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Published on January 23rd, 2010 | by Alex and Brett Harris

Truman Falkner: 2nd Place at the National Bible Bee




My name is Truman Falkner and I competed in the National Bible Bee in Washington D.C. last November and placed 2nd! I heard about the Bible Bee from Alex and Brett earlier this spring, so I decided to sign up and “do hard things!”. It has been an rigorous 6 months of study, memorization, and review, but the Lord has taught me a lot through it and I have the privilege of sharing some of it with you now.

4 Things God Taught Me Through the Bible Bee

1. It has helped me to see the true incentive. The anchor of incentive in this competition really did challenge me and continued to challenge me to persevere in giving my all. The prizes were indeed large. But this incentive gradually changed midway. Even with a grand prize of $100,000, it seems the Lord tricked us all by teaching us, through the very verses we memorized, that the true treasure was the Word richly dwelling within us (Col. 3:16, Ps. 119:11) and setting our hope on the reward to come (1 Pet. 1:13, Rev. 21:3-7).

Sitting up there as one of the top 3 finalists (knowing we would all receive sizable prizes), it came up in our conversation, “What are you going to do with the money?” But as we talked, it became evident that we really didn’t care about the money. Now it sounds like I’m telling you the money was an ineffective incentive. No, indeed the money served it’s purpose: It got us in the Word and when we got in the Word we found that the Word itself became a greater incentive than the money!

What other spheres of competition are there in which the very medium of the competition is a greater incentive and reward than the “prize” itself and the very act of competing is worship, testifying to the preciousness of God and the worth of His Word (Ps. 22:22)? So when I got up to that platform and gave the Word of the Lord, the motivation to do it excellently now became because I wanted the Word to look precious. I wanted God to look glorious and worth giving up everything to know deeper, and I believe He was.

2. It taught me to order my life around the Word of God. I often forget about the power of having a focused life. Doing hard things requires hard choices. It changes everything and demands your all. Most significant was the time it demanded of me and I had to stick to that schedule. In many instances, it required me to say “no” to friends, movies, TV, soccer, games… etc. because I had to study the Bible and review the memory passages. One example of how the incentive of the Bible Bee challenged and ordered my life was in regards to diet.

I found myself studying which foods would cloud and hinder my memory (like dairy, sugar, and bleached wheat…) and sought to refrain from those foods. I am reminded of Jonathan Edwards. His early biographer and great grandson, Sereno Edwards Dwight, describes how Edwards “carefully observed the effects of the different sorts of food, and selected those which best suited his constitution, and rendered him most fit for mental labour.” (Works, I, xxxviii). Edwards lived his life like this in doing everything he could to better know the Word. After the Bible Bee, the habits of discipline are still intact and I am committing to continue in the same focused disposition to know the Word.

3. It has taught me that no matter how much of the Bible you know, your heart can be dead with no love of God (John 5:39-42, Rev. 3:1). Our hearts were meant to flow like a river in love for God and our neighbor (John 7:38-39, Mt. 22:37-40, Gal. 5:22-23, 2 Thess. 3:5, 1 Thess. 5:16-18). The Bible is not just a bunch of stories and rules, it is the transcript of His heart. What was burning in the treasury of the heart of God from all eternity, He has spoken (Heb. 1:1, Mt. 12:34-35), and it was meant to burn in our hearts as well.

If I want to know Him, truly know Him (before I see Him face to face and find out I didn’t really know Him), I must treat the Bible as the words of a real person (He is the living Word -John 1). The Lord really wants an active dialogue with us, He wants relationship. He wants us to sit down (not run around under the pressure of memorizing) at His feet and hear His words (Luke 10:38-42). But not just this, relationship is two-way, He wants us to talk back to Him in prayer and ask Him about His word, ask Him to reveal more to our hearts, resolve to believe it and obey it, and ask Him to help us believe it and obey it (these are exactly the kinds of things the Psalmist does all throughout Psalm 119). I

have had to be diligent set aside time to just pray the Word, this is where the heart comes alive. The greatest thing I could say about the Bible is that we must pray it! Otherwise it just becomes empty words on a page (or in your brain) that have little impact on your heart. The Word becomes ineffective against all the onslaughts of sin and temptation if we don’t know to wield it. And the greatest way I know to wield that Sword of the Spirit is by speaking it to the Lord (thanking Him for it, asking Him to reveal it, and to help me believe/obey it) and to my heart (resolving to believe/obey it) by “praying in the Spirit” (Eph. 6:17-18, Jude 20-21).

