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Jon and Candy Summers share:

 

Formerly Christian Home Educators Fellowship—Now Family Covenant MinistriesFaithfully honoring God, equipping generations, and serving the homeschooling community for the past 30 years! www.FamilyCovenantMinistries.com

 

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME June 2014 Information

 

Family Covenant Ministries (formerly CHEF) Information and Activities

 

1.  FCM Used Curriculum Sale, May 28

2.  FCM 30th Annual Graduation, June 7

3.  FCM Entrepreneurial Field Trip at Brown Family’s Bale Bandit Business, August 16

4.  FCM 2014 Conference Thank You to Rita Stull

5.  FCM 2014 Conference Attendees

6.  FCM 2015 Conference

     a. Dress the Part

     b. Impersonators

     c. Contest

     d. Southern Pageant

     e. For Those Who Do Not Wish to Be Impersonators But Wish to Dress in Period Costumes

     f. FCM 31st Annual 2015 Southern Exposure of America’s Bible Belt Extravaganza

7.  Special Opportunities

     a. Crisis Aid International

     b. Visual Manna

 

There’s No Place Like Home Articles

 

1. Notes from Subscribers

2.  Covenantal Families-Why the Influence of Christianity Has Eroded

3.  Casting a Vision for Multigenerational Family Business-Brooke’s Mill

4.  Multigenerational Estate-Bantry House Since 1739

5.  In the Library-Hop Aboard! Here We Go!

6.  Delightful Surprises-Vacationing Around America Without Leaving Your Own Backyard

7.  Come Gather at Our Table-Strawberries

8.  Summers Signature-Creating Soothing Sanctuaries of Tranquility

9.  Summers on the Farm

     a. Baling Hay

     b. Our Hound

10.  In the Garden-Things to Consider When Using Wood Chips

11.  Family Outings-Farmer’s Markets, Parks, Outdoor Patios…

12.  Fearfully and Wonderfully Made-Bugs, Bites and Burns: Summer Survival Tips

13.  Dismantling America-Did FDR Provoke Pearl Harbor?

 

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FCM ACTIVITIES

 

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FCM (CHEF) Used Curriculum Sale,Wednesday, May 28, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noonat Westminster Christian Academy, 800 Maryville Centre Dr., Town and Country, MO 63017. www.wcastl.org. We have people come from all over the state and other states. Sellers may begin setting up at 8:00 a.m. Tables are $13 for an 8-ft. table. To register for a table, send your check payable to