We believe the words of God in Deuteronomy 6:6-7:
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. (KJV)

Friday, March 29, 2013

Common Core Standards, Why the Uproar?


President Obama's Race to the Top/Common Core National Education Standards

Most states have already adopted it without the legislatures even discussing or voting. It must be stopped. They have a 4-year start on the citizenry, but it can be done. Indiana has done it. Texas did, but replaced it with something just as bad. So, be on the alert. Contact your state legislators now.

Why the uproar?

Highly sensitive and personal information of your school children (public, private, and homeschooled) will be gathered in Common Core's "Educational Data Mining" according to the Department of Education's draft report released in February.

The data tracking of your child from kindergarten through high school graduation will consist of psychological, neurological, and behavioral testing including the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), skin and brain sensors, mood meters, and facial expression cameras.

"[E]motional experiences, physical movements or facial expressions, physiological responses, and thoughts" will be measured and eye movements tracked. "Student data collected...can be used to develop models...which then can be used...to promote desirable behaviors."

Classroom observation and "informant reports" will be used to ascertain "intrapersonal competencies in young children."

"Data on help-seeking can include identification of the moment when a student asked for help, the amount of help provided, the average number of hints requested per problem; how much time and effort was invested when the student asked for help; the percentage of helped problems; whether help was requested before or after making an initial attempt or after entering the correct answer." [Are you kidding me? And just when will they have time to actually teach academics??]

This information will be AVAILABLE TO EVERY GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE and will be put up for sale to the highest bidder WITHOUT PARENTAL CONSENT:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/03/us-education-database-idUSBRE92204W20130303

Obviously, the focus here is NOT educational outcome. Contributors to this report came from the Institute of Play (funded by Bill Gates) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which largely underwrote and promoted Common Core.

Download the DoE's paper "Promoting Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance: Critical Factors for Success in the 21st Century" from the website below:

http://www.ed.gov/edblogs/technology/research/  (Reference pp. ii, 40-42, 44-45)

To learn more:

http://michellemalkin.com/2013/03/08/rotten-to-the-core-the-feds-invasive-student-tracking-database/
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/03/27/indoctrination-and-data-mining-in-common-core-heres-why-americas-schools-may-be-in-more-trouble-than-you-think/
http://www.theblaze.com/?s=%22common+core%22
http://truthinamericaneducation.com/common-core-state-standards/glenn-beck-outs-the-common-core/
http://www.missourieducationwatchdog.com
http://www.missourieducationwatchdog.com/2012/08/look-who-else-is-concerned-about-data.html
http://nycpublicschoolparents.blogspot.com/2011/12/ny-student-data-to-be-given-to-limited.html

Kentucky State Legislators: http://www.lrc.ky.gov
  *****UPDATE*****
 "Indiana hasn't been able to pull out, but we are sure giving it a valiant effort. Legislation to opt-out of Common Core passed the Indiana Senate 38-11, but it is currently bottlenecked in the House. Big money funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has come to Indiana to try to prevent us from backing out. If we can pull it out in Indiana, they are afraid it will be the beginning of other states making a mass exodus."






Thursday, March 28, 2013

National Day of Prayer Rally in Louisville, KY

The National Day of Prayer Rally in Louisville, KY

The American Family Association of Kentucky invites you to join us in praying for our nation:
Thursday May 2, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 

On the steps of Louisville Metro Hall (Old Jefferson County Court House)
527 West Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40202

FREE and open to the public. Rain or shine.

"In His name the nations will put their hope." Matthew 12:21

To find an event near you, go to:

http://nationaldayofprayer.org/events/

Take Back the Land, Rick Boyer, Keynote, CHEK 2013 Family and Homeschool Conference

The theme for the 2013 CHEK Family and Homeschool Conference, June 14th and 15th is "Is there not a cause?"

Keynote speaker, Rick Boyer, takes up that question in this Main Session entitled, "Take Back the Land."


Read more about the session and make plans to join us in June!

Take Back the Land

It has been said that the parents of the 1980's and 90's were the Moses generation--they left Egypt
(government schooling) and headed for the Promised Land, as the Israelites once traversed the
wilderness to return to Canaan. The generation of Moses completed part of the mission, getting as far
as the Jordan River.

