Epic Stories; Epic Quotes

Shall we play a game?

Can you identify the epic stories these famous quotes come from? Extra credit if you can tell us who said it.

  1. “In a day and night of misfortune, Atlantis sank into the sea.”
  2. “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.”
  3. “Say hello to my little friend.”
  4. “My precious.”
  5. “How do you know she’s a witch?”
  6. “May the odds be ever in your favor.”
  7. “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
  8. “I’ll be back.”
  9. “I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If it’s money, I haven’t got any. What I do have is a particular set of skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. So you can let her go now and that’ll be the end of it. Otherwise, I will hunt you down. I will find you. And I will kill you.”
  10. “Go ahead, make my day.”
  11. “Cry ‘Havoc!’ and slip the dogs of war!”
  12. “I feel the need, the need for speed.”
  13. “Be the ball.”
  14. “Attitude reflects leadership.”
  15. “Toga! Toga! Toga!”
  16. “The red zone is for immediate loading and unloading. There is no parking in the white zone.”
  17. “We’re gonna need a bigger boat.”
  18. “You can’t handle the truth!”
  19. “There’s no place like home.”
  20. “It take a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.”

I’ll post the answers tomorrow, but I’m guessing some google-crazed player will be able to get them all! Use the comments section to play. BTW…there’s a hidden movie quote somewhere in this article. Can you find it?

While you consider these quotes let me make an observation and ask a question. I’m guessing some of these quotes you answered almost immediately. I wonder how much time you spent ‘memorizing’ those lines. Another guess, but I’ll bet you didn’t try at all. For one reason or another simply know. You never sat down and tried to memorize them. You didn’t make it your goal to remember who said, “Live long, and prosper.” But for some reason you do. I can tell you why.

It’s because of familiarity. You’ve heard it so many times and in so many ways, you just know it.

I believe familiarity is the key to Scripture memory. Something else I know for sure about the Bible – we can’t live it if we don’t know it.

It makes taking the time to know what it says and what it means critical to the story of our faith. You can’t live it, if you don’t know it.

Remember that verse that say, “God helps those who help themselves.” What about the verse that says, “Cleanliness is next to godliness.”?

You may remember those words, but they’re not actually in the Bible – unless someone recently added the books of First & Second Opinions. You see, when we don’t know what the Bible says it’s hard to do what the Bible says. Worse, it’s easy for someone to trick us into thinking they know what the Bible says. It’s easy for us to be fooled into doing something we shouldn’t.

People make the best decisions they can based on the information available at the time. If only someone had taken the time to write down the wisdom of God so we could learn His thoughts, His ways, His intention for our lives. It would make the choices we face so muh easier.

Wait.

Someone did. You see my point. Knowing God’s will, doing God’s will starts with knowing God’s Word. Knowing His Word – memorizing it and understanding it – isn’t something for the brilliant only. It’s for anyone. It’s for you. You can memorize God’s Word. Memorization isn’t about ability. It’s about familiarity. How can you become more familiar with God’s Word today? What can you do to keep it in front of your eyes, fresh in your thoughts and an ever present help in times of trouble?

You can become familiar with God’s Word. Start with a plan to read it regularly. Write down those verses that seem particularly helpful to you. Review those words that encourage you or challenge you or cause you to think. Become familiar with what He says and the examples He gives. One day soon you’ll look back to discover you know things you didn’t know before. You’ll remember the words of faith that will guide you through times of decision and difficulty. You’ll find your decisions informed by God himself. And suddenly, when the time for difficult decision making finally comes, you’ll just know. You’ll know God’s way because you’ve memorized His Word, not because you’re brilliant or skilled, but because you’re familiar with what it says.

Your life will become the epic story filled with epic quotes inspired by God.

Maybe you could start with words like these —

“So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me void, but shall accomplish the purpose for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11

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