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Monday, October 20, 2014

Standard Deviants Accelerate Review

Standard Deviants Accelerate Review


Standard Deviants Accelerate is an online educational teaching tool available for use from ages 8 to adult. I received a full annual subscription for this review to all of their courses in the Standard Deviants Accelerate Homeschool Courses to use in our homeschool.

There are fourteen courses available for grades 3 and up:

  • Arithmetic - Grades 3+
  • Fundamental Math - Grades 4+
  • Earth Science - Grades 6+
  • Nutrition - Grades 6+
  • Algebra - Grades 7+
  • Biology - Grades 7+
  • Chemistry - Grades 9+
  • English Composition - Grades 9+
  • U.S. History - Grades 9+
  • AP Biology - Grades 11+
  • AP Chemistry - Grades 11+
  • AP U.S. Government & Politics - Grades 11+
  • AP U.S. History - Grades 11+
  • AP English Composition - Grades 11+

You and/or your child will need an email account to set up an account with Standard Deviants Accelerate. This homeschool resource is entirely online so you will need an internet connection and either a computer, laptop, or ipad.

The cost for regular courses is $99 per year or $24.95 per month for one student. AP courses for one student are $14.95 per month.

Standard Deviants Accelerate Review

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How We Use Standard Deviants Accelerate

I used the Arithmetic course from Standard Deviants Accelerate in our homeschool four days a week with my son. This was a terrific supplement to our math lessons!

I loved everything that was available to use:
  • Video Lessons
  • Review Activities
  • Quizzes
  • Tests

My son can watch the lesson and do the work assignments freeing me up to get ready for our next subject lesson. I love how the material is broken down into manageable pieces so that it does not overwhelm my son. Each lesson takes between 15-30 minutes to complete. My son loves the fact that he can do his math work online! The online instructors are young adults who present the lessons in a fun and humorous way through the online video. This is also a big plus in my opinion because it keeps my son's attention in a subject that can be "boring" to him. Another plus is that my son can watch the videos more than one time if he doesn't understand a concept and needs to review it again.

There is a student portal as well as a parent portal within this online educational teaching tool. Navigation is very easy for both the student and the parent. I love that the grading is automatically done for me!

Great news! You can get a 6-month FREE trial for full access to all 14 courses from Standard Deviants Accelerate. Sign up now for a parent account with up to 4 students! This offer is available until November 15.

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Walking in His Grace, 
Laurie


 
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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Our God Who Sees (Blogging Through the Bible)

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Hello friends!

My life has been kind of crazy this past week and you didn't see any Blogging Through the Bible posts from me on Wednesday or Friday. I've got a temporary job working in the High Point Furniture Market which is a Spring and Fall event here in North Carolina. The income has been an answer to prayer for my family, but I sure have missed S.O.A.P.ing this week! I did read my chapters in Genesis for the week and would love for you to share in the comments below if there was anything that stood out to you.

One thing that stood out to me was from the story of Hagar. In Genesis 16:13 it says:
She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: "You are the God who sees me," for she said, "I have now seen the One Who sees me".

This verse really touched my heart when I read it as I was sitting and waiting to clock in for my registrar job. God saw me exactly where I was that morning as I was reading this chapter. I was waiting to clock in for my shift and had pulled up my chapter on my phone so that I could read while I was waiting. Genesis 16:13 jumped out at me and reminded me that God sees me wherever I am at...even in the midst of all the craziness of my life.

El Roi - the God Who sees.

God sees you and me...

And He is waiting...

For you and me to see Him.

Look up, dear friend! Look for God in the midst of your circumstances...whatever they may be for you at this season of your life.

He is there...He sees you...and He is waiting for you to see Him. (((HUGS)))


***Here is our reading plan for this week. I'll see you back here on Wednesday (I have the day off...yaayy!!)

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Walking in His Grace, 
Laurie


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Apologia Educational Ministries ~ iWitness Review

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I'm excited to share with you today my review of three softcover books available from Apologia Educational Ministries that you can use in your homeschool or with your church youth/children's group. The three books I received for this review were: iWitness Biblical Archaeology, New Testament iWitness, and Old Testament iWitness written by Doug Powell.

Doug has a Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics from Biola University.

The reading level for these three books is ages 11 and up. Children and adults will love them! All are priced at $14.00 each.

iWitness Biblical Archaeology


Apologia Review
Doug Powell does an excellent job of presenting archaeological discoveries and how they reveal the accuracy of the Scriptures in iWitness Biblical Archaeology. Topics included are: The Flood, Looking for Noah's Ark, Egyptian Chronology, The Exodus, House of David Inscriptions, YHWH Inscriptions, Israel Inscription, Sennacherib's Seige of Jerusalem (finds at Nineveh), Old Testament History, Dead Sea Scrolls, Oldest Old Testament Copies, Hadrian and Constantine, Jesus' Judges, Jesus' World, New Testament Locations, New Testament Inscriptions and The Burial Shroud of Jesus?.

The pictures are amazing and the layout of the pages is very eye-catching!


