Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Vegetarian Crock Pot Receipes

When you first begin to explore the world of slow cooking, it can seem like meat is the only thing most people bother to prepare in these devices. With a little research however, many vegetarian crock pot recipes rise to the surface; some of them are even appropriate for the vegan crowd. Here are 25 of my favorite finds. (See also: 25 Great, Cheap, and Easy Crock Pot Recipes)

1. Corn Chowder

Homespun and hearty, corn chowder is an affordable meal to warm up with at the end of a brisk day. It’s also a great way to use up extras you have kicking around in your pantry like canned corn, dried onion, and warehouse-purchased herbs. Personally, I like to put the milk in towards the end of the cooking time when I do it in the crock pot to help keep it from separating.

2. Vegetarian Chili

Whether you’re doing a standard beans-and-peppers version or going with a sweet potato chili to mix up the menu a bit, this popular dish is one of the better vegetarian crock pot recipes you can plan. It provides boatloads of flexibility (think veggie dogs, paired with corn bread or over rice), and dresses up nicely with some chopped scallions and a pitcher of margaritas. I also like to use black beans in my chili, along with kidney and pinto.

3. Mexican Pinto Beans

One of the most inexpensive ways to enjoy beans and rice is to top your servings of rice with seasoned pinto beans. They are extremely affordable when purchased in large bags at places like Costco and can be used in everything from refried beans to burritos, soups, and more. These slow cooker Mexican-seasoned pinto beans are a great way to start.

4. Double-Decker Taco Fillings

To do this one, you’ll need a dual-sided crock insert or one of those triple crock buffets. I’m not sure why people only use these for the holidays, because they are great for once-a-month cooking or doing up large batches of plain beans to use in salads and dips throughout the week. Basically, you’ll need a batch of refried beans thinned with a little soy milk on one side. (It’s OK to use the canned kind of beans with this one.) On the other side, you need whatever you’re going to put as your ground-beef-like item. Whether that’s actual ground beef, TVP, tempeh, or even ground turkey is up to you. Just add an appropriate amount of tomato sauce and taco seasoning to suit the size of the batch you are preparing. While both fillings are heating, get out your flour tortillas, crunchy corn tortillas, and all of the toppings you will need such as chopped onions, sliced lettuce or greens, diced fresh tomatoes, and guacamole.
When ready, place each flour tortilla flat, and smooth on a layer of the refried beans. In the middle of that, stand up a crunchy tortilla and fill with the ground filling. Push your flour tortilla and bean layer up the sides of the crunchy taco to form the layered taco, and go nuts with your toppings. This is a great way to eat vegan on the cheap, but with a little bit of style. It’s also something you can set up for a mixed crowd if you have three crocks, so that meat eaters and veggie fans alike can enjoy the dinner without having to plan something else altogether.

5. Vegetable Soup With Black-Eyed Peas

This is an easy soup to make on the fly, and one of my favorite ways to use frozen mixed vegetables. Basically, you need 12-16 ounce bag of the veggies (or part of a larger bag), water, tomato sauce, black-eyed peas, and your seasonings of choice. Italian seasoning with a little salt and pepper works fine, but you can play around others if you like. Toss in a half pound of black-eyed peas, and set your crock to low for six hours, or high for a shorter amount of time. This is basically one of those recipes you can eyeball or readjust intuitively to fit the size of your slow cooker. Not only is this a great one to add to your list of vegetarian crock pot recipes, it’s also a great way to maintain cost control on your organic vegan grocery list. Pair it with homemade jalapeno corn muffins or toasted ciabatta bruschetta.

6. Meatless Sloppy Joes

One of the great thing about cooking with brown lentils is how well they work in place of ground beef for a variety of meals. Once such meal is meatless sloppy Joes. Basically, you cook up a batch of plain brown lentils in the crock pot with water until they are soft but not too mushy. The time will vary depending on your crock pot and the size of the batch. Towards the end of the cooking time when the water is mostly absorbed, throw in a can or two of Manwich sauce (again, it will depend on the size of your batch whether you need one or two cans) and dress up with chopped green peppers and onions if you so desire. Let this heat through for a half hour or so. Serve on a round, bulky roll with sprouts and baby spinach leaves, or plain. You can pair these with anything from oven fries to carrot sticks. It’s a pretty casual dinner option, but definitely one that fills you up.

7. Chickpea Curry

There are tons of recipe ideas for chickpea curry on the web, but this vegetarian crock pot recipe for black chick peas from Kalyn’s Kitchen caught my eye. Black chickpeas aren’t as common in regular grocery stores, but they can typically be found at Indian markets. They turn a rich, nutty brown color when soaked and cooked, and in my opinion are a bit toothier than regular chickpeas. If you prefer the other kind, there are certainly many recipes to choose from. The point is that chickpeas in general are hearty enough to prepare a satisfying curry that carnivores can also enjoy.

8. Nacho Dip

Nothing says party time like nacho dip, and this meatless one from the folks at Yummly certainly looks tempting. Not only does it have lots of cheesy goodness, it includes two different types of beans for added protein. You could serve this at a Super Bowl gathering or when your teen is having friends over for a movie night. It’s also suitable for a summer party or casual New Year’s Eve snack buffet.

