Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Ace Wonder Blog Is Live!

Ace Wonder is about to go into production! Follow all the action, get the latest news, and stay tuned in for great contests. You can also stay tuned via twitter and facebook too! Andrea and I are off to the set here in a few days, looking forward to another great production!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Tonight Begins The Great Authors Webinar Series!

This evening, across the country, families will be gathering together in living rooms and dens with books and notepads in hand to listen in while Doug Phillips shares his insight on the importance of poetry. It is not too late to join!

Great men are masterful with their words and masters of their thoughts.

It is the influence of excellent thoughts that are captive to the Word of God that cultivate the greatest desires and influential actions. They put iron in our blood or bring us to merciful ends, they lead us to inspire and cause us to be daring, by them we can be all sweetness, arouse wit, and make use of creativity. It is a well spoken word that can counsel us when there is none other to support our vision.

In a culture that encourages us to harness emotions and thoughts that are not reconciled to the Word of God, merely taking control of ones own mind makes us an oddity. Daily renewing them and sharpening them makes us superior but it is with great effort, when we seek to push forth the vision, that excellent thoughts become a great advantage, a means of great encouragement, and cause us to create the tide upon which culture will flow.

Attendees will be encouraged as they hear how to cultivate vision, an essential ability for leaders!

Be sure to tune in by registering for The Great Authors Webinar!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Winner of the Great Authors Webinar Give-Away!!!!

April 13th is here and it's time to announce the winner of "The Great Authors Webinar

Ah the Life and Vision Forum would like to congratulate:

Naomi Law

Winner of the seven day webinar!

Claim your prize by contacting us with your information. Thank you Naomi for participating in the give-away and we pray the Lord continually blesses all participants and families as you continue to honor Him.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Great Authors Webinar Give-Away!!!!! & Other Great Deals!

Homeschooling families know that one of the keys to investing in their children is sound literature from the foremost minds who base their thinking on the Word of God. Borrowing from the state schools means sowing seeds of humanism and eventual ruin.

Excellent curriculum is crucial to them because they also understand they're building more than little data banks full of godly factoids. No, to them a vision for family and future means teaching their children to engage in the battles of their day; applying themselves wisely, faithfully and diligently to winning that battle for the the Kingship of Christ. They are raising up warriors. They want to be confident they're children will be steadfast and in the end be the victors standing.

Nothing compares to the galvanizing effect of meeting and interacting with men who have walked a battlefield; who have engaged the antithetical worldviews that are at war with us. Their experience and wisdom offers the next generation the schematics of the foundation they've laid, insight into the enemies tactics and the ability to excel at field expedience.

The Great Authors Webinar Series is exactly what we need! Vision Forum has organized a unique and priceless opportunity! Join Doug Phillips, Dr. George Grant, Dr. John Morris, Douglas Bond, Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr., Kevin Swanson, and Dr. Voddie Baucham — who will cover a broad range of topics: from biblical economics to creation apologetics; from an inside look into the lives of important culture-changers such as Margaret Sanger and John Calvin, to practical points of cultural and family reformation, and more!

The Great Authors Webinar Series
is an incredible opportunity for homeschool families and now Vision Forum would like to bless one of Ah, the Life's readers with this opportunity for FREE! A single registration allows your entire family to listen in and submit questions during each session’s Q&A.

Ah the Life is hosting this give-away which will run from now until April 13th! In order to enter into the Great Authors Webinar Series Give-Away please leave a comment below with your name and your favorite cultural battle within which you love to engage yourself!

Also, you may receive two more entries if you blog about Ah, the Life's giveaway, linking to this post on your own blog. Feel free to use the banner above!

Do you want to raise your chances of winning? Earn a 3rd and 4th entry by mentioning the give-away on your facebook wall or twitter it and come back and leave a comment with links saying so.

Once registered you'll have the opportunity to save 50% on the books being discussed in the webinar too! Give your family the greatest benefit possible, allowing them to familiarize themselves with the material and prepare to ask decisive questions during the Webinar Q&A sessions!!!

