Outline of the CD:
I. THE COVENANT....a 3-D animated retelling of how God established
the Covenant with Abraham and all generations. God's voice in
the Covenant animation was created by blending together several
young people's voices. Abraham is seen
(partially pictured right) in a 3-D desert landscape
with the nighttime sky rolling over head, and the smoking fire
pot and torch passing over his offering. After
encountering the basic story, students will delve into the definition
of "Covenant" and how THEY plug in to it today through
a series of interactive study notes. Click the Covenant Graphic
on the right to view a screenshot of the "Star Study Notes" which appear in the
nighttime sky after the Covenant is given.
God chooses us
to be his people.
"There is a land I know, where the nations come and they go,
I'll plant your people there, to show the world I care, O it's
(lyrics from the opening
Sarah's Strange Visitors
has a major section in this CD --her encounter with the Angels
& God outside her tent.
Sarah narrate the story and see it unfold in animation beside
her. Students will then have the opportunity to hear Sarah's
thoughts on several subjects, such as, why she laughed at
Sarah's expectant happiness and hope is our hope too.
"Sarah, we can see it in your eyes... a world of hope, from your
family will arise."
(from Sarah's Song)
Sarah was videotaped against a green screen. She was then "installed"
in a 3-D animated scene outside her tent.
If they choose,
students can also see a short animated song titled "Sarah"
and reflect on the lyrics. This "songlet" was written
to convey God's global purpose in establishing the Covenant with
Abraham and Sarah. Hear a 1.3 mb song clip from "Sarah."
Click this icon
> < to see a screenshot of Sarah's reflection activity.
III. The Near
Sacrifice of Isaac
retell this essential Abraham story through narrated animation,
and an amazing 3-D music video that incorporates children and
youth into the story as "witnesses."
The scene, music,
and effects help students dig into "why" God put Abraham
and Sarah to the test, and points to the theological connection
of this story to that of Christ's sacrifice.
3-D animated altar scene is based on the actual archaeology of
worship sites in and around Canaan during the time of Abraham. Click this thumbnail on the RIGHT to learn about the
historical and archaeological basis for our spectacular
3-D re-creation of Abraham's altar.
The song "O
Father Abraham" written especially for this CD to help students
understand Abraham's obedience and God's purposes. The song sounds
like something the rock band U2 might have written.
Abraham.....Did you believe enough in this God of visions?
What was in your heart at the moment of decision?
a 2.6mb O Father Abraham song clip from the CD.
We do something
very special at the end of the 3-D altar sequence to help your students
understand the important theological connection between Isaac's
almost sacrifice and the sacrifice/blood atonement of God's Son.
Click here for a sneak preview of how we composed
to these two special animation elements, we've created some interesting
additional learning areas for this story: a narrated study notes,
a "what is faith" flash presentation, and a Lyrics
Study printout or ponder.
"O Father Abraham, see this
sacrifice ...reveals the heart of God, it foretells the
One world stopping, a new one just begun. No more death, in the
rising of the Son..."
(from the interactive music
video "O Father Abraham")
Click this icon to see a
the STUDY sections in the Sacrifice story on the CD.
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using this CD with younger children and teens
...a provocative title for a
Fanat-asy" is a rock 'n roll music video & reflection
activity that asks the question "How about you?"
you let your faith take you? What might people say about you
if you told them you TOO heard God's call?"
---The song lyrics come
from a real life episode:
know what they're saying about me...'throwing it all away' ....a
temporary form of insane fanat-asy, he'll come 'round some day."
in their thoughts about faith and following God as prompted by
the lyrics. These can be printed for discussion. They can also
be viewed by later users of the CD at that computer to see what
other young people are thinking about their faith. Insane Fanatasy's
activity and song encourage students to think about how Abraham
and Sarah's journey of obedience can strengthen their own.
a graphic from this interactive section of Insane Fanatasy.
This area is particularly well-suited
to older children and youth.
V. Pay it
Pay It Forward
is the final learning area your students can launch into from
the Scriptorium. It is a printable life-application section that
will provide your students with a creative and fun way to demonstrate
how the fruits of the Covenant can be passed on to others. Includes
printable activity and completion certificate for using the Abraham
The "SCRIPTORIUM" Navigational Console has an interactive kid-friendly
MAP of the Middle
East (both then and now) and
East MAP GAME
challenging students to put the name-places back in their correct
location. When they do, another brief learning area appears with
Click the above links to see the graphics.
The Study Console also includes: a Bible timeline, Abraham
and Sarah Quiz
and viewable NRSV scripture texts of the CD's stories.
What's this CIRCULAR looking
structure and stone-like control panel about?
We call that "The Scriptorium" and it's mostly just a fun way to
access the learning areas. Students travel into it at the beginning
of the CD. The stone console rises up, and when you click a button,
you are launched between the pillars out into a desert learning
area. The stone Scriptorium also harkens to the Sacred Stone Altar
that Abraham built. Mostly, however, we just wanted to make the