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When someone hears that I’m in the process of becoming the first person in known human history to memorize the ENTIRE BIBLE, I’m sure the first thing that comes to their mind is “Whew, glad God didn’t call ME to do that!” and then a very close second, “WHY ON EARTH would anyone want to DO that?!”

My initial response would be that it’s definitely nothing “on earth” that’s motivating me to do this, that’s for sure.  For reasons not totally known to me, God has laid this calling upon my heart.  In my humble opinion, it would’ve seemed (key word) far better to have picked and empowered someone who WASN’T the biggest sinner I know, the biggest sinner I’ve EVER known, and probably the biggest sinner YOU’VE ever known.  Yet I think the likely answer is found in 1 Timothy 1:16 – “And yet for this reason I found mercy, in order that in me as the foremost [sinner, verse 15], Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience, as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life.”  I wish I could say that my life mirrors the Apostle Paul’s in EVERY way, even as His mirrored the Lord probably more than any other human (1 Corinthians 11:1), but this is definitely one which qualifies, that the more of the Bible I memorize, the more and more (and more and more and more) I realize and come to see first that I am such a sinner, a “filthy rag” if there ever was one (Isaiah 6:5 & 64:6), and then the Word within redirects my mind to dwell not on my sin but on His perfection and purity and righteousness which has not only become mine through the power and working of the Word but which I have literally become in the utter miracle of transformation (2 Corinthians 5:17-21).

The first reason is that I couldn’t and can’t think of ANYTHING which would bring the Lord Jesus more pleasure and delight than for someone to memorize every word of His “love letter” to humanity and then quote His own words back to Him.  I discuss this concept much more in-depth on the home page and in my Overview video but the gist is this:  think how it would make you  feel if you wrote a love letter to the love of your life and at some point in the future that person quoted it back to you by heart, from memory.  Enough said.

The second reason goes hand-in-hand with the first:  as a very unique “love You” and “thank You” gift back to the Lord for who He is and all that He has done and continues to do for us!

The third reason goes hand-in-hand with the second, to give this gift back to the Lord not just from me but from and on behalf of all believers in general and in specific all who support this effort and future outflowing ministries however they’re comfortably able.  Under that umbrella of all believers, I specifically want this to be a special source of blessing and comfort and inspiration for believers who aren’t permitted to worship and carry out their faith in various countries around the world, yet do so anyway.  That’s the spirit!  It’s the least I can do since they have provided so much inspiration for me my whole life, ever since I was a child and from time to time missionaries who have devoted their lives to smuggling in and handing out Bibles in various communist-controlled countries with religiously repressive regimes so the “house Christians” can study and teach and share the Word.  On that day when I recite the ENTIRE BIBLE from memory in front of the entire world (literally, thanks to YouTube.com/BibleMemory and BibleMemory.ORG) I will be thinking very specifically of all the “house Christians” around the world who I know will be “many, many, many rows ahead of me” in heaven since they have paid a much bigger price to practice their faith.

The fourth reason I’m pursuing this history-making goal is one of the other few ways an aspect of my life can be compared with beloved Paul’s:  just as his heartfelt, passionate, all-consuming pursuit in life was to preach the gospel, mine is to memorize the Bible, so respectfully paraphrasing 1 Corinthians 9:16, “woe is me if I do NOT” memorize the Bible.”  Because, having tasted it, I’d be utterly miserable if I didn’t EAT (memorize) ALL of it!

The fifth reason but one of the most important on an ongoing basis is that when I started memorizing my very first entire book (James) the Bible, as I stored more and more of it – verse upon verse, chapter upon chapter – in my mind, started revealing to my mind’s eye a very specific MEMORY METHOD which has made it both much easier and, yes, even more FUN to memorize and recite Scripture.  I’ll know when that process is complete or at least complete enough  to share with others, to roll out to the public and that will be one of the main focus points in the future, for years and Lord-willing decades to come so I’m looking forward to that with enormous anticipation; right now I’d say that it’s around 75% complete so probably sometime later this year.  I won’t know for sure until I start teaching it to others but my very strong sense/hunch/expectation is that it will prove to be universal in nature, meaning that it will be of benefit to virtually ANYONE (though probably to a different degree/extent for each person since we’re all different in certain ways but 95% similar in terms of how the human mind and body work, etc. – more about this in future posts… if you’d like to automatically be notified by email when new ones are published, simply click on the grey “Follow Bible Memory” button in item “3.” at the very bottom of this page or at the top to the right of that “Overview” video and consider it done!  Your inbox – and life – will never be the same.  The Bible and therefore this Bible-borne memory method and process have absolutely revolutionized my life and I’m sure it will bear similar fruit and you will reap similar rewards in yours!

