If I ever write a second  hymn, this would be the title.

Looks like this is going to turn into a series  of posts.  Because I have a handful  of “life verses” – because there have been more than one area of life in which I have profoundly needed profound help from the Lord and the Holy Spirit and the Bible.

Therefore, in follow-up to or expansion of the previous post…

If I were to ever write a second  hymn, I’d title it “Independent  Is Thy Faithfulness”.

It’s great that it’s great  as the current much-loved hymn rightly states, but for my  hymn I’d instead use the word “independent” for the reasons discussed in greater depth in a prior post.

Why?  Because I believe my behavior in the past has been beyond “faithless” – probably on an absolute basis, but absolutely  on a relative  basis.

How so?  Because the Lord allowed/caused me to be born into a family which almost everyone would say was among the most godly and Bible-based on the planet.  I’ll go into much more detail about that as I share my life story with you in the coming months and years on this blog (it’s still being written, God isn’t finished with me yet! =) but people have very good reason, fully firm footing for saying that, and as referenced in the Overview video, not only did THE preeminent, most famous Bible scholars and teachers and preachers speak in person from the pulpit at my church on a regular basis, but they also had dinner (and countless incredible conversations) at my kitchen table and even spent the night in my house.  The names are literally a “hall of fame” of Christians of the past half-century which you’d immediately recognize.  THAT was much of my childhood in a nutshell.  What a privilege.  What an honor.  What a blessing.  What a thrill.  What a legacy.  What a way to start one’s life!

But I largely BLEW IT.  Not really, because the many amazing spiritual seeds planted in my mind and heart throughout that thoroughly divine and blissful upbringing did end up bearing much, much fruit (see the Videos page page – or past posts – for a quantitatively small but qualitatively super-sized sample of what I mean)… but humanly-speaking, that only occurred (a) by the pure and utterly undeserved grace of God and His “perfect patience” as pristinely put/penned in 1 Timothy 1:16, and (b) AFTER I almost let it be flushed down the proverbial toilet, like Jonah, by pursuing a course in life I (thought I) wanted versus that which the Lord willed and laid out for me from eternity past.  (I don’t know if Jonah’s brief stay in that aquatic behemoth’s belly brought disgust or delight when viewed in hindsight, but my divinely dispatched “detour” delivers the former toward myself and the latter toward God and how He used it to bring me to where I am today.)

Much more meat about all of that in future posts and/or the book of my life story countless people have said I should write (I will if the Lord so leads but otherwise I can’t think of any subject for a book more boring than moi) but for the purposes of this  post it’s plenty sufficient to say that because of the past path pursued, I definitely do deem myself to be the most unfaithful person I’ve ever known because of the big advantages I was bequeathed by birth but almost blew it big-time.

One result (of many) is that one of my life verses is 2 Timothy 2:13.

I dare declare that almost every Christian knows of its far more famous fellow verse in the very same passage of Scripture, just two verses later in 2:15 – “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth”… or as I first memorized it as a grade-schooler via the King James Version, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” – and definitely everyone who has attended the wonderful AWANA ministry at church since this is its theme verse from which it derives its name (Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed).  And that too is one of my handful of “life verses” but if I had to keep just one of them it would definitely be 2:13, because I, more than most from my standpoint, need and so desperately depend on the truth of that verse:  “If we are faithLESS, He remains faithFUL, for He cannot deny Himself.

Wow!  What a verse!  What a comfort!  To know that His faithfulness to me/us does NOT depend, is NOT dependent on MY/OUR faithfulness to HIM!

I literally lean on this “life verse”, on this truth, on this fact, virtually every single day of my life.  Ever since my spiritual eyes were opened to how faithless and full of spiritual depravity I am in my flesh (Romans 7:18), in and of myself, apart from Christ.  But thankfully we who are no longer blind to that fact (see John 9, especially verses 25, 39 and 41) now see and are no longer “apart from” but rather “in” Christ (Galatians 3:26,28; Romans 8:1-2; 1 Corinthians 15:22; 2 Corinthians 5:17; among many others), to the extent that He is glad to call us “brother” (Hebrews 2:11) and to share His full inheritance with us (Romans 8:17).

It is of course crucial to confess our sins when they occur (1 John 1:9) but isn’t it wonderful to know that His faithfulness to us is dependent on His  character and independent of ours?

“Independent is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father, there is no shadow of turning with Thee” – okay, it doesn’t flow so smoothly as the original but its perpetual and pervasive and profound presence in my life is so massive that were I to ever write a second hymn, that is definitely the word I’d use, smooth-flowing or not.

Thank You, Lord, that Your faithfulness is indeed great.  But thanks also that it is indeed independent of our ongoing sinning even after our spiritual eyes have been opened.  While You and the Holy Spirit and the Bible are continually decreasing the remnant sinning in our daily lives as we walk with You and the years go by, said sinning is still certainly sufficient in frequency that we’d be “up the creek without a paddle” if Your faithfulness weren’t independent, if it weren’t based on who and how YOU are versus who and how we are.  May we be both blessed by and mindful of this fantastic and freeing fact every single day.

(I personally prefer the classic hymns but for those who might like a more jazzed up tune speaking the same substance, I’m happy to post this one by Chris Tomlin, especially because of the many Bible verses displayed throughout this video.  And the thumbnail pic definitely brings Psalm 19:1 immediately to mind… what a truly awesome God we serve.)

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Quick Thought:  If I ever write a hymn, this would be the title.

I love the hymns of old in particular.  So many are chock full of theological truths straight out of Scripture, both simple and profound.

I have far too many favorites to list them here but one of them is How Great Thou Art, made famous and a household humming fave by its pervasive use in the Billy Graham crusades.

But I often think that if I were to ever write a hymn I’d likely title it How Good  Thou Art.

Was and is and will He forevermore be great?  Ab-so-LUTE-ly!

Christ created everything.  “Both in the heavens and on earth.  visible and invisible [I’d say that covers it! =] … all things have been created by Him and for Him.” (Colossians 1:16)

Christ clearly and convincingly and completely conquered  sin and death.  Think about that for a second:  He conquered death.

In His death, burial and resurrection, He made Satan like that famous fish which went after a worm on a hook and thought he was about to eat dinner when in fact he was about to be  dinner.  As Jesus bled and bled and bellowed out asking why the Father had forsaken Him and breathed His last breath before becoming sin  for us (2 Corinthians 5:21) (think about THAT for a second… mind-blowing), Satan saw such and started to celebrate – a bit prematurely as it turns out.  He put on a private party in Perdition but before it could barely begin, Jesus rained on his parade (Ephesians 4:8-9) and “disarmed” the devil and his demons but went even further and turned that private party into a “public display” of degrading defeat and definitive deliverance (Colossians 2:15).  (Talk about crashing a party!  Talk about making an entrance!)

Greatness doesn’t get any greater than that!

How great Thou art, indeed.

But just as often each day I find myself being overwhelmed with how wonderfully warm and loving and generous and giving and good  He is to me, and to all of His children, and even to those who not only don’t yet know Him but who hate  Him! (Matthew 5:45; Romans 5:8,10)

He clothes us and feeds us and shelters us.  But He not only takes care of the physical and emotional needs of our human hearts and bodies but also our spiritual needs.  Salvation.  Eternal life.  Forgiveness of our (unfortunately) ongoing but (fortunately) ever-decreasing sins.  The ability to love and be loved by Him.  To know and be known by and walk with Him every day, every hour, every minute.

Goodness doesn’t get any “gooder” than that!

So, yeah, I think that would be the title if I ever write a hymn to Him:  How Good Thou Art.

Because both  are absolutely essential for us.  And essential to  Him.  His greatness and His goodness.  His goodness and His greatness.  For without the former, the latter wouldn’t do us any good as He’d be a tyrant, gushing with greatness and power and muscle but no heart.  Yet without the latter, the former would give us a god who wants  to grant us “every good thing” and “every perfect gift” (James 1:17) but lacks the power to actually do so.  No, beloved, it’s the combination  of His goodness and greatness which makes Him not “a god” but God.

So on second thought, I’d title that future hymn How Great and Good Thou Art!

Thank You, Lord, for Your goodness and  greatness.  For being so great but also being so good, and so good to us.

Indeed, that dual fact is exactly why I’m in the process of memorizing the entire Bible – every word of His Word, of His love letter to us – so I can demonstrate  through this very unique love/thank-You gift the gratitude and affection I and countless others hold for all He does and who He is!  For the fact that He not only defines greatness but goodness, too.

Yes, how great – and  good – Thou art, indeed.

