Saturday, August 1, 2015

Patterns of Evidence: Exodus DVD + Giveaway


I love everything about history. Patterns of Evidence: Exodus was   a very informative documentary and was produced with great quality and a beautiful soundtrack. While doing some reading and research I learned that filmmaker Timothy Mahoney spent twelve years making this documentary. I must admit it was a little slow for me at the beginning but all in all I got a lot of information out of it.

About the Film

For more than 50 years, the vast majority of the world's most prominent archaeologists and historians have proclaimed that there is no hard evidence to support the Exodus story found in the Bible.  In fact, they say that the archaeological record is completely opposed to the Bible's account.  This view of extreme skepticism has spread from academia to the world.  The case against the Exodus appears to be so strong that even some religious leaders are labeling this ancient account as historical fiction.  Filmmaker Timothy Mahoney begins with the questions, "Is the Bible just a myth, or did the archaeologists get it wrong?"  He decides to tackle this issue wit a deliberate scientific approach.   After examining the details in the biblical text, he journeys across the globe to search for patterns of evidence firsthand.  The result is the most in-depth archaeological investigation into the Exodus from Egypt ever captured on film.   This scientific documentary's goal is to communicate the TRUTH of the Bible and help equip believers with defending their faith and the Bible.  

The DVD features stunning animations and a cast including narrator, Kevin Sorbo (God's Not Dead, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys), interviews with leading archaeologists including Israel Finkelstein, Kent Weeks, and David Rohl, and guest appearances by Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu and Shimon Peres.



Now, this is just what he thinks the truth is of this biblical period in time. He's presents some good evidence as well. We all come to our own conclusions of what may have happened, but just make sure you're reading God's word. That I can say with a fact is absolute truth. My take on this is that God doesn't want us to get hooked up on the specifics of when and where everything happened. IT HAPPENED! God is faithful to fulfill His promises. Some people need actual evidence and we can learn some things in the process. I Mahoney lots of credit for going on this journey and sharing with us.

This was something I read and I thought this was a great comment and I share his sentiment. 


"Mahoney’s “pattern of evidence” suggests the events of Exodus likely did not occur in the Egypt’s New Kingdom under Pharaoh Ramesses II. Instead, Mahoney makes the case that the modern view of the chronology of Egyptian history is off by about 200 years. Once that gap is corrected, the evidence (scarce though it may be) lines up more closely with the Biblical account. If that description doesn’t make you want to rush to the theater, then this may not be the film for you. The languid pacing, two-hour runtime, and scenes of Egyptologists skeptically shaking their heads will bore many viewers who aren’t enthralled by Old Testament historical controversies."   -Joe Carter

You can purchase your copy on Amazon or the official website.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Passport2Purity





Your child begins the journey into adolescence in a world of sexting, bullying, online stalking and moral defiance.  Innocence is under attack, and you cannot win the battle with a single awkward talk or a strict set of rules.  The primary defense for your child is a strong relationship with you and with God.  FamilyLife developed  Passport2Purity (P2P) to assist you in building heart-to-heart communication with your preteen while laying a foundation of purity that will prepare him or her for the turbulent years ahead.  Through the shared listening experience, object lessons and guided conversations of a P2P weekend getaway, you can set your son or daughter on a journey of moral integrity - and strengthen the bond between you.  It is designed to be used by a mother and daughter or a father and son when the child is a preteen.  It is suggested that the materials be completed over a weekend away from home, as the child may be more open to discussing the topics away from his or her normal environment.  If this isn't possible, the material can be completed over a period of four or five weeks.

About The Kit
What do you get?

(1) Tour Guide for the parent 
(1) Travel Journal for the preteen including 25 follow-up devotions, (8) CDs containing 5 sessions, scripture memory songs and downloadable MP3s:  Session 1: Beginning the Journey - Challenges, Traps, and Choices; Session 2: Running With The Herd - Friendships and Peer Pressure; Session 3: Ready For An Upgrade? - Changes in Him, Changes in Her; Session 4: Destination: Lé Pure - Setting Boundaries; Session 5: Crossing The Date Line - Seeing Dating Differently 

It's been a little uncomfortable for me to bring up certain topics with my pre-teen child. His father hasn't brought anything up either. Our parents aren't Christians and we figured things out from friends and teachers at school or the television. We want to do things different for our children. We both know the time has come to have this chat before he gets any older and learns from people around him whether it be good or bad. This kit makes it an easier process for all of us. I really enjoyed listening to the cd sessions. This kit just prepares you and lays out everything you need to do. It's exactly what we needed.

