Partnering to Remember: The 2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine

Tim Brister —  December 20, 2010 — 281 Comments


In the summer of 2008, I came up with the crazy idea called a “memory moleskine.”  The goal was to memorize the book of Ephesians before the end of the year.  Since then, that Ephesian memory moleskine has resulted in 4,000+ people joining in.  With a number of people desiring to do it again, I pitched the idea of memorizing the book of Philippians beginning in the New Year.

Let’s face it. Memorizing Scripture can be a difficult discipline, especially memorizing long passages of Scripture.  In our fast-paced lives of multi-tasking with any number of things vying for our attention, there is a real danger for the Word of God to get squeezed out of our daily lives.  More than any other time, Christians need to partner together for the purpose of internalizing Scripture, encouraging one another to abide in the words of Christ, and remembering the weighty truths that center us in God’s work in our lives. To do this, a system for memorizing Scripture has been created called the memory moleskine.

Starting in 2011, I am beginning a project called P2R (Partnering to Remember).  The goal is to memorize the entire book of Philippians by Easter Sunday (April 24, 2011) through partnering with other believers using the memory moleskine.  Paul praised the church in Philippi for their partnership in advance of the Gospel, and in the spirit of that partnership, this project intends to bring Christians together for the deepening work of God’s Word in their lives.  Simply put, I believe we should partner to remember.

Using the Cahier moleskine, I have created a pocket-size notebook that provides a practical and accessible way to memorize Scripture.  Through collaboration with The Resurgence, a customized PDF has been created for you to download with a week-by-week outline for memorizing the book of Philippians in 16 weeks using the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible.  On one side of the moleskine you simply paste the week’s verses to memorize, and on the other side you write your reflections on the verses while indicating how many times you rehearsed them each day.  Included in this PDF are encouragements and helps to memorizing and retaining Scripture from Donald Whitney, Andy Davis, and John Piper.

The Cahier moleskine can be purchased either directly from Moleskine or from various bookstores such as Borders or Books-a-Million.  My hope is that many Christians will establish a rhythm of remembering God’s Word together through a system that helps access Scripture wherever you are.  So I encourage you to join me at the beginning of the New Year with a memory moleskine in your hand that God’s Word may be more treasured in your heart!

How to Make Your Own 2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine

1.  Purchase your own Cahier Moleskine (3.5×5.5 size)
2.  Download the PDF provided by the Resurgence
3.  Cut the weekly Scripture reading according to the border
4.  Use double-sided tape to paste the weekly section of verses
5.  Find someone who you can partner with for encouragement & accountability
6.  Jump in starting January 1, 2011!!!

If you decide to partner with me next year to memorize Philippians, please let me know in the comments.  I would love to know who you are!  And if you don’t have someone to partner with you, I will attempt to encourage you through my blog. :)

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281 responses to Partnering to Remember: The 2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine

  1. Robert Barry King December 20, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Count me in!

  2. It was great to meet you the other day at Panera. What a God-moment! This is a great idea and I look forward to joining you in memorizing. Thanks!

  3. I’m going to join in too, but I’m going to use a Moleskine look-alike unless that is against the rules. :)

  4. I’m gonna give it the ole college try! Thanks for putting this together.

  5. Love this. Thanks for the inspiration and downloads. Like John, I’ll probably use a moleskin look-a-like (aka something I already have on my shelf). For a variety of reasons, Philippians is the perfect book for me to memorize right now.

  6. This is awesome, Tim. Thanks for putting it together for everyone!

  7. I would like to join you. I started memorizing Phil. in June and got bogged down towards the end of ch. 2. I’d like to try again. Thanks!

  8. Christian Selvaratnam December 20, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    I’m in!

  9. printed off the pdf file, cut it and taped it in my ‘knock-off moleskin’ and ready to go! would also love to see this for galatians (i will be teaching through it at the beginning of 2011 and then preaching through it later in the year! just a thought

  10. I have my P2R Philippians Moleskine ready to go! Thank you for putting this spiritual tool together, you can count me in!

  11. Clint Richardson December 20, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    My wife and I are in, thank you for the idea and putting it together. I’m putting together the moleskins right now. Merry Christmas!

  12. So fun! I have been memorizing Philippians (ESV) for the past 5 weeks, and plan to end about the same time. Excited for more resources and encouragement. There is a small group of us on Twitter who have been memorizing and sharing encouragement and tips using the hashtag #hpimh (Hiding Philippians in My Heart).

  13. thanks Tim. I just started memorizing James and wanted to memorize the book. This has given me the creative tools to keep it up and stick with it. Really excited to making my “Partnering to Remember::James” journal! I’m also asking our leadership team about challenging all our people to do the same!

  14. Thanks for providing this for us, Tim. Memorizing Scripture can be a daunting task because there are 66 books to choose from. This will help many begin this practice personally. I have 2 empty Cahiers already, so I’ve got it printed off and will be putting it together once I get that tape. Thanks again.

    Blessings to you,
    Freddy

  15. I’m all in!! Got a partner too @SeaBaits!

  16. I all in. And I will call my church to join me as well!

  17. Love the idea Timmy. Thanks for providing the motivation to kick off 2011 memorizing Scripture.

  18. After memorizing 1 Chronicles 29:10-18, 1 Timothy 1:12-17 and Romans 8, I have fell out of the memorizing rhythm. Fortunately I am getting back into the swing of things with Titus 3:3-7, Acts 20:24 among countless others.

    I wanted to work my way up to Hosea 2, Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53 before attempting to do a book. However, our church just recently finish Philippians. It would seem prudent to go in and attempt to memorize a book that is so fresh on my heart.

    Count me in.

  19. Tim,

    Thank you so much for this! I have about 9 more verses to learn and then I will have Philippians 1 (NASB) memorized! I plan to have that completed by December 29th and recite it to someone from my Sunday school class by memory on December 31st, as that is the goal date that has been set. Please pray for me, as I seek a partner to help me with the rest of Philippians.

    God bless you! :-)

  20. I’ve been wanting to memorize Philippians for years but have not done it. Here’s the perfect opportunity. I’m in.

  21. Thanks for coming up with this it’ll help me to be familiar with God’s word. I’m joining and will encourage others to join.

