In Deuteronomy 6:5-7, a passage that
provides a model for teaching our children,
we see that parents’ spiritual lives
“You shall love the
Lord your God with all your heart and with
all your soul and with all your might.
These words, which I am
commanding you today, shall be on your
“You shall teach them
diligently to your sons
and shall talk of them when
you sit in your house
and when you walk by the way
and when you lie down and
when you rise up.”
As a parent, you are to love the Lord
above all and put Him first in your
life. You will grow to love the Lord
more as you spend regular time alone with Him
in His Word and in prayer.
that you will know when and how to talk to
your children about salvation and that they
will accept the Lord as their Savior as soon
as they are able. Also pray that your
family will grow in the Lord.
on the whole armor of God (Ephesians
6:10-18) because Satan will target the
family that seeks to train their children to
love, honor, and serve the Lord.
upon our loving Lord for help. He has
promised to give you the wisdom and strength
that you need for this task. (James
Read more about the support we can find
from the Lord, our family, and our friends in
for Child Training
Parents who do not have their
children’s respect will have trouble
getting their cooperation and obedience.
Gaining children's respect through proper
relationships, discipline, training, and
example should be a parents’ top
priority, whether or not they are home
Home schooling can provide the incentive
and optimum setting to accomplish this
training and discipline.
Here are seven basic guidelines that will
your child’s attention before giving
him an instruction.
child should meet your eyes and answer,
instant, willing obedience.
consistent. Your children must know you
mean what you say.
Affirmation should follow obedience; negative
consequences are appropriate when a child
disobeys or rebels.
clear rules and consequences and require your
child to remember and obey them. (See
Scripture to show your child the principles
behind your rules. (See
Instruction In Righteousness,” a
topical reference guide for biblical
the Bible Says about Child
Training” by J. Richard Fugate.
Book, audio, video, and online excerpts.
DVDs, and audio tapes by Dr. S.M.
Davis deal with all types of family
problems and biblical solutions.
• Doorposts offers
sound and practical helps in applying
Scripture to the discipline and training of
One of the best things you can do with
your children to promote family unity is
to have a "family night" each week.
This can create a family tradition that will
be remembered and cherished for years to
Establish a time each week to enjoy one
another's company as a family. It
doesn't have to cost money or be very
educational, just relaxing and fun.
activities to do together as a family such
as: walking, hiking, playing board games,
doing puzzles, arts and crafts, baking
something special, or reading aloud.
aside the same night each week and schedule
other activities around it. Since most
outside events are scheduled on weekends, you
might want to choose a week night for your
this time for positive activities only, not
to deal with problems.
a special meal and/or dessert.
• Consider letting
each member of the family take a turn
selecting a meal or activity.
If you haven't already established family
nights, or if they were not regularly
observed during the summer, plan a family
night for next week. Your family will
be glad you did!
What Do You
Do for Family Night?
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Home Schooling Makes Cents
It was the start of our second year as a
home-school family. Already our two
daughters, aged 6 and 9, were beginning to
show promise of becoming scholars.
Prudently, we opened the new year with a
review of last year's basics in order to
determine their grade standing, as well as to
see if Mom and Dad had faithfully followed
the lesson plans.
Seated respectfully at their desks one
morning, patiently listening to Dad's
instructions, the girls prepared themselves
for questions on the subject of health.
After several rather difficult questions
had been answered correctly, I yielded to
pleas for some that were easier.
"Okay then, Rosie," I said to our youngest
pupil, "go ahead and name your five senses."
Responding with a confidence equal to that
of knowing water is always going to be wet,
she replied, "Nickel, penny, dime, and
Casting a look to my now- hysterical wife
to restrain herself, I decidedly ordered,
"Tomorrow is teachers' in-service day!"
and it was held, much to the delight of all,
at the zoo.
Submitted by Mark S., Oregon.
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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
"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."
"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,
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Back-to-Home-School, Part 4 of 5-Part
Putting First Things First –
Establishing Spiritual Priorities
1. Daily Devotions
2. Discipling, Training,
3. Bible Study and
4. Fellowship, Service,
Your Own Spiritual Life
Guidelines for Child Training and
Child Training Resources
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“Unless the Lord builds the house,
They labor in vain
who build it.”
The most important thing you can do for
your family this year is to establish
spiritual priorities in your home.
Don’t let your many household
duties, urgent physical needs, and
educational activities overshadow your
family's relationship with the Lord.