But it was left to Joshua and the younger Israelites to cross the river and take back the land that had
been promised to their father Abraham centuries before. Today, home schooling parents have broken
free from the bondage of Godless philosophies and are raising up the Joshua generation that will carry
the battle over the Jordan--taking the banner of Christ back into American government, law, medicine,
business, education and the arts, where God and His Word were once universally honored. The enemies
of God are trembling today at the thunderous approach of the Joshua generation!!

Rick Boyer 
Rick Boyer and his wife Marilyn are among the early trailblazers of the homeschooling movement. Building on their own experience in training their own 14 children at home since 1980, Rick and Marilyn have written several popular books on homeschooling, Christian parenting and national reformation. The Boyers are also creators of Character Concepts Curriculum. Rick's books include Home Educating with Confidence, Take Back the Land, The Socialization Trap and The Hands-on Dad. He is known to thousands of children through his "Uncle Rick: audio recordings. Learn more about his character building materials for children at www.characterconceptscurriculum.com.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Religious Freedom Restoration Act Passes

Thank you for calling, emailing, and writing your Representatives and Senators!  HB 279 –The Religious Freedom Restoration Act – had its veto over-ridden!  The voting was:  House vote 79-15; Senate vote 32-6.

Religious freedom and homeschooling freedom goes hand-in-hand and by working together we can ensure that we and future generations have the right to homeschool!

Please send a thank you note to your Representatives and Senators today!

You can use the link provided here by the American Family Association of Kentucky to do so now!

http://www.votervoice.net/Groups/AFAKY/Advocacy/?IssueID=31292&SiteID=-1

Thank you,

CHEK
Christian Home Educators of Kentucky

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Religious Freedom Restoration Act ACTION ITEM

CHEK is forwarding this information on behalf of AFA:

3/26/2013
We have only one day left!  We know if Kentucky House Bill 279 – The Religious Freedom Restoration Act – is heard on the floor of the House, it will pass!
The House Democrat Caucus voted last night 27 to 26 to allow an override vote today.  This is GOOD, but legislators still need our support  now!


Therefore, please:
1) Call and get others calling
2) Come to the solemn gathering at the Capitol tomorrow at 11:00 am.
3) Click on the take action link at the bottom of the page to send an email to your state legislators and also to Gov Beshear expressing your disappointment with  his veto of HB 279.
4) Pray for the success of this bill.

 

 
 #1 Call the Legislative Message Line AGAIN Tuesday 1-800-372-7181 and leave this encouraging message with the secretary for all the legislators in my county and to House and Senate Leadership.” (The operator will know who all these are.  The two Leadership teams are important)   
 
“Please override the veto of HB 279
– The Religious Freedom Restoration Act.”
 
Husbands and wives should BOTH call.  Call Tuesday Morning, if possible. The Message Line is open tomorrow from 7:00 AM EST until 6:00 PM EST. The Session ends on Tuesday (March 26), probably late in the evening.
 
#2  Come to a solemn assembly held in the Capitol Rotunda tomorrow, Tuesday, March 26 at 11:00.  Several leaders of Kentucky’s churches will share.  You taking the time will give real encouragement to legislators who voted for HB 279 and who now must attempt to override the veto in the midst of huge pressure.  They need your help!  (Note: If the Governor’s veto is overridden late Monday night, this gathering is cancelled.)

 #3  CLICK here now to send a message to your KY legislators and also to Gov Beshear.

#4 PRAY for the success of KY House Bill 279 and for traditional marriage to be upheld as the law of the land in the Supreme Court cases.
Sen. Rand Paul spoke out on the Religious Liberty: “Religious liberty is a fundamental American right. This right does not divide us. It unites us as Americans and human beings. House Bill 279 is consistent with the protections of the First Amendment and is a reasonable and straightforward standard for the Kentucky General Assembly to adopt. The intent of the legislation is not to promote discrimination or impede individual rights, but rather to prevent the government from forcing Kentuckians to participate in activity that violates their faith. I urge the General Assembly to override Gov. Beshear’s veto.”

