Memorize What Matters

Memorize What Matters

Welcome to Memorize What Matters! Join Josh Summers on his journey to memorize the New Testament of the Bible word for word, exploring various methods and techniques along the way. If you have a desire to memorize Scripture, you'll find plenty of encouragement, inspiration and helpful tips from the expert guests who share their stories.


January 27, 2023 3 min
You can think of memorizing the Bible like memorizing a map. The map acts as a guide on our journey to the treasure, but what exactly is the treasure? I hope you'll be encouraged and inspired by this short word for this week.


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    Josh & Amy go head to head in a friendly debate about whether the memory palace method of Scripture memory beats the "backward buildup repetition method". Which is better...and what techniques can you steal for your own Bible memory journey?

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    It's that time of year when we're all inspired to set goals for ourselves, whether that's health, reading or even memorizing the Bible. If you're inspired to do the latter, I encourage you to take a step back and first take inventory. In this episode, Josh explains how you can easily do this and why it can be so helpful for your future goals!

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    In this special episode, Josh's dad sits down to interview Josh to ask him about why Bible Memory Goal was started and what it takes to keep it running. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how this podcast and the community came to exist and what's coming up next!

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    Listen as author and speaker Tammy Lea Fabian explains her method of memorizing Scripture, including taking an entire year off every 7 years. And why should we stop asking the question, "What is your favorite book of the Bible?"

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    Abigail Houston from Melodically Memorizing has built a large following on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube based on how she has turned Scripture into short, beautiful songs. Listen to her story and find out what has been the hardest verse to add to music! Watch the full interview on YouTube here: Resources Mentioned in the Episode:
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    Following last week's conversation with Dr. Larry Dinkins, where he introduced the concept of "orality" compared to traditional Bible memory, this week he provides practical advice and examples of how "simply a story" can be a powerful tool for sharing our faith. Resources Mentioned:
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    Is it ok to question God? Is it blasphemous to be desperate and frustrated with Him? Taking a closer look at Psalm 13 - and many other psalms in the Bible - it's clear that David was not a stranger to questions, fear and frustration. But what can we learn from this example?
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    For most of us in the highly literate, western world, memorizing the Bible means "learning the text with word-for-word accuracy". But in the much of the world today, text was often passed down orally in a practice known as "orality". Listen as Dr. Larry Dinkins explains this concept, how it relates to Scripture memory and how you can apply this to your own Bible memory journey.
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    November 22, 2022 8 min
    Most of us tend to live our lives in a way that prioritizes comfort and avoids struggle. This is natural, but it's not how Scripture instructs us to live. These are the passages of Scripture most people don't memorize, because they're much harder to understand and live out. 🔹🔹🔹SUPPORT MEMORIZE WHAT MATTERS!🔹🔹🔹 If this podcast has become part of your weekly routine, that...
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    Oral review - the process of speaking what you've memorized out loud - is a critical part of retaining Scripture. Without it, you'll likely never have the confidence to use your Bible memory in daily conversation. Here are 5 practical methods you can start using to review orally. Resources Mentioned in this Episode:
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    Join Josh as we meditate on Psalm 103 and Colossians 2, especially entering into the holiday season, and what it means when Paul tells us not just to be "rooted and built up" in Christ, but also to be "overflowing with thankfulness?" The questions you can ask yourself this week include:
  • What are you grateful for?
  • What is giving you energy and joy?
  • What are you the most proud of this year with work or family?
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    As Becky watched her husband being handcuffed and placed in a police car, she wondered how her marriage would survive. Listen to her tell the story of how God met her in the darkest moment of her life and revealed Himself to her through Scripture. Want to watch this conversation on YouTube?  Listen to other great interviews:
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    What can we learn from actors memorizing lines that we can apply to Bible memory? Listen as Aaron House, Executive Director of Piercing Word Ministries, he explains the simple process he uses (that you can steal!).  Want to watch this conversation on YouTube?  Resources Mentioned in this Episode:
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    When Jesus speaks of faith in the Gospels, he often uses the words "small" and "weak" and "little" as descriptors. Although technically synonyms, there's a slight difference in meaning that makes a big difference in how we may view ourselves. Listen as Josh encourages you to allow God to magnify the small things in your life to make them impactful to those around you. Dive in Deeper! This short devotiona...
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    The downside of sharing my Bible memory journey publicly on this podcast and the YouTube channel is that you also get to see all my failures and mistakes. Here are 7 of the biggest mistakes I've made so far and some thoughts on how you can avoid doing the same thing I did. Would you rather watch this on YouTube? Check it out here:
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    Don't worry, we're NOT going to tell you to wake up earlier! But if you've ever been discouraged as a parents wondering how you'll find time to read your Bible or even memorize, you're not alone. Listen as Katherine Pittman, homeschool mom and author of the book Write the Word on my Heart, shares a few nuggets of widsom for parents. Want to watch this episode on YouTube?
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    If you have trouble pronouncing or memorizing names in the Bible, this episode is for you! These 5 simple tips and techniques will help you remember the odd names in the Bible that most people tend to skip over. Below are links to the resources mentioned in this episode:
  • : Use this to hear an audio version of the Bible to learn generally accepted ways to pronounce the Biblical names.
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    In this week's moment of meditation, let's take a closer look at the parable of the talents. If you put yourself in this story, are you the servant who received 1, 2, or 5 talents? Take a moment to reflect on the blessings you've been given, be grateful for them, and then allow the gravity of what God expects from you sink in. Dive in Deeper! This short devotional was first published in the Bible Memory Community, a gor...
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    October 11, 2022 8 min
    It's one of the most popular psalms in the Bible, and you've probably already memorized parts of it. But what was the story that inspired the "Sons of Korah" to write this song? Listen as Josh offers his opinion about the miraculous story that led to this incredible psalm. Dive in Deeper! This short devotional was first published in the Bible Memory Community, a gorup of 500+ people from around the world who gat...
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