The third person of the Trinity is our teacher to reveal the Word (John 14:26, 16:13-15, 1 Jn. 2:27), and He wants us to pray and talk to Him. It is also interesting to note that Paul describes the way we are filled with the Spirit is by singing the Word back to Him (Eph. 5:18-19).

4. It has taught me that getting in the Word (to where it abides in our hearts through prayer) is the way to say “no” to sin. Actually saying “No!” (Titus 2:12), and having 5 Bible verses on the promises of God, the deception of sin, and the day of recompense, to back it up that emphatic, “No!”. Even with Jesus Himself, the Word is the thing that revives faith (Rom. 10:17) and keeps us resisting the temptations of sin. In the face of temptation, He shouted what He had nourished His inner man on from His youth, “It is written!” (Mt. 4:1-11).

I believe the greatest deception of Satan is about to sweep the whole earth in our day. If we want to be those who stand firm in the evil day (Eph. 6:10-13) and overcome, we must be those who wield the sword of the Spirit and love the truth (2 Thess. 2:3-15, 1 John 2:14, Rev. 12:11)! In a day when culture blows us around (Eph. 4:14) and entices us to fill our minds with trivial stuff in the name of “knowledge” (1 Tim. 6:20-21, 2 Tim. 3:7), I want to be a tree planted in the house of the Lord (Ps. 1:3, 92:12-15) who meditates on the Word of God day and night (Ps. 1:2) and revels in the glory of it just like Jonathan Edwards described a “greedy miser gathering up handfuls of gold” (Ps. 119:14). And whatever storm may come my way, I can rest assured in the promises of God because in them, I have built my life like a man builds his house on the rock (Mt. 7:24-25, Prov. 3).

I challenge all who read this to, in like manner, give yourself to the Word of God: 1) See the reward and incentive it is, 2) order your life and time around it, 3) pray it, 4) speak it against the temptations of sin — and also consider competing in the next annual National Bible Bee!

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are the co-founders of TheRebelution.com and co-authors of Do Hard Things and Start Here. They have a passion for God and for their generation. Their personal interests include politics, filmmaking, music, and basketball. They are both graduates of Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia.



  • Wow, that’s really great to have all of those verses and stuff memorized, I would love it! Congrat’s, Truman!

  • I agree with Camille! Congrats, Truman, and thanks for the advice!!!

  • Congratulations Truman! I actually participated in our local Bible Bee and it was an excellent experience. Even though I didn’t make it beyond the local level it still got me to go deeper into God’s Word. Thanks for the exhortations.
    In Christ,
    Daniel Turack

  • Sarah D.

    I heard about the Bible Bee through a radio broadcast. I was incredibly encouraged by how much these kids and teens put into this, and how much closer they had grown to God.

    I used to do Awana, and was the “star” memorizer of the group (I don’t want to brag). I participated until 6th grade, when I started going to youth group. I loved doing Awana and learning God’s Word, but after I stopped going, I didn’t keep memorizing the Bible, and the verses that I learned slipped away from my memory. After listening the that broadcast, God reignited a passion within me to learn more about Him through His Word. I didn’t really take action until about a month ago. Since, I have memorized Philippians 2:1-11, 1 Corinthians 12:12-27, and I’m working on Titus 1. I plan to memorize all of Titus.

    Thanks for sharing what God taught you through the Bible Bee, Truman! Keep up the great work!!

    Sarah, age 13

  • Laura V.

