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God's Love for Us

“For God so loved the world
    That He gave His only
    begotten Son,
That whoever believes in Him,
    Should not perish,
    but have everlasting life!”
(John 3:16).

“The Love of God”
Words by Frederick M. Lehman,
written in 1917. Public Domain

    This song beautifully describes God’s love for us.

God’s Love Is Unsurpassable.
The love of God is greater far
   Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
   And reaches to the lowest hell.
The guilty pair,
   bowed down with care,
   God gave His Son to win;
His erring child
   He reconciled,
   And pardoned from his sin.

O love of God, how rich and pure!
    How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
    The saints' and angels' song.

God’s Love Is Unconditional.
When hoary time shall pass away,
   And earthly thrones
   and kingdoms fall;
When men who here refuse to pray,
   On rocks and hills
   and mountains call;
God's love, so sure,
   shall still endure,
   All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam's race,
    The saints' and angels' song.

God’s Love Is Indescribable.
Could we with ink the ocean fill,
   And were the skies
   of parchment made;
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
   And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love
   of God above
   Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll
   Contain the Whole,
   though stretched from sky to sky.

“I am convinced
that neither death, nor life,
   nor angels, nor principalities,
   nor things present,
   nor things to come, nor powers,
   nor height, nor depth,
   nor any other created thing,
will be able to separate us
   from the love of God,
   which is in Christ Jesus
   our Lord.”
Romans 8:35-39


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Sunnyside Up

Look Who's Talking
    We were taking our dog, Muffin, for a walk. Debra, 3, was holding the leash. Muffin was running all over the place, and Dad decided to give his daughter some tips in dog training. He said to Debra, “Say ‘Heel, Muffin.’”
    "Say, 'Heel,' Muffin?" Debra gasped. "Daddy, Muffin can't talk!"
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    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 give us eternal life.

    “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)

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In This Issue: Black History Month
     Black History Month
     Black Christian History
     Is There a Black “Race”?


     Just a few notes on our Black History Month issue:

     Both terms, “Black History Month” and “African American History Month,” are currently being used, so we have used whichever term is used in the resource we are quoting from or referring to.

     A Christian perspective of this topic is provided by the information included from Christian organizations and publishers on Black Christian History.

     It is very important, as well, to teach your children what God and science say about the “races.”

     Jesus prayed, “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me . . . that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity.”  (John 17:20-23)

     May the Lord bless your family for His glory.

The Pat Welch Family, Publishers
Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian

The Teaching Home is a home-school, family-run business operated in our home since 1980.


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Black History Month

     Historian Carter Woodson, the son of former slaves, chose the month of February as Black History Month (originally “Negro History Week”) because of the proximity of the birthdays of emancipator Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) and abolitionist Frederick Douglass (Feb. 14).

President Bush Talks about
African American History Month

     “The theme of this year's African American History Month is, ‘From Slavery to Freedom: Africans in the Americas.’ In America, their first real hope of freedom came on New Year's Day in 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in a room right upstairs.
     “With grace and determination, African-American men and women have shaped our nation and influenced American life.
     “Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King, Jr., advanced the cause of civil rights for all Americans and helped change the course of American history.
     “Educators Booker T. Washington and Carter G. Woodson helped break down racial barriers in education to provide opportunity for all people.
     “Americans have benefited from the achievements of scientists like George Washington Carver.
     “Artists such as Pearl Bailey, Ella Fitzgerald, and Louis Armstrong inspired Americans and created some of the most celebrated music this nation has ever produced.”
President George W. Bush

Encyclopedia Britannica: “Guide to Black History”
     Traces the African American experience and achievements in the United States and elsewhere.

Biography: “Celebrating Our Black History”
     Includes timeline, 200 notable icons, 101 fast facts, and online teacher's guides.

History Channel: “Civil Rights Struggle”
     Offers online information about Black History Month, including:
 •  Dr. Martin Luther King's famous “I Have a Dream” and other speeches in online videos.
 •  Black History Month DVDs.  (Check for these at your library or video rental store.)


Free Indeed: Heroes of Black Christian History

     Use this tool to emphasize Black History Month (February).  The book contains an overview of black church history, including thirteen biographical sketches of leading black Christians.  From Bob Jones University Press.
     Free Indeed NovelClassroom Edition (for grades 6-12); Teacher's Resource Material (project ideas, illustrations for bulletin boards, unit test, etc.); Visuals (color portraits).


