January 30

Our memory verse for the week:

John 1:14 (NLT) — 14 So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

When was the last time you went camping? Was it windy and rainy and were the mosquitos biting like crazy when you tried to set up your tent? When was the last time you slept in a tent? The answer to this last question would be, last night. The bible likens our bodies to tents that are slowly wearing out.

2 Corinthians 5:1–2 (NLT) — 1 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. 2 We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing.

When our memory verse says that Jesus became human and made his home among us, the words made his home means to pitch a tent. This means that Jesus was willing to come to this earth as a human to camp out with us! He was willing to endure the wind, the rain and the mosquitos just to be with us. In other words it doesn’t matter what the weather is, or the difficulties we might be facing, through the good and bad times Jesus is pitching his tent where we are. He doesn’t run out or run away he is right here with us. He goes through the whole camping experience of life with us > the cold beans, the burnt eggs, the soggy socks, the hard ground and the tent falling down in the middle of the night. This verse says that Jesus chose to leave the perfect campground of heaven to become human and live in a tent that will eventually leak, sag, and wear out, just to be with us. What other god would do that? Jesus truly is special and unique.

Isaiah 43:1–2 (NLT) — 1 But now, O Jacob(Hilltop), listen to the Lord who created you. O Israel(Hilltop), the one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. 2 When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.

Why should we memorize scripture? Well Jesus said this >

Matthew 22:37 (NLT) — 37 Jesus replied, “ ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’

You love the Lord with your mind when you memorize scripture.

Isaiah 26:3 (NIV84) — 3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.

Colossians 3:2 (NIV84) — 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

Be Inspired Hilltop!



  1. Mark Gundersen says

    He also got to see sunsets and the beauty of God”s creation from a human perspective.