Published July 11th, 2014 by

homeschool tableAs public schools become more and more full of poor educational standards and anti-Biblical culture, many parents are looking for alternative schooling options for their children. While a private Christian school education might be beneficial and safer, they are also very expensive and may not be located in smaller communities. Another alternative public school that many Christian families have been adopting is that of homeschooling. There are many benefits that homeschooling has when viewed from an educational as well as a Christian perspective.

Curriculum Choices

When parents choose to educate their children at home, they have many options beyond what their children would find in a public or private school. Curriculum may be tailored to each specific child’s abilities and interests, as well as what the family wants to focus on. If a family is planning to take a vacation to Europe the following summer, one of the children’s learning units may be based on the geography, economics, politics, or culture of various countries in Europe. This helps to facilitate learning with personal experience which is much more difficult to do in a classroom setting. If and when the kids decide to further their learning with a college education, few know that there are even scholarships for homeschoolers available.

Bible Education

In addition to making sure that children get a well rounded education including reading, writing, and math, most Christian families believe that it is important to make sure that children receive education related to the Bible. Learning about the history of the Bible, memorizing Scripture, and learning to apply biblical principles to life can be a vital part of homeschooling a Christian home. In fact, the Bible can be applied to just about every aspect of learning including science, math, literature, history, art, music, and more.

Flexible Pace

Children who learn at home have the benefit of a great deal of one-on-one time with their teachers. Lessons can be guided to whatever pace works best for the child. If the child struggles in a certain subject, then more time can be taken in that subject. If a child is gifted or talented, he or she is able to work ahead at a pace which is challenging instead of boring. This may bring additional opportunities for graduating high school and going to college early. This type of advanced pace might make it possible for students to get scholarships for homeschoolers.

Time with Family

One of the most important ways to instill Christian values in our children is by schooling them at home. This allows them to spend time with the people in the family who we know are good influences on them. Learning as a family helps older children experience the responsibility of helping with and teaching younger children. Sibling relationships are also often much stronger when they are each other’s classmates and playmates. Time with family for a homeschooler also means that a grandma or grandpa or family friend may want to participate in lessons and learning, as well as going on “field trips”, and all of this helps to enrich experiences with relationships which might otherwise conflict with school hours.

Safety

Some parents and families live in public school systems which promote an unsafe environment. Even if the physical environment is safe (although more and more bullying continues to be reported in today’s culture), the emotional and spiritual environment may not be safe. Many schools limit a child’s right to carry or read from a Bible, others try to limit the child’s right to speak about spiritual matters. Because of this, many families choose to keep their children …

Published June 6th, 2014 by

St. Peter’s Basilica

Churches are known to be a holy place for Christians as this symbolized the house of God. This is the place where Christians gather for religious purposes. As Christianity grew, more and more churches are built, from a simple cathedral to breathtaking churches that will captivate even the non-religious. If you plan to tour the world for the best churches or just here to know the most famous churches in the world, then this list will surely captivate you to your soul.

Let’s dive in!

1. St. Peter’s Basilica

Constructed between 1506 and 1615, the church’s dome was designed by Michael Angelo in 1547. The famous church can be found in Rome, Italy with its dome rises up to a total height of 448 feet. It is the tallest dome in the world.

2. Las Lajas Cathedral

Las Lajas Sanctuary is a minor basilica church found in the southern Colombian Department of Nariño, district of Ipiales and manufactured inside the ravine of the Guáitara River. The present church was implicit Gothic Revival style in 1949. The name Laja hails from the name of a sort of even sedimentary rock like shale.

3. St. Basil’s Cathedral

The Cathedral of the Protection of Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat prevalently known as Saint Basil’s Cathedral is a Russian Orthodox Church raised on the Red Square in Moscow in 1555–61. Based on the request of Ivan the Terrible to remember the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan, it denotes the geometric focus of the city and the center point of its development since the fourteenth century.

