TMS Challenge: Week 16 – His Peace, 1 Peter 5:7

My favorite book of the Bible is Job, particularly the last chapters in which God answers Job out of the whirlwind.  God's answers give us a taste of how great he is.  I say just a taste, because he is so much greater, so much higher, than us that we cannot truly comprehend his greatness... Continue Reading →

TMS Challenge: Week 16 – His Peace, Isaiah 26:3

This year has been an especially challenging one for our family due to significant health problems.  In times like these, we often want physical healing, answers, cures... but what we need more is his peace.  That was a key part of what Jesus offered in his teachings: "I have said these things to you, that... Continue Reading →

TMS Challenge: Week 15b, His Faithfulness, Numbers 23:19

In the second half of this week as we continue the Topical Memory System, we go to the book of Numbers, to a portion of Scripture spoken by God not through a man of God, but a pagan seer named Balaam.  Balaam had been summoned by Balak, king of Moab, who was at war with God's... Continue Reading →

TMS Challenge: His Strength, Isaiah 41:10

I love to canoe, and have been blessed to paddle in some absolutely beautiful places.  Recently, I had another such opportunity that is close by, the Pemigewasset River in New Hampshire.  The water there is like crystal, and even in some of the deepest parts, the rocks and sand below are clearly-seen.  Where the river... Continue Reading →

The TMS Challenge: Week 13b, 1 Corinthians 2:12

On Monday, we started week 13, the first week in the Topical Memory System's Series C, "Rely on God's Resources," with 1 Corinthians 3:16.  In that verse, we saw that discipleship forms God's "building" or "temple" - a life in which the Holy Spirit dwells. Today, we're flipping back one chapter to be assured that indeed... Continue Reading →

TMS Challenge: Week 13a, 1 Corinthians 3:16

Welcome back to The Topical Memory System, as we start the first week in Series C, "Rely on Christ's Resources."  The study guide suggests that this might be a good time to go back and review the "Principles for Memorizing Scripture" on page 15.  It also asks us to review all the verses from Series B,... Continue Reading →

The TMS Challenge: Series C, “Rely on God’s Resources”

We are almost at the halfway point in our journey through the Topical Memory System!  How is it going?  I have to confess that I have been struggling to get my memorization and meditation time in.  Is anyone else having that struggle? We have completed Series A, "Live the New Life," and Series B, "Proclaim Christ." ... Continue Reading →

TMS Challenge: Week 12a, 1 John 5:13

"Assurance." What a word that is.  Calming, comforting, and confident in its very nature.  A positive this will be against the world's claims that there is nothing that is sure. I was recently at a memorial service for "Dee" in which a non-believer gave testimony about a sweet departed saint.  "Asia" described herself as angry: angry at... Continue Reading →

TMS Challenge, Week 10a: Ephesians 2:8-9

Welcome back to week 10 of the Topical Memory System.  Week 10!  Whether you've hung with us this long, have just started, or are just getting back to us, I hope that storing these words into your heart has been a blessing rather than a drudgery! Praise God for the grace he gives us, and that... Continue Reading →

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