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  • 4 Excuses for Not Memorizing Scripture

    Princes persecute me without a cause,
    But my heart stands in awe of Your word.
    (Psalm 119:161)
    Article by Dakota Dakota Lynch

    If the thought of memorizing Scripture makes you cringe, then you know how I felt six years ago when I was challenged to start memorizing myself. It took me about four seconds to come up with a list of reasons why Scripture memory just wasn’t for me. I was quite proud of my list of excuses:

    • “I have a bad memory.”
    • “I don’t have enough time.”
    • “Scripture memory might be commendable, but it’s probably not a requirement.”
    • “Plenty of good people I know have never memorized a Bible verse.”

    Despite my excuses, I decided to give Scripture memory a try for the next 40 days and see if it was worthwhile. More than 2,000 days later I’m still memorizing, and here’s what I’ve learned in the meantime:

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  • Nearing Home

    “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
    (2 Corinthians 5:7)
    Article by Dakota Dakota Lynch

    Abraham is remembered for his unconditional trust in God. He very literally walked by faith, uprooting his family and leaving the familiarity of his hometown, “not knowing where he was going” (Heb. 11:8).

    Such faith is both rare and impressive, but just as remarkable (and yet not as well-known) is the faith exhibited by his future daughter-in-law Rebekah some years later.

    Let’s take a look at her story:

    Nearing the end of his life, Abraham knew it was time to find a godly wife for his son Isaac. Since the neighboring Canaanites were idolaters, Abraham sent his chief servant on perhaps the greatest mission of his life. His orders were simple: “You shall go to my country and to my family, and take a wife for my son Isaac” (Gen. 24:4).

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  • Kansas City Scriptorium 2016


    If you’ve never been to a Scriptorium, you’re missing out — big time. In a nutshell, a Scriptorium is a formal recitation of a predetermined portion of Scripture. Scripture Memory Fellowship hosted the first-ever Scriptorium in Hannibal, Missouri 10 years ago, an idea that quickly gained traction with churches across the country. To date, more than 20 Scriptoriums have been hosted around the world!

    Thanks to the Pentimone family and Masters Community Church in Kansas City, I was able to attend my very first Scriptorium this past weekend. The event was a remarkable success that featured dozens of memorizers reciting entire chapters of Scripture with a contagious joy and enthusiasm. Friday evening began with recitations from Genesis, the entire book of Ruth, several Psalms and a portion of Isaiah. Recitations continued Saturday morning and featured more than 30 memorizers quoting through the entire book of Matthew and the final 3 chapters of Revelation.

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  • Mowing & Memory Work

    “Your word I have hidden in my heart,
    that I might not sin against You.”
    (Psa. 119:11)
    Article by Dakota Dakota Lynch

    “Do I really have to?” Maybe I’m the only one who asked my parents this question growing up, but it always reflected the desire of an immature child to avoid doing something unpleasant. Like most ten-year-old boys I enjoyed riding my bike and playing baseball much more than mowing grass and cleaning my room.

    As I matured, however, I came to understand the necessity of work and even grow to enjoy it. I still remember the day I started my first job. Although the work itself wasn’t exactly fun, there was a sense of satisfaction in knowing I was accomplishing something more significant than reaching the next level of a video game. I went to work every day not because I couldn’t wait to get there, but because I had a responsibility to get there and I found joy in the fulfillment of that responsibility. Continue reading

  • Correcting Recitations - Help Without Exasperation

    Article by Laura Laura Lynch

    We all make mistakes in reciting Scripture. “To err is human;” perhaps nowhere more than in reciting Scripture! But because "every word of God is pure" (Prov. 30:5), make it your aim to find and fix every error. Being confident of the exact wording will make quoting more pleasurable and sharing more comfortable. An attentive hearer who catches your mistakes will help you make great progress toward the goal of having your Scripture ready to deploy in every situation (2 Tim. 4:2). If your hearer also quotes to you, this will make it much easier for him/her to have mercy on your miscues. Consider the two types of correction below:

    1) Instant Correction: Your hearer alerts you instantly, as soon as a mistake is made in your recitation. He/she can correct you with "Say that part again" or "Go back to the part where it says this.” Or, a hearer can simply say "again" at the exact point of error. Instant feedback prevents errors from lodging in the mind. Experience proves that errors allowed a foothold soon become permanent residents very difficult to evict! On the other hand, instant feedback can derail your train of thought.

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  • The Pursuit of Purpose

    "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
    Fear God and keep His commandments,
    For this is man’s all."
    (Ecclesiastes 12:13)
    Article by Dakota Dakota Lynch

    Why are we here? This is a question that has puzzled humanity for nearly as long as humanity has existed, and perhaps never more so than in this 21st century. The lie that life is meaningless is propounded by evolutionists who foolishly conclude, “There is no God” (Psa. 14:1), and yet even the atheist’s heart yearns to accomplish something meaningful with his time on earth.

    Few of us never aspired to be an astronaut, the president, or a movie star. Perhaps these aspirations were not as significant as we once believed, but they do reflect the common desire of us all to live purposeful lives. Even as adults we’re discontent with pointless careers. We have children to leave a living part of us behind once we ourselves are gone. We write blog posts because we want to be part of a conversation deeper than next week’s weather forecast.

