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"Lifeshapes" Sermon Series

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"Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart."  PS119:34

I like what the MSG Version of the Bible says regarding this scripture. Take a moment and consider these thoughts along the same verse: “God, teach me lessons for living so I can stay the course. Give me insight so I can do what you tell me— my whole life one long, obedient response. Guide me down the road of your commandments; I love traveling this freeway!”

“Give me a bent for your words of wisdom, and not for piling up loot. Divert my eyes from toys and trinkets, invigorate me on the pilgrim way. Affirm your promises to me— promises made to all who fear you. Deflect the harsh words of my critics— but what you say is always so good. See how hungry I am for your counsel; preserve my life through your righteous ways!”

Wouldn’t it be fantastic if when reading God’s Word our memories would allow us to just soak them all up like a sponge and hold onto them 100% forever, without failure? Without forgetfulness or diminishing them in any way? I’m always looking for ways of calling to mind God’s Word more and more. Thank God he sent the Holy Spirit to make up for our frailty in this area.

In his work entitled Memory Book, Harry Lorayne teaches the reader many things about human memory. Among them are that most people recall visual images better than verbal or written information. “‘While images are concrete,’ he says, ‘…raw information is often abstract.’”

Lorayne says creating images forces one to focus. Then, reviewing your images reinforces your memory of the material you spend time with. He goes on to add that it is both concentration and repetition that really help promote  great  memory.

Assigning certain key Biblical informative principals to physical shapes that I easily recall has really helped me in my faith journey. If you’ve not been exposed to some of the common ones we’ve taught and preached on before at St. Paul’s, I think you will be blessed in learning more about them. To those of you already aware of them, I ask that the Lord enhances your knowledge and use of them in the months ahead. Specifically, I’m talking about LIFESHAPES.

What are LIFESHAPES?  They are simply a collection of geometric figures that serve as tools to assist us spiritually in at least two ways. First, they help us remember to evaluate our lives on-going as to what it means to be a biblical follower of Jesus. Then, each shape offers a way to recall simple, yet profound truths by which we can grow further toward being a more excellent disciple of Jesus.  Sharing our learning in both words and deeds as Jesus’ Great Commission people .

LIFESHAPES contribute to a better understanding of our faith in Jesus. With that comes a continued growth in our abilities to apply and use Jesus’ teachings in everyday life. Both in our relationships with the Heavenly Father and each other! Stay tuned as our LIFESHAPES sermon series teachings will begin August 19, 2018 and run for six weeks.

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