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BST Quick Tips: Focus In.


As you make your way through a Bible reading plan or reading on your own, sometimes you may need to slow down and go a bit deeper. You can do that by focusing in on a few key verses.

Reading the Bible isn’t just a matter of checking something off your list. It’s really about letting God’s Word transform you. As some have said, the Bible reads you as you read it.

While studying, you may find that some verses seem to “pop out” at you. Perhaps this is because of a situation you’re going through or because you’ve heard the verse before. Whatever the reason, make it a point to keep track of the verses that stand out. (Our My Bible makes this easy by keeping track of which verses you highlight or make notes on.)

Later, when you have the chance, pull up the verses that you noted. Read them carefully a few times and note what God may be saying to you through them. Reflect on your own life and how these verses may be calling you to change or how they’re encouraging you. You may even want to memorize one or two of them or write them down on a piece of paper to carry with you.

In other words, let these verses soak in. See how they transform you.

Bible Verses by Topic.


Inspirational Bible Verses for Every Occasion

 

When you’re searching for just the right words of encouragement from Scripture, these Bible verses by topic are for all occasions and holidays, and are organized to help you quickly and easily locate the passages you need. You’ll be able to express your heart-felt sentiments, add an uplifting message to a greeting card or get-well note, find that special verse to include in your wedding vows, or add new verses to your Scripture memorization list.

Bible Verses by Topic

Bible Verses for Special Occasions

Bible Verses for Holidays

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Memorize Bible Verses as a Family.


Teach Yourself and Your Kids to Memorize Bible Verses.

Family Bible StudyPhoto: Inti St Clair / Getty Images

Billy Graham once offered Christian parents these six tips to keep children from getting into trouble:

  1. Take time with your children.
  2. Set a good example for your children.
  3. Give your children ideals for living.
  4. Have a lot of activities planned.
  5. Discipline your children.
  6. Teach your kids about God.

In an age of complexities, this advice sounds fairly simple. You can incorporate almost all of the above points into one valuable activity through memorizing Bible verseswith your children. Not only will the whole family be learning new Bible verses, you’ll be spending more time together, setting a good example, giving your kids ideals for living, keeping them busy, and teaching them about God.I’ll share a tried and proven technique for building your Bible memory as well as fun and creative suggestions on how to memorize Bible verses as a family.

Build Your Bible Memory and Your Family

1 – Set a Goal

Memorizing one Bible verse a week is a reasonable goal to set in the beginning. This will give you plenty of time to establish the Bible verse firmly in your hearts and minds before starting to learn a new passage. Not every member of the family will memorize at the same pace, so try to set a goal that leaves room for flexibility and time for everyone to reinforce the verse in their memories.Once you’ve begun memorizing, you can increase your pace if you find one Scripture a week is not challenging enough. Likewise, if you decide to learn longer passages, you’ll want to slow down and take as much time as you need.

2 – Have a Plan

Decide when, where, and how you will accomplish your goals. How much time a day will you set aside to memorize Bible verses? Where and when will you meet with your family? What techniques will you incorporate? We’ll discuss specific techniques and reinforcement activities a little later, but 15 minutes a day should be plenty of time to memorize Bible verses. Family meal times and before bedtime are good opportunities to recite passages aloud together.

3 – Choose Your Bible Memory Verses

Take some time to decide which Bible verses you’d like to memorize. It might be interesting to make this a group effort, giving each member of the family a chance to choose Scriptures. Keeping in mind the younger children, you can select verses from more than one Bible translation, picking versions that are easy to understand and memorize. If you need help choosing your Bible memory verses, here are some suggestions:

4 – Make it Fun and Creative

Children memorize Bible verses quickly and easily through repetition, but the key is to make it fun. Be sure to incorporate some creative activities into your family project. Remember, the idea is not only to teach your kids about God and his Word, but also to strengthen the family by enjoying some quality time together.

Bible Memory Techniques

I recommend building the foundation of your Bible memorization plan upon a system of repetition, and then supplement with games, songs, and other fun activities. One of the best, proven methods to memorize Bible verses as a family is this Scripture Memory System from Simply Charlotte Mason.com. I will outline it briefly, but you can find detailed instructions with pictures here on their website.

