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Genesis Paradise Lost DVD

In spite of our arduous work to homeschool our children and train them in the ways of God, sometimes we hear them state, “I am not sure that God is real. Maybe the scientists and atheists are right. Maybe this religion and Bible stuff are just fairy tales that people use as a crutch.” What do we tell them?

Perhaps it is not only what we tell them, but also what we show them.

As homeschoolers, we are committed to diligently teaching God’s Truth to our children in every facet of life. Sadly, our 21st-century culture stands in stark opposition, loudly screaming from every venue any information that denies God and His ways. Eight years ago, three producers embarked upon a journey to put forth a high quality, cutting-edge, film countering lies pressed upon men—lies intended to squalsh the very first chapter God wrote to mankind.

The result—GENESIS: Paradise Lost.

The riveting CG-filled film boasts many awards already: including Best Documentary, Best Cinematography and Visual Effects, Best Director, Dove Approved for All Ages, and a Prestigious 4 out of 4 Stars by MovieGuide. But that’s not why TTD chose this production as our Movie of the Year. The team of three producers, including Ralph Strean, Bill Harrity and Eric Hovind didn’t spend years on this project to win awards.

Eric and the Creation Today Team invested in this resource to answer the culture-war challenge we all face amid a rapid moral decline. God in His infinite wisdom knew the battles we would face and He addressed them head-on, right out of the gate in Genesis 1:1. Recognizing the power of God’s Own Words coupled with the dynamic influence of film, the GENESIS: Paradise Lost producers uniquely incorporated interviews with top scientists, historians, and theologians all corroborating the divinely inspired Book of All Time. That’s why TTD chose GPL as our Movie of the Year.

Due to its place in fundamentally grounding the lives we have been entrusted to shape, TTD hopes you will join us in using GENESIS: Paradise Lost in the education and evangelistic outreach of our families. Discounted copies can be purchased through our registration page and picked up at the convention.

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Paradise Regained Amid a Rapidly Degenerating Culture – From the Genesis: Paradise LOST Small Group Curriculum, LOST!

What Do You Tell Your Children When They Question the Reality of God?! – A powerful journey into the reality of God and what He expects, from Eric’s own testimony.

 

 

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Sometimes it’s hard to admit we may need help with our home school.

Understandably, we may be overwhelmed with a curriculum choice, lesson plan, need for organization, home school itself, or the motivation to want to teach class. It is during hard times such as these that we should ask for help. Too often, as home school parents, we feel the pressure to ‘measure up’ with other home educators whom we feel have it all together, so we don’t ask for help. We stubbornly or pridefully persist in finding our own solution; and we continue to sink, possibly getting in over our heads before reaching out. This reminds me of an experience I had, related to this observation.

It seemed like a very simple plan. We were studying a unit on biology, and I decided to take full advantage that our house fronted a lake. We’d just purchased a brand new microscope. I decided to give my children a new experience, to see a little bit of pond life and an amazing creature called the amoeba.

I explained all of this to them as I pulled on my husband’s rubber fishing boots. (Little did I now that this was mistake number one, the boots were way too big.)

Once I was ready, I walked out to the backyard with six laughing, shouting, and very excited children running ahead. (“See,” I thought to myself, “I knew I could make biology fun!”)

Stay on the Bank

Giving the kids one final encouraging warning, “STAY ON THE BANK,” I waded into the lake, specimen jar in hand, while envisioning what impact this type of hands-on experiment would have on their learning and possibly their future career choices. Then it happened. As I took my third step into the water, I felt one foot begin to sink just a tad deeper than the other. I quickly steadied myself, so as not to plunge headlong into the murky lake. But, I was in trouble. As I attempted to bring my left foot even with my right, I felt my foot coming out of the boot, so I pushed my foot back into the boot to try to put it firmly back on. (This was mistake number two – trying to force my foot back into the boot only caused it to sink deeper into the mud.)

Still undeterred, I decided to pivot on my right foot and place it evenly with the left and head another way.
Yet, to no avail, for the right foot was sliding out of that boot as well. To my horror, my big boots were stuck in the mud, and with a maneuver in either direction, I felt myself sinking.

