John Brand, who is Principal of the Faith Mission Bible College in Edinburgh, Scotland, is starting a new Scripture memory program and support group called 119v7. As you may have guessed it is based on PSALM 119:7 I will priase you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws. Starting June 1st the group will memorize long passages of the Bible at the pace of 1 verse per day. We would love for you to join us. John will also provide support in sharing meditations on the verses we memorize and has set up a website so that blogging and sharing thoughts about the Scripture and the memorizing experience can be maximized. You are welcome to join us now at www.119v7.com and start preparing for the first Scripture, or you can wait until June 1st to see what passage is chosen. I praise God for calling John to initiate this and look forward to being an active part of this community of Scripture enthusiasts all memorizing and meditating and encouraging each other on the same Scripture.
We've made some changes to the reference recall section. Similar to the accuracy test, you will now have a running score for the reference recall. Every set of ten questions will give you a score out of 100. Each question is worth ten points and currently you get ten points if you remember the reference perfectly, and 5 points if you get the book and the chapter but can't remember the exact verse.
In the past we've recommended that you run through the reference recall section once or twice a day. I confess that I'm often quite lazy on doing my reference recalls and it always catches up to me because I can't pair the reference and the text. My goal is to keep my reference recall score around 80% or so because I know that will help me with the main memorization section.
For those of you who like math and care about such minutiae, the running score will be calculated as 25% of the most recent test and 75% of all the previous tests.
As always, questions and comments welcome.
Memverse is my favorite Scripture memory website (easily beating out my own currently mostly dead, but hope to revive someday www.scripture-memory-support.org ) I would like to share with you my favorite Scripture memory event, the National Bible Bee, now in its 2nd year. The National Bible Bee is a contest for 7-18 year olds with a local competition in different sites around the country on August 28th (there is still time for your group to host a local competition) and then a National Finals in Chicago, IL for the top 300 contestants, and then outlandish cash prizes from $5,000 to $100,000 for the top 9 finishers. It is also simply a wonderful Scripture memory resourse for all ages who want help memorizing up to 800 key verses in the KJV, NKJ, NIV, ESV, or NASB.
I am completely sold on the benefit of the National Bible Bee to inspire, encourage, and equip thousands of people to get to know the Living God better and better through His Word, and Lord willing, as a tool God uses to lead towards a much needed revival of Spiritual/Scriptural truth in our churches and "Christian" culture. Last year I ran 5 unofficial Bible Bee Scripture memory camps (NY, PA, OH, MO, FL) and this summer will be sent around the country by headquarters to run official Bible Bee camps from June 6th - August 6th. (If you hear of a camp coming to your area, I would love to meet any Memverse Scripture enthusiasts on my travels, even if you are not involved with the Bible Bee)
I am obviously biased, but I believe that every single 7-18 year old in the USA should sign up for and get involved with the Bible Bee. I don't think everyone should feel obligated or be pushed by parents/teachers/etc. to try to win the Bible Bee. There could be a lot of reasons not to try to win the Bible Bee this summer, but I believe all who sign up, receive the verse list and all the helpful support to memorize Scripture will benefit greatly from being a part of the National Bible Bee. Maybe a low key "introduction year" this summer may lead your 7-18 year old to be self motivated to memorize as much as they possibly can next summer.
I also believe every church, Christian home school group and Christian school should host a local Bible Bee (or connect with another church/school in their area who is hosting) to spur Scripture memory among your people and as a wonderful, God-honoring, eternally and temporal fruitful outreach ministry to your community.
You can check out more about the National Bible Bee or contact headquarters through www.biblebee.org If you have any questions or thoughts about the Bible Bee, you can also contact me directly at email@example.com or through this blog.
In Christ, Phil Walker
PS If you are interested in starting Scripture memory initiatives in other countries, I would also love to hear from you.
We had always hoped to find time to write a monthly newsletter which would cover new developments on Memverse, scripture memorization tips, and encouragement to keep going when the world calls. As it turns out, adding new features to the website, fixing bugs, and keeping up with our own memorizing has meant that the last newsletter was almost a year ago. Fortunately, Phil Walker has kindly volunteered to write one for us. We might still send out an occasional newsletter (don't hold your breath) but we recommend that you subscribe to Phil's. I know many people have been blessed by his encouragement in the past.
