Trivium Pursuit

He is but a Christian in title only, who has not personal experience of Satan’s stratagems

February 10th, 2018

Quotes from Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices by Thomas Brooks (1608 – 1680)

A WORD TO THE READER

First, You must know that every man cannot be excellent, yet every man may be useful. An iron key may unlock the door with a golden treasure behind it; yes, iron can do some things that gold cannot.

Secondly, Remember, it is not hasty reading, but serious meditating upon holy and heavenly truths, that make them prove sweet and profitable to the soul. It is not the bee’s touching of the flower, which gathers honey, but her abiding for a time upon the flower, which draws out the sweet. It is not he who reads most, but he who meditates most, who will prove the choicest, sweetest, wisest and strongest Christian.

Thirdly, Know that it is not the knowing, nor the talking, nor the reading man, but the doing man, that at last will be found the happiest man. If you know these things, blessed and happy are you if you DO them.

INTRODUCTION

5 But if anyone has caused grief, he has not grieved me, but all of you to some extent—not to be too severe. 6 This punishment which was inflicted by the majority is sufficient for such a man, 7 so that, on the contrary, you ought rather to forgive and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one be swallowed up with too much sorrow. 8 Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love to him. 9 For to this end I also wrote, that I might put you to the test, whether you are obedient in all things. 10 Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ, 11 lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices. –2 Corinthians 2:5-11

In the 11th verse, he lays down another reason to work them to show pity and mercy to the penitent sinner who was mourning and groaning under his sin and misery; that is, lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. …

Lest Satan should get an advantage of us -— lest Satan overreach us. The word in the Greek signifies to have more than-belongs to one. The comparison is taken from the greedy merchant, who seeks and takes all opportunities to beguile and deceive others. Satan is that wily merchant, that devours, not widows’ houses, but most men’s souls.

We are not ignorant of Satan’s devices, or plots, or machinations, or stratagems. He is but a Christian in title only, who has not personal experience of Satan’s stratagems, his set and composed machinations, his artificially molded methods, his plots, darts, depths, whereby he outwitted our first parents.

He is but a Christian

The main observation that I shall draw from these words is this -— That Satan has his several devices to deceive, entangle, and undo the souls of men. I shall—

1. Prove the point.
2. Show you his several devices.
3. Show the remedies against his devices.
4. Show how it comes to pass that he has so many various devices to deceive, entangle, and undo the souls of men.
5. Lay down some propositions concerning Satan’s devices.

Post may contain affiliate links to materials I recommend. Read my full disclosure statement.

 

Heaven shall make amends for all

February 10th, 2018

Quotes from Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices by Thomas Brooks (1608 – 1680)

THE EPISTLE DEDICATORY

Christ, the Scripture, your own hearts, and Satan’s devices, are the four prime things that should be first and most studied and searched. If any cast off the study of these, they cannot be safe here, nor happy hereafter.

Beloved, Satan being fallen from light to darkness, from felicity to misery, from heaven to hell, from an angel to a devil, is so full of malice and envy that he will leave no means unattempted, whereby he may make all others eternally miserable with himself; he being shut out of heaven, and shut up “under the chains of darkness until the judgment of the great day” (Jude 6), makes use of all his power and skill to bring all the sons of men into the same condition and condemnation with himself.

Satan loves to sail with the wind and to suit men’s temptations to their conditions and inclinations.

From the power, malice and skill of Satan proceeds all the soul-killing plots, devices, stratagems and machinations, which are in the world. Several devices he has to draw souls to sin, and several plots he has to keep souls from all holy and heavenly services, and several stratagems he has to keep souls in a mourning, staggering, doubting and questioning condition.

My desires for you are,…That as the fish which live in the salt sea yet are fresh, so you, though you live in an ungodly world, may yet be godly and loving; that you may, like the bee, suck honey out of every flower; that you may shine in a sea of troubles, as the pearl shines in the sky, though it grows in the sea; that in all your trials you may shine like the stone in Thracia, which neither burns in the fire nor sinks in the water; that you may be like the heavens, excellent in substance and beautiful in appearance; that so you may meet me with joy in that day wherein Christ shall say to his Father, “Lo, here am I, and the children that you have given me” (Is. 8:18).

