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Three Christian Middle-Grade Adventures.

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What do three siblings, a talking dove, a dragon, and a King have in common?

They create a life-changing experience for an angry twelve-year-old named Ashton, his ten-year-old sister Shayla, and their thirteen-year-old brother Mican. Join them on an adventure from failing to follow instructions, which leads them into danger, to learning to joyfully serve the King of Kings.

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What do three siblings, a talking dove, giants and Time Travel have in common?

They create a life-changing experience for fifteen-year-old Mican, fourteen-year-old Ashton, and their twelve-year-old sister Shayla.

Join them in New Mexico at an Archeological Summer Camp, where they begin a Time Travel Adventure from seeing the bones of fallen giants, to running for their lives from Noah’s Flood, live giants and warring factions.

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What do three teenagers, a secret underground base and a kidnapped engineer have in common?

As if a flu pandemic weren’t enough to deal with, fifteen-year-old Ashton, sixteen-year-old Mican, and thirteen-year-old Shayla are forced to move when their mother learns the family might be in danger because of their father’s former work, but after they move into a lovely new home, Ashton is tormented at night by a strange sound coming from under his floor.

In an attempt to find the source of the noise, the siblings stumble upon a secret underground base and a man being held hostage.

Do they attempt to rescue him or do they hesitate and risk the man being executed? They have one hour to decide.

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June Whatley has taught first through third grades in a Christian school; she has also taught Middle Graders in two different Christian schools; and has taught Study Skills in the Remedial Developmental Department of the third largest college in Tennessee.

 Mrs. Whatley holds a combination Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Education from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

June is a wife, mother and grandmother of four of the greatest Grands in history.

Kingdom Warriors Series

Hi All,

Welcome to my recently refreshed webpage.

I want to keep you updated on my Kingdom Warriors Series of books, but I also want to know what you think your child(ten) need(s). You know them better than anyone.

Example: Would you like a daily/weekly on-line devotional for ages 9-14?

What areas to they struggle in? Example: Self-confidence?

Let me know what you think.

Blessings, June

 

Pets With Pockets

Did you know that kangaroos and wallabies are sometimes kept as pets? Originally from Australia, trappers and traders use to sell them to people in other countries. It is currently illegal to ship live animals from Australia, but there are some breeders outside of Australia who sell them. In the United States, kangaroos and wallabies are bred to sell to zoos, wildlife parks and as pets.

In the past, kangaroo and wallaby pets have escaped from their owners or have been turned out, so now there are stray populations in several countries. When kangaroos and wallabies are found in the wild, they are called “feral,” meaning untamed populations and are considered pests because they are grass and leaf eaters. That makes them competition for farmers raising cattle, sheep or horses.

Kangaroos and wallabies are part of a family of animals called “macropods,” which are “marsupials.” Marsupial means that they carry their young in a pouch. That is a big pocket on the mom’s stomach. Other marsupials include the opossum, koala and the squirrel-like, sugar glider. Marsupials’ young are born alive, not hatched from an egg, and they live in their mom’s pouch where they can get food and stay warm.

Kangaroo babies are called “joeys.” Joeys are very small, about the size of a man’s thumb, when they are born. They crawl to the mother’s pouch and can stay there for weeks or months. As they get bigger, they can peek out of the pouch to see the world around them, but they live there until they are big enough to enter the world and explore for themselves. Some of them choose to nurse from their mothers until they are almost as big as their mothers. Wow!

Poor mom-a-roo!

The joey’s sense of hearing is very good. They even learn to recognize danger when they hear the mother’s heart rate increase. The muscles to the pouch also tighten to hold the baby in place incase the mother has to flee suddenly. When joeys begin to roam on their own, they learn to return quickly to the mother’s pouch when she gives a distress call. If not obedient, it could spell disaster for the babies.

Information about keeping kangaroos and wallabies as pets doesn’t always agree.  Some reports say they are furry and friendly. Yet mature kangaroos have been trained to box. They can use their shorter front legs to grab and hold a person in a headlock. Their strong back legs can deliver kicks powerful enough to knock a grown man to the ground.

