Paul Apostle of Christ – Review & Giveaway

 

I sat down in the living room the other night to watch Paul, Apostle of Christ with my husband. We started it at about 9 pm while waiting for some of our kids to get home. Which was totally a bad time to start watching a movie. lol The movie starts out slow, and I just couldn’t follow it. I thought it was just me, but my husband said he had trouble follow it as well. So we turned it off to try another day. A few days later we tried again.

 

Paul Apostle of Christ Movie Review

 

We were right about the it moving slow in the beginning. But we were able to follow the story line a lot better the 2nd time around.  I should know better than to start a movie that late. lol Thankfully, they included several story line screens that really helped us follow along.

 

Paul Apostle of Christ Movie Review

 

Paul, Apostle of Christ starts when Paul is already in prison, and ends with his death. It is not set entirely in the prison. The story also follows Priscilla, Aquila, and Luke, to name a few. So we see them outside of the prison, in their community, with others. We see the difficult days of early Christianity, and the effect of Emperor Nero’s persecution of the early church.

 

Paul Apostle of Christ Movie Review

 

 

Paul, played by James Faulkner, who goes from the most infamous persecutor of Christians to Christ’s most influential apostle, is spending his last days in a dark and bleak prison cell awaiting execution by Emperor Nero. Luke, played by Jim Caviezel, his friend and physician, risks his life when he ventures into Rome to visit him. Paul is under the watchful eye of Mauritius, played by Oliver Martinez, the prison’s prefect, who seeks to understand how this broken old man can pose such a threat. But before Paul’s death sentence can be enacted, Luke resolves to write another book, one that details the beginnings of “The Way” and the birth of what will come to be known as the church. Their faith challenged an empire. But their words changed the world.

 

Paul, Apostle of Christ is written and directed by Andrew Hyatt, and also stars Joanne Whalley and John Lynch.

 

Paul Apostle of Christ Movie Review

 

While Paul, Apostle of Christ does start out slow, it definitely gets better! While I would have liked to see more of Paul’s story, how his name change came about for example, this is a very enjoyable movie. This movie is rated PG-13 for violence. There are a few scenes that kids might find disturbing. I suggest watching it yourself first, to be sure it’s something you want your kids to see, and that your kids can handle it.  Check out the trailer.

 

Paul, Apostle of Christ Official Trailer

 

 

Paul, Apostle of Christ – The Heart of the Story

Check out this video of the story behind the making of Paul, Apostle of Christ. The heart of the story.

 

Paul, Apostle of Christ is now on DVD and BluRay. You can connect with Paul, Apostle of Christ movie on Facebook and Instagram.

I really hope that they make more movies like this one, about the other apostles! For now, I will be sharing this movie with all my kids.

 

Paul Apostle of Christ Movie Review

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Steps of Faith Movie Review and Giveaway

*I watched a screener copy of this movie for free online to facilitate this review.
What would you do if God told you to pack up and move to a new city? What if you had to walk up to someone and tell them that God told you to come work for them?

 

Both of those things would be hard, wouldn’t they? Outside of our comfort zone for most of us.

 

But that’s exactly what happened to the main character, Faith, in Steps of Faith.

 

Steps of Faith

 

Steps of Faith opens with Faith getting toilet papered by a boy at church. lol She does not have a good track record of working with kids.

When Faith tells her family that God wants her to move and work with kids, they are not supportive. They point out that she doesn’t go to church more than once a month, and how she doesn’t even like kids or animals. After that argument with her parents, she asks God for one more sign that this is really what He wants her to do. The next day at work, her boss asks her to send a check to Steps of Faith. That’s her sign to go. She goes to her parents again to seek their blessing on her move. They are still not supportive of her.

 

“If this is your calling, than what does it matter how we feel about it.” – Mom

“Are you going to move even if we don’t give you are blessings?” – Dad

“Yes” – Faith

“Well, then there’s your answer.” – Dad

“I’m leaving on Wednesday” – Faith

“Are you two just going to let her walk out the door? You sit in service every Sunday, but because your daughter is following the voice of God you’re ready to shoot the messenger. I might just have to rethink this whole religious thing. I sit in service every Sunday, I feed the homeless, I help take care of the elderly, but I have never actually heard God’s voice. Not once.” – Faith’s sister

 

That’s powerful stuff. Are you ready and willing to follow God no matter what? Even if your family doesn’t want you to? Or believe that you heard from God?

