The Teaching Home
Information, Inspiration, and Encouragement
Volume II, Number 17
Oct. 28, 2002
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Table of Contents
Pray for Our Nation
Forget To Vote Nov. 5!
Ongoing Political Action
Reformation Day: Oct. 31
"A Mighty Fortress Is Our God"
Sunny Side Up: Humorous Anecdote
Operation Christmas Child
Wreaths of Maine
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The upcoming elections are a great way to teach our
children good citizenship. (See articles below.)
* Explain how our government works.
* Be an example by your involvement in the election.
* Pray together as a family for our nation.
Reformation Day is an opportunity for us as Christian
home educators to teach our children about an important
event in church and world history and to explore its spiritual
significance to us today.
As with any home education studies, there are academic
and spiritual aspects to explore in these topics.
May the Lord bless your family for His glory!
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* Share the joy of Christmas, plus the love and gospel
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* Send a gift-filled shoe box and a message of hope.
* Start a new family tradition with this simple and
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Pray for Our Nation
I exhort therefore, that, first of all,
supplications, prayers, intercessions,
and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
For kings, and for all that are in authority;
that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life
in all godliness and honesty.
For this is good and acceptable
in the sight of God our Savior;
Who will have all men to be saved,
to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
(I Timothy 2:1-4)
* Pray that godly men will run for office.
* Pray that Christians in government will follow biblical
principles and be protected from Satan's attacks.
* Pray that Christians will have wisdom and diligence
in voting and other political action.
* Pray that all Christians will vote.
* Pray that integrity will prevail in the voting process.
* Thank God for the freedom we enjoy, and for the privilege
of electing our leaders.
For daily prayer requests and updated information:
The Presidential Prayer Team
Intercessors for America
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Don't Forget To Vote November 5!
The upcoming November elections will not only decide
the majority of both the House and Senate, they will also
determine the future direction of our country.
The representatives chosen in these elections will decide
on several important issues including the appointments
of Federal judges and the replacement of two Supreme
* Election 2002
* Check past voting records of a candidate.
A service of the Library of Congress offers legislation
bill summaries and status, bill texts, public laws,
congressional record and roll call votes, committees,
and reports. Link
* Consult Christian voter's guides and discussion of issues.
Christian Coalition of America
We Vote Prolife
* See voting records in the 14 most closely-contested
* If you have mail-in ballots, try to vote a few days before
the deadline so that no unforeseen circumstances will
prevent you from voting.
* The United States is governed by us, "the people."
God says, "He that ruleth, [let him do it] with
diligence" (Rom. 12:8). Since we as citizens "rule" the
country, this verse applies to us.
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Ongoing Political Action
The following organizations all work to monitor and
affect legislation. They promote conservative, Christian,
pro-life, and pro-family freedoms.
Visit their websites for information and become
* Educate yourself and your family on current issues.
* Find news and information you won't find in the media.
* Be alerted to legislation that would affect your freedoms.
* Make a difference through e-mail and phone activism.
* Pray for those involved in these important issues.
* Donate funds and/or time to help.
* Spread the word to others who may help also.
Help protect your home-school freedoms by working with
the following organizations.
State Home-School Organizations. Contact the
organization in your state to be informed and to take part
in any political action.
Home School Legal Defense Association. HSLDA monitors
and actively works on federal and state legislation. Sign up
for their e-lert service to be alerted when quick action is needed.
Other Political Action Organizations
These organizations work on the national and state level.
National Right to Life. Their goal is to restore legal
protection to innocent human life. There have been more
than 40 million abortions since 1973. In 1997, more
children died from abortion than Americans died in the
Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World Wars I and II,
the Korean, Vietnam and Gulf Wars combined.
Concerned Women for America
Family Research Council
American Family Association
The Center for Reclaiming America
Focus on the Family
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Reformation Day: October 31
October 31st is the anniversary of Martin Luther
posting his 95 Theses on the church door in Wittenberg,
Luther "rediscovered" and preached the Gospel --
the good news that God is loving and merciful, that He
offers us forgiveness and salvation not because of what we
do, but because of what Christ has already done for us.
"For by grace you have been saved through faith;
and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a
result of works, that no one should boast" (Eph. 2:8, 9).
"Civilization and the Protestant Reformation," an excellent
online article, begins,
"Civilization as we know it began a few minutes before
noon, October 31, 1517.
"In the small east German town of Wittenberg, a
34-year-old Augustinian priest walked to Castle Church and
nailed 95 theological propositions for debate on the door.
"The debate Martin Luther began nearly 500 years ago
turned the world upside down. Democracy, civil rights and
liberties, constitutional government, religious liberty, and
the free market all find their roots in the Reformation." Link.
Resources and Information
1. "A Night of Reformation". 170-page notebook contains
a short play about Martin Luther plus instructions and
illustrations for games, carnival booths, crafts, food, music,
costumes, decorations, and art and writing projects.
2. Are there official teachings of the Roman Catholic
church that differ from what the Bible says? Link
3. Martin Luther, 1483-1546
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A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
Words and Music by Martin Luther, 1529
Translated by Frederic H. Hedge, 1853
The most powerful hymn of the Reformation was Luther's
"A Mighty Fortress Is Our God," based on Psalm 46. This
hymn was a source of strength and inspiration, even for
those who were martyred for their convictions.
"A Mighty Fortress" has been translated into almost
every known language and is regarded as one of the noblest
and most classic examples of Christian hymnody. It would
be an excellent hymn for your family to memorize.
A mighty fortress is our God,
a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood
of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe
doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great,
and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.
Did we in our own strength confide,
our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side,
the Man of God's own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth, His Name,
from age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.
And though this world, with devils filled,
should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed
His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim,
we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure,
for lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.
That word above all earthly powers,
no thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours
through Him Who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go,
this mortal life also;
The body they may kill:
God's truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.
Free sheet music download.
Music(in .PDF format) only, arranged by J.S. Bach.
Sunny Side Up: High Tech Gravestones
Jed, 6, Tirzah, 4, and I went to our town's cemetery
to do some gravestone rubbings with paper and crayons.
As I began to rub and the stone's image appeared, Jed
got excited and said, "Look, Mom, it's scanning!"
by Amy A.
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