What’s In a Name?: Season Four Launch

Whats_in_a_NameWhat’s in a name? A name is more than just  something by which we are called; in a sense it is our reputation. A name can conjure up images of glory, honor, and grace. It may cause sadness, anger, and dismay. A name is a powerful thing. Did you know there are a multitude of names for God, and each one has special meaning?

In hopes of helping my children have a better understanding of who God is and all He means to us, December will once again be dedicated to “What’s In a Name?”. Join us this Christmas season as we share in the joy of the Lord and learn of His glorious names.

Another exciting adventure awaits us through the Scriptures where we will learn some amazing verses, talk about how those verses should affect our lives, and discuss some practical ways to make these names “real” for our children.

Before we begin, let’s glance back at some names we’ve covered through “What’s In a Name?” in previous years:

Season I:
The Bread of Life
The Good Shepherd
The Righteous Servant
The Vine
The Door
The Resurrection
The Bright Morning Star
The Bridegroom
The Rock
The Lamb of God

Season II:
The Alpha & Omega
The Firstborn
The Mediator
The Truth
The Prince of Peace
The Cornerstone
The Word
The Root of David
The Overseer
The High Priest
The Teacher
A Secret
The Creator
The Messenger
The Angel of God

Season III
Jehovah Nissi
Jehovah Rapha
The Finisher
The Author
Wonderful Counselor
El Roi
Jehovah-Jireh
Abba

In addition to the articles we’ll be posting here on the blog, look for us on social media for discussions on each name! We’ll be encouraging open conversation on which names of God have special meaning in our own lives, and how He is constantly revealing Himself to us. We’ll also be sharing how we can help our children better understand each of these names, and how He wants to be an active part of their lives.

“Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I am who I am.””
Exodus 3:13-15

📢Time to Chime In: Is there a name of God which has particular meaning for you?

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What’s In a Name: Season Three Launch!

Whats_in_a_NameWhat’s in a name? A name is more than just  something by which we are called; in a sense it is our reputation.

A name can conjure up images of glory, honor, and grace. It may cause sadness, anger, and dismay. Yes; a name is a powerful thing.

Did you know there are a multitude of names for God? Each name unique and powerful; the list is endless.

In hopes of helping my children have a better understanding of who God is and all He means to us, December will be once again dedicated to teaching my children various names by which He is called. Each Christmas season, our hopes are to learn even more names given.

Join us during the month of December for yet another exciting adventure through Scripture, where we will learn some amazing verses, talk about how those verses should affect our lives, and discuss some practical ways to make these names “real”.

HERE are a few of the names we’ve covered previously:

Season I:
The Bread of Life
The Good Shepherd
The Righteous Servant
The Vine
The Door
The Resurrection
The Bright Morning Star
The Bridegroom
The Rock
The Lamb of God

Season II:
The Alpha & Omega
The Firstborn
The Mediator
The Truth
The Prince of Peace
The Cornerstone
The Word
The Root of David
The Overseer
The High Priest
The Teacher
A Secret
The Creator
The Messenger
The Angel of God

In addition to the articles we’ll be posting here on the blog, look for us on Periscope for live discussions on each name! We’ll be encouraging open conversation on which names of God have special meaning in our own lives, and how He is constantly revealing Himself to us. We’ll also be sharing how we can help our children better understand each of these names, and how He wants to be an active part of their lives.

🔔Time to Chime In: Is there a name of God which stands out for you and has particular meaning?

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The Angel of God

Whats_in_a_NameWhat’s in a name? A name is more than just something by which we are called; in a sense, it is our reputation. Did you know there are a multitude of names for God? 

Each name unique and powerful; the list is endless. Join us on this exciting adventure through Scripture, where we will learn some amazing verses, talk about how those verses should affect our lives, and discuss some practical ways to make these names “real”.

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“And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them”
– Exodus 14:19

Angels are fascinating, aren’t they? As humans we speculate on them regularly. What do they look like? Do they have wings and halos? Can angels take human form? Are there guardian angels? The Bible mentions many angels, but the most important is the Angel of God.

In Hebrew the Angel of the God is mal’ak yehwah. He is the messenger of God; He is supernatural and identified with God. Generally speaking the Angel of God and the Lord are synonymous terms; they are one and the same. The Angel of God brings both good and bad messages to God’s people; He warns them of dangers (wrath to come) and blesses others for their faithfulness to God. The Angel commands God’s armies, directs God’s servants, and reconciles people to God. It’s interesting to note there is no mention of the Angel in the New Testament; He has become flesh as Jesus Christ.

