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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 four 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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Christ Changed History

Christ Changed History

As we focus on the celebration of Christ’s birth, we recognize that Christ and Christianity are the foundation of our lives. Jesus Christ is our hope, our Savior, the Author of liberty, and much more. The prophet Isaiah said it this way, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end…” Isaiah 9:6-7

The influence of Christ in our world truly cannot be measured. From a historical perspective, He is the focus of all of history. The Mighty Works of God series for children presents it this way. 

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“Christ’s coming to earth is the most important event of all history. All events, before and after Christ, point to his coming.

“When God created man, He created him without sin. However, man chose to disobey God and man became a sinner.

“God provided a way for sins to be forgiven. That forgiveness could only come through the shedding of blood. ‘Without shedding of blood is no remission.’ Hebrews 9:22b.

“The Old Testament promised there would be a Saviour, the Messiah. The people who lived before Christ could only be redeemed as they believed in the promise of the Savior. The law which was given to Moses included many ceremonies and sacrifices. All of the ceremonies and sacrifices foretold Christ’s coming and death on the cross.

“Hundreds of years before Christ’s birth, the prophet Isaiah wrote about Christ’s death and man’s need of a Savior. ‘But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.’ Isaiah 53:5-6.

“Each man, woman, boy, or girl who believes in Jesus can have his sins forgiven. This salvation gives eternal life. ‘He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.’ John 3: 36.

“Christ came to fulfill all the promises God had given in the Old Testament. He was the sacrifice for all sins. With Christ’s death, His shedding of blood, man could come to God through Christ. The ceremonies and sacrifices of the Old Testament law were fulfilled. Since Christ’s death and resurrection, the sacrifices and ceremonies that were given in the Old Testament are no longer required.” (Ruth Smith, The Mighty Works of God: Divine Providence)

Truly the coming of Christ changed history. If we consider the work of Christ, changing the hearts of men, we will recognize the significance of self government and liberty. It is the foundation on which individuals, families, and nations can discover the manifold blessings of Christ and Christianity.

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An Individual’s Journey with the Principle Approach – Part III

An Individual’s Journey with the Principle Approach
 Third in a Series
Ruth J. Smith
www.PilgrimInstitute.org

This is the third part in a series. Check here for Part I and Part II.

At the end of the last part, the idea of “thinking governmentally” was introduced. It took some time, but eventually I learned that thinking governmentally was to think first internally, then externally; thinking cause to effect, etc. This idea was primary to the entire method of the Principle Approach. It wasn’t which book, which event, or which problem. We had to begin to think first internally. What were the principles which controlled the subject which was being taught? Yes, we would consider which books, which events, and which problems, but the decision would be made by what was internally controlling and directing.

Part of my teaching included the privilege to teach literature classes at various grade levels. Since I had first learned to read, I had loved books and reading. I remember walking to school, while reading a book. But I was reading books only for the excitement of the plot. Therefore, I never wanted to read a book more than once.

With Miss Slater’s patient tutoring, I quickly learned that literature was much more than just reading books. I soon learned of the rich lessons to be found in books. We learned that literature is the “handmaid of history”. There were only a few teachers who were teaching literature in this manner. There weren’t guides available. So, again, a call to Miss Slater, and she would discuss the various periods of literature, or the great children’s classics.

Often, after a telephone call, a package would arrive and Miss Slater would have sent some  notes or background material which could be used to teach the book we had discussed. What a blessing! Could I now inspire my students to love literature? [See previous article on reading.]

But what was more important than history class? After looking at every so-called Christian book available, we soon realized there weren’t books in print which taught America’s history from a Providential view. The challenge was how could we begin to teach the children in our school the ideas we were learning of America’s Christian history? How could we begin to teach these students to “think governmentally”? A plan began to form in my heart and mind, which would take the ideas of those big red books, but make it teachable for elementary children.

Each week, I would develop material, teach it to the other teachers at our weekly teacher’s meeting and they would, in turn, teach their students during the coming week. There was no realization that this would be the seed of a series of children’s history books. But God’s ways are a great deep.

After a few years, the fruit of teaching students to “think governmentally” began to reveal itself in the character of the students. And the teaching by principles was producing a higher level of scholarship.

 As the fruit of American Christian education was revealed, the question we began to ask – How can we share this with others?

An Individual’s Journey with the Principle Approach – Part II

An Individual’s Journey with the Principle Approach
Second in a Series
Ruth J. Smith
www.
PilgrimInstitute.org

 

Good intentions certainly failed as I began this series many months ago. My apologies to the readers who have been awaiting the second part of my journey. Check here for the first in the series.

My brother was pastor of a church in Iowa where they had decided to start a Christian school. When he became aware of the Principle Approach, the Lord led him to implement this methodology in the school. In 1973, the Lord led us to move to Iowa, where I could assist in the beginning of the school and help to implement the philosophy and methodology of the Principle Approach to American Christian education.

The challenges were great! Remember, James Rose hadn’t published A Guide to American Christian Education — He and his faculty were still working through the steps of how to implement this Biblical philosophy and methodology in the Pilot School in California. There was no series like The Mighty Works of God.

The summer of 1974, Miss Hall and Miss Slater of the Foundation for American Christian Education were presenting a week-long training course in Denver. I knew I had to attend the class! The family sacrificed to make this trip possible. I didn’t want to miss a single word — front row, tape recorder in hand, and notes taken as fast as I could write. The ideas were amazing . . . It was inspiring but, oh so challenging! How could we teach these ideas to the students?

Those audio tapes became a college course for me and I eagerly soaked in each idea. I listened to those sessions over and over again. How delightful to hear Miss Hall’s recounting of God’s Hand in historic events from the Spanish Armada to events of the Revolutionary War. Miss Slater’s inspirational teaching presented so many ideas that it seemed there was no way you could begin to teach these ideas. But I knew this was truth and somehow I must impart this to the students in my classroom.

The telephone calls to California to Verna Hall and Rosalie Slater began in earnest. These ladies were so patient. Some memories stand out — Discussions with Miss Hall about historic events or trying to think through decisions. When I would begin to ask my many questions, which I liked to do, she would say, you have to “think governmentally”. However, in Miss Hall’s inimitable manner, she didn’t explain what that meant. I would hang up the phone and think, what does she mean when she says I need to “think governmentally”.

Have you learned what it means to “think governmentally”? Join us for Part III of this journey to find that answer. And we promise it won’t be such a long wait. 

Reviews – The Mighty Works of God

The Mighty Works of God

You may want to check out the recent review by Teisha Priest on http://homeschoolconvention.com/reviews/music-review/the-mighty-works-of-god/. If you have used The Mighty Works of God series, you may wish to add your comments, which are invited on the page.

 

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