4. Westminster Abbey

One of the symbols of London is the Westminster Abbey. An expansive Gothic church spotted simply to the west of the Palace of Westminster. It is a standout amongst the most outstanding religious structures in the United Kingdom.

5. Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia is a previous Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later a mosque, and now a historical center in Istanbul, Turkey. From the date of its devotion in 360 until 1453, it served as the Greek Patriarchal church building of Constantinople, with the exception of between 1204 and 1261, when it was changed over to a Roman Catholic house of God under the Latin Patriarch of Constantinople of the Western Crusader made Latin Empire. It was opened as a historical center on 1 February 1935.

6. Notre Dame

Notre Dame de otherwise called Notre Dame Cathedral or just Notre Dame, is a Gothic, Roman Catholic Church on the eastern half portion of the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris, France. It is the house of God of the Catholic Archdiocese of Paris: that is, it is the congregation that holds the cathedra (authority seat) of the Archbishop of Paris, at present André Vingt-Trois.

7. The Church of Hallgrímur

The Church of Hallgrã­mur is a Lutheran parish church which is likewise an extremely tall one, soaring at 74.5 meters (244 ft.) tall. It is the fourth tallest engineering structure in Iceland. It took inconceivably long to fabricate it (38 years!) Construction work started in 1945 and finished in 1986.

8. The Crystal Cathedral

The Crystal Cathedral is a Christian church building in Garden Grove, Orange County, California, United States. The building, planned by designer Philip Johnson, was finished in 1981 and seats 2,736 individuals.

9. Saint Mark’s Basilica

Known as the most popular of Venice’s temples and one of the best known illustrations of Byzantine structural engineering, Saint Mark’s Basilica is a sight to behold. It is one of the symbols of the city and the objective of each traveler in Venice. It …

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Published June 5th, 2014 by

Jesus Christ NRA Member 000001As followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we are taught to live a fulfilling life of peace, happiness and love. We are taught to love thy neighbour and to appreciate them as if they are a part of our family. Unfortunately, everyone isn’t always on the same page in relation to living a life of fulfillment. There are people who make it their goal to steal from others or physically hurt others to gain for themselves. As an American and as a Christian, we have the right to protect ourselves with any means necessary which includes defending our homes and our families by any means necessary. That is why I have an arsenal of firearms in my home in the case an intruder tries to break into my home and hurt my family.

It is important to have weapons in your home to protect yourself and it is also important to know how to use them in the case an unexpected emergency takes place. I take my family every month to a gun range so that everyone in my family is trained on the safety and functionality of the weapons in the house.

I also ensure that all of the weapons are in working order and have the appropriate accessories to help in certain situation. In my bedside drawer I have my favorite hand gun with a lightweight mounted flashlight so that I can see my target even if there is no power in the house. I find these accessories to be extremely important and I make sure I have the absolute best in terms of quality.

I had a situation one winters eve where an intruder entered the house. We live in a very safe Christian neighborhood so I was surprised by the events all together but let me tell you I was sure glad I had my weapons. The intruder broke in through the kitchen window at the back of the house while my wife and I were in the living room. It was a petty thief looking for jewelry and cash but let me tell you, he didn’t get his hands on it that’s for sure. I came running into the back kitchen as he entered the house and you should have seen the way his eyes lit up when he saw my shotgun staring him in the face. He quickly hit the deck with his hands over his head. The cops were there in minutes and took him off to the slammer.

I would hate to know how the above story would unfold in the case I didn’t have any of my tactical gear. I am looking at purchasing some night vision gear for those dark nights when I want even more protection. Nobody will be hurting my family!…

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The Holy BookFor many, Christianity and the Lord Jesus Christ provide direction in life. The holy book provides followers with important values to live by and a direction which above all encourages love, compassion and peace on earth. Followers do not question the vision god has for us because there is no need to question. Our path is defined by gods will and if we follow his teaching, we will live a happy and prosperous life before joining him in his Kingdom known as Heaven. For some though, there path brings them to god later in life. For some, it will be a serious trauma or a realization which will provide them a choice to follow the lord, or continue down a dark path which can often end in death.