  22. I’m in, and my wife Ann is as well.

    Doug

    • That’s great Doug and Ann! Hope this blesses your spiritual growth as well as your marriage!

      • When I was putting our notebooks together, my daughters asked what I was doing. So now, all 4 of us are going to work on it, and we’re going to do it when my not-yet-reading son is with us so that he hears it. If all goes well, the whole family will have Philippians memorized by Easter.

  23. Hey Tim,

    I will memorize Philippians with you. Because of the example of some other guys at my school and their love for the word I have been encouraged and driven to memorize scripture. Over 2010 I memorized Ephesians, 2 Timothy, and just finished the sermon on the mount. Nothing changes a man like the word of God. I love this idea of the booklet and whatnot. I think I will make a few as gifts. Thank you for all you do. I love reading your books and actually just got generous justice from amazon today. I read the reason for God at a turning point in my life. Your faith evidenced in that book and your concern for dealing with people’s questions was a great encouragement to my soul. I thank God for your faith and your love toward all the saints. :) Press on, brother.

  24. Hey Mr. Brister,
    Look forward to starting this with you. I am currently putting together my moleskin in anticipation of Jan. 1 2011. Are there any helpful hints on notetaking or anything else?

  25. Tim,

    I attempted this many years ago and got through most of chapter 3. I’ve always thought about returning to Philippians and giving it another try. Your encouragement has given me the impetus to stop thinking about it and do it. Thanks.

  26. Several A29 Churches are working through Colossians beginning in 2010 so we adapted the resource. I did not add the Resurgence or Partner to Remember info because I did not want to imply your endorsement. You can see what we created here. http://dl.dropbox.com/u/531046/ColossiansP2R.pdf

  27. Dennis Scheibmeir December 21, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Sounds good to me – maybe it will help with my memory skills to do this.

  28. A number of believers from Chicago will be joining you!

  29. Hey Tim,

    I’m in and i have a partner to help me out who has memorized the book before using a different method. Thanks for putting this together and sharing.

    Justin

  30. I’m in – I have my moleskine all set up, and am anxious to get started!

  31. I’m in!
    I am going to post this on my blog and twitter and see if I can get a partner.
    Thanks, I was looking for encouragement to memorize more scripture this year! What a great way to do it.

  32. Wonderful! I’m in on this.

    Thanks!

  33. I’m in.

  34. Thank God…I’m in.

  35. What a brilliant idea, I don’t think I’ll be able to wait until Jan 1st to get started!!

  36. I’m in for this as well. Thank you for putting it together!

  37. My wife and I are going to do it together. We’re pumped! Also, I just bought a 3 pack of pocket sized cahiers last week to aid my training as a campus planter – so I had two unclaimed ones ready for us. Thanks for putting this together!

  38. I stumbled across your blog through a post on twitter. This idea is fantastic. The book of Philippians is my favorite book of the bible, and I am extremely excited about the idea of memorizing it. Thank you very much!! I am definitely going to be participating!!

  39. Tim,
    I’m all in!

    twitter.com/BryanCBailey

  40. I’ve not had much success memorizing scripture before. I’ve never tried to memorize a whole book but this looks like a good approach. I’m partnering with one of my accountability partners. Thanks for the sharing and encouraging.

  41. [...] I recently came across a great blog post with some tools to help memorize Philippians beginning on January 1, 2011. To download the tools, click here: [...]

  42. Hi! I’m trying it! So far I haven’t been able to convince any of my friends to partner with me so you’re my partner, I fear. :-) Looking forward to doing this. I hope I make it all the way through and don’t lose heart.

    Samantha

    PS-I was directed here from Between Two Worlds. Shout out to Justin Taylor. He rocks.

  43. I’m in too. I have memorized this much before, but at a much younger age. Now at 57.

  44. Count me in

  45. I am wondering if a blank template could be made available for folks wanting to memorize other books. I’d love to be able to type my verses into a template and print and affix to my little moleskin – I’m already working my way through 1 Thessalonians and would love to do the same thing with this book as you are doing with Philippians.

  46. Hey Timmy – what a great idea. Will be joining you from Central Asia.

    I think I might even do this with my 8 year old son. He has such a knack for hearing something a few times and then being able to remember it. Our family has 3 Psalms, the Beatitudes, James 1, and Ro 8:1-6 memorized so far. How? Read the entire passage every single day and bite off a new phrase each day to memorize. Usuallyafter the end of the first week, whether the rest of the family has yet or not, our oldest already has it down. PTL!

    Thanks again; any partners out there in Central Asia?

  47. Okay, I printed off the verses so I’m now officially in. Thanks for heading this up.

  48. I picked up my moleskin today at Barnes & Noble in Champaign (IL), and I just printed off the verses, so I’m almost ready to go. I’ll be prepared on January 1.

  49. I’ve never had sustained success in memorization over the past 40 years, and I now have a head covered in snow white hair (glad to have hair of any color) but, I’m going to attempt to follow your plan. I purchased the 3 Moleskin ‘cahiers’ plain journals at BN this evening. Thanks for leading this.

  50. Tim, I’m all in! twitter.com/BryanCBailey

  51. Count me in! Looking forward to memorizing Philippians while studying at Covenant Seminary and grabbing a few guys to join with me!

  52. Tim in Southeast Asia December 24, 2010 at 3:45 am

    I’ll be joining you from Southeast Asia.

    I had actually just found your posts from 2008, and was just getting my plans together for doing this in 2011. I have been reading Philippians repeatedly recently and was thinking that I’d like to start with Philippians. Then, I opened up my google reader and saw your post on the Resurgence about this. No real Moleskins out here, but I’ve found a knock-off that will do the trick.

  53. I am in. just ordered the moleskin.

  54. Thank you so much for doing this Tim! Frankly, I am a little nervous and floored that it is possible to memorize a whole letter from Paul! Count me in!

  55. me, my hubby, and our dear friend are all in … making up the notebooks as i type this … thanks so much for the challenge and the tools to do it … may God be glorified!

  56. Count me in as well as my sister. Am putting together my Moleskine tonight…a wonderful Christmas Eve thing to do.

  57. I am part of a small group of men who meet weekly for some Bible Study, prayer, and encouragment. We will be joining you in Philippians. I am excited.

