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"Protecting your homeschool freedom and a lot more"
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     The Teaching Home E-Mail Newsletter #40
     Information, Inspiration, and Encouragement

     July 3, 2003
     Cindy Short and Sue Welch, editors

Table of Contents

  • 4th of July Opportunities
  •     Pray for Our Nation
  •     Ongoing Political Action
  • Recommended Resources
  •     American History Educational Material
  •     Eagle Canyon Hideaway
  •     Mount St. Helens Creation Information Center
  •     Teaching Home Back Issues
  •     Foxe's Christian Martyrs of the World
  • Sunny Side Up: Humorous Anecdote


         Independence Day is an excellent opportunity to teach our children, and to remind ourselves, of the blessings of freedom -- both in our country and in our spiritual lives.

         Have a safe and meaningful celebration with your family!

    Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian Welch
    The Teaching Home is a 22-year-old, home-school family business.

    American History Educational Material
         We have a complete line of educational materials including art, books, CDs and more, focusing on the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Our ministry is to teach and extol the founding of our country.

    4th of July Opportunities

    * Read, study, and discuss our nation's freedom and our spiritual
    * Have a family prayer time as you kneel and pray for our
    nation. See list of specific requests below.

    1. The Declaration of Independence

    * Read, study, and discuss the Declaration of Independence.

    2. The Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag
    * Teach your children the meaning, as well as the words, to the
        Pledge of Allegiance.
    * To teach or review the pledge, have your children say it
        whenever you pass an American flag while you are out driving.
    * Have your children say the pledge in a nonhurried, strong voice
        with a pause after each comma.
    * Teach our flag's history and etiquette.
    * Sign a petition to retain "in God we trust" in the Pledge of

    * Check your newspaper for parades, plays, and Revolutionary or
        Civil War reenactments.
    * Visit a museum or historic site.
    * Have a Happy Birthday, America! party with decorations, cake,
        and candles.
    * Give America a present by planting a tree.
    * Lots more ideas.

    Fun + Outdoor Education = Ideal Home-School Vacation!
         Eagle Canyon Hideaway on Lake McConaughy in Brule, Nebraska, has an adjacent Nature Trail and offers an immaculate RV park, campground, cabins, pool and restaurant.
         Unique Outdoor Education program uses campground as a base to explore and learn on-site and hands-on science, nature and nearby historical sites.

    Pray for Our Nation

    If My people, which are called by My name,
         shall humble themselves, and pray,
         and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways;
    then will I hear from heaven,
         and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
    II Chronicles 7:14

    * Give praise and thanksgiving for the freedoms that we enjoy and
        the sacrifices that were made to ensure them.
    * Pray for the millions of believers throughout the world who do
        not have the same freedoms we do and that are persecuted for
        their faith.
    * Praise the Lord that we have the freedom to home school in this
        nation, and pray that it will continue.

    Spiritual Life
    * Pray for personal repentance and renewal resulting in a
        spiritual and moral awakening in our nation.
    * Pray that Christians will spread the Gospel of Christ to those
        around us who so desperately need eternal life.
    * Pray that churches will be true to God's Word.

    * Pray for national, state, and local government leaders by name,
        for their salvation, wisdom, and integrity.
        Presidential Prayer Team.
        Intercessors for America.
    * Pray for the men and women in our military, especially those
        who are deployed overseas, and for their families.
        Adopt Our Troops in Prayer

    * Pray for greater Christian impact in mass media and on our
    * Pray that evils such as abortion, pornography, sodomy, and
        gambling will be abolished.

    * Pray that families will honor their marriage vows and be
        committed in love to one another.
    * Pray for those in physical need or imprisoned and their
    * Pray for parents to make wise decisions on the education of
        their children.

    Mount St. Helens Creation Information Center
         If you visit Mount St. Helens, be sure to stop and see the creationist view of the amazing phenomena immediately following the 1980 volcanic eruption. Families and home-school field trips are welcome!

    Ongoing Political Action
    The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

         The following organizations work to promote conservative, Christian, pro-life, and pro-family freedoms. Visit their websites for information and become involved.

    * 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.

    Home-School Issues
    State Home-School Organizations.
    Home School Legal Defense Association.

    Other Political Action Organizations
    National Right to Life.
    Concerned Women for America.
    Focus on the Family's Citizen Link.
    Family Research Council.
    Eagle Forum.
    American Family Association.
    The Center for Reclaiming America.
    America's Christian Heritage Week.

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    Foxe's Christian Martyrs of the World
    An Unabridged Revision of the Nineteenth Century Classic
         Mantle Ministries has re-introduced the unabridged revision of the 19th century classic as a faith-building devotional for your family's heritage library.
         Teach your children the true history of the lives, sufferings, and triumphant deaths of the early Christian martyrs. May it never be said that the blood of the saints has been spilled in vain and their testimonies forgotten.
         "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death" (Revelation 12:11).
         590 pages. Hardcover.
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    Even Ignorance Is Free!
         When our daughter, Tracy, was in 1st grade, I asked her to complete the following sentence: The Statue of Liberty reminds people all other the world that America is a land of _________.
         Tracy and her older brother, Jason, were left in the schoolroom while I prepared lunch. I overheard Tracy asking Jason how to spell "dumb."
         When I returned to the schoolroom, I discovered that Tracy had filled the blank with "free dumb"!
         Contributed by Clifton and Edris W., Reading, Pa.
         You are also invited to submit your humorous anecdote.

    God Loves You.
         Because we were separated from God by sin, Jesus Christ died in our place, then rose to life again. If we trust Jesus Christ 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" (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

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