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Archive for July, 2017

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

17_07_26

SCRIPTURE MEMORY

Good Morning!

IDEA ASSOCIATION

Scripture Memory = Castor Oil

Scripture Memory = Jogging barefoot up Mt. McKinley with 100 rocks in your back pack

Scripture Memory = Flossing your teeth

There is no command in Scripture to memorize God’s word. But it is clear that memorization furnishes us with:

Tools for effective service : “The Scriptures are the comprehensive equipment of the man of God, and fit him fully for all branches of his work.” (II Tim. 3:17, Phillips) (Ever hear someone say, ” Well, somewhere in the Bible it says…”)

Victory over temptation : When faced with Satan’s on slants, Christ immediately and effectively quotes Scripture: “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God’…Then the devil left Him…” (Matt. 4:4,7,10,11).

Obedience to God, and success in life : “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have good success.” (Jos. 1:8) +

Living with Christ in a victorious fashion without gaining command of the Scriptures is like:

Typing with arthritic feet

with wool socks on

upside down,

blindfolded

60 feet underwater – in ice cold sewage

while choking on a clogged air hose…that leaks

as someone shoots at you with a poisonous spear gun

So… what are you waiting for? get going on your scripture memory!

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

R. Dwight Hill

+ I am suggesting that meditation of Scripture is forcefully facilitated through the process of memorization

* Originally dated Feb. 7th, 1994

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

17_07_26

SCRIPTURE MEMORY

Good Morning!

IDEA ASSOCIATION

Scripture Memory = Castor Oil

Scripture Memory = Jogging barefoot up Mt. McKinley with 100 rocks in your back pack

Scripture Memory = Flossing your teeth

There is no command in Scripture to memorize God’s word. But it is clear that memorization furnishes us with:

Tools for effective service : “The Scriptures are the comprehensive equipment of the man of God, and fit him fully for all branches of his work.” (II Tim. 3:17, Phillips) (Ever hear someone say, ” Well, somewhere in the Bible it says…”)

Victory over temptation : When faced with Satan’s on slants, Christ immediately and effectively quotes Scripture: “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God’…Then the devil left Him…” (Matt. 4:4,7,10,11).

Obedience to God, and success in life : “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have good success.” (Jos. 1:8) +

Living with Christ in a victorious fashion without gaining command of the Scriptures is like:

Typing with arthritic feet

with wool socks on

upside down,

blindfolded

60 feet underwater – in ice cold sewage

while choking on a clogged air hose…that leaks

as someone shoots at you with a poisonous spear gun

So… what are you waiting for? get going on your scripture memory!

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

R. Dwight Hill

+ I am suggesting that meditation of Scripture is forcefully facilitated through the process of memorization

* Originally dated Feb. 7th, 1994

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

17_07_19

Tell me, is your primary desire in life to be HAPPY or to be HOLY?

Good Morning!

Nothing in the Bible remotely suggests the idea that we should seek ” happiness.”

But there is plenty written about seeking holiness: “Pursue holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord…like the Holy One who called you, be holy your selves in all your behavior.” (Heb. 12:14; I Pet. 1:15)

While many blithely pursue the life depicted on “Fantasy Island”, a battle is raging between the forces of heaven and hell…between good and evil. It is here that Satan seeks to destroy us whileGod is preparing us for eternity. It is here that either godly character is being forged, or souls are in the process of destruction. Hardly a place for “happiness.”

The whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth…waiting eagerly for our adoption…the redemption of our body.” (Rom. 8:22, 23)

The pursuit of “happiness” is centered in self and has about it a kind of Disneyesque surrealism. Surrounded as we are by struggling humanity in the abyss of misery and devastation, chatting about “happiness” seems a tad trite. Consider King Solomon’s poignant observation:

“It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting…to listen to the rebuke of a wise man than…to listen to the song of fools.” (Ecc. 7:2,5)

Paradoxically, it is only out of a life of holiness and service centered on glorifying God that we experience purpose, meaning, and fulfillment. Note Isaiah 58:10,11:

“And if you give yourself to the hungry, and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then your light will rise in darkness, and your gloom will become like midday. And the Lord will… satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones; and you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.

If “happiness” were achievable in the wealthiest Nation on earth, why than are we plagued by boredom, crime, drugs, the murder of the unborn, teen age pregnancy, and divorce. It is my suspicion that Satan has been less than truthful to us in holding out the carrot of “happiness .” What do you think?

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

R. Dwight Hill

* Originally dated Jan 31st, 1994

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

17_07_19

Tell me, is your primary desire in life to be HAPPY or to be HOLY?

Good Morning!

Nothing in the Bible remotely suggests the idea that we should seek ” happiness.”