While Christmas might be officially ‘over’; let us remember yet another name for our Savior. Christ is the Angel of God; the One who came to do God’s work. Through Him many awesome works were done and God’s message went out.

If you live in an area where there’s snow, go outside and make snow ‘angels’! No snow? Make angels using paper plates. HERE is an excellent craft for the littles which is tons of fun.

Time to Chime In: What is your favorite Christmas memory?

The Messenger

Whats_in_a_NameWhat’s in a name? A name is more than just something by which we are called; in a sense, it is our reputation. Did you know there are a multitude of names for God? 

Each name unique and powerful; the list is endless. Join us on this exciting adventure through Scripture, where we will learn some amazing verses, talk about how those verses should affect our lives, and discuss some practical ways to make these names “real”.

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“Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.” Malachi 3:1

During this busy season, many of us are no doubt receiving Christmas cards by the dozen. If we can afford the postage, we are probably sending out just as many letters as we are getting. We display our cards proudly: on our tables, hanging on the front door, sitting on top of the piano. Here in Malachi, we are reminded of the true Message and the One who brings it.

It’s interesting to note that messengers do not carry their own message; rather, they bring new from another. Christ was not coming on His own behalf, but to speak for God the Father. The message He brought was about the Kingdom of God and the redemption which was being offered to all mankind. His message was for us!

While admiring the beautiful cards sent to us this Christmas, now is the perfect opportunity to thank God for His Message. The reason we celebrate this season is because of Him; the birth, death, and resurrection of the Son is the most amazing gift we could ever receive.

Consider placing all your cards in a pile and praying over each family. Ask the Lord to guide them in this coming year and to make Himself known to them.

Feel like having a little more fun? Write your own messages… thank you cards!

Time to Chime In: Do you tend to save your Christmas cards or toss them once the season is over? Here’s the moment of truth… (laughing)

A Secret

Whats_in_a_NameWhat’s in a name? A name is more than just something by which we are called; in a sense, it is our reputation. Did you know there are a multitude of names for God?

Each name unique and powerful; the list is endless. Join us on this exciting adventure through Scripture, where we will learn some amazing verses, talk about how those verses should affect our lives, and discuss some practical ways to make these names “real”.

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“And the angel of the LORD said to him, ‘Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful (secret, KJV)?’” – Judges 13:18

We’ve come across some pretty impressive names for God so far, haven’t we? He is truly amazing. Today’s post is slightly different from our previous studies.

Here in Judges, Manoah, a young man seeking after the angel of the Lord, asks what the angel’s name is. The angel replies that His name is wonderful, a secret (in the KJV). He wonders why Manoah wishes to know His name. It’s interesting that Manoah never gives an answer and the angel never gives His name.

This causes me to pause and think… Why do we seek the name of the Lord? Why do we seek after Him? Are we giving His name the respect, honor, and glory it deserves? Do we fully realize just how wonderful He is?

Today, let us stop to ponder these questions in our own hearts. Are we seeking the Lord with longing, desiring to know Him more? Let us always remember this His name is wonderful.

To honor the Lord’s many names, consider making a Christmas Chain with construction paper! On each ‘link’ of the chain, write one name of God and decorate it however you’d like. Then, link the chains together and hang them somewhere special where you will see them on a daily basis. Let this be your holiday reminder of how wonderful God truly is!

Time to Chime In: What caused you to seek the Lord and know Him more?

The Teacher

Whats_in_a_NameWhat’s in a name? A name is more than just something by which we are called; in a sense, it is our reputation. Did you know there are a multitude of names for God?

Each name unique and powerful; the list is endless. Join us on this exciting adventure through Scripture, where we will learn some amazing verses, talk about how those verses should affect our lives, and discuss some practical ways to make these names “real”.

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“You call me Teacher and Lord, and rightly so, for that is what I am” – John 13:13

Did you know that out of the ninety times Jesus was addressed in the New Testament sixty of those times He was referred to as ‘Teacher’? The people called Him this, His disciples called Him this, and even Nicodemus, a Jewish scribe, referred to Him in this manner.

What Jesus taught has influenced more people than any other has ever done in history. The Bible, which holds His teachings, is the most widely printed book in history. No one has had more of an effect on education, social reform, and relationships than Christ.

