Down, But Not Out! Listen to “Grace Wins” by Matthew West ~ Monday Music

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God isn’t always fair.

If He were, we’d be sunk.

A friend once told me he feels he’s lived a pretty good life and on that basis, he ought to go to heaven.

“If that’s not good enough for God,” he told me, “then God isn’t fair, and He can just keep His heaven.”

That statement is both heartbreaking and ironic. 

Think about it. By definition, in order for God to be fair, He has to treat us according to the rules and standard.

As God, He gets to be the one to set the rules and standard.

Let’s take a quick look at them: 

but like the Holy One who called you,
be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;
because it is written,
~ I Peter 1:15-16

There’s also that short, but powerful, list called the Ten Commandments. They aren’t suggestions. They’re commandments.

When my dad commanded us kids do something, we didn’t take his command as an optional suggestion. We jumped to obey.

If my friend truly wants God to be fair, then he’s saying he wants God to judge him according to His rules and standard — His Holy and perfect standard.

And if my friend never chooses to bow his knee to God and accept Christ’s work on the cross to pay for his sins, he will indeed get his wish. God will be fair.

It breaks my heart for him, but God’s grace is his for the choosing. I truly hope he’ll make that choice while he still can.

Fortunately for me, God has chosen GRACE over FAIR for His children.

It’s never over for those of us who’ve trusted in Christ.

No matter what we’re battling, God’s grace holds us in His grip.

Too many times, I’ve been down — seriously down — but thankfully, because of God’s grace, I’ll never be out. 

Down maybe, but never out. As Matthew West sings, grace wins every time.

Grace upon grace! 

“And from His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.”
~ John 1:16

Let the powerful words to Matthew West’s song “Grace Wins” speak encouragement to you today.

Never give up.

Guilt and shame fall away in the face of God’s grace.

Who wants fair when we can have grace?

Grace wins every time!


Listen to Matthew West share the powerful story behind his song, “Grace Wins.” He shares about two guys to whom God was wonderfully and graciously unfair.

They were down, but by God’s grace, not out.

Grace won!

You may be down, but you’re not out. Trust Christ and receive His grace.

I’m living proof grace wins every time.

What about you? Do you need God’s grace today? I’d love to hear from you. Email me and let’s talk. 

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Memorizing Bible Verses Just Got Easier — The Best Free Bible Verse Memory Apps

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I never saw a purple cow. 

I never hope to see one;

But I can tell you, anyhow, I’d rather see than be one!

My high school English teacher quoted the Purple Cow poem constantly! 

Over 30 years later, I still can’t banish it from my mind. 

Memorization works.

Over the years I’ve memorized many Bible verses, but my skills aren’t working as well as they used to. I’m glad I now have Bible Memory apps to help me.

Check out these Bible Memory Apps and download one today. It will be one of the best things you remember to do today.

Scripture Typer Bible Memory Verse AppScripture Typer

Scripture Typer for iPhone/iPad

Scripture Typer for Android

Scripture Typer Website for online use.

“Scripture Typer is the fastest way to memorize and organize your favorite Bible memory verses. Anyone can quickly memorize Bible verses in 3 easy steps!”

There you have it. They said it’s the fastest, so it must be. Actually, I’ve been very impressed with this app.

The following features help make this app the best I’ve tried. 

REVIEW REMINDERS: The app will remind you to work on your memory verses according to a specific memory plan.

When you’re first learning a verse, it reminds you ever day. Once you’ve mastered it, it reminds you ever other day. The review frequency decreases as your mastery increases from daily all the way to annually. You can choose to increase the frequency or decrease it or follow Scripture Typer’s recommended plan.

TYPE IT/MEMORIZE IT/MASTER IT: Once you’ve entered a verse, you’re given three options on the free app.

There’s an Audio and a Flash Card option in the Pro version. It’s available for $9.99. I’m not reviewing the Pro version — yet.

Type ItIn Type It mode, the verse displays on the screen and you type the first letter of each word. If you type it correctly, the letters turn from grey to black. If you miss a word, it turns red.

Memorize ItIn Memorize It mode, about half of the verse is missing. Once again, you type the first letter of each word, hoping the words appears in black, not red.

Master ItIn Master It mode, the screen is blank. Typing the first letter of each word, you are rewarded with either black or red letters.

After typing the verse in each mode, you receive your score and points earned.

Each action you take in memorizing verses results in the ability to earn points which move you up levels and earn you badges. This can be fun for those who enjoy competition, even if you’re only competing with yourself. You can enjoy this feature or ignore it. I personally don’t use it, but I could see students having fun with it.

