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November 19, 2012
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Welcome to Our New Website!

Like the Model T was to the horse and carriage, the light bulb to the candle, and the calculator to the slide rule, so is the new Christian Heritage website to the old version. The long-awaited-for, fresh, new website is live, and the list of exciting features is extensive!

Blog

Here is a whirlwind tour of the highlights. Notice the sleek new design that makes the site much easier to navigate. On the home page you can see recent blog posts as well as click back for archived material. Look for weekly articles from a variety of authors that will nurture the Christian Heritage homeschool community, support and refresh you in homeschooling, and provide vital information about the latest in homeschool laws and events.

Easy to Navigate Tabs

Let’s move to the tabs across the top of the page, where you can peruse the “About” category to find more information about Christian Heritage, learn more about and register for Christian Heritage “Events”, and access valuable resources in the “Learn” tab.

Store

Click on the “Store” tab, and you’ll be able to search the store by speaker, event, year, or topic for many teaching sessions and sets to purchase! By creating an account under that same tab, every purchase—whether for a product or a registration for an event—is conveniently organized in one place for you to see and refer to.

Support

From the “Support” tab you can become a member or donate to help further the vision of Christian Heritage. You can also click “Contact” to send an email, ask a question, or get in touch with Christian Heritage.

Network

Finally, the “Network” tab offers a phenomenal new tool for the Christian Heritage homeschooling community! You can use the network to connect and interact with other Christian Heritage homeschoolers based on location, interests, and hobbies without compromising your privacy. This is an exciting treasure for families to encourage others and to begin and strengthen valuable relationships with like-minded families. If you already are a member of Christian Heritage, you simply need to set up a profile. Or you can become a Christian Heritage Member and explore all that the new Network has to offer.

You’ll find all of these tabs at the bottom of every page as well as the opportunity to share anything of interest via all the popular social media platforms. There’s also a link to report a bug; if you discover anything on the website not working properly, please let us know!

It is our hope that this new website will be a blessing, encouragement, and profitable tool for you as you continue to "press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:14)!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Preparing Our Sons to Serve

There is an epidemic of mediocre, prayer-less, visionless, immoral, irresponsible men in our culture.  And if we continue to train our sons the same way, we will not stem the tide.  If we see home education as nothing more than a means to better scores, a safer environment, and individualized learning, then we will miss a golden opportunity.  We have an opportunity to raise a generation of men that will turn the world upside down.  We have an opportunity to invest in the lives of future visionaries, statesmen, churchmen, and family leaders.  We must keep all of this in mind as we educate our sons.  As we  educate our sons, we must prepare them to serve Christ, to serve their wives and children, and to serve their community.  And the Bible must be our guide.

Preparing Our Sons to Serve Christ

The first and most important thing we can do in educating our sons is prepare them to strive for “First Commandment” living.  Jesus said:

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment” (Matthew 22:34-39 ESV)

Thus, we must teach our sons to love the Lord first and foremost.  Our job is not to raise sons who worship at the altar of education.  Our job is to raise sons who worship and serve Jesus.  This can be accomplished in a number of ways.

First, we must teach the Bible.  We must not assume that our children will learn and understand the Scriptures by osmosis.  We must teach Bible as diligently as we teach math.  Second, we must teach other subjects from a biblical perspective.  It is not enough to have Bible class if that’s the only time God’s Word is referenced.  We must demonstrate the supremacy of Christ in and over ever subject.  Third, we must engage in family worship. In a sermon on family worship, Arthur Pink made this point well.  Pink said, “If we would enjoy the blessing of God upon our family, then let its members gather together daily for praise and prayer.

Preparing Our Sons to Serve Their Wives and Children

Preparing our sons for college is incredibly shortsighted.  College is a short-term proposition that, in the grand scheme of things, has very little bearing on a young man’s life.  Moreover, the modern university has become so watered down that this is a low target at which to aim.  The impact of a man’s college education pales in comparison to the impact his marriage has on his life.  In light of this, we should spend much more time than we currently do preparing our sons to be husbands and fathers, and to serve their wives and children.

A man’s responsibility to serve his wife and children is an obligation the Bible outlines clearly.  Paul reiterates this obligation explicitly on at least three occasions (see: Ephesians 5:25-6:4; Colossians 3; and 1 Peter 3).  The most explicit examples are found in Ephesians:

“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body.” (Ephesians 5:25-30 ESV)

After a thorough discussion of a husband’s duty to serve his wife in this way, Paul turns his attention to a man’s responsibility to his children.

“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4 ESV)

Some practical things we can do to prepare our sons for these critical tasks are:  1) teach them what the Bible says about the duty to which they will be called; 2) make sure they spend ample time being discipled by their father, or another man (i.e., a pastor) if their father is absent; and 3) encourage them to think about their future, and any plans they make, with their role as husband and father in view.

Preparing Our Sons to Serve Their Community

True manhood is selfless.  We must raise sons who look beyond their own self-interest and serve those around them.  My favorite example of this in the Bible is the life of Job.  In an obscure passage toward the end of the book of Job, we find what I believe is one of the most captivating and inspiring depictions of godly manhood in the entire Bible.  Job is explaining his life prior to his sudden and numerous calamities.  He is telling his friends about the way Princes and Noblemen looked upon and respected him in days gone by.  Men young and old revered Job, not because of his wealth, but because of his character and his service to others:

“I delivered the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to help him. The blessing of him who was about to perish came upon me, and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy. I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my justice was like a robe and a turban. I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame. I was a father to the needy, and I searched out the cause of him whom I did not know. I broke the fangs of the unrighteous and made him drop his prey from his teeth.” (Job 29:12-17 ESV)

In all of our striving to raise “educated” sons, let us not forget these words.  Let us not forget to raise our sons to serve Christ, to serve their wives and children, and to serve their community.  If we do this, we will have truly moved beyond mere schooling.

©2009 Voddie Baucham.  Used by Permission

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