March 20, 2019

Wordless Wednesday, March 20 {with link up}

 Can you say, "Achoo!"?

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March 19, 2019

Drive Thru History® "Acts to Revelation" {Homeschool Crew Review}

My favorite subject, both to learn and to teach, is history. This calendar year, for personal Bible study time, SJ and I are both reading through the New Testament, Acts through Revelation. I was especially excited for the opportunity to receive Drive Thru History® "Acts toRevelation". To be honest, I think Drive Thru History® is SJ's absolute favorite vendor ever!
What did we receive?

We  received a three-DVD set, along with a full-color study guide. They all come in this handy cover, with a sleeve that slides over the case. There are two discs in front, and one in back, with the study guide attached in the center. You won't have to worry about misplacing the study guide!

There are 18 episodes; each episode is 27 1/2 minutes long:

Episode 1 - The Gospel Shared at Pentecost
Episode 2 - The Church Grows in Jerusalem
Episode 3 - The Gospel Spreads to the Gentiles
Episode 4: Saul of Tarsus & the Road to Damascus
Episode 5 - Paul’s First Missionary Journey: The Island of Cyprus
Episode 6 - The Journey Continues: Pamphylia, Galatia & Asia Minor
Episode 7 - The Jerusalem Council & Paul’s Second Missionary Journey
Episode 8 - The Second Journey Continues: Philippi and Thessalonica
Episode 9 - A Road Trip to Athens
Episode 10 - Ancient Corinth
Episode 11 - Paul’s Third Missionary Journey: Ephesus
Episode 12 - Paul’s Final Trip to Jerusalem & Caesarea
Episode 13 - Adventures at Sea: the Island of Malta
Episode 14 - A Final Journey to Rome
Episode 15 - The Martyrdom of Paul & Peter
Episode 16 - John and the Island of Patmos
Episode 17 - The Seven Churches of Revelation
Episode 18 - The Book Closes on the New Testament Period
Acts to Revelation continues on in the New Testament from where The Gospels leaves off, following the early Christians from Jerusalem at Pentacost through Paul's missionary journeys across Asia Minor, and ending with John on the Island of Patmos.
For each episode, the study guide contains a summary; discussion questions; suggested passage to read from Scripture; Side Road, which is further information related to that episode; as well as full-color photos. Answers to the discussion questions are provided at the back of the study guide.

How we used it

Right away, SJ and I sat down and watched the first episode together, and went over the information for that episode in the study guide.
Frankly, my intention was to watch an episode or two a week, and go over the study guide together. But SJ wasn't going to wait for that! He watched several episodes at a time, while I was busy doing other things. He'd also watch at least one episode each morning while eating his breakfast!

Because he finished the series on his own, I had to "play catch up," and did some binge watching of my own.

We will probably rewatch together on a weekly basis, and go through the study guide, thoroughly, together at that time.

We also shared with our church family. This past Sabbath, we watched the first episode after potluck.
The young adults and older adults have been studying the book of Revelation in Sabbath school class since the beginning of January, so I know the episodes about John on Patmos, and the episodes about Revelation, will help bring that study to life.
Yes, we are a small congregation. We were on a bit of a time-crunch, so had to start the video promptly at 1:30, which was before many people were finished eating even. So they straggled in as they finished with their meal.
Our pastor has agreed to allow us to view them, one episode after our meal on each potluck Sabbath. Several members expressed their interest.
What we thought of it

Well, SJ's opinion: "I love it!" I have to admit: My sentiments exactly.

We enjoy David Stotts' comprehensive information, both about location, and about history as it was during New Testament times. We also enjoy his humorous moments.

Another thing we enjoy are the bonus features at the end of each DVD. (Yeah, we're geeky that way) Disc one has Behind the Scenes Interview: How We Started. Disc two's Behind the Scenes is Writing the Show. And disc three shares Behind the Camera.

A year ago, we reviewed Drive Thru History Adventures (on my old blog), focusing mainly on The Gospels. But I know SJ enjoyed it so much, he watched everything that was available.

What all does Drive Thru History® have available?
Drive Thru History® "Holy Land"
Drive Thru History® "The Gospels"
Drive Thru History® "Acts to Revelation"
Drive Thru History® "America: Columbus to the Constitution"

I know SJ would be thrilled to have all of the DVD sets. Perhaps they'll become birthday gifts over the next couple years.