How to Handle Seeing Sin Surround Us

More and more with each passing week it seems, there are countless videos which have gone viral showing people in the act of not just committing crimes but indeed unthinkable, unimaginable atrocities against their fellow citizens, including kicking them in their heads, knocking them unconscious, beating them to the point of death and a recent shooting and murder of a man.  I won’t post any of those here because this is absolutely and completely a family website, safe for the entire family, and I intend to keep it that way until I die or the Lord returns, but suffice it to say that such viral videos reveal how low human nature will go when left to its own devices and are causing much righteous anger throughout the country.  Not just the crimes themselves but also the fact that a small percentage of people are actually recording those acts and uploading them to YouTube.  But it’s not even just that:  they’re also laughing  while recording those horrific crimes against humanity.

I absolutely understand why this “boils the blood” of sane, rational, kind-hearted people all across the nation and globe and political spectrum.  That’s not only a natural human reaction, it’s biblical:  in His humanity, did not Jesus’s own blood boil when he saw that a group of merchants and moneychangers had made God His Father’s “house a house of merchandise” (John 2:13-17), to the extent that He “made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the moneychangers, and overturned their tables” (verse 15)?  If that  isn’t a picture of righteous anger and “one’s blood boiling” I don’t know what is!

The religious leaders of the time saw this and weren’t very pleased and indeed dedicated their lives to removing Jesus.  As in permanently.  (D’oh!  Talk about an unmitigated FAILURE! =)

But it’s very interesting and important to note that just six chapters later, in John 8:44, Jesus said to them, “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father” whom He said (sans stumbling or stuttering, i.e., very bluntly) was a “murderer” and “liar” by nature, to the hilt.

But also note that, while poignantly pointing out that fact, Jesus did not excuse them or look past their evil deeds and conduct.

And that’s EXACTLY the perspective I think we should have in regard to those vicious viral videos:  we shouldn’t excuse or overlook the wrongdoing, the horrific crimes (almost always against the defenseless, the helpless, the very vulnerable and/or very outnumbered) regardless of the political views or ethnicity or religious beliefs (or lack thereof) of the doers… but we should  remain crystal clear about the fact that they’re merely doing the will of their father, the devil, to whom they are utterly enslaved.  You needn’t take my  word for it, take GOD’S WORD for it:  “with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.” (2 Timothy 2:25-26)

Isn’t that amazing?!  And so totally practical and applicable to the current torrent of abhorrent, heartbreaking videos of victims being injured or worse at no fault of their own.  (The Bible always is practical and applicable, we just need to come to see how  it applies to any given situation.)

It’s hard – very hard – to see so much sin surrounding us (2 Peter 2:8; also in many of David’s Psalms and elsewhere).  Everywhere we look these days it seems.  And we are indeed to hate  those vile crimes seen in those viral videos… but to love  the criminals.  Not to just let them off the hook; indeed, the Bible is equally clear that they should be held accountable for their actions in this life and that we all will in the next one in any case (Romans 14:12).  But also not to hate them.  To hate the sin but love the sinner.  Understanding – thanks to John 8:44 and especially 2 Timothy 2:25-26 – that they’re simply slaves of Satan himself, literally “held captive by him to do his will.”  Therefore, our hatred and righteous anger should be directed there, at the devil; but to the people who are merely carrying out his will because their eyes are yet darkened, we should direct sympathy and compassion and prayers for eye-opening and salvation and spiritual transformation.

Because we know firsthand  of the predicament and position they’re in.  Because we were once just like they are – and would still be but for the beautiful and boundless and utterly undeserved and amazing grace and goodness of God in rescuing and releasing us from that very same snare:  “to malign no one, to be uncontentious, gentle, showing every consideration for all men.  For we also once were foolish [paralleling the “come to their senses’ of 2 Timothy 2:25-26] ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.” (Titus 3:2-3)  And a whole list of vile conduct right after which the Bible reminds us “AND SUCH WERE SOME OF YOU[before being saved] (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).  Ergo, our attitude toward the sin  and the originator of sin, the devil, should be righteous anger and hate (Ephesians 4:26; Romans 12:9) but our attitude toward the sinner – as outrageous and blood-boiling as those vicious viral videos conveying criminal conduct are – should be love and sympathy and compassion and humility.  Because “there but by the grace of God  go I.”

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Quick Thought:  How Powerful Is Christ?

It rained in my city all last night and all this morning.  The lingering vestige of what was a hurricane when it hit land on the Gulf Coast a few days ago.  Drenched.

But as is always the case, eventually, around noon today, the Sun shone down its powerful beams on the ground and guess what, yep, in just an hour or two it was totally dry.

That’s the power of the Sun.

Now multiply that by INFINITY and you’ll have the answer to this post’s title.

You see, not only did Jesus Christ perform actual and literal miracles and demonstrate Deity-derived dominance over nature and life itself (instantly calming a storm and raising Lazarus from the dead, just to name two of many), not only did He prove that He had power over the natural realm, but even greater than that is the fact that He has power over the spiritual realm!  He not only can raise people from the dead, He can save their souls forever (Hebrews 7:25).  I’m living proof.  He saw and felt compassion for and personally pursued the biggest sinner I know, the biggest sinner I’ve ever known, and the biggest sinner you’ve probably ever known – ME! – and instantly transformed him from a spiritually dead and depraved and dirty-as-filthy-rags do-no-gooder into “the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).  Just think about that for ten seconds (or hours).  He is able and willing and ready to turn total sinners into the very RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD HIMSELF and give them eternal life in His presence in heaven decked out with its streets of gold and crystal-like sea, to dwell and reside and live with Him and all other believers forever and ever and ever.

That’s the power of the Son.

I pray that you come to know Him if you haven’t already.  Through this website and historic undertaking and outflowing ministries would be the biggest thrill and honor and privilege of my life here on earth but that’s very, very secondary – at the end of the day, I’ll be thrilled with whomever  God might use to accomplish that, i.e., that blessed result  is what’s paramount, the vessel  God may choose to use will merely be a cherry on that simply-so-sweet spiritual sundae.

Quick Thought:  Immune

Amid the ongoing pandemic, there’s constant chatter about and hope abounds for a cure or vaccine.  People are at the point that even so-called “herd immunity” would be welcome.

But the thought that just occurred to me is that what I’d really really really like to be IMMUNE from is DISPLEASING GOD.  A spiritual vaccine which would prevent me from ever sinning again.

It’s still very much up in the air as to whether a physical vaccine for COVID-19 will actually materialize.  But unfortunately, a spiritual vaccine against ever sinning again is not going to happen.  Not in this lifetime.  Not in this world.  Not on this side of eternity.

No, the Bible makes (crystal) clear that “ALL have sinned” (Romans 3:23) and “ALL we like sheep have gone astray” (Isaiah 53:6) and that “we are ALL like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags [Lit., “used tampons”]” (Isaiah 64:6) and that even post-salvation “we all stumble in MANY ways” (James 3:2).  Like I said, the Bible couldn’t be any clearer  in the matter.  Such that even “Mr. black-and-white, cut-and-dry” himself, the Apostle John, concedes that even as Christians we will indeed sin from time to time (1 John 2:1).  Ergo, in this life, until we get to the blessed shores of heaven, there is NO IMMUNITY from sin.

But there IS a “therapeutic” from the spiritual pandemic which has plagued the entire human race since that first, fierce, fearsome fall in the garden of Eden.

The Bible.

Let us be wise enough to treasure it.  To read it.  To study it.  To memorize/ingest/consume it (as I like to tell people:  “Consume the Bible.  And the Bible will consume you.“).  I.e., to truly find  it.

And as discussed in-depth in one of the very first posts on this blog and in the Overview video, one of my favorite verses brings us full circle back to the pandemic and physical health.  It’s Proverbs 4:22.

  • “For they [the “my words” of verse 20, i.e., the Bible] are life to those who find them, and health to all their whole body.”

That’s the main reason I haven’t experienced even a nanosecond of fear throughout this entire and very deadly pandemic:  because I have many of His words and much of His Word “richly dwelling” in me (Colossians 3:16), I have found them and therefore can and have and do depend on and rest in this promise of Proverbs 4:22.  Best. Healthcare. Plan. EVER!  Indeed.

Yes, unfortunately nothing in this life will make us entirely immune from sinning thanks to our fiercest foe:  fallen flesh.  But there is  a “spiritual therapeutic” that comes very close EVEN IN THIS LIFE, even on THIS side of heaven, and that’s the Bible.

  • “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” (Psalm 119:11)
  • “like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the word [i.e., the Bible], that BY it you may grow in respect to salvation,” (1 Peter 2:2)

Thank You, Lord, for so graciously giving us Your Word, the Bible.  It is indeed a treasure.  So may we treasure it.

