Category Archives: Homeschooling


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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CH OnAir Broadcast: Returning to the “Why” when you get stuck in the “What,” with Dwight Cover

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Dear Friends,

It was Saturday morning of the Family Relationships & Parenting Conference in Ocean Shores, WA, and I had just sat down to listen to Pastor Dwight Cover’s keynote session, “Why Your Family Matters in the Advance of God’s Kingdom.”

In a matter of minutes into Dwight’s talk, I jumped out of my chair, walked over to my producer for Christian Heritage OnAir, Danny Craig, and said, ”We have to have this guy on the program!”

I could tell Dwight was passionate about the family, but what stood out to me even more was his passing comment about how he and his wife had lost their way – after 20 years of homeschooling! They got disconnected from the “WHY” and had started to drop the ball on the “WHAT”.

Now I could relate to that!

If you can too, please listen in to this next episode of Christian Heritage OnAir as Pastor and homeschooling father, Dwight Cover, shares his testimony of returning to the “Why” when he got stuck in the “What.” Listen in for six reasons we must keep the “Why” in view and the transformation we can experience when we do.

“See” you there!

Dr. Thomas Lamar
Host, Christian Heritage OnAir

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CH OnAir Broadcast: How to Raise God-Worshipping Children, with Dr. Joel Beeke

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Many parents begin the Homeschool Journey motivated by a strong desire to nurture a deep and enduring love for God in their children. Over time, they realize that passing on their faith requires something more than simply schooling them at home.

So how do you pass on your deepest convictions to your children in such a way that they learn to worship God on their own? How do you daily bring them to Christ – fully realizing that He, alone, can save them? On September 9 at 7pm, Joel Beeke will join us live to present the familiar biblical pattern of daily discipleship – but in a fresh and winsome way. Tune in to hear the heartfelt testimony of a man whose life was transformed by parents who understood how to raise God-worshiping children.

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The ‘Sweet Warrior’

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DiAnna Brannan doesn’t take a salary. But she is one of the most effective pro-family lobbyists in Washington state

 

In 2008, DiAnna Brannan was hit by a drunk driver and suffered severe brain trauma. Doctors told the homeschooling mother and volunteer family-issues lobbyist she would have to take three years off just to heal.

“I cried for three days,” Brannan says. But she and her husband, Scott, had no peace about putting their work at the Washington state Capitol on hold for even a month, let alone three years. “We felt like God said He’d called us to this and He had not told me to take three years off.”

Within a few days of the accident, she got a call from the chairwoman of the state Senate Education Committee saying she had a bill that, among other things, would gut Washington’s homeschooling law. Brannan’s tireless but gentle efforts over the years had built relationships with many liberals in the Capitol, and the chairwoman was one.

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CH OnAir Broadcast: Walking with Your Sons on the Journey to Manhood, with Craig Houston

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Dear Fellow Dads,

I love my boys – all five of them – and I want the very best for them. I want them to grow up to be mighty men who fear God, and God alone. But I also want them to be tender, humble, self-sacrificing men who lay down their lives for others.

Sometimes it’s tempting to look for a special formula that will guarantee our sons will turn out exactly as we envision. There isn’t a special formula. 

I’m convinced, however, that there is a special journey. This is the journey of a father walking beside his son into manhood. This is the journey of a father giving his heart to his sons, with the desire for their hearts in return.

This is the journey I’m seeking to walk with my five boys. And if you desire to walk this journey too, I’d like to invite you to listen to the recording of this Christian Heritage OnAir Live Video Broadcast recorded on August 5, as we explore:

  • How we can give our hearts to our sons, and truly make the effort to gain their’s.
  • How we can build trust with our sons.
  • How we can help our sons reach their full potential, acknowledging their unique natural gifts, spiritual gifts, personalities, and passions.
  • How we can train our sons to understand the importance of work and diligence.
  • How we can lovingly chasten our sons as our Heavenly Father chastens us.
  • How we can teach our sons to love God and others, preferring others better than themselves.
  • How we can give our sons the opportunity to exercise leadership….and fail in the process.
Dads, this world is an unfriendly place for boys who want to become godly men. Let’s not let make them walk this road alone.
Your Brother in Christ,
Pastor Craig Houston

 
 

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CH OnAir Broadcast: Young Ladies: Pursuing Life’s Opportunities

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What's an unmarried young lady to do? How can young ladies maximize their time at home? Listen to this engaging Christian Heritage OnAir panel discussion, as Dr. Thomas Lamar interviews four young ladies who are currently ministering to their families, reaching out to the needs of others, and pursuing personal development...right now!
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Webinar Recording: How to Deal with Disrespectful Teenagers with Lou Priolo

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As a rule, nothing provokes parents to anger quicker than disrespect. There is something about an insolent son or daughter that upsets a parent and incites him to action—often the wrong kind of action. In this broadcast, Lou Priolo (one of the featured speakers at the upcoming Family Relationships & Parenting Conference) will explore what disrespect is, how it is displayed, why teenagers might be motivated to show it, and what parents can do to help teens correct it.
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