Book Reviews of Ten Commandment Books from Nancy U.

I know that many of you are enjoying Top Ten: A Refreshing and Encouraging Study on the Ten Commandments that takes place on Wednesday evenings and is led by some of our amazing FBC ladies.   It’s so rewarding to study God’s Word. I thought this would be a great time to review for you some of the wonderful resources from our own FBC Library on the Ten Commandments.

A few of these will be a perfect complement to the study and others are perfectly suited to help you pass on this life-giving information to your children and grandchildren. Bill and Kathy Peel remind us in their book, Where is Moses When We Need Him? that “the children of Israel had Moses to teach them faith, moral values and spiritual truths. Your children have you.” Dr. James Dobson writes passionately in his latest book, Your Legacy: The Greatest Gift, about the importance of passing on our faith to future generations. He says the spiritual training of children should be the central priority of parents and grandparents.

Please take advantage of our wonderful library and check out one or more of these great resources!

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God Shows the Way: Ten Rules to Obey by Dandi Daley Mackall. Simple rhyming text and delightful illustrations introduce the young child to the message of the Ten Commandments. This engaging book is part of Dandi Daley Mackall’s much loved series entitled “My Favorite Verses” which helps young children understand the meaning of key Bible passages by putting it into the context of their own lives.

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The Big 10 for Little Saints: Helping Children Understand the 10 Commandments by Matt & Lisa Jacobson. Transcending time and culture, the Ten Commandments still offer the very best moral code. In an increasingly immoral world, parents need good tools to enable them to teach their children and grandchildren about God’s rules for living. The simple text and lovely illustrations will make a lasting mark on young impressionable minds.

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The Ten Commands from God’s Own Hands: Ten Wiggly, Giggly Bible Stories that Teach God’s Ten Commandments by Phil A. Smouse.   With rollicking rhyme and zany illustrations, Phil Smouse demonstrates the meaning of the Ten Commandments in a way kids are sure to remember. Using favorite Bible stories, the meaning of each commandment becomes clear – on a kid’s level in a way they will never forget. Share this fun-filled book with the child in your life and laugh together as you learn about God’s Top Ten!

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Kids’ Ten Commandments DVD Series by Nest Family Entertainment.
Through the adventures of an 11-year old boy, named Seth, captivating stories bring God’s Ten Commandments to life for children and teaches them how to apply the Ten Commandments to their daily lives. This award-winning 5 dvd set features state-of-the-art animation and inspirational music the entire family will enjoy. Individual episodes are: The Not So GOLDEN CALF, The REST is Yet to Come, A LIFE and SETH Situation, Stolen JEWELS, Stolen HEARTS and TOYING with the TRUTH.

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Where is Moses When We Need Him? Teaching Your Kids The Ten Values That Matter Most by Bill & Kathy Peel. “The children of Israel had Moses to teach them faith, moral values and spiritual truths. Your children have you.” Using the Ten Commandments as a framework, Bill and Kathy blend superb biblical scholarship with lighthearted contemporary illustrations and dozens of great ideas for seizing “teachable moments” to show you how to guide your children toward a Christ-like life. It’s not what we provide or leave for our kids, but what we leave in them that counts.

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Idol Lies: Facing the Truth About Our Deepest Desires by Dee Brestin. When I was a little girl I thought I had a star by Commandments 1 & 2!!   I certainly didn’t worship any wooden idols or graven images and I loved the One True God. But as I have grown in my faith God has revealed to me the hidden idols of my heart – one of which is comfort. For you it may be control, or approval, pride, or maybe even food. We often don’t realize we are worshiping these false gods. In this life-changing book, Dee Brestin will help you identify your hidden idols and show you what can happen when the idols of your hearts are replaced by the Lover of your Souls. Powerful, convicting, liberating are words I would use to describe this book that calls us to have no other gods before Him.

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The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath by Mark Buchanan. Widely-acclaimed author Mark Buchanan states that what we’ve really lost is “the rest of God – the rest God bestows and, with it, that part of Himself we can know only through stillness.” Stillness as a virtue is a foreign concept in our society, but there is wisdom in God’s own rhythm of work and rest. This book seeks to help us receive anew the gift of Sabbath, a day of rest and renewal. It is a weekly festival that subverts the tyranny of clock and chore and allows us to live more fully. Sabbath, truly kept, is delightful. It restores our soul.   Readers will be forever changed by this pivotal book.

