Father God established His calendar in the beginning. Specific events are listed during the first week of creation that show He set his calendar in motion. On the first day, He established that “evening” and “morning” equal a “day”. On the fourth day, He established the method of keeping track of days. On the 7th day of creation, He established the Sabbath day.
Genesis 1:1-5 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.”
Genesis 1:14-19 “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.”
Genesis 2:1-3 “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.”
Later, when he had chosen a people for himself to be set apart from the world, he gave them 10 rules to follow called “commandments”, and He told them to remember the special Sabbath day and to keep it holy.
1. You shall have no other gods before Me. 2. You shall not make idols. 3. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain. 4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 5. Honor your father and your mother. 6. You shall not murder. 7. You shall not commit adultery. 8. You shall not steal. 9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. 10. You shall not covet.
He wrote these rules into stone with his own finger, and He signed them with his name “Yahuah” as a covenant between them. There are 8 “Do Not” rules and 2 “Do” rules. He said if they chose to obey them, it would bring life and blessings. If they chose to disobey them it would bring curses and death. He encouraged them to teach their children these commandments and pass them on to each generation.
The 4th commandment is to remember to obey His Sabbath day and keep it holy. This is His Sabbath Calendar.
#4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
When is Sabbath and how do we keep it holy?
Exodus 31:13 “Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you.”
There are 4 Sabbaths each month. A month is about 29 evenings mornings (days) long on Father God’s Calendar.
The sighting of the moon by two witnesses begins the month, next work 6 days, then rest 1 evening and morning (Sabbath day) and repeat this cycle 3 more times to complete the month.
The next month begins with sighting of moon by two witnesses, next work 6 days, then rest 1 evening and morning (Sabbath day), repeat cycle 3 more times to complete the month.
These are the cycles of the Sabbath Calendar!
We are instructed to keep the Sabbath day holy!
Exodus 20:11 “For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.”
The scriptures tell us the New Year begins when the barley is ripe for harvest and the next sighting of the moon takes place (this usually takes place during mid March-April time of year on the Gregorian man-made calendar). The first appointed feasts of the year begin during the first biblical month according to the barley harvest and the sighting of the moon. The following months of the year continue the cycle of the Sabbath calendar by sighting the moon each month to establish the days for work, Sabbath rests, and any appointed feasts for that month.
There are 7 appointed feasts that are to be celebrated on specific dates during the year according to the scriptures. These are “appointed” dates Father God has scheduled and are not man’s calendars and man’s traditions for holidays. One must understand and obey the Sabbath days to understand when to keep the appointed feasts. We will go over these in the next story about Father God’s Calendar.
Faith in Father God’s only begotten son, Jesus, Yahusha (Yahuah saves) brings us into a right relationship with Father God, and because we are forgiven and have been adopted as his children, we can walk in a right relationship with Father God. We walk with Father God as we love him, think about him, and obey his commands.
He established the calendar schedule for blessings and life. We are to Work, Sabbath Rest, and Celebrate appointed Feast Seasons with Father God at the days and times he established. We do not need a blood sacrifice, ritual, building, or man-made tradition to meet with him, because of the perfect gift of Jesus Yahusha. He is Lord of the Sabbath. He said the Sabbath was created to bring blessings into the life of those who keep it. Obeying Father God’s commandments and calendar is where blessings and power flow into the lives of those who will believe and obey.
Jesus said that if you accept and obey him, the same spirit that dwelled in him will also dwell in you. The Holy Spirit of God worked through him to do all of the miracles he did during his time on earth, and raised him from the dead on the third day. This spirit is able to work through you and empower you to do even more miracles than he did.
However, I believe the reason the followers of Yahuah Father God today have very little blessing and essentially no power in their daily life to help others is because they don’t follow His calendar and obey the true Sabbath and appointed time for Feasts. Instead they have put a different calendar created by men in it’s place. They choose to worship on Sunday, or Friday, or Saturday instead of the true Sabbath.
Jesus told us to continue with the way he showed us freely giving in love because it had been freely given to us.
Are we doing the “great commission” Jesus gave us by healing the sick, casting out demons, feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, setting the captives free, and meeting the needs of those around us, and sharing the good news with all those we meet?
Or are we unable to fulfill his instructions? Are we too far in debt, financially lacking, too physically feeble and weak in our own lives to meet this command of Jesus?
Why? Jesus said “Man’s traditions nullify the power of God in people’s lives.”
We need to understand the importance of keeping the true Sabbath in honoring Father God. We need to implement keeping the Sabbath day holy. What does Father God want from a Sabbath? The same instructions Jesus Yahusha gave us.
Read Isaiah 56-58.
Read Matthew 25:31-46
The sighting of the moon begins each month’s Sabbaths and the barley harvest begins each year’s cycle of Sabbaths and Feasts with Father God. Check out the next post about the Calendar of Father God.
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Bible Stories For Kids
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Introduction to Architecture.
My son loves this course and he highly recommends it to other kids. It includes 37 lessons and qualifies for a full highschool credit on his transcript. This is a big course and covers 246 pages. Each lesson is several pages long and includes background and historical information, geography, maps, research, videos, websites, vocabulary worksheets, and architecture projects.
Module 1 – Ancient Structures
Lesson 1 – Introduction/Architecture in the Beginning
Lesson 2 – Pyramids
Lesson 3 – Pantheon
Lesson 4 – Parthenon
Lesson 5 – Coliseum
Lesson 6 – Petra
Lesson 7 – The Great Wall of China
Bonus Lesson 8 – Gingerbread Houses and Christmas Architecture
Lesson 31 – St. Basil’s Cathedral
Lesson 32 – Cathedral of Notre Dame
Lesson 33 – St. Peter’s Basilica
Module 7 – Government Structures
Lesson 34 – Capitol Building
Lesson 35 – Pentagon
Lesson 36 – Architectural Fails
Lesson 37 – The Architect
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Each time he logs in to his course at his convenience, he reads through his lesson, watches a few linked videos, prints out and completes a worksheet that includes vocabulary and definitions, world maps of locations of buildings, he researches and then puts this into his 3-ring binder, and then he completes a building challenge in almost every lesson.
