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…I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 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. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:11-13

As has been previously pointed out, when we consider the encouraging statement, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me,” we should consider the context.

This passage doesn’t mean that we can choose to do any action we feel like, merely by employing the strength that God supplies.

The range of “all things” in the passage is plenty and abundance to hunger and need and what God promises here is the strength to handle both of these extremes and (where you more likely are) all places in between.

Have you considered that? Do you worry about how you will handle it if you suddenly lose everything or gain everything?

If you are saved through Jesus, God will give you the strength to face it, no matter what he puts in your path.

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Performed By Phil Krause. Song by Scott Jamison.

Phil 4 11

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When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you. 23For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life

Proverbs 6:22-23

We know from the previous verses that “they” here are “Your Father’s Commandments” and “Your Mother’s Teaching”

These things are important for children. Their parents guidance will lead them, watch over them and talk with them.

Wise words from parents will be a light of guidance and a way of life.

Teach kids that it’s important to listen to and learn from their parents.

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Performed By Becki Warnock. Song by Scott Jamison.

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My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching. Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck.

Proverbs 6:20-21

It’s fairly clear in the Bible. A child’s parents are a source of wisdom for the child.

Children, listen to your parents.
Parents, think about what God wants you to say to your children.

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Performed By Becki Warnock. Song by Scott Jamison.

Proverbs 6:20-21

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And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.

Galatians 5:24-25

The Apostle Paul makes a wise statement here. If we live by the Holy Spirit (according to his guidance, with his strength), we will keep in step with Him.

And one of the ways we can see that this is happening is we show the fruit of the Holy Spirit’s work in our live.

Look for it. In yourself and others.

Commend it. Be thankful for it. Praise God for it.

Our walk with God is much sweeter and stronger because of the Holy Spirit helping us.

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Guitar by Jeff Warren. Song by Scott Jamison.

Galatians 5:22-23

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23

There are times when we’d really like to ask God, “What do you want me to do in this situation?”

or

“Where am I acting foolishly?”

Here’s a verse that can be helpful with both of those questions.

We are Christians. We are being sanctified. And the Holy Spirit is doing a work in us. He is making us more like Christ.

And here we have a list here of traits which are found more and more with those who walk with Christ. Praise God for that.

And the next time you’re asking, “What should I do now?” ask “What choice can I make right now that will show others this kind of fruit?”

And maybe your choices will become easier.

And you can thank the Spirit for that as well.

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Guitar by Jeff Warren. Song by Scott Jamison.

Galatians 5:22-23

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Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Luke 12:32-34

What do you fear to lose? Do you fear the loss of things that someone could steal or destroy? Jesus wants to give you peace. He’s reminding you that he can give you wealth that will never be stolen or taken away from you.

So he says – consider giving the temporary things away to help people who have more need than you.

Your heavenly Father wants to give you the Kingdom. It will give him pleasure to do this.

Do you fear loss? We all do. Trust God. He has treasures in Heaven for you.

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Sung by Adelyn Jamison. Song by Scott Jamison.

Luke 12:32-34

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

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