Posted by: jamsco | March 1, 2017

New CD! Set 2!

It’s here! It’s finished and ready to help you memorize the Word of God.

After more than a year of preparation, we’ve finally finished the fifth Fighter Verse Song CD – Set 2.

Go to the Amazon page for Set 2
Go to the downloadable songs.

It includes passages from Psalms (all of Psalms 103 and 91), Proverbs (the name of the LORD is a strong tower), 2 Corinthians (For this Light Momentary Affliction is preparing for you …), Romans (Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved), and John 3:16! And many, many more. A total of 34 songs and almost an hour of music.

Here’s the video of one of the a capella songs from the CD.

And here are some of the nice things people have said about the CD.

We love the Fighter Verse CD … wow – it is fantastic and we have incorporated listening to your CD into our curriculum.         Thank you for sharing your musical gifts for God’s glory and for blessing His church – Harriet

And I also want to thank the team of people who put together the latest fighter verse songs. I actually got the CD from them and tried it out this week with Isaiah 40 verse 8 and it worked! I just kept singing it: The grass withers, the flower fades but the word of our God will stand forever … I got the tune in my head!

And so I’m just so thankful that we as our church, with … our fighter verse songs, we are a church that is committed to getting the word in front of our people to be Word-filled, Word-saturated – Jason Meyer – Pastor, Bethlehem Baptist Church

You’ll be well served by this bright collection of well-produced songs!!! Great for anyone who wants to draw closer to Christ in any/every circumstance. Great soundtrack for times of quiet reflection, energized work(out), focused meditation/study – Pete

Once again, I cannot emphasize enough how helped we have been by the fighter verse songs CDs. To families with young children….play these CDs when you drive!! What better way to do Deut. 6:4-7 which is on the CD😊. You will never regret hiding these songs in you and your children’s hearts. My kids are 18, 16, &14 and they know their fighter verses, at least the ones we listened to and they are thankful for knowing them. This CD has songs for the entire chapters of psalm 91 and 103. By listening repeatedly, you’ll learn entire chapters and like us say, thank you Lord! – Gina

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As I say, Set 2 is the last of the five CDs, so now we have available all five of the Fighter Verse sets of songs. It’s a total of 182 songs with 529 verses from 30 Books of the Bible! It’s been an exciting and rewarding project.

I hope you get a hold of one of the CDs (or two or three) and listen and learn the Word of God.

Posted by: jamsco | April 24, 2017

5 Things I’ve Learned Memorizing Scripture

In October of 2005, I wrote my first Bible verse song. Our small group leader had challenged us all to memorize the passage our church was focusing on that week, and the best way I could think of to help my kids get it into their heads was to put it to music.

The verse was from the Sermon on the Mount – Matthew 7:7 (Ask and it will be given to you… ) which I came to learn was from the Fighter Verses set of Bible verses – developed by Children Desiring God. It worked. The next time our small group met, our family sang it for them. My kids still know that song.

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That was eleven years ago, and since then our team of song-writers and musicians has written and produced all of the Fighter Verses (five sets – we just finished the last one Set 2, this year) as songs to help families and churches get scripture into their heads and hearts. And this experience has taught me some truths that I’m sure many of you already know. But in case you don’t or need reminding (like I do) here are five of them:

1. There are so many important passages.
I work with first graders on Wednesday nights and every week we have a new passage to discuss. And every week I tell them: This is such an important passage – I’m so glad we’re not missing this!

What if you were asked to name the ten most important verses in the Bible? Could you do it? I couldn’t. I could take a stab at it, but I’d keep finding more –
What about the creation of the universe in Genesis?
What about the truth that I’m fearfully and wonderfully made in Psalm 139?
What about the fact that all have sinned in Romans 3? Or the great cloud of witnesses in Hebrews? Or the many, many gospel passages? What about Jesus’ death and resurrection?

The Bible is filled with crucial passages. Every week as we attempt to memorize another one, I’m pleased and amazed at how important this next passage is, yet again. Embrace this truth!

2. … And we need people to point them out to us.
Similarly, if you ask a group of thirty Christians what the most helpful passage is for them, it’s possible that you’ll get a different passage from each of them. It’s also likely that you would be rewarded by hearing their answers.

I’m so grateful for the team of people at Bethlehem Baptist church (including John Piper) and Children Desiring God, who went before us and worked hard to create these lists of passages. The five Fighter Verse sets include 529 verses from thirty books of the Bible. We need resources like this to show us the value of God’s Word.

3. It’s helpful to see other people’s approaches to understanding a passage.
With every CD, we’ve had several song-writers, and it’s been common for a Fighter Verse to have multiple songs written for it. This has been a blessing. I’ve appreciated how different they are. Different words are stressed. Different song styles evoke different emotions drawn out of the text. Different melodies pull us into different ways of looking at the truths highlighted. I’ve thought, I would never have written that passage like that! This shows God’s creativity in how he created his sons and daughters so differently.

We should embrace this, also.


4. You don’t get to the bottom of learning what’s in a Bible passage.

Those of us who’ve been Christians awhile, and who have read through the Bible more than once, start to realize the happy truth that we’ll never learn everything there is to know about God’s Word. There’s always more to see what he’s put into words for us. I can tell you, that’s not only true for the totality of God’s word, it’s true for every single passage in it.

Lately I’ve been studying James, and, reading a passage I currently have memorized, I saw new important truths I hadn’t seen before, even while memorizing. And I thought, how could I have missed that!

Yes, it’s true that memorizing a passage helps you dive down deep into the meaning, deeper than just reading it, but you’ll never completely master a passage, even if you commit it to memory, because (1) there will always be more to see, more connections to make, more context to understand, and (2) we’re humans; after a time we forget what we’ve learned and need to revisit, relearn, remind.