While trying to remain calm (and trying to look cool), realizing the children were closely watching my every move, I tried to think of a plan of action that did not include yelling for my husband. I couldn’t think of one.

My feet were not going anywhere, no matter how tightly I curled my toes to try and lift the big boots up. So, now, not quite so calmly, I shouted, “Go get your dad and tell him I’m stuck in the mud out in the lake.”

Three children raced to be the first to deliver the message, and three stayed to ask if I wanted them to come in and help. Unfortunately, the tranquil learning environment I had intended had quickly turned chaotic. I saw my husband’s face as he raced out the door, and knew at once the message he’d been given might have been a bit more dramatic than necessary. The dog was barking at all the commotion, the three children who’d remained faithfully at the bank were now screaming for their father to “ hurry up” and rescue me.

To The Rescue

What a blessing my husband was, so loving and understanding of who I was. He lifted me up and pulled me out of the water, leaving the boots behind, and carried me to the bank, all the while suppressing a chuckle. He was indeed that day my hero.

We also have heroes all around us, in support groups, friends, spouses, when we feel ourselves sinking under the stresses of teaching and training our children. Yet, to have access to the greatest rescuer of them all, our heavenly Father, is the most wonderful blessing imaginable. Just as I called for my husband’s help, knowing he would come, the Father is waiting to help when we call.

Article provided by Kristine Malingowski.

This article was originally published on our Homeschool Launch Blog.

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God Has Big Plans For You!

Have you ever felt like God wanted you to step out and do something? Have you felt His hand clearly resting on you and directing your thoughts in ways that you would have never imagined for yourself? Were you a little scared at the thought of it all?

God wants us to do big things for Him.

Isn’t that amazing? The God of the Universe, Who could accomplish His will in whatever way He chose, chooses to use poor, sinful people who in themselves have little to offer Him. He chooses to work in His children who are willing to look at Him with open hearts and hands saying “use me in whatever way you see fit.” Wow. What a privilege and honor to be able to serve the King of Kings!

Many years ago, God called our family to do some things we absolutely never saw coming. He asked my husband to quit his job to run a mission agency called Worldwide Tentmakers. The call was so clear, that even taking the step of faith to quit seemed easy. Within a month after that, God again clearly called us to take another step. It has been this step that has had the most impact on our lives in the last 7 years.

Teach Them Diligently Began

God called us to try to reach His families and encourage them to disciple their children and to equip them with great resources for parenting and home education and their own Christian walk.  We started Teach Them Diligently Convention that same month. Having no idea what to expect (or honestly exactly what we were doing,) we set out to serve. We laid every element of the event before the throne of God and asked Him to lead and direct our choices. We prayed that He would bring in the families that needed encouragement and revival– and HE did. He brought in so many that first year that I was afraid the fire marshal would come after us for overcrowding of the facility.  He has continued to bless the work of our hands, and this year we are producing four Teach Them Diligently events with the prayer of reaching even more families onsite.

The journey God has led us on has been treacherous at times. I am glad God didn’t give us a full view of what was ahead when we started out, for I fear we would not have had the faith to make the trek. Through each day, each trial, each joy, each victory– God has been right there with us. We have been brought to our knees. We have been humbled. We have been able to see just how great is our God over and over again. I wouldn’t trade it for all the world (although my flesh has thought otherwise from time to time.)

How about you?

Has God called you to step out in faith and do something higher and greater for Him? Perhaps that call involves home education and laying a strong and sure foundation in the faith for the next generation. Perhaps He has given you a vision for service in your church or community. Perhaps He has given you words to write or speak. Are you moving forward in that call?

In the days and months ahead, I look forward to getting to know you all more as we explore how to deepen our relationship with Him through the great privilege of communing with Him in prayer and serving Him wholeheartedly in our homes and around the globe. It is my sincere hope and prayer that God will bring us all together next spring at one of the Teach Them Diligently events, so we can share our stories of His faithfulness and encourage one another through the amazing fellowship found when a whole bunch of homeschool mamas get together.

In the meantime, really ask God if He wants YOU to take a big step for Him. Trust Him enough to take that step of faith. Can you imagine what He would do with a mobilized force of believers who are willing to take big steps of service?  WOW! How I pray we see that day!

This article was originally published on our Homeschool Launch Blog.