My desires to you are, that you would make it your business to study Christ, his Word, your own hearts, Satan’s plots, and eternity more than ever. That you would endeavor more to be inwardly sincere than outwardly glorious; to live, than to have a mere name to live. That you would labor with all your might to be thankful under mercies, and faithful in your places, and humble under divine appearances, and fruitful under precious ordinances. That as your means and mercies are greater than others, so your account before God may not prove a worse than others.

Quotefancy-3853966-3840x2160

…your life is short, your duties many, your assistance great, and your reward sure; therefore faint not, hold on and hold up, in ways of well-doing, and heaven shall make amends for all.

Post may contain affiliate links to materials I recommend. Read my full disclosure statement.

 

Lest Satan should get an advantage of us, for we are not ignorant of his devices

February 9th, 2018

Quotes from Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices by Thomas Brooks (1608 – 1680)

Lest Satan should get an advantage of us, for we are not ignorant of his devices.
–2 Corinthians 2:11

Table of Contents

The Epistle Dedicatory
A Word to the Reader
Introduction

I. THE PROOF OF THE POINT

II. SATAN’S DEVICES TO DRAW THE SOUL TO SIN [12 devices and their remedies]
1. By presenting the bait and hiding the hook: For remedies, consider that
1) we ought to keep at the greatest distance from sin and from playing with the bait
2) sin is but a bitter sweet
3) sin will usher in the greatest and the saddest losses
4) sin is very deceitful and bewitching

2. By painting sin with virtue’s colors: For remedies, consider that
1) sin is never the less vile by being so painted
2) the more sin is so painted the more dangerous it is
3) we ought to look on sin with that eye with which within a few hours we shall see it
4) sin cost the life-blood of the Lord Jesus

3. By the extenuating and lessening of sin: For remedies, consider that
1) sin which men account small brings God’s great wrath on men
2) the giving way to a less sin makes way for the committing of a greater
3) it is sad to stand with God for a trifle
4) often there is most danger in the smallest sins
5) the saints have chosen to suffer greatly rather than commit the least sin
6) the soul can never stand under the guilt and weight of sin when God sets it home
upon the soul
7) there is more evil in the least sin than in the greatest affliction

4. By showing to the soul the best men’s sins and by hiding from the soul their virtues, their sorrows, and their repentance: For remedies, consider that
1) the Spirit of God records not only the sins of the saints, but also their repentance
2) these saints did not make a trade of sin
3) though God does not disinherit his sinning people, He punishes them severely
4) God has two main ends in recording the falls of His saints

5. By presenting God to the soul as One made up all of mercy: For remedies, consider
1) It is the sorest of judgments to be left to sin upon any pretense whatever
2) God is as just as He is merciful
3) sins against mercy will bring the greatest and sorest judgments on men
4) though God’s general mercy is over all His works, yet His special mercy is confined
to those that are divinely qualified
5) the saints now glorified regarded God’s mercy as a most powerful argument
against, and not for, sin

6. By persuading the soul that repentance is easy and that therefore the soul need not scruple about sinning: For remedies, consider that
1) repentance is a difficult work above our own power
2) repentance changes and converts the whole man from sin to God
3) repentance is a continued act
4) if repentance were easy, the lack of it would not strike millions with terror and
drive them to hell
5) to repent of sin is as great a mark of grace as not to sin
6) Satan now suggests that repentance is easy, but shortly he will drive his dupes to
despair by presenting it as the hardest work in the world

7. By making the soul bold to venture upon the occasions of sin: For remedies, consider
1) certain scriptures expressly command us to avoid occasions of sin and the least appearance of evil
2) there is no conquest over sin unless the soul turns from the occasions of sin
3) saints now glorified have turned from the occasions of sin as from hell itself
4) to avoid the occasions of sin is an evidence of grace

8. By representing to the soul the outward mercies enjoyed by men walking in sin, and their freedom from outward miseries: For remedies, consider that
1) we cannot judge of how the heart of God stands towards a man by the acts of His providence
2) nothing provokes God’s wrath so much as men’s abuse of His goodness and mercy
3) there is no greater curse or affliction in this life than not to be in misery or
affliction
4) the wants of evil men are far greater than their outward blessings
5) outward things are not as they seem, nor as they are esteemed
6) God has ends and designs in giving evil men outward mercies and present rest
from sorrows and sufferings that cause saints to sigh
7) God often plagues and punishes those whom others think He most spares and
loves
8) God will call evil men to a strict account for all the outward good that they have
enjoyed