    Thanks so much for your words, Truman! I watched all four hours of the National Bible Bee live, and I was cheering you guys on! It was so amazing to see how much of God’s Word you have memorized. And you guys have greatly encouraged me in my Bible memorization! I have even been considering participating in the next Bible Bee!

    Keep it up, brother! 😀

    ~Laura

  • That’s amazing! I’m often plagued with the thoughts that sometimes, even though we may read or memorize Scripture, at church or elsewhere, it doesn’t always implant itself in our hearts — we don’t let it sink in like it should. It’s an amazing thing when God’s word seeps into our lives, showing itself in everything we do. I am challenged by your post!

    Great job, Truman, and thanks for inspiring us all!

  • Amy A

    Hey Truman! My family was really excited to hear you placed 2nd! Congrats!
    Thanks for sharing the lessons you learned, I’ll take them to heart. While I’m too old to participate as a competitor in the Bible Bee, I will see if I can encourage Alissa to go for it!
    What an awesome opportunity to really get God’s word in you!

    God Bless you in all you do Truman!

    -Amy A.
    P.S. My Mom just turned on the prayer room via GodTV 😉

  • Rebecca Turner

    Thanks Truman!! I was at the Nationals, and your hard work was evident…and your dedication, continuing with almost no voice! Thanks for the challenge–though I was part of the Bible Bee, I didn’t take it as seriously, and I should have…and yes, I would definitely encourage everyone to participate in the next one!

  • Bridget

    Congratulations Truman! 😀

  • Congrats, Truman! It is truly amazing to see how His Word transforms our hearts. If only we would come to really believe that His Word is infinitely more valuable than earthly treasures, we would do well! Thanks for the encouragement… stay in the Word! :)

  • Kathryn D.

    Thanks, Truman, for writing this.

    I was really impressed on how you described the way you worked, how you said it taught you how to live a focused life, and how you mentioned you needed to commit a great deal of effort to it to get the results you did. I was happiest when you described that the work you did pushed you to give yourself to the Word of God. I take up your challenge to putGod’s Word first. I also think I will take up your challenge to do the next Bible Bee.

  • Morgan

    Wow thats so amazing! I’m from Nampa Idaho and I did the regional competition. I got second place. I had so much fun it was totally worth all the hard work! The first place winner for our age group also went to Washington DC. I am so proud of you guys and all your efforts!

  • Wow Congratulations Truman! Isn’t it so amazing how God works? This really is doing something hard! All us Rebelutionaries are proud of you!

    God Bless!

  • How awesome is that?! And though you won a prise that will only last momentarily, you have also gained a treasure that will last for eternity! Thank you for the encouragement to make memorizing God’s Word more of a priority in our lives!

  • Barb

    That’s great stuff! I had actually been signed up to “do hard things!” and to participate in the Local Bible bee, but after a month, I had convinced myself that it was too much work, and just didn’t have the time. I’m sorry for that now, and am working on getting myself immersed in God’s word again. Thanks for the encouragment!

  • marz

    congrats!!!!!!!!

  • Corrie M.

    Congrats, Truman–not only for loving God with your mind, but with your heart as well. It’s apparent that you’re after wisdom, not mere knowledge, and for that you will be richly rewarded. Your field is being sown with many good seeds. Bless you!

    ~Corrie M. (part of the FCF fam)

    P.S. Your music carries the revelation of God. Keep bringing out those treasures (Mt. 13:52)!

  • Emily

    Truman,
    Thanks for the encouragement and challenge! My sister also was a nationalist in the Bible Bee so I was able to go to Washington and attend some of the activities (I’m too old to compete :[ ). Living with someone who prepared and competed, I know how much work it all took and the dedication that went into it. I also know that for my sister and also for myself, the Word of God took on a richness this past summer, and our family has an increased appreciation and love for it. Thank you so much for your humble testimony. Congratulations!

  • Last year, I was sad that I was just a few months too old to participate in the Bible Bee. Oh well.

