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Time Posted on November 24, 2011 User Phil Walker

We just sent out the Thanksgiving Memverse newsletter.   If you did not receive it and want to be added to the list to receive all future newsletter and news flashes, you can sign up through or by emailing Phil Walker at

Below is a copy of the Thanksgiving Newsletter. 

Dear Memverse friends,


As you and your family enjoy Thanksgiving, we want to share some of the things we are thankful for:


Most of all, we are thankful for God loving us and sending His Son to die for us that we might have forgiveness of sins and a new Life in Him.  We are thankful that we can deeply know God in all of His fullness through reading, meditating on, trusting, and obeying His Word!  We are thankful that God led Andy to start Memverse and for all the work Andy and others who have come along beside him have put into making Memverse such an enjoyable and valuable tool for memorizing and inspiring others to memorize God's precious Word.  We are thankful that God has led you to and for the many of you who are spreading Memerse on to others you know.


We at Memverse are thankful for the completion of another wonderful year of the National Bible Bee.  42 of the 300 Finalists are on Memverse.  We want to congratulate all of them for making it this far and for their work in Nashville.  Our heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS go to:


Seniors: Christian Alexander, Josiah DeGraaf, Laura Hedstrom, Grace Mieczkowski, Marie Morris, Bethany Pentimone, Alex Watt, Abigail Brigham, Olivia Guillard, Rachel Eaton, Prasanth Venigalla, Nina Camillone, Darcy Arnall, Stephanie Hills, Elizabeth Ledford, Angela McCain, Melody Mieczkowski, Thomas Youngman, Matthew Staley, Seth Walley, Seth Lehman, Elanee Smythe = 22 finalists


Juniors: Nicolas Alexander, Zachary Baas, Hannah Del Toro, Clara Kho, Matthew Minica, Courtney Minica, Carissa Pentimone, Hannah Teeters, Kaitlyn Vredevoogd, Emily Brigham, Ben Watt, Allison Couch, Abigail Sutton, Alethea Leonard, Kerestel Leonard, Monica Duitsman, Hannah Leary; Joshua Bontrager = 18 finalists


Primary: Kara Buckner; Abigail Lehman = 2 finalists


Among the 45 to advance to Friday's "sudden death" competition were Memverse members: Olivia Guillard, Rachel Eaton, Laura Hedstrom, Matthew Staley, Hannah Leary, Joshua Bontrager, Abigail Lehman and Kara Buckner.  Out of these, Hannah, Laura, Abigail and Joshua were among the 17 to advance to Saturday's competition, and Laura Hedstrom was awarded 3rd place in the senior division!!!


I very much enjoyed taking in the competition, hearing the Scripture getting quoted and dreaming big God-size dreams of how He might use His Word in your lives.  I also enjoyed meeting many of you in person for the first time.  It is neat to see the impact the National Bible Bee has had on so many families.  I hope many of you will be able to join again in 2012 and I also hope to have similar events someday in the Philippines, Indonesia and in other countries around the world.




We at Memverse are thankful for the milestone we reached on Oct. 19th, 2011.  Memverse began February 28th, 2009.In the past 31 months, countless people have been blessed by the encouragement, inspiration, accountability and helps it provides in memorizing God's precious Word.  Oct 19th, we passed the 100,000 verses milestone.  A great feature of Memverse is to be able to see the current total at all times on the home page.  In prime memverse memorizing time around 8:00 - 9:00am EST, you can often see the live total increasing before your eyes. 


On the home page, you can see highlights people reach under the heading "Recently on Memverse"  Did you know that the title is also a link? That's right.If you click on "Recently on Memverse" it shows you the exact verses that have been memorized and when they were memorized. What an encouragement this has often been to me when I see my friends and people I don't know actively memorizing Scripture I love.


Extra Motivation: As awesome and thrilling as memorizing Scripture can be, at times it can also be challenging in our instant gratification, physical world to stay focused on the eternal, spiritual benefits of getting to know Almighty God deeper through His Word.  We at Memverse are thankful for our friend Jim Woychuk of Scripture Memory Fellowship adding an extra incentive while also feeding our souls with Godly wisdom and truth.  SMF is offering to send a free book to everyone who memorizes at least 200 verses on memverse, and will give a free scholarship week of Scripture memory camp to 5 memverse users each year who have memorized at least 500 verses.We praise God for SMF partnering with us in this way. We encourage you to learn more about Scripture Memory Fellowship (Formerly BMA - Bible Memory Association founded by Dr. N.A. Woychuk) through their website.
Memverse is thankful for a new partnership with Julie Alvarez of who runs monthly contests exclusively for Memverse members, runs open contests that Memverse members have enjoyed participating in, and offers discounts for Memverse members who order Scripture Stickies to help memorize and/or share with friends.  You can learn all the details through her blog page 
We are thankful that John Tice and his friends at have worked with us so that Memverse now has our very own page on their site.  You can let me know what passage you want to work on in what translation and I can put it up for you to work on using their games.  Currently available at are:


KJV  GENESIS 1; PSALM 119:1-16, 17-32; ROMANS 12: TITUS 2; 1 PETER 1; 2;


NKJ  EXODUS 20:1-17; ISAIAH 53; ROMANS 8:1-6


ESV  PSALM 33; 56:3-4; 67; 2 TIMOTHY 4:1-8


NASB  EXODUS 20:1-17; JOSHUA 11:23; COLOSSIANS 1; 2; 1 PETER 1:1-12


1984 NIV  JOB 23:8-12; PSALM 23; 33:1-22; 34:4-19; 119:1-40; ISAIAH 53:1-12; MATTHEW 5:1-12; JOHN 15:5-8; ROMANS 2:1-10; GALATIANS 2:20; HEBREWS 11:1-7; 8-19; 20-30;


Please let me know if you have a passage you would like to see made available to play

As always, we would love to hear from you.What would you like to see in a future Memverse newsletter?  What do you like most about Memverse?  Do you have any ideas that could make Memverse even better?  Do you have any creative ideas for letting others know about the encouragement, inspiration, and help they can find on Memverse?
May God richly bless you as you get to know Him better and better through His Word.
We wish you all a wonderful THANKSGIVING with your friends and family,
In Christ, Phil Walker


PS  For any who have not yet heard, please use your email address rather than your previous username to access memverse. 

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37 responses to Memverse newsletters


Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the United States! (And those in other countries who are giving thanks to God for his blessings!)

I have a question about Impress Kids. Do you have to make an account to play most of the verse hero games on the memverse page?

I also have an idea - that we make each person's name on the leaderboard a link to that person's profile. We could also have a database with links to all the active users profile's in the order they joined.

Oh, and by the way - it's neat that my username is in the picture from the recently on memverse page!

P.S.: Thanks to whoever fixed the keyboard shortcuts!

2 Corinthians 5:17

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Thomas Youngman

Thanks for the encouragement Phil. I am so greatful for Memverse and for every one who invests time and effort keeping it functional. Happy thanksgiving everyone!


There is so much to be thankful for, yet at times it seems so hard to be thankful for what God is putting us through. But, "God works out everything for the good of those who love him," so we know that he has a purpose for everything. Thanks for the post, Mr. Walker.
P.S. I noticed that you didn't mention that both of the Primaries on Memverse made it to the Semifinals--Abigail Lehman actually made it to the Finals. :)


Yes, Happy Thanksgiving. Can everyone please pray for something? My Nana has cancer and her first chemo treatment will be on this Monday. She does not know about God, so please pray. Thanks!

Grace Harrison

Phil Walker

SavedByGrace, thanks for catching my mistake. Please forgive me, Abigail. You did an incredible job up there in the competition!!


Mr. Walker, thank you for the great reminders and updates!

I can't remember the exact reference, but this Thanksgiving season I have been pondering the verse that says something to the effect that "God's blessings are new every morning". I am amazed at how true that verse is. And we don't even deserve any of His blessings!

Thanks again for all the helpers who made this great site possible.
Hope all of you have had a blessed Thanksgiving day!

BibleBeeJunior14 (~*Lady Ariana*~)

Happy Thanksgiving!

BibleBeeJunior14 (~*Lady Ariana*~)

@MR. Walker - Even though they don't post on the blogs, my friends, BonnieLeigh, Meggie, and Virginia Cruser are on memverse that I know of and they all made it to nationals. :)

2 Corinthians 5:17

I loved how Hannah Leary quoted her verses!

Christian Alexander

@ Octavius: Could it be Lamentations 3:22-23? "Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." (NIV)

Phil Walker

BBJ11, please give me the age group that each is in and I will add them to the list.


I didn't know where to put this but I was pretty sure that Mr. Walker wouldn't mind. Congratulations to Stephanie Hills for memorizing her 1,000th verse. She is the nineteenth person to go over 1,000 verses on memverse.

His Servant

Congratulations Stephanie, on memorizing your 1,000th verse! I enjoyed meeting you last week at Nationals!

Hmm...I wonder who will be our 20th person on Memverse to memorize their 1,000th verse?!


