Monday, May 18, 2015

Anatomy of Choice: A Book Review

Book Cover of Fred Grooms' Anatomy of Choice: 
Teaching Positive Life Choices from Amazon.com.

Making good choices is such a great topic! Fred Grooms does a fantastic job of unpacking the anatomy of choice and giving practical advice for teaching positive life choices to young people. Anatomy of Choice: Teaching Positive Life Choices is a great primer on the subject of positive life choices.

Fred Grooms is also a passionate, caring and competent youth motivational speaker who considers his audience and their needs. Fred seeks first to understand and then crafts and delivers the right message for optimal impact and influence. Fred cares deeply about people. This care is evident in working with him and it shows in his communication. Fred works in youth work, in the public schools, at camps, at conferences, and in international Christian School settings. In these settings, Fred's heart, and his passion and competence as a communicator, can be clearly seen. Fred Grooms comes highly recommended for youth motivational speaking, youth work, and consulting.

Visit Fred Grooms' website here: http://www.fredgrooms.com

Read this review on Examiner.com, click here.

To read this review of Anatomy of Choice: Teaching Positive Life Choices on Amazon.com, or to purchase this book, click here.

Pick up Anatomy of Choice: Teaching Positive Life Choices on Smashwords by clicking here.

Grooms, Fred (2015). Anatomy of Choice: Teaching Positive Life Choices. (Kindle) Barnabas Consulting. Kindle Edition. (http://www.amazon.com/Anatomy-Choice-Teaching-Positive-Choices-ebook/dp/B00SDGUISW/ref=cm_rdp_product)

To order your copy of Fred's other book, Who's In Charge of Bob?: The Key to Moving from Ordinary to Extraordinary, go to Amazon.com here.

To read a review of Fred's book, Who's In Charge of Bob?: The Key to Moving from Ordinary to Extraordinary, on Amazon.com, click here.

Grooms, Fred (2014-03-11). Who's In Charge of Bob?: The Key to Moving from Ordinary to Extraordinary (Kindle Locations 1195-1196) Barnabas Consulting. Kindle Edition. (http://www.amazon.com/Whos-Charge-Bob-Ordinary-Extraordinary/dp/0991462807)

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Finishing Discipleship and Small Groups Well

Finish Line Ahead, photo from Donna Reidland.com 

As our school year comes to a close, how are we finishing our discipleship groups or small groups well?

As our discipleship group comes to a close, we are blessing and encouraging each of our students. We are also leaving them with a challenge and celebrating our year together with a meal.

What will you do to finish the year well with your discopleship group or small group?

Blessings:

"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace." -Numbers 6:24-26 | NIV

"For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess." -Deuteronomy 30:16 | NIV

Prayer: For Young Persons:

God our Father, you see your children growing up in an unsteady and confusing world: Show them that your ways give more life than the ways of the world, and that following you is better than chasing after selfish goals. Help them to take failure, not as a measure of their worth, but as a chance for a new start. Give them strength to hold their faith in you, and to keep alive their joy in your creation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, p. 829)

Prayer: A Prayer of Self-Dedication:

Almighty and eternal God, draw our hearts to You, guide our minds, fill our imaginations, control our wills, that we may be wholly Yours, completely dedicated to You; and then use us, we pray, as You will, and always to Your glory and to the welfare of Your people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, p. 832)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

April Update from the Pruitt's in Haiti


Hello friends and family!

First of all, we want to say how thankful we are for your continued prayers for our family, and for your support of our ministry. It means so much to us, and we are so grateful!

These last few months have been really full for our family. In March, Robbie had the opportunity to go on a study tour of Israel as part of his Master's program at Columbia International University. Visiting the Holy Land has been a lifelong dream for him, and it was wonderful to see the dream come to fruition! Needless to say, the trip was amazing. Robbie was surprised by just how many sites the group was able to visit in the 2 1/2 weeks. The are archaeology, the history, and the geography all really deepened Robbie's understanding of scripture and of the history of God's people. Since getting back, Robbie has had many occasions to share this new knowledge in his classes, in chapel, and with friends. Already, we can see how God is multiplying the benefits of the trip.

