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Slow – Five Minute Friday

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Today’s word prompt is SLOW. Visit Heading Home to read more and link up your own Five Minute Friday post.

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“slow to anger”

This is the phrase that came to mind when I read the word slow. God addresses “slow to anger” in several places in the Bible. When you do a search for that phrase on BibleGateway, you get several. These include:

Nahum 1:3
The Lord is slow to anger and great in power,
And will not at all acquit the wicked.
The Lord has His way
In the whirlwind and in the storm,
And the clouds are the dust of His feet.

Nehemiah 9:17
But You are God,
Ready to pardon,
Gracious and merciful,
Slow to anger,
Abundant in kindness,
And did not forsake them.

Psalm 103:8
The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.

Psalm 145:8
The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy.

Proverbs 15:18
A wrathful man stirs up strife, But he who is slow to anger allays contention.

Proverbs 16:32
He who is
slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

Proverbs 19:11
The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, And his glory is to overlook a transgression.

I found this phrase one that sticks in my head and I wondered who it would refer to. There are two cases that I found.

One is God. God is slow to anger BUT he does anger when His children turn from him, disobey him. Thankfully, He is slow to anger because I am certain that my sins could anger Him if He were not the God that He is.

Second is me. Yes, me. I should be slow to anger. Look at all those Proverbs that talk about the man who is slow to anger. He is definitely getting the better end of the stick if he chooses to be slow to anger.

So, that is my goal. Again. I say again because I do often have to fight my temper and my anger. One of my biggest weapons? God’s word. Study. Read. Know. Apply. Repeat. Over and Over.

End. (I am sure I went over time because I didn’t watch the clock. I just kept on writing and thinking.)

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Be a Pearl Seeker – Blogging Through the Alphabet

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Last week in Ladies’ Bible Class, Becky Blackmon talked about a story from her book (The Pearl Seeker) where her parents were reading the Bible. When they finished, they did not just stop and put the Bible down, going on to something else. They always, always asked questions about what they had read.

This got me to thinking about how I study the Bible, how I do my daily readings. And it pricked my heart. I do not spend enough time actually working through what I have read. I don’t ask myself questions about what I read, how God would want me to use or apply this reading, finding what God wants me to see. I read but don’t necessarily study God’s word so much of the time.

I want to do better. And so, I asked At Home Dad to brainstorm with me a list of questions to put in my Bible and my Kindle (since I do my daily reading there). We came up with this list so that I will better understand God’s word, so that I will dig deeper, so that I will find more of the “pearls” that God has hidden for me in His Word.

But, I am sharing them so that perhaps they will encourage you to also dig deeper and find those pearls that God has placed there.

  • Why did God place this passage in His word?
  • What came next? Is it related? How?
  • Who was this person?
  • What characteristics does this person have that God calls us to have?
  • What happened in the time surrounding this one?
  • What passage in God’s word is similar to this one?
  • What happened to this person later?
  • What word stands out or is emphasized?
  • Why did God . . .?
  • What attribute of God is shown or highlighted?
  • What is something similar in my life?
  • How can I use this idea?
  • What else was in this story and why?
  • Where else does God talk about this idea?
  • What idea is focused on in this passage?

These are just some ideas of questions that might help focus your mind on the pearls God placed in the Bible.

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The Beginner’s Bible ~ a review

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As the new year begins, many of us are renewing our commitment to read the Bible daily with our children and this revised edition of The Beginner’s Bible by Zonderkidz may be just the thing if your family includes a young child.

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I would be surprised if we didn’t all know about The Beginner’s Bible, since it has been around for quite a few years – since 1989. Having sold over 25 million copies, Zonderkidz felt that it was time to update the images in this version. (Zonderkidz is the children’s division of the well-known company Zondervan. They have produced quality literature for children under age 12 for many years.)

The Beginner’s Bible is celebrating 25 years as a leading storybook Bible for young children. The targeted age range is shown on the back of the book as ages 4-8; their website states ages 6 & under. This storybook Bible is full of large, colorful drawings. These drawings are coupled with short, simple sentences that tell the Bible story. Each story is only a few pages long and should keep the child’s attention easily.

