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Cindy Short and Sue Welch, Co-Editors
First of all, then,
I urge that entreaties and prayers,
petitions and thanksgivings,
be made on behalf of all men,
For kings and all who are in authority, so
that we may lead a tranquil and quiet
life in all godliness and dignity.
This is good and acceptable in the sight
of God our Savior,
Who desires all men to be saved and to come
to the knowledge of the truth.
1 Timothy 2:1-4
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Sing to him a new song;
play skillfully, and shout for joy.
(Psalm 33:3)Jean Welles, Worship Guitar Class
announced her annual Worship
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.
deadline for the songs is October 15th.
online will begin a week later.
need to be in an mp3 format.
Three First Place winners can choose from
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."
online article, "How To Write a Worship Song.
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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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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
"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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Constitution Week: September 17- 23
1. President's Comments on the
2. Studying Our Constitution
3. Studying Our Government
4. Biblical Principles: Basis for
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Constitution Day commemorates the signing
of the U.S. Constitution on September 17,
It is important to teach your children
about our nation's Constitution and how it
affects our lives.
September 17-23, is also a great time to
study our government and our Christian
heritage with your family!
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1. President's Comments
on the Constitution
by George W. Bush,
of the United States of America
The following are excepts from a former
Citizenship Day and Constitution Week
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
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
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
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
The threat of tyranny
The loss of local control.
To address these fears, our Founders
amended the Constitution by adding a Bill of
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
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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
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
In fact, the first act of the United
States Congress was to authorize the printing
of 20,000 Bibles for the Indians. Read
Judicial Interpretation of the
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:
To follow the original intent of the
To allow judges to interpret the Constitution
as they will.
Tale of Two Constitutions" by David
Barton as well as a variety of articles from
Builders on the moral, religious, and
constitutional foundation on which America
Can We Do About Judicial Activism?"
Free Online Lessons
The Center for Civic Education offers
free lessons for Constitution Day and
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
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.
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
This series offers much practical
information, Internet links for further
study, and application for Christians. It
would make an excellent study for
Following is an outline of what each issue
#66: Introduction to Government
1. What and How To Teach
2. The Biblical Basis of Government
3. Forms of Government
#67: United States Government
1. We are a Republic, not a Democracy
2. The Constitution
3. The Three Branches of Government; Checks
4. Distribution of Government Powers
5. How a Bill Becomes a Law
6. Our Heritage of Freedom; Our Christian
#68: Our Responsibilities in
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, www.faithfacts.org.
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.
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
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
Civics Education Courses
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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
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
A Nation Adrift
"A Chronicle of America's Providential
is the true story of how God's sovereign
hand guided the founders of America.
by Tara Ross. Understand the Constitution
and the basic tenets that undergird America's
republican democracy. Free Study Guide. Colonial
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.