New Testament iWitness


Apologia Review
Many people have questions about the Bible and how it came into being. New Testament iWitness will answer questions such as:
  • Who wrote the New Testament?
  • How do we know?
  • How can we know we have the original text?
  • What was the criteria for being included?
and more! 

This is an excellent book to use to discover the history and formation of the New Testament.

Topics covered in New Testament iWitness include: Canon Criteria, Athanasius, Eusebius, Church Fathers, Muratorian Canon, The Gospel, The Apostle, Apostolic Fathers, Apostolic Age, Synoptic Problem, Hymns and Creeds, Rejected Books, Canon Certainty, How It Was Copied, Number of Copies, Copying Methods, Differences in the Copies, Manuscript Families, Textual Criticis and Recovered Text.



Old Testament iWitness


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Explore the answers to your questions about the Old Testament in Old Testament iWitness. You will learn how the Old Testament is absolutely the Word of God as Doug Powell takes you through topics such as Canon Formation, Major Prophets, Minor Prophets, The Scrolls, Wisdom Books, History Books, Intertestemental Period, etc. There is also a helpful timeline.


How We Used iWitness from Apologia

My son and I read these daily in our homeschool. We both loved digging into each of these books to learn more about the Bible and the history surrounding it. We loved the colorful pages and the interesting text font which made reading them fun! The pictures were amazing!

I also plan to use these with the children of our church in a future lesson on the Bible and how it came to be. These books would also be a nice addition to a church library.

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Walking in His Grace, 
Laurie



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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Our Covenant God (Blogging Through the Bible)

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Welcome to another week of Blogging Through the Bible! Here is our reading plan for this week:

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Today's reading shows us again that God is our covenant God! All of God's promises will be fulfilled - in His time.

I love what Psalm 89:34 says in The Living Bible translation:

No, I will not break my covenant; I will not take back one word of what I said.

Hang on to that truth in whatever promise of God you are clinging to dear friend!


Here are my S.O.A.P.s from Saturday and Sunday.



Saturday, October 11, 2014

Genesis 14

Scripture: Genesis 14:12 They also carried off Abram’s nephew Lot and his possessions, since he was living in Sodom.

Observations: Lot’s choices continue to get him in trouble. Again, we see Lot identified with Sodom. First he is referenced to “pitching his tent near Sodom”; now we see here Lot is referenced as “living in Sodom.” His greed and covetousness led him to disregard the covenant God had made with Abram and thus he removed himself from the protection of God. Lot, his family, and all of his possessions became spoils of the war as they were carried off by the victors of the war. Everything Lot had was lost in the blink of an eye!

Application: Realize the power of our choices. One bad choice can continue to develop into more bad choices. It’s a downward spiral that will take us where we never intended to go. It can cost us everything.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray to walk in Your will for my life. Help me to make choices that keep me within Your will. I pray that my heart’s desire would always be to walk with You and to rest in Your promises for me. I pray that the things of this world would not cause me to take my eyes off of You and lead me astray. Give us all a hunger and a thirst for more of You. In the satisfying name of Jesus I pray. Amen!


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Genesis 15

Scripture: Genesis 15:17-19  When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking firepot with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces. 18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates— 19 the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, 20 Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, 21 Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites.”

Observations: In Abram’s time, binding agreements were formalized in the form of a covenant. The covenant was sealed by the dividing of an animal(s) and the two parties would walk between the halves. This was their way of saying the fate of those animals would be theirs if either of them should break their part of the covenant.

What makes this covenant different is that only God passed through it in the appearance of “a smoking firepot with a blazing torch” signifying that the covenant was unilateral and unconditional. No conditions were placed on Abram for the fulfillment of this covenant God had made with him.
Application: What God promises will surely come to pass. There may be a period of waiting for the promise to come to pass as we will see with Abram, but rest assured God’s promises will be fulfilled. We can have hope in this fact as we wait for Jesus’ promised return.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for the initiative You have taken in reaching out to Your people. Your love toward us is truly amazing! I pray to keep my eyes focused on the hope I have in Jesus and in His return. Thank You for all of Your promises and for Your faithfulness to fulfill each one. In the saving name of Jesus I pray. Amen!


**It's Your Turn - is there a promise of God that you are holding on to? You can share it with me in the comments and I'll be sure to pray for you!**
 
See you back here on Wednesday for another #BloggingThroughtheBible post! 

Walking in His Grace, 
Laurie

 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Choices: Where Are Yours Leading You? (Blogging Through the Bible)


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Choices...we all have to make them - every.single.day.

Meet Abram.

Abram had a choice to make when God called him to leave everything that was familiar to him - even those of his extended family that he loved. But Abram loved God more than what was familiar and comfortable to him and chose to take his wife and follow Him. Abram didn't even know where God was taking him, but yet he trusted God without having all the answers. Now that is walking by faith! Abram's faithfulness led him to the promises of God.


Now meet Lot.

Lot decided to take his wife and children and go along with Abram. Conflict arose between Abram's and Lot's herdsmen and when given the choice by Abram of any land for his own, Lot makes a choice that will ultimately cost him those he loves. Lot walked by sight and that took him right out of the will of God for his life. We will find out in our reading in the next few days exactly what happens to Lot and his family. 