Supplies You’ll Need

  1. An index card box.
  2. 41 tabbed dividers to fit inside.
  3. A package of index cards.

Next, label your tabbed dividers as follows and place them inside the index card box:

  1. 1 tabbed divider labeled “Daily.”
  2. 1 tabbed divider labeled “Odd Days.”
  3. 1 tabbed divider labeled “Even Days.”
  4. 7 tabbed dividers labeled with the days of the week – “Monday, Tuesday,” etc.
  5. 31 tabbed dividers labeled with the days of the month – “1, 2, 3,” etc.

Then, you’ll want to print your Bible memory verses onto the index cards, making sure to include the Scripture references along with the text of the passage. Choose one card with the verse your family will learn first and place it behind the “Daily” tab in the box. Put the rest of the Bible memory cardsin the front of the box, ahead of your tabbed dividers.You’ll begin working with just one verse, reading it out loud together as a family (or each person individually) a few times a day according to the plan you established above (at breakfast and dinner time, before bed, etc.). Once everyone in the family has memorized the first verse, move it behind either the “Odd” or “Even” tab, to be read on odd and even days of the month, and select a new Bible memory verse for your daily tab.

Each time your family memorizes a Bible verse, you’ll advance the cards farther back in the box, so that eventually, each day you’ll be reading aloud Scriptures from behind four dividers: daily, odd or even, the day of the week, and the date of the month. This method allows you to continually review and reinforce the Bible verses you’ve already learned while learning new ones at your own pace.

Additional Bible Memory Games and Activities

Memory Cross Cards
Memory Cross Cards are a fun and creative way to memorize Bible verses and teach children about God.Hide ‘Em in Your Heart Bible Memory CDs
Christian music artist Steve Green has produced several high quality Scripture memory albums for kids.

Bag-A-Round, Turn-Around, and Pull it Out!
Marilyn K. Smith explains three Scripture memorization games.

Bible Memory Techniques for Groups
Here are four Bible memory activities for large families and Sunday School classes.

Bible Memory Techniques for Adults in the Family

Adults may want to spend time reinforcing their Scripture memorization with one of these systems.

Discover the Treasure: Memorizing Scripture.


Whenever many adults hear the word memorize, they groan, “I could never do that.” Yet all of us memorize many things in our daily lives: telephone numbers, account numbers, addresses, television commercial jingles, sayings by famous people. You have much more capacity to memorize than you realize.
We should memorize Scripture, if for no other reason than the Lord commanded us to learn His Word (see Proverbs 7:1-3). When you have stored Bible promises in your heart and mind, you will soon notice other changes in your life because the Holy Spirit will use the verses to teach you new things and to help you resist temptation (see Psalm 119:11). As a new believer, I memorized many verses.

The verse 1 Corinthians 10:13 alone – “But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it” – has saved me from disobeying God on hundreds, if not thousands, of occasions. As we memorize God’s Word, the verses become part of the inner workings of our mind, and the Holy Spirit uses them to guide us through situations we encounter during our day.
If you develop a systematic method, Scripture memory will just take a few minutes a day. Look for small slots of time that you normally waste, and fill them with memorizing God’s Word. For example, instead of reading a magazine in the doctor’s office, memorize a verse of Scripture. Use your break at work, or arrange to memorize Scripture with a fellow believer from your workplace, campus, or church. Memorize Scripture as a family. Memorize verses that you find in your quiet time with God or that you hear in a sermon. Memorizing verses that apply to your daily life will be easier since you will use them as you memorize them.
Reviewing what you have memorized is just as important as the initial memorization stage. Here are some suggestions for organizing your review.

  • Write your memory verses on index cards, and carry them with you to review whenever you have a few free moments.
  • Use a pocket-size notebook to write your verses and the dates on which you learned them. Review your list often.
  • Build a chart of key verses that God has used in your life. Review them as you thank Him for how He has worked in your life.
  • Keep a list of key verses from your personal or small-group Bible study. Memorize those verses to make your study more meaningful. Review them periodically.
  • Post index cards with verses in places where you need them most. For example, tape a card with Philippians 4:8 – “Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” – above your television set.