9. By presenting to the soul the crosses, losses, sorrows and sufferings that daily attend those who walk in the ways of holiness: For remedies, consider that
1) all afflictions suffered by Christians turn to their profit
2) all such afflictions only reach their worst, not their best, part
3) all such afflictions are short and momentary
4) all such afflictions proceed from God’s dearest love
5) it is our duty and glory to measure afflictions not by the smart but by the end
6) God’s design in saints’ afflictions is to try, not to ruin, their souls
7) the afflictions, wrath and misery consequent upon wickedness are far worse than
those linked with holiness

10. By causing saints to compare themselves and their ways with those reputed to be worse than themselves: For remedies, consider that
1) to be quick-sighted abroad and blind at home proves a man a hypocrite
2) it is far better to compare our internal and external actions with the Word than to
compare ourselves with others worse than ourselves
3) though our sins may not appear as great as those of others, yet without
repentance responding to mercy, we shall be as certainly damned as others

11. By polluting the souls and judgments of men with dangerous errors that lead to looseness and wickedness: For remedies, consider that
1) an erroneous vain mind is as odious to God as a wicked life
2) it is needful to receive the truth affectionately and plenteously
3) error makes its owner suffer loss
4) it is needful to hate and reject all doctrines that are contrary to godliness, that
lead to self-righteousness, and that make good works co-partners with Christ
5) it is needful to hold fast the truth
6) it is needful to keep humble
7) errors have been productive of great evils

12. By leading men to choose wicked company: For remedies, consider that
1) there are express commands of God to shun such company
2) wicked company is infectious and dangerous
3) it is needful to look upon the wicked in such terms as Scripture describes them
4) the company of wicked men was once a grief and burden also to saints now
glorified

III. SATAN’S DEVICES TO KEEP SOULS FROM HOLY DUTIES, TO HINDER SOULS IN HOLY SERVICES, TO KEEP THEM OFF FROM RELIGIOUS PERFORMANCES [8 devices and their remedies]
1. By presenting the world in such a garb as to ensnare the soul: For remedies, consider that
1) all things here below are impotent and weak
2) they are also full of vanity
3) all things under the sun are uncertain and mutable
4) the great things of the world are hurtful to men owing to the corruption of their
hearts
5) all the felicity of this world is mixed
6) it is needful to get better acquainted with, and assurance of, more blessed and
glorious things
7) true happiness and satisfaction does not arise from worldly good
8) the value and dignity of the soul is to be a subject of contemplation

2. By presenting to the soul the dangers, losses and sufferings that accompany the performance of certain religious duties: For remedies, consider that
1) all such troubles cannot harm the true Christian
2) saints now glorified encountered such dangers, but persevered to the end
3) all such dangers are but for a moment, whereas the neglect of the service of God
lays the Christian open to spiritual and eternal dangers
4) God knows how to deliver from troubles by troubles, from dangers by dangers
5) In the service of God, despite troubles and afflictions, the gains outweigh the
losses

3. By presenting to the soul the difficulty of performing religious duties: For remedies, consider that
1) it is better to regard the necessity of the duty than the difficulty of it
2) the Lord Jesus will reveal Himself to the obedient soul and thus make the service
easy
3) the Lord Jesus has Himself engaged in hard service and in suffering for your
temporal and eternal good
4) religious duties are only difficult to the worse, not to the more noble part of a saint
5) a glorious recompense awaits saints who serve the Lord in the face of difficulties
and discouragements

quote-the-lazy-christian-has-his-mouth-full-of-complaints-when-the-active-christian-has-his-thomas-brooks-85-9-0972

4. By causing saints to draw false inferences from the blessed and glorious things that Christ has done: For remedies, consider that
1) it is as needful to dwell as much upon scriptures that state Christian duty as upon those that speak of the glorious things that Christ has done for us
2) the glorious things that Christ has done and is now doing for us should be our strongest motives and encouragements for the performance of our duties
3) other precious souls who have rested on Christ’s work have been very active and lively in religious duties
4) those who do not walk in God’s ways cannot have such evidence of their righteousness before God as can those who rejoice in the service of the Lord
5) duties are to be esteemed not by their acts but by their ends