  58. I am in. just ordered the moleskin.

  59. I am in. I can’t wait. I will purchase the needed materials this week.

  60. I’ve memorized random Bible verses but have always been too intimidated to even try an entire book. But, I’m planning to memorize Philippians along with you. I’m still searching for a partner to hold me accountable. Thank you for giving me the nudge I needed to follow God’s prompting in this area.

  61. I’m in! Let’s do this!

  62. My brain is like swiss cheese at this point in my life but I would like to try. I know God can fill those holes and help me retain His Word.

  63. why bother with printing out the sections and cutting them up. Don’t be so lazy. It’s a journal for writing in. Why not hand write out the portions of Scripture. That’ll be a better start to get the text into the brain.

  64. Gabriel Rodriguez December 27, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Count me in. I will subscribe to this blog for accountability. Thanks for the challenge.

  65. ah, what a good challenge! i’d like to try :) confidence really lacking though!:(

  66. My wife and I are in. Did James last year – was a huge encouragement.

  67. Hey Bro,
    I’m in….see you at the finish :)

  68. I’m in! and I’m encouraging my church fellowship and friends to do the same. I’m so looking forward to remembering and meditating on the same part of God’s Word with brothers and sisters all over the world (I’m in Australia). God bless!

  69. I somehow came across this blog yesterday and am glad I did! I would love to join in on the fun. I am training to run a half marathon this year and this would be a perfect thing to do while I’m running. I have a friend who memorized the book of James while she trained for a marathon. Looking forward to the challenge of doing something i’ve never done before.

  70. Combining two loves: Scripture and Moleskines. Count me in.

  71. Great idea. Considering posting this on my blog. I will let you know if I do.

  72. I am jumping in!

  73. Chris Funkhouser December 28, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Hoping to do this by God’s grace.

  74. I’m in.

  75. Count me in! I set up my journal today.

  76. My husband and I are it too! This is exciting Philippians has always ben one of my favorite books of the Bible, what could be better than to memorize the whole thing. Can’t wait.

  77. Don’t know if anyone will actually see this reply, but as a pastor the thought struck me, what a great way to prepare for preaching a book of the Bible! To have it memorized may be the epitomy of ingesting the book well enough in your pre-study so as to be able to grasp best the theme and nuances of argumentation as the book develops. Count me in, and count on me preaching Philippians soon – easily one of my favorite books in Scripture.

  78. I’m in – thanks!

  79. My wife and I are in on this.

  80. Count me in! So excited! Thanks for this!

  81. Look forward to partnering in Philippians.

  82. Hey Tim, I’ve got at least 3 other people jumping in and possibly more.

  83. I’m in…. it occurred to me last night in my spin class that if I just put a 3 by 5 card with a few verses, I’d memorize quite a bit. Love this idea.

  84. I’m in and thrilled to set my mind on things above in 2011! Thanks Timmy!

  85. A blogging friend pointed me over here. I’m planning to join you all in memorizing Philippians. Thanks for sharing this idea!

  86. Thanks for this challenge. I will be joining you as well.

  87. Count me in. This challenge sounds like fun.

  88. Very interesting! I’ve spent a lot of time with Philippians but haven’t attempted to memorize it … or done any Scripture memorizing for quite awhile. Count me in; I’ll be following on Twitter.

  89. I’m so pumped! No doubt God is going to show up and Jesus is going to stir things up! Me and my fiancé are diving in!

  90. Jeffrey Kranenburg December 31, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Hi – I am really looking forward to this challenge and if I succeed would be keen to do more of these:-)

  91. Count me in! This is a great idea, and I really appreciate the PDF to make it easy to collect in a little notebook.

  92. I am in and looking forward to it.

  93. Tim-Count me in! However, I just realized I bought the wrong size Moleskine and have already pasted the verses. Ugh! Oh well! Thanks again. I’m going to ask my son to do this with me!

  94. Ordered a three pack of notebooks and grabbed one before my kids grabbed the other two. Here we go! Thanks for doing this.

  95. I’m going to do it with you, brother!

  96. Sign me up!

    Here’s Matt Chandler 10 top reasons for Philippians:

    http://theresurgence.com/2009/08/26/my-top-10-reasons-for-philippians

  97. Brendon Schafer January 1, 2011 at 2:00 am

    I’ll join in.

  98. A dear woman from our church brought this to my attention. She wanted to know who wound join her in this challenge. I decided that I would take this opportunity for hiding God’s word in my heart. I know I will grow spiritually as well! My husband and 2 children have decided to participate too! I’m very excited by this chance to memorize scripture as a family. Thank you so much developing this program.

  99. Thank you for sharing this!
    I was wrestling with what to memorize this year, and hoping to someday commit an entire book to memory.
    Looking forward to memorizing Philippians with all of you!

  100. Going for it with you and encouraging Cuyahoga Valley Church to do the same. Thanks for the challenge and the tools, brother.

  101. Terry Williamson January 1, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I’m in w/ an accountability partner.

  102. I’m in and I’m excited! Thanks.

  103. Richard A Mohler January 1, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    YES

  104. Found about this on fb from a friend! I am in on this challenge! Gonna ask some other women to join me as well! So excited…love the timeline too, not just “out there” to be done, but let’s do this by Easter Sunday! Thanks!!!

  105. My wife and I are doing this together. We are really excited about it.

  106. Here’s where you can listen to any passages up to 200 verses in mp3 form!

    http://www.crossway.org/blog/2008/11/mp3-api/

  107. Love what you have been inspired to here Timmy ! Sneaking in late to join in and accompanied by the very lovely Mrs Mitchell (Wife not mother )for the duration…

  108. I’m a little late but I’m in! Funny, I bought a cahier moleskin and wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with it yet.

  109. My pastor shared this with us this morning in his sermon. I accept the challenge to be a part of this.

  110. I am going to give it a shot.

  111. My husband and I and four (14, 10, 8, 6)kids are in:) Starting tonight!

  112. i am in!! my buddy ben is going to be doing this as well. our xbox live clan, DiG, stands for death is gain from philippians 1:21 so this is a no-brainer for us to try! check out our websites guys if you get a chance. http:www.digoutreach.com and http://www.digoutreach.blogspot.com God bless, Virg.

