CCA Kids Keep Scripture in Hearts and Minds

July 01, 2005 | Mark Witas

Shannon Fisher has been teaching at Cascade Christian Academy (CCA) for 18 years and has decided that one Bible text would never apply to her classroom. Sound suspicious?

The Bible text that Fisher doesn’t want to apply to her classroom reads, “'The days are coming,' declares the sovereign Lord, 'when I will send a famine through the land—not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord'” (Amos 8:11).

Fisher believes strongly that memorizing Scripture should be an integral part of our school curriculum. In fact, she believes this so strongly that during her worship time each morning, she leads her third-graders in memorizing large portions of Scripture.

Some parents wondered if their children would be able to memorize such large sections of the Bible. As her principal, I wondered if smaller memory verses wouldn’t be better.

To my surprise and delight, the third-graders at CCA have all learned to recite Psalm 8; Philippians 2:1–11; Matt. 7:7–14, 21, 24–27; John 1:1–14; and Psalm 103:1–14.

Fisher says, “These children have the capacity to do more than we give them credit for. Why not fill their memories with scripture?” As her principal, I couldn’t agree more.