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JEM-PRECIOUS STONES
(Issue #31 -- JOURNEY -- July 2005)


Our journey begins at birth, and ends at death -- but the really important things happen along the way. What path will your life take? I'm not referring to vocation -- but to destination! You see, every journey has a purpose -- and life's journey is no exception. Our purpose is to find truth -- and follow Him! His name is Jesus, and a decision to follow Him also decides your life journey's final destination. Jesus is the gate into Heaven. He is the door. He is the truth and life! Finding Him means finding a purpose for your journey. Following Him means your journey will end in salvation and eternity with God! At journey's end, you won't be disappointed!! To sum up life's journey, follow Jesus! He will give the journey purpose -- otherwise you're just a wanderer who's destined for destruction.

Join us on a journey -- a journey with Jesus!

In His Service,
Matt

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ACROSTIC FOR JULY
BIRTHDAY GREETING
INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHT
POINTS TO PONDER
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
A DIFFERENT ROAD
A MOMENT OF 'HA HA'
TESTIMONY TIME
CHALLENGE OF THE MONTH
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
QUICK TIP OF THE MONTH
CRAFT OF THE MONTH
SKIPPING STONES
BIBLE QUIZ
CHECK IT OUT!
JEM'S PUZZLER OF THE MONTH



ACROSTIC FOR JULY
By: Denise Imbody

Just as the summer month's can be
Overly hot and sometimes
Unbearable, so it is with the
Reality of the journey we
Need to take so we can have
Eternal life with
Yashua, and what a reward that will be!

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BIRTHDAY GREETING

Well, Happy Happy Birthday to all you July babies! We pray it is a blessed one, and that you all do NOT melt in this hot summer heat! ‹

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INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHT
By: Gwen Tweedy

When you woke up this morning and thought of all the things on your to do list this day,
did you think you'd make it?

When the coffee didn't make, and somebody was late to work, and the breakfast wasn't just quite what you had planned,
did you think you'd make it?

When work at home, or work in the city was messed up and your transportation was late or your car wouldn't start,
did you think you'd make it?

When lunch came, and maybe you didn't eat any because you were busy running or there were deadlines that just had to be met,
did you think you'd make it?

During the afternoon when you thought you'd die if there was another moment in it,
and the kids didn't act right, or the copier didn't work or the machine died
or you ran out of a supply you needed,
and the boss whoever that is whether yourself! or someone else,
just wouldn't get off your back,
did you think you'd make it?

And now that the day is slowly ever so slowly winding down,
and you can take a quick breath and the supper is done,
the kids are finally behaving the rest of the house is home safely
and amazingly enough, your to do list is somewhat shorter than when you arose to start your day,
did you think you'd make it?

Yes you knew somewhere deep down in your heart,
with God's help, you'd make it!

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POINTS TO PONDER
By: Denise Imbody

I've been having great experiences as I have been reading the Bible through each year. Now, please don't get me wrong, I do NOT read it all the way through from Genesis to Revelation, but I have been reading the Bible in it's entirety the past few years--using different plans like alternating between the OT and NT--I am currently in my third year of it--second with my family--the first year I read through with a friend. I am sharing all this because as I read each time, the Lord is so wonderful to show me things I had never seen before, as I began this journey...and I'd like to share one with you...which I think will be a great point to ponder.

The first year I read through, my friend and I noticed a strange and wonderful pattern, starting in Genesis and going through, and I believe it is something the Lord opened our eyes to see. We noticed, starting with Cain and Abel, how the younger son seemed to somehow receive the place, or honor of the oldest son. Here are some examples...

God was happier with Abel's offering over Cain's.

Isaac, even though he was 14 years younger than Ishmael received the blessing that Abraham was promised by the Lord.

Jacob was chosen over Esau for the blessing of the older son. Where it is true he tricked his father to get it, I believe the Lord wanted Jacob to have it.

Joseph was Jacob's favorite son, even though he was the 11 son born to him.