    As Christians, of course, we know that the Divine purpose of life is chiefly to enjoy an intimate relationship with our Creator and glorify Him “in our body and in our spirit” (Rev. 4:11; 1 Cor. 6:20; Eph. 2:10). Moreover, we have the promise of Christ that “if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:3). If all of this isn’t enough, recall that in the meantime we have been commissioned to join in the greatest rescue mission of all time by sharing the Gospel of salvation “to those who are perishing” (2 Cor. 4:3; Mark 16:15).

    The objective of this blog post is not to encourage an overinflated sense of importance or self-esteem, but to offer a reminder of this simple yet profound Biblical truth: when Christ was on the cross, it was out of love for you and me (Rom. 5:8). To discount the meaning of life is to discount the value of Christ’s life-giving sacrifice by which you have been “bought at a price” (1 Cor. 6:20).

  • No Thief Like Fear

    "For God has not given us a spirit of fear,
    but of power and of love
    and of a sound mind."
    (2 Timothy 1:7)
    Article by Dakota Dakota Lynch

    Fear has many names. Whether you call it insecurity, anxiety, worry, nervousness or apprehension, its effects remain the same. Science tells us that to every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, and this same principal finds its way into our spiritual lives as well. For every ounce of fear you accommodate in your heart, you rob yourself of an equal of the peace and joy Christ offers instead.

    Fear is the enemy of faith (Matt. 8:26), which is why Satan has looked for ways of instilling fear in people’s hearts since the beginning of time. Why did Peter deny Christ? Why did all of Israel cower before Goliath for 40 days? Why did only one disciple go out to meet Jesus on the raging sea? Why did the Pharisees crucify the Messiah they’d so long been waiting for? Fear. Fear of persecution, fear of defeat, fear of shame.

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  • Anchored

    “Which hope we have
    as an anchor of the soul,
    both sure and steadfast.”
    (Hebrews 6:19)
    Article by Dakota Dakota Lynch

    An anchor serves one purpose: to keep its vessel from moving. An anchorless boat is quickly displaced by the slightest wind or current it encounters at sea. The presence of an anchor doesn’t mean storms won’t come, but it does ensure the ship will be able to withstand them.

    The author of Hebrews obviously recognized the significance of hope in the Christian’s life, and he refers to it in this passage as “an anchor of the soul.” The implication is that without hope, we will be “like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed” (Jas. 1:6) — quite the opposite of our calling in 1 Corinthians 15:58 to be “steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.”

    But what exactly is hope anyway?

    As John Piper aptly points out, “Christian hope is when God has promised that something is going to happen and you put your trust in that promise. Christian hope is a confidence that something will come to pass because God has promised it will come to pass.”

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  • Join the Microblade Community

    Success in systematic Scripture memorizing comes far more readily when we make it a group effort. Besides the benefit of God’s Word being hidden in more hearts, memorizing as a group creates accountability that helps keep everyone motivated.

    Scripture Memory Fellowship has always believed in the value of group memorization, which is why we’re excited to announce our brand new Microblade program starting February 1. Microblades invites you to join a community of memorizers just like yourself, as well as get back in the habit of memorizing after the holidays.

    The Microblade community will memorize 2-3 verses per week on topics like Worship, Purity, and Marriage. Each Microblader will receive short devotionals for each memory verse and be invited to join the online Microblade forum. In the forum, you'll be able to interact with a growing community of memorizers, answer study questions, and discuss God's Word together.

    Each month's Microblade will be available in the SMF Bible memory app or via PDF download in one of five translations. Start off the New Year with a fresh commitment to Scripture memory and sign up for Microblades today!

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  • A Walk Through the Bible

    "The words of the LORD are pure words:
    as silver tried in a furnace of earth,
    purified seven times."
    (Psalm 12:6)
    Article by Dakota Dakota Lynch

    Part 1 – Meet God

    In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. You alone are the LORD; You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and everything on it, the seas and all that is in them, and You preserve them all. The host of heaven worships You.

    He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice, a God of truth and without injustice; righteous and upright is He. The LORD reigns, He is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed, He has girded Himself with strength. Surely the world is established, so that it cannot be moved. Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting.

    Part 2 – Meet Sin

    The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one.”

    Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.

    Part 3 – Meet the Savior

    And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

    Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth. Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

    Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. 

    But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.

    There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

    Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

    And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. Therefore comfort one another with these words.

    Scriptures: Gen. 1:1; John 1:3; Neh. 9:6; Deut. 32:4; Ps. 93:1-2; Prov. 15:3; Gen. 6:5; Rom. 3:10-12; Job 14:1; Ps. 51:5; John 1:14; Phil. 2:8-10; Acts 4:12; Isa. 53:4-5; 1 John 3:16; 1 Cor. 15:20-22; Rom. 8:1; Rom. 8:34; Heb. 4:16; Ps. 43:5; 1 Thess. 4:16-17; Rev. 21:4; 1 Thess. 4:18

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