Posted tagged ‘Philippians’

The Christian Post Covers P2R

January 20, 2011

A long time ago I set up a Google Alert for my name because, you know, I had to know who was drinking the hatorade.  But those days have passed for the most part, and my Google Alert has been quite uneventful to say the least (and that could be taken as a very good thing).

But then I noticed yesterday that The Christian Post did a write up on Partnering to Remember (P2R), which was a pleasant surprise.  As far as I know, this is the first report from any Christian media about what is taking place, so thank you Christian Post for drawing attention to this little project that so many Christians around the world have come to own and enjoy.

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P2R :: Philippians 1:12-18 (Week 3)

January 16, 2011

2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine

Week 3 :: Philippians 1:12-18

12 I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me
has really served to advance the gospel,
13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard
and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ.
14 And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment,
are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
15 Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will.
16 The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.
17 The former proclaim Christ out of rivalry,
not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment.
18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth,
Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.

– Philippians 1:12-18

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Philippians 1 Wordled

January 14, 2011

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Trip Lee on Philippians

January 11, 2011

So some of you may not have hip hop as your favorite genre of music, but if you love Philippians (and are trying to memorize it), this ought to fire you up a little. 🙂  Check it out – Trip Lee chopping it up on Philippians!

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P2R :: Philippians 1:7-11 (Week 2)

January 10, 2011

2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine

Week 2 :: Philippians 1:7-11

7 It is right for me to feel this way about you all,
because I hold you in my heart,
for you are all partakers with me of grace,
both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel.
8 For God is my witness,
how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.
9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more,
with knowledge and all discernment,
10 so that you may approve what is excellent,
and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,
11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ,
to the glory and praise of God.

– Philippians 1:7-11

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John Piper Sermon Jam on Scripture Memory

January 6, 2011

I’m a big fan of sermon jams. I’m a bigger fan of Scripture memory.  Check it!

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John Piper: Why Memorize Scripture?

January 5, 2011

Powerful words by John Piper on the importance and practical implications for memorizing Scripture . . .

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How John Piper Memorizes Scripture

January 4, 2011

John Piper is someone whom God has used to inspire this generation in a number of ways, one of which has been memorizing Scripture–long passages of Scripture.  So how does he do it?  In an audio interview, here is how John Piper answers that question:


First of all, by praying for discipline and setting aside time.

I set aside a block of time in the morning (an hour or so) to be with God alone, reading my Bible, praying for my family, praying for the church, and praying for my soul. And I can generally finish my four chapters or so of Bible reading in about 20 minutes, depending on how long I pause and contemplate. And my prayers may extend for 20 or 30 minutes. So I’ve got 5 or 10 minutes in that hour.

If you decide to memorize Scripture for 5 or 10 minutes a day, you can memorize a lot of Scripture! I mean, it’s incredible! And I put circles around the paragraphs or the verses, and I put a little “M” beside them if I worked on them so I can come back and review.

I got my help here from a little booklet about how to memorize long passages of Scripture. And basically he says to take your first verse, read it ten times, and then close your eyes or shut your Bible and say it ten times. And that’s the end for that day. (I think if you do that you can memorize almost any verse in the Bible: ten times read, ten times said, and then you’ve got it.)

Then you come back the next day. You open your Bible up, and you say that verse again 5 or 10 times. If it’s easy, just 5 times. And then you do the same thing with the next verse. And then you do them both together. And then you shut your Bible and you leave. Then you come back.

So basically, the answer is: repetition and review. Repetition and review.

Here’s one other little tip that I use. If I pick a verse or a couple of verses or a paragraph, I’ll put it on a piece of paper and I’ll carry it here in my shirt pocket. And at little times during the day, I’ll pull it out and read it for my soul. For my soul! I don’t memorize verses that don’t help my soul.

I’m not into mechanical memorizing. I’m into fighting the fight of faith. I want to memorize Scripture so that I can defeat the devil at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, that’s why! It’s so that I can minister to a saint in the hospital at 10 o’clock at night if I’ve forgotten my Bible. This is for our soul. So I carry it around and I review it. Review is so crucial.

So I would just encourage people to set aside 5 or 10 minutes, and then repeat, repeat, repeat. Read the verse 10 times, say it 10 times, close your Bible, and then review it during the day from a piece of paper.

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P2R :: Philippians 1:1-6 (Week 1)

January 3, 2011

2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine

Week 1 :: Philippians 1:1-6

1:1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,
To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi,
with the overseers and deacons:
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you,
4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy,
5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.
6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

– Philippians 1:1-6

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John Piper Recites the Book of Philippians

January 2, 2011

This week, I am highlighting the emphasis of Scripture memory from the exhortations and example of John Piper.  I hope this week’s posts will be an encouragement to you!  Unfortunately, the free version of WordPress does not provide the luxury of custom HTML embedding for videos. 😦 But alas, you can watch or listen to John Piper recite the book of Philippians as an encouragement to you.