 

Watch the official Steps of Faith trailer…..

 

 

After that argument with her parents, Faith meets with her pastor for advice.

“God puts these obstacles in our path so we don’t go around feeling like saints” – pastor

 

Then she does move. Unfortunately it doesn’t go any smoother for her after arriving at Steps of Faith. They won’t hire her even after she told them that God told her to come work for them.

“This is all a little to cuckoo for me. Check back in 6 months.” – Belle

So she does the only thing that she can do. She goes back every day until they do hire her.

“God told me I that I was supposed to be doing this.” – Faith

“Well He didn’t tell me.” – Belle

“I’ll be back everyday until you hire me. See you tomorrow.” – Faith

 

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And the owner does finally do hire her. To muck out the stalls.

Check out this second exclusive clip. This scene cracks me up. lol

 

 

Faith is ok with mucking out the stalls since she does not have a good track record of working with kids. So even though she follows what God told her to do, by moving and getting a job at Steps of Faith, she avoids working with the children there. She finally has no choice but to start, though.

After a child gets almost gets hurt on her watch, Faith gets discouraged and goes home. Her father gives her an encouraging talk that ends with:

 

“It’s time for you to pick yourself up and go get what God has for you.”     (Very wise advice for anyone.)

 

Faith does just that. Returning to Steps of Faith, working hard, getting certified in hippo-therapy, and getting married to the owner of Steps of Faith.

 

The main themes of Steps of Faith, now on DVD, are faith, purpose, and relationships. Even though it’s called a dramedy, there is not a lot of comedy in the movie. There were a couple of scenes that I laughed at, and a few more that made me chuckle. But it’s not a belly laugh comedy.  Starring Charles Malik Whitfield, Chrystee Pharris, Irma P. Hall, it is rated PG. There is no language or violence in the movie. I think the PG rating is because of a couple of kisses, between Faith’s parents, and Faith & Marshall.

 

I recommend Steps of Faith for the whole family.

 

 

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World Vision Gift Catalog Review & Giveaway

 

Are you looking for something different this Christmas? A different gift to give? A way to make a difference in someone’s life?

 

Check out World Vision. They provide assistance to people in nearly 100 countries. The World Vision Gift Catalog is one of many programs designed to help eradicate poverty and provide hope around the world. The Gift Catalog started during the Christmas season in 1996.

 

In fiscal year 2017, more than 144,000 people donated more than 301,000 items from the Gift Catalog that helped people around the world raising over $28 million. World Vision works to keep their overhead rates low. In 2016, 85 percent of World Vision’s total operating expenses were used for programs that benefit children, families and communities in need.

 

World Vision Gift Catalog Review & Giveaway

 

There are more than 100 meaningful gifts ranging in price from $16 to $50,000 in the catalog. There are more than 30 gifts in the catalog that are $40 or less, including items like chickens, job training or
school supplies. There are also more than 250 items on the World Vision Gifts website.

 

Give a donation to make a difference in someone’s life, and get a gift to give. Or keep for your self as a reminder of the gift you gave.

 

World Vision Gift Catalog Review & Giveaway

 

When a donation is made to World Vision’s “Where Most Needed” fund, donors can choose from different items (like those  below) to receive as a meaningful memento of their gift. (Prices in the Gift Catalog are subject to change.)  The donation is a one-time gift that will go towards needs that might otherwise go unmet.

 

The Heaton Hope Bracelet ($100 donation) – This year, everyone’s favorite TV mom, Patricia Heaton, has partnered with World Vision to design the Patricia Heaton Hope Bracelet. The name was purposely chosen to encourage people to feel hopeful about our world and to give hope, through generosity, to those in need.

This is an absolutely gorgeous bracelet! It is very comfortable wear, too.

 

World Vision Gift Catalog Review & Giveaway

 

Wraparound Ring ($55 donation) – A vibrant, adjustable ring with aqua and blue chalcedony stones set in metal, made by female artisans in India.

