This is Part 3 of my series on memorizing Philippians. If this is your first visit, please read the first parts to get caught up. And welcome!

This week, we were all working on Philippians 1:1-11. Here’s my very first attempt at a vlog about this past week and what we’ll work on next week.

In case you didn’t have 3 minutes to watch the video, here’s the brief synopsis. I have to confess that I didn’t finish memorizing the first section. Turns out that memorizing eleven verses simply wasn’t happening for me this week. Between our snow days and some other issues, it was all I could do to just keep up with the dishes, the snow gear, and the cleaning (we had marker, glitter, and glue everywhere). I am getting close though — I’m very familiar with the progression of the passage and have parts of it word-perfect.

So…. I think I will pick smaller sections from here on out, especially since we’re adding to previously-memorized sections. This week’s section is chapter 1, verses 12-18. Just six verses this time. If you have a good week and want to work ahead, by all means, go for it!

Here are a few more resources I found to inspire and help.

  • Best recitation of Philippians I’ve EVER heard and one of my inspirations. Click “watch” for video or “listen” for audio. It takes about 20 minutes.
  • Bible Gateway If you’re using a different version than I and don’t have time to type out your section, go to this site, look up Philippians, and then select your version. Wah-lah — ready to copy and paste!

Here is the new section, with the first-letter version, in NIV.

Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.

It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice,

N I W Y T K, B, T W H H T M H R S T A T G. A A R, I H B C T T W P G A T E E T I A I C F C. B O M C, M O T B I T L H B E TO S T W O G M C A F.

I I T T S P C O O E A R, B O O O G. T L D S I L, K T I A P H F T D O T G. T F P C O O S A, N S, S T T C S U T F M W I A I C. B W D I M? T I T I T I E W, W F F M O T, C I P. A B O T I R. Y A I W C T R.

Tell me, how did your week go? What did you learn from last week’s passage as you worked on it? How can I pray for you this week?