Are you a little brother with an older sister? Max and Zuno feel your pain in Ruby’s Beauty Shop by Rosemary Wells. Max’s sister, Ruby, and her friend, Louise, are playing beauty shop and they need customers. Max, however, has his own ideas about beauty. This is an extreme makeover not to be missed.
Monthly Archives: June 2011
A Weaponless Army
My son and I are studying the lives of Saul and David in our quiet time and some verses caught me by surprise. When Saul became king, Israel had all kinds of grief from those pesky Philistines. The Philistines had rigged it where the entire nation of Israel was weaponless. Check it out:
“Saul and his son Jonathan and the men with them were staying in Gibeah in Benjamin, while the Philistines camped at Micmash. Raiding parties went out from the Philistine camp in three detachments. One turned toward Ophrah in the vicinity of Shual, another toward Beth Horon, and the third toward the borderland overlooking the valley of Zeboim facing the desert. Not a blacksmith could be found in the whole land of Israel, because the Philistines had said, “Otherwise the Hebrews will make swords and spears!”…So on the day of battle not a soldier with Saul and Jonathan had a sword or spear in his hand; only Saul and his son Jonathan had them.” 1 Samuel 13: 16-19,22 (NIV)
Yikes! Only two guys in the entire army have weapons—the king and the prince. Can you imagine our country sending our soldiers to Iran or Afghanistan without weapons? Ridiculous!
I think God agrees. In Ephesians 6, Paul reminds us that if we are Christ-followers, the battle is on. Your Commander-in-Chief, however, has not left you unequipped:
“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6: 14-17 (NIV)
God has armed you. You have a weapon, “the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God.” Commit yourself to training. Read it. Memorize it. Obey it.
Milo is bored. He is bored at school. He is bored at home—until a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room. Author Norton Juster fills The Phantom Tollbooth with clever wordplay and whimsical characters like Tock, the watchdog (literally), and the Spelling Bee, S-p-e-l-l-i-n-g B-e-e. You find this book “Beyond Expectations.”
Covert Operations: Part 3
Today, I’ll brief you on the final covert op in Matthew 6. Feel free to glance back at the last two Cross Training entries for Parts 1 & 2.
“ ‘ When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who is sees what is done in secret, will reward you.’ “ Matthew 6: 16-18 (NIV)
Fasting is when a person chooses to go without food for a period of time in order to focus on God(usually one day, but sometimes longer). When they feel hungry, they are reminded to pray. Fasting takes other forms too by giving up something in order to spend more time with God( TV, video game time, or sleep). In Jesus’ time, some people made a big show of fasting. They wanted everyone to know how spiritual they were. Jesus said you should act so normal that no one but God should ever know that you are fasting.
Covert Mission 3: Secret Fasting
Here are some ideas:
Exchange some TV or video game time for God time; read the Bible or go to your prayer spot.
Allow someone else to go first.
Give someone else the last piece or scoop of __________________.
Good luck! Remember, your Commander is watching.
It was his birthday present—“á small white metal cupboard with a mirror in the door, the kind you see over the basin in old-fashioned bathrooms.” In Lynne Reid Banks’s Indian in the Cupboard, Omri discovers that while his new birthday gift may look ordinary, it holds extraordinary power. The cupboard brings his plastic toys, cowboys, army men, and an Indian, to life. Omri learns that each life has value and the responsibilities that one person has to another.