9. Holiday Stuffing

If you love stuffing but don’t want the meat broth that goes along with it, then try this meatless crock pot stuffing from Fat Free Vegan. It allows all the holiday decadence, but with cruelty free flavor. You could serve this with a field roast or inside a stuffed squash with mushroom gravy. This is also a good stuffing to try for a holiday meal where both meat eaters and vegans are attending. In fact, if you make sure several of your sides and a dessert or two are vegan, it could be a relatively low-stress event.

10. Meatless Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers are usually a crowd pleaser, and when the summer heat gets oppressive, making them in your crock pot is a great way to avoid heating up your house unnecessarily. These vegetarian stuffed peppers from Purposefully Frugal look fun and tasty. Served with a side salad and a light dessert like sorbet, this would form a perfect summer meal.

11. Thai Tempeh Curry

I love incorporating curries into my repertoire. They are aromatic, affordable, and full of flavor. This recipe for Thai tempeh curry from Oregon Live is certainly a shining example, but if you’re in a pinch you can use pre-made curry paste from the Asian market and stir it in with vegetables, coconut milk, and tofu to serve over rice.

12. Moroccan Bean and Lentil Stew

At our house we enjoy international cuisines on a regular basis. Many of them help us to explore different ways to incorporate beans and legumes into our diet, not to mention how affordable recipes from other parts of the world tend to be. This Moroccan lentil stew from the people at Full Measure of Happiness checks both of those items off the list.

13. Produce Butters

Full-flavored spreads and condiments are great to have on hand when company comes, and many of them can well to boot. Two that you can pull off in the slow cooker are this crock pot apple butter from The Thrifty Mama and this slow cooker pumpkin butter from the people at She Knows. Serve either of them with homemade biscuits or scones and a pot of herbal tea for a fun afternoon with friends.

14. Eggplant Parmesan

Feel like Italian for dinner? Try this slow cooker eggplant Parmesan from Get Crocked. While it’s cooking, you’ll have the time to set a nice table, make a salad, and choose the wine. If you have time to whip up a tiramisu, even better.

15. Middle Eastern Stuffed Cabbage

It’s no secret I’m always on the lookout for fresh cabbage recipes, so when this idea for Middle Eastern stuffed cabbage rolls made it onto my radar, I definitely wanted to incorporate it into this article. It calls for baking the rolls, but I don’t see any reason why this couldn’t be achieved in the slow cooker just like the stuffed peppers recipe above.

16. Soy Yogurt

Honestly, this looks a little too technical for my taste, but if you’re determined to do the DIY thing, then this slow cooker soy yogurt is just the ticket. Serve it on the side with your favorite rice and lentil curry combos, or with some seasonal fresh fruit.

17. Vegetarian Chow Mein

Have a hankering for Chinese food? This slow cooker veggie chow mein from Peta is one of those vegetarian crock pot recipes you can leave heating and come home only needing to put on a pot of rice to complete the meal. If you have a few frozen veggie egg rolls on hand, all the better.

18. Mac and Cheese

It’s hard to go wrong with the classics, especially when you’re cooking for kids who have no interest in gourmet cuisine. That’s why I had to incorporate Taste of Home’s hearty recipe for crock pot macaroni and cheese. They are a source I trust for homespun foods, and they typically keep budget concerns at the forefront. Try this with some dipping veggies and your favorite brand of meatless chicken nuggets for a satisfying dinner that’s kid-approved.

19. Balsamic-Roasted Root Veggies

If you’re determined to “fancy it up” a bit, however, these balsamic-roasted root vegetables from Spark People would work well with a lentil loaf and some mashed potatoes. Pair with a simple dinner wine and an autumn dessert such as pumpkin bread pudding.

20. Polenta and Vegetable Casserole

I don’t know why many North Americans — myself included — overlook polenta as a way to bulk up their dinner menus. Every year I say I’m going to make it more often than I do. With this recipe for polenta vegetable casserole for the crock pot, maybe I finally will.

21. Enchiladas

When it comes to vegetarian crock pot recipes that are tall on flavor and short on cost, enchiladas make the grade on both counts. Mexican food is one our family favorites, and this recipe can be served with sangria, Mexican beer, or even a pitcher of margaritas. Side dishes can include a spicy, fresh pineapple salsa for summer or a batch of seasoned rice for later in the year.

22. Cranberry-Swiss Party Dip

Hot dips are always a huge hit when you entertain, and this cranberry Swiss dip brings a touch of elegance I’d especially welcome around the winter holidays, or even during the early fall. Pair it with specialty crackers in fun shapes and grain blends, along with a nice white wine and some miniature quiches.

23. Broccoli Risotto

I usually save risottos for special occasions due to the fact that you have to stand over them for long during the preparation. This slow cooker broccoli risotto from Veggie Converter just might change my mind. Pescatarians could pair this with a nice grilled trout or some seafood skewers. It’s a great addition to your list of frozen broccoli recipes and affordable for nearly everyone.