Some people say kangaroos and wallabies can’t be house broken. Others say they can be paper trained. Some experts say they catch diseases easily from other animals, while others say they can be healthy while living with humans and household pets. Much of this conflicting information is because there many different varieties of kangaroos and wallabies. Despite the confusion, wouldn’t it be fun to own a pet with a pocket?

Encounter His Love

Hi All, I am starting a new Bible Study book and I need your opinions. Let me know if my format is to boring. It is a bit repetitive, but intentionally. But…is that too boring?

Encounter His Love

Chapter 1

Probably the best known and most quoted Bible verse in all of history is John 3:16.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his

only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth

in him should not perish, but have everlasting

life. KJV

But what does it actually mean? It has become so familiar, that it is recited like a product jingle from a television commercial without much thought behind it.

Take for instance the first word, ‘for.’ Often overlooked, quoted for quoting’s sake. The word ‘for in this verse is “assigning a reason, used in argument, explanation or intensification.” It can be translated from the Greek text as “because” or “seeing that.”

Does that change anything about how the verse is interpreted by it’s readers?

‘Seeing that’ God so loved the world…

Hmmm. Okay, now we know that we are supposed to ‘see’ something. Or we can read it as:

Because God so loved the world…

Now we know that we are supposed to see God’s reason, (his ‘because’) for what he has done.And we know it is past tense, because the verb ‘loved’ is past tense. It has already been done.

Which God are we talking about here? Is it just a supreme deity? According to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, the scripture is attributed to “God the Father, the first person in the trinity.” That is pretty clear. So,

Because ‘God the Father, the first

person in the trinity’ so loved the world…

Next is the word ‘so.’ It is such a small word, or is it? We usually think ‘so what?’ or ‘so much!’ But the word used in the Greek actually means “in this way” or “in this manner.”

Because God the Father, the first

person in the trinity ‘in this manner’ loved the

world…

Okay, the next word is easy, ‘loved.’ Or is it that easy? We talk about loving our food, our car, our cat, our dog, our family, etc. But the word used here in the Greek text does not mean in a social context. It is not a changeable nor transient love. It means my ‘beloved’ who is ‘much loved.’ Now we can read it this way:

Because God the Father, the first

person in the trinity, in this manner,

‘loved so much’ the world…

So who does God love? The Greek word is ‘kosmos.’ What does that sound like? Yep, the cosmos, “the world, the universe.” But it does not mean the stars and the planets. According to Strong’s Concordance, it means “the ungodly multitude; the whole mass of men alienated from God, and therefore hostile to the cause of Christ.” Or…

Because God the Father, the first

person in the trinity, in this manner,

loved so much, ‘the ungodly multitude’

of people…

Before you saw that, who did you think God loved? Did you think he loved the good people? No, God loved the lost, the ungodly, those alienated and hostile to Christ.

When the Pharisees were complaining about the people with whom Jesus associated (tax collectors and sinners), Jesus said that those who are well don’t need a doctor.

Look at Matthew 9:12 KJV, “But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, ‘They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.’ ”

Our next word, ‘that’ is “hōste.” It seems simple enough, but it really means “(insomuch) that, therefore.”

I know we don’t talk like that much these days, but would you believe   that ‘insomuch’ is in the Apple computer dictionary? It is! It means “to such an extent that.” Okay so let’s adjust our mindset.

Because God the Father, the first person

in the trinity, in this manner, loved so much,

the ungodly multitude of people ‘to such an

extent that, therefore’…

Next to consider is ‘he gave.’ Again in the Greek, according to Strong’s  this means to “to give forth from one’s self,” or since it is past tense, ‘he gave forth from himself.’

Because God the Father, the first person

in the trinity, in this manner, loved so much,

the ungodly multitude of people to such an

extent that, therefore ‘he gave forth from

himself’…

What did he give from himself? The word ‘his’ is the reflexive pronoun. So what did he give that was his? His only begotten son. His ‘monogenēs,’ his ‘only child.’ Which we know was a ‘son’ because the masculine noun for child was used.

