Education: “Vindicate the honor of God!”

No longer walk as unbelievers do. Eph. 4:17

Put off your unbelieving way of life. Eph. 4:22

Be renewed in the spirit of your mind. Eph. 4:23

Raise your children in the instruction and discipline of the Lord. Eph. 6:4

Our children bear the image of God. Gen. 1:27

Render to God the things that are God’s. Matt. 22:21

Let the children come to Jesus and do not hinder them. Matt. 19:14

Teach God’s instructions to your children all day long. Deut. 6:7

Do not be deceived by the sons of disobedience. Eph. 5:6

Walk as children of light. Eph. 5:8

“Vindicate the honor of God!”

Magdeburg Confession

Education: Classical Education – NSA

Highlighting some key thoughts from “The Theology Pugcast” episode featuring Dr. Benjamin Merkle, President of New Saint Andrews College. [ https://crosspolitic.com/podcast/the-theology-pugcast-an-education-with-class-an-introduction-to-classical-education-w-dr-ben-merkle/ ]

Let children discover how to think, how to reason, and how to persuasively argue a position.

Let their curiosity and ambition thrive and not force them to conform to the common core.

When you are allowed to think, you are free. When you can think for yourself instead of being told what to think, then you are free.

Develop critical thinking and leadership skills.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/rom.12.2.esv

“Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭14:20‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/1co.14.20.esv

“The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:
To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity;
to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth—

Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:

“How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge?

If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you.

For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them;

but whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.””

Proverbs‬ ‭1:1-7, 20-23, 32-33


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Education Resources

Bible

Science, Creation https://answersingenesis.org/answers/

Homeschool Institute of Science
https://homeschoolscience.org

Logic https://answersingenesis.org/logic/

Environment
environmental issues, climate change, global warming. Christian perspective of stewardship.

The Cornwall Alliance seeks to enhance the fruitfulness, beauty, and safety of the earth to the glory of God, and the benefit of our neighbors. https://cornwallalliance.org

The Creation (us, water, air, whales, redwoods) groans for the revelation of the sons of man (Romans 8:22-24). This groaning began when sin entered the world (Genesis 3). The creatures and the physical creation, on which all life depends, are waiting for us…
http://www.reformedenvironmentalist.com

Homeschool 2019-2020

A Vision for the Dobra Family Academy

Why we homeschool
To seek first God’s kingdom in our children’s education. To obey God’s command in the education of our children and to disciple and prepare them for the mission God has planned for them.

1. To seek first God’s kingdom for our education
2. To obey God’s command for our education
3. To disciple and prepare for the mission God has given each of us

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Matthew 6:19-21

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Romans 12:2

Our Purpose in Homeschooling

To leave a Godly legacy! The family is God’s smallest battle formation!

“Haven’t you read,” Jesus replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” 

Matthew 19:4-6

To know the glory of God!

Proverbs 30
July-August Answers page 25, 35, 45

To make Him known!

Take pride in your education. Don’t be bitter and negative when people ask you about it (Latin), instead show pride that you will have a great achievement at the end of your elementary education. Be proud of the legacy left for you.

Latin: “classical me” page 36, 38, 41, 44

Be prepared to fight the good fight, to share your faith.
July-August Answers page 72
Our greatest battles are battles of the mind, battles against false ideas.

“For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ”

2 Corinthians 10:4-5

Be prepared to lead the next generation.

HSLDA “The homeschool court report” second quarter 2019 page 26

“Conquer Anything” page 67

Our education is the training of our minds and understanding of God and who He has made us to be. It is the sharpening of our mental tools to battle against false ideas.

Great achievements take hard work. In the middle of the work we may feel like whining and grumbling and even giving up or taking short cuts, but if we do we will never know the feeling of accomplishing something great.

Education and the community of the called

Church, ecclesia, (Greek) to call out.

“The community of the called.”

Stuart Briscoe, Maranatha 2019

Church is not somewhere you go.

Church is not something you do (on Sundays).

Church is something we are.

“through the church the manifold wisdom of God might be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.”

Eph. 3:10

Homeschool community: Joining together our role as the church, the community of the called, “members of the household of God” (Eph. 2:19), and our role as parents bringing our children up “in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4).

Classical Conversations 2019

Education – Family

We have a saying here in the Dobra household, “the family is God’s smallest battle formation.”

God did not create the executive, then take a rib from the executive to create the legislative, and the executive and legislative did not conceive and give birth to the judicial.

In other words, government is not God’s signature creation. People are! And the family unit, father, mother, and children, reflects God’s love and creative design.

Education decisions should be made with the centrality of God’s authority and design in mind.

HSLDA, Home School Legal Defense Association, “The Home School Court Report” vol. 35 no. 1 hslda.org

Before any governments or churches, God ordained the family!

“Haven’t you read,” [Jesus] replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”
Matthew 19:4-6

“The natural family, creation of God, is the fundamental human community, based on the life-long marriage between a man and a woman, in which new individuals are conceived, born and raised.”
– World Congress of Families. The Warsaw Declaration, 2007.

The Family is God’s smallest battle formation!

“then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature…

The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man…

Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.”

Genesis‬ ‭2:7, 20-22, 24-25‬ ‭ESV
https://www.bible.com/59/gen.2.7,20-22,24-25.esv

Education – American Foundation

Faith and reliance on God was the “sacred fire” that motivated the American colonists. And in the midst of the struggle they prayed for the Education of future generations.

Pray that God would take all of the Classical Conversations groups, all homeschool families, and all “schools and seminaries of education, so necessary for cultivating the principles of true liberty, virtue and piety, under his nurturing hand” so that students might know God and live to make Him known.

“[Samuel] Adams’ faith-filled and prophetic encouragement was followed by the announcement that British General John Burgoyne had surrendered 5,800 British troops to American General Horatio Gates at Saratoga, New York on October 17, just two weeks after Adams’ impassioned plea to look to God for deliverance. It was a turning point in the war. Motivated by the victory, Congress adopted a proclamation on November 1st to declare Thursday, December 18th, [1777] ‘a day of thanksgiving to God…’ Many refer to it as ‘The First Thanksgiving Proclamation in the United States’. The Proclamation closes by requesting prayer for God to:”

take schools and seminaries of education, so necessary for cultivating the principles of true liberty, virtue and piety, under his nurturing hand, and to prosper the means of religion for the promotion and enlargement of that kingdom which consisteth “in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.”

From: https://www.frc.org/prayerteam/prayer-targets-samuel-adams-despair-faith-independence-day-is-md-still-a-free-state-more

https://billofrightsinstitute.org/educate/educator-resources/founders/samuel-adams/