My Orange Notebook Binder


My Orange NotebookBinder

When I seriously gave my life to Jesus Christ I was just a teenager. Before that, I had been raised as a Christian, (Roman Catholic), and went to a parochial school while living in New York City. But I was not fully committed to Christ.

Right before my sixth grade school year, my parents decided to relocate the family to Meriden, Connecticut. This was understandably for economic reasons. It was an exciting time for me with new opportunities that opened up. But at times it proved a little overwhelming for me. I left New York leaving behind all that was familiar to me – the tall buildings, the taxi cabs, subways etc.

In Connecticut,  I was enrolled into the public school system. I quickly made new friends and even attended classes alongside cousins who had also migrated to the state. But I became immediately exposed to society’s lifestyle as never before. Overall, however, it was a happy time for me.

But my parents, after my first year of high school, purchased a home in the other side of town. This resulted in me transferring to a different high school. Meriden has two high schools. Again, I had to adjust to a new environment and situations. Still, I did well in the classes.

Teen years, as many of you are aware, are complex years where you try to sort through all that goes along with puberty. Therefore, these new changes proved challenging for me to say the least. I adjusted the best way I could. But it was in my senior year in high school that I began seeking God as never before; began to get acquainted with the Bible and became converted.

Soon afterwards, I literally began writing down into a notebook binder several Bible verses (using mostly the King James Version) that I was learning which helped me to cope with all of the new things happening. I did not want to forget them. By doing so, I gained familiarity of the Bible and was soon able to look up scripture after scripture more efficiently as time went on. It is this binder that I now want to show you which helped me as a newly converted Christian and which I am suggesting for you to create, especially if you also are a new believer in Christ.

As you can see in the photo above, the flexible binder jacket of the binder is cracked at the lower left corner. This is due to some brittleness with age. This binder is over thirty years old! It is filled with many of my favorite Bible verses –  passages which provided me comfort, strength and focus during my early days of my conversion and even later on.

I would open this binder before facing any anxious moment in school, college classroom, or place of employment. Here below are a random sample of my 42 page orange notebook:


Page 5

Page 5
Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

I would read this verse:

1) Before an exam.

2) Before giving an oral presentation in school.

3) Before facing a difficult assignment at work.

John 15:5
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

I would read this verse:

1) Before starting a project.

2) When I weakened and desired becoming a better Christian.

3) When I was given responsibility in the church congregation.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

I would read this verse:

1) Before entering an environment where there was animosity among some towards me.

2) When I realized there was gossip and rumor going on behind my back.

3) Whenever I sought God’s help in my life.

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Page 6

Page 6 
John 5:30
I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

I would read this verse:

1) When I wanted to get back into focus as a Christian.

2) Whenever I received a challenging assignment to do.

3) When I needed reassurance after asking God’s will on a particular matter.

John 14:10
Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

I would read this verse:

1) Whenever I began to feel alone in a cold and heartless environment.

2) Whenever I needed to be reminded of God always being with me.

3) Whenever I had a speaking assignment in school and later in the church congregation.

John 7:38-39
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

I would read this verse:

1) When seeking help from the Holy Spirit in a given situation. (At that time I believed the Holy Spirit was a person but later changed believing Him to be only a power. I now believe in a triune God).

2) Whenever I needed reassurance that Christ would help me when serving in the congregation.

3) Whenever I needed reassurance when conveying personal spiritual concepts to others.

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Page 8

Page 8
Romans 8:31
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

I would read this verse:

1) When I felt alone in a hostile situation.

2) When I was dealing with ridicule, gossip and backbiting.

3) Whenever I felt hatred or disdain from others because I did not behave or converse like them.

Philippians 4:19
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

I would read this verse:

1) When preparing for exams in school and right before taking tests.

2) When I needed to be reminded of His promise to help me in my times of need.

3) When seeking employment.

Mark 9:24
And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

I would read this verse:

1) Whenever I displayed a lack of faith.

2) Whenever I needed healing.

3) Whenever I faced a trial and wanted reassurance that God would resolve it.

Isaiah 41:10
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

I would read this verse:

1) Whenever I felt anxious over certain circumstances in my life.

2) Whenever I was worrying and feeling alone.

3) Whenever I felt I may fail at a given task.

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Pages 31-32

Pages 31-32
Before page 30 of this binder, all of the verses were written on one side of each loose leaf paper. But from page 30 until the end of this collection, the verses were written on both sides of each sheet.

Scripture on these two pages 31 and 32 are:

Romans 8:15-17; Proverbs 24:16; Isaiah 2:11; Luke 21:36; Proverbs 3:5; Proverbs 14:12.

I still use this binder and again suggest you create one especially if you are a new Christian.

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And if you want a quick boost when you start your own binder, listen to various programs on your local Christian radio station. Although I now read books on specific Christian topics, I get “information and inspiration” and hear wonderful Bible verses on WIHS 104.9 FM. The radio’s announcers constantly air one helpful Biblical passage after another.

Hey, if you really want to load up your new Scripture binder, tune in to this radio station, WIHS, and listen every Saturday morning around 6 AM to 9 AM (EST) to Jolene Uccello and have your pen or pencil ready to jot down many verses. The online web address where you can listen live on your computer is (click here for link).

The help, comfort and benefits I have received from developing this orange notebook binder are too numerous to mention here. I do not regret doing this and neither will you.

May God be with you and always speaking to you through the pages of your Bible and your binder.

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