Category Archives: Homeschooling


Continuing the Conversation with Connie Albers

Connie Albers

Offering great insight and encouragement to our homeschooling families at the Annual Spring Conference this year, Connie has created a video to give you a few more tips, tools and inspiring helps as you begin to implement some of her strategies for home educating your children!

With more than twenty-five years in homeschooling as a wife, mother of five, mom-preneur, and inspirational leader, Connie has expertise and personal understanding of the challenges of balancing life, learning, and love of family. Connie is the proud mother of five University of Central Florida Knights, all of whom earned scholarships and graduated debt free. Connie is a speaker, author, and owner of ConnieAlbers.com.

Workshop topics Connie will touch on...

What If I Ruin My Child?
Have you wondered if homeschooling would ruin your child? If you answered yes, then take comfort; youare not alone. We all struggle at some point. After all, homeschooling is “on the job”training. When Connie started homeschooling twenty-five years ago, that is what she thought as well. Parents, come learn truths from a mom who knows you are not ruining your child.
 
Building Sibling Friendships
Will my children be friends when they grow-up? Connie wanted her five children to love each other, but then all they did was fight and argue! Sound familiar? Connie helped her children buildlifelong friendships with each other during her homeschool journey and you can too. She believes homeschooling is the perfect environment for teaching children how to love each other.
 
Help for Mom-preneurs
The rise of Mom-preneurs exposes a need for moms to find balance between homeschooling, career, and family while generating income. There are effective ways to delegate, set realistic goals, and seek work to fit a homeschooling lifestyle. Glean insights from a mom who has lost the battle many times, but her resilient spirit and desire to finish well can help you in your journey.
 
Starving the Fear
I can’t do this! How can I teach my child when I don’t know Phonics or Physics? Has this thought run through your mind? Connie knows all too well the anxiety surrounding homeschooling. After twenty-one years of teaching her five children, she proclaims you don’t need a degree; you need determination and discernment, and consistent devotions. Find out three truths tostarve the fears and finish well.
 
Remaining Steadfast During High School
It’s hard to stay the course during the high school years. Everything is changing: the rules, the requirements, and the relationship. Your teen is changing too. So why is staying the course a crucial goal of your homeschooling journey, even though the rules aren’t working anymore? Well, teens need you to be a steady force in their life. This time can be the most rewarding of your parenting journey.

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Rock Identification Made Easy, by Patrick Nurre

So many of you who attended this workshop told me how much your kids love rocks.

All the kids who attended this session definitely bore that out!

And if your kids love rocks, what a great teachable moment!

I would encourage you to take the principles that I gave you and get out in the dirt and discover the amazing stories that are written in our rocks. They tell us of what has happened to our earth, and direct us right back to the Bible to understand why we see such catastrophe in our world.

So with that, happy rockhounding!

Patrick Nurre

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Has Radiometric Dating Poisoned Your Faith? by Patrick Nurre

Thank you to all of you who attended my session!

Radiometric dating can be a tough topic to handle, but with just a few pointers, you will see that you do not have to give in in this area of apologetics. The Bible needs to be, first and foremost, our guide in all things. Once you understand the assumptions that surround radiometric dating, it removes the cloud that can easily envelop us in doubt about the Lord and His Word.

So, just a brief summary....

Radioactivity is science. Radiometric dating is not.

The four faulty assumptions that are made about radiometric dating (from which long earth ages are derived):

  1. The original amount of parent element is known.
  2. The decay rate through the years has remained the same.
  3. The daughter element present in the rock is due to the decay of the parent element.
  4. No parent or daughter elements have leached in or out of the rock.

Removing these assumptions from the equation opens up a whole new realm of possible thinking as regards the age of the earth. The Flood becomes the great interrupter in time, and the reason that our world looks as it does.

I hope this helps you in your walk with the Lord, and that you will see that you can absolutely take Him at His word!

Patrick Nurre

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“Therefore, my beloved brothers…

 

Have you felt the growing tension this year?

Truth is no longer accepted as truth. History is being revised. Foundational freedoms and protections now stand in question...

Even attending church safely can no longer be taken for granted!

The war between good and evil is being waged everywhere, yet for those of us who know and trust the Lord, 1 Corinthians 15:58 sets our focus,


“…stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”


It is a great blessing to labor in the Lord with you! Your partnership with us at Christian Heritage is critical in building a strong upcoming generation.

 

We’re excited to tell you that a Puget Sound family has graciously offered a matching gift so that donations received from now to the end of the year can be DOUBLED up to $10,000!

