Welcome aboard the 2016 Scripture Memory Challenge!
One of the THEE most important actions we can ever take as fellow believers is to take on God’s Word—read it, live it, pass it on, use it, tell it and MEMORIZE IT - hide it in our heart (Psalms 119:10-11) to the point it’s lived out through our actions, in our prayers, our conversations, our gospel-telling, and in loving our friends, family and community. Not to mention while doing so, we exercise our brains and develop a Biblical outlook on the ups and downs of life. (1 Tim 4:6-13)
How many times in your life have you committed to memorizing a verse of scripture or maybe a chapter or two only to have lost your memory of it later on or you fizzled out and quit. Most of us have been there. Maybe we lacked the encouragement to do so or maybe we needed someone to challenge us to keep that word alive in our minds. The purpose of the Scripture Memory Challenge (SMC) is to provide encouragement and comradery in memorizing verses of scripture together—2 verses each month with an end result of having memorized 24 verses in a year. The good news is you won’t leave your home to do this. Pick up your phone or computer and join us ONLINE at SMC Blog.
The Scripture Memory Challenge will be a challenge to your mind and require disciplining your time and attention. The Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12 ESV) It’s worth our time in memorizing it in order to store it up and walk in it (Psalm 119) and to handle it rightly as we tell others about the truth of the Gospel. (2 Tim 2:15)
So without further ado…. LET’S GET STARTED!!!!! Here’s how it will work…
1) "COMMENT" and post your verse to memorize on the 1st and 15th of each month.
You'll see the BLOG POST to begin sharing your verse...do so by clicking on COMMENT. Share why that verse is important to you or why you chose it to memorize. Begin memorizing it. If that verse is speaking something specific into your life, share about it.
2) TAKE NOTE OF VERSES OTHERS ARE MEMORIZING AND COMMENT FOR ENCOURAGEMENT. Or, share helpful tips on memorizing, or comment if someone else's verse has impacted your life.
3) REVISIT THIS BLOG on a regular basis to keep encouraging others or see what verses others are memorizing.
4) KEEP IT GOING!!!! CHOOSE YOUR NEXT VERSE on the following 1st or 15th, leave it in comments, share your struggles and successes in memorizing. This is where we’ll be accountable to each other on this journey of hiding God’s Word in our hearts and minds.
Proverbs 6:21-22 - Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck. When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you.
4/1/2016 06:24:40 am
"Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth." 1 John 3:18 (NIV)
4/1/2016 07:25:50 am
"The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you, He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed." Deuteronomy 31:8
4/1/2016 11:46:49 am
Phillipines 4:1-3. Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, Dear friends. I plead with Euodia and Synthythe to be the same mind in the Lord 3. Yes and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of the workers, whose names are written in the book of life.
John & Maysie Snider
4/1/2016 02:26:30 pm
2 Timothy 3:16-17
4/1/2016 03:38:56 pm
1 Corinthians 13:1-2 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. This has always been my favorite chapter of the bible, (mainly because my name is Charity :-), but it also speaks about love being SO important. Works mean nothing without love, faith means nothing without love, and its been my favorite but I have not been faithful to memorize it, so I will begin now.
4/1/2016 03:46:14 pm
2 Thessalonians 3
4/3/2016 10:16:57 am
“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”
4/4/2016 06:25:55 am
4/9/2016 12:40:00 pm
Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
4/11/2016 03:51:19 am
4/11/2016 02:25:44 pm
How are you progressing with the SCRIPTURE MEMORY CHALLENGE?
4/14/2016 12:34:28 pm
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”
5/2/2016 11:53:49 am
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
5/2/2016 01:27:07 pm
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with your heart.
5/17/2016 06:14:13 pm
I love this scripture
5/17/2016 06:12:29 pm
My next verse to add is Phillipians 4:7
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Storing up God's Word in our minds! Proverbs 6:21-22 - Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck. When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you.
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