Verse 14: Hiding 20 in 2012 Scripture Memory Challenge

This past April, I had surgery.  The surgeon I worked with was a confident fellow.  He had superior knowledge and skill that was commendable and provided peace of mind to this patient.  He used the tools of his trade effectively, and I am thankful for the outcome.

In his book Scripture by Heart: Devotional Practices for Memorizing God’s Word, Joshua Choonmin Kang compares the disciple seeking to memorize Scripture to a skilled surgeon: 

“A trustworthy surgeon has access

to a variety of surgical instruments

and knows the function of each.

The Word of God operates in much the same way;

it has the power to remove corruption

and treat the sickness” (p.77).

How about you?  Are you ready to effectively wield the tools God has provided in Scripture?  Let’s hold each other accountable by Hiding 20 in 2012.  In the comment section below, write out the verse you will be working on for the next two weeks. Make sure to include your first name, your home state, the verse’s address/location, and the Bible translation:

Lyli from Florida

“He  did not waver

at the promise of God through unbelief,

but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God.”

Romans 4:20, NKJV

Here’s a little play on words for all you Pinterest Fans. Rather than ‘Pin it,” let’s purpose to “Hide it.” I will end each post with a “Hide it” Suggested Verse.

“Hide it”:

 For I consider that the sufferings

of this present time

are not worthy to be compared with the glory

which shall be revealed in us.

Romans 8:18, NKJV

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Verse 13: Hiding 20 in 2012 Scripture Memory Challenge

There are days where I lack stamina.  I lose focus on tasks, and my mind wanders off to far away fantasy lands.  I just wish I could get my mental faculties more firmly in grip.  You know what I mean?

In his book Scripture by Heart: Devotional Practices for Memorizing God’s Word, Joshua Choonmin Kang explains how daily Scripture memorization strengthens our mental endurance:

“Our will can be strengthened by training.

The stronger our will,

the easier learning Scripture by heart becomes.

The more we memorize Scripture,

the more steadfast and consistent we become” (p. 64)

How about you?  Are you ready to strengthen your will?  Let’s hold each other accountable by Hiding 20 in 2012.  In the comment section below, write out the verse you will be working on for the next two weeks. Make sure to include your first name, your home state, the verse’s address/location, and the Bible translation:

Lyli from Florida:

“But the end of all things is at hand;

therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers.”

I Peter 4:7, NKJV

Here’s a little play on words for all you Pinterest Fans. Rather than ‘Pin it,” let’s purpose to “Hide it.” I will end each post with a “Hide it” Suggested Verse.

“Hide it”:

If we endure,

we will also reign with Him,

if we deny Him,

He will also deny us.

II Timothy 2:12, NRSV

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Verse 12: Hiding 20 in 2012 Scripture Memory Challenge

When I was a child, I loved playing the memory game concentration.  It was like a treasure hunt for similar special trinkets.  The more I played, the better I became at scoping out matching pairs.

Now as an adult, I also must remember that I need to cultivate spiritual concentration through Scripture memorization.  In his book Scripture by Heart: Devotional Practices for Memorizing God’s Word, Joshua Choonmin Kang explains how daily Scripture memorization strengthens our thinking:

“Nothing is as indispensable

in leading a victorious life

as the power to concentrate.

Success doesn’t necessarily come

to those who work hard;

rather it comes to those

who work in a focused way.

When we learn Scripture by heart,

we grow in the sanctified habit

of concentration” (p. 61).

How about you?  Are you ready to exercise your concentration skills?  Let’s hold each other accountable by Hiding 20 in 2012.  In the comment section below, write out the verse you will be working on for the next two weeks. Make sure to include your first name, your home state, the verse’s address/location, and the Bible translation:

Lyli from Florida:

“Let us pursue the things

which make for peace

and the things by which

one may edify one another.”

Romans 14:19, NKJV

Here’s a little play on words for all you Pinterest Fans. Rather than ‘Pin it,” let’s purpose to “Hide it.” I will end each post with a “Hide it” Suggested Verse.

“Hide it”:

“Life and death

are in the power of the tongue,

and those who love it

will eat its fruit.”

Proverbs 18:21, HCSB

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