 

World Vision Gift Catalog

 

I have small hands, so this ring covers the whole section of my ring finger. I love the many facets on these stones. A picture definitely doesn’t do this ring justice. It’s so pretty.

 

World Vision Gift Catalog Review & Giveaway

 

Charm Necklace ($100 donation) – Made by a gold and silver plating specialist in India, the unique and elegant charms make this necklace a subtle statement piece.

 

This necklace is beautiful. It will go well with many different styles of clothing. I love it.

 

World Vision Gift Catalog Review & Giveaway

 

African Soapstone Box ($85 donation) – Talented artisans bring raw stone to life with etched designs and hand dyed finishes that showcase modern African creativity and provide a sustainable way out of poverty.

 

World Vision Gift Catalog Review & Giveaway

 

This box arrived well wrapped in paper. I just kept thinking what is this? while I was unwrapping it because it’s heavy. It is much more beautiful than I expected. A very unique gift.

 

World Vision Gift Catalog Review & Giveaway

 

Infinity Scarf ($75 donation) – This fashion-forward accessory is made by artisans in India who are trained in the loom industry to attain skills and a sustainable livelihood.

 

This scarf is so soft. It’s made of thin, flowing material that looks great without being too hot or bulky.

 

World Vision Gift Catalog Review & Giveaway

 

Vietnamese Tote ($100 donation) – Disabled Vietnamese women gain independence by creating these beautiful hand-embroidered purses.

 

World Vision Gift Catalog Review & Giveaway

 

This tote is amazing. It’s a nice, large size with a zippered pocket inside. Check out all the hand embroidery!

 

World Vision Gift Catalog Review & Giveaway

 

To request a copy of the catalog, or to place an order, go online to the World Vision Gift Catalog website.  If you donate as a gift, you can choose to have a card sent in honor of a loved one. Cards can also be printed or emailed from the website at any time to let an honoree know that something special has been done for them this Christmas.

 

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A Great Gift Idea – EntertainArt Wall Decor

 

A while back, I received this Star Wars wall decor from EntertainArt. EntertainArt offers exclusive, limited edition and ready-to-hang wall decor from some of the most popular movies, comics and TV shows.

 

A Great Gift Idea - EntertainArt Wall Decor

 

EntertainArt has growing selection of officially licensed and exclusive designs. So when you purchase a wall hanging from them you can be sure it’s authentic.

 

A Great Gift Idea - EntertainArt Wall Decor

 

I found this to be high quality wall decor. The canvas is wrapped around a solid wood frame.

 

A Great Gift Idea - EntertainArt Wall Decor

 

See all the detail on the canvas? It really is a high quality canvas.

 

A Great Gift Idea - EntertainArt Wall Decor

 

As you can see, the picture on the canvas wraps all the way around the sides. This canvas looks awesome hanging on the wall.

 

A Great Gift Idea - EntertainArt Wall Decor

 

My husband loved this Star Wars wall decor. I gave it to my teenage son, though, to hang in his room. He was so excited to get it. He is a huge Star Wars fan. I like that while he thinks it’s cool now, it can go with him when he moves out on his own. It looks great in his room, and will look equally great in a living room, family room, or media room.

 

Head on over and check out all the available designs on EntertainArt. They make great gifts!

 

 

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Review: Online Biblical Hebrew Course From Israel Institute of Biblical Studies

 

I recently had the opportunity to take a few Biblical Hebrew classes from Israel Institute of Biblical Studies. I have had an interest in learning Biblical Hebrew for a few years now. I had learned a few words in Hebrew on my own, but this was my first experience taking a class.

 

 

All the classes are online. There are 30 classes in this course, done over 9 months. There are many different times that the classes are held, all Monday – Friday. You get to chose which class you would like to attend. Class size is small, so we get plenty of chances to answer questions and ask questions. The teacher calls on each student to answer questions.

There is a white board that is used during class. The students are also able to write on the board during class using a pen tool on the screen that you direct with your computer mouse. We have used it to mark letters, to write letters, etc. I like that there is so much student participation. The instructors that I have had have been very encouraging when a student answers a question wrong. Encouraging them, putting the slide up where the student can see the answer to the question, and leading the student to find the answer.