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As a homeschool mothers, wives, and believers in Christ we have many aspirations. We want to love the Lord with all our heart and be a godly wives according to Proverbs 31. We want to teach our children in the ways of the Lord and shield them from the evils of this world. We want to give them a Christian worldview so they can be world changers and carry on the message of the Gospel to the next generation.

Recently as I pondered these thoughts I wondered if how we attempt to do this is really an effective strategy. Am I teaching my kids to stand up for Jesus or stand apart?

Standing Up for Jesus

Standing up for Jesus means sharing my faith when it is not the popular thing to do. For me that means inviting people of different faiths into my home and sharing truth from God’s Word. It means not being afraid of those different from me and being willing to show the love of Jesus to those in need. It means letting go of the critical spirit that so easily besets those of the Christian faith and reaching out to the world in need.

I grew up completely surrounded by those of a faith just like mine. It wasn’t hard to stand up for Jesus in that environment. I learned to be comfortable and I spoke with all the Christian lingo of my friends. I was a good girl who followed in the faith of my fathers. There came a day, however, when I had to make my faith my own. I began to take ownership of my faith and realized the joy of my salvation. I wanted to share that with others. I spent time doing short-term missions. I was exposed to those in need in a great way by those trips.

When I came home, I saw the world through different eyes. I was no longer content to stay in my little circle and reach out to only those like me. I saw the sadness in the eyes of those I passed in the street. I was more aware of “divine appointments” or opportunities that God brought into my life to share his love with others.

 

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Standing Apart

My definition of standing apart in this context is to reject a spirit of pride and haughtiness and not convey to my kids that we have all the answers and those that are not living, doing or acting as we do are in the wrong. I teach my kids that there are moral standards that we should follow and I am purposing to take them to the Scriptures when we have questions about right and wrong: however, I want them to see others who are different from them through eyes of love rather than judgement. Can we see the victims of abuse through the eyes of Jesus? Can we see the homeless through the eyes of Jesus? Can we see the addict through the eyes of Jesus? Can we see the friend who is bitter and out of church through the eyes of Jesus? Jesus sought out sinners to dine with them.

 

On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners. Mark 2:17 (NIV)

 

I found that the early years of child rearing were tough and some days I was living on flare prayers. “Jesus help me!”, I would cry as I went about wiping runny noses, cleaning up potty messes and mending scraped knees. I spent my time teaching the kids Christian values by sharing truth with them from the Bible.

Now as my eldest is entering middle school, I am starting to see the transfer of faith and how important it is for me to live out my faith by example. It is no longer enough for me to tell my kids we need to love like Jesus because the Bible says so. They need to see me loving like Jesus loved.

We need to serve in the soup kitchen together. We need to do missions as a family. They need to see us give as a family. They need to see mom and dad participate in missions. They need to be beside us on their knees crying out for the salvation of our loved ones.

Am I teaching my kids to stand apart in judgement or join in the work with a heart of love toward those that are different? I want to join with Fanny Crosby and make the lyrics of this old hymn Rescue the Perishing my heart’s cry:

 

  • Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,
    Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave;
    Weep o’er the erring one, lift up the fallen,
    Tell them of Jesus, the mighty to save.
  • Refrain:
    Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,
    Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.
  • Though they are slighting Him, still He is waiting,
    Waiting the penitent child to receive;
    Plead with them earnestly, plead with them gently;
    He will forgive if they only believe.
  • Down in the human heart, crushed by the tempter,
    Feelings lie buried that grace can restore;
    Touched by a loving heart, wakened by kindness,
    Chords that were broken will vibrate once more.
  • Rescue the perishing, duty demands it;
    Strength for thy labor the Lord will provide;
    Back to the narrow way patiently win them;
    Tell the poor wand’rer a Savior has died.

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Let’s teach our kids by example to put away pride and haughtiness and be about our Father’s business. Let’s not get so caught up in standing apart from sin that we neglect the sinner in need of a Savior. Let’s look for opportunities to teach our kids to stand up for the faith and reach out to a world in need with a heart of love and compassion, while holding firm to our convictions and beliefs.

 

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)

 

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Jennifer Allen is a homeschool graduate, wife to her soulmate David (who also contributes to the blog), homeschooling mom, registered nurse, AWANA teacher, pianist, reader and lifelong learner. She can be found on her little corner of the web at conversaving.com.

