Saturday, July 14, 2018

All Honor to the Peacemakers! {a devotional}

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Matthew 5:9.

Peacemakers! What a treasure is a peacemaker in the family; what a blessing in the church! Peacemakers may be tempted, but their life is hid with Christ in God. They look unto Jesus, copying His pattern.... They receive the peace which Christ gives....

The true nature of our religion is not found in the position we occupy, but in the gentle spirit, the kindness, the peace which we manifest. Our religion is made manifest in the home circle by the atmosphere surrounding the soul that brings happiness to the family....

True Christians will not ... speak in a cheap or fretting way. In the familiar circle of the home they will do services of love and Christian courtesy. These services may seem very commonplace, but the universe of heaven will be interested in the consistent walk of those who seek to benefit others....

It is not only our privilege but our duty to cultivate gentleness, to have the peace of Christ in the heart and as peacemakers and followers of Christ to sow precious seed that will produce a harvest unto eternal life. Professed followers of Christ may possess many good and useful qualities; but their characters are greatly marred by an unkind, fretful, faultfinding, harshly judging temper. The husband or the wife who cherishes suspicion and distrust creates dissension and strife in the home. Neither of them should keep his gentle words and smiles for strangers alone, and manifest irritability in the home, thus driving out peace and contentment....

It is practical Christlikeness alone that can make one a peacemaker in the home, in the church, in the neighborhood, and in the world. Home religion is practical sanctification.... The true quality of religion is gauged by the manner in which each member in the family does his duty to his associates.... Learn the precious lesson of being peacemakers in your home life. ~Our High Calling, by E.G. White


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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Math Essentials: Math Refresher for Adults {Homeschool Crew Review}

If you've been a faithful reader of my blog for long, you've heard me say often that math is not our best subject around here. Yes, it mostly has to do with my own school experiences while growing up; it's not the easiest subject for me to teach my kids. I've always felt my own math skills have made it a challenge for me in helping my kids.

I was thankful for the opportunity to review Math Refresher for Adults, from Math Essentials, to brush up on my math skills to make it easier to help my final student with his pre-algebra and algebra studies, as he enters high school.
Math Refresher for Adults is a softcover workbook/textbook, which covers general math topics, geometry, pre-algebra and algebra. If you want to, you can work on it straight through, but the detailed table of contents makes it easy to pick and choose the topics you may most need to brush up on.
Each lesson begins with review exercises, helpful hints, then several practice problems, ending with a word problem. There isn't much space for showing your work, so in the book's introduction, the author suggests using separate paper to write out your problems and solutions. This makes it easy to use as textbook format.
Because I am using it as textbook format, my daughter is also able to use the book, to refresh her math skills in preparation for college classes (which we hope she will be able to begin soon). She has glanced through it a few times, but hasn't actually sat down to work on any of the lessons yet.

Also my youngest can use it, perhaps to help prepare for his GED, which he may take in a couple years. It could also serve as review work for him, or just because he's kind of a "math geek" anyway, he might do it "just for fun."
If you struggle with a concept, there are video lessons available online. You are given access codes for those videos. The videos consist of a whiteboard with step by step illustrations for solving the problems, and the author verbally instructs as he illustrates. This is especially handy, because you can pause the video, or rewatch as many times as you need.

SJ is currently taking a math course through a virtual school. I chose to have him do that, so I don't necessarily have to teach him math. But because of his learning challenges, I do have to sit with him, usually, while he works on his exams. Well, that becomes a challenge for me, if I haven't gone over the coursework, too, because I can't explain to him how to solve the problems, what steps he needs to take.

For that reason, this refresher book is helpful for me: I can scan through the table of contents, to find a lesson on the topic he may be struggling with, and work through some of the practice problems myself. Then I can more easily instruct him.

There are a variety of uses for this book. I hope you will check it out for yourself.

Last year we reviewed No-Nonsense Algebra by Math Essentials. You are welcome to go read that review.

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

One to a Hundred {a devotional}

Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. Matthew 18:21, 22.
 
There is a great work before us. There are men and women straying from the fold of Christ, and as they become cold and indifferent, and lose all disposition to return, they will not run after you. You must take them where they are.... When you find a wandering sheep, call him to the fold; and leave him not until you see him safely enfolded there. ... Go out for the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  
 
If there is any point on which you have committed one wrong, although he may have committed one hundred, take that which you have done out of the way and open the way for him to come back again. Perhaps that was the very thing that was keeping a soul away. In your humility, confess your one wrong, and perhaps it may touch him and lead him with weeping to confess his hundred wrongs, and to take them out of the way. Thus a soul for whom Christ died will be saved.... 
 
You may say, I have tried to save this one and that one, and they have only wounded me, and I am not going to try to help them any more. But do not become discouraged if they do not at once return to the fold. Reach out still for your fellow mortals around you. You shall reap if you faint not.  
 
Press together. Do not make little wedges of slight differences of opinion, and drive them in to separate heart from heart, but see how you can love one another even as Christ has loved you. See how you can forgive those who trespass against you, even as you want your Father in heaven to forgive your trespasses. Then you can be definite in your requests; you can be bold in Christ; for Christ presents your requests to God with the heavenly credentials which are His own righteousness, and you can believe that Christ does hear, believe that He does bless, and say, “I am His, and He is mine.” ~Our High Calling, by E.G. White


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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Wordless Wednesday, July 4 {with link up}





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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Help for the Erring One {a devotional}

Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Galatians 6:1.

Here is a special direction to deal tenderly with those overtaken in a fault. “Overtaken” must have its full significance.... To be led into sin unawares—not intending to sin, but to sin through want of watchfulness and prayer, not discerning the temptation of Satan and so falling into his snare—is very different from the one who plans and deliberately enters into temptation and plans out a course of sin....

More effective measures are needed to check the premeditated sin, but the apostle directs the treatment to be given to those who are overtaken or surprised or overcome by temptation.... Restore him in meekness, “considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” Faith and reproofs will be needed, and kindly counsel and supplications to God, to bring them to see their danger and sin. The original word is, set in joint, as a dislocated bone; therefore the efforts should be made to set them in joint, and bring them to themselves by convincing them of their sin and error.... There should be no triumphing in a brother’s fall. But in meekness, in the fear of God, in love for their soul’s sake, seek to save them from sin.

When men have to swim against the stream, there is a weight of waves driving them back. Let a hand then be held out, as was the Elder Brother’s hand to a sinking Peter.... Let the one who is supposed to have moved wrongly be given no occasion by his brother to become discouraged, but let him feel the strong clasp of a sympathizing hand; let him hear the whisper, “Let us pray.” The Holy Spirit will give a rich experience to both. It is prayer that unites hearts. It is prayer to the Great Physician to heal the soul that will bring the blessing of God. Prayer unites us with one another and with God. Prayer brings Jesus to our side, and gives new strength and fresh grace to the fainting, perplexed soul to overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil. Prayer turns aside the attacks of Satan. ~Our High Calling, by E.G. White


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