Hey Mr. Walker. Memverse is still in the process of transition right? I haven't fully completed an accuracy test since the change, (and now reference recall:-) because of error codes.
Just asking. Thanks

Christian Alexander

I have the exact same problem as 2remember. I've tried memverse on Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Google Chrome, but none of them will get rid of the error codes. But my sister has gotten through several accuracy tests since the reboot. Go figure. ;)


Guys, what error codes are you seeing? It will be very helpful if you can report errors on the 'Feedback' tab on the right of the screen. If you can let us know which browser you're on and what verse you're working on when you see the error we should be able to get it fixed fairly quickly.

Christian Alexander

I'll try to do that, Andy. Sometimes GetSatisfaction won't recognize my Google login, but other times it works. I'll do the accuracy test and reference recall again and let you know what I see.

EDIT: After much effort, GetSatisfaction finally let my message through. I'm josiah914 with the problem "Accuracy Test Error". I found out that Reference Recall is working fine now, but the tests still have the same error screen come up. Thanks for your help, Andy!


ChiefOfSinners- that is probably the verse. Thanks.

BTW - I have not had any problems with reference review or accuracy test.
Andy, thanks for the smooth transition.

Christian Alexander

@ Octavius: Do you have any idea who referred Trev Noceslaf, or even who he is? It's a new name in our church profile, and my referalls page shows that one of the people I referred referred him. Could it be your brother-in-law? But why would he use the backwards "false coNverT"? It doesn't make any sense.

EDIT: I know who it is now. My dad needed someone to refer so that he could get to the next level, and since he figured he'd never be able to get another adult to come on Memverse, he decided to create a fake person and have that guy put him as his referrer. *sighs* I think it's cheating, but he maintains that it was a just action under dire circumstances. ;)

Christian Alexander

@ Andy: For some reason, Get Satisfaction isn't letting me log in, so I'll just tell you here what I was going to say there: The accuracy test went great for the first time, so I don't think I'll be having any more problems. Thanks for being willing to help though!

Wretched Man

Did I ever mention that I am a Wretched man? (BTW, ChiefOfSinners, a.k.a. former firstborn son, your mom is now officially Beloved. SavedByGrace has officially taken your birthright away, and he didn't even have to make you any stew to get it!)


CAN ANYONE PRAY FOR MY NANA?? She has cancer and will have to go through Chemo therapy and she does not know the Lord yet!


I would appreciate it. :)

2 Corinthians 5:17

Grace - I will definitely pray :) I had a grandpa die of cancer - :( please keep us posted

BibleBeeJunior14 (~*Lady Ariana*~)

@Mr. Walker - BonnieLeigh and Meggie Cruser are in Seniors and Virginia is in Juniors.


If you still would like to update your list of Bible Bee finalists, my sister Katrina Baergen (National Competitor, Junior division) is also on MemVerse, and she also made it to the Semi-Finals.

Thanks for all your work you do for MemVerse!


Wow, Grace! I sure will pray!


Also I have noticed a couple more users who qualified for nationals - one of the Emily Hamiltons and Jake Larsen.

Thank you.

Ruth (Joy)

Somebody entered a fake verse! Philippians 5:1! When they entered it, all they said the verse was was just "hi there". I thought you may want to delete this.

@Mr. Walker: Congrats on your first baby! When is your wife's due date, if I may ask?


I was looking at the "Bible Bee" group page, and I noticed that there are two Emily Hamiltons affiliated with Bible Bee. Two Emily Hamiltons also made it to the National Bible Bee (Junior Division). Not sure if these are the same ones, but thought it was interesting. One of them also competed in the Semi-Finals.

2 Corinthians 5:17

Olivia made it to Finals as well.


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Jonah Brown

Hi! I am not sure where to request a certain verse on Impresskids. But, My family is trying to memorize: Matthew 7:13-20 in the KJV. How do we register if we don't have our own paid account? Thank you for all your help!
God Bless!

Nikki Brown

We will pray for your Nana, Grace! Is your Nana in good health otherwise? God be with you and your seed sowing to Nana!

Leah Jessie

Hi Jonah, you can ask for a certain passage to be added to Impresskids on the blog "Verse Hero on ImpressKids", then you have to go to Impresskids and make an account (which is free), and then you make a request to join the Memverse group. Then, there is a whole list of passages that you can do, and you can ask for any verses you like to be added.

Grace Harrison, I will definitely be praying for your Nana!

Emily H

@ SoloScriptura (Peter)

Hi, I'm one of the Emily Hamiltons. I met 'the other' Emily Hamilton at Nationals. She was in semi-finals. I don't know if she's on Memverse or not, but I have two accounts because I wanted one just for the Bible Bee. :)