Do You Believe? Experience the Power of the Cross DVD Review

Do You Believe? Experience the Power of the Cross DVD Review -


There have been several well made faith based films in recent years that I’ve enjoyed watching.

It seems to me that they mostly “preach to the choir”, but that’s not necessarily always a bad thing. I don’t think Christians should see these as an evangelism tool, but I do think they can be encouraging and prompt a healthy examination of our own faith. I know I’ve had some great discussions with my older kids about different aspects of our faith brought up by these movies. So, when I had the opportunity to review Do You Believe? from, I took it. The description and cast list for this film had me intrigued, and I thought it would be a good one to watch and discuss with my teens. [Read more…]

9/11: Remembering and Responding

***Originally posted 9/11/13***

9/11: Remembering & Responding Twelve Years Later

Twelve years ago today I was a 26 year old mom of two.

My husband was off that day, and we were sleeping in, snuggling with our 3 year old and 6 month old. A family member who worked on a military base called and told us to turn on the news. Sleepily, we did, just in time to watch live as the 2nd plane hit. It was hard to comprehend and process what we were seeing. It didn’t seem real. 
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Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day from Home With Purpose!

Instead of Purposeful Links this weekend, I just want to share this live reading of the Declaration of Independence in Independence Hall in Philadelphia by a group of celebrities including Mel Gibson, Whoopie Goldberg, and Michael Douglas with you. Enjoy!

Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend! 🙂

Family Discipleship: Lent, Easter, & Passover Traditions

Lent, Easter, and Passover

As we enter Holy Week, I thought I’d share some of our favorite family traditions and resources.

These are some of our family’s favorite devotionals, storybooks, crafts and recipes for celebrating Lent, Easter, & Passover. [Read more…]

Snake Oil: Hilarious, Creative Family Fun

Snake Oil is a hilarious, creative party game based on the concept of the Old West "snake oil salesman", who had a special talent for selling dubious products to skeptical customers.

Our family loves fun games we can play together!

Life is busy and time is at a premium, but we enjoy doing things as a family, whether it’s watching a movie, reading a classic book aloud, or playing a board or Wii game. A few weeks ago, Out of the Box Games sent us their award-winning game Snake Oil to try out. Snake Oil is a fun, easy to learn game for ages ten and up based on the concept of the Old West “snake oil salesman”, who had a special talent for selling dubious products to skeptical customers.

The game requires a minimum of three, but up to ten, players, and consists of two sets of cards: Word Cards and Customer Cards. Each player takes a turn being the Customer, while the other players are the “salesmen”. Six word cards are dealt to each player. The Customer draws a Customer Card, which has an option on each side of the card of a type of customer. For example, one card may give an option for them to be a dumpster diver or a diva, another says they can be a super hero or a zombie. Once they decide which one they want to be, the other players quickly combine any two Word Cards from their hand to create a “product” for the customer, and then take turns pitching their product to the Customer. The Customer chooses which product they like best, and that player receives their Customer Card. Play continues until each player has had a chance to be the Customer, and at the end of the round, the player who has collected the most Customer Cards wins!

This video will give you a good idea of how it goes: [Read more…]

Jonathan Edwards: Christian Biographies for Young Readers

Jonathan Edwards: Christian Biographies for Young Readers

I’ve written often about the importance of teaching our kids about their spiritual heritage.

Being familiar with the major historical events and important figures in the history of the church helps them understand how we got where we are now, and feel that sense of heritage and connection with fellow believers in the past. This, along with communicating the concept that the Bible is one cohesive story of God’s plan of redemption, are things I consider absolutely crucial.

Simonetta Carr’s Christian Biographies for Young Readers are a valuable tool in this task. The publisher describes the series this way:

The Christian Biographies for Young Readers introduces children to important people in the Christian tradition. Parents and school teachers alike will welcome the excellent educational value it provides for students, while the quality of the publication and the artwork make each volume a keepsake for generations to come. Furthermore, the books in the series go beyond the simple story of someone’s life by teaching young readers the historical and theological relevance of each character.

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