I’m so jealous! (Part 1)

I’m starting a new series  of posts, since there are multiple (two) subjects for this Part 1 and will undoubtedly be many more as I progress in my life goal of memorizing the ENTIRE Bible so a series seems seriously fitting.

Per the previous post from earlier today, this morning I was reciting the third of the six New Testament books I’ve memorized so far en route to all sixty-six, 1 Peter, and how I generally do that is to recite one of those “stored” books each day, its first chapter or few FIRST THING when I awake each morning, before doing ANYTHING else, then additional chapters throughout the day, and then its last chapter or few LAST THING when I go to sleep each night.  I find that this has the maximum effect/benefits and also is MOST in line with Scripture…

  • “Oh, how I love Your law! [i.e., the Bible]  It is my meditation ALL THE DAY.” (Psalm 119:97)

… and therefore MOST pleasing to God so that’s plenty good enough for me to plan my days around!

But sometimes I get so “into” and enthralled by reciting the Bible that I can’t “pace myself” and just finish that day’s book sometime in the afternoon or evening (in which case I’ll just start on the next day’s book’s first chapter when I go to bed that night or re-recite the final chapter or two from that day’s book) and that’s what happened just now (around 5:00 p.m.) and what prompted this post was 1 Peter 5:12 – “Through Silvanus, our faithful brother (for so I regard him), I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God.  Stand firm in it!”

I know, I know, it’s not the type of verse which most preachers are likely to cover on a Sunday but here’s what hit me about it and made me say, “I’m so JEALOUS!”  Of that fellow Silvanus.  Because he not only had the unparalleled privilege of knowing and serving very closely with Peter but also Paul! ()  You see, that fellow also went by the name Silas – probably much as many people named William also go by Bill these days.  Or James and Jim.  Silvanus and Silas.  Paul referenced him by both names:  the former in 1 Thessalonians 1:1 and 2 Thessalonians 1:1, and the latter in Acts 16:25-40 which is probably how most people know of him, the amazing account of when he and Paul (Paul!  I’m SO JEALOUS!) were in prison (okay, a LITTLE LESS jealous about that part… but it’s the APOSTLE PAUL we’re talking about so overall STILL JEALOUS of Silas =) and around midnight were praying and singing hymns (aren’t you glad that WE get to do that in CHURCH, versus prison?  Me too =) and there was a big earthquake (something readers in near-and-dear-to-my-heart California can definitely relate to) and the prison’s doors opened and the jailer was about to kill himself via a sword but Paul shouted to him that there was no need since neither they nor the other prisoners had escaped and that jailer was immediately led to a saving knowledge of Christ.  And Silas not only got to witness and be centrally involved in that firsthand but also had the eternal privilege of having his name etched into the Bible, into Scripture for all eternity (I’M SO JEALOUS!).

[As a side note, I’m certain that Silvanus was his given name and Silas the nickname, per my William/Will example, because it would be far more likely that Paul would use his official/birth/legal name at the start of those two epistles to the Thessalonians, and his more familiar nickname in day-to-day life as in Acts.]

Knowing and workly so closely, so intimately, not just with Peter – God’s main vessel to the Jews – but ALSO the beloved Apostle Paul – God’s main vessel to the Gentiles.

I’M SO JEALOUS!

But I can’t end this post without mentioning someone else.  Someone of whom I’ve been jealous since I was a child and first heard the story (in Sunday School I’m pretty sure) of Cleopas and ever since, nearly my entire life, I’ve been utterly and completely jealous of him!

Because he was walking with one other (unnamed) person (many think it was his wife, possibly another believer/disciple) to a village named Emmaus (right near Jerusalem, around seven miles away) on that very first “Easter Sunday”, the very day of Jesus’s resurrection, and while they were walking and talking about all that had just occurred that most pivotal and consequential of weekends – indeed, the most in human history – and they were joined by someone they didn’t recognize until much later, that night, but it was Jesus Himself – the risen Lord of all creation, the “blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords” as 1 Timothy 6:15 puts it – HIM, THAT Person, who proceeded to impart to them a sermon, a message, a lesson, an education which even a HUNDRED years of Bible college or seminary even under the GREATEST of teachers couldn’t compare, couldn’t even hold a candle.  Luke 24:27 says this:  “And beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in ALL the Scriptures.”

I’M SO JEALOUS!!!

Times ten.

[As a side note, when they finally realized that it was Jesus that evening, while sharing a meal, He disappeared and Luke 24:32 tells us what they said:  “Were not our hearts burning within uson the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?”  The only instance in known human history of GOOD heartburn!]

Don’t get me wrong, I’m infinitely and eternally grateful that you and I have the Holy Spirit to teach us (1 John 2:27).  But to have the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ do so IN PERSON… well, enough said.  I’m sure you fully understand why I’m so jealous!  (Probably the ONLY situation in which that’s actually a GOOD thing. =)

Have you ever thought about just HOW long eternity is?  Forever.  And ever and ever and ever, so as to be incomprehensible to the finite human mind, such that time as we know it  doesn’t exist, will cease existing in eternity.  So we’ll have UNLIMITED time to fill, and throughout my life I’ve kinda constructed a list of ways I’d like to FILL that time.  At the very top is to talk with and hug and bow down to the Lord Jesus when He greets me into His direct and physical presence (though with resurrected bodies all – 1 Corinthians 15) and to thank God the Father for His unfathomable grace and mercy and forgiveness and patience and goodness and generosity and kindness and independent faithfulness to Himself (2 Timothy 2:13 as discussed in a prior post). then after standing back up, to ask the Lord to repeat exactly what He shared with Cleopas and his fellow traveler on the road to Emmaus.  Second on the list would be to speak with (listen to =) the beloved Apostle Paul, my lifelong “human hero” – then David and Abraham and others.  Third on the list would be to see if all of my family – immediate and extended – and closest friends are there, that they were indeed genuine versus merely professing believers.  Then back to more Bible characters.  Then the people whom God has most used these past 2,000 years.  The preachers and teachers and theologians and missionaries and evangelists and pastors who have been so used by God in teaching and preaching and practicing/living  the Bible.  And that would be plenty satiating for me and just spend the rest of eternity worshiping and thanking and praising God.  Holy, holy, holy!  Worthy is the Lamb!  Oh man, I can hardly wait!  But in the meantime, I’m so thankful for the opportunity and hopefully many years ahead of encouraging as many fellow Christians and telling all the rest of humanity about how to become  one, how to know and experience in an ongoing way the “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness [Literally (Greek), faith], gentleness, self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23) which only God the Holy Spirit can give and grow (they are, after all, the “fruit” of the Spirit =) within a sinner like me.

Hey, after just thinking about all of that and what awaits us, all of a sudden I’m not quite so jealous anymore. =)

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Never Gonna Let You Go

Back in the 80’s when I was just a kid, I remember a really annoying song of that title but this post ISN’T about that.

Because while that (very overplayed) pop song was indeed annoying, the way I’m using the title is EXTREMELY POSITIVE, a HUGE BLESSING!  Here’s why.

As discussed at length in this website’s About page, for years I kept trying to think of a way, a unique  way to demonstrate how grateful I am to the Lord for all He has done and who He is and one day not too long ago it hit me:  He answered that question in a big way by placing in my heart a not just strong but inescapable desire and indeed compulsion to memorize the ENTIRE Bible and then recite it, His “love letter” to humanity, to recite HIS OWN words BACK TO HIM.

And as described in prior posts, on the home page and in the Overview video, as I memorized my very first whole book (the book of James) the Bible itself started revealing to my mind’s eye a very specific memory method which has continued to unfold with each of the first six books I’ve memorized such that the more I memorize, the MORE ROOM there is in my mind to memorize even more, and so on, it’s amazing and when that process is completed (I’d estimate it’s around 75% right now) I can hardly wait to SHARE it with you, with everyone, with the worldwide masses as the Lord leads and enables and empowers.

But in order to fulfill His FULL calling – not just to memorize the entire Bible but then to recite  it back to Him – and oh yeah because it’s commanded in Scripture (Colossians 3:16) my daily routine includes RECITING the books of the Bible He has graciously allowed my to have memorized.  You know, so I don’t give up gained ground… or as 2 John 8 puts it, so I don’t “lose what has been accomplished.”  So two great reasons for me to not just memorize but RECITE Scripture each and every and throughout the day.  Either  provides infinitely sufficient motivation.  BOTH produce the aforementioned compulsion.

That was a (periodic) recap of what this history-making undertaking is all about, but the point and purpose for this post is to say that while I was reciting the book of 1 Peter this morning (#3 of my 6 so far, en route to all 66) one of the verses which really stood out to me (they seem to take turns =) was 2:25 which says, “For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.”