For more information about the webinar schedule, speakers and topics please visit Vision Forum

Other great deals:
R.M. Ballantyne Christian Adventure Library - 50% off!
God & Government Trilogy- Retails $46.90 now $15.00 3 days only!

Making the Best of Basics Monthy give away! James Talmage Stevens gives away one copy a month to his subscribers.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Behind the Seams: Fashion Design - Intelligent Design

As she walks in the room you pause your discussion, every attribute of her unique character diverting your attention. There is no particular point of emphasis in the picture she presents, though she is a purposeful arrangement of colors, contours, and textures. None of it is self-referential, but rather an introduction which piques your interest in what seems to be a vast and thriving world, of which she is an important and integral part. Her clothing speaks of intelligence; a maturity that exceeds her youth. She is young, but by the refined designs she wears, you can quickly surmise that her heritage is an estimable one. She has been instructed by some of the finest minds, and unlike the masses, she benefits from provision. You can tell by her choice of patterns and fabrics that she has an intellect free from the normal frivolity of youth. She is not affected by uncertainty or self-consciousness. No, she has a refined, confident air mingled with a fresh, radiant spirit, a youthful vitality governed by gracefulness and honor. Every aspect of her wardrobe calls for your approval of her character. There is nothing disappointing about her. Not a hint of hypocrisy, inferiority, or self-indulgence. It's almost as though you can see her flourishing right before you! But who is she?
You've just experienced a unique individual. You are able to learn a world of knowledge about her in just a short space of time, as her clothing and comportment speak silent volumes. She has been a witness to you of her world, one that is strikingly different from the drab greyscale of modern day to day interactions.

In 1 Peter 3:1, God describes a fascinating tool through which a woman can influence others; her conversation. Her behavior or manner of living carries the ability to powerfully disciple, teach, and edify others. A woman’s clothing is just one aspect of her conversation, but it is one which communicates to those around her, often more loudly than other aspects of her deportment. She can use it to speak intelligently or incoherently. It’s the language of her worldview and a context through which we can understand what she truly loves; it reflects on her God and the men in her life. It can either seize and overthrow or edify and exalt. (1 Corinthians 11:3, Ezekiel 16:45) Scripture has much to say about clothing, beauty and how we should testify to the world the power and influence of a sovereign God. (Ezekiel 16, Isaiah 3:16-24, Proverbs 31; Psalm 45)

Sadly, we find in American culture today the very antithesis of God's wisdom concerning fashion. The world has stolen ownership of beauty and adornment, and it is not meant to be theirs. (Psalm 24:1) Someone has thought through and designed every article of clothing we've ever laid eyes on, down to the minutest detail. These designers understand the power of feminine accoutrements, and have painstakingly infused their ideals and high ambitions into the styles of the day; not only in what is worn, but in how it is worn. These designers understand that every piece of clothing is a declaration of worldview!

The world is speaking through us. Daily we are encouraged to promote ourselves through vainglory, lawlessness, chaos, spontaneous emotionalism, ugliness, carelessness, and self-righteousness. Essentially we have become billboards for the world's antagonistic messages. It's time to return to our duties. Clothing is a field of dominion, and Christian women are called to think it through with diligence. (2 Corinthians 10:5). It is an art form that we can use daily to serve as ambassadors for a majestic, all-powerful King. (1 Corinthians 6:20)

So, in answer to our question, “Who is she?” she is every one of you if you choose to be her. You have been given the task of designing a wardrobe with specific parameters as to what you should communicate. It will take work but you can illustrate Christian womanhood in all its glory; and by it an element of a Christian woman’s culture at it’s finest, in modern-day America. Through many discussions with your parents and much scriptural study, the importance of communicating through fashion can be reinforced by a godly vision for redeeming this area of a woman’s life.

As women, we truly can speak of our creator and reflect his glory through this simple art. We can influence and disciple others. We can give our families a platform and presentation which will validate their message to the world. We can be the articulate of our culture. Most importantly we can represent Christ without hypocrisy.