Showing posts with label Old Paths. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Old Paths. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Two Adams?!

God didn't make two Adams to go out from the home and leave the children. He made an Adam and an Eve. He planned for the mother to be in the heart of the home and embrace and nurture children. 
~Nancy Campbell

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Friday, August 21, 2020

It's Best to Eat What God Made


"The Diet Dictocrats are strangely silent about the ever increasing trend toward food processing & the devitalization of America's rich agricultural bounty. Food processing is the largest manufacturing industry in the country & hence the most powerful. This industry naturally uses its financial clout to influence the slant of university research & the dictates that come from government agencies. A 1980 study showed that almost half the leading officials at the FDA had previously worked for organizations the agency is mandated to regulate. The universities have equally powerful ties to the food processing industry. A good example is Harvard where Dr. Frederick Stare, head of the nutrition department for many years, began his career with several articles delineating nutritional deficiencies caused by white flour & a study on Irish brothers that positively correlated a high intake of vegetable oils--not animal fats--with heart disease. Soon after he became department head, however, the university received several important grants from the food processing industry. Dr. Stare's articles & weekly newspaper columns then began assuring the public that there was nothing wrong with white bread, sugar & highly processed foods. He recommended one cup of corn oil per day to prevent heart disease, & in one article he even suggested Coca-Cola as a snack!" 
~from Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon (highly recommended!)

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Mixed Up Feminism

"Feminism is mixed up with a muddled idea that women are free when they serve their employers but slaves when they help their husbands."
~G.K. Chesterton
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Thursday, April 2, 2020



"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"

This speech needs to be repeated in the ears of the American people today, as we again face a new version of subjugation under Martial Law—Medical Martial Law.

In principle, what Patrick Henry said about British overlords could be said about the various health departments and local and State governments that are right now eviscerating the Bill of Rights. As Constitutional Attorney Robert Barnes accurately and astutely noted:

"Our founders were intimately familiar with pandemics, viruses and plagues, yet they did not allow any to suspend our Constitutional liberties. Not one word in the Constitution about plagues or pandemics to exempt the government from any of our Bill of Rights."

How can we not see that fear of the coronavirus is being used to acclimate the American people to the disintegration of our Natural and constitutional liberties? What is the purpose of all of this hype and hysteria about corona if it “be not to force us to submission?”

If one wants to see REAL death and destruction, just take away the liberties contained in our Bill of Rights and turn America into a totalitarian, impoverished Third World country comprised only of rich and poor: where the rich have rights but the poor do not, where the rich have jobs but the poor do not, where the rich have guns but the poor do not, where the rich can travel but the poor cannot, where the rich have access to government but the poor do not and where the rich have adequate healthcare but the poor do not. And that is exactly what the powers that are hyping this virus are attempting to do: ruin the prosperity of America’s working middle class.

Let me ask readers something: Is your life more important to you than your children’s liberty?
If it is, then stop pretending to be an American. Stop pretending to believe in freedom. Stop pretending to support our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Stop saluting the flag. Stop commemorating the deaths of the brave men who died “protecting liberty” at Flanders, Verdun, Argonne Forest, Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, Corregidor, Anzio, Bastogne, Normandy, etc.

Through two World Wars and a Great Depression MY parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents (and those entire generations) endured enough suffering and death to test anyone’s commitment to liberty—many times over.

And after it was all said and done, their descendants (YOU AND I) were handed a Bill of Rights that had been bought and paid in blood—just as their parents and grandparents had handed it to them. Are we now going to surrender the constitutionally protected liberties bequeathed to us by our parents and grandparents—and granted to us by our Creator—because we MIGHT die of a flu-like virus, a virus that has a global mortality rate of less than 1%?

In the midst of our national crisis today, our cry should be the same as the cry of great Americans such as Patrick Henry and my parents during their respective crises: “Give me liberty or give me death.”

I’ll take the risks of freedom over the security of government “protection” (aka oppression) any day!

Chuck Baldwin

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Monday, March 2, 2020

Letting Teens Get a Job is Not a Good Way to Keep Them Busy

When children become a certain age, some Christian parents think it would be a great idea to allow them to get a job to "keep them busy" and earn some money.  Not only is this popular for boys, but also has become popular for teenage girls.  Why parents want to send their teen daughters out into the world to earn money is beyond me.  It is not in a young woman's nature to hold a job, and certainly doesn't prepare her to be a wife and homemaker.

My parents did this with me, and I had several jobs before I was saved.  One summer before I was even old enough to hold a paying job, they sent me to a camp to be a camp "counselor in training" to "keep me busy", and they even paid me to do it since it wasn't a paying position.  All of these places of employment did me no good and actually caused much harm.

Before parents consider allowing or even encouraging their teens to get a job outside the home, there is much to think about Biblically, especially with concern for their souls and how a place of employment might affect their future.  Jobs outside the home hold a lot of danger and temptation for young people who still are not mature.  It is very similar to sending them off to public school.

Consider the following:

At a job, teens are exposed to and cannot get away from

  • Their boss.  They are at the demand of their manager to be available to do what he/she wants at whatever time he/she wants (though with some restrictions due to their age).  This boss most likely won't care about things like your teen keeping the Lord's Day or having convictions about not doing certain things.
  • Their co-workers.  Co-workers can be the worst "companions" which your teen will naturally have to be around and cannot get away from in the workplace.  If you send your teen off to a job, do not be surprised if they are exposed to filthy language and jokes, drug use, alcohol use, people fornicating, along with the more subtle views of their coworkers that are prevalent in our society, such as feminism, environmentalism, evolution, etc.  Teens are still very much in their formative and immature years and will find it hard to be the only one standing against such evils in our society.
  • Wicked music.  Often in places of business, raunchy, inappropriate music is played, and your teen will have to listen to this all day and cannot get away from it.  Co-workers may also play their own music which your teen may be exposed to.
  • Customers.  Depending on the type of job your teen has, there may often be customers that your teen has to interact with that expose them to things you wouldn't want.
  • Sexual advances.  It is a sad fact that if you send your daughter off to a job, you can expect that someone will at some point act inappropriately toward her.  And in our backwards society, even young girls feel emboldened to make sexual advances towards young men, so you can expect this if you have sons as well.  If you want to keep your children pure until their marriage, sending them off to a place of employment is not a very good way to do it.
  • Technology.  Co-workers these days most likely have smartphones where they freely show other people porn or other wicked photos and videos.  Are you ready for your teen to be exposed to this?  Also, would your teen have other access to computers or other technology where they could search for or even accidentally stumble upon some of the wickedness that is on the internet?  The temptation for teens is very real in this area, and once seen, these things cannot be unseen.
  • Immodesty.  Many places of employment will expose your teen to high levels of immodesty that they wouldn't have to deal with at home.  This is especially problematic for teen boys who are trying to keep themselves pure in thought and deed.
  • Your teen most likely will be asked by coworkers to "hang out" at other times other than the workplace. Don't be surprised if your teen forms an attachment to the people they are around at work, wanting to be around them instead of their family.
There are many dangers of sending your teen out to work in our modern world, and loving, Christian parents would do best to seriously consider these.  Even homeschooling parents who have foreseen the dangers of public school, sometimes send their children out to jobs where they will be exposed to many of the great evils they were seeking to avoid at school.

