Oh, to see the dawn
Of the darkest day:
Christ on the road to Calvary.
Tried by sinful men,
Torn and beaten, then
Nailed to a cross of wood.
This, the pow’r of the cross:
Christ became sin for us;
Took the blame, bore the wrath—
We stand forgiven at the cross.
Oh, to see the pain
Written on Your face,
Bearing the awesome weight of sin.
Ev’ry bitter thought,
Ev’ry evil deed
Crowning Your bloodstained brow.
Now the daylight flees;
Now the ground beneath
Quakes as its Maker bows His head.
Curtain torn in two,
Dead are raised to life;
“Finished!” the vict’ry cry.
Oh, to see my name
Written in the wounds,
For through Your suffering I am free.
Death is crushed to death;
Life is mine to live,
Won through Your selfless love.
This, the pow’r of the cross:
Son of God—slain for us.
What a love! What a cost!
We stand forgiven at the cross.
“Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. “ Isaiah 53: 4-6
My last peak at my library account revealed that we have over 100 books checked out. With all of my children loving literature, it doesn’t take much to nudge to one hundred books. Some are assigned reading, a few are craft related, biographies are a must and then free reading always round us out.
Reading aloud is a priority and balancing the various ages and interests can be challenging but we have a system in place and it seems to be going well.
I’d love to share a few with you!
Little Blue Truck Leads the Way – Alice Schertle – Blue truck? This had Sam written all over it.
Fuddles – Frans Vischer – The cover of this one caught my eye and I grabbed it off the library shelf. A cute, funny book about an indoor cat who seeks adventure. This one had my older children laughing out loud.
Ten Black Dots – Donald Crews – Simple text and simple pictures make this book a delight to share counting and creativity with little ones. I check this out every so often and it is always enjoyed.
Jamberry – Bruce Degen – Why do I not buy a copy of this? Always loved when we check it out. Fun to listen to, fun to read and fun illustrations. Love Jamberry!
Indian in the Cupboard – Lynne Reid Banks – At bedtime, I go and read a chapter to the boys. I’m surprised at how much Sam is enjoying this one. He has now requested an Indian and a cupboard.
Younger Girls’ Book:
Nurk – Ursula Vernon – This is a new to me book. I saw it on the shelf and it seemed as if it might be interesting. Nurk is a shrew who goes on an adventure to return a letter mistakenly delivered to him. With a snailboat and clean socks, Nurk is ready for any adventure. Maybe. So far the younger ones are really enjoying Nurk.
Adinoram Judson – Geoff and Janet Benge - You can’t go wrong with a YWAM biography. I try to read a chapter each morning after we work on Bible and memory. If the children are really nice, I might read another chapter at lunch. We are eager to see what God does to draw Judson to Him.
The House at Pooh Corner – A. A. Milne – Ah, Pooh. We finished up this treasure yesterday and we were all a bit sad to say good-bye. Many giggles were shared over lunch as we enjoyed the escapades of Pooh and all his friends. Eeyore joining in the stick game might have been the favorite chapter.
Mary Emma and Company – Ralph Moody – Another one to check off our list. Ralph Moody does an amazing job of sharing the story of his life and his family. Each chapter always provides opportunities for much discussion. I’m debating when to start the next one in the Little Britches series.
The Year of Miss Agnes – I am mainly reading this to Lydia and Hannah but anyone is welcome to listen it. I shared this with my older ones years ago and it is still a favorite of mine.
I’m always looking for suggestions for our book basket. I’d love to hear what you are reading!
The ability to discern the world around us – what we read, watch, see and learn – is a crucial skill that we must build and encourage in our children. As we guide them in their studies of history, science and literature, we have the perfect opportunities to take the information before us and compare it against Scripture and truth. We see over and over again how man can twist and turn facts and events to suit various agendas and goals.
Discerning History produces curriculum consisting of articles, videos, and study guides that dive into history not only to look at the people and events but discover the motivation behind them. As you are discerning history, the impact that history has on us today is clearly revealed.
When studying the 1800s and American History, the Civil War becomes a central and driving theme. What could cause a nation to turn against each other? What would drive brother against brother? What would incite such bloodshed? Many books will suggest that it was the issue of slavery that drove the nation to war. On the other side, we hear states’ rights proclaimed as the foundational issue. Who is right?
Discerning History: Causes of the Civil War takes you beyond these base suggestions of war and helps you to look beneath the surface of history and see the hearts of men displayed before a Biblical backdrop.
Created to be used as a high school to adult curriculum, Causes of the Civil War looks at seven causes that led to the War Between the States. Seven videos, each approximately an hour in length, cover: Religion, Slavery, John Brown, Secession, Fort Sumter, State’s Rights, and Economics. As you view the videos, Dan Horn takes you to historically significant sites, interviews historians about key people and events, utilizes historical documents to reveal more aspects of history ever covered in a textbook.
Instead of presenting a broad picture of the Civil War, Discerning History places it behind a biblical worldview lens and challenges you to think beyond the accepted views of this critical time in history. Did the states’ have the right to secede? Was John Brown a hero or a man craving power? Is Uncle Tom’s Cabin an accurate portrayal of this time period? What was the real motivation of the Northern states: abolish slavery or protect their economic health? Did the Southern states support slave trade?
While the Causes of the Civil War is for high school and up, our whole family watched the entire series together. Even our younger children were engaged in this presentation. Many discussions have been sparked from watching this series and we have been challenged. Our oldest children are now going back through the videos and study guide at a slower pace. I have no doubt that there are some who will walk away from Causes of the Civil Warand not be challenged but upset, enraged and furious. It is not for the faint of heart. Even if you do not agree with the information presented, it will cause you to think and question. The key is to test everything with a biblical worldview.
To help with the discussions, ideas and questions that this series will bring to the table, Discerning History has an accompanying Causes of the Civil War Study Guide that provides a well rounded curriculum. Beginning with a Why Study History and How to Use This Book section, the study guide then covers each video topic in depth.
The study guide doesn’t repeat in print form the content of the videos. The guide provides original source documents and study questions. Studying original source documents is vital; the use of source documents allows you to view history without someone’s perspective put on it. The study questions are not simple yes or no questions. Their purpose is to drive you to think about God’s hand through history.
After viewing the video, you should read the corresponding chapter of the study guide. For example, the chapter on religion will discuss Arminianism and Calvinism, the Great Awakening, Finney and Emerson. Examples of study questions are: Explain the five points of Arminianism and Calvinism in your own words and what aspects of Finney’s techniques are still used today in churches. For those wishing to go even deeper, other resources are given. The study guide is over 240 pages and ends with a Final Exam. This is not your 20 questions, multiple choice test. With 100 questions, after completing the final exam, you will have an amazing grasp of the Causes of the Civil War.
Discerning History also has a blog that provides excellent articles and videos to enhance your history studies or discussion around the dinner table. Want to keep up with Discerning History? You can find them on Facebook and Twitter.