The Goal

Why are you homeschooling? Do you have a goal in mind? Maybe your child was created with a drive to get a full scholarship from Harvard, but I hope that’s not your goal for them. Those kinds of goals need to be driven by the child, something they take on and achieve with you cheering them on, not something that you drive them to do. We shouldn’t be choosing career paths for our children. They were made for a purpose, and we should want that for them, not our own aspirations.

Let me get back to the idea of goals. What is your big goal for your kids? What is your goal for homeschooling? What’s your “why?”

Let me suggest one for you: that your kids would love the Lord their God with all their heart, and with all their soul, and with all their strength, and with all their mind, and that they would love their neighbors as themselves.

If your child got the full scholarship to Harvard, it would sure feel good. It would feel good telling others about Harvard. It would feel good telling those family members who were always questioning whether your kids were missing out by being homeschooled. But, we’re not in this for ourselves. We’re not doing this every day in pursuit of validation for ourselves. The end game isn’t to prove to anyone else what a great job we did homeschooling. We’re not out to prove our kids are just as smart as the kids who went to school.

We have a bigger purpose in mind. I hope you have a bigger purpose in mind.

I know some of you homeschool out of fear. I hope you can redirect that into love. Pour love into your kids, not fear of what’s out there. Some of you homeschool because of busy schedules. I hope you keep school as an important part of the day and don’t neglect it in pursuit of other things. Some of you homeschool because you want your child to have the best academics and know homeschooling can be better than school. I hope you take the time to enjoy being together in your freedom and not just pursue accelerating your child’s education.

And some of you want more than anything that your child would love God and love others, but sometimes forget that’s the goal and get sidetracked looking at all those pursuing other goals. Yes, we want our kids to be educated. This is God’s world and we want them to know about it. We want them to not just be able to read, but to be able to study the Bible. We want them to be able to make smart decisions with their money and understand the numbers of credit and interest. We want them to marvel at how God designed the world to work, and to learn from history’s mistakes to avoid them in the future. But it’s all got a focus. This is God’s world we live in. He put us each here on purpose for a purpose.

If you ever wondered what God’s will is, I’ll fill you in. Love God. Love others. Teach your kids their purpose in life. If they are doing that, He’ll make sure the rest falls into place.

Jesus Month

I’ve opened the new September Study, The Suffering Servant. This is a thirty-day study going through the topic of suffering. Let’s trust God is in control and working out good.

You are invited to meet with me (Lee) to discuss the September Study on Fridays through September, starting on the 9th. We’ll meet at 11am EST. See below for more time zones. Come with questions. Open to adults, families, kids 12 and up if coming alone. The link is on the study page. On the 9th, I’ll expect you to be on lesson 9. 🙂
United States, Philadelphia
Fri, September 9, 2022 at 11:00 AM
UTC-05, CDT, Central Daylight Time (North America)
Fri, September 9, 2022 at 10:00 AM
UTC-06, MDT, Mountain Daylight Time (North America)
Fri, September 9, 2022 at 9:00 AM
UTC-07  (California)
Fri, September 9, 2022 at 8:00 AM
UTC-08  (Alaska)
Fri, September 9, 2022 at 7:00 AM

What is Jesus Month?

For a few years now, I’ve encouraged our users to take the month of September to spend extra time focused on the Lord. We should always be doing what we should be doing 🙂  but I hope this gives you a little encouragement towards maybe giving some things up for a time and replacing them with extra time in the Bible and prayer. In the past, our family has done a Christian-only TV policy for the month and added this extra study and a time of prayer together beyond our typical family Bible time.

Why September?

Jesus fulfilled the Spring feasts when he died on Passover, rose on First Fruits, and sent the Holy Spirit on the Feast of Weeks. We are waiting for Christ’s return and reign when He will fulfill the fall feasts: the Feast of Trumpets, Yom Kippur, and the Feast of Booths. These don’t follow our calendar, but happen around September.