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Hi. Do you have friends or family who would love to memorize Scripture on memverse or possibly even with you if they were invited? Can you think of a group of people who would be thrilled to use memverse if they only heard about it and saw how well it works?
The first time Andy told me about memverse, I was distracted with other things and never really gave memverse a try. Then 7 months later this past November, someone I don't know who joined our "Memorize 1st Timothy" group told me how much she loved memverse and how it really helped her memorize. I decided to give memverse a 2nd look and the rest is history! Lord willing, I expect to be involved with memverse more and more each day until He calls me home. Never underestimate the potential value of spreading the word or a single testimony. As we are experiencing a little dip in memverse members, I would like to call those of you who love it to consider spreading the word and inviting others. Maybe you can even dream and pray about entire groups to join memverse.
One of my main burdens is to see memverse and God's Word come alive on the college campuses. Right now we have 0 colleges listed. I would love to see hundreds, with thousands of verses associated with each one as students in the prime of their intellectual curiosity and idealistic passion interact with the truth most worth discussing, thinking, and dreaming about!! Do you know a college student who you can inspire, encourage, and/or equip to memorize Scripture and possibly join us on memverse?
Another burden I have is for missionary families. Having grown up on the mission field in Indonesia, I saw a lot of authentic Christian faith happening all around me. I also had a respect for the Bible. However, I never was encouraged to memorize much. I would love to see missionary families around the world get invited to use memverse both as a family tool and posssibly even as an outreach tool with the people they are working with. Do you know of missionaries who have not yet heard of memverse?
What people group has God given you a burden for that I can join you in praying for and dreaming about reaching?
Memverse experienced a significant outage starting shortly after midnight. This was the message from the Dreamhost data center in Los Angeles:
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Unfortunately, it lasted much longer than anticipated. After spending some time with their support staff they let us know that they have also been having widespread problems with the stability of their servers. Some of you have occasionally reported errors cropping up and I suspect that those might be related.
Thanks to everyone who has reported bugs and problems with the website. It has been very helpful as some of the problems were not even showing up in the usual error log files. We continue to work on the stability of the website and hope to minimize these type of outages as much as possible.
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.
getting to know you
People often ask how long it will be before a verse is classified as 'Memorized'. That's a valid question since it is, after all, the purpose of the Memverse.
Recall that a verse is classified as memorized once the interval has grown to more than 30 days. Let's look at two cases:
1. Starting a verse you have already memorized
Assuming you enter a verse that you already know perfectly. You start on January 1st, 2010 and every time the memory verse comes up for review you select option 5 because you can recall the verse perfectly without any hesitation. The interval will change as follows:
By the end of January, the memory verse will be classified as 'Memorized'
2. Starting a new, difficult memory verse
Now let's consider the case where you start a brand new memory verse on January 1st, 2010 that is difficult to memorize (Ephesians 1 is a good place to look for such verses). Each time the memory verse comes up for review, you select option 3 because you are struggling to remember the verse. You are able to recall it without flipping over the flashcard but there is plenty of erasing and reliance on the feedback. In that case, the interval will change as follows:
As you can see, the option you select makes a big difference to the time it takes to get a Bible verse memorized. Don't be tempted to select option 5 when you don't know the verse perfectly as you will later find that you can't recall the verse because the interval grows too quickly and you can't retain the verse over such a long period. These days I make frequent use of button 3 because that way I know it will be cemented in my memory. In most cases, you will find that it will take somewhere between a month and three months before a verse is classified as 'Memorized' since you will use a combination of the buttons based on your recall.
This is also why it's good to keep a 'pipeline' of verse that you're working on. Use the time commitment that is reported at the end of your memorization session as a guideline for when you should add more verses.
The much discussed 'News' section has been moved off to another page. We should take this opportunity to clarify: the news feed is syndicated from 'Christianity Today' via a technology called 'RSS' (Really Simple Syndication). We don't read it before it arrives and exert no editorial control whatsoever. The current feed contains the most popular articles from Christianity Today's online site. Over the past year we have received many comments about the news section and I think many people were under the impression that Memverse was reporting the news. We wish we could be that productive! As it turns out, roughly 1/3 of the people who emailed us with feedback liked the news section, 1/3 found it too conservative and 1/3 found it too liberal. We have our own opinion but decided that it wasn't part of the core mission of Memverse and that it would be better to move it off the home page.
