Friday, June 12, 2015

Deut.17.18-20 Copy/Scroll/Transcribe the Scriptures

In December of 2010, I was having lunch with a friend and great young leader, John Ott. At lunch he asked me if I had ever seen these verses from Deuteronomy17:18-20?   

"When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the priests, who are Levites.  19 It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the LORD his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees 20 and not consider himself better than his brothers and turn from the law to the right or to the left. Then he and his descendants will reign a long time over his kingdom in Israel."

I was confident that I had read them in the past, but upon seeing them that day, I did not remember them. John said that he was going to try this practice and copy Deuteronomy. I said,"I'm not." But I was starting a study in Romans and I thought, "Let's give this a try." Well, 4.5 years later, I have copied Romans through Jude, including Proverbs. This practice has changed and saved my life.

So...here are a few ideas:

1. Pick a small book in the New Testament to begin. (Philippians, Colossians, James)
2. Pray this simple prayer:" Heavenly Father, would you please teach me, speak to me today by Your Word and Spirit, in Jesus Name. Amen."
3. Get a good notebook, "Moleskin" and pen.
4. Begin copying word for word. Slow down. Make space for God to speak.
5. Write down any thoughts, questions, ideas, observations that come to mind. You may also want to draw or illustrate what you are writing and seeing.
6. If you can, try to capture the "Big Idea" that stood out for you that day. Ideally, if you can put that in a memorable phrase that sticks with you...that would be extra credit. :-)
7. Get ready for this to change your life.

The goal is not to copy Scripture by any certain date, but to slow down and let the Word of God speak to you in very personal ways. Enjoy and let me know how this goes for you.

Heb. 4:12   For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.  

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Of What Am I Most "Proud"?

Recently, I was asked by my new boss, Ryan Gray, of what am I most "proud"? I did not even hesitate in my thoughts and answers. I loved the clarity that was in my mind. As you can imagine, I answered it in order and in bullets:

1. I am most proud of my relationship with God my Father, His Son Jesus, the Holy Spirit and His Word. I became a Christian at 14 in 1968 and have loved growing with God and His Word. I am what I am and I have what I have...ALL by the grace of God. I am so grateful.

2. I love my 40 year marriage and relationship with Debbie. We have "fought for ONE" our whole marriage and it has been so worth it. It has led to great connections in our spirits, souls and bodies. I love Debbie and the marriage God has given us.

3. I am super proud of and pleased with all 8 of our children. God has created amazing human beings and all of them are seeking God in their own way and styles. They are all incredible to Debbie and me.

4. I love that they have given us 12 grandchildren...10 boys and 2 little girls. Each one of them have captured our hearts.

5. And finally, I love the work God has given us to do at NPM in leading men into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. We have been at North Point for 14 years and we loved creating (7) to invite men to live free and lead well.

Heavenly Father, thank you for your amazing grace and love and leadership in our lives. We are eternally grateful in Jesus Name. Amen.

What about you? Of what are you most proud these days?