More detail on KY HB 279:  http://www.kentuckyfamily.org/action-center/legislative-policy-papers.
 Thank you!
 Yours, most sincerely,   
 Frank Simon and Kent Ostrander                     
Source: Kent Ostrander, Family Foundation of KY

Also the Supreme Court starts to hear oral arguments in same sex marriage cases. Pray they uphold the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and also that the two votes of the California citizens for traditional marriage to be upheld. For more ionfo see below:
Article by Al Mohler:

http://www.albertmohler.com/2013/03/26/marriage-in-the-dock-the-supreme-court-considers-same-sex-marriage/

 
Watch live coverage on C-Span at 1pm EDT :
http://www.c-span.org/?gclid=CMicoe7EmrYCFe07OgodlgEA1Q



Monday, March 25, 2013

Master Books Scholarship Essay Contest 2013

Christian Home Educators of Kentucky is happy to pass along the following information:






Earn a $3000 Scholarship to the College of Your Choice.

Register for the Master Books 2013 Scholarship Essay Program.

Master Books, a division of New Leaf Publishing Group, will award one $3000 scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic school year. The 2013 Master Books Scholarship Essay Contest is open to any high school junior or senior or the equivalent thereof from any public, private, or homeschool venue. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or above. This scholarship is a one-time award and may be used at any accredited two-year, four-year, or trade school within the contiguous United States. This award covers only tuition and university-provided room and board. The scholarship monies will be forwarded to the college, university, or trade school of the winner's choice in the winner's name upon receipt of a copy of the winner's confirmed admission to their chosen school. This year there are also two additional opportunities to win prizes, see below.
The Essay:
Students planning to apply for this scholarship can download a FREE chapter of the book, The Lie: Evolution/Millions of Years by Ken Ham below. After reading this chapter, students are invited to write a 500-1500 word essay with the following focus:
Describe the war in society of Christianity versus humanism. Define where the essence of the conflict lies, and describe your personal view of this dynamic battle in American society. What solutions would you propose?
The essay will be judged on creativity, clarity of thought, accuracy, research, grammar, and spelling. The student's essay will be the property of Master Books and may be used for promotion purposes in the future. The student winner and his/her parent or guardian will be notified by email of their winning status and then must submit a written acceptance of the scholarship award by no later than June 1, 2013. If the acceptance of the scholarship is not received by June 1, 2013, the monies will be awarded to the 1st runner-up.
3 Ways to Win:
  • One grand prize winner will receive the $3,000 scholarship as detailed
  • One winner from each state will be awarded, on behalf of their local group, the entire Master Books digital library
  • Each local group that yields a winner will receive a single-use coupon for buy one, get any product of equal or lesser value free!
Deadlines and other important dates:
  • Scholarship due date: Applications, transcript, and essay are due April 15, 2013
  • High school transcript or the equivalent is required. Transcripts or the equivalent must be signed by the high school counselor, homeschool evaluator/supervisor, or principal. Scholarship submission name must be exactly as noted on the transcript in order to qualify for the scholarship.
  • Scholarship applicant information, essay and transcript must be submitted by mail to:
    Master Books Scholarship Essay Program
    P.O. Box 726
    Green Forest, AR 72638
  • Scholarship will be awarded on or before May 1, 2013.
Conditions of Scholarship Eligibility:
  • MUST be a U.S. Citizen
  • MUST be a high school junior or senior or the equivalent
  • MUST be enrolled or enrolling in a U.S. accredited two-year, four-year, or trade school for the Fall of 2013 (seniors), or the Fall of 2014 (juniors)
  • MUST have a minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 (or the equivalent)
The Master Books Scholarship will be submitted to the winner’s accredited school upon receipt of a copy of their acceptance to that school. If the scholarship winner does not complete a full semester at the accredited school, the monies must be returned to Master Books to be awarded to the 1st runner-up. The winner agrees that all of his/her scholarship combined benefits do not exceed the cost of tuition, fees, and university-provided room and board as stated in the institution’s cost of attendance.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Farris on Fox and Friends Tomorrow #homeschooling

Farris on Fox and Friends tomorrow

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,
   
     Mike Farris
Michael Farris, HSLDA Founder and Chairman and homeschooling father of 10
   
