Building A Heritage Of Character

Homeschooling In Our House

 

school workPeople have often asked me just what “school” has looked like in our house. Homeschooling is all about your relationship with your kids. Think about it as you plan the  school year. Plan to be with your kids as they learn. I never tell my kids to go do their school. I try to get a load of laundry in while they are getting their chores done and then we do schoolwork together. BE IN THE CLASSROOM! One day I went into the living room because I was tired and one-by-one all the kids drifted in to join me—they are so much more motivated if mom is involved! Read More…

What Does The Bible Say…with Rick Boyer

What-Does-The-Bible-Say-CMGenesis 1:1:In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Most of us know that one. Yet I went twenty years of my life thinking it meant that God worked through evolution to make the world and man to live in it. I was a grown man before I heard a preacher make an issue of the creation vs. evolution question.

I just got back from a trip to the Creation Museum last week. I had heard a lot of Ken Ham’s teaching before, but I learned some new things and my faith was strengthened still more by the museum’s abundance of scientific evidence of young-earth creation.

If you want biblical evidence, you need look no farther than Romans 5:12: “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”

In other words, there was no death before sin. Therefore the dinosaurs didn’t die before Adam sinned. The fossils are only a few thousand years old. The lie of evolution is just Satan’s trick to undermine our confidence in the Word of God.

What about theistic evolution? I guess that’s what I believed in as a kid. The Bible said that God created the earth in 6 days and then rested. School said that natural forces created the universe out of nothing, living matter out of nonliving matter and more complex species out of less complex species. I reconciled the contradiction by concluding that God must have used the evolutionary process and the “days” of Genesis were in fact long ages, referred to symbolically.

But of course that doesn’t account for the fact that there could be no death before sin. So, to deny Genesis 1 we also have to deny Romans 5. If we don’t trust God’s account of the beginning, we can’t trust His Word on anything else. Pity us if we doubt any of God’s truth.

 

 

Lawyer for the Defense – Saturday Stories

Saturday-Stories-Boston-MassacreNo doubt you’ve heard of the Boston Massacre. By the title given to the event, you might imagine a huge bloodbath with hundreds of bodies littering the streets. Actually, five colonists were killed.

The confrontation came about because a gang of colonists were harassing a small group of British soldiers on guard duty. The Redcoats were hated in Boston as in many parts of the colonies because they represented the tyrannical grip that King George held on them. Some British soldiers had committed serious offenses, so the red uniform was looked upon with malice. Read More…

The First Prayer in Congress ~ Saturday Stories

Saturday-Stories-PrayerWe often hear about “separation of church and state.” This ­­­­­­term has been twisted to mean just about the opposite of what Jefferson meant when he used it in a letter to the Danbury Baptists. By the way, it’s not in the Constitution.

Such a concept would have been very strange indeed to the Founding Fathers. Their devotion to the Christian faith is the reason that most federal buildings in Washington DC have Scripture passages etched into their stone walls.

America started out as a Christian nation and her Founders intended that it should remain so. The very first Continental Congress, opening on September 7, 1774 set a most interesting and encouraging precedent.

The delegates had just received the news that Boston Harbor had been closed by the British navy, bringing to a sudden stop its bustling trade. Further, Britain was rushing more and more soldiers to keep a lid on the increasing American resentment of King George’s rude treatment of the American colonies. These were not the actions of a benevolent king.

So it was that representatives from 12 of the 13 colonies met in Carpenter’s Hall in Philadelphia on September 6 to form a Congress and to discuss what measures to take in the face of such grave threats of tyranny. Someone suggested that the meeting must be opened with prayer. Others said such a move was inappropriate because several denominations of Christians were represented, and none must feel slighted if the minister chosen to pray was of another sect.

Then Sam Adams stood. “I am no bigot,” he pronounced. “I can hear a prayer from any man who is also a patriot.” He suggested the Reverend Jacob Duche, of whom he had heard a good report. Reverend Duche was summoned.

Next morning, the minister faced the assembled delegates and read from Psalm 35: “Contend O LORD with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me.” He finished the Psalm and then launched into extemporaneous prayer. His words were so eloquent that some members remarked that it would have been worth a hundred-mile ride to hear him. When he finished the entire company, many on their knees, joined in prayer. The whole exercise continued for over 3 hours.

That spirit of dependence on God continued throughout the War of Independence and the founding of America as a free nation. Only in recent years has there been any serious question that America was intended to be born and continue as a Christian nation. To this day, Congress opens each session with prayer.

 

Teach Your Kids To Do Chores Without Making Them Hate It

Learning ChoresEach year I look at my list of ALL the chores that need to be done in our home and decide what chore is best for which child and what I need to do myself for the following year.

I take into consideration each child’s maturity and aptitude. My goal is for each child to eventually know how to do all the chores, but sometimes they just aren’t ready for certain ones.

After deciding who will do what in your home, then take the time to train them thoroughly how to do the desired chore. Try to keep your instructions simple. Some children need more training than others.         I realized this when one of my daughters was assigned to dusting. As I looked around after she said she was done, I would find LOTS of areas not dusted. At first I thought she was just trying to get by without being thorough, but I came to realize she just didn’t see what needed to be done.

So the following week, I gave her the handwriting assignment (she LOVED writing) of going through each room and writing down every item that needed to be dusted. I would point out areas she had forgotten. Then each Tuesday (which was dusting day) she would take her list and check off the items in each room as she dusted. I had come to realize that some kids just need more instruction than others.

Consider having your child watch as you do the chore and explain how what you expect them to do. Once you are sure your child knows how to do each chore, occasionally do it with them just to keep them company and have some special talking time with them. Make it a fun time and you’re also giving them a reminder of how quickly the job can be done. This is especially good for those children who get easily distracted or who drag their feet and take too long doing a job. They’ll appreciate you giving them a helping hand.

Praise motivates kids. They need LOTS more praise than they do correction. Often you will need to call them back to do a job thoroughly, but if you make a habit of praising them when they do right, they won’t resent it when you call them back in the right spirit. Let your kids know they CAN please you. Let them know, tell them they are a part of the family, and you need them and appreciate their efforts in being a part of the family team. Don’t be impossible to please. Realize they are young and in the process of learning. Be sure you don’t expect more of your children than you expect of yourself.

Learn to be the Mom today that you want your kids to remember fondly when they are older. They need to know that you care more about them than you do the chore. We need our kids to learn thoroughness, but it’s NEVER more important than their spirit. If we are constantly picky we will soon wound their spirit, and they’ll make up their minds that they can never please mom, so why bother trying? Having the job done to perfection is never worth damaging your relationship. Remember, our goal is not so much getting the chores done as it is teaching our children to experience the satisfaction of having done a job well, and thereby being well prepared to be an effective adult.

~Marilyn

What Does The Bible Say…with Rick Boyer

What-Does-the-Bible-Say-Rick-Boyer2Proverbs 25:24: “It is better to live in a corner of the roof than in a house shared with a contentious woman.”

There is always a temptation to take someone for granted, no matter how much you love him or her, when you see each other day in and day out. In fact, it’s easy to slip into carelessness in the relationship. This verse is a timely reminder to both sexes.

Husband, if you have a good wife be thankful. All of us know men who are married to women who make their lives miserable. That doesn’t mean that the husband is any better than the wife, just that when there are conflicts that cause the wife to be contentious life is miserable for the husband as well. If you have a cheerful, godly wife give thanks to God and to her as well.

Wife, there will be moments in any marriage when you are tempted to be contentious. Your husband is a sinner and he will fail you at times. When you’re tempted to react, try to remember this verse. Maybe the thought of just how serious this relationship is, will help you to count to ten before speaking.