Joshua 1:9 (40 Weeks of Memory Verses – Week 24)

Week 24
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest. (Joshua 1:9)

Week 23
1 I beseech ye therefore my brethren by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice unto God, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world, be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:1,2)

Week 22
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:8,9)

Week 21 
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 31 but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:29,31)

Week 20
37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest is truly plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. (Matthew 9:37,38)

Week 19
9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door. 16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:9,16)

Week 18
I can do all thing through Christ which strengtheneth me. 19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Jesus Christ. (Philippians 4:13,19)

Week 17
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17)

Week 16
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:1,6)

Week 15
12 Let no man despise thy youth: but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 15 Meditate upon these things: give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. (1 Timothy 4:12,15)

Week 14
20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; Yet not I but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for is righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. (Galatians 2:20,21)

Week 13
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.  (James 1:22)

Week 12
For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. (Romans 5:19)

Week 11
Then said I, Lo I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. (Psalm 40:7,8)

Week 10
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Week 9
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For me yoke is easy, and my burden is light.  (Matthew 11:28-30)

Week 8
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14)

Week 7
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: Be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” (Isaiah 41:10)

Week 6
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6 )

Week 5
“38 For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 nor height. nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38,39)

Week 4
“8 For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8,9)

Week 3
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth: to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”  (Romans 1:16)

Week 2
“12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

Week 1
“14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 for god so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  (John 3:14-16)

 

We learn bible verses because….”For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12 KJV)

All 40 verses on memory cards from Teen Missions.
Never Once did we ever walk alone. Never once did You leave us on our own.

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UMNC exceeds goal and raises more than $80,000

United Methodist Neighborhood Centers (UMNC) of Memphis exceeded the $50,000 fundraising goal it set in September. It has now raised more than $80,000 for its work.

UMNC is an agency of the Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church that provides services such as early childhood education and programs to alleviate hunger and poverty.

According to a press release, the organization began the $50,000 fundraising drive in response to a financial crisis last summer and adjusted the original goal to $75,000 in October.

Using the theme “New Vision for New Days,” the campaign sent emails and letters explaining UMNC’s need to clergy and lay leadership throughout the Memphis Conference. Various speakers also volunteered to talk to churches about the importance of the organization’s work. Eventually, through tithes, offerings and donations from churches and individuals, UMNC exceeded its goal.

The press release also said UMNC will now take steps to establish a realistic budget for 2015. It is exploring reducing property-related costs and establishing new ministry partnerships.

Anyone interested in donating to UMNC may mail checks to:

UMNC
PO Box 111348 or
3000 Walnut Grove Road,
Memphis, TN 38111

For more information about UMNC, call 901-323-4993 or visit the Memphis Conference agency’s website at www.umnc.org.

Click here to read September story that announced the fundraising campaign.

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Miriam Kids Caroling at Wesley Highland Meadows and Memphis Police Department

Shelby County PreK students from The Miriam Child Development Center sang Christmas Carols for the senior residents at Wesley Highland Meadows. Rev. Mark Matheney also entertained the Seniors, as he sang some beautiful Christmas melodies! We were invited by Sis. LuJuano Piper! We are building relationships in the community!

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The 3 year old and Shelby County Schools Pre-K classes had the awesome opportunity to sing Christmas Carols to the officers of the Memphis Police Department at the Tillman Station in the Bing Hampton Community! We are learning about Community Helpers!

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Romans 12:1,2 (40 Weeks of Memory Verses – Week 23)

Week 23
1 I beseech ye therefore my brethren by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice unto God, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world, be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:1,2)

Week 22
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:8,9)

Week 21 
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 31 but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:29,31)

Week 20
37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest is truly plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. (Matthew 9:37,38)

Week 19
9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door. 16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:9,16)

Week 18
I can do all thing through Christ which strengtheneth me. 19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Jesus Christ. (Philippians 4:13,19)

Week 17
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17)

Week 16
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:1,6)

Week 15
12 Let no man despise thy youth: but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 15 Meditate upon these things: give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. (1 Timothy 4:12,15)