5. By presenting to view the fewness and poverty of those who hold to religious practices: For remedies, consider that
1) though saints are outwardly poor, they are inwardly rich
2) in all ages God has had some that have been rich, wise and honorable
3) spiritual riches infinitely transcend temporal riches, and satisfy the poorest saints
4) saints now appear to be ‘a little flock’, but they belong to a company that cannot
be numbered
5) it is but as a day before these despised saints will shine brighter than the sun
6) the time will come even in this life when God will take away the reproach and
contempt of His people, and make those the ‘head’ who have been the ‘tail’

6. By showing saints that the majority of men make light of God’s ways and walk in the ways of their own hearts: For remedies, consider that
1) certain scriptures warn against following the sinful examples of men
2) those who sin with the multitude will suffer with the multitude
3) the soul of a man is of more worth than heaven and earth

7. By casting in vain thoughts while the soul is seeking God or waiting on God: For remedies, consider that
1) the God with whom we have to do is great, holy, majestic and glorious
2) despite wandering thoughts it is needful to be resolute in religious service
3) vain and trifling thoughts that Satan casts into our souls are not sins if they are
abhorred, resisted and disclaimed
4) watching against, resisting and lamenting sinful thoughts evidences grace and the
sincerity of our hearts
5) we must labor to be filled with the fullness of God and enriched with all spiritual
blessings
6) we must labor to keep up holy and spiritual affections
7) we must labor to avoid multiplicity of worldly business

8. By tempting Christians to rest in their performances: For remedies, consider that
1) our choicest services have their imperfection and weaknesses
2) our choicest services are unable to minister comfort and aid in days of trouble
3) good works, if rested upon, will as certainly destroy us as the greatest sins that
we commit
4) God has met our need of a resting place in Christ Himself

IV. SATAN’S DEVICES TO KEEP SAINTS IN A SAD, DOUBTING, QUESTIONING AND UNCOMFORTABLE CONDITION [8 devices and their remedies]
1. By causing saints to remember their sins more than their Savior, yes, even to forget and neglect their Savior: For remedies, consider that
1) though Jesus Christ has not freed believers from sin’s presence, He has freed them from its damnatory power
2) though Jesus Christ has not freed believers from the vexing and molesting power of sin, He has freed them from the reign and dominion of sin
3) it is needful to keep one eye on the promise of remission of sin, and the other eye on the inward operations of sin
4) believers’ sins have been charged to the account of Christ as debts which He has fully satisfied
5) the Lord has good reasons for allowing His people to be troubled with sinful corruption
6) believers must repent of their being discouraged by their sins

2. By causing saints to make false definitions of their graces: For remedies, consider
1) there may be true faith, even great faith, where there is no assurance
2) the Scriptures define faith other than Satan tempts the saints to define it
3) there may be true faith where there is much doubting
4) assurance is an effect of faith, not faith itself

3. By causing saints to make false inferences from the cross actings of Providence: For remedies, consider that
1) many things, though contrary to our desires, are not contrary to our good
2) God’s hand may be against a man when His love and His heart are set upon him
3) Cross providences are sent by God to work some noble good for saints
4) all the strange and deep providences that believers meet with further them in
their way to heaven

4. By suggesting to saints that their graces are not true, but counterfeit: For remedies, consider that
1) grace may mean either the good will and favor of God, or the gifts of grace
2) there are differences between renewing grace and restraining grace, between
sanctifying and temporary grace (to particulars given)

5. By suggesting to saints that the conflict that is in them is found also in hypocrites and profane souls: For remedies, consider that
1) the whole frame of a believer’s soul is against sin
2) a saint conflicts against sin universally, the least sin as well as the greatest
3) the conflict in a saint is maintained for several reasons
4) the saint’s conflict is constant
5) the saint’s conflict is within the same faculties
6) the saint’s conflict is blessed, successful and prevailing

6. By suggesting to the saint who has lost joy and comfort that his state is not good: For remedies, consider that
1) the loss of comfort is a separable adjunct from grace
2) the precious things still enjoyed are far better than the joys and comforts lost
3) the glorified saints were once in the same condition
4) the causes of joy and comfort are not always the same
5) God will restore the comforts of His people

7. By reminding the saint of his frequent relapses into sin formerly repented of and prayed against: For remedies, consider that
1) many scriptures show that such relapses have troubled saints
2) God nowhere promises that such relapses will not happen
3) the most renowned of glorified saints have, on earth, experienced such relapses
4) relapses into enormities must be distinguished from relapses into infirmities
5) involuntary and voluntary relapses must be distinguished
6) no experience of the soul, however deep or high, can in itself secure the soul
against relapses

