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How To Memorize Bible Verses — Easily!

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119:11)

Did you notice…?

In Psalm 119:11, not only does the writer (David) give us an example to follow: “I have hidden Your Word in my heart…”; he also presents it as a great benefit: “…that I might not sin against You”. God, who inspired David to write those words, is declaring that memorized Scripture helps keep us from sinning!

Get into God’s Word, so He can get His Word into YOU!

I Know You Can Read. Do You Have A Sound Mind? Then You Can Memorize Bible Verses!

Here’s What To Do:
{Sarcasm Alert:}

This is pretty technical, so read it with great care! Here’s What I Do To Memorize Bible Verses Every Morning:

  1. I go to where I have the Scriptures I want to memorize.

  2. I read through them, out loud, once every day.

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That’s The “WHAT”; Here’s The “HOW”!

Seven Steps: How To Memorize Bible Verses!

#1) Make A Firm Decision

Decide TODAY that you WILL begin to memorize Bible verses.

  • You know that the benefits are amazing beyond words.
  • If you’re read the previous article, you know that Scripture memory is something God definitely wants you to do.
  • You also know that the devil is going to try to make you talk yourself out of it.
  • You know it’s natural for you NOT to have a built-in hunger for Scripture memory at first.

If your feelings are telling you anything contrary to these things that you know, you can be sure it’s because of the devil.

Choose To Disregard Those Feelings!

Choose instead to act in harmony with the truth that you know.

#2) Choose A Time Of Day

Part of the process of forming a habit to memorize Bible verses daily is doing it at about the same time every day.

I highly recommend that you make it your top priority by doing it the first thing in the morning.

If that means going to bed a little earlier, DO IT! Getting into God’s Word first will align your thoughts with God’s thoughts and will set the trajectory for your whole day. You’ll be preaching the Gospel to yourself, which you need every day. It acts as an inoculation against the poisoning messages of the world around you.

Think of life as a symphony

Therefore, choose to tune your instrument BEFORE each day’s performance.

Or, think of yourself as an iron sewing needle

We learn from science that an iron needle will become magnetized if you rub it over a strong magnet. We also know from science that the needle will actually float on the surface of water.

And because the magnetized needle is floating — and thus free to move — it turns until it points to the north. It acts like a compass.

In the same way…

By “rubbing our minds” over the “strong magnet” of God’s Word, it causes us to turn toward God-honoring thoughts and choices, just as the iron needle turns toward the north.

But the problem is…

The needle looses its magnetic strength during the day. Likewise, we tend to become weakened and beaten down by the tough issues of life that confront us each day.

So Here’s My thought:

I choose to “rub my mind” over the “strong magnet” of God’s Word at the beginning of each day, so that the “iron needle” of my life will be at full strength (and thus point me toward Godly decisions) BEFORE the issues of the day hit me like a “pie in the face”.

Another compelling reason to get up early is because that’s what the people described in the Bible did. The fact that God caused the writers of Scripture to include that detail means it’s significant to Him. I have decided that I want to be in harmony with God’s Word in as many ways that I can find. They got up early, therefore I get up early.

Besides:

I know myself well enough to know that if I try to “fit it in” during the day, it’s very likely that I won’t get to it at all.

Here are examples I found.

…Then you may rise up early and go on your way… (Genesis 19:2)

And Abraham went early in the morning to the place where he had stood before the Lord. (Genesis 19:27)

So Abimelech rose early in the morning and called all his servants and told them all these things… (Genesis 20:8)

So Abraham rose early in the morning and took bread and a skin of water and gave it to Hagar… (Genesis 21:14)

So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac… (Genesis 22:3)

In the morning they rose early and exchanged oaths. (Genesis 26:31)

So early in the morning Jacob took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. (Genesis 28:13)

Early in the morning Laban arose and kissed his grandchildren and his daughters and blessed them. (Genesis 31:55)

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Rise up early in the morning and present yourself to Pharaoh…” (Exodus 8:20)

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Rise up early in the morning and present yourself before Pharaoh and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, “Let my people go, that they may serve me. (Exodus 9:13)

And Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord. He rose early in the morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain… (Exodus 24:4)

And they rose up early the next day and offered burnt offerings and brought peace offerings. And the people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play. (Exodus 32:6)

So Moses cut two tablets of stone like the first. And he rose early in the morning and went up on Mount Sinai… (Exodus 34:4)