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The Forgotten Commandment: Experience the Power of Honoring Your Parents by Dennis Rainey with David Bodhi. This is easy for some, challenging – but – possible for others. Yet it stands as God’s will for children of every age and all circumstances. So much is lost when we neglect this command – the emotional connection of expressed love, the bonding of generations, the healing of past pain and the real possibility of family reconciliation. Rainey offers practical instruction and biblical motivation for honoring all parents, even those who may not live quite so honorably. This is a message every family needs to hear.

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The Tender Commandments: Rules Chipped in Stone, or Loving Counsel from a Father’s Heart by Ron Mehl. Our culture hates rules and screams, “No one can tell me what to do.” It portrays the 10 Commandments as “padlocks and chains” to limit our freedom. The Tender Commandments recasts them as messages of love from the heart of a loving Father/Creator who is wise and good and desires for us to experience a joyous and blessed life. Mehl portrays each gracious, God-given commandment as a loving boundary and guideline that can keep us from being battered and broken by the deadly traps of a fallen world.

And of course we have all flavors of commentaries on the book of Exodus.

Hope to see you soon in our FBC Library!

Podcast Website Has Been Updated

Happy Friday! I wanted to let you know that the podcasts have been updated for the last couple of weeks.

If you’re following along with the Top Ten study on the ten commandments, you can find the full list of episodes by clicking the Top Ten graphic below.

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If you’re participating in the Exodus study, the list of podcasts can be found by clicking the Exodus graphic below.

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Top Ten Podcast Up To Date For Week 3

The Top Ten Podcast has been updated for Week 3. You have a couple of options as far as listening goes:

1. You can go to fbcwfwomen.podbean.com and listen by clicking on the episode you want and then clicking play. This is also where you can find an archive of last semester’s podcasts from the Ephesians study and Anchored Wednesday night study.

2. You can subscribe to our podcast in the podcast app on your iPhone or another app (such as stitcher for Android) to have to listen when you’re on the go!

Below are the links that will take you directly to Week 1 and Week 2. Don’t forget to check the notes for the handouts that go with each week.

Week 1 podcast, and handout 1, handout 2 and handout 3.

Week 2 podcast and handout.

Week 3 podcast and handout.

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Top Ten Podcast Up To Date

The Top Ten Podcast has been updated for Weeks 1 and 2. You have a couple of options as far as listening to them goes:

1. You can go to fbcwfwomen.podbean.com and listen by clicking on the episode you want and then clicking play. This is also where you can find an archive of last semester’s podcasts from the Ephesians study and Anchored Wednesday night study.

2. You can subscribe to our podcast in the podcast app on your iPhone or another app (such as stitcher for Android) to have to listen when you’re on the go!

Below are the links that will take you directly to Week 1 and Week 2. Don’t forget to check the notes for the handouts that go with each week.

Week 1 podcast, and handout 1, handout 2 and handout 3.

Week 2 podcast and handout.

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Tuesday Morning Women’s Bible Studies Start NEXT TUESDAY!

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Tuesday Morning Women’s Bible Studies kick off on Tuesday, January 20th at 9:30 a.m. in Room 358. Come meet teachers, preview studies, and purchase your material.

Childcare available by RESERVATION ONLY. Contact Sarah Cates (scates@fbcwf.org) by THIS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14th with children’s names (preschool/homeschool) and ages.

Two studies:

Breathe by Priscilla Shirer (facilitated by Brenda Howard) 5-week study, $12

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Exodus by Precept Int’l. (main facilitator: Rebecca Schrass) 11-week study, $26

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Hope you can join us!

This Semester in the Women’s Ministry

Happy January! Now that everything is back in full force, we wanted to remind you of everything that’s going on!

Almost 300 women have signed up to read through the Bible this year. Each day, you receive an email at 5:30 am with that day’s passage assignments to read and some awesome commentary from Kathy Drake. If you want to be on that list, you can click here to sign up. We also have a private Facebook group for women reading through the Bible to join for discussion, questions and encouragement. That Facebook group can be found by clicking here. An admin will approve your request to join based on your sign up to the mailing list for the daily emails.

Just like last semester, we will podcast our weekly meetings with handouts on the blog and at our podbean website. You can go to fbcwfwomen.podbean.com to listen to any of our podcasts. Any handouts will be posted on the blog and you’ll be able to find the links to that from the podbean website.

