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Just to let you know…

Hey there, friends, just to let you know that my blogging days are numbered…no this isn’t as serious as that!

So we moved in France in February as Steven’s dream was to retire in France and in August  I got this new teaching job in Angouleme, yes in Charente, an hour away by car from Civray, France!  I love the school, the staff and of course the kiddies…I am so blessed…

I am fairly busy with everything, preparing lessons, marking, and now as it’s the end of the term, writing reports for all my classes. It takes time and I have to create most resources because it’s the first time I’m teaching English…

I am not giving up blogging though!

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So just a little organising…if you have any tips, let me know!

Have a blessed week-end!

Janathon day 4

Dear friends after a great day at school, I was overjoyed to spend the evening with Imo. Steven did a roast diner with all the vegetables including the roasties, Imogen’s favourite and a special vegan gravy for her. Unfortunately she didn’t like my butternut squash loaf because …it was a medley of vegetables… and not a loaf. Not to worry, practice makes perfect!

Tonight I wasn’t unsure of going out for a walk/run under the rain, still I went out and really enjoyed it!

Have a great Tuesday 🙂

The Dead Sea scrolls

If someone had asked a minister in 1947 to prove that the original Hebrew Scriptures from the Old Testament were reliably copied without error throughout the last two thousand years, he might have had some difficulty in providing an answer. The oldest Old Testament manuscript used by the King James translators was dated approximately A.D. 1100. That old manuscript from A.D. 1100 was a copy of a copy of a copy, etc. for over two thousand years. How could we be sure that the text in the A.D. 1100 copy of the Scriptures was identical with the original text as given to the writers by God and inspired by Him? An extraordinary discovery occurred in the year before Israel became a nation.   A Bedouin Arab found a cave in Qumran near the Dead Sea which ultimately yielded over a thousand priceless manuscripts dating back before A.D. 68, when the Roman legions destroyed the Qumran village during the Jewish war against Rome. When the ancient Hebrew scrolls were examined by scholars they found that this Qumran site contained a library with hundreds of precious texts of both biblical and secular manuscripts that dated back before the destruction of the Second Temple and the death of Jesus Christ. Once the Bedouins recognized the value of the scrolls they began searching for additional documents in every valley and cave near the Dead Sea. The most incredible discovery was the immense library of biblical manuscripts in Cave Four at Qumran that contained every single book of the Old Testament with the exception of the Book of Esther. Multiple copies of several biblical texts such as Genesis, Deuteronomy and Isaiah were found in Cave Four. Scholars were able to reach back a further two thousand years in time to examine biblical texts that had lain undisturbed in the desert caves during all of the intervening centuries. The scholars discovered that the Hebrew manuscript copies of the most authoritative Hebrew text, Textus Recepticus, used by the King James translators in 1611, were virtually identical to these ancient Dead Sea Scrolls. After carefully comparing the manuscripts they discovered that, aside from a tiny number of spelling variations, not a single word was altered from the original scrolls in the caves from the much copied A.D. 1100 manuscripts used by the Authorized King James Version translators in 1611. How could the Bible have been copied so accurately and faithfully over the many centuries without human error entering into the text? The answer is found in the overwhelming respect and fear of God that motivated Jewish and Christian scholars whose job was to faithfully copy the text of the Bible. The Crucified Messiah Scroll In 1991 the world was astonished to hear that one of the unpublished scrolls included incredible references to a “Messiah” who suffered crucifixion for the sins of men. The scroll was translated by Dr. Robert Eisenman, Professor of Middle East Religions of California State University. He declared, “The text is of the most far-reaching significance because it shows that whatever group was responsible for these writings was operating in the same general scriptural and Messianic framework of early Christianity.” Although the original scroll team still claimed that there was no evidence about early Christianity in the unpublished scrolls, this new scroll totally contradicted their statements. This single scroll is earth-shaking in its importance. As Dr. Norman Golb, Professor of Jewish History at the University of Chicago said, “It shows that contrary to what some of the editors said, there are lots of surprises in the scrolls, and this is one of them.” This remarkable five-line scroll contained fascinating information about the death of the Messiah. It referred to “the Prophet Isaiah” and his Messianic prophecy (Chapter 53) that identified the Messiah as one who will suffer for the sins of his people. This scroll provides an amazing parallel to the New Testament revelation that the Messiah would first suffer death before He would ultimately return to rule the nations. Many scholars believed that the Jews during the first century of our era believed that, when he finally came, the Messiah would rule forever without dying. The exciting discovery of this scroll reveals that the Essene writer of this scroll understood the dual role of the Messiah as Christians did. This scroll identified the Messiah as the “Shoot of Jesse” (King David’s father) the “Branch of David,” and declared that he was “pierced” and “wounded.” The word “pierced” remind us of the Messianic prophecy in Psalms 22:16: “They pierced my hands and feet.” The prophet Jeremiah (23:5) said, “I will raise unto David a righteous branch.” The scroll also describes the Messiah as a “leader of the community” who was “put to death.” This reference pointing clearly to the historical Jesus of Nazareth is creating shock waves for liberal scholarship that previously assumed that the Gospel account about Jesus was a myth. Jesus is the only one who ever claimed to be the Messiah who was crucified. The genealogies recorded in both Matthew and Luke’s Gospels, reveal that Jesus was the only one who could prove by the genealogical records kept in the Temple that He was the lineage of King David as the “Son of Jesse.” Since the tragic destruction of the Temple and its records in A.D. 70 it would be impossible for anyone else to ever prove their claim to be the Messiah based on their genealogical descent from King David. Additionally, the scroll identified the Messiah as “the sceptre” which probably refers to the Genesis 49:10 prophecy, “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.” This scroll confirms the historical truthfulness of the New Testament record about Jesus and His crucifixion. The evidence from the scroll suggests that the Jewish Essene writer acknowledged that Jesus of Nazareth was the “suffering Messiah” who died for the sins of His people. Credit to Grant R. Jeffrey Ministries.

