LEGO Covered Wagon

October 5th, 2015


My son made a LEGO covered wagon out of regular LEGO bricks. This is a fun hands-on activity you can do with your kids when you are studying the Wild West. You can also combine it with a literature study of Little House on the Prairie.

My son made some log cabins out of red LEGO bricks attached to a green base. He stuck a horse into the barn, and he placed a chimney on the house. Next to the house is where he placed the covered wagon.

lego-covered-wagon-baseHe started building the covered wagon by grabbing some brown LEGO bricks and placing four “wheels” on the bottom. Those wheels were really LEGO bricks with 2 bumps. Then he built the main platform on top of the wheels. This was in the shape of a rectangle. He placed a front seat on the covered wagon. It was another LEGO with 2 bumps.

lego-covered-wagon-topThe top part of the LEGO covered wagon was built out of white LEGOs in the shape of an upside-down “U,” with a row of 2-prong LEGOs along the top. Brown LEGOs attach the white canvas top to the bottom of the covered wagon.

Now your LEGO covered wagon is complete, and you can begin having Wild West adventures with your fun Wild West LEGO scene!

Abraham and Isaac in LEGO

October 2nd, 2015

Abraham-and-Isaac-LEGOWhen studying the patriarchs from Scripture, you can have your kids create a scene of Abraham and Isaac in LEGO. One of the most poignant scenes in Scripture is when Abraham is commanded by God to be willing to sacrifice his son. He loved his son so much because Isaac was a miracle baby. Sarah and Abraham were beyond childbearing years, being 90 and 100 years old, so the fact that God did a miracle to enable Sarah to conceive made the pregnancy even more intensely precious.

We are told in Hebrews 11:17-19 that Abraham knew that God was able to raise Isaac from the dead because he was certain that God had promised that from Isaac would come a nation as vast as the sand on the seashore. Because Abraham trusted God, he followed through on the command, and an angel held back his hand. God provided a ram in the thicket. Abraham had previously told his son that God would provide the sacrifice.


Often we accidentally put relationships with people higher than our love for God. When this happens, we make that person an idol. This happened to me when my only daughter almost drowned at age 1. I was so close to rage at God that He would dare to take her away from me. In that moment I realized I loved my daughter more than God. I was shocked, but most parents have the same sin. God worked in my heart to build my love and trust for Him.

Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of Me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.  – Matthew 10:37 ESV


The other beautiful blessing that Abraham received was to understand what it was like for God the Father to sacrifice His Son, Jesus Christ, to save people from their sins. The agony of God the Father was experienced by Abraham, and understanding God is always a deep, incredible blessing!

31 Days of LEGO Unit Studies

September 30th, 2015


My kids have always loved playing with LEGOs, so 31 Days of LEGO Unit Studies sounded like a good series for me to do. We have come up with a lot of fun projects I’ve never seen before. My kids surprise me by building what we are studying out of LEGOs. They’ve had a great time learning many of their academic subjects over the years through LEGOs. Here are some of the LEGO creations we’ve put together over the years, and we will be adding to this index during the next few weeks:

31 Days of LEGO Unit Studies








  • LEGO Music


  • LEGO Playground
  • LEGO Olympics

Italy Cake

September 28th, 2015


When you are studying Ancient Rome, why not make an Italy cake? Kids always enjoy eating their homework, and what better way to learn geography than to have your cake and eat it, too?

Bake a chocolate cake in a rectangular pan according to the directions on the package. Let the cake cool by placing it into the refrigerator. Cakes are easier to cut when they are cold. Cut the shape of Italy out of a rectangular cake pan. You will need to look at a map of Italy to make sure you get the shape right.


Next you will want to get a cookie sheet. Place two pieces of light blue construction paper on the bottom of the cookie sheet to represent the water of the Mediterranean Sea. Put cling wrap over top of the blue construction paper so that the cake doesn’t soak through the paper.


Pick up the cake with a couple of spatulas (or with your bare hands) and place it on the cookie sheet. If you want, you can leave it like this. Otherwise you can frost the cake with green frosting. (Tint white frosting green with food coloring.) You can add other embelishments like mountain ranges with chocolate chips, rivers with blue frosting, etc.


Now you can enjoy eating your Italy cake!

