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Scripture Memorization

February 5, 2010


I’ve been on a scripture memorization kick for the last few weeks.  Teaching Sunday school has really pushed me to not only know more of the bible, but to recall where certain verses are in the bible.  Knowing your bible is so practical when you are having conversations with believers and unbelievers.  It really helps when you are discussing a bible topic and you can quote verses that illustrate your point!

So, I’ve made a little challenge for myself to memorize at least 100 verses before my birthday (April 22).  I dunno, I probably know 50 or so random verses already (?) so I should only have 50 or so to go.  My goal may be way too low (or high – I have no idea…) so I might adjust on the fly, but for now I’m going for 100.

What inspired this was watching a YouTube video of a few pastors I respect a lot quote a sick amount of scripture from memory. Take a look:


John Piper quotes Romans 8 (awesome!) –

John Bloom quotes the book of Hebrews –


John Piper quotes the book of Philippians –


Sam Crabtree quotes the Sermon on the Mount –


My approach is going to be to memorize some small passages, maybe one big chunk of a great chapter in scripture like Romans 8, Galatians 4, John 3, etc., and maybe 20 or so random verses I use often.

 ***If there are any takers, I would love some fellow competitors with the 100 verse challenge (or a modification of where you are in your walk – 50 verse challenge, 150 verse challenge, or 10 verse challenge)!!



Poem For Providence

February 4, 2010

“God Moves in a Mysterious Way”

 God moves in a mysterious way

His wonders to perform;

He plants his footsteps in the sea,

And rides upon the storm.

Deep in unfathomable mines

Of never-failing skill,

He treasures up his bright designs

And works his sovereign will.

Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take,

The clouds ye so much dread

Are big with mercy, and shall break

In blessings on your head.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,

But trust him for his grace;

Behind a frowning providence

He hides a smiling face.

His purposes will ripen fast,

Unfolding every hour;

The bud may have a bitter taste,

But sweet will be the flower.

Blind unbelief is sure to err,

And scan his work in vain:

God is his own interpreter,

And He will make it plain.


By: William Cowper (1731-1800)


Super Bowl Party

February 4, 2010

Here is a copy of the email from Danny & Catherine:

Hey everyone, 

Catherine and I wanted to invite everyone over to our house this up coming Sunday evening to watch the Super bowl. The game is at 6:25 and you don’t want to miss Carrie Underwood singing the national anthem so make sure you are there on time. Catherine and I will provide the paper products and drinks (And a baked brie as requested by Michael Mathias) if everyone could just bring a tailgate/appetizer type dish we should have plenty to eat. Feel free to bring the kids we have enough room for everyone.

Hope to see you there
Danny and Catherine Higginbotham


Commentary on John 3:16, Part 1

February 3, 2010

One of my favorite Writers wrote a commentary on John’s Gospel some years back. Why share this? Because there is alot more to John 3:16 than just being a verse you memorize in Sunday School.

From D.A. Carson’s “The Gospel According to John”

As the new birth, the acquisition of eternal life, has been grounded in the ‘lifting up’ of the Son (vv. 14–15), so also that ‘lifting up’, the climax of the Son’s mission, is itself grounded in the love of God. The mission of the Son and its consequences is the theme of this paragraph, but John begins by insisting that the Son’s mission was itself the consequence of God’s love. The Greek construction behind so loved that he gave his one and only Son (houtōs plus hōste plus the indicative instead of the infinitive) emphasizes the intensity of the love, and insists that the envisaged consequence really did ensue;16 the words ‘his one and only Son’ (cf. notes on 1:14) stress the greatness of the gift. The Father gave his best, his unique and beloved Son (cf. Rom. 8:32). Both the verb ‘to love’ (agapaō) and the noun ‘love’ (agapē) occur much more frequently in chs. 13–17 than anywhere else in the Fourth Gospel, reflecting the fact that John devotes special attention to the love relationships amongst the Father, the Son and the disciples. The Father loves the Son (3:35; 10:17; 15:9–10; 17:23–24, 26; using another verb, 5:20), the Son loves the Father (14:31); Jesus loves his own, his true disciples (11:5; 13:1, 33, 34; 14:21; 15:9–10, 12; 21:7, 20), and they must love him (14:15, 21 23f., 28; 21:15–26). They must also love one another (13:34–35; 15:12–13, 17; 17:26). Sometimes John speaks of the Father’s love for the disciples (14:21, 23; 17:23), but more frequently the Father’s love for the disciples is mediated through his Son. The world, fallen and rebellious human beings in general, does not and cannot love God (3:19; 5:42; 8:42).

Carson, D. A. (1991). The Gospel according to John (204–206). Leicester, England; Grand Rapids, Mich.: Inter-Varsity Press; W.B. Eerdmans.



February 1, 2010

Hey guys, just thought I would recommend some music if you were looking. The band is Needtobreathe. I bought 2 of their albums from iTunes. “The Outsiders” is my favorite of the two. For you secular music listeners, imagine Kings of Leon and Virginia coalition put together. I think they get play on WMHK and WXRY. You can listen to it at the band’s website before you buy. Hope you enjoy.



February 1, 2010

“The revelation . . . of Christ . . . deserves the severest of our thoughts, the best of our meditations and our utmost diligence in them. . . . What better preparation can there be for [our future enjoyment of the glory of Christ] than in a constant previous contemplation of that glory in the revelation that is made in the Gospel.” – John Owen



November 8, 2009



The Henson class is beginning a study on Romans. Sinclair Ferguson is a pastor at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Columbia who is taking A WHOLE YEAR to go through Romans during their evening services.  Dr. Ferguson is a prolific writer and a worldwide known pastor (not quite sure how he wound up in Cola SC…) and I think we can all learn something from his exegesis of Romans. You may enjoy listening to the mp3s of his Romans sermons:


First Pres Romans Study


By the way, I love downloading mp3 sermons or conference talks or passages of scripture and listening to them in the car. I have found that with such limited time in our lives, car rides can be an awesome time to meditate on the things of God. If you haven’t tried it before, give it a shot…


– Devin


**EXTRA: Here are two additional Romans resources…

Romans: The Greatest Letter Ever Written – Desiring God Ministries (this is a sermon series on Romans by John Piper – very good)

Mark Driscoll on Predestination (Mark Driscoll from Mars Hill Church tackles one of the tougher issues in Romans: predestination.  I agree with his perspective)