Some of the building projects have been 3 D paper models of famous structures around the world such as Roman Coliseums and Pantheons and the Great Wall of China. One of the projects was building a ginger bread house. In the curriculum, there are many links to paper models you can print out and build and my son has made a few of them, but he prefers to use 3 D models made of metal, plastic, wood, or building blocks for building famous bridges and other structures. He has made a wish list of various models available on Amazon and Ebay that he wants us to buy for him and he plans to put them on a display shelf in his room when he finishes them. He is only half way through the course at this time and is really enjoying it.
Course Example 2:
Elementary Art covers 22 lessons /weeks including learning about 12 famous artists, 10 advent art lessons, art techniques, suggested library books, and looking up resources about each artist online and more.
My kids have enjoyed studying about 12 famous artists and their unique styles of art, and the projects they did in each style.
Lesson 1: Michelangelo
Lesson 2: Pablo Picasso
Lesson 3: Vincent van Gogh
Lesson 4: Georgia O’Keefe
Lesson 5: George Caleb Bingham
Lesson 6: Cassatt
Lesson 7: Grant Wood
Lesson 8: Rembrandt
Lesson 9: Pierre Renoir
Lesson 10: Andy Warhol
Lesson 11: Leonardo da Vinci
Lesson 12: Claude Monet
Here is an example of Lesson 2 and learning about the Abstract Art Style called Cubism by the famous artist Pablo Picasso.
Their project assignment for this lesson was to use various shapes cut from colored papers to make their own masterpiece. They really enjoyed this lesson.
Here is an example of Lesson 3 and a Van Gogh painting project.
We found a coloring page of Starry Night by Van Gogh. The kids didn’t want to finger paint this day, so they modified painting the picture using the pressure technique with a brush.
The course also contains another 10 lessons called Advent Art that centers around the Christmas holiday and the birth of Jesus Christ.
Lesson 1: First Saturday of Advent – Luke 1:26-28, 31 An Angel Appears
Lesson 2: First Sunday of Advent – Luke 1:46-55 Mary’s Song
Lesson 3: Second Saturday of Advent – Matthew 1:20 Joseph’s Dream
Lesson 4: Second Sunday of Advent – Luke 2:4-5 The Journey
Lesson 5: Third Saturday of Advent – Luke 2:6-7 He Has Come!
Lesson 6: Third Sunday of Advent – Isaiah 9:6 Prince of Peace
Lesson 7: Fourth Saturday of Advent – Luke 2:8-11 Good News of Great Joy
Lesson 8: Fourth Sunday of Advent – Luke 2:13-18 Glory to God in the Highest
Lesson 9: Christmas Eve – Matthew 2:1-11 Three Visitors, Three Gifts
Lesson 10: Christmas Day – John 1:14 The Word became Flesh!
We did not do all of the Advent Art section of the course as it is listed. Many of the arts and craft projects are designed to create a baby Jesus with felt, or paper plate angels, or star ornament with popsycle sticks, etc.
However there were a couple of projects in this section that I really liked such as Lesson 6 where the kids learn the “Names of God” and create a word picture.
Father God has many names. The lesson provides several names for your picture, however there is still room on the page to add several more.
Yahuah = Father, He who breaths life
Yahusha = Yahuah Saves
1. YAH (“I am”) = Father and Judge (Creator and King)
2. YAHuah (“I am He who breaths life”) = Father (Abba)
3. YAHusha (“I am He who saves”) = Yahuah Saves = Son (Jesus)
4. Ruach HaQodesh (“the Dedicated Breath”) = Holy Spirit
5. Adonai (“Master”) = Lord
6. HaMashiach (“the Dedicated One”) = MessiYAH (Christ)
7. HalleluYAH = “You follow The Way of YAH”
Learning the names of God and making a list of his names on beautiful paper is fun to do. This makes a lovely picture to hang on the wall, or put in a frame, and remind yourself and your kids of how great and loving Father God is and that he sent a part of himself, his only son, to save us.
I plan to tweak the Advent section of the Elementary Art course. I want to add in a few other bible art projects, while still focusing on the suggested bible scriptures about God sending his son Jesus to save mankind. One tweak I am making is to help my kids create a bible art journal that includes the scriptures about Jesus Christ the Messiah. I alternated colored paper and lined writing sheets so they can have plenty of space for writing and for art. It has a “Jesus Christ Messiah” theme instead of a “Christmas holiday” theme and I believe will be more beneficial in learning about and focusing on faith in Jesus year around. I am debating what binding to use for this project, so for now, the pages are loose and put into a folder. I may simply use a three ring binder for them so it will be easy to add more pages when desired. This journal will be a great way to keep related bible art projects and bible scriptures together and will make a fun memory book and encourage their faith.
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If Jesus Christ showed up in your life today, at your church, job, or neighborhood, would you recognize him?
Would he stand out?
When he came the first time, he was of no reputation. He didn’t stand out.
He didn’t hand out business cards.
He didn’t dress like a wealthy man.
“But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:7-8
Would you notice him?
Would he look like the perfect gift to you?
Would you see the treasure that is in him?
Or would you ignore him?
If he asked for a drink of water from your water bottle, would you freely offer it to him?
If he asked you for money, would you walk on by or would you reach into your pocket and give him some dollar bills?
If he had no where to go, would you buy him a hotel room for the night? Or would you invite him to stay at your home on your couch for a night or a week or indefinately?
If he didn’t look dressed for church, or the office, or presentable to go to dinner, would you sit next to him?
Would you avoid him or try to prevent him from sitting in the most desired seat, where the wealthy in your community, or church, or the most esteemed in your job or neighborhood sit? Would you willingly give him your seat?
Would you stop him from walking to the front of the church and taking the microphone to read the scriptures out loud? Would you stop him from speaking from the pulpit, or leading the church in singing?