    With my church, I’m memorizing the entire sermon on the mount (Matt. 5:3-7:27). It’s a huge challenge for me, but, God-willing, I will continue to work on it the entire year.

    Congrats to Truman, and may God richly bless you and your family!

  • Sophie LaFleur

    Hey Truman! It was great to meet you at Nationals! Thanks for the great reminders of the impact of the Bible Bee–I agree, it changed the way I view life! Thanks for your testimony of love for the Lord both in the oral rounds, semis, finals, responding to praise, and, of course, posting here on the Rebelution! Congrats, again! You did such a great job, Mr Whisper!:)

    For those of you out there considering Bible Bee—DO THE HARD THING! People may look at you and ask, “why are you spending so much time on this?” It’s so important, guys! At no other point in our lives will we have as much time (that’s a scary thought!) or as much energy! Memorizing is hard to make ourselves do, but it is easier now than it will be when we are older! Make Christ the center of your life and time this summer! Trust Him and Do it! It is so life-changing…if you let it!
    Also, it’s incredible to have all those passages right there! In resisting temptation, giving godly advice, knowing what decision to make–it is priceless! “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Ps. 119:103
    “The Word of God is sharper than a two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit and of joints and marrow and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Heb. 4:12 Prepare to be challenged by the Word!

    Deum Delectare-TO PLEASE GOD!
    Sophie

  • Caitlin

    Dear Truman,

    I am also challeged by your post, and encouraged by the Lord’s light shining through you. Praise God! His grace and love are truly remarkable, aren’t they? Can you imagine what it would be like to not have His precious Words – or if any part of it was missing? How good and how loving our Father is, that He would share His heart with us! May we all dive into His law with wonder, passion, and the joy of Christ.

    May He bless you as you seek His face, brother!

    By His mercy,

    Caitlin

  • Bob Prince

    Truman, your level of discipline in winning second place in the National Spelling Bee was truly phenomenal. You made several references to Jonathan Edwards who, along with Martin Luther, are some of my favorites in the history of Christianity. I once was doing a search on the internet about works of Jonathan Edwards and clicked on a reference to his book, A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections. I was astonished when the entire book was downloaded. I printed it up and was greatly impressed with the depth of this great man’s spiritual understanding. One of my favorite quotations from Edwards was his statement from that book: “Gracious and holy affections have their exercise and fruit in Christian practice. . . John 15:14: ‘Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.’. . If the old nature be indeed mortified, and a new and heavenly nature infused, then may it well be expected, that men will walk in newness of life, and continue to do so to the end of their days. . . Some may be ready to object against what has been said of Christian practice being the chief evidence of the truth of grace, that this is a legal doctrine, and that this making practice a thing of such great importance in religion, magnifies works, and tends to lead men to make too much of their own doings, to the diminution of the glory of free grace, and does not seem well to consist with the great gospel doctrine of justification by faith alone. It is our works being the price of God’s favor, and not their being the sign of it, that is the thing which is inconsistent with the freeness of that favor. . . It is not the worthiness or loveliness of our works, or anything in us, which is in any wise accepted with God, as a balance for the guilt of sin. Thus we are justified only by the righteousness of Christ, and not by our righteousness.”
    Alex and Brett are right in synch with Edwards in their profound statement about the Ultimate Hard Thing in Do Hard Things. They said: “The mark of genuine transformaton is to TRUST GOD ENOUGH TO OBEY HIM, to do what you know pleases Him, even when you know it won’t please other people; to do hard things.”

  • donan

    Thats pretty cool! i’ve never heard of a bible bee. Must have been hard to get up there and recite the bible.

  • Wow, Truman! Great post! I watched the Bible Bee live too, it was so cool to see how much scripture you guys had all memorized, you did a great job! I am planning on doing it next year, although I don’t expect to get farther than our local one.
    ~Alli

  • Sarah P.

    Congrats Truman! 😀

    Loved the post! I have been learning a lot this year about ordering my life around God, and this post was a great reminder and encouragement! I accept the challenge! :)

    -Sarah

  • Noella

    Praise the Lord!

