Part of our home school curriculum is reading and memorizing scripture. I really am being blessed by going through Hebrews 11 verse by verse with a different one each week. We’re on Hebrews 11:3, which shows that even Genesis 1 is in Hebrews. What was in the Old Testament is consistently taught in the New Testament. The Bible is internally consistent.
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Is it bad that I pay my children to read the Bible? I give them the money once they’ve read it through. 25c per book. The oldest, age 14 and 12, have completed it once. The 2nd time they go through it they have to take notes so that it’s not just speed reading. (My oldest read it in 3 months straight through, and that’s okay, but I want him to really pay attention next time).
I do read to the kids but have not been consistent about this. I know as a kid I was NOT read the bible at home. I lived with an aunt and uncle for four years, and they read those blue Bible Stories books you see at the doctor’s office, they must have had the set. When I moved back in with my dad at age 10 I didn’t even get the Bible stories, so my kids definitely are ahead of me at the same age but I want to do more. They do memorize verses for a bible club, we’ve worked on those together week after week, singing verses in the car and repeating them. I know I could work more with them. I just hope they are getting the Word in deep.
We speak about God often, and when in a discipline situation, we talk about the behavior, if it is wrong or right, and why. We do use the word “sin” and the child asks the parent or other child for forgiveness and then goes to pray about things with God, confessing sins and asking forgiveness. When I do something sinful, (like react in great anger or speak to my children in a way that is out of line) I make sure to ask for forgiveness too.
My husband and I pray with the kids daily. Daily. Meals, before bed, and at other opportune times. When we read scripture, we often include prayer.
I know I could do better, I could bring prayer and the Word in more. I hope I am not neglectful of my duty to really teach my children about Christ, the Father, and the Holy Spirit. They learn a lot at our church, but I believe it is best for us as parents to teach our children the truth in the Bible.
We read the bible in our house, and my hope is to go straight through the New Testament first. At some point we’ll likely do a split plan, reading a bit of both each day.
I really am wanting to figure out a way to teach church history correctly past Acts, and have been given some suggestions for curriculum. I would like my older children to read biographies, essays, and sermons of solid church leaders from the past. I do know our church has some sort of systematic teaching…they mentioned it from the pulpit recently. I think it’s getting to be time we have some interviews with pastors to figure out what exactly they do, and how they assist us as parents in the training of our children.
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Bible, bible study, children, discipleship, education, family devotions, love, parenting, prayer, scripture memorization, teaching, training on November 7, 2008| 3 Comments »
I am so sad that my children will struggle to find a healthy church. I know that we are struggling ourselves, and now I think it will be nearly impossible for our kids when they grow up. I also feel so sad for them that my husband and I were not trained in theology and Biblical knowledge growing up. My parents were not Chrsitians, I lived with different family members and then finally settled in with my father and step mom. I went to whatever church I could get to, mostly on my own. My husband’s parents are Christians now, but growing up were functionally not so. He was allowed to stay home from church with his father. He doesn’t have skills at all in teaching, and so really doesn’t teach much to his children. Several times I had hoped he would have a night where he taught bible study time, or maybe he’d find a way to challenge the kids by teaching. Truth is, we’re both doing more for our kids than we got. However, I think this is not enough. I do read to my kids often from the Bible directly, have encouraged them to read it on their own. My oldest has read through the entire Bible I believe twice (he’s 12) from cover to cover. I bribed him 25c a book. My 10 year old has read straight through many books of the Bible, and even my 8 year old got to Leviticus on an attempt to read the Bible straight through. We encourage scripture memory, and take the kids to Awana for now (until something better comes along). We pray before putting the kids to bed as a family, each one says their own prayer. We try to model prayer for them, and we pray at meal time. They know why we left our former church, and the older ones understand it’s doctrine.
