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Home School Education in the Nineteenth Century

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 Posted at This Day in Presbyterian History : They are still being used today! McGuffey Readers , that is. But what an important force they have had from the early days of our land up to the present. In a day when modern textbooks are known to tear down what is right about America and Christian values, the McGuffey Readers would instead reflect the values of hard work, industry, honesty, loyalty, Sabbatarianism, and temperance, or in other words, exactly what is needed today in our modern society. Their name comes from William Holmes McGuffey, who was born on September 23, 1800. From an early age, he demonstrated a prodigious command of both languages and literature. Educated by his mother in their home and schooled in Latin, as was the practice then, by a Presbyterian minister, William committed large passages of the Bible to memory. Eventually he studied at Washington College in Lexington, Virginia (now Washington and Lee University) which was an early Presbyterian college. H

THE ULTIMATE LOVE IN A WORLD OF TOXIC SELF-LOVE

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 Posted at Reformation Scotland: Our culture constantly suggests to us that the key to happiness is unconditional self-love. The implication is that this is the ultimate love and it will guarantee us success and security. This creates what one writer has called a toxic culture of self-love that will never satisfy. We do not need to go to the opposite extreme, instead we need to turn from focus on self to the ultimate love Christ has for His own. It is self-denying, self-sacrificing love for the unlovely, dealing with rather than accepting sin. Those who are His own turn from sin and by grace depend on Him alone by faith. There is very much to be gained from contemplating this ultimate special love that Christ has for His people. We have a description of this love in John 13:1: “when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end”. This is one of the first passages that T

Remembering September 11, 2001

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 By Elizabeth Prata - Posted at The End Time: It’s hard to believe that it has been almost 20 years since that day. Two decades. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was editor of a local newspaper then. I was working in my newspaper office on the morning of September 11. Tuesday is a big paper day, we go to print Wednesday morning. I rented the office from my friend who lived a big farmhouse, and she called me from her living room. I thought it was unusual that she phoned, being just a few feet away from me in the same building. But her voice evaporated all other thoughts. She said said fiercely, “COME HERE NOW”. The first plane had just hit the twin tower in NY. We watched her television with eyes open, breathing shallowly, standing with arms numbly at our sides…until the second plane hit at 9:03. Our eyes locked together, and we knew without saying a word that this was an attack. We also knew that nothing would ever be the same. We watched until another plane hit the Pentagon 34 m

Being the Best Citizens

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By Pastor Andrew Barnes - Posted at Sermon Audio : Scripture Text: Romans 13: 1-7 KJV 1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tr

Submission To Higher Powers

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By Pastor Andrew Barnes - Posted at Sermon Audio :    Submit to Higher Powers Why Should We Submit To Rulers?   Resisting Our Civil Rulers Scripture Text: Romans 13: 1-7 KJV 1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's minister

The Right Duty Of The Civil Magistrate

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By Pastor Andrew Barnes - Posted at Sermon Audio:    Part One     Part Two     Part Three   Scripture Text: Romans 13: 1-7 KJV 1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 7 Render the

Calif. Church Now Facing $52K in Fines for Holding Indoor Services, Singing, Not Submitting Protocol

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 By Heather Clark - Posted at Christian News Network : SANTA CLARA, Calif. — A California church that had previously been fined $10,000 for holding a morning and evening indoor church service with singing in violation of county COVID regulations is now facing more than $52,000 in fines with additional $5,000 per service fines possible for every indoor gathering it continues to hold. In an update posted to YouTube on Tuesday, Jack Trieber of North Valley Baptist Church in Santa Clara showed screenshots of paperwork that was taped to the doors of the church, totaling the fines at $52,750. The documents cited “unlawful indoor gathering, failing to comply with required social distancing practices, not requiring congregants or church attendees to face coverings while attending, performing or speaking at indoor worship services; and permitting congregants or church service attendees to sing during services.” A fine was leveled for the morning and evening services of Aug. 23 and 30, as well