The Bible tells us to hide God’s word in our hearts. That is, to memorize and meditate upon his words.  During difficult times, we can review these scripture passages of comfort and hope. They will assure us of God’s presence, faithfulness and love. A wonderful way to memorize God’s word is through Bible Verse Books.

The Bible tells us to hide God’s word in our hearts. That is, to memorize and meditate upon his words. During difficult times, we can review these scripture passages of comfort and hope. They will assure us of God’s presence, faithfulness and love. A wonderful way to memorize God’s word is through Bible Verse Books.


To make Bible Verse Books you need: Bibles, Bible concordances, 9-by-12-inch sheets of heavy red poster board, 9-by-12-inch sheets of white Lightweight poster board, a hole punch, small binder rings, colored markers and glue sticks.


Give each student two 9-by-12-inch pieces of red poster board for covers and 10 pieces of 9-by-12-inch pieces of white poster board for inside pages. Line up all the pieces carefully and punch three equally spaced holes along the left side of the book, which should be the longer side. Insert a binder ring in each hole and snap it shut. Instruct the children to open the cover of their new book to the title page and write:  “What God says about …”


Turn to the next page and write: “What God says about his love” on the top of the left page. Use the remainder of the page to draw a picture that demonstrates God’s love. The young people could choose to cut a picture from a magazine that shows God’s love and paste it in using a glue stick.


On the right page, have the students write out John 3:16 with the reference, filling the page.


Continue this two-page process by writing what God says about prayer, comfort, sharing, giving, etc. Ask your students to use their Bibles and concordances to find verses that would illustrate these concepts and others they wish to include in their books. Continue until all the pages are filled, with the exception of the last white page.


Another way to use Bible Verse Books is to pick a different theme each quarter and develop a book around it. For instance, the first quarter book could focus on prayer; the second quarter could concentrate on God’s love, etc. The students could use a different color cover each time and develop their own collection of Bible Verse Books.


Conclude by asking one student to read Genesis 1:1, and another student to read John 3:16. Genesis 1:1 tells us that God made everything, he’s all-powerful. John 3:16 tells us that God loves each and every one of us. While we can’t explain all the problems and suffering in the world, it’s comforting to know that God loves us, cares for us and walks with us through the hard times.


The Rev Doug Forbes coaches the ski and snowboard team at New Hope Christian Chapel in South Easton, Mass. He can be reached at easton@wicked.local.com.