When Jacob went to bless sons, he gave Ephraim, the younger son the blessing that the eldest son was supposed to receive.

I am sure there are more that are escaping my mind right now, but my point that I want you to ponder, is this...

I believe these are all foreshadowings of Jesus. See, I think Jesus was the second Adam...since the first Adam failed us and condemned us all to death--Jesus came and redeemed us...if we believe in Him, that is. I just thought it was a great fact to point out, and hope you see the pattern as you read and study His Holy Word!

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QUOTE OF THE MONTH


"If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under."
--Ronald Reagan

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A Different Road
By: Denise Imbody

Normally we do not like to post the complete lyrics to a song for many reasons, but I am really feeling lead to share all the words to this one with you...with my comments in the midst of the words.

We are discussing our JOURNEY throughout this life, and how we have a path to choose. We can choose the wide path which we all know leads to death and destruction...

Matthew 7;NLT
13 "You can enter God's Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose the easy way.

Or we can choose the narrow road which leads to everlasting life...

14 But the gateway to life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever find it.

Did you notice in Verse 13 how it says that the broad road is "the easy way"???

Did you also notice that in Verse 14, there is NO mention of the narrow road being an "easy road"???

If you have been a Christian for any length of time, you probably have noticed that the walk is not always easy, or fun...but we do know it is rewarding in the end if we choose to persevere. There are times when we are having a revival with our Lord, and there are times we are questioning if He is listening, or even there. Of course, during these times we "know" He is because it says in His word...

Hebrews 13:5;NIV
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."

Now, on to this beautiful song.

A Different Road!
by K. Troccoli, B. Sudano, N. DiGesare

"Iíve traveled long
Iíve traveled hard
And stumbled many times along the way
Iíve bruised my knees a lot
And turned my back on God
And seen His mercy"

WOW! There is just so much in that first verse. You know, I think I like to refer to songs a lot because the words are things that I am absolutely feeling at times, and it just amazes me that someone has felt that same way, and has expressed it in a song.

Let's look at those first 3 lines...

I am sure a lot of us have felt and still do feel at times, that we have been traveling a long time. And it's not just long, but it's been hard, and we have stumbled. At times that narrow road is just not a smooth walk. There are rocks, or sticks, or plain old bumps in the road. I would have to say these are our times of testing, and trials. Are we going to stay down once we've stumbled, or are we going to get back up and keep on walking?

Now, let's look at those next 3 lines...

I know I have felt battered and bruised--spiritually beaten, if you will--during times of spiritual warfare that I am aware is going on.

I am not sure I can honestly say that I've turned my back on God, because since I have come to know Him, NO matter what else is going on around me...brothers and sisters in the Lord hurting me, etc...I have always leaned on Him. Now, if she means that I've turned my back on Him, in the way of where I haven't listened to Him at times..then yes, I would honestly have to say, that I am guilty of that. But that third line is beautiful isn't it? He still shows us His mercy, because He just loves us that much! :)

On to the next section...

"Iíve been quick to judge
And slow to learn
So many times Iíve gotten in the way
I think I know so much
Iíve questioned God enough
But still He loves me"

Guilty, guilty, guilty! If we are honest with ourselves, I think we can all stand and say, yes, I've done that...judged too quickly--slow to learn--and have gotten in the way of whatever He was trying to do...but He still continues to show us His mercy and love..that is incredible!

Here is the chorus, and I just love it...

"So now Iíll walk a different road
I want to see Him there before I even go
Iíve run ahead and gone too slow
Iíve got to be still now
Wait upon His will now
This time,
Itís gonna be His time"

Again, we can all stand and say how we have done these things too. Knowing the Lord wants us to do something, so we run ahead, or there is that time of us knowing the Lord wants us to do something, but we drag our feet, because we don't want to do it. Those words of wanting to see Him there before we even go, are just so beautiful, and eye-opening, aren't they?