Even if you send your teen to work at a place that you are familiar with, or even to a place of employment where the owners are professing Christians, you will run into many of the same issues.

What is the solution then?

For young women, I see no reason for her to ever need "job experience", as the Bible has made it clear for what young women are to be concerned with.  
The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. ~Titus 2:3-5

There is no reason for a daughter from a Christian home to get a job outside of the home.  Let her learn beside her mother, the many and varied skills of home-keeping while she has the time on her hands!  It makes no sense for her to wait until she is married to learn these needed skills.  There are always more things to learn, and before she is married, she has the ability to become very good at these things. Older daughters at home can be a tremendous blessing to their mothers.  Daughters at home should be learning contentment within the home sphere and to not be led by selfish desires.

For young men, it is a bit more difficult.  Obviously, young men need to at some point learn to be providers.  At what time this occurs and in what way will greatly depend on the individual young man, his walk with Christ, and his maturity.  But do not be fooled into thinking that your teen boy is beyond being tempted or lured away from his faith by the above mentioned dangers.  Even if he is not led away into a snare, if he's working at a place of employment, he will be exposed to things that will most likely leave an impression on his young heart for the rest of his life.  That's why we must be ever so careful and wise in our decisions.  It would be best if his Christian father had his own business that his son could get involved in.  That way his father can still be with his young man and guide him as he steps out into the working world.  Other options are if your teen son can have his own "business" doing yard work or other such things for neighbors where he is still close to home and has a sense of accountability.  If he has a brother or even his own father to come alongside him, even better, as they can provide each other accountability.

Other ways to keep teens busy are to have a family life that is busy with regular family dinners and family worship.  These are important duties that should be happening every day, and many teens start to miss out on them if they are at jobs in the evenings.  Families can also minister together to other people in many ways, as well as share the Gospel.  Don't forget family walks, outings, and other enjoyable leisure activities.  Doing things together as a family is so beneficial for all family members, and prepares our young teens to one day have their own families and spend time with them instead of leading their separate lives.

Even though this may seem "different", don't cave into the pressure of those around you to do what everyone else is doing or what seems right in their own eyes.  What is most important is our children's souls, and so we must always have their spiritual wellbeing in mind.

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Monday, December 9, 2019

The History of Aprons

Someone recently shared with me the "history of aprons", which I thought I'd share with you below.  One of my daughters is currently taking a sewing course and surprised me with a beautiful apron she made for me!  I will have to get a picture of it to share with you.  For many years, I've been wearing an apron when cooking in the kitchen and never want to go without now.

The History of Aprons

I don't think most children today know what an apron is. The principle use of Mom's or Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses, and aprons used less material. But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids..

And when the weather was cold, she wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, she walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.

Mom's and Grandma's used to set hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.

They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.

I don't think I ever caught anything from an apron - but love.

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Fewer American Women are Having Babies

The National Center for Health Statistics has announced that the U.S. fertility rate declined in 2018 for the fourth consecutive year, reaching a record low of 59.1 births for every 1,000 women able to bear children.  Only 59.1 births per 1,000 women?  That is incredibly low!

The total fertility rate in 2018 was 1.73, which is below replacement levels for the general population.

How were things in past years?  Has it changed that much?  The median age for childbearing in the 1970s was 21 for women and 23 for men, but in 2018 the median age was all the way up to 28 for women and 30 for men.

Why should this matter to Christians and why am I posting about it?  Christians should be the most fruitful bunch on the earth, because we should realize that each life is given by God, and we have no right to take those lives away nor prevent them in the first place.  We see many times in God's Word that it is the Lord Who opens and closes the womb.  For more information on this, please see our other posts on birth control.

Why should Christians long for more children from the Lord?  Because we want to raise them up for God's glory and service for Him.  Our light is sadly being diminished because many Christians are taking it into their hands to limit their family size.  We find this nowhere in the Bible.

This is also another reason that Christian young men and women should desire to marry early, rather than pursuing education and careers before marriage.  Young women should be trained by their mothers to be wives, mothers, and homemakers, while young men should be kept away from time-wasters like TV shows and video games, and instead be taught a strong work-ethic and desire to look for a godly young woman to complete him and raise a family with for God's kingdom.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Ministers Are Not Infallible

Ideally, pastors are humble people who will listen to congregants when they have a concern and consider what they have to say, especially when it is an issue in Scripture.  But this is not always the case, unfortunately.  Pastors are not without error, and this is another reason we should be in our Bibles daily, learning directly from God's Word.

Here is an excellent paper written by the late J.C. Ryle, titled, The Fallibility of Minsters.  It covers the passage Galatians 2:11-16 and these points:
I. The first lesson is, that great ministers may make great mistakes.
II. The second is, that to keep the truth of Christ in His Church is even more important than to keep peace.
III. The third is, that there is no doctrine about which we ought to be so jealous as justification by faith without the deeds of the law.
"The lesson is one that we all need. We are all naturally inclined to lean upon man whom we can see, rather than upon God whom we cannot see. We naturally love to lean upon the ministers of the visible Church, rather than upon the Lord Jesus Christ, the great Shepherd, and Bishop, and High Priest, who is invisible. We need to be continually warned and set upon our guard."

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Christian Education for Christians

"This is a call for the pulpits of America to stop appeasing the enemies of God and preach that only Christian education (not just on Sundays or Wednesday evenings) must be the norm for Christians, not the exception." ~ Andrea Schwartz

Today, I want to share a radio program from a few weeks ago that I didn't get around to sharing earlier.  This program asks some important questions, such as why evangelical pastors are not urging parents to get their children out of public schools.  I have not listened to the news segment at the beginning.  If you want to skip that, the Generations Program starts at about 6 minutes.  I also do not own any of Kevin Swanson's books, so cannot endorse them, however I know his heart is to encourage parents to bring their children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

The description and link to the radio program are below.