 

This article was originally published on our Homeschool Launch Blog.

 

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Rethink Home Education

To further your reading, we have a special ebook that we would like to send to you. It’s entitled “RETHINK EDUCATION, Turning Scary Questions About Home Education Into Exciting Possibilities.” It was written after countless conversations with moms who are either considering homeschooling or struggling with doubt. My heart in writing it is to offer hopeful answers to some of the questions moms tend to be asking… and you might be surprised at which ones didn’t make the list. I would love for it to become a resource you could share with your friends who are considering home education, or who are wondering if they’ll keep going. So, grab your copy today! – Leslie Nunnery

 

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In a culture that has become increasingly antagonistic toward biblical principles, Christian families need to be firmly grounded in the Truth. That’s why Teach Them Diligently is excited to announce our partnership with Creation Apologist Eric Hovind, whose passion for the Gospel has taken him to speak in all 50 states and 8 foreign countries. Recently his ministry, Creation Today, released “Genesis: Paradise Lost,” a revolutionary 3D feature film released on over 1,200 screens nationwide. Through it’s message, cultural norms are being challenged to go back to the beginning in the quest for Truth.

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Using cutting-edge cinematography and stunning visual effects, Genesis: Paradise Lost takes the viewer on a journey to investigate our origins and explore the creation story. While the booming voice of Dr. Voddie Baucham provides riveting narration, the film is interspersed with interviews from scientists, apologists, and evangelists like Dr. Charles Jackson, Ken Ham, and Ray Comfort. Genesis: Paradise Lost profoundly sheds light on secular worldviews which choose the chaos of moral relativity over the sure foundation of Scripture.

 

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Whether dialoguing with atheists, encouraging believers, or instructing families, Eric Hovind inspires confidence in the God of the Bible. During his 20 years of full-time ministry, he has produced 136 episodes of The Creation Today Show, launched the Creation Network, and translated apologetic materials into over 40 languages. His dynamic presentations captivate audiences of all ages and are frequently accompanied by fun demonstrations of how Science and Scripture merge together perfectly. While outreach opportunities have changed over the decades, the mission of Creation Today remains the same: to impact the world to KNOW and DEFEND their Creator—God.

 

As homeschool families who desire to diligently teach our children, it is imperative that we lay a foundation for truth which begins with the very first chapter of Genesis. From Creation to the Cross; from the grave to the skies, we glimpse the redemptive work of God and discover truth, value, and a respect for life that can only come from a knowledge of the Creator. Truly, “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” Proverbs 1:7

 

Since 2011, Teach Them Diligently has been committed to helping you raise children who will stand boldly on the Word of God in the face of a godless culture. That is why we are delighted to name “Genesis: Paradise Lost” as our Movie of the Year. Reserve your copy today when you register to attend a Teach Them Diligently convention at the location of your choice. Then make plans to join Eric Hovind’s unforgettable breakout sessions at one of the following locations:

 

  • March 21-23 – Rogers, AR
  • March 28-30 – Nashville, TN
  • April 11-13 – Waco, TX
  • April 25-27 – Atlanta, GA
  • May 9-11 – Mobile, AL

 

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense

to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.” 1 Peter 3:15

 

 

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Nine-year-old Faith Russell was born with the worst form of spina bifida. She endured three surgeries within her first year and then amazed her doctors by learning to walk at 21 months, even though she has no feeling in her feet.

When Faith was 4, her older brother Griffin was moved by news reports from the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. He began asking his parents to adopt a child from Haiti so there would be “one less without a house or a family.” His parents, Greg and Robin, explained that they couldn’t just go to Haiti and bring a boy or girl home, but for Griffin’s sake, Robin began looking for a way they could help a child in Haiti.

That’s when she found Operation Christmas Child.

Griffin’s heart was comforted as he packed that first shoebox, hoping it would bring joy to a child in Haiti.

Faith joined her brother in the effort and she celebrated her eighth birthday by holding a shoebox packing party. She set a goal of 50 boxes and shared it with her church, Oakland Baptist Church in Maryville, Tennessee. The congregation of 100 packed gifts for 150 children!

