Archive for November, 2008

The Painted Parable

November 26, 2008

[Today’s post is by Dr. Richard Exley, director of Richard Exley Ministries, conference and retreat speaker, pastor and author of 30 books including Living in Harmony and The Indescribable Gift, both published by New Leaf Press. In this post Dr. Exley notes offers a solution to the unconnectedness of life in the 21st century.] 

Dr. Richard Exley, author of Living in Harmony

Dr. Richard Exley, author of Living in Harmony

Several years ago Brenda and I were browsing in a subterranean flea market when my attention was drawn to an unusual painting. At first I couldn’t decide what it was that it was that so captivated me. The artist was good, but not great. His technique was just that – technique, nothing more. Still, I lingered, studying the painting… (more…)

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Giving Thanks Always

November 24, 2008

[Today’s post is by Dr. Ron Bigalke, Jr., director of Eternal Ministries, Inc. pastor-teacher of Coastal Bible Chapel in Port Wentworth, Georgia and author of  The Genesis Factor, published by Master Books. In this post Dr. Bigalke notes Thanksgiving Day is every day for the biblical Christian.] 

Dr. Ron Bigalke, Jr, author of The Genesis Factor

Dr. Ron Bigalke, Jr, author of The Genesis Factor

The settlers who founded the New England colonies experienced many difficulties and hardships. As their inclinations were thoroughly Christian, they fasted before God and prayed to Him as those who were utterly dependent upon Him. These early settlers declated their supplicaitons before Him who could assuage their anguish. Continual thought upon their difficulties and hardships fixated their minds in distress and restlessness, and the settlers even thought about returning to their homeland with all its religious persecution of them. The settlers convened to decide upon a community response. When someone recommended another day to be designated for fasting and prayer, an ordinary man with some sanctified sense stated his thoughts that they had agonized sufficently (more…)

Chemistry Help for Homeschoolers

November 19, 2008

I’m not a homeschooler, but our daughter and her husband are. Daily they take on the heroic challenge of teaching the 3 Rs, plus social adaptation, to our 13-year-old and 8-year-old grandsons and our 4-year-old granddaughter. It’s a full-time job! Fortunately, our son-in-law works right across the road from their house managing a Bible camp.

Elements of Faith by Richard D. Duncan

Elements of Faith by Richard D. Duncan

There are tons of excellent resources for homeschooling parents – websites of all sorts, homeschool consultants, support groups for homeschoolers, co-ops, conferences, and the official “supervising teacher” in Iowa where our offspring live.

One of the most fascinating books I’ve discovered for homeschoolers is the new Elements of Faith, Volume 1 by Richard D. Duncan. Not being a brilliant student myself and struggling forever with the Periodic Table of Elements, I find this handy workbook both engaging and easy to use. From H to Sn (that’s Hydrogen to Tin for the non-chemists of us (more…)

Were There REALLY Dinosaurs?

November 14, 2008

[Today we’re interviewing Amie Zordel – wife, mother, homeschooler and author of  Dinosaurs: Stars of the Show.]

Stars of the Show

Amie Zordel, author, Dinosaurs: Stars of the Show

Written By…: Amie, you were inspired to write Dinosaurs: Stars of the Show when your daughter saw the theory of evolution being promoted on a children’s television show. Was it you or your daughter who first said “That’s not right. That isn’t true.”

Amie Zordel: Actually my daughter, Cailin, was the one who noticed the evolution in the program. She has been taught all about creation and knows when she hears anything contradictory.

WB: How vigorously did you or your daughter react to the TV program?

AZ: Cailin was very adamant about correcting the errors in the program. As we watched the (more…)

Are You Persuaded by the Evidence?

November 11, 2008

[Today’s blog post is submitted by Doug Sharp, one of the Compilation Editors for Persuaded by the Evidence: True Stories of Faith, Science & the Power of a Creator. Here Doug writes about his experience of working with men whose lives were forever changed when they reached that defining moment of whether to accept or reject a literal six-day creation of Planet Earth. Each man’s story is unique, but all are highly intriguing.] 

Doug Sharp, Compilation Editor

Doug Sharp, Compilation Editor

Thirty-eight different scientists, youth leaders and ministers contributed to the compilation of Persuaded by the Evidence, a collection of personal stories of how God used scientific evidence to cause them to consider the Bible as the Word of God and true in its straightforward reading. I had the privilege of editing their material, and a number of them I interviewed personally. It is amazing the variety of evidence God used to get the attention of various people, intertwining it with personal experiences that matched their interests. All of us are different and God uses our strengths and weaknesses to encourage us to make (more…)

Happy Season of Thankfulness

November 7, 2008

[Today’s blog post is submitted by Helen Haidle, award-winning author of 45 books with sales over US$1,700,000. Helen and her artist-illustrator-husband, David Haidle, operate Seed Faith Books providing Christian children’s books, 23 Psalm curriculum study lessons and teaching resources to learn and memorize Psalm 23. In today’s post, Helen highlights the Haidles’ Heart Gifts ministry making Christian fiction and non-fiction available to men and women incarcerated in county, state and federal prisions across America.]

David & Helen Haidle, Illustrator & Author of Heart Gifts

David & Helen Haidle, Illustrator & Author

More than 2 million people in the United States live with little hope, love, peace or thankfulness. If you ever step foot in a prison, you will find one of the most cold, hopeless, and love-less places of strife and conflict. I’m pondering this Thanksgiving season on ways to share God’s great love and mercy with others who have yet to experience His great Gift. (more…)