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Building for the Battle

The Bible often compares the Christian life to a battle. As long as we live in this broken world, the conflicts are inevitable. There will be sickness and loss that show up unexpectedly, temptations that lure relentlessly and discouragements that visit from time to time. Sadly, we can’t avoid these battles, so we must prepare for them. For many students, college is a brand new, uncharted battlefield, and they feel like an inexperienced soldier.

We’ve all heard the sad statistics of the number of Christian students who walk away from God and the church during their college years. While we as parents do our best to raise them to walk with the Lord, make good choices, and be all that God created them to be…we can’t go with them to college. Don’t try!  It’s frowned upon at most universities.) But, don’t worry, you still have a considerable role to play in this battle! Here are three ways you can encourage your student to build on the foundation you have already set for them:

Build up the Arsenal

No soldier goes into battle without weapons. In the battles of the Christian life, we arm ourselves with the truth of God’s Word. It’s one thing to give our students weapons; it’s another thing to teach them how to use them. For example, it’s not enough to know the Bible talks about homosexuality. Does he or she know where to find the passages that lay out God’s intended design for marriage? Would they know how to lovingly reflect Christ in the way they interact with a classmate or friend that struggles with same-sex attraction? Are they prepared to stick to a biblical worldview of sexuality when their professors teach something contradictory?

Any soldier can look the part with his uniform and weapons, but when he is forced to the front lines of battle, those weapons will only grant victory if he knows what to do with them.

Build an Army

Going to college- even a Christian college- inevitably brings daily interactions with different worldviews, belief systems, and perspectives. No matter how strong your student’s faith is, these are the years that force them to figure out what and why they believe. One of the most determining factors in this particular battle will be the people with whom your student surrounds himself/herself. A soldier on his own can survive, but there is power in an army.  Encourage your student to seek out friendships with like-minded believers who can remind each other of truth when doubts and questions arise (Hebrews 3:12-13). Friendships and mentors can be found through local church involvement, campus Bible studies, or college ministries. No matter where they find it, biblical community provides accountability, encouragement, and direction during years when it is needed the most!

Develop a Plan

Students and young adults are walking away from the church at incredible rates. For many, this drastic change is not a choice they wake up one day and make; it is the result of thousands of little decisions made each day. In the battle of the Christian life, we have an enemy who seeks to steal, kill, and destroy by targeting these tiny “insignificant” choices.

What do you do with a known enemy? You learn his tactics and prepare accordingly (Ephesians 6:11). A good soldier does not go to war blindly; he has a plan. Similarly, our students should not walk onto their college campuses without a strategy for making wise choices, for curating spiritual disciplines, and for staying faithful to the Lord. This takes work! Realistically, daily time in God’s Word, commitment to a local church, and seeking out discipleship or ministry opportunities will not happen unless it is purposely made a priority.

Train at Word of Life

No, a Bible Institute can’t fight the battle for our students, but they can help them prepare. A Bible Institute could be the perfect step between your home and a university.

At a Bible Institute like Word of Life students are taught how to make daily time in God’s Word a pattern and priority for the rest of their lives. They sit under hours of Biblical teaching per class day, often taught by pastors, and professors or ministry leaders from all over the world. Students learns how to share, defend, and deepen their faith through classes, practical ministry training and opportunities, and life-on-life discipleship. These Institutes often serve as a launching pad where students can take a year to grow in their faith while at the same time fulfilling the purpose God has called them to, whether a full-time career or full-time ministry.

If you are curious about how Word of Life Bible Institute could help prepare your student for their next steps visit their website at www.wordoflife.edu or give them a call to find out more!

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By: Eric Dalton, Executive Vice President, AOP

 

According to a 2017 report developed by Fetch, a mobile marketing agency, more than 40 percent of Americans say they are more impatient than they were five years ago.

It’s no surprise—with drivers and food deliveries alike arriving in 5-10 minutes, shows and movies available with the click of a button, and packages shipping from another corner of the world to our doorstep in 48 hours, patience is a skill we’re learning to use less by the minute…make that 30 seconds.

The world we live in has changed drastically in the last five years, and it’s a safe bet it will rapidly evolve in the next five. In the midst of all that change, how can we keep our children engaged in learning and focused on the task at hand?

