A beautiful old Irish hymn speaking the truth
and refreshing the heart this early morning.

(Before the Throne of God Above)

Areas of Ministry Prep

Some key areas to become prepared to minister in :

Bible  (learn good skills in God's Word)

Theology  (learn an accurate and deep knowledge of theolgy)

Church  (become able to thrive in the community of faith)

Service  (invest in a life given to serving in faith)

Missions  (be a part of establishing the faith - worldwide)

Evangelism  (share the faith - usually one on one)

Discipling  (teach, instruct, and model the faith to others)

Counseling  (minister God's Word in faith to others)

Apologetics  (defend the faith - usually outside the church)

Polemics  (argue for the faith - attacking error, usually within the church)

We are... Refreshing : Justice and Mercy

Difference between justice and mercy for the one who sins (that's all of us) :

a. the one whose sin has not been forgiven (because they have not believed on Jesus for salvation) :

Justice... will be given, they will receive the punishment that is deserved

b. the one whose sin has been forgiven (because they have believed on Jesus for salvation) :

Mercy... will be given, a withholding of the punishment that is deserved

Reminiscing About My Lovely Mom

Today is Mother's Day... so I'm sharing a picture of my lovely mom when she was a child.

                                              Frances Lorene

God's Love

Making preparations today for our family's celebration of Christ's birth!

Cleaning, decorating, dancing, preparing food, feeling extremely grateful for life and breath, singing along with some good oldies from Hosanna, and enjoying this wonderful reminder of God's love!

('Your Love' by Marty Nystrom and Don Moen, from the album Come to the Table)

God's love was why He sent His Son, Jesus, into this world, and we who have believed on Jesus for salvation will never perish, but will have everlasting LIFE! That can be you, too, this Christmas! (see John 3:16)

Two-Fold Goal

A two-fold goal could be:

1. personal learning and growth

and then

2. sharing what is learned with others

It is not about building personal treasuries of knowledge (hoarding for oneself), but it is always, always geared toward sharing what is learned with others.

It might be a natural thing for all people to want to learn and grow and then share what is learned (as in simply being a human being means a person learns and shares)...

or it might come from a personal bent and joy in encouraging and teaching (as in something God has placed the desire and ability in a person to do)...

or it might just be a good skill that can (and perhaps should) be learned - to ultimately make learning focus our lives on others.

We are... Memorizing 1 John 4:18-21

There is no fear in love;
but perfect love casts out fear;
because fear involves punishment,
and the one who fears is not perfected in love.

We love,
because He first loved us.

If someone says, "I love God,"
and hates his brother,
he is a liar;
for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen,
cannot love God whom he has not seen.

And this commandment we have from Him,
that the one who loves God
should love his brother also.

(1 John 4:18-21)

The RSSG Method

The RSSG Method

Learn the skill of finding the main and most important points in a written material (book, article, paper, blog post, etc.). Be able to cut through large amounts of words to find the most pertinent info and produce a helpful and concise condensation of it.

RSSG = Read, Skim, Scan, and Glean

1. Read the material all the way through once.

2. Go back and Skim the material quickly.

When skimming you do not read every word. You merely want a quick review and overview of the material. Read the topic sentence of the chapter and then place your finger in the middle of the paragraph (starting at the top of the page). Drag your finger down, keeping it in the middle, and take quick note of what is on either side of the finger.

3. As you skim, Scan to find the most important words, themes, and points.

Scanning is looking for specific important information using cues the author has chosen to emphasize. Take special note of the chapter and section titles, any subtitles used, topic sentences, and things written in bold, italics, or underlining. Pay attention to last sentences in paragraphs and phrases like 'in conclusion,' and 'to summarize.'

4. Glean the most important points.

Gleaning is writing down the information you have found, in free flowing notes. Use bullet points or an outline format or any other method that will help you collect your notes.


After you have used the RSSG, organize your notes. Write a succinct synopsis of the material as if giving the information to someone who has not read it.

a. The theme was...
b. The key points were...
c. The bottom line or conclusion was...

Note: there are usually an abundance of words used in writings that give many details and talk profusely about the subject of the material. These are good to read for a well rounded and more thorough understanding of the subject. But many words can also hinder gaining a concise grasp of the subject. The RSSG Method can be helpful to overcome this problem.

Note: the RSSG Method is excellent to use when studying for a test.

Last Update On Our Move

It is a beautiful late October day and our move is complete now and we are thanking and praising God for His grace and mercies to us!

We are so grateful for every kindness He's given us during these past months and this weekend's move, kindnesses that have come through our children and our grandchildren - dear loved ones who made this move so do-able and so JOY FILLED!

Rejoice with us! :) :)

Helpful Spiritual Growth Tools

When we started homeschooling our children we soon came to believe our family's spiritual growth and equipping with biblical knowledge and skills (geared toward knowing God and His plan for us) were the most important things we should concentrate on. To help make this belief a reality, we generated some helpful tools.

1. Be Able to... ©

This was an extensive list of spiritual knowledge and skills we believed should be learned. It was the 'what to learn' guide to give specific targets to aim at.

2. Spiritual Growth Curriculum ©

All of these were produced to include the various subjects, assignments, projects, helps, and resource ideas we had collected and generated for training toward the targets.

3. A Christian's Diagnostic Tool ©

This was compiled to assess the progress being made with the training and to help find and fill any gaps in the knowledge and skills.

4. Can You Produce...? ©

This was a 'challenge to produce' the actual spiritual knowledge and skills. It was along the lines of senior finals in school to see if the things learned had come to be owned - just 'knowing' information or knowing about something is not the same as actually being able to do them and live them out.

5. Creative Treasurings ©

These are various creative ways to format the things learned to make them more memorable and retrievable. The Refreshings pages and Rehearsings lists from this group turned out to be extremely helpful to us.

Note : the subject matter for each of the above tools was essentially the same with some variances and improvements through the years.