8. By persuading saints that their state is not good nor their graces sound: For remedies, consider that
1) the best of Christians have been most tempted by Satan
2) all the saints’ temptations are sanctified to them by a hand of love
3) temptations cannot harm the saints as long as they are resisted by them

V. SATAN’S DEVICES TO DESTROY AND ENSNARE ALL SORTS AND RANKS OF MEN IN THE WORLD [5 devices and their remedies]

I. DEVICES AGAINST THE GREAT AND HONORABLE OF THE EARTH
1. By causing them to seek greatness, position, riches and security: For remedies, consider that
1) self-seeking sets men upon sins against the law, the Gospel, and Nature itself
2) self-seeking exceedingly abases a man
3) the Word pronounces curses and woes against self-seekers
4) self-seekers are self-losers and self-destroyers
5) saints have denied self and set public good above personal advantage
6) self hinders the sight of divine things: hence prophets and apostles, when seeing
visions, were carried out of themselves

2. By causing them to act against the people of the Most High: For remedies, consider that
1) all who have acted against the saints have been ruined by the God of saints
2) the Scriptures show that God gives victory to His people against their enemies
3) to fight against the people of God is to fight against God Himself
4) men of the world owe their preservation from instant ruin, under God, to the
saints

II. DEVICE AGAINST THE LEARNED AND THE WISE
By moving them to pride themselves on their parts and abilities, and to despise men of greater grace but inferior abilities: For remedies, consider that
1) men have nothing but what they have received, gifts as well as saving grace coming alike from Christ
2) men’s trusting to their parts and abilities has been their utter ruin
3) you do not transcend others more in parts and abilities than they do you in grace
and holiness
4) men who pride themselves on their gifts and set themselves against the saints will
find that God blasts and withers their gifts

III. DEVICE AGAINST THE SAINTS
By dividing them and causing them to ‘bite and devour one another.’ For remedies, consider that
1) it is better to dwell on the saints’ graces rather than on their weaknesses and infirmities
2) love and union best promote safety and security
3) God commands and requires the saints to love one another
4) it is better to eye the things in which saints agree rather than those things
wherein they differ
5) God is the God of peace, Christ the Prince of peace, and the Spirit the Spirit of
peace
6) it is needful for the saints to make more care and conscience of maintaining their
peace with God
7) it is needful to dwell much upon the relationship and union of the people of God
8) discord is productive of miseries
9) it is good and honorable to be the first in seeking peace and reconcilement
10) saints should agree well together, making the Word the only touchstone and
judge of their words and actions
11) saints should be much in self-judging
12) saints should labor to be clothed with humility

IV. DEVICE AGAINST POOR AND IGNORANT SOULS
By causing them to affect ignorance and to neglect and despise the means of knowledge: For remedies, consider that
1) an ignorant heart is an evil heart
2) ignorance is the deformity of the soul
3) ignorance makes men objects of God’s hatred and wrath
4) ignorance is a sin that leads to all sins

APPENDIX

I. FIVE MORE OF SATAN’S DEVICES
1. By suggesting to men the greatness and vileness of their sins
2. By suggesting to sinners their unworthiness
3. By suggesting to sinners their want of certain preparations and qualifications
4. By suggesting to sinners that Christ Is unwilling to save them
5. By causing sinners to give more attention to the secret decrees and counsels of God than to their own duty

II. SEVEN CHARACTERS OF FALSE TEACHERS
III. SIX PROPOSITIONS CONCERNING SATAN AND HIS DEVICES
IV. CONCLUSION: TEN SPECIAL HELPS AND RULES AGAINST SATAN’S DEVICES

“Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” Ephesians 6:11-13

Post may contain affiliate links to materials I recommend. Read my full disclosure statement.

 

My new favorite children’s picture books

February 7th, 2018

Poodlena by E. B. McHenry

Poodlena decides that it’s OK to get dirty once in a while.

vi

Violet asks Grammy to read Poodlena.

The Little Snowplow by Lora Koehler, illustrated by Jake Parker

Dad will LOVE reading this book to the kids.

mike

Michael’s favorite book, too.

Post may contain affiliate links to materials I recommend. Read my full disclosure statement.

 

Weak and singular and odd

January 30th, 2018

by John Newton

A consistent Christian, whose integrity, humility, and philanthropy, mark his character and adorn his profession will in time command respect.

