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August 2018


Dear Church Family,

    How good are you at memorizing Scripture?  I ask that question because many Christians claim that they are not good at memorizing.  In an article entitled “How to Memorize Scripture,” Matt Slick writes a response to those who make such a declaration: “Many people don’t think they can memorize their way out of new shopping mall let alone remember a verse in the Bible.  I’ve spoken with hundreds of people about Scripture memorization who say the same thing: ‘I have a terrible memory.’  My answer to them is, ‘Nonsense!’  Everyone memorizes all the time.  You’ve learned to speak, haven’t you?  You’ve memorized thousands of do’s and don’t’s in life, right?  You know your social security number, your phone number, your address, how many brothers, sisters, or children you have, how to get to work and what to do when you get there.  The problem is not that people can’t memorize, it’s that they won’t memorize.”
          If Christians are going to be an impact for Christ in this culture then I believe we need to have God’s Word implanted on our hearts and our minds.  This is what Moses wrote in Deut.6:7-9 – “Impress them on your children.  Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
          On July 18th, we kicked off our new youth program – BUOY (Building Up Our Youth).  One of the main things that we are emphasizing with our young people is Scripture memorization.  We want to impress upon the minds and hearts of our youth God’s holy Word.  The following are some of the Scriptures that we will have them memorize: Jn.14:6; Heb.13:8; Jer.29:11; Rom.3:23; Jn.3:16; Prov.3:5.  I challenge you to memorize these Scriptures along with our youth; and by doing so, your faith will be strengthened by the power of God’s Word.  God bless. 

                                                                                                 In Christian love, Brad

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