Sorry for the inactivity of this site recently

Sorry that I haven’t been more active lately but I was getting out a great tool to help you use Enjoying Genesis: The Bible in Rhyme to its greatest potential! This workbook offers lots of discussion questions, thinking challenges, creative writing ideas, projects and other activities!

This book is ideal for schools, home school, youth ministries, youth groups, parents who want a different way to talk about the Bible and kids who like to think creatively!

Enjoying Genesis: The Bible in Rhyme Workbook uses the biblical book of Genesis as a starting point for a wide variety of activities to get the mind thinking in various directions and the student writing. This book is meant for homeschooling, youth ministries, religious schools, and anyone who is open to thinking about the Bible in different ways. The book is ideal for ages 11-15.

Each of the 120 exercise pages contains:

~a verse or two from Enjoying Genesis: The Bible in Rhyme which is a kid friendly fun way to read the book of Genesis in rhyme

~discussion questions

~creative thinking questions

~ at least 7 activities which vary in length and complexity (Some of the activities are creative writing, opinion questions, projects, and media campaigns.)

There are numerous ways to use these exercises. The workbook contains a detailed introduction complete with many suggestions. For instance creative thinking questions can be used for brainstorming individually, in groups, or with the whole class. They can be used separately or given as part of the activity options.

Please note that I am going on vacation, but when I get back I will enthusiastically bring you more to think about regarding the book of Exodus!

Moses and Aaron Ask Pharaoh to Let the Children of Israel Go

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Discuss:

  • The children of Israel were Pharaoh’s slaves. Why would Moses and Aaron think that Pharaoh would let the children of Israel leave Egypt?
  • If Pharaoh cared about God would he have treated the children of Israel so badly?
  • What did Pharaoh mean when he said that he did not know God?
  • What is slavery?

Creative Thinking:

  • If you were Pharaoh under what conditions would you consider letting the children of Israel leave Egypt?
  • Why would Moses and Aaron ask that the children of Israel be able to go and honor God?

Homeschooling Activities:

  • Write a dialogue between Moses and Aaron deciding what to say to Pharaoh.
  • What other peoples have been enslaved?
  • Write about how another group of people got out of slavery.
  • Write about slavery.
  • Research Egypt.
  • Research the pharaohs.
  • Write about what the children of Israel did under slavery.
  • Do you think that Moses and Aaron asking Pharaoh to let the children of Israel go into the wilderness to honor God was any less extreme than asking that they be let go from slavery?

God Gives Us Our Senses

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Discuss Our Senses:

  • What are the five senses?
  • What does it mean to be dumb?
  • What was God’s point of saying that He gives a mouth and makes people dumb, deaf, sighted, or blind?

Creative Thinking About God Giving Us Senses:

  • Why did God mention giving a mouth and making man dumb, deaf, sighted, or blind and nothing else?
  • God says that He makes people deaf. If a person is born deaf and he later gets a device to help him hear is he going against God’s wishes?
      • Who made him hear: man or God?

Homeschooling Activities Related to Senses:

  • Moses tells God that he is not a good speaker. Are the verses above a good response to Moses? Why or why not?
  • God tells Moses that He will teach him what to say. Why is it important to teach people to do things for themselves?
  • Explain how humans talk.
  • Research deafness.
  • Explain how the eye sees.
  • Research blindness.
  • What makes people dumb?
  • Why would it be important for Moses to speak well?

The Importance of Believing that God Spoke to Moses

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Discuss Belief:

  • What is belief?
  • Why do we sometimes not believe what people tell us?
  • Why does God mention that He is the God of the forefathers of the children of Israel?
  • God says that the children of Israel will believe that He spoke to  Moses after Moses throws down his staff and it becomes a snake. Why does God need to give a sign that He spoke to Moses?

Creative Thinking:

  • Why does God mention that He is the God of the forefathers of the children of Israel?
  • Why do people believe in different things?
  • Why would God pick Moses staff turning into a snake as a sign that He spoke to Moses?

Homeschooling Activities:

  • If you needed a sign today that God talked to you what would it be? Why?
  • Why would God say that He was the God of the children of Israel and also say that He was the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?
  • Many times in the Bible it is written, “the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and God of Jacob”. If this is the same God why list Him separately as the God of each one?
  • God made Moses staff turn into a snake. If you were one of the children of Israel at that time, do you think that the staff turning into a snake would convince you that God spoke to Moses?
  • Why was it important that the children of Israel believed that God spoke to Moses?
  • Do you think that the staff turning into a snake gave Moses more confidence than he had before? Why?
  • Why would God not just make the children of Israel believe Moses?

Moses Claims the Children of Israel Will Not Believe Him

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Moses tells God that the children of Israel will not believe him. Discuss believing what people say.:

  • Have you ever had someone not believe you?
      • How did it feel?
  • Did you ever not believe someone?
      • Why did you not believe them?
  • What is confidence?

Creative thinking about believing in people:

  • What are things that Moses could say or do to help the people believe that God did talk to him?
  • What can God say to Moses that will give him confidence?
  • What kinds of things give us confidence?
  • Is it more important to believe in yourself or in someone else? Explain.

Homeschool Activities related to the children of Israel not believing Moses:

  • Write a story about someone who does not have confidence in themselves.
  • Do you think that someone’s confidence affects how they are as a leader? Why or why not?
  • Why would people not believe Moses that God spoke to him and told him to take the children of Israel out of Egypt?
  • Would you believe someone who told you that God spoke to them? Why or why not?
  • Moses did not believe that the children of Israel would believe him. Do you think that the people would believe Moses more if he did not have a negative attitude?
  • Have you ever known that someone would not believe you even though you were going to tell the truth. Tell about it. (You can also make up a situation.)
  • Do you believe that Moses would have decided to help the children of Israel if God did not talk to him? Why or why not?
  • Do you know someone, alive or dead, that you would believe and follow no matter what? Tell about that person. If you cannot think of someone like that tell why.
  • The children of Israel were not happy in Egypt. Why would they not just follow Moses even if they did not believe that God spoke to him?