24. Steel-Cut Oatmeal

This overnight crock pot oatmeal from Frugal Upstate makes weekend breakfasts a snap. Everyone can get up and put their own toppings on, and if the host sleeps in, it isn’t a big deal. You could also use this recipe to enjoy breakfast for dinner during the week.

25. Spaghetti Sauce

Meat isn’t necessary for a hearty crock pot spaghetti sauce. You can round out the tomato-based goodness with minced tempeh or meatless burger bits, followed by a bag of bargain frozen peppers from Save-A-Lot and a package of chopped mushrooms.

Do you have some vegetarian crock pot recipes you feel are exceptional? Feel free to share your resources in the comment section below.

French Toast Bread Pudding

This Easy Bread Pudding Takes French Toast To A Whole New Level!

French Toast Bread Pudding
The recipe for this easy bread pudding is one of the quick, easy Crockpot recipes featured in Robin Robertson’s cookbook Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker.
This was one of the best bread pudding recipes I’ve ever made, with just the right amount of spice and sweetness. All of the tasters thought this easy bread pudding was just right—no need to add extra maple syrup to their individual portions.
Total prep & cook time: 2 hrs
8 Servings
Slow Cooker Size: 4 to 6 quart
Nutrition Data, 146g Serving: 234 cal, 54 Cal fr Fat, 40g carb, 6g fat, 1g Saturated Fat, 384mg sodium, 2g fiber, 5g protein, 21g Sugars, low Saturated Fat, very low Cholesterol, good source Manganese. Estimated glycemic load 25

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups soft white Italian bread cubes
  • 6 oz soft or silken tofu, drained
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups plain unsweetened nondairy milk
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, plus more for serving
  • 1 Tblsp. vegan butter
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts
Savvy Vegetarian Facebook Page

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread the bread cubes on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes to dry the bread
  2. Thoroughly oil the slow cooker insert or spray it with nonstick cooking spray. Transfer the dried bread to the cooker
  3. In a food processor, combine the tofu, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and salt. Add the milk and maple syrup, stirring to blend
  4. Pour the tofu mixture over the bread cubes in the slow cooker, pressing them into the wet mixture to moisten. Dot with bits of the vegan butter and sprinkle the top with the pecans. Cover and cook on High until firm, about 1 ½ hours. Serve topped with additional maple syrup
 

Cooking Tips:

We changed the servings to 8 on this recipe, because of the high calories, fat, glycemic index etc. If you want it for breakfast, fine, eat 2 servings but a small helping for dessert works better for us.
This quick easy bread pudding recipe is not just for dessert it also makes a great weekend breakfast dish. If you are planning to serve this for breakfast, prepare the bread pudding recipe ingredients the night before, store them in the fridge overnight, and then assemble and cook them in the Crockpot first thing in the morning.
Since this slow cooker recipe calls for cooking the French Toast Bread Pudding on high, grease the insert extra well and keep a close eye on the bread pudding after the first hour to be sure that the bottom and sides of the pudding do not get scorched.

****FROM SAVRY VEGETARIAN WEBSITE*****

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Gods Protection



GODS PROTECTIONS

A Safe Place

Play an indoor game of hide and seek. Choose a designated spot as the SAFE base—a well-lit and easy to get to place. (If you have older kids, you may want to turn out the lights and play in the dark.) Choose one person to be the finder and count while the others hide.

After several rounds of hiding and finding, talk about God being a safe place for us.

How did you feel when you made it to the base—the safe place?
No one could tag you when you were at the safe place.

How is God like a safe place? (We can run to Him when we are afraid; He is our protector; He can keep us safe, etc.)

Over and over in the Psalms, David called God his refuge—his safe place.

Can you think of a time when David might have been afraid? (He fought against a bear and a lion that came to steal his sheep; he fought against Goliath; King Saul chased him, etc.)

David knew he could call out to God and God would protect him.

Read Psalm 91:2 (God is a refuge we can trust.)

 The Comfort of Scripture:
Just before bedtime, ask:

What makes you feel afraid?

What gives you comfort? What helps you?

Focusing on the truth about God's presence and protection can help us replace fear with faith in Him.

Upper elementary students made a Bible verse holder with verses that can help them to replace fear with God's truth. (If you have younger ones, look up one verse each night.) Read and talk about one verse each night just before bed. Turn each verse into a prayer. (For example: Psalm 121:2—Thank you, God, that You will help me.)
  Bible verses:
  • Psalm 121:2 (My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.)
  • Psalm 121:7 (The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul.)
  • Joshua 1:9 (Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.
  • Psalm 56:3  (Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in God.)
  • Psalm 27:1 (The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?)
  • John 14:27 (Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.)
 
Thanksgiving and Praise

Items Needed: Four pieces of copy or construction paper and markers

Students began learning Psalm 100:4 this week. (It is usually easier to learn verses if you memorize them phrase by phrase, rather than word by word.)