Here is a list of some verses you could use to begin your memorization:
The power of memorizing God’s Word:
I have hidden Your word in my heart, that I might not sin against You. (Psalm 119:11)
The gospel in a nutshell:
For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
How to seek God’s will:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
How to resist temptation:
But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
What to think about:
And now, dear brothers and sisters, let me say one more thing as I close this letter. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. (Philippians 4:8)
The Great Commandment:
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are My disciples. (John 13:34-35)
The Great Commission:
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

By Bill Bright

Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. Excerpted from the book
Discover the Book God Wrote. Copyright 2004 by Bright Media Foundation. www.tyndale.com

Discover the Treasure: Memorizing Scripture.


   

Whenever many adults hear the word memorize, they groan, “I could never do that.” Yet all of us memorize many things in our daily lives: telephone numbers, account numbers, addresses, television commercial jingles, sayings by famous people. You have much more capacity to memorize than you realize.
We should memorize Scripture, if for no other reason than the Lord commanded us to learn His Word (see Proverbs 7:1-3). When you have stored Bible promises in your heart and mind, you will soon notice other changes in your life because the Holy Spirit will use the verses to teach you new things and to help you resist temptation (see Psalm 119:11). As a new believer, I memorized many verses. The verse 1 Corinthians 10:13 alone – “But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it” – has saved me from disobeying God on hundreds, if not thousands, of occasions. As we memorize God’s Word, the verses become part of the inner workings of our mind, and the Holy Spirit uses them to guide us through situations we encounter during our day.
If you develop a systematic method, Scripture memory will just take a few minutes a day. Look for small slots of time that you normally waste, and fill them with memorizing God’s Word. For example, instead of reading a magazine in the doctor’s office, memorize a verse of Scripture. Use your break at work, or arrange to memorize Scripture with a fellow believer from your workplace, campus, or church. Memorize Scripture as a family. Memorize verses that you find in your quiet time with God or that you hear in a sermon. Memorizing verses that apply to your daily life will be easier since you will use them as you memorize them.
Reviewing what you have memorized is just as important as the initial memorization stage. Here are some suggestions for organizing your review.

  • Write your memory verses on index cards, and carry them with you to review whenever you have a few free moments.
  • Use a pocket-size notebook to write your verses and the dates on which you learned them. Review your list often.
  • Build a chart of key verses that God has used in your life. Review them as you thank Him for how He has worked in your life.
  • Keep a list of key verses from your personal or small-group Bible study. Memorize those verses to make your study more meaningful. Review them periodically.
  • Post index cards with verses in places where you need them most. For example, tape a card with Philippians 4:8 – “Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” – above your television set.

Here is a list of some verses you could use to begin your memorization:
The power of memorizing God’s Word:
I have hidden Your word in my heart, that I might not sin against You. (Psalm 119:11)
The gospel in a nutshell:
For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
How to seek God’s will:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
How to resist temptation:
But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
What to think about:
And now, dear brothers and sisters, let me say one more thing as I close this letter. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. (Philippians 4:8)
The Great Commandment:
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are My disciples. (John 13:34-35)
The Great Commission:
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. Excerpted from the book
Discover the Book God Wrote. Copyright 2004 by Bright Media Foundation. www.tyndale.com

By Bill Bright.

Scripture Memorization.



One of the most valuable aids to meditation is Scripture memorization. In fact, when I encounter someone who is battling discouragement or depression, I often ask two questions: “Are you singing to the Lord?” and “Are you memorizing Scripture?” These two exercises are not some magical formula to make all our problems go away, but they do have incredible power to change our perspective and attitude toward the issues we are facing.