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P2R Officially Begins Today!

January 1, 2011

The Partnering to Remember 2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine challenge officially begins today! I want to begin this new year with the words of Jesus from John 15.  When thinking about getting people to “blurb” the new project, I thought there was no one better to plug memorizing Scripture than Jesus Himself. 🙂  Think on these words of Jesus and the implications they should have in our lives . . .

1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.
2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away,
and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes,
that it may bear more fruit.
3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you.
4 Abide in me, and I in you.
As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine,
neither can you, unless you abide in me.
5 I am the vine; you are the branches.
Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit,
for apart from me you can do nothing.
6 If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers;
and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.
7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you,
ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
8 By this my Father is glorified,
that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.

– John 15:1-8

» Resources on John 15:1-8

* Listen to Andy Davis on “The Importance of Filling Your Life with Scripture
* Listen to Andy Davis on “An Appeal for Memorization
* Listen to John Piper on “If My Words Abide in You . . .

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Memory Moleskine Now on Facebook and Twitter

December 30, 2010

Yesterday, I gave an update on the large number of people who have joined the Partnering to Remember 2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine.  With so many on board, I thought it would be great to connect with the two most popular social networks–Facebook and Twitter.  So I have created individual accounts for P2R, and I encourage you to check them out.

» To join P2R on Facebook, click here.
» To follow P2R on Twitter, click here.

Also, the hashtag for Twitter is #P2R, so if you tweet about your journey, be sure to tag it!

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Partnering to Remember: The 2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine

December 20, 2010

In the summer of 2008, I came up with the crazy idea called a “memory moleskine.”  The goal was to memorize the book of Ephesians before the end of the year.  Since then, that Ephesian memory moleskine has resulted in 4,000+ people joining in.  With a number of people desiring to do it again, I pitched the idea of memorizing the book of Philippians beginning in the New Year.

Let’s face it. Memorizing Scripture can be a difficult discipline, especially memorizing long passages of Scripture.  In our fast-paced lives of multi-tasking with any number of things vying for our attention, there is a real danger for the Word of God to get squeezed out of our daily lives.  More than any other time, Christians need to partner together for the purpose of internalizing Scripture, encouraging one another to abide in the words of Christ, and remembering the weighty truths that center us in God’s work in our lives. To do this, a system for memorizing Scripture has been created called the memory moleskine.

Starting in 2011, I am beginning a project called P2R (Partnering to Remember).  The goal is to memorize the entire book of Philippians by Easter Sunday (April 24, 2011) through partnering with other believers using the memory moleskine.  Paul praised the church in Philippi for their partnership in advance of the Gospel, and in the spirit of that partnership, this project intends to bring Christians together for the deepening work of God’s Word in their lives.  Simply put, I believe we should partner to remember.

Using the Cahier moleskine, I have created a pocket-size notebook that provides a practical and accessible way to memorize Scripture.  Through collaboration with The Resurgence, a customized PDF has been created for you to download with a week-by-week outline for memorizing the book of Philippians in 16 weeks using the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible.  On one side of the moleskine you simply paste the week’s verses to memorize, and on the other side you write your reflections on the verses while indicating how many times you rehearsed them each day.  Included in this PDF are encouragements and helps to memorizing and retaining Scripture from Donald Whitney, Andy Davis, and John Piper.

The Cahier moleskine can be purchased either directly from Moleskine or from various bookstores such as Borders or Books-a-Million.  My hope is that many Christians will establish a rhythm of remembering God’s Word together through a system that helps access Scripture wherever you are.  So I encourage you to join me at the beginning of the New Year with a memory moleskine in your hand that God’s Word may be more treasured in your heart!

How to Make Your Own 2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine

1.  Purchase your own Cahier Moleskine (3.5×5.5 size)
2.  Download the PDF provided by the Resurgence
3.  Cut the weekly Scripture reading according to the border
4.  Use double-sided tape to paste the weekly section of verses
5.  Find someone who you can partner with for encouragement & accountability
6.  Jump in starting January 1, 2011!!!

If you decide to partner with me next year to memorize Philippians, please let me know in the comments.  I would love to know who you are!  And if you don’t have someone to partner with you, I will attempt to encourage you through my blog. 🙂

NEW INFORMATION & BLOGPOSTS (updated regularly)

* My 2011 Memory Moleskine [PICS]
* Update, Tips, and Networking
* Now on Facebook and Twitter
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