Each of the past 3 years, we have had a verse a day world-wide Scripture Memory initiative. It started with HEBREWS, then 1 TIMOTHY and last year's 1 JOHN.
Shortly after the 1 TIMOTHY project began, I got an email from Andy letting me know about this new Scripture Memory website he had made called Memverse. He thought it might be a good tool for people around the world memorizing 1 TIMOTHY to encourage and inspire each other as well as keep track of their individual verses. I took a look at Memverse and loved it. I sent out an email to our 1 TIMOTHY participants letting them know about Memverse, and as they say, the rest is history... It was a lot of fun that first year to see almost half of the top 100 most popular verses all come from 1 TIMOTHY. The chart has since been overtaken by a bunch of enthusiastic Bible Bee memorizers so that now zero verses from 1 TIMOTHY remain and only the famous 1:9 remains in 31st place from 1 JOHN. There are currently no verses from 1 KINGS 17 - 2 KINGS 2 in the top 100. Will you pray with me that we can get the word out enough about the Elijah project on memverse to change that. (maybe some day Memverse will extend the chart out to the top 1,000 most popular verses so I could see where others beyond the top 100 currently rank.)
I am praying for 100 Elijah finishers and at least 10 Elijah project groups memorizing together offline. Do you have some friends or a church group who might want to memorize Elijah with you for some exciting face-to-face discussion, meditation, encouragement, and inspiration the next few months?
One exciting new tool for memorizing Elijah is www.impresskids.com I have 1 KINGS 17:1 and 1 KINGS 17:2-4 set up in the 1984 NIV, KJV, NKJ, ESV, NASB, the Magadang Balita Biblia (Tagalog spoken in the Philippines) and Terjemahan Baru (Indonesian). I also have through 1 KINGS 17:16 in the 1984 NIV. Let me know if you would like us to include Elijah verses in other translations as well. You can join our Elijah page at http://www.impresskids.com/my/place/101
Any on Facebook can join our group there at http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=673866741&ref=tn_tnmn#!/groups/Memorize1John/
Schedule for memorizing 1 KINGS 17-19, 21; and 2 KINGS 1:1-2:18 (there is no legalism in this schedule. You may start and end and go at whatever pace best suits you and your friends.) This schedule is just a guideline and the pace that I and Jacky will be following.
1 KINGS 17:1-24 = Dec 12th - Jan 4th; 1 KINGS 18:1-46 = Jan 5th - Feb 19th; 1 KINGS 19:1-21 = Feb 20th - March 12th;
1 KINGS 21:1-29 = March 13th - April 10th; 2 KINGS 1:1-18 = April 11 - 28th; 2 KINGS 2:1-18 = April 29th - May 16th
then if you are ages 7-18 take a short break and get ready for the 2012 National Bible Bee www.biblebee.org
Current known ELIJAH memorizers: If you are no longer memorizing ELIJAH or are listed twice, please let me know. Also let me know if you are aware of people memorizing with us who are not on this list.
Please pray for people in this group. Pray that God might grant us strength, endurance, motivation and discipline to keep memorizing. Pray even more importantly, that the Scripture might be powerful in our lives and that God may be pleased on our meditation on His Truth through this project. Less importantly, but still worth praying about, you can also sneak in a short prayer that those on this list not on Memverse may discover the joy and benefit of Memverse and that Memverse may gain new strongholds of members through the Elijah Project.
