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Worship Contest for 2008

Sing to him a new song;
play skillfully, and shout for joy.
(Psalm 33:3)

Jean Welles, Worship Guitar Class, announced her annual Worship Contest for 2008.  The theme this year is the works or character of God.

The age categories are 17 and younger, 18 and older, or a family with parents and kids of any age.

 •  The deadline for the songs is October 15th.

 •  Voting online will begin a week later.

 •  Songs need to be in an mp3 format.

Three First Place winners can choose from two options:

1.  A Guitar, case, tuner and a set of the first three volumes of Jean Welles Worship Guitar Class DVDs.

2.  A set of all four volumes of Jean Welles Worship Guitar Class DVDs, a web cam, and an hour web cam guitar lesson.

Jean says, "There is no 'best' song.  God is pleased with every worshipping heart.  He is the One who rewards us beyond what man can give.

"We are told to encourage each other in our faith, and I pray that writing and sharing these songs will be a wonderful blessing to all who participate and listen."

 •  Read online article, "How To Write a Worship Song. "

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Dental Patience

I have recently been trying to teach our 4-year-old Nathan to wait quietly while I finish various tasks.

At the dentist's office, Nathan did a very nice job of waiting while I had some impressions made of my teeth.

On the way out, Nathan spied a gumball machine with trinkets that the dentist gives to children after a visit.  Thinking that he would need an incentive to return for his own first appointment, I told him, "You can have one of those the next time we come – when you are the patient."

He stopped and protested, "But, Mommy, I have been patient!"

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God Loves You.

Because we have been separated from God by sin, Jesus Christ died in our place, then rose to life again. If we trust Him as our Savior and Lord, He will forgive our sin and give us eternal life.

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."  (John 3:16)

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."  (Romans 3:23)  "For the wages of sin is death."  (Romans 6:23)

"He (Jesus Christ) was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification."  (Romans 4:25)

"But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name."  (John 1:12)

"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."  (Ephesians 2:8, 9)

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Constitution Week: September 17- 23

1.  President's Comments on the Constitution
2.  Studying Our Constitution
3.  Studying Our Government
4.  Biblical Principles: Basis for America's Laws
5.  Resources

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Constitution Day commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.

It is important to teach your children about our nation's Constitution and how it affects our lives.

Constitution Week, September 17-23, is also a great time to study our government and our Christian heritage with your family!

May the Lord bless you and your family for His glory.

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1. President's Comments
    on the Constitution

by George W. Bush, President
of the United States of America

The following are excepts from a former Citizenship Day and Constitution Week Proclamation.

Today, we marvel at the wisdom of the Framers who toiled through a long summer of learned and contentious debates.

Their work produced a document that upholds high ideals, while answering the most practical questions of governance. The charter they crafted — with its separate branches of Government, enumerated powers, checks and balances, and later the specific protections provided by our Bill of Rights — guides our Nation and inspires others around the world.

Twin Foundations

As the delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia began working on what would become the United States Constitution, they grasped that a great democracy must be built on the twin foundations of:

•   National consent to a Federal Government

•   Respect for individual rights.

Balance of Powers

In creating our Nation's Constitutional framework, the Convention's delegates recognized the dangers inherent in concentrating too much power in one person, branch, or institution.

They wisely crafted a Government that balanced the functions and authority of a Federal system among three separate but equal branches:

•   The Executive

•   The Legislative

•   The Judicial.

As a further check on central power, the Framers granted citizens the right to vote, giving them the power to express their political preferences peacefully and thereby to effect change in the Government.

The Convention delegates ratified the Constitution on September 17, 1787, and submitted it to the States for approval.

Bill of Rights

After much deliberation and discussion at the State level, the following two concerns emerged from among those who feared the Constitution's proposed centralization of Federal power:

•   The threat of tyranny

•   The loss of local control.

To address these fears, our Founders amended the Constitution by adding a Bill of Rights.

These ten amendments provided a series of clear limits on Federal power and a litany of protective rights to citizens.

Today, our Nation celebrates the longest-lived written Constitution in world history.

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2. Studying Our Constitution

The Constitution of the United States is the foundation of our American Government. As the supreme law of the land, no law may be passed that contradicts its principles, and no person or government in the nation is exempt from following it.

•   Read, study and discuss the Constitution.

•   Read the Constitution along with explanations.

•   See Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Students.

The First Amendment

The First Amendment to the Constitution does not include the phrase "separation of church and state." Nowhere does it suggest that Christianity cannot be heard in the public square.