The whole getaway idea is a genius idea! It makes for an exciting weekend with fun and important conversation, but it also keeps it light and not too intense. There are activities suggested to fill in some of the time and bring God's word to real life situations.



My son got his own journal and we had out Tour Guide that goes along with your child's journal. The CDs are AMAZING! I don't know what I would have done without the help of this system. We would have had the talk obviously, but it wouldn't have been as informative and as understandable for him.

This is great for any parent of a pre-teen and for that said teen. Pray and seek God about whether this is something that could benefit you and your child.


FamilyLife is offering a great price right now on the Passport2Purity getaway set. Now through Aug 31, 2015, you can receive 25% off. This is an awesome deal for my readers

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Thank you Flyby and FamilyLife for the opportunity to review this product. All opinions are my own.






Monday, July 20, 2015

Compose Yourself


ThinkFun has done it again! We LOVE music in our family. In fact, I sing in the shower and play a fabulous air guitar. I don't like to toot my own horn so I'll stop right there. My eldest child, however, plays 3 actual instruments, so he's a little more educated than I. 

We were excited to have a chance to play Compose Yourself. I can now create beautiful music without even trying too hard. My son will print what he has composed and play it on the piano....I'm not there yet. 



This game was created by world-famous composer and cellist, Maestro Philip Sheppard. We are so thankful for such a fun game with endless creativity for the kiddos.



This kid has composed a few different songs and titled them already. The one he's holding he calls "The Peaceful Dance."


I'm an instant fan when my kids ask to play Compose Yourself instead of their Wii games!


You can get your own game on Amazon for a great price! I highly encourage you to go check it out! 

Thank you to the wonderful folks at ThinkFun for allowing us to review this game. The above is our honest opinion of this product.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Adventures of Mickey Matson + Giveaway


What an action packed film!!

In this follow-up to Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure, Mickey Matson is at it again; this time pitted against the evil Admiral Ironsides and his gang of pirates who are intent on destroying civilization.  Their new invention, the Tesla Coil, is a weapon of mass destruction that will send an electromagnetic pulse throughout the world, destroying every electronic device in existence.  With the help of a secret organization, Mickey and his best friend Sully embark on a mission to stop the pirates from taking over a submarine and stealing the last part needed to complete their devastating weapon.  If Admiral Ironsides succeeds in his plan, civilization will be sent back to the Stone Age.  It's a race against time, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance.




You know how I love a good family friendly movie. We all sat down and enjoyed this film. My 6 yr old watched, but wasn't really into it. My 7 and 12 yr olds loved the whole thing and didn't get up once during the movie. This is a sequel, but we didn't watch the first one and still enjoyed this one. They are great as a stand alone movies, but I do want to see the first one now. I like details and I need to know more about Mickey Matson and his grandfather.

This DVD was released June 2nd so you can purchase on pureflix's website.

GIVEAWAY TIME
"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and 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.Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.” US & CANADA ONLY

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Music for My Soul

A few years ago I headed to a MOPS Convention in Dallas. I was so happy and blessed that our worship leader happened to be Christy Nockels. I also had the pleasure of meeting her. She is such a humble person. Her music is anointed and moving. It really brings you to a place of worship and praise.


You can imagine how happy I was to get a chance to listen to her newest music! This isn't just feel-good music. This shouts JESUS from the mountain tops!


LET IT BE JESUS is my new favorite go to album. I have a favorite song (Everything Is Mine In You) when I wake in the morning before I pray. Later in the day I'm praising Jesus while doing all those loads of laundry and the dishes. Doesn't get better than that! No, it doesn't make me love doing laundry, but it does get me through it with joy and thankfulness.