COLLECTIONS: This app allows you to create Collections of verses, giving them whatever name you want and adding whichever verses you want into them. This is great for organizing.

I set up a Collection for one of my Bible studies, and my niece has a Collection for her Bible class. She and I easily share this app since our memory verses are neatly stored in our own Collections.

GROUPS: Scripture Typer allows you to create a Group and invite your friends or class to join it so you can memorize verses together.

My Monday Morning Ladies Bible study has created our own Group. Not only can we memorize verses together, but we can post messages to each other and prayer requests.

We’ve only begun to use this app, so I’ll update it as we work with it and let you know what our group thinks of the benefits or challenges with this app.

Setting up a Group is much easier done on their website. 

My Overall Opinion of Scripture Typer

This is the best app I’ve used (September 2015). It has lots of great options and is as effective as they claim. I’ve been amazed at how much faster I’m memorizing verses.

Bible Memory Verses App for iPhone & iPadBible Memory Verses

Bible Memory Verses for iPhone/iPad

Not available for Android devices or online use. 

Standard on this is app are over 1,000 verses from four versions of the Bible (ESV, KJV, NASB, NIV) and 120 different topics, all broken down into sub-topics.

In addition, you can type your own verses/translations into this app.

To review your verses, the app gives you two options: Word Removal and Audio.

Word Removal: Within Word Removal you have two options: Blanks and Random.

In Blanks mode, the app automatically replaces several of the words with blanks. As you tap each blank, it’s replaced with the correct word.

I prefer to type the first letter of each word over this system of just tapping blanks. The typing system gives me more reinforcement, but my niece would rather tap blanks than type. It’s just a personal preference, but I’ve noticed I memorize faster using the typing mode. 

In Random mode, the app removes one word for each time you tap the Random button. You can tap it enough times to remove almost every word.

The Refresh button restores the verse to the screen.

Audio: Audio allows you to record yourself saying the verse and then replay it.

I suppose this can be helpful, especially for auditory learners. 

My Overall Opinion of Bible Memory Verses

This is a good app with basic elements. I like that it has a Topics list. My 11-year-old niece loves this app best. I personally don’t find it as useful as Scripture Typer, but it’s free, so try it out and decide for yourself.


Bible Memory - to God be the glory! Bible Verse Memory AppBible Memory — to God be the glory!

Bible Memory for iPhone/iPad

Not available for Android or online use.

This app is about as straight forward as they come. You simply add your own verses into a long list. You can easily upload verses from eight different available translations. 

The app gives three options to organize your list: Alphabetical, Review Date, and Traditional (the order in which you’ll find the verse in the Bible.)

The app allows you to select an increasing difficulty level for memorization, leaving more blanks than words the higher you go in difficulty. 

Review is done by typing the first letter of each word in the verse. This is my favorite system of review. 

You can choose to be notified of an error by a beep and/or vibration, or you can turn those off and look for the correct words to appear black if they’re correct, or red if you guessed the wrong word.

I nearly dropped my phone when I made my first error. It was pretty funny. I had it set on both beep and vibrate. It’s not that strong of a vibration or loud of a beep, but I wasn’t expecting it. Now I’m forewarned.

My Overall Opinion of Bible Memory — To God be the Glory!

This is a good, easy to use app that does what it says without any bells and whistles. It may be all you want or need.

Bible Memory Apps for Android Devices

I make no claims about any of the following apps as I don’t have an Android device to test them out for myself.

They’re all listed on GooglePlay as free, though, so if you have an Android, check them out and see what you think. 

Scripture Now App for AndroidScripture Now! Memory System


Bible Memory Remember Me App for AndroidBible Memory: Remember Me


Bible In Me Bible Verse Memory App for AndroidMemory Verse: Bible In Me


If you have a favorite Bible Verse Memory App, I’d love to hear what you’re using and what you like best about it.

Leave a comment in the comment section. 

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That Was Then, This is Now! (by Josh Wilson) ~ Monday Music

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Sometimes you’ve just gotta say, “Amen!”

Josh Wilson’s song That Was Then, This is Now is one of those times. 


We get used to the dark, but the Light shows us where we’re really living. 

We can continue to dwell in the darkness, but why when grace has invited us into the Light.

More than once I drifted — or ran — away from the Light.

Slowly, I began to get used to the dark.

But the darkness couldn’t overcome the Light I knew. The Truth drew me back. Love came running like a river.

The further and further I stepped into the Light, the more I realized how much darkness I’d mistaken as Light.  

That was then.

This is now.