So as we travel through this JOURNEY of ours, let's remember that those rocks, sticks, and bumps in the road are there to strengthen us, and help us lean on Him that much more.

And I will leave you with the words of the second verse, which are just so VERY true!

"Donít want to live without
The peace that comes to me
When I am by His side
Iíve known the freedom there
Canít find it anywhere
But in Christ Jesus
I believe Heís got a plan
Everything in His time
I may not always understand
Everything in His time
Everything in His time"

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A MOMENT OF 'HA HA'

USA... Home of the Brave
HEAVEN... Home of the Saved
--Author unknown to us

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TESTIMONY TIME

My Testimony: By Nancy Groff

I was just a small girl when I first accepted Christ as my Saviour.. I was raised in a Christian home and my father was a pastor. Er, he still is a pastor actually. I went to a VBS (vacation Bible school) at a nearby church. As a youngster I was a VBS-hopper. I went to any that would have me. I still remember the church. It isn't very far from my sister's house. I don't remember much about that night, but I was about 6. The pastor prayed with me and I asked for forgiveness of my sins.

Back in those days, oftentimes churches would invite other churches of the same or other denominations to their revival meetings. My parents and my sister and I went to another church's revival a few years later. I'd say probably 4 years later. I really do not remember the message that was given. What I remember about that night is that by the end of the service I was waiting for the altar call. When the evangelist asked people to come forward, I walked quickly down that aisle to the altar. At the age of ten or so, I'm sure I hadn't done anything really bad, but I was being convicted of my sin and I knew it.

To this day I remember someone saying as I passed by, "and a child shall lead them." Then I had little idea what that meant. Now I understand that perhaps God used me to give someone else courage to go forward and get right with God. But even if no one else went forward, I walked away from the altar with a clean heart and a peace with God. Some things in life just can't be bought, they have to be received. Forgiveness is one such thing.

I did a lot of scripture memorization for one VBS when I was a little older. My mother always read us Bible stories and encouraged memorization. When I was 10ish, I was a member of a Bible quiz team for a few years.

I loved God and wanted to please Him, but didn't always behave in Christian ways. My mother and I didn't get along too well and looking back I see that was a hindrance. Of course I was just a kid, but I would have done nearly anything to please my father. We had a much different relationship.

Even during my teen years, I always loved to go to church. The next closest person to my age (other than my sister who was 18 months younger) was 7 years older. Families came and went and sometimes there were a few children/teenagers closer to my age.

I remember an evangelist's wife once spoke something to me that was somewhat prophetic, although I do not believe she knew it. I do not remember exactly what it was now. I do know it had something to do with my destiny.

The one thing I never did was to be baptized. I had a fear of drowning. It is irrational I know. Finally, in my second year of college, I was baptized. Oddly enough, while being dunked, my foot slipped and I was flailing around trying to regain my balance. But I did not drown.

The college years had plenty of struggles for me. I won't go into them, but will say that I was always very sad when I failed God. I think I wanted to be perfect, but it would be many years before I realized that only God and Jesus are perfect. I hated it when I sinned, but especially the habitual ones, where I was saying I wouldn't do it again, and yet I did.

Since them my Christian life has had its ups and downs, which is to be expected I suppose. In my late 30's I went through a period where every time I turned around I was being hurt by a Christian. My husband and I couldn't seem to find a good church. When we did, it either didn't stay long, or else we were rejected by people in the church.

About that time we got a computer and started on the internet. Even online Christians seemed to delight in hurting me. That was how I saw it at the time. Now I realize it wasn't like that. Perhaps I was a little sensitive, but I did get hurt a lot. This caused me to retreat further than ever and unfortunately, I turned to the internet.

We moved to Arizona and found a good church. My gregarious husband had no trouble making friends, but I found it very difficult. More and more my "life" revolved around the internet. The more that happened, the less I wanted to do with church. Sadly, I got involved in things I shouldn't have.

At that same time, my husband and I began to have a lot of problems maritally. I do not think that I realized then, how much our extended families did to help us and keep us together. My internet addiction and his poor spending habits began to drive a deep wedge between us.

