Hi. My name is Phil Walker. I teach math and Bible and coach basketball, volleyball, and Bible Bowl at Hannibal Christian Academy in Hannibal, MO. For the past 20 years my main passion and life calling has been Scripture memory: discovering, interacting with, and learning to trust, love, obey,serve, and worship the true Biblical God through His Word; and encouraging, inspiring and equipping others to do the same. Scripture memory venues I use, endorse, and praise God for include: MEMVERSE, the National Bible Bee, listening to the Scripture on cd, Bible Bowl, Bible quizzing, the annual Scriptorium in Hannibal, MO, Scripture songs (Thy Word Creations, GT and the Halo Express, NIV Kid's club, Pilgrim songs, etc.), Scripture Memory Fellowship (formerly Bible Memory Association), Dramatic Scripture presenters like Marquis Laughlin (Acts of the Word), and Quiz Pro.
I send out a daily devotional email based on a key verse of every chapter of the New Testament, and a "less than daily" devotional based on every chapter of the Old Testament. The most common theme of these devotionals is using Scripture to challenge today's "Trivial Gospel" (which has no need of, or interest in Scripture memory). I would be glad to add anyone on to the list whose email inbox is not already overflowing. I have written 3 Biblical dramas that are on youtube: Sermon on the Mount (2006) www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NkVvmbo-ho Jesus-Masterful Teacher (2008) www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EUrqo6U2Uc and Job: Suffering Servant of God (2009) www.youtube.com/watch?v=7J4qGFimTWo (There is purposely no copyright on any of these plays, so you may use them and even change them to meet your needs however you wish. The Sermon on the Mount in particular has a lot of scenes that can be used as stand alone skits). I had the opportunity to speak at a Geneva College chapel Sept 12th, 2007 on the "Outrageous Claims of the Bible" www.geneva.edu/object/chapel_audio_07_08.html I would love your feedback to any of these thoughts in the plays or the chapel message.
When GALATIANS 2:20, which I had memorized in high school at Faith Academy in the Philippines came back to me 7 years later (the summer after my first year teaching in a Christian school) to lead me to put a saving faith in Jesus Christ, I instantly had a passion to discover what else God had to say in His incredible Word. I was also excited to share in this pursuit with other Christians who were also excited about getting to know God better and better through His Word. However, many times it seemed like no one else was interested. Andy had not yet made Memverse, and it was a strange feeling to wonder if I was the only one who actually believed the Bible was worth memorizing. Since then God has brought many others into my life.
I hope we can use memverse to its fullest potential as we inspire, encourage, and equip each other in our pursuit of knowing and trusting our true, Biblical God. I would be glad to interact with any of you for mutual encouragement in Scripture memory. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. My phone # is (573)822-4015 and my currently mostly dead web site is www.scripture-memory-support.org. We can also interact all together through the memverse Facebook group http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=261110551457&ref=ts My biggest current burden is the lack of Scripture memory in Christian schools and especially on college campuses. I know I am biased, but I believe EVERY Christian college and EVERY Christian outreach/discipleship group on secular colleges should inspire, encourage, equip, and expect professing Christian students to memorize Scripture. Now, it seems almost non-existent in the face of today's Trivial Gospel and obsession with changing the message to attract our post modern world. I would love for you to join me in praying for a revival of spiritual truth, and I would love to hear from anyone involved in Scripture memory in our schools and colleges
I often wonder who these other people and groups are on memverse. What other exciting Scripture memory is going on around the world? I invite you to introduce yourself, let us know what you are memorizing, why you are memorizing, and anything else that could edify, inspire and encourage a group of Scripture enthusiasts.
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