Ask:
How are we to come before the Lord? (With thanksgiving and praise)
God wants us to come into His presence with thanksgiving and praise. The sovereign King has invited us into His gates and into His courts. What an honor to be invited to spend time with Him and to know Him. We are to be thankful and bless His name.

For what things are you thankful? (Take time to list some)
Name one characteristic about God as praise.
Assign each person one phrase of the verse and let them write their phrase on their piece of paper and then decorate it. (If you have young ones, write the phrase on the paper for them and then let them decorate it.)

Line up in the correct order and ask each one to say their phrase aloud. Stick them on the fridge and say the verse at least once a day.


***This topic is not mine, it comes from D6Family and my family uses it as a wonderful resources for teaching biblical truth in our home. ***

***Follow D6 Family on Twitter (@D6Family) or like us on Facebook (D6 Conference)!***




 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Bible Study Week 3: Factual and Historical Observations

2 Timothy 3:16: "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness ,(NKJ)"

Slow down and identify with what is present in Gods word-be patient and let God speak to you. Bible study is a process. It involves you being able to observe before you can move forward. We already discussed the first part in observation, but there is also a 2nd part and that is being able to observe the historical aspects, the outside factual observations. That is what we will look at this week. Lets take a look at 1 Samuel 4:1-11 and see what kind of observations we can make but lets also look at historical, factual observations as well within the text.You are looking for who are the people involved? What do you see? Look for context clues to historical background.

1 Samuel 4:1-11 (NKJV)

And the word of Samuel came to all Israel.[a]Now Israel went out to battle against the Philistines, and encamped beside Ebenezer; and the Philistines encamped in Aphek. Then the Philistines put themselves in battle array against Israel. And when they joined battle, Israel was defeated by the Philistines, who killed about four thousand men of the army in the field. And when the people had come into the camp, the elders of Israel said, “Why has the Lord defeated us today before the Philistines? Let us bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord from Shiloh to us, that when it comes among us it may save us from the hand of our enemies.” So the people sent to Shiloh, that they might bring from there the ark of the covenant of the Lord of hosts, who dwells between the cherubim. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God.
And when the ark of the covenant of the Lord came into the camp, all Israel shouted so loudly that the earth shook. Now when the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said, “What does the sound of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews mean?” Then they understood that the ark of the Lord had come into the camp. So the Philistines were afraid, for they said, “God has come into the camp!” And they said, “Woe to us! For such a thing has never happened before. Woe to us! Who will deliver us from the hand of these mighty gods? These are the gods who struck the Egyptians with all the plagues in the wilderness. Be strong and conduct yourselves like men, you Philistines, that you do not become servants of the Hebrews, as they have been to you. Conduct yourselves like men, and fight!”
10 So the Philistines fought, and Israel was defeated, and every man fled to his tent. There was a very great slaughter, and there fell of Israel thirty thousand foot soldiers. 11 Also the ark of God was captured; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, died.


What did you come up with? Did you recognize that these are the 2 people groups sent out to battle; one of which are the people of God and one the enemy of God? Did you realize that both camped beside each other on hills to prepare for the battle in the valley? Did you have any of the following on your list?

Israelites:: 
  • are people of God
  • Jews
  • Chosen People ( GEnesis 12:1-_
  • Law of God
  • Covenant relationship wiht God
  • God promised them everytime they wernt to battle they would win, if they were in good covenent relatoinship with Him; if not they would loose
  • Israelite's "went out" they took the defensive.  
  • Signature Israelite character: David
  • camped at Ebenezer
  • battled for land, jurisdiction, resources ad trade route
  • Not in good covenant relationship with God: they lost the battle  vs. 2
  • Israelites thought they were in good covenant relationship with God vs. 3
  • They expected the Lord to let them win based on Genesis 12:1-3 and Deuteronomy 28; 29
  • General not smart to attack up hill- you loose the ability to see what is ahead of you and you are left in a vulnerable position
  • 4,000 med died (legions) 
  • some pople died- some returned to camp
  • elders did not fight the battle
  • 2 groups of people fighters (soldiers) and elders (observers/spiritual leaders) 
  • Shilo was the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord
  • Ark- a box, coated in gold with the 10 commandments and manna, a symbol of Gods presence among Gods people- artifacts remembrance of Gods mighty acts for being His people
  • the Ark was not with them, but in Shiloh, did not realize the covenant was something inside them, but thought it was an object they had to possess to win. They put their trust and faith in a box, not God vs 5
  • Ark= reminder; covenant= relationship (ark narratives 1 Sam 4,5,6,7)
  • Threw a party when the Ark arrived (shouting, screaming etc) vs. 5
  • Do not profess what God has done for them
  • lost another 30,000 foot soldiers during battle
Philisteins: 
  •  they are the masters vs 9
  • arch enenmy of God
  • Signature biblical Philistine character: Goliath
  •  camped at Aphek
  • battled for land, jurisdiction, resources ad trade route.  
  • elders did not fight in the battle
  • 2 groups of people fighters (soldiers) and elders (observers/spiritual leaders) 
  • recognized Gods power  vs. 6 They knew what the Arc represented
  • feared Gods power/ark/promise to Israelites (vs 7-8) They are aware of what God has done for the Israelites and aware of what God did for them in the Exodus
  • captures of Arc of the Covenant
  •  2 sons of Israelites that were Holy Priests -Hophni and Phinehas die
 What other observations did you make? What I really got out of this exercise is that you can ask God a really good questions, but answer them really poorly-saying its from God. This is what I saw the elders doing, trying to manipulate the word of God to motivate God to do for them, not them for God! Makes me really look hard at myself when I am asking God for an answer, am I answering for Him or waiting patiently, always in prayer until He answers me?










