Archive for May, 2006

II. Purposes of Education

A. To glorify God.
1 Corinthians 10:31 (KJV) Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

B. To make disciples of Christ.
Matthew 28:19 (KJV) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

C. To correctly handle and know the Word of God.
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

D. To fear God.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 (KJV) Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

E. To keep God’s commandments.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 (KJV) Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

F. To be equipped for their future station and ministry.
Ephesians 4:12-13 (KJV) 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (KJV) 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

G. To be transformed.
Romans 12:2 (KJV) And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

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May 27, 2006 at 3:38 am Leave a comment

Philosophy of Education Part 1

Writing helps me flesh out what all is in my head and in my scribbled notes as I read and study. I just decided I would work on writing out my Philosophy of Education one part at a time. I’m sure in the end that some revisions will be made, but writing it all down helps. The entire task seems a little overwhelming to me, so in flylady fashion, I will take baby steps until I’m there.

I. Foundations
A. I am not after the traditions of men or the principles of this world, but after Christ.
Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
B. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.
C. Knowledge, Understanding, and Wisdom come from the Lord.
Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
D. Jesus is Truth.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
E. Jesus Christ will be the corner stone.
Ephesians 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

May 25, 2006 at 3:36 am Leave a comment

Biblical Reasons To Homeschool

We will be gone this weekend to a soccer tournament. I usually try to study some on the weekends and type up any drafts of posts, but I won’t be able to this weekend. Thanks to The Old Schoolhouse Magazine I found this article a nice confirmation of my own studies. You can read the post here.

May 19, 2006 at 3:04 am Leave a comment

Christian Philosophy of Education

I am working my way through the Self-Directed Seminar in the Principle Approach. This is a book you can order from face.net.

This seminar will help walk you through developing a Christian Philosophy of Education. It is so important to know where you are going and writing it down helps so much. I am learning so much from a lot of books, and of course the Bible. I am trying to get it together in some form that will challenge me, encourage me, and keep me keepin’ on!

I regret not doing this sooner! So if you don’t have anything written down…now is a good time to start.
Start by defining education, disciple, instruct, knowledge, wisdom. Then start looking in your concordance for these words and find out all Scripture has to say about these things. Then write down what God is showing you and feel free to share.

May 14, 2006 at 2:49 am Leave a comment

Why homeschool?

The only way that I can see that I can accomplish all God has asked me and my husband to do, in regard to discipling my children, is to homeschool. I realize that not everyone will come to the same conclusion. But with the verses and studying I have done so far, it would be really hard to accomplish all that He has asked when I’m sending them out of my home for the majority of the week.

Here’s Lisa’s take on “Why home education?”

May 12, 2006 at 3:34 am Leave a comment

Recommended book: Discovering the Bible for Yourself

I bought the book “How to Study your Bible” by Kay Arthur a few months back. It is a great book that really teaches you how to study the Bible for yourself. I have often been involved with ladies bible study, sunday school, etc. but they would always use a book. I never really learned to just study the Bible. Well this is the book to start with.

I did start searching though for some blank charts and some more help (although I just need to dive in!!). Well come to find out she has put together another book as a companion. “Discovering the Bible for Yourself” is another great one from Kay Arthur. I found it at my local Christian bookstore, but you can click the amazon link on the side if you want to check it out.

“Discovering the Bible for Yourself” gives you helpful introductions, directions for what to look for, at-a-glance chart sfor writing chapter themes, etc. for EVERY book of the Bible.

I am planning to use the Student of the Word curriculum with the kids this fall and we will be studying Genesis through Deuteronomy. I hope to use Kay Arthur’s books to help me begin to study these chapters this summer to prepare myself.

May 10, 2006 at 3:33 am Leave a comment

Wisdom of this World?

Here are some more verses about man’s standards:

Isaiah 29:14 (KJV) Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.

1 Corinthians 1:19-21 (KJV) 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

(Paul is quoting Isaiah 29:14 here in First Corinthians.)

1 Corinthians 3:19-21 (KJV) 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. 20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. 21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;

Isaiah 55:8-11 (KJV) 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

1 Timothy 4:8 (KJV) For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

2 Peter 1:3 (KJV) According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

The wisdom of this world is foolishness, but godliness is profitable for all things. Whose standards are we seeking? As we train our children we need not be deceived by the world. In their wisdom they can’t find God. I don’t want my children to be wise by the world’s standards, but not able to find the one true God!

May 9, 2006 at 2:48 am Leave a comment

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Psalm 78:4

We will not hide them from their children, Telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, And His strength and His wonderful works that He has done.