  • Alex Francis

    Great job! This is definitely motivation for me to internalize the Word of God

  • AMEN. It is so heartening to see this. The word of God is so amazing. And it is high time we got back to treating it as such. It is sharper than any two edged sword, it pierces even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. A solid foundation. And thanks for setting a great example Truman, you have encouraged me in my struggle to keep God and the Bible first.

    God Bless
    Chip

    P.S. If you are going to sword fight, you should learn how to wield a sword.

  • Wow; what an inspiration to pursue the Word of God! Truman, you’ve inspired me to faithfully, passionately and continually memorize God’s word a lot better than I have been. Thank you!

    And Alex and Brett, thanks for making your comments from the Bible Bee available on the blog for those who otherwise would never hear them (like me :) It is a challenging reminder for me to continue to memorize and study the Bible, no matter how much I think I already know.

  • Awesome stuff, man, keep up the good work! I especially know what you mean when you wrote “It has taught me that getting in the Word (to where it abides in our hearts through prayer) is the way to say “no” to sin”; the Word of the LORD is powerful, and getting into it daily for 6 months has altered my life for the better forever.

  • Congratulations Truman!

    I love memorizing verses and what you’ve shared has been a great encouragement. :)

  • Bob Prince

    Truman, I owe you a huge apology for my slip of typewriter to say spelling bee instead of Bible bee. Please forgive my slip.

  • Rachel B.

    Great job Truman :) It must have been a very rewarding accomplishment after it was all done. It sounds like it really helped you to start studying the Word of God and have fun at the same time. Keep up the great work. 😀

  • Zach

    I just read the blog post. Wow. How can someone memorize all those verses? I have a hard enough time trying to memorize my Bible verses for school. LOL

  • Wonderful post – thank you for sharing. As I read it, I thought, “Wow, I’m going to have to comment about that.” And I thought it for each of the four points you made.

    1) “What other spheres of competition are there in which the very medium of the competition is a greater incentive and reward than the “prize” itself…”

    That’s awesome, and it inspires me to look around at the processes I put in my life – How do they lead to growth in Christ?

    2) “I found myself studying which foods would cloud and hinder my memory…”

    I for one often forget the value of caring for my physical body to glorify God. On one extreme, I don’t care for it because… well, that’s just worldly, right? On the other extreme, I care too much about my body but for the wrong reasons… to impress others, to feel better about myself. This is an outstanding reminder to focus my care on serving God and others.

    3) “If I want to know Him, truly know Him. . . I must treat the Bible as the words of a real person. . .”

    That’s always been a struggle for me going into Scripture memorizing. I focus too much on the memorizing instead of letting the words shape my life and become part of me that way.

    4) “Actually saying ‘No!’. . . and having 5 Bible verses on the promises of God, the deception of sin, and the day of recompense, to back it up that emphatic, “No!”. Even with Jesus Himself, the Word is the thing that revives faith. . . and keeps us resisting the temptations of sin.”

    That’s what encouragement and certainty is all about. It’s not enough just to say you’re going to do something… you have to have the certainty to back it up. And certainty only comes from God.

    Thanks so much for taking the time to share with us… and congratulations!

    -Marshall Jones Jr.

  • Lauren

    bondchristian, that was really encouraging! (Mainly the second point). I tend to only worry about my health and what i eat so that i can impress others, not to be healthy or glorify God. Thanks for the reminder :)

  • Shelley

    Thank you for this exhortation Truman! You are a young man truly worthy of imitation. Thank you for loving Jesus so well. Your labor, diligence and tender-hearted recitation of the Word of God did indeed display His Word as precious and glorious.

  • Nick

    Wow way to go! I completely agree with you, you can have the whole Bible memorized but if one does not live by it, it means nothing.

