Moxie Memorizers

Tuesday, February 15, 2011  ::  

It’s February 15th which means it’s time to post your second memory verse for the month. I recently skimmed a couple of paragraphs that talked about memorizing verses being a waste of time. Can you imagine my irritation? I can say that if you are just memorizing your verses to look spiritual, or to please someone, or because you don’t want to miss the band wagon than you will definitely NOT get the full benefit. However, I trust the Spirit of God so much that even if your motives are completely skewed, He will be faithful to transform your life through His word that is living and active! I just think the person who wrote that stuff needs to come talk to our Moxie Memorizers so he can see our excitement!

I’m currently in the process of reading books about God’s heart for the fatherless, widows, the poor, and immigrants. One of the books that I’m reading is called Generous Justice by Timothy Keller. In the introduction he said that he had been thinking about social justice continuously since he was in college in the 1950s, so he wrote a book about it and published it in 2010. He had been pondering these deep things for 60 years!? Whoa. I knew I had better sit up and pay attention as I read his words. The book has been rich. God is stirring some interesting things in my heart that I’m not quite ready to talk about yet, but I probably won’t wait 60 years to tell you which means you better read his book so that that you can get his aged and refined wisdom.

Anyway, all that to say, my verses for awhile may be in that general theme. Tim Keller (the author) is fluent in biblical languages and he translates the word alien or foreigner to immigrant. I will be using this word in my verses as well because it conveys the truth in a language that speaks to my heart and my surroundings.

Zechariah 9:9-10 This is what the Lord Almighty says: Administer true justice, show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the immigrant or the poor. In your hearts do not think evil of each other. (NIV)

I love that this short passage talks about taking care of one another and the people who are often oppressed or forgotten in our society. Deep pondering going on inside of me...I’m excited and a little nervous to see what God wants to show me through these themes.

Keep up the good memorizing work! I am so looking forward to the stories that will begin to surface on how God is using His word in your every day lives. Can’t wait to see what you are memorizing next!

26 important comments so far. What are your thoughts?

Tori Einstein said...

I've read this passage so many times over the past couple of days. I can't seem to move past it to get to the rest of the book of Corinthians but that definitely isn't a bad thing. It just solidified the fact that I need to write these verses on my heart.

"And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power." 1 Corinthians 2:1-4 (NIV)

Anonymous said...

For where your treasure is there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:21 ESV

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 ESV


Anonymous said...

Angel, I know you wouldn't expect me to comment here (nor would anyone else who knows me!) but your passage really speaks to me for a lot of very different reasons. (Don't worry, I won't share them all!)

"In your hearts do not think evil of each other..." My high school history teacher started EVERY class by writing the word "FEAR" on the board b/c it is the thing that causes all of the world's turmoil. Suspecting evil in the hearts of others is definitely a prime catalyst of fear! Imagine how simple it would to be to attain world peace if only everyone heeded that simple passage...

Enjoy the rest of your trip, and your journey as well!

Anonymous said...

Psalm 19:14: May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

I'm sure it was the Holy Spirit who spoke this long time favorite to me this afternoon at work telling me I needed to, once and for all, memorize the "address" and all the right words. And it was even before I saw Angel's reminder!


Emily said...

James 3:17-18 ESV But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Tamara Casady said...

This verse has been hanging from my rear-view mirror since the beginning of this semester when Chad quoted it in church, it's about time I actually memorized it!

"And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast" 1 Peter 5:10

Jen Griffith said...

A great friend wrote this verse in a card for me when I first started my journey a couple years back and I've kept with me everyday since. I look forward to memorizing it and living it everyday.

Numbers 6:24-26 (ESV)
The Lord bless you and keep you the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his face upon you and give you peace.

Unknown said...

Philippians 4:11-13 (NIV)

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Unknown said...

Philippians 4:11-13 (NIV)

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Anonymous said...

I know everyone already memorized this verse last month, but I am going to jump on the band wagon this month. :)

Hosea 10:12 ~
"Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the LORD, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you".

Sara said...

Ephesians 6:19-20 (NIV)

Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly as I should.

christy.anne said...

Hebrews 12:1
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.


...keep runnin'!

Alisa said...

2 Chronicles 16:9a (TNIV)
For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.

Janice... said...

I have said these things to you that you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have over come the world.

John 16:33

Anonymous said...

Psalm 92: 12-15
The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the LORD;they flourish in the courts of our God. They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green, to declare that the LORD is upright;he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

Love this one!

Jenna said...

"For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come." 1 Timothy 4:8 NIV

Sarah Ling said...

"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline." 2 Timothy 1:7 ESV

Unknown said...

"Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stands guard in vain.
In vain you rise up early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat -
for He grants sleep to hose He loves."
Psalm 127:1-2 NIV

Susie Bishara said...

3If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

1 Cor 13:3-7 (NIV)

Rahel Berhe said...

Hebrews 4:16
"Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need."

Alysa said...

Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with ternderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Colossians 3:12 (NLT)

Angela DeSoto said...

I'm annoyed with myself for not getting on here sooner and posting. I will try and be on it for next month! :)
Here's my second verse:
Proverbs 12:18
"Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tonge of the wise brings healing."

Erin Chute said...

I've been memorizing this verse for the second half of February:

Isaiah 26: 3-4: "You keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock." (ESV)

Sorry I lost track of posting this!

Jamie said...

I'm not on facebook right now! And taking a break from blogs! (I'm late, in other words)

Jamie Isaiah 58:11 (Msg) "I will always show you where to go. I'll give you a full life in the emptiest of places - firm muscles, strong bones. You'll be like a well-watered garden, a gurgling spring that never runs dry."

Anna said...

Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.
Hebrews 3:1

Erin Leigh said...

Sorry this is late!

Hebrews 4:12

"For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart."

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