Because of our groundbreaking German political asylum case, Fox News has invited me to appear on several of their news programs in the next several days.
Will you watch Fox and Friends tomorrow morning, March 22, at 7:15 AM Eastern? I plan to discuss our groundbreaking German political asylum case. I will explain why this case is important to all Americans, but especially homeschoolers, and how you can help this family and defend the cause of freedom. I will also be on Fox’s weekend news program between noon and two o’clock on Sunday, March 24.
Since 2008, HSLDA has been representing Uwe and Hannelore Romeike, who were persecuted for homeschooling in Germany. They fled to the United States after facing exorbitant fines, forcible removal of their children, and possible imprisonment. Our legal team won political asylum for the Romeikes in 2010 but the U.S. government overturned that decision in 2012. We are now appealing their case to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. I will be arguing the case in Cincinnati on April 23, 2013. We ask you to keep this family and our preparations in your prayers.
In addition to our court case, HSLDA has initiated a petition on the White House website asking President Obama to grant the Romeikes permanent legal status. We are asking you to sign the petition here. We need 100,000 signatures by April 18 in order to receive an official White House response.
You can help this family and our efforts by going to clicking here. Sign the petition today!
Thank you for joining with us to support this brave family. I look forward to seeing you tomorrow morning or on Sunday.
Sincerely,

Mike Farris
P.S. You can learn more about this brave family here. But the most important thing you can do for us right now is go to the White House petition website and sign the petition. You can sign the petition here.
P.P.S. If you haven’t taken advantage of joining HSLDA, now is a great time. You can learn more here. By joining HSLDA, you will be helping this family and you will be standing with us as we defend homeschooling and parental freedoms around the world.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Hello? Is anybody there? What you need to know about CHEK

Did you know ...
that CHEK is run completely by volunteers? Board members, social media, blogging, yahoogroup liaisons, Conference Team, legal counsel and more are all homeschooling parents just like you, giving their time and energy to keep you informed!
 If you're waiting on updates, email responses, or other information from CHEK keep in mind no one is ignoring you... we're doing our very best! Additional job descriptions and volunteers are being added, so be patient with us.
Over the course of the last year, CHEK volunteers have donated well over 2100 hours
What CHEK is working on right now:
  • Common Core Standards and their impact on homeschooling
  • Religious Freedom Restoration Act response and sharing of information
  • Ongoing updates to our social media ministry pages: Facebook, Twitter, Googleplus to keep you informed.
from CHEK website: CHEK is dedicated to promoting the Christian worldview in child training and education. CHEK Directors and Officers are volunteers and receive no salary for the many hours they dedicate to the service of the CHEK membership. The CHEK leadership is professionally trained in negotiating, conflict management, legal issues and political action through the National Christian Home Education Leadership Conferences and symposiums hosted throughout the year by the Home School Legal Defense Association and others. CHEK's annual state wide conference, leadership symposiums, home school graduations, legislative monitoring on both the state and national level, the Congressional Action Program, and the dissemination of valuable information makes CHEK membership one of the most valuable commodities to Kentucky home educating families and supporters.
Did you also know ...
 
Christian Home Educators of Kentucky (CHEK) is a statewide homeschooling educational and informational organization established to assist families who choose to educate their children according to the dictates of their conscience and their fundamental rights as parents. CHEK's goal is to better equip homeschoolers with the necessary skills, tools, and information to successfully fulfill their convictions and the God-mandated responsibility to train and educate their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. CHEK represents over 1100 + family members. In addition, we have approximately 3000 families across the Commonwealth of Kentucky on our mailing list. The CHEK Directors are volunteers working diligently to protect the conscientious rights of parents to control the education and upbringing of their children according to Biblical principles and Constitutional liberties.
CHEK exists to:
  • Promote homeschooling in the state of Kentucky.
  • Prepare homeschool parents to teach their children.
  • Preserve homeschool and religious freedoms.
  • Protect parental rights for all families. 