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The Beginner’s Bible retells stories from both the Old Testament and the New Testament. There are 48 Old Testament stories and 45 New Testament stories. There is a story from most of the books of the Old Testament, though not all are represented in The Beginner’s Bible. Much of the New Testament is not represented at all with the stories focusing on the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), the book of Acts, and then a few verses from Revelation.

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dictionaryA neat addition to this bible is the dictionary at the back. Throughout the stories, an italicized word indicates that it is included in the dictionary. This is a great idea to get children learning how to find meanings and use dictionaries but I do wish it had been included in a way that was easier to find. There is no mention of it in the Contents listing so until we went through the whole thing, we didn’t know it was there. Perhaps including it in the listing or placing it up front would make it a more helpful addition.

Reasons to really like The Beginner’s Bible:

  • lots of white space makes the art work really stand out and draw in a child’s attention
  • simple words and sentences make the stories easy for a child to understand
  • chosen stories from the Bible are full of action and/or interesting bits that a child is likely to remember
  • stories that the child is probably familiar with help them remember
  • vivid art work is fun
  • while our youngest is reading well above the level this is written at, it provided for some excellent discussions about the detail not included in the storybook format and helped the girls (all three – ages 12, 10, 7) work on memory and recall
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Miss J reading out loud the story of the wise men visiting baby Jesus.

Things that did not resonate with our family:

  • there was so much of the Bible that was left out of this storybook version (necessary but still something we felt left a great hole)
  • while the art work is vivid and colorful, the eyes of the characters were a bit disconcerting to some of us; we felt like they were popping out of the character’s heads
  • we really missed having selections from Psalm and Proverbs (there was only the 23rd Psalm)
  • finding a particular story was difficult because they are not in the same order as a complete Bible and the titles of the stories are not always descriptive enough (ex – The Brave Queen did not immediately call Esther to mind for me.)

Don’t leave just yet – The Beginner’s Bible has a fantastic website. You will find so much there to enhance the learning of the Bible and bring it to life. From printable coloring sheets for the stories to writing activities to mazes and puzzles – all of these are free on their website and easy to download and print.

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screenshot of some of the activities available on the website

While this Bible is not age appropriate for our family, it is the perfect for children who are just beginning to read, who enjoy being read to, or who like to look at colorful, fun pictures and perhaps tell the story themselves. The Beginner’s Bible from Zonderkidz would make a great gift or starter Bible for any child.

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I Want to Know Christ – hymn

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As I have been pondering all the ways that the word CRAVE could apply to my life, I keep coming back to this scripture song – Philippians 3:10. We teach this to the girls and try to encourage this kind of craving. Craving the word allows us to have an answer for the hope that is within us (I Peter 3:15) and I want to get better at that, to be more prepared. This song has had me thinking about the various parts of the Christian life that I need to be prepared to answer.

I want to know Christ and the power of his rising. Share in His suffering; conform to His death. When I pour out my life to be filled with His Spirit, joy follows suffering and life follows death. – Philippians 3:10

“I want to know Christ.” What do I want to know about Him? Everything. More about Jesus would I know, more of His love to others show… Sorry – I got sidetracked by another song, though it is one that directly impacts this question. I want to know more about Him in every way. I want to know HIM. When you know someone, you know what they need, what they want, what they desire, and how to serve them best.

…”and the power of His rising.” There is much power in His rising, isn’t there? With His rising, there is no hope. There is no overcoming of sin and death. We would forever be stuck here on this earth with no hope of heaven and eternity with him. His rising, overcoming sin and death, gives us freedom from bondage.

…”share in His suffering, conform to His death.” How do we do this? We die to self and serve Him. How do we serve Him? By keeping His commands. By loving others. By putting ourselves last, rather than first as the world so often tells us we should. (You know – the “make time for yourself so you can care better for others” or the “you deserve to” themes we see so often.)

“When I pour out my life to be filled with His Spirit…” We are called to be a living sacrifice; in this case, it is a drink sacrificed. We are being poured out, emptying ourself so that we can be filled with what is better.

