11/2016 New Testament Story

November, 2016

New Testament Stories My Daddy Told Me

JOHN ON PATMOS (Revelation 1:1—5:14)

By Wayne S. Walker

     As the end of the first century A. D. began to draw near, early historical tradition says that all of Christ’s apostles except one had been martyred for their faith.  According to these sources, John, the son of Zebedee and brother of James, was alone left and came to live in or near the city of Ephesus.  It appears that the Roman Emperor, probably Domitian, banished John to the rocky isle of Patmos in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Asia Minor, where he wrote the book of Revelation which he addressed to seven churches in the Roman province of Asia.  Some scholars think that Revelation was penned earlier, before the destruction of Jerusalem in A. D. 70, but likely the majority seems to believe that it should be dated sometime in the 90s, perhaps around A. D. 95.

As Revelation opens, John’s first vision is of voice that is as a loud trumpet.  This speaker says that He is “the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and tells John to write what he sees in a book.  Then when John turns to look, He sees “One like the Son of Man” who is in the midst of seven lampstands.  The voice speaks and John writes letters to the seven churches.  Ephesus could not bear those who were evil but had left its first love.  Smyrna was told not to be afraid but to be faithful to death.  Pergamos had those who held to the doctrine of Balaam and the doctrine of the Nicolaitans.  Thyatira allowed a woman named Jezebel who called herself a prophetess to seduce Christ’s servants.  Sardis had a name that they lived but were dead.  Philadelphia had kept the command to persevere and was encouraged to hold fast.  Laodicea was lukewarm and needed to repent.

In John’s next vision, he sees a throne in heaven.   One sat on the throne surrounded by 24 elders in white robes, along with the seven Spirits of God and four living creatures who rest not day nor night, saying “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty.”  The One on the throne held in His right hand a scroll sealed with seven seals.  At first, no one was found who could loose the seals and read the scroll, so John began weeping; but one of the elders replied that the Lion of the tribe of Judah would be able open the scroll.  Yet when John looked, he saw a Lamb as though it had been slain, who took the scroll out of the hand of Him who sat on the throne.  Then the four living creatures and the 24 elders, along with many angels the number of which was ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands of thousands, fell down to worship, saying, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.”


  1. To what rocky isle was John banished?
  2. To how many churches in the Roman province of Asia did he write Revelation?
  3. What did John hear in his first vision?
  4. Whom did he see in that first vision?
  5. In his second vision, what did John see in heaven?
  6. How many elders were there?
  7. What did the elders wear?
  8. How many Spirits were mentioned as being there?
  9. How many living creatures were present?
  10. What did the living creatures say?
  11. What did the Being whom John saw in heaven have in His hand?
  12. In which hand did He hold it?
  13. Who did one of the elders say would open this object?
  14. When John looked, what did he see?
  15. What did the living creatures, the elders, and all the angels do?

Wells Corner School, Lockport, IL


Wells Corner School

Lockport Pioneer Settlement

100 W. Ninth St.

Lockport, IL 60441

The Will County Heritage Village, formerly known as the Lockport Pioneer Settlement, is a faithfully preserved Will County Historical Society collection of early structures and artifacts in an open air museum.  The main museum (Illinois and Michigan Canal Museum, 803 S. State St., at the beginning of Canal trail) was the headquarters of the I&M Canal Commission, which built the canal where exhibits focus on canal and local history.  The settlement is a group of buildings relocated to the site from around the county, including an 1830’s white oak log cabin, the 1881 Mokena Village Jail, a blacksmith shop, a tinsmith shop, a workshop, the 1856 one room Wells Corner School, the 1863 Wilhelmi smokehouse, a settlement house, the Greenho farmhouse, a lye kiln, a root cellar, the 1881 Symerton railroad Station, and more.




The Heart and Soul Homeschool Mama

The Heart and Soul Homeschool Mama

by Gena Suarez

from Crosswalk Homeschool Newsletter, Monday, September 5, 2011

Paul and Gena Suarez reside in Gray, Tennessee, where they homeschool(ed) their six children: Paul (21), Luke (19), Levi (17), Julia Rachel (14), Susanna Hope (3) and Chloe Abigail (18 months). They enjoy long country drives in the van while listening to books on CD, hanging out with good friends, and staying up late. By the grace of God, the Suarez family publishes The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC.

Gena begins:

I am sitting in a coffee shop today, working away like a busy bee. Lately I’ve had so many emails to respond to, I feel like a hamster on a wheel (the emails are never-ending). I need to create at times, too, not just stay buried in “send and receive” all day long. So I thought I’d put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and write you a letter.