We often hear and talk about “guardian angels” but did you ever realize that the Lord Jesus Christ HIMSELF is “guarding” YOUR soul?

Wow, talk about amazing!

But Peter wasn’t alone in literally witnessing the transforming and protective power of Christ.  No, John did, too, so it’s no surprise that 1 John 5:18 says this:  “We know that NO ONE who is born of God sins [Literally (Greek), ‘does not keep on sinning’, i.e., as a pattern, such that it characterizes one’s life; James 3:2 makes crystal clear that even believers will still sin:  “For we ALL stumble in MANY ways” (can I get an ‘Amen’ to that? =)]; but He who was born of God [i.e., Jesus] KEEPS [Literally, ‘guards‘, i.e., Guardian, just like 1 Peter 2:25!] him [i.e., His children, EVERY Christian] and the evil one does not touch him.”

Wow, talk about JAW-DROPPING!

Do you know what that means?  It means that you and I can go through life with TOTAL CONFIDENCE, KNOWING that not just one or more angels (the “ministering spirits” noted in Hebrews 1:13-14) but the Lord Jesus Christ HIMSELF is literally “guarding” us… just like those Roman soldiers guarded His earthly tomb after His crucifixion but multiplied by infinity.

With that perspective, net-net, factoring in the necessary and indeed joy-inducing and endurance-producing testings and trials (James 1:2-4; Hebrews 12:11), life is EASY, a veritable CAKEWALK!

  • “For My yoke is EASY” (Matthew 11:30)

Thank You, Lord, for watching over each and every one of Your children.  We need it.  Our flesh is not only weak but utterly sinful, totally incapable of anything good (Romans 7:18) so thank You so much for literally GUARDING us all day every day of our post-salvation lives such that even the devil himself cannot, will not, “DOES NOT touch” us!

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Quick Thought:  Not What It Seems

For reasons which are probably obvious given this history-making undertaking the Lord has laid on and in my heart (i.e., my schedule is pretty much booked for the next several years since I’d like to finish memorizing the ENTIRE Bible before, you know, rigor mortis sets in =) I don’t have much time at all to play games but I find that some of them are actually a big POSITIVE in terms not only of fun but time management, i.e., some of them can help keep the human mind sharp and therefore result in increased  productivity, i.e., five minutes of playing that type of game and 55 minutes of work usually results in getting MORE done than just working for all 60 minutes.  I don’t apply that principle to every  hour of the day, but I try to do so every three or four anyway and find that works really well.

I just spent the past few minutes playing one of my favorite such games:  FreeCell.  I don’t know if it’s still the case (haven’t bought a new laptop in nearly two decades) but that game used to come preloaded on virtually all computers so you’re probably very familiar with it but basically you have eight columns of cards (or one can just use numbers of four different colors) and to win you have to move the cards/numbers around so as to “free” up the lowest and up to the highest until there are no more on the board.  The key – and main benefit, main mind-sharpening aspect – is to THINK AHEAD and indeed several  moves ahead, making it very much like Chess in that regard except you’re only playing the board/yourself, not an actual opponent.

Here’s the thing:  it can often LOOK LIKE a move is good but when someone goes to actually make it they unfortunately learn that the move instead ended in getting stuck and thus losing the game.

And that’s EXACTLY how it is in life!

A situation presents itself that seems like a home run.  So you gladly and gleefully swing.

But unfortunately, it often results in a strikeout instead.

I’ve found that this is one reason that the Bible is so important in our day-to-day lives.  It literally “makes wise” and “enlightens the eyes” (Psalm 19:7-8) and thus lights the way and reveals those opportunities which truly are home runs and which ones are strikeouts, pitfalls, just waiting for us to fall in headfirst.

Like my mom used to always say when I was growing up, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  So true (and/because it’s straight from the Bible, more on this in a future post).  And the Bible does BOTH, prevents and cures as a given situation calls for.  Like the Bible testifies of itself in Psalm 119:105, it is indeed “a lamp to [our] feet and a light to [our] path.”

Thank You, Lord, for being so gracious and generous in giving us such an amazing and effective tool in successfully navigating life:  Your Word, the Bible.  Thank you that, like you – indeed, because it’s from You and by You and of You – it is absolutely perfect and flawless and infallible, so just by “reading and heeding” it we can know in advance which opportunities in life will be strikeouts and which ones will be home runs – a help we desperately need since so often a path which presents itself SEEMS right but is actually wrong, SEEMS good but is actually bad, SEEMS beneficial but is actually detrimental.

  • “There is a way which SEEMS right to a man, but its end [i.e., result] is the way of death.” (Proverbs 14:12 & 16:25)

May we AVAIL OURSELVES of that tremendous tool, the Bible, every day, every hour, every minute, every second.

“Just as”

While that phrase does kick off one of my (and clearly Billy Graham’s) favorite hymns, that’s not what this  post is about.  Rather, as I continue the rest-of-my-life calling to memorize the ENTIRE Bible (and then recite it back to Him as a very unique love/thank-You gift and then help others do likewise in a way that’s actually easy and FUN) I find myself coming across it more than once.  I’m sure there will be others in the future as I work my way through this historic goal but will highlight two for now since I came across both just this morning.

Just as David is “the man after God’s own heart”, I view the beloved Apostle Paul as “the man after Jesus’s own heart” in that I can’t think of anyone in the A.D./post-Christ’s-earthly-life era who more fully resembles Him, so much so that the Holy Spirit superintended his commanding the early Christians and all since to “imitate ME”!  WOW!  And he could say that because of the fact that he imitated the Lord:  “Be imitators of me, JUST AS I also am of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1)

The second location of that phrase I came across this morning is far more immediately attainable but just as (no pun intended =) mind-blowing.

Because “just as” Paul imitated the Lord Jesus in general, we are to do so in a very specific way, in the matter of FORGIVING OTHERS.

I think that perhaps the two most difficult things for human nature to swallow are submitting (voluntarily giving up control) and forgiving.  Forgiving those who wrong or mistreat us.  No, human nature’s default position is revenge.  Yet, as ever, the Christian is called to do the EXACT OPPOSITE of what comes naturally to us, the exact opposite of the flesh (faith’s filthy but ultimately feckless foe).  But praise the Lord, He gives us very clear MOTIVATION in the Bible to help us do that, to forgive others.

He often motivates us via carrot but particularly when a matter is SO crucial, indeed grave, He seems to also and even primarily use a “stick”.  And that’s certainly the case when it comes to forgiving others.  Just look at what He says in Matthew 18:21-35 about a certain slave whose master forgave him an unpayable debt but who then went out and demanded that a fellow slave repay him a far lesser sum and had the guy thrown in prison for nonpayment.  And when the master heard of it, he had these choice and very pertinent-to-us words:  “Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, JUST AS I had mercy on you?”  Then the master restored his (unpayable) debt and had him tortured then said this (here’s that “stick”!):  “So shall My heavenly Father also do to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.”

“From your heart” is a very high bar, but the Bible goes EVEN FURTHER than that!  We are to forgive others to the same EXTENT that the Lord has forgiven US.  I.e., not just sincerely but completely, without reserve.

  • “bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever [a great parallel to the “each one of you” just mentioned above] has a complaint against anyone [no exceptions!]; JUST AS the Lord forgave you, so also should you.” (Colossians 3:13)
  • “And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, JUST AS God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

Talk about a HIGH BAR!  The highest.  The absolutely highest.  And yet that isn’t a suggestion, it’s a command.  A very clear command with very clear consequences.

Can you think of  anyone in your life whom you haven’t  forgiven?  Fully and completely, without reserve or reservation or holding back?  Any hidden grudges beneath the surface in your life?  I strongly urge us all to take a very close – and frequent/regular – look at that, just to be sure, since the consequences of failing to do so could not be any bigger or graver.  Perhaps it’s a sibling or parent.  Maybe a co-worker or boss who is making or in the past made your life miserable.  Maybe an ex.  Maybe someone at church.

Remember when I said that God not only gives us that command but also the motivation?  Here’s what I mean.  If you can’t bring yourself to do it for them, for that person(s) who wronged you, and if you won’t do it for the Lord, DO IT FOR YOURSELF!  In other words, the perspective I’m about to tell you will make this MUCH EASIER and thus provide ample motivation:  forgiving others benefits YOU infinitely  more than it benefits them.

Give that perspective a try and I know that you, like me, will find freely forgiving anyone and everyone to be a ton of FUN!  You literally won’t be able to “get (give) enough of it.”  You’ll become ADDICTED to fully and immediately forgiving others, such that it will become your new “default position”, your “knee-jerk” reaction whenever some “jerk” wrongs you.  As long as you don’t forget who’s the biggest beneficiary by far:  YOU!