 

Meet Your Child Where They Are

As a leading Christian homeschool curriculum publisher, we at Alpha Omega Publications have learned the necessity of meeting students where they are and helping them learn in the way they do best.

For some students, a print curriculum still works best, but they need to be engaged through photos and graphics that hold their attention. For that reason, we have spent the last four years redesigning our LIFEPAC courses—a project we are excited to see reach completion in April.

Meanwhile, other students thrive through online learning, like Monarch, our Christian online homeschool curriculum for grades 3-12, which offers complete customization and powerful, interactive features.

Embrace On-Demand

On-demand programs, like Netflix, don’t have to be the enemy of a homeschool parent. Instead of fighting with your child about streaming content, take a break together and enjoy the expansive selection of educational shows the service—and others like it—offer.

A few of our favorite on-demand programs for homeschool families include:

  • The Bible, a historical TV drama that spans 10 episodes and originally aired on The History Channel in 2013
  • The American Bible Challenge, a game show hosted by Jeff Foxworthy that aired for three seasons on the Game Show Network
  • Joseph King of Dreams, an animated film telling the story of Joseph voiced by Ben Affleck
  • The Civil War, a nine-episode documentary from renowned director Ken Burns with a memorable soundtrack highlighted by “Ashokan Farewell”

 

Keep the Christian Worldview at the Forefront

However you choose to implement a homeschool education, most Christian families find it critical to ensure the Christian worldview is at the forefront. It’s possible to find content that both keeps students engaged—and challenged—while also strengthening a student’s faith in Christ. Do your research, and make sure the program you choose is right for your family and values.

 

Make sure you check out all that Alpha Omega has to offer at a Teach Them Diligently event this season. Get more details and register to attend here.

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College Dorm Life

5 Perks of dorm life

To dorm or not to dorm? This is a decision you should make early on in the college hunt. Dorms are vastly different from college to college, and they can be a real deal breaker. So if your teen is nervous about dorm life, or if you’re weighing the costs of room and board against commuting from home, consider these five perks of living in a college residence hall.

  1. Friends

Roommates and other students in the dorms are some of the best opportunities for your teen to make friends early. Freshman roommates are likely to have similar class schedules, questions and struggles, so they can help each other adjust and learn. Older students in the dorms can help your teen tackle projects or offer advice on study habits.

Your teen will also make friends in the dorms who may be outside their normal social circles. They can find mentors in the upperclassmen, talk with people studying different majors, and learn about the cultures of international students.

  1. Location, location, location

The most obvious perk is living right next to classes and other required activities. Instead of getting up early to fight traffic every morning, your teen can just walk to class a few minutes before the bell. During free hours they can go back to nap, study, change to more comfortable shoes or grab something they forgot. Collaborating for group projects is easier, and required evening activities won’t mean an extra drive.

  1. Independence

Dorms are a great way to ease into the adult world while still focusing on school. If your teen is attending a Christian college, chances are there will be a curfew and other rules to follow. These will allow your student to live away from home but still be under helpful supervision.

  1. Expenses included

It’s true, room and board costs are a good chunk of change. But most living expenses are included, and financial aid will help. Cleaning, maintenance, utilities, water, internet and security are all part of the dorm package. Meal plans may be part of the deal too.

  1. Campus life

One of the coolest things about a college campus is the pace of life. There is always something happening! Music recitals, intramural and intercollegiate sports, drama and improv nights, pizza parties—you name it. Students who live on campus are more likely to know what’s happening, and they’re more likely to get involved.

Dorms offer your teen the opportunity to be a part of a community of other students their age. It’ll be a new experience for them and one that will shape them for the rest of their lives.

Make sure you participate in our homeschool to college program both throughout the year via our homeschool guidance counselor emails and at each Teach Them Diligently event next spring! Learn more about our Homeschool Guidance Counselor and how participation in that free program can help you be much more confident as you help prepare your children to take that next step in their life.

Check out some of these other helpful articles about helping your student make the transition from homeschool to college.

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3 Benefits of Taking Dual Enrollment During High School

Bridget Nee is a writer for Bob Jones University, a Christian liberal arts university in Greenville, South Carolina. After navigating the journey through homeschool and college herself, she enjoys sharing her insights with other homeschool families to help make their experience fun and exciting.

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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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