…”joy follows suffering and life follows death.” We don’t have the promise of an easy or perfect or happy time here on this earth. In fact, God tells us in His word that we will endure suffering but to count it all joy. That joy comes when we are encouraged or strengthened but especially when we are given our eternal reward.

Do you CRAVE the Word of God?

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Bible Bowl Study – Job

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The book of Job in the Old Testament is one of the books that I think lots of folks shy away from. And I understand that. When we first found out that Job was part of our Bible Bowl material this year, I’ll admit to a bit of fear.

“How am I going to help my girls understand Job?”

“How am I going to help the younger Bible bowl students understand Job?”

“What in the world are activities that can help us all understand Job?”

Job is a person that we intentionally study a bit in our bible curriculum in church. It is one reason we like Bible Study Guide for All Ages – it doesn’t shy away from hard stories and it covers all of the Bible in four years for all ages. Still, I have been looking for material on Job for a while for Bible classes so I knew what was – or wasn’t – out there.

Because it can seem overwhelming to study a character with youngsters that we don’t truly understand ourselves, I thought I would share with you some of the materials I found and some of the activities we are using.

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What’s In The Bible Vol 8 – covers what they title The Writings and includes Job. We call these books the books of poetry but it was easy enough for the students to see that a different name doesn’t change the content or where it is found in the Bible. This is a fun series featuring puppets and lots of laughters. We always expand upon and make sure the kids understand truth after watching something from this series but I have not found anything that teaches wrongly, they often just don’t expound upon something to that point that makes it fully what the Bible teaches.

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Kid’s Korner (BibleWise.com)- We found a play about Job. We pulled out puppets and the students read through the play. It is not straight out of the Bible and thus is really just a simple overview. But, it is written kind of funny and it helps the kids get the big ideas from the story in their heads.

job-materialsBook: A Patient Man from Uz by Kyle Butt – This story in rhyme goes all the way through the story of Job. It isn’t fancy and it skips quite a bit of the repetitive parts of the book of Job. However, it does a wonderful job of going through the story and hitting the high points.

Bible Road Trip Year Two covers the book of Job. We are using some things from it. Danika Cooley did a wonderful job with the program. We are also using a number of resources that she lists in that program, including The Baker Illustrated Bible, 365 Great Bible Stories, and Encountering the Old Testament. Each of these resources has a section on Job.

Book: God’s Servant Job by Douglas Bond – Another children’s book that I have been using to just help the students get the overall story into their head.

Book: Tried and True Job from Arch Books – We have many of the Arch Books series in our church library. They have a good approach to difficult Bible passages and this is just another of those that we like.

job-storyI also really like this overview video. We have used some of the others they do for Ruth and Esther. Here is the video for Job.

The last thing I want to share with you is HOW I work with these kiddos. They are a fantastic group of children but they are children. That means they are restless when we have a 3 hour block scheduled. Even 2 hours is tough. So, I let them move. If we need to do something at the table, I let them get up and hop, skip, jump, or run every ten minutes. I use our Break Bucket from home often.

We have sets of questions we work with that are provided by the Lads to Leaders program. We do all sorts of active things. It helps the kids remember and understand when they are moving and answering. For example, last weekend I took the kiddos outside and for each correct answer they got (really, we only work with right answers; if I don’t think they know the right answer, we just repeat rather than chance a wrong answer getting stuck in our heads) they could take three steps along the white lines in the parking lot. Another movement we did was to jump up and down, off and on the parking blocks. Nothing fancy. Took no work from me but the kids really enjoyed it and came away with a better understanding of Job.

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Movement, rhyme, puppets, videos – anything I can do to help the kids strengthen their knowledge of the Bible. That is the goal of Bible Bowl.

Know God More.

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The Gospel of John from FishFlix.com ~ a TOS review

I was very happy to have an opportunity to review a product that brings the Good News to life. FishFlix.com is a neat company that has been bringing fantastic products to market and Gospel of John is just one more example of their products.

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FishFlix.com is a company that brings high-quality Christian films to those that are seeking them. From documentaries to fictional stories with a Christian theme, there are thousands of movies to choose from. FishFlix.com believes that there is no reason to sacrifice good videography and story lines just because you are wanting something more than main-stream Hollywood has to offer. So, they bring it to us through a huge selection of DVD and Blue-Ray discs.