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Quick Thought:  The BEST Medicine

They say that “laughter is the best medicine.”

WRONG!

It’s very high on the list, probably number three in my view (with love/hugs/unity being number two), but there’s no contest  as to what is number one.

It’s the Bible.

The Bible in general and BIBLE MEMORY in specific.

I discussed this at length in one of this blog’s very first posts so this is just a reminder, a “memo to self” – and a very timely one given the ongoing pandemic.

  • “For they [i.e., the “my words” of verse 20, i.e., the Bible] are LIFE to those who FIND them, and HEALTH to ALL their WHOLE BODY.” (Proverbs 4:23, emphasis obviously mine)

Nuff said!  (But if desired you can click on the link above and get far more detail about this via that past post.)

Thank You, Lord, for the countless benefits and endless benefit of Your Word, the Bible.  Not just spiritually and emotionally and relationally but that its power extends even to the physical realm.  How great Thou art indeed.

Quick Thought:  Homeward Bound

My parents used to love that song by Simon & Garfunkel.  Not really my musical cup of tea but I’m borrowing that as this post’s title because of something downright powerful which occurs around once a week in my life.

As discussed in past posts, not too long ago the Lord laid the calling on and in my heart to memorize the entire Bible and then (a) recite it, His “love letter” to us, back  to Him as a unique and indeed historic love/thank-You gift for all He does and who He is, and (b) educate, encourage, and empower others to do likewise after the Bible completes its current, unfolding work of revealing to my mind’s eye a specific memory method to make all of that a reality.  When He did that, I committed the rest of my life and my life savings to that end.  And midway through this website’s being built, I sold my car – my only means of transportation – so this site could be finished so people all around the globe would be able to track each step of the way in this historic undertaking.

As a result, I’ve done a lot more walking and bicycling in the months since, and as also mentioned in past posts, it has been during the subsequent bike rides and walks which many of the thoughts that became posts arose.  It has been a real blessing, those usually 3-to-4-hour treks and time spent just walking and talking with the Lord and reciting His Word… I LOVE it!

But that’s not to say that by the end of those three or four hours of nonstop exercise my body doesn’t start to feel it.  It does.  And you know the almost singular thought which occupies my mind in those final 15 or 30 minutes?  I just want to get back home so I can shower and rest.  (Preferably, though not always, in that order. =)

The pain produced by several straight hours of exercise makes me yearn for home.  And that’s exactly how it is in the Christian life!  Simply going through life will, by definition, entail pain, trials, tribulations, testings.

  • “… man is born for trouble.  As sparks fly upward.” (Job 5:7)
  • “… In this world you will have trouble.” (John 16:33)
  • “… the sufferings of this present time…” (Romans 8:18)
  • “… momentary, light affliction…” (2 Corinthians 4:17)

That last verse goes on to say that such “affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory, far beyond all comparison” and that the purpose of such pain is to point our mind, our focus, away from the horizontal and onto the vertical, away from the temporal and onto the eternal, away from the earthly and onto the heavenly.  In other words, to remind us that we’re homeward bound.  To remind us that this is NOT our home, but rather, as stated so clearly in Philippians 3:20, “our citizenship is in heaven”… heaven is our true  home.

Back to those frequent walks I’ve become so fond of taking, I have three preferred routes.  If I need to run an errand during my walk I’ll take the route most conducive to that but otherwise it really just depends on whether I’m hankering for a city, water, or park setting.  (If I lived near a beach that would definitely be a fourth regular in the rotation. =)  The park setting usually takes the longest – four or five hours on average – and when I get back to within a mile of my humble abode I make this one left-hand 45-degree turn and, wah-lah, I can see my home for that final 20 minutes or so of my roughly 4-hour walk.  And it’s the most amazing thing:  just seeing home – less the brick structure itself but rather the forthcoming rest and cleanliness (shower) it promises – literally makes me forget about the physical pain or discomfort I had been feeling just ten seconds earlier.

Such is the power of home.  It not only makes me forget about that present pain but actually goes to the other end of the spectrum and imbues me with motivation and excitement and joy.

As I said, I take this particular walking route around once a week on average yet it never, ever gets old or boring.  Indeed, that fact, that process, that instant transformation of sorts amazes me anew each and every time.  The immense benefit and benefits when a Christian is reminded that he or she is homeward bound.

 

Quick Thought:  Just Life

For genuine believers, there’s really no such thing as “the Christian life”, there’s just life.

It’s not what one DOES but what one IS, which dictates and determines  what one does.

What one is, i.e., who one is, i.e., whose  one is.

In other words, there should be no thin line, no distinction  between “the Christian life” and a Christian’s life.  His or her day-to-day, month-to-month, year-to-year life.  Since a genuine believer’s life will indeed be “taken over”, will be consumed with and by Christ.

  • “…Christ, who IS OUR LIFE…” (Colossians 3:4)
  • “…Christ LIVES IN ME…” (Galatians 2:20)

As those of you who’ve read many of my posts know, I use this phrase often since it’s so conducive to concise communication of that concept, but the purpose of this post is to make clear that there shouldn’t be any separation, any difference or distinction between “the Christian life” and the day-to-day life of a Christian.  As with the biblical picture of marriage, so in this case the two should be one.

Quick Thought:  Serenading the Savior

I really need to start trying to find funding to get this history-making undertaking and website off the ground since the life savings I committed to it are set to run out pretty soon (ZERO regrets about that decision, since it has allowed me not only to build this website, obtain the so-perfect-it-could-ONLY-be-by-God domain name, etc., but also to devote several months FULL-TIME to the calling the Lord has laid on my heart and I have accepted (see the About page for full details) with six completed and videotaped so far (see the Videos page for all current and future videos of my reciting entire books of the Bible from memory en route to ALL 66 Lord-willing and I’m sure He is!), to make its completion a reality.  But during this ongoing pandemic, amid all of the shutdown/stay-at-home orders, I’ve instead been focusing on owning/mastering/reciting the six books of the Bible I’ve memorized so far per that prior post and I’ve found that the more I “cycle” the Bible through my mind, the more and more I feel like SINGING.

Singing a love song to my Lord and Savior, to my very best and faithful Friend.  Forever.  (BFFF =)

To the point that serenading the Savior is probably my favorite activity in all of life along with memorizing and reciting Scripture, and I’m finding that the two are inextricably linked.

  • “Let the word of Christ [i.e., the Bible] richly dwell within you… singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” (Colossians 3:16)

Love song for a Savior… I couldn’t have said it (and definitely not sung  it =) better myself!

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And if you’d like to MAKE HISTORY together and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with me as I seek to memorize the ENTIRE BIBLE and then use that as a platform for several outflowing ministries and become a true PARTNER with me in this endeavor in every sense of that word, simply click this Donate button and you’ll be taken to PayPal’s secure page – probably THE MOST trusted and secure processor on the planet.  And IF AND ONLY IF you’re comfortably able and feel led by the Lord to do so and want to become a MONTHLY PARTNER and thus provide even far better visibility for this burgeoning ministry, simply click the small “Make this a monthly donation” check-box on that PayPal page.  Thank you so much for your support and prayers, may God bless you richly!

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Quick Thought:  Above and Beyond (and Beyond, and Beyond)

What would you say is the best-known verse in all of the Bible?

I think Genesis 1:1 and Romans 3:23 and 6:23 and 8:38-39 would be near the top of that list which, no doubt, would be topped with John 3:16.

While not nearly so famous, another of my favorites is John 1:16.

We’re all very familiar with the phrase “going above and beyond”, but when it comes to the Lord Jesus Christ I find that He is continually going above and beyond and beyond and beyond and beyond.

Or as John 1:16 puts it:  “For of His fulness we have all received, and GRACE UPON GRACE” (upon grace upon grace upon grace).

So true.  Thank You, Lord!  For being beyond so very good to us.  We don’t deserve that abundance of grace, and You don’t deserve the DEARTH of gratitude with which we often reciprocate:  that should be as continual as Your goodness and grace toward us, toward me… “ALWAYS giving thanks for all things” (Ephesians 5:20).  Thanks for helping me become more aware of this and do much better than before, and grant that I would do far better still going forward.  You are worthy of nothing less than everything, my all.

 

Status Update

Per the day-one game plan discussed on the About page, I committed my entire life savings to this effort and website and future ministry.  Then as updated a few posts ago, after building this website and publishing several posts and especially the videos reciting books #5-6 of all 66 from memory, my focus has necessarily shifted to obtaining funding in an ongoing way since my life savings have largely been expended as expected.