And they rose early in the morning and went up to the heights of the hill country… (Numbers 14:40)

Then Joshua rose early in the morning and they set out from Shittim. And they came to the Jordan, he and all the people of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over. (Joshua 3:1)

Then Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the Lord. (Joshua 6:12)

On the seventh day they rose early, at the dawn of day, and marched around the city in the same manner seven times. (Joshua 6:15)

So Joshua rose early in the morning and brought Israel near tribe by tribe… (Joshua 7:16)

Joshua arose early in the morning and mustered the people and went up, he and the elders of Israel, before the people to Ai. (Joshua 8:10)

And as soon as the king of Ai saw this, he and all his people, the men of the city, hurried and went out early to the appointed place toward the Arabah to meet Israel in battle. (Joshua 8:14)

When the men of the town rose early in the morning, behold, the altar of Baal was broken down… (Judges 6:28)

And it was so. When he rose early next morning and squeezed the fleece, he wrung enough dew from the fleece to fill a bowl with water. (Judges 6:38)

Then Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon) and all the people who were with him rose early and encamped beside the spring of Harod… (Judges 7:1)

Then in the morning, as soon as the sun is up, rise early and rush upon the city… (Judges 9:33)

And on the fourth day they arose early in the morning, and he prepared to go… (Judges 19:5)

And on the fifth day he arose early in the morning to depart. And the girl’s father said, “Strengthen your heart and wait until the day declines.” So they ate, both of them. (Judges 19:8)

…Lodge here and let your heart be merry, and tomorrow you shall arise early in the morning for your journey, and go home. (Judges 19:9)

And the next day the people rose early and built there an altar and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. (Judges 21:4)

She said, ‘Please let me glean and gather among the sheaves after the reapers.’ So she came, and she has continued from early morning until now, except for a short rest.” (Ruth 2:7)

They rose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord… (1 Samuel 1:19)

And when the people of Ashdod rose early the next day… (1 Samuel 5:3)

But when they rose early on the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen face downward on the ground before the ark of the Lord… (1 Samuel 5:4)

And Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning. And it was told Samuel… (1 Samuel 15:12)

And David rose early in the morning and left the sheep with a keeper and took the provisions and went… (1 Samuel 17:20)

Now then rise early in the morning with the servants of your lord who came with you, and start early in the morning… (1 Samuel 29:10)

So David set out with his men early in the morning to return to the land of the Philistines… (1 Samuel 29:11)

And Absalom used to rise early and stand beside the way of the gate. (2 Samuel 15:2)

And when they rose early in the morning and the sun shone on the water, the Moabites saw the water opposite them as red as blood. (2 Kings 3:22)

When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city… (2 Kings 6:15)

And that night the angel of the Lord went out and struck down 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians. And when people arose early in the morning, behold, these were all dead bodies. (2 Kings 19:35)

And they rose early in the morning and went out into the wilderness of Tekoa… (2 Chronicles 20:20)

Then Hezekiah the king rose early and gathered the officials of the city and went up to the house of the Lord. (2 Chronicles 29:20)

And he read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand. And the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law. (Nehemiah 8:3)

And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. (Job 1:5)

It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. (Psalm 127:2)

let us go out early to the vineyards and see whether the vines have budded… (Song of Solomon 7:12)

And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. (Mark 1:35)

And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. (Mark 16:2)

Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. (Mark 16:9)

And early in the morning all the people came to him in the temple to hear him. (Luke 21:38)

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. (Luke 24:1)

Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, (Luke 24:22)

Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. (John 8:2)

Then they led Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to the governor’s headquarters. It was early morning. They themselves did not enter the governor’s headquarters, so that they would not be defiled, but could eat the Passover. (John 18:28)

Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. (John 20:1)

I dumped this truckload of 55 Bible verses on you to make a point:

If rising early to do His will was so important to God that He caused the various writers of Scripture to make mention of it, isn’t that a pattern intended for us to follow?

Speaking personally, I want to be in harmony with Gods ways in as many areas of life as I can. Besides: I know myself well enough to know that if I were to try to “get around to it” later in the day, I often would not get to it at all.

Enough Said?

#3) Choose Scriptures To Memorize

This is very much a personal choice. You’ll want to memorize Bible verses or short passages of Scripture that speak to a need or a problem in your life. Get a pack of 3 x 5 cards, and write them out on the cards. Or, if you like, download and print out the pages of Scriptures I’ve provided here for you.