Thank you for supporting CHEK,

The Board and Volunteers of Christian Home Educators of Kentucky,

Scott & Devonne Bolin (President)
Brother Lee & Krissy Watts (Board Members, Legislative Liaison)
Brother Don & Debbie Woolett (Board Members, Advisory Members)

AC Donahue (non-board member, CHEK general legal counsel)
Steve & Cindy West (non-board members, CHEK Conference volunteers) 
 Patrick & Gina Glenn (non-board members, Social Media volunteers)

 

 
 

 

Romeiki Homeschoolers , Please Sign Petition To Stop the Deportation

from HSLDA: 
 
Read more on this case and sign the petition here:Romeike CaseRomeike Family
 
One of our biggest cases in years is to help the Romeike's homeschool in peace here in the United States.

Many of you have asked how you can help us. This is what we need: 100,000 signatures on this White House petition.
Please sign our petition and SHARE it with your friends asking them to sign as well. We have 30 days to get there, please help!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

History of Education in the USA

America has its own history of education.  Do you know what it is?  Foundation for American Christian Education has graciously made available for a limited time Session 5 of their Foundations Course in the Principle Approach, A History of Education in the USA.

Join Connie Moody as she walks you through the history of education in the United States.  Discover Noah Webster, Horace Mann, John Dewey, Verna Hall and Rosalie Slater.  Learn the impact each individual has had on education. 

You can view the video here for free: History of Education in the USA.

You can also become a member of the Commonwealth for free by visiting the Foundation for American Christian Education website HERE or www.principleapproach.tv

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Opening Hearts and Homes by Sheila Campbell


Opening Hearts and Homes

Sheila Campbell

Opening Hearts and Homes by Mentoring


I sat on the porch and looked into the starry night sky. The beauty and the solitude were usually comforting, but on that night it just seemed to magnify my loneliness and the weight of the burden that I carried for my children, particularly my boys. We had just returned from the “Back-to-School” party hosted by our local support group, and although I loved the families in our home school group and was excited about the large crowd that had attended the event, I felt isolated and alone. 

The event was a time of sweet fellowship among home school families, at which parents and children alike were encouraged and edified by one another, but I was hungry for the more intimate fellowship of a smaller group. I also had a very heavy burden for my teenage boys, and as I watched them visit with the other teens, I noticed that they had little interaction with the men. I was blessed to see men attend the family event with their wives and children, and I was grateful to see dads encouraging one another, but I knew my boys needed men in their lives who would purposefully and intentionally mentor them. The interaction they had at these large events was simply not enough.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

@GovSteveBeshear #Sign #HB279 Religious Freedom Restoration Act

If you use Twitter, please use the following: @GovSteveBeshear #NOtoVeto #HB279 #protectreligousfreedom

How to get involved:
Please make the call listed below because the Governor will need encouragement — remember, this is the Governor who tried to change the state “Christmas Tree” to “Holiday Tree” in 2009.  Read below to see how HB 279 is nothing more than the FEDERAL law applied to our state.

The groups asking the Governor to veto the bill are the ACLU and various Gay/Lesbian groups that push “sexual politics” over religious freedom.  They’ve successfully seduced several Human Rights groups to jump on their band wagon.

Here is where YOU come in –YOU really could make the difference.

Call the Governor’s message line and leave this kind, but firm message with a secretary . . .

Call 502-564-2611 and say . . .


“Sign HB 279 - The Religious Freedom Restoration Act.”

Call ASAP. The Governor’s Message Line is open Mon thru Fri from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM EST.

Please 1) make the call IMMEDIATELY;  2) Share this blog post;  3) Share on Facebook, Twitter, and other Social Media.

send a handwritten letter of support to: Governor Steve Beshear, 700 Captiol Ave., Frankfort, KY  40601
 

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act- CALL NOW

Dear Friend –         
The Governor is considering a VETO for House Bill 279 – The Religious Freedom Restoration Act!  The General Assembly voted 82 to 7 in the House and 29 to 6 in the Senate to pass House Bill 279 in order to restore the “strict scrutiny” standard for the Commonwealth.  This needed to happen this year because the Kentucky Supreme Court watered down the state’s judicial standard last Oct. 25 when it introduced “rational basis” – implying that government only needs “a reason” to infringe on religious liberties.

Please make the call listed below because the Governor will need encouragement — remember, this is the Governor who tried to change the state “Christmas Tree” to “Holiday Tree” in 2009.  Read below to see how HB 279 is nothing more than the FEDERAL law applied to our state.