While Robbie was away, Irene and Grace headed to Virginia for a couple of weeks. It was wonderful to spend time with family--we miss them so much when we're in Haiti! We relished the extra time with doting grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Since we all returned to Haiti, the weeks have been ticking by very fast, zooming towards the end of the school year in May. The end of the year always seems to go by quickly, especially with a couple of long weekends, school field trips, end of the year testing and finals.

Grace is doing really well. These days, she especially loves jumping, dancing and singing... sometimes all at once. We've been especially amazed at the songs she has been learning lately, which she sings to herself all day long--the ABCs, Ba Ba Black Sheep, Row Row Row Your Boat, and many others! She is such a delight, and Irene feels so blessed to be able to stay at home with her.

Please continue to pray, that...

  • Robbie would finish the school year well, and leave a lasting impact on his students, especially those who are graduating soon
  • Irene would also be effective in her part-time counseling
  • God would bless and continue to lead the teachers from our school, those who are leaving this year, and those who are staying
  • God would continue to bless, grow and protect Grace.

Thanks again for your partnership, friendship, and support! We are so grateful for you!

Much love from all three,

Robbie, Irene and Grace

Financial Partnership

Want to contribute to our work in Haiti? We are partnered with Resourcing Christian Education International (RCE) to raise the funds we need to do our ministry at Quisqueya Christian School. All donations made through RCE are tax-deductible. Please do not feel pressured, but if you feel led to support us financially, please visit:

https://rceinternational.webconnex.com/26902

                             

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

National Poetry Month 2015

National Poetry Month 2015 Poster, from Poets.org

National Poetry Month 2015

April is National Poetry Month and I will be participating/celebrating by reading and recording a poem a day all month long.

Recorded poems will be posted on Sondcloud.com here: https://soundcloud.com/robbiepruitt

I will also be posting the recordings with the text of the poem and photos each day on my poetry website here: http://www.robbiepruitt.com

Shorter poems with illustrative photos will be posted each week on Tumblr here: http://robbiepruitt.tumblr.com

There are many wonderful poetry resources out there for poetry lovers and educators alike.

Here are a few of my favorite poetry websites and resources:

National Poetry Month, Poets.org:



Poetry Foundation: http://www.poetryfoundation.org


The Poetry Archive: http://www.poetryarchive.org

Tweetspeak Poetry: http://www.tweetspeakpoetry.com

Poetry Resources and Tools from Tweetspeak:


Tweetspeak Poetry Teaching Tools:


PoetryTeachers.com: http://www.poetryteachers.com

Poetry Out Loud: http://www.poetryoutloud.org

Poetry.net: http://www.poetry.net

Famous Poets and Poems: http://famouspoetsandpoems.com

Poetry Flash: http://poetryflash.org


Sunday, February 22, 2015

21 Martyrs


Since the first century, Christians have endured persecution. Yet in the midst of death, the Church remained alive and hopeful remembering Jesus’ promise, “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:10)

“Persecution of Christians wakes a slumbering church. This call to remembrance and prayer reminds us that the blood of the martyrs has always been the seed for a revived church. May we remain sober-minded and fall to our knees in prayer for God to stir our hearts to obedience.” 

(Gabe Lyons, World Magazine, Christian leaders unite in call to prayer for persecuted church: http://www.worldmag.com/2015/02/christian_leaders_unite_in_call_to_prayer_for_persecuted_church, 21 Martyrs: http://21martyrs.com)


21 Martyrs

Twenty-one lives
Kneeling on sand
Twenty-one fell 
At his command
Twenty-one prayers
On Rock, they land
Twenty-one souls 
They kneel; they stand
Twenty-one call, “Jesus!”
His blood cries from the sand
Twenty-one take His hand


© February 21, 2015, Robbie Pruitt


“We give thanks to you, O Lord our God, for all your servants
 and witnesses of time past: for Abraham, the father of believers, and Sarah his wife; for Moses, the lawgiver, and Aaron, the
 priest; for Miriam and Joshua, Deborah and Gideon, and
 Samuel with Hannah his mother; for Isaiah and all the prophets; for Mary, the mother of our Lord; for Peter and Paul and all
 the apostles; for Mary and Martha, and Mary Magdalene; for
 Stephen, the first martyr, and all the martyrs and saints in
 every age and in every land. In your mercy, O Lord our God, give us, as you gave to them, the hope of salvation and the 
promise of eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the 
first-born of many from the dead. Amen.” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 838)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Faithfulness of the Love of God



As the High School Bible Teacher at Quisqueya Christian School, I often have the opportunity to speak at QCS's Secondary School Chapel Services. On Wednesday, February 11, 2015, I spoke on The Faithfulness of the Love of God. Click the play button above to listen to the complete talk on our school's Soundcloud.