#4) Read Them Out Loud

If at all possible, read your verses out loud. Doing this seems to aid the memory process, as you are both seeing and hearing the verses you read. The process I’m advocating is to read as many verses as you want to memorize, once each day. Obviously, it will take more calendar time to get them all memorized. You won’t be able to recite them all by next Thursday. But I think you’ll find, as I did, that doing this is a great way to memorize Bible verses, and allows you to almost effortlessly learn as much Scripture as you want.

#5) Memorize The Reference

As you read your Scriptures, be sure to include the book, chapter, and verse. After all, you’ll want to be able to state where the verse you’re quoting came from so you can share it with others, right?

I’ve noticed that it seems to be easier to remember the actual verse than to remember the book/chapter/verse reference information. I’ve heard others say that, too.

My solution is to read the reference information twice: once at the beginning and again at the end, like this:

John three, verse sixteen:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
John three, verse sixteen.

#6) Study The Passage

Here’s something that will help you really take hold of the Bible. For each Scripture, find it in your Bible and underline it. Study the context — what comes before the passage, and what comes right after it.

  • Does it contain a lesson for you to know? Take hold of it, and let it correct your course through life.
  • Does the passage illustrate a sin to avoid? Take note.
  • Is there a principle to live by? State it in your own words.
  • Does the passage call you to praise God? Praise Him.
  • Is there a promise from God? Believe it!
  • Jot notes in your journal. (You do have a journal, right? If not, get one.)
  • Also — and this is an often-overlooked step — study the margin references at the edge of the pages of your Bible, and see if the verse your are studying is linked to other passages in the Bible. If so, turn to those passages and study them in the same way.

You’ll be amazed at what you will learn.

As you do all of that, realize this:

Even as the Holy Spirit inspired the writers of Scripture to pen their words, He knew that, thousands of years in the future, and in a language that did not as yet exist, the day would come when YOU would find that verse and be blessed by it.

Do you understand?

It was written for YOU!
#7) Look For Ways To Share It

In 2001 God called me to write things like this, before “blogs” as we know them today even existed.

A few year later, I accepted the challenge to teach a weekly Bible lesson for a church men’s group. (Not that I “knew it all”. But as someone has said, “in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king”.)

I mention these things to make a point:

I discovered that my own knowledge and understanding really soared when I switched from focusing on “what can I get for myself?” to “how can I explain these things to others?”

So I urge you to find some way to share what you are learning with others. In the process, encourage others to memorize Bible verses also. In so doing, you will receive more than you give. You will realize that what you are doing is the work Jesus left for all of us to do.

That’s why you and I are still here!


My Daily Routine

I decided I wanted to memorize Bible verses first thing in the morning. So I have adopted the discipline of going to bed earlier than I used to — earlier than others in my family. I try to be in bed with the lights out by 9:30 in the evening.

I find that I don’t need an alarm clock. Because I have already chosen to get up early, I have also asked God to wake me at the right time.

I’m going on about this because I heard on one of the Bible lessons that there are about 3,900 Scripture passages in the Bible that call us to get God’s Word into our minds and hearts! Obviously, it’s one of His top priorities.

There is absolutely nothing in the Bible that says IN WORDS that we have to do these things early in the morning. Having said that, there are numerous passages wherein people rose early for a particular purpose. Besides, I know myself well enough to know that if I don’t do it right away, I probably won’t get to it.

For that same reason, I follow my time when I memorize Bible verses with a cardio workout on my exercise machine. Get it done early, before beginning the tasks of the day, seven days a week. Very few exceptions.

I see this as giving to God the “first-fruits” of each day. Besides, I’ve noticed that nobody puts demands on my time early in the morning!

Plus, when I memorize Bible verses in the morning, I’m literally putting God’s thoughts into my mind! This re-calibrates, renews, refreshes, and strengthens my whole being for the trials of the day in ways I could not have imagined!

To be honest, I’m not a morning person either. My fleshly nature would very much rather stay in bed. For me it’s definitely a “mind-over-mattress” moment!

But beyond that, I know there is a supernatural phenomenon involved. This is different from getting up to go to work or do yard chores or whatever. God meets me there in a way that I had not anticipated and is not easy to explain. I believe it’s what Jesus referred to in John 14:21 when He spoke of “manifesting Himself” to us. (See the verse below):

When I found and understood the following words of Jesus, they astonished me! I recognized at once that these Words had just described what I was experiencing.