  113. Jeremy McMorris January 3, 2011 at 6:17 am

    My wife and I are in!

  114. I’m doing it! =D

  115. I think this is a fascinating idea and a brilliant plan. My wife was trying to memorize Philippians last year so I’m going to offer it to her first. I may tackle it as well.

    Thanks for sharing your great idea!

  116. In the words of some poker player somewhere: “I am all in!”
    Thanks!

  117. Thanks for posting this. I’m getting the journals ready for my wife and me to start next week.

  118. Hey Aaron!

    Thanks again for this. I started memorizing Ephesians in 2009 and got through the first 2 chapters before life got crazy and I set it aside. I was all set to do Philippians with you, but saw the older Ephesians post and resources and I’m going back to finish that! Philippians will be next though. Thanks again- this is life changing and I am super excited to be starting out 2011 in such a great way!

    Keep up the great work!
    Melissa

  119. Thanks for the encouragement and helpful tools. I am in need of renewing my mind and setting my mind on Christ. There are a few ladies from my church that are in too!!!

  120. Left for the field Jan. 1st. Got there Jan 3rd. Already late! Pray for me brother! Great idea.

  121. Just now found out about this. A little to catch up but hey … it is the Word of God!! I’m excited. Thanks for doing this and for all the future encouragement. :)

  122. joining in the fray…:)

  123. My husband told me last week he was going to memorize Philippians this year ~he hadn’t heard about the P2R plan yet. Now we will both join you, plus (by God’s grace) our five kids (14, 12, 8, 6, 6)

    Thanks Tim!

  124. Michael Livingston January 4, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I will join you in memorizing Phillipians.

  125. Thanks for the work! My wife found this in late December and we are doing it with our two older kids. Just posted your link with a note to our church – hopefully more join the effort!!

    Psm 119.89

  126. Pastor David Sulcer of Crosswind Church, Westminster MD. opened this up to our entire church at services this weekend. I am joinng in and and very excited! How pleasing it must be to our Lord that so many will be focusing on His word at the same time. This takes committment to do the work, but the lifetime of rewards and benefits are the prize.

  127. I’m now in, too! Just got the book set up. Thanks for providing this needed challenge…and the resources to help accomplish the goal.

    Sola Gratia!

  128. We’re in.

    Appreciate your helpful memory tools and encouragement, Tim!

    FYI Here’s a Moleskin alternative from DG. Small Black, DWYL Journal 3-Pack 3/$2.99 or bulk price: $1.99 each, for 10 or more 3-Packs.

    http://www.desiringgod.org/Store/OtherMerchandise/ByTopic/All/750_Small_Black_DWYL_Journal_3Pack/

  129. My son and I are doing it now….also my sister, mom and mother in law.

  130. I have challenged my church to enter into this with me. I think this is a super idea!

    Did anybody find out that Philippians 1:4 is a very difficultly written verse? It took me the longest to get that one verse remember!

    I love this challenge and look forward to reciting this before Easter.

  131. I have challenged my church to enter into this with me. I think this is a super idea!

    Did anybody find out that Philippians 1:4 is a very difficultly written verse? It took me the longest to get that one verse remembered!

    I love this challenge and look forward to reciting this before Easter.

  132. I’m in! :)

  133. I’m a little late to the game but I’d love to do it! printing the PDF now and I already have the perfect Moleskin for this. Woo hoo!

  134. My wife and I are joining you. This will be our first endeavor to memorize scripture. We’ve just begun and its all ready been a source of encouragement. Thanks for helping encourage us in this way!

  135. Great idea. I’m going to give it a go. Thankfully I already have a Moleskine to get started.

  136. Ok.. I´m in… It might be hard for me, but it´s for my Lord so he´s helping me.

  137. My wife and I just found out and have our moleskines ready. Great idea! Count us in.

  138. Found your entry through Rick Warren’s twitter. I’m starting a bit late but count me in!

  139. I began this last week and am already excited to be reigniting a rhythm of memorising and meditating on God’s word that was initially sparked 20 years ago in my teens. those passages still fill my heart and mind today. i’m partnering with a friend in Liverpool (UK) and I’m living in Harrogate (UK). bless you for a tremendous idea!

    in Christ Jesus
    stu

  140. I’m in. I’ve desired to have Philippians in my heart for so long . . . Started in the NIV years ago. It will be great to do ESV now.

  141. Count me in. Late start but excited.

  142. I am partnering to remember. Thank you for doing this!

  143. Thanks for the motivation, Timmy! I’m a wee bit late starting, but it’s better than never, which was my original plan. :)

  144. Friends of ours shared this link with me, I love the idea and shared it with my husband. We’re partnering with you to remember. So far so good, although verse 7 is a mouthful!

  145. Getting a late start, but I’m in. Thanks for the idea and the encouragement.
    One question…In Andy Davis’ practical helps he says to, “covering each word as though photographing it with your eyes.”
    Not sure I’m grasping this. More explanation please.
    Jeff

  146. Sweet!!! can we do Colossians next? please? or Galatians. or Ephesians.

  147. I just put together a Facebook event for support in my commitment to memorize Philippians. Thanks for the inspiration and the plan! May God be glorified.

  148. I just put together a Facebook event for support in my commitment to memorize Philippians. Thanks for the inspiration and the plan! May God be glorified. If anyone would like to join, go to Facebook and look for The Philippians Challenge.

  149. I just made my notebook! Thanks for the idea and for the resources to get started!

  150. Just wanted to say that my wife and I are partnering to remember with you, Tim. I memorized Colossians in the fall, and had been thinking about what to memorize next when I came across your post in mid-December. I thought it also would be great for my wife to experience the joy and comfort I had in memorizing and meditating on Colossians. So, I ended up giving my wife two Cahier moleskines for Christmas, and here we are! Not only has it been a joy to start memorizing Philippians, but also to be able to encourage one another. Thanks for spurring us on in this good work, brother, and grace to you.

