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Ring the Bell for Liberty

Ring the Bell for Liberty with Four Ways to Celebrate Independence Day!

Americans gather together with friends and family to celebrate America’s Independence, often with food and fireworks! This Independence Day, you can bring more than just nostalgia to your gathering with three ways to celebrate!

Remember
Take time to read through first-hand accounts of our struggle for Independence. Ideas include the letters of John & Abigail Adams.
“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.” – excerpt of a letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams. Read  more here.

Ring the Bell for Liberty

Restore

Why keep your love of America’s Christian History to one day per year? Use July 4th as a springboard to invite your friends and family to the study  Restoring America’s Biblical Foundations!

Renew

Independence Day can be a day where you renew your individual commitment to knowing the rudiments of America’s Christian history and government enabling you to pass the vision on to the succeeding generations.
Join an online course and begin renewing your understanding of America’s Christian history and government.
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Recall

Have you ever wondered why we have a Liberty Bell? Why would we ring the bell for liberty? Learn more about why we ring the bell for liberty with this excerpt from The Mighty Works of God: Liberty and Justice.
“In colonial times, various means were used to communicate news. Messengers were sometimes sent to cry out the news in the towns and villages. Often the town hall bell or church bell was rung to call the people together to announce news. Such was the use of the bell in the old State House in Philadelphia, 1776, as it pealed forth the news of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.”
Enjoy the following resources from The Mighty Works of God: Liberty and Justice For All-
Used by permission from The Mighty Works of God: Liberty and Justice for All.

However you choose to celebrate Independence Day, Pilgrim Institute extends our heartfelt greetings to you, your family, and your circle of friends. As we have been blessed by the gracious hand of Almighty God, may we be mindful of His truth for this generation and those to come.

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Summer Fact Box

Summer Learning

Fact Box

 

Summer Fact Box

How does your family make summer memorable and meaningful? To encourage summer learning, the following article comes to you from the Pilgrim Institute archives.

In the summer of 1984, Verna Hall and Rosalie Slater of the Foundation for American Christian Education gave children an opportunity to do special projects which would help form the same Pilgrim character traits that built Plymouth Plantation and strengthened the colony to “survive in the American Wilderness.”

More than just a suggestion for your family, this article brings to you a treasure—the words of Miss Hall and Miss Slater; words which will inspire you with a love for learning, recognition of divine Providence, and the beauty of the Principle Approach to American Christian Education.
Dear Children and Parents:

DEVELOPING A FACT BOX

          Noah Webster in his American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828, defines the word fact as follows:

FACT: (From the root of to make or do)

  1. Any thing done, or that comes to pass; an act; a deed; an effect produced or achieved; an event. Witnesses are introduced into court to prove a fact. Facts are stubborn things. To deny a fact is to lie.
  2. Reality; truth; as, in fact.

Recording Useful Knowledge

          When young Jules Verne was having a difficult time, he found the public libraries of Paris a warm place. Here he began his extensive reading in the natural sciences. In his lifetime, he wrote 20,000 data cards of facts. His excellent memory and imagination allowed him to make use of this knowledge in the writing of his many books of adventure. Because Jules Verne endeavored to be careful and accurate in his research, one hundred years later in America when the Apollo 9 Spacecraft for the manned space flight to the moon was built, it was the same weight and height as that used in Jules Verne’s novel Journey from the Earth to the Moon. Even more remarkable was the fact that the splashdown of Apollo 9 in the Pacific Ocean was about 2 ½ miles from the point which Jules Verne had calculated from his research one hundred years before!

Today we American Christians have become careless with our habits of learning. We live in an age when there is much to learn yet for the most part, we fail to organize our knowledge. That is the purpose for a Fact Box. Go to the stationery store and find a box—not smaller than one which could hold 4” by 6” cards. You may want a larger card to work with. You should also purchase a set of alphabet cards so that you can file and organize your facts alphabetically. Every time you learn some new and important fact, write it on a card with a brief line or two to indicate the source of your information. By filing it under a proper letter, you will be able to find your information and add to it. As you read about persons, places, things, which are important for you to remember, decide how you want to classify the information so that later you may refer to it quickly.

