The Book of Genesis: A Summary

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The book of Genesis takes us from the creation of the world through the stories of Adam & Eve, Cain & Abel, the garden of Eden, Noah, Abraham & Sarah, Isaac & Rebecca, Jacob & Rachel & Leah and their families.

The book of Genesis is basically the story of one family.

Bible Study Tools

Bible Talk

Discuss with your children:

  • What is family?
  • Is a family only biological?
  • What makes a family cohesive?

Creative Thinking

  • What makes family special?
  • What makes your family unique?

Homeschool Activities

  • The book of Genesis is mainly the story of one family. Write the story of your family. See how far back you can go.
  • Make a family tree. See how far back you can go.
  • Draw a biblical family tree. Can you start with Adam & Eve? If not, start with Abraham and Sarah.
  • Adam & Eve were the first people created. Do you feel related to them? Why or why not?
  • Write a summary of the book of Genesis in one or more of the following:
      • a blog
      • a tweet
      • a paragraph
      • a cartoon
      • a poem
      • a song
  • Create a campaign to encourage people to read the book of Genesis. Use at least two of the following:
      • twitter
      • blog
      • billboard
      • flyer
      • poster
      • email
  • The book of Genesis is made up of many short stories. Which is your favorite? Why?
  • Check out Enjoying Genesis: The Bible in Rhyme on Marcia Goldlist’s author page.

Joseph Asks the Children of Israel to Keep a Promise

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Unlike his father, Jacob, Joseph does not ask that the children of Israel take him out of Egypt right away. He asks that they take his bones out of Egypt when God remembers them and takes them out of Egypt.

Bible Study Tools

Bible Talk

Discuss with your children:

  • What is a promise?
  • Is it fair to ask someone to keep a promise?

Creative Thinking

  • What is the difference between having one person swear to something and having a lot of people promise to do something?

Homeschool Activities

  • Find other promises in the Bible.
        • How are they the same and how do they differ?
  • Joseph had the children of Israel swear to keep a promise that he knew would not come about for a very long time. How is this different and how is it the same than a promise that is to be fulfilled right away.
  • How is a promise to do something when you will be dead different than having someone promise to do something when you are alive?
  • Do you think that it is rude to ask someone to keep a promise? Why or why not?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of asking a large group of people to keep a promise?
  • Joseph will not know if anyone does take his bones out of Egypt. Write a journal entry with his fears and concerns about his wishes being fulfilled.
  • Write a flyer or poster encouraging people to keep their promises.
  • Jacob had Joseph swear that he would take his body out of Egypt right away. What were the differences in Joseph’s case? Why did he have the children of Israel swear to take his body out only when God took them out from Egypt?
  • Joseph asked a lot of people to keep a promise. Do you think that he gave a responsibility to these people? Is this fair?

Joseph Spoke To His Brothers’ Hearts

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Joseph spoke to the hearts of his brothers. He really meant what he said and his brothers felt better after he reassured them.

Bible Study Tools

Bible Talk

Discuss with your children:

    • What does it mean to speak to someone’s heart?
    • What is the difference between speaking to the heart and to the brain?

Creative Thinking

  • Think of ways to reassure someone that you sincerely forgive them for something.
    • Reassure the person through their heart.
    • Reassure the person through their brain.
    • Reassure the person through both their heart and their brain.

Homeschooling Activities

  • Write what you would say if you were Joseph to your brothers to reassure them that you forgive them.
      • How would you talk to their heart?
      • How would you talk to their mind?
      • Look up what Joseph said to his brothers in the Bible and compare it to what you said. (Genesis 50:19-21)
  • Research the heart as an organ in the body.
  • Check out which foods are good for your heart.
  • Make a healthy heart dinner for your family.
  • Draw a person with a heart in the correct spot.
  • Why is it important to talk to someone’s heart?
  • Why is it important to talk to someone’s brain?
  • Make a case in front of a judge of why it is more important to talk to someone’s brain or heart.
      • Now defend the other side.
      • Be the judge and make comments on the strong and weak points of your cases.
  • Create a campaign for people to speak to the heart from the heart. Use at least three of the following:
      • Billboard
      • Twitter
      • Blog
      • Flyer
      • Poster
      • Email
      • Newspaper advertisements
      • Magazine advertisements
      • Radio advertisements
      • TV advertisements

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I’m Featured in an Article

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I have been featured in an article in the Canadian B’nai Brith paper – The Jewish Tribune. Please take a minute to read the article.