August 30, 2019

Conservative and Christian leaders are exhorting parents to get their children out of public schools now. But Christian leaders were saying the same thing in the 1950s. Will the pastors and the parents from Christian homes act now? We must not just react, however, we must embrace a thoroughly Christian discipleship for our children.

This program includes:

1. The World View in 5 Minutes with Adam McManus (VP Pence: "The Bible stays!", "Gay" gene doesn't exist, 14,000 US troops in Afghan coming home?)

2. Generations with Kevin Swanson

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Purity in the Heart and Home

Today, an excellent article that I did not write myself

“Raising Pure Children in an Impure World”

There is no question that we live in a very dark and wicked hour. Our society is continually growing more evil with time. Everywhere we turn we are faced with immorality, lust, perversion, sensuality, and obscenity. It is very difficult to go to your local grocery store or Wal-Mart without being bombarded with this flagrant display of sin. Nevertheless, we must remain pure and holy and we must teach our children to stand against the evil of our day. We must warn them against the schemes of the devil, and his plot to destroy their purity and desensitize them to evil. Purity of mind, heart, and action is so important to the happiness of our homes. As you read this article, may you prayerfully consider the responsibility that God has put before you, seeking His wisdom, as you prepare and train your children for a life of purity and godliness in Christ Jesus.

The Bible says in Titus 1:15, “Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.” The purity of a child has much to do with his spiritual development. Lets take a look at Webster’s definition and see what purity involves.

Pure: spotless, stainless, free from what weakens or pollutes; containing nothing that does not belong, marked by chastity; freedom from foulness; cleanness, innocence, without spot, not tarnished, free from anything improper, including improper motivations; not spoiled by improper speed or corrupt words.

What a definition! And from a dictionary! How far the church has fallen in the last century. We hardly know what those words really mean. And yet, throughout scripture the Spirit of the Lord witnesses to us about the need for utmost caution in this area.

“Blessed are the pure in heart....”
-Matthew 5:8

“...whatsoever things are pure... think on these things”.
-Philip. 4:8

“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure...”
-James 3:17

“...keep thyself pure.”
-1 Tim. 5:22

“Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”
-2 Tim. 2:22

“And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”
-1 John 3:3

“Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”
-1 Tim. 4:12

As a mother of growing sons and daughters I am deeply concerned about the matter of purity and modesty. Much of what our children learn about purity comes from us: what we believe and live, and what we have taught them from the time that they were very small. If our hearts are pure and chaste, our children will find it so much easier to be pure. Purity of heart and mind, as we see above is a command throughout the New Testament.

Children need a reserve, a sense of modesty and shame. Reserve involves purity and chastity of one’s heart and affections. Since the reserve that we have will be the foundation for the training that we impart to our children, what does the word really mean?

Reserve: to keep oneself for future use; lay up and keep for future time; something in the mind which is withheld from disclosure; restraint of freedom in words and actions; caution in personal behavior, this may proceed from modesty, bashfulness or prudence.

God has intrinsically built into the child a natural restraint, thus parents have the privilege and responsibility to nurture and to protect their children from those influences that would break down that reserve. Once a child’s reserve is broken down, there is very little possibility of restoring it fully. The child has also lost an important safety device that God intends he should have during his childhood and young adult years. If that reserve is nurtured and not destroyed, children will be uncomfortable or embarrassed in the presence of impurity.

One of the first steps to leading a life of purity and likewise, teaching our children, is to check or own attitudes toward this subject. Many of us were raised in very morally loose and immodest homes and therefore we consider this to be normal. The Bible says...

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 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.”
-Romans 12:1-2

Our past experiences and the way we learned about such things as the "facts of life," must be taken to the cross. We must seek God’s forgiveness and commit ourselves to personal purity. The world is full of the doctrine of hedonism and self-indulgence — "do whatever feels good." It has crept into the churches all across our country until we hardly know what true reserve and purity are. Purity has been so watered down that many of us are not rooted and grounded in these precious safeguards for our life, our marriage, and our children. Many believe that their loose standards of modesty (individually or as a family) have not hurt them. But they are indeed unaware of the damage it has already caused. We must be cleansed in our mind from the philosophies of this world. God has a plan for our children to be taught through His Word. He has a standard and a protection that He has granted to each child. Let the Lord take your past indiscretions and use it to make you more sensitive to the temptations and passions that our children will battle in this sinful world.

“ the light of the body is the eye.” Therefore, we should pay careful attention to what we see. You should always examine books that your children read. They should never be allowed to go into a library and pick up just anything without our approval. You also should not read questionable material and think it will have no effect. Your children should not be allowed to watch just anything on TV because it seems “innocent.” You must always be on guard especially out in public. Your sons must learn at a very early age to be guarded against immodesty. It only takes one image for Satan to continually bombard their precious minds. We must also be ever so careful about what our children hear. One of the most infamous strategies of the devil is to constantly barrage us with godless music everywhere we go. There are some stores that I will not even bring my children to because of the blasphemous music. I do not want their minds corrupted with that filth. You say that seems a little extreme. I ask you how often have you had to war against something that you have heard or seen? How much more can the devil use it on our children if we allow them to go unshielded?

We need to have a really good grip on these very important truths if we are to transmit them to our sons and daughters. We know from experience that more is "caught" than "taught." Relationships are another very important and sensitive issue to shelter your children in. We should begin to teach them about proper relationships just as soon as they start making friendships with others. It is important to teach our children to relate to those of the opposite gender with carefulness and propriety. Little ones may play together in sweetness and innocence but we need to guard their playtime. We can only be sure that pure, clean words and actions happen in their play if we carefully supervise all that they do. Teach them to be reserved and self-disciplined at home. Watch carefully over brother and sister relationships. Help them to show proper respect to each other and they will find it easier to relate to others correctly.

One thing that I have noticed with parents is that they will allow seemingly innocent recreation to slip by, completely unaware of the foolishness they are breeding in their children. Choose things for your children that are profitable to the kingdom of heaven and productive for their growth in Christ. What you allow your children to be captivated with as children will only strengthen and grow and when they are young adults it will hold their hearts.

Keep open, friendly communication with your sons and daughters. Speak freely about the issues of moral purity, social reserve, and respect. This openness encourages them to come to you with their problems. Alert your young folks to the fact that not every person that they know will have the same standards. Tell them to quickly let you know if they ever find themselves in a puzzling or distressing situation with another boy, girl, man or woman. Continually keep them accountable as to their purity of thought, life, and actions. Pray with them and for them about this purity.