But there is plenty written about seeking holiness: “Pursue holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord…like the Holy One who called you, be holy your selves in all your behavior.” (Heb. 12:14; I Pet. 1:15)

While many blithely pursue the life depicted on “Fantasy Island”, a battle is raging between the forces of heaven and hell…between good and evil. It is here that Satan seeks to destroy us whileGod is preparing us for eternity. It is here that either godly character is being forged, or souls are in the process of destruction. Hardly a place for “happiness.”

The whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth…waiting eagerly for our adoption…the redemption of our body.” (Rom. 8:22, 23)

The pursuit of “happiness” is centered in self and has about it a kind of Disneyesque surrealism. Surrounded as we are by struggling humanity in the abyss of misery and devastation, chatting about “happiness” seems a tad trite. Consider King Solomon’s poignant observation:

“It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting…to listen to the rebuke of a wise man than…to listen to the song of fools.” (Ecc. 7:2,5)

Paradoxically, it is only out of a life of holiness and service centered on glorifying God that we experience purpose, meaning, and fulfillment. Note Isaiah 58:10,11:

“And if you give yourself to the hungry, and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then your light will rise in darkness, and your gloom will become like midday. And the Lord will… satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones; and you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.

If “happiness” were achievable in the wealthiest Nation on earth, why than are we plagued by boredom, crime, drugs, the murder of the unborn, teen age pregnancy, and divorce. It is my suspicion that Satan has been less than truthful to us in holding out the carrot of “happiness .” What do you think?

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

R. Dwight Hill

* Originally dated Jan 31st, 1994

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Good Morning!

THAN PRAY THIS PRAYER :

“Lord, make me an

instrument of your peace!

where there is hatred,

let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,

grant that I may not

so much seek to be consoled

as to console;

to be understood

as to understand;

to be loved

as to love;

for it is in giving

that we receive;

it is in pardoning

that we are pardoned;

and it is in dying

that we are born to Eternal Life.

-St. Francis of Assisi

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

R. Dwight Hill

*Originally dated Jan. 24th, 1994

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Good Morning!

THAN PRAY THIS PRAYER :

“Lord, make me an

instrument of your peace!

where there is hatred,

let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,

grant that I may not

so much seek to be consoled

as to console;

to be understood

as to understand;

to be loved

as to love;

for it is in giving

that we receive;

it is in pardoning

that we are pardoned;

and it is in dying

that we are born to Eternal Life.

-St. Francis of Assisi

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

R. Dwight Hill

*Originally dated Jan. 24th, 1994

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Good Morning!

QUESTION : ARE WE INCLINED TO DICTATE THE WILL OF GOD TO GOD ?

The Disciples had this problem :

The twelve disciples tell Jesus to get rid of the wearisome multitudes:

“And when it was evening, the disciples came to Him, saying, ‘The place is desolate, and the time is already past; so send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.

but Jesus said…”+

The disciples, instruct Christ to free themselves of a woman clamoring for the healing of her daughter:

“…His disciples came to Him and kept asking Him, saying, ‘Send her away, for she is shouting after us.’

But (Jesus) answered and said…”+

Peter tells Christ he will not allow Him to go to the cross:

“God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You

But (Jesus) turned and said…” +

In each instance, the disciples, in telling Jesus what He should do, were opting for personal comfort over sacrificial love. Finally, on the heels of the third exchange, Christ reminds them,

“If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake shall find it.” +

QUESTION: Is it possible that we, like the disciples, when faced with the choice between personal comfort and sacrificial service, tend to selfishly choose personal comfort, even to the point of prescribing the will of God to Jesus Christ?

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

R. Dwight Hill

+Matthew 14:14,15;15:23, 24;16:22-25

*Originally dated May 24th, 1995

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Good Morning!

QUESTION : ARE WE INCLINED TO DICTATE THE WILL OF GOD TO GOD ?

The Disciples had this problem :

The twelve disciples tell Jesus to get rid of the wearisome multitudes:

“And when it was evening, the disciples came to Him, saying, ‘The place is desolate, and the time is already past; so send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.

but Jesus said…”+

The disciples, instruct Christ to free themselves of a woman clamoring for the healing of her daughter:

“…His disciples came to Him and kept asking Him, saying, ‘Send her away, for she is shouting after us.’

But (Jesus) answered and said…”+

Peter tells Christ he will not allow Him to go to the cross:

“God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You

But (Jesus) turned and said…” +

In each instance, the disciples, in telling Jesus what He should do, were opting for personal comfort over sacrificial love. Finally, on the heels of the third exchange, Christ reminds them,

“If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake shall find it.” +

QUESTION: Is it possible that we, like the disciples, when faced with the choice between personal comfort and sacrificial service, tend to selfishly choose personal comfort, even to the point of prescribing the will of God to Jesus Christ?

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

R. Dwight Hill

+Matthew 14:14,15;15:23, 24;16:22-25

*Originally dated May 24th, 1995