But the Lord and the Bible keep bringing thoughts and insights to mind which I think many might find helpful or interesting (hopefully BOTH! =) so I intend to write very short and to-the-point posts as those thoughts occur.

After the Lord provides the necessary ongoing funding, I will then be able to focus a lot more time to publishing longer, more in-depth posts along with of course, Task Number One which is to remain faithful and ON TRACK to memorize and recite on video ALL 66 books, the ENTIRE Bible, before rigor mortis sets in. =)

I just wanted to update you about that and also to ask that you keep praying for me, that I would not only remain faithful to keep memorizing the entire Bible but also to OBEY it, day by day, hour by hour, and also that the Lord would be glorified and pleased and use  this entire venture in the lives of countless others however He may desire.

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Humble Helpers

The more of the Bible I memorize, the more righteous and holy I become in God’s eyes.

The more of the Bible I memorize, the more SINFUL and UNHOLY I become in MY eyes.

Because the Holy Bible reveals to my mind’s eye, opens my spiritual eyes more and more and more to how holy God is and how unholy and utterly sinful I am, in my flesh, in my humanity, in my self.  It has been a rather amazing and somewhat surprising, unexpected experience and process (ongoing).

And I’m very thankful for this aspect of the Bible’s self-proclaimed promise to “perform its work” in me and all who believe (1 Thessalonians 2:13), because I used to suffer significantly from the sin of pride.  I feel like spitting just thinking about that, about those haughty-minded days.  It disgusts me.  Even physically.  So sinful, yes.  So unwise, that too.  But also so inappropriate, since there is one – and ONLY One – who can rightly  be “proud”.  [I remember as a child hearing one of the world-class preachers who would regularly come to my church and have lunch at my family’s home saying that it’s actually impossible for God to be proud, since His very character makes what we view as pride TOTALLY RIGHT and acceptable and appropriate FOR HIM since He is, after all, pure perfection personified, so how could He ever be guilty of “pride”?  However high a view of Himself He may have, it’s RIGHT, i.e., He could never think TOO highly of Himself.  That’s the very essence and nature of perfection, there’s nothing higher or better, praise His name.]

Anyway, I’m so thankful for the grace of the Lord and work of the Word in winnowing my woefully weak mind of that foolish notion of pride.  I don’t “think I stand” in that regard (I know the second I do it’ll come back with a vengeance, that’s how it do, that’s how it be) but I can praisefully and thankfully say that in this area like others, in the words of 2 Corinthians 5:17, the Bible has indeed transformed me into a “new creature” altogether and I couldn’t be happier.  Way more.  All the time.  AS LONG AS I, by the Spirit’s and Word’s doing, CLING TO HUMILITY.

And the Lord/Word has graciously given me a few “helpers” in my deep desire to be humble (hence the title of this post) so I’d like to share them with you.

  • My 7-word “humble helper”:  “And WHOEVER exalts himself SHALL BE humbled” (Matthew 23:12; Luke 14:11 & 18:14)
  • My 6-word “humble helper”:  “When PRIDE comes, then comes DISHONOR” (Proverbs 11:2)
  • My 5-word “humble helper”:  “CHRIST did not glorify HIMSELF” (Hebrews 5:5)

Those first two always yield a big “yikes!” in me, but it’s that third one which really gets me.  “Sharper than any two-edged sword” and “piercing” indeed! (Hebrews 4:12)

To the core.  (Rotten apple that I am in my flesh/self.)

Why?  Because if GOD INCARNATE, “God in flesh appearing” as the beloved and time-tested tinsel-time tune O Come All Ye Faithful puts it (taken from John 1:14; Matthew 1:23; 1 Timothy 3:16) didn’t glorify HIMSELF, well, how on earth could you or I?

NO THANKS!  I find it far happier to leave that to God and to eschew pride in whatever form it may appear in life and to heed the crystal clear command and equally emphatic promise of James 4:10 (“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and HE WILL exalt you”) and the second-half “carrot” of Matthew 23:12 (“and whoever humbles himself WILL BE exalted”).

Along with the earlier-alluded-to 1 Corinthians 10:12, I’m also very aware of 8:1, two chapters earlier:  “Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies.”  So as I continue to memorize entire books of the Bible en route to ALL 66 (Lord-willing… and I’m sure He is!) and that immense and inscrutable and powerful knowledge is poured into my mind, please be praying that I would always opt for love and eschew pride, that it will result not in my (ever) being “PUFFED up” but Christ (always) being LIFTED up and others being BUILT up.

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Why I’m Doing This

As I did with the About page in this blog’s very first post, I think it would be good to paste the Why page in this one, so without further ado…

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When someone hears that I’m in the process of becoming the first person in known human history to memorize the ENTIRE BIBLE, I’m sure the first thing that comes to their mind is “Whew, glad God didn’t call ME to do that!” and then a very close second, “WHY ON EARTH would anyone want to DO that?!”

My initial response would be that it’s definitely nothing “on earth” that’s motivating me to do this, that’s for sure.  For reasons not totally known to me, God has laid this calling upon my heart.  In my humble opinion, it would’ve seemed (key word) far better to have picked and empowered someone who WASN’T the biggest sinner I know, the biggest sinner I’ve EVER known, and probably the biggest sinner YOU’VE ever known.  Yet I think the likely answer is found in 1 Timothy 1:16 – “And yet for this reason I found mercy, in order that in me as the foremost [i.e., sinner, verse 15], Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience, as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life.”  I wish I could say that my life mirrors the Apostle Paul’s in EVERY way, even as His mirrored the Lord probably more than any other human (1 Corinthians 11:1), but this is definitely one which qualifies, that the more of the Bible I memorize, the more and more (and more and more and more) I realize and come to see first that I am such a sinner, a “filthy rag” if there ever was one (Isaiah 6:5 & 64:6), and then the Word within redirects my mind to dwell not on my sin but on His perfection and purity and righteousness which has not only become mine through the power and working of the Word but which I have literally become  in the utter miracle of transformation (2 Corinthians 5:17-21).

The first reason is that I couldn’t and can’t think of ANYTHING which would bring the Lord Jesus more pleasure and delight than for someone to memorize every word of His “love letter” to humanity and then quote His own words back to Him.  I discuss this concept much more in-depth on the home page and in my Overview video but the gist is this:  think how it would make you  feel if you wrote a love letter to the love of your life and at some point in the future that person quoted it back to you by heart, from memory.  Enough said.

The second reason goes hand-in-hand with the first:  as a very unique “love You” and “thank You” gift back to the Lord for who He is and all that He has done and continues to do for us!

The third reason goes hand-in-hand with the second, to give this gift back to the Lord not just from me but from and on behalf of all believers in general and in specific all who support this effort and future outflowing ministries however they’re comfortably able.  Under that umbrella of all believers, I specifically want this to be a special source of blessing and comfort and inspiration for believers who aren’t permitted to worship and carry out their faith in various countries around the world, yet do so anyway.  That’s the spirit!  It’s the least I can do since they have provided so much inspiration for me my whole life, ever since I was a child and from time to time would meet missionaries who have devoted their lives to smuggling in and handing out Bibles in various communist-controlled countries with religiously repressive regimes so the “house Christians” can study and teach and share the Word.  On that day when I recite the ENTIRE BIBLE from memory in front of the entire world (literally, thanks to YouTube.com/BibleMemory and BibleMemory.ORG) I will be thinking very specifically of all the “house Christians” around the world who I know will be “many, many, many rows ahead of me” in heaven since they have paid a much bigger price to practice their faith.

The fourth reason I’m pursuing this history-making goal is one of the other few ways an aspect of my life can be compared with beloved Paul’s:  just as his heartfelt, passionate, all-consuming pursuit in life was to preach the gospel, mine is to memorize the Bible, so respectfully paraphrasing 1 Corinthians 9:16, “woe is me if I do NOT” memorize the Bible.  Because, having tasted it, I’d be utterly miserable if I didn’t EAT (memorize) ALL of it!

The fifth reason but one of the most important on an ongoing basis is that when I started memorizing my very first entire book (James), the Bible, as I stored more and more of it within me, started revealing to my mind’s eye a very specific MEMORY METHOD which has made it both much easier and, yes, even more FUN to memorize and recite Scripture.  I’ll know when that process is complete or at least complete enough  to share with others, to roll out to the public and that will be one of the main focus points in the future, for years and Lord-willing decades to come so I’m looking forward to that with enormous anticipation; right now I’d say that it’s around 75% complete so probably sometime later this year.  I won’t know for sure until I start teaching it to others but my very strong sense/hunch/expectation is that it will prove to be universal in nature, meaning that it will be of benefit to virtually ANYONE (though probably to a different degree/extent for each person since we’re all different in certain ways but 95% similar in terms of how the human mind and body work, etc. – more about this in future posts… if you’d like to automatically be notified by email when new ones are published, simply click on the grey “Follow Bible Memory” button in item “3.” at the very bottom of this page or at the top to the right of that “Overview” video and consider it done!  Your inbox – and life – will never be the same.  The Bible and therefore this Bible-borne memory method and process have absolutely revolutionized my life and I’m sure it will bear similar fruit and you will reap similar rewards in yours!

