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On My Heart – A Lutheran Memory Work Program

Now that we are in the season of Lent, it isn’t too long before we will see our young “catechumens” stand up in front of us and share the knowledge they have acquired over the past two years. Memorization is a big part of the confirmation process, and such a special thing as we grow older to be able to recall “just the right verse” because it became “a part” of us during catechism class. Those of us who committment much of it to memory hold those explanations and verses as treasures.

Almost exactly a year ago, Sallie and I interviewed Amanda Molstad, who with her husband and a few church friends, created “On My Heart: A Lutheran Memory Work Program.” According to their website, On My Heart is:

“a memory work program designed to bring the material presented in Sunday school into the home. It is a tool to help parents add memory work into their daily family devotion time. The On My Heart program is a four-semester cycle that covers the books of the Bible, Luther’s Small Catechism, 60 Bible verses, and the main events of the Old and New Testament timelines.”

At it’s material core it is a set of printable, double-sided flashcards offered in both ELS and WELS versions in four different Bible translations, including the newest Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV). You simply download the version you want, print it out on cardstock, laminate them if you like, and then keep them together with a binder ring. Simple, but effective.

With the four sets that are offered kids, and adults, can commit to memory the Books of the Bible, the Catechism with Explanations, Key Bible Verses, and Timelines of Biblical Historical Events. I can imagine parents using these with kids, catechetical students, or perhaps even those in 5th or 6th grade getting ready to enter Confirmation Class. The website is nicely laid out and offers great suggestions for usage as well as easy to follow instructions. And everything is free!

The on-my-heart.com home page puts it well:

Related resources

If you are looking for other catechetical resources, be sure to check out Northwestern Publishing House’s collection at: www.nph.net/s-407-560-catechism-and-accessories.aspx. You can also find a free mobile friendly catechism published by Concordia Publishing House at: catechism.cph.org.

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435 – Digital Devotions

On this week’s WELSTech we spotlight digital tools to enhance our daily walk with the Lord, and we talk with the creator of a free Lutheran memory work system. Plus, listeners learn how to join the new WELSTech Google Group for e-mail-based discussion of all things tech-in-ministry!

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The discussion:

Daily! Deep! Devoted! – Martin shares a Digital Devotions Bible study he wrote, and it guides the discussion of ways to grow your faith digitally.

The interview:

On My HeartOn My Heart – Amanda Moldstad talks with Martin and Sallie about the Lutheran memory work program she and others developed and share at on-my-heart.com.

News in tech:

First live ransomware targeting Macs

WELS now:

Picks of the week:

Featured video:

New on the WELSTech Product Demos Playlist is this short introduction to Making Music Online from the Soundtrap Youtube channel.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 436 – Communication plays a key role in project management done With All Your Heart, and Martin and Sallie discuss just that in the latest chapter of the WELSTech book project. Professor Tom Kuster joins the conversation with news of an upcoming online conference. Release date: Wednesday, March 16

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176 – Uh, I Forgot

This week on the WELSTech Podcast we explore memorization tools and learn about the new STEM Academy at Fox Valley Lutheran High School.

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The discussion:

Memorization tools – ‘Tis the season for confirmation examination, and what better time for Martin and Sallie to take an in-depth look at the variety of techie helps for memorization.

The interview:

Alan Nolte(10:56) STEM at FVL – Academic Assistant Principal Alan Nolte talks with Martin about Fox Valley Lutheran High School’s new STEM Academy.  STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and through this new program FVL will be offering students the opportunity to take specialized courses in these fields over their high school years.

Ministry resources:

(26:22) Why churches and Christian groups should use mobile QR codes

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Of interest:

(38:04) FinalWeb Training in New Ulm, MN and Milwaukee, WI

  • FinalWeb for Teachers in New Ulm on June 27 and Milwaukee on August 1 – bit.ly/fw4teachers
  • FinalWeb for Dummies in New Ulm June 28-30 and Milwaukee August 2-4 – bit.ly/fw4dummies

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Coming up on WELSTech:

(46:55) Episode 177 – Gail Potratz joins Martin and Sallie to share her unique edtech experience. (Release date – 03/30/11)

The featured artist:

(47:10) We close the podcast with the music of Cross To Glory – Thy Will Be Done from their CD titled “Life’s Song”

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