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4 Jul 2023


TheMoviegoer reached 100,000,000 points

treeswallow 2023-07-04 13:50

Wow... Let me be the first to congratulate you! May the Lord richly bless you!

TheMoviegoer 2023-07-04 13:51

Thanks, Treeswallow! The funny part is that I crossed 100,000,000 on the exact day that I reached 100% on all but the final verse (16:20) of Mark. I have 1 verse left.

joosep 2023-07-04 13:55

Yes, I just noticed that too, 673 out of 674! So 16:20 is the last one :) Rich congratulations in the Lord to you, and also upon one hundred million.

TheMoviegoer 2023-07-04 14:00

Haha, joosep! My final section is Mark 16:14-20. As I was going through my first run this morning, each verse was falling to 100%, and I was getting more and more excited with each verse, at 16:19, I was super excited because I never studied the verses individually. I thought if I got up through 19, I was done. Alas, one more final verse.

joosep 2023-07-04 14:02

When this ends, hopefully today lol, I'll be curious to know the start date of your Mark Project, and the end date.

TheMoviegoer 2023-07-04 14:04

Thanks, joosep! Me too! I will probably start right away, but don't be surprised if I just enjoy a day. However, I am really looking forward to I Peter.

mrsmoo 2023-07-04 14:18

WOW.. another amazing reason to light the fireworks and celebrate! Rejoicing with you on this incredible accomplishment......TO GOD BE THE GLORY

joosep 2023-07-04 15:12

Nice to see you again, mrsmoo.

Moviegoer, I totally agree, a day off or even a few days off, there's nothing wrong with that. It all depends on how God has called you to use this tool we have, I mean, this website. Each of us uses in a different way according to our own personalities and so on :) As long as our end goal is to know our Lord better, then it's all to the good :)

TheMoviegoer 2023-07-05 11:48

Hi, mrsmoo! And I hope everyone's celebrations were uplifting and honoring to the Lord. And thanks for the good words, joosep. I still haven't finished Peter, but as far as memorization is concerned, I hope I am never finished. I know that our position before God is not based on merit or performance (how could we possibly add to the work Jesus did on our behalf), but I want to always seek more of Him.

David Mamet, the playwright, wrote a book on acting called, "True and False." And in the book he makes a claim that an actor's ability to deliver an honest and true performance hinges on how well the actor knows and understands the script. In other words, it isn't so much about method acting and try to perform based only on experience, but rather understanding what the author of the work developed and intended for the character. I really believe that the work of memorization and study work hand in hand and help us know more about God and His love for us. The more I know and understand this, the more deeply and faithfully I can do the things He calls me to do. I will still always struggle with sin(s) and my own selfishness, but God doesn't call us to leave us as we are. He slowly transforms us and works in spite of our sin and shortcomings to grow His kingdom!

What I love about this site, is that most of the folks I have talked to really get this idea. And for the record, it isn't about knowing God more than others, it is simply about knowing Him more and more... with the ultimate hope that that will draw us into his Kingdom more and more where He will graciously use us for His glory.

TheMoviegoer 2023-07-05 15:06

And just like that... Mark is done 100%. Total score 100,225,800 (with a lot of reinforcement of chapters 1-16 along the way). Thanks to everyone for all of the encouragement along the way. Soon, I move on to I Peter. Praise be to God.

joosep 2023-07-05 16:17

Wonderful! I'm so glad you reached your goal! Thank you for letting us all know!

And thank you for your good words which you shared in the previous post at 11:48.

treeswallow 2023-07-05 19:25

Great job!!!

janet23 2023-07-05 20:11

a fine achievement! Congratulations for you focus and success! Blessings! May the LORD use His WORD powerfully in you and through you!

JDJDJD 2023-07-05 21:11

Congratulations on the 100000000! 👏👏👏 That is such an achievement. And so delighted you finished Mark’s gospel the next day! That is an amazing achievement too. Well done. And I’m sure you’ve been blessed through the journey. Will you be posting a you tube link of you reciting it all. Perhaps that’s too much to ask 🙈😁😳🤭

JDJDJD 2023-07-05 21:12

Or maybe it was someone else who posted a YouTube link of them reciting scripture

joosep 2023-07-05 21:41

Final Asgard posted a video of himself reciting all of Philippians :)

TheMoviegoer 2023-07-05 21:54

Thanks again, to all of you. There have been so many awesome stories, experiences, methods, testimonies shared, and all have contributed to the ongoing effort. I considered shooting a video of a full recitation, but someone posted a full video recitation of Mark that a professional did (it was impressive), and I am not sure my version would inspire. And it would be long. I have only done 6 chapters at any give stretch and that works out to about an hour for me, so the full book would probably clock a little under two hours... Yikes. Philippians makes a lot more sense (excellent work Final Asgard) because I understand that the epistles were often read to congregations in order to share them. I am sure the Gospels worked similarly, but I really do think epistles work better as sermons. That said, I am so happy to have spent these many hours in Mark. I have learned a lot about myself, and more importantly about Jesus and His love for us. How amazing that we have these eyewitness accounts of the life of Jesus that go way beyond simple delivery of facts. I may take a day or two off... or I may jump right in to I Peter. Either way, I am excited to keep going through the Bible with you all.

