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Today's bible verses to learn over the course of the coming week is Genesis 11:5-7.
5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6 The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
I have added that on each page we are now adding images to help us remember what the verses are in order to help us remember them. The lad asked me to write this verse out as his handwriting was too big to fit it onto one page.
I have to admit, the lad had fun with this lesson. It was fun pretending to speak different languages and trying to understand each other. I even spoke some dutch to him (the little I remember) and he was like HUH?
But then he asked an insightful question. "Mom, do you think God would have broken families up?" "What would the children do then?"
So we talked about that for a moment. Considering the nature of God. Would God want little children to suffer - especially if what his goal was here? God's goal was to stop the people from thinking they were too important. The confusion of language was ultimately to break the people up.
Granted, we can't know for sure so we can't put that into the story, but it is good to consider the very nature of God.
We completed the Sunday school lesson by answering these questions.
But the lesson wouldn't be complete by answering some questions from the lad.
1. Is this story real? Did Babel really exist?
To that end we found this article from Creation Concepts. The ruins have been found.
We learned that archaeologists are examining those ruins.
2. Can we see a video about it mom?
I said sure so we watched a video on YouTube about it. You may wish to turn the volume off.
3. Could mud and straw hold people up mom?
We hope in the spring to see if we can make some bricks using mud and straw. We have a hard time imagining how something made of mud and bricks cold be strong enough for people to walk on as they built this tower.
4. I asked my son... What do you think it means that God said "Let US go down"?
He written his forehead and said "I kinda know but I don't know how to say it". So we talked about how God is three persons in one and how it's hard thing to really understand. But that this points to how God the Father, God the Spirit and God as Christ are one unit as this talks about God being an "us".
Anyways, that was our lesson for this past Friday that we'll be ruminating on over the course of this week.
Five minutes of a Friday. Hosted byKate. Write for five minutes - just writing not worrying on perfection just write. :). Link up. Encourage the person ahead of you. Easy, Challenging, fun. This week the word is Send.
"Here I am, send me."
"So send I you."
"Who will Go?"
"Are you not sent to the lost, the lonely, the hurt and the poor?"
What do think of when you hear the word send?
I think of the word send and I think of my dad and how soon enough we'll be sending him on to Glory. I think of how he sent me along the way when I spent the summer in Haiti doing a summer mission project. Must have been hard for my folks to let me go away for a while... but sent me along none the less.
Sending implies a going. It's a traveling to another place. It's arriving and doing what you were sent to do. Some people are sent places, some folks are sent to a people, others are sent to get them out of a bad situation. But to be sent means one must GO. You can't have one without the other. To be sent you must be willing to go.
You being sent anywhere?
Are you willing to GO?
Take one non-sporty child who turns down any sport books quite quickly. Add these eight hockey books. And before you know it you have a boy asking "Can we read just one more mom?" "Can we read one at breakfast?" We enjoyed our time following he adventures of Puckster together.
I have to admit that I was surprised at how much my boy enjoyed these books. I thought he would mildly tolerate them, but he thoroughly enjoyed them though he did ask lots of questions about why they had all these animals playing hockey and why was the moose on a sled and what exactly is a mascot or a stick boy or .... and the questions went on and on.
I liked the fact the books are a story that continues from one book to the next. I appreciated the tips scattered throughout the book. I liked the page at the end of the book that summarized the things learned and taught what specific terminology was.
One of the recurring themes was the need to work hard and if you are part of a team, to remember that you are PART of a team. Going solo doesn't cut when you are a part of team, and to learn new skills you need to work at them, and sometimes your teammates can help you with that. This is a skill I'm trying to teach my boy...how to say "Hey, I don't know how to do this.. can you help me?" So it was nice to have that reinforced in this book series.
These books were published to help parents and coaches be able to teach their children/team hockey skills and I can very much see them being helpful with children under 10.
If I were going to teach a hockey unit to younger children these books would definitely be part of that of that teaching session.
Go TEAM CANADA GO!