If he tried to share his gifts and talents would you let him? Would you have eyes to see the perfect gift of God?
Would you have room in YOUR ministry for him?
Would you pass over his gifts, would your mind be clouded by his appearance and lack of degrees and fame? Would you prevent him from handling the offering plate, or greeting others at the door, or even sitting up front in a noticable seat?
If he tried to speak up and tell you that he must share his gifts anyway possible, would you let him? Or would you let him know he is not a good fit for your church, let him know you will pray for him, and wish him luck to move on and find a church he is a “better fit” for?
Do you even know the voice of the master?
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20
Would you recognize him?
Would you recognize someone he sent in his place?
“Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was hungry, and you gave me meat: I was thirsty, and you gave me drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in: Naked, and you clothed me: I was sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came unto me.
Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when did we see you hungry, and fed you? or thirsty, and gave you drink? When did we see you as a stranger, and took you in? or naked, and clothed you? Or when did we see you sick, or in prison, and came to visit you?
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, In as much as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:34-40
I pray that each of us can recognize each and every opportunity to be a blessing to those in need, and that we can see Jesus Christ in each person. I pray we are found worthy and faithful servants, and we will hear those precious eternal words, “Come ye blessed of my Father.”
Sometimes I wonder why Father God allows evil to exist. I wonder why He allows evil people (people with evil intentions) who are found at all levels of society (including local and national community leaders, nation rulers, world rulers, religious leaders, thieves, liers, rapists, murderers, and deceitful people) to prosper in their evil deeds.
Why are they allowed to take advantage of God fearing, good hearted, loving people? And why do evil people prosper?
But I almost stumbled and fell, because it made me jealous to see proud and evil people and to watch them prosper.
They never have to suffer, they stay healthy, and they don’t have troubles like everyone else.
Their pride is like a necklace, and they commit sin more often than they dress themselves.
Their eyes poke out with fat, and their minds are flooded with foolish thoughts.
They sneer and say cruel things, and because of their pride, they make violent threats.
They dare to speak against God and to order others around.
God will bring his people back, and they will drink the water he so freely gives.
Only evil people would say, “God Most High cannot know everything!”
It is something that is hard to understand.
I absolutely believe Father God is good, and He is love, and He has all power, authority, and dominion forever. He is the Alpha and Omega and He knows the beginning from the end. He knows who is evil and who is good.
He knows the entire story. He knew you before you were knit in your mothers womb and watched each and every cell and fiber in your body form. He is always with you. At all times, He will answer you when you call on him. He loves you and waits for you to love and obey him.
He will never leave nor forsake you until you stand before him on Judgement Day, and he separates those who are evil from those who are good. At that time, the books of people’s deeds will be opened and read, and Father God and His Son will either say something similar to “well done, you cared for my needs, you kept your first love, enter in to the eternal joy” or he will say something similar to “depart, be cast into eternal damnation, you wicked servant, I never knew you”.
So why does He allow good people to suffer, yet also allows them to draw near to him, and evil people to he allows to prosper and fall away from him in this life on earth?
I don’t know why. He is a loving God. He wants us to walk in his ways and be like him. He is always with us through the good times and the bad times. He gives each one of us a choice to do good or do evil with our life.
Sadly, I have heard some people say they won’t trust in Father God, mainly because they believe He allows human suffering, inequality, and injustice. They don’t deny that Father God exists, and they don’t deny he has the power to stop the terrible events from happening, but they refuse to accept Him as their personal God whom they put their trust in. They would rather trust in their ownself and direct their own path, or put their trust in scientists, doctors, and government for safety, healing, and answers to life’s dilemmas.
But they are missing out here on this earth and will miss out for eternity because of their lack of faith.
They are missing out on being in relationship and loving the only True God, Creator of the Universe, the true light, our loving Father who gives good gifts, who sent His only son, a part of himself as a sacrifice to redeem them from their sin, to rescue mankind so they can have eternal life with him where there is no more evil, no injustice, no murder, no lying, no jealousy, no crying, no hate, no sickness, no diseases, no famines.
I was reading about good and evil rulers in 2 Chronicles the other day. I spent three hours reading through several chapters, covering several generations, and I was able to see a big picture in the lives of these men and their families. Everything they ever did was written down in several books for future generations to know. It was amazing to me how one ruler would love God and serve him, but his son or grandson would turn out to be horribly wicked rulers. Some were so evil and wicked that they murdered all their brothers and relatives and many innocent people. Some of them went to war and killed thousands and stole women and children and stole all of the wealth and land from the groups they invaded. Some of these men served as ruler a short time and some for a long time. But eventually they all came to an end and their deeds (both good and bad) were written down.
Someday they will be called, just as we all will be called, to stand before Father God and His Son and give an account of how we lived our lives and all of the good and bad things in our lives will be exposed. The only way to escape the consequences of that day are to accept the sacrifice of God’s son, his sinless life he willingly gave in our place, and his shed blood offered to cover our sins so that Father God will forgive, and blot out our sin from the book.
“Then everyone who has faith in the Son of Man will have eternal life. God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die.
God did not send his Son into the world to condemn its people. He sent him to save them!
No one who has faith in God’s Son will be condemned. But everyone who doesn’t have faith in him has already been condemned for not having faith in God’s only Son.
The light has come into the world, and people who do evil things are judged guilty because they love the dark more than the light.
People who do evil hate the light and won’t come to the light, because it clearly shows what they have done.
But everyone who lives by the truth will come to the light, because they want others to know that God is really the one doing what they do.”
In the Law there are many commands, such as, “Be faithful in marriage. Do not murder. Do not steal. Do not want what belongs to others.” But all of these are summed up in the command that says, “Love others as much as you love yourself.”
The advice in the scriptures is clear.
Walk away from evil.
Walk away from evil deeds and people who are determined to do evil.
Believe in and trust Father God,
Believing he sent His Son for your salvation,
Ask for forgiveness of your sin,
Obey His command to love Father God with all your heart and love your neighbor as you love yourself,
Because this the only way to escape damnation, enter into heaven and spend eternity with Father God.