  • I’ve always been ahead of other kids in AWANA memory verses, so my youth pastor thought the Bible Bee would be good for me, and my parents agreed with her. I signed up but I had to back out because I was already involved in acting in a play and it was taking up a lot of my time…. I wouldn’t trade that theatre experience for the world, but I can’t help but wonder….What if I had went through with the Bible Bee?

  • Hannah Leary

    Truman,
    Thank you for your great example to me in this. I was in the National Bible Bee and didn’t come close to winning but I learned so much. It completely changed my life. It was inspiring to watch you do the final challenge without a voice. You almost had me in tears by your sincerity while saying the verses. You truly represented our God well! Great job!

  • You guys are all a blessing and mutually provoke me. And Melissa, you may have missed the Bible Bee this summer and may have even wasted a lot of time you could have spent in the Word, but the invitation is still open. The battle of getting in the Word is not based on entering the Bible Bee, but it dynamically involves fighting for time. We give so much of our time to so many things. Jesus said, “Only one thing is necessary and Mary has chosen that good part” (Luke 10:38-42, that is, to sit at Jesus’ feet and hear His word). It takes choosing and prioritizing this good part. God in the flesh said it’s the only thing necessary. That alone should be enough to convince us. The Psalmist says of the man who delights and meditates on the Word, “He will be like a tree firmly planted… and in whatever he does, he prospers.” (Ps. 1). Did you hear that?! WHATEVER you do will prosper IF you are delighting and meditating on the Word day and night. A great way to do that is by entering the Bible Bee, but it is not the only way. The Bible Bee is so limited. The competition will quickly be over or you’ll get too old to compete and you’ll realize, the real battle is getting in the Word THEN. Well, folks, this is then! The battle is now, today! Get in the Word!!! Don’t let friends, theater, TV shows, or sports order your life around. Today, let the voice of Jesus order your life around, “ONLY ONE THING IS NEEDED” (Luke 10:41-42). Be like Mary of Bethany, choose the good part.

  • My younger sister won first place in our local Bible Bee. She was hoping to make it to nationals, but realized that even though she didn’t make it, she had learned many lessons that would stick with her for a lifetime. I was amazed by her dedication. The week before the local Bee it seemed like she did little else but review God’s Word, and she did it with such joy. She said it didn’t matter if she didn’t win the prize, because hiding God’s Word in her heart was better then any amount of money.

    Thanks for sharing your story. Keep up the work. God Bless.

  • Truman what you said really hit home with me. I have been feeling really stagnate spiritually. My daily devotionals have become routine and I have been feeling weary of doing them for no reason. You are so right. We need to continue to pray the word. I want to thank you for that reminder! I have been in a real time of solitude lately and I think God just wants me to take advatnage of this time to get deeper then I have been in His word. Thanks Truman

  • Bethany Franklin

    Truman, thank you so much for sharing what God taught you through the Bible Bee. Something about the way you quoted each verse made me think of how precious the Word of God is. Thank you for setting such a wonderful example for so many people.

    If some of you are considering becoming involved in the National Bible Bee, I just can’t tell you how wonderful it is. Hard, but wonderful. Anyway… thanks Truman for working so hard, and for your comments. Especially the one about praying through Scripture. It works!

  • Amen, brother. I love memorizing, but have grown slack of late. This really encouraged me to ‘get with it’. What could be more profitable than learning our code book, practicing fighting stances, and realizing that we are not only preparing for the battle, but we are in it right now? It is never good to be caught with your guard down.

    Wow, I didn’t intend to get off on a tangent. Just congratulations and thanks for being an example to the rest of us.

    In Christ
    ~Jordan Elizabeth

  • Elizabeth

    This is such a powerful message, Truman. The Lord has obviously done some incredible things in your life through this Bible Bee. Praise Him!! Reading the section 3. on how our hearts were created to flow with the love of God was so spot on for what I’ve been ‘dealing’ with/going through right now. Its almost like a confirmation. Thanks so much for expounding on the revelation that the Holy Spirit has revealed to you.

