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Because You Are Strong (Bible Study for Boys): A Schoolhouse Crew Review

Because You Are Strong (Bible Study for Boys): A Schoolhouse Crew Review

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Sacha’s<25: A study of Godly strength, designed for boys ages 10 and up, which helps boys learn different methods of studying the Bible.

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As a mom of boys I am always looking for great ways to get them excited about the Bible while teaching them more than just Bible stories. I want them to learn the Bible and how to apply it to their lives! I was very happy to get to review Because You Are Strong (A Study of Godly Strength for Young Men) from  DoorpostsI simply love this company  and all of the different products they have to offer.  If you haven’t checked out their website or seen them at a homeschool convention you should definitely take some time to peruse their website.  Their mission is to provide Bible-based parenting and character training materials! They want to come along side you as you serve God by raising up godly children who love and obey His Word. Their goal is to provide you with tools that make your job easier.  Can I say, “Thank you, Doorposts!”?  We have used many of their products already.

If you are looking for a Bible study for yourself I highly suggest Thirty Days of Bible Study for Busy Mamas, which focuses on the book of Colossians.  I was able to do this study a while back and really enjoyed it.  (It is on sale as well right now!)

My Experience:

I was super excited to get my hands on this study! I have found that is isn’t very easy to find Bible study materials that are age appropriate and engage my kids, as well guide them in how to study the Bible.  I loved that even though this is written for boys there are optional discussion questions for girls in the back of the study guide.  So even though it is written for boys you could have a sister tag along and use those discussion questions when the others wouldn’t apply to her.  

This study is written with 2 goals in mind:

  • to gain a biblical understanding of strength
  • to learn and practice Bible study skills

I love that this study is teaching different methods of Bible Study.  This wasn’t something I learned until I was in college!  It is so important to me that kids learn different methods that I taught a whole Bible study for girls on how to study the Bible at our homeschool co-op.  This would be a really awesome study to do with boys in a co-op setting as well.

This book is written with 10 studies divided into daily segments.  There are 74 days worth of study within this book but with all the additional ideas at the end of the studies you can really stretch this study to cover almost a whole school year! (I’m not sure I would stretch it that long, but it offers it as an option!) Each of the daily studies should take anywhere from 5-20 minutes to complete.

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With this study your children will need a few additional Bible study tools: Nave’s Topical Bible as well as Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance (if you don’t have those things the study offers suggestions on how to look up information online).  It would also help to have a Bible (duh!) and some colored pencils to mark your Bible.

The 10 main chapters include studies by topic, word, verse, chapter, actions, and book of the Bible.  The 11th chapter reviews everything learned about strength through the study. Through this study boys will learn how to use a concordance, study original Greek and Hebrew words, learn how to understand and use the marginal notes in the Bible as well as learn how to use online Bible study tools.  Due to the timing of this review I read through this material myself because my boys were tied up in an in-depth study of 1st John for the Bible Bee.  I enjoyed looking through this material and am excited to have my sons (almost 14 and 9) work through this study now that the Bible Bee ended this weekend!

What I liked:

  • Kids will learn lots of different ways to study the Bible.  It really gives them a great sampling of methods and keeps the pace moving with variety to stay away from monotony.  
  • I love the boxes in the side bar with other info, helpful tips, ideas for additional studies, etc.
  • What a great topic to get boys interested in as well as learn about!
  • I appreciated all of the application questions to help boys understand how to be doers of the word and not just hearers!
  • Now I know this is going to sound silly but I have to share this.  I love how the book lays flat while you are working on it.  There are nice wide margins where you can add extra notes and it makes it easy to answer the questions in the book because you aren’t dealing with the pages bending weirdly in the middle of the book.
  • The study leaves plenty of rooms for the boys to fill in answers.  I hate when I am answering questions and there isn’t enough room to finish my thoughts!

What I didn’t like:

  • Not a deal breaker, but the book used King James translation of the Bible.  It would be awesome if they had different versions for different Bibles.  We really prefer ESV and I find it easier for the kids to understand.  (I understand why they did this because the study tools use King James).

To sum it up: Wow, I am really excited that this Bible study is available for boys. The awesome folks at Doorposts have one available just for girls as well.  And if you are a busy mom there is one for you…30 days of studying Colossians.    Oh, and if you still haven’t made your way to their website please take time to check out all the awesome resources they have to help in Biblical parenting.  They will be a blessing to you and your family!

 

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Price: The softcover book is currently on sale for $12. (All of their Bible Studies are on sale until 8/31)The ebook sells for $10.

Click to read more reviews from the Schoolhouse Review Crew. Some of the crew reviewed Beauty in the Heart a Bible study written for girls.

