Posted by: jamsco | October 28, 2015

Ten Years Ago This Week – The First Steps Of This Ministry

Ten years and ten months years ago, Debbie and I, trying to get to know our new church, went to a “Getting Acquainted With Bethlehem” Class and the pastor of the week was David Michael. He gave us a set of the Fighter Verse memorization cards (the way he chose who to give them to was by asking whose birthday was coming up the soonest). I’m afraid I didn’t do anything with them for several months.

Until, in the middle of October 2005, when our family had just begun meeting with a small group at Bethlehem. In one of the first meetings, Mike, our small group leader, encouraged us all to memorize the Fighter Verse before the next week. I decided to take up the challenge.

So one morning, ten years ago this week, I found the box of Fighter Verse Cards, took out the right card for that week, and on the way to work I made up a song for the verse.

It was this passage:

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.

(Matthew 7:7-8 ESV)

And then I brought the song home and taught it to Debbie and the kids. And I learned that the process of teaching it to them helped me learn it.

And at our next small group meeting, we sang it for the group and they were pleased.

So we kept going.

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