Sunday, 31 December 2017
Monday, 25 December 2017
Thursday, 21 December 2017
|Before (couldn't open the door any further)|
There is a sort of categorisation underneath this...
Was interested to discover I have a shelf & a half of Christian fiction!
The main problem with this is that it's full - and of course I will add more. But I do have other shelf space. And there are a few books I put back that I may well not keep
You know your room needed tidied when you couldn't find a bag this size for 6 months...
Still needs more, but getting there...
Sunday, 17 December 2017
Saturday, 16 December 2017
No Hokey Cokey or musical islands, but we had:
- A Malteser & spoon race
- A wheelbarrow game where you had to pick up Oreos with your teeth
- The Mars bar game
- Bottle flipping
Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Wednesday, 6 December 2017
Friday, 1 December 2017
Then Jesus, knowing everything that was about to happen to him, went out and said to them, “Who is it that you’re seeking?”John 18v4
Tuesday, 28 November 2017
This exacerbates the problem there always is with Nativity plays - lack of female (biblical) main characters (i.e. not just members of crowds).
Male parts: David, Samuel, Nathan, Isaiah, Gabriel, Joseph; also shepherds & wise men
Female parts: Mary
Fortunately we have more boys than girls, and the play will also have some present day characters, who can be girls.
So I was thinking - how could you do a Bible based nativity play with lots of girl parts?
Aha - the women in Jesus' family tree!
Saturday, 25 November 2017
Saturday, 18 November 2017
Friday, 17 November 2017
Doing New Testament always is quicker, because clothes etc. are more boring, and I don't need to research them, as I already know what they're like. Also, I'd already designed baby Jesus, Mary & Joseph for previous PowerPoints.
|My standard temple pic with M&J added :-)|
|How to draw pigeons: 1) Google photos 2) Trace them|
|I really like this one|
Thursday, 9 November 2017
I think the Daniel stories are important for kids in the 21st century who, like Daniel, are living in a non-Christian society and need wisdom to know when to fit in and when to stand out.
Click on picture to go to site.
|Not often I get to draw ham in Bible pics!|
Wednesday, 8 November 2017
Hidden in Christ
Made in the image of the Giver of Life
Righteous and holy
Reborn and remade
Accepted and worthy, this is our new name
Tuesday, 7 November 2017
Monday, 6 November 2017
If we're Christians, we have instant, personal access to the only wise God, the one who brought forth wisdom as the first of his works and who will give wisdom to those who ask.
Why, then, does it so often not even cross our minds to ask, 'what do you think I should do about this?'?
Friday, 3 November 2017
I did tweak some things from the pencil, like make the boys much taller, and sort the capital on the doorway (and add another)
I may have improvements next time I look at it, of course...
Thursday, 2 November 2017
Wednesday, 1 November 2017
Tuesday, 31 October 2017
Pumpkins did also feature heavily, though.
Serial killers. Vegetables. Yep - same category.
We made this on Sunday. Vaguely Hallowe'en related.
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light.
Jesus said: ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’
Monday, 30 October 2017
Sunday, 29 October 2017
Saturday, 28 October 2017
A new Powerpoint! This one is a little different - it's a mix & match selection of simple symbols which people can use for a gospel overview, or add to other presentations.
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
The Dreamer awakesOf course, sometimes it doesn't. Which is why you need discernment. But you need that for non-fiction too.
The shadow goes by
The tale I have told you,
That tale is a lie.
But listen to me,
Bright maiden, proud youth
The tale is a lie;
What it tells is the truth.
~ Traditional folktale ending
Friday, 13 October 2017
Lots of fun songs for kids, but I liked this one for myself. When tempted to focus on failure, it's good to remember that his mercies are new every morning.
Buy from here.
* technically, since the world was made into a sphere, it is no longer on the surface of the globe. Still, you sail west to get there, should you have a boat capable of escaping the 'circles of the world'
Thursday, 12 October 2017
Ideal stocking fillers!
The 'Christmas' set has 12 stickers focussing on who Jesus is and why he came. It would be most suitable for older children or children who are familiar with the Bible.
Saturday, 7 October 2017
Judas betrayed Jesusfor 30 pieces of silver - that's £1,800
Parable of the talentsHe gave them 5, 2 and 1 talents - £30,000, £12,000, and £6,000 respectively. Not just a few pounds!
Parable of the two debtorsOne was forgiven a debt of 500 denarii, the other a debt of 50 - that's £30,000 compared to £3,000
Parable of the unmerciful servantThe servant was forgiven a debt of 10,000 talents, yet threw his fellow servant in jail for a debt of 100 denarii. The first debt was £600 million(!), the second was £6,000.
So it's important not to imply that the smaller debt was insignificant. It was a real debt - other people do us real wrongs (for some people - horrendous wrongs. And Jesus is not saying these don't matter). We should forgive, not because it doesn't matter, but because we realise how impossibly large is the debt God has forgiven us (do we?)
Widow's miteShe put in two small copper coins - that's 62p.
It was not 2p, as we sometimes imply. 2p is worthless, so you might as well put it in. 62p could buy something to eat, yet she gave it.
Friday, 6 October 2017
So here's how I do it. It's not foolproof, but it's helpful
Denarius(aka silver coin/drachma*)
So take this to be minimum wage.
In the UK the minimum wage is currently £7.50 per hour.
Assuming an average 8 hour workday, that's £60 a day.
So 1 denarius = £60.
TalentA talent was 100 denarii.
That's £60 x 100
So 1 talent = £6,000
Mite(aka copper coin*)
This was the smallest coin at the time.
192 in a denarius (what a weird number!)
