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P2R Memory Moleskine in 2012?

December 23, 2011

That’s the question I have been asking since June.  The Partnering 2 Remember Memory Moleskine took a life of its own this year with over 30,000 people participating in the challenge.  To say that I was blown away by the response would be a great understatement.  A Facebook page was created as well as a Twitter account. And even an iOS app was developed in the process.  It was so encouraging to hear from small groups in South Africa, missionary moms in SE Asia, entire congregations, and every member in the family–all participating together in putting the book of Philippians to memory.

So naturally, people have been asking about an organizational plans for a 2012 Memory Moleskine for P2R.  I have thought and planned through the next memorization challenge, and as the last public poll indicated, the leading passage to memorize is the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7).  Plans were in place this past summer to make preparations for this upcoming year.

However, as 2011 continued to unfold, I continually faced challenges on every front that brought much of my life to a halt.  The year I planned and the year I lived had almost nothing in common.  As much as I would like to lead another organized effort with P2R and a 2012 Memory Moleskine, providence would have it otherwise, and I am sadly going to have to direct my efforts in the most direct spheres of responsibility.

Those areas include shepherding Grace (which is in transition), directing PLNTD (which is getting started), and directing the Haiti Collective (which is expanding rapidly).  Among these, I am planning three conferences, and working to raise $250,000 for 2012.  As I consider what the Lord ha allotted to me a this time in my life, I am extremely grateful for the opportunities and at the same time wish I could do more. Including leading another P2R challenge.

I know that there are groups of people planning to do a memory moleskine in 2012, and if you have an iOS device, you can find a lot of texts available on the iOS app for memory.  I hope that the vision continues and spreads with a love for internalizing, meditating, and treasuring God’s Word.  Personally, I plan to tackle the Sermon on the Mount, so if anyone else is as well, I would love to know.

May the Lord richly bless your efforts to own His Word.  And may He be kind to increase interest and expand the numbers of those who are drinking deep from the fountain of Scripture!

P2R: Where do we go from here?

April 25, 2011

It’s hard to believe that just four months ago, I pitched the idea of P2R – Partnering to Remember and the Memory Moleskine with a focus of memorizing the book of Philippians with friends and family.  Little did I know or could have ever imagined that the P2R Philippians Moleskine would be download by 40,000+ people and translated into multiple languages around the world.  Children as young as three joined in.  I heard from countless families employing P2R in the family dinners and devotions.  Numerous churches and youth groups embraced the challenge corporately.  Testimonies haven been shared across Facebook and Twitter on a daily and weekly basis, encouraging one another to press on in the meditation and memorization of God’s Word.  There has even been a P2R iOS app created for those who have an iPhone, iPod, or iPad.

The 16 week challenge officially ended yesterday, Easter Sunday.  It has truly been a privilege and joy to partake of this with so many folks both in my local church and the church worldwide.  I know that there are many of you who are still working on finishing the book of Philippians, and I strongly encourage you to press on.  The 16-week schedule was employed simply as a guide and template to provide accountability and challenge you to press on in memorizing Scripture.  The rewards and dividends of treasuring the Scripture in your heart and life will multiply in the weeks, months, and years to come.

Where do we go from here?

Because our minds are so quickly to forget and lose the impressions made through the pattern of memorizing large portions of Scripture, my encouragement for the immediate future would be to mediate, reflect on, and repeat again and again the book of Philippians from memory.  Work it over for the following weeks and months so that the book of Philippians can be quoted with little struggle for retrieval.  The longer and more sustained your reflection and repetition, the better it will be permanently sealed in your mind and heart.

Having said that, if you feel very comfortable with Philippians and have it securely embedded in your mind, you may want to consider memorizing smaller portions of the Bible, such as various Psalms or chapters in the Bible like Romans 8.  You can create a miscellaneous memory moleskine with various portions or chapters of Scripture that you are memorizing intermittently between books of the Bible.

Speaking of books of the Bible, I do plan to start another P2R Memory Moleskine until the new year. Below is a poll asking for your input.  Which book of the Bible should P2R seek to undertake?  Let me know your thoughts!

Again, thank you for partnering to remember with me and so many others.  Don’t stop now.  Memorization is for meditation, exhortation, application, and daily transformation.  May God’s Word be fresh manna to satisfy the appetite of a soul hungry to know God.