In fact, the first act of the United States Congress was to authorize the printing of 20,000 Bibles for the Indians. Read more.

Judicial Interpretation of the Constitution

The subject of constitutional interpretation is a valid and practical concern today that will reach into many areas of our lives for years to come.

Two competing viewpoints have emerged:

1.  To follow the original intent of the Constitution.

2.  To allow judges to interpret the Constitution as they will.

•   Read "A Tale of Two Constitutions" by David Barton as well as a variety of articles from Wall Builders on the moral, religious, and constitutional foundation on which America was built.

•   Read "What Can We Do About Judicial Activism?"

Free Online Lessons

The Center for Civic Education offers free lessons for Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.

These are beautifully produced pdf files with illustrated stories, questions, worksheets, activities, and teacher's guides. You may download and print them. Audio guides are also available.

•   Kindergarten - study of authority. (30 pages)

•   Level 1-2 - study of authority. (34 pages)

•   Level 3-4 - Preamble to the Constitution. (10 pages)

•   Level 5-6 - Preamble to the Constitution. (12 pages)

•   Level 7-8 - the federal system of government. (12 pages)

•   Level 9-10 - the Constitution as a framework for the government. (14 pages)

•   Level 11-12 - involves students in critical thinking exercises involving fundamental principles of the Constitution. (17 pages)

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3. Studying Our Government

The Teaching Home Newsletters #66-68 (which you can read online or print for personal use) addressed the topic of teaching your children about governments in general and the United States government in particular.

This series offers much practical information, Internet links for further study, and application for Christians. It would make an excellent study for Constitution Week.

Following is an outline of what each issue contains.

Newsletter #66: Introduction to Government
1. What and How To Teach
2. The Biblical Basis of Government
3. Forms of Government

Newsletter #67: United States Government
1. We are a Republic, not a Democracy
2. The Constitution
3. The Three Branches of Government; Checks and Balances
4. Distribution of Government Powers
5. How a Bill Becomes a Law
6. Our Heritage of Freedom; Our Christian Heritage

Newsletter #68: Our Responsibilities in Government
1. The Spiritual Aspect of Political Action
2. Political Action
3. Guidelines for Any Lobbying Effort

4. Biblical Principles: Basis
    for America's Laws

Excerpted and reprinted by permission from an article by Charles and Cindy Meek,

Christians believe that the Bible offers ultimate, objective, and absolute truth. There was a general consensus on this point in America from the earliest settlers until only very recently.

Thus it was natural for the early Americans to turn to the Bible for guidance as to how to make civil law. This was the standard for law beginning with the Mayflower Compact all the way through the constitutions of all 50 states.

State Constitutions

For example, the first state constitution was the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut (1639). Read this document.

The framers of this document desired that every aspect of it be based on the Bible. This document was a model for other constitutions including the U.S. Constitution which followed it. (See other Preambles to State Constitutions.)

Rule of Law

Another aspect of our system of government is that it is based on the Rule of Law. This concept is a direct descendant of Hebrew law and the Ten Commandments.

Together with the concept of inalienable rights from God, these concepts helped ensure a way of life that respected the dignity of every individual.

The True Nature of Man

Another important aspect of America's constitution is that it has as its basis the distinctly Christian idea that man is basically sinful. Every one of our founding fathers understood this truth. The result was that the founders built into the Constitution an elaborate system of checks and balances.

This is evident in the horizontal plane of executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. It is also evident in the vertical plane of federalism - states' powers versus federal powers.

See a chart of the influence of Biblical thought on America's legal system with Bible references.

5. Resources

Civics Education Courses

From Home School Legal Defense Association. Includes: Founding Fathers, Introduction to Constitutional Law, The Federalist Papers, Declaration of Independence, and more.

The Federalist Papers Online

One of the most important works on political theory ever written.

America's Godly Heritage

Video clearly sets forth the beliefs of many of the famous Founding Fathers concerning the proper role of Christian principles in education, in government, and in the public affairs of the nation.

A Nation Adrift

"A Chronicle of America's Providential Heritage" DVD is the true story of how God's sovereign hand guided the founders of America.

Enlightened Democracy

by Tara Ross. Understand the Constitution and the basic tenets that undergird America's republican democracy. Free Study Guide. Colonial Press

Naturalization Self Test

Could your children (or you) pass the test to become a citizen? Test your knowledge of United States History and the structure of our government on this easy-to-use online question and answer interactive site.


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