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  1. Yes, I agree that homeschooling isn't always the best option in every case. I've taught in Christian schools, set my children to Christian school, and I have homeschooled for about 13 years. I attended a very below average public school and attended a state college. Been there, done that.
  2. Yes, we have used those, too. Excellent.
  3. PreacherBen, Good, straight preaching, brother! You sound like my pastor and I know of no other more godly man who preaches it and lives it.
  4. Some people just take the things of God too lightly. Nowadays everything is up for a joke. I know of a pastor who went swimming in the baptistry with his sons. They thought it was funny. Again, the groups can be evaluated based on music, lifestyles, and their testimonies. If there is anything questionable, we shouldn't support them.
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    Alen, they sound like a great group. Maybe I'll get some of their music sometime. I'm always on the lookout for some good music for my family.
  6. Lots of people judge individual songs like this. I used to kind of agree with that, but then I wondered how to justify putting my money into supporting the other bad music any particular musicians produce. See what I mean? There were some artists that produced some absolutely beautiful, soul-stirring music and I purchased their cd's. On the cd's I found out that the majority of the music was sensual, or had a rock beat to it. The Holy Spirit within me was grieved over that. So then, there I was, trying to weed through what my conscience could endure. Then I started accepting some of the questionable music into my life. It was a gradual thing. After much conviction, I finally ended up just trashing it all. All of this happened over the span of just a few months, but I wonder how it would be with me if I had continued over a period of years. Would I have more liberal views right now, based on what I allowed in my life? I think I would. And I wonder if I would progress (or regress?) to other similar types? And, for the record, I am not throwing every southern gospel group in the same barrel. Each one must be evaluated on their own music, lifestyle, and testimonies.
  7. Not sure how long this thread will go on, but I've said my piece, and I'm sticking to it. No one likes their particular pleasure to be criticized. John81, In a sense, some music may be ok for one, and not to another, but not in the broad inclusive way that some people like to think. Our Lord is holy and He has instructed us to be holy....this includes our manner of life and the choices we make. If something appeals to me, for instance, and may even appeal to the friends I have, does that necessarily make it right or wrong? No. Some things are obviously reverent and good, and those are the easy choices. Those more borderline, even worldly things that attract us make it hard sometimes to make the right choices. There is the pull of the flesh that wars with the new man. It's the story of the old dog and the new dog....whichever dog we feed, that's the stronger one and that's the one we tend to listen to. This is a biblical principle and it's also one I have experienced myself.
  8. Yes, I guess it does upset you. I recently had something pointed out to me, that I hadn't considered, and I realized that I had to drop that in my life or it would be a hindrance to someone in particular. I say to you, as I said to Will, if you don't have an inkling of doubt, and your conscience is clear, then nothing more needs to be said to you about it. I would only be causing more anger on your part, and you, obviously would not want to read what I said, so that's as far as it goes.
  9. Kitagirl, this is a question that can have only a couple of answers: either someone is not obeying the Lord, or they have not grown up yet to that point. God is very gracious in any case, and I am very glad. He has sent me to the woodshed over stuff that I see other IFB's doing as a way of life. Now, I could be like my siblings did when they were younger: "Why didn't HE get spanked, too??" but that would be the wrong attitude. I cannot control what others do, but I can control what I do, and I can teach and train my children in the right paths. Mark it down, the church is steadily getting more worldly, and those who hold to the old paths will be ridiculed. If a Christian pointed out something that I was doing or not doing that appeared wrong to them, what would my reaction be? Honestly, before I defended myself so quickly, I would ask the Lord to show me if I was wrong....and if I wasn't wrong....did it still appear to be wrong and would I hinder others coming to Christ because of it? Isn't there a verse that says "let not your good be evil spoken of"? I've known of godly Christians who gave up some good things, not questionable things, but good things, just so that they would not hinder a certain individual's life.
  10. So, Will, you are saying that what you listen to is Ok by the Lord? This is a question all of us have to answer about the music we choose to listen to. If you truly have no doubts, then none of those who disagree with you should be offensive to you. And there should be no inkling of doubt, for "whatsoever is not of faith is sin". If you're convinced, then there's nothing more to be said.
  11. Right you are. We definitely don't want to buy cheap if the curriculum is inferior. However, opinions differ on the quality from one publisher to another or one method to another. Just because it's less expensive, however, does not mean your child won't get a good education. I have two successful college graduates who were homeschooled and they received scholarships. We used a varied curriculum and they have not suffered for it. My 3rd child just scored very highly on the psat. And I don't consider any of my children particularly gifted. They have just made good use of what we could afford and pursued their interests as opportunities came.
  12. I also really recommend research. If you really want to be involved in the actual teaching, then you will save money that way. Using a textbook, a workbook, and dividing the material to stretch thourhg a school year will determine approximately how much material to cover daily. Then you can adapt that to whatever learning style your child has. Remember, what works for one family may not work for another. And you know your abilities as well as how far the checkbook will go. The library can definitely fill in the gaps, too. There are different discussion groups on the vegsource site I mentioned previously. I have learned a wealth of things from there (especially high school! whew!). Also, sign up for a newsletter or two. I get the Homeschooler's Notebook from this site: http://www.familyclassroom.net/
  13. The abeka is great, but my purse didn't always go that direction. My preferences in the elementary grades: Reading & grammar: Pathway books with the workbooks (average less than $10 per child) History & Science: Abeka is my choice Math: Saxon first choice--Abeka 2nd I shopped www.vegsource.com/homeschool and other sites to get the best deals on used books. I have usually averaged around $200 per child per school year on the elementary level. Sometimes more sometimes less. The bargains are there, if you're willing to look, and it's amazing how the Lord supplied through the years. We've been doing it since '93.
  14. "Jesus is Pro-Life Rally" To: All pastors, Christians, and churches, January 22, 2007 at 12:00 noon, North Steps of the State capitol building, Columbia, South Carolina This is the 34th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. There will be a "Jesus is Pro-Life"rally on the north capitol steps. This is being sponsored by the Columbia Christians for Life and The Voice of the Unborn. We are asking that H.3213, the Right to Life Act, sponsored by Representative Ralph Davenport, be introduced. We want this to be passed by the General Assembly and that our Governor sign it into law. Last session this bill passed the House by a final vote of 91-10. The bill died in a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee without being put to a vote. We are also requesting that a monument be placed on the State House grounds as a memorial to all of South Carolina's unborn children who have died by abortion. Last session, H.3338, the Unborn Children's Monument Resolution, sponsored by Representative Ralph Davenport, had 31 co-sponsors and died in a Ways and Means Subcommittee without being put to a vote. For more information, contact: Columbia Christians for Life, PO Box 50358, Columbia, SC 29250 (803) 765-0916 or CCL@ChristianLifeandLiberty.net Voice of the Unborn, 120 Amsterdam Drive, #G, Columbia, SC 29210 (803) 731-0062
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