The groups asking the Governor to veto the bill are the ACLU and various Gay/Lesbian groups that push “sexual politics” over religious freedom.  They’ve successfully seduced several Human Rights groups to jump on their band wagon.

Here is where YOU come in –YOU really could make the difference.

Call the Governor’s message line and leave this kind, but firm message with a secretary . . .

Call 502-564-2611 and say . . .


“Sign HB 279 - The Religious Freedom Restoration Act.”

Call ASAP. The Governor’s Message Line is open Mon thru Fri from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM EST.

Please 1) make the call IMMEDIATELY;  2) Forward this email;  3) And use the attached Bulletin Insert this Sunday. (Print, make copies, cut in half.) 

Yours, most sincerely,   
                             
Kent Ostrander                     

The Family Foundation                                  

HB 279 Language:
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:

SECTION 1.   A NEW SECTION OF KRS CHAPTER 446 IS CREATED TO READ AS FOLLOWS:

Government shall not substantially burden a person's freedom of religion. The right to act or refuse to act in a manner motivated by a sincerely held religious belief may not be substantially burdened unless the government proves by clear and convincing evidence that it has a compelling governmental interest in infringing the specific act or refusal to act and has used the least restrictive means to further that interest. A "burden" shall include indirect burdens such as withholding benefits, assessing penalties, or an exclusion from programs or access to facilities.


Why Kentucky needs Religious Freedom legislation now

In its Oct. 2, 2012 decision, KY Supreme Court chooses “rational basis,” placing the burden of proof on citizens instead of government.

Religious freedom as established in the First Amendment has been the long understood intent of America’s Founding Fathers. The Federal Supreme Court affirmed that guarantee in the early 20th century establishing “strict scrutiny” (i.e. “compelling interest/least restrictive means”) as the legal test government had to pass before it could restrict someone’s religious freedom. 

In 1990 the U.S. Supreme Court changed direction establishing a “rational basis” test meaning government only needed “a reason” to restrict religious freedom. Congress responded by overwhelmingly passing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) requiring federal courts to once again use the “compelling interest/least restrictive means” test.

It was then up to the states to re-establish/reaffirm the “compelling interest/least restrictive means” standard for state and local courts. Twenty six states have acted in some measure to re-establish this test.  Kentucky legislature has not.

Therefore, in its Oct. 25, 2012 decision, Zook et. al. and Gingerich et. al. vs. Commonwealth, the Kentucky Supreme Court made the decision for Kentucky, choosing the “rational basis” test for Commonwealth courts. In these cases, nine Amish men, after being fined and imprisoned for not displaying the requisite orange triangles on their vehicles, appealed to the court to allow an alternate method of identifying their vehicles which would insure public safety without violating their sincerely held religious beliefs.

Writing the majority opinion, Justice Mary Noble acknowledged sections 1 and 5 of the Kentucky Constitution (“All men…have certain inherent and inalienable rights . . . [t]he right of worshipping God according to the dictates of their consciences.” and “No human authority shall, in any case whatever, control or interfere with the rights of conscience.”) However, Noble concluded that, “the statute is presumed constitutional unless there is no rational basis for it.” thus upholding the decision to restrict religious freedom.

In the dissenting opinion Justice Will T. Scott explained, “Employing a rational basis standard renders inconsequential Kentucky’s free exercise guarantee in that virtually any asserted government interest could justify laws . . . substantially burdening individuals’ religious liberty”.

The Kentucky Supreme Court’s decision selected “rational basis” as the test for religious freedom cases. It is now up to the Kentucky legislature to act to insure religious freedom by re-establishing the “compelling interest/least restrictive means” test for state and local courts in the Commonwealth.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Three Things Every Child Needs From His Dad, Rick Boyer, CHEK Family & Homeschool Conference Keynote Speaker

Three Things Every Child Needs From His Dad

The Apostle Paul was a great one to use illustrations in explaining the Christian life to his children in Christ.  One of the most fascinating examples of this gives us insight not only into spiritual parenthood but also speaks volumes about the role of us earthly fathers.  It is from Paul’s words in I Thessalonians 2:11 that I draw the following article, which I call