Biographies

Perhaps you have been reading a biography about Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross. Perhaps you have just learned about John Chapman, known as Johnny Appleseed and the beautiful Ohio country where he planted so many apple trees. You could classify him under the word apple, or Ohio, or under his own well-loved name of Jonny Appleseed. Plan to unify your knowledge so that as you learn more and more about America’s Christian History you can bring in many people, places and events that relate to the uniqueness of our country.

Creation

God’s Creation is an area which is so full of wonderful studies that, hopefully, you will be adding to your knowledge and appreciation all the time. Streams, ponds, rivers, and the Oceans afford many sources of learning. As students of the Principle Approach, we seek to find the unifying principles by which many diverse plants and animals are drawn together. This is certainly true of the life of a pond, or the tide-pools at the seashore. The more we can relate the facts we see before us to the unifying principles that govern, the more certain we will be able to learn God’s Laws governing the particular area. This is, of course, true of the forests and the desert lands, and tropical and arctic regions. The study of an area should bring us closer to the Nature and Character of God.

When Matthew Fontaine Maury, Christian founder of Oceanography, published his The Physical Geography of the Sea and its Meteorology in 1855, he caused many men who had spent their lives at sea “to look about us, and see by what wonderful manifestations of the wisdom and goodness of the great God we are continually surrounded.” As Captain Phinney of the American ship Gertrude continued to testify of his closer look into “the wonders of the great deep” as a result of studying Maury, we can see the relationship of his words to our own lives:

“For myself, I am free to confess that for many years I commanded a ship, and, although never insensible to the beauties of nature upon the sea or land, I yet feel that, until I took up your work, I had been traversing the ocean blindfolded. I did not know the amazing and beautiful combination of all the works of Him whom you so beautifully term ‘the Great First Thought.’

“I feel that, aside from the pecuniary profit to myself from your labors, you have done me good as a man. You have taught me to look above, around and beneath me, and recognize God’s Hand in every element by which I am surrounded. I am grateful for this personal benefit. Your remarks on this subject, so frequently made in your work, cause in me feelings of the greatest admiration, although my capacity to comprehend your beautiful theory is very limited.”

Places to Visit

There are also many places to visit—some probably quite close to where you live—which have some connection with our history, our literature or with our present life as a nation. These places can be entered into your Fact Box and can be helpful reminders of the history that unfolded in that particular spot of geography. Sometimes you can actually touch history. You can reach down and feel a wagon track imprinted on the land where the wheels of a prairie schooner carried a family westward and left its mark on history. Sometimes you can walk inside the decaying walls of an old adobe fort or house where some important act of history was lived out. Or you can see and touch and climb inside some old entrenchment or redoubt that served in the defense of liberty. All of these can be entered as facts into your record or box.

Eyewitnesses

The “eyewitnesses” of the nineteenth century events of history are almost all gone and we must look to books, and diaries, sermons and newspapers, to seek out our eighteenth century history. What can we record of today’s events that are taking place in our centuries—the twentieth and the twenty-first? Do we know of God’s Hand in preserving our nation in this century? Do we know of the many efforts for liberty taking place today in our nation, in our world? We should record carefully names, dates, places, important to the history of Constitutional Liberty.

Bible

The Bible is our written textbook of liberty and we can depend upon the facts of the Bible. Just as in Old Testament times there were efforts to preserve and record the Hand of God in His Story, so in the New Testament those who were “eyewitnesses” were careful to write down the important events in the Life of our Lord. Luke, who was not a disciple of our Lord, but a frequent companion of the Apostle Paul, began his Gospel with these significant words:

“Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou has been instructed.”  Luke 1:1-4

Let us be faithful stewards of what the Lord is teaching us in all fields—and let us seek His principles in each field we research. As we expand our awareness of God’s principles in all fields and record carefully the facts which can serve to prepare us—then we will be ready to be used of the Lord for His plan and purpose as a faithful instrument of His will in our lives—to His glory and for the benefit of the cause of Liberty.

