Saturday, February 18, 2017

John 3:16

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Luke 9:24

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Matthew 28:18-20

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John 11:25

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Christ Before Us

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Psalm 23:6

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2 Corinthians 12:9

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Psalm 23:3-4

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John 11:25

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Deuteronomy 28:1

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John 3:16

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Psalm 23:1

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Psalm 139:13-15 You have Searched Me and Know Me

Psalm 139:13-15
You have Searched Me and Know Me

13 For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb. 

15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;… Image may contain: text

John 3:30

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Dear Parents

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 My Aunt gave this bowl to me in the 1970's.

By Anne Gilbert
As seen in The Antique Shoppe Newspaper, March, 2004,

It’s colorful, a bit primitive...and expensive. That is a brief description of the pottery known as spatterware. Originally known as “spattering” in 18th century England, by the mid 19th century it was also made in Scotland, Wales, and France and briefly in America. Most was made by the English Staffordshire potters. By the early 1960s it was rediscovered by American collectors, as part of the collecting craze for anything that resembled “Pennsylvania Dutch”. This once-humble pottery, with its hand painted and spattered folk motifs rose in price from a few dollars to $25 a plate.

These days, when spatterware comes to market prices can be from $600 for a single plate. At a recent Garth’s auction, in Delaware, Ohio, however, a blue spatterware plate with a peafowl, sold over a $300/600 estimate for $3,335 (with buyers premium). This was one of the most popular designs (along with the schoolhouse motif).

Spatterware, stick spatterware and sponge spatterware may be much alike in design, but there’s a world of difference in price. Both the varied types of spatterware and their origins can be confusing. Though spatterware was popular with housewives in Pennsylvania’s 19th century German settlements, it wasn’t made there.

Spatterware sugar bowl. Sold for $575. PHOTO CREDIT: Garth’s Auctions, Delaware, Ohio
From the early 19th century, through the Civil War, housewives filled their cupboards with it. And, why not, when a fine painted plate cost only nine cents?  Though some spatterware was made in America by the 1860s the designs lacked the zip of the imports.

The earliest spatterware was made by dipping a small sponge into a color and dabbing it on the edge or surface of the cup or dish. This often was used as background for a design outlined in black. The center of the plate was painted in a crude “folk art” style. The subjects varied from birds, schoolhouses, tulips or whatever struck the artist’s fancy.

Less expensive and still to be found, are pieces decorated with stick-spatter. Transfer prints were used either for borders or the center. Small pieces of sponge were then cut into floral, leaf and geometric shapes; they then were fastened to the end of a stick and dipped into paint. A good design platter could sell these days for several hundred dollars. This technique was made in America and on the Continent as well as in England. Some have identifying marks.

The cheapest and least durable of the spatterware family is “sponge blue”, made around the 1880s in Ohio and New Jersey. It tends to chip easily. The white earthenware was sponged, usually heavily, with a single color or a combination of such colors as blue and green or blue, tan and brown.

Unlike the other variations of spatter, spongeware looks as if the design was sponged on.
CLUES: Like all good things, the most popular designs in spatterware have been reproduced. In the 1940s, teapots, cups and saucers were sold in the Dime Stores. The famous “Adams rose”, made by the early Adams pottery has been reproduced, along with the schoolhouse and peafowl designs.

How can you tell old from new ? As with most antiques, the way a piece was made offers a clue. Early spatterware was stacked in piles for drying after being decorated and dried. Thin triangular platforms were placed at the bottom of every dish to separate the pieces. This created three, unglazed dots the size of a pinhead on all the flatware pieces.
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How to Make Time for Jesus at Home

Becoming a Christian…accepting Christ as Savior…being born again—whatever words you use to describe or define your relationship with God, they denote a…

Proverbs 3:5-6

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Leg Cramp Remedy

7 causes and remedies for foot cramps and charley horses

Book Nook Closet

Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore

No Turning Back

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Psalm 62:1

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On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suff’ring and shame,
And I love that old cross where the Dearest and Best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.
Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above,
To bear it to dark Calvary.
In the old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see;
For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.

Do We Give Him All Of Us?