John 14:21-24 English Standard Version (ESV)

21 Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me. (John 14:21~24)

I wasn’t sure what it meant that Jesus would “manifest” himself to a person, so I looked up the definition:

DEFINITION
man-i-fest

To show or demonstrate plainly; reveal

You wouldn’t begin training to be a marathon runner by running 26 miles the first day. You would begin with a much shorter distance.

In the same way, start your Scripture memory program with just a few minutes and a few verses.

Similarly, you wouldn’t begin a weight-lifting regimen by trying to lift the heaviest weights. So then, don’t start to memorize Bible verses by spending hours.

So here’s my advice to you:

START SMALL, BUT START!

How much time you spend is not the issue. The goal here is to actually get started, then do it again the next day. Soon You will have developed a discipline — a habit — to memorize Bible verses at the same time and same place every day.

Here’s A Free Scripture Page To Help You Get Started!

I realize that Scriptures printed on paper cards are very “old-school” in today’s world. When I can, I will put something together that you can download into your mobile device so you can read them wherever you are.

Download the PDF file containing these pages. You can print them on standard 8-1/2 x 11 paper.

Scripture memory 6-panel page

To open/print Set 1 in a separate window,  CLICK HERE 


Here’s an image of one of the pages in another PDF file that you can view, download, and print. There are seven pages, with 4 “cards” per page. If you can, print them on stiff paper such as 65# paper from an office supply store.

Scripture memory 3 x 5 cards, 4 per page

To open/print this PDF file in a separate window,  CLICK HERE 

~ Jan

 

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  • elizabeth kolawole August 21, 2018, 1:58 PM

    I find this helpful but am 64 and having difficulty retaining or remembering what l read. Can you be of help?

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    • Jan Smith August 21, 2018, 4:13 PM

      Elizabeth, don’t be discouraged just because it’s difficult. I find that to be true also. But I continue, even though I am almost 76. I read the same Scriptures over and over for a whole year. But I do a lot of them each morning. On weekend days I refresh / review the verses and chapters and books (Yes, I have memorized whole books of the Bible). It just takes time. I tell God that as long as He choose to leave me here, I will continue to put His Word into my mind. Those words are thoughts from the Mind of God.
      David wrote in Psalm 139, “…how precious to be are Your thoughts, Oh God…” Each day I get up early, knowing that in a little while I will come to that passage in a set of verses I am working my way through. It brings tears of joy to my eyes. I wish I could somehow describe the joy of doing these things each day. ~ Jan

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  • Jacp August 21, 2018, 10:19 AM

    Thank you.When I was a kid we used to memorize bible texts for Sunday school.I wish I had taken it more seriously then.God bless and thank you.

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    • Jan Smith August 21, 2018, 10:33 AM

      Jacp: Thanks for sharing that. But here’s what I want to tell you (and everyone):
      When I was growing up, we went to a church that did not promote learning the Bible at all. As a result, I have been “bionically illiterate” for most of my life. I was nearly 50 when I learned that the Bible was meant for ME and that there was great strength, comfort, power, correction, wisdom, and much more. So, I began doing Scripture memory on my own. This blog is the result of my determination to KNOW THE TRUTH. And as Jesus said (John 8:31-32) “…and the Truth will make you free”. I will be 76 in mid-September, but God has given me a way i can pour into others what He has poured into me.
      ANYONE CAN DO THIS!

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  • Beverly June 6, 2017, 9:03 AM

    I looked at this site for learning how to glean principles from the Bible, but ended up getting lessons on learning I sorely needed. Thanks (I’m 69 and just beginning)

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    • Jan Smith June 18, 2017, 4:24 PM

      Hi, Beverly,
      I’;m so glad you wrote! Truth be known, I’ve gotten much of my biblical training from Bible teachers and writers, do I think it’s fine for you to get ideas from this site. I hope to see your perspective on how to help others take hold of the Gospel.
      By the way… I’m 74, and I can’t wait to get up each morning and get to my computer. I want to encourage you to take Bible principles from here or anywhere and use whatever wisdom God has poured into you, and pour it out to others.

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  • carol hamilton May 14, 2016, 2:33 PM

    You know I started remembering bible verses when I was very young, sunday school was the key. Nowadays people are not attending sunday school or
    sending the children or bible study or church,but you know I keep praying this will all come back. I truly believe believe God is going to build his church upon a rock. I ask God ,God they are building so many churches and so few are in them or they are leaving to find out wha that church has to offer. I ask God to have mercy on us cause it seems some of us still dont know what we do.

