Word on Wednesday: John 3:16

John 3:16

If you grew up in church as I did, you might assume everybody already knows John 3:16. But the fact that 92 million people Googled the verse after Tim Tebow wrote the reference on his eye black for a championship game back in 2009 tells me we’d be dead wrong in that assumption.

John 3:16 is the gospel in a nutshell: “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”

It is a verse we all should know by heart, which is why I included it in our very first set of Scripture memory cards:

Scripture Memory Flashcards
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I’ll be sharing a new verse every Wednesday until I get through all six sets of scripture memory cards I’ve created (so far). I hope they’ll help you and your family hide God’s Word in your heart, just as my family is trying to do this year.

By the way, we’ve hit on an easy way to reinforce the verses our kids are memorizing: I have been requiring them to quote the current week’s verse plus a review verse every time they check out the iPad. The more computer time they need, the more review time they get, so they’re learning their verses in short order!

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  1. I like it too! It looks like it also readily brings association of “electronic time” with what God is saying in the memory verse! I’ve done that association thing with brushing my teeth and barn chores and assoiciated it with prayer time. When I was an older teen I would associate doing dishes with memorizing and singing hymns and spiritual songs. Now in my 50’s God uses times like those listed and many others just to talk to me in my heart too! It’s just something my heart is trained to have great expectation for: encounter with God!

  2. Please share how you have “check out” time for your iPad. I assume this will work for other electronics. What a great idea to have them recite a verse beforehand!!!

    1. We have several laptops and ipads in our family, but children 16 and under do not have unrestricted access to them. They are allowed to check them out for specific tasks once their schoolwork is completed. That used to just entail asking permission and getting approval, but now we’ve added the step that they also must recite two memory verses every time they use it (and that goes for computers and smart phones, too).

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