Three Things Every Child Needs From His Dad

The text says, “As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children.”  There are three fatherly functions in a nutshell.  To exhort, to comfort, and to charge.  Paul reminds his spiritual children how he has ministered to them and uses a natural father as an illustration. So what can we dads learn from that will help us in the trenches?  Let’s look at each point in the job description:

First, Paul says that a dad exhorts his children.  This English word comes from the Greek parakaleo, which literally means to call alongside.  The noun form of the word is used several times in reference to God the Holy Spirit, which speaks volumes.  Dads are to call their children alongside to do for them in the natural realm things that only the Holy Spirit can do in the spiritual realm.  As the Holy Spirit instructs us, we should instruct our children.  As He reproves us, we should reprove our children. 

But the thing that jumps out at me from parakaleo is that idea of calling alongside.  As the father of fourteen kids and the owner of two businesses, I’m familiar with the wide variety of pressures that can distract a man from in-depth communication with his children. It’s just not easy to be sensitive to the needs of others, even your children, when there are needs in your own life (a need for a nap, as an example).  But isn’t it a neat thought:  Your child alongside you.  Not facing you, as he might be in a situation of correction.  Not behind you, though the idea of following your leadership is great too.  But alongside, looking in the same direction.  You get the idea of facing the future together, being a team. Focusing on the same goal. There’s a closeness, an intimacy in the picture of a dad and son or daughter so close that they can hear each other say things no one else is privy to.  An easy position from which to place a reassuring arm around a shoulder.  Or even to give a nudge forward if it’s called for.  And as the Holy Spirit is the great Encourager, it’s in that side-by-side position, perhaps, that it’s easiest to visualize a dad urging his child on, “Sure you can do it!  Get on out there and be a better man than I ever was!  Go on and cast down fortresses for God!”  Side by side.  It takes time, but what better use is there for time?

Second, Paul says that like an earthly father he had comforted his children.  Comfort here is translated (Continue reading on The Learning Parent site....)

CHEK Members attend the CHEK Family and Homeschool Conference at no charge. Non members are $50.  Join CHEK today for just $25! 
 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

For You They Signed by Marilyn Boyer

Marilyn Boyer along with her husband Rick Boyer of Take Back the Land are scheduled Key Note Speakers for the 2013 CHEK Family and Homeschool Conference June 14-15 in Louisville, KY.

Here is the promo for Marilyn's Book, "For You They Signed."  Book description: In 1776, 56 men signed their names on a document that they knew might well mean their certain deaths as traitors to England. Standing on principles of faith and liberty, these men forged a powerful call for freedom and human dignity still resonating today in America. Yet, historical revisionists have distorted or attempted to wipe away every trace of this nation's Christian heritage, including the heartfelt faith of these founding fathers. More than simply facts and figures, For You They Signed provides an abundance of resources within one volume, including: A full year of life-changing, challenging family or group devotional character studies, over 90 illustrations, biographical summaries, insightful quotes, and character quality definitions, Patrick Henry's speech delivered to the signers, the Christian nature of state constitutions, and the Christian nature of America's universities. The Declaration of Independence remains one of history's most enduring achievements, and this text will help you value those freedoms these men fought for in an insightfully fresh way. It will also assist you in catching the God-given vision of these faithful new Americans, igniting a fire for your family, community, and the generations to come. Here is a volume that should be found in every private and public library in America... a meticulously documented look back to the true birth of our nation. They pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor so that we could be free!



Be watching for more information on the Boyer family, their ministry, and what's in store for the conference!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Rick and Marilyn Boyer, Keynote Speakers for the CHEK 2013 Homeschool Conference

Christian Home Educators of Kentucky is pleased to announce the Keynote Speaker for the 2013 Family and Homeschool Conference, the husband/wife team of Rick & Marilyn Boyer!
 
Rick and Marilyn Boyer are staples in the homeschooling community who began teaching their eldest of 14 children at home in 1980 and are still actively homeschooling their three youngest children today.

Rick and Marilyn have authored several books on Christian parenting and home schooling and have spoken at conferences nationwide with some occasional international tours.