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The 7 "I Am" Statements of Jesus

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John 11:24-26 Jesus Comforts Martha and Mary

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John 11:24-26
Jesus Comforts Martha and Mary

24 Martha replied, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” 

26 And everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”…

Dear God

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Mark 16:14-15 The Great Commission

Mark 16:14-15
The Great Commission

14 Later as they were eating, Jesus appeared to the eleven and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. 

[yes, even a campground] 

16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.…

Deuteronomy 31:5-7 Moses Encourages the People

Deuteronomy 31:5-7
Moses Encourages the People

"The LORD will deliver them up before you, and you shall do to them according to all the commandments which I have commanded you. 

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Children's Bible Activities

Managing Time When Teaching Kids the Bible

Time constraints are a huge challenge for those teaching the Bible to kids. You have these kids maybe once or twice a week, and often you don’t get the same group two weeks in a row. How do you instill the immensity of God and His plan for us into the hearts and minds of kids in 60 minutes or less? Here are some suggestions that may help as you think about the task of managing time when teaching kids the Bible

Ezra Read the Law

The story of Ezra and his leadership can illustrate for children how reading God's word has always been important for His people. This story provides an opportunity to discuss with kids how important it is for us to read and study God's Word, the Bible. Click here or on the image to see a list of activities about this important event in Israel's history.

Instagram Reminders

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Ruth and Naomi

The story of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz is a beautiful story of love and redemption. The willingness of Boaz to be the kinsman redeemer for Ruth illustrates Jesus' redemptive love. These Bible activities for children will help kids learn about this story of love and commitment. Click here or on the image to see Bible activities that highlight this beautiful story. 

The Stories of the Lost

In Luke 15, Jesus told several parables that are very familiar. The parable of the Prodigal Son is about a lost son. Then there's the parable of the lost sheep. These parables teach us that God is a loving God who searches for us to save us. Click here or on the image to see activities about these familiar and timeless parables.   

Thursday, February 16, 2017

3 Questions to Ask When You’re Buried in Busy

3 Questions to Ask When You’re Buried in Busy

by Ashley Hales

Here’s what my morning looks like, maybe yours does, too: we pull on our athletic wear (even if we never make it to the gym) or, if we work in an office, grab a quick change of clothes before rushing out the door. We drop off our kids at school in SUVs and minivans, coffee in hand, while we pile our hair into a quick top knot. We kiss our children, scurry across the school parking lot, and fiddle with the radio while we down our protein breakfast shake, finish our makeup as we wait to get out of the parking lot, and quickly check our email. We’re the queens of multi-tasking. By the end of the day, we’re worn out, tired, and drinking our fourth cup of (reheated) coffee. In the intervening hours, we’ve carpooled kids, sent them off to tutoring, dance class, soccer practice and rushed off to the PTA meeting. Maybe we find a spare minute to read our Bibles, shoot up a quick prayer, and maybe (if we’re lucky) squeeze in a coffee date with a friend, or some solo time at the gym. We spend our days circling from home to school to work to activity after activity, one after the other.

In one word: we’re busy. It’s not just a set of circumstances, busy is our very mode of being. Busyness is our badge of honor. What’s underneath our constant busyness? It allows us to feel as if we are important when we race from one activity to the next. When we’re busy we feel like we’re accomplishing things, being productive, using our gifts and talents. We feel seen when we’re busy. We feel like we mean something.
What’s behind our desire to spend our lives in a rotation of rush and hurry? Why are we so afraid to slow down? And how can we get past “fine” and “busy”?

When you find yourself in an endless loop of busy, remember what author Alli Worthington writes inBreaking Busy, “we have to start breaking busy before busy breaks us.” But how do we break busy?  Christians can model a better path than busyness for a life of meaning and flourishing. Here are three questions to ask yourself when you’re tempted to give in to the pull of busy:
1. Is this necessary?
Often we get pulled into all the things we think we need to do. We live our lives by a list of “should’s” instead of asking the simple question: is this necessary? Yes, we need to eat, so grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning are required. But we don’t need that new dress right this instant. We don’t need to spend our time scrolling through social media or signing our children up for the extracurriculars that your neighbor is doing. We do need to be present. Guess what? That can’t happen when we’re crazy busy.

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