While other teachers quote one another, Christ quotes God alone and stands on His authority. He may never have entered a ‘classroom’ or attended a fancy college to get a higher degree, but He is certainly an educator. No one can surpass Him in knowledge.

How well did it work? Look around you. Two thousand years have passed and today across the world over two billion people bear his name. Christianity has spread from Jerusalem to every corner of the globe. At this very moment multiplied thousands of missionaries are doing what Jesus said to do: teaching all nations. If the success of the students is the measure of the teacher, then no teacher was ever so successful as the one and only Master Teacher, Jesus Christ.

– Ray Pritchard,  “Why Was Jesus Called Teacher?”

In honor of Christ, our Master Teacher, let us celebrate the educators in our lives. Bless those who lead in your women’s ministry (or men’s ministry) with something small to show your appreciation. Let them know you see their hard work and thank them for it.

For a hands-on activity, why not make caramel apples or chocolate covered apples? Yummy! What a fun way to remind our children that teachers are special people, especially their ‘mommy’ teachers. Explore fun ways to decorate you candied apples and test out a few new fancy recipes.

May the Lord bless you, the teacher of your home. May He continue to shine upon you and guide you with His wisdom. May He show you the best ways to reach your children’s hearts for His glory.

Time to Chime In: What is one lesson the Lord has taught you which made a huge impact in your teaching style? Share your experience with us!

The High Priest

Whats_in_a_NameWhat’s in a name? A name is more than just something by which we are called; in a sense, it is our reputation. Did you know there are a multitude of names for God? Each name unique and powerful; the list is endless.

Join us on this exciting adventure through Scripture, where we will learn some amazing verses, talk about how those verses should affect our lives, and discuss some practical ways to make these names “real”.

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“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.” – Hebrews 4:14

Whenever we hear the word ‘priest’, we tend to think of ‘high church’; don’t we? A man dressed in formal robes, probably wearing some form of head covering, ready to hand out sermons and offer pardon for our sins. Here in Hebrews, we are reminded that Christ is our High Priest; He is the only man who can save us from our sin and concede for us before God the Father.

The word “priest” has many different meanings. It means one who mediates in religious services. It also means one who is holy or set apart to perform those services. The priests were responsible for making intercession to God for the people by offering the many sacrifices that the law required. Among the priests, one was selected as the High Priest, and he entered into the Most Holy Place once a year on the Day of Atonement to place the blood of the sacrifice on the Ark of the Covenant. Unlike the Levitical priests, who had to continually offer sacrifices, Jesus only had to offer His sacrifice once, gaining eternal redemption for all who come to God through Him.

Our family is neither Catholic or Jewish. The idea of what a High Priest’s role is in the church can be a little hard to understand. If your family is like mine, HERE is an excellent handout which might help out. To study what traditional Jewish high priests used to wear, THIS helpful activity might be just what you’re looking for.

While we often associate Christmas with just Jesus’ birth and the presents that we receive during this time of year, let us not forget that Christmas means so much more. Through Jesus’ birth, the best gift ever was given to mankind… eternal life.

Time to Chime In: Have you ever attended a traditional Davidic worship service? Share your experience with us!

The Root of David

Whats_in_a_NameWhat’s in a name? A name is more than just something by which we are called; in a sense, it is our reputation. Did you know there are a multitude of names for God? Each name unique and powerful; the list is endless.

Join us on this exciting adventure through Scripture, where we will learn some amazing verses, talk about how those verses should affect our lives, and discuss some practical ways to make these names “real”.

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“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.” – Revelation 22:16

The Jewish nation had been waiting for a Savior for many years. There were over 365 prophecies foretold about Him. In order for any man to truly be the Messiah, he needed to fulfill not just some of these prophecies, but all of them. Here in Revelation, we are reminded that Christ is the fulfillment of those prophecies; the one the nation of Israel had been waiting for.

Genealogies are important, especially among the Jewish nation. Most practicing Jews can trace their family line back to the original twelve sons of Jacob; they know exactly which tribe they belong to. Jesus’ lineage is vitally important in establishing His claim as Messiah. Through His mother, Mary, Jesus is a direct descendant of the king, fulfilling yet another prophecy about the Savior.

Knowing our family history might not be essential to our way of life, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun. This would be a great time to sit down with our kids and discuss their own lineage. Who are the people that came before us and what important roles did they play in history? How far back can you trace your family? Do you have any pictures or items of interest that belonged to them? Spend a little time exploring your forefathers, learning more of where you came from.

