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Was the Feast of Tabernacles the First Thanksgiving?


The Feast of Tabernacles is a week-long autumn harvest festival. The two days following the festival are separate holidays, Shemini Atzeret and Simkhat Torah, but are commonly thought of as part of the Feast of Tabernacles. The Feast of Tabernacles was the final and most important holiday of the year. The importance of this festival is indicated by the statement, “This ... Read More »

Messiah Revealed in Feat of Tabernacles (Sukkoth)


Jesus is the Living Water Our spiritual thirst cannot be quenched with anything less than Christ. But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life (John 4:14). Jesus Washes Away Our Sins Jesus is ... Read More »

Sukkot or Tabernacles in Bible Times


As The Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) approached, the entire Jewish nation started making preparations. Work crews were sent to repair roads and bridges for the thousands of pilgrims coming to Jerusalem. During the festival many Jews eat (and sleep, as well) in the booths or huts, which are built in the five days between Yom Kippur and this festival. The ... Read More »

Sukkot or Tabernacles Traditions


The services in the synagogue today are modeled after the ancient services in the temple (see Feast of Tabernacles in Bible Times). Sacrifices are no longer performed since the time of the destruction of the temple. It is usual practice to build and decorate the booth (sukkah). In the United States, Jews usually hang dried squash and corn in the sukkah ... Read More »

Lessons from Sukkot


This year Sukkot or Feast of Tabernacles 2014 begins in the evening of Wednesday, October 16. It is a time to give thanks. God is Our Shelter This holiday reminds us not to hold too tightly to material things. We live in a very materialistic age. When the Israelites were wanderers in the desert, they all lived in tents-–rich and ... Read More »

How to Build a Sukkah


The Bible instruction just says “Build a sukkah (or booth).” Rabbis have added  details about size, materials, location, etc. You only need to follow the Bible instructions. You can use any scrap lumber you have available, pitch your tent, or use old sheets to create an adventure for your children (attach tarps with bungee cords to your deck or swing ... Read More »

Rosh Hashana Apple Honey Cake


Rosh Hashana or the Feast of Trumpets begins at sundown today. It is the biblical New Year’s celebration. The Spring Bible holidays tell of Jesus’ first coming, and the fall festivals are prophetic of His second coming. Apple and Honey Cake Apples and honey are a traditional food for this celebration. We are baking New Year’s cakes for our neighbors. (I’m ... Read More »

3 Things You Should Know About the Prophetic Fall Holidays


Most Christians don’t know about the fall holidays of ancient Israel: The Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah), the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), and the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkoth). If the spring festivals so clearly prophesied the first coming of Messiah, it stands to reason that the fall festivals are also prophetic of His second coming. The way these holidays are celebrated reveals ... Read More »

The Bible Project: Video Through the Entire Bible


Have you seen the Bible Project? They provide a video for every book of the Bible that outlines its structure and design and how it fits into the entire biblical story. The Bible Project is not part of any specific Christian denomination or tradition. The Bible Project is a full-time labor of love made up of artists, illustrators, designers, supporters ... Read More »

Patiently Waiting on God for Patience


What first comes to mind when you think of patience? As a mother, my first thought is having patience with my children. Then I think of being patient with my husband. Next, I think of patience with cashiers, waitresses, and the doctor’s office or in line at the post office. pa·tience ˈpāSHəns/ noun the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or ... Read More »

Important Things You Need to Know About Wisdom


The attributes of wisdom from God (truth, kindness, mercy, reason, without partiality) is 180 degrees from the world’s wisdom standards (power, position, privilege, prestige, self seeking). There is a major protest against the public school system among Christians today, but it is leveled almost exclusively at moral problems. There is very little question of the meaning and importance of intelligence, ... Read More »

Free Memory Cards & Family Reward Chart

Get FREE Bible memorization cards, scripture memory reward chart, and coloring sheets plus FREE chapters from the books I Can Learn the Bible and The Joshua Code! 52 Scriptures Every Kid Should Know  Faith Gateway is  giving away a whole set of Bible memory printables. You just need to signup for their emails to receive all of these for free: Scripture Memorization Cards Bible Verse ... Read More »

Are You Trying Too Hard?


