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.

Duty to Protect – Genesis 14

“When Abram heard that his kinsman had been taken captive, he led forth his trained men, born in his house, 318 of them, and went in pursuit as far as Dan.”

Genesis‬ ‭14:14‬ ‭ESV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/59/gen.14.14.esv

“Each family has certain assigned duties within it own sphere…” (“Federal Husband” Douglas Wilson)

Abram’s household was equipped, trained, and ready to exercise its duty to protect. Is ours?

“But together families also contribute a molecular strength in the makeup of the two other trans-family governments, which are civil order and the church.” (“Federal Husband” Douglas Wilson)

Our church is only as spiritually and materially as strong as its member families.

Likewise for local civil communities.

Militia: an army composed of citizens… called up in time of emergency. (Webster’s 2010)

There are four places in the American Constitution that affirm the Militia’s prior existence, and no law can alter it. The militia is all able bodied members of a community.

Article I, Section 8, Clauses 15 & 16:

[The Congress shall have Power To…]

Clause 15: [ ] “To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;”

Clause 16: [ ] “To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;”

Article II, Section 2, Clause 1:

“The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States…”

AMENDMENT II

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

Duty to Protect – Numbers 31

We Christian men have a duty to be equipped, trained, and ready to defend our families and communities.

This idea is not modern, it is Biblical. In a series of posts I’m going to highlight some of the Scripture that informs the idea of self-defense and militia.

Militia: an army composed of citizens… called up in time of emergency. (Webster’s 2010)

“So Moses spoke to the people, saying, “Arm men from among you for the war, that they may go against Midian to execute the Lord ‘s vengeance on Midian. You shall send a thousand from each of the tribes of Israel to the war.” So there were provided, out of the thousands of Israel, a thousand from each tribe, twelve thousand armed for war.”

Numbers‬ ‭31:3-5‬ ‭ESV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/59/num.31.3-5.esv
Forefathers Monument: Liberty Man

http://www.monumentalmovie.com/

There are four places in the American Constitution that affirm the Militia’s prior existence, and no law can alter it. The militia is all able bodied members of a community.

Article I, Section 8, Clauses 15 & 16:
[The Congress shall have Power To…]

Clause 15: [ ] “To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;”

Clause 16: [ ] “To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;”

Article II, Section 2, Clause 1:
“The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States…”

AMENDMENT II

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

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/

Education – destiny of the republic

Education, to educate, is neither good nor bad. No virtue can be assigned to a verb, but who is teaching and what is being taught is where virtue can be measured.

“That depends on who keeps the school and what is taught there. The schoolhouse May become a place for polishing fiends and graduating outlaws.”

“‘What you sow in the school you reap in the nation.’ Correct principles sown in the soil of the young mind… and ripened by the sun of gracious Providence… will sacredly preserve the past and guarantee the glory of the future.”

Source:

“Christianity and the American Commonwealth” by Bishop Charles B. Galloway, 1898, American Vision, inc. https://americanvision.org

Church Members – Ephesians 4

My message on church membership.



1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore it says, 

“When he ascended on high he led a host of captives,
and he gave gifts to men.”

9 (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? 10 He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. 

The New Life

17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. 20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!— 21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. 

25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil. 28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. 29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

https://www.bible.com/bible/59/EPH.4.ESV

Independence Day Blues

I feel a bit like a hypocrite during Fourth of July celebrations.

Americans have collectively been giving away their liberties for the past 60 years or more. In 2019 we have actual socialists running for president.

And a large portion of blame is on my fellow citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven for abdicating their worldly civil duties to the shame of our eternal King.

“Sadly, it seems that far too many Americans have come to take the blessings of liberty and proper government for granted and have become more like the proverbial boiled frog than most would ever dare to suppose.”

“Liberty Rising: One Cowboy’s Ascent” the murder of LaVoy Finicum as told by his daughter, Thara Tenney http://onecowboystandforfreedom.com

“I am well aware of the toil, and blood, and treasure, that it will cost us to maintain this declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet, through all the gloom, I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means, and that posterity will triumph in that day’s transaction, even although we should rue it, which I trust in God we shall not.”
– John Adams to his wife, Abigail, dated July 3, 1776

“It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the Providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.”
 George Washington, October 3, 1789

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.”
– Psalm 33:12

Education – Sacred Enthusiasm

Teach to make God known, so our children might grasp their “divine purpose” and “sacred enthusiasm.”

“The divine purpose… the ancient method by which from age to age mighty nations… have comprehended their heaven-appointed missions… and rendered themselves illustrious in human annals.”

“Let a man grasp, in honest conviction, a real thought of God, and spend his days in striving to realize it, and he is on the highway to glory, honor, and immortality.”

“The Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States” by Benjamin F. Morris, 1864, American Vision, Inc. americanvision.org