Where’s Your Bible?

10 You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:10-17, New International Version)

A few days ago I got an email from a reader asking me a question about what I would say falls best into the category of Bible study. Her question was, “DrB. I am in a women’s Bible study and our leader gave us an assignment to memorize Psalm 150. I balked a bit at the assignment. I have a Bible, I don’t see why memorizing Scripture is important. All she said was, ‘it’s important.’ What do you think? Is it really that important?”

My reply, “Not being a part of your study group, I have no idea what her purpose would be in making such an assignment. So, I really don’t know why your teacher made such an assignment.”

But, you asked me what I thought. This has nothing to do with your teacher or her reasons. This is strictly my opinion.

I read a book in seminary titled, Teaching the Bible to Adults and Youth by the late Dr. Dick Murray. It featured several different types of Bible study that are important to Murray’s Bible Study Solution. There are three or four I have used in the past, one of which is, “You Teach the Bible Through Memorization.”

Dr. Murray made a strong case for memorizing Scripture. If I were to ask you right now, where you sit, do you have a Bible with you? I suspect most people probably do. If you have a smart phone, it likely has at least on Bible app on it. But when Dr. Murray wrote his books, no one had smart phones. The book, first published in 1987 was when cellphones were just coming into their own. There were no apps and most people couldn’t afford one. Also, they were almost exclusively in your car, not in a pocket or purse.

So, when Murray wrote, there is a good chance, if you needed to quote some Scripture, if you didn’t have it memorized, chances are, you were out of luck because most of us would not have been carrying a Bible as part of our day to day norm.

OK Keith, enough of the history lesson. We have smart phones now. Why would we need to memorize Scripture.

Corrie Ten Boom wrote, “Gather the riches of God’s promises. Nobody can take away from you those texts from the Bible which you have learned by heart.”

Evangelist Charles Spurgeon said, “Be walking Bibles.”

And David wrote in the Psalms, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

The late Senator John McCain told of the extensive work he and his fellow prisoners of war did in an effort to have Scriptures. He said that they asked the guards for Bibles. The guards said they didn’t have any. Years later, after their release, they found that many Bibles were sent to the prisoners but none were given to them.

As Christmas approached one year, they really went to work. They wrote down every Scripture they could remember. That was there Bible, the Bible they used to celebrate the birth of Christ.

Had their been a Bible in McCain’s or any other prisoner’s possession when captured, it surely would have been confiscated.

Together, they had a Bible that could never be taken away. The Scripture we have memorized, the Scripture we have on our hearts can never be taken away.

So yes. We do have a need for memorizing Scripture. It’s your Bible.

Be blessed.

Seeking the Genuine,

Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Pondering with Dr. B.
Monday Musings
Where’s Your Bible
Spirit’s Breath
Perritte Memorial United Methodist Church.

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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