Many Christians measure  their spiritual walk (and others)  based on a checklist of all that they have done for God. This easily leads to legalism and bondage. Jesus doesn’t want us to “do” because He has already “DONE” the work when He died on a cross for our sins. Our goal should not be  trying to earn God’s love, and ... Read More »

What You Need to Know About Shavuot (Pentecost)


Fifty days after Passover is Shavout. Fifty days after the Exodus God gave the Ten Commandments.  Each day the Israelites are commanded to count the Omer, as they experienced their journey from captivity (Egypt) to freedom (Sinai). God declares, “You shall then COUNT seven complete weeks after the day following the Passover holiday when you brought the Omer as a wave offering” ... Read More »

Grace and Truth through Christ is Misunderstood


My Bible Journaling Group is studying grace this month. John 1:16-17 is the verse of the day. This is a misunderstood verse usually used to say that grace replaces the law. It’s easy to see how people could think that, but let’s look a little deeper from another perspective. The Bible is one story, not two. God is the same ... Read More »

What is Your Cardboard Testimony?

This powerful video made me cry. God changes lives. This church had the idea to record the changes before and after in a few words on the front and back of a piece cardboard. Each one spoke volumes! I loved the one where the woman walked out with her neurologist. Her cardboard read, “Diagnosed with MS in May of 2007” ... Read More »

His Eye is on the Sparrow


Jesus taught lessons with items from Creation. Light, salt, lilies, seeds, sparrows, all take on new significance. Bread and wine take on new significance because he made them symbols of his death. Read More »

When Trials Come, Rejoice!


Consider Trials Joy? Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4) Joy in trials? James was kidding, right? He certainly wasn’t talking about the trials faced ... Read More »

Bible Journaling & Logos Bible Software


I have used Logos Bible software for years. I absolutely love it. I can’t say enough good about it. This powerful digital library system is like having your own personal librarian, who, at the touch of a button, will quickly look up and organize all of the resources and information you’ll ever need for comprehensive Bible study. I use the Inductive ... Read More »

The Woman with the Issue of Blood


The woman with an issue of blood is one of the most heartrending of all Bible stories. “If I can but touch the Hem of his Garment . . .” These words of desperation formed an axis of faith which brought a miracle into the life of a dying woman when she reached out and accessed the power resident in ... Read More »

Chapter of the Week Bible Study & Free Worksheet


To join in the Bible Verse of the Week join the Bible Journaling  Facebook Group. This week chapter is Samuel 22. I will announce a new chapter every Monday. Read Four Steps and Download Worksheet Pray & Read the chapter Watch a Video & Fill out the Key Worksheet (optional) Choose a verse Creative Bible  page  374 Inspire Bible page 372 Journal in your Bible ... Read More »

Free Torah Class Videos

Torah Class Bible Videos with Hebraic focus.

This is the best balanced Bible study I have used in 29 years homeschooling! and its FREE! You can watch a video with your children every morning,  and/or  read transcripts at  and download slideshows for each chapter. Tom Bradford walks you through the Torah and Prophets ONE chapter at a time revealing history and Hebrew view as well as how the OT ... Read More »

Free Key Bible Worksheet Printable


This Key Worksheet can be used for a Bible Chapter or passage. Document Key People, Key Subject, Key Words (Inductive), Application, and Conclusion. Bible study should involve note taking. Whether it is answering questions, rewriting a verse, or making a list; writing helps us to slow down and focus. Bible Journal Key Worksheet Download the black and white for coloring or ... Read More »

Passover Haggadah

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This little booklet will walk you through your Seder step-by-step!  Haggadah is a Hebrew word that means the telling.The Haggadah is the Order of Service for the Passover Seder Dinner. A copy is used by each participant and is essential for understanding and participation. This Haggadah is inexpensive and functional and for a Christian Seder. This 24 page booklet tells ... Read More »

Bible and Topic Tabs for Bibles and Journals


Below are several Bible Tabs to choose from for Bibles or Illustrated Faith’s Praise Book and planners. Vintage Rose Bible Tabs Print from your computer on plain copy paper. Use glue stick to adhere into your Bible and cover with shipping tape to make them strong and water resistant. Of you prefer to get these in the mail add on ... Read More »

Free Bible Copy Work Revealing Jesus in the Old Testament


Subscribe on the bottom of this page to receive access to nine free printable pages of copy work using Old and New Testament Passover Bible verses. Use the dotted print for younger children to practice tracing letters. Use the lined space for older children to copy passages. A Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays Learn the teaching method God uses to teach His children. The ... Read More »

Free Passover Lapbook


Download eleven free booklets to tell Passover story from Moses Birth to the First Passover. Glue the booklets in to a File Folder to create a lapbook. Subscribe at the bottom of this page to access ALL our freebies!   A Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays Learn the teaching method God uses to teach His children. The ultimate hands-on Bible lessons! Teach ... Read More »

Homeschool 101 Infographic


Did you know over 66% of homeschoolers graduate college? Or that the number 1 and 2 reason for homeschool are safety and religion? Here is a great infographic on homeschool. Visit  to learn more. Read More »