Meet Me Monday :: Angie Ohmstede

Each Monday, we introduce you to a woman that is either on staff at one of our church campuses or is the wife of one of our pastors on our campuses. Meet Angie Ohmstede! Angie’s husband is the campus pastor at our West Campus!

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1. It’s 9 pm and you have the house to yourself. What do you do? Assuming there is no laundry or housework to catch up on, I love to relax in a hot bubble bath!

2. Morning person or night owl?  Morning person. But I can still hang until about 11pm!

3. How do you take your coffee? A little cream and sugar. If I’m flavoring it, I prefer hazelnut or french vanilla!

4. What’s on your nightstand? A photo of my hubby and I on our wedding day, my glasses, and a handful of bobby pins.

5. What’s your favorite smell? What smell do you hate? I LOVE the smell of leather. Hate the smell of my clothes after browning ground beef…and bacon.

6. If you could only eat one nationality of food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Mexican! I could live on chips and salsa, and guacamole.

7. Have you always lived in Wichita Falls? Born and raised! I did spend a semester in Arlington and 3 months in Abilene, but that was very short-lived.

8. What did you want to be when you were little? Is it crazy that I don’t remember?! :(

9. What’s your favorite hobby? Shopping!

10. Tell us one funny or weird thing about you:  I love to rearrange the furniture in our home…a lot!

Meet Me Monday :: Jillian Burt

Each Monday, we introduce you to a woman that is either on staff at one of our church campuses or is the wife of one of our pastors on our campuses. Meet Jillian Burt! Jillian is newly married to Casey, our Junior High pastor at our downtown campus!

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1. It’s 9 pm and you have the house to yourself. What do you do? I watch a girly show on Netflix!

2. Morning person or night owl?  I am definitely a Night Owl!

3. How do you take your coffee? I drink coffee with french vanilla creamer and two truvia. I prefer iced coffee rather than hot coffee.

4. What’s on your nightstand? My ring holder, a box of tissues, a bunch of pens/highlighters, post-it notes, and a coaster

5. What’s your favorite smell? What smell do you hate? My favorite smell is brownies baking or chocolate. I hate the smell of dead skunks.

6. If you could only eat one nationality of food for the rest of your life, what would it be? I would be Italian food! I love pasta and meat sauce.

7. Have you always lived in Wichita Falls? I lived in Glassboro, New Jersey for 10 years and then lived in Keller, Texas for 8 years. I have lived in Wichita Falls for 4 years.

8. What did you want to be when you were little? I wanted to be a teacher or a nurse.

9. What’s your favorite hobby? My favorite hobby is making crafts!

10. Tell us one funny or weird thing about you:  One weird thing about myself is that I like peeling sunburns.

Meet Me Monday :: Mary Royal

Each Monday, we introduce you to a woman that is either on staff at one of our church campuses or is the wife of one of our pastors on our campuses. Meet Mary Royal! Mary is married to Jerry, the Executive Pastor.

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1. It’s 9 pm and you have the house to yourself. What do you do? Clean the kitchen and start the dishwasher. I love to hear it running at night when the house is quiet. I also like to sit down and catch up on computer or a book.

2. Morning person or night owl?  Definitely a night owl!

3. How do you take your coffee? Coffee?? No way!! Coke all the way!

4. What’s on your nightstand? Books, books, and more books… and a flashlight and a knife and some other kind of emergency essential my husband has put there. : )

5. What’s your favorite smell? What smell do you hate? My favorite smell is the smell of laundry and one of my worst smells is the smell of tar or mothballs.

6. If you could only eat one nationality of food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Definitely Tex-Mex.

7. Have you always lived in Wichita Falls? I lived in Arlington, Tx during college and West Palm Beach, Fl during graduate school. Lived in Wichita Falls ever since!

8. What did you want to be when you were little? I wanted to be a nurse and definitely always wanted to be a momma.

9. What’s your favorite hobby? My favorite hobby is running with my running buddies and starting and finishing a project around the house.

10. Tell us one funny or weird thing about you:  When I was 15 years old and sitting in a driver’s education class awaiting my permit, I had my birth certificate with me. I was waiting for them to call my name so I was perusing it and realized that under the “sex” category, I was listed as a male. So, for 15 years of my life I have actually been a male. We had to complete a lot of paperwork and pay $50 to get it changed!