Question Time with Oaks Christian School No.4: Funniest Moment

In our fourth video question from the The Oaks Christian School, Manon asks John Cross about the funniest moment he can remember from the production of The Stranger VideoBook.

John relates that the VideoBook took seven years to produce, with the bulk of the principal shooting done in Papua New Guinea. There on the set, they had an unexpected problem: crickets!

Be sure to watch till the very end of the video where you can see an outtake from the filming!

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How do I know if my child believes?

Mom reading The LambQuestion: I read my daughter The Lamb. How do I know if  she believes and is saved?

Answer: If you’ve read through The Lamb with your daughter and she can answer the questions in the book, this indicates that she has good a good grasp of the gospel message.

To check further, you can ask her to retell the story to you. In this way, you can see how well she remembers the story and whether she can explain the concepts. Asking her to retell also allows you to check if she  believes the facts. Ask her the following questions:

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Question Time with Oaks Christian School No.3: Visual Aids

In our third video question from The Oaks Christian School, Richard asks John Cross about visual aids: Did he enjoy teaching with models and props and where did he get his set?

John explained that when he first taught, he didn’t have visual aids. But in Scripture, God used visual aids to teach people truth. So with the help of his son, John built many models that have proven effective in increasing a student’s understanding. When others started to ask for the visual aids, GoodSeed began to produce them in order to equip those who wanted to use them in their teaching.

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Confused over The Stranger, the VideoBook and Worldview Rethink

The Stranger family of toolsQuestion:
I am familiar with The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus. Can you please explain how the VideoBook, the online self-paced course, and Worldview Rethink are different? Is the online course the same as the VideoBook? Is Worldview Rethink the same thing but designed to be lead by a local leader as opposed to John Cross teaching via video? Or am I all confused? :-)

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Question Time with Oaks Christian School No.2: Favourite Location in Israel

In our second video question from The Oaks Christian School, Jaylee asks John Cross two questions: Which is his favourite location in Israel and when did he decide to go into full-time ministry. Standing on a lookout above the Sea of Galilee, John points out the town of Capernaum on the northern edge of the lake. To answer both of Jaylee’s questions, he discusses an incident that happened at Capernaum—the story of the royal official from John 4:46-54.

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Question Time with Oaks Christian School No.1: Spiritual Warfare

The eighth grade class from Oaks Christian School did a Bible study using The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus VideoBook. When they had finished, the students had a number of questions for the author. Rather than just sending their questions over email, the class made a video!

We’re pleased to have John Cross reply, also by video. Over the next few weeks, we will post the series of video questions along with John’s replies.

The first Q&A video features a question about spiritual warfare. We were charmed by Molly, who asked if John had encountered any spiritual attacks while he was filming the Stranger VideoBook. Though he didn’t experience any overt spiritual attacks, John pointed out that the Bible tells us we are waging spiritual battle daily. Each day, we have to make choices in life and the Bible says we can either make wise choices or foolish ones.

The choices we make are part of the daily spiritual battle we each fight. In the video, while near Nablus (biblical Shechem), John points to two large visual aids that God used to teach this truth. There in the background are Mt Gerizim and Mt Ebal, the mountains of blessing and cursing (see Deut 11:26-32). They are God’s reminders that in our daily spiritual battle, wise choices lead to blessings while foolish choices bring curses on our lives.

Watch Molly and John Cross below:

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We would like to express our thanks to The Oaks Christian School, the students’ parents and the students for allowing us to feature the kids’ videos!

Related resources: The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus VideoBook

I don’t speak their language… how can I explain the good news?

Missions Fest EdmontonIt was very good to be present at 2014 Missions Fest Edmonton. Many visitors stopped by the GoodSeed booth to check out our tools and ask us questions. We were very encouraged by the believers who had people in their lives with whom they wanted to share the gospel.

Bob* was one of the people who dropped by with a question. Some time ago, a young Chinese couple came by his office by mistake. They were actually looking for a clinic and mistook his office for it. Bob saw an opportunity to make friends and he not only helped them out, he kept in touch with them. Over the months, he met with them several times for coffee and a chat.

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Why do you give the name Yahweh high profile in By This Name and What are Christmas and Easter all about?

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For those with limited experience confronting non-biblical worldviews, the use of Yahweh in these books seems a little unnecessary. Why even bring that name up? Will it not be confused with Jehovah Witnesses?

To start with, those who are biblically illiterate wouldn’t know that the name Jehovah and Yahweh are related. So it is no problem to them—they don’t make the connection to the Jehovah’s Witnesses. As for the Jehovah’s Witnesses themselves, they do know the connection, which makes these two books more acceptable to them rather than otherwise.

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How do I use visual aids to teach the Tabernacle to children?

Tabernacle Sunday school class

The tabernacle of Moses can be a difficult subject to teach, especially to children. How do you explain the meaning of this seemingly obsolete structure, its strange furnishings, and all the complicated priestly rituals related to it?

Pam*, a children’s ministry director at a California church, found that with the help of the free Sunday school lessons and painting guide downloaded from GoodSeed, her first-to-fifth-grade Midweek Group was soon absorbed in the great visual aid God gave the Israelites that points to Christ.

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How can I know that things are right between me and God? How can I know that when I die I will live forever in a place that is secure and happy?

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Before we can answer that question, we need to recognize some things about God and ourselves.

1. First of all we need to understand that the Lord God is a holy God. He exists in all His majesty, being the Creator-Owner of the Universe. He is a loving, caring God, but equally He is also a holy lawgiver. His holiness demands that His law be kept perfectly. He can have nothing to do with any lawbreaker. It is right to say that only perfect people can live with a perfect God.

“. . . without holiness no one will see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14)

On the other hand, we are helpless sinners. We were born into the world lawbreakers, alienated from God. We are far from perfect; we are sinners. God’s law says that all sin demands a “death” penalty.

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