Keep your Fact Box at home. Work at it and review what you are recording often to see whether you are learning the relationships which exist between all aspects of God’s world. From time to time when you have something of interest to report you may want to take your Fact Box to school to share with your teachers and classmates. Perhaps others, too, in your school will be working at building a Fact Box and you can exchange your knowledge and information and inspire each other to pursue the goal of godly approval.

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”   2 Timothy 2:15

From the Editor — If the suggestion of a simple card file seems too old-fashioned to interest your technology-saturated children, consider the following suggestions:

  • Use lap-book style file folders and papers for your child’s recording.
  • Learn to do foldables, and encourage your child to record on them.
  • Purchase bright-colored cards to make the project appealing.
  • Supply your child with stickers to decorate the cards after they’ve recorded something new they learned.
  • Provide bright-colored pencils, pens or markers to make the writing special.
  • Create an individual Summer Learning computer file, and have your child create attractive documents.
  • Use a digital camera to capture interesting photos and use the internet or library to learn more about God’s marvelous Creation. Record what you’ve learned along with the digital picture.
  • Start a sketch book and make drawings about things of interest. Research more information and add written descriptions of what you’ve learned.
  • Purchase a Note Sketch Book from Miller Pads and Paper. Use the book to make sketches or collect photographs, postcards, etc. Using the pre-printed lines, write about what you learned visiting a park, walking in the neighborhood, or reading a book.

 

Christ Changed History

Christ Changed History

Christ Changed Hearts

“When Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to earth, He came as a baby. He grew up in the simple home of His earthly father, the carpenter Joseph. We know little about Jesus as a boy. We do know that he was perfect.

“His work on earth began when he was about thirty years of age. Jesus walked the roads of Israel.  He traveled fro city to city. He taught the people and performed many miracles. Jesus taught that He was the Son of God. He taught that He had come to bring life.

“Many people followed Jesus from place to place to hear Him teach. But Jesus did not come to earth just to teach the people. God sent Jesus Christ, His Son, to earth to die for our sins.

“As people believed in Jesus as their Saviour, their hearts were changed. They loved a living God rather than idols. They began to love the things of God, rather than the things of the world.

“As people believed that Jesus was the Son of God, their lives were changed. They began to love their neighbors. Others could not understand them.

“During the early years after Jesus’ ministry, His followers began to be called Christians.  There were some who said that the Christians ‘turned the world upside down.’

“And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;” Acts 17:6

“Christians knew that they could be governed in their hearts. They could be controlled and directed by God.  This is Christian self government.”1

“All of history reflects Christ and Christianity. History reveals that liberty for
the individual is the result of Christ’s work upon this earth: His death, burial,
resurrection and ascention into heaven as the Son of God.  Liberty first comes to
the individual internally. The internal change of the heart brings forth external
changes in the life and work of the individual.” 2

1.The Mighty Works of God, Liberty and Justice for All, Student Text, pgs. 35-37,
Bradford Press, 2003
2. The Mighty Works of God, Liberty and Justice for All, Teacher Guide, pgs. 51-52,
Bradford Press, 2003

 

 

The Spirit of Thanksgiving

 The Spirit of Thanksgiving by Jeanette Whittaker

The true spirit of thanksgiving can be hard to capture in the whirlwind of modern society. You can’t facebook, text, tweet, or click to discover it.

You’ll find the spirit of thanksgiving as you contemplate and consider the nature and mighty works of our Creator and Savior.

The spirit of thanksgiving places all hope and trust in God. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. Psalm 145:3-4.

The spirit of thanksgiving recognizes the faithfulfulness of God. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. Lamentations 3:22-24.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, we honor our Pilgrim fathers because they lived the Biblical spirit of thanksgiving.

Recognizing the principles of Scripture, they followed the dictates of conscience concerning the practice of their faith.

Tested by persecution, they placed all faith and hope in God. Recounting their experiences, William Bradford used phrases such as, “their desires were set on the ways of God…they rested on his providence, and knew whom they had believed.”

After spending a decade in Holland, the Separatists prepared themselves for an even more difficult endeavor, emigrating to the wilderness of North America. Bradford acknowledged the enormity of this step of faith with these gripping words, “It was answered that all great and honorable actions are accompanied with great difficulties, and must be both enterprised and overcome with answerable courages…all of them [difficulties], through the help of God, by fortitude and patience, might either be borne or overcome.”

Arrived at Cape Cod, far from their planned destination in Virginia, Bradford recorded their continued choice to place all their faith and trust in God. “What could now sustain them but the spirit of God and his grace? May not and ought not the children of these fathers rightly say: Our fathers were Englishmen which came over this great ocean, and were ready to perish in this wilderness; but they cried unto the Lord, and he heard their voice, and looked on their adversity. let them therefore praise the Lord, because he is good, and his mercies endure for ever.”

Over and over again, Bradford echoed the sentiments of the saints of God through all of time. In God will I put my trust.

Facing disease and death, near starvation, as well as other hardships, the Pilgrims carried on in those early years.  In 1623, a two-month drought threatened to wipe out the carefully planted crops. What would these steadfast Pilgrims do? In Bradford’s words, “they set apart a solemn day of humiliation, to seek the Lord by humble and fervent prayer, in this great distress. And he was pleased to give them a gracious and speedy answer.”

On the very day of their fasting and prayer, they received rain, followed by “such seasonable showers…as, through his blessing, caused a fruitful and liberal harvest, to their no small comfort and rejoicing. For which mercy…they also set apart a day of thanksgiving.”

Where would we be in America today if our Pilgrim forefathers had placed their faith in the wisdom of man?

Where will we be in America if our generation fails to recognize the call of God for individuals, families, and our nation?

As you move through this Thanksgiving season, may the Lord Jesus Christ give you reason to rejoice and to live in hope. In the days that follow, may you purpose to live in acknowledgement of the mighty works of God–past, present, and future.

Sincerely,
Jeanette Whittaker 

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THANKSGIVING PRODUCES THANKS – LIVING – Part 2

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Signing the Mayflower Compact
 

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EAGLE’S AERIE

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THANKSGIVING PRODUCES THANKS – LIVING
Part 2

FOUR PRIMARY REASONS THE PILGRIMS CAME TO AMERICA

  1.  To protect their children from degeneracy and corruption. “Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father.” Prov. 28:7 “…their dearest children…of best dispositions and gracious inclinations, were…oppressed with their heavy labors, … became decrepit in their early youth, and by the great licentiousness of youth in (Holland) and the manifold temptations of the place, were drawn away by evil examples into extravagant and dangerous courses, getting the reigns off their necks, departing from their parents, … tending to dissoluteness and the danger of their souls, to the great grief of the parents and dishonor of God.” (William Bradford)
  2.  To propagate and advance the Gospel of the Kingdom of Christ “Go ye therefore and teach all nations,…” Matt. 28:19 “Lastly, and which was not least, a great hope and inward zeal they had of laying some good foundation, or at least to make some way thereunto, for the propagating and advancing the gospel of the kingdom of Christ in to those remote parts of the world.” (William Bradford)

In the name of God, Amen. We whose names are underwritten…having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and honor of our king and country, a voyage…do by these present solemnly and mutually in the presence of God, and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic, for our better ordering and preservation…” (Mayflower Document)

  1. To obtain and preserve Religious Liberty. “Standfast, therefore, in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made you free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Gal. 6:1 “And some of the chief of that company (of Pilgrims) doubted not to obtain their suit of the king FOR LIBERTY IN RELIGION, and to have it confirmed under the kings broad seal, according to their desires.” (William Bradford)
  2. To be as “stepping-stones” unto others for the performing of so great a work.

“..yea, though they should be but even as stepping-stones unto others for the performing of so great a work.” (William Bradford) “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.” I Cor. 3:6

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