Monday, 20 January 2014 10:47

    Stepping Up to the Challenge

    Our church recently started reading the Bible in a year, using Daily Audio Bible.  The challenge is to start listening (or reading) the Bible, and sticking with it until December 31st.  I've read the Bible in a year before, but it's been a while.  I know that the times that I actually did that, I was really blessed.  This year, I go into it with great optimism that my life will be radically and unapologetically transformed from the inside out.  I have to say that I get a lot out of hearing the word rather than just reading it.  However, this morning I listened to it as I read along today, and that helps me concentrate on it.  My plan, initially, was to listen to it on my way to work on my iPhone.  However, I think it will work better if I listen to it in the morning while I read along.

    Today's reading in Genesis related the events of Joseph telling Pharaoh the meaning of Pharaoh's dreams, Joseph being put in charge of Egypt, only below Pharaoh himself, and seeing his brothers come to ask for grain.  I'm always amazed when I read this account.  From the outside, it looked pretty bleak for Joseph.  He's sold into slavery by his brothers.  He becomes great in a high ranking Egyptian's household, but is sent into prison under a false accusation by simply rejecting something sinful.  He asks a prisoner to remember him when he goes back into the Pharaoh's household, but the ex-prisoner completely forgets.  Another TWO years is spent in prison before he has the opportunity to get out.

    When we talk about prison, I can't imagine that it's anything like the prisons of today with three square meals a day, clean surroundings, or things to do.  We are not talking about easy times.  We are talking about appalling conditions.  God had his hand on Jacob.  There is no doubt about that.  However, Jacob's life was not flower gardens and pink unicorns.  He had it rough.  God used all of the events to bring the children of Israel out of famine, and into Egypt.  He had a great plan.  Yes, God could have prevented Jacob from being sold off as a slave, Potiphar's wife from lusting after him, and even the famine.  However, that's not what He chose to do, because He knew that one day the Nation of Israel would be a picture of God rescuing us out of the bondage of sin.  Just because God has His hand on us does not mean that bad things won't happen to us.  However, we need to look at bad times with the hope that God will do great things with those events in our lives and the lives of others.  That's my hope.

    Saturday, 06 July 2013 00:00

    Practical Pages

    Notebook pages, minibooks and lapbook projects, handwriting charts and booklets, organizational tips and ideas spanning multiple subjects.

    For purposes of science education, STEL publishes booklets on many topics in space science. These publications include comic books written by the popular cartoonist "Hayanon," featuring humorous characters and explaining scientific themes in a friendly way. The booklets are suitable for the general public as well as for school children.

    Saturday, 06 July 2013 00:00

    LibriVox

    LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. Our goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books.

    Saturday, 06 July 2013 00:00

    Timeless Truths

    Timeless Truths is a free online library with resources including the Bible, magazines and books, sheet music, midi, and recorded audio. It is dedicated to the edification of those who love God, and to seriously address the questions and concerns of those who wish to inquire about the Bible and how we should live.

    Saturday, 06 July 2013 11:49

    Children's Vinyl Record Series

    A repository of children's vinyl records in mp3 audio format.  Includes Tale Spinners for Children, Golden Records, Riverside Wonderland, Telegeneral Let's Pretend, Pathways of Sound, Mercury Storyteller and Other Vinyl Records.  Lots of different stories, muscis, etc.

    The UNL Libraries' Image and Multimedia Collections is currently home to over 85 collections and 250,000 items. Collections grow daily, thanks to partnerships between the Libraries and other units on campus. Comprised of a mix of teaching, historical, archival, and display -- collections range in subject matter from Art, Architecture & Interior Design to Comic Books to Textile Studies & Clothing to Water Resources. In addition to images, a variety of media types is supported, specifically audio and video as well as art, text, and music. For example, NET houses programming series (859 videos, "All About Books", "Big Red Wrap-Up", "Nebraska Stories", and "Recession Survival Guide" to name a few) in the NET Media Archives; and the School of Music has both audio recordings and digital images of programs for performances found in the Performances from the UNL School of Music.

    Saturday, 06 July 2013 11:35

    This is Me Challenge!

    You are the only one who knows your story...tell it your way with help and ideas from the This Is Me Challenge! This website has various writing prompts to help you write about yourself.  Good exercises for all of us.

    Saturday, 06 July 2013 00:00

    Visual Fractions

    A fractions tutorial that models fractions with number lines or circles. Fraction games and worksheets are included.

    Saturday, 06 July 2013 11:21

    Bible Based Homeschooling {on a budget!}

    This is a place that shares budget friendly Bible based resources, articles about Bible based homeschooling, and tips...Don't forget to subscribe by email so you don't miss any resources!

    Excellent site for resources!

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