Praise the Lord for His overwhelming love and grace,


joosep 2023-07-06 02:24


PeterP 2023-07-06 06:46

Congratulations Moviegoer! That’s an awesome achievement, and reflects your commitment to the project. Who won the prediction contest? I’m pretty sure someone guessed 100 million, didn’t they?
But most of all I appreciate your comment above about knowing God more and more. Basically that’s what we’re all here for, isn’t it? I pray that each of us, as we learn Scripture a little or a lot, will come to know God more and more each day.

joosep 2023-07-06 07:52

It seems the winner is JDJDJD. I did a search and found this comment from TheMoviegoer when he summarised the predictions:

"95,000,000 PeterP, and a hopeful joosep.
100,000,000 JDJDJD, and a hopeful Secundus
110,000,000 Secundus's actual prediction
100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 Cali2022"

https://learnscripture.net/activity/246362/ (that's a very long thread)

joosep 2023-07-06 07:53

2023-03-02 19:54 That's the time stamp for the comment in question :)

TheMoviegoer 2023-07-06 11:40

Hats off to JDJDJD and a nod to Secundus's hopeful target. PeterP would likely been a winner if I wasn't also going back and covering older material at the same time, but I think we can all agree that if Cali2022 had been correct, I may not have made it.

joosep, thanks for digging up the old prediction. I couldn't figure out how to find it yesterday, so that is much appreciated.

joosep 2023-07-06 15:00

you're welcome, and I wish you a good evening / afternoon / morning

JDJDJD 2023-07-07 21:02

Ahhh so it was final Asgard doing Philippians. Sorry didn’t mean to put you under pressure. Mark possibly is a bit too long 😂🙈
Just so encouraged that you finished. Well done. 👏👏
Can’t believe the prediction of 100,000,000 was almost spot on. 😃
We’ll have to give predictions at some point for your next goal. 😂

TheMoviegoer 2023-07-08 13:32

Thanks, JDJDJD. And seriously, someone shared a link of a really solid professional performer on stage reciting all of Mark. This was encouraging and intimidating at the same time. I don't know that I could live up to that one. I have started I Peter, but I am hoping it won't take another 100 million points to complete that one. Though I am still peppering chapters of Mark into my daily work, just to keep it retained.

TheMoviegoer 2023-07-08 13:32

And a big congrats on the win for the prediction. I am so happy that you were spot on!

joosep 2023-07-08 14:14



That's a link to the recitation. It was done by FinalAsgard.

lylah 2023-07-08 14:28

did u see that?

TheMoviegoer 2023-07-08 14:32

I just watched in on YouTube. A joy to hear the word of God proclaimed!

JDJDJD 2023-07-10 19:09

Absolutely brilliant!

Secundus 2023-07-12 08:52

I just want to offer a belated congratulations on reaching your goal with Mark!

TheMoviegoer 2023-07-12 11:09

Thank you, Secundus! I really appreciate it. What are you working on now?

Secundus 2023-07-12 14:00

I've got 1 Corinthians 1:10-31 in my queue

Secundus 2023-07-12 14:19

Isaiah 2:1-4
Hebrews 6:1-12
1 Thessalonians 1

TheMoviegoer 2023-07-12 14:21

That is awesome, Secundus! You may or may not be memorizing the whole book, but below is a link to a guy who recites all of I Corinthians in a worship service. I am not suggesting your memorize a whole book or try and "measure up" to this guy by sharing it. I simply wanted to share it because it was inspirational to me to pursue memorizing scripture. Also, I just watched it again, and his introduction was so interesting, I thought you and everyone might find it encouraging as well. Regardless, I hope you continue to grow in the love of Christ as a result of all your engagement with the Word.

The Moviegoer

Note: the article lists lots (14) of reasons to memorize scripture, but the video I referred to is at the end of the article.


Secundus 2023-07-12 14:34

I do find 1 Corinthians fascinating. It shows Paul's personality, I feel as if I know him as I read it he was such an emotional man but yet also a man guided by and controlled by the Spirit of God. No plans yet for memorizing all of it though :) but who knows, God knows. thank you for that link, I will look at it :)

TheMoviegoer 2023-07-12 14:44

: )

PeterP 2023-07-13 06:38

Thanks for the link to the Corinthians recitation. He does it very well, reinforcing the text with changes in pace, tone, emphasis, and hand gestures. I haven’t watched it all yet, but I’ll come back to enjoy the rest.

joosep 2023-07-13 08:30

amen to PeterP, and thank you for sharing that with us Moviegoer

Goodnews 2023-07-13 10:23

Watched the 1 Corinthians "preaching" Better than any sermon I have heard. 100% Scripture you can't go wrong. Many gems in the letter.

TheMoviegoer 2023-07-13 11:33

I am glad you all are enjoying it. I literally was just going to reference it, but after rewatching his intro, I thought we all would enjoy. The recitation is also really good (as a recitation... clearly the words or His Words and are perfect). And the reminder about how these letters were intended and expected to be heard when written is a good reminder about the importance of proclamation, corporate worship, preparedness, etc.

TheMoviegoer 2023-07-13 12:06

It is also why FinalAsgard's youtube video is so powerful. We can't get enough of the proclamation of the Word!


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