Monday, April 26, 2021
Thursday, April 22, 2021
Videos + Books = VOOKS
VOOKS is a streaming library of ad-free, kid-safe, animated storybooks brought to life to help encourage the love of reading in children ages 2-8 (or those in that developmental age range).
I always loved reading Curious George books when I was young, and also read them to my own kids. In fact, you might still find a few sitting on one of our bookshelves, and you might still find me taking a peek at one every now and then. (Heh heh). So, naturally, I chose a Curious George book for my first Vooks book to read/watch.
When the narrator reads the story, each word is highlighted as it is being read, so the reader can follow along. At the same time, the images are brought to life with animated movements and with sounds. It's a whole new way to read and learn, and it's fun!
I also enjoyed reading/watching "Gossie and Gertie," and "Who Said Moo!" and I'm sure I'll look at several more along with my adult, special needs daughter. She loves going to the library a couple times per month and choosing books like these to read, so I think she will enjoy this website. I will introduce it to her soon.
When you sign up for a subscription, you will also find downloadable lesson plans for these books.The plans include activity ideas related to each book, vocabulary words, discussion questions, fact sheets to help aid in teaching/discussion, and several worksheet options. What a great resource to have available for teachers and involved parents!
|An example of one of the activities for "Curious George Says Thankyou."|
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FYI: I did not see any faith-based books. However, there are many fun, family-oriented and educational books to choose from. Check it out FREE today! You have nothing to lose!
Disclosure: Many thanks to Vooks for providing this product/product information for review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
The film also shows how some people, including Christians, can get confused about God's love. They think God doesn't love them, or care about them, because He doesn't stop "bad things" from happening to them. In the film, the main character was ready to end his life because he had the wrong impression about God's love. But, God doesn't always give us what we want in life. He doesn't keep "bad things" from happening to good people. What He does do is provide Salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ, and gives hope where there is no hope. That is the greatest love there is! He also gives strength in our difficult days, and promises to never leave us alone.
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Weary from the showiness and materialism that has overtaken his ministry efforts, Guy (Ramsey) goes on a journey to get back in touch with the heart of ministry and be a real role model to his youth group kids. He makes the difficult decision to cut short his speaking tour managed by his money-focused agent (Faison) after realizing his reputation had become more fame-based than Gospel-driven.
When Guy returns to regular youth ministry, he is asked to take part in a strange and potentially blasphemous stunt for the upcoming Easter service. Amid the somewhat chaotic life of managing his youth group, navigating an unexpected love interest, and being a new father to his grown daughter, Guy ultimately puts on a powerful presentation, sharing why we all need to put our hope in Jesus and not in ourselves.
Watch CHURCH PEOPLE in a theater or church near you, starting March 13th!
For interested churches, you can also host the film at your church through the FAITH CONTENT NETWORK.
GIVEAWAY: One winner via random drawing will receive a digital link to view this film. If you are subscribed to this blog through e-mail or Facebook, you will automatically receive one entry in the drawing. For an additional entry (whether subscribed or not), leave a comment by Saturday, March 13th, 6:00 p.m. Central Time. If your name is selected, I will contact you through e-mail and/or Messenger, and you will have 24 hours to respond before I select a different name. (You must live in North America).
WINNER: Linda F.
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Collide Distribution for providing this product/product information for review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.#ChurchPeopleMIN
Saturday, March 6, 2021
DOLPHIN ISLAND is a Dove-approved-for-all-ages, family-friendly film. It covers the topics of courage, faith, and forgiveness.
GIVEAWAY: One winner via random drawing will receive a digital link to view this film. If you are subscribed to this blog through e-mail or Facebook, you will automatically receive one entry in the drawing. For an additional entry (whether subscribed or not), leave a comment by Tuesday, March 9th, 6:00 p.m. Central Time. If your name is selected, I will contact you through e-mail and/or Messenger, and you will have 24 hours to respond before I select a different name. (You must live in North America).
IN ADDITION TO MY GIVEAWAY HERE: You can enter on the DOLPHIN ISLAND WEBSITE for a chance to win a digital link also.
DISCLOSURE: Many thanks to Entertainment Squad for providing a link for this movie review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.#DolphinIslandMIN
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
On the website, you can also sign up to be a Fan Member and receive exclusive content, such as a printable coloring book, bonus videos, and a full-color "Kip Loves God" Reader.
GIVEAWAY: One winner via random drawing will receive a digital link to view one episode of this new show. If you are subscribed to this blog through e-mail or Facebook, you will automatically receive one entry in the drawing. For an additional entry (whether subscribed or not), leave a comment by Saturday, March 6th, 6:00 p.m. Central Time. If your name is selected, I will contact you through e-mail and/or Messenger, and you will have 24 hours to respond before I select a different name. (You must live in North America).
WINNER: Kelly R.
Sunday, February 28, 2021
“I tell you the truth, if you had faith as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” (Matt. 17:20 NLT)“You know what we have to do,” my husband stated matter-of-factly. “I know what we have to do,” I replied. “I just don’t know how.”
There we sat at a crossroad with a monumental decision to make: Would we adopt the precious Chinese girl who was staying in our home on a hosting program? It seemed impossible, but God was clearly beckoning.
