September Parent Newsletter

The other day someone asked me what my daughter’s cell phone number was, and to be honest, I had to look it up on my cell phone.   I didn’t have it committed to memory.   How the times have changed!  I remember when I was in high school that I used to have all sorts of numbers memorized.    Today, we don’t need to memorize anything since we can carry around a portable storage device that remembers things for us.

The same goes for scripture memory.  Most phones have Bible apps that make finding Bible verses easy.  Most Sundays when I ask students to get their Bibles out to turn to a passage, there are at least a couple of them who get their phones out.  It’s just that easy to access–which can be good, but it also can be bad.

The Bible says in Psalms 119 that a young man can keep his way pure by living according the Word.  Then does it goes on to say, “Your Word have I hid in my i-phone that I might not sin against you”?  No, of course not.  We have to internalize the Word by hiding it in our hearts for us to be kept from sin.

Starting this month (September 11), I am giving students the opportunity to do just that–memorize the Word.  For ten weeks, students will be challenged to put to memory four verses a week for a total of 40 verses as part of a Memorize the Word class.  This class will be held in the ReaLife room at McCoy from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  This is something I feel would benefit every student who gives it a try.   However, once the class begins, we will not add any more students.  They must commit to all ten weeks; for all forty verses.   If you would like your teenager to be a part of this class, please let me know by sending me an email.  Who knows, it may even challenge you to start internalizing the Word!

The Neilster 2010

Neil Bilyeu

Student Ministries Director