Mobile Memory

One’s mobile phone can be an enormous help in Scripture memory. I put my memory passages onto Evernote and carry them with me wherever I go. It’s the modern equivalent of the old Navigator verse packs, bless them. There are also Scripture memory apps.

But the best tool of all, as far as I’m concerned, is the Camcorder. (A regular voice recorder without the “Cam” feature would do fine, but I can’t seem to find one of those on my smart phone).

Most mornings during my quiet time, I practice quoting my memory passage into the camcorder on my phone. Then I listen and compare my attempt with the page in front of me. I spot my mistakes. Sometimes I break down at the same place over and over, but as I keep repeating the passage and coming to that spot, I begin to get it right. I’ve found this enormously helpful in memorizing Psalm 46, where for some reason I keep getting hung up with verse 6.

Simply open your Bible or the memory-verse page of your journal to the passage you’re working on. Read through it, then avert your eyes or cover it with a piece of paper. Try quoting it into your Camcorder. Then listen and correct yourself. Give it two or three run-throughs a morning, and pretty soon you’ll be on auto-correct for the difficult portions, and you’re well on your way to memorizing the passage.

(For more on Scripture memory, check out my book 100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know By Heart. Broadman & Holman Publishing also put out a 100 Verses app, available here).

2 thoughts on “Mobile Memory

  1. Great idea to use the phone. I have a query about a sentence I read in the book “100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know”. The sentence was from the chapter 22. John 14:2, it said “Christians are transported there instantly at death”. Is the “there” referring to heaven? It is not stated in the bible that any of us are transported to heaven instantly, Christians or non-Christians. The bible states “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. (1 Thessalonians 4:16 NIV)”. This is stating that the dead are in the graves and will not rise until Jesus comes, which we do not know when that will be but we are told to be ready. I would love to understand why is there a belief that once people die they go to heaven, when this is not the case.

  2. I am very curious as to why, within he book “100 Bile Verses…” it is said that once people die they go straight to heaven. I’ve searched the bible and can not locate where it refers to everyone being blessed with going to heaven after death. It is my understanding that we are waiting for Jesus to return and once that happens than people will be called to go to heaven, John 5:28-29. Also, it is said “For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing…” which is found in Ecclesiastes 9:5 NIV. I know people tend to want to believe that their love ones go straight to heaven because it offers them comfort but it is not biblical. I would love to hear your ideas on this subject.

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