Saturday Homeschooling Update: Apologetics, Gardening, and Books

Today, dear ones, I’m excited to have the first few worksheets prepared in what will, Lord willing, be an entire homeschooling unit on apologetics. I’m using Pastor Jim’s three part series on trusting the Old Testament as a guide. This is just the beginning worksheets, with some definitions and scripture reading. I can’t wait to discuss these with Kayliegh, and I hope they’ll be a blessing to other believers as well.

Apologetics for Kids

The garden is doing well, the baby pumpkins we planted are thriving and the tomatoes are going crazy. Our dill, and basil have begun to seed which means they’re done for the season. But the rosemary and thyme are still producing so we’ll have plenty of that. The mint from the greenhouse next door has infiltrated, again, which means we will still have plenty of that as well. Kayliegh’s not interested in the garden now, so many of the plants have stopped producing. She I’m tending to them until the pumpkins come along, I have a feeling that will rekindle some attention.

So long as we’re using Pastor Jim’s Old Testament for lessons, here’s also a reviewed of a child’s book here. It looks like it would be very helpful, and edifying for young people. I’m going to continue to work on the apologetics lessons, please let me know if there is an area of homeschooling studies you’d like to do but are unable to find. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Thursday Book Review – The Truth Chronicles The Ark

A review of the final book in the six book set The Truth Chronicles. What an excellent adventure these books have been!

This is the final review of this book series, friends, and as with most book series, it’s sad to see the last page! The Truth Chronicles is a creationist, Bible centered, young adult book series revolving around four teens that travel through time. If you haven’t caught my previous previews I’ll link them in at the bottom.

Written by Answers in Genesis’ Tim Chaffee and Joe Westbrook, this final installment is more jam packed with adventure than all the other books. As with the other books, we follow these teens as they come to Christ and grow in their faith. As this is the last book it’s only fitting that the last of the four friends bows her knee to Christ. The Ark is more adventure than evangelical or apologetical than the previous books. As a matter of fact, this was my least favorite of the six book series. Before I tell you why, I have to repeat that I absolutely adore these books and highly recommend them to every youth group.

That being said, the last book fell flat in a couple areas. Actually, all throughout the books I felt like the Gospel message was not strong enough. It’s there in a way that I feel young people can form questions to ask their parents, or even create an atmosphere of salvific conversations. There’s just not enough emphasis on our sinful natures, or clear explanations of repentance and faith. My second issue is the ending of the book, and this is purely surface level, personal opinions from yours truly, there was no evident end of the story line. There’s a grand adventure, but no closure with the characters or the plot.

Even with those issues, I still feel like this is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the best book series for teens and preteens, or mature pre preteens like our little Kayleigh. In each book various different attack’s against Gods Word are addressed, there’s prayer and study, and the love for the brethren displayed. The storyline is phenomenally original, and there was no ‘yikes’ moment of Scriptural deviation that I saw. If you lead a youth group, are an elder in your church, or have kiddos yourself, get these book in the hands of a young person. You can find the paperback here, and the full series here. Also, in case you missed them, here is a list of previous reviews; Book One, Book Two, Book Three, Book Four, and Book Five. If you have a book you’d like me to review please feel free to list it in the comments. As always, my dear and beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Thursday Book Review – First Apology by Justin Martyr

Today I’m going to review the First Apology by Justin Martyr. Justin was born in Samaria in 100 AD and was martyred in Rome in 165 AD. This means it’s highly likely Justin new personally, or at least new of, Polycarp. Polycarp was personally disciples by John, so you can see the line of faithful men carrying the Gospel from generation to generation. Justin studied philosophy but was unfulfilled by what he learned, until he heard the Gospel. 


His works, like his first and second apology, were aimed at forming a legal defense to stop the extreme persecution of his Christian brothers and sisters. The First Apology of Justin Martyr, written to the Emperor of Rome, is as important for the church to read as the Pilgrims Progress, in my opinion. Not just for the apologetic aspect, but the historical content. It’s not just a blessing to read how our spiritual fathers lived, and died for Christ, but it also gives us a glimpse into the early church practices. 

In other words, beloved, I recommend this book to everyone! It’s almost 1900 years old, so it’s in the public domain. This means you can download a free PDF version, listen to a free audio version, or purchase an inexpensive Kindle version. I hope you’ll be edified by this book, dear brethren, and as always be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

The First Apology of Justin Martyr PDF
The First Apology of Justin Martyr Kindle Version

Purposeful Apologetics

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Beloved, do you know what apologetics means? When I first heard someone claiming to be an Apologetic I thought it meant they were apologizing for Christianity. The word actually comes from the Greek word apologia which means “speaking in defense.” All Christians should consider themselves Apologists if they have ever spoken in defense of the hope they have.

Unfortunately, some Christians do not defend the faith purposefully, and without meaning to can do more harm than good. I’ve found the same to be true in many roles in life, such as parenting. If we are not being purposeful parents, thinking clearly and laying out standards and boundaries for our children, they can become confused. When we found out I was pregnant my husband and I set about deciding how we wanted to parent. That purposeful parenting has helped ensure we’re both on the same page and has given our daughter stability and confidence.



I am also a purposeful wife, and like Proverbs 31 depicts so elegantly, I am purposeful in how I run our household. My husband is a Respiratory Therapist, he is purposeful in everything he does at work, with that he is also a full-time student and is able to better balance his school work with his home life and work life. When we fellowship with members of the body of Christ we are purposeful to edify and not tear down. The same needs to be said when we evangelize the lost, our apologetics must be like a well thought out essay.

Today is a day of 144 characters, short, pithy social media posts, written to a generation who typically only reads the title of articles rather than the article itself. How do we give good apologetics to a hashtag crowd? We do it with purpose, we do it in love, with kindness, and mercy towards the lost. There is so much more to apologetics than who’s right and who’s wrong. Christianity is the religion of freedom, for the opening spiritually blind eyes. When Christ told the Jews in John 8:31-33 that if they continued in truth the truth would set them free they were confused. They answered that they were not enslaved to anyone.


This is the attitude of the world, they do not know they are enslaved to sin, they do not know where the depression, anxiety, self-hatred, anger, and fear of death come from. When we tell others about God’s law and about Christ’s sacrifice, we need to remember these two important factors;

  1. Only the Holy Spirit can draw someone to repentance and He blows where He wishes.
  2. Christianity is not on the line, right and wrong is not on the line, the souls of the lost are on the line.

A purposeful Apologetic is a loving, thought-provoking, instructive, kind message given from a prayerful believer to a non-believer in all meekness and humbleness at heart. I encourage you, brethren, do not hide behind a lack of knowledge or experience, equip yourselves, for the warfare is not flesh and blood but against powers and principalities in high places. As always friends be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved.