Posted by on July 26, 2010 6:28 pm
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Many years ago, I started memorizing Bible verses using an organized system. I came across my first verse card recently (shown below.) I began using 4 x 6 index cards, then later switched to 3 x 5 cards. I found I was overrun by the size of the cards and the box to hold them. Eventually, I cut down my original cards to a much smaller size and copied verses on the back, since they were still blank. I used this system for several ¬†years before arriving at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. Once there, I learned that the system had been developed by Evangelist Ron Hood. I read his books on Scripture Memory and heard him speak on several occasions. I continued using this system well beyond college, and still have many of those cards. So the bulk of my verses were learned between the ages of 16 and 26 (and reviewing some I had learned as a younger person.) I also worked on entire chapters after attending the Basic Youth Conflicts seminars with Bill Gothard. I am glad that I memorized many verses back then, and hope to jumpstart that process again. Now that we have PDA’s and portable computers, we almost don’t need cards anymore. What methods have you used to memorize Bible verses? Please share what you have done. Thanks!


One response to Versebox

  1. Bet July 26th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    I’m a fan of using cards to memorize as well. I still have my Bible Doctrines verses on a ring–for ease of carrying and studying. I found them the other day when I was cleaning out some old files.

    It seems to me that memorization (of anything) is being downplayed today. Some argue that since it’s so easy to look things up online, why memorize? And others argue that “rote memorization” isn’t true learning. I tend to disagree with both those arguments.

    I definitely think memorizing (poems, scripture, phone numbers, whatever) is a good thing. The one thing I’m finding myself really bad about these days is remembering phone numbers. I don’t know anyone’s number anymore! If I lost my phone, I’d be in big trouble!


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