In Memory of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali

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Let's honor the memories of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali.

Let’s all do a little good to combat the bad in this world.

Yesterday, three kidnapped teenage boys, Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16, were found dead in a field after being murdered in Israel – just because they were Jewish.

The only thing we, as individuals, can do is try and make this world a slightly better place, in memory of the boys who won’t come home and in honor of their families who will live with this scar for the rest of their lives.

Please join this group and pledge that for the duration of the boys’ shiva (the seven days of mourning, starting from the day of their funerals), every time you go to the supermarket donate three food items to the needy – one for each boy. Many supermarkets have donation bins at the exits. Many other non-profit organizations exist that will distribute the food as well.

If you enjoy a meal out, consider buying an extra meal to give to someone outside who looks hungry.

Hopefully donation bins around the world will be flowing with food this week, as a testament to our ability as human beings to channel our fear, anger, and hurt into good deeds that can better people’s lives.

Feel free to leave a note on the Facebook page throughout the week to let us all know that you have been shopping and have donated three (or more, of course) items. Hopefully the families will find some small comfort in knowing that the memory of their sons is being honoured by kind deeds.

Please join the Facebook event and buy three extra food items each time you shop for the period of the week that the boys family sit and mourn their loss.

Feel free to pass on the Facebook link to everyone that you know: https://www.facebook.com/events/738634189512659/

The Children of Israel Will Follow Moses

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Discuss with your children what it would mean that the Children of Israel listen by choice?:

  • What does it mean to do something by choice?
  • Have you ever done something not by choice?
      • How did it feel?
  • What does it mean to listen to someone?

Creative Thinking about listening:

  • How do we know if we should listen to someone or not?
  • When is listening not enough?

Homeschool Activities about the Children of Israel following Moses by choice:

  • Write a story about someone doing something because they wanted to.
      • Now write the story but about someone who didn’t want to do the same thing.
  • Write about the difference between hearing and listening.
  • Do we always have a choice in what we do? Explain.
  • Did you ever make a bad choice in your life? Why was it bad?
  • Did you ever make a good choice in your life? Why was it good?
  • If you made a good choice in your life, would it necessarily be a good choice for someone else? Explain.
  • Write about another leader that people have followed by choice.
  • Make a list of other leaders that people have followed by choice.
  • Moses was told that the children of Israel would follow him. Do you think that it would have made a difference to Moses if the children of Israel followed him but not by their choice? Explain.

Moses Questions His Ability to Take the Children of Israel Out of Egypt.

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Discuss Ability:

  • How do we know if we can do something?
  • What does it mean to believe in someone?
  • Is is it okay to question God?

Creative Thinking About Believing in Yourself:

  • Is it harder to believe in yourself or someone else? Why?

Homeschool Activities Related to Moses Questioning His Ability to Take the Children of Israel Out of Egypt:

  • Make a list of qualities that a leader needs.
      • Put a check mark beside any of these qualities that you posses.
  • Do you think that Moses needed different skills to stand before Pharaoh and convince him to let the children of Israel go than he did to lead them out of Egypt?
          • Why are these the same or different?
  • If you were Moses would you have questioned God’s request of you? Why or why not?
      • If so, what would you have said to God?
  • What is it that makes us afraid to try and do something that we are asked to do?
  • Do you have to be someone important to accomplish great things? Why or why not?
  • Write a diary entry for Moses describing what he felt when God asked him to go to Pharaoh and to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt.
  • Try to convince someone to give you something that they don’t want to give you.
      • Did you convince them?
      • Was it easy or hard?
      • If they gave in why do you think they gave it to you and if they didn’t why not?

God Announces That He Will Rescue the Children of Israel

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Discuss suffering and being rescued:

  • What is suffering?
  • What does it mean to be a people?
  • What does it mean to need to be rescued?

Creative Thinking About Saving the Children of Israel:

  • At what point do people “need” saving?
  • Explain why you think that God would pick this point to talk about saving His people.:

Homeschool Activities related to God Rescuing the Children of Israel:

  • There is much suffering in the world today. Name as many peoples as you can that would like to be heard by God and taken to another land.
  • Why would it say, “And bring them up…”?
  • Research and write about a people today that would like to be taken away from their situation.
  • Describe what you think would make a land “good”.
  • Do you belong to a people?
      • Tell about your people.
      • How does it feels to belong to them?
  • Write a story about suffering.
  • Describe how you feel when you hear about people suffering.
  • Can someone really feel suffering through knowing about it? Explain.
  • Are the children of Israel still around today? How are they known today? Where do they live? Do they live in a “good and spacious” land?

The Miracle of the Burning Bush

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Discuss the miracle of the burning bush:

  • What normally happens when a bush catches fire?
  • How could a bush burn but not be consumed?
  • What is a miracle?

Creative Thinking About Miracles:

  • What things in life do we take for granted that could be called miracles?

Homeschooling Activities concerning miracles and the burning bush:

  • Write a poem or a song about miracles.
  • Research how fire consumes things. Describe or draw pictures to explain how it works.
  • Explain your understanding of miracles.
  • List as many miracles as you can that happen in the Bible.
  • Write a journal entry from the burning bush’s point of view.
  • Describe in detail a scene with a bush burning. Use all of your senses to describe the fire.
  • Tell about something that happened to you, or someone you know, or make up a story about something extraordinary happening.
  • Write a newspaper article about the burning bush that was not consumed. Make sure that your title makes people want to read the article.
  • What would you tweet if you saw the burning bush?

 

 

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