As having just receiving Christ by faith, I came across a little packet of what was called “B (bible) Rations.” It contained a few bible verses on individual cards that I memorized. This led me to becoming acquainted with the “Navigator Topical Memory System” of more verses – about a hundred — that I also memorized as a teen-ager.
As I am writing now, those verses – still in my mind and heart – are yet burning in my mind and heart!
One of those early passages: “How can a young man cleans his way? By taking heed according to your Word. … Your (God’s) word have I hid in my heart that I might now sin against you.” (Psalm 119: 9, 11). It helped me as a young man … and continues to be reinforcement as an older man!
In this brief time of radio, Navigator staff member BRETT CLARK, in Colorado Springs, brings out some major points in the remarkable life of Navigator Ministry founder, DAWSON TROTMAN. It takes him through a young life that included drunkenness, the kindness of a policeman, attending a Sunday School class extending a challenge to memorizing 20 bible verses (he was the only one in the group who did) … to his eventually founding of the great Navigator ministry.
In those early days of memorizing verses from the bible, the words of one of those verses jumped out at him. Jesus said: “Truly, truly I say to you, he who hears my work, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.” (John 5:24) Brett relates Dawson’s response. “Lord, I don’t know what this ‘eternal life’ is, but whatever it is, I want it!”
More help and resources at www.navigators.org, https://www.navigators.org/resource/topical-memory-system and www.navpress.com.
Earlier radio recordings (10 – 12 minutes each) related to this subject…
To hear … “Student missionary Mort Whitman and HHH talk about impact on us of ‘Navigator Topical Memory System’” … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/2015/06/29/student-missionary-mort-whitman-and-hhh-talk-about-impact-on-us-of-navigator-topical-memory-system/ ;
To hear … “With bombs falling on him at 1941 Pearl Harbor, Navigator Jim Downing prayed: ‘I’ll be with you in minute, Lord!’” (As told by Brett Clark, his Navigator ministry associate at the time) … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/2019/05/14/with-bombs-falling-on-him-at-1941-pearl-harbor-navigator-jim-downing-prayed-ill-be-with-you-in-a-minute-lord/;
To hear … “Baptist Press Senior Editor Art Toalston; in midlife became passionate re Bible memory & meditation” … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/2016/07/03/baptist-press-senior-editor-art-toalston-in-midlife-became-passionate-re-bible-memory-meditation/;
To hear … “ Jim McNiel, the ‘Walking Bible,’ amid laughs, regarding the joys of memorizing, applying, living out the Bible” … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/2018/11/12/jim-mcniel-the-walking-bible-amid-laughs-re-joys-of-memorizing-applying-living-out-the-bible/;
To hear and see … “A 5-minute video — https://youtu.be/AfUBY11DXHY — with Pastor Fred Winters, in 2009 murdered in his pulpit … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/2019/11/07/a-5-minute-video-https-youtu-be-afuby11dxhy-with-pastor-fred-winters-in-2009-murdered-in-his-pulpit-he-lit-the-fuse-for-african-vision-of-hope-in-2019-c/ … and …
To hear … “A one-minute testimony from the youngest member of the United States Senate, Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri. He opposes his opponent’s support of partial-birth abortion … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/2018/10/09/a-one-minute-testimony-from-josh-hawley-opposing-his-opponent-support-of-partial-birth-abortion/ .