Bible Authority | Failure | Meditation | Obedience | Weakness

S. TAKING IT TO HEART A while ago our family began to memorize Scripture, one verse a week. Because my daughters were ages ten and six, I thought this was about the right speed. We keep the verses on cards in the middle of the table, and we discuss their meanings when we recite them week after week. One evening as my wife and I sat reading, we heard the girls fighting down the hall. “I hate you!” one yelled and the other responded in kind. Not wishing to jump headlong into the fray, I called back, “Kara?” She answered, “Yes!” “What is our verse for this week?” I asked, hoping to quiet the fight by implication. Quickly she answered in her most pious voice, “Dear Friends, since God loved us as much as that, we surely ought to love each other too.” (I John 4:11 TLB). And then she resumed the fight. I tried the same tactic with Dana,…

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