The sixth reason is something which has been near and dear to my heart since I was a child:  nationwide and indeed worldwide spiritual revival.  I’ve literally been praying for the Lord to bring that about virtually my entire life and I’m 100% sure that such will occur.  But I’m 1,000% certain that it will ONLY occur IF/WHEN a sufficient percentage of believers, of the Church, of Christ’s body on earth (Colossians 1:24; Ephesians 5:25-30) get “gobs and gobs” of the Good Book, God’s Word, “richly DWELLING WITHIN” them (Colossians 3:16) and “hidden in [their] heart” (Psalm 119:11) and “binge” on big “bites” of the Bible, because it’s the Bible  which sanctifies and cleanses us (John 17:17; Ephesians 5:26; Psalm 119:9), the Bible is the “mirror” (James 1:21-25) which, when “looked intently” into, “performs its work” (1 Thessalonians 2:13) in “transforming us into the [Lord’s] image from glory to glory” (2 Corinthians 3:18), from one level of glory to another to another, and increases our faith (Romans 10:17) to the point that we go through life “seeing the unseen” (Hebrews 11:27) such that, to bring it beautifully full circle, “we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen” (2 Corinthians 4:18).  And that, my friend, is the very picture indeed definition of spiritual revival.  And it all stems from and is kindled and lit on fire by the Bible.  The world is perhaps spiritually drier than it has ever been in the past 2,000 years… sounds like the perfect time for a spiritual fire to ignite and spread and do its purifying and winnowing work so we will wondrously be revived, be “refined by fire” (1 Peter 1:7).

The seventh reason is probably the least weighty but nonetheless noteworthy:  frankly, I’m dying  to see exactly what would happen when the unimaginably, incomprehensibly powerful Word of God is placed IN FULL, IN ITS ENTIRETY, into ONE mind/vessel.  In a previously-published post, I noted several ways in which the Word and the Lord are inextricably linked, and surely enough, just as Colossians 2:3 says of the Lord Jesus, “in whom are hidden ALL the treasures of wisdom and knowledge”, there’s no doubt in my mind that this similarly applies to the Bible.  What would happen, what could occur if the totality of it were to be stored in a single human mind.  A finite mind filled and overflowing with the infinite Word.  We’ll all find out soon enough but I am certain that it will produce not just amazing but historic  results, things that our finite minds can’t even imagine in advance.  Like I said, not the weightiest reason but I can hardly wait to find out!

The eighth reason I’m memorizing the ENTIRE BIBLE is that, as discussed in-depth in that same previously-published post, it has proven to be the best HEALTHCARE PLAN ever!  I’ll bet that the majority of even CHRISTIANS think that the Bible is very powerful in the spiritual realm but doesn’t extend to the physical.  WRONG!  Why can I say that so confidently?  Not just because I haven’t had to go to a doctor or hospital my ENTIRE ADULT LIFE and have enjoyed tremendous health after memorizing Bible verses since I was a child and that has been even more the case now that I’ve memorized several entire books of the Bible en route to all 66 as I like to say… but not just because of that first-hand experience but infinitely more so because the Bible itself testifies to this truth!  Don’t believe me?  Here’s a verse I’ve never heard a single other person or preacher or teacher discuss and of which most even mature believers probably aren’t even aware which absolutely STUNS me since it is one of the most clear and directly-applicable-in-the-tangible/physical-realm I’ve come across in the entire Bible.  I’ll be the vast majority of believers DO know, HAVE heard and even memorized, ARE aware of Proverbs 4:23 (“Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.”) – but NOT the verse RIGHT BEFORE it, Proverbs 4:22, and brace yourself because it’s a game-changer, life-changer, true gem:  “For they [referring back to the “my words” of verse 20, i.e., the Bible] are LIFE to those who find them, and HEALTH to ALL their WHOLE BODY.”  You can refer back to that previously-published post for a very in-depth analysis of this verse but suffice it to say that it, that God (it’s HIS Word and words) says as clear as day that the Bible’s power and efficacy is NOT limited to the spiritual or emotional/mental realms (verses 23-27) but indeed extends all the way to the PHYSICAL realm:  “life”, “health”, “body”.  And not JUST the body of those who “find” His words, the Bible, but “ALL their WHOLE body.”  Amazing.  Simply amazing.  Stunning.  Powerful.  And I can attest first-hand that it is indeed TRUE/REAL.  And while reading is good and studying is even better, I don’t think anyone will disagree that Bible MEMORIZING the Bible, that Bible MEMORY is the BEST way to “find” His words.  Why?  Because it most fully and ongoingly (to coin a word =) gets the Word and words of God Himself, the Bible, INTO a person’s mind and thus (verse 23) LIFE and experience.

And last but definitely not least, the ninth reason I’m doing this is to give Christians everywhere something to ROOT for, to root ON, to hopefully give them a sense of hope and inspiration and something POSITIVE on which they can actively and in real-time set their mind even (especially?) when in the midst of one trial or another.  I’ll never be able to play basketball like Michael Jordan or quarterback like Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, but the Lord has granted me the desire and (Bible-borne) ability to memorize Scripture like nobody’s business as the saying goes.  And like Michael Jordan gave the citizens of Chicago ongoing reason for hope, and like Tom Brady gave the citizens of New England something to enthusiastically root for, so also I want to give the earthbound (for now!) (but not forever!) citizens of Heaven (Philippians 3:20) – i.e. Christians everywhere – the same thing, for them to be able to root on someone as he memorizes the ENTIRE BIBLE for the first time in known human history.

One of the things I love and appreciate and am most  awed about the Bible is that it has so many verses (as I’m finding out in dramatic fashion =) but just ONE of them can literally and absolutely change and REVOLUTIONIZE a life.  And at the end of the day as they say, THAT, in a single blurb, is WHY I’m doing this, why I’m dedicating the rest of my life to memorizing the entire Bible.  Not just for the massive benefit and benefits it will and has already produced in my life but also because I know it will do so in the lives of countless others and is, without a doubt, the BEST “love/thank-You” gift I can give back to the Lord Jesus Christ which will bring Him the most pleasure.  And as that childhood song says, “that’s what it’s all about!”

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Happy Easter!  Because He Lives

I just want to wish everyone a Happy Easter, which commemorates the day that Jesus rose again from the dead after having just died for the sins of humanity two days prior – on that very first Good Friday which seemed anything but  at the time but proved to be good indeed – so that ANYONE who believes in Him and that saving work on Calvary’s cross will receive eternal life – a message which has ALWAYS held crucial urgency but in a sense perhaps even more so in the middle of a fierce and deadly pandemic.

More on that in a forthcoming post but how strange it was for virtually all churches nationwide and a massive number around the globe to be closed, shuttered on any Sunday but especially Easter.  But thanks to what occurred on that very first one, our joy and hope and victory and character and constant conquering are NOT dependent on man but on God and that the body of Christ isn’t limited by the physical realm, it exceeds it such that believers worldwide were indeed able to celebrate His resurrection in full, even though it did feel strange – hopefully it’ll be that last time that happens but for those who might’ve missed it, Franklin Graham – president of Samaritan’s Purse and probably more well-known as the son of Billy, now with the Lord for two years, seems like yesterday – preached from New York’s famed Central Park where they are running a pop-up hospital and saving lives (physically and no doubt spiritually, too) and that was a big blessing as was Michael W. Smith’s musical service of worship, so here’s a video of that I found on YouTube.

If ANYONE reading this has not come to know the love, joy, and perpetual peace which can be yours as a result of that very first Easter weekend, please don’t hesitate to contact me via the comment form below and I or a Bible-loving church in your area will be thrilled to answer any questions you might have in this most crucial of matters in the universe.  Yep, even infinitely more important and consequential than a pandemic.

And because of that truth, we can still say…

Happy Easter!  Because He lives.

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VIDEO:  Books #5-6 en route to ALL 66!

The more of the Bible I memorize, the more I want  to memorize.

The more of the Bible I memorize, the more I’m able  to memorize due to the miraculous multiplication of mental/intellectual capacity as discussed in detail on the home page.