Jesus Month for Kids

I reached out to Mr. Phil (aka Bob the Tomato) and asked about a free month’s access to his Mr. Phil TV streaming channel for our younger kids, from older preschool up through elementary age since my study is for older kids. He has two BIBLE-CENTERED shows.

Mr. Phil TVThey’ve generously offered us six-week free access to Mr. Phil TV. Your coupon code is ALLINONE and is good through the month of September. There are two series on there to choose from – What’s In The Bible? and The Mr. Phil Show.

What’s in the Bible? is 26 half-hour shows telling the stories of the Bible and connecting the overarching story. This is great for people new to the Bible, and for everyone else as well for learning about the Bible. My family owns this series on DVD and we all enjoy it, though it’s aimed at elementary age kids.

The Mr. Phil Show is 20 (currently) twenty-minute episodes. The shows are repetitive in the beginning. In the second half is a lesson from a historical character about things like what to do about a bully, how to know what God wants you to do, or how to pray when you are distracted. I tear up at every one. That’s followed by a Bible lesson, reading right from the Bible. (A little note: I flipped out at the second episode and turned it off because the question was if the Bible were true or a fairy tale, and the answer was both. I went back to check it out, and it was fine. It says the Bible is true, but that it’s like a fairy tale because it describes a world where there is more than meets the eye, wonder and miracles. I have seen almost all of them to check them out.)

There are 40 additional 9-minute Bible studies available like the ones found at the end of each episode. You can also search things like faith or sanctification and it will bring up videos that define it and talk about it.

 

Mr. Phil TV for Jesus Month

What’s in this post?

  • September Studies
  • Mr. Phil TV, free access for six weeks
  • Bible study with Lee

Next week I will open up the new September study, The Suffering Servant. I will also make it available through My EP. Parents, feel free to add a student block for yourself if you want to track your way through. These are month-long Bible studies on a topic. The previous years’ studies can be found on the September Studies page. Since these are geared for an older audience, I reached out to Mr. Phil (aka Bob the Tomato) and asked about a free month’s access to his Mr. Phil TV streaming channel for our younger kids, from older preschool up through elementary age.

Mr. Phil TVThey’ve generously offered us six-week free access to Mr. Phil TV. Your coupon code is ALLINONE and is good through the month of September. There are two series on there to choose from – What’s In The Bible? and The Mr. Phil Show.

What’s in the Bible? is 26 half-hour shows telling the stories of the Bible and connecting the overarching story. This is great for people new to the Bible, but for everyone as well for learning about the Bible. My family owns this series on DVD and we all enjoy it, though it’s aimed at elementary age kids.

The Mr. Phil Show is 20 (currently) twenty-minute episodes. The shows are repetitive in the beginning. My 9-year-old thinks it is funny, but my 11-year-old gets called in for the second half of the show. In that second half is a lesson from a historical character about things like what to do about a bully, how to know what God wants you to do, or how to pray when you are distracted. I tear up at every one. That’s followed by a Bible lesson, reading right from the Bible. (A little note: I flipped out at the second episode and turned it off because the question was if the Bible were true or a fairy tale, and the answer was both. I went back to check it out, and it was fine. It says the Bible is true, but that it’s like a fairy tale because it describes a world where there is more than meets the eye, wonder and miracles. I have seen almost all of them to check them out.)

There are 40 additional 9-minute Bible studies available like the ones found at the end of each episode. You can also search things like faith or sanctification and it will bring up videos that define it and talk about it.

Sign up for the free trial and enter your info and coupon code (ALLINONE) for a free month (so you get six weeks). If you haven’t finished the series, please consider signing up for another month or getting a year. I’d like to bless Mr. Phil for his generous offer of a free month for our EP users, so if it’s not a burden to you, please consider supporting his efforts to get Bible teaching out to kids. I love that he reads whole books of the Bible in the studies, instead of just little tidbit lessons.