Greg and Robin believed that God had a purpose for Faith.
Robin sensed God say, “Don’t try to limit Me.”

A few months later, Faith told her mother that she wanted to participate in a 5K race “to show people that God made me walk.” Robin feared failure, but when Faith crossed the finish line, Robin sensed God say, “Don’t try to limit Me.”

Along this theme, Greg and Robin decided that God was using their children to prompt them to adopt a child. So for her ninth birthday, Faith asked to sponsor her own 5K in order to raise money for an adoption. She also asked every participant to bring items for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes

This past year, Faith encouraged her church to double their shoebox goal, and they packed enough for 300 children.

 

“When we were told that Faith would never walk and that her life would be of no quality for her, I lost hope and it was a dark time,” Robin said. “But I had hope in Jesus Christ, and that’s what pulled me through. The child who receives a shoebox has a mom who might feel hopeless because she can’t feed or clothe her child. In that shoebox that mother can find that same hope I have in Christ.”

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The rule of law is being mockingly abused all around us. Just a couple of weeks ago,  the president of the United States set aside the constitution of our land and gave himself powers that are simply not afforded to him. He mocked the American people who just a few weeks earlier had weighed in so heavily against him and his policies and compadres in the midterm elections. He moved forward with an ideological and political advance against his own country. My Facebook feed became filled with articles  and rants about his executive order, along with alerts about the craziness happening within the schools of this country, the inequities and injustices all across our land, and more. I became angry and anxious.

The Faith I claim to have...As God so often does, He turned my angry and fret-filled thoughts about these things inward. As I stewed about the president’s disregard for constitutional separation of powers and the vocal minorities’ sway over those with political aspirations, I began to wonder if I am displaying for my children the faith I claim to have that God is indeed on the throne and that He alone is in control and not a leader with an ink pen, for I know that President Obama can do NOTHING that our omnipotent God does not allow him to. One day he too will bow before the One Who is much more powerful than he.

How About You?

Do you ever feel like everything is upside down and inside out in the world around you? Do you struggle with how to talk to your children about the craziness of policies and happenings in our own land or the brutal persecution of believers around the world. Do you find yourself becoming nervous or insecure, allowing fear to replace faith, as you look at how quickly things are changing and our liberties are eroding? How can you or I display the faith we have in Christ to our children if our own faith is weak?

In these days of chaos and craziness, we must remember Jesus’ words in John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.

This is a season to take heart. This is a season to rest in our powerful Father’s embrace and trust that no matter what we see, HE has overcome the world. We know the end of the story, remember– GOD WINS! His People WIN! (Check out the book of Revelation for the exciting conclusion.)

This is a season to fall on our knees and pray for the strength of faith to show our children!

The Apostle Paul reminded us to be anxious for nothing but to take everything to God in prayer. Philippians 3 is where we find that comforting passage, yet Phillipians 3 finds Paul in a Roman prison in a day when things were definitely upside down and inside out. The world Paul knew was governed by a total madman, Nero. He soon would have Paul executed, along with many, many others. Yet Paul rejoiced. Paul, even in prison, claimed “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding.”

Do we?

Do we take all the craziness and injustice we see around us here in the US and around the world and lay it at Jesus’ feet? Do we trust that greater is He that is in us than He that is in the world? Do we tell our children that all will be well regardless of whether it turns out like we would like to see it, because one day every knee WILL bow and every tongue WILL confess that Jesus Christ is Lord?

Do we display for our children a sincere and unfaltering faith? Do we rehearse for them the great and mighty things God has done for us and around us, and thereby help their faith to grow?

Oh moms and dads, let’s not become so wrapped up and indignant about what we see around us that we forget the One Who rules over all, and Who is even now preparing a place for us that where He is we may be also. He is worthy of our trust! What great opportunities are presented to us daily to disciple our children and help their faith to grow as well.

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About David and Leslie Nunnery

Leslie Nunnery and her husband David founded Teach Them Diligently, the nation’s premier source for gospel-centered homeschool events. With seven years of homeschooling experience from preschool-high school and a passion to encourage and equip homeschool families, this mom of 4 shares her know-how and insights weekly through Teach Them Diligently media and on TeachThemDiligently365.com.

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