Monday, February 25, 2013

Ancient Biblical City - Important Findings!

his whole article makes me excited: 3,000-year-old artifacts fuel Biblical archaeology debate.

From the article...

Two rare 3,000-year-old models of ancient shrines were among artifacts presented by an Israeli archaeologist on Tuesday as finds he said offered new support for the historical veracity of the Bible.

The archaeologist, Yosef Garfinkel of Hebrew University, is excavating a site known as Hirbet Qeiyafa, located in the Judean hills not far from the modern-day city of Beit Shemesh.

Garfinkel says the central finds presented Tuesday at a Jerusalem press conference — two model shrines, one of clay and one of stone — echo elements of Temple architecture as described in the Bible and strengthen his claim that the city that stood at the site 3,000 years ago was inhabited by Israelites and was part of the kingdom ruled from Jerusalem by the biblical King David.

Since Qeiyafa was first unveiled in 2008, it has become considered one of the most important ongoing excavations in the world of biblical archaeology. Garfinkel says the existence of a fortified city at the site around 1,000 BCE supports the idea that a centralized kingdom existed around that time, as described in the Bible. (. . . )

I just LOVE reading articles like this. God is so amazing!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Summer Recipe of Deliciousness

My daughter made this for our guests last night and it was simply delicious. I am currently eating the leftovers - which are just as delicious! I would post a photo, but I don't have one as pretty as that which you find at the recipe site. Here it is:

And yes, it is as good as it sounds. :D

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Recommending a Recipe!

For real...does this not look delicious?!

It is a meatless recipe for a dinner that is entirely delicious looking. We are going to make it next week for SURE. Thanks, Charlotte!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Why Christian Kids Leave the Church

If you have left the church...read this.

If you are a Christian and have children...read this.

Jesus did not come to entertain us. He came to save us from the consequences of our own sin.

There are churches that still preach the gospel of Christ.

If you need help finding one - ask. I would love to help. It is too important to stay in a church that doesn't preach the truth.

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:1-10

Monday, February 04, 2013

King Richard Discovered After 500 Years!

This is some of the most exciting news to come out of England in some time. I have read many books about King Richard III, so he has been a fascination for me for years. That they actually discovered his remains, and that they have all the physical marks of battle death and even the DNA evidence to back it up--it is nothing short of remarkable! Here is the story.

On Monday, the king's skeleton lay in a glass box in a meeting room within the university library. It was a browned, fragile-looking thing, its skull pocked with injuries, missing its feet -- which scientists say were disturbed sometime after burial -- and with a pronounced s-shape to the spine.

Appleby said the 10 injuries to the body were inflicted by weapons such as swords, daggers and halberds and were consistent with accounts of Richard being struck down in battle -- his helmet knocked from his head -- before his body was stripped naked and flung over the back of a horse in disgrace.

Appleby said two of the blows to the head could have been fatal. Other scars, including a knife wound to the buttock, bore the hallmarks of "humiliation injuries" inflicted after death.


He ruled England between 1483 and 1485, during the decades-long battle over the throne known as the Wars of the Roses, which pitted two wings of the ruling Plantagenet dynasty -- York and Lancaster -- against one another.

King Richard ruled after his brother, King Edward. This is the King that Shakespeare immortalized in his work as a true villain, but there are other views of King Richard, and the victor (Henry Tudor--who hated Richard) wrote the history books...

The story is fascinating. There have been many quality historical fiction books about this time period, but the one I thought was one of the best that concentrated on King Richard was The Sunne In Splendor, by Sharon Kay Penman. She is a brilliant author and you believe you are experiencing the time period through her work. The stories are not lily white - that is for SURE. The time was a time of scandal and intrigue and this story reflects that. 

We will never really know the truth about King Richard, but it is pretty marvelous to have found him. 

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Out of the slump...

We are reading out loud again. I don't know how to express how much this means to me. I have been in a read-to-my-children slump for some months. It feels soooo good to be reading to them again. I feel like a real live homeschooler when I read to them. Do you have a thing that makes you feel this way?

So what are we reading?

Children of the Storm, by Natasha Vins

It is an autobiography of Natasha of her experiences growing up as a persecuted Christian in the Soviet Union in the 60's and 70's. Her father was a leader in the underground church--this had tremendous impact on her life. 

Her teachers say things to her (at age nine) like this:

"Natasha Vins, come forward, stand before the class, and tell your comrades. Is it true that you believe in God?" I felt a sudden panic. Like a little animal being hunted, I wanted to hide, to become invisible. 

"Well? How long do we have to wait?" the teacher repeated in a stern voice.

Slowly I walked forward and turned to face the class. Tense silence hung in the air. Quietly, almost in a whisper, I said, "Yes, I believe in God."

"What's wrong with you?" the teacher exclaimed angrily. "Are you that ignorant? Didn't you read what Yuri Gagarin said after he returned from his space flight? It was in all the newspapers. He did not see God anywhere! You're in the third grade already! The Soviet State is making every effort to give its children the best education in the world, and here is the result. How shameful! Go to the principal's office..."

Can you imagine your nine year-old facing that? It only gets worse for her. She is forced to take "atheistic instruction" regularly. It is hard to comprehend, isn't it? We have such freedom here in the US.

The fact that this is a true story makes it all that more powerful--to me and to the children. I am very grateful for what we have here--freedom.