We need Josephs and Daniels and Esthers in our day and we must be the ones to instill these moral and spiritual qualities. Who knows whether we will have to watch our youth be taken from our homes, by ungodly men and women to places that we cannot help them and guide them. Let us be vigilant and careful. Let us invest time and prayer and teach our youth to be strong, pure and upright.

I have only scratched the surface concerning practicalities of training our children in purity and godliness. I pray that as you seek the Lord for your family, the Holy Ghost will convict you of anything that is impure or leavened in your life or home. May we all learn and grow in Jesus as we train young men and women for Christ.

-Bridget Williams

Editor’s Note: It has been several years since I first penned this article, and my children were much smaller at the time. I can distinctly remember the burden and concern that was upon my heart for protecting my small children from the sights and sounds of this wicked world. Years have gone by now, and I have older ones that have been raised up in that protected environment. This having been my experience, I am all the more convinced of the urgency of keeping our children protected. However, through the years, I have learned this alone is not the sole solution to keeping our children. Prayer for the souls of our children is paramount. As Jesus said, our children must be born again. J.C. Ryle said it so well when he wrote, “It is not enough to keep boys and girls at home and shut out every outward temptation. They carry within them a heart ready for any sin, and until that heart is changed, they are not safe whatever we do. Bad companions are a great evil to be avoided as much as possible. But no bad companion teaches a boy or girl half as much sin as their own hearts will suggest to them, unless they are renewed by the Spirit...if parents were half as diligent in praying for their children’s conversion as they are in keeping them from bad company, their children would turn out far better than they do.”

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Families Together

I love the below quote by Nancy Campbell, and I completely agree with her points--especially how in Scripture, we see multiple times how groups of mothers, fathers, children, etc. were addressed together, not separately. And also, how foolishness is bound in the heart of a child!  It does not take long for children to get into foolishness when you group them together.  Christian men of old like J.C. Ryle warned about the youths gathering together in their groups on the Lord's Day, separating themselves from their parents.  When I find the quote, I will have to post it here.

Our public education system separates children into their age groups. Our church Sunday schools also separate children into their ages. However, this is not a biblical pattern.

When God wanted to speak to His people, or when God’s law was to be read to the people, everyone came. Moms and dads and all the children, even the nursing babies.

Here’s an example from 2 Chronicles 20:13: "And all Judah stood before the Lord, with their little ones, their wives, and their children."

Include your children in your walk with God. Don't send them off to be influenced by the peers of their age group. Grow in God together as a family. Read God’s Word together. Pray together. Work together and play together.

Proverbs 22:15 says, "Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child." When you put a lot of children of the same age together, you have multiplied foolishness!

God intends us to follow Him as “families,” not in separated age groups. This makes strong families for God; and when we have multiplied strong families, the nation will be strong.

Blessings from Nancy Campbell

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Friday, August 16, 2019

What is a Christian Woman's Ministry?

Where is your ministry?

This is Part 2 in a series by Mrs. Mosser. You can read the first part here.

The previous post on the silly reasons women send their children to school was about the child being a light. This one discusses their own 'light'.

Here is reason number 2: My ministry is to other women, and I can't do that if I'm homeschooling. Or, I have Bible Study Thursday mornings. How can I do that if I'm homeschooling?

First off, your first ministry is NOT to other women, but to your husband and children. Back to Titus 2:3-5!
The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

It says here to love your husbands and children. When you refuse to minister to your own children by sending them off, you are, according to this passage, blaspheming the Word of God. Is that what you want? That may not be your desire, but it's what you're doing. The bible says to obey is better than sacrifice.

When you pass off the spiritual care of your children to the wolves, you are not only sending them to hell, you are teaching the other women false doctrine. You are blaspheming God's word here too! They will also send their little lambs to the wolves because you are saying it's perfectly acceptable. You are saying, by your actions, that the Word of God is fallible, and that you don't have to obey it. You are saying that it's ok to disobey some passages of Scripture because, well, me!

Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Here it tells us that we are to be teaching our own children at home. We cannot teach them adequately the Word of God when they are away from home the majority of the day!

Another point you make to your children is that they are not worthy of your time and effort, but look at what it says in Mark 8:35-37:
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

What shall it profit you if you save all these other women while sending your own flesh and blood to hell?
But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
1 Timothy 5:8

This may not be talking about your child's soul, but I think we can glean some good doctrine. If you are not providing the solid, godly teaching of the Word, without allowing outside voices and influences that steal the heart of your children, you are also worse than an infidel.

Your children, after your husband, are your main priority. Don't get them out of your hair so you can move on to the real ministry-they ARE your real ministry! Love those women by loving your children!

~B. Mosser

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Western World's Greatest Church

Below are some more inisightful words from Mrs. Mosser.  She is right.  We just cannot expect good to come out of sending our children to be trained by the world and its system every day.  This is no small issue.  We are talking about our children's future and the future of the Church.  Please, Christian parents, take heed.

Ah, the schools. America's greatest church. Indoctrination central. It's hands down the most dangerous place to send a child, yet that's where so many go.

There's rape, molestaion, shootings, stabbing, evolution, moralism, sex, drugs. All kinds of wickedness.
Train up a child in the way he should go: And when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

Satan knows this verse too, ladies! Many are the socialists and the atheists because many are the schools. Public, private, Christian.

So I just have one question. How long til that light is extinguished by the darkness that surrounds them? Most children are put in another's care at 6 weeks old. From that point on, mama's career and mama's sanity are all that matter, and the child gets shipped from one place to another. From day care, to school, after school programs, and homework. Very little time is spent at home with families.

Paul Washer said something I wholeheartedly agree with:
Your children will go to public school and be trained somewhere around 15,000 hours in ungodly secular thought. And then they'll go to Sunday school and they'll color a picture of Noah's ark. And you think that's going to stand against the lies they are being taught?

Growing up, I went to church 3 times a week. Sunday school, youth group, service, had home Bible studies every week. Dad read the Proverbs of the day to us in the morning while we ate breakfast. Prayed for all of us before leaving for work in the mornings. And we went to public school. Whose voice do you think I listened to? I was a very quiet and shy girl who adored my family, but I dressed like a whore. At 19 years old I was meeting guy friends at an empty park at 10 pm. Didn't do anything, but does that really matter? I sure wasn't listening to the voice of the Lord, that's for sure! I was considered a goody two-shoes, and I lived like the world. I listened to the voices of the public school. I was lost and on my way to hell. But thank You Jesus, He saved me! I have a lot of regrets that I wouldn't have had if I had Jesus given to me all day every day, rather than a quick spiel in the morning before hopping on the bus.

All that being said, sending your child into the darkness to be a light is sending your child to hell. Be aware.