I have enjoyed teaching courses to kids at homeschool get togethers, church, 4H, and parks for many years. Sometimes these meetings are bible studies, other times they are classes held a local Homeschool Coops or Community programs.
On this day, I taught a Lego Adventures Bible Story class. We had a great time of learning, activities, and growing our faith. The kids learned about the fourth day of creation, when Father God created the Sun, Moon, and Stars. They also learned a little bit about man’s attempts at space exploration, man’s theories about space, and the differences in asteroids and comets.
I used a wonderful book called Purposeful Design to teach this class. I made a binder of lessons to go along with the book and also used a few printouts and coloring pages I gathered from free sources online. For props to teach the class, I brought a bible, earth in space puzzles, space flash cards, lots of Legos, space exploration mini figures, and I made a space exploration discovery bin. I brought enough items x 2 so that I could divide the class into two teams for a friendly competition too.
Space Flash Cards
For our bible learning, we studied the fourth day of creation. This is when Father God created the sun and moon and stars and put them in the firmament we call “space”, and created time and seasons (seasons are not just a change in the weather, but God designed them to be special appointments with Father called seasons when we have special feasts known as holidays or holy days) on the earth.
“God said, “I command lights to appear in the sky and to separate day from night and to show the time for seasons, special days, and years. I command them to shine on the earth.” And that’s what happened. God made two powerful lights, the brighter one to rule the day and the other to rule the night. He also made the stars. Then God put these lights in the sky to shine on the earth, to rule day and night, and to separate light from darkness. God looked at what he had done, and it was good. Evening came and then morning—that was the fourth day.” Genesis 1:14-19
The kids learned several vocabulary words and terms. I provided them with crossword puzzles, question and answer sheets, and coloring pages that related to their vocabulary words.
Sun, Moon, Stars, Asteroid, Comet, space shuttles, space pod, rockets, rocket fuel, space ships, satellites, space center, astronaut, gravity, rover vehicles, robotics, science experiment, space exploration, planets and their moons, Earth, Saturn, Mars.
We divided into two teams. Each team was given the exact same team kits. Each kit contained, an Earth in Space puzzle, space exploration props, black construction paper, and a box of random Legos.
We had two competitions also. The first was putting together a puzzle of the earth in space. The second competition was building a space exploration diorama and space exploration vehicle to explore Father God’s creation in the firmament.
At the end of the competition, we had a time of “Show and Tell” where each team gave a brief explanation of what they created and how it would be used based on what they had learned.
After our lesson, we went outside for some friendly games.
It was a great time and the kids had a lot of fun.
I have a lovely book series for kids by Carole P. Roman to share with you today.
Carole P. Roman is a well known author who has written over 35 children’s books. She has won over 100 prestigious awards for her books. She has written several historical series, cultural series, and fantasy adventure books for kids including:
If You Were Me and Lived in- Series with Cultural Focus
If You Were Me and Lived in- Series with Historical Focus
Oh Susannah- Early Reader
Captain No Beard Series
We are currently reviewing 4 books from Carole P. Roman’s investigative book series for kids called “If You Were Me and Lived In…” This series has two banches. One branch is the Cultural focus series (3 to 8 year olds) and the other branch is a Historical focus series (8-12 year olds).
There are a lot of books in these series and she continues to add new ones. A few of the titles include:
If You Were Me and Lived in… (Cultural series)
Australia, Brazil, China, Cuba, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mars, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, South Korea, Turkey
If You Were Me and Lived in… (Historical series)
Ancient China, Ancient Greece, the Ancient Mali Empire, The American West, Colonial America, Elizabethan England, The Mayan Empire, The Middle Ages, Renaissance Italy, Viking Europe
The four books our family received for this review are:
Here is a little more about each of these books and what we learned.
If You Were Me And Lived In The American West
This book is softcover, fully illustrated, and contains 54 pages. It is all about the journey on the Oregon Trail in the 1800’s and living life as a settler in the American West.
The book sets the stage pretending the reader is a 12 year old boy from Ohio in 1843. The reader goes on a historical journey and learns what his life could have been like if he had lived during this time. He heads out leaving Ohio on the Wagon Train with his family and others in the Great Migration of 1843 to find a better life in Oregon.
My kids really enjoyed reading this story. They learned about the covered wagons called “conestoga” wagons. These were like primitive campers made from a large wagon with wooden wheels and an arched canvas top for shelter. These wagons held all of a family’s personal possessions, clothing, tools, herbal medicines, as well as a kitchen and pantry of food such as flour, salt, beans, potatoes, coffee, etc., and were pulled by oxen or horses.
The kids learned that life for kids on the trail was difficult. They had to walk most of the way for several months, as they traveled about 10 to 20 miles a day, sleep on the ground wrapped in a blanket next to a camp fire, and help with chores without the aid of modern appliances. Eventually your family arrives at their destination. Then they learn about setting up a homestead, including building a log cabin to live in and barn for animals, making yarn, chopping firewood, and planting gardens and fields, and more.
My kids also read about life for the settlers / pioneers and the Native Americans, Sometimes these groups got along and other times they were at war with each other. Finally, there is a glossary of words and their definitions in the back of the book as well as a pictures and explanations of some of the famous people who lived during this time in history.
To Further The Learning:
To further what we learned about the American West, we built a campfire in the back yard as those on the Wagon Trail would have done to cook their food and keep warm at night. Gathering fallen wood, splitting firewood and building a campfire is something we do quite often and the kids always enjoy it.
My kids are familiar with living on a homestead and the challenges and chores farming families have. I grew up in Kansas and lived on a homestead for many years. For many years in my youth and then as an adult with my own kids we have lived on a homestead and milked cows, made butter, grew gardens, butchered animals we raised and wild animals we hunted, fished in the rivers and lakes, built barns and fences, and more. Also while growing up, we could see wagon wheel ruts left by travelers on the Oregon Trail that were still visible in many locations in Kansas. They were also visible in places we lived in Indiana too.