What does begotten mean? In the Apple Embed dictionary, it is “bring (a child) into existence.”If you are a parent, would you give any of your children, much less your only child, for an ungodly multitude? Not me! No way!

But God did. This scripture says it.

Because God the Father, the first person

in the trinity, in this manner, loved so much,

the ungodly multitude of people to such an

extent that, therefore he gave forth from

himself ‘his only son’…

Our next word looks like a repetition of the word ‘that’ used earlier, but it is not. This use of the English word ‘that’ is the Greek word ‘hina,’ not ‘hōste,’ which means “in order that.”

Because God the Father, the first person

in the trinity, in this manner, loved so much,

the ungodly multitude of people to such an

extent that, therefore he gave forth from

himself his only son ‘in order that’…

‘In order that,’ what?

In order that ‘whosoever,’ or “all, any, every, the whole” of that ungodly multitude…

Because God the Father, the first person

in the trinity, in this manner, loved so much,

the ungodly multitude of people to such an

extent that, therefore he gave forth from

himself his only son in order that ‘all, any,

every, the whole’…

The next word, ‘believeth’ is ‘pisteuō.’ What do you think the word ‘believes’ means? Do you think it is a process of your head? Do you think it is something that you decide with your mind? Let’s look at what the Greek word, pisteuō, means.

In Strong’s ‘pisteuō’ starts out to mean “to think to be true, to be persuaded of, to credit, place confidence in.” It is “used in the NT of the conviction and trust to which a man is impelled by a certain inner and higher prerogative and law of soul.”

It is starts out to think something is true, but it continues to build on that meaning. It includes ‘impelled’ which means to “drive, force, or urge (someone) to do something.” The person is impelled, forced, driven to do something by a higher prerogative. That prerogative is defined by a “property distinguishing a person or class.”

So you are so driven to think that something is true.  What thing?

Strong’s goes on to add “to trust in Jesus or God as able to aid either in obtaining or in doing something: saving faith.”

Okay, let’s paint a picture here. Pisteuō is to think something is true, to place confidence in it, so much that you are impelled or driven by a higher prerogative that it distinguishes you as a person. BECAUSE, you ‘trust in Jesus or God as able to aid either in obtaining or in doing something,’ including ‘saving faith.’

The person doesn’t just ‘think’ that God can save them. It is high ‘fidelity’ trust; that is faithfulness, ‘demonstrated by continuing loyalty and support.’ They put their trust and faith in the son that God sent. It is a deep belief, trust and faith in Jesus, the son of God, that he and he alone can save them, demonstrated by continuing loyalty and support.

Now how can we fit that into this verse?

Because God the Father, the first person

in the trinity, in this manner, loved so much,

the ungodly multitude of people to such an

extent that, therefore he gave forth from

himself his only son in order that all, any,

every, the whole, that have a ‘deep belief,

trust and faith in Jesus, the son of God,

that he and he alone can save them,

demonstrated by continuing loyalty and

support’…

 

Wow, that is a mouthful to put into one word, but it describes the Greek meaning of pisteuō.

What does ‘in him’ mean? It means that you pisteuō, so much-so deeply,  that you go “into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place.”

Yep, you actually go into Jesus. You are so sure that Jesus is the son of God the Father, that you jump completely into him. We talk about asking Jesus into our heart, which means he gets all the way down into the center of us, because we are so into him. It is a life exchange. You give him your old ungodly self and he gives you his godly self.

Because God the Father, the first person

in the trinity, in this manner, loved so much,

the ungodly multitude of people to such an

extent that, therefore he gave forth from

himself his only son in order that all, any,

every, the whole, that have a deep belief,

trust and faith in Jesus, the son of God,

that he and he alone can save them,

demonstrated by continuing loyalty

and support, enter ‘into’ Jesus life and give

him theirs…

I have a question, do you or did you ever pisteuō (believe) in Jesus Christ  if or when you asked him to be your Savior? If not and you pisteuō (believe) now you can ask him to be your Savior. The rest of John 3:16 is what people receive when they are in Christ and he is in them.