Week 14
20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; Yet not I but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for is righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. (Galatians 2:20,21)

Week 13
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.  (James 1:22)

Week 12
For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. (Romans 5:19)

Week 11
Then said I, Lo I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. (Psalm 40:7,8)

Week 10
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Week 9
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For me yoke is easy, and my burden is light.  (Matthew 11:28-30)

Week 8
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14)

Week 7
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: Be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” (Isaiah 41:10)

Week 6
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6 )

Week 5
“38 For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 nor height. nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38,39)

Week 4
“8 For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8,9)

Week 3
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth: to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”  (Romans 1:16)

Week 2
“12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

Week 1
“14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 for god so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  (John 3:14-16)

 

We learn bible verses because….”For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12 KJV)

All 40 verses on memory cards from Teen Missions.

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Oppression

In a time when there is much fear and anger about oppression.  We open our bibles:

(Proverbs 14:31 ESV)
Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.

(Psalm 9:9 ESV)
The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

(Psalm 34:18 ESV)
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

(Psalm 72:4 ESV)
May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor!

(Zechariah 7:10 ESV)
Do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.”

(Malachi 3:5 ESV)
“Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts.

(Proverbs 22:16 ESV)
Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.

(Luke 4:18-19 ESV)
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

(Psalm 46:1 ESV)
To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth. A Song. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

(Matthew 5:1-48 ESV)
Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

(Isaiah 1:17 ESV)
Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.

(Romans 12:19 ESV )
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”

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1 John 1:8,9 (40 Weeks of Memory Verses – Week 22)

Week 22
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:8,9)

Week 21 
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 31 but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:29,31)

Week 20
37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest is truly plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. (Matthew 9:37,38)

Week 19
9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door. 16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:9,16)

Week 18
I can do all thing through Christ which strengtheneth me. 19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Jesus Christ. (Philippians 4:13,19)

Week 17
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17)

Week 16
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:1,6)

Week 15
12 Let no man despise thy youth: but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 15 Meditate upon these things: give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. (1 Timothy 4:12,15)

Week 14
20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; Yet not I but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for is righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. (Galatians 2:20,21)

Week 13
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.  (James 1:22)

Week 12
For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. (Romans 5:19)

Week 11
Then said I, Lo I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. (Psalm 40:7,8)

Week 10
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Week 9
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For me yoke is easy, and my burden is light.  (Matthew 11:28-30)

Week 8
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14)

Week 7
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: Be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” (Isaiah 41:10)

Week 6
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6 )

Week 5
“38 For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 nor height. nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38,39)

Week 4
“8 For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8,9)

Week 3
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth: to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”  (Romans 1:16)

Week 2
“12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

Week 1
“14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 for god so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  (John 3:14-16)

 

We learn bible verses because….”For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12 KJV)

All 40 verses on memory cards from Teen Missions.

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The Ten Commandments

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Thou shalt have no other gods before me. – Exodus 20:3

Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.” – (1 Corinthians 10:7)

And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.” – (Colossians 1:18)

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” – (Colossians 3:5 ESV)

They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity-for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him.” – (2 Peter 2:19 NIV)

We often picture the worship of false gods in an Old Testament context of bowing down to a carved idol of wood, stone or metal. While that form of worship still takes place today around the world, the Bible declares that ungodly passions & priorities that take God’s place of preeminence in our life can also be an act of idolatry.

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“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:”- Exodus 20:4

Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.” – (Exodus 20:5-6)

Like a scarecrow in a melon patch, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good.” – (Jeremiah 10:5 NIV)

They rejected his decrees and the covenant he had made with their fathers and the warnings he had given them. They followed worthless idols and themselves became worthless. They imitated the nations around them although the Lord had ordered them, “Do not do as they do,” and they did the things the Lord had forbidden them to do.” – (2 Kings 17:15 NIV)

Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.” – (Romans 1:22-25 NKJV)

Fallen man has always looked for a physical object of his trust and affection… to worship something seen with earthly eyes. Even today, millions hope for prosperity, health and protection through man-made articles (idols, charms, crucifix or even a photo). Some choose to trust in other people of power or influence. Placing our faith and trust in any earthly object is affront to God’s redemptive love, reassuring promises and sovereign power.