About Christy:
As a worship leader for many years, she has been an integral part of Passion Conferences from its inception in 1997.  She's seen first-hand music sweep people into the presence of God in a powerful way.  A pastor’s kid, who was born in Fort Worth and raised in Oklahoma, she grew up singing in church. She met her husband, Nathan, in 1993 at the Christian Artists Seminar in Estes Park, Co. They recorded an independent record with fellow worship leader Charlie Hall under the name Sons & Daughters that led to an invitation from Louie Giglio to participate in the first Passion conference in Austin.  Christy’s voice gained a national platform when she and Nathan formed the duo Watermark, recording four acclaimed albums before that musical season ended, paving the way for Christy’s solo career. In 2008, the couple moved to Atlanta to become part of Passion City Church where she serves on the worship team with sixstepsrecords labelmates Chris Tomlin and Kristian Stanfill. The following year, Nockels released her acclaimed solo debut,  Life Light Up  and spent much of the next two years touring with Tomlin and Passion.


You can purchase her new album on iTunes


BUT WAIT!!!! You have a chance to WIN your own copy!

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Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and 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. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

gMovies...Say Whaaat?! + Free Offer & Giveaway

Where was this site years ago? We all like great family programming, right? Well, we have a place to turn to when we want some good family television shows and movies. My kids have enjoyed a few shows and I've watched one movie. Once I have a free weekend, we might just binge watch most of this site!



About gMovies:

gMovies offers instant access to almost 300 faith-friendly feature films of every genre, in addition to animated stories, television series and biblical documentaries. Always available on your computer or mobile device, gMovies also includes the bible-based animated series “Pahappahooey Island;” teen drama “Much Ado About Middle School” starring Bill Cobbs, Lee Meriwether and Amanda Waters; and the “Left Behind” drama series starring Kirk Cameron and based on the New York Times bestselling books by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. 

gMovies is operated by  UP, America’s favorite television channel for uplifting music and family entertainment, so rest assured that you are being offered the very best in faith conscious entertainment. The Parents Television Council™ has twice awarded its Entertainment Seal of Approval™ to UP for being “an authentic family-friendly cable network.” UP is the only television network to be so honored.


Now, I had some issues with playback and I contacted them via email. I got troubleshooting instructions back right away! Below I will list what they suggested for a better viewing experience.

First please try clearing the cache and cookies from your web browser settings and see if you have the same issues. If that does not resolve the problem please ensure that you are up to date with all of your software. Please just verify by downloading the following:

Microsoft Internet Explorer:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/downloads/ie/getitnow.mspx

Adobe Flash Player: 
http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/

If these do not correct the problem, please try downloading and installing Google Chrome:
http://www.google.com/chrome

If you experience the same issues in Google Chrome please try the following.

Right-click on the video screen, and you should be given a list of Flash-related options. 
Please select "Settings..." from the list of options presented.
Along the bottom of the 'Settings' box, you'll see some tabs...
Click the 3rd tab over to the right (looks like a file folder with green arrow on top) and move the slider bar to the right until higher than 100 KB (1 MB is the next option to the right)
Next, click the tab on the far left (looks like a monitor) and then uncheck the box that says "enable hardware acceleration". (if the box is unchecked already, try 'checking' the box). 

Next, clear your browser cache and cookies and check for video improvement.

To maintain the highest quality stream, please ensure your internet download speed is at least 3.0 Mbps.


I am excited to share this experience with you all!

Free 2 Wk FREE Trial
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Check it out and share your comments with me. Let me know what you love about it. Now, how about a 6 month free trial?!


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Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and 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. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Grace of God *Movie Review* + Giveaway

I'm always excited to find a new movie to watch that the whole family can enjoy. 

Great movie, great message, and a great cast


I really loved the message in this film. Just because you are a Christian doesn't mean you won't make bad choices and fail. The awesome thing is that God is there to pick us up when we do. People will disappoint and fail us, but God does not and will not. This movie is based on the 10 commandments. 

About the Movie

Having lost his faith many years ago, Detective Bill Broadly is called to investigate the disappearance of the local church’s collection plate. As he questions its various church members, rumors swirl as more congregants learn about the theft. When one unexpected church-goer confesses to stealing the funds, the confession resurrects Broadly’s views on God and helps him see that through faith and belief there really is rebirth and redemption.

You can get your own copy of this movie at your local Walmart. Just keep reading and enter to win yourself a copy!

GIVEAWAY TIME
Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and 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.
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Residents in US and Canada may enter