Whether you are looking for feature length films or animated series, you have options at FishFlix.com. Looking for a Bible study? Something in French, Portuguese, or another language? They probably have something for you.

FishFlix.com ReviewWe were given The Gospel of John DVD for the purpose of this review. I was excited about this because I think word-for-word Bible videos are of great value. This video is a recreation of the entire gospel John. It is live-action and word-for-word. The translation used is one I didn’t know – American Bible Society’s Good News Bible. For the most part, I didn’t have a problem with the translation. It gave an interesting difference that I was happy to pay attention to and definitely made me think differently about some of the passages due to the wording.

The joy of this video was seeing the book of John come to life. Not only did I hear the actor speaking the words of Jesus and the teachings of Jesus, but I was able to see the countryside and the towns created in similarity to what was probably around in Jesus’ time. The rich costuming – the live animals – the sets – the actors and actresses – the emotion. All of these came together to create a visual encounter with the gospel. See Jesus encounter John the Baptist, reason with the Pharisees, heal the blind and lame, weep over Lazarus, and face being my sacrifice with sadness and determination. Truly, this is touching.

Because I believe that if you are going to teach about God, it needs to be Biblical and correct, I watched the video with my Bible open in front of me. I followed along, checking the passages, though I was using an NIV. I feel like this was a very helpful thing. I will not worry about showing this to my girls now because I have checked the accuracy of the video against God’s word and found it was not misleading or deceiving. I would recommend doing this the first time you watch the video because then you will have checked the accuracy for yourself, which is what we are instructed to do in God’s word. (Acts 17:11 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.)

If you have any concern about the portrayal of the beating and crucifixion, please preview it. I felt like this video did a good job of showing the horror of it without being too graphic. The flogging was done so that you saw the man raising the whip but you did not see Jesus. You do not see the forcing on of the crown of thorns but you will see Jesus covered in blood from the flogging and the crown. The scenes of Jesus on the cross are hard to view but not because they are too graphic, in my opinion.  It is because it is hard to think that Jesus was there for me. The worst part for me was when they broke the legs of the thieves and pierced Jesus’ side. That was a little closer to actually being shown. Definitely preview.

Meet Jesus through The Gospel of John DVD from FishFlix.com or find one of their other wonderful videos. We have reviewed Exploring Ephesus and Living Waters before. All three of these give me confidence in saying I think you will be pleased with what FishFlix.com offers.

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Others from the Review Crew were given:
War Room
Woodlawn
The Ultimate Gift
My Son My Savior
Theo
Superbook: A Giant Adventure
Captive
Owlegories: The Ant, The Fruit, The Butterfly
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L2L – Middle School (not) Monday

We have a program at our church that we have been participating in for about a year now. Lads to Leaders (L2L) is a program that is designed to help guide children in growth in the Lord. It encompasses a number of activities and opportunities while encouraging participants to grow.

Activities the girls have worked on this past year:Lads to Leaders Bible education

  • Designing and putting up bulletin boards
  • Leading singing for ladies’ classes and at home
  • Reading scripture for ladies’ classes, children’s classes and at home
  • Participating in service projects
  • Learning the books of the Bible
  • Memorizing scripture
  • Learning how to be a homemaker
  • Creating a scrapbook to document the spiritual activities of the church
  • Creating a banner to share at convention
  • Bible Bowl – focus on the book of Matthew
  • Learning sign language and how to sign scripture and song

These are the majority of activities the girls signed up for and participated in. The convention is coming up on Easter weekend. We will be going to the convention held in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and celebrating the hard work of more than a thousand others who have spent the last year working hard to grow in the Lord.

Our family has become pretty highly invested in this program because we have seen the potential for the girls’ spiritual growth through these activities. Many of these encourage the girls to learn how to share the Good News with others and teach truth from God’s word and God’s word only.

We count L2L activities as schoolwork, which is why I am sharing it under the Middle School Monday posts.

Do your children participate in anything that helps their spiritual growth? Please share about it in the comments. I’d enjoy knowing.

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