Visit Quisqueya Christian School's Soundcloud page for other chapel messages here: 

https://soundcloud.com/quisqueyachristianschool

"I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.” –Jeremiah 31:3, NASB

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” –1 John 3:1, NIV

For the Power Point for this talk, please click the following link:

drive.google.com/file/d/0B2730FU8…view?usp=sharing

For a handout with reflection questions related to this talk, please click the following link:

drive.google.com/file/d/0B2730FU8…view?usp=sharing

Saturday, January 31, 2015

New Year Update from the Pruitt's in Haiti


Irene and Grace and I have had a wonderful beginning to the New Year and we hope that you and your family have had a great start to the New Year too.

It was wonderful to be able to see family over the Christmas break. Unfortunately, we did not get a chance to see as many folks as we had hoped. It is always a challenge living out of suitcases in three different worlds, Haiti, Columbia, SC and Northern Virginia. We cannot always see everyone and be in the many places we would like to be to visit with people. This is one of the many challenges of our lives and work here. Please know that we think and pray for you often, we love and care for you deeply and we always regret not being able to spend the time we wish to spend with each of you.

Here is how the New Year has been shaping up for us:

Robbie has started back teaching Bible for Semester Two. His schedule has not changed much, but he does have a few new students and is teaching 103 students in Bible 9, 10, 11 and 12. They are finishing the Old Testament Prophets and are moving on to the New Testament. Two of the Bible classes will be doing Bible presentations from the New Testament this semester.

Irene and Grace ended up getting sick toward the end of the Christmas break and stayed in Virginia with her parents for another week, but they have returned and are enjoying playing with friends and learning at home. We have had the opportunity to catch up with our friends and neighbors here and we have even had the opportunity to pursue some new friendships along the way.

The end of the school year is shaping up to be a good one and we have many exciting opportunities ahead. We are graduating the fourth group of students that we have taught in May. The 8th and 11th graders will be going on retreat in May and we might have some leadership responsibilities with that. Robbie will be a part of the National Honor Society at QCS, voting on the students who will be a part of the school's chapter of the National Honor Society.

This year will also bring many opportunities for discipleship and counseling for us, and for teaching in Chapel services, as well as the classroom, for Robbie. We are excited for all that God will do in the New Year. We have even begun to map out the New Year with Goals and Resolutions for our family, as well as with students, see the assignment from Robbie's first class of the New Year by clicking here.

If you would like to read the first two of the school's newsletters for this year, check out these two links below:

Quisqueya Christian School Newsletter, January 9, 2015

Quisqueya Christian School Newsletter, January 16, 2015

As always, we hope this update finds you and your family well, and we are very grateful for the support of so many who make our work here possible. Thank you!

Have a blessed New Year!

Robbie and Irene and Grace

Financial Partnership

We are partnered with Resourcing Christian Education International (RCE) to raise the funds we need to continue our ministry at Quisqueya Christian School. All donations made through RCE are tax-deductible. Please do not feel pressured, but if you feel led to support us financially, please visit:

https://rceinternational.webconnex.com/26902

Monday, January 12, 2015

New Year Goals and Resolutions


Happy New Year!

"Ask yourself: What would your life look like if you directed it, instead of drifted through it?" —Michael Hyatt

We should be looking forward to embracing good and healthy growth and change in the New Year. As Donald Miller puts it, "Things that stay the same aren’t healthy."

We should begin our New Year reflecting on God's grace and goodness in governing the outcomes in our lives. As it says in Proverbs 16:9, "In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps." (Proverbs 16:9, NIV) Established steps, change, growth and movement in our lives are good.

We should also acknowledge that it is God who begins and finishes His work in us. As Paul stated in Philippians 1:6, "And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ." (Philippians 1:6, ESV)

What's your plan for the New Year? What will God do in your life in 2015? Do you have any goals or resolutions? What are they?

Consider these three questions that Bill Hybles suggests:

1. What should you stop doing this year?
2. What should you start doing this year?  
3. What should you continue doing this year?