I knew a man who lost his parents when he was about 17 years old. Both of his parents had addiction problems with drugs and alcohol and when they passed suddenly the teenager was on his own to make his own decisions. The easy path might have been to follow the same course as his parents, use drugs and alcohol to ease the pain of losing his parents and begin a path down a very dark road. Instead, the teenager found the Lord.

This is a story all to personal to me as I actually was the one to set this boy on to a path of the Lord Jesus Christ. The first time I met him he was on the street asking for change. He didn’t look like a street boy and I learned later that it was only a few days after his parents had passed that he had no money to feed himself and was reduced to begging. I asked the boy why he was on the street asking for money and he began to cry. It appeared I was the first person to ask him something sincere in quite some time and he began to tell me the 30 second version of the past few years of his life. My response to him was that although I do not have any change, I do know a place where you can find help.

Today, this teenager is a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ and has a successful career, a beautiful family and a relationship with god which is second to none. I take no credit for the success this young man has had but I do wonder what would have happened if we hadn’t met on the street that day.…

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Christianity is among the largest religions in the world with around 2 billion followers which are called as Christians. It is generally accepted that Jesus of Nazareth founded Christianity with his teachings and life as the basis of the religion’s ideals and philosophy. Most Christians believes that Jesus Christ if the son of God, fully divine and fully human. He is the savior of humanity as prophesized in the Old Testament. Christians often refer to Jesus as Messiah.

Today, if you hear the concept of Jewish Christian, you may be confused and will think of this as two conflicting religions. However, in order to mine the origins of Christianity, we must begin with the life of Jewish Christians that lived during the time of Jesus.

In the New Testament, we can read that Jesus only preaches to Jewish audience. A scholar described the mission of the eleven apostles to preach the gospel to all nation as a post resurrection idea. After the crucifixion, the apostles began to have a new faith in Jesus, and a movement called “The Way” at that time expanded to 3,000 Jewish converts. In the beginning, most of them are distinctly Jewish.

As more gentiles joined the Jesus’s movement (which is called “The Way”), the focus on Jewish law slowly decreased and we can see now that Christianity began to be a distinct religion. However, Jewish Christians in Jerusalem performs separate services from the gentile Christians. While these two groups share the same beliefs and traditions about Jesus’s message and importance, their separate rites and communities led to their increased division.

Geza Vermes (a biblical scholar) introduces the late first century C.E. Jewish Christian Didache as an imperative content for the comprehension of the Jewish Jesus movement. The Christian record concentrates on Mosaic Law and the affection of God and the neighbor, and depicts the recognition of Jewish customs close by sanctification and the recitation of “Our Father.” The Didache treats Jesus as an appealing prophet, alluding to Jesus with the term pais, an expression for servant or child that is additionally utilized for King David, instead of the “Son of God.”

By complexity, the early second century Epistle of Barnabas shows a particularly gentile Christianity in its presentation of the Hebrew Bible as purposeful anecdote rather than covenantal reality. The clearly divinized Jesus in this record is removed from the Jewish Christians and the partition between the Christian groups kept on widening. Geza Vermes composes that after Hadrian’s concealment of the Second Jewish Revolt, the Jewish Christians rapidly turned into a minority group in the recently settled church. Right now we can see the cause of Christianity as a uniquely non-Jewish religion; late in the second century, the Jewish Christians either rejoined their Jewish companions or get to be some piece of the recently gentile Christian church.

Christians are individuals of a book: Christian sources must be examined by reference to that book. Aids to such study are progressively and promptly accessible. As a result, New Testament exploration keeps on being sound and dynamic, and the resultant writing both broad and concentrated. Perusing Christian beginnings might be a long lasting and full-time quest for concern to both a disinterested student of history and a committed believer.…

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