I do not know how much the church knew of our problems, but only one lady ever reached out to me. I pray God gives her a special crown or something, as years later I still remember how hard she tried. Unfortunately, my heart was hard and getting harder every day. While my husband meant well, the things he did just made me dislike him more and more.

Eventually we got divorced. What a sad statement that is. I believe it was very much preventable. It should never have happened. We had been married 16 years and had three beautiful girls. We were going to a Bible-believing church.

I do not blame anyone outside the marriage for our problems or divorce. I do wish that I could write this and say that people had tried to help us, or the pastor had offered us counseling, or they had had an all-night prayer meeting to pray for our marriage. It all boils down to the rebellion in my heart, and my husband's own problems. I believe it takes two to make a marriage work and one cannot do it alone.

While in my rebellion, I did things that I will not write of, but things that I'm now very thankful are under the blood of the Lamb. It was during this time that I met my current husband, totally by sheer coincidence. Our first few meetings were not good and we didn't get along, yet he kept coming back. Eventually, he talked me into moving to New York.

It didn't take alot of talking I suppose as I wanted out. I'd always ran from my problems and this was no exception to that rule. I guess in my heart of hearts, I knew that he wasn't a Christian and I shouldn't marry him. But I told him the plan of salvation and that I couldn't marry a non-christian. He claims he said the sinner's prayer. Perhaps he did. I have no way to prove that. I only know that he doesn't walk in the Christian path.

So now I'm in New York and I really did want to get right with God. I had been making some strides in that regard for a few months. I'd started watching Joyce Meyer when possible as a co-worker had suggested. We found a church, it wasn't what I was looking for but I was grasping for anything that might help me get back to God.

For awhile, things did appear to be getting better. But in the winter of 2002, I began flirting with one of those sins that I'd had problems with again. It probably didn't help that we hadn't been going to church. The next 9 months would be some of the most agonizing of my life. I was holding tightly onto my sin, while watching my life fall apart.

My marriage was crumbling. I should have turned to God, but that would mean repentance. Instead I clung to something stupid and how I regret it. Finally in August of 2003 when my youngest daughter came back from visiting her father, she told me: "Mom, we need to start going to church again."

I do not believe in coincidences, and a few weeks before I had taken a different way home than normal. On the way I saw a church on the top of a hill. The name was "House of Praise". I thought the name sounded like one of a good church. So I put it off a little longer, but even my husband started telling me I should go check it out.

So one day my daughters (my other two were visiting) went to the church office and asked questions. I wasn't satisfied until I was quite sure it would be the type we'd enjoy and want to go to. So the next Sunday off we went. The minute I walked in the door, I knew this was a special place. Everyone was very friendly. By the end of the service, I was quite certain this was where God wanted us.

As I was still dabbling in sin at home, oftentimes the church services were rather uncomfortable. Then we started going on Tuesday evenings as well. Mostly I was going for the girls' sake as the youth meetings were on Tuesdays.

I think the first Tuesday or one of the first couple, our Pastor's wife (the assistant pastor) took me aside and prayed for me, and gave me a word from God. Other than 'Hello", we hadn't spoken and she did not know anything of my background. She told me several things but one was: that I had a lot of walls up. They were not protecting me, but were keeping out God. Well something like that, and she was absolutely correct. I know it was the Holy Spirit at work.

One Tuesday evening, there was a major spirit of repentance present. There was no denying it. I was very convicted and prayed a lot. While that was not the end of my "pet sin" -- it was the beginning of the end.

By Dec 31, 2003, I was ready to put my sin behind and go into the new year as free as possible. I cut many ties with my old life. I can't say it was exactly easy, but God gave me the will and the grace to do it.

Several months later, in a service, someone said something about getting rid of anything that would hinder you. I went home at that point and got rid of that last vestige from my past.