 

If your Christian Heritage Annual Report hasn't arrived, you should be receiving it soon! But in case you're not on our mailing list, we've attached an important part of it for you to see now!

 

We hope as you read, you’ll be encouraged and...

  • See the impact of your faithfulness in the faces of our youth!
  • Learn how your partnership will allow us to keep resources available to strengthen families!
  • Help others as they endeavor to disciple and home educate their children!

 

Please prayerfully consider making a Partnership Donation at one of these giving levels:

  • FamilyPartner
  • FoundingFamily
  • HeritageKeeper
  • GenerationBuilder
  • Christian Heritage Sentinel Monthly Giving Partner

 

Any amount you can give will be a blessing to other like-minded families, so please give as God leads! ...and remember ALL GIFTS WILL BE DOUBLED IF RECEIVED BY DEC 31st!

 

We pray you have a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

 

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Thank you for loving others well!

Laboring together makes the difference!

Nurturing, training and developing a culture of love and service in your family – pointing each relationship, each individual heart to Jesus – is no easy task.

That’s why gathering together is so important!  And why we at Christian Heritage work hard to provide meaningful events and resources...

  • To enjoy fellowship with other families.
  • To gain tools and encouragement that will strengthen you in your calling.
  • And, to help you feel inspired that what you’re doing is important, worthwhile and has a much higher purpose than you can ever imagine.

 

We love our Christian Heritage community! Just listen to one new person’s experience at a Regional Homeschool Kick Off Picnic…

 


“My heart is full, today I went to a homeschool picnic not knowing ANYONE and I left that place feeling so refreshed. It’s so amazing how true God’s word is when he advises us to gather with those of the same spirit. Watching all the children roam free and playing till dark and women gathering together to talk about the Lord and not about things that are meaningless. That was so refreshing! Most mamas had 6+ blessings and I just loved the peace that they carried. I learned so much not only about homeschooling but how beautiful it is to gather with those who know God’s word and live it.” – a first year homeschooling parent


 

Your love for Jesus shines brightly!

 

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Everyday Struggles with Sin, Margy Tripp

"Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."  

Hebrews 4:16

It's those everyday sins of the moment. I didn't get up planning to be impatient, or angry, or petty, or jealous, or unbelieving, or lying, or anxious, or driven to control people. The temptations arise in the heat of the moment. These are considered low-grade sins - like a low-grade fever - nothing to get alarmed about.

But these low-grade sins are our spiritual enemies. They rob us of joy and a sense of God’s presence with us. They sap our spiritual vitality and sully our testimony before our family and co-workers.

The solution to everyday struggles with sin is not changing behavior! The solution to everyday struggles with sin is a changed heart. Repentance is the only route to a changed heart. James 4:7 to 10 gives us the process for repentance. Contemplate these ten elements of repentance. They are the foundation for restoration. God RESTORES those who repent!

God has made generous provision for our everyday struggles with sin.

The Holy Spirit, saving grace through Christ’s perfect life, death and resurrection, the Scriptures, and prayer are resources to combat everyday struggles with sin.

We may claim the promise of I Corinthians 10:13, No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

“The way out” is one of the greatest blessings we enjoy as a result of Christ’s work, described in Hebrews 4:16  Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Take your “everyday struggles with sin” to the throne of grace as the day begins. Don’t wait until the enemy is in your face. God is faithful. He will deliver when we cry out, but His purpose is that we put on his armor (Galatians 6), that we prepare our minds for action (1 Peter 1:13).

Blessings,
Margy Tripp

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Getting to the Heart of Family Life, Dr. Tedd Tripp

"Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life."  

Proverbs 4:23

Every drive for meaning and significance originates in the heart. For both us and our children, the heart, with its passions and desires, sets the course of life.

All the problems of living that plague family life have their origin in the heart.

Jesus says, "What comes out of a man is what makes him 'unclean.' For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man 'unclean.' "  - Mark 7:20-23

Understanding that all of our problems have their origin in the heart is foundational for family life. The things we give our hearts to drive our choices.

The temptation, when things have gone wrong, is to correct behavior. We instinctively see behavior as the problem. That’s because we see behavior. We hear behavior. Behavior requires a response. Once we have made behavior the focus in correction and discipline, we open ourselves up to all the tricks and tools parents use to manage behavior.

When we head down the behavior management road, two things happen:

We miss the heart. When we forget that the heart is the wellspring of behavior, we fail to help ourselves and our kids identify the heart issues behind our sinful responses.

