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A Project for the New Year

 

Years ago, I went to a lecture by the famous Presbyterian minister and author, Fred Craddock. After the lecture, he invited us to visit with him. At one point he talked about the importance of spending time with the Bible. He told us that when he was young, his Sunday School teacher had the students to memorize scriptures beginning with each letter of the alphabet. I asked him, "Do you still remember the alphabet of quotes?" He said, "I am embarrassed to say that I only remember some of them but not all of them."
 
A few days later, I was starting out on a motorcycle ride across the United States - all the way from Mechanicsburg, PA to San Fransisco, CA. I decided this would be one of my projects - memorize a quote from the Bible beginning with each letter of the alphabet. It took me the better part of the first 2,000 miles, but I did it.
 
Every now and then I remind myself of the quotes. I go through the alphabet and say each one as a way of getting in touch with the Scriptures.
 
Below is my list. I call it the Alphabet of Grace.
 
As we begin the new year, we often think of "resolutions" and promises we want to keep. Like the man I heard who is promising to volunteer at a different social agency each week of the year. These resolutions may or may not be completely met when we eventually look back on the year, but the idea of making a commitment to somehow improve our lives is a good thing.
 
Perhaps one of the resolutions we make this year will be to find ways to spend more time with the Bible. We not may lose a few pounds this way, but we just might shed some guilt and work off some of the angers we feel towards others. One way or another, we will be better persons for trying.
 
Happy New Year!
 

Together in Christ,
 
Pastor Steve
 
 
 

Alphabet of Grace
 
A friend loves at all time, and kinsfolk are born to share adversity. (Proverbs 17:17)
 
Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10)
 
Create in me a clean heart, God and renew a right spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)
 
Do not judge, so that you will not be judged. (Matthew 7:1)
 
Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted, but those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:30)
 
Forgive and you will be forgiven. (Luke 6:37)
 
God is love. (I John 4:16)
 
How sweet are your words to my tastes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! (Psalm 119: 103)
 
I believe I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. (Psalm 27:13)
 
Jesus wept. (John 11:35)
 
King Solomon loved many foreign women along with the daughter of Pharaoh.
 
            (I Kings 11:1)
 
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. (I Corinthians 13:4)
 
Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.
 
            (Matthew 3:4)
 
No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the lord,” for they shall all know  me, from the least to the greatest, says the Lord. (Jeremiah 31:34)
 
O Lord, open my lips and my mouth will declare your praise. (Psalm 51:15)
 
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. (John 14:27)
 
Quench not the Spirit. (I Thessalonians 5:19)
 
Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say, Rejoice. (Philipians 4:4)
 
Shine like stars as you hold out the word of life. (Philippians 2:15)
 
This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. (John 16:12)
 
Unless I wash you, you have no share of me. (John 13:8)
 
Very truly, I tell you, if you ask anything of the Father, in my name, he will give it to you. (John 16:23)
 
What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)
 
X – eXalt Psalm 99:9
 
Your word is a lamp unto my feet and light unto my path. (Palm 119: 105)
 
Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today. (Luke 19:5)