"Incomplete bible. Great app but there are about 5 books of the OT and the whole NT. I hope God will grant you enough time and will to complete the app. God bless!"
These comments represent the full spectrum of responses to the original version of this app. Basically, it's a tool for memorising scripture and reminding yourself to pray for people. Following the success of the ESV Bible Trainer, I've developed this New American Standard Bible version to help more people in the struggle to get God's word into our hearts. NB: This app contains the entire new testament, plus Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs and Isaiah. Though just as valuable, the other Old Testament books are omitted out of concern for your phone's precious memory!
Once you've chosen a passage to memorise, the app will break it up into phrases and give them to you one at a time, making it easier to memorise. As you get to grips with the passage, you'll begin to be able to say it without reading the text, but you can still use the app to remind yourself of what comes next. You can also test yourself by typing the passage out. The app stores all the passages you're working on, helping you to keep track of what you've memorised. Similarly, the app can store prayer requests, and you can set a reminder to pray for someone or recite a Bible passage.
If you're like me, you'll need some pretty strong motivation to want to memorise scripture. How about this:
John 15:1-11 "I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. (2) Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. (3) YOU ARE ALREADY CLEAN BECAUSE OF THE WORD WHICH I HAVE SPOKEN TO YOU. (4) Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. (5) I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. (6) If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. (7) IF YOU ABIDE IN ME, AND MY WORDS ABIDE IN YOU, ASK WHATEVER YOU WISH, AND IT WILL BE DONE FOR YOU. (8) My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. (9) Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. (10) IF YOU KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS, YOU WILL ABIDE IN MY LOVE; just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. (11) THESE THINGS I HAVE SPOKEN TO YOU SO THAT MY JOY MAY BE IN YOU, AND THAT YOUR JOY MAY BE MADE FULL."
What's the outcome when we abide in Jesus and his words abide in us? Being clean (verse 3), fruitfulness (verses 4 and 5), salvation (verse 6), communion with God (verse 7), abiding in Jesus' love (verse 10) and fullness of joy (verse 11)! And what better way is there for Jesus' words to abide in us, than for us to memorise them? If that hasn't persuaded you, then I'm very sorry - that was the best I can do.
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