The Power of Scripture Memory: Two Beautiful Examples

VBS Reachout Adventures - The Power of Scripture Memory

Raising the Bar, Part 3

My last two posts addressed how we can and must combat the increasingly “lite” culture in our churches by offering children engaging and challenging VBS material. Here we’ll look at two very different but equally encouraging victories in the battle for our children’s hearts and minds.

One Sunday morning during worship, our congregation was reading the beautiful and poetic Philippians 2:5-11 passage, “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God…” I happened to glance across the aisle, and noticed a young high schooler reciting it from memory. I couldn’t help but continue to watch as she flawlessly recited the verses through to the end. And I knew why. Kolleen had grown up going to Reachout VBS’s, including Upward Bound where she and other “Backpackers” memorized this wonderful hymn of the Early Church. Though it had been many years since she’d attended VBS, Kolleen still had those words—The Word—hidden in her heart. ...read more...

Returning to In-Depth Bible Teaching: A Lesson from the Past

VBS Reachout Adventures - A Lesson from the Past

Raising the Bar – Part 2

In my last post, Raise the Bar at Your VBS and Get Ready to be Amazed!, I proposed that we should do all we can to stem the tide of the current trend to “dumb down” VBS and instead make the most of the opportunity we have to teach kids the riches of God’s Word. Listen to this story of what one pastor years ago felt God was calling him to do, and the incredible way God worked through his obedience.

Can you visualize thousands of kids happily spending 5 weeks of their summer vacation studying the Bible, memorizing Scripture, and taking tests? Hard to imagine? Sound like a fairy tale? It was unheard of until a Pennsylvania pastor, concerned with lethargy, Biblical illiteracy, and a revolving door in his congregation and many others (sounds familiar?), committed the matter to prayer. Dr. Abraham Lance Lathem felt God leading him to start a Summer Bible School back in 1912 that would get children engaged in studying the Word. ...read more...