Dear David, Jason, Aradhana, Michele, Kelly, Keldon, Jennifer, Joyce, Theja, Chandra, Brittany, Gabriela, Anita
The reason that I addressed each name was because I wanted everyone to know the names of our participants in the memorization group. When I sought @your name for each name, Connect advised me that only up to 10 names can be addressed in one post but we have 13 participants. It’s a great problem! Thirteen of us - alright! But I wrote to Carson about my problem and he set up a post name in which, by listing it, everyone will receive the post. If more join or someone wants out, I need to let him know and he will add or subtract them. I you want to address the whole group, all you need to do is use this post name: <@Bible_Memorization_Group> and everyone will receive it.
It’s a good idea to have access to this @address because this group is not just about memorization but also, what insights, questions or comments that you have to share so that all can receive them. I personally love to hear what everyone thinks. It helps me so much. I never mentioned it to Joyce, but we had a disagreement on a verse in Philippians 2 and I still think a lot about her point and am tending to agree with her position. It helps us realize maybe something others wouldn’t have seen. We are the body of Christ and we round each other out well. It’s so healthy when we can disagree but love and respect each other. I am so glad for the example of Joyce and I not seeing eye-to-eye because it did not harm our relationship. In fact, from my position, it only served to endeared me to her. We all see things differently and that is a witness to this world that we don’t get along because we agree with everything everyone says but Jesus binds us together.
Could I ask a favor before I post the verses? I am from the US. Could those of you that are not from the US inform us as to your country? I’d love to know how many countries are represented here.
We are heading into Philippians 4. For those just joining, many in this group memorized Philippians 3 and also chapter 2 before that. Prior to that, a few of us did Romans 8 together. That is nearing 100 verses together. We started in October 2017 together so some of us have been on this journey for over a year! It’s such a wonderful group. I’m so very blessed and privileged to be part of it. Having said that, here are the verses for this week. The first verse feels like something I’d love to write to you personally!
Philippians 4:1 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!
Philippians 4:2 I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. (NIV)
Philippians 4:1 Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.
Philippians 4:2 I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. (ESV)
Philippians 4:Therefore, my beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved.
Philippians 4:2 I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. (NKJV)
If anyone wants me to post another Bible version, please let me know. May the gist of these verses have application in each of your lives this week!