Friday, October 26, 2012

Kindergarten Skills List

Shapes
  • Circle
  • Triangle
  • Square
  • Cube
  • Pyramid
  • Diamond
Numbers
  • Identify numbers up to 20
  • Count up to 100 by 1s, 5s, 10s
Comparing
  • Fewer / More
  • Inside/ Outside
  • Above/ Below
  • Over/ Under
  • Top/ Bottom
 Classifying
  • Same/ Different
  • By color
  • By size
 Size
  • Long/ Short
  • Tall/ Short
  • Light/ Heavy
  • Wide/ Narrow
  • Large/ Small
 Money
  • Pennies
  • Nickels
  • Dimes
  • Quarters
Colors
  • Red
  • Yellow
  • Blue
  • Green
  • Orange
  • Black
  • White
  •  Pink
     
Alphabet
  • Recognizes both upper and lower case
  •  Know relationship   between letters &     their sounds
Writing
  • Holds pencil    correctly
  • Writes numbers 1-20
  • Write letters both    upper and lower    case
Reading
  • Recognizes basic    sight words such as a & the
  • Knows several basic    CVC words such as    bat and fan
Time
  • Days of the Week, Months of the Year
  • Concepts like   today, yesterday,   tomorrow
Expression
  • Retelling a story   read aloud
  • Form and express   ideas

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Biblical Spiritual Gifts

Biblical Spiritual Gifts

Years ago,7 to be exact,  when I first came to Christ I had heard about spiritual gifts and wanted to know what they were, how did I get one and more importantly, what was mine? I started seeking advice from my friends, my family and co-workers. Asking questions about how they saw me, what did they think I was really good at, what did I bite at doing, what was my charachter like? Ok hear is a little advice, let me tell you, don't do this if you are not prepared to hear the truth! How I saw me and how I wanted to project myself did not always line up with how others said they saw me and what they thought of my charachter. It did however let me know what areas in my life needed work and what areas I was doing good in. Needless to say I was going to all the wrong sources. What I needed to do was sit down and evaluate myself, pray to God for insight, dig into scripture and be patient!

There are actually three biblical lists of the “gifts of the Spirit,” or spiritual gifts as many refer to them. The three main passages describing the spiritual gifts are Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; and 1 Corinthians 12:28. The spiritual gifts identified in Romans 12 are prophesying, serving, teaching, encouraging, giving, leadership, and mercy. The list in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 includes the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, faith, healing, miraculous powers, prophecy, distinguishing between spirits, speaking in tongues and interpretation of tongues. The list in 1 Corinthians 12:28 includes healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
A brief description of each gift follows:

Prophecy – The Greek word translated “prophesying” or “prophecy” in both passages properly means to “speak forth” or declare the divine will, to interpret the purposes of God, or to make known in any way the truth of God which is designed to influence people. The idea of telling the future was added sometime in the Middle Ages and is in direct contradiction to other scriptural passages that condemn such fortune-telling or predicting the future (Acts 16:16-18).

Serving – Also referred to as “ministering,” the Greek word diakonian, from which we get the English “deacon,” means service of any kind, the broad application of practical help to those in need.

Teaching – This gift involves the analysis and proclamation of the Word of God, explaining the meaning, context and application to the hearer’s life. The gifted teacher is one who has the unique ability to clearly instruct and communicate knowledge, specifically the doctrines of the faith.

Encouraging – Also called “exhortation,” this gift is evident in those who consistently call upon others to heed and follow God’s truth, which may involve correction or building others up by strengthening weak faith or comforting in trials.

Giving – Gifted givers are those who joyfully share what they have with others, whether it is financial, material, or the giving of personal time and attention. The giver is concerned for the needs of others and seeks opportunities to share goods, money and time with them as needs arise.

Leadership – The gifted leader is one who rules, presides over or has the management of other people in the church. The word literally means “guide” and carries with it the idea of one who steers a ship. One with the gift of leadership rules with wisdom and grace and exhibits the fruit of the Spirit in his life as he leads by example.

Mercy – Closely linked with the gift of encouragement, the gift of mercy is obvious in those who are compassionate toward others who are in distress, showing sympathy and sensitivity coupled with a desire and the resources to lessen their suffering in a kind and cheerful manner.

Word of wisdom – The fact that this gift is described as the “word” of wisdom indicates that it is one of the speaking gifts. This gift describes someone who can understand and speak forth biblical truth in such a way as to skillfully apply it to life situations with all discernment.