5. There is always joy.
One comment (you might call them helpful critiques) that I’ve gotten from others about some of the melodies I write is this: You make them too happy. “This is a sober passage,” they tell me. “You can’t make the song with those words so boppy and fun.” Now to some degree, I cop to this charge. “Okay, I’ll tone it down. I’ll make it minor. I give it a slower tempo”. But … well consider writing a song for this dark passage from Ephesians:

You were dead in the trespasses and sins … following the prince of the power of the air … among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh … and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

I ask: Is there joy in this passage? Yes, there is! In the word ‘were’! You were dead. You aren’t any more! If you’re saved by the passion of Christ, you aren’t living in the passion of your flesh. If you’re a child of God you aren’t a child of wrath. How could I write that song sad?

For the Christian, every passage of the Bible has a subtext of joy. And when you memorize them, you get that joy into your mind and your soul. I recommend that you do that: Memorize God’s Word.

And consider this question: when you’ve succeeded, when you have five or ten or a hundred passages committed to memory, what will you learn?

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Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

2 Corinthians 5:17

There is a time to be aware of your sin – to pray for more grace towards the sanctification that God has promised to all who love Him.

But there is also a time to focus on what you are already as a saved follower of Christ: a new creation.

Your old status as Sinner is no more. As a result of Jesus’ work on the cross, your new status as perfectly redeemed and holy is real and actual.

Thank God for this. Be moved by this knowledge towards greater obedience.

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Song by Scott Jamison

2 Corinthians 5:17

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— This week’s fighter verse begins at 0:54 in the video —

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

Deuteronomy 6:6-7

What do you do with crucial information, necessary truth, beautiful ideas?

– You make yourself very aware of it – you make it a part of your life.
– You teach it – especially to people who are important to you, like your children.
– You talk about it everywhere; you keep it on your mind at all times of the day.

God’s commandments – the truth’s necessary for intimacy with him and your own salvation, what will you do with them?

Make them a part of your life. Teach them to your children. Walk in the Truth

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Sung by Pastor Sam Crabtree, Song by Scott Jamison

Deuteronomy 6:4-5

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“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”

Deuteronomy 6:4-5

You are human. Is it possible to love the LORD your God with all your heart, soul and might?

The answer is no. You are still being sanctified. You are still sinful.

But two things are true if you are saved by God:
1. You should make this your goal.
2. One day, in heaven, you SHALL love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

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Sung by Pastor Sam Crabtree, Song by Scott Jamison

Deuteronomy 6:4-5

This week’s Fighter Verse begins at 0:40.

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Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Ephesians 4:31-32

How should we talk to each other – Those in our church, our family, our workplace?

With
kindness
tenderheartedness
forgiveness

And with no
bitterness
wrath
anger
clamor
slander
malice

But how can we do that? Because sometimes we feel bitter or wrathful and we want to make a clamor in how we respond to someone.

We can do that through the grace of knowledge that you have been forgiven of all of your sins by Christ.
The same Christ who died for you.

Speak to others in that knowledge. Speak as someone who has Jesus as your savior.

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Song by Scott Jamison

Ephesians 4:29

Posted by: jamsco | March 29, 2017

2-13 Application for Apr 1-2, 2017 :: Ephesians 4:29

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Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Ephesians 4:29

Notice Paul says “No corrupting talk.” He didn’t say, “Allow very little
corrupting talk”. He means none.

And then he gives a helpful explanation of the right kind of talk:
Talk that build others up
Words that fit the occasion
Ideas that give grace to others.

“As fits the occasion” says that words that are helpful or correct or wise in one situation aren’t helpful, correct or wise in another. They may in fact be corrupting.

So be careful in what you say! Give grace, not corruption.

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Song by Scott Jamison

Ephesians 4:29

Posted by: jamsco | March 24, 2017

2-12 Application for Mar 25-26, 2017 :: Psalm 86:11

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Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.

Psalm 86:11

Direction is important. God’s will is important. Obedience is important.

This verse combines all of these ideas.

We should want to go the way God wants us to go.

Pray for this kind of wisdom

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Song by Joey and the Brightness

Psalm 86:11

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For seven weeks we’re memorizing Psalm 103. It’s a great psalm. Inspirational, God-glorifying, encouraging. I encourage you to accept the challenge.

This week’s verse starts at 3:21 in the video.

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Bless the LORD, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word!

Bless the LORD, all his hosts, his ministers, who do his will!

Bless the LORD, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul!

Psalm 103:20-22

Who should bless the LORD?
All the Angels.
All his hosts.
All his ministers who do hiw will
All his works.
In all places of his dominion.

Are you in at least one of those groups? Are you one of his works? Are you one of his ministers?

Then bless the LORD! He’s given you so many reasons to bless him.

Be like King David at his wisest – Tell your soul to bless the LORD!

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Instruments by Phil Krause, other vocals by Krause Kids, Song by Scott Jamison

Psalm 103:1-4

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For seven weeks we’re memorizing Psalm 103. It’s a great psalm. Inspirational, God-glorifying, encouraging. I encourage you to accept the challenge.

This week’s verse starts at 2:45 in the video.

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But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments. The LORD has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.

Psalm 103:17-19

God’s love. God’s righteousness.

Who are they for?

Those who keep his covenant.
Those who remember to do his commandments.

Can a human do that? Yes, by the grace of God, who gives us his righteousness.

Can God make that true for us? Can we trust Him?

Yes, we can. Because this is the God who is over every other King. This is the God who has established his own throne in the heavens.

This God can do anything.

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Instruments by Phil Krause, other vocals by Krause Kids, Song by Scott Jamison

Psalm 103:1-4

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