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  • Eric Pelletier April 20, 2016, 10:19 AM

    This is helpful. I’m giving it a thumbs up! ??????

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  • Bo November 4, 2015, 4:50 PM

    Will try this and see how it sticks over the next few months. Thank you for the tips. Yes scripture is key in resisting and defeating the devil.

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  • Christie August 4, 2015, 3:02 AM

    Yey! This is too helpful in validating my morning routines. I have attempted several times but It’s been too hard to be consistent. Really. But because of your writing. I am very much eager to start again.
    Thanks for this:)

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    • Jan Smith August 4, 2015, 7:18 AM

      Christie, I’m so glad you found this article, and that you have decided to put God’s Word into your mind. And you realize, don’t you: the verses you choose began as thoughts in the Mind of God in eternity past! These are things God waned every person to know. And you’re getting it! You are about to be sooooo blessed! Now, don’t let the devil talk you out of it. He will try very hard to keep you from internalizing God’s Word.

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  • carolyn June 29, 2014, 11:35 PM

    Thank you for making this work available to the public. God is merciful and full of grace, I stumbled upon your website, I was going to say by accident, but I believe it was at the prompting of the Spirit, I have been dealing a lot with fear issues lately as we approach harder times on earth, the enemy has been using fear tactics and lies and has been affecting my sleep. My generic google search question was (WHAT SATAN DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT FEAR) which brought me here. I have dissected a huge part of your site and plan to read it all. Very helpful, nicely done, Blessings

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    • Jan Smith June 30, 2014, 2:33 PM

      Hi, Carolyn,
      Thanks for your kind words. Your comments are a real encouragement to me.
      When I write these articles, I have no way of knowing whether or not anyone will ever read them. I so want to pass along to others what God has poured into me over the past 20+ years. ~ Jan

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  • Lo May 20, 2014, 3:34 PM

    Ive already subscribed to your email list, and have ordered your scripture cards,
    I just want to encourage you again, that the ministry the Lord has given you has greatly encouraged me and many others!!
    Praise God and thanks for paying the price for the revelations you have recieved,
    I know this doesn’t come cheap.
    Great will be your reward.
    🙂

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    • Jan Smith May 20, 2014, 7:02 PM

      Thank you so much, Louise.
      You are right about the price. Lots of time in God’s “university of adversity”!

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  • princess April 19, 2014, 4:36 AM

    i ve hunger and thirst to know the scriptures by heart..nd eureka! I ve found it…am so pleased..i jst hope i wud b able to get through with all the process..tnk u sir for the hint

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    • Michael Gallardo April 20, 2014, 9:36 PM

      In the process of going through a break up? What’s good scripture to read?

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  • Michael Gallardo April 11, 2014, 1:03 PM

    I was never really big on religion. I was more of the conspiracy type person, but for some reason every time I read anything to do with Jesus or God I always get this feeling that generates inside of me. I just can’t explain it. The fallen one continues to try and stop me from reading scripture and I will be honest he has won a few battles. Yet, I still always find myself crawling right back wanting to feed my spirit with the true food for us. I just wanted to leave a quick comment because what you have done here is amazing. Even if its just one person you push towards the light, that is a remarkable feeling. Thank you for the help and guidance.

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    • Jan Smith April 11, 2014, 2:17 PM

      Michael, I once was a lot like that; I thought all God wanted was for me to be in church on Sunday. So there I was, but my mind was mostly elsewhere. It wasn’t til I began learning the Bible (mostly by listening to the radio) that all this began to make sense. Now, like the blind man in John 9:25, “…One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” ~ Jan

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  • Verna Brooks January 4, 2014, 3:09 PM

    I really want to do this. So keep me in your prayers and encourage me when you can. I am going to give it a try. It will help me in my prayer time and delivering the word to people.

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  • Sherrey Moore January 1, 2014, 12:29 PM

    Thank you for your post. I was asked to teach an Adult Sunday School Class last April. I had never taught adults before but felt the call on my life. It is only by the Grace of God that I can do this. I will be sharing this with the class. It is absolutely necessary to know the Word of God to survive in this world we are traveling through. We must know and retain and then practice His Holy Word, not just for our self but to share with others.

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    • Jan Smith January 1, 2014, 3:06 PM

      How right you are, Sherrey, about the need for the Word of God for survival.

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