Verses from August 2021 through July 2022
This post marks the 36th month (3 years!!) of posting 2 verses/month to memorize. I hope that they have been, and will continue to be a blessing to all of you! Bible memorization is important, and I would encourage you all to start making it a practice in your life.
On June 26th, Pastor Cowan preached 2 messages that taught about the End Times Timeline. The next event on that Timeline is the Rapture of the Church. No one knows the hour or the day that event will happen, but there is nothing else that needs to occur before the Rapture can take place. It could happen at any time! The only way to be ready is to have placed your faith and trust in the finished work of Jesus on the cross of Calvary as your ONLY way of salvation, your only way to heaven! If you haven’t done so, I encourage you to do so today!
If you would like to learn more on this topic, I would suggest you listen to or watch Pastor’s sermons from June 26th. You can find them, and the handout/notes for the sermons, at
Our memory verses for July 2022 both come from the messages of Pastor Cowan on June 26.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 - For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:51-52 - Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
If there is one good thing that came out of the pandemic that we have experienced over the last 2-plus years, it is that we, as parents, need to be aware of what is being taught to our children by their school and even in Sunday School and Youth Group at your church. You are the one accountable for what is being taught to your children by persons outside your family. You have to be aware of what is being taught in order to be accountable. Your child's school teacher does NOT have the right to teach them things you do not want them to be taught! Neither does their Sunday School teacher at church or the youth pastor or any other person teaching your children at church. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE AND YOU WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE! The purpose of your church in education is, or should be, to come "along side" you and provide teachings that support and build on what you are doing at home. In order for this to happen, you MUST be active in your church, and know what is being taught at your church. It should be no different for their school. Get involved! Stay involved! It takes time and determination, but it is worth it.
Our memory verses for June 2022 deal with the responsibility of parents for the training of their children. Both are from the Old Testament.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 - And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
Proverbs 22:6 - Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
What is the basis for truth? That is a pretty deep question, but it is critical in how we view our world. I am a firm believer that the basis of ALL truth is the Word of God as given in the Bible. I believe that the Bible is, as it claims to be, inspired by God. The word “inspired” literally means “God-breathed.” God inspired humans to write the words that He wanted written. Our first memory verse for May 2022 teaches that truth.
Jude 3 - Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
Jude really wanted to write about the “common salvation”. Sounds like something that belongs in the Bible. However, “it was needful for me (Jude) to write to you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” In other words, God wanted Jude (“it was needful for” Jude) to challenge his readers to “earnestly contend for the faith”. Since the Bible is God’s Word and not the word of men, Jude wrote what God wanted him to write. That’s the way it worked with all of Scripture. It is ALL God’s Word, and none of man’s word.
The second memory verse confirms that scripture is inspired of God, and it also gives us reasons that God’s Word is good for us.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 - All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
God’s Word “is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” Doctrine is the “set of beliefs” that God wants us ALL to have. Reproof is “an expression of blame or disapproval” and correction is “a change that rectifies an error or inaccuracy.” (Two things that we ALL need.) Instruction in righteousness is teaching that, when put into practice, leads one to live a life that pleases God. We ALL need that too. To get these things, we need to regularly read and study God’s Word. That will give us the proper basis for the truth.
April 17th is Easter Sunday, the day we remember and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 3 days prior we remember the sacrifice Jesus made on the Cross of Calvary. On the cross, Jesus bore my sin, your sin, the sin of all mankind, and paid the price for our sin. That sacrifice gave us the opportunity for salvation. There is no work that I could do that could pay the price for my sin. Jesus paid it all on the cross. If I believe that Jesus paid the price for my salvation through His sacrifice on the cross, and accept the free gift of salvation offered by Jesus through that sacrifice, I am, at the moment of belief, eternally saved and have a place reserved in Heaven. Anyone who wants a spot reserved in Heaven for them, must accept that free gift. There is no other way.
Our first memory verse for April speaks of that substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus. He paid our price. By His sacrifice ("stripes") we were healed!
1 Peter 2:24 - Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
Although Christ paid the price, and that price is "sufficient" for everyone, it is only "efficient" for those who believe. Our second memory verse, teaches that we need to accept that free gift of Jesus. We need to believe. The verse closes with THE key question. "Believest thou this?" I urge you to examine yourself. Have YOU believed this? If you haven't, don't put it off. Believe today and have eternal life!