Here is how much God loves the lost. He is offering them this deal. Those who pisteuō (believe) in Jesus Christ, ‘should not perish.’ Should not perish is a phrase. If we take out the word ‘not’ we have the Greek word ‘apollymi,’ which means to should perish or ‘put out of the way entirely, abolish, put an end to ruin, to destroy.’

That is what the ungodly multitude deserve, but God made a provision for them that if they pisteuō (believe) in Jesus Christ, God adds the word ‘mē,’ “not,” to the phrase.

Because God the Father, the first person

in the trinity, in this manner, loved so much,

the ungodly multitude of people to such an

extent that, therefore he gave forth from

himself his only son in order that all, any,

every, the whole, that have a deep belief,

trust and faith in Jesus, the son of God,

that he and he alone can save them,

demonstrated by continuing loyalty and

support, enter into Jesus’ life and give him

theirs, so they should not ‘be put out of the way

entirely,’ should not be ‘abolish,’ should

not be ‘put an end to ruin,’ should not be

‘destroyed’.…

Then you see the ‘but.’  God has made an exception. But ‘contrariwise,’

Because God the Father, the first person

in the trinity, in this manner, loved so much,

the ungodly multitude of people to such an

extent that, therefore he gave forth from

himself his only son in order that all, any,

every, the whole, that have a deep belief,

trust and faith in Jesus, the son of God,

that he and he alone can save them,

demonstrated by continuing loyalty and

support, enter into Jesus’ life and give him

theirs, so they should not be put out of the way

entirely, should not be abolish, should

not be put an end to ruin, should not be

destroyed, ‘but contrariwise’.…

To ‘have’ means to “have i.e. own, possess.” Possess what?

‘Eternal’ (aiōnios) means “without end, never to cease, everlasting.”

Because God the Father, the first person

in the trinity, in this manner, loved so much,

the ungodly multitude of people to such an

extent that, therefore he gave forth from

himself his only son in order that all, any,

every, the whole, that have a deep belief,

trust and faith in Jesus, the son of God,

that he and he alone can save them,

demonstrated by continuing loyalty and

support, enter into Jesus’ life and give him

theirs, so they should not be put out of the way

entirely, should not be abolish, should

not be put an end to ruin, should not be

destroyed, but contrariwise, ‘to posses, without

end, never ceasing’ .…

Now for the clincher. Many people think that the Christian life is boring, dull, unfulfilling, but if you have the Real Deal, this is what life is:

‘Life’ (zōē) “life real and genuine, a life active and vigorous, devoted to God, blessed.” But not only here and now, we get the promise of “life after the resurrection… to last for ever.” We can live an active vigorous life now and we get to spend eternity with God and Jesus.

Because God the Father, the first person

in the trinity, in this manner, loved so much,

the ungodly multitude of people to such an

extent that, therefore he gave forth from

himself his only son in order that all, any,

every, the whole, that have a deep belief,

trust and faith in Jesus, the son of God,

that he and he alone can save them,

demonstrated by continuing loyalty and

support, enter into Jesus’ life and give him

theirs, so they should not be put out of the way

entirely, should not be abolish, should

not be put an end to ruin, should not be

destroyed, but contrariwise, to posses, without

end, never ceasing, ‘life real and genuine, a

life active and vigorous, devoted to God,

blessed.” Including “life after the resurrection,

to last for ever.” We can live an active vigorous

life now and we get to spend eternity with

God and Jesus.

That is how much God loves the world!

John 3:16 KJV, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

God loved you, me and whole ungodly multitude that he sent his only son to die for our sins, in order that we might live with him eternally, if we only  pisteuō believe.

If you think you are a Christian, but your life is boring, then ask yourself if you are not doing something right. Check out your pisteuō level and make sure that you don’t have simply a head-knowledge belief in Jesus and God. Make sure you have the real deal. If you aren’t sure, ask God to show you. It may take awhile, but he is faithful. If you are seek, he will show you.

If you know him, but you are bored, continue this study and read #LifeChange: A Treasure Hunt For More!

If you don’t pisteuō believe, remember:

Isaiah 55:6 NIV, “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.”

Deuteronomy 4:29 NIV, “But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.”