Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder, since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.—2 Peter 1:12-15
As I suggested in my last article, repentance is to be a joyful and consistent event in the lives of Christians. No doubt, some readers still struggle with the concept of repentance being joyful, so this week I want to explain how this works.
What? How can you use the words “joy” and “repentance” in the same sentence? I’ll answer that question with a question. Where did we ever get the idea that repentance was a bad thing in lieu of the following scriptures?
Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?—Romans 2:4 (NKJV)
When we began our homeschool journey, we had concerns and anxiety as we wondered what life would look like in 10 or 15 years. Those 15 years have quickly come and gone. On this glorious fall afternoon only an hour removed from school, I look outside the window of my office. What do I see? I see a couple of my sons laughing as they play golf together in the yard. I watch my 17-year-old daughter leave the driveway on a four-wheeler with her 2-year-old sister, sitting in front of her and laughing with pleasure. Moments later two more daughters exit the barn
For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ. Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness. —1 Cor. 10:1-5 (ESV)
Even Confucius connects with Christianity on occasion:
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” ― Confucius
Paul said it this way:
For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you.--2 Cor. 1:12 (ESV)
Since I was mid-stream on the principles of home discipleship, I decided to write a separate piece for our monthly prayer and fast items. I am excited as I begin to think about what God will do when we Christian homeschoolers in Illinois start off the school year with a day of corporate prayer and fasting, committing this year to the glory of our Lord.
Is. 58 is probably the most prolific and extensive passage on fasting.
As a father of eleven children, I have become an expert in packing for summer vacation. Let me rephrase that. I’m an expert in packing for fall or spring vacation. We don’t do summer vacations because I don’t like to wait in lines so we go in September or April. This is yet another huge advantage of homeschooling! It gives a whole new meaning to the term “spring break.” When we do go on an extended trip, one can only imagine the pile of suitcases, pillows, toys and food that must somehow find their way into our van along with