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Learning from the places in the Bible we tend to skip + Colossians 4

All Scripture is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16-17). It’s all of value for all of life.

Yet there are certain passages we tend to “fly-over,” to borrow a term from Bible teacher Bruce Wilkinson. That is, we often see numbers, genealogies, or farewells at the end of...

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How to get the Word “in you” + Colossians 3

As lesson 3 begins, we reflect on when Scripture— and memorizing it— became important…

For some of us…

  • An activity (such as exercise, walking, or another time in which we could “stack” this on top of that) led us to do it.
  • Our childhood- we were encouraged...
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Reading the Bible “in all directions” + Colossians 2

In lesson 2 of the Colossians study, George talks about the importance of studying the Scripture.

Thomas Chalmers had been a pastor for eight years before he discovered the riches of diving deep into the Word. Then, upon doing so, he determined to make the Bible the Vode Mecham (“Book of...

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A doable plan to study the Scriptures + Colossians 1

This January and February, Dr. Grant set aside 4 weeks to teach the Keystones at his church, Parish Presbyterian, during the “Sunday school” hour. Rather than just talking about the Keystones, however, he chose to lead them through the 4 chapters of Colossians to illustrate how...

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How & Why to Journal (Habits of Holiness #3 of 4)

In this episode we begin with a ramble… about how and why George keeps the routine he does, and where he meets with the Lord.

Here’s one thing you’ll learn: it’s easier than you think. That is, we often make it too complex.

Here’s another: when you write things...

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SF 51- Memoria = Memorize (Lectio Divina #6 of 6)

The final step of Divine Reading (Lectio Divina) is to memorize the key verse of the chapter we’re studying. We hide it in our heart, recognizing that memorized Scripture was the exclusive means people throughout history have had to carry the Word with them.

As you allow the verse to take...

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SF 50- Evangelii = Gospel (Lectio Divina #5 of 6)

As we apply the Scriptures, we need to be able to see the Gospel in the text (Evangelii).

Where is the pattern of redemption shown, the glory of grace extended, the promise of forgiveness established, and the merit of Jesus laid upon us?

And, there’s this, too… 

Most of us are...

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SF 49- Contemplatio = Apply (Lectio Divina #4 of 6)

Once you’ve reflected on the chapter AND spent time praying through it, it is now time to respond to it. 

(The Respond page of the Keystones  includes Contemplatio, Evangelii, and Memoria.)

We begin those three with Contemplatio, that is, apply. 

The truths of the Scripture...

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SF 47- Oratio = Pray (Lectio Divina #3 of 6)

After reading and discovering what the passage says, we move to prayer… 

In fact, we take time to stop to pray through the whole passage (Oratio).

We might begin in several places… 

What is there to be thankful for here?

How does this prompt us to worship?

Are there...

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SF 46- Meditatio = Think (Lectio Divina #2 of 6)

After reading the passage (Lectio), the second step in Divine Reading (Lectio Divina) is to think through what the chapter is teaching (Meditatio).

What does it mean?

How should it be understood?

How should the passage be interpreted?

Is it primarily indicative (helping us to see something) or...

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