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My Favorite Christian Fiction Books – Why No Amish Romance

Five of the top 10 best sellers on a recent list of Christian fiction were Amish titles. More than 24 million books have been sold since 2003. This year at least 86 “Amish Romance” novels are being released. Why?? I just don’t get it. I understand Christians are looking for wholesome books but there are thousands of Non-romance Christian fiction books. ... Read More »

Church Relationships: Are You a Geese or a Sparrow?

Define Church When you mention church, most people either think of the institutional church (IC) organization or a building, a place you have to go to fellowship if you are a Christian. The Bible defines the church as Christ’s body; a living organism, it cannot be defined as a building or an organization because it is neither. Thanks to the influence ... Read More »

Fearing God is Wisdom?

The fear of the Lord is a much misunderstood concept, it does not mean we have to walk around afraid of an angry God running away from him. It doesn't mean he is waiting to whack us when we fall. Read More »

Are You Seeking Religion or Relationship?

The Hebrew word for faith is אמונה (emunah – Strong’s #530) and is an action-oriented word meaning “support”. Our Western concept of faith places the action on the one you have faith in, such as “faith in God.” But the Hebrew word places the action on the one who “supports God.” Emunah means faithfulness, persistent determination, holding steady, holding firm, ... Read More »

Torah Class Nugget: God’s Kindness and Severity

God’s kindness and severity is a hard concept to grasp. Trying to understand God’s character with our Greek views,  legalistic religion, and false assumptions leads to muddled misunderstandings. Only when we hear His message with His Spirit do you hear freedom. God’s way are unfathomable to our small minds, but you can be sure His ways are just, righteous, pure, and in love. My pastor, Tom ... Read More »

Do You Have Distorted View?

Imagine you are asked to do something for someone you did not know well. What if a stranger asked you for a ride into town? Or to take a package on a plane? But what if you knew the person intimately for many years. You knew their character, their morals, their motivations? What if the person was your father or husband? We will only submit when we trust. We only can only trust someone who has our best interest at heart. But many of us have a distorted view of God. Read More »

Spiritual Fruit Begins with Spiritual Rest

Jesus said He would give rest to those who were weary and heavy laden. Spiritual rest is not lying down to take a nap. God didn’t rest on the seventh day because He was tired. His rest was a cessation of labor. Rest is the opposite of work or striving; it is found in relationship with God through Jesus. Resting ... Read More »

15 Other Third-Day Events in the Bible

Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after his death. “God raised him from the dead on the third day” (Acts 10:40). “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” (Matt 12:40). Third-Day Patterns A ... Read More »

Top 10 Differences between Liberty and Legalism

The curious thing about legalism is that you might look at a legalist and a person walking in grace and at times not be able to tell them apart. They could very well be doing the same exact things. The difference lies not on the outside but on the inside, in the realm of motivation. Why is he or she doing it? A person is a legalist, therefore, not necessarily because of what they do or do not doubt do, but because of why they do or don't do it. Read More »

Long Suffering – The 4th Fruit of the Holy Spirit

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” (Galatians 5:22) One of the main definitions of the word long suffering is that it is referring to patience. And patience is another sorely needed quality in the fast paced world in which we live in today. Just watch people standing in line ... Read More »

How to Create a Bible Timeline Book

In her writings, Charlotte Mason recommended preparing a handmade Time Line Book (originally called a Museum Sketch Book; sometimes called a Book of the Centuries). This activity is based upon one of the major keys to motivation: the active involvement of students in their own learning. Students learn by doing, making, writing, designing, creating, and solving. Creating this Time Line ... Read More »

Things I Must Tell The Children

We remember to give our children their vitamins, buy them sneakers, teach them history lessons, make them practice math, set bedtimes, remind them to brush their teeth and hair, and mind their manners—but do we forget the most important thing? This must-see video from the 70s by Bill & Gloria Gaither (parent testimony and song) is appropriate for today. Proverbs ... Read More »