Or you could say, sending your child into the darkness to be a light is equal to sending a baby lamb to the wolves. If he survives, it won't be without scars!

Jesus called full grown men to go into the world, and be His salt and light. Not children. Not women. Women are to be in the home raising her own children. If you want the light of Christ Jesus to go to the public school system then ask your husband to go into the lions den himself. Stop sending children to do a man's job.

~B. Mosser

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Christian Homes

By Arthur W. Pink

Many of those who look no farther than the temporal happiness of individuals and the welfare of the State are not insensible of the importance and value of domestic relationships, realizing that the family is but the unit of the nation. No matter how excellent the constitution and laws of a country may be, or what its material resources, they are insufficient and ineffectual, unless a sure foundation for social order and public virtue be laid in the healthy regulation and wise discipline of its families. The nation is but the aggregate of individuals comprising it; and 16 unless there are good fathers and mothers, good sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, there will be no good citizens. It is because our home life has so sadly deteriorated that social decay is now so far advanced, nor can it be arrested until parents once again properly discharge their responsibility. We have no hesitation in saying that the future welfare of Britain (and the U.S.A. too) is more seriously menaced by the relaxation of family government and the breakdown of home life than by any governmental incompetence or foreign hostility. 

Home! How much that one word used to convey! It is still one of the most precious in the English language unto some of us. Much more so when to all its natural attractions are added the hallowed associations which gather around a Christian home. Is not our favourite concept of heaven embodied in that blessed expression, “my Father’s House” (John 14:2). Because the Christian is not his own, but bought with a price (1 Cor. 6:19- 20), he is to aim at glorifying God in every relation of life. No matter what station he occupies, or wherever he be, he is to serve as a witness for Christ. Next to the church of God, his own home should be the sphere of his most manifest devotedness unto Him. All its arrangements should bear the stamp of his heavenly calling. All its affairs should be so ordered that everyone entering it should feel, “God is here!” The supreme aim of family life should be household piety, everything else being subordinated thereto. 

It is in the home our real characters are most manifested and best known. Out in the world, a certain measure of restraint is placed upon both our corruptions and our graces; but in the home, we are freer to act naturally, and it is there that our worst and best sides alike are exhibited the plainest. As a close observer and one of wide experience said, “I can never form a correct judgment of a man from seeing or hearing him in a religious meeting. He may seem a very spiritual person there, and say very beautiful things, but let me go home with him, and there I learn the actual state of the case.” He may indeed pray like a saint in the church, but unless his home be governed according to the Word of God, and his own conduct be regulated by the spirit of Christ, he fails to witness for him in that most important and influential sphere. 

The reality and extent of “a work of grace” in the soul are most clearly revealed amid the petty trials of home life. In the Scriptures, we find some of its most eminent characters subjected to that severe test. For example, the Lord gave as the reason for the intimate confidences He was about to make unto Abraham, “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD” (Gen. 18:19): thus his home life was as pleasing unto God as was his public. Nor are the Scriptures less explicit in showing us the disastrous consequences which attend a believer’s unfaithfulness in this relation. A notable case in point is the fearful ruin of Eli’s family: “I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not” (1 Sam. 3:13). The state of a preacher’s home is likewise made the test of his character: he is disqualified from the sacred office, unless he be “one that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity,” adding, “For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?” (1 Tim. 3:4-5).

“What have they seen in thine house?” (2 Kings 20:15). Have you observed, my reader, how much in the Scriptures is in the interrogatory form? How frequently the Lord used that method of teaching, both with His disciples, the masses, and His enemies! It is a most definite and searching form of instruction. A considerable part of God’s Word is made up of questions; and it is our wisdom not only to thoughtfully and prayerfully ponder them, but to regard the same as being addressed to us individually―and thereby bare our hearts to their penetrating power. This we should do with the “Where art thou?” of Genesis 3:9, right through the Scriptures to the “wherefore didst thou 18 marvel” of Revelation 17:7. The one now before us was uttered by way of rebuke unto Hezekiah’s vanity, who―in a spirit of pride and ostentation―had shown the messengers from Babylon the treasures of his palace.

“What have they seen in thine house?” Let each of us take that inquiry home to himself and herself. What do visitors, especially those who spend a night under your roof, behold in thy home? Do they see a household which is well ordered, everything regulated according to God’s Word; or do they behold a scene of confusion and turmoil? Do the furnishings of your home bespeak a heart which is dead to the world? Is there a noticeable absence of that carnal luxury and fleshly display which mark those whose affections are set upon things below? On the other hand, is there that cleanliness and tidiness everywhere which honours the Lord? Nothing is more incongruous for one who professes to be a stranger and pilgrim (1 Pet. 2:11) here than to behold him or her endeavouring to outshine their godless neighbours in that which ministers to “the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life” (1 John 2:16). Equally so do neglect and dirt indicate that something is wrong with the heart, and mar a Christian’s testimony.

“What have they seen in thine house?” Do they behold a husband “under petticoat government,” or one who takes his proper place at the head of the home? The household must have a leader; and God has committed rule to the husband, and holds him responsible for its management. It is no valid excuse for him to say that he is the breadwinner, and therefore, he leaves the wife to run the house. Not that he is to be a tyrant, but firm, asserting his authority, ruling in holy love. Yet unless the wife fully co-operates, much of his effort will be unavailing. Not only does God require her to be subject unto her husband’s will (Eph. 5:22, 24), but to loyally support and further him―unless his requirements manifestly clash with the Bible. He is necessarily absent from the home most of the day, and therefore, it largely devolves upon her to “train up” their children “in the way [they] 19 should go” (Prov. 22:6).

“What have they seen in thine house?” Little or nothing to distinguish it from the worldlings?―or everything in it aiming at the glory of God? The husband and wife conducting themselves as “being heirs together of the grace of life” (1 Pet. 3:7)? The children brought up “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4) and “in subjection with all gravity” (1 Tim. 3:4) ―or utterly spoiled, unruly, and a trial to those who have to endure their presence? Do visitors behold an example of parental piety, of salutary discipline maintained, evidences on every side that their hearts are set upon something higher than the baubles of earth? Do they see the family altar? Do they behold the Sabbath day―duly honoured―all unnecessary cooking avoided? If they do not, they will rightly suspect the genuineness of your Christian profession! If those things be absent, be not surprised if your children abandon religion as they grow older, having no confidence in what they were reared. God search every one of us with this important question.

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Free Homemaking Book (an Old One)

If you enjoy old, free homemaking books, you might want to see this one.  In past years, there have been several books published about keeping the home. I have not read this one, so I cannot say whether it is good or not.  I will leave that up to you.

