Welcome to Mega Memory Month (MMM) Progress Report #4.Please note that if I counted correctly, we have one week left, my friends.I thought I’d mention it, you know, to send you into a memorizing frenzy, cramming it in last minute. I’ll send you some Mountain Dew if you think you’re going to do an all-nighter.Don’t forget: next Monday is our Final Celebration! Plan ahead now for how you might present a creative culmination of your work. Some ideas: a video of you–and your family, if they’re participating–reciting it by heart; write it out by hand and take a photo; type it up on the blog. We’re pretty relaxed, and believe me I can commiserate with technological difficulties and kinks in one’s plans. We don’t have to create a beautiful slide show or PowerPoint presentation (though you can, if you are inspired).And don’t be discouraged if you don’t meet your goal. No matter how humble your final results are, please share! Every word taken in is precious and needs to be celebrated.If you’re just stopping by and wonder what in the world is going on, you can learn more about Mega Memory Month by clicking on this highlighted link and/or visit our previous progress reports by clicking below:
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Ann’s Progress (or lack thereof)I was hanging out with Charity this weekend, and as each of us shared our sorry progress, I realized with frustration that I couldn’t recite anything to her without reviewing first.This morning, on the way to church, I could only barely pull up the most familiar verses, which for me are the last few because of my last-verse-first approach.So I’ll be cramming this week. Oh, yes, I’ll be reviewing like crazy to see if I can get it in before next Monday.I’m not going to bother trying to type it out, as it will be an epic fail.One of my favorite verses of all time is in this passage, however, and I can recite it by heart:
I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
And it serves as a reminder that remaining in Jesus is key to bearing fruit, even in locking in these memory verses.By the way, I looked up John 15:5 in Bible Gateway online, to check my work, and I gasped because I thought I had that wrong. This is what Bible Gateway’s NIV translation of John 15:5 is bringing up: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” But when I look it up in a print copy here at home, it is the same as I memorized it years ago (see above). What’s happening? Did Bible Gateway get it wrong? Is the NIV changing its translation of that passage (and others), updating for some reason?
Megan Willome says
I’ve just been reading about your MMM in awe. All I can say is, Bible Gateway, don’t let me down! That’s more spiritual disappointment than I can handle.
Charity Singleton says
I’m working on not being an utter failure. After you left Saturday, I reviewed and can now recite the first 10 verses. I have 40 to go, though. In a week! YIKES. What have I done?
My pc was at it again, Ann, so my update is not yet up (I stopped here first to let you know).
There is a new NIV on Bible Gateway (Copyright 2010), which is the one I think you may have used because it is the default version now. However, the older translation is still on the website, although you will need to scroll down quite a bit.
Catch you later!
yes, the newest version of the niv has come under fire because it has changed for greater inclusivity in its language (note the removal of ‘man’)…. a natural progression from the tniv. this is why many evangelicals are turning to the ESV. i am trying to memorize philippians in the esv this year.
My report is finally in. Better late than never? 🙂