Be the Branch

If you want to produce spiritual fruit, remember that your job is to be a branch. A branch is a growth from the main stem or root of a plant. Various Hebrew words are translated as branch or shoot. The most common one can be defined as any sprout of vegetation (Gen. 19:25; Ezek. 16:7; Ps. 85:11). Sometimes we feel like ... Read More »

Becoming a Kinder, Gentler Mother

What mother doesn't want to become kinder, gentler, and more loving? Remember how Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz was searching for a way home and finally found out she had the magic slippers that won the whole time? You have the answer inside you now. I received a visual object lesson of this promise this week. Read More »

Spiritual Roots of Diseases (Fear)

I went to a conference on the spiritual roots of diseases with my daughter Victoria in 2008. It was such a blessing to spend a full week with her before she passed in 2014. It is no surprise that there are spiritual roots to many diseases.  Christians have  same statistics in the areas of cancer, heart disease, depression, divorce, diabetes, etc.  ... Read More »

In the Valley of the Shadow

My daughter died in January 2014. In times of great stress like death of a family member we have to rely on God’s strength, not our own. Oswald Chambers said, “We are not built for the mountains and the dawns and aesthetic affinities, those are for moments of inspiration, that is all. We are built for the valley, for the ordinary stuff ... Read More »

Obeying Spiritual Nudges

Driving Miniature Horses: Opportunity for a  Spiritual Object Lesson I love to give children cart rides with our miniature horses. Once I get them in the middle of the pasture  I begin my Deuteronomy-6-by-the-way-object-lesson.   God’s Gentle Tugs To turn a right or left means a tiny gentle tug. I use this to teach the children how we need to listen to ... Read More »

Religion or Relationship?

God does not want a people who simply adhere to a set of rules, no matter how well intended. God said in the book of Hosea, “For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice, and in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings” (Hosea 6:6 ). Sacrifices meant nothing because their hearts were unfaithful to God. God wants obedience ... Read More »

Homeschool Direction: A Wisdom Parable

Once upon a time there was a village far away in a remote location, which had experienced a hard year of severe weather. A group of missionaries worried that the villagers’ crude huts would not be able to withstand the strong weather any longer. The missionaries wanted to help by taking supplies to the village, but there were no accessible ... Read More »

Why I Don’t Go to Church Anymore!

Letter from Wayne Jacobsen: I do appreciate your concern for me and your willingness to raise issues that have caused you concern. I know the way I relate to the church is a bit unconventional and some even call it dangerous. Believe me, I understand that concern because I used to think that way myself and even taught others to as well. Read More »

The Shack Revisited by Baxter Kruger

I was so excited to find The Shack Revisited: There Is More Going On Here than You Ever Dared to Dream in my Kindle this week. I ordered the pre-release months ago. I have enjoyed over a hundred hours of Baxter Kruger teachings from  Perichoresis Ministries  and I wanted more. When you combine Baxter’s Bible knowledge,  wonderful Mississippi accent, deliverance from Calvinist upbringing, love of C.S. Lewis, and ... Read More »

5 Steps to Successful Forgiveness

Unforgiveness is toxic. It can consume us. It causes suffering, health problems, bitterness, chronic anger, resentment, rage, and a miserable attitude. Studies show that such emotions can lead to an increased risk of heart attack, joint pain, headaches, high blood pressure and a depressed immune system. Read More »

The Desensitization Boxes

Has your child seen an autopsy? Professor Masserman created experiments with cats that made them “neurotic” by giving them electric shocks in a certain box.  Soon the cats acted anxious whenever they were put in the box. In the second part of the experiment, Masserman observed that the cats lost their “neurosis” if they were fed in the box.  These ... Read More »

Sowing and Reaping

Timely planting and on-going care (watering, weeding, pruning, etc.) will bring forth good fruit. There’s no quick fix for training children. If we neglect them now, we can’t expect positive results later. Read More »

No Branch Can Bear Fruit By Itself: Remain in Him

I’ve been pruning hickory trees in our yard–cutting and cleansing for better growth and health.  It reminded me of the uncomfortable and sometimes painful pruning we go through during sanctification. I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he ... Read More »