  • Lisa

    I feel so inspired! Having that glimpse of what could be if I applied myself to studying and memorising God’s Word has really encouraged me. When you mentioned that you even changed your diet and amended your activities to allow you to be more focused on the Word of God, I realized how I needed a change in priorities. Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

  • The desire of my heart is to be a Mary of Bethany. Truman, your testimony and words provoke me to sit at Jesus’ feet. Thank you :)

  • Mitchell

    Truman, i hope you get around to reading this comment.

    I had a similar experience (on a much smaller scale) and after it was over, i felt proud and all, but guess what, after a few weeks i had forgotten most of those verses and i was left with pride and no verses.

    So my message to you is; Keep repeating the verses periodically, and God bless you with even more diligence in memorizing His Word.

    Have you read the book? Well i noticed that praise, in the examples given in the book, only served to make the youth satisfied with their position and made them complacent.

    I recently heard a sermon on praise and it cleared up the big confusion i had on the subject.

    There are two kinds of praise; one praises achievement or skill; the result is pride and complacency.

    The second praises character; the result is praise to God and a desire to grow in that character trait.

    So i hope we can realize this and learn to discriminate between true and false praise and learn to praise character in others.

  • Bronwyn

    “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.” Jer. 17:7-8. I want to be like a tree too! 😀

  • Thats awesome! Thanks so much for sharing, I am definatly going to get stuck into bible mermorization after that. It is so true that I felt God going…umm…Melinda…what about me?
    Thanks again.
    – Melinda

  • Sarah

    Thats awesome! I placed 2nd in my local bee, but didnt make it to nationals. Good job, Truman!

  • Megan

    Hey Thanks Truman 😀 this year my younger sister did the Bible Bee ( im not particularly blessed with the skill of memorization :) and even though she didn’t make it she prayed every night for the people who did. so again for being an example to all.
    Megan Howell

  • Noah Olmstead

    Very Motivating. I have thought about participating in the Bible Bee but have not got around to it. Great Job Truman. God is truly amazing!!!

    Noah

  • Dee

    Dear Truman,
    Thank you so much for your testimony!! Your insight into the prize money pulling in contestants, then finding that the real prize is the Word will help others. I look forward to meeting you in Heaven. I have the privilege of preparing some of the material that this year’s participants will be using, so ‘hearing’ from a student has been a blessing. Soli Deo Gloria!

  • Alexander Chow

    When you were a finalist in 2009 I loved reading your profile as it showed how much you love God and His Word. I was so pleased to meet you in Washington D.C. and happy that you got 2nd place. I’m looking forward to trying my best in this years Bible Bee.

  • I love B. Walters. How would life be without her! I hope that she is doing well!

  • Hi. I would encourage all of you to do a very hard thing, not only in disciplining yourself to memorize God’s Word, but to fight today’s Trivial Gospel which has no use for God’s Word and inspire others to get to know the true Living God through His Word. One great tool for this is my favorite free Scripture memory website, http://www.memverse.com. Any Rebelutionists out there up for the challenge of making their state #1 in the exciting win-win state contest to the glory of God??!! (On Tuesday, I am expecting to find out that I am moving to Iowa in the Fall, and I hope, Lord willing, to inspire and encourage them to go from last to 1st in the state contest without using my verses, which I give to my Indonesia birthplace. I would love some Rebelutionists from the other 49 states to challenge me.)

    I would love to hear from you if you have any thoughts about memverse, the awesome Bible Bee (Last year I ran 5 unofficial Bible Bee camps in NY, PA, OH, MO, and FL. This summer I will be sent around the country by headquarters to run official Bible Bee Scripture memory camps), or Scripture memory in general.

    In Christ, Phil Walker (573)822-4015 [email protected]

  • I am enrolled in the Bible Bee and I think that it is very hard to memorize, but I have spent more time in his word that I have ever done before. I have learned a lot about God and I feel closer to him. I highly reccomend it and would say YES! if anyone asks if they should join.

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  • congrats! thanks for sharing beautiful story! will you shar e a typical weekly schedual for study bible bee ? thanks, coleen

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