It would take the next year or so for God to deal with me and heal me. Well I do not think I'm totally healed yet, but I needed to get the past in the past. God had forgiven me, but I had a million what-ifs.

One other thing that God did for me was take away the desire to imagine so much. I still fall into that trap occasionally, but not for very long, usually, because I know it is a trap.

In January, our pastors announced they were retiring. God gave our church new pastors and I know that it was a gift from God. I only mention this as I believe that a new level is coming. I have already seen it to an extent but believe that as fall arrives it will manifest even stronger.

***If you would like to share your testimony in an upcoming issue of JEM Precious Stones, please feel free to send it to Precious_Stones@JEMMinistries.org. If we use it, you will get full credit, but please know that due to the number of contributions, and other concerns, we may not be able to use all submissions.***



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CHALLENGE OF THE MONTH

We really should be getting into Godís word, as much as we possibly can. We would like to encourage you with a challenge each month, to memorize a portion of Scripture. So, we will provide a passage, and hope that you will take the time to study it daily. If you are already doing this on your own, that is great--we just thought with prayer, and making it a bit easier for some folks, that we could help those who may not be doing this yet. All passages will be from the King James Version of the Bible. We do not mind other versions, and you can study it in whichever version you like. We have chosen KJV, because it is public domain. We pray that you will hide His word in your heart.

Isaiah 35:8
And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.

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RECIPE OF THE MONTH
Submitted by: Barbara Lea Campbell

Amazing German Chocolate Cake

A great easy dessert for when you need to take someone a meal, go to a potluck dinner or attend a family reunion.

1 pkg. plain German chocolate cake mix
1 - 15 oz. coconut pecan frosting
1 c. water
1 /3 c. oil (or 1/3 c. unsweetened applesauce)
3 large eggs (or 3/4 c. Egg Beaters)

Preheat oven to 350-degrees F. Lightly pam a 12 cup Bundt cake pan. Place all ingredients in large mixing bowl. Blend with mixer on low for 1 minute. Stop and scrape down the sides. Increase mixer speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes. Batter should be thick and well combined. Pour into Bundt pan and put in oven. Bake until cake springs back. 45 - 50 minutes. Remove from pan after cake cools on wire rack for 20 minutes. (Turn out on plate). It is better the 2nd day!

If you use the substitutes in the ( ), then 1/2 serving (so 1/2 a slice) is 1 point on the Weight Watchers plan.

Do you have an original recipe that you would like to share? Click here to submit it!

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QUICK TIP OF THE MONTH
Submitted by: Barbara Lea Campbell

When youíve finished chopping onions, sprinkle your hands with table salt, rub them together for a few moments, then wash them. Presto--no more smelly hands!

Do you have an original Quick Tip that you would like to share? Click here to submit it!

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CRAFT OF THE MONTH
Submitted by: Katherine Campbell

Verse Collage

This can be used for a gift for anyone.

Pick out a special Bible verse. Find a frame -- the size is up to you, but I suggest a fairly large one. Print the verse out large enough to center in the frame. Then.. take photos, pictures from magazines, sayings, etc. and cut them out. Apply them around the verse, overlapping and placing them at various angles. This will create a collage around the verse that will "frame" it. Place verse and collage in frame.

A great thing is to make this thematic.. for example.. for someone who loves music, find a Bible verse about music and then use music photos, saying etc in your collage.

Click here to see my example.

***If you have an original recipe, quick tip, or craft, that you would like to share with us, please send it in with your first and last name, and your email address to Precious_Stones@JEMMinistries.org. If we use it, you will get full credit, but please know that due to the number of contributions, and other concerns, we will not be able to use all submissions.***

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SKIPPING STONES
(A word of encouragement)
By: Barbara Lea Campbell

"And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on it" Isa. 35:8 NIV

Life is a journey. There are those who believe it to be a dead end - you live here on earth and then you die to nothingness. That is not true. This life on earth is merely the path you walk to eternity.

