Friday, August 23, 2013

Ephesians 6 Resources and MegaVerses CD/DVD Giveaway


One of my favorite scriptures is Jeremiah 33:3:
Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.
Why?  This was the verse our oldest son chose as his favorite scripture the year that he sincerely struggled with his spirituality and made a decision for Christ. [You can read more about that story here.]  But before our son had ever chosen this as a "favorite scripture," our family had memorized it via Seeds Family Worship.

About Memorizing Scripture


There are days when I fail miserably and my character flaws are stretched before me as a yawning mess. Nevertheless... though I am weak, He is strong. It is through the scriptures that my mind is set aright.The scriptures give me direction and reset my vision when my focus wanders. And I am made whole again despite my flaws, just because I've been reminded of God's immense love for me.

Then there are the days when I feel so weary [or simply lack the motivation to do anything].  When I am only on day 1 of my husband's 30-day absence as he works off the coast of Brazil, God's Word is there to sustain me and quiet my heart. When the tough times hit, when I get discouraged or lonely, when I feel like a failure that's never going to get this whole motherhood thing right - songs of scripture come to my mind and help me through the next few moments when all I want to do is cry out in despair [or simply steep in a useless bout of apathy or self-pity... or self-loathing].


God's Word is a special treasure hidden within my heart to not just help me guide my children, but to help me guide me.  And I am thankful for others who offer their talents to help hide God's Word in my heart - and in the hearts of my children.


How We Memorize Large Passages of Scripture

Our family is a fair bunch of audial learners who must drive at least 30 minutes to get anywhere. So... if something's set to music, we can memorize it.  In the past, we've enjoyed memorizing scripture by listening to Seeds Family WorshipThe Blazing Center, Steve Green's Hide'em in your Heart, and Mega Verse Ministries.

About Classical Conversations Bible Memory Work



For each cycle, Classical Conversations offers suggested passages of scripture for Bible memorization, referenced in the Appendix of the Foundations Guide.  Each cycle's scripture reference correlates in some way to the cycle's memory work.  For Cycle 1, it's Exodus 20:1-17 [Ancient history => Ten Commandments], for Cycle 2, it's Ephesians 6 [Medieval period =>Armor of God], and for Cycle 3, it's John 1:1-7 [Latin vocabulary].  This suggested passage of scripture memorization is for families who do not have another program in which they are already memorizing scripture. It is not tested as part of the memory master proofing process in the spring (except for Cycle 3 - it is required memory work in Cycle 3 because we memorize the Latin translation).  

Although this is not part of the core memory work for Classical Conversations, many CC communities review the Bible memory work during the opening assembly. 

About our Community's Bible Memory Work


At the beginning of Cycle 1, our community embarked on memorizing the Exodus 20:1-17 passage (using this hand motion video provided by Mega Verses) during our opening assembly each week. By the end of the year, we were able to perform it using just the TRACK version of the song.  It was beautiful to watch children ages 3 to 12 singing the commands that are to be written upon our hearts.  

To share a genuine testimony, I must first quote from a post I wrote a year ago:
As a family, we plan to always have CC's suggested Bible memory work on our tri-fold board to at least review and talk about it.  We will also attempt to memorize Exodus 20:1-17 this year.  But, to be honest, that long passage was looking a bit overwhelming to me...
Not only did we memorize that scripture, our entire community did and performed it at our end-of-year awards/performance!  Our family even stood before our church to sing it together a few weeks ago.  It was the first time our family has ever stood in front of anyone by ourselves to sing anything. It was scary, not just for us, but for everyone else. [ha.ha.]

Now that we are entering Cycle 2, our community is again using Mega Verses to memorize Ephesians 6 using this hand motion video [provided on Youtube by the Hendricks family].


There are other versions of Ephesians 6 available via CC Connected and other websites (referenced at the bottom of this post), but here are the reasons our community has elected to use this one:
  • This is one song with the entire Ephesians 6:1-24 passage
  • Handmotions Video is on DVD, which prevents technical / wifi mishaps on CC meeting days
  • There's a TRACK version without lyrics (for our future performance)
  • The Hendricks family is precious and we want to support their ministry

About Mega Verse Ministries

Through Mega Verse Ministries, Tommy & Jo Hendricks use their musical gifts to assist other families with memorizing large passages of scripture.  Based out of Tallahassee, FL, this CC family provides songs and downloadable lyric videos that can be used for worship at churches and in homes, and they even take their kids on the road to churches and family events singing their scripture songs and encouraging families to memorize God's Word!   [If your church would be interested in hosting them for a special night of worship, visit their site at MegaVerses.com.  You can also download the informational flyer here.]

Mega Verses now has a King James CD created especially for those in Classical Conversations.  It includes songs (with and without lyrics) for the scripture passages from all three cycles!  Each song on the CD is sold individually through iTunes or CDBaby. There is also an Ephesians 6 Hand Motion Video DVD available for purchase.

I'm delighted to announce that we have a copy of the King James CD and Ephesians 6 Hand Motion Video to give away to one reader of Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood!  Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.  THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED.

And the winner is...

#186, Kathryn R! Congratulations, Kathryn!

I want to thank everyone who entered this giveaway, and ESPECIALLY those who contributed scriptures and thoughts!  Thank you for sharing your heart - and your wisdom - with me. As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17


We'd  love for you to share one of your favorite scripture verses (not just the reference, but the entire scripture), and why it is important to you in the comments, even if you are not interested in entering the giveaway.  It delights me to read how God has worked [or is working] in others' lives!

Mega Verse Links:
Other Ephesians 6 Resources:
Armor of God File Folder Game at biblestoryprintables.
Armor of God Bible Curriculum from Ministry-to-Children
http://pinterest.com/search/boards/?q=armor+of+God

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