On the day we wanted to cook some “American West” style foods, it rained the day before and the area we like to sit on large rocks got muddy from the rain. So we made our food inside and took it outside at the picnic table to do our taste testing.
We tried some dried beef called beef jerkey.
We baked some cornbread.
Our Wagon Trail meal included dried beef, campfire beans topped with spring onion, cornbread, and a cup of coffee (our coffee was really coffee mixed with hot chocolate).
We tried out a second meal made of items that would have likely been on a wagon trail adventure.
This meal consisted of potatoes with meat, beans, biscuits with dried cherry preserves and coffee to drink.
The kids spent an entire afternoon recreating the story in the book. They built a small model of the old west (wagon, horses, campfire with food and coffee, men with rifles, a river, and a gold mine, etc) on the Oregon Trail. We looked for our Lincoln Logs to build with, but we could not locate them, so we opted to build a scene using Legos instead and it worked out nicely.
It took a while to build each scene because they built each one from scratch. My favorite thing they created was the wagon.
They built a small campfire and firewood and made coffee and cooked their food.
I thought they did a nice job with the details they came up with.
They even put a fish and a frog in the river.
And one of the travelers caught a fish for dinner too.
They included some details about gold miners too.
We also watched a few episodes of Mystery At The Museum program which features stories about artifacts from America’s past including the Old West. This was a good way to include Dad in on the learning fun because he really likes this show. These stories are built around articles (boots, hat, gun, wagon wheel, trunk, etc) found in museums across America and explore the famous people and events that occurred in history.
This book was a lot of fun to read. We plan to do more hands on explorations about the American West soon.
If You Were Me and Lived In Australia
This is a softcover 24 page illustrated book. In this book my kids learned about living in Australia and learned some of the words that refer to their parents, food, games, holiday, and other details of life in their country.
My kids enjoyed reading about Australia. They learned that kids in Australia eat a sandwhich made of “veggimate” spread on bread, and enjoy playing games of “cricket”. They also learned their summer season on that side of the world is during our winter and vice versa. The colorful pictures in the book show various places to visit, the national holiday, the market, swimming and snorkeling on the reef off the coast, and more.
There is also a pronunciation guide with definitions to some specific Australian words in the back of the book to help kids learn about life in Australia.
To Further the Learning:
To further the learning about Australia, the kids colored some pages we found online. They also watched a nature documentary about animals from the Australian continent and learned about kangaroos, vipers, crocodiles, and more. Another fun thing the kids did was they watched a movie called Crocodile Dundee. It is a funny movie from many years ago, but some of the scenes, as well as the accent of the main actor Mitch Dundee, local foods, local words, etc. are specific to Australia and the kids had fun watching it.
If You Were Me And Lived In Russia
This is a soft cover fully illustrated 28 page book about life of kids who live in Russia. In this book kids learn about what their life might be like too if they lived there.
They learn about words they might call their family members, and names of other kids, as well as popular foods, clothing, national New Year holiday, and famous places to visit.
A few of the other interesting things my kids learned about in this book was the kids in Russia enjoy playing out door ice hockey in the winter, enjoy playing chess, and a variation of tag called “fipe” and enjoy playing with Russian nesting dolls called “Matryoshka”.
To Further The Learning:
To enhance the learning with this introduction to what life is like in Russia, we watched a couple of history documentaries available on Youtube. One program we watched was about a family who lives in the countryside on a farm and lives mostly from what they can produce themselves from the land and river near by. We learned that some farmers in Russia eat a lot of home grown potatoes and homemade bread. We watched another documentary about animals and people who have returned to the site where a nuclear power plant called Chernobyl leaked into the surrounding air, water, and soils and the effects the radiation has had on various living systems over the past several years. We also watched an episode about how Russian Nesting Dolls are made. We plan to make some Russian themed art projects later this fall.
We also made a chunky potato soup and ate it with crusty buttered bread.
A point made in the book, that is very different from our family’s beliefs, is the use of “fortune tellers” for predicting or ‘telling” kid’s future during their New Year holiday celebration. This practice is contradictory to our faith as Christians. This detail in the book opened up a discussion with our family about why the bible refers to this practice as sorcery and as Christian’s and followers of Yahuah Father God, we don’t participate in fortune telling and sorcery activities.
If You Were Me And Lived In Israel
This book is a softcover fully illustrated 32 page book. In this book, kids learn learn about the country of Israel and the city of Jerusalem, one of the oldest cities in the world. They learn that people from four different ancient cultures who live in Israel share sections of the city of Jerusalem (Jew, Christian, Muslim, and Armenian) and the richness of their cultures (and history of ancient buildings and events recorded in history), attracts tourists from around the world.
In this book, kids learn about common names for other kids, and words for their parents, grandparents, local foods, going to the marketplace, money, and they learn about typical treats to eat at their grandparents house. Kids also learn the favorite game to play in Israel is “football” which is called “soccer” in the USA.
This book also includes an introduction to the national Israeli holiday called Purim which celebrates Queen Esther when she saved her people from destruction by evil Haman. This is one of our family’s favorite biblical stories. If you are interested in reading about this special woman and the holiday that remembers her great courage in the face of despicable evil, check out the book of Esther in the bible.
There is a clarification I would like to make to this book regarding the Purim Holiday:
The book says that Esther saved her people from “an evil king”. However, she saved her people from destruction by Haman. Haman was the Prime Minister, Viser, or “first in command” under King Xerxes of Persia.
Esther was a Jew and was newly married to King Xerses. Years earlier, her people, the Israelites, had become subjects to the Persian Empire after they disobeyed Father God and he allowed them to be conquered and come under the subjugation and rule of Persia.
Haman was evil and hated the Jews and plotted a scheme to have them completely destroyed. He especially hated Esther’s uncle Mordecai whom the king cared about because Mordecai had helped save the King’s life and was a good man. Haman devised a plan to kill Mordecai and all of his people and tricked the king into making it law, but the king did not know it involved Mordecai or Esther or their people.
