Monthly Archives: April 2013


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by BlogManager12
April 29, 2013
Resources
 

Family Worship

WorshipWorshipping God through music as a church, a family, and an individual is not only a beautiful means of tuning our hearts to God and glorifying Him--it is also a command!

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, [do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him." - Colossians 3:16-17

 

We bring to your attention this free resource from Grace Family Baptist Church of fifteen hymns--some familiar favorites and some long-forgotten treasures--complete with short histories of the hymns, the words, and piano accompaniment to aid in learning and singing the hymns. It is our hope that each of these hymns written in the name of the Lord Jesus will enrich your family's time of worshipping our great God!

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Check back next Monday for an exciting summary of the 2013 Family Discipleship and Homeschooling Conference!

“Worship BG - I Stand Amazed in the Presence,” © 2008 Ben Ehmke. Used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/.

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by BlogManager12
April 15, 2013
Family Discipleship
 

Now Is the Time to Seize the Moment with Your Children

“Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth. . . .We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. For he established testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law inIsrael, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:

“That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children [grandchildren]: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: and might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not steadfast with God.”

~Psalm 78:1, 4-8

“Wherefore I will yet plead [contend] with you, saith the LORD, and with your children's children [grandchildren] will I plead. . . .Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit. . . .For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” ~ Jeremiah 2:9, 11, 13

As the verses above show, the Lord reminds parents that if they do not follow Him, the consequences will reach not only their children, but also their grandchildren. The current generation of younger people is composed of the Hippies’ grandchildren. This is the generation that began eliminating God from education, movies, radio, television, even churches and seminaries, and then assumed the attitudes and actions that man, not God, determines truth.  Fifty years later, the culture is now into postmodern thinking, narcissism, and an attitude of entitlement which is ultimately moving into Socialism.

A New Generation

The culture is changing from the roots upward. Tomorrow’s leaders are the young people who are in their early twenties and younger, a generation named “Mosaics” by The Barna Research Group. These young reject Christ long before they reach college. Eclectic lifestyles, nonlinear thinking, fluid relationships, cut-and-paste values, “personalized spirituality,” open-minded attitudes, tolerance in everything, and technology-fueled expectations, characterize these young people. The Mosaics spend on average 8 ½ hours per day with various media sources isolating them from fellowship and relationships with real people as they become absorbed in the cold communication of one-on-one “fun” with un-caring, electronic devices. Seventy-six percent of the Mosaics embrace the idea that anything is okay if it works (the end justifies the means). [1]   Extrapolated out, this mentality accepts the belief that if there are too many people, it is fine to kill them, whether through abortion, euthanasia, genocide, or outright murder. If everyone is just another cog on the evolutionary wheel then the culture sees death as something that should be embraced because it purifies the race. Humans are no longer seen as created in the image of God with eternal worth and value (Genesis 2). (more…)

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by BlogManager12
April 9, 2013
Homeschooling, Resources
 

A Family Spring

The sun is beginning to shine, daffodils are braving the elements, and children and parents both are beginning to long for the sweet, beautiful days that spring brings.  And while I can't banish the rain or the chill, I can share some simple, constructive, delightful activities that your family will enjoy doing together over the next few weeks.  There is nothing more sweet than shared laughter and joy over scissors and glue!

Personalized Stationery for Mother's DayCustom Gocco Screenprinted Stationery

Children are always looking for a gift that they can hand craft for Mom or anyone else in the family, for that matter!  Personalized stationery definitely fits the bill.

Here are some ideas:

  • Monogram storebought cards or stationery with initials.
  • Tear the edge of cards for a fun finish!
  • Use simple stamps or shapes (heart, cross, flower, bird) for a clean, beautiful card.
  • Cut and fold cards from decorative paper in Mom's favorite colors.
  • Tie your stack with a ribbon and be sure to write a message in one of the cards!

Cloud in a Bottle

From Science in the Creation Week, Grades 2-5

This simple science experiment will make a huge impact!  It memorably demonstrates a model of cloud formation and is fun to boot. (more…)

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Webinar Recording: Raising Your Family in Light of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God

We live by the power of God's Holy Spirit to obediently walk by faith in the goodness and wisdom of God as revealed in the Scriptures. In this framework, issues like covenant marriage vows, home ownership, gun ownership, home birth, homeschooling, family business, family farming, hospitality, home-based healthcare and yes, even the debate over raw milk, can all be decided in the light of God's Word under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Say goodbye to both legalism and lawlessness, and say hello to Christ's own goodness, wisdom and righteousness as you learn to walk with your family by the perfect law of liberty in the kingdom of God's dear Son!

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by BlogManager12
April 1, 2013
Homeschooling
 

Shining as Lights

Where does our decision to homeschool fit into God's larger purposes in our lives? Are we to homeschool as a matter of preference, or of conviction? Should we homeschool at any cost, or are there times and places where other educational options should be considered?

The Wisdom of Homeschooling

I believe in homeschooling. My late wife, Sono and I have homeschooled our own children since 1981. I’ve continued to homeschool even through hard times. My decision is based, not on a view that homeschooling is morally superior or mandatory for my salvation, but rather because it is wise.

When we can demonstrate that homeschooling is in fact a great example of the goodness and wisdom of God's ways, we win more young parents to homeschooling, and for that matter, to faith in Christ Himself. We don't have to homeschool; we get to homeschool because it is better in every way. (more…)

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