TMS Challenge: Week 8b, Hebrews 9:27

Our family has been blessed to live and travel abroad, and one of our favorite locations has been Italy.  Though I am not an art aficionado, the work of Michelangelo astonishes me.  One of his more famous works is the painting of the Sistine Chapel.  The entire altar wall is covered by one work entitled... Continue Reading →


TMS Challenge: Week 8a, Romans 6:23

Last week in the Topical Memory System, we covered two verses (Rom 3:23 and Is 53:6) that tell us all have sinned.  But what does that matter? Consider this illustration: "Azeem, an Arab follower of Jesus and a friend of mine, was talking recently with a taxi driver in his country. The driver believed that he... Continue Reading →

TMS Challenge: Week 7, Isaiah 53:6

The book of Isaiah contains several songs of the "Suffering Servant," visions of a servant sent to bear the consequences of transgressions done not by the servant but by God's people. In Isaiah 42 we are called to behold this servant - to consider who he is and for what purpose he has been called. ... Continue Reading →

2019 TMS Challenge: Week 7, Rom 3:23

"And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good." - Genesis 1:31a  In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth (Gen 1:1).  He said of that creation that it was "very good."  We read in the first chapters of Genesis that in the process of this creation, he... Continue Reading →

2019 TMS Challenge: Series B, “Proclaim Christ”

Welcome to the second series in the Topical Memory System. We ended Series A, "Living the New Life," with the topic of witness, and Series B, "Proclaim Christ" gives us a clear way to do just that.  The Navigators call this "The Bridge" illustration, an easy way to provide a visual depiction of the basic... Continue Reading →

Are You an “Alongsider?”

From "Alongsiders: Life-to-Life Discipleship" by the Navigators: Jesus was an alongsider Jesus intentionally ministered Life-to-Life with a select few. When the Lord invited His disciples to “be with him” (Mark 3:14), it meant joining the Lord in His life. Together, they went to social events and on walking expeditions. They enjoyed faith conversations, and shared in the... Continue Reading →

2019 TMS Challenge: “Living the New Life” Review

Praise God!  We have completed the first series in the Topical Memory System!  It's a good time to take a break, collect our breath, and review where this journey has taken us. Series A, "Living the New Life" began with an illustration of the Christian life being like a wheel.  I encourage you to draw this... Continue Reading →

2019 TMS Challenge: Witnessing – Rom 1:16

Here we are: the last verse of Series A in the Topical Memory System!  12 verses that give us a framework to rely upon as we live the new life in Christ Jesus!  Praise God for bringing us this far! Two days ago, we began working on Matthew 4:19.  How is that going?  In looking at that... Continue Reading →

2019 TMS Challenge: Witnessing, Matt 4:19

Here we are!  The last week in the first series of the 2019 Topical Memory System Journey!  For many of us, this is the first foray into Scripture memorization.  For others, it may be just one step in a long journey of storing up the word in our hearts.  And many of us are somewhere... Continue Reading →

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