  151. Hi Tim,

    In 2004 at Covenant Life Church we studied the book of Philippians, and recorded scripture songs (ESV) to help us memorize portions of the book. If they are useful to any who are memorizing, here are the songs (there are 21 of them):

    http://www.covlife.org/ministries/music_and_worship/scripture_memory_projects

  152. Just reading this post, so very late start, but I shall persevere and strive to reach the Easter Sunday Goal!

  153. Hi Tim,

    Greetings from Switzerland! We are excited to hear about P2R and would like to join in here in Switzerland.
    As we speak German, would you allow me to translate your resources (your blog entry, learning plans, how to do…) and provide it on a german blog (with credits and links to your website of course)?

    In case you will do another campaign after Philippians I’d like to hear from you so we can start simultaneously here in Switzerland…

    Be blessed!

    Deborah

  154. I’m joining you. Very nice work. I love creative and God honoring uses for my moleskine.

    And if anyone is interested I invite you to join me at BibleTogether.com as we read the Bible searching for the Lord and His gospel.

  155. Been with you since January. Thanks for the exhortation to do this!

  156. I just heard about this on Christian radio and can’t wait to get started…

  157. I’m starting this a bit late. I am super pumped to join you, though! I memorized Philippians a few years ago, but now I can only remember a few verses.

  158. I am just now joining you in the effort to memorize Phillipians. I am excited to be hiding this passage in my heart, but am a little concerned because my memory isn’t what it used to be. I’m praying that this method will make it stick. Thank you for providing this for us.

  159. Love this system! Has made it so much more encouraging to memorize God’s Word. I’m so inspired, that I went ahead and made a similar weekly PDF of Psalm 119 that I hope to memorize by the end of the year. Anyone want to join me? I can email you a copy if you’re interested. jon.molitor@gmail.com.

  160. Wow! I just did a Google search for partners to memorize scripture and this was first. I’m amazed because I just finished Philippians and am about to start on Ephesians. My sister-in-law has a slight head start. Anyone want to join us or review?

    I’m looking forward to next year’s challenge!

  161. This is so great! My friend and I agreed to memorize Phillipians this year. So, what do I do? I google “Memorizing Phillipians” and look what came up? What a blessing. The bodyof Christ has so many amazing parts and we are all linked together. I love it! I have little Moleskines in a box at home. I will make one for both my friend and myself and we will get on the program.

    Thank you!

  162. Just discovers this recently. Starting it now, and encouraging the church I serve to do it as well. Thanks!

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  1. Tweets that mention Partnering to Remember: The 2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine « Provocations & Pantings -- Topsy.com - December 20, 2010

    [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Tim Brister. Tim Brister said: Partnering to Remember: The 2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine – check it! –> http://bit.ly/ea2zKz [...]

  2. 2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine – Justin Taylor - December 20, 2010

    [...] Timmy Brister: Let’s face it. Memorizing Scripture can be a difficult discipline, especially memorizing long passages of Scripture.  In our fast-paced lives of multi-tasking with any number of things vying for our attention, there is a real danger for the Word of God to get squeezed out of our daily lives.  More than any other time, Christians need to partner together for the purpose of internalizing Scripture, encouraging one another to abide in the words of Christ, and remembering the weighty truths that center us in God’s work in our lives.  To do this, a system for memorizing Scripture has been created called the memory moleskine. Starting in 2011, we are beginning a project called P2R (Partnering to Remember).  The goal is to memorize the entire book of Philippians by Easter Sunday (April 24, 2011) through partnering with other believers using the memory moleskine.  Paul praised the church in Philippi for their partnership in advance of the Gospel, and in the spirit of that partnership, this project intends to bring Christians together for the deepening work of God’s Word in their lives.  Simply put, we are partnering to remember. Using the Cahier moleskine, we have created a pocket-size notebook that provides a practical and accessible way to memorize Scripture.  Through collaboration with The Resurgence, a customized PDF has been created for you to download with a week-by-week outline for memorizing the book of Philippians in 16 weeks using the English Standard Version (ESV).  On one side of the moleskine you simply paste the week’s verses to memorize, and on the other side you write your reflections on the verses while indicating how many times you rehearsed them each day. The Cahier moleskine can be purchased either directly from Moleskine or from various bookstores such as Borders or Books-a-Million.  Our hope is that many Christians will establish a rhythm of remembering God’s Word together through a system that helps access Scripture wherever you are.  So join us at the beginning of the New Year with a memory moleskine in your hand that God’s Word may be more treasured in your heart. [...]

  3. 2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine « HAGIASMOS - December 20, 2010

    [...] on December 20, 2010 Timothy Brister has worked together with The Resurgence and come up with a very good idea for memorizing the book of Philippians during the first few months of 2011. His idea includes [...]

  4. Check it Out - December 20, 2010

    [...] strategy for memorizing Philippians in 2011. LOVE what Tim has put together here. Read Tim’s post, download the PDF, and get ready for next [...]

  5. Memorizando Filipenses « sujetosalaRoca - December 20, 2010

    [...] me llevé la grata sorpresa que Timmy Brister, un bloguero famoso está iniciando una propuesta de memorización. Cuál creen ustedes era la [...]

  6. Worth a Look 12.21.10 : Kingdom People - December 21, 2010

    [...] period of time, she willingly said, “Let’s go.”Why not memorize Philippians in 2011? Here’s how you can get started:More than any other time, Christians need to partner together for the purpose of internalizing [...]

  7. Bethlehem Chapel » Memorize all of Philippians - December 21, 2010

    [...] read this blog post here and am challenged.  My Scripture memory discipline is weak, I don’t do very well at [...]

  8. Partnering to Remember: The 2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine « Provocations & Pantings « The Seven Churches - December 21, 2010

    [...] Partnering to Remember: The 2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine « Provocations & Pantings. [...]

  9. A Complement to Writing Scripture | Coffee Blog - December 21, 2010

    [...] I just happened to see this today via twitter and want to get in on it.  I’ve grabbed the helpful pdf and dead-treed it to stick in a waiting cahier at home.  Take a look.  If you’re interested, sign up here. [...]

  10. My 2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine « Provocations & Pantings - December 22, 2010

    [...] Provocations & Pantings Trusting God :: Treasuring Christ :: Triumphing the Gospel « Partnering to Remember: The 2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine [...]

  11. Memorize Philippians in 2011 « ::The Great (Re)Awakening:: - December 22, 2010

    [...] I recently came across a great blog post with some tools to help memorize Philippians beginning on January 1, 2011. To download the tools, click here: [...]