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Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. – Exodus 20:7

that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” – (Philippians 2:10-11 NKJV)

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” – (Acts 4:12)
Misuse of God’s name pervades our society in conversation, social media, literature, television, video games and cinema. Even professing Christians often fail to stand apart from the world regarding this commandment. Why is it that the name of Jesus Christ is singled out on on a global scale for ridicule, slander, misuse, cursing and blasphemy? People don’t dare to curse using the names of other revered religious leaders. There is only one name by which every knee will bow, one name by which there is salvation, one namethat is feared by the prince of this world.

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Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. – Exodus 20:8-11

Wouldn’t it be fair to say that regardless of your beliefs…. all have broken this commandment at some point?

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“Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. – Exodus 20:12

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” – (Ephesians 6:1-4)

Can you say that you’ve never disobeyed your parents, never fussed, never argued with an instruction, never complained to a friend about a rule or restriction, never spoken to them with disrespect?

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“Thou shalt not kill.” – Exodus 20:13

Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.” – (1 John 3:15 NIV)

If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.” – (1 John 4:20 NIV)

But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.” – (Matthew 5:22 KJV)

The Hebrew word ‘retsach’ is used 47 times in 40 verses in the King James Version of the Old Testament and is used in the context of murder or the unlawful killing of another human being (either intentional or through negligence). The New Testament clarified God’s intent behind this law by ‘raising the bar’ further saying that anyone who even hates his brother is guilty of breaking God’s law by committing murder in his heart. Who then can be innocent regarding this commandment? Be honest!

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“Thou shalt not commit adultery.” – Exodus 20:14

But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” – (Matthew 5:28)

Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.” – (1 Corinthians 10:6)

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” – (Galatians 5:16)

Jesus raised the bar on this sin also…. Man’s heart is laid bare by the omniscient eyes of God’s Holy Spirit. Is there any man or woman who is not guilty of violating this commandment?

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“Thou shalt not steal.” – Exodus 20:15

Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.” – (Malachi 3:8)

Unequal weights are an abomination to the LORD, and false scales are not good.” (Proverbs 20:23 ESV)

Can you say that you’ve NEVER taken anything… even the smallest thing that does not belong to you? What about ‘stealing’ an answer on a test? What about stealing ‘time’ from your employer when you’re at work? What is it when you ‘borrow’ and fail to give it back?

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“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” – Exodus 20:16

There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: … a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.” – (Proverbs 6:16, 19 NIV)

Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;” – (Colossians 3:9)

I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.” – (1 John 2:21)

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.” – (Ephesians 5:11 NKJV)

If a person sins because he does not speak up when he hears a public charge to testify regarding something he has seen or learned about, he will be held responsible.” – (Leviticus 5:1 NIV)

To bear false witness is to lie. False witness could include omitting important information leading to a wrong conclusion concerning an event or crime. What about when you see wrongdoing and fail to report or help to cover it up? Are you then not a partner in the misdeed?

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Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s. – Exodus 20:17

And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” – (Luke 12:15)

But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;” – (Ephesians 5:3)

Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:” – (Colossians 3:5)

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” – (Hebrews 13:5)

Coveting can lead to an avalanche of other sins…. stealing, adultery, etc. Isn’t coveting a big part of Lucifer’s original sin? Wanting to ‘be like God’…. Would not an honest self-examination yield evidence of covetousness on occasion in each one of us?

Remember the Holy Spirit: The law will shut the sinner’s mouth as to his own righteousness. It will put him face to face with his grave sin and eternal damnation… ushering him, through the conviction of the Holy Spirit, to the foot of the cross.

Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.” – (Galatians 3:24)

For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” – (James 2:10)

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” – (Ephesians 2:8-9)

I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” – (Galatians 2:21)

But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.” – (Galatians 3:11)

Are the 10 Commandments still relevant to one who has already become a follower of Jesus Christ?