This book was first published in 1915 and is entitled Household Engineering; Scientific Management in the Home, and its purpose was to help women run their households more efficiently.  Of course, some things won't apply to us--such as servants (smile), but it may still be an interesting read.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards

Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God’s help, I do humbly entreat him by his grace to enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ’s sake.

Remember to read over these Resolutions once a week.

1. Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God’s glory, and my own good, profit and pleasure, in the whole of my duration, without any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriad’s of ages hence. Resolved to do whatever I think to be my duty and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general. Resolved to do this, whatever difficulties I meet with, how many and how great soever.
2. Resolved, to be continually endeavoring to find out some new invention and contrivance to promote the aforementioned things.
3. Resolved, if ever I shall fall and grow dull, so as to neglect to keep any part of these Resolutions, to repent of all I can remember, when I come to myself again.
4. Resolved, never to do any manner of thing, whether in soul or body, less or more, but what tends to the glory of God; nor be, nor suffer it, if I can avoid it.
5. Resolved, never to lose one moment of time; but improve it the most profitable way I possibly can.
6. Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live.
7. Resolved, never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do, if it were the last hour of my life.
8. Resolved, to act, in all respects, both speaking and doing, as if nobody had been so vile as I, and as if I had committed the same sins, or had the same infirmities or failings as others; and that I will let the knowledge of their failings promote nothing but shame in myself, and prove only an occasion of my confessing my own sins and misery to God.
9. Resolved, to think much on all occasions of my own dying, and of the common circumstances which attend death.
10. Resolved, when I feel pain, to think of the pains of martyrdom, and of hell.
11. Resolved, when I think of any theorem in divinity to be solved, immediately to do what I can towards solving it, if circumstances don’t hinder.
12. Resolved, if I take delight in it as a gratification of pride, or vanity, or on any such account, immediately to throw it by.

13. Resolved, to be endeavoring to find out fit objects of charity and liberality.
14. Resolved, never to do anything out of revenge.
15. Resolved, never to suffer the least motions of anger to irrational beings.
16. Resolved, never to speak evil of anyone, so that it shall tend to his dishonor, more or less, upon no account except for some real good.
17. Resolved, that I will live so as I shall wish I had done when I come to die.
18. Resolved, to live so at all times, as I think is best in my devout frames, and when I have clearest notions of things of the gospel, and another world.
19. Resolved, never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do, if I expected it would not be above an hour, before I should hear the last trump.
20. Resolved, to maintain the strictest temperance in eating and drinking.
21. Resolved, never to do anything, which if I should see in another, I should count a just occasion to despise him for, or to think any way the more meanly of him.
22. Resolved, to endeavor to obtain for myself as much happiness, in the other world, as I possibly can, with all the power; might, vigor, and vehemence, yea violence, I am capable of, or can bring myself to exert, in any way that can be thought of.

23. Resolved, frequently to take some deliberate action, which seems most unlikely to be done, for the glory of God, and trace it back to the original intention, designs and ends of it; and if I find it not to be for God’s glory, to repute it as a breach of the 4th Resolution.
24. Resolved, whenever I do any conspicuously evil action, to trace it back, till I come to the original cause; and then both carefully endeavor to do so no more, and to fight and pray with all my might against the original of it.
25. Resolved, to examine carefully, and constantly, what that one thing in me is, which causes me in the least to doubt of the love of God; and to direct all my forces against it.
26. Resolved, to cast away such things, as I find do abate my assurance.
27. Resolved, never willfully to omit anything, except the omission be for the glory of God; and frequently to examine my omissions.
28. Resolved, to study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive myself to grow in the knowledge of the same.
29. Resolved, never to count that a prayer, nor to let that pass as a prayer, nor that as a petition of a prayer, which is so made, that I cannot hope that God will answer it; nor that as a confession, which I cannot hope God will accept.
30. Resolved, to strive to my utmost every week to be brought higher in religion, and to a higher exercise of grace, than I was the week before.

31. Resolved, never to say anything at all against anybody, but when it is perfectly agreeable to the highest degree of Christian honor, and of love to mankind, agreeable to the lowest humility, and sense of my own faults and failings, and agreeable to the golden rule; often, when I have said anything against anyone, to bring it to, and try it strictly by the test of this Resolution.
32. Resolved, to be strictly and firmly faithful to my trust, that that in Prov. 20:6, “A faithful man who can find?” may not be partly fulfilled in me.
33. Resolved, always to do what I can towards making, maintaining, establishing and preserving peace, when it can be without over-balancing detriment in other respects. Dec.26, 1722.
34. Resolved, in narration’s never to speak anything but the pure and simple verity.
35. Resolved, whenever I so much question whether I have done my duty, as that my quiet and calm is thereby disturbed, to set it down, and also how the question was resolved. Dec. 18, 1722.
36. Resolved, never to speak evil of any, except I have some particular good call for it. Dec. 19, 1722.
37. Resolved, to inquire every night, as I am going to bed, wherein I have been negligent, what sin I have committed, and wherein I have denied myself: also at the end of every week, month and year. Dec.22 and 26, 1722.
38. Resolved, never to speak anything that is ridiculous, sportive, or matter of laughter on the Lord’s day. Sabbath evening, Dec. 23, 1722.
39. Resolved, never to do anything that I so much question the lawfulness of, as that I intend, at the same time, to consider and examine afterwards, whether it be lawful or no; except I as much question the lawfulness of the omission.
40. Resolved, to inquire every night, before I go to bed, whether I have acted in the best way I possibly could, with respect to eating and drinking. Jan. 7, 1723.
41. Resolved, to ask myself at the end of every day, week, month and year, wherein I could possibly in any respect have done better. Jan. 11, 1723.
42. Resolved, frequently to renew the dedication of myself to God, which was made at my baptism; which I solemnly renewed, when I was received into the communion of the church; and which I have solemnly re-made this twelfth day of January, 1722-23.