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Fasting for an Enemy

September 25th, 2015


Do you want to hurt really bad for the sake of an enemy? Are you willing to lay down your life for an enemy? One time God required me to fast for a person who was venomously attacking me and contorting her face demonically every time I saw her. She was about to go on a missions trip, and a friend of mine commanded me to fast because this woman could not go on a missions trip with a demon on her. She said this kind does not come off but through prayer and fasting (Matthew 17:21). So I angrily agreed to fast, knowing that God was calling me to fast. I always obey God, even if I have to force myself.

I braced myself for a horrible hellish day where I had to devote the entire day to praying for this venomous woman. I was surprised to find out that it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I thought I was going to have to go into hell and back, but God showed me to pray through praise music. I prayed the whole day, and the woman was released from the demon that had been on her for four years. Next time I saw her, she had a gentle, Spirit-filled expression on her face, and she said she loved me. It was so opposite to the way she had been treating me before that I knew the demon was off her.

When a believer is acting in a way that they distort the truth to stab you, where they attack you verbally at every turn and attribute wrong motives to everything you do, you know you are dealing with a demon. This is especially true if the facial expression is hateful or contorted with rage. This is not normal for a child of God. A demon is on that person. I suppose they could also be given over to their flesh, so I don’t want to rule that out, but where contention exists, it is always a work of the enemy. This is especially true when you are in Christian leadership, which both of us were.

Sadly, after the demon was off her, a few months later, she welcomed the demon back. The demon was so familiar with the lies that were used against me that she took them up again as if she had never reconciled with me. Maybe I should have told her that two of us had fasted for 24 hours to have her released from a demon. Because she had no idea, she invited the demon back. I knew she wouldn’t believe me if I told her a demon was on her, and I didn’t want her to attack me again, especially since the demon was off her. I now regret that I wasn’t more honest with her about her sin because it cost her being under the bondage of the demon again.

You can actually be walking by the Spirit and have a demon attached to your physical body, by the way. This happened to me when two friends prayed over me to release me from a personal issue. I was in bondage, and it was demonic, and I did not KNOW. It wasn’t until I humbled myself with two other believers to have them lay hands and pray over me that this demonic presence peeled off my face, and the shackles were gone and I was set free. See, I had absolutely no way to know that I was in bondage, and it began two years previously when I stepped up to Christian leadership. I had been in bondage for two years without knowing. I praise and magnify His name that I had the guts to humble myself to say something personal to two ladies who stormed the gates of heaven to set me free.

During those two years of bondage in one area of my life, I had mightily walked by the Spirit and accomplished wonderful things for the kingdom of God. So just because a demon is on you doesn’t mean you will always be evil. The most spiritual people on earth will have demons lurking, waiting to see where they can make an inroad to sin to slip them up so that others will also fall into sin. Christian leaders are attacked more than most Christians. But through humility and dependence on other believers in the body of Christ, you can overcome the enemy each time. If other believers are aware of your thoughts, they can correct the lies of the enemy immediately so that the enemy does not get a foothold. This is why I believe it’s so important for believers to be transparent with each other and love each other and believe the best in each other.

Even with the apostle Paul, he was given a thorn in the flesh that was “a messenger from Satan.” (II Corinthians 12:7) A messenger from God is an angel, and a messenger from Satan is a demon. So a demon was allowed to torment Paul to keep him from exalting himself. When he was given revelation from God, he could have easily become prideful. But a demon comes alongside during your times of greatest spiritual breakthrough. Because you are fully open to God, Satan uses that openness to insert his own thoughts, too. Then you go close to the brink of insanity, and you calm yourself before God. You humble yourself and are quiet.

This has happened to me more than once, during times of huge spiritual breakthrough, where I nearly went insane because of a demon. But I humbled myself to God and was calm. It causes you to not talk about how to actually have a breakthrough because you’re embarrassed that you were also influenced by a demon at the same time. This also happened to Spurgeon, one of the greatest preachers of all time. God comforted me through some of Spurgeon’s sermons that what had happened to me was normal for a true servant of God. Satan will impede our true spiritual breakthroughs. Just humble yourself and be calm. Then ask God to give you discernment in retrospect. Test the spirits to see if they are from the Lord (I John 4:1). Anything that is said in your mind, you need to test it against Scripture and against what you know about God. For example, if it’s agitation, it’s from the enemy.

If you need more help in differentiating God’s voice from the enemy’s voice or your own voice, print out the free chart and listen to the audio here.

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