Word of knowledge – This is another speaking gift that involves understanding truth with an insight that only comes by revelation from God. Those with the gift of knowledge understand the deep things of God and the mysteries of His Word.

Faith – All believers possess faith in some measure because it is one of the gifts of the Spirit bestowed on all who come to Christ in faith (Galatians 5:22-23). The spiritual gift of faith is exhibited by one with a strong and unshakeable confidence in God, His Word, His promises, and the power of prayer to effect miracles.

Healing – Although God does still heal today, the ability of men to produce miraculous healings belonged to the apostles of the first century church to affirm that their message was from God. Christians today do not have the power to heal the sick or resurrect the dead. If they did, the hospitals and morgues would be full of these “gifted” people emptying beds and coffins everywhere.

Miraculous powers – Also known as the working of miracles, this is another temporary sign gift which involved performing supernatural events that could only be attributed to the power of God (Acts 2:22). This gift was exhibited by Paul (Acts 19:11-12), Peter (Acts 3:6), Stephen (Acts 6:8), and Phillip (Acts 8:6-7), among others.

Distinguishing (discerning) of spirits – Certain individuals possess the unique ability to determine the true message of God from that of the deceiver, Satan, whose methods include purveying deceptive and erroneous doctrine. Jesus said many would come in His name and would deceive many (Matthew 24:4-5), but the gift of discerning spirits is given to the Church to protect it from such as these.

Speaking in tongues – The gift of tongues is one of the temporary “sign gifts” given to the early Church to enable the gospel to be preached throughout the world to all nations and in all known languages. It involved the divine ability to speak in languages previously unknown to the speaker. This gift authenticated the message of the gospel and those who preached it as coming from God. The phrase “diversity of tongues” (KJV) or “different kinds of tongues” (NIV) effectively eliminates the idea of a “personal prayer language” as a spiritual gift.

Interpretation of tongues – A person with the gift of interpreting tongues could understand what a tongues-speaker was saying even though he did not know the language that was being spoken. The tongues interpreter would then communicate the message of the tongues speaker to everyone else, so all could understand.

Helps – Closely related to the gift of mercy is the gift of helps. Those with the gift of helps are those who can aid or render assistance to others in the church with compassion and grace. This has a broad range of possibilities for application. Most importantly, this is the unique ability to identify those who are struggling with doubt, fears, and other spiritual battles; to move toward those in spiritual need with a kind word, an understanding and compassionate demeanor; and to speak scriptural truth that is both convicting and loving.
Now, I have the pleasure of watching my children dig into scripture in an attempt to see if they can also identify their spiritual gift (s).  
So what is your spiritual gift (s)?

Friday, October 12, 2012

Drizzles 1st 6 weeks of Kindergarten

Well so far this first 6 weeks you have been able to recognize 6 upper case leters out of 26 and 3 of the lower case ones. Which is kinda weird since you can recongnize words, but to each there own. What have you been learning so far? I am glad you asked.

Word Wall Words:
  • am
  • have
  •  is
  • boy
  • it
  • I
  • a
  • the
  • can
  • like
  • at

Comprehension:
  • set purpose for reading
  • making predictions
  • monitor own comprehension by askiung questoins
Phonological Awareness:
  • rhyming
  • hearing letter sounds
  • focus on letters /b/ and /r/
  • focus on letters /c/ and /p/
  • focus on letters /a/ in the middle position
  • focus on letters /i/ and /e/
Phonics and Grammar
  • recognizing and writing our names
  • letters in our names
  • letters Bb, Rr, Cc ,Pp, Ii, and Nn
Amazing Words/Oral Language
  • community
  • neighborhood
  • mall
  • theater
  • scooping, squelching
  • spinning
  • swooshing
  • gobbling
  • rumbling
  • signal
  • proper
  • perfect
  • dud
  • pirates
  • fabulous
Math
  • geometric figures
  • estimating
  • time
  • shapes
Science and Social Studies
  • water
  • sorting by properties
  • Getting Along (book) People have to learn how to work, play and live together
  • My Community and Me (book)
  • 5 senses
  • My Family and Me-Food, clothing, and shelter and necessary for life. Families in in homes.Differnt types of homes.
Bible/Character Development
  • Awana-John 3:16
  • 2 Timothy 2:15 "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth."
Sentence we have been working on:

 I am a boy. I am smart! God loves Drake.
Working in our ABC book daily (recognize letter, sounds and word picture associated with letter0

Website: www.starfall.com , tumblebooks, www.ABCMouse.com and Reading Eggs

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Bible Study Basics Day 2

Ok this may sound a little crazy and silly, but I learned it at my church (Centerpoint) and it really does stick like glue to you if you practice it. The beat is boom, boom, boom-boom, boom...And it goes 5,12,5,5,12...and then 4,1,21....What is this crazy little thing I ve got going here? Well the first part is the books of the Old Testament: 5, 12,5,5,12 and the books of the New Testament: 4, 1, 21, 1.

You can break the OT up into 5 parts.

