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  • The Marvelous Word of God

    "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
    (Hebrews 4:12)
    Article by Dakota Dakota Lynch

    No book in history can compare to the Word of God. It has been hated and loved; burned and cherished; neglected and trusted; criticized and yet never undefended. Many countries have banned its use completely, while others have built their very foundation upon its words. Amazingly enough, what makes God’s Word unique is not the fact that it has proven so controversial, but that it has proven itself accurate time and time again:

    • Scientists once falsely believed that air had no weight, even though God had said otherwise many years earlier (Job 28:25).

    • At a time when it was largely accepted that the Earth rested upon the back of a large animal or giant, the Bible spoke of its suspension in space (Job 26:7).

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  • Daily Memory Work

    "Then the Lord said to Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not."
    (Exodus 16:4)
    Article by Dakota Dakota Lynch

    In my own experience memorizing Scripture, one of the most crucial elements to success in this area of my spiritual life has always been consistency. Although I've spent countless hours perfecting my own methods of review, the effectiveness of any of these methods is undermined when the "cares of this world" - or sometimes just plain laziness - cause me to lose sight of just how valuable the Word of God is (Matt. 13:22). When this happens and I begin falling behind in my memory work, nearly every other aspect of my life suffers as well, leading me to the conclusion that a half-hearted commitment to Scripture memorization is not sufficient; it must be an integral part of my everyday life. Continue reading

  • Using Scripture in Conversation

    "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit."
    (Proverbs 18:21)
    Article by Dakota Dakota Lynch

    When encouraging fellow believers to memorize Scripture, I usually emphasize the personal benefits of hiding God's Word in one's heart. In my opinion, the treasures of wisdom, peace, and encouragement found in the pages of the Bible make time spent memorizing it more than worthwhile. I do, however, believe that the practice of Scripture memorization is more beneficial than any of us can fully comprehend, as the fruit of our efforts are often enjoyed by others we come into contact with on a daily basis.

    Although most people tend to underestimate the power of the words they speak, the fact is that "death and life are in the power of the tongue." Continue reading

  • The Importance of Review

    "The lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting, but diligence is
    man’s precious possession."
    (Proverbs 12:27)
    Article by Dakota Dakota Lynch

    For me, one of the most exciting parts of Scripture memorization has always been the sense of accomplishment I feel after reciting a new chapter or set of verses for the first time. There's something special about knowing days or even weeks of hard work have finally paid off, which seems to be very much in line with Solomon's observation as recorded in Ecclesiastes 5:18,

    "Here is what I have seen: It is good and fitting for one...to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him; for it is his heritage."

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  • Memverse.com

    Our mission at Scripture Memory Fellowship is a very simple one: to provide tools and encouragement that will help you and your family successfully memorize Scripture. We’ve spent the last 70 years developing our own set of resources, but we never hesitate to recommend any other helps that may be able to streamline the process of hiding God's Word in your own heart. Although a number of those resources are featured in the Online Tools section of this site, I’d like to highlight just five reasons why memverse.com not only made that list, but is highly recommended by our staff at conferences and expos across at the country. Continue reading
  • Setting Goals

    "The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty."
    (Proverbs 21:5)
    Article by Dakota Dakota Lynch

    Success never happens by accident. Whether you're developing a career, studying for a test, or simply accomplishing chores around the house, positive results depend entirely on hard work and diligent planning. As Jesus described in Matthew 7:14, "narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it." Those who hope to avoid failure must be intentional about pursuing success, and this applies just as much to Scripture memorization as any other aspect of our lives.

    Even in my own life, I have to admit that I often face the temptation to approach memorization casually. Although I'm absolutely convinced that hiding God's Word in one's heart is a necessary part of the Christian life, I sometimes catch myself mindlessly reciting a passage during my daily review session rather than truly “applying my heart to understanding.” (Prov. 2:2) Continue reading

  • Is Scripture Memorization Really Necessary?

    "Unless Your law had been my delight, I would then have perished in my affliction."
    (Psalm 119:92)
    Article by Dakota Dakota Lynch

    As I have shared my passion for Scripture memorization with others over the years, the most common question I seem to be confronted with is whether or not memory work is really necessary or worthwhile. After all, the Word of God can be more easily accessed than ever before in today’s technological era, both in printed form and electronically. Although most people don’t actually verbalize their doubts about the necessity of memorization, you can usually tell when those doubts are in the back of someone’s mind by their apparent apprehension to commit to memorizing themselves. And who could blame them? Memory work is a mental exercise that requires both time and dedication, and wanting to make sure the rewards are worth the sacrifices is certainly understandable. Continue reading

  • Without Distraction

    "To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven."
    (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
    Article by Dakota Dakota Lynch

    Most of us live incredibly fast-paced lives. From the moment our morning alarm goes off, we begin the task of accomplishing as much as we can in the shortest time possible. Even with the help of modern conveniences like smartphones, interstates and fast-food restaurants, we often find ourselves rushing through every aspect of the day only to lie down at night and realize that tomorrow's to-do list is just as daunting. Of course I don't think it would be appropriate to condemn productivity, but there are some things you simply cannot hurry through, and Scripture memorization is near the very top of the list.

    According to Solomon in today's Scripture, there is an appropriate time for "every purpose under heaven." You may be able to multitask effectively when talking on the phone or cooking a meal, but the "purpose" of memorizing Scripture requires our exclusive attention. Continue reading

  • Making Time to Memorize Scripture

    “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
    (Ephesians 5:15-16)
    Article by Dakota Dakota Lynch

    Aside from the common tendency of people to underestimate their own ability to memorize, I think one of the primary reasons many people shy away from committing to systematic Scripture memorization is a general lack of free time in their already busy lives. Even in my own life, I can relate to the struggle of finding time to spend in silent prayer – let alone Scripture memorization – after a long day at the office has left me tired, with even more to accomplish once I get home.

    But no matter how busy we all seem to stay, it’s been my observation that we always make time for what’s most important to us. Continue reading

  • Why I Started Memorizing Scripture

    "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
    (Hebrews 4:12)
    Article by Dakota Dakota Lynch

    As someone who was blessed to grow up under the influence of a Christian mother and attend church throughout most of my childhood, I have been familiar with verses like this one for about as long as I can remember. And although I've always believed that the Bible is God's Word, I didn't really commit my life to Christ for good until I was 14. Most of my life prior to this was spent in a back-and-forth relationship with God, where I would seemingly be on fire with zeal for a month or two, then become lukewarm or even cold for about as long before starting the cycle over again. A number of things changed in my life during the summer and fall of 2007, however, that made me realize my need for a very personal relationship with my heavenly Father – something I soon learned was impossible apart from His Word.

    I understood what the Bible itself said about Scripture memorization, but I had never given much serious thought to whether or not it would be worth doing on a consistent basis myself. Continue reading

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