4/26/2017

Drive Thru History® ~ Review

Drive Thru History® Review

I am always trying to find different and creative ways to incorporate Bible into our school day. We do have family devotions every day, but I feel like there is always so much more that we need to study and learn from the Bible. I also dream of one day being able to visit the same places where Jesus lived. So, when we had the chance to review Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels”, the newest product from Drive Thru History®, I was excited to show these to my children.

Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels” contains eighteen 30 minute episodes. The discs come in a beautiful case with a 118 page study guide. The study guide not only offered discussion questions for each episode, it also gave a short summary paragraph. There was also Bible reading passages and quotes from different people throughout the guide. It also contains beautiful art and pictures on each page. Dave Stotts takes us through the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John to the places where Jesus walked and stayed. We see many ancient sights in Israel and learn about Jesus’ birth, ministry, death, and resurrection.

The Gospels

When we first received the DVD set, I was planning to go through about two episodes per week so we could move at a slower pace and go through the study guide. We watched an episode, then during our family devotion time, we read through the suggested Bible reading. The following day, I would go through the discussion questions with my older three children (15, 13, 11). The 6 year old couldn’t really answer the questions, but she did enjoy watching the videos. And as planned, we did go through two episodes per week. When we went through the questions, I had all of the older children write down their answer before saying it out loud. I wanted to hear all of their opinions and be able to have a discussion. They all answered differently and in their own way. They all were able to get something from each episode.

Study Guide Sample

All of my children and myself have enjoyed and have learned so much from these videos. From the case that these came in to each episode, you can tell a lot of hard work and care have been put into this production. We have enjoyed “traveling” across the world to visit the places where Jesus walked and talked. Dave Stotts did a wonderful job with the narrative. My boys especially liked the first episode where he introduced us to the Land Rover that he would be using for this series. My children know a lot about the Bible from going to church and reading it daily for family devotions, but we have all learned something new from watching this series.

I would definitely recommend this series to anyone wanting to know more about the gospels in the Bible, more about Jesus’ life, or just want something good to watch. This is also a great series to use for homeschool or in a classroom. It can be incorporated in a history class or in a Bible class. It is a great series for any one of any age.

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4/21/2017

Five Minute Friday ~ Sing

Five Minute Friday - Sing

This week’s prompt at the Heading Home blog for five minute Friday is sing.

I love to sing. Even though I don’t have a good singing voice, I still love to sing. I sing in the car, in the shower, in the house, in church, everywhere! I love when old hymns pop into my mind and I start singing them. I love to sing newer contemporary Christian songs also. Singing helps keep me stress free and happy. I sing along with the radio when I am in the car. When I’m alone in the car, I sing louder and praise the Lord while listening to KLOVE. Singing brings me closer to the Lord, because I am usually singing a hymn or a song we sang in church. I hum songs when I’m doing the dishes. It helps it to go by faster since I don’t have a dishwasher and have to do the dishes by hand. Singing is great for me and I will always sing praises to the Lord.

4/20/2017

Men and Women of the Bible ~ Blogging through the Alphabet (N)

Blogging through the Alphabet Men and Women of the Bible

Naomi: “lovable, delight”

We learn about Naomi in the book of Ruth. Naomi married a man named Elimelech. They had to move from Judea to Moab because of a famine. They had two sons who married Moabite women an they also die. Naomi wants to go back to Bethlehem where she has friends and family and tells her daughters in law that they are free to go to their homes. Ruth declines and follows Naomi. When they return, Naomi goes through a period where she is bitter. Naomi allows Ruth to glean in some fields and the man who own the property is kinsman to Naomi’s husband. Ruth and Boaz marry and have a son together. Naomi cares for the child and becomes happy again. The Lord provided for Naomi.

Ruth 1:3-5 ~ And Elimelech Naomi's husband died; and she was left, and her two sons. And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years. And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman was left of her two sons and her husband.

Ruth 2:1-2 ~ And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz. And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter.

Ruth 4:14-16 ~ nd the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the Lord, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel. And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him. And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.

Nicodemus: “the people is victor”

Nicodemus is mentioned three times in the gospel of John. He is a Pharisee and a member of the Sanhedrin. He first visits with Jesus one evening and asks him how he can be born again? He is confused and wonders how he can go back into his mother’s womb to be born again. Jesus explains to him that to be born again is to be born of the Spirit. Jesus goes on to give Nicodemus the greatest salvation message. We also Nicodemus in a Sanhedrin meeting where he protested against them in their plot against Jesus. We also see Nicodemus after Jesus has been crucified. He helps in preparing the body for the tomb. Did Nicodemus put his trust in Christ? We may not know now, but maybe we will see him in Heaven one day. I do hope that he became a believer.

John 3: 1-2 ~ There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

John 7:50-51 ~ Nicodemus saith unto them, (he that came to Jesus by night, being one of them,) Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth?

John 19: 39 ~ And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.

I am linking up with Annette and Amanda.

4/16/2017

4/14/2017

Five Minute Friday ~ Empty

Five Minute Friday - Empty

It’s been a while since I’ve participated in a five minute Friday. This week’s word prompt is “empty.” It’s simple to post a blog post- just write for five minutes. Five minute Friday is hosted over at Heading Home.

Empty ~

What does it mean to be empty? It means to be void of something. During this Easter holiday weekend, Christians rejoice over the tomb being empty. But there are so many people in the world that have an empty feeling every day. They feel they have no purpose. Even as a Christian, I sometimes feel empty. It is then that I know that I need to be reading His Word. When I am regularly reading my Bible, I never feel empty. I am filled with the Holy Spirit. Knowing Jesus keeps me from feeling like I am worthless and empty. He has me on this earth for a reason and I need to seek Him and do His will while I am still here. We need to rejoice in knowing that the tomb is empty! Jesus wants us to be happy. He wants us to tell others of him. Rejoice! Jesus has risen!

Psalm 28:7 ~ The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

4/13/2017

Men and Women of the Bible ~ Blogging through the Alphabet (M)

Blogging through the Alphabet Men and Women of the Bible

Already half way through this round of blogging through the alphabet. This week we are on the letter M. There are so many great men in the Bible whose name starts with the letter M. It was a difficult choice, but I settled on the one below.

Martha: “bitterness”

Martha is the sister of Lazarus. Martha loved Jesus, but was always wanting everything to be perfect. She even told Jesus to tell her sister to help her in the kitchen. Martha was hospitable (she invited Jesus into her house). The Bible doesn’t tell us a lot, but I’m pretty sure his visit was not planned. When was the last time we had unexpected visitor’s and invited them into our house? She treated Jesus as a friend, someone she could tell anything (like, can you make my sister get in here and help me?). Jesus told Martha not to always be in a rush. She needed to slow down and listen (my interpretation). When was the last time we met someone for lunch or coffee and just listened to them? I would have liked to Martha’s friend.

Luke 10:40-41 ~ But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:

Malachi: “messenger”

Malachi was a prophet during the Old Testament times. He also wrote one of the books in the Old Testament. Not much is really known about him except what he shared in his book. It is probable he lived around the year 420 B.C. Malachi wrote to the Jews and prophesied that God would send someone to prepare the way. He also addresses the coming judgment from God.

Malachi 3:1 ~ Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.

Malachi 4:1 ~ For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

Malachi 4:6 ~ And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

I’m linking up with Annette and Amanda.

4/09/2017

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