43. Resolved, never henceforward, till I die, to act as if I were any way my own, but entirely and altogether God’s, agreeable to what is to be found in Saturday, January 12. Jan.12, 1723.
44. Resolved, that no other end but religion, shall have any influence at all on any of my actions; and that no action shall be, in the least circumstance, any otherwise than the religious end will carry it. Jan.12, 1723.
45. Resolved, never to allow any pleasure or grief, joy or sorrow, nor any affection at all, nor any degree of affection, nor any circumstance relating to it, but what helps religion. Jan.12 and 13.1723.
46. Resolved, never to allow the least measure of any fretting uneasiness at my father or mother. Resolved to suffer no effects of it, so much as in the least alteration of speech, or motion of my eve: and to be especially careful of it, with respect to any of our family.
47. Resolved, to endeavor to my utmost to deny whatever is not most agreeable to a good, and universally sweet and benevolent, quiet, peaceable, contented, easy, compassionate, generous, humble, meek, modest, submissive, obliging, diligent and industrious, charitable, even, patient, moderate, forgiving, sincere temper; and to do at all times what such a temper would lead me to. Examine strictly every week, whether I have done so. Sabbath morning. May 5,1723.
48. Resolved, constantly, with the utmost niceness and diligence, and the strictest scrutiny, to be looking into the state of my soul, that I may know whether I have truly an interest in Christ or no; that when I come to die, I may not have any negligence respecting this to repent of. May 26, 1723.
49. Resolved, that this never shall be, if I can help it.
50. Resolved, I will act so as I think I shall judge would have been best, and most prudent, when I come into the future world. July 5, 1723.
51. Resolved, that I will act so, in every respect, as I think I shall wish I had done, if I should at last be damned. July 8, 1723.
52. I frequently hear persons in old age say how they would live, if they were to live their lives over again: Resolved, that I will live just so as I can think I shall wish I had done, supposing I live to old age. July 8, 1723.
53. Resolved, to improve every opportunity, when I am in the best and happiest frame of mind, to cast and venture my soul on the Lord Jesus Christ, to trust and confide in him, and consecrate myself wholly to him; that from this I may have assurance of my safety, knowing that I confide in my Redeemer. July 8, 1723.
54. Whenever I hear anything spoken in conversation of any person, if I think it would be praiseworthy in me, Resolved to endeavor to imitate it. July 8, 1723.
55. Resolved, to endeavor to my utmost to act as I can think I should do, if I had already seen the happiness of heaven, and hell torments. July 8, 1723.
56. Resolved, never to give over, nor in the least to slacken my fight with my corruptions, however unsuccessful I may be.
57. Resolved, when I fear misfortunes and adversities, to examine whether ~ have done my duty, and resolve to do it; and let it be just as providence orders it, I will as far as I can, be concerned about nothing but my duty and my sin. June 9, and July 13 1723.
58. Resolved, not only to refrain from an air of dislike, fretfulness, and anger in conversation, but to exhibit an air of love, cheerfulness and benignity. May27, and July 13, 1723.

59. Resolved, when I am most conscious of provocations to ill nature and anger, that I will strive most to feel and act good-naturedly; yea, at such times, to manifest good nature, though I think that in other respects it would be disadvantageous, and so as would be imprudent at other times. May 12, July ii, and July 13.
60. Resolved, whenever my feelings begin to appear in the least out of order, when I am conscious of the least uneasiness within, or the least irregularity without, I will then subject myself to the strictest examination. July 4, and 13, 1723.
61. Resolved, that I will not give way to that listlessness which I find unbends and relaxes my mind from being fully and fixedly set on religion, whatever excuse I may have for it-that what my listlessness inclines me to do, is best to be done, etc. May 21, and July 13, 1723.
62. Resolved, never to do anything but duty; and then according to Eph. 6:6-8, do it willingly and cheerfully as unto the Lord, and not to man; “knowing that whatever good thing any man doth, the same shall he receive of the Lord.” June 25 and July 13, 1723.
63. On the supposition, that there never was to be but one individual in the world, at any one time, who was properly a complete Christian, in all respects of a right stamp, having Christianity always shining in its true luster, and appearing excellent and lovely, from whatever part and under whatever character viewed: Resolved, to act just as I would do, if I strove with all my might to be that one, who should live in my time. Jan.14′ and July ‘3′ 1723.
64. Resolved, when I find those “groanings which cannot be uttered” (Rom. 8:26), of which the Apostle speaks, and those “breakings of soul for the longing it hath,” of which the Psalmist speaks, Psalm 119:20, that I will promote them to the utmost of my power, and that I will not be wear’, of earnestly endeavoring to vent my desires, nor of the repetitions of such earnestness. July 23, and August 10, 1723.
65. Resolved, very much to exercise myself in this all my life long, viz. with the greatest openness I am capable of, to declare my ways to God, and lay open my soul to him: all my sins, temptations, difficulties, sorrows, fears, hopes, desires, and every thing, and every circumstance; according to Dr. Manton’s 27th Sermon on Psalm 119. July 26, and Aug.10 1723.
66. Resolved, that I will endeavor always to keep a benign aspect, and air of acting and speaking in all places, and in all companies, except it should so happen that duty requires otherwise.
67. Resolved, after afflictions, to inquire, what I am the better for them, what good I have got by them, and what I might have got by them.
68. Resolved, to confess frankly to myself all that which I find in myself, either infirmity or sin; and, if it be what concerns religion, also to confess the whole case to God, and implore needed help. July 23, and August 10, 1723.
69. Resolved, always to do that, which I shall wish I had done when I see others do it. Aug. 11, 1723.
70. Let there be something of benevolence, in all that I speak. Aug. 17, 1723

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

How to Read the Bible as a Family

Family worship time is so very important.  The Puritans of old completely understood this and made it a great priority to have time in God's Word together as a family.  If you are not doing this already, I would greatly encourage you to start now.  Ideally, the husband would lead the family devotions, but if for some reason he is absent, unwilling, or not a Christian, than you, as mother must do it yourself.  God will help you.

If you do not know how, here is a resource that I just came across today that will be quite helpful.  We do not make it our goal to get through the Bible in a year, as my husband prefers to take the time on each passage to bring out the deep, spiritual meaning. However, I think this article provides a lot of good information for having your own Bible time as a family.

Another way to have family Bible time ~ How to Have Family Bible Study

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Charles Spurgeon on Sunday School

"Nowadays, the world has in it, alas, so few of Christian mothers and grandmothers, the church has thought it wise to supplement the instruction of home by teaching held under her fostering wing. Those children who have no such parents the church takes under her maternal care.. . . They endeavor to perform the duties of fathers and mothers, for God's sake, to those children who are neglected by their own parents; and therein they do well. Let no Christian parents fall into the delusion that the Sunday-school is intended to ease them of their personal duties. The first and most natural condition of things is for the Christian parents to train up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord."

~Charles Spurgeon "The Child Timothy and His Teachers." Come Ye Children.
Perhaps this is one of the Church's grave errors in our modern times.  Many Christian parents are guilty of doing just what Charles Spurgeon long ago warned parents against.  They are neglecting their duty to train up their own children, and instead leave it to the church, Sunday School programs, and send them off to school during the week.