Here are links to other articles that I have been featured in:

Jewish Tribune, 2013

The Jerusalem Post, 2013

Joseph is in a Good Mood

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Joseph’s brothers were afraid how he would act once their father died. They were worried not only about how Joseph would treat them, but also if he would still give them and their children food. 

Bible Study Tools

Bible Talk

Discuss with your children:

  • Have you ever been worried about not having enough food to eat?
      • If not, what do you think that this would feel like?
  • Have you ever been really afraid of someone?
      • If you were, what did it feel like.
      • If you weren’t, what do you think it would feel like?

Creative Thinking

  • Name as many things as you can that make people afraid.
      • Order these things according to what you think is objectively the most frightening to the least.
  • Make a list of as many moods as you can.

Homeschool Activities

  • Research what moods people have and what puts people into those moods.
  • Write an instruction page on how to put someone into a good mood.
  • Write a letter to someone explaining to them how they put you into a bad mood.
      • Add a paragraph or two to the person explaining how they could have gotten you out of the bad mood.
  • Write a flyer with tips on how to stay in a good mood.
  • Joseph’s brothers were afraid of how he would treat them after his father was gone. Write a flyer with tips on how not to be afraid of your siblings.
  • Joseph’s brothers really were not nice to him, yet he forgave them. Create a billboard to get people to be forgiving.
  • Joseph told his brothers right away that he would still give them and their children food. It must be horrible to feel afraid that you will not have enough to eat. Think of a way that you can help a local food bank.

There are still 9 days left on my Indiegogo campaign for Enjoying the Book of Esther: The Bible in Rhyme! Check out how you can be a part of this Biblical book of Esther – written all in rhyme! This is a great way of reading Bible with your children.

The Book of Esther and International Women’s Day

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We women have come a long way! Let’s celebrate!  

For those of you who are Christian, Muslim, or Jews

I have some timely news.

I have written the biblical book of Esther in rhyme

And it is ready to send to you at this time!

I am not asking for any money from you,

Just something that you can easily do.

In the Bible, Esther asked that all Jews fast for 3 days,

So, to continue the tradition I am asking you to help me in 3 ways:

•     Please send this blog to 3 people

•     View my campaign on Indiegogo

•     Leave a comment on my Indiegogo campaign

And I’ll give you 3 reasons why you should

Besides that for me it is good:

•     You will be letting people know that they can easily read and understand the book of Esther in a fun way.

•     You will be giving people the opportunity to read the Bible in rhyme.

•     You will be spreading hope. Yes, that is right. People will be reminded that Esther made a difference to many people and see that an ordinary person like me is reaching for a dream and they will be encouraged to reach for theirs! It’s International Women’s Day – reconnect with a book like Esther!

Here are 3 reasons why I think that people would like to know

That the book of Esther is now written in rhyme and ready to go:

•     This book is a great way to have fun teaching the book of Esther.

•     It is fun to read a book in rhyme!

•     You give people – of all religions and ages – the chance to be inspired by Esther who took her situation in life and used it for good!

And now I will thank you in 3 ways:

•     Thank you very much!

•     Todah!

•     Merci!

The Bible and International Women’s Day

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My newest book Enjoying the Book of Esther: The Bible in Rhyme is in partnership with International Women’s Day!

The biblical book of Esther is the story of an orphan girl who becomes queen. She is adopted by her uncle and follows everything that he says. When Esther’s uncle finds out that there is a plot to kill all of their people he asks her to go to the king and save their people. Esther, probably for the first time in her life says, “No.” Her uncle then explains to her that perhaps she was made queen at this time and place to be able to help her people. She realizes that she can make a difference and designs a plan which she carries out to save herself and her people.

