Friday
Oct012010

Meditating on Jesus

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: A Personal Connection with Jesus: Reflecting on Jesus and God’s Word (Meditation)-2b

Authored by Christi S. Lynch, adapted from writings by Maria Fontaine. Illustrations by Sabine Rich. Design by Stefan Merour.
Copyright © 2010 by The Family International

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PDF: Meditating on Jesus
PDF: Meditar en Jesús (Spanish)
PDF: イエス様についてめい想する (Japanese)
PDF: Meditando em Jesus (Portuguese)

Sunday
Sep262010

Book Bonanza: Your Responses to Going Exploring

Here are Tyler, Ethan, and Sharlene’s answers and entries to last month’s “Book Bonanza: Going Exploring.” Well done!

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By Sharlene Moss (9). Book read: National Geography on India 

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Book review by Ethan

Book read: The Story of the World (chapters on Alexander the Great), by Susan Wise Bauer

When you read about Alexander the Great you read a lot about war and conquering others. Alexander, from when he was a young boy, was brave and not afraid of anything. This is a good characteristic, but he used it for bad purposes. While wanting to be great and powerful is okay when you're close to God and you're trying to do good things for Him; it is not good when you are just trying to be great for yourself. Pride comes before a fall.

In those days people thought war was good, and they even had a god of war. Fortunately, Greeks are now more peaceful since Jesus and His disciples have come.

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Book review by Tyler Lynch (11)

Book read: The Worst Journey in the World, by Apsley Cherry-Garrard.

Cherry-Garrard was the assistant zoologist on Robert Falcon Scott's (Captain Scott of the Antarctic) Terra Nova expedition of 1911–1912. The “Worst Journey” refers to a five-week journey in almost pitch blackness through blizzards and whiteouts in -40 degrees Celsius to collect penguin eggs for research.

Cherry-Garrard, Edward Wilson, and Henry "Birdie" Bowers travelled through horrifying storms, giant crevasses, and encountered failing equipment, loss of their tent, and frigid temperatures. When they made it back to base hut, Cherry-Garrard was almost more dead than alive. Later on Cherry helped to lay the depots crucial for the return dash for the South Pole scheduled to happen later that year. When R. Scott led the final party (which included Wilson and Bowers) for the push for the Pole, Cherry-Garrard was among the last to see them alive. The entire party died on the return journey.

Cherry-Garrard lived next to George Bernard Shaw when he wrote the book, and it is beautifully written. You can find the book online on various sites, because it is a classic. Scott and his men were some of the last of the dying breed of heroic Victorians.

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By Tyler Lynch (11)

Book read: The Travels of Marco Polo, by Marco Polo.

This is an intriguing classic that I just couldn’t put down! I found that when the Polos were travelling they were dazzled at the brilliance and ingenuity of the civilizations they encountered. Note that Europe had just come out of the Dark Ages, and intrepid adventurers, such as the Polos, were bringing back new technology and knowledge back from their expeditions.

Another thing I discovered about a not-so-advanced people in the South China Sea around Indonesia was a country consisting of two islands—the "Man Island" and the "Woman Island." The islanders would stay in their [gender] corresponding island. In one season during the year, the two groups of islanders would mix, marry, and visit any relatives of the other gender. Any male babies born on the Woman Island would be brought over to the Men’s Island! Except during that one season, no islander could even converse with the other [gender]!

So, to retrace the Polos steps you would:

  •  Travel 33,000 miles...
  •  Pass through 17 countries...
  •  8 war zones...
  •  Get 20 visas!

Book Bonanza: Your Responses to Going Exploring

 

Here are Tyler, Ethan, and Sharlene’s answers and entries to last month’s “Book Bonanza: Going Exploring.” Well done!

 

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[India by Sharlene Moss (9).jpg] By Sharlene Moss (9). Book read: National Geography on India

 

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Book review by Ethan

Book read: The Story of the World (chapters on Alexander the Great), by Susan Wise Bauer

 

When you read about Alexander the Great you read a lot about war and conquering others. Alexander, from when he was a young boy, was brave and not afraid of anything. This is a good characteristic, but he used it for bad purposes. While wanting to be great and powerful is okay when you're close to God and you're trying to do good things for Him; it is not good when you are just trying to be great for yourself. Pride comes before a fall.

 

In those days people thought war was good, and they even had a god of war. Fortunately, Greeks are now more peaceful Jesus and His disciples have come.[A1] 

 

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Book review by Tyler Lynch (11)

Book read: The Worst Journey in the World, by Apsley Cherry-Garrard.

 

Cherry-Garrard was the assistant zoologist on Robert Falcon Scott's (Captain Scott of the Antarctic) Terra Nova expedition of 1911–1912. The “Worst Journey” refers to a five-week journey in almost pitch blackness through blizzards and whiteouts in -40 degrees Celsius to collect penguin eggs for research.