We can’t forget our past, but we don’t have to dwell on it. As Josh Wilson says in their song “That Was Then, This is Now,” just box it up like an old photograph.

Our past is still there, but let’s leave it there. Let’s don’t drag it into the future.

Christ came to set us free from darkness.

Instead of living in the darkness one more day, step into the Light through faith in Christ who is . . .

the only Way for salvation,

the absolute Truth in a world steeped in alluring lies,


the Light that overcomes the darkness.

Where are you living?

Watch Josh Wilson’s powerful video That Was Then, This Is Now, and walk in the Light this week. 

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God Does All Things Well — Like Showing Off at Sunset. “Glorify” Your Name (Crystal Lewis) ~ Monday Music

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“Glorify” sung by Crystal Lewis ~ written by Linda Barnhill (Photo by Melissa Bothwell)

God does all things well — like showing off at sunset. 

My sister Melissa took this stunning photo on her way back to Georgia recently.

Smack in the middle of Melissa making several life decisions, God keeps showing up. He’s been refining her through ants and encouraging her through sunsets.

In all of this, He’s glorified Himself.

Which brings me to my Monday Music selection. 

I first featured the song Glorify over a year ago. When I saw my sister’s photo of the sunset, I knew I had to repost it.

Glorify Your Name!
Father, glorify!

Glorify was written by my beautiful and talented friend Linda Barnhill and powerfully sung by the equally beautiful and talented Crystal Lewis, who I’d also like to have as a friend.

This song should be our theme song as we move into our day and week.

Some of us may be facing a hum-drum week — another long week of the same old thing.  

Some of us wish we were facing a hum-drum week. We’re facing a humdinger — a fiery furnace.

God uses both the hum-drum and the fire to glorify His name.  

Whatever you’re facing, don’t look past it to find God on the other side.

Look in it. Here’s there, and He will not leave you alone.

Jesus, glorify!

“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
~ I Peter 1:6-7

Jesus, purify!

Remember, God only gives us what is necessary. If you’re in a trial, it’s necessary.

Knowing your trial is necessary, doesn’t necessarily make it easy.

Some trials are beyond difficult. But that doesn’t change the facts.

If we rejoice in our trials, it will result in the strengthening of our faith which will bring much praise, glory, and honor to Jesus Christ.

That’s what it’s all about! 

Jesus, glorify!

We see the beauty of God’s ways when the flame of passion for His Name is lit within us, and we find ourselves content — even in the midst of our worst trials. (Philippians 4:4-13)

Only God can do such a thing.

Our natural selves see only two options: flight or fight.

God provides a third: rest.

Rest in Christ today and see what God will do.

Father, glorify!

Glorify Your Name. Raise the banner. Raise it high. Father, glorify.

Jesus, light the flame. Give us passion for your Name. Jesus, light the flame

Purify Your bride. Cleanse her with Your holy fire. Jesus, purify.

How have you seen God glorify His name recently? I’d love to hear from you in the comment section.

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Praise Picture: Not Every Tree Falls In A Storm (Colossians 2:7)

Not Every Tree Falls in a Storm. (Colossians 2:7) Praise Picture -- Let Your Roots Grow Down Into Christ (via

Some days threaten to knock us to the ground more than others. Days like 9-11, for instance. Days when our hearts have absorbed all the pain they can take.

But not every tree falls in a storm.

Banyan trees send down roots from seemingly every corner, creating more than one trunk, each with deep roots.

It reminds me of the person who’s let his roots grow deep into Christ.

As he’s taken in truth from God’s Word day after day, his faith grows more roots. When the storm rages, his faith holds him, having grown roots stronger and wider than those who’ve looked to Christ, but only glance at His Word.

Let your roots grow deep into Christ, seeking Him with your whole heart through the Word of God. Then, and only then, will you grow strong in truth.

Truth withstands the fiercest storm. 

Faith rooted in truth produces thankfulness in the midst of turmoil. It’s not just possible, it’s inevitable. 


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Remember 911 -- Love fills the holes hate created.

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Click to view music video: I Am by Crowder. (In the middle of the storm I AM holding on to you!) "I AM everything you will ever need for every moment!" ~ God (Exodus 3:14-15)

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“I AM everything you will ever need for every moment!” ~ God (Exodus 3:14-15)



Click photo to view video: Music Monday: "We Won't Be Shaken!" by Building 429 ~ "Like a tree planted by the water . . . " ~ Jeremiah 17:7-8

Click photo to view video: Music Monday: “We Won’t Be Shaken!” by Building 429 ~ “Like a tree planted by the water . . . ” ~ Jeremiah 17:7-8