“But I can’t memorize,” some will quickly respond. Don Whitney points out that the issue is not so much our ability to memorize as our motivation:

What if I offered you one thousand dollars for every verse you could memorize in the next seven days? Do you think your attitude toward Scripture memory and your ability to memorize would improve? Any financial reward would be minimal when compared to the accumulating value of the treasure of God’s Word deposited within your mind.1

The fact is, we can and do memorize all the time. We memorize people’s names, television commercials, directions to places we frequent, credit card numbers, and phone numbers. How? We remember information that is important to us or that we frequently use or repeat. Scripture memorization is no different. It requires motivation and regular, systematic review.

If you have not memorized Scripture before, start with small portions, perhaps one or two verses a week. Select verses that relate to specific concerns or needs in your life. You may want to write out the verses on a card that you can keep with you and review several times a day. Reviewing Scripture before going to sleep at night is one of the best ways to reinforce it in your memory.

Once you have mastered a verse or a paragraph, go on to the next, but review daily the verses you have memorized most recently. You may find it helpful to memorize with a partner so that you can encourage each other and check up on each other’s verses on a regular basis. Scripture memory and meditation will bring about many benefits in your life, including:

  • cleansing and renewing your mind;
  • keeping you from sin;
  • providing insight and direction in the midst of real-life situations;
  • strengthening your spirit;
  • combating the attacks of the Enemy on your mind and emotions;
  • stimulating spiritual desires;
  • diminishing the demands of your flesh;
  • protecting you from wrong thinking patterns; and
  • fixing your mind and affections on “thing above” (Colossians 3:2).

Evidence Not Seen is the moving story of Darlene Deibler Rose, a young American missionary who spent four years in a Japanese prison camp during World War II. She recalls the way God used Scriptures she had memorized as a child to sustain her through her terrifying ordeal:

As a child and young person, I had had a driving compulsion to memorize the written Word. In the cell I was grateful now for those days in Vacation Bible School, when I had memorized many single verses, complete chapters, and Psalms, as well as whole books of the Bible.

In the years that followed, I reviewed the Scriptures often. The Lord fed me with the Living Bread that had been stored against the day when fresh supply was cut off by the loss of my Bible. He brought daily comfort and encouragement – yes, and joy – to my heart through the knowledge of the Word. . . . I had never needed the Scriptures more than in these months on death row, but since so much of His Word was there in my heart, it was not the punishment the Kempeitai had anticipated when they took my Bible.2

1Donald S. Whitney, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life (Colorado Springs: Navpress, 1991), 38. 2Darlene Deibler Rose, Evidence Not Seen (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1988), 143.

© Taken from A Place of Quiet Rest. Nancy Leigh DeMoss. Moody Press: Chicago, IL. Used with permission. Available at store.ReviveOurHearts.com Info@ReviveOurHearts.com

By Nancy Leigh DeMoss.

Build Your Bible Memory and Your Family.


Family Bible Study
 

Billy Graham once offered Christian parentsthese six tips to keep children from getting into trouble:

  1. Take time with your children.
  2. Set a good example for your children.
  3. Give your children ideals for living.
  4. Have a lot of activities planned.
  5. Discipline your children.
  6. Teach your kids about God.

In an age of complexities, this advice sounds fairly simple. You can incorporate almost all of the above points into one valuable activity through memorizing Bible verseswith your children.And, if you’ve decided to make a fresh commitment in the coming year to teach your kids about God, family Scripture memorization is a great place to start.

 Not only will the whole family be learning new Bible verses, you’ll be spending more time together, setting a good example, giving your kids ideals for living, keeping them busy, and teaching them about God.

The Bible tells us plainly that learning God’s Word and his ways at an early age will have lifelong benefits.

Proverbs 22:6 says to “train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”

 This truth is reinforced by Psalm 119:11, reminding us that if we hide God’s Word in our hearts, it will keep us from sinning against God.

So, do yourself and your kids a favor—start tucking the Word of God into your hearts today with these selected Bible verses for children.

• Bible Verses to Teach Your Children
• How to Memorize Scripture as a Family

More Christian Parenting Tips & Tools
• Guide to Family Bible Study
• Raising Kids God’s Way
• Family Prayers
• Top Children’s Bibles

Photo: Inti St Clair / Getty Images

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