All Scripture is God-breathed

blog-2-tim-3-16-17A few months ago as I was on a Christian website reading items in a forum, one comment caught my eye. Somebody was saying that some of the Bible did not matter so much, and he gave examples, i.e. picking the stuff that he did not like!

In terms of dating I subscribe to the conviction that the New Testament was written before AD 70 – the fall of Jerusalem. There may be indicators that it was about to happen but no evidence that it had. If it had, the writers would have linked that to Jesus predictions concerning it which they don’t. It is my conviction that scripture is not only ‘God-breathed but also God-preserved. Why would the Lord reveal all he wants to reveal and then allows man to mess it up by forgetting it or changing it? I trust the integrity of the Bible and its writers as a true and honest record of what God wants us to hear from him, about him, his ways and his purposes.

There are things we want to know that if God explained them to us we would

be unable to comprehend. When all is said and done, He is God, infinite, immortal and all knowing and we aren’t.

In 2 Timothy 3-16, Paul says: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work’ .

This could not be more explicit! I would like to give an example of ‘ Scripture useful for training in righteousness’: Paul puts it very clearly in 1 Corinthians 10:1-12.

Peter tells us: ‘Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit’. 2 Peter 1:20-21

We know about Jesus-Christ and his apostles from the Bible but they also testified to the authority of the Bible. Jesus refers to the Bible as his Heavenly father’s written instructions which he obeys. Matthew 4:4 Jesus answered: “ It is written: ’Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Heb 10:5-10 Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me;6 with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. 7 Then I said, ‘Here I am — it is written about me in the scroll — I have come to do your will, O God.‘”

God inscribed the 10 Commandments on stone tablets and prompted Moses to write the laws and history of the first five books of the Bible, Exodus 32-15-16.I also think that reading the bible is one way to strengthen our faith. It also helps us to have a relationship with our Heavenly Father and understand the beautiful plan He holds for us in our life.

Finally, if you want to find more ‘evidence’ visit the following pages :

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Teaching and tolerance.

teachingThe other day I was talking to a colleague who mentioned that at times she had enough and wanted to get get out of teaching and find another career. I told her that in my view teaching is highly addictive. She was surprised.
Here are the reasons: the buzz of new beginnings; September is a month full of hope for the children/teenagers waiting to discover their mates and their teachers, excitement for those friends who haven’t managed to see each other during the holidays, new resolutions for teachers and leaders who desperately want to excel in the classroom and lead their precious children on the way to mature young adults.
Marking and planning are not the most pleasurable tasks to do and they take lots of a teacher’s free time. This is why they actually are addictive. Our part of the brain is always thinking along the line..what about trying this activity, would they (the cherubins) like it? The use of technology has made teaching even more fun and helped motivate students. In languages, new fancy websites have been designed to help children memorise vocabulary, practice their pronunciation, even design their own activities on line. They are in charge of their learning if they want to. That is, if they can resist the appeal of other sirens, such as TV shows, games, facebook, instagram, movies.

A student was explaining to me that his parents did not come home until  6 and sometimes 7 p.m. and trusted him with his homework but he admitted:  ‘it’s a long day, I want to relax so in the end I watch TV ‘..he is only 14 y.o.  Parents must decide what’s best for their family, time spent together with their children and maybe drop the hours or even go part-time. Listening to our children is an important responsibility, and a hard one too as we need to decrypt their behaviour; it takes time to understand a child.  These days time evaporates. 

My other concern is that in too many state schools now in the UK, there is no act of Christian worship in assemblies, RE is often taught by non-qualified staff who are self-professed atheists. It seems that tolerance is only one way. Did you know that in 1780 a Jesus-follower in Great Britain named Robert Raikes could not stand the cycle of poverty and ignorance that was destroying little children, a whole generation. He said, “The world marches forward on the feet of little children. So he took children who had to work six days a week in squalor. Sunday was their free day. He said, “I’m going to start a school for free to teach them to read and write and learn about God.” He did, and he called it “Sunday school.”  May the Lord bless our children and teachers in our schools all over the country!

The Bible – God’s Eternal Word

The bible is the Lord’s word, read on…

The Name of the LORD is a Strong Tower

The gate, subsequently called the Golden Gate, was closed up by Sultan Suleiman in A.D. 1543. In Kaiser Wilhelm’s plan to capture Jerusalem, he hoped to enter by this gate, but his hope was dashed. The gate remains closed.

Voltaire boasted that the Bible would be a dead book in 100 years. When the hundred years had passed, Voltaire was dead and his house had become headquarters for the Geneva Bible Society. Ingersoll made a similar boast. He said that he would have the Bible in the morgue in 15 years. It was he, not the Bible, who went to the morgue. The Bible outlives all its critics.

You would think that men would wake up to the fact that the Bible is God’s eternal Word and that it will never pass away. But then, as Jonathan Swift said, “There’s none so blind as they that won’t see.”


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The gourmet corner!

Art exhibition

wpid-20140620_190259.jpg I am a proud mum.

Here is Im’s final major project called Pain is beauty. The smallest embrodery hoop took her up to five days to complete! Beads of all shape and colors found their way in almost every room…The exhibition is at Stafford college and ends tomorrow so if you want to be inspired or amazed, go there, you will love it ..and it’s free!

Have a blessed evening. N.



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