But his attachment to the unfashionable truths of the Gospel, and his separation from the maxims and pursuits of the world will render him weak and singular and odd in their eyes.

If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated Me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. –John 15:18-19

quote-there-is-many-a-thing-which-the-world-calls-disappointment-but-there-is-no-such-thing-in-the-john-newton-255730

 

Suggestions on how to treat your adult children

January 18th, 2018

Suggestions on how to treat your adult children:

1. The majority of the time that you are talking with your adult child, you should be doing the listening, not the talking. Real and attentive listening. Respectful listening — not appearing to be listening or thinking about what you need to be doing next or what you want to say next, but real listening.
2. Talk to your adult children in the same way which you would talk to any of your peers. Your body language, tone of voice, facial expressions, language, and level of respect should be the same as what you use with your peers.
3. There must be trust. The members of a family must trust each other. Without mutual trust there can be no family peace, order, fellowship, respect, or communion.
4. Address the concerns of your adult children in a timely manner. Don’t continue to put off resolving issues or acting on matters, but have enough respect for your adult children to move forward, making decisions promptly on issues which are important to them. Don’t be eternally saying, “Well, I’m praying about it.”
5. Avoid exaggeration — it undermines trust and respect. Exaggeration is a learned behavior and your children will most certainly adopt the behavior if they see it in you.
6. If children are exposed to a steady stream of negativity and criticism, leveled against them or against others, it will undermine their trust and confidence in you, and it will interfere with their ability to respect you. When the parent is negative and critical, his intended result is that the child will become more discerning and careful. But in actuality, the effect of steady negativity and criticism is usually the opposite — it serves to pull down and inhibit growth, and causes the child to not take the parent seriously.
7. It is most likely that at some time in his life and in some area of his life, your adult child will disagree with your views on different issues, be it politics, how to handle money, nutrition, music, dress, courtship, or (gasp!!) theology. Have enough respect for your adult child to discuss these differences in the same way that you discuss differences with your peers.

Laurie Bluedorn

 

We Never Studied Rocks

January 15th, 2018

This is my 3rd year homeschooling my sons. They are in 2nd, 5th, and 6th grades. I have been slowly trying to incorporate some of the principles of classical education into our homeschool effort. For example, we have begun the study of Latin this year. I am increasingly concerned that I have missed doing the grammar stage properly with my two oldest sons. Is there any way to assess gaps they might have, and catch up? E.C.

I’ve heard people discuss this topic, but could never quite understand what people meant by gaps. Do they mean that they are worried because their children didn’t study rocks in the 3rd grade like most public and private school children do, or that they didn’t study the planets in 4th grade?

We’re talking here about children not learning the facts in a certain area of study by a certain age level. I think lots of people worry about this. One person I once talked to was quite concerned because her ten-year-old child knew nothing about the Depression of the ’30’s, and another mother felt like a failure because her son couldn’t recite all the states and capitals by age twelve. These types of worries could drive parents crazy, especially if they stop and think about all the minute facts their child probably doesn’t know, and the even greater number of facts he learned but immediately forgot.

Now, I have a confession to make. We never studied rocks. Never. In fact, we never studied earth science at all. But that’s OK, because I plan on studying the subject with my grandchildren when I have more time. I’m actually looking forward to it.

Classical education is not like the education we parents got in the public school, where we memorized a bunch of facts, took a test, and then went on to the next subject. Classical education is about training minds and developing proper appetites. It’s developing the imagination and creativity. It’s having time to play and explore in the old fashioned way. It’s encouraging a love for learning. It’s building a firm foundation in the child’s mind with memorization and narration. And it’s about learning to obey and serve our heavenly Father. It’s a way of life.

But perhaps the gaps you are worried about are the skill type gaps and foundational knowledge that are important to learn in the early years ­– things such as basic formal English grammar knowledge which could be started at age ten; the basics of formal mathematics which also could begin at age ten (and informal math at earlier ages); and intensive phonics instruction which should begin as soon as the child is ready. These all are foundational stones to the building you are constructing, and any gaps here would need to be repaired.

 

Suggestions to Combat Homeschool Burnout

January 15th, 2018


We hear a lot today about burnout in homeschooling.
…..

    I lie in bed at night and dread the thought of starting school
 the next day.
    A life of drudgery is not what I envisioned a few short 
months ago.
    It’s such a struggle to get the kids to do anything.

