Dear Friends,

In Jeremiah, Ezekiel and the book of Revelation a scroll with God’s Word written on it is presented to God’s man, and God tells them to eat His Word and then speak. Today we begin a 12 week sermon series. We hope you will spend the next twelve weeks ‘eating’ Gods Word. The sermon series is called “Deeper: Meditating on God’s Word”. Each week we will look at one verse opening it up. Each of these powerful verses are well worth memorizing and meditating upon – in effect, eating God’s Word. At the time of writing this blog I do not know the order that these verses will be preached on, but here are the 12 verses in their biblical order: Psalm 86:11, Proverbs 3:5-6, Ephesians 2:8-10, Philippians 2:12-13; Philippians 4:6-7, Colossians 1:28-29, Colossians 3:13, 1 Peter 2:9-10, 1 Peter 5:6-7, 1 John 4:10, Jude 24-25.

First of all, please pray for me, Daniel, Jonathan, and Shaun as we share this 12 week series. Pray that we will listen well. Pray that we memorize and meditate upon the passage. I do not want to exhort you to ‘eat’ God’s Word when I have not! Please pray that we will preach simply and clearly – and that we will preach to the heart. Pray that the Lord will anoint us as we preach and anoint the congregation as we listen and God’s Word comes straight to our heart.

Second, please commit to trying to memorize a verse a week. By the way, I know that sometimes it’s two verses, but it is one unit, often one sentence, that we will meditate upon. You can search the web for some advice on memorization, but I have a few suggestions in the meantime.

Ask the Lord to help you memorize the passage. Pray as well that you will understand the text and begin to apply it to your day to day life.

Have at least one time a day when you say the verse over and over – always including the reference. It is best if you can say the verse out loud. It seems as if saying the words out loud helps with the process of memorization. I would urge you to say the verse 20 times! A version of this is to write the verse on a piece of paper, or in the notes section of your phone, and say the verse several times in a row many times in the day. It is best if you say the verse out loud.

Writing the verse out by hand is also a good way to memorize. Typing does not seem to work as well. There is something about the slower more deliberate process of writing by hand which helps you to memorize a passage.

Even if after this week you have not memorized the text, the process of saying the verse is still helpful. It is still a way to get some of God’s word into you, into your mind, into the heart. So please commit and please begin!

George+