When Esther learned of Haman’s evil plans to have all her people killed and how he had tricked the King Xerxes, Esther and all of the Jews fasted and prayed. She was afraid for her life, but recognized her unique position and access to the king. After fasting and praying, and through a series of events Esther was able tell the King what Haman had planned for her and her people. She was able to expose the trickery and evil deceit of Haman and his intention to have all of the Jews killed through the decree he had tricked the King into allowing into law. However, after exposing the truth, the King was very angry with Haman and wrote a new law allowing Esther’s people, the Jews, to defend themselves and Haman was arrested and hanged in the gallows that he had intended to use to kill the Jews. Every year, Purim is celebrated in remembrance of Yahuah (Father God) grace, protection, and provision, and Queen Esther’s courage.
In this book, kids also learn a little about the healing properties of the Dead Sea. It is the lowest place on the earth that can be traveled to by car. The water there is so salty, nothing can live in it, yet it brings healing to the body to soak in it and many people travel there to use it as a healing spa.
To Further The Learning:
To further the learning about what life is like in Israel, we watched a few videos, and ate chickpeas (garbonzo beans), learned about barley, vineyards, made unleavened bread with flour, oil, and water, and ate hummus (mashed garbonzo beans, sesame seed past, garlic, lemon juice, salt) with a side of carrots, we ate dates, and drank grape juice.
Israel has currently been in it’s annual grape harvest and we saw pictures of an Israeli vineyard and winery. We also went to a Middle Eastern style restaurant and the older kids ate sandwiches made with spiced lamb and the younger kids ate spiced chicken on pita bread.
Our family has used a body scrub that contains salt from the Dead Sea, mixed with herbs and oils from Israel. The salt of the Dead Sea is special and has amazing healing qualities. I think it would be wonderful to take a trip to Israel and swim in the salty Dead Sea someday. But did you know, the bible prophesy’s that the Dead Sea will someday hold fresh water and spring forth with fish and new life? It may sound impossible but it is actually happening now. There are many Israeli’s recording this event on video and posting the videos to Youtube. There are places along the shore of the sea, that fresh water springs are beginning to flow and fish can be found living there. Amazing!
We spent some time studying the 10 commandments that are the foundation of the Jewish and Christian faiths. We focused on the 7th Day Rest called the Sabbath. Modern Israel celebrates the Sabbath from sundown Friday evening until sundown on Saturday and modern Christians celebrate the Sabbath from Sunday morning until Sunday evening. But we found as we studied the instructions that neither system was inline with the ancient Israelites, the Jews that were then called Hebrews.
Exodus 31:14 “Keep the Sabbath holy. You have six days to do your work, but the Sabbath is mine, and it must remain a day of rest.”
The kids learned that according to the instructions the Hebrews were given by Father God, the true Sabbath is celebrated on the 7th day according to each moon cycle. When a new sliver of the moon is seen, the count begins for the 7 days and the pattern repeats 7 days for a total of 4 Sabbaths in a month’s time. Then it starts over with the sighting of the next new sliver of the moon and then count of 7 days repeat. This Sabbath day is Holy unto Father God and he first gave these instructions to the Israelites and they are recorded in the bible. Somehow this information has been lost and is no longer practiced, and instead the 7th day biblical calendar and lunar moon cycle has been substituted for pre-made civil calendars where the 7th day has become a fixed day of the week.
The kids also colored pictures that represent cultural aspects and foods eaten in Israel and foods eaten during the Sabbath.
The start of the New Year is another thing about the culture of Israel that we looked at. There are cute songs on Youtube that teach the kids about the New Year and the other holidays. When we took a closer look in the scriptures, we saw the bible has the New Year beginning in the spring (March/April) with the sighting of the barely grain being ripe for harvest coinciding with the first sighting of the moon to kick off the New Year and the Harvest of First Fruits. However, the civil calendar of modern Israel starts the New Year in the fall (September/October). As we learn more about Israel, and the Hebrews and early Christians recorded in the bible, verses modern customs of Jews and modern Christians, we are learning about the difference in following man made systems and traditions verses following the instructions and calendar established by our creator Yahuah.
If You Were Me And Lived In Israel was the book I was most looking forward to receiving and reading with my kids for this review. Partly because as Christians, the story of Father God, Yahuah, and his Son is the foundation of our Christian faith and is intimately intertwined with Israel and the Hebrews/Israelites/Jews, and the teachings of the early Christians who helped build the Christian faith. I would love to travel and visit Israel and see the ancient locations, including Jerusalem and the Dead Sea, that we have read about.
When I explain where Israel is located to my kids, I tell them to think of the Mediteranian Sea as a market place neighborhood culdesac where a huge amount of world trade takes place. Not all of the neighbors on the culdesac get along and it has been this way through most of history. The sea is the road for all the ships to bring in their cargo and make stops at all the ports (neighborhood driveways) along the way. The turn around at the end of the culdesac is where Israel sits, at the far eastern end of the watery highway called the Mediteranean Sea. The ships enter on the west, then drive their ship toward the east and past all of the neighbors (Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon on the north side of the road. Moroco, Algeria, Egypt, etc on the south side of the road) before they reach the end of the culdesac at destination Israel where they can load or unload cargo and turn their ship around and visit other neighbors then head back out of the neighborhood and enter the Atlantic Ocean.
Each of these books are colorful and full of interesting facts about what life could be like for kids living in various countries and various times in history. These books are easy to read and fun to explore. These books are fun to read at anytime, and would also be great to include for children doing a country, geography, or history focused unit study.
I plan to build some more unit study activities into our homeschool learning later this fall and read these books again with my kids. We will also keep these books on their book shelf to read at anytime they are interested. Over the years, I have learned that kids benefit from what they have learned in books even more when they can be “hands on” and take the learning adventure to a whole new level. When I get our unit study put together, we will learn more about each country and the people and animals that live there, we will make a recipe, learn a song, play a game, practice speaking the language, read books and watch videos, and include specific related art projects for more wonderful hands on learning opportunities during this school year.
