Tuesday, June 30, 2009

It's All Greek To Me

I came across this neat site for teaching Greek to kids today. Looks very do-able, and it is free until September 2010 as it is in process. However, it looks like it might be worth paying for...depending on what the cost will be.

**Interesting tidbit: "There are 5,437 different words in the New Testament. They occur a total of 138,162 times....319 words account for 110,425 word occurrences, or 79.92% of the total word count, almost four out of five....The point is that if you learn these 319 words well, you can read the bulk of the New Testament....Most introductory textbooks for other languages have about 2,000 words" (Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar, William D. Mounce, pg.18).

So you see, learning Biblical Greek is not nearly as hard as you might suppose. For example, learn the word "kai" which is the Greek word for "and" and you know 1 out of 10 words in the New Testament! Awesome stuff!!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Courage to Stand

Modestus: "I can take everything you own, exile you, torture you, or kill you."

Basil: "Is that all? Those things don't scare me."

Modestus: Of course they do. Don't try to impress me with your false courage."

Basil stepped forward and looked straight into his interviewer's eyes. "You cannot take from me what I do not have, unless you want these tattered rags I wear and a few books. You cannot exile me, because every land belongs to God and I am his guest no matter where he takes me. And torture!" Basil threw his hands in the air with a laugh. "Torture is nothing. Torture is the friend who delivers me to my Savior in death."

(Peril and Peace, pg. 125)

May God grant His believers courage to stand as strangers in the world!! May we count this world and the things within as nothing compared with the far surpassing greatness of knowing and serving the Christ who died for our sins!!!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

A Proverb

Where there are no children, the house is clean (peaceful, etc), but abundant blessings (happiness), reward, and heritage come by the multiplicity of children. (My proverb based on Proverbs 14:4 and Psalm 127:3-5...All rights reserved!! ;)

I edited this after my morning to include the peaceful bit because my children have been arguing quite a bit today (and lately). God knew just what I would need to encourage me through the day! May our family bring glory and honor to His name by His grace!!