We also miss the gospel, because behaviorism by-passes the heart. Behaviorism focuses on behavior rather than the desires, fears, idols or passions of the heart.

If we remember that behavior mirrors the heart, then the route to lasting change for both our children and ourselves is the grace and power of the gospel.

One of the promises of the gospel is removing our stony hearts and giving us hearts of flesh – hearts that love God and others.

Blessings to you and your family,
Dr. Tedd Tripp

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CH OnAir Broadcast: Heart Commitment – Training Our Kids to Believe and Think Like Christians, with Carl Kerby

Why is it important to train our kids to not only believe like Christians, but to THINK like Christians? Join us as we interview Christian speaker and apologist, Carl Kerby as he shares how to teach kids not just what to believe, but why to believe it.

 

Carl will share methods on how to teach our children how to think about objections to their faith, without using canned/pat answers. We’ll cover the components of critically thinking like a Christian and standing on the authority of God's word and talk about how to weave this training into daily life.

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CH OnAir Broadcast: Thanksters or Cranksters: How to Cultivate Hearts of Gratitude, with Rachel Jankovic

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As any parent of little children knows, being in the car can be quite the challenge. The opportunities for infighting between siblings are all the more available due to the close quarters. In this broadcast, Rachel Jankovic will share the system her family uses. It’s called “Thanksters or Cranksters.”

Helping small children focus on the things they do have, rather than the things they don’t, encourages hearts of gratitude and comes with the benefit of reducing fussiness. It even works on adults!

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CH OnAir Broadcast: Self-Diagnosis: Teaching Kids to Deal with Heart Attitudes, with Dr. Tedd Tripp

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While children should always dutifully "obey their parents in the Lord," there are many issues arise in shepherding our children that cannot be reduced to simply living under authority. Join us as Chrisitan Heritage OnAir launches a new live video broadcast series with an interview of Dr. Tedd Tripp.

The Bible teaches that the heart strays long before behavior strays. Dr. Tripp will show us how to help our kids understand the heart attitudes that lie behind their behavior problems.

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CH OnAir Broadcast: Young Men: Their Pursuits in Employment & Business

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Are you looking for a way to rally your young men to action? This free CH OnAir broadcast presents ideas and motivation from the experiences of young men who purposely sought to use their God-given skills and abilities in the area of employment and business. Listen as we interview a panel of young men on how they maximized time and opportunities to prepare financially for their future.
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To My Children, On Gratitude

If there is one trait in this life that will give you a rich, fulfilling one, it is GRATITUDE.

The ability to see the beauty in simple pleasures; the ability to let what you have blind you to the things you don’t.

Gratitude is knowing that God is enough, no matter what your circumstances.

8191977085_bc39d6f93d_zGratitude is not taking your life for granted. It is remembering that a healthy body is a gift, a warm house is not a right, and food at every meal is a luxury to most of the world.

Children, I won’t apologize to you because you don’t have all the technological gadgets your peers do. I am not sad that we can’t buy you your own car when you turn sixteen, or that you are saving your money to buy a special thing you’ve been wanting. From my observation of the world these forty years, those things will help you.

Gifts are nice when they are gifts, but they can be too much. So much that you forget, and take for granted, and become ungrateful and feel entitled.

I love you too much for that. I praise God with the psalmist for having “neither too little nor too much”. I thank Him for daily bread and I want you to grow up doing the same. I want you to find contentment in simplicity, looking to the relationships around you for your deepest joy.

Gratitude is so easily robbed in our culture! We live the largest irony in stating that “money doesn’t make you happy” and then sacrificing our lives to disprove our theory.

So, I pray this Thanksgiving season that you would hold on to gratitude. Be thankful for every sunrise, every warm bowl of soup, every night your Daddy comes home, for every clean item of clothing in your closet, for peace, when others are at war….be thankful, and even if it were all taken away, tune your hearts to say, “Blessed be the name of the Lord!”


kelly crawfordBy Kelly Crawford

Kelly Crawford is a mom of nine kids who has a passion for inspiring and encouraging women to build godly homes. She has been writing on her website Generation Cedar for over five years, tackling tough issues like birth control, homeschooling and the degradation of the American culture and family. Generation Cedar is named so because she desires to encourage families to raise the next generation for the glory of God–firmly planted and flourishing “like a cedar in Lebanon”. She is also a featured speaker at the 2014 Christian Heritage Conference.

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