With what we do, I still fear we’re missing the mark with our kids. We need to teach more. We also need to figure out who to challenge them to read. What pastors and authors are not just pop Christian feel good types but actually will help keep my kids on the right path with a focus on Christ? I need to study up!
For about a year I met with a Jehovah’s Witness in my apartment. My firstborn was but a fuzzy headed baby and I was learning to nurse him. This woman, grey haired and lean, knocked at my door. I was 26 years old, and had no clue what a Jehovah’s Witness was. She came at first with a very proper man, who eventually stopped coming with her. I believe, from time to time, she brought along another, but eventually, it was just Mrs. E, me, and my little baby. Weekly, I would prepare. I would call friends, call Hank from CRI. I read books, and I studied my Bible. I prayed for Mrs. E. I learned about her life. She was the aging mother of seven born children, her husband had died a few years back. She was homeschooling her last born son in her tiny apartment. He worked at a grocery store, and took classes with his mother teaching. Mrs. E ended up with Hodgkins Lymphoma. She traveled to Mexico for some treatments. Then, one day, we were tranfered across the country, and I am ashamed to say I lost contact with Mrs. E. She was a sweet woman, and I wish I had maintained my meetings with her, had written her, and kept contact. I looked her name up when we moved back three years later but didn’t find her.
What did I learn from her? That someone can be totally devoted to a lie. She was such a kind person, the sweetest, really. She loved me, I believe. She wanted me to know what she did, and wanted me to do the right thing. She told me she had enjoyed nurturing and nursing all of her children. You know, we have that in common. In many ways, she and I were very much alike. This woman was not your typical person, spending hours dedicated to witnessing to others, spending time studying her organization’s version of the bible so that she could educate me weekly. She truly did listen to me, but with my inexperience and lack of knowledge, we both put forth some pretty circular arguments. She had something many people don’t have. She was dedicated to her faith. She was willing to take risks, meet in people’s homes (and that in itself can be scary when you don’t know how safe people are). She probably was rejected often, and had rude comments leveled her way. I can believe she had hundreds of doors slammed in her face. Still, she persisted. Even in her illness, she continued on. She had a goal, a required amount of hours to serve, a mission, a vision. She had a passion, and had studied, she had knowledge. So much she had. And she did it all for the Watchtower organization. And all my talking didn’t move her from what I could see. Also, I didn’t become a Jehovah’s Witness, so I guess we were even. I don’t know that anything was accomplished by me. In fact, I know not much was accomplished. I wonder about her now, I am guessing she’s no longer living, but I hope I am wrong. Would love to hear that she had been convinced of the truth at a later time, and really understood that Jesus is the true Son of God and is God. One thing is for sure, I learned from that woman. I learned.
We have maintained contact with one pastor from our old church as he is very concerned with the changes and the emergent message. He did email today and shared that the lead pastor is planning in some way to address the issues with the emegent church. This is good news, but I fear it may not go far enough. I hope that the church recognizes the influence of Dallas Willard and others (Beth Moore, Bill Hybels, Rick Warren) is part of the problem. There is a disconnect with the “emerging” side, not realizing they are headed in the same direction. Emergent have just gotten further down the path. Maybe we should meet with this lead pastor, at least to point to the truth and to his responsibility to adhere to it and preach it. He cannot make the elders change their votes and change the system, but he can preach the truth even if it risks his job.
On another note, we were called last night by an elder asking if we knew why people left (there are others, of course). Specifically, it was asked if changing the children’s midweek program was the issue, which it wasn’t by itself. He also asked about another couple’s reasons for leaving, which I felt was not entirely appropriate because we may know what we’ve been told, but should we be sharing? In general is one thing, but a specific couple is another altogether. It’s starting to sound like they at least notice the numbers headed for the door and want to fix this problem. However, if they have been following the Warrenite system, they will expect this loss of people and will be proud of themselves for getting through this rough time. We shall see in a few years how they’ve handled it…and if they’ve changed or not. My husband is not at all interested in going back.