This collection of verses is a work that began in 1976. God put it in the heart of a teacher to arm her 3rd-grade students with the Word of God. She encouraged them to memorize 120 verses which she called “Fighter Verses.” Some parents continued to add verses to the teacher's list as they nurtured the faith of their two daughters. The list became a set of cards that provided convenience and encouragement for other individuals and families to make the discipline of Bible memory a habit. In the fall of 1996, Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis used them to launch a church-wide Bible memory challenge with additional verses and enthusiastic support from Pastor John Piper. Partnering with Children Desiring God, the collection of verses was published, with a vision to encourage Bible memory in the wider church.
The Navigators® is an international, interdenominational Christian ministry established in 1933 by Dawson Trotman. Navigators are people who love Jesus Christ and desire to help others know and grow in Him as they "navigate" through life. If you want to memorize Scripture, but aren't sure what to memorize or how, the Topical Memory System is exactly what you need to begin hiding God's word in your heart. Dawson Trotman wrote, "Twenty-three years ago I took a born-again sailor and spent time with him, showing him how to reproduce spiritually after his kind. It took lots of time. I taught him how to study God's Word and how to fill the quiver of his heart with the arrows of God's Word, so that the Spirit of God could lift an arrow from his heart, place it to the bow of his lips, and pierce a heart for Christ."
Hide the Word Scripture memory songs by Pastor Mark Altrogge, make a great teaching tool for Sunday school teachers, adult and children's choir directors, vacation bible school, men's, women's and teen retreats. Even young children have been able to memorize Bible verses using these Scripture songs. We've received testimonies from adults who previously struggled to memorize Scripture but were able to do so with these songs. Memorize Bible verses while driving, doing dishes or working in the shop. Hide the Word Bible songs have even encouraged people who were bedridden or sick and unable to read their Bibles. These Scripture songs make it easy to meditate on God's Word, as we are exhorted to do in Psalm 1, Psalm 119 and other passages.
A group of friends realized their desperate need for more of the Word of God in their lives. This group of friends started writing songs & creating art to help each other memorize scripture. They began to see its power to change them through the Holy Spirit. The Verses Project is this same ever expanding group of friends, artists, and fellow sojourners trying to do that on a larger scale. If you want to be a part of this group, please sign up on the email list. We'll send you an email once a new verse or set of verses is posted that you can download for free & we'll keep you posted on new projects as they progress!