Check it out on my Indiegogo page!

For every $25 raised on Monday, March 3rd or 8th, $1 will be matched in honor of International Women’s Day.

Take this opportunity to:

  • be inspired by reading this book
  • inspire someone else by giving them the book
  • thank someone for inspiring you by giving them this book!

Thank you for checking out my newest book!

May you always have someone to inspire you and may you always inspire others!

Lying and Apologizing: The Bible and The Olympics

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After burying Jacob, Joseph’s brothers told him that Jacob had told them that they were given a message from Jacob to tell Joseph. They told Joseph that they were to forgive them. After this they added in an apology of their own.

Bible Study Tools

Bible Talk

Discuss with your children:

  • For what type of things should we apologize?
  • What makes an apology sincere?

Creative Thinking

  • Joseph’s brothers lied to Joseph. They told him that their father, Jacob, had instructed them to give a message to Joseph to forgive his brothers.  Give reasons that it is okay that Joseph’s brothers lied to him and reasons why it was not okay.
  • Come up with a rule stating when it is okay to lie or when it is not acceptable to lie.
  • Olympic athletes who take down an opponent in a sport like snowboarding surely don’t mean any harm to the other player. However, they did ruin the chances of that Olympian to win a medal and often to even cross the finish line. Should the Olympic athlete who took another Olympic athlete out of the race apologize, or is it not necessary? Give an argument on both sides.

Homeschool Activities

  • Do you think that Joseph’s brothers gave a sincere apology?
        • Why or why not?
  • Write a sincere apology to someone for something that you did, or did not do.
        • Do you think that it is too late to give the apology?
  • Joseph’s brothers gave him an apology years after the event. Do you think that it is ever too late to apologize? Write an argument to present before a judge for why there should be and why there should never be a limit of time related to apologies.
  • Joseph’s brothers lied to him. Create a campaign for not lying.
  • Joseph’s brothers apologized to him. Create a campaign for apologizing to others.
      • Your campaign could include all or some of the following:
        • billboard
        • flyer
        • poster
        • blog
        • tweets
  • If you were creating a campaign for not lying, who would you aim the campaign at: youngsters, teenagers, college age, adults, or everyone? Explain your reason.
  • If you were creating a campaign for apologizing, who would you aim the campaign at: youngsters, teenagers, college age, adults, or everyone? Explain your reason.
  • Explain how cheating (like in an Olympic sport) is like lying and how it is different.
  • During the Olympics, in some competitions, like snowboarding competitors made other competitors fall. Do you think that they owe an apology to the person that they took out?
  • Write a letter to a competitor that made you fall in an Olympic competition.
  • Write a letter to the competitor that you made fall in an Olympic competition.

I’m not going to lie to you – I want you to take a look at Enjoying the Book of Esther: The Bible in Rhyme. Please click to see my Indiegogo campaign for this book.

I’m not going to apologize to you for asking. Please take a look at my newest endeavor – an Indiegogo campaign for Enjoying the Book of Esther: The Bible in Rhyme.

The Olympic Spirit and The Bible

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Olympic symbol and the Bible

The Olympic Symbol and the Olympic Spirit!

Jacob’s sons were asked by Jacob to bury him in Israel, in the cave with his father’s that Abraham bought. Jacob’s sons did just as they were asked.

In this case doing what they were asked was great. But, sometimes in life doing just what we are asked to do isn’t enough.

Bible Study Tools

Bible Talk

Discuss with your children:

  •  If the Olympic athletes did what they were asked (they learned their sport) would it be enough to get them to the Olympics?
  • If I wrote books and even published them, but didn’t try to let people know that the books were available would that be enough?
  • If a coach instructed an Olympic athlete would that be enough? Do the coaches have to also be good role models?

Creative Thinking:

  • A Canadian cross-country ski coach at the Olympics helped a Russian skier finsh the race. Look up articles about Justin Wadsworth, the Canadian ski coach at the Sochi Games and read about how he helped athlete Anton Gafarov. Why do you think that the Justin helped Anton? Why do think some people go out of their way to go beyond just doing what they are told, or expected to do?
  • Anton knew that he could not win the Olympics, so why do you think that it was important for him to finish the finish line?
  • Would you agree that the Olympics are about more than just sport? Explain.

