Memory Verses from the Minor Prophets

Time Posted on June 29, 2010 User Andy Comment 14 comments

If you're like me, there's a good chance you don't frequently delve into the minor prophets. And you might not know that the most popular memory verse in Zephaniah is 3:17

The LORD your God is with you,
       he is mighty to save.
       He will take great delight in you,
       he will quiet you with his love,
       he will rejoice over you with singing."

As it turns out, and not doubt this is a sign of the tough economic times in which the world finds itself, the most popular memory verse in Habakkuk is also 3:17

Though the fig tree does not bud
       and there are no grapes on the vines,
       though the olive crop fails
       and the fields produce no food,
       though there are no sheep in the pen
       and no cattle in the stalls,

yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
       I will be joyful in God my Savior.

Perhaps we are all learning a collective lesson about where our focus should be. For as Haggai said in 1:5 to Zerubbabel:

Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: "Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it."

We will shortly be linking to a new page where you can search for the most popular memory verse by book of the bible. Just type in a book name and Memverse will retrieve the ten most popular verses. It still needs some work but you can preview it for now. We're hoping that this will inspire people to memorize some of the lesser known passages of Scripture.

 


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Add Entire Chapters

Time Posted on June 27, 2010 User Andy Comment 4 comments

We have finally released one of the most requested features: the ability to add entire chapters. Whenever you enter a verse, Memverse will now check whether the entire chapter is in the database and will give you the option to add it all at once.

We definitely recommend using this with caution. It can be very useful when you're adding chapters that you've already memorized. But if you're starting from scratch on a lengthy chapter, you will probably have more success if you take it a verse or two at a time and only add new verses as you memorize the prior ones.


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Getting Started: Deleting Verses

Time Posted on June 13, 2010 User Andy Comment 55 comments

If you would like to remove one or more verses from your list of memory verses, simply go to the "My Verses" page (under the 'Home' tab) and check the box(es) next to the verse(s) you would like to remove. At the bottom of the page, click the "Delete Selected" button to finish.

If you're getting started on memorizing scripture, don't underestimate the importance of keeping the list of verses you're working on manageable. Look at your time required and try to keep it realistic. In fact, if you're starting out, we recommend aiming for 5-10 mins per day. Yes, there are many times when memorizing the bible adds a spring to your step and you will get to the end of your list of verses and think "I wish there were more to do, let me add another 20 verses." But like any pursuit in life, there will be days (maybe even weeks) when you might not hear a choir of heavenly angels singing as you joyfully memorize your verses.

If you find that you have a day with only a few verses to review, rather take the extra time to explore some of the other areas of Memverse. Work on the reference recall section. Take the accuracy test. Read through the list of popular verses. Maybe just sit down and read the sections around your favorite memory verses (Gal 5:19-21, for instance).

We have seen many people drop out shortly after adding too many verses. If you feel as though you're falling behind, consider deleting a few verses and re-adding them later.

Finally, it's always a good idea to stop adding verses in advance of a crunch time. If you know that you're going on a long vacation, or exams are looming, or you're about to have a baby, stop adding verses about a month in advance. This will give you time to consolidate the memory verses you're working on and will enable you to stick to your routine throughout those busy periods. I failed to take my own advice before having our first baby. In fact, I took the opposite approach and actually increased my time allocation in the few months before. Despite my best intentions I've missed a few days here and there and I now find myself logging in with 120 verses due for review!

Remember, lots of small steps taken with purpose over a lifetime will get you to your destination.


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Variations in Bible Translations

Time Posted on June 09, 2010 User Andy Comment 2 comments

We are alive and well if somewhat tired. (Even the cats are tired!)

We have started to realize that there are slight discrepancies in the various Bible translations. Apparently given translations made slight changes over the years as they published new editions. So, for instance, early NIV translations contain slight differences to the later NIV translations.

Believe us when we say that this disturbs our sense of order in the world but for now we are going to have to pick an arbitrary reference as our gold standard. Many people have reported errors in verses which, as far as we can tell, are in accordance with the translations on Bible Gateway and YouVersion. (We realize that there are occasionally very obvious errors in the translations on both of those website and we do our best to report them when we discover them.) While we realize that everyone would like to memorize verses as they appear in their Bible, it is currently beyond our capabilities to provide support for different publication dates of the same translation.

For now, though, if you think you have found an error in a verse which is currently flagged as 'Verified', please first check it against both Bible Gateway and YouVersion. If you still believe that there is an error, please let us know through the feedback forum either via the "Feedback" tab on all pages or at http://getsatisfaction.com/Memverse and describe the error. If a verse that you have reported as having an error is re-classified as 'Verified' without any change being made, it is because it matches what is shown on Bible Gateway.

Apologies to everyone for falling behind on verifying the verses but we didn't want to add to the confusion without an explanation. And thanks again to everyone for using the official Memverse Error Reporting Method.


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New Scripture Memory program and support group

Time Posted on May 30, 2010 User Phil Walker Comment 4 comments

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.

Changes to Memory Verse Reference Recall

Time Posted on May 23, 2010 User Andy Comment 5 comments

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.


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The National Bible Bee

Time Posted on May 16, 2010 User Phil Walker Comment 68 comments

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 philjohn1558@yahoo.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. 

A Monthly Memverse Newsletter

Time Posted on May 02, 2010 User Andy Comment 5 comments

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.

It's easy to sign up. Just enter your email address into the box below and click 'subscribe'. There is also a subscription link on the Contact page.

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Spread the Word about Memverse

Time Posted on April 24, 2010 User Phil Walker Comment 11 comments

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?

Website Outage

Time Posted on April 21, 2010 User Andy Comment 6 comments

Memverse experienced a significant outage starting shortly after midnight. This was the message from the Dreamhost data center in Los Angeles:

We’re very sorry about the inconvenience this is causing, but we are experiencing some network issues with some servers in our LAX data center.  This is causing downtime for Private Servers and MySQL.  Our network engineer is on site and we hope to have this issue resolved as quickly as possible.

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.


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Getting to Know You: Introduce Yourself

Time Posted on April 11, 2010 User Phil Walker Comment 74 comments

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 philjohn1558@yahoo.com.  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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Understanding the Interval

Time Posted on April 07, 2010 User Andy Comment 16 comments

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:

Date Interval
January 1st 4
January 5th 8
January 13th 16
January 29th

34

 

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:

Date Interval
January 1st 4
January 5th 6
January 11th 8
January 19th 10
January 29th 12
February 10th 14
February 24th 17
March 13th 20
April 2nd 24
April 26th 29
May 25th 35

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.


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What Happened to the News?

Time Posted on March 28, 2010 User Andy Comment 1 comment

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.


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What's Happening on Memverse?

Time Posted on March 28, 2010 User Andy Comment 1 comment

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.


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Review Entire Chapters

Time Posted on March 21, 2010 User Andy Comment 48 comments

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.


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