 

Biblical Hebrew Online Class Review

 

 

 

I was asked to write this review after taking two classes. It has now been 6 weeks since our class started. One week class was cancelled for Israel Independence Day. I missed a class one day for family reasons. One week the teacher emailed ahead of time to let us know we would be having a sub for class that week. The sub was just as knowledgeable as our regular teacher. He picked up right where she left off, so I think when we have class next week we will be able to move on seamlessly.

A computer, and a microphone are mandatory for the classes. A webcam can be used, but I don’t have one right now. During class, you can see the teacher, and the students live on camera on one side of the screen. If a student doesn’t have a webcam, you can still see their name, and hear them. It has been so cool to be in class with people from around the world. The classes are conducted in English, so all attendees speak English. Unless we are speaking Hebrew. lol

 

I like that I had the option to receive text message reminders for class, as well as the email reminders that are sent automatically. I receive both.

Each class is recorded and a couple of days after the live class I receive an email with a link to the recording. This was great for the class that I had to miss. I can view it later and not get behind. It’s also great for reviewing what was covered in class while doing the homework. Yes, there is homework! The amount of time spent doing it has varied.

 

I like that passages of scriptures are used from the very 1st lesson. No, you can’t read it at first, but the instructor reads it aloud while you follow along. The instructor also had us find the letters we were learning in the passages.

Here are a few pages that I have worked on in the book. The pictures in the book are exact replicas of the slides used in the online lessons.

 

Biblical Hebrew Online Class Review

 

You learn how to read and write Biblical Hebrew, as well as how to write the transliterations of the Hebrew words. Ignore my handwriting. I have bad handwriting in English, so it goes that I will have bad handwriting in Hebrew. lol

 

Biblical Hebrew Online Class Review

 

I like that there is plenty of room on the pages to take notes. The book comes in physical form, as well as PDF. I loaded the PDF onto my phone. That way I can study even if I am not home.

 

Biblical Hebrew Online Class Review

 

I honestly have seen no cons to these online classes. Everything has gone smoothly, the instructors have been awesome, and the web interface has worked very well for each class. The teacher emails regularly, and we are encouraged to email her with any questions, or problems.

 

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in these classes. I have learned a lot and look forward to taking more classes in the future.

 

For more information about these online Hebrew classes, visit Israel Institute of Biblical Studies.

 

 

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Such a Fun Camera! Polaroid Snap Touch Review & Giveaway

 

I recently received this Polaroid Snap Touch Instant Print Digital Camera to try out. It is such a fun camera! Let me tell you why.

 

Such a Fun Camera! Polaroid Snap Touch Review & Giveaway

 

But first, lets cover the basics. The Snap Touch camera comes with everything you see below. The camera itself, a magnetic lens cover, owners manual, wrist strap, usb cord, and 10 sheets of premium ZINK Paper.

 

Such a Fun Camera! Polaroid Snap Touch Review & Giveaway

 

The ZINK Paper makes peel, off, sticky backed photos. Without any ink! That’s right, there is no ink in the camera. The prints come out of the camera dry to the touch. They are smudge proof, water resistant, and tear resistant photos.  As soon as I received my camera, I purchased a package of the ZINK paper so I could take lots of pictures.

The camera comes in four fun colors, as well as black, and white. All have the rainbow stripe on the front.

 

Such a Fun Camera! Polaroid Snap Touch Review & Giveaway

 

The magnetic lens cover is easy to remove. It would be nice if it had some kind of strap on it to keep it from being lost, though.

 

Such a Fun Camera! Polaroid Snap Touch Review & Giveaway

 

The back of the camera opens easily to replace the photo paper.  You can see the openings on the bottom of the camera for a tripod, a micro sd card, and the usb charging cord. The cord also allows you to transfer pictures to your computer. The camera is blue tooth capable. There is an app to download on your phone so you can share pictures.

 

Polaroid Snap Touch Review & Giveaway

 

You access all the great features of this camera on the touch screen. You can take videos, create photobooth layouts, and add digital filters. You can customize your photos with stickers and borders. There is even a border to make your pictures look like the original Polaroid instant pictures. For added fun, there is a selfie mirror! You can see it in the pictures above. It is the small round circle next to the flash. Yes, it’s small. It is big enough, though, for you to see if you are in the picture.