May the Lord bless your family for His
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1. Daily Devotions
Spend Time Together as a Family
with the Lord Every Day!
Be sure your family’s schedule
includes daily time with the Lord.
Family Bible Time, or Devotions, do not need
to be long or complicated. Just do it!
aside a regularly scheduled time each day,
perhaps while everyone is still at the
breakfast or dinner table or before going to
bed at night.
can also read, quote, or meditate on
Scripture with your family throughout the
day. For example, read a Psalm at the
breakfast table, work on a memory verse after
lunch, and have family Devotions with Dad in
“And that from childhood
you have known the
which are able to
make you wise for salvation
through faith which
is in Christ Jesus.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration
and is profitable
for reproof, for
for instruction in
that the man of God may be complete,
for every good work.”
(II Timothy 3:15-17)
Let God talk to you by reading His
Word. Reading the whole Bible through
from cover to cover enables your family to
hear God’s complete truth and helps
prevent errors in interpretation and
your children to love and obey the Lord by
helping them get to know Him and what He
tells them to do in His written Word.
can read through the Bible each year in about
15 minutes a day – and you can start at
any time. (See
a few minutes to discuss what you’ve
read. Recall facts, test comprehension
by paraphrasing, and make applications.
Most importantly, show your love for God
and desire to know Him and respond to His
message. Your attitude will make a
Teach your children to pray.
the ministry of praying for others as well as
the comfort of casting our own cares on the
Lord in prayer.
up a weekly prayer list or chart to help your
family to be faithful in your ministry of
for political leaders, issues of concern,
your family's goals, friends, unsaved people,
items of thanksgiving, etc.
Learn Hymns and Sing Together
Music is a powerful influence in the
spiritual lives of our families. Learn
and sing hymns together during family
devotions, at mealtimes, in the car, or on
special sing nights.
by memorizing “Amazing
Grace” or your favorite hymn.
Learn a new hymn each month, e.g., “And
Can It Be,” "How Great Thou Art,"
Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” etc.
for hymns that contain accurate theology
and/or are based on Scripture.
the background stories of individual hymns
and their authors. This will make their
messages even more meaningful, e.g.,
Is Well with My Soul.”
the online Cyber
Hymnal with 5,700 Christian hymns and
Gospel songs, including lyrics, scores,
background stories, pictures, history, and
Your Children’s Personal
As soon as your child can read, encourage
him to read from God’s Word on his own
at a certain time each day. You could
have him read it aloud to you for a while
until he establishes the habit.
Sharing with your children what you have
learned in your own personal devotions will
encourage them as well! Also teach him
about what he has read. Consider asking
him to write notes in a journal. He
might look for attributes of God,
instructions or good examples to follow, sins
to avoid, etc.
something about what he has read, such as
share the truth with someone or change
something in his own life.
Thank the Lord for what He has done; ask God
for forgiveness; ask Him for what you need
and to show you what He wants you to do.
Whatever else you do this school year,
bring your family together to meet with the
Lord each day!
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2. Discipling, Training, Disciplining,
and Nurturing Your
Discipling Your Children
You disciple (teach and train) your
children through your own example, your daily
time together with the Lord, and your
behavior throughout the day.
Your child’s salvation, spiritual
growth, and right relationships with God and
others give him with the inner ability to
display the fruits of the Spirit (character
qualities we want our children to have)
– love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness,
• Removing ungodly
influences in your home will help furnish an
atmosphere for godliness and diminish
temptations. Seek God’s wisdom
and help, as this step can require
Training and Disciplining Your Children
You might be tempted to think that it is
self-serving to teach your children to obey
and honor you, but it is for their own
You do yourself, your children, and their
future families a grave disservice if you do
not teach and require obedience and respect.
your child what God commands and promises
about obeying and honoring their
your children memorize pertinent verses (see
ways of honoring parents in word, deed, and
thought. (See “For
This Is Right” from Doorposts,
containing Scripture and questions to help
children evaluate their honor and obedience
to their parents.)
child discipline and training, with husband
and wife in agreement.
See "7 Guidelines for Child Training and
Discipline" and "Child Training Resources" in
the sidebar at the left.
Nurturing Your Children
Be sure to show your love to each of your
children (and husband!) every day in tangible
ways. (See “The
Five Love Languages” by Gary
them that you love them; leave a note for
them under their pillow, etc.
them for something they have done or that you
appreciate about them.
one-on-one time with them for a few minutes
each day, or a longer time once a week (e.g.,
errands). Be sure to listen to your
give small gifts.
of service define a mother's life, but
sometimes a special effort can tell your
child that you really love him.