One of my favorite poems is Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken". In it the author sees two roads and has to choose which one to take. Life is that way... we have 2 roads from which we can chose for our journey. The World's way often seems fun and exciting, but it ultimately leads to damnation. The other choice is God's way. His way is not an easy one. The journey has bumps in the road and if we are not careful, we'll get distracted and wander off track. But praise the Lord this Highway... God's way... leads to everlasting life in Heaven.

So how do we know which road to take? It's really very simple - Jesus says in John 14:6 "I am the way, the truth and the life" NIV. The Greek word there for way can also be translated journey. Jesus is our journey... our way! So one must only choose Jesus over the World to find the right path.

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BIBLE QUIZ

In this section, you will find five questions each month. Scripture references will sometimes be provided, but other times you will have to seek out the answers. We pray this will help you to get to know God's Word more.

This month we are looking at this journey called life. I thought we would test our knowledge of some Biblical journeys. Have fun!


1. Jacob met an angel at this river east of the Jordan.

2. Paul slept at this person's house in Philippi.

3. The Lord told this man in a vision to send men to Joppa for Peter.

4. Abram set out from here to go to Canaan.

5. This woman left her homeland with her mother-in-law.

Click here for the answers

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CHECK IT OUT!

In this section we will share, and recommend our favorite website, book, movie, or any other favorite things we can think of to share with you. These are all highly recommended.

CD of the Month: Redemption Songs
Recommended by: Kristina

Redemption Songs by Jars of Clay

When preparing to buy Jars of Clay's new CD Redemption Songs, I was not sure of what quite to expect. Having been a fan of theirs for a number of years now, I was curious as to whether this would be rock, pop, or bluegrass, all styles they have experimented with in the past. I shouldn't have been surprised to see them try their hand at a new style this time around. And, like times before, they succeeded in making a great CD.

In Redemption Songs, Jars took some of the greatest hymns of all time and added their own vision of music and voice to them. The CD starts out with the unbelievably catchy "God Be Merciful To Me", a song that will be stuck in your head for days. "I Need Thee Every Hour", the next song, is tied for my favorite on this CD. It is a beautifully haunting take on Annie Hawks much loved hymn.

Following 'I Need Thee" is their first single, "God Will Lift Up Your Head". I was unsure at first listen, but by the second time around I realized what a gem this was. The next couple of songs are "I"ll Fly Away", which pairs lead singer Dan Haseltine up with solo artist Sarah Kelly, and then "Nothing But The Blood", which will have you tapping your feet and smiling as the voices of The Blind Boys of Alabama flood your speakers. "Let Us Love And Sing And Wonder" is a beautiful slow song with Delirious' lead singer Martin Smith, and "O Come And Mourn With Me Awhile" is another song that will have you scrambling for the lyrics to this beautiful hymn. "Hiding Place" follows and is the second song tied for favorite on the CD. The music, the words, the voice dig deep into your soul and allows you to ponder your faith with a timeless classic.

The last songs on the CD, "Jesus, I Lift My Eyes", "It Is Well With My Soul", "On Jordan's Stormy Banks I Stand", "Thou Lovely Source Of True Delight", and "They Will Know We Are Christians By Our Love' manage to wrap this CD up in a beautiful way. This has become quite a favorite in our household and I recommend it to everyone, regardless of your taste in music. This is a classic that should be experienced by all.