 

Such a Fun Camera! Polaroid Snap Touch Review & Giveaway

 

Now how about some photos! All the photos in the pictures below were taken with the Polaroid Snap Touch camera.

 

Such a Fun Camera! Polaroid Snap Touch Review & Giveaway

 

As you can see, the pictures tend to curl a little. I don’t find it to be that big of deal, though. I printed about a dozen or so pictures, and only had one print with a white strip on the side.

 

Such a Fun Camera! Polaroid Snap Touch Review & Giveaway

 

I have found the colors to be consistent from picture to picture. I find it amazing how this thin piece of paper contains all ink to print pictures! It’s so cool!

Such a Fun Camera! Polaroid Snap Touch Review & Giveaway

 

I took these pictures at a family gathering. Everyone loved this camera! Even the adults were gathering around the camera to watch it print. lol It was the hit of our gathering.

 

The Polaroid Snap Touch is a fun, and highly functional camera. There are so many uses for it. Everyday pictures and videos, parties, family gatherings, etc. Group events, schools, homeschool co-ops, and much more. Kids will love having their pictures right away! The ability to turn the picture into a stick would be great for school projects, reports, etc. Or even a photo wall!

 

 

Such a Fun Camera! Polaroid Snap Touch Review & Giveaway

 

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Canvas Factory Photo Canvas Review & Giveaway

 

I, like most people, like to display family pictures. Sometimes, you have a great picture that deserves to be set apart from the rest. That’s what I love about photo canvas prints. They make the great pictures extra special. I was recently able to order a photo canvas print from the Canvas Factory to review.

 

Canvas Factory Photo Canvas Review & Giveaway

 

The Canvas Factory has a simple mission – to make online photo printing easy and affordable for everyone. I found their website very easy to use. I simply uploaded my picture, then chose the size & shape I wanted. You can upload pictures from your computer, Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox or Flickr. They accept png, jpg, gif, bmp, & tif files. They make it really easy to do!

 

There are many options to choose from. Photo canvas prints come in several different sizes in square, rectangular, and panoramic pictures. I chose the 16×20 portrait size.You can also choose how you want the edges finished, as well. I chose to wrap the picture around the sides.

 

Canvas Factory Photo Canvas Review & Giveaway

 

I was really excited when my photo canvas print was delivered! It came wrapped in plastic and packaged in cardboard. The front of the package had overlapping flaps, so be careful when cutting the tape because your canvas print is right underneath it.

 

Canvas Factory Photo Canvas Review & Giveaway

 

Canvas Factory Photo Canvas Review & Giveaway

 

My photo canvas print is awesome! The 16×20 size is perfect for hanging in any room. This picture is a picture of the actual photo canvas print hanging on the wall.

 

Canvas Factory Photo Canvas Review & Giveaway

 

The printing on the cavas is very well done. Here’s a close up of the canvas print. Up close, you can see the canvas. The weave is so close, that when you stand back a few feet to look at the canvas, you can’t see the weave.

 

Canvas Factory Photo Canvas Review & Giveaway

 

I had a great experience ordering my photo canvas print. The ordering process was very smooth. They have a fast turn around. I ordered it one day, and it shipped the next.

 

The only con that I experienced is that there is no way to edit your pictures on the website. I recommend enlarging your pictures and checking them for imperfections before uploading to the website. This is especially important if you are using an older picture, like I did. My picture was scanned into the computer. There was a white spot on my picture that wasn’t supposed to be there, but was not noticeable unless it was enlarged. So there was a white spot on my print. After receiving my print, I checked the picture on my computer, and when enlarged, the white spot is there. This was totally my fault, not the company’s. We were able to touch up the white spot so it is not noticeable in the print now. So check your pictures, especially your older, scanned pictures, before uploading.

My photo canvas hanging on the wall:

Canvas Factory Photo Canvas Review & Giveaway

 

These photo canvas’s made great gifts, too! I had this one made to give my mother for Mother’s Day. It came out so great I didn’t want to wait to give it to her. She loves it! She’s been showing it to everyone that comes in the house, telling them how much she loves it.

 

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Canvas Factory Photo Canvas Review & Giveaway

 

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