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High School Course Details:

For several decades, an essential part of American education has been neglected — the history of the Christian foundation of this nation and the Biblical principles of government upon which this republic rests. This course is designed to introduce the high school student to America’s Christian History and these governmental principles.

  • •America’s Christian History and its importance identified
  • •Identifying and researching Biblical principles of history and government
  • •The effect of the Gospel on men and nations
  • •The student’s responsibility for the restoration of the American Christian Republic
  • •Reading and drawing conclusions from texts
  • •Guided analysis of significant individuals, events, institutions and documents
  • •Tools for mastering the skill of Biblical research and reasoning
  • •Reflective questions, essays, maps and charts

The Online Course provides ongoing learning for today’s lifestyle. Online learning allows you to work at your own pace; it is flexible and convenient.

Adult Course Details:

Online Learning provides ongoing learning for today’s lifestyle. Online learning allows you to work at your own pace; it is flexible and convenient.

For the past 30 years, Pilgrim Institute has led the way in equipping parents, educators, and concerned citizens to discover:

  • America’s strong foundation on Biblical principles
  • The remarkable record of God’s Hand at work in all of history, for all men and nations
  • The history of the Bible in relation to the history of liberty
  • The key principles of self and civil government necessary to perpetuate our Republic
  • The tools of Biblical reasoning which enable you to discern a Biblical view of any topic, issue, academic subject, etc.
  • A wealth of ideas and inspiration for your home, small group, classroom, or church

The Rudiments of America’s Christian History and Government Course is the first course available and it includes the following:

  • Audio lectures
  • A proven sequence of study
  • Clear step-by-step lessons
  • Directed questions to construct your personal mastery of America’s Christian history, government, and education
  • Guided study of The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America and Teaching and Learning America’s Christian History
  • Individualized insights, comments, and suggestions from an experienced instructor
  • Optional: 3-Ring Binder in which to file all materials

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.

 

How do “A Reading People become a Great People”?

How do “A Reading People become a Great People”?
Ruth J. Smith

How do a reading people become a great people

In the sermon at church yesterday, the Pastor used Philippians 4:7-8 as the text for his message. His message reminded me and inspired me of the importance of reading, first the Word of God and then other good writings.

As I considered this topic many questions came to mind:

  • Why is it so important that Christians be a reading people?
  • How does reading have an effect in a nation?
  • How do I choose what to read?
  • How do I teach someone to read?

There are probably more questions which could be added to this list, but these are a place of beginning.

Why is it so important that Christians be a reading people?

God, in His great wisdom, saw fit to give us the written word as a means of knowing His mind concerning all areas of life and living. How can I know God’s plan unless I read His word? The Bible contains the answer for every aspect and challenge of life – we simply need to learn to search the Scriptures to find those answers. My brother, Dr. Glen Jaspers, preaches a great message on “The Bible, God’s Mind Concerning Everything”. I would highly recommend this message to challenge your thinking.

How does reading have an effect in a nation?

“A reading people will soon become a thinking people and a thinking people must soon become a great people.”[i]

This always reminds me of the importance of reading. As we watch current events unfold in our nation, we often see those individuals who are not thinking for themselves but assuming an attitude or position based upon what someone else has reasoned. A thinking people will read and reason for themselves and, if they are reasoning from the Scripture and from accurate historical writings, their conclusions will be those that will restore and preserve the Biblical foundations of our nation.

How do I choose what to read?

Many different sources are available which include suggested books for individuals of different ages. Two lists which I like to use personally and recommend to others are A Family Program for Reading Aloud by Rosalie Slater. This volume includes suggestions for all ages and you are assured that the recommended books will meet the standard of Philippians 4:8, that which is true, honest, just, pure, lovely and virtuous. The other list, also written by Rosalie Slater, is in James Rose’s, A Guide to American Christian Education for the Home and School: The Principle Approach. The section on literature begins on page 327, and offers many wonderful suggestions.

My grandchildren know that they can anticipate receiving a book for birthdays and Christmas each year. This is a wonderful opportunity to add to their library. 

How do I teach someone to read?

If we desire to have our children and grandchildren read, they must be taught to become independent readers. There are many good phonics programs available. I highly recommend the method by which my children and grandchildren learned to read – originally this was the Little Patriot Series, but it is now offered as the American Language series. “Phonetic principles and concepts presented in this quality learn-to-read program allow students to learn quickly how to read any book.”

I have seen the outstanding fruit of this phonics program in producing great readers. One of the standards which I particularly like is that by the end of the Kindergarten level, the child is equipped to read from the Bible. This doesn’t need to be a simplified version of the Scripture, but can be an adult version – we recommend the King James Version, as it reflects English at the peak of the language, identifying the language of liberty.

Challenge for each of us 
How are we being a part of the process for becoming a “Great People”?
 

[i] Reverend S. Phillips, The Christian Home as it is in the Sphere of Nature and the Church   . ., 1861 in Teaching and Learning America’s Christian History: The Principle Approach (San Francisco: Foundation for American Christian Education, 1965), page 21.

 

 

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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