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P2R :: Philippians 4:14-23 (Week 16)

April 18, 2011

2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine 

Week 16 :: Philippians 4:14-23

14 Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble.
15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel,
when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me
in giving and receiving, except you only.
16 Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again.
17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit.
18 I have received full payment, and more.
I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent,
a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.
19 And my God will supply every need of yours
according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you.
22 All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household.
23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

– Philippians 4:14-23

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P2R :: Philippians 4:8-13 (Week 15)

April 10, 2011

2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine

Week 15 :: Philippians 4:8-13

8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable,
whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,
whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence,
if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—
practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length
you have revived your concern for me.
You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity.
11 Not that I am speaking of being in need,
for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.
12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound.
In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret
of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.
13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

– Philippians 4:8-13

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P2R: Philippians 4:1-7 (Week 14)

April 3, 2011

2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine

Week 14 :: Philippians 4:1-7

4:1 Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown,
stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.
2 I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord.
3 Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women,
who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together
with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers,
whose names are in the book of life.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.
5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand;
6 do not be anxious about anything,
but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known to God.
7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

– Philippians 4:1-7

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P2R: Philippians 3:15-21 (Week 13)

March 27, 2011

2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine

Week 13 :: Philippians 3:15-21

15 Let those of us who are mature think this way,
and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.
16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained.
17 Brothers, join in imitating me,
and keep your eyes on those who walk
according to the example you have in us.
18 For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears,
walk as enemies of the cross of Christ.
19 Their end is destruction, their god is their belly,
and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.
20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior,
the Lord Jesus Christ,
21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body,
by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

– Philippians 3:15-21

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P2R: Philippians 3:7-14 (Week 12)

March 20, 2011

2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine

Week 12 :: Philippians 3:7-14

7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.
8 Indeed, I count everything as loss
because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.
For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things
and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ
9 and be found in him,
not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law,
but that which comes through faith in Christ,
the righteousness from God that depends on faith—
10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection,
and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,
11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect,
but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.
13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own.
But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind
and straining forward to what lies ahead,
14 I press on toward the goal for the prize
of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

– Philippians 3:7-14

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P2R: Philippians 3:1-6 (Week 11)

March 13, 2011

2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine

Week 11 :: Philippians 3:1-6

1 Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord.
To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you.
2 Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers,
look out for those who mutilate the flesh.
3 For we are the circumcision,
who worship by the Spirit of God
and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh—
4 though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also.
If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more:
5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel,
of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee;
6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church;
as to righteousness under the law, blameless.

– Philippians 3:1-6

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P2R: Philippians 2:25-30 (Week 10)

March 7, 2011

2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine

Week 10 :: Philippians 2:25-30

25 I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus
my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier,
and your messenger and minister to my need,
26 for he has been longing for you all
and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill.
27 Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him,
and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.
28 I am the more eager to send him, therefore,
that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious.
29 So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men,
30 for he nearly died for the work of Christ,
risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me.

– Philippians 2:25-30

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P2R: Philippians 2:19-24 (Week 9)

February 28, 2011

2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine

Week 9 :: Philippians 2:19-24

19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon,
so that I too may be cheered by news of you.
20 For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare.
21 For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.
22 But you know Timothy’s proven worth,
how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel.
23 I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see how it will go with me,
24 and I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself will come also.

– Philippians 2:19-24

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P2R: Philippians 2:12-18 (Week 8)

February 20, 2011

2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine

Week 8 :: Philippians 2:12-18

12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed,
so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence,
work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,
13 for it is God who works in you,
both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
14 Do all things without grumbling or questioning,
15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God
without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation,
among whom you shine as lights in the world,
16 holding fast to the word of life,
so that in the day of Christ
I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
17 Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering
upon the sacrificial offering of your faith,
I am glad and rejoice with you all.
18 Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.

– Philippians 2:12-18

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P2R: Philippians 2:5-11 (Week 7)

February 13, 2011

2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine

Week 7 :: Philippians 2:5-11

5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,
6 who, though he was in the form of God,
did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,
7 but made himself nothing,
taking the form of a servant,
being born in the likeness of men.
8 And being found in human form,
he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.
9 Therefore God has highly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,
10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

– Philippians 2:5-11

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P2R :: Philippians 2:1-4 (Week 6)

February 7, 2011

2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine

Week 6 :: Philippians 2:1-4

2:1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ,
any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit,
any affection and sympathy,
2 complete my joy by being of the same mind,
having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
3 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit,
but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests,
but also to the interests of others.

– Philippians 2:1-4

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P2R :: Philippians 1:27-30 (Week 5)

January 31, 2011

2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine

Week 5 :: Philippians 1:27-30

27 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ,
so that whether I come and see you or am absent,
I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit,
with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,
28 and not frightened in anything by your opponents.
This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God.
29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ
you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake,
30 engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.

– Philippians 1:27-30

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3 year old in P2R quoting Philippians!

January 24, 2011

Walter Price shared this with me earlier today and was greatly encouraged by this three-year-old.  The older of my two sons just turned three, so this is personally inspiring.  Yes, memorizing Scripture is challenging, but how cool is it that a three-year-old is partnering to remember with us?!  Enjoy.

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