Homeschool Activities

  • Write a story about three people who are on the same sports team. One plays because s/he wants to go to the Olympics, one really likes to play, and one goes out for a social activity.
  • Write a story about three siblings. One goes out of his/her way to always be the best that he can be and help others in any way possible, another does what s/he is told and the third sometimes does what s/he is told and sometimes doesn’t.
  • Write a letter to Justin Wadsworth, the Canadian ski coach at the Sochi Olympic Games that helped Anton Gafarov finish skiing in the Olympics.
  • Write a letter from Anton Gafarov to the Canadian ski coach, Justin Wadsworty, explaining what it meant to him to be able to cross the finish line at the Olympics on skis.
  • Write a poem, song, or rap about Olympic spirit.
  • Explain when you think it is good to follow orders and when it is a bad idea.
  • View my latest effort to go beyond the writing for this blog with my Indiegogo campaign for my soon to be released book Enjoying the Book of Esther: The Bible in Rhyme. I’d love to know what you think. Please leave me a comment on my campaign page or through this blog.
  • Jacob’s sons buried him as they were told. Olympic athletes follow their coaches’ instructions. What advice would you give someone to follow to help make them a better person?
  • Jacob’s sons did just what they were asked to do. Would that qualify for the Olympic spirit?

The Bible, the Olympics,and Me

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What is the connection between the Bible, the Olympics, and me?

  • In the Bible, Joseph swore to his father that he would take his body to Israel (which was known as Canaan at the time).
  • Olympians swear to themselves and their country to do their best at whichever sport they perform.
  • I have taken upon myself to strive for excellence in my writing, for this blog and in my books.

The Bible

Joseph promised his father that he would take his body to Israel. He had to get Pharaoh’s permission and he did.

The Olympics

Olympians work very hard at their sport. They give up a lot of private time to work hard to make themselves, their country, coaches, and family proud. Sometimes they receive medals and sometimes they come home disappointed.

Me

I have worked hard to write several books of the Bible in rhyme. My latest book is Enjoying the Book of Esther: The Bible in Rhyme. This is the book of Esther all in rhyme. I have decided to put this book up on an Indiegogo campaign. I hope that you will take a look and support my efforts! 

Discuss with your children:

  • When do we need permission from people to do something?
  • Is it better to do something for yourself or for someone else?
  • If you could choose to be good enough at a sport to go to the Olympics which sport would you choose?
  • Would you be willing to spend the time needed to practice for the Olympics?

Creative Thinking

  • Come up with as many reasons as you can for why Pharaoh would or would not let all the people go to bury Joseph.

Homeschool Activities

  • Joseph promised his father that he would bury him in the cave in Israel. Write what you think it means to promise someone something?
  • What do you think it means to promise yourself something?
  • What do the Olympic athletes promise themselves?
  • If you were one of Pharaoh’s advisers would you support Joseph and his family taking Jacob’s body to Israel or not? Why?
  • How would you feel if you received permission to go to the Olympics?
      • Do you think that this is the same type of feeling as Joseph had when he received permission to take Jacob’s body to Israel? Why or why not?
  • Do you think that it was hard for Joseph to ask Pharaoh for permission to take Jacob’s body to Israel? Describe in some way (through a dialogue, a cartoon, a comic strip, play, journal) the internal discussion that Joseph had with himself.
  • Sometimes it is hard to focus on what we have to do. This is one of the important things that Olympic athletes must do – focus on their sport. In order to write my books, I have to put away time and focus on my work. Joseph had to focus on his promise and ask Pharaoh to let him take Jacob’s body to Israel. What would you like to focus on in your life? Pick something that you would like to focus on and make a realistic plan to help you.

I am not good at sports, but I do dedicate a lot of my time to writing books. Please take a look at my latest book which is featured on Indiegogo!

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