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Monday Memory Verse Review – 3/20/17

author Posted by: Mike on date Mar 20th, 2017 | filed Filed under: Monday Memory Verse

If you have stuck with this for the past four weeks, you should have memorized four new passages of scripture. Congratulations!  This week is review week. Drill yourself using the index cards you made.  Once you are doing well, find someone who can quiz you.

Listed below are the four passages your should know.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3:16 (KJV)

And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? – Luke 6:46 (KJV)

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. – Romans 10:9 (KJV)

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: – John 1:12 (KJV)

Be sure to use your King James Bible! If you need a Bible, you can request one on this page: Free Bible.

Tips for Bible verse memorization can be found in this post: New Feature! Monday Memory Verse.

Jehovah’s Witnesses – What about Acts 8:37?

author Posted by: Mike on date Mar 19th, 2017 | filed Filed under: Bible Versions, Jesus, Witnessing

missingThere is a verse (among several) that is missing from the New World Translation that is vital for people in the Jehovah’s Witnesses to consider.  That verse is Acts 8:37.

The reason this verse is so important is that it speaks to Jesus being God, something that the Jehovah’s Witnesses deny. From the Jehovah’s Witnesses website:

However, we take Jesus at his word when he said: “The Father is greater than I am.” (John 14:28) So we do not worship Jesus, as we do not believe that he is Almighty God.

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Monday Memory Verse – 3/13/17

author Posted by: Mike on date Mar 13th, 2017 | filed Filed under: Monday Memory Verse

Our memory verse for this week is: John 1:12. Copy it to a 3×5 index card that you can carry with you this week.

Be sure to use your King James Bible! If you need a Bible, you can request one on this page: Free Bible.

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: – John 1:12 (KJV)

Tips for Bible verse memorization can be found in this post: New Feature! Monday Memory Verse.

Monday Memory Verse – 3/6/17

author Posted by: Mike on date Mar 6th, 2017 | filed Filed under: Monday Memory Verse

Our memory verse for this week is: Romans 10:9. Copy it to a 3×5 index card that you can carry with you this week.

Be sure to use your King James Bible! If you need a Bible, you can request one on this page: Free Bible.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. – Romans 10:9 (KJV)

Tips for Bible verse memorization can be found in this post: New Feature! Monday Memory Verse.

The Saddest Verse in the Bible

author Posted by: Mike on date Mar 3rd, 2017 | filed Filed under: Salvation

Harvest at SunsetTo me, this is the saddest verse in the Bible:

The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved. – Jeremiah 8:20 (KJV)

If not only because of this verse:

And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. – Acts 16:31 (KJV)

Don’t let the harvest pass for you.

God bless, Mike

Monday Memory Verse – 2/27/17

author Posted by: Mike on date Feb 27th, 2017 | filed Filed under: Monday Memory Verse

Our memory verse for this week is : Luke 6:46. Copy it to a 3×5 index card that you can carry with you this week.

Be sure to use your King James Bible! If you need a Bible, you can request one on this page: Free Bible.

And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? – Luke 6:46 (KJV)

Tips for Bible verse memorization can be found in this post: New Feature! Monday Memory Verse.

In Whom is Your Hope?

author Posted by: Mike on date Feb 24th, 2017 | filed Filed under: Salvation

Happy dog!

When you look forward to something good happening and that gives you joy because you have some expectation of obtaining it, you have hope. My dogs and cats have an expectation that I will feed them and boy does their hope give them joy! People have many kinds of hope, but in whom do you place your hope?

When you take a journey, you hope to make it to your destination. You trust that your car and your ability to navigate and drive will get you there. When you face a difficult task, you have hope to complete it that gets better and better as you get closer to your goal.  You are seeing that the expectations you have for yourself are coming to pass and your hope grows. What a wonderful feeling it is when that difficult task is done!

In whom do you hope when life gets hard and things don’t go your way?

What about eternity? What is your hope for life after death? In whom is your hope? Read more »

Monday Memory Verse – 2/20/17

author Posted by: Mike on date Feb 20th, 2017 | filed Filed under: Monday Memory Verse

Our memory verse for this week is a verse that everyone should know: John 3:16. Copy it to a 3×5 index card that you can carry with you this week.

Be sure to use your King James Bible! If you need a Bible, you can request one on this page: Free Bible.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3:16 (KJV)

Tips for Bible verse memorization can be found in this post: New Feature! Monday Memory Verse.

New Feature! Monday Memory Verse

author Posted by: Mike on date Feb 17th, 2017 | filed Filed under: Monday Memory Verse

I am publishing a new feature on Close to Jesus called “Monday Memory Verse.” This will help all of us memorize scripture on a regular basis.

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. – Psalm 119:11 (KJV)

Each Monday, come to the website and get the verse for the week and memorize it.  Practice it throughout the week until you have it perfect – word for word, including the scripture reference. Every four weeks or so, we will have a review round where you won’t memorize a new verse, but will review several verses you have memorized already.

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The Fisherman’s Club

author Posted by: Mike on date Feb 10th, 2017 | filed Filed under: Salvation, Witnessing

My wife and I recently watched a two-part video series from Mark Cahill called “The Fisherman’s Club.” It is a message on witnessing and sharing your faith based on Matthew 4:19.

And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. – Matthew 4:19 (KJV)

In it, Mark gives instruction, encouragement and exhortation to witness the truth to a lost world. The fields are “white already to harvest.” In other words there are so many people lost in their sins and Christians need to be faithful to have conversations with these people and share the gospel with them. Each one of us is to do their part. “One soweth, and another reapeth.” God will give the increase. Read more »