Overall, we enjoyed reading these books. They were a great way to introduce different aspects of culture and history to young children. I encourage other families to check into using these books in their homeschool learning adventures with their kids.
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Indexed to the Workbook Level and Page (this is very handy)
The Alphabet Song
Our Experience With This Course:
I am excited about this course! The Worktext teaches kids (and adults) Biblical Greek in a fun, familiar, and interactive way.
This course feels similar to an early learning English course. In the beginning, my son learned the alphabet and practiced writing the letters, he practiced saying the letters and voicing the sounds each letter makes, just as he did when he learned English.
Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some GreekLevel 3 course is a beginning level Greek course for students 10 – Adult. Each level is color coded and we are using Level 3 with the “green” color for beginners. Level 3 is also a continuation level of Greek for younger students who first used Levels 1 (dark pink) and 2 (blue), and younger students who are reading and writing at least at an upper elementary age.
If students are younger than 10 they are encouraged to start with the first two levels that have less information per page and less writing. Kids younger than 2 grade should start with Level 1 and kids older than second grade but younger than upper elementary age should start with Level 2.
There are 36 Lessons in this curriculum and it is intended to be used as a full school year (or 36 weeks) of study. Each week begins a new lesson and each lesson has daily assignments for that week.
There are both written and verbal practice assignments and to do the course well, students need a minimum of the Worktext, a Pronunciation CD, and Flashcards (either from the back of the Worktext or purchased seperately) to master the lessons. The lessons included in this beginner’s language course are:
Alphabet review – Part 1
Alphabet review – Part 2
Vocabulary review – Part 1
Vocabulary review – Part 2
Accusative case – singular and plural (second declension masculine)
First person – singular and plural (present active tense)
Genitive case – plural (second declension masculine)
Genitive case – singular (second declension masculine)
Vocabulary review – Part 3
Vocabulary review – Part 4
Third person – singular (present active tense)
Nominative case – singular (second declension masculine)
Vocabulary and sentence practice – Part 1
Vocabulary and sentence practice – Part 2
Third person – plural (present active tense)
Nominative case – plural (second declension masculine)
Moveable v, vocabulary and sentence practice
Vocabulary and sentence practice – Part 3
New vocabulary, vocabulary practice – Part 1
New vocabulary, vocabulary practice – Part 2
Vocabulary and sentence practice – Part 4
Vocabulary and sentence practice – Part 5
Vocabulary and sentence practice – Part 6
Vocabulary and sentence practice – Part 7
Vocabulary and sentence practice – Part 8
Second person – plural (present active tense)
Dative case – singular (second declension masculine)
Dative case – plural (second declension masculine)
Vocabulary and sentence practice – Part 9
New vocabulary, vocabulary practice – Part 3
New vocabulary, vocabulary practice – Part 4
Nominative and accusative cases – singular and plural (second declension neuter)
Second person – singular (present active tense)
Vocative case – singular and plural (second declension masculine)
Final review – Part 1
Final review – Part 2
Additional “Help” pages are available in the back of the book. There are several Appendix pages including:
Vowels and Diphthongs
Voices of the Greek Verb
Moods of the Greek Verb
Gender of the Greek Noun
Cases of the Greek Noun
Bible Copy Work
Flashcards (printed on paper in book to be cut out if desired, or buy additional flashcards printed on heavy cardstock with metal ring available on the website.)
We have enjoyed using this course so far. After a few weeks of using this with my 12 year old son, I could not believe how easily he learned Greek using this method. He worked on a lesson a week and completed various workbook pages each day.
Getting started with Greek.
We took a mini-break from school for a couple of weeks this summer, and he got right back to it when we got home and has already made it to Lesson 4! He is motivated to learn and really likes using this. He has never had Greek before, this was his first exposure to the language and I am very pleased with how well this curriculum is working for him.
Practice writing and pronouncing Greek letters.
At this level, learning is familiar, even though it is a different language. Similarly to learning English, with this Greek Worktext, as he learned the names of letters, how to write them and pronounce them, then he began learning how to put the sounds together to pronounce words and eventually learn to use those words in phrases.
When you look closely at some of the pictures, you might notice my son’s Popsicle stick bookmark he was using. He wanted a quick way to find all the letters in the Greek Alphabet on one page, and the Glossary of word definitions. He marked these quick references found at the back of the worktext in the Appendix with a Popsicle stick. The resources at the back help a lot in seeing the big picture and understanding.
The Teacher’s Worktext with Answer Key has helped me understand what my son is learning. This book has everything in it that the main worktext has with the addition of the answers and several teaching helps. So even though I have not had Greek language training, with the help of the book I can help my kids learn the material in their worktext and we can discuss it.
The CD is an invaluable resource for learning how to prounounce the letter sounds and words correctly. The repetition of practice with the flashcards and the Worktext help reinforce what he is learning.
I have been so impressed with using the Worktext, Worktext with Answer Key, and the Pronunciation CD that we were sent for review. I am especially impressed how well my 12 year old son has progressed through it, that I decided to purchase two more copies of the student Worktext, three sets of Flashcards, three sets of the Quiz and Text Booklets, and a set of the Greek Alphabet Bookmarks (no more Popsicle sticks!).
Our additional books arrived last week! Now the 12, 14, and 17 year old boys are all learning Greek. Thank you Greek ‘n’ Stuff for creating these resources! Though the two older boys are just getting started with theirs and are a few weeks behind their younger brother, I have no doubt they will be able to catch up with him and they can learn with this method together and this will be even more beneficial for all them as they journey this course together.
All of the resources are great! I would encourage everybody to get the flashcards and bookmarks too. They are not expensive and they are an invaluable resource.
The bookmarks have the complete Greek alphabet. This resource includes the capital letter, small letter, Greek name of the letter, short vowels, long vowels, and dipthongs. The bookmarks are inexpensive and come in a set of 5. Since I only needed three for the boys, that left one for my husband and me. I love it! I am using it to mark where I am reading in my bible. It is a really handy resource to have.