1. The Law/Mosaic Law/Torah (Hebrew word for follow)/Pentateuch (5 laws):


This is your first 5. It covers Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and  Deuteronomy.  Its all about beginnings. In Genesis you have the beginning of life, sin, death and promises. Genesis 1:11 sin enters the world and all things are tainted. In Genesis 12: 1-3, You have Abram who becomes Abraham, a pagan called by God. Through him God promises 3 things. 
 1.A blessing and a great nation
2. His name will be great and he will be a blessing
3. Through Abraham all the people of the earth will be blessed and
 In the rest of Genesis you have the people, the land, the blessing and we follow the life of Abraham. 

In Exodus you see the beginning of captivity in  Egypt. God calling Moses to lead his people out of Egypt to the promise land mentioned in Genesis 12:1-5. You also get the 10 commandments in Exodus 20 to the first generation and again in Deuteronomy to the 2nd generation. 
In Leviticus you get the writing to the Levits, the priests formed and the law wrote for the priests. 
In Numbers you have the counting of the census. The first one for the 1st generation and again for the land.
Deuteronomy you have the 2nd time the law is given, to the second generation and these are the ones that enter the promise land. 

2. History: Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and  Esther. (This is your 2nd group on the beat)

These books tell the history of Israel, of the people called by God back in Genesis, and the establishment of the Kings and law. In Joshua, you have the 2nd generation that enters the promise land. Judges is about the people that God called up to judge and how He leads them. Ruth, is a book that occurs during the time of Judges. 1st and 2nd Samuel you see King Saul-who was the 1st King of Israel with no heart for God. King David who was the 2nd king and had the heart God wanted. You also have King Solomon, a wise king, good with economics, national relationships, and with him you see the people groups divided into 2 parts. 1st and 2nd Kings are all about those 2 groups of people that split and how they both turn there back on God and wind up back in captivity. So most of this book takes place before captivity. 1st and 2nd Chronicles are wrote about there time in captivity . It's there time in captivity. Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther are about how they become reestablished as a people group after captivity. 

3. Poetry: Job, Psalms  Proverbs , Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon.  (The next group of 5)
These are biblical poetry. King David is thought ot have wrote most of the Psalms and Solomon the Proverbs. All of these books took place during the History period! 

4. Major Prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, (Lamentations), Ezekiel, Daniel
These books are also all wrote during the History period. 

5. Minor Prophets: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah,  Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi
All wrote during the History period! 

Some Dates To Remember

The events that we read about on the pages of the Old Testament happened before Christ was born in Bethlehem. If we say that Solomon became king in 971 B.C. this means that he became king 971 years BEFORE CHRIST was born in Bethlehem. Here are four dates that might be helpful to remember:
  1. Abraham lived about 2000 B.C.
  2. Moses lived about 1500 B.C.
  3. David lived about 1000 B.C.
  4. The Jewish temple which Solomon built was destroyed by
    the Babylonians about 500 B.C. (the exact date was 586 B.C.)

His Story is About the Savior

The Old Testament is a Christ-centered book. Even though the Old Testament was written before Christ was born in Bethlehem, it has much to say about the Saviour.
In Luke 24:27 we learn that the Old Testament has much to say about Jesus Christ: "And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in _______ the Scriptures (in all of the Old Testament) the things concerning _________________." The Old Testament concerns Jesus Christ. It is all about Him! Luke 24:44-45 and John 5:39 also teach this same truth.
Christ can be found in every book in the Old Testament. One writer has put it this way:
  • In Genesis He is the Seed of the woman (3:15).
  • In Exodus He is the Lamb of God for sinners slain (see chapter 12).
  • In Leviticus He is our High Priest (the whole book).
  • In Numbers He is the Star out of Jacob (24:17).
  • In Deuteronomy He is the Prophet like unto Moses (18:15).
  • In Joshua He is the Captain of the Lord’s armies (5:13-15).
  • In Judges He is the Angel of the LORD or the messenger of Jehovah (chapter 13).
  • In Ruth He is our Kinsman-Redeemer (Chapter 3).
  • In Samuel, Kings and Chronicles He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords (1 Samuel 8:1-9).
  • In Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther He is the sovereign Lord over all the kingdoms of the earth (entire books).
  • In Job He is our risen and returning Redeemer (Job 19:25).
  • In Psalms He is the Blessed Man (Psalm 1), the Son of Man (Psalm 2), the Crucified One (Psalm 22), the Coming One (Psalm 24), the Reigning One (Psalm 72).
  • In Proverbs He is our Wisdom (chapter 14).
  • In Ecclesiastes He is the forgotten Wise Man (9:14-15).
  • In Song of Solomon He is my Beloved (2:16).
  • In Isaiah He is our suffering Substitute (chapter 53).
  • In Jeremiah He is the LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS (23:6).
  • In Lamentations He is the Man of sorrows who weeps for His people (l:12-18).
  • In Ezekiel He is the glory of God (1:28).
  • In Daniel He is the Smiting Stone (2:34) and the Companion in the furnace of fire and the den of lions (3:24-25; 6:22).
  • In Hosea He is David’s Greater King (3:5).
  • In Joel He is the Hope of His people (3:16).
  • In Amos He is the Rescuer of Israel (3:12).
  • In Obadiah He is the Deliverer upon Mount Zion (verse 17).
  • In Jonah He is the buried and risen Saviour (compare Matthew 12:40).
  • In Micah He is the Everlasting God born in Bethlehem (5:2).
  • In Nahum He is our Stronghold in the day of wrath (1:7).
  • In Habakkuk He is the Anchor of our faith (2:4).
  • In Zephaniah He is in the midst for judgment and cleansing (3:5,15).
  • In Haggai He is Lord of presence and power (1:13).
  • In Zechariah He is the smitten Shepherd (13:7).
  • In Malachi He is the Sun of Righteousness (4:2).