 

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Bible Bee Week 4 Update

Bible Bee Week 4 Update

 

Bible Bee week 4 update

This was a fun week for our family with the Bible Bee.  We had our first group meeting with other families who are participating in the Bible Bee in our area!  A huge thanks to the family who had it on their heart to act as hosts for our area!

Saturday we got together with with about 10 other families and saw some old friends and met some new ones.  We had a few fun games to play to get to break the ice!  Then the kids got to have a really laid back version of a mock competition by answering some questions and quoting verses they have memorized so far.  It was fun to see that we aren’t in this by ourselves.  There are other families who are taking studying God’s word together as a family seriously this summer.  What a great way for us to hold each other accountable and encourage one another.  Finally we all ate ice cream together!

Here are a few pictures taken during our games:

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Bible Bee Update: Week 1 and 2

Bible Bee Update: Week 1 and 2

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Wow, can I say how happy I am that we signed up for the Bible Bee?  LOVE IT!  It has already been such a blessing for our family.  I am loving studying God’s word each day with the Senior high/adult work book! I even have memorized 3 verses in the last 2 weeks. This is super exciting for me because I have the hardest time memorizing things.  I can barely remember what I need to do next in my days!

One of the coolest things is that we are all studying the same thing as a family.  The kids are doing their devotions for their different age levels and if they have a question it is on what I have also been studying.  There has been so much discussion about God’s word at our house!  LOVE IT.  The kids are loving memorizing verses and since we are all memorizing the same verses we can quiz each other!

By the way, it isn’t too late to sign your family up.  NO, you do not need to participate in the Bible Bee at the end.  Just enjoy the materials to study God’s word together as a family.  You will not be disappointed!

In case you were wondering we are studying 1st John for the next 10 weeks.  (2 weeks down already)  They also have past years materials available for purchase if you wanted to study a different book than 1st John.  However, I have to tell you I am loving 1st John.  There is so much meat in those 5 chapters.  I have to hold myself back from underlining the whole book!

I will keep you posted on all we are learning as we go along this summer!  I hope you will prayerfully consider joining us in studying 1st John this summer!

What is the most important thing you can do with your kids this summer? I have an idea…

What is the most important thing you can do with your kids this summer? I have an idea…

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Now, more than ever, I sense the urgency to get as much Scripture into our kids and ourselves as possible.  The world is becoming more and more hostile to Christians and it is important as believers to know God’s word.  And more importantly to know it CORRECTLY and to be able to DEFEND it.  Too often I am finding Scripture misquoted or taken out of context.

We have the kids memorizing Scripture and doing devotions during the school year with a program they are in called Truth Trackers.  But they have the summer off from that program.  We also take school pretty lightly during the summer and just focus on Math, lots of reading, and a little writing.  This leaves us a lot more free time.  What better activity could we spend our free time on than Bible Study and Bible Memorization as a family?  I think you would be hard pressed to find anything better! This summer my family has signed up to participate in the Bible Bee.  We are super excited about it!

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The program officially starts June 1st, however registration has already begun!  I would like to challenge you and your family to get onto the Bible Bee website and see if there are any hosts in your area!  Then I challenge you to sign your family up.  Here’s a really quick overview of what it entails….

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At the end of the summer there is a competition to help motivate your kids to study well this summer….

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I strongly urge you to consider what you have your kids do this summer…how are they going to spend their time off from school?  Is it going to be spent watching TV and playing with friends?  What will you be able to tell your friends your family did at the end of the summer?  Will it have an eternal impact?

I know that for my family we will be able to tell you that we participated in the 2013 Bible Bee where we made new friends, strengthened the bonds within our family and most importantly made an eternal impact in our lives by studying God’s Word and memorizing it together.

Joshua 24:15

WORDology:Free Scripture Memory CD Download for kids!

WORDology:Free Scripture Memory CD Download for kids!

My sister forwarded this info about this really cool Scripture memory CD that is free to download!  We are really enjoying listening to the music. So I wanted to pass the information on to you…What a cool resource to add to your arsenal of Bible Memory techniques and tools!

Here’s a quick blurb about it from the website:

This project started as a hobby five or six years ago when I started writing simple Bible songs, inspired by my morning quiet times. One day, moved by Mark 9:37, we decided to try to recording these songs. Many unexpected twists and turns later, we have our first album. Our prayer is that parents will find these songs helpful for their children to become familiar with some important Bible verses. It was recorded simply, using acoustic instruments and an old laptop with GarageBand. My wife Lisa sings lead, along with Kaela, Lizzy, Zoe, Maria, Kallie, Rosey, Ellie, Audrey, Cora. I sing some backgrounds, along with playing the instruments. The project was mixed excellently by Dan Dybing. Artwork created by Zoe B.

Just click the here to download WORDology and start listening today!

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