These Flashcards are wonderful too. They contain 78 cards already to use, so I don’t have to cut them out of the back of the student Worktext. They are sturdy and made with a heavy duty paper so they will hold up to repeated use. They are printed double sided, so the word my son is learning is on one side and the meaning is on the reverse. Also on the reverse side is the Greek Level and Lesson Page # so he can go back and review the lesson again when needed. The cards are also hole punched to keep them organized on the provided metal ring.
I am considering getting the Level 1 and Level 2 for my younger three children so they can work through the beginning level for younger students together too. The younger level has coloring pages and fun activities and is much easier for young kids just starting out.
Additional Level 3 Supportive Products Available:
Though you can master this course with the Worktext, Worktext with Answer Key, and the Pronunciation CD, I personally think it would be worth your time to check out the additional supportive materials and bundled sets Greek ‘n’ Stuff has to offer. I would especially encourage families to at least add in the sturdy Flashcards and Bookmarks.
Each level is numbered and color coded, so be sure to buy the supportive materials that match the level you are using. We are using the Level 3 (green) so when purchasing supportive products, I made sure each one matched with the correct number and color.
A few of the additional Level 3 items available for this course include:
Flashcards.(78 Cards + Metal Ring) – $8.00
Bookmarks (Set of 5) – $6.00
Sheet Music for the Greek Alphabet Song – $2.95
Quizzes and Exams – $5.50
Answers only key – $6.00
Bible Copybook – The Gospel of John –$25.95
Be sure to check out the FREE Greek Sample Pages Greek ‘n’ Stuff offers on their website. They offer free samples of Greek, as well as Latin, and Bible curriculum.
Greek ‘n’ Stuff
Greek ‘n’ Stuff offers 8 levels of Greek language training. The first three levels are for beginners.
Greek ‘n’ Stuff also offer student worktexts in Bible Studies, Songs, Readers, and Copywork in the Greek language too. But that is not all, they also have language learning products in Latin and French, and have several Bible Studies too.
Be sure to check out Greek ‘n’ Stuff on their social media for all the latest news and updates.
Do you know that God created you to bring him glory with your life?
He alone is Father God, the Creator of Life, and He wants us to acknowledge him and trust him for everything.
I was reading in Luke chapter 12 today and wanted to share a few of the verses with you. If you have time, go read the entire chapter. May it bless you today.
“Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.”Luke 12:8-9
“And he said unto them, “Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”Luke 12:15
“And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. Life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.
Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?
And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?
Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?
And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.
But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;”Luke 12: 22-35
May everything you and I do today and everyday bring Father God glory. May we trust him in everything, for everything we need, and seek his face and his heart each day. May we each give him praise for he alone is worthy of our praise. In Jesus name, Amen.
As I have gotten older, and hopefully wiser, I have come to understand that the scriptures in the Bible point to the human body as the true temple of our Heavenly Father, not the church building or any other building. We are instructed to care for his temple, our body, and care for others because they are also his temple.
“God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
That they (men of all nations in the earth) should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.” Acts 17: 24 – 25; 28-29
“Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?
But he spake of the temple of his body.” John 2:19-21
Buildings made by human hands might impress people, but they don’t impress God our Creator, our Heavenly Father. Money donated (or taxed) to build buildings (or anything else) doesn’t impress him either. He said a poor widow’s penny offered is more impressive than a rich man’s offering. He also said it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.
From the scriptures we can clearly see that HE wants an intimate daily walk with us and for us to recognize a special day each week that we acknowledge him, and do good to others in his name, that special day he calls the Sabbath. The Sabbath means the 7th day when God our Creator rested from his work. He has asked us to do the same and keep it special for him.
The day of the week the Sabbath is on changes each year and sometimes even during a certain month of the year. How you find the day is to learn when the barley is ready for harvest in the spring and the correlation with the first sighting of the moon during that season. This then begins the year, and the Sabbaths of that year are on the seventh day and every seventh day there after. This pattern of seven days should follow a 28 day rotation, with the full moon falling on the second Sabbath of the month. Every once in a while it will be on a 29 day rotation with an extra day added at the end if the next sliver of the moon wasn’t seen until the following night. If the month had 29 days, then the next pattern of “first day” and “seventh day” will shift forward by one day and then continue forward on 28 days again with each month having 4 Sabbaths and then repeating. Today in our modern society, few people keep the true Sabbath of Father God, but instead they set a certain day such as Sunday or Saturday or Friday as their day of worship when they go to temples made with human hands.
What blesses Father God is pure worship and love for him from our heart and caring for the needs of our fellow humans.
Check out these verses from Isaiah 58 about what pleases God the Father:
“Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.
Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.
Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.
Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high.
Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord?
Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy reward.
Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;
And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day:
And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.
If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:
Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.” Isaiah 58
May we have the desire to draw near to HIM, our Heavenly Father, through faith and forgiveness found in his only begotten son Jesus who has shown us the truth and the way, and seek his face and learn his ways, and obey and be found faithful.
Have you ever considered where your spirit will go when your physical life on earth has ended?
There is only one way that leads to eternal life with Father God. It is through faith in Jesus as the only begotten son of God. He asks us to repentant of our sins and offenses, and give obedience to him by loving Father God with all our heart, love our neighbor as we love ourselves, meeting the needs of our neighbors and family, and confessing our faith in Jesus before men and forgiving any offense. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to Father God unless he has come through faith in Jesus and made him Lord and Savior of his heart.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:16-18
I recently heard this song Wayfaring Stranger recorded by Sounds Like Reign. The song is about traveling through this life as a stranger, redeemed by Jesus and looking forward to heaven and being with Father God. It is a beautiful song.
“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.” Matthew 16: 24-27
Give your life to Jesus today. Believe Jesus is the son of God who died and paid for your salvation with his own life, and rose again defeating the powers of sin and death. Accept him as Lord of your life, confess your sins to him now and be saved. The choice is yours. Chose this day whom you will serve. I pray you will chose life in Jesus.