• Physical contact,
such as hugs, kisses, or pats on the back or
A Family Night once a week does a
lot to foster parent-child relations and is
fun! (See suggestions in the sidebar at
A positive atmosphere of mutual love and
respect honors the Lord and helps your family
grow spiritually. It also makes
teaching and learning more effective.
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3. Bible Study and Memorization
In addition to your family’s daily
devotional time and Bible reading, you can
further develop your children’s Bible
knowledge and Bible study skills by adding a
Bible class to your school schedule.
Bible study skills and study on your
own. (See “How
Can I Understand The Bible?”
33-page pdf booklet online or order a printed
copy from Radio
Bible curriculum from a publisher such asDeeper
Roots Publications, A Beka Book,
Jones University Press, or Moody
Bible Institute distance learning college
Through Bible memorization, you can store
God's Word in the hearts of your children for
a lifetime. These Scriptures will be
remembered long after your children leave
your influence and teaching!
Bible passages committed to memory allows
us to meditate on God’s Word.
This keeps us from sin and from being pressed
into the World s mold. (Psalm
Memorize Bible passages together by
drilling verse cards, reading or reciting
aloud, or writing and rewriting them.
(Read tips on “How
To Memorize Scripture.”)
verses that show the plan
of salvation, or teach basic
doctrines and attributes of God.
larger Scripture portions such as a Psalm
(23, 19, or 91), the Ten Commandments, the
Beatitudes, the Lord's Prayer, the Armor of
God, the Fruits of the Spirit, etc.
children can learn "Be" verses – be
kind, be obedient, etc. (see free
39-page pdf book online from Awana) and
verses starting with each letter of the
alphabet (see free
57-page pdf book online from Awana).
together your own Bible memory and review
program and make verse cards, or use a
program that comes with a Bible curriculum.
a few minutes before each meal and/or bedtime
to say a Bible memory verse together.
It is easy to learn one verse each week in
this manner. This adds up to 50 per
year, or a total of 600, when learned from K
to 12th grade!
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4. Fellowship, Service,
“And let us consider one another
to provoke unto love
and to good works:
not forsaking the assembling of ourselves
as the manner of
but exhorting one another:
and so much the
more, as ye see the day approaching.”
Fellowship with like-minded, spiritual
Christians is essential for our spiritual
The fellowship and teaching of your local
church supplies important support for your
When like-minded home-school families
spend time together, they provide needed
support and encouragement for the whole
“So then, while we have opportunity,
let us do good to
and especially to those who are
of the household of
Service to others is an important part of
our spiritual lives in obedience to
God. Our service helps provide for the
needs of others, gets our attention off of
ourselves and onto others, and can make us
thankful for God's blessings to us.
Some opportunities to serve include your
church, support group, rescue mission,
retirement home, meals on wheels, crisis
pregnancy center, animal shelter, etc.
Working together as a family ensures that
your children are safe and that the family
shares a unifying goal.
Besides serving others, volunteering
offers an opportunity to learn new skills and
explore career possibilities.
Some of the nicest things you and/or your
children can do to help neighbors or church
members who are elderly, busy, or physically
challenged, include mowing their lawns or
cooking them a meal.
“Go ye into all the world,
and preach the
gospel to every creature.”
Our great commission to share the good
news of salvation is both a command and a
privilege. It is also a natural
outgrowth of our spiritual life.
that the Lord will direct you to a ministry
and bring people into your life that you can
witness to – and He will!
your vision and methods of evangelism by
listening to or reading “Hell’s
Best Kept Secret.”
tracts to spread the Gospel. Read tips
and how to use tracts online by Dan
Southern, president, American Tract Society.
tracts such as “God’s
Simple Plan of Salvation” (in many
languages); and Gospels
of John (available from the Pocket
Testament League in several English
translations, as well as Spanish and Chinese,
all with the plan of salvation included).
that the seeds of God’s Word you have
planted will bear eternal fruit.
out a 2-3 sentence testimony and practice
saying it naturally.
Example: “When I realized that I had
broken God's law and was a sinner, I
gratefully accepted the free salvation that
Jesus Christ offered me.” Then quote
John 3:16 and extend an invitation by saying,
“If you repent (turn from your sin) and
trust in Him, God will give you everlasting
your children about worldwide missions, the
missionaries your church supports, and help
them develop a heart for Missions (see
suggestions in Newsletter