John 11:25-26 - Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
Easter is pretty late this year, April 17th. However, March would be a great time to start preparing your heart for Easter. How is your relationship with God? How often do you read the Bible? Daily? Regularly? Not at all? Do you know what happened on the first Good Friday? On the first Easter? I would strongly encourage you to start reading the Bible daily NOW! Find out what God says about your life and your relationship to Him. Find out what God did for YOU on the first Good Friday and the first Easter! You will never regret it!
Our memory verses for March 2022 deal with Christ's death on Good Friday for our sins and His Resurrection on Easter Sunday that gave us new life!
Isaiah 53:5 - But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Romans 4:25 - Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.
February is a month when the world celebrates love. The Bible has a lot to say about love in a marriage relationship, but the greatest love is the love that God has shown to us. Though we in no way deserved His salvation, He made it available to each of us through the death, burial, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. Our verses for February of 2022 are about that kind of love.
1 John 3:1 - Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
1 John 4:10 - Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
As we enter January of 2022, some of you might be trying to implement a New Year’s Resolution. That is a common tradition. I just want to encourage you to base your resolutions on the Word of God. Both of our memory verses for January would make a great basis for a resolution to live a life that pleases God. That is the best kind of resolution. Have a Happy New Year and may you grow closer to God in 2022!
Psalm 51:10 - Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
2 Timothy 3:15 - Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
December is the month that we celebrate Christmas, so our memory verses for December are about the birth of Christ and the purpose of His coming. Christ came to save us, to redeem us, so that we can become "adopted" sons of God by faith in Him.
Luke 2:11 - For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Galatians 4:4-5 - But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
November 14-17 FBC will be having Evangelistic Meetings led by Evangelist Jeremy Frazor and his team. We would like to encourage all of you to come out to those meetings. He will be speaking in our regular services on Sunday, November 14th, and at services at 7:00 pm Monday thru Wednesday. Our first memory verse for November reminds us of Christ’s purpose in coming to this Earth. We are also commanded to witness of this purpose of Christ to others.
Luke 19:10 - For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
We also celebrate Thanksgiving later in November and need to express our thankfulness since we have been given so much, especially the opportunity to be saved by faith in the sacrifice of Christ.
Ephesians 5:20 - Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Two very critical aspects of faith are trust and hope. Certainly saving faith requires trusting the finished work of Christ on the cross as payment for your sins. But trust doesn’t end there. We need to trust the Lord every moment of every day for everything. He knows best. Our first memory verse for October 2021 expresses that truth.
Proverbs 3:5-6 - Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Believers are also to have and show hope in their lives. Not the “I hope I get the job I have applied for” hope, but a trusting hope that shows your confidence in God’s promises to you, especially the promise of eternal life in heaven with Him. We see that kind of hope expressed in our 2nd memory verse, which talks of “an expected end.”
Jeremiah 29:11 - For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Each year, in September, we celebrate Labor Day. God wants us to work, and He wants all of our work to be done in a manner that glorifies Him. Our first memory verse for September 2021 teaches us that truth.
Colossians 3:23 - And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
If you are a believer, eternally saved by God's grace through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the most important work you can do is witness to those that do not yet believe. In fact, believers are commanded to give out the gospel. As it was in September of 2020, our 2nd memory verse is one of the versions of the Great Commission.
Matthew 28:19-20 - Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Our first 2 memory verses as we start our 3rd year of posting memory verses both come from Romans Chapter 8. Paul starts this Chapter with salvation, which is available only through the finished work of Christ on the cross. Salvation places a believer "in" Christ. I can't think of a better place to be. As he closes the chapter, Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, writes some wonderful memory verses, which have been chosen for August of 2021.
The first verse teaches us that ALL things that happen are for the good of the believer. ALL things!
Romans 8:28 - And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
The next verse, verses actually, teaches us that NOTHING can separate us from the love of God, which comes to the believer through Christ Jesus our Lord. NOTHING! So, for the believer, ALL things are for our good and NOTHING can separate us from the love of God! Amazing!
Romans 8:38-39 - For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.