Check out this dynamic couple to get fired up about home schooling and Christian parenting.
Click Here to Visit The Learning Parent Blog

Marilyn Wrote an Article on Uninterested Learners and Creative Teaching
Click Here to View The Full Article

and from HSLDA:

Rick and Marilyn Boyer

Rick and Marilyn Boyer
Pioneers of the home education movement, Rick and Marilyn Boyer began teaching the eldest of their 14 children at home in 1980 and are still homeschooling their three youngest children today.
Known for his humorous, folksy style, Rick has been called “the Will Rogers of the homeschooling movement.” Marilyn is appreciated for her keen, warmhearted insights into parenting.
The Boyers have authored several books on homeschooling and Christian parenthood and have spoken at conferences across the United States and in several foreign countries. Their books have been translated into a number of foreign languages and circulated around the world. The couple cofounded The Learning Parent, a ministry that seeks to encourage parents through resources, the Boyers’ speaking ministry, their website, a monthly newsletter, and articles, which have been published in several leading homeschooling magazines.

“Beautiful...please have Mrs. Boyer again!” — Kalisa, FL
“Mr. Boyer was very entertaining and I found his information very useful.”— Carmen, CO

Friday, March 8, 2013

Kentucky Area Classical Converations for #homeschoolers

Please share with your friends in the following areas. Classical Conversations is growing again! The following towns are gearing up to have new CC campuses this fall: Glasgow, Campbellsville, Hopkinsville, and Radcliff. Please join us for information meetings to learn more about the programs CC offers for children 4 years old through high school. 

bookstore-sale 
 March 11th - Glasgow
March 14th - Hopkinsville
March 20th - Hopkinsville
March 21st - Brownsville
March 28th - Bardstown *possible campus
April 1st - Smith Grove
April 2nd - Fort Knox
April 8th - Campbellsville 

Contact tsmith@classicalconversations.com for more information.
 Visit www.classicalconversations.com and learn why 38,000+ homeschoolers use CC around the world.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Emergency Action Alert -- Senate Bill 97-- Compulsory School Age


This Bill will affect Homeschoolers !!!!!! SB 97 - Local option for increasing compulsory school age

The "usual" annual bill for this one is dead for this session, but here's
another sneaky one that is going through the House Education Committee tomorrow
morning, so call as early as possible. Lines Open 8 am to 11 pm. Call as EARLY AS POSSIBLE!

Call 1-800-372-7181

Tell the operator you would like to leave a message for:

1) all members of the House Education Committee
2) all House leadership (Rep & Dem) and
3) YOUR Representative.

Message: "Please vote NO on SB97. Kentucky cannot afford it."

Friday, March 1, 2013

CHEK needs YOU!

A successful ministry has many hands to make light work.  CHEK needs YOU!

Do you have gifts and talents that you would like to put to good use? Would you like to partner with a homeschool ministry that is making a difference?  CHEK needs YOU!

Did you know that a successful homeschool conference depends upon hundreds of volunteer hours? CHEK needs YOU!

Do you enjoy people? Do you love Social Media? Do you like organizing? CHEK needs YOU!

Are Parental Rights important to you? CHEK needs YOU!

Now is the time. CHEK needs YOU!

If you would like to volunteer your time and talent to the ministry of CHEK, please send an email to info@chek.org  Be on the "look out" for specific volunteer needs CHEK will make known in the next couple of weeks.  But don't wait for us...if you have a leading to volunteer, CHEK needs YOU!

About CHEK:
Christian Home Educators of Kentucky (CHEK) is a statewide homeschooling educational and informational organization established to assist families who choose to educate their children according to the dictates of their conscience and their fundamental rights as parents. CHEK's goal is to better equip homeschoolers with the necessary skills, tools, and information to successfully fulfill their convictions and the God-mandated responsibility to train and educate their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. CHEK represents over 1100 + family members. In addition, we have approximately 3000 families across the Commonwealth of Kentucky on our mailing list. The CHEK Directors are volunteers working diligently to protect the conscientious rights of parents to control the education and upbringing of their children according to Biblical principles and Constitutional liberties.
CHEK exists to:
  • Promote homeschooling in the state of Kentucky.
  • Prepare homeschool parents to teach their children.
  • Preserve homeschool and religious freedoms.
  • Protect parental rights for all families.
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