Book of the Month: Pilgrim's Progress
Recommended by: Barbara Lea Campbell

Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

Pilgrim's Progress is a Christian classic that is often overlooked. The story is an allegory -- a moral story in which the characters represent a larger group. The main character in Pilgrim's Progress is Christian. As we watch him on his journey through life, we are watching ourselves. We understand what it is to be sidetracked, to get stuck in a rut, to be weighed down with burdens, to be frightened, confused... and we know what it is to cling to Jesus and let Him lead the way. All of this and more are portrayed in Pilgrim's Progress... in a way that might open your eyes to some areas in your life that need turning over to the Lord. There are many versions of Pilgrim's Progress available. There is the original, which some find difficult to read because of the older English used. There are also many modern versions. My favorite is The New Pilgrim's Progress by Warren Wiersbe. The language is updated some, but still have the flavor of the original words and Wiersbe has included notes about Bunyan's life and the times in which he wrote... as well as providing Scripture references to points made in the book. This is a wonderful book to read aloud with your family. Upper elementary children and teens will do fine with the full story. If you have little ones, there are several editions edited just for them. One of the best is Little Pilgrim's Progress. Don't be intimidated because this book is known as a classic and was written long ago. Find a copy and travel along with Christian. You'll be glad you did!

Movie of the Month: The Pacifier (rated PG)
Recommended by: Barbara Lea Campbell

Our family recently rented The Pacifier. It stars Vin Diesel... an actor that is not that well known.. yet. Diesel stars as a navy seal who is sent to protect the family of a government scientist who has been killed. Sounds intense... but it isn't. It is actually a very cute fun family movie. The mom has to go out of the country in search of her late husband's project files and while gone, Diesel acts as nanny and body guard to her 5 children -- from infant to teenager. Diesel is a rough and tough military man and has never experience family life. In the movie, he learns what it is to love and be loved by kids... to protect... to help.. guide.. direct.. listen. He truly sees how the other half lives and realizes he has been missing a lot. There are many funny scenes as the movie messes the no-nonsense life of a disciplined navy seal with that of 5 semi-out-of-control children. We really loved this movie.. and I believe your family will also. I would not recommend it for younger children.. I would say 10 and up. We have TV Guardian which catches bad language and filters it out.. and we have it set on the tightest amount of filtering, so it catches words that many folks do not consider bad. It came up 5 or 6 times.. 2 of those were actual curse words (mild ones by media standards) and 2 of those were God's name misused.. but not with a curse word. If you have children and do not have a language filter, you may want to preview the movie first. There is no gore or scenes with sex or nudity. The language truly is the only thing. Overall .. it is a funny and sweet movie for parents and kids to enjoy together.

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JEM'S PUZZLER OF THE MONTH

In this section you might find a word search, An unscramble the words, OR any kind of word puzzle. We hope you will have fun with it! ‹

Unscramble these summer fun words.

  1. ABCEH
  2. AERTW GIIKNS
  3. ABGINOT
  4. CKOOOSTU
  5. DOOORTU CCENORTS
  6. AACINOSTV
  7. ADEELMNO
  8. EFHRS FIRTU
  9. BDIRS GGIINNS
  10. GIIMMNSW
  11. ACGIMNP
  12. ADEGGINNR
  13. EFLORSW
  14. AERTW AKPRS
  15. CCHHRU CCIINPS
  16. CDEI AET
  17. BGIIKN
  18. EIKLNPRRSS
  19. EGLNOR ADSY
  20. CNOR NO EHT BCO


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Answers for this month's BIBLE QUIZ:

1. Jacob met an angel at this river east of the Jordan. Jabbok Gen. 32:22-30

2. Paul slept at this person's house in Philippi. Lydia Acts 16:14-15

3. The Lord told this man in a vision to send men to Joppa for Peter. Cornelius Acts 10:1-6

4. Abram set out from here to go to Canaan. Ur Gen. 11:31

5. This woman left her homeland with her mother-in-law. Ruth Ruth 1:8-18

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Answers for JEM'S PUZZLER OF THE MONTH:

  1. BEACH
  2. WATER SKIING
  3. BOATING
  4. COOKOUTS
  5. OUTDOOR CONCERTS
  6. VACATIONS
  7. LEMONADE
  8. FRESH FRUIT
  9. BIRDS SINGING
  10. SWIMMING
  11. CAMPING
  12. GARDENING
  13. FLOWERS
  14. WATER PARKS
  15. CHURCH PICNICS
  16. ICED TEA
  17. BIKING
  18. SPRINKLERS
  19. LONGER DAYS
  20. CORN ON THE COB


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