Published: Hockey Canada
Average Page Length: 24
Author: Lorna Schultz Nicholson
Illustrator: Kelly Findley
To Purchase them Go to Indigo Books.
So last week Bible time focused on Noah and the ark. I have old Sunday school papers and bible lessons that I organized a while back that we are going through for our organized Bible time lessons.
This week Noah and the ark.
Our Bible Verse was "But Noah found favour in the eyes of the Lord.: Genesis 6:8
Throughout this week we will be talking about what it means that we show favour in the eyes of the Lord by simply believing in him. Not by our actions, thoughts or deeds. But it's the very fact that we believe in him. Lord and Saviour of our lives. The follow up to that of course is how God called him righteous because of this obedience to him. But they are two separate issues that are connected. :)
We started off the lesson reading the entire story of Noah and the ark. As we read this, my son built an ark. our pack had quite a few examples of what the ark might look like so this gave us an opportunity to read the bible and pick out the best representation based on biblical record. And a chance to talk about why people might make the wrong example. The ark was basically a big rectangular box.
"14 Make yourself an ark of gopher wood Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch. 15 This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark 300 cubits,e]">[e] its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits. 16 Make a rooff]">[f] for the ark, and finish it to a cubit above, and set the door of the ark in its side. Make it with lower, second, and third decks."
These verses caused my boy to ask what a clean and unclean animal was. " 2 Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and his mate, and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and his mate, 3 and seven pairs of the birds of the heavens also, male and female, to keep their offspring alive on the face of all the earth."
We actually had a bit of fun with this. What about... snakes? No. What about spiders? No. and on and on the questions were fired at me. :) And I fired them back as well.. what about a whale? Or a caribou? or a mouse (so tell me.. would YOU want to eat a mouse?)
"Why does an animal have to be clean mom?" Which gave us the opportunity talk about Jewish dietary laws and the kind of animals God allowed to be presented as a sacrifice to him. How a good sacrifice is a pleasing smell for him. I am hoping to make the connection this week about how what we do, the sacrifices we make in life are a pleasing aroma to God. (our repentance from our sin etc).
Anyways, that's our Bible time for this week. (Friday to Friday).
Do you have a bible time in your house? If so, what do you do?
This morning my son and I carved out time to watch this movie. We are reviewing it on behalf of FlyBy Promotions. We get to watch the movie and keep it in exchange for our reviewing it. :) Pretty neat deal isn't it?
Anyways, on to what the movie is about. A boy, being raised by his preacher dad, with a love of music in his blood, spars with his father over his father's wishes that he become a preacher.
The lad struggles with these two opposing notions.... play music or become a preacher and the story is about how his life turned out.
Over time he learns the family's hidden secret and we learn how that knowledge changed his outlook on life and brought healing to family relationships.
When the movie started my son was "Mom, do I have to watch this? it makes no sense to me.". Being a nine year old boy who doesn't always pay attention to the details I helped him figure out the premise of the show. He still was unimpressed until about 20 minutes in when he wanted to know how the story was going to end and then he kept laughing... at how the boy's daddy so wanted him to become a preacher but music kept drawing Ryan back. Even when sent to the army, Ryan (the boy) sang. Music was in his blood.
About 20 minutes from the end of the show my son was "mom, I want to go and play Minecraft before we leave, but mom.. I want to watch the end of the movie too!"
So what can I say, overtime the movie won my son over.
It's not a bad movie at all. Definitely not an action flick. I was never really sure about Ryan stood in his relationship with the Lord, but I know he respected the way he grew up about not drinking or smoking, and how even when he was tempted the Lord provided a way out for him. This is a touchy-feely movie, where by the end of the movie you are rooting for things to work out well for everyone involved, and you know what? It does.
It's a bit slow moving in parts, and seems a bit downcast in others, but it all fits together well. The "yeah mom! It's good right mom?" at the end from my lad sums it all up for me.
This is a movie worth curving out 2 hours for.
Run length is 1 hour 46 minutes (about 6 minutes of that is credits)
Genre: Christian drama
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