Over time, we do intend to add more sources of news but RSS is a relatively new technology and has been adopted only slowly by Christian news organizations. We have always had a vision of aggregating the best that has been thought and said from a Christian perspective across a broad spectrum; but that has been put on hold for another day.
If you would like to comment on this topic, we'd like to recommend both a re-reading of James 3 and also a period of reflection before posting.
If you've ever wondered what's happening on Memverse, now you'll know. The home page now has a stream of the latest happenings. So far, it is fairly limited but over time we will add news about the various leaderboards, the state and country competitions and more. The section on the home page will only include more significant events: milestones for users, chapters and books memorized etc. If you would like to see the full feed, just click on the heading. It should update in real time if you have a fairly modern browser.
I'm excited to announce a new section which I have been requesting for months :)
There is now a new page (located under the 'Memorize' menu) where you can work through entire chapters. It's currently similar to the 'Practice' section in that you can run through an entire chapter but it won't update any of the intervals, eFactors, next review dates etc. associated with the memory verses in those chapters. We'll probably find a way to work that in soon but test it out for now. I think you'll find it a great way to memorize chapters, psalms and entire books.
You do need to have an entire chapter of memory verses that you're working on. If you aren't yet working on an entire chapter, you can always start with Psalm 1. It's only 6 verses long.
Congratulations to GA for being the most recent addition to the state competition. Is your state listed? It takes 3 !! Why not find two other people from your state to join and start representing as well as inspiring others from your state! Can anyone top CA? They currently have a sizeable lead. However, with the summer Bible Bee and the Lord willing, partnership with Scripture Memory Fellowship, that lead may be in jeopardy. Congratulations also goes out to NY who jumped up from 9th to 7th place. Wow! There must be some Scripture enthusiasts on fire over there. What is your prediction for when we get ALL 50 states represented?
Remember to encourage your friends to join the state competition by listing it on the Profile page and "update profile" .
Churches and Groups
Hi. I've started a new Facebook group called "I use memverse.com for my Scripture Memory" http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=261110551457&ref=ts We'd love for you to join us there for mutual encouragement and discussion about Scripture memory and how wonderful memverse is. This could also be a great tool for introducing many people to memverse by inviting all your facebook friends to join the group.
There is also a memverse fan page which you can join by going to http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Memverse/197413925309?ref=ts
I pray that as this site gets better and better, we will be dilligent and creative in spreading the word to others who would be interested so that they too can use Memverse to memorize Scripture and get to know the true, Biblical God better and better through His Word for us.
In Christ, Phil Walker
We have started adding support for Spanish to Memverse. Once we have implemented a Spanish version of the website, we should be able to add subsequent languages a lot quicker. For now, it is a long and relatively slow process.
To use the Spanish version of Memverse, you will have to set your language preference in the profile section to 'Spanish'. (None of the other languages are supported yet so if you select those you will still see everything in English. Feel free to set your language of choice, if it is available, as we will use those settings to determine which languages to add next. If your language isn't available, let me know and I will add it. The available languages currently only cover the available translations.)
Once you have switched to the Spanish version, you will have to enter verses using the Spanish names of the books of the bible. The autocomplete is still set for the English names but we'll hopefully have that changed soon.
Even non-alert Spanish speakers will notice some of the worst Spanish grammar and vocabulary on the internet. Since we don't speak any Spanish at all, we had to use Google's translate feature but we're hoping that users will volunteer to help translate pages. (Even paragraphs will help!)
For now, when entering Spanish verses, please enter accented letters and special punctuation. We will hopefully allow you to omit the accents when memorizing but it would be better to have the original in the database and it will probably revert to that once we start making corrections.
We're very excited about this development as it will allow Memverse to become a truly global website. We gladly welcome help translating the site into any language and will add support as quickly as we can. Once we're finished the Spanish version, we will be able to provide you with a simple translation file and you'll be able to translate independently of our development cycle.
"Theology is not some intellectual option that makes us 'smart' Christians; it is the graced understanding that makes us faithful disciples"
- James K.A. Smith
This is a quote about the study of doctrine and theology; but it applies equally well to the discipline of memorization.