Our choices not only affect us, but they affect those around us too.

Our choices are either taking us closer to God or they are taking us away from Him.

Choices: Where are yours leading you?


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***Here are my S.O.A.P.s for Thursday and Friday. Please share your thoughts in the comments below. I would love to hear from you!


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Genesis 12

Scripture: Genesis 12:1-3 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

Observations: Here is the call of God upon Abram’s life to leave his country, his people, and his father’s house in order to follow Him. All of these were dear to Abram, but this was a call to love God more and leave it all in order to go with Him. God doesn’t tell Abram where He is taking him. God asks Abram to leave everything that is familiar to him to go to an unknown land.

This call tried Abram’s love, his trust, and his faith in God.

In return, there are six promises of God given to Abram:
1.     I will make you into a great nation. (He took Abram from his own people and made him the head of another.)
2.     I will bless you. (Obedient believers will inherit the blessings of God.)
3.     I will make your name great. (He would be losing his name in his country, but God would be promoting him!)
4.     You will be a blessing.
5.     I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse.
6.     All peoples on earth will be blessed through you. (The crowning promise of the Messiah!)

Application: God calls us all at some point in our lives to leave behind all the enticements of this world to follow Him. We trade what is seen for what is unseen to us right now. We have His ultimate promise of Heaven that far outweighs anything this world has to offer. We must hold on to all the promises of God while we wait for Jesus’ return.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us not to become distracted by the trappings of this world that would take our attention off of our promises of Heaven and of Jesus’ return. We know that You are faithful to do all that You have promised. Thank You for calling me out of this dark world. Help me to remember that this world is only temporary and let my love for You guide me. In the precious name of Jesus I pray. Amen!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Genesis 13
Scripture: Genesis 13:10-13 Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan toward Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) 11 So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company: 12 Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom. 13 Now the people of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the Lord.

Observations: What stands out to me in these verses is Lot’s greediness and that he walked by sight which led to a decision that would end in complete failure as he stepped outside of the will of God. Lot had left with Abram who had followed the call of God to leave everything he knew to inherit the promise of God. Once the going got tough, Lot chooses for himself to go to a place away from Abram who continued to walk by faith toward the promise God had given to him. This is Lot’s first mistake.

His second mistake was in pitching his tents near Sodom, a land filled with wicked people who were sinning against God.

Application: The wickedness of this world continues to grow every day and sin is totally out in the open. Satan tries to make sin look good so that we will be tempted to partake in it. We have to choose to stay close to God and walk by faith toward the promise of Jesus’ return – when He will take us out of here to our glorious home in Heaven. We cannot desire the things of this world above God as Lot did. The choices we make every day determine whether we are walking toward God or walking away from Him.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, You have made me a promise – a promise that one day Jesus is coming back to take us home. This world is not my home, and there is nothing here that can fulfill the longing of my heart. Help me to walk by faith and not by sight. Help me to keep my eyes focused on You in a world that screams for my attention. May the daily choices I make lead me closer to You. I pray this for all Your children, Father. Let us all run the race that is set before us so that when Jesus returns, we will all hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” In the mighty name of Jesus I pray. Amen! 

Walking in His Grace, 
Laurie

 
This week's reading plan goes through Saturday. Meet me back here on Sunday for next week's reading plan.

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It's Friday, so that mean's it's time to link-up this #bloggingthroughthebible post with Courtney Joseph at Women Living Well home of Good Morning Girls! Please click on the image below to read others posts for Blogging Through the Bible.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

X is for the Ten Virgins (Women of the Bible)

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X is for the Ten Virgins.

(Like how I used the Roman numeral X which stands for the number ten?!)



Scripture Reference:

Matthew 25:1-13
“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
“At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’
“Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’
“‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’
10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.
11 “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’
12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’
13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.


Names Unknown:

These women are not named in this parable told by Jesus.



Interesting Facts about the Ten Virgins:

  • This parable of the Ten Virgins was told by Jesus relating it to what the Kingdom of Heaven will be like at Jesus' return.
  • Five of the ten virgins were wise and brought along oil for their lamps while they were waiting for the bridegroom to arrive.
  • The other five of the ten virgins were foolish and did not bring oil for their lamps.
  • They all became drowsy and fell asleep while waiting for the bridegroom.
  • When the bridegroom finally arrived at the wedding banquet, the five wise virgins who had oil for their lamps were ready to enter into the wedding banquet.
  • The five foolish virgins had to leave to go get oil for their lamps, and while they were gone the bridegroom arrived and the door to the wedding banquet was shut so that the foolish virgins could not enter.
  • The five foolish virgins begged for entrance into the wedding banquet, but they were refused.


What We can Learn from the Ten Virgins:

  • Jesus is returning as He promised.
  • We do not know the day or the hour when He will return.
  • We must be ready for His return at all times.
  • Sinners must repent and believe in Jesus now before He returns.
  • We, as believers, must shine our lights for Jesus in this dark world and not be lulled to sleep by the allurements of this world.


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Laurie


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