break one’s vow (Ecclesiastes 5:5). And James reminds us that we don’t know whether we have tomorrow, so we should be careful how we plan for the future but instead say, “if it is the Lord’s will” (James 4:14-17).

Keeping those principles in mind, I have a tentative list of resolutions, things I would like to accomplish in 2013, but my word for the year surpasses them all:

In 2013, I will depend upon the Lord.

The ESV doesn’t use the phrase “depend” to refer to depending on the Lord. But some translations use “depend on” where the ESV and NIV use “commit.” When I did a word study on “commit,” as it is used in the following verses, God showed me what He meant when He asked me to depend on Him this year (and always).

Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act.
(Psalm 37:5)

 

Commit your work to the Lord,
and your plans will be established.
(Proverbs 16:3)

(Note: I have written about Proverbs 16:3 before)

The word is gālal, and it’s a common one, with lots of different meanings (some of them stinky). But the most common element of the definition is roll, as in, to roll care or responsibility onto the Lord.

Oh. Yes, Lord.

As the cares and responsibilities come rolling toward me, I want to roll them right on to the Lord. I love that it requires action – I have to transfer the care from myself to my King – but it doesn’t require a work of my will, like the English word commit sort of implies. I can’t do it of my own will anyway.

Do you do a yearly word?

2011: Sustained
2012: Yes, Yes and Yes (unofficial, it seems)