Black Christian History

     Read online article “Slave Songs Transcend Sorrow.”
     A historian has commented, “One of the greatest miracles and movements in all Christian history is the acceptance of the Gospel by so many African-Americans. The slaves not only appropriated the faith that was culturally identified with the oppressor, but gave it enriched meaning and depth, not least through their music and worship.”
     Also see spirituals at Cyber Hymnal.

Heroes of Black Christian History
     “The history of black American church leaders resonates with faith and heroism.
     “In addition to the challenges that normally confront heralds of the gospel, African American Christians also faced slavery and racial discrimination.  Their deep love for Christ and their fellow believers and their passion for lost souls made them dauntless soldiers for the Lord, proclaiming the way of salvation and the equality of all men and women in God's sight.” (From description of Free Indeed, published by Bob Jones University Press).
     Read online article, “Through Many Trials and Snares,” inspiring stories taken from “Free Indeed” (above).

Resources from WallBuilders
     Author and historian David Barton is the Founder and President of WallBuilders, a national organization seeking to communicate the truth regarding our country’s religious roots. Barton’s exhaustive research from original writings on the Founding Era qualifies him as an expert in this field.
     Read Articles online by David Barton, including:
“The Civil War: Honoring Courageous Soldiers”
“Black Patriots of the American Revolution”
“A History of Black Voting Rights”
“Black History Month: Honoring Godly Heroes”
“The Founding Fathers and Slavery”
“The Bible, Slavery, and America's Founders”
“Confronting Civil War Revisionism”

Setting the Record Straight: American History in Black & White  by David Barton.  A unique view of the religious and moral heritage of African Americans that has been expertly intertwined with untold, yet significant stories from our rich African American political history.  Book or video.

National Black Home Educators
     Veteran home schoolers, Eric and Joyce Burges, founded this resource network that includes information, parent education, regional support networks, as well as a newsletter and annual conference.


One Blood: The Biblical Answer to Racism
by Ken Ham, Carl Wieland, and Don Batten

     God has “made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth.”  (Acts 17:26) So, is there really such a thing as “the white race,” or “the black race”?
     This ground-breaking book reveals racism’s evolutionary connections, explains easy-to-understand scientific facts, and provides powerful answers from the simplicity of God’s Word.  From Answers in Genesis.
Hardcover, Paperback, Study Guide, and Audiobook.   Read book and study guide online.


Is There a Black “Race”?

How Did All the Different “Races” Arise?
     (Information quoted and taken from The Revised & Expanded Answers Book by Don Batten, Ken Ham, Jonathan Sarfati, and Carl Wieland, chapter 18 online.)

     According to God's Word, all humans on earth today are descended from Noah and his wife, his three sons and their wives, and before that from Adam and Eve.
     All the factors for skin color were present in Adam and Eve.  The amount of the skin pigment melanin determines skin color, just as the amount of fat around the eye determines eye shape.
     Modern genetics show how, following a break-up of a population [such as the Tower of Babel], variations in skin color, for example, can develop in only a few generations.
     The biological differences between the “races” today are not very great.  In fact, the DNA of any two people in the world would typically differ by just 0.2 percent!  Of this, only 6 percent can be linked to racial categories; the rest is “within race” variation.
     There is really only one race—the human race.  The Bible teaches us that God has “made of one blood all nations of men” (Acts 17:26).  Scripture distinguishes people by tribal or national groupings, not by skin color or physical appearance.

Racism Questions and Answers
     Read dozens of articles on Answers in Genesis website, plus listen to several recorded seminar sessions by Ken Ham.  Topics include:
How have evolutionary ideas contributed to racism and violence?
Where did the human races come from?
What is the Bible’s view on interracial marriage and racism?

How Did Different Skin Colors Come About?
     Online article with understandable scientific discussion of genes and chromosomes.
What are the consequences of false beliefs about the origin of races?
Are black people the result of a curse on Ham?
Is interracial marriage biblical?

Where Did the Human Races Come from?
     Read online article by Kevin James Bywater of Summit Ministries.


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