The sixth reason is something which has been near and dear to my heart since I was a child:  nationwide and indeed worldwide spiritual revival.  I’ve literally been praying for the Lord to bring that about virtually my entire life and I’m 100% sure that such will occur.  But I’m 1,000% certain that it will ONLY occur IF/WHEN a sufficient percentage of believers, of the Church, of Christ’s body on earth (Colossians 1:24; Ephesians 5:25-30) get “gobs and gobs” of the Good Book, God’s Word, “richly DWELLING WITHIN” them (Colossians 3:16) and “hidden in [their] heart” (Psalm 119:11) and “binge” on big “bites” of the Bible, because it’s the Bible  which sanctifies and cleanses us (John 17:17; Ephesians 5:26; Psalm 119:9), the Bible is the “mirror” (James 1:21-25) which, when “looked intently” into, “performs its work” (1 Thessalonians 2:13) in “transforming us into the [Lord’s] image from glory to glory” (2 Corinthians 3:18), from one level of glory to another to another, and increases our faith (Romans 10:17) to the point that we go through life “seeing the unseen” (Hebrews 11:27) such that, to bring it beautifully full circle, “we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen” (2 Corinthians 4:18).  And that, my friend, is the very picture indeed definition of spiritual revival.  And it all stems from and is kindled and lit on fire by the Bible.  The world is perhaps spiritually drier than it has ever been in the past 2,000 years… sounds like the perfect time for a spiritual fire to ignite and spread and do its purifying and winnowing work so we will wondrously be revived, be “refined by fire” (1 Peter 1:7).

The seventh reason is probably the least weighty but nonetheless noteworthy:  frankly, I’m dying  to see exactly what would happen when the unimaginably, incomprehensibly powerful Word of God is placed IN FULL, IN ITS ENTIRETY, into ONE mind/vessel.  In a previously-published post, I noted several ways in which the Word and the Lord are inextricably linked, and surely enough, just as Colossians 2:3 says of the Lord Jesus, “in whom are hidden ALL the treasures of wisdom and knowledge”, there’s no doubt in my mind that this similarly applies to the Bible.  What would happen, what could occur if the totality of it were to be stored in a single human mind.  A finite mind filled and overflowing with the infinite Word.  We’ll all find out soon enough but I am certain that it will produce not just amazing but historic  results, things that our finite minds can’t even imagine in advance.  Like I said, not the weightiest reason but I can hardly wait to find out!

The eighth reason I’m memorizing the ENTIRE BIBLE is that, as discussed in-depth in that same previously-published post, it has proven to be the best HEALTHCARE PLAN ever!  I’ll bet that the majority of even CHRISTIANS think that the Bible is very powerful in the spiritual realm but doesn’t extend to the physical.  WRONG!  Why can I say that so confidently?  Not just because I haven’t had to go to a doctor or hospital my ENTIRE ADULT LIFE and have enjoyed tremendous health after memorizing Bible verses since I was a child and that has been even more the case now that I’ve memorized several entire books of the Bible en route to all 66 as I like to say… but not just because of that first-hand experience but infinitely more so because the Bible itself testifies to this truth!  Don’t believe me?  Here’s a verse I’ve never heard a single other person or preacher or teacher discuss and of which most even mature believers probably aren’t even aware which absolutely STUNS me since it is one of the most clear and directly-applicable-in-the-tangible/physical-realm I’ve come across in the entire Bible.  I’ll be the vast majority of believers DO know, HAVE heard and even memorized, ARE aware of Proverbs 4:23 (“Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.”) – but NOT the verse RIGHT BEFORE it, Proverbs 4:22, and brace yourself because it’s a game-changer, life-changer, true gem:  “For they [referring back to the “my words” of verse 20, i.e., the Bible] are LIFE to those who find them, and HEALTH to ALL their WHOLE BODY.”  You can refer back to that previously-published post for a very in-depth analysis of this verse but suffice it to say that it, that God (it’s HIS Word and words) says as clear as day that the Bible’s power and efficacy is NOT limited to the spiritual or emotional/mental realms (verses 23-27) but indeed extends all the way to the PHYSICAL realm:  “life”, “health”, “body”.  And not JUST the body of those who “find” His words, the Bible, but “ALL their WHOLE body.”  Amazing.  Simply amazing.  Stunning.  Powerful.  And I can attest first-hand that it is indeed TRUE/REAL.  And while reading is good and studying is even better, I don’t think anyone will disagree that Bible MEMORIZING the Bible, that Bible MEMORY is the BEST way to “find” His words.  Why?  Because it most fully and ongoingly (to coin a word =) gets the Word and words of God Himself, the Bible, INTO a person’s mind and thus (verse 23) LIFE and experience.

And last but definitely not least, the ninth reason I’m doing this is to give Christians everywhere something to ROOT for, to root ON, to hopefully give them a sense of hope and inspiration and something POSITIVE on which they can actively and in real-time set their mind even (especially?) when in the midst of one trial or another.  Unwanted spotlight aside, like Michael Jordan gave the citizens of Chicago ongoing reason for hope, and like Tom Brady gave the citizens of New England something to enthusiastically root for, so also I want to give the earthbound (for now!) (but not forever!) citizens of Heaven (Philippians 3:20) – i.e. Christians everywhere – the same thing, for them to be able to root on someone as he memorizes the ENTIRE BIBLE for the first time in known human history.

One of the things I love and appreciate and am most  awed about the Bible is that it has so many verses (as I’m finding out in dramatic fashion =) but just ONE of them can literally and absolutely change and REVOLUTIONIZE a life.  And at the end of the day as they say, THAT, in a single blurb, is WHY I’m doing this, why I’m dedicating the rest of my life to memorizing the entire Bible.  Not just for the massive benefit and benefits it will and has already produced in my life but also because I know it will do so in the lives of countless others and is, without a doubt, the BEST “love/thank-You” gift I can give back to the Lord Jesus Christ which will bring Him the most pleasure.  And as that childhood song says, “that’s what it’s all about!”

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