Kingdom People Giveaway

Yes, I love books, and this could be a way to get them:

http://trevinwax.com/2009/12/15/kingdom-people-christmas-giveaway-2/

Follow the instructions and you might get 10 books + an ESV Study Bible!

Btw, check out this guy’s blog. He’s had some very encouraging posts, and I typically look forward to the things he writes.

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Take the Romans Challenge!

So I had made a resolution early 2009 that I would memorize the book of Romans. Well, so much for resolutions! I did not even attempt at trying and even when I half-heartedly looked for ways to do it, I was not even making the effort to start with the first verse.  However, upon reading Andy Davis’ “An Approach to Extended Memorization of Scripture,” I was convicted to try again. So I will try and go for it one more time in 2010, and have tried to get a head start.

Originally, I was trying to find any audio source that would have Bible verses individually recorded and listen to them constantly until I could say them myself without the help of the audio, but I could not find any such source. At the ESV Bible website, you can listen to chapters spoken by different people, and break it up into individual verses, but I needed to hear the verse prior to the actual text being read. Then I realized since I use my mp3 player to record audio for our youth group, I decided to record myself say the verse reference, then the verse itself. Changing it to mp3 form, I then placed it back onto my mp3 player (using Audacity, which, if you don’t have a recorder, can record off that program), and then put each verse on repeat and not allow myself to hear the next verse until I have it in my head. I’ve already begun to do this with Romans 1 and have the first 3 verses committed to memory. If you would like to join me, I’m linking to each of the 32 verses below for you to download (thanks Pat Shin for the idea for Dropbox!). Let me know if you’re interested. I’d love to have people join me so we can keep each other accountable (and challenge each other)! If not, try this with another book of the Bible. I’m going to try 2 verses a day, so hopefully, before this year ends, I’ll have this chapter down in no time.

Romans 1:1

, Romans 1:2,

Romans 1:3

, Romans 1:4

, Romans 1:5,

Romans 1:6,

Romans 1:7,

Romans 1:8,

Romans 1:9

, Romans 1:10,

Romans 1:11

, Romans 1:12,

Romans 1:13

, Romans 1:14

, Romans 1:15,

Romans 1:16

, Romans 1:17

, Romans 1:18,

Romans 1:19,

Romans 1:20,

Romans 1:21,

Romans 1:22

, Romans 1:23,

Romans 1:24,

Romans 1:25,

Romans 1:26

, Romans 1:27,

Romans 1:28,

Romans 1:29,

Romans 1:30

, Romans 1:31,

Romans 1:32

Selection from ‘Extreme Devotion’ (Voice of the Martyrs)

MAURITANIA: TIMOTHY

“Tell him, Timothy, please!” shouted Maura, pleading with her husband. “Tell the governor where the Scriptures are hidden and be free! I cannot bear to watch any more of this.” Timothy and Maura, residents of the Roman province of Mauritania, had been married only a few short weeks before their arrest.

Maura had watched in horror as soldiers put out her husband’s eyes with hot irons, trying to break his will. Now, hanging upside down with a weight around his neck on the orders of the Roman governor Arrianus, Timothy waited for his gag to be removed. The fear he initially felt at his arrest had been replaced with a sense of divine calm.

Instead of renouncing his faith and disclosing the location of his church’s copies of the Scriptures, as the soldiers expected, Timothy scolded his young wife. “Do not let your love for me come before your love for Christ,” he urged Maura, affirming his willingness and determination to die for his Savior. Seeing her husband’s courage, Maura’s own resolve was strengthened.

Arrianus, already in a rage at Timothy’s refusal, set out to break Maura’s newfound courage. He sentenced her to the harshest tortures of the Roman world. Yet she would not break. She refused to deny Christ.

After each had endured unspeakable suffering, Timothy and Maura were crucified, side by side.

Jesus did not entrust his ministry to independent believers—he established a spiritual family. He used words like “brother” and “sister” to convey the idea that he did not expect his disciples to be in this alone. Paul continued Christ’s mission by instructing new believers to gather together in churches for fellowship and corporate worship. Christians need each other—especially in times of trial. When one believer falters, fellow believers rally in support and encouragement. This is why the New Testament regards the duty of living by example as a necessity in the Christian faith. One person’s example of faith and courage can inspire and unite others to follow suit. Conversely, when one believer cracks under the pressure of persecution, it is easier for others to give in as well. History holds high the camaraderie of Christian community—especially during persecution.

My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love. – Colossians 2:2

The Gospel in Multiple Languages

If there’s any reason to post about anything, it’s the Gospel. Well, after waiting awhile, I finally discovered that Grace Community Church has made available once again their webpage that has the Gospel presented in multiple languages. From what I counted, it’s 25 different languages. I would invite you to go the site below and use it in a way God would be honored:

http://www.gracechurch.org/media/?filter=ministry&id=21