Build Your Bundle 2017 Giveaway and Coupon

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Friends of Pilgrim Institute,
I’m writing on behalf of the ministry to let you know that beginning the 19th of May our social media pages will become very active with a special promotion we’re participating in.

We’re joining with over 100 other Christian authors and publishers to bring you some very special offers. We realize that not all of these products will reflect a providential view of history or the Principle Approach to education, but we believe you will find many excellent resources to enhance your teaching. You can obtain a coupon for use during the sale here:

This is the first time we’ve done something like this and we ask for your patience with the increased page activity and your participation through sharing our posts to your own circle of influence.

This increased activity is for a short period of time and we’ve been mindful to bring you new articles and blog posts, so please don’t hide us. We need you!

Ruth Smith

Q & A About the Sale

Is this sale just for homeschoolers? No. This sale includes Bundles on homemaking, early learning, and items to assist you in your Christian walk.

Are these physical products? Items are digital and electronic download format.

How long does the sale last? There are a few days of “pre-sale” fun where you can enter to win all the Bundles and get a special coupon. The sale officially starts at 8 am, est, Monday, May 22 and runs for one week only. Then it and the savings are gone until next year!

We Have a Choice by Ruth J. Smith

We Have a Choice
Ruth J Smith

Our forefathers paid a great price for liberty. Are we willing to pay a price to restore and preserve that liberty for our children and grandchildren? Or are we willing to sacrifice it on the altar of ease and socialism?

America is faced with a great challenge today, a challenge that will not be easily answered or dealt with. The tentacles of socialism have penetrated our national government in the huge bureaucracy of non-elected officials and departments. These public offices have the authority to make regulations to which we, as American citizens, are as accountable as the laws written by Congress.

First of all, I wanted to see what statistics I could find. I found a report put out by the US Office of Personnel Management for fiscal year of 2015, which shows the number of employees in the Executive Branch of the Federal Government to be over 2,000,000 employees.

Secondly, I looked for a statistic to see what I could find for the number of employees during President Herbert Hoover’s administration. President Hoover believed in small government, individual responsibility, and private donations for national disasters, such as the great Mississippi Flood. He believed the government should coordinate the efforts, but the money should be raised through private donations (voluntarism). At this point I have not yet found that statistic.

President Hoover Faced Challenges

President Hoover faced the great challenge of the stock market crash and great depression and sought to restore the nation’s economy through his philosophy of government. However, another philosophy of government had risen in our nation, and that philosophy was that the national government was the answer through the New Deal.

President Hoover in his Addresses during his campaign against Franklin D. Roosevelt made this statement, “THIS campaign is more than a contest between two men. It is more than a contest between two parties. It is a contest between two philosophies of government.

“We are told by the opposition that we must have a change, that we must have a new deal. It is not the change that comes from normal development of national life to which I object, but the proposal to alter the whole foundations of our national life which have been built through generations of testing and struggle, and of the principles upon which we have built the nation. The expressions our opponents use must refer to important changes in our economic and social system and our system of government, otherwise they are nothing but vacuous words.

And I realize that in this time of distress many of our people are asking whether our social and economic system is incapable of that great primary function of providing security and comfort of life to all of the firesides of our 25,000,000 homes in America, whether our social system provides for the fundamental development and progress of our people, whether our form of government is capable of originating and sustaining that security and progress.

“This question is the basis upon which our opponents are appealing to the people in their fears and distress. They are proposing changes and so called new deals which would destroy the very foundations of our American system. . . .” October 31, 1932

History reveals that the American people chose the path of socialism

History reveals that the American people chose the path of the New Deal, the path of socialism. It is that path which has led us to a bureaucracy of 2,000,000 unelected individuals in the Executive Branch.

Interestingly, when Truman became President, he asked Herbert Hoover to head a Commission to provide recommendations on reducing the size of the bureaucracy which had developed under FDR’s presidency. President Eisenhower also asked for his assistance in reorganizing the Executive Branch of government.

The problem is that once a people become used to the benefits of socialism’s programs, there is a change of character which occurs – instead of independency and self-reliance, the people become dependent upon the civil government as a provider. This is not the original intention of the founding fathers for our national government. Its purpose was to be a protector not a provider.

The challenge facing our nation today is how can this mushrooming bureaucracy be reduced? What will it take to change a people, who now for generations have depended upon civil government as the provider for so many areas of life and living? Do we have the independence, character or the will to face the truth and to make the changes that are necessary? Are we willing to pay the price which might be required of us?

Our forefathers paid a great price for liberty. Are we willing to pay a price to restore and preserve that liberty for our children and grandchildren? Or are we willing to sacrifice it on the altar of ease and socialism?

The Value of a Godly Example, A Tribute to Mothers

The Value of a Godly Example, A Tribute to Mothers

by Jeanette Whittaker

Most of us keep items which we consider valuable. Some have intrinsic value, others remind us of a significant person or event. I’ve kept a cookbook that was handed down in our family. It’s original title speaks volumes, Portraits of Patriotism and Praise, Precious Promises, and Palatable Recipes. Printed in 1976, it features favorite recipes of the mothers of Kindergarten children in our Christian school.


value of a godly example

I don’t honestly use any of the recipes from the book any more, but I still keep it because biographical sketches of strong, godly women are printed throughout the book, as well as poetry selections which I treasure.