Abidemi Elebute, AJ, Allie Smith, Alma Baker, Alma Juat, Amy P, AmyV, Andrea Miller, Angela, Angelyn Metran, Archambault family (Sheena, Kiarra, and Grace), Arthur Koon, Ashley Chastain, Ashley Hanney, Barbara Sheldon, Barbara Smith, Bautista family ( Ronnie, Belen, Nyra ), Ben Watt, Bert Fajutrao, Beth Nueva, Bonnie Rodriguez, Carolyn, Cindy Singh, Claire, Connie Swaine, Constance Keating, Courtney Allison, Courtney Killingbeck, Daniel Baergen, Danny Liuson, Dayo Davies, Desnan Malaoe, Devan Miller, Edrian, Elisa J, Emeka Rajis, Erika Wenzel, Ester Kppi, Florida Hasibuan, Funmilayo Ikiebe, Gilles Dossan, Gina Ahamnos, GMoV, Hannah (Spanish); Hannah Fiedler, Hannah Green, Heather Stump, Heidi Schreiber, Imelda Pedida, InSoloChristo, Isaiah Martinez, Jacob Kallikoth, Jacky Walker, Jael, Jake Erkens, Jay Sandoval, Jennifer W, Jireh, Jonathan Pearson, Josiah De Graaf, Josie Fernandez, Joshua, JPIA(Rachel), Julia Conners, Julie Jones, KaitlynV, Karlin Kendall, Kim Cordner, Kristine Librado, Laura Cimmino, Laura H, Leal Christian Juat, Leal Grace Juat, Leng Gumaro, Linda Johnson, Lori Murphy, Marjorie Renold, Marilyn Fischer, Marinda Hartzenberg, Mariner Eccles, Marisa Joulfaian, Marlene Farley, Marlene Metran, Mary Ginn, Mary L, Matthew Minica, Melody Mieczkowski, Michelle Curry, Michelle Dueling (5), Naga Pila, Nanay Carina Metran, Natalia Groot, Octavius, OCTSRIS, Odejimi Oyekunle, Ofhel Castillo, Pamela McDonald, Phil Walker, Pilar Valdoz, Purig Ramos, Renelle,. Rhina Babas, Rochelle, Rommel Amansec, Roy Cline, Rozleigh Roman, Sarah Mackenzie, Sara Young, Sheila Froehlich, Shelly Scheidling, Sinmisola Ajelero, Stephanie Lish, Surreyhorse (4), Tamara Cline, Temitope Akiode, Tina Torres, TirzahLynn, Todd, Trish Mathis, Walker Junior (we trust) = 132 people
Known Groups Memorizing ELIJAH offline for face-to-face mutual accountability, discussion, meditation, encouragement, and inspiration: Please let me know if your group has stopped meeting or if you are forming a new group or if you have different members in your group. (Some may want to consider forming a group to begin 2012 after Christmas is over). Please let me know what information you would like with your group. You can include church or location you are meeting, translation you are memorizing in, times you are meeting, etc.
Please pray for the formation of new groups. Pray also for the current groups that their meeting times may be enjoyable, encouraging, inspiring, and most importantly, honoring to God. Pray that groups that want to increase numbers will be able to and that those who want to join a group will be able to find one or recruit a friend to start one.
Kaitlyn and Amy V meeting in Northern Michigan;
Laura H and Mary L meeting in Nebraska;
Surreyhorse family (4 memorizers);
Alma Juat, Josie Fernandez, Leal Christian Juat, Leal Grace Juat, Leng Gumaro, Ofhel, Pilar Valdoz, Puring Ramos, Rhina Babas, Bautista family ( Ronnie - father, Belen - mother and Nyra ), Renelle, Rochelle,.Edrian, Jireh, Joshua at Fountain of Life Christian Community Church in Valenzuela City, north Manila, Philippines memorizing in both the 1984 NIV and MBB (Tagalog)
Hannah Fiedler and Heidi Schreiber
Sarah Young and Angela
Michelle Duelling and 4 from the family of her pastor
Sheena, Kiarra, and Grace Archambault
Phil, Jacky, and Junior Walker in Manila, Philippines on our way, Lord willing, to Indonesia.memorizing in the 1984 NIV (other translations welcome)
ACCOUNTABILITY CHART: Those who want can get extra support and encouragement by declaring your verses and being listed on this chart. For every 6 verses you declare you will receive a letter on the chart. You do not have to declare your verses in order. You can declare verses from chapter 19 before chapter 17 if you wish. To declare verses and join the chart, give your first name, the first initial of your last name, the country or USA state you live in, and the verses you have memorized. Sample declaration = Jim A OH 1 KINGS 17:1-6 or Phil W IDN 1 KINGS 18:5 - 10
Laura H NE A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z CONGRATULATIONS on finishing memorizing the Elijah project. May God give you and Mary the faith of Elijah as you walk through this life trusting Elijah's God in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Very glad that you 2 did this together.