If your family enjoys history, especially in video form, I am sure you will enjoy these series as well.

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Several other families have been enjoying Drive Thru History® "Acts to Revelation" along with us; simply click the banner below to read their reviews.
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March 16, 2019

The Secret of Holiness {a devotional}

And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Ephesians 4:24.

No man receives holiness as a birthright, or as a gift from any other human being. Holiness is the gift of God through Christ. Those who receive the Saviour become sons of God. They are His spiritual children, born again, renewed in righteousness and true holiness. Their minds are changed. With clearer vision they behold eternal realities. They are adopted into God’s family, and they become conformed to His likeness, changed by His Spirit from glory to glory. From cherishing supreme love for self, they come to cherish supreme love for God and for Christ....

Accepting Christ as a personal Saviour, and following His example of self-denial—this is the secret of holiness.

Holiness is not rapture; it is the result of surrendering all to God; it is living by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God; it is doing the will of our heavenly Father; it is trusting in God in trial, believing in His promise in the darkness as well as in the light. Religion is to walk by faith, as well as by sight, trusting in God with all confidence, and resting in His love.

Sanctification is a state of holiness, without and within, being holy and without reserve the Lord’s, not in form, but in truth. Every impurity of thought, every lustful passion, separates the soul from God; for Christ can never put His robe of righteousness upon a sinner, to hide his deformity.... There must be a progressive work of triumph over evil, of sympathy with good, a reflection of the character of Jesus. We must walk in the light, which will increase and grow brighter unto the perfect day. This is real, substantial growth, which will finally attain to the full stature of men and women in Jesus Christ....

Conformity to the likeness of Christ’s character, overcoming all sin and temptation, walking in the fear of God, setting the Lord continually before us, will bring peace and joy on earth, and ensure us pure happiness in heaven. ~Our High Calling, by E.G. White
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March 15, 2019

D is for Ducks {Blogging Through the Alphabet}

Welcome back. I'm glad you joined us again this week, for the letter D.

I am sure you know that there are many kinds of ducks. They are in the Anatidae family, which includes ducks, geese, swans, and other waterfowl.

Some ducks you may spot across the United States and Canada:
(photos copied from
Male and female American Black
Normally found in eastern North America, American Black Ducks occasionally show up on the West Coast, Europe, and even Asia. Some of these birds may be escaped pets, but others are known to be wild ducks: for instance, one female banded in New Brunswick, Canada, turned up later in France.
Black-Bellied Whistling Duck
The Black-bellied Whistling-Duck is a boisterous duck with a brilliant pink bill and an unusual, long-legged silhouette. In places like Texas and Louisiana, watch for noisy flocks of these gaudy ducks dropping into fields to forage on seeds, or loafing on golf course ponds. Listen for them, too—these ducks really do have a whistle for their call. Common south of the U.S., Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks occur in several southern states and are expanding northward.

Breeding male Bufflehead
The Bufflehead nests almost exclusively in holes excavated by Northern Flickers and, on occasion, by Pileated Woodpeckers.

Unlike most ducks, the Bufflehead is mostly monogamous, often remaining with the same mate for several years.

Fulvous Whistling Duck
One of the most widespread species of waterfowl in the world, the Fulvous Whistling-Duck has a limited distribution in the southern United States. Its mostly seed-based diet makes it fond of rice-growing areas.

Male and female Harlequin
More than half of eastern North American population of Harlequin Ducks winters in coastal Maine, particularly outer reaches of Penobscot and Jericho bays.

When engaged in behavioral interactions, the Harlequin Duck gives distinctly unducklike squeaks, the source of one of its local names: sea mouse.

Long-tailed Duck
The Long-tailed Duck is one of the deepest diving ducks, and can dive as deep as 60 meters (200 feet) to forage.

Breeding male Mallard

Female Mallard and juveniles
If someone at a park is feeding bread to ducks, chances are there are Mallards in the fray. Perhaps the most familiar of all ducks, Mallards occur throughout North America and Eurasia in ponds and parks as well as wilder wetlands and estuaries. The male’s gleaming green head, gray flanks, and black tail-curl arguably make it the most easily identified duck.