Just five weeks prior, God had requested a smaller step of faith: Agree to host her for four weeks. We didn’t know how to handle that financially, but a friend had challenged us, “If finances are the only thing holding you back, step out and watch God show up.” We stepped and watched God and His people reduce the $1,900 fee to $35!
Adoption is forever, and this cost was much greater, but we knew it was God’s will, too. The words of an adoptive dad echoed in our ears, “This is every bit as much a spiritual journey, as it has anything to do with adoption.” So, we leapt... and show up, He did.
He revealed a plan for our family to minister gospel music in churches, teach about adoption and orphan hosting, tell our story, and take up love offerings. This yielded several thousand dollars. A neighbor designed a t-shirt for a special fundraiser. A stranger gave me a $20 winning lotto ticket in the Wal-Mart shoe aisle. Another stranger hugged me and stuffed a $100 bill in my hand in the Aldi’s parking lot, stating that she was “just doing what the Lord told me to do.” Our community put on a wonderful benefit dinner for us. God used His people again and again.
Bit by bit, God met each next step with the finances it required. Time after time, He provided in the eleventh hour, in ridiculous ways. Step by step, God cleared the way to make this little girl our daughter.
We made that decision in July of 2015. God turned fear to faith as we walked, and He turned that faith into provision. Nine months (and 400 pages of paperwork) later, we boarded a plane for China to bring our daughter home! God was faithful through it all, though our steps were often tentative. Thanks be to God; fear didn’t stop God’s plan.
1. Can you think of something big God has asked of you?
2. How did He help you conquer your fear so you could answer His call?
3. What are you currently facing that requires extra faith?
4. What can you do, or ask of God, to grow your faith toward obedience?
Denise Prosser is from Lakewood, IL. She has been married for almost 22 years and is a mom to 4 daughters, ages 11 to 19. Denise has experienced great variety in motherhood: (1) how she became a mom - both biological and adoptive, (2) how she educated her kids - public, private, and home education, and (3) the various physical, emotional, and developmental issues her family has encountered. Her passion is motherhood. Her vision is to educate, equip, and encourage moms toward raising godly families. Her hope is to walk with women toward freedom, learning, and healing, as they grow in their relationship with Jesus.
Read more from Denise at: STAND AND SING
Sunday, February 21, 2021
Intercessory prayer is prayer for others. But, we see in Colossians 1:9-12, it seeks for more than just physical needs to be met. Here, in Paul’s intercessory prayer, he asked for deeper, more fundamental needs. He asked for them to:
- know God’s will (v. 9)
- walk in a Christ-like manner (v. 10)
- be pleasing to God in every way (v. 10)
- be fruitful in every good work (v. 10)
- increase in the knowledge of God (v. 10)
- be strengthened, persevere, be patient, and give thanks (v. 11)
So, as we intercede for others, we need to go beyond the superficial requests, and beyond just the physical needs. We need to pray for their spirit as well – that they will have a spirit of joy, even in the midst of their trying circumstances. This is the kind of prayer that truly intercedes for someone. It meets the foundational needs of their lives.
Make it a point to intercede in this way for your church members, your church leaders, our nation’s leaders, and for those who are unsaved.
Sunday, February 7, 2021
I am sharing an article recently written by my brother, Daniel McIntosh, the Pastor of Fish Creek Bible Church in Booneville, KY. He has some encouragement for us to consider as we face our struggles today. Thank you for sharing, Daniel. ~VS
A few summers ago, the Christian youth camp where I worked had the theme, "Because of God’s Past Faithfulness, I Can Trust Him for the Future." It was based from Psalm 100:5 - “For the LORD is good; His steadfast love endures forever, and His faithfulness to all generations.” (ESV)
Considering our past and seeing what God has done, where He has taken us, and how He has been with us, we can trust God with all that we go through.
I recall that Spring we had strong winds bringing much damage; homes losing parts of their roofs; trees destroying property. Yet, God faithfully protected the camp. Trees did not damage the buses lying next the them. Not one dent. No major facility was damaged, including the recently built new chapel and dining room. God protected, showing His faithfulness.
Scripture shares many times where God protected and showed faithfulness to those who have trusted Him. Some examples include:
With many examples in Scripture, examine your life. What has God taken you through? How has He helped you?
- Adam and Eve sinned, and God still showed love as He provided clothing and promised a way to reunite mankind back into fellowship with Him.
- God used Joseph to inform the king of an upcoming famine, leading to salvation of the twelve Israelite tribes as they did not starve.
- Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego trusted God, even to the point of death, and were spared in the flames.
Hebrews 13:5b encourages us that "God will never leave us, nor forsake us." No matter what is going on in our lives, we can know God is with us. We can trust Him, even in the midst of our struggles, trials and tribulations.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Heb. 13:8 NKJV). Because of His past faithfulness, we can always trust Him with anything and everything.
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Release date (DVD & VOD): January 26, 2021
- Not a "feel good" movie
- Not really a faith based movie, aside from having a couple church/prayer scenes
- Not family friendly, meaning I would not recommend it for younger children
- Gritty (meaning it contains some graffic physical violence, mild language, drug use, and insinuating sexual scenes that would not be appropriate for younger children.)
- Informative about human trafficking, and the heartbreak it causes
- A movie that serves a specific purpose
- A good conversation starter among teen groups and families
DISCLOSURE: Many thanks to Collide Distribution for providing this product/product information for review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.