But whose job is it to raise our children?  Who will bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord?  Who knows our children best and will stand before the Lord in accountability?  Exactly whom the Lord gave the job to.  Parents.  No one is better suited.

Sunday School is a wonderful thing for children who have no Christian parents, just as Charles Spurgeon states.  But Sunday School was never meant to replace the family altar, the parents teaching their children the truths of the Bible.  Let us never be guilty of neglecting our duty.  Let us never do something just because others are doing it, even in the church.  Let us remember the purpose of Sunday Schools, and remember it is our own duty to teach our children.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Against the Proletarization of Women ~ Antonia Cunningham, 2003

Until the latter half of the nineteenth century, the American family was viewed and regarded as a legitimate sphere of powerful economic and influential government, complete with land, an armed defense, a covenant head, and that covenant head's subjects. (The word "economy" literally means the law of the home.) Christian men often held positions as statesmen and justices in the civil sphere as well as ruling positions in the ecclesiastical sphere.

However, as men became influenced by the Jacobin, egalitarian philosophy of the French Revolution and began to follow Unitarian religious philosophy rather than the Calvinism of their eighteenth century Puritan heritage, the family began to be much less influential. Biblical covenantalism and federalism gave way to anti-biblical democratic individualism.

The doctrine that a woman's place is in the home was as recently as 50 years ago held by most Americans, not just Christians. It was only challenged when the humanistic Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s began to influence our nation.

Marriage is an economic institution. God has created the woman to be the helper of man, not to be a provider. The woman is an object of provision - otherwise the man's role as provider is meaningless. If the husband is not providing for the home, he should be severely rebuked and disciplined by the Church, until he demonstrates that he is providing for his wife. However, it is just as wrong for the wife to provide physical food for the home in response to her husband’s abdication as it would be for women to provide spiritual food to the congregation if male elders are teaching heresy. It was Adam who was given instruction to till the ground and provide.

As politically incorrect as the biblical view for the woman's place in the home is today, the biblical mandate on this issue (as any other) must be upheld, and God's Supreme Law-Word must be obeyed over the rules of men (Acts 5:29). When the Bible gives examples of women working, this work is always home-based. Some examples are Dorcas (Acts 9:36–42), Lydia (Acts 16:14,15,40), and the woman of Proverbs 31.

A married woman who works for another man is literally forced to obey two economic masters, and is consequently unable to be subject to her husband in everything as the Lord commands (Eph. 5:24). The husband also disobeys the Lord when he gives his wife to another for economic support. He is no longer providing for his wife. Instead, another man is now providing for her, and she is in his charge. On a collective level, this abdication leads to the tyranny of socialism and statism, a phenomenon that is increasingly prevalent in the United States as biblical, familial, ecclesiastical, and civil federalism and localism continue to be eroded by antinomian pietism, secular humanism, and mob rule.

As shown in Marx and Engels' Communist Manifesto, one of the first objectives of socialism is to seize private property that God has authoritatively and graciously given to mankind through the positive sanctions of His eighth commandment. One of the ways a socialist society is built is through taking the woman out of her biblical, natural sphere of the home and placing her in the workforce alongside the men - all in the name of an economic and social egalitarian, utopian ideal.

It is already clear at this point that the emancipation of woman, her equalisation with man, is and remains impossible so long as the woman is excluded from the productive work of society and remains restricted to private household work. The emancipation of woman first becomes possible when she is able on an extensive, social scale, to participate in production, and household work claims her attention only to an insignificant extent. And this for the first time has been made possible by large scale industry, which not only admits women’s labor over a wide range, but absolutely demands it, and also strives to transform private household work more and more into public industry ~ Friedrich Engels, co-author of The Communist Manifesto

I believe there is a direct correlation between feminist careerism and the high property taxes that are forced upon property owners today. Unemployment skyrocketed in the 1960s when women left the home and men were forced to compete with women for employment. Herein lies another reason why I believe a woman should not leave the sphere of the home to work. We cannot, in good Christian conscience, be employed in jobs that men need for the support of their wives and children. 

A married woman is employed in the most important job in the world. She works in her and her husband’s home - under their vine and fig tree, on their land, under God's primary and her husband's secondary federal and economic authority. No firm can pay a woman to care for children or an elderly parent. No business can pay a salary worthy of a woman praying with a hurting sister over muffins and coffee at 11:00 a.m. on a Tuesday. No president of a company can pay a wife to give her husband a much-needed foot massage after a good, hard day's work. No CEO in any corporation can pay a woman to make a home-cooked meal for her family or for a bedridden brother in Christ.

During the War for Southern Independence 140 years ago, many black Confederates fought for the freedom to be stewards of their own land and that of their masters, refusing to be subjected to the tyranny of a coercive, centralized Unitarian State in the name of emancipation. In the same way, let us, as married women, contend for our God-given right to be full-time housewives to our husbands and servants to other members of the Body of Christ, forsaking the world's current administration of centralized government, socialism, and statism.

To be sure, I am in no way saying that a woman should be confined to the home or that she cannot make money from the home. Indeed, this is the hallmark of the Proverbs 31 woman. I believe that as long as it does not interfere with the work of the home, the wife is also free to work in her husband’s office or with him in a partnership situation (such as a legal or medical practice). I teach and have taught piano lessons from our home for some time in order to earn money for the household. However, this is not meant to be provisional income (as our role as women is that of helper and not provider), but income used for the improvement and beautification of the home. I am under deep biblical conviction that this economic arrangement serves not only to protect women from their usurping, independent, sinful tendencies, but also protects the man from his sinful tendency of abdication. This type of administration also collectively fulfills the dominion mandate, since it helps to benefit society as a whole and strengthen familial government. 

It is no wonder that so many evangelical Christian women today are entering seminaries with what I believe is mostly a sincere desire to provide spiritual nourishment to starving, backslidden, or apostate congregations; this same generation of women has been told the lie that it is their responsibility to provide economically for their own households. It is inconsistent to tell women that they may not have a career in the pulpit or in the armed services (this includes combative roles) if we as a Church are unwilling to specifically tell women that their role or "career" is to be their husband's helper as keeper of the home. Egalitarian roles in the powerful and influential sphere of the family will inexorably create a secular humanistic state, leading to both spiritual and economic slavery and tyranny (1 Sam 8:1-18; Isaiah 3:1-12). The only way to avoid this tyranny is for married women to be keepers at home, that the Word of God may not be blasphemed (Titus 2:4).

I would give a woman not more rights, but more privileges. Instead of sending her to seek such freedom as notoriously prevails in banks and factories, I would design specially a house in which she can be free. ~ G.K. Chesterton

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