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Beginning with Your Youngest Memorizer

Beginning with Your Youngest Memorizer
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. (Prov. 22:6)  Earnest Christian parents are eager to begin discipling their children. However, we tend to have a romanticized or idealized image of it all. The reality proves different. Children are easily distracted and sometimes fight the very instruction they need. What do we do? In this short blog, we’ll answer four critical questions about the why and how of working with your youngest memorizer.   ...
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Memorizing 365: Lessons from a Verse a Day

Memorizing 365: Lessons from a Verse a Day
In 2022, I set a goal to memorize 365 verses in 365 days. My reason was simple: If Scripture memorization was as important as I was making it out to be, should I not give it the daily attention it deserves? At the very least, shouldn't I give it the same attention as other tasks I believe to be less important?    As N.A. Woychuk once said, "God specifically commands us to memorize His word so that we can have it in our hearts. This is His will and plan for us. We cannot escape it. We dare not say to Him, ‘I don’t have time,’ or ‘I just cannot memorize.’ The second reason why we must memorize Scripture is because we cannot really ‘live’ without it.” ...
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More Than a Memory

More Than a Memory
Life is filled with memories. Some we forget, some we don't. One memory I'll never forget is from when I was just three years old. I remember listening from the backseat of the car as my mom would play Scripture songs on the CD player.   Each verse I heard was essential in developing a new love for God's Word. I soon realized that although these songs were great pastimes, the verses attached to them couldn't afford to remain as such. They needed to be more than a distant memory in my life.    For this positive outcome, I had to exercise intentionality and consistency. I had to set my mind on memorization—not just observation. As with most things in life that we retain, my Scripture memory journey began with an intentional desire to remember.  ...
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Lessons on Scripture Memorization from Psalm 136

Lessons on Scripture Memorization from Psalm 136
I remember the first time my eyes glanced over Psalm 136 and read its words with one thought in mind: What if I memorized this chapter?  It seemed like a daunting task. Memorizing verses of praise and reflection on God’s mighty acts towards His people seemed like an encouraging place to land a Scripture memory goal - but there were twenty-six verses.   ...
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Try the Deep Cuts of Scripture

Try the Deep Cuts of Scripture
I like music of all kinds. From classical and bluegrass to jazz fusion, music finds a happy home in my ears. One of my favorite ways to explore material is through streaming platforms. Most of these services have an “Essentials” playlist of various artists that features their most popular tunes. I tend to listen to these tracks first. Then, if I like what I hear, I will try out a “Deep Cuts” playlist, which showcases an artist’s more obscure pieces. It is so rewarding to explore those tunes. I often find hidden gems. ...
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Tips for Memorizing During Christmas

Tips for Memorizing During Christmas
Advent is a wonderful time of the year. During this season, we look back on our Lord’s first coming and, with anticipation, expect His return. However, for many families, this marks not a time for quiet reflection but a month of travel, parties, and shopping trips. It is easy to lose the season’s meaning amid so many activities. The Christmas holidays can cause many memorizers to struggle to continue the daily discipline of Bible memory. Numerous memorizers have done well throughout the year, only to lose their progress at Christmas. Some of us have faced the difficult task of trying to start anew on January 1st. With proper planning, we can overcome the challenges December poses and finish the year strong. How can we navigate the season while avoiding the potential hazards? Consider three tips for memorizing during Christmas. ...
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Scripture Memory in France

Scripture Memory in France
I am Bernard, a French citizen married to a godly American wife and father to a 9-year-old son who we homeschool. We live in France in the Paris area. My scripture memory journey began in the spring of 2022 when I visited the SMF booth at a TTD homeschooling convention. There, SMF staff members encouraged me to start doing it and generously gave us many resources. ...
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First Impression is the Last Impression?

First Impression is the Last Impression?
“And how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 3:15). I still remember the first time I met young people passionate about memorizing God's Word. I was around fifteen years old and had just joined a new sport that, to my surprise, centered on Bible memory. The company's director had developed an optional program to memorize dozens of verses throughout the year. On top of that, my coach had already committed several books of the Bible to memory. I soon found out that nearly every peer of mine was participating in this optional program, and oddly enough, they enjoyed it. I spent a few months observing from the sidelines before finding myself going home with a list of verses in hand. Then the question arose: How do I memorize a Bible verse? ...
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It’s Always Been Within Reach

It’s Always Been Within Reach
"What does this Bible verse mean? Do you think there's a reason you are sitting next to me on the airplane right now? Is God trying to get my attention?" the young Jordanian girl asked me while looking intently into my eyes. Our plane had just begun its descent into Minneapolis. She wanted an answer, and my Bible was underneath the seat in front of me.  I was twelve years old when I began my desperate search for ways to effectively share the gospel with unbelievers. ...
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Since Scripture Memory Fellowship's founding in 1977, we've seen Bible memory change lives! For the last 46 years, our mission has been to help people experience the life-changing impact of delighting in God's Word through Scripture memory (Psa. 119:92-93). We've produced dozens of Scripture memory programs, hosted annual weeks of Scripture Memory Camp, and seen countless lives changed by the power of God's Word. All along the way, God has provided for the needs of this ministry through the generous support of His people. We aren't sponsored by a megachurch or denomination; instead, God's provision flows through hundreds of donors just like you. These donations fund our staff and resources like VerseLocker, The Scripture Memory Podcast, Scripture Memory Camp, and dozens of printed memory courses. ...
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