Thursday, March 29, 2007

Jesus Painting

Please take the time to watch this YouTube video. It's pretty long, but so worth watching! Very touching. Very beautiful. Very powerful.

Jesus Painting

God Bless You all....


Wednesday, March 28, 2007

"Idol" or "Gifted"?

Like it or not, Christian music is influenced by pop culture, to the point where it's often imitative rather than innovative. The best example of this is the new "Christian alternatives" to American Idol— Gifted.

Former American Idol stars Clay Aiken, George Huff, Mandisa Hundley all have been open about their faith, particularly now that they've moved on from Idol. For that matter, Carrie Underwood's star-making single after winning the competition was the prayerful, award-winning single "Jesus Take the Wheel."

I haven't seen this show, and I think it's actually over now for this season... but it is one that I would enjoy watching. I listen to a lot of Contemporary Christian music and would love to see if anyone from Gifted can make it big.

I'll do some more digging and see what I can come up with.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Lost Chapter in Genesis (Joke)

Adam was walking around the garden of Eden feeling very lonely, so God asked him,
"What is wrong with you?"
Adam said he didn't have anyone to talk to.
God said that He was going to make Adam a companion and that it would be a woman.

He said,
"This person will gather food for you, cook for you, and when you discover clothing she'll wash it for you. She will always agree with every decision you make. She will bear your children and never ask you to get up in the middle of the night to take care of them. She will not nag you and will always be the first to admit she was wrong when you've had a disagreement. She will never have a headache and will freely give you love and passion whenever you need it.

Adam asked God, "What will a woman like this cost?"
God replied, "An arm and a leg."
Then Adam asked, "What can I get for a rib?"
The rest is history..

Church Steeples

I love looking at different church steeples! I know, it's strange, but when I drive through a town, my eyes are drawn to them automatically....

Here are a few that I thought were beautiful!

Angel Food Ministries

Ever heard of Angel Food Ministries? It is a fantastic grocery program that churches offer all over the east coast. For $25, you purchase a box of food that is worth twice that much, or more!

Our church has been offering this program for over a year now and it has benefited so many people! And, it has helped our church to grow as well. We have people who have helped with Angel Food that have never volunteered to help with any other activity we've had!

Check out their website at Angel Food Ministries to see if there is a location near you.

Story Books for Toddlers

Our Sunday School is always looking for ideas on how to keep little ones quiet during church services... so I'm passing on this idea to them.

They have quite a few old story books with pictures in them of Biblical characters. The kids never seem to read them any more and some of them are very old with ripped covers and torn pages. I'm suggesting that they let the kids cut the characters out of the books and then use a glue stick to put those pictures into a notebook of some sort, possibly using a Composition Notebook. Then the name of the Biblical character could be written under the picture. As they are putting them into the book, the teacher could talk about each character so that the child knows who it is....

For example, if the child put a picture of Noah in his book, the teacher could talk about the big flood and could even help the child draw water and an ark around Noah.

The child could sit in church and go through the pages, looking at all the pictures and remembering the story of each character!

I saw a great website that teaches ELS to kids in Japan and she was looking for craft ideas for the kids using simple English. I think this would be a great craft for her to do with them, using any type of magazine or book. She could have the kids cut out pictures of common items, such as pets, or jobs, and then they could write in English, a description of the picture. Kids love looking through books, especially one they made!