***Some Dates To Remember & His Story is About the Savior are taken from http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/oldtesta/oldtes1.htm and are not my own writings, but I thought they would be helpful***

New Testament


The NT can be broke down into 4 groups: 4,1,21,1. 

1. The Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  (4)
These are the writings about the story of Jesus each with a different emphasis and perspective. For example:
  1. Matthew - Presents Jesus as the Messiah.  Genealogy of Jesus through Joseph.  Fulfillment of O.T. prophecy.
  2. Mark - Presents Jesus as the Servant.  1/3 of the gospel deals with the last week of His life.
  3. Luke - Presents Jesus as the Son of Man to seek and save the lost.  Genealogy of Jesus through Mary.  Largest of the gospels.
  4. John - Presents Jesus as God in flesh, the Christ, so that you might believe.
2. History: Acts (1)
This is the history of the church, Jesus going into heaven and what happens after that with His people. Historical account from Jesus’ ascension to travels of Paul in his missionary journeys
3. Letters and Epistles:  Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2nd Thessalonians, 1 &2nd Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 &2nd Peter, 1,2,3rd John and Jude

Pauline Epistles

  1. Romans - A systematic examination of justification, sanctification, and glorification.  Examines God’s plan for the Jews and the Gentiles.
  2. 1 Corinthians - This letter deals with factions and corrections due to immorality, lawsuits, and abuse of the Lord’s Supper.   Also mentions idols, marriage, and the resurrection.
  3. 2 Corinthians - Paul’s defense of his apostolic position.
  4. Galatians - Paul refutes the errors of legalism and examines the proper place of grace in the Christian’s life.
  5. Ephesians - The believer’s position in Christ and information on Spiritual warfare.
  6. Philippians - Paul speaks of his imprisonment and his love for the Philippians.  He exhorts them to godliness and warns them of legalism.
  7. Colossians - Paul focuses on the preeminence of Jesus in creation, redemption, and godliness.
  8. 1 Thessalonians - Paul’s ministry to the Thessalonians.  Teachings on purity and mention of the return of Christ.
  9. 2 Thessalonians - Corrections on the Day of the Lord.
  10. 1 Timothy - Instructions to Timothy on proper leadership and dealings with false teachers, the role of women, prayer, and requirements of elders and deacons.
  11. 2 Timothy - A letter of encouragement to Timothy to be strong.
  12. Titus - Paul left Titus in Crete to care for the churches there. Requirements for elders.
  13. Philemon - a letter to the owner of a runaway slave.  Paul appeals to Philemon to forgive Onesimus.
Non Pauline Epistles 
  1. Hebrews - A letter to the Hebrew Christians in danger of returning to Judaism.  It demonstrates the superiority of Jesus over the O.T. system. Mentions the Melchizedek priesthood.  (Hebrews may be of Pauline origin.  There is much debate on its authorship).
  2. James - a practical exhortation of believers to live a Christian life evidencing regeneration.  It urges self-examination of the evidence of the changed life.
  3. 1 Peter - Peter wrote this letter to encourage its recipients in the light of their suffering and be humble in it.  Mentions baptism.
  4. 2 Peter - Deals with the person on an inward level, warnings against false teachers, and mentions the Day of the Lord.
  5. 1 John - John describes true fellowship of the believers with other believers and with God.  Describes God as light and love.  Encourages a holy Christian walk before the Lord.  Much mention of Christian love.
  6. 2 John - Praise for walking in Christ and a reminder to walk in God’s love.
  7. 3 John - John thanks Gaius for his kindness to God’s people and rebukes Diotrephes.
  8. Jude - Exposing false teachers and uses O.T. allusions to demonstrate the judgment upon them.  Contends for the faith.
  9. Revelation - A highly symbolic vision of the future rebellion, judgment, and consummation of all things.
There were four general elements of ancient Greco-Roman letters.

1) opening salutation containing writer's name, the recipient's name, and a greeting
2) a prayer, blessing, or thanksgiving
3) the body of the letter (what the sender wanted to say that occasioned the letter)
4) final greeting and farewell

4. End Times: Revelations
Revelations is one of those books that correlates with Genesis. Genesis is a book about beginnings, Revelations is a book about endings. Starts and ends in the Garden of Eden. In Genesis sin comes into the world and in Revelation sin goes out of the world.