Mottled Duck
Along the Gulf of Mexico coast lives a rich brown duck with a lovely buff head and neck, a bright yellow bill, and a distinctive black spot at the gape. It’s reminiscent of a female Mallard or an American Black Duck, but this is the closely related Mottled Duck. Look for this species in pairs or small flocks, mostly in freshwater marshes near the coast.

Male and female Ring-necked
The male Ring-necked Duck is a sharply marked bird of gleaming black, gray, and white. Females are rich brown with a delicate face pattern. At distance, look for this species’ distinctive, peaked head to help you identify it. Even though this species dives for its food, you can find it in shallow wetlands such as beaver swamps, ponds, and bays.

During fall migration, Ring-necked Ducks can form immense flocks. Several hundred thousand congregate each fall on certain lakes in Minnesota to feed on wild rice.

Breeding male Ruddy
Though Ruddy Ducks are native to the Americas, one population became established in England after captive ducks escaped in 1952. This population grew to about 3,500 individuals by 1992, and now appears to be expanding into the Netherlands, France, Belgium, and Spain.
Male and female Wood
The Wood Duck is the only North American duck that regularly produces two broods in one year.

The Wood Duck nests in trees near water, sometimes directly over water, but other times over a mile away. After hatching, the ducklings jump down from the nest tree and make their way to water. The mother calls them to her, but does not help them in any way. The ducklings may jump from heights of over 50 feet without injury.

Then of course there are the domesticated ducks. I think the most common one is the Pekin.
Great Backyard Duck Breeds--The Cape Coop
Duck Breeds Guide--Poultry Keeper

Of course, there are also some fun picture books. These three are used in the Five in a Row curriculum.
Ping is a little duck, who's a little disobedient and naughty, living along the Yangtze River in China. But he learns a lesson about obedience.

I think everyone is familiar with Rober McCloskey's Make Way for Ducklings! The mother Mallard moves her ducklings from an island in the Charles River, through the city streets, to the pond in the Public Garden
There's even a statue of Make Way for Ducklings, in Boston!

You can learn more about the statue of mother duck and her ducklings at the Boston Discovery Guide.
Daniel's Duck is a carved duck. Daniel feels hurt when others laugh at his carved duck. But they weren't laughing to cause hurt; they were laughing in delight.

Here are some resources to go along with Daniel's Duck, from TheHomeschoolMom.

And just for fun:
I hope you've enjoyed this look at ducks. I hope you'll waddle back in again next week, for the letter "E."

*On a somewhat unrelated note: We saw our first hummingbirds of the season today! Take heart, my Northern friends; they are on their way North!*

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March 13, 2019

Wordless Wednesday, March 13 {with link up}

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March 9, 2019

“Holier, Yea Holier Still” {a devotional}

For this is the will of God, even your sanctification. 1 Thessalonians 4:3.

Our sanctification is God’s object in all His dealing with us. He has chosen us from eternity that we might be holy. Christ gave Himself for our redemption, that through faith in His power to save from sin, we might be made complete in Him....

As Christians we have pledged ourselves to fulfil the responsibilities resting on us, and to show to the world that we have a close connection with God. Thus, through the good words and works of His disciples, Christ is to be represented and honored.

God expects of us perfect obedience to His law. This law is the echo of His voice, saying to us, Holier, yea holier still. Desire after the fullness of the grace of Christ, yea, long—hunger and thirst—after righteousness. The promise is, “Ye shall be filled.” Let your heart be filled with a longing for this righteousness....

God has plainly stated that He expects us to be perfect, and because He expects this, He has made provision for us to be partakers of the divine nature. Only thus can we gain success in striving for eternal life. The power is given by Christ. “As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” John 1:12.

God’s people are to reflect to the world the bright rays of His glory. But in order for them to do this, they must stand where these rays can fall on them. They must cooperate with God. The heart must be cleansed of all that leads to wrong. The Word of God must be read and studied with an earnest desire to gain from it spiritual power. The bread of heaven must be eaten and assimilated, becoming part of the life. Thus we gain eternal life. Thus is answered the prayer of Christ, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” John 17:17.

“This is the will of God, even your sanctification.” Is it your will that your desires and inclinations shall be brought into harmony with the divine mind? ~Our High Calling, by E.G. White
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