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February 16, 2010

How About This?

by Rev. A. J. Iovine

I was on the telephone this morning discussing my little “no TV for Lent” denial I am embarking on starting Wednesday. Of course, the person I was talking with wasn’t too keen on denial and instead viewed Lent as a time to give back. I don’t deny that giving back is important, but isn’t the giving back something that we should do all year, not just during Lent? And is giving back a deeper personal reflection rather than a spiritual one? To me, the days of Lent are more spiritually penitential. Lenten discipline through denial provides an opportunity to accomplish this goal.

On those lines, I thought of something that we can do here at the blog to further our knowledge of the Word of God during Lent:

A Daily Bible Memory Verse.

Yes, each day during Lent (including Sundays since I am not one of those who adhere to the “Sundays in Lent are a free day” mantra that some people follow), I will post a bible verse that you should challenge yourself to memorize.

For example, let’s take a verse we all should know: John 3:16 — “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” You spend a little time memorizing the verse and reading in your own bibles what is happening before and after this daily verse. Each day, you’ll get another verse. By Easter Vigil (Saturday April 3rd) you’ll have a lengthy list of bible verses that you’ve memorized, but more importantly, you’ll learn the context of the verse.

Sounds fun, huh?

This is a good exercise for Christians of all ages. Everyone can take part in our Lenten Memory Verse Challenge.

Check bad tomorrow for the verse for Day One.

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