The only time I disliked homeschooling was from 1980-83, the first 
three years that we formally homeschooled. We were following a rigid
 correspondence type curriculum. There was a pile of workbooks to get 
through each day, a long list of subjects to check off on my notepad, a
 schedule to keep, and all that in addition to the normal things which must 
be accomplished in the home, such as changing diapers, cooking, and
 cleaning.


By 1983 I was so thoroughly tired of the schooling routine, and our oldest
 had become so reluctant to do school, that I threw out the
 school-in-a-box mindset, and the Lord began to show us a different way.

The first 
change I made was to start reading to the children ­– not just the baby 
picture books (although we still read those), but the long chapter books — ­
the books I wanted to read, like Treasure Island, the works of Jules Verne, and the Little House series. At 
the beginning, the babies didn’t get anything out of the reading, but the
 older ones loved it. Yet, I suppose the person who loved it the most was 
me. Through the years I read to them all the books I had always wanted to 
read but never had the time, and I certainly paid no attention to grade 
level. I read to my own grade level. And they learned to love reading because they saw how much pleasure it gave me.


I soon learned to apply that same philosophy to other areas as well and
 pursued an education for myself, bringing the children along side me. Many 
days were spent in libraries ­– both local and university level ­– with the
 children helping me do research on our current topic, and the baby playing
 beside us in a laundry basket (strollers weren’t allowed). We must have been a strange sight to the college students.

Yes, we did the grammar and
 math like we were supposed to, but we majored on projects — history and
 science projects, learning writing skills and much more in the
 process.


If you’re not enjoying the adventure of homeschooling ­– and it truly 
is an adventure ­– but are rather seeing it as a job which must be
 endured, perhaps you might consider changing your perspective. Look on
 homeschooling as primarily an opportunity to educate yourself, and bring 
the kids along side.


Laurie Bluedorn

 

Concordia Classical Studies Showcase

January 12th, 2018

Concordia University Chicago understands and appreciates the significant advantages of a classical education and homeschooling and seeks to be a welcoming institution for those looking to continue their classical liberal arts education in a university setting. Rooted in more than 150 years of Lutheran educational tradition, Concordia-Chicago has developed a new initiative to intentionally build upon the principles that classically educated students expect at the university level.

You are invited to a campus visit day to learn more about undergraduate Classical Education program at Concordia University Chicago.

Friday, February 9
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Concordia University Chicago
River Forest, IL
Continental breakfast and full lunch provided
RSVP required by February 2

For those who wish to extend their stay, various supplemental activities are also being planned.

This initiative includes:
– Classical Liberal Studies Major/Minor
– Classical Teacher Education Minor
– CUC Honors Program
– Center for Advancement of Lutheran Liberal Arts (CALLA)
– Existing academic programs that complement Classical Education
– Welcoming environment for those who have taken part in an alternative form of education (homeschooling, online, etc)

Learn more about the programs and reserve your spot online today.

 

Switch on Your Brain Book Study

December 28th, 2017

Science is finally catching up with the Bible, showing us the proof that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. –2 Timothy 1:7

Starting January 4, 2018, join James and Stacy McDonald for an 8-week online book study using Dr. Caroline Leaf’s book, Switch On Your Brain.

Dr. Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist with a PhD in Communication Pathology specializing in Neuropsychology. Since the early 1980’s she has studied and researched the Mind-Brain connection, focusing heavily on neuropoplasticity. Fear alone triggers more than 1,400 known physical and chemical responses in our bodies, activating more than thirty different hormones. Today our culture is undergoing an epidemic of toxic thoughts that, left unchecked, create ideal conditions for illnesses. Supported by current scientific and medical research, Dr. Caroline Leaf (always writing from a distinctly Christian perspective) gives readers a prescription for better health and wholeness through correct thinking patterns, declaring that we are not victims of our biology. She shows us how to choose life, get our minds under control, and reap the benefits of a detoxed thought life.

These concepts, combined with the power of therapeutic grade essential oils and the brain-nourishing abilities of YL supplements like NingXia Red, MindWise, and Omegagize, could truly change your life. We can’t wait to see how God uses every bit of it to “switch on our brains” in a mighty way.

Join the Facebook book study group here.

Post may contain affiliate links to materials I recommend. Read my full disclosure statement.

 

Archives

Meta