Saturday, May 21, 2016

Selfish Shellfish

Struggling to contribute to the development of other centered individuals, I am tempted to resort to extreme measures like taking my children to spend the night with a homeless family. As I write this I can hear several of my friends saying "why not?" Well, perhaps my own selfishness is getting in the way.

At any rate one of our family objectives is the application of Philippians 2:3 which says "Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves."

I have to admit that it is my own selfishness that drove me to create this post because I was trying to imagine where my children could meet the best marital prospects. My mind quickly turned to ministries that call for an abandonment of personal interests and comfort. And now I can hear my theologically minded friends saying "social gospel? works based salvation?". 

My question is simply this: have you observed or participated in programs that involve young people in practical ministry? What was it? Was it effective? Did it lead to the forming of the type of friendships where they would "stir up one another to love and good works" (Hebrews 10:24)? Please share your comments below!

Our Family Target

 Have fun together often.

Stimulate a hopeful disposition with a constant appetite for Heaven & the eternal state.

Encourage & train family members to be wise & faithful stewards of the resources placed under their control so that they will be responsible caretakers, generous givers & cheerful tithers.

Prayerfully arrange for family members to be mentored and befriended by people who will encourage them to discover & pursue God’s plan.

Raise children who have an accurate understanding of their talents and gifts. Arrange opportunities for them to develop & employ their passions in the advancement of God’s kingdom through their daily life and vocation.

Worship together in the home and with other members of the body of Christ.

Discover the truth of God’s word together through regular Bible reading & study.

Raise children who honor and respect their parents

Raise children who desire to love the Lord with all their hearts & come to know Him as savior at an early age.

Live other centered lives.

Honor one another through kind speech & loving action.

Testify about salvation thru Jesus Christ – in word and deed.

Glorify God – Serve the Lord with gladness & obedience.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

THEO: Great Children's Videos

Our family had the pleasure of being introduced to a new-to-us animated series called Theo. There are several titles. We watched Theo: Teaching Children God's Word.

The DVD is organized into four brief videos that highlight Bible stories. Theo is a kindly old sage who interacts with two mischief making mice, Luther and Belfry, that live in his country cottage. The writing is clever and the 2D animation is well done and reminded me of the Adventures in Odyssey series.  The DVD also comes with a helpful study guide.

Our children enjoyed the DVD and were eager to watch all the episodes!

There are also some very interesting Special Features on the DVD. I enjoyed being introduced to the creator of the series and learning how the animation was done. Kids who are interested in animating can get a very informative introduction!

Theo is produced by Whitestone Media. Thanks to for sending a sample of Theo Volume 1 - God's Love DVD in exchange for an honest review.  You can get this and many other Christian Movies at

To sample Theo for yourself download the free episode Good News at There are also free coloring pages available.