What do these to add up to?  This:  more than ever I deeply desire to memorize  the ENTIRE BIBLE and then dedicate the rest of my life to Educating, Encouraging, and EMPOWERING OTHERS to do likewise!

Why that first part, why do I want to memorize the entire Bible, the whole of God’s Word, of God’s graciously given “user manual for life” and “love letter” to us?  Several reasons:

  • to give back to the Lord the best “love/thank You” gift I could think of or ever imagine:  reciting His “love letter” to us BACK TO HIM (as also discussed in-depth on the home page) for all He does and who He is!  He is worthy.  Of this and so much more.  (Revelation 4:11)
  • to keep myself, my life, free from sin, to destroy its power and decrease its presence in an ongoing way.  (Psalm 119:11; John 17:17; Ephesians 5:26)
  • to be transformed more and more into the image and likeness of Christ.  (2 Corinthians 3:18 and James 1:22-25)
  • to let the Bible complete  the process of revealing to my mind’s eye a specific, tangible, and incredibly effective method by which to memorize and permanently retain  Scripture – and ANYTHING ELSE as it turns out – which also makes memorization EASY and FUN, so I can HELP OTHERS DO LIKEWISE!

Why that second part and what I just mentioned, why Educate, Encourage, and EMPOWER others to memorize and recite Scripture?  Again, multiple reasons:

  • so others can experience the indescribable joy, mental/intellectual increase, and countless other benefits which I have experienced firsthand as a direct result of Bible memory on a regular, systematic basis.  (Psalm 19:7-9 and Colossians 3:16-17 among countless other verses)
  • so my lifelong prayer for a nationwide and indeed worldwide spiritual revival will (finally!) occur – I’m 100% convinced that this WILL happen, but I’m 1,000% convinced that it will ONLY happen when enough of His children, Christians, believers, INTERNALIZE, INGEST, CONSUME His Holy Word, the Bible!  1,000%.  Ergo, if I can be used of Him to so EMPOWER others. it will be the honor and privilege and pleasure of my entire life.  And from the minute He called me to do this, I told Him that I would – gladly, eagerly, exuberantly – but that HE would have to provide the ongoing means to actually make it a reality, i.e., that I would dedicate the rest of my life (literally) to this on a full-time basis but that He would have to then provide funding for the basic necessities of life like food and shelter (I can’t finish memorizing the entire Bible then help others do likewise if I can’t eat or have a roof over my head).

Which brings me to the present juncture.

I have indeed been pouring my life savings into this effort and website and future ministry and that has almost run out so after seeking the Lord’s leading and guidance and wisdom in the matter of how to keep this going to fruition, in the coming weeks I will largely be focused on giving various churches and ministries (“Foundational Partners”) and individual Lord-led like-minded Bible-loving believers (“Bible Memory Ambassadors”) the opportunity to TEAM with me, to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with me, to accomplish this Prince of Peace-pleasing, Spirit-spearheading, God-given goal.  I will of course start memorizing “book #7 of 66” and keep reciting the six already memorized on a regular rotation (a book a day or so) and then, as the Lord provides sufficient funding I’ll focus full-time on finishing memorizing the ENTIRE Bible, all 66 books, and creating an online “curriculum” which will Educate, Encourage, and quite literally EMPOWER people to do likewise and in turn for THEM to Educate, Encourage, and Empower others to do likewise, and so on, and so on, and so on, and eventually there will be enough Bible-richly-indwelt people (Colossians 3:16) on the planet to GUARANTEE a worldwide spiritual revival, a Bible/Spirit-fueled self-fulfilling prophecy as it were.

If YOU feel called by God and would like to help make this happen, to literally MAKE HISTORY together, the three best ways are to SPONSOR it by making a donation by clicking on the “Donate” button below or at the top-right or bottom-left of this page, to SHARE this website with your friends, family, followers, fellow congregation members, and even co-workers by word-of-mouth and/or on your social media platform(s), and last but definitely not least, to SUPPLICATE (pray) that God will use this however HE desires and wring every drop of glory and honor and pleasure from it as He sees fit – you can also add your name to my Prayer Requests Email List in help-out item “4.” at the top-right or bottom-right of this page.

With all of that said and without further ado, it is such a thrill to share with you the videos of my reciting the books of Philemon (#5 for me) and Titus (#6 en route to ALL 66) – I hope they will be a tremendous source of elation and inspiration and motivation for you.  To God be the glory!  Always and forever.

 

    VIDEO:  Reciting the entire book of TITUS from memory
    VIDEO:  Reciting the entire book of PHILEMON from memory

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If you’d like to follow along and automatically be notified when a new post or video is published, simply click on the “Follow Bible Memory” button in item “3.” at the very bottom of this page or in the Side Panel near the top!

And if you already have a Gmail, Google, YouTube, or Google+ account or email address (and if not, you can get one on the next screen), please also subscribe for FREE to the Bible Memory YouTube Channel – it’s super quick and easy, and you’ll automatically be notified whenever I post a new video on YouTube, too!  And beyond that, what a statement it would make to the world if we Bible-loving believers were to make this THE MOST subscribed-to YouTube Channel, so after clicking the link below then the red YouTube “SUBSCRIBE” button on that Channel page (which opens in a new tab for your convenience so you won’t lose your place on this page), please encourage your friends and family to do likewise!
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YouTube.com/BibleMemory

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And if you think this would be a blessing to others, you can SHARE IT via your social media platforms by clicking on the corresponding icons:

You can do this by word-of-mouth and/or by sharing on your Social Media platforms with just a click!
(Please use these buttons since the ones at the very bottom and top-right of this particular page are not pre-populated)

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And if you’d like to add YOUR name to my Prayer Request List, simply enter and confirm your email address in those two boxes below then click the red “Sign up for FREE” button!

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And if you’d like to MAKE HISTORY together and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with me as I seek to memorize the ENTIRE BIBLE and then use that as a platform for several outflowing ministries and become a true PARTNER with me in this endeavor in every sense of that word, simply click this Donate button and you’ll be taken to PayPal’s secure page – probably THE MOST trusted and secure processor on the planet.  And IF AND ONLY IF you’re comfortably able and feel led by the Lord to do so and want to become a MONTHLY PARTNER and thus provide even far better visibility for this burgeoning ministry, simply click the small “Make this a monthly donation” check-box on that PayPal page.  Thank you so much for your support and prayers, may God bless you richly!

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Quick Thought:  Tax Time Makes for a Great Parallel

Each year around this time some of us receive a rebate from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

But they aren’t really  giving you money.  Rather, they’re simply giving you BACK a (small) portion of that which YOU have ALREADY given to them!

And that’s EXACTLY how it is with us and God!

You see, we don’t really  give to Him.  Rather, we’re simply giving Him BACK a (woefully small) portion of that which HE has ALREADY given to us!

“Or who has FIRST given to God that it may be paid BACK to him again?” (Romans 11:35)

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If you’d like to follow along and automatically be notified when a new post or video is published, simply click on the “Follow Bible Memory” button in item “3.” at the very bottom of this page or in the Side Panel near the top!

And if you already have a Gmail, Google, YouTube, or Google+ account or email address (and if not, you can get one on the next screen), please also subscribe for FREE to the Bible Memory YouTube Channel – it’s super quick and easy, and you’ll automatically be notified whenever I post a new video on YouTube, too! And beyond that, what a statement it would make to the world if we Bible-loving believers were to make this THE MOST subscribed-to YouTube Channel, so after clicking the link below then the red YouTube “SUBSCRIBE” button on that Channel page (which opens in a new tab for your convenience so you won’t lose your place on this page), please encourage your friends and family to do likewise!
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YouTube.com/BibleMemory

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And if you think this would be a blessing to others, you can SHARE IT via your social media platforms by clicking on the corresponding icons:

You can do this by word-of-mouth and/or by sharing on your Social Media platforms with just a click!
(Please use these buttons since the ones at the very bottom and top-right of this particular page are not pre-populated)

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And if you’d like to add YOUR name to my Prayer Request List, simply enter and confirm your email address in those two boxes below then click the red “Sign up for FREE” button!

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And if you’d like to MAKE HISTORY together and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with me as I seek to memorize the ENTIRE BIBLE and then use that as a platform for several outflowing ministries and become a true PARTNER with me in this endeavor in every sense of that word, simply click this Donate button and you’ll be taken to PayPal’s secure page – probably THE MOST trusted and secure processor on the planet.  And IF AND ONLY IF you’re comfortably able and feel led by the Lord to do so and want to become a MONTHLY PARTNER and thus provide even far better visibility for this burgeoning ministry, simply click the small “Make this a monthly donation” check-box on that PayPal page.  Thank you so much for your support and prayers, may God bless you richly!

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