            Cherry-Garrard, Edward Wilson, and Henry "Birdie" Bowers travelled through horrifying storms, giant crevasses, and encountered failing equipment, loss of their tent, and frigid temperatures. When they made it back to base hut, Cherry-Garrard was almost more dead than alive. Later on Cherry helped to lay the depots crucial for the return dash for the South Pole scheduled to happen later that year. When R. Scott led the final party (which included Wilson and Bowers) for the push for the Pole, Cherry-Garrard was among the last to see them alive. The entire party died on the return journey.

            Cherry-Garrard lived next to George Bernard Shaw when he wrote the book, and it is beautifully written. You can find the book online on various sites, because it is a classic. Scott and his men were some of the last of the dying breed of heroic Victorians.

 

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[Marco Polo, by Tyler Lynch (11).jpg] By Tyler Lynch (11)

Book read: The Travels of Marco Polo, by Marco Polo.

 

This is an intriguing classic that I just couldn’t put down! I found that when the Polos were travelling they were dazzled at the brilliance and ingenuity of the civilizations they encountered. Note that Europe had just come out of the Dark Ages, and intrepid adventurers, such as the Polos, were bringing back new technology and knowledge back from their expeditions.

 

Another thing I discovered about a not-so-advanced people in the South China Sea around Indonesia was a country consisting of two islands—the "Man Island" and the "Woman Island." The islanders would stay in their [gender] corresponding island. In one season during the year, the two groups of islanders would mix, marry, and visit any relatives of the other gender. Any male babies born on the Woman Island would be brought over to the Men’s Island! Except during that one season, no islander could even converse with the other [gender]!

 

So, to retrace the Polos steps you would:

¨       Travel 33,000 miles...

¨       Pass through 17 countries...

¨       8 war zones...

¨       Get 20 visas!

Downloads

RTF: Tus respuestas a «Explorar y descubrir… ¡con libros!»
DOC: A Mina dos Livros: Suas Reações a Saindo numa Exploração

Friday
Sep242010

Audio: Fortifying Fables: Filippa the Filly

On wish fulfillment

"How do we corral her, Señor Verdadero?"

Filippa, a beautiful white filly with a long golden mane, overheard a stable hand ask this question of a tall black-bearded man in his early thirties, Señor Fiel Verdadero—Filippa's rider.

"Why, what is the problem?" he asked.

"Well, haven't you seen? Filippa keeps charging at the fencing and rearing up with hooves flailing, especially when we come around. It's downright scary."

"Then take charge."

"Easier said than done, señor. She's ornery even when we try to lead her back into the stables for the night—brush her down and so on. Won't you please get her to submit?"

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Wednesday
Sep222010

Jesus, the Expression of God’s Love 

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Jesus, God’s Son-2c

Authored by Christi S. Lynch, adapted by MWS staff, based on writings published by TFI. Illustrations by Didier Martin. Design by Stefan Merour.
Copyright © 2010 by The Family International

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PDF: Jesus, the Expression of God’s Love
PDF: Jesúsla expresión del amor de Dios (Spanish)
PDF: イエス様, 神様さまの愛の表明 (Japanese)
PDF: Jesusa Expressão do Amor de Deus (Portuguese)

Friday
Sep172010

The Cookie Conspiracy

The plan was formed on a dark, stormy night. The room was lit with the dim light of a single bedside lamp, around which sat the three conspirators.

“You all know the situation,” said Tom, the oldest and tallest. He pointed a long wooden ruler toward the door. “At 9pm, cookies were baked in the kitchen. At 9:30, they were gathered into a container and secured in the pantry.”

He stared at his comrades in arms as thunder boomed out from beyond the curtains. “Tonight we shall liberate them.”

John, the smallest of the group, nodded his agreement. “If we don’t act now, we may never see them again.”

John and Tom then turned to Sara, the final component needed for their plan to succeed.

Sara didn’t answer right away. Although she had smelled the same cookies, and watched sadly with the others as they had been carefully put away, she was not so sure about the plan.

Oh, she didn’t mind the cookie-eating part. That was the best part—the part that nearly made it all seem worth it. Everything else was the problem.

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Friday
Sep102010

Audio: Fortifying Fables: Boris the Bear

(Based on an old African fable)

On considering the source of your criticism and praise

"That wasn't too bad," young Boris, a big, black Russian bear said to himself, as he swayed on his hind paws in front of the large mirror. "I'll try it again."

He pressed a button on the MP3 player and strains from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite resumed. Clumsily lifting a hind paw, Boris attempted a turn and fell, rolling on his back. He stood up and after a few further attempts, managed the initial steps required to dance a waltz.

"Excellent," he muttered. "I think I am ready to show what I can do for Garibaldi, my wise little monkey friend. His rehearsal with the organ grinder should be over by now."

With a smug grin, Boris lumbered out of the tent, carrying his MP3 player.

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