In our family, we’ve had those who ran with Pancho Villa; an uncle who has a law named after him; a great-grandmother who was a Native American ‘Princess’; and so much more! Family history is fun, incredibly educational, and inspiring.

Time to Chime In: Tell us about someone from your lineage that you find fascinating!

The Word

Whats_in_a_NameWhat’s in a name? A name is more than just something by which we are called; in a sense, it is our reputation. Did you know there are a multitude of names for God? Each name unique and powerful; the list is endless.

Join us on this exciting adventure through Scripture, where we will learn some amazing verses, talk about how those verses should affect our lives, and discuss some practical ways to make these names “real”.

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“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” – John 1:14

In John, ‘the Word’ refers to Jesus Christ. John gives us a glimpse into the relationship the Father and Son had together before the Son came to earth. Christ existed with the Father before the world began. Christ helped with the creation process. Christ is fully God made flesh. Christ is the Message God has for His people.

Before Christ became a man, God was invisible to mankind. Unseen to our eyes, it was easier to disregard His commands, relying on our own wisdom and guidance. In Luke 20:9-16, we read a parable Jesus told which explains why the Word became flesh:

“A man planted a vineyard, rented it to some farmers and went away for a long time. At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants so they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. He sent another servant, but that one also they beat and treated shamefully and sent away empty-handed. He sent still a third, and they wounded him and threw him out. Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my son, whom I love; perhaps they will respect him.’ But when the tenants saw him, they talked the matter over. ‘This is the heir,’ they said. ‘Let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.”

In this parable, we are reminded that God sent many prophets to reach the Jewish nation, but time and time again they were killed for their efforts. The Father finally sent His Son, Jesus Christ, and yet they killed Him as well. Because Christ became flesh, He can empathize with us; He understands our weaknesses and has been tested in all things.

As a Christian, we ought to desire a closer relationship with the Lord. By praying we communicate with God, but through the reading of Scripture God communicates with us. This is a great opportunity to help our children memorize the books of the Bible and key Bible verses which will help encourage their faith. If you have yet to establish a routine of reading the Word, now is the perfect time to get started! Begin with the book of John and read your way through the New Testament. Once you finish the New, start on the Old. Read, pray, and be ready to hear what God is trying to communicate to you. Be ready to hear from the Lord and ready to do what He says.

Need an easier way to help your children memorize all 66 books? Songs are a fun way to work your way through both the Old and New Testaments. Have fun!

Old Testament
New Testament

Time to Chime In: Have you read through the entire Bible yet?

The Cornerstone

Whats_in_a_NameWhat’s in a name? A name is more than just something by which we are called; in a sense, it is our reputation. Did you know there are a multitude of names for God? Each name unique and powerful; the list is endless.

Join us on this exciting adventure through Scripture, where we will learn some amazing verses, talk about how those verses should affect our lives, and discuss some practical ways to make these names “real”.

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“Let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead–by this name this man stands here before you in good health. He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the chief corner-stone  And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:10-12

In ancient architectural projects, the cornerstone was the principle structure set into place. It was usually the largest stone, the most solid, and the most carefully constructed. Here in Acts, we are reminded that Christ is to be our cornerstone; He is to be the one thing upon which we build our lives.

Christianity hinges on who Christ is. Our faith is built upon the fact that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, He came to earth to die for our sins, He rose again on the third day, and He will return again soon. The very foundations of our faith are centered on Christ.

We ought to be good people; we ought to love one another; we ought to care for others and for the world in which we live. However, unless our foundation is upon Christ, all we do is for selfish desire. If God does not exist and Christ is not who He says He is, life itself is ultimately meaningless.

Just as a good contractor would want a solid physical foundation, so we should desire a solid spiritual foundation. Our lives need to be built on firm ground, which will support the rest of our beliefs and world views. Without Christ, we build our lives on ‘sand’; shifting ideals which hold no ground.

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

Make this Christmas season a precious time to study the magnificent churches which have been built to honor the Lord and offer praise to His name. The details put into each architectural endeavor is truly remarkable. For added fun, encourage your children to consider the foundation of each structure, reinforcing these verses as you enjoy the beauty before you.

For hands-on application, dig out those popsicle sticks and build a miniature church of your own! Decide where your cornerstone should be placed and begin to construct your own chapel dedicated to the Lord. For inspiration and ideas, visit these awesome websites:

Little Pea Picking Heart
Etsy

“Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. He who believes in it will not be disturbed.” – Isaiah 28:16