I thought so - our friends have a number of foster kids and the state they live in doesn't allow it either... Those kids need the security so badly, a Godly example lived out in their face every moment, and the state denies it. Still, they're better off with people like you than not! My family prays daily for you and yours! Take care!
I would contend that we haven't just given the government "far too much influence and power with our children", but that we have actually given them our children. The school system is with the children more waking hours in a day than the parents - what does one expect? And when the kids see the school boss their parents around, the kids quickly recognize who the authority is.
Barry, I know your situation may be different, with fosters and all. Does KY not allow foster kids to be homeschooled?
Why, today, we homeschool our children: "Besides this, knowing the time, it is already the hour for you to wake up from sleep, for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is nearly over, and the daylight is near, so let us discard the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk with decency, as in the daylight: not in carousing and drunkenness; not in sexual impurity and promiscuity; not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no plans to satisfy the fleshly desires." (Romans 13:11-14)
Government school does not promote, endorse or educate under a single one of these guidelines in the latter, but provides more than ample opportunities to dabble and then plunge into the former. The point isn't whether or not children from Christian families can survive government education. It's whether they can be fit there to serve others in love. I would make the case that they absolutely cannot. It is NOT what your local school is set up to accomplish; the family is. God gave parents this job; not Ceasar. He holds the sword to protect and preserve a nation from criminals and nothing else. Why do we suddenly, after the ENTIRE history of the world being homeschooled, think we came up with something better in gov
Dorcas, so happy to see your post! Always grounding and edifying. I finished "Stepping Heavenward" and must say a big thanks. I am still digesting some of its finer points; suppose it will take a lifetime - but I think that was the point? I find much joy in knowing God is patient with someone like me who is NOT unlike Katherine, as I desire to know how to please Him on His terms and not my own. I look forward more and more to Heaven where this toil will be over and by Christ's own power He will somehow retain "me" but made perfect - how?! Only GOD can do that! As always, you're close in my prayers! God keep you!
To clarify: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. "(Galatians 5:22-26 KJV)
Lisa, Christ spent most of His time healing, preaching and teaching, giving out truth to those who would hear as directed by the Holy Spirit; and while He never minced words and was direct without the fluff, He wasn't some argumentative loon either. He spoke what He spoke because He alone had the authority to do so. He was always in control, even in His anger. I am so puzzled at your view on who Christ is - first you seem to think Him some dour, unsmiling man of sorrow (with which He was obviously well acquainted) and now He is angry and confrontational? He gave His own creation marriage, a Husband above husbands, a hope, the promise of joy everlasting, children, peace which passes all understanding. He is to be reverenced as the God who is SLOW to anger and ABOUNDING in love! Maybe it would help to read Song of Solomon and the Psalms more often - they do not fit Him into a box but rather uncover a microcosm of His innumerable attributes - from wrath to intoxicating joy - and yes, FOR HIS OWN GLORY! And we can share in that joy because it makes Him happy when we are happy in Him! (His turning tables over wasn't a "come to Jesus" moment, either...)
Insidious. If you want to allow for acceptance of any sexual relationships outside of God's husband/wife relationship all you have to do is bring those groups into compliance. Introduce sex ed early enough, kids will be normalized to it and it won't be such a big deal; child porn won't be so heinous. This is disgusting. What on earth are government school parents waiting for before they pull their kids away from this system of the broad road? Of course, I am sure it isn't happening in THEIR school...
SF, I was contemplating this the other day, feeling rather discontent with things at the moment, when my oldest asked why I was sad. In those moments, we get to choose the way of God: joy and gratitude for what we have, even on the fifth glass of spilled milk, in as many minutes... The Spirit I believe longs to make us happy not because of some self-gratification for ourselves, but because I believe God IS joy, laughter, love and thrilling, while still being the God to be feared, held in reverence and regarded in awe at every moment.
"Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms." (James 5:13)
Lisa, great sermon indeed! We enjoy Reidhead's sermons often. Pastor Reidhead reminds us that it is God's will that matters in all things and we are of no account but what He makes us to be by His own might.
My dear husband also expressed that we would be remiss and ungrateful if we did not find happiness and joy in the lives God has given us, citing first the Genesis account of God giving Eve to Adam and following through the New Testament apostles who rejoiced in God's trials and their afflictions. We are to glorify Him AND enjoy Him forever- in no way are they exclusionary toward one another.
Thanks for the reminder to always be looking at nothing but Christ!
Cont... ...see eye to eye on this. The previous posters have given great examples and two of them especially are great teachers with a firm understanding of biblical truths. You would do well to not lean so much on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him and let Him direct your paths, not what you've learned as truth in a humanistic educational environment. Again, my prayers are for you!
Lisa said, "The prime philosophy of Christianity is to glorify god - full stop. Can yu see why this is why Anne asked why did god resurrect Lazarus and why it was a positionally incorrect question- it was irrelevant unless the philosophy of Christianity is humanism."
"Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." (Job 1:21)
We are to glorify God and enjoy Him forever, even in the beyond-understanding times. My question was not a humanistic one, sister. It had more to do with the fact that I had been teaching phonics to a child who reminded me that one day we would cease our toiling and never be frustrated again - when I reach that place, I would prefer to stay there. But as I also stated, this was Christ's doing and since He can do no wrong, it was all right, all good and all holy. I want you to know that I pray you will find some authority with whom you can ask questions and learn humbly from. Personally, I stink at this, but as this is my husbands job (1 Crnths 14:5) he is learning long-suffering and patience thanks to me! (That was humor, by the way.). David was a humanist? God called him a man after His own heart (1 Samuel 13:14). Sister, we are never going to
knowing, Frank, GS, John UK, Unprofitable Servant - and isn't that the most beautiful, amazing thing you have ever heard? Only God can take a wretch deserving of nothing short of eternal punishment, and by His own power, transform that hideousness into, well, a vision He loves to see... How humbling, how unfathomable, how undeserving; how glorious! God alone deserves ALL the glory; we cannot make ourselves small enough. What an encouragement your words have been today! God bless!
Frank, that was put so kindly! Basic biblical truths are wonderful to hear again and again!
"For am I now trying to win the favor of people, or God? Or am I striving to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ." (Galatians 1:10)
And "But now, since you have been liberated from sin and have become enslaved to God, you have your fruit, which results in sanctification â€” and the end is eternal life! For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:22, 23)
Lisa, I well remember the days! Since my promotion to full-time motherhood, I've discovered a much more challenging job! On the other hand, the perks are much better! If my employees don't do their work or argue or back talk, I can use corporal punishment and I can sleep with the boss and it isn't scandalous! I don't miss my former life for a minute but will pray for you to endure and walk the road well God has for you. We cannot be a divided kingdom - we have family, we have jobs; it's the will of God's role for women we should strive to meet above mans - what is HIS job for us.