  12. Memorize Philippians, Jan 1-Apr 24 « bE tRaNsFoRmEd - December 24, 2010

    [...] So it’s been while since I’ve posted anything to the blog.  With family, school, ministry challenges and a full-time job, the last few months have been exciting!!  I am working on a few different topics that are forthcoming.  These are ideas that I have been pondering for a few months and can’t wait to actually sit down and begin writing them out!  In the meantime, I came across this post from Timmy Brister last night and the challenge immediately resonated with me.  I knew I had to do it so I immediately ordered the tools to join in.  Timmy Brister has put forward a practical, nourishing challenge on memorizing Philippians. Below are the instructions. I love this idea. You can read it below, or see it at his blogHERE. [...]

  13. Grace Baptist Church » Partnering to Remember the Book of Philippians - December 24, 2010

    [...] past Monday, I announced a new project for 2011 called “Partnering to Remember: The Philippians Memory Moleskine.” Beginning in January for 16 weeks, I along with many other folks are partnering together to [...]

  14. Spiritual Disciplines 2011 | Arrows In The Hands Of A Warrior - December 24, 2010

    [...] http://timmybrister.com/2010/12/20/partnering-to-remember-the-2011-philippians-memory-moleskine/ [...]

  15. A moleskin exercise guaranteed to change your life « A Brick in the Valley - December 26, 2010

    [...] Per Isaiah 55:11, if you join this project led by Timmy Brister, you can count on it changing your life.  (See here). [...]

  16. Challenge – Scripture memory « The Missional Edge - December 27, 2010

    [...] I am signing up for this challenge to memorize the book of Philippians by Easter. I guess there is no official way to sign up other [...]

  17. The Memory Moleskin—Memorize Philippians by Easter! | Crossway - December 27, 2010

    [...] but here’s another option you may want to consider. Join the Resurgence and Timmy Brister in Partnering to Remember! “Let’s face it. Memorizing Scripture can be a difficult discipline, especially [...]

  18. Hiding it in my Heart | Firmly Planted - December 27, 2010

    [...] book of the Bible (I know, I know…a little intimidating!).  Well, much to my excitement, Timmy Brister has started a project to do just that!  Using his “memory moleskine”, Timmy is [...]

  19. 52 Ways to Read and Study the Bible in 2011 : Semicolon - December 27, 2010

    [...] 11. Memorize a book of the Bible. [...]

  20. Bible Memory for 2011 « Hummingbird Creek - December 27, 2010

    [...] while at Justin Taylor’s website I came across a challenge from Timmy Brister about partnering to memorize the book of Philippians this [...]

  21. Join me in memorizing Philippians – by Easter « samshawonline - December 27, 2010

    [...] Starting Jan 1, I’m beginning a project called P4J (Partnering for Joy – a plagarizing of Tim Brister’s P4R). [...]

  22. RPMing the Bible in 2011 | THE MATTRIX - December 28, 2010

    [...] of years ago. It is extremely useful if you are interested in memorizing an entire book. This year there is a group going through Philippians using this method. I, personally, am taking the last couple of days of the year to decide if I want [...]

  23. Memorizing Scripture in 2011 « Re4ming Ministry - December 28, 2010

    [...] Partnering to Remember the book of Philippians [...]

  24. One Baptist Perspective » My Devotional Plans for 2010 - December 28, 2010

    [...] taking up my friend Tim Brister’s challenge to memorize the book of Philippians before Easter Sunday 2010. Leah and I have ordered our moleskins, downloaded Tim’s guide, and [...]

  25. Philippians Memory Moleskin | Bowen Blog - December 28, 2010

    [...] posted a blog regarding a Philippians Memory Moleskin that he has created. It is called the Partnering to Remember: The 2011 Philippians Memory Moleskin. The instructions are super easy and the goal is to memorize the book of Philippians by Easter 2011 [...]

  26. Memorizing Philippians « A Pilgrim's Path - December 28, 2010

    [...] is all you need to know and here are some pictures if you are more visual. Next step is to print off the pdf and stick [...]

  27. P2R: Philippians Memory Moleskine Update, Tips and Networking « Provocations & Pantings - December 29, 2010

    [...] was just nine days ago when I announced this little project called “Partnering to Remember.”  I had received encouragements from people to put this together, but I had no idea the [...]

  28. Partner to Remember – Memory Challenge | Jeff Ling - December 29, 2010

    [...] Brister over at Provocations and Pantings, has thrown down a holy gauntlet: memorize the book of Philippians before Easter. He’s developed a unique way to do this using a “memory moleskin” (the Cahier [...]

  29. Memorise The Book Of Philippians By Easter 2011 | mgpcpastor’s blog - December 29, 2010

    [...] Brister, along with the team at Resurgence have invited the internet to memorise the whole book of Philippians by Easter 2011. (That’s at the end of April, so there’s plenty of time) They’ve produced a neat [...]

  30. 5 things to do in 2011 - #1 Memorise Philippians | blog of dan - December 30, 2010

    [...] Tim Brister has begun a project called P2R (Partnering to Remember).  The goal is to memorise the entire book of Philippians by Easter Sunday (April 24, 2011) through partnering with other believers using the memory moleskine.  [...]

  31. Memory Moleskine Now on Facebook and Twitter « Provocations & Pantings - December 30, 2010

    [...] and Twitter Yesterday, I gave an update on the large number of people who have joined the Partnering to Remember 2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine.  With so many on board, I thought it would be great to connect with the two most popular social [...]

  32. 2011 Projections (Goals, not Resolutions) | kd316 - December 30, 2010

    [...] 10.  Memorize Philippians [...]

  33. Quello e Questo « europeanne - December 31, 2010

    [...] Switching gears here now:  I’m, with much fear and trepidation, committing to Partnering to Remember: The 2011 Philippians Moleskine. Yes, I’m really going to try, with God’s grace, to memorize the book of Philippians by [...]

  34. Taking Heaven by Storm » Partnering to Remember: The 2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine « Provocations & Pantings - December 31, 2010

    [...] Partnering to Remember: The 2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine « Provocations & Pantings. Tweet [...]

