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Putting the Bible First

In the instruction given in our schools, the natural and the spiritual are to be combined.  The laws obeyed by the earth reveal the fact that it is under the masterly power of an infinite God.  The same principles run through the spiritual and the natural world.  Divorce God from the acquisition of knowledge, and you have a lame, one-sided education, dead to all the saving qualities that give true power to man.  The Author of nature is the Author of the Bible. Creation and Christianity have one God.  God is revealed in nature, and God is revealed in His word.  In clear rays the light shines from the sacred page, showing us the living God, as represented in the laws of His government, in the creation of the world, in the heavens that He has garnished.  His power is to be recognized as the only means of redeeming the world from the degrading superstitions that are so dishonoring to God and man.

The student who in his school life becomes familiar with the truths of God’s word and feels their transforming power upon his heart will represent the character of Christ to the world in a well-ordered life and a godly conversation.  God will do great things for those who will open the heart to His word and let it take possession of the soul temple.  The departure from the simplicity of true godliness on the part of students has had an influence to weaken character and lessen mental vigor.  Their advancement in the sciences has been retarded, while if they had been like Daniel, hearers and doers of the word of God, they would have advanced as he did in all branches of learning upon which they entered.  Being pure=minded, they would have become strong-minded.  Every intellectual faculty would have been sharpened.

When the Bible is made the guide and counselor, it exerts an ennobling influence upon the mind.  Its study more than any other will refine and elevate.  It will enlarge the mind of the candid student, endowing it with new impulses and fresh vigor.  It will give greater efficiency to the faculties by bringing them in contact with grand, far-reaching truths.  If the mind becomes dwarfed and inefficient, it is because it is left to deal with commonplace subjects only.  Let the Bible be received as the food of the soul, the best and most effectual means of purifying and strengthening the intellect.

Out of the heart are the issues of life; and the heart of the community, of the church, and of the nation is the household.  The well-being of society, the success of the church, the property of the nation, depend upon home influences.

Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, pp. 395-396

 

Amy A., Character, Guest Bloggers

Questions to Ask Your Kids

building character

Questions to Ask Your Kids (and Yourself!) That Inspire Character Development
1. Did you make someone smile today?
2. What did you do today that was hard?
3. Where did you see good today?
4. Where did you do good today?
5. Do you have anything you did today that you regret?
6. Did you tell someone thank you today? What for?
7. Were there any tough situations today that you weren’t quite sure how to handle? What did you do?
8. Tell me something nice about one of your friends. Encourage them to tell that friend also.
9. Were you honest about something today that was hard for you to be truthful about?
10. Where did you see God today?
11. What did you feel grateful about today?
12. How did you experience joy today?
13. Was there a time you had to be patient today?
14. Did you have the opportunity to be a servant leader today?
15. Where did you need someone else to have grace with you today?
16. Did you need to show courage in any way today?
17. Who did you reach out to today?
18. When did you show self-control?

Thank you, Amy, for sharing!

Motivation Monday

Motivation Monday

” Smile parents…Let the sunshine from a  loving, grateful heart light up the countenance.  Unbend from your iron dignity, adapt yourselves to the children’s needs, and make them love you.  You must win their affection, if you would impress religious truth upon their heart.”

FE 68

 

Originally published April 26, 2010

Bible, Elementary(K-6), English-Language Arts, High School(9-12), Jr. High(7-8), Online Resources, Special Needs

Bible Memory Through Song

Today we are sharing resources for learning Bible verses through song.  Feel free to comment and add your suggestions below.  Many of the suggestions let you listen to a sample, so please try to do so before purchasing if you want to be sure the music is agreeable for your home.

“The songs that had cheered the wilderness wandering were sung.  God’s commandments were chanted, and, bound up with the blessed influences of nature and of kindly human association, they were forever fixed in the memory of many a child and youth.”  ~Education 42.1

“The history of the songs of the Bible is full of suggestion as to the uses and benefits of music and song.  Music is often perverted to serve purposes of evil, and thus becomes one of the most alluring agencies of temptation.  But, rightly employed, it is a precious gift of God, designed to uplift the thoughts to the high and noble themes, to inspire and elevate the soul” ~My Life Today 90.3

* denotes an SDA resource

 

*Benjamin NG Scripture songs – YouTube

Hide ‘Em in Your Heart:  Bible Memory Melodies, Volume 1 and 2 by Steve Green (older CDs, may be hard to find)

*Hide it In Your Heart – YouTube

*Musical Memory Verses – YouTube Channel, Leah is very creative with her songs.

*Neville Peters – By the Word album

Scripture Lullabies – you can purchase CD’s or stream on major streaming platforms

*Scripture Singer – website and app (apple and android), also playlists on YouTube

Scripture Songs CDs – By Patty Vailant (on YouTube, Amazing Facts bookstore, Amazon, etc.)

Sing the KJV – learn whole chapters…free sheet music, also on YouTube.

*SonLight Education Ministry – Search the Family Bible Lessons Folder, the 2-8 Grade Lessons (Desire of All Nations), and Music Song Books.

Songs for Saplings- ABC by Dana Dirksen

Songs for Saplings-123 by Dana Dirksen

*Thy Word Creations:   Songbook/Activity books with a CD

*Trilogy Scripture Resources