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Romans 12:10

“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” (Romans 12:10, ESV)   Earlier in the year we memorized 1 John 2:15-17. Go back and review those verses and remember that God warns us about sins that involve “the pride of life.” We are inwardly oriented. We want our own good. We tend to seek our own honor before and above that of others. But…

1 Corinthians 10:30

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will  not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:31, ESV)

Psalm 27:4

“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.” (Psalm 27:4, ESV)  My family was walking along the street in a small town one evening when someone suddenly said, “Carl, you had one job!” I looked to see that they were pointing…

Romans 8:32

“He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32, ESV)   Romans chapter 8 begins with the wonderful declaration that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. The chapter goes on to affirm that if we are led by the Spirit of God we are sons (and daughters) of…

Isaiah 53:4-6

“Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord…

1 John 2:15-16

“For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.” (1 John 2:16, ESV) I know that I promised a verse per week; but this one needs context. So if you can get the whole section you’ll be better off: “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world,…

Genesis 3:1

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”  (Genesis 3:1, ESV)   This may seem an odd verse to choose for our memory project. But if we can remember this historical account we can also be mindful of the way that sin so often…

Colossians 1:16

“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.” (Colossians 1:16, ESV)   Paul wrote his letter to the Colossian church to combat heretical teaching that was going on in the day. It is difficult to determine the exact…

Psalm 90:1-2

“Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” (Psalm 90:1–2, ESV)   Followers of Jesus are described in 1 Peter as sojourners and exiles in this world (2:11). We are like refugees: living in this world, speaking the language,…

2 Timothy 3:16–17

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16–17, ESV)   Can the Bible really be trusted? What is it good for in my everyday life? Why do you think so many people play the Lottery? Why are…
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