  35. The 2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine and priorities « just after sunrise - December 31, 2010

    [...] something Tim Brister is doing to help people memorize Scripture. Tim describes it in a post titled Partnering to Remember: The 2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine. His purpose for doing this is simple: Starting in 2011, I am beginning a project called P2R [...]

  36. “Relentless, transforming, little-moment grace.” « europeanne - January 1, 2011

    [...] God to use it to change me.  And my plan for that is joining with others all over the world for Partnering to Remember: The 2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine (P2R).  I found the Moleskine yesterday in a local shop, and I prepared it with this handy [...]

  37. P2R Officially Begins Today! « Provocations & Pantings - January 1, 2011

    [...] Officially Begins Today! The Partnering to Remember 2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine challenge officially begins today! I want to begin this new year with the words of Jesus from John [...]

  38. » Memorizing Philippians | Denny Burk - January 1, 2011

    [...] Timmy Brister has produced a wonderful resource to aid in scripture memorization. It’s a moleskin designed to aid the memorization of Philippians (the whole book!) in 2011. Today is the first day. Download it here, and get started! ← John Piper Returns —  Denny Burk [...]

  39. So this is the new year… | square pegs - January 1, 2011

    [...] the family and I hope to commit the entire book to memory.  The inspiration for this came from here.  I favor the NIV (2010), so I adapted it [...]

  40. Memorizing Philippians | 'Twix the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - January 2, 2011

    [...] yeah, and here’s the link to this memorization thing. This entry was posted in dictionary, Memorizing. Bookmark the [...]

  41. John Piper recites the book of Philippians « just after sunrise - January 2, 2011

    [...] and others who have memorized, and are memorizing, the book of Philippians. I have put together my Memory Moleskine and have Max McLean’s Listener’s Bible – ESV (4 MP3 CDs) in my [...]

  42. Passion For Preaching » Blog Archive » Partnering to Remember - January 2, 2011

    [...] Tim’s challenge here.  You need a small notebook, a printer, some glue, and a little dedication to adopt his scripture [...]

  43. John Piper recites Philippians | blog of dan - January 2, 2011

    [...] now and Easter I’m going to attempt to memorise the book of Philippians. Here’s someone who has already done [...]

  44. Partnering to Remember: The 2011 Philippians Memory Moleskine (via Provocations & Pantings) | Jack Of All Trades - January 2, 2011

    [...] In the summer of 2008, I came up with the crazy idea called a "memory moleskine."  The goal was to memorize the book of Ephesians before the end of the year.  Since then, that Ephesian memory moleskine has resulted in 4,000+ people joining in.  With a number of people desiring to do it again, I pitched the idea of memorizing the book of Philippians beginning in the New Year. Let's face it. Memorizing Scripture can be a difficult discipline, espec … Read More [...]

  45. New Year’s Much & Link Love (January 3) « kd316 - January 3, 2011

    [...] For those of you memorizing Philippians, John Piper reciting it may spur you [...]

  46. Forward Progress » Blog Archive » Memorizing Philippians - January 3, 2011

    [...] Timmy Brister writes: [...]

  47. Partnering to Remember | Wrestlings - January 3, 2011

    [...] Easter Sunday the goal is to memorize the book of Philippians. Tim came up with what he calls the Memory Moleskin. The Memory Moleskin is simply organized way of breaking down Philippians to memorize it in 16 [...]

  48. Why Memorize? | Groovin' Out On Life In General - January 3, 2011

    [...] moment thing after reading another blogger’s decision to do it after he read another fellow blogger’s challenge. I had a buddy ask me “on purpose?” and another friend ask [...]

  49. Great Uncle Martin Has Passed Away - January 3, 2011

    [...] the church to memorize the book of Philippians by Easter Sunday with the help of the project Partnering to Remember. As I memorized verse three today (“I thank my God every time I remember you”) the [...]

  50. Resolved. | - January 4, 2011

    [...] To memorize the book of Philippians by Easter, using this as a [...]

  51. Philippians Memory Moleskine | A Stone's Throw - January 4, 2011

    [...] a while now and decided to take the plunge and memorize the Book of Philippians with him with the “Partnering to Remember Moleskine.” Here are some pics of mine that I got finished up a couple of days ago.  Perfect size to fit in [...]

  52. Moleskine Hack {Productivity} » Ben Finch Photography - January 4, 2011

    [...] I’m also doing a separate Moleskine for memorizing Philippians, thanks to the efforts of Timmy Brister, Partnering to Remember… definitely worth checking out!Of course, I use the back pocket to file receipts. When I [...]

  53. A Wealth of Resources « europeanne - January 5, 2011

    [...] I’ve been working on memorizing Philippians 1:1-6 this week, throughout the day I’ve been repeating out loud the verses several times.  It occurs to me [...]

  54. How To Memorise Scripture By John Piper (via Timmy Brister) | mgpcpastor’s blog - January 6, 2011

    [...] John Piper’s advice about how to memorise Bible passages and verses. Both references from Timmy Brister’s Partnering to Remember project. But first, if you want, watch John Piper recite the book of Philippians from memory. First of [...]

  55. In the middle of the mundane « europeanne - January 6, 2011

    [...] a couple of minutes into it, it occurred to me that I could work on my Philippians memory work while I cleaned up the mess.  So I repeated Philippians 1:1-6 as I used a spoon to scrape the mess [...]

  56. Getting the Word Deep Down | Reflective Musings - January 6, 2011

    [...] end of the year I saw lots of posts from Timmy Brister and The Resurgence about a project called Partnering to Remember. This is the second year and they’re working on Philippians. But LAST year was Ephesians. I [...]

  57. Partnering to Remember: Philippians, Week 1 | Jeff Ling - January 7, 2011

    [...] on board with those who are memorizing Philippians between now and Easter. Tim Brewster over at Provocations and Pantings first used the “memory moleskin” idea a couple of years ago when memorizing Ephesians. [...]

  58. Creative week which does not show on the blog | Meinhild's Daily Creations - January 8, 2011

    [...] I added to my booklet of Scripture memorization. Pages are ready to memorize Philippians. Find more information on Timmy Brister’s blog. [...]

  59. Laudable Linkage & Videos « Stray Thoughts - January 8, 2011

    [...] are already a good ways into it. Lisa Notes shared a plan for memorizing Philippians by Easter: Partnering to Remember The 2011 Philippians Memory Moleskin.  Ann shares a plan for memorizing Colossians with 2 verses a week for a year with some more [...]