Bible Study with Lee

I’m offering to meet on Fridays, 11 AM EST, to talk about the Suffering Servant study. Parents, families, and children 12 and up are welcome. You need to be doing the study and be up to date so we’re all talking about the same thing. The first one will be on September 9th. We’ll meet four times on Zoom. The link is in the Suffering Servant course and will be on the September Studies page.

What’s In Next Week’s Post

  • Why is September Jesus month?
  • Why Jesus month?
  • Link to the Suffering Servant study

Homeschooling Is Not the Answer

Homeschooling is not the answer. Now, to be clear, school is definitely not the answer! Easy Peasy’s curriculum is not the answer. Neither is any other. This book, that method, this resource, that game, this strategy, that set-up. None of it is the answer to whatever the situations are that your family is facing.

We all love an easy-to-implement program. Can we all say Easy Peasy? We don’t know how to fix our problems, so we rely on people who seem to have fixed theirs. The bad news is that no other person can figure it out for you and solve your problems. The great news is there is Someone who has all the answers.

Jesus is the answer. He’s the answer to everything. Yes, everything! Why do we turn to blogs and friends and online searches and try this and that and the other for our dilemma of the hour when we have the perfect source for all wisdom and knowledge? It must mean we either don’t have a relationship with Him or we don’t know Him well enough to believe He will hear and answer our prayers.

How can you get a relationship with the source of all wisdom and knowledge?

God is the perfect everything. That’s man’s problem. We got ourselves separated from this perfect source by our sin, our selfishness, this dumb idea humans have that we know what’s best for ourselves and that we should do as we please. It leads to every mess of a situation life brings to us.

To come to God, we have to humble ourselves and admit that we aren’t God. Understatement of the century! We confess that we no longer want to try and control our lives, and we give our lives over to Him. We ask Him to forgive us for all our sin, all those things we do that hurt ourselves and others, and ask Him to come into our lives to be our Father, to teach us, take care of us, and show us the way to live.

He can forgive us because Jesus took the punishment for sin, which is death. Jesus, as God come down to us in the flesh, was the only sinless, perfect person ever; He was the only one who didn’t have to die for His sin in order for justice to be done. That made Him able to take our death sentence for us, since He didn’t need to die Himself. He sacrificed Himself for us. When we are forgiven, we can receive His life in us. He comes to us by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit makes His home in us, and we let Him live His life through us.

With His ever-presence, we have the source of not just wisdom and knowledge, but the source of all true love, joy, peace, faithfulness, and so much more goodness than you can imagine.

If you have made this step or find yourself in the other category of just not knowing God well enough to trust Him to be your help in everything, consider reaching out. I have tons of Bible teaching on the site. The study called This Is Eternal Life might be a good place for you to start.

This year’s September Study will be released at the end of August. It’s called The Suffering Servant. Find purpose and joy in the trials and tribulations! For September, we’re all getting a free month of Mr. Phil TV, from Phil Vischer, creator of Veggie Tales. More on that when I release the September Study.

Good Morning, Lord! These are 2-minute teachings going straight through the Bible that you can read or listen to. There are more than 400 so far. You can find this on My EP. I was adding them to a playlist on Youtube, but I am thinking of not continuing that. If you really like having them as a playlist, you can ask me to keep adding them there.

Reminders from God’s Word – These are video teachings from various Scriptures. Lots on freedom from sin and God’s working salvation in our lives. This is a new page and I’m just adding as I have a new lesson I want to share. At the moment, I’ve been doing about four each week. There are just a couple dozen videos so far. This is NOT on My EP. If these are meaningful to you and you want to help out, consider helping with captioning.

Miracle Stories – Be encouraged to trust God to provide and protect and be your Good Father! I will at some point add more stories. There are new ways God is teaching us to trust Him to take care of us. He’s a good father! If you enjoy these, consider volunteering to help with captioning. That’s the hardest part of doing videos.