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: Prayer, Phil 4:6-7

Earlier this week, we began the section on Prayer - memorizing John 15:7 as we continue through the Topical Memory System.  Today, we move on to the second verse (actually two verses) in Prayer - Philippians 4:6-7. Philippians as a book is full of commonly-quoted verses.  A quick fly through the book brings us past... Continue Reading →

2019 TMS Challenge: Prayer, Part 1 – John 15:7

Over the past weeks in our journey through the Topical Memory System, we have memorized and meditated upon Scriptures that address Living the New Life.  We saw how this new life could be envisioned as a wheel with Christ as its center, held together with Obedience to Christ.  Last week, we considered The Word, one... Continue Reading →

2019 TMS Challenge – The Word, Part 2

On Monday, we introduced the vertical spoke of "the Word" with 2 Timothy 3:16.  How are you doing storing up that verse of Scripture in your heart? Today, we look at a second verse, Joshua 1:8 from the Old Testament.  For context, we are asked to read Joshua 1:6-9, but first let's think about what... Continue Reading →

2019 TMS Challenge – Wk 2b – Obedience

Note: This is part of the 2019 Topical Memory System challenge.  We'd love to have you join us! As I wrote Monday, it can be easy to substitute legalism for obedience, and in a series from two years ago, I suggested that legalism comes in the form of four traps:  brinksmanship, rigorism, hopelessness, and hypocrisy.... Continue Reading →

Starting a Daily Quiet Time

A survey by LifeWay indicated that 90% of "regular church-goers" in the United States agreed with the statement "I desire to please and honor Jesus in all I do."  That is wonderful. But that same survey indicated that only about 1 in 5 of those same respondents read their Bible daily, and 2 in 5... Continue Reading →

The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment

How do you learn contentment like Paul discusses in Philippians 4:10-13?  Jeremiah Burroughs suggest that the first step is learning where not to look.  He writes... “My brethren, the reason why you have not got contentment in the things of the world is not because you have not got enough of them. That is not the... Continue Reading →

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