  60. Completion - January 11, 2011

    [...] There are two things I’m working on (among many) right now. One is to finish reading the Bible again (I didn’t make it in 90 days), and the other is to memorize the book of Philippians. [...]

  61. Partnering to Remember (for the Fight) @ FIGHT CLUBS - January 13, 2011

    [...] Read and see the rest of his details. It would be great to see Fight Clubs everywhere partnering to remember Philippians for the Fight, for the glory of Christ. Who’s in?! Tags: partnering to remember Category: Uncategorized | Comments (0) [...]

  62. 2011-The Year of Multiplying My Talents | theGPSfactor - January 14, 2011

    [...] Through this I should be able to read the Bible through in a whole year, and I joined an online group that is committed to memorizing the book of Philippians this year (and I also want to memorize Psalm 119).  And I figure all that struggling should help me [...]

  63. Partnering to Remember Week 2 Reflections | Jeff Ling - January 18, 2011

    [...] week two of Partnering to Remember came to a close with the pic on the left. My trusty Philippians Memory Moleskine has shown itself to be quite the durable product.  The passage last week was Philippians 1:7-11 [...]

  64. Memory Work – Week 3 « europeanne - January 22, 2011

    [...] and I just finished up our third week of memorizing Philippians, and we are both surprised that we’ve stuck with it this long.  It has made for good [...]

  65. Memorize Philippians, Jan 1-April 24 | TonyMerida.net - January 22, 2011

    [...] Timmy Brister has put forward a practical, nourishing challenge on memorizing Philippians. Below are the instructions. I love this idea. You can read it below, or see it at his blog HERE. [...]

  66. Bible Intake II « C4 @ WEST - January 23, 2011

    [...] Partnering to Remember: The 2011 Memory Moleskine by Timmy Brister [...]

  67. Philippians 1: 27 | My Daily Journey - January 30, 2011

    [...] am blessed to be part of the large group of saints throughout the world memorizing Philippians. Today we start week 5 and this is the opening verse for the [...]

  68. Resolved. - January 31, 2011

    [...] To memorize the book of Philippians by Easter, using this as a [...]

  69. Memory Work – Week 4 « europeanne - January 31, 2011

    [...] Week 4 was tough: 19 for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, [...]

  70. This Time | This Crazy Life - February 23, 2011

    [...] my scripture memory book.  Tim Brister started (back in December) Partnering to Remember: The 2011 Philippians Memory [...]

  71. What’s Your Plan for Lent? | Notes from Crane Lane - March 10, 2011

    [...] – Continue following the TGC’s 2-year Bible Reading Plan (currently in Leviticus/Psalms and soon to be in Numbers/Psalms) – Read Jerry Bridges Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts (first half of Lent) – Re-read Max Lucado’s Six Hours One Friday (second half of Lent) – Begin memorizing Philippians (P2R) [...]

  72. One Shining Moment « Provocations & Pantings - April 5, 2011

    [...] 9th inning rally comes to my mind.  So does the Puritan Reading Challenge.   Then again there is P2R Memory Moleskine.  And now there is one more to add, thanks to so many of you who worked the social networks of [...]

  73. P2R: Where do we go from here? « Provocations & Pantings - April 25, 2011

    [...] hard to believe that just four months ago, I pitched the idea of P2R – Partnering to Remember and the Memory Moleskine with a focus of memorizing the book of Philippians with friends and [...]

  74. Ephesians Memory Journey « Resplendent Glimpses - May 19, 2011

    [...] and creative and gifted, so she made each of us these little pocket-sized memory books (inspired by this site) that contain all of the verses in Ephesians broken into each week’s memory [...]

  75. Words, Sweet As Honey | Snow Joy - June 2, 2011

    [...] verses each week, and the book of Philippians by 2012. Borrowing heavily from Tim Brister’s Philippians Memory Moleskine and Ann Voskamp’s Bible Memorization Booklet: Colossians in a Year, I quickly made up my own [...]

  76. Memorization | Rooted Theology - July 8, 2011

    [...] just stumbled across this suggestion for a helpful Bible Memorization program.  For a couple of months now I have been delaying my [...]

  77. Memorizing the Bible | Spreading Good News, Gospel, God - October 6, 2011

    [...] a helpful tool by Timmy Brister aiding those wanting to memorize a longer Bible passage. Share [...]

  78. P2R Memory Moleskine in 2012? « Provocations & Pantings - December 23, 2011

    [...] the question I have been asking since June.  The Partnering 2 Remember Memory Moleskine took a life of its own this year with over 30,000 people participating in the challenge.  To say [...]

  79. What’s Your Reading Plan for 2012? | Crossway - December 27, 2011

    [...] Partnering to Remember (from Timmy Brister). While there’s not an official 2012 plan, this is something that you and/or a group of friends could plan together. [...]

  80. You wouldn’t believe all the junk that is stored up there! « Hansen Christian Center - February 27, 2012

    [...] To begin click on this link “Partnering to Remember by Tim Brister” [...]

  81. Tim Brister’s New Blog & Giveaway « kevinfiske.com - July 25, 2012

    [...] the PLNTD Network, director of The Haiti Collective, organizer for Band of Bloggers, and creator of P2R (Partnering to Remember) and the Memory Moleskine.  Tim is thoughtful, gospel-centered, and a great [...]

  82. Memorizing Scripture | Redemption Church - September 3, 2012

    [...] are others out there. If you’re interested in memorizing longer portions of Scripture, read Timmy Brister’s idea for memorizing the book of Philippians using a moleskine notebook. This idea would work for other books also (such as [...]

  83. the memory moleskine « - January 7, 2013

    [...] Philippians Memory Moleskine from Tim Brister Colossians, The Sermon on the Mount, the Romans Project (Chapters 1, 8, & 12) [...]

  84. Praying for Unreached Peoples - January 9, 2013

    [...] little different. I wanted to pray for an unreached people group for a week at a time. Inspired by Timmy Brister’s Philippians Memory Moleskine, I created a 30 Weeks of Prayer for Unreached Peoples Moleskine. I selected 30 unreached people [...]

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