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Memorize the Word 2014

Well, since I’m not posting about my Japanese Progress again until I learn the Kana (Hiragana and Katakana), I thought I’d explain my other goals. Today, my “Memorize the Word 2014″ goal.

I found the iOS app FighterVerses last summer. I thought it was amazing! Here’s an explanation of how it started off, according to their website:

This collection of verses is a work that began in 1976. God put it in the heart of Sally Michael’s sister, Linda (Fregeau) McIntire, to arm her 3rd-grade students with the Word of God. She encouraged them to memorize 120 verses which she called “Fighter Verses.”

It would seem, then, that the Sally and her husband David began full time ministry in Bethlehem Baptist Church… Yes that Bethlehem Baptist Church. John Piper’s former church. And that, it seems, is how the whole concept got married into the Children Desiring God ministry.

Anyway, as I mentioned before, that way I found the ministry was through their iOS app, which I have and use through my iPhone, but I think it’s accessibly just through their website (though I think the best features are of course found on the app). The ministry has 5 years worth of verses to memorize! For 2014, we are going through set 4. Now, the verses aren’t chosen randomly of course. Again, as they explain it on the website:

The Fighter Verses focus on 1) the character and worth of our great God, 2) battling against our fleshly desires, and 3) the hope of the Gospel. This five-year memory program is a revision of the original program (now called the Legacy Set), and includes many verses from the original set as well as many new verses.

But wait, there’s more! There’s also an “Extended Memory Collection” which works through larger portions of scripture. For 2014, it’s the entire book of James. Which I find interesting of course, though as I mentioned before, it’s always been my goal to memorize the entire book of Philippians, which isn’t on the rotation until 2016. So, I think I might just do Philippians, though, even through the dates will be messed up… The way it’s laid out in the app, it doesn’t look nearly as daunting as the last time I tried to memorize Philippians (I think it was over 16 weeks only).

Anyway, that is of course, just the content of the ministry. What makes FighterVerses (or at least the app) so amazing though, of course, is the various features that it has to help with memory. There’s a whole bunch of ways to memorize. But my personal favourites are as follows…

  1. The ability to turn the verse into an image for your lock screen. I had problems with this when I switched over to iPhone 5 in August though. And I haven’t used it since then. So we’ll see if they’ve had a chance to update it.
  2. Sing the Verse. That’s right, they actually have songs for the verses! I’m not sure if it’s every single one (in the main set of course). But everyone I’ve tried has had it. Most are of course difficult, because it’s the verse sung word for word. So it’s kind of weird in terms of timing. But some are real nice. Like this week’s song for Isaiah 41:10.
  3. Quizzes. There’s a bunch of different quizzes you can do see if you’ve memorized the verse. But my personal favourite (or that is, the only ones that I use) are the Quick Blanks, and the Recite Aloud. The Quick Blanks is great because it’s the way I like to memorize verses. That is, it starts of with blanking out just a few words. Then it blanks out more and more until every word is blanked out. Once I’ve used that a few times to see if I have the verse memorize, that’s when I move to the Recite Aloud quiz, which is really simple… It records you reciting the verse. Then it shows the verse at the end when it plays your recording back. That’s how you see if you got it right.

The app obviously isn’t perfect. It could really use a GUI update (especially the iPad version) to make it less drab (especially since it’s meant to be used by kids especially). Also navigation around the app can be a little difficult. And, while you can “fix” the start date of the main set, you can’t for the extended set, which goes back to what I said previously about memorizing Philippians even though the app has James set for 2014.

Anyway, this app is great. And if you want to take Memorizing the Word seriously, it’s a great place to start! Alright, just to close off… This is the memory verse for this week.

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you up with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10.

And yes, I did type that from memory. Although I needed a little help starting off (had to look at the first word), and I got the “uphold” wrong, I wrote in “lift you up” (also, I did correct the punctuation).

Exploring the Kerygma, Part 2

Chris Evangelista
Catherine Sider Hamilton
2 November 2011

Exploring the Kerygma: Part 2

Section 1
Four elements of the core kerygma can be clearly seen through a cursory reading of Matthew 27:45-60. Most obviously, Jesus’ death is at the forefront as it is the account of his crucifixion. In addition, there is a statement establishing that Jesus is the Messiah as the centurion utters in amazement: “Truly this was the Son of God!” (27:54, ESV). Also, it is also explicitly stated that several witnesses were “looking from a distance, [witnesses] who had followed Jesus from Galilee” (27:55, ESV). Finally, Jesus’ burial was narrated at the end of the pericope. Of these four elements, Jesus’ death and burial really stand as the main emphases, as this pericope is, after all, an account in which Jesus’ death is central. However, it does seem that the author did take care to mention that certain people were watching from a distance, emphasizing the fact that there are witnesses to this event.

While these four elements can easily be seen, a fifth one may also be discerned through careful reading and reasoning. This element is that these events are accomplished in God’s power. This is evident in the curtain being torn in two, the earth shaking and rocks splitting, and some of the saints coming back to life (27:51-53). Though these events are not explained in the passage, such astonishing events occurring at the moment of Jesus’ death can only suggest that God was supernaturally at work throughout the event.

On the one hand, several elements would seem to be missing from the passage at first reading. Foremost of this is the explanation that all of this had happened for the forgiveness of sin. Any thought of the resurrection is also missing, though to be sure, this will be covered later on in the narrative. Finally, also seemingly absent is any reference to these events fulfilling Old Testament scripture.

On the other hand, we may also see several elements being added in this account. Most curiously, there is the declaration of Jesus as the “Son of God”, which although is one of the elements of the core kerygma, who makes the declaration comes as a surprise. It is a Roman centurion and not one of the disciples, witnesses, or even a Jew who recognizes Jesus as such at the moment of his death. Another added element is in verse 50 where it says that Jesus “yielded up his spirit” at the moment of his death. This seems to suggest that Jesus was in control even of his own death, which shows his willingness to sacrifice himself to death. Finally, as mentioned above, the supernatural events occurring in verses 51-53 are not part of the core kerygma, though it may be seen as an extension of other elements from the core. Continue reading