Partnering 2 Remember, Week 10

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By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

Peter finishes his exhortations concerning conduct in relationships by writing to husbands (vs7).  The key instruction regarding a believer’s conduct towards government, masters and husbands is to submit. Now, he instructs husbands to live with their wives in an understanding way, but he starts off with the word “likewise,” indicating that he is suggesting like behavior. The like behavior is summarized in verses 9-12, ending with his oft-repeated charge to “do good.”  Verse 8 is a chiasm (illustrated below), with brotherly love in the middle. Notice the pattern: mind (influences) emotion (promotes) LOVE, (influences) emotion, (informs) mind. Continue reading

P2R: the Holiday Break Edition

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By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

It’s week 10 for Partnering to Remember 1 Peter and I know from talking with many of you that the blessings of memorizing this book are multiplying in your hearts and minds. I also know, and understand, that many of you have not made it to week 10 in your memory moleskins. If this is you, Do Not Be Discouraged! Some weeks are harder than others, our lives are busy, and when once fallen behind it is too easy to fall off entirely.

We are going to use our holiday break from Bible study to slow down with the memorizing. For those who have made it to week 10, continue to recite 1 Peter 1:1 through 3:12 every day, slowing down to examine the promises and the exhortations and where they apply in your life. How is the Holy Spirit challenging you or encouraging you? Where else are these truths popping up in your daily life as you interact with Scripture, with others, and with the Lord in prayer? Settle these passages more firmly in your heart and mind over the holidays, and prepare to pick back up with us and finish strong when the New Year begins.

For those of you who began later or who have fallen behind, use this time to continue moving forward through the memory work. Catch up to week 10 if you can, or as close as you can. If you don’t have someone to listen to your progress each week, find someone to help keep you accountable and encourage you! Call me or Jana if you can’t think of anyone else! Most importantly, don’t give up. We are in this together, and the Word hidden in your heart will be a blessing to you. I can write that with conviction because God’s Word tells me that it’s true.

Jana will be posting her thoughts and encouragement on week 10 early next week. In the meantime, and until next year, keep pressing in to God’s Word through memorizing 1 Peter.

“May grace and peace be multiplied to you.” (1 Peter 1:2)

Partnering 2 Remember, Week 8

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By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

In week 8, Peter continues exhorting Christians concerning their attitude and behavior towards outsiders: this time the focus is on the relationship of a servant to a master.  Slavery has been outlawed, and that is a very good thing. These admonitions are still applicable to many modern-day working relationships. Anytime we find ourselves in the employee role, we can apply these exhortations. Continue reading

Partnering 2 Remember, Week 7

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By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR

Hello again fellow memorizers. A big thank you goes out to Barbaranne for filling in for me these past several weeks! While I haven’t been blogging, I have kept up with the program of memorization [Kept up? More like, zoomed through! BA]. There is nothing like hiding God’s Word in your heart to get you through trying times! God’s Word never returns void and He always accomplishes the purpose for which He sent it. From before the foundation of the world, my Gracious Master and Lord knew that I would need I Peter 1:1-9 rolling around in my head and heart to comfort and sustain me during these past few weeks. If you are struggling with the program, perhaps having a hard time getting it to “stick,” I encourage you with all my might: do not give up! I can think of few things more precious and more worthwhile than hiding God’s Word in your heart. After all, “All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of the grass. The grass withers and the flower falls, but the Word of the Lord remains forever.”[i] Continue reading

Partnering 2 Remember, Week 6

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P2R, week 6

By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

Welcome to week six of Partnering together to Memorize 1 Peter! Last week was an easier week for many because the text was so brief. This week was easy for me, because it features a pair of verses which have long been favorites of mine—and I didn’t first memorize them from a different translation of the Bible! (Psalm 23, anybody?) Continue reading

Partnering 2 Remember, Week 5

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By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

Congratulations on reaching chapter two of your memorization! This may be a milestone for you—you have memorized an entire chapter of the Bible! Way to go! Now, wherever you may be, whether stuck in traffic or folding laundry, you can recite to yourself an entire chapter of the living and abiding word of God. I hope that you are encouraged by your progress to keep going with the rest of the book. Continue reading

Partnering 2 Remember 1 Peter, Week 3

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By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

Welcome to the third week of memorizing 1st Peter! I hope that by now you are finding encouragement in your progress—I know I am. As I am filling in for Jana this week, I will lead you first through how I thought about this week’s portion of scripture, which helps me follow the flow of Peter’s argument. If it makes sense to me I am better able to memorize it. Then I will go over a few “hooks” for memory. Continue reading