Sometimes, believers become complacent to the stern instructions in God’s law, enjoying their salvation by grace through faith and therefore become careless concerning compromises with the world and basic laws that God established from the beginning. “But I live in the New Testament! I’m under grace…” you might say. Indeed, God has given us a New Covenant… where the standard of holiness is higher still. The standard has not changed. Consider these New Testament verses below.

He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?” – (Hebrews 10:28-29)

But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.” – (Luke 12:48)

Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.” – (Romans 13:8-14)

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Isaiah 40:29,31 (40 Weeks of Memory Verses – Week 21)

Week 21 
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 31 but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:29,31)

Week 20
37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest is truly plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. (Matthew 9:37,38)

Week 19
9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door. 16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:9,16)

Week 18
I can do all thing through Christ which strengtheneth me. 19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Jesus Christ. (Philippians 4:13,19)

Week 17
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17)

Week 16
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:1,6)

Week 15
12 Let no man despise thy youth: but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 15 Meditate upon these things: give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. (1 Timothy 4:12,15)

Week 14
20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; Yet not I but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for is righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. (Galatians 2:20,21)

Week 13
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.  (James 1:22)

Week 12
For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. (Romans 5:19)

Week 11
Then said I, Lo I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. (Psalm 40:7,8)

Week 10
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Week 9
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For me yoke is easy, and my burden is light.  (Matthew 11:28-30)

Week 8
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14)

Week 7
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: Be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” (Isaiah 41:10)

Week 6
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6 )

Week 5
“38 For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 nor height. nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38,39)

Week 4
“8 For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8,9)

Week 3
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth: to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”  (Romans 1:16)

Week 2
“12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

Week 1
“14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 for god so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  (John 3:14-16)

 

We learn bible verses because….”For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12 KJV)

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Matthew 9:37,38 (40 Weeks of Memory Verses – Week 20)

Week 20
37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest is truly plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. (Matthew 9:37,38)

Week 19
9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door. 16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:9,16)

Week 18
I can do all thing through Christ which strengtheneth me. 19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Jesus Christ. (Philippians 4:13,19)

Week 17
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17)

Week 16
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:1,6)

Week 15
12 Let no man despise thy youth: but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 15 Meditate upon these things: give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. (1 Timothy 4:12,15)

Week 14
20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; Yet not I but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for is righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. (Galatians 2:20,21)

Week 13
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.  (James 1:22)

Week 12
For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. (Romans 5:19)

Week 11
Then said I, Lo I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. (Psalm 40:7,8)

Week 10
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Week 9
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For me yoke is easy, and my burden is light.  (Matthew 11:28-30)

Week 8
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14)

Week 7
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: Be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” (Isaiah 41:10)

Week 6
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6 )

Week 5
“38 For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 nor height. nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38,39)

Week 4
“8 For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8,9)

Week 3
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth: to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”  (Romans 1:16)

Week 2
“12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

Week 1
“14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 for god so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  (John 3:14-16)

 

We learn bible verses because….”For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12 KJV)

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James 5:9,16 (40 Weeks of Memory Verses – Week 19)

Week 19
9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door. 16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:9,16)

Week 18
I can do all thing through Christ which strengtheneth me. 19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Jesus Christ. (Philippians 4:13,19)

Week 17
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17)

Week 16
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:1,6)

Week 15
12 Let no man despise thy youth: but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 15 Meditate upon these things: give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. (1 Timothy 4:12,15)

Week 14
20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; Yet not I but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for is righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. (Galatians 2:20,21)

Week 13
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.  (James 1:22)

Week 12
For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. (Romans 5:19)

Week 11
Then said I, Lo I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. (Psalm 40:7,8)

Week 10
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Week 9
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For me yoke is easy, and my burden is light.  (Matthew 11:28-30)

Week 8
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14)

Week 7
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: Be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” (Isaiah 41:10)

Week 6
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6 )

Week 5
“38 For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 nor height. nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38,39)

Week 4
“8 For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8,9)

Week 3
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth: to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”  (Romans 1:16)

Week 2
“12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

Week 1
“14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 for god so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  (John 3:14-16)

 

We learn bible verses because….”For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12 KJV)

All 40 verses on memory cards from Teen Missions.

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