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Copyright 2007 The Teaching Home
Proclaiming the Good News
God's Gift List
Safe & Healthy
In this issue we offer you six timely tips
that we hope will be helpful at this season.
May the Lord bless you and your family for
The Pat Welch Family, Publishers
Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian
Home is a home-school, family-run
business operated in our home since 1980.
1. Proclaiming the Good News
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Christmas is a wonderful opportunity to
share the same Good News with our world today
that the angels proclaimed 2,000 years ago
— the "good news of great joy which
will be for all the people, a Savior, who is
Christ the Lord!"
Your presentation of the good news of
God's gift may take many forms:
1. Hand Out Gospel Tracts
These tracts use Scripture to show that
Jesus came to die for man's sin and invite
readers to accept Him.
True Meaning of Christmas
Blessings to You
Men Still Seek Him
2. Include the Gospel in Your Cards and
Send cards with a biblical message and/or
Bible verse, write out a verse such as John
3:16, or include Christmas tracts with all
your Christmas cards.
If you mail or e-mail an annual family
letter, include a personal testimony of the
Lord's working in your life, your
gratefulness for His salvation, and a Bible
3. Give Christmas Goodies Plus a Gospel
Prepare a plate of goodies for your
neighbors, friends, and/or family.
Include a Christmas tract, a Scripture
portion, or an audio tape or CD of a book of
Pocket Testament League offers free copies of
of John with different cover designs and
2. Following God's Gift List
Besides our own family, brothers and
sisters in Christ, and everyone (our
"neighbors"), God asks us to love and give to
prisoners; widows and orphans; the poor,
handicapped, hungry, thirsty, or sick;
strangers, those in need of clothing, and
those that cannot return our gifts.
"Let us not love with word or with
tongue, but in deed and truth." (1 John 3:18)
1. Those Near You
Look for someone that is in need of love
or the basic necessities of life and find a
practical way to meet their need. You may
give through your local church or an
organization that ministers to those with
whom you would not come into direct contact,
such as a rescue mission, rest home, or
crisis pregnancy center.
2. The Lowest and Poorest Caste of People
Gospel for Asia offers you the opportunity
to give the Gospel as well as a practical
gift to meet urgent needs of a Dalit
("Untouchable") family, showing them a
tangible expression of God's life-changing
Send your gift online and be informed and
inspired by watching the short
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3. Viewing with Discernment
1. Christian Review Sites
Check out a Christian perspective on any
movie you consider viewing at one of these
Spotlight on Entertainment by
2. Decisions & Discernment
Hone your family's media discernment
skills by reading "God's
Own Words on Discernment," a study of
Scripture such as Colossians 2:8, "See to it
that no one takes you captive through hollow
and deceptive philosophy . . . "
Includes links to:
That Was Then, This Is Now
The Power of the Media
Does Life Ever Imitate (Dangerous) Art?
Which Nature Are You Feeding?
Five Steps to Safeguarding Your Family
Six Keys to a Healthy Entertainment Diet
Confusing "Truth" and "Reality"
Confusing "Tolerance" and "Love"
Setting a Family Standard for Entertainment
Getting Family Discussions Started
God's Own Words on Discernment
Be sure to consider the "Family Covenant
for God-Honoring Media Choices" which you can
and use for your family.
3. Evaluating Movies
Movies can be evaluated in the same way as
books, although movies' greater visual
impact might warrant more care in choices.
Consider the following criteria:
Truth (consistent with God's Word)
Morality (upholding Godly standards of
Accuracy (correct factually)
Realism (portraying life as it really is)
Validity (arguing logically without
Value (important, helpful, relevant,
Excellence (skillful, thoughtful, thorough)
Beauty (the choice and arrangement of words,
images, and ideas are attractive, touching,
moving, appealing to the senses, emotions,
See more in Newsletter
4. Using Movies for Study
Movies can provide motivation and
opportunities for study — even a
one-day unit study.
Read and study the book associated with the
movie to learn more. You can use ideas in
literature study guides for book and/or movie.
See ideas in Newsletter
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Discover 25 entertaining films that you can
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This complete, one-year high school English
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introduce and study the elements of literary
analysis. Teacher's guide and student
4. Current Movies
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1. Amazing Grace – Now
available on DVD
This story of William Wilberforce is an
inspiring account of a Christian who made a
great impact on the world.
