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Sunday, April 27, 2014

What Passages Should be Memorized

It doesn't matter where you begin.   God desires for us to HIDE his Word in our hearts.  Why? So we will not sin against Him (Psalm 119:11).  You can use the list I have provided, an Awana book, the list in your Bible (either in the front or back), or just pick one that means something to you.  

Establishing a schedule of memory passages for each grade/year, such as the sample listed below, has several advantages. 

A primary advantage is that material learned in previous years can be easily reviewed. A frequent failure in memorization is that what is learned  at one point is not retained. So, apart from good mental exercise, memorization was not too beneficial.

Memorization of entire books of the Bible is also valuable, in that it helps give some extra incentive over learning isolated passages. There is a sense of accomplishment in having learned an entire book of the Bible. To avoid losing interest, you would be wise to begin with the shortest books.

Awana Truth Scripts - My favorite has been James 1:2-12.  I recite it daily during temptations or trouble.

Sample list provided by Rod and Staff Publications:

Matthew 6:9-15
Ephesians 6:13
Psalm 117
Matthew 2:18-20

Luke 2:8-16
Psalm 23
1 John 2:15-17
John 4:1-6
Galatians 5:22-26

Psalm 100
John 1:1-12
Hebrews 11:1-7
Matthew 7:13-20
Matthew 28:1-10
Psalm 121
Psalm 136:1-9

Genesis 1:1-5
Matthew 5:1-16
Matthew 6:24-34
Psalm 46
Exodus 20:1-17
Psalm 96
Proverbs 4:1-13
1 Thessalonians 5:15-23
Psalm 19
Proverbs 4:14-27

John 14:1-21
1 Corinthians 13
Psalm 24
Ephesian 6:10-18
Psalm 8
Philippians 4:4-20
Psalm 107:23-31
Matthew 22:37-39
Psalm 119:1-16
Psalm 122
Hebrews 11:6-10
Psalm 27
Proverbs 3:1-16

One of the great things about technology is that there are dozens of resources to help you remember anything.  Memorization helps us stay closer to God (and fight Alzheimers when we get old).  Here are a few resources I have enjoyed.  The first three have helped me personally.  The third is one I use at Awana to help one of my girls remember her verses.

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