Our family finds scripture memory very important. But we also have a terrible time remembering to practice. Thinking this may go back to our family not having a real schedule (see this post: Schedules or NOT).
My children know lots of scriptures and can recite many Biblical things like:
The 10 Commandments
The Lords Prayer
The Books of the Bible
The Fruits of the Spirit
The 23rd Psalm
They can usually tell if a scripture is in the Bible if you quote it. But they most likely can’t give you the “street address”, like Luke 10:24. There are some verses they can to that for, like Luke 10:24, for example. They have heard Ray Comfort say this verse so many times on the “Hells’ Best Kept Secret” cd. When I first heard this title I though that there was no way that was ever getting heard by my children. But, I was wrong, it is an amazing message of salvation and how we can witness to others.
What we have found with our children is that what they here again and again they remember. If my children listen to a certain song again and again they will memorize not only the words, but the tone of voice, and the tune of the song. So, we have chosen to have them listen to a lot of scripture.
Some tapes and cd’s we have used over the years are:
Go To The Ant by Judy Rogers (you can listen to some of the songs here)
The Donut Man (you can listen to some of his songs here)
Change My Heart Oh God
Songs from the Beginners Bible (you can listen to some of the songs here, an affiliate link)
They are a fun easy way to share the gospel with others. Here is Living Waters explaining way better than me.
What are our favorite tracts?
My favorite for leaving places “The Wallet Tract”:
This Image links to where to you can buy these Wallet Tracts
Gallops favorite and Living Waters best seller “The Million Dollar Bill Tract”:
This Image links to where you can buy the Million Dollar Bill Tract
How do we use them?
We started by just leaving them at the grocery store on the shelves. This changed as we got cooler tracts like the wallet tract. We would take that wallet tract and leave it at the large hospital nearby. We would shove it down in the back of the seat cushion where it joined the back of the seat. We would leave a portion of it showing so people would be attracted by it. That was a fun one to leave. We would head back later and feel satisfied that it was gone.
You can just hand them out. We do not usually do that. Except the million dollar tract. That is a perfect one to hand to the cashier or as a tip at a restaurant (with a real money also, waitresses work hard). People get a kick out of it and it takes them by surprise. End it by saying, “it’s a gospel tract”. It works really well. We have even used them at the full service gas station and the toll booth.
A couple years ago we entered into the local parade and handed out over 200 tracts to people watching the parade. The marching was long but it sure was worth it. Here is a picture of us. We decorated the van and dressed alike. It was a lot of fun and people seemed to like it. Boy have the kids gotten big since then.
What tracts do we have here right now?
Here is a picture of the tracts we currently have at our house. We have many and like to have a selection on hand either in my purse or in the car to hand out or leave places. It is good to try and have your tract match your audience. Organizing the tracts for this picture was a great oppurtinuty for me to look and see what I had 🙂 I do have a second favorite tract. It would be my most favorite except I find it a real hard one to just hand out. There is no real “lead in” line for it. It is the “ 101 of the World’s Funniest One Liners” tract (that link goes to were you can buy it). The one below in the picture at the top left corner with the key on it is one I created myself.
Where to buy tracts?
We buy most of our through Living Waters Ministry. They are inexpensive and funny. Give them a try. We are not affiliated with them in anyway and do not make any money off of this information. Just sharing what we do.