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  1. So much to say...I must come clean and say I have a love affair with my Insta pot! Fortunately for my marriage, my husband is right there with me! I made my purchase after my crock pot died. I used it on a regular basis to make mostly broth and chili - rarely anything else. I chose to buy the Insta pot after lots of conversing with other owners. I've never regretted my purchase. This is what I love: -Stainless steal pot to cook in: no more questionable ceramic that pits and possibly leaches unwanted stuff into my food. The stainless steal cleans nicely as well. - you can saute in the same pot you cook in: less pots & pans to clean. - it can be a slow cooker too - you can cook dry beans in no time without soaking - nice! - you can start with frozen meat: thank you Lord - Grace when i don't plan ahead enough - my grass feed beef is never tough -I cook for 5 and the 8 qt is the perfect size - homemade broth has never been easier - yogurt maker tooo! -i can delay cook and it will start, cook, then keep warm: fantastic! - there's a recipe for everything online- try chicken curry and rib roast Did I mention the Insta pot seemingly does everything except fix world hunger and clean up the kitchen?
  2. About 2 years ago now I discovered on Youtube this great little video series made by The Bible Project. If you go to the website and read about them online they say the following: The Bible Project is a non-profit animation studio that produces short-form, fully animated videos to make the biblical story accessible to everyone, everywhere. We create videos, podcasts, and study guides that explore the Bible’s unified story. The Bible is a divine-human book that speaks God’s word to his people. We believe it ultimately points us to Jesus, who has the power to change individuals and whole communities when we let the biblical story speak for itself. We focus on the Bible's overarching themes and each book’s literary design and are committed to understanding the Bible in its historical context. ( Seems like a good purpose ....They have a real clever way of giving an overview of the bible and the individual book discussions. It is like someone is drawing out the discussion on a chalk board in front of you. Two guys discuss the material with a dialogue format of question and answer. When I first discovered it I tried to find any outside input to make sure the content was true to God's word. As I watched it, if found the content enjoyable and engaging. It seemed to keep true to God's word. But I recently discovered some disappointing material that gives me pause. In the interview, one of the two guys was asked about hell and judgement and he simply could not acknowledge hell as a reality the way the bible describes it and he seemed to throw in some other troubling theology that gave me additional pause - like: We were all made for the fruits of the spirit and to do good in the world.... YIKES This article very succinctly explains my overall concerns - The theology is off, although there were many truths spoken. I share all this to invite discussion and draw your attention to it if this is a resource you use. We might not all agree, but my spirit has caution and it is important for the discussion to happen so that we can help each other - iron sharpens iron. In addition, in this particular moment I was reminded of many discussions from Live the Adventure talking about the need for us, as parents, to ask God for discernment and for us to practice discernment. I will be honest, I opened the gates wide for my children to view this content. Although, initially it seemed harmless my continued engagement has shown me this is not so harmless. It makes for a great discussion with my children about half truths or mostly truths. It also made for a great discussion about discernment.
  3. Friends - We ask you to life of the following family in our home school community: Dearest Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Over the last several days our family has spent time remembering our friend Matthew Bell, age 13. We were privileged to know him as he was a good friend, a respectful young man, a gifted athlete and a whole lot of fun to be around. It was through his friendship with our son RJ which developed while at CCS that we have come to know the Bell family so well and their friendship has been a blessing to our entire family. Many CCS families past and present have known the Bell family for years and remember when Matthew was born. As many of us are close to the family, we are in mourning with them from the sudden loss of their precious child, Matthew. Information on the memorial service which will be held on Saturday, January 6th, 2018 can be found at the link below: m/memsol.cgi?user_id=2054923 Your continued spiritual support is coveted for all of those affected by this loss. Please continue to lift up the Bell family in prayer that they will feel comforted by the Lord's presence while they grieve. Pray that they will be able to face the days ahead with grace and peace. May the Lord bless them and keep them in the palm of His almighty hand. May God bless you as well. In Christ, Emily Spriggs
  4. Check your library - 'Wulf the Saxon' is on the shelves! I AM SO VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS!!!! What a treat for the holidays! Hoping CD's go on sale in time to share for Christmas! THANK YOU!
  5. I thought today's inspiration was a beautiful example for the perspective of worldviews. We are in a world constantly bombarding us with its empty values....God values our weaknesses, the world spurs us on to be, or to seem, strong in our own right at all times. Good things to ponder and to be sensitive to as we filter our world through our relationship with Christ. Thank you for these words of encouragement.