So 1 mite = 31p
Of course, different things had different value in those days - clothes were incredibly expensive; rent was cheap. Some food was dearer than for us; I think some was cheaper. Still, it's a help.
Come back for part 2 of this enthralling story tomorrow...
*Same thing, different translations
Sunday, 1 October 2017
When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.1 Corinthians 2v1-5
Tuesday, 26 September 2017
Monday, 25 September 2017
I looked at my RJ Anderson books. A row of 7 books.
|(ignore the shelf labels. They are left over from a youthful attempt to label all my books like they were in a library.)|
Since the row is longer than the books are tall, I could save space by rotating them and stacking them vertically.
So I did.
This is a scientific fact, proven by experimentation.
I still don't believe it.
Sunday, 24 September 2017
Saturday, 16 September 2017
|I really need to remove my childhood sticker collection from my chest of drawers. Other things are a bit more of a priority, though.|
|If only I can keep it this way...|
Took almost 3 albums worth of time.
Unfortunately, this was one of the easier bits...
Sunday, 10 September 2017
Reading the Lord of the Rings. Hadn't realised how eschatological bits of the Return of the King are. Probably noticed it because I've been reading Revelation and the prophets recently.
"Is everything sad going to come untrue?"
"ancient of days he seemed and yet in the flower of manhood; and wisdom sat upon his brow, and strength and healing were in his hands, and a light was about him."
"Sing now ye people of Minas Anor
for the realm of Sauron is ended for ever
and the Dark Tower is thrown down.
Sing and rejoice, ye people of the Tower of Guard
for your watch hath not been in vain,
and the Black Gate is broken,
and your King hath passed through,
and he is victorious.
Sing and be glad, all ye children of the West
for your King shall come again,
and he shall dwell among you,
all the days of your life.
And the Tree that was withered shall be renewed,
and he shall plant it in the high places,
and the City shall be blessed.
Sing all ye people!"
But of course, it falls short. Sauron was the enemy - but not the ultimate Enemy.
"These are a shadow of what was to come; the substance is Christ."
Friday, 1 September 2017
Thursday, 31 August 2017
And when the world is new again
And the children of the King
Are ancient in their youth again
Maybe it's a better thing
To be more than merely innocent
But to be broken, then redeemed by love
Monday, 28 August 2017
Monday, 14 August 2017
|That hideous cover|
I first read his Cosmic Trilogy when I was a teenager, and have read the first two (Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra) many times since. But I thought That Hideous Strength was weird. Will be interesting to see what I think this time round.
- Happened on earth, in an English college, not another planet (less interesting, didn't fit with series).
- Ransom, the main character from the first books, who was a realistic, ordinary man, became this unrealistic, almost symbolic, character with a golden beard (not an improvement).
- Merlin came alive again and put everything right. There was some stuff about King Arthur coming back to rule England and how that was a good thing (silly and out of place)
- Although the two main characters were married to each other, it was wrong for them to have sex because they weren't Christians yet (this seemed completely nonsensical - I assume I had misunderstood, because if not I agree with my teenage opinion.)
- I thought of the books as an 'adult Narnia', and therefore expected to series to finish with the end of the world. Was rather disappointed that the very mild apocalyptic events near the end simply resulted in a return to the status quo.
- These included a tower of Babel-like incident when all the evil conspirators, who thought they were so wise, lost the power of speech and began to make animal noises. That bit was good).
- Evil scientists. Was there a head in a jar?
- One of the good guys was tortured by being put in a room with a pattern of dots on the ceiling, and a pattern of dots on the table which almost, but not quite matched (I really appreciated this - I would say it is my main memory of the book.)
Wednesday, 9 August 2017
OK, that's a bit of a stretch, since none of them are Christians. But in an alternate universe... Actually, there are a lot of similarities - travelling to other places, rescuing people and telling them the 'gods' they worship are not real. So we know how their characters react in those kinds of situations.
The following is based on what I know of them in most of the first seven seasons.
I can see him also being involved in apologetics. He would be a peacemaker like Mary Slessor - though possibly not knitting while he did so :-)
He would have no problem with the 'all things to all men' thing. He would fit into the new culture in no time, trying their food, adopting their dress and customs. He'd end up marrying a local girl (hopefully on purpose this time!)
He would be fascinated by their culture and beliefs, and not assume 'different' always meant 'wrong'. He would see the best in everyone, even if they were attacking him. I can see him getting on well with Elisabeth Elliot.
However, a certain naivete and lack of discernment could lead to him accepting cultural practices without understanding them, and could even lead to syncretism.
He would be a more in your face proclamation kind of guy. No subtlety or tact - he would call a spade a spade.
|Jack on his soapbox while Daniel looks on in exasperation (Red Sky 5:5)|
She would be particularly concerned with oppressed people. Maybe she'd work with young women? She would find it hard to fit into a culture where women were not treated as equals.
If persecution or martyrdom was on the agenda, he'd face it without flinching.
I don't know if he'd remarry, but if he did, he would find the 'leaving wife & children for the sake of the gospel' thing too easy.
Oh - and wouldn't it be cool if he could somehow replace his forehead tattoo with a cross?
Like Daniel, he would be fascinated by the new culture. His friendliness would be helpful, though could lead their opponents to thinking he could be easily manipulated. They would be wrong - no matter how many beautiful women they tried throwing at him.
As his current job is an ambassador, his new role as an ambassador for Christ would be very apt.
So, there you are. I don't know if you're interested, but at least getting this on paper has got it out of my head :-) Because I have nothing else to do with my time... though I have been writing this for quite a while, now, in bits.