TOS is launching something very new and very special and that announcement will happen next month, hence all the extra email chores and staff working around the clock prior to launch. I won’t share too much here except to say we have an “all-star cast” of new columnists. Don’t worry; we still have the regulars who are sticking around too, like Lab’s Kate Kessler and Deborah Wuehler our prized Senior Editor. But wait till you see who else has just signed on (a bunch of experts/speakers you’ll recognize)—whew, the news will make your jaw drop! More on that later (in a month).

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St. Mary’s Chapel, Knoxville, IL


St. Mary’s Chapel, Knoxville, IL

One of the many universities that resided in Knoxville, St. Mary’s School is rich in history. The only unaltered remnant from this private girl’s school that existed in northern Knoxville, St. Mary’s Chapel was was started in 1881 and, with the exception of a few windows, was completed in 1888. The cloister was completed in 1890. The building features Gothic architecture and stained glass windows made in the U. S. and Europe.  The Chapel and attached cloister are all that remains of a once flourishing school for girls that succumbed to changed educational preferences and the economic depression of the 1930s.  While the school no longer exists, some of its foundation can still be seen west of St. Mary’s chapel.



Gaining Confidence as a Homeschooler

Gaining Confidence as a Homeschooler

by Lynn M. Griesemer

(Lynn M. Griesemer homeschools in South Carolina and is the author of “Unassisted Homebirth: An Act of Love.”  This article is taken from The Link Homeschool Newsletter, Volume 5, Issue 2,  Fri., Sept. 2, 2011.)

We began homeschooling our children in 1994 when our son was seven (first grade) and our girls were four, three and one. I was never interested in purchasing a curriculum from the experts or teaching professionals. I felt capable and competent enough to design and implement our own plan, which would be tailored to our priorities, interests and goals.)

I discovered that the unschooling approach (or self-directed learning) fits in with our philosophy of raising children. I have observed that people seek out, learn and remember those things which are important to them. Adults who decide what to teach children for six hours a day are acting as dictators and the authoritarian style of education is one I am not comfortable with. What gives us the right to cram stuff into the minds of our children? It is disrespectful and manipulative.

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Newman School, Knoxville, IL


Newman School, Knoxville, IL

Newman School, once located south of Knoxville on the Lake Bracken Road, was built in 1876. It was closed in 1948 when Illinois underwent a major school consolidation. In 1976 it was moved to its present location in James Knox Park, Knoxville, by the Knox County Retired Teachers Association for their bicentennial project.  The school has been completely restored with authentic furnishings. With dinner pails on the shelf, the wash pan on the stand, desks with inkwells and old lesson books, the school represents the 177 rural schools once located in Knox County.  Every year hundreds of school children visit the school. Some classes spend the day, arriving in antique cars, to experience what school was like in their grandparent’s day. Reading lesson are from McGuffey Readers and arithmetic is done on slates. Retired teachers who once taught in similar schools give the lessons.  The school is maintained by the Knox County Retired Teachers Association with proceeds from an annual ice cream social held on July 4. It is open to the public during the Knox County Scenic Drive or by appointment.



11/2016 Home School Book Review news

Home School Book Review Blog (https://homeschoolbookreviewblog.wordpress.com/ ) is the place to go for book reviews, primarily of children’s and youth literature, from a Biblical worldview.

Books reviewed in October of 2016 include:

October 29, 2016–Letter to a Christian Nation

October 28, 2016–The Island of Dr. Libris

October 27, 2016–George and the Goblin Hole

October 25, 2016–The Beast That Crouches at the Door: Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, and Beyond

October 22, 2016–Luke Goes to Bat

October 21, 2016–The True Gift: A Christmas Story

October 20, 2016–Whatever Became of Sin?

October 18, 2016–Chasing Vermeer

October 15, 2016–What Wives Wish Their Husbands Knew About Women

October 12, 2016–How I Survived My Most Embarrassing Moments

October 11, 2016–Fever 1793

October 10, 2016–My Mother Got Married and Other Disasters

The winner of our Book of the Month Award for October is:


Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

Books that we are currently reading and will review in the near future are:

Letter from a Christian Citizen by Douglas Wilson

The Little Duke by Charlotte Mary Young

Swygert by Jeffrey H. Utterback

Sue Barton Student Nurse by Helen Dore Boyleston



Glisson School, Knoxville, IL



Glisson School, Knoxville, IL

Located east of Knoxville on U. S. 150, Glisson School is the only restored one-room school in Knox County that still sits in its original rural location. Built in the 1870s, around 1874. it is now privately owned and open to the public during the Knox County Scenic Drive.