Mary L NE A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z CONGRATULATIONS on finishing memorizing the Elijah project. May God give you and Laura the faith of Elijah as you walk through this life trusting Elijah's God in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Very glad that you 2 did this together.
Kaitlyn V MI A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X
Caleb W OH A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z CONGRATULATIONS on being the very first to finish memorizing the Elijah project. May God give you the faith of Elijah as you walk through this life trusting Elijah's God to be powerful in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Josiah D PA A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z CONGRATULATIONS on finishing memorizing the Elijah project. May God give you the faith of Elijah as you walk through this life trusting Elijah's God in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Looking forward to the return of your DD and TD days with our next project!
Amy V MI A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S
Rachel C NC A B C D
Amy P MO A B C D
Beowulf W OH A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S
Hannah F IL A
Rosie A OH A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z CONGRATULATIONS on being the 2nd to finish memorizing the Elijah project. May God give you and Mary the faith of Elijah as you walk through this life trusting Elijah's God in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. May God grant you the grace to keep and be encouraged by these verses for a lifetime!
Surreyhorse 4 CA A B C D E F G
Matthew M TX A B C D
Jacky W PHI A B C D E F G
Phil W PHI A B C D E F
Marlene M PHI A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z CONGRATULATIONS on finishing memorizing the Elijah project. May God give you the faith of Elijah as you walk through this life trusting Elijah's God in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. And may you pass the faith of Elijah on to your 2 young sons over the years as Elijah passed his faith on to Elisha.
Sarah M U.K. A B C D
Pilar V PHI A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z CONGRATULATIONS on being the first from FOL to finish memorizing the Elijah project. May many be inspired and follow your footsteps. And may God give you the faith of Elijah as you walk through this life trusting Elijah's God in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Christian J PHI A
Marjorie R PHL A
I can honestly say that I am more excited about starting this new world wide Elijah initiative than with any of the 3 previous wonderful experiences we had. Maybe a part of it is simply what is going on in my life. I got married June 25th shortly after finishing 1 JOHN so this will be the first large Scripture memory project Jacky and I, Lord willing, complete together. I can't wait to memorize, discuss, and pray over these powerful verses with her. Any other husband/wife or boyfriend/girlfriend teams going to experience this joy with us?
Secondly, Jacky and I are engaged in radical full time ministry spreading a passion for Scripture in the Philippines and Indonesia and wherever else God sends us. We want and desperately need Elijah's God to be real for us as He leads, empowers, and provides for our lives and our ministry.
Lastly, Jacky is pregnant with our first child. As new parents, we don't want to share dead, weak, or hypocritical religious teaching and practices to our children who know us best. Rather, we pray that God will so change and indwell us that our children will see us literally trusting the God of Elijah to be at work in our family.
I don't know what your situation is. However, I do know that our Christian world, and especially the next generation of Christians growing up needs to know that the true, living, Biblical God of Elijah is real, and is just as powerful, and wants to be wholeheartedly trusted just as much in 2011 as thousands of years ago during the days of Elijah. Will all the advances and excitement of modern sience, psychology, technology, materialism, entertainment, and temporal worldly success reduce the Bible to irrelevant even if it's true? Or will we fully live up to the life Jesus Christ died and rose again to bring and live inside of us. Will those who see our faith in a powerful, living God join Elisha in passionately wanting to know the God who lives in us for themselves as they proclaim "Where now is the God of Elijah?"
I invite you to join us in memorizing "Elijah" the next few months. I ask you to help me in spreading the word by email, twitter, facebook, in your churches, etc. so that all who might want to memorize "Elijah" with us will hear of our support group. Lastly, I would ask you to consider and pray about possibly starting an offline "Memorize Elijah" group for face-to-face encouragement, inspiration and growth.
If you have any questions, insights, or ideas for me, or if you would like to receive weekly Elijah encouragement emails, feel free to get in touch through firstname.lastname@example.org in addition to this blog.
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