For more information on William
Wilberforce, see Newsletter
#178. See information about the
Available at movie rentals or to
Amazing Grace, Audio Drama
The Inspirational Stories of William
Wilberforce on a 6-CD set by Focus on the
Family Radio Theatre. Hear
a sample and buy online.
free 28-page, online Educator's Guide
Lesson plans, information, graphics,
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2. The Golden Compass – in
Much has being written and discussed about
"The Golden Compass," a movie that introduces
children to a series of three books by Philip
Pullman. See free
Sparknotes study guide online for an
says, "This film is an adaptation of part of
an objectionable trilogy of novels (10
million copies sold). Titled "His Dark
Materials," the books were written to be an
influential atheistic counterpart to "The
Chronicles of Narnia" and "The Lord of the
Rings." They are aimed at children and were
written by anti-God activist Phillip Pullman.
"Pullman said in an interview, "My books
are about killing God."
Read articles by Mark
Dinsmore and "Sympathy
for the Devil."
5. Learning Online
1. Visual Dictionary Online
From the image to the word and its
definition, the Visual
Dictionary Online is an all-in-one reference.
Explore the 15 major themes to access more
than 6,000 images and see words like never
2. The Library of Congress
Looking for information? Start at the
mega website of the Library
of Congress — the largest library
in the world, with over 134.5 million books,
recordings, photographs, maps, and
manuscripts in its collections. Through its
website, it provides access to resources,
services, and over eleven million of its
multimedia primary sources.
Virtual Reference Shelf is a directory,
listing selected web resources in hundreds of
a Librarian is an online reference
service from the Library of Congress. Send a
question and receive an answer by e-mail.
Or you can Chat
with a Librarian online Monday-Friday,
2:00-4:00 p.m., Eastern Time.
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About 7,000 buildings are included. Visitors
can explore the interiors of 30 of them. The
project cost $2 million and took 10 years.
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6. Keeping Safe & Healthy
1. Avoid Poisonous Plants and
Protect your young children and pets from
plants brought into your home for decoration,
such as lilies, holly berries, Jerusalem
cherry, mistletoe, and Rosary Pea (Jequirity
Hazardous decorations can include angel
hair, bubble lights, fireplace color
crystals, wrapping paper and ribbons, snow
sprays, etc. Read
See more tips for keeping your pets
out of danger during the holiday season. ASPCA Animal
Poison Control Center, 1-888-4ANI-HELP.
Print out "First
Aid for Poisoning" to keep by your phone.
Quills Up - Stay Away! is a free online
awareness program for young children
featuring Spike, the porcupine puppet.
2. Protect Your Family from a Fire or
A smoke alarm reduces the risk of dying in
a house fire by 50 percent.
Install smoke alarms on every level of your
home, especially near bedrooms.
Test all smoke alarms monthly.
Vacuum over and around smoke alarms
Replace smoke alarms after 10 years or as
recommended by the manufacturer.
Post emergency numbers on your telephone and
make sure your children know how to dial
Organize and practice a family fire drill.
If you have any nonelectric source of
heating, cooking, or clothes drying (i.e.,
gas, oil, or wood), you need carbon
monoxide detectors, either separately or
included on your fire alarm.
3. Stay Well by Washing Hands
The simplest and most effective thing that
you can do to keep from getting sick
yourself, or spreading your sickness to
others, is to wash your hands well and
How To Wash
Wet hands with warm water and ordinary soap.
When you don't have access to soap and water,
use non-alcohol baby wipes. Use of
antibacterial soap can promote growth of more
virulent germs and viruses.
Teach your children to scrub all parts of
their hands for 20 seconds. (You could teach
them a hand-washing
song that lasts that long to sing.) Handwashing
Dry hands well. In a public restroom, turn
off tap with a paper towel or back of wrist,
and open door with a paper towel or a corner
When To Wash
Wash hands immediately upon returning home
after being out in public or playing outside.
Wash hands before preparing food, eating, or
handling clean dishes.
Wash after using the toilet, changing
diapers, sneezing, coughing, blowing nose,
showing how to cough, sneeze, and wash hands.
Hand washing poster #1
For Older Students:
handwashing is important.
Read "Teach Your Children How To Prevent
and Treat a Cold or Flu" in Newsletter