Here is one of my favorites.

The Reading Mother
Strickland Gillilan

I had a Mother who read to me
Sagas of pirates who scoured the sea,
Cutlasses clenched in their yellow teeth,
“Blackbirds” stowed in the hold beneath.

I had a Mother who read me lays
Of ancient and gallant and golden days;
Stories of Marmion and Ivanhoe,
Which every boy has a right to know.

I had a Mother who read me tales
Of Gelert the hound of the hills of Wales,
True to his trust till his tragic death,
Faithfulness blent with his final breath.

I had a Mother who read me the things
That wholesome life to the boy heart brings–
Stories that stir with an upward touch,
Oh, that each mother of boys were such!

You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be–
I had a Mother who read to me.

What is something that you keep and treasure? Do you have a favorite poem or cookbook? What makes it your favorite?

Wellesley, Scissors, and My Heavenly Father

Wellesley, Scissors, and My Heavenly Father
by Sharon Jaspers Caughill

Wellesley, Scissors, and My Heavenly Father

I often wonder at how God must view my daily silliness. He oversees my every moment, so how can He remain so incredibly patient with me? I know myself intimately and I am quite idiotic. Yet God loves me. And in Scripture He, with great compassion, warns me to be wise and careful and prudent. He instructs me desiring the best for me and wanting me to be safe. How do I respond? Sometimes I choose to be foolish and reckless and frivolous. And I question. Constantly question. In return He patiently guides and prods me along the path of life. I am always within the gaze of His eternal devotion. His eyes are specifically on me! His love is so vast. His love is so perfect.

Yesterday I was watching our grandson, Wellesley, who reminded me of this. Every time I turned around Welles was doing something dangerous or stupid. Now I think Welles is incredibly smart. He even looks smart – his eyes often peer back at me with a ‘wow you are silly Nana – I will pray for more intelligence to come your way’ eyes. But yesterday he was having a love affair with danger. I stopped him twice with scissors. The bright red-handled kitchen shears he removed from the lower rack of the dishwasher. For some reason their attractiveness is a constant draw. And tiny scissors he found rummaging through stuff his grandfather left strewn around which is another blog topic completely. I looked at him as he happily carried around danger and thought about myself – drawn to exactly what I should not be. With relish I carry peril in my heart and soul and body and mind. Because I love Wellesley a lot I chose to pry the scissors from his greedy little hands and as I did I thought about God ever so patiently taking things from mine.

A few minutes later he was at the top of the stairs shaking the protective gate hollering – desperately wanting to pull it away so he could have the freedom of the stairs. Why yes it would be fun to tumble down those hard wooden stairs and land on the basement cement. Nana is so cruel to put up that roadblock! And again I thought about the protectiveness of God for me – and how I stand pushing against that which He lovingly has in place for my protection. Do I appreciate it, thank Him for it? No I wrangle and shake and babble and whine. It seems so ‘in the way’! It seems so harsh! He guards me out of love. Why can’t I remember that? What a foolish little lamb I am. But oh my Shepherd!

The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23

Sharon Jaspers Caughill is the wife of Senior Pastor Paul Caughill, High Point Baptist Chapel, Geigertown, PA. Sharon loves her time as Pastor’s wife, but especially enjoys her time as grandmother and wrote this article about an experience with her grandson. We are sharing it with her permission.

Principles to Live By

Principles to Live By

Mrs. Jeanette Whittaker

principles to live by

An exchange took place recently on social media between Mrs. Ruth Smith, our ministry founder and president, and a former student who now calls herself a mom of many. Both are dear to me, so I smiled to see my friend, the mom of many, thank Mrs. Smith for the teaching she shared years ago in a high school classroom. The mom of many summed it up perfectly as “principles to live by.”

In a world of conflicting views and clamorous voices, confusion is more common than clarity. Choices with far-reaching consequences are made simply on the whims of opinion.

How does one remain grounded in such a society? He must have principles to live by. He must focus and discipline his thoughts in a manner that exercises right thinking. He must define right from a proper authority. He must submit himself to that which should truly govern his decisions, and therein lies the difficulty.

By nature, we want our own way. We prefer ourselves over others; or we prefer to impose ourselves upon others for our own purposes.

The conflict of life, that internal alignment of the heart and mind to that which should truly define our thinking and actions must rule in place of our preferences. That alignment may be thought of as a conscious effort to submit ourselves to those principles by which we should live. Those principles aren’t man-made or contrived; nor are they forced upon us against our will.

Out of a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, one must seek the leading of the Holy Spirit, through the Word of God, to discover the mind of God. Discipline must be exercised with vigilance, always considering the unchanging principles of truth and righteousness which bring order in the midst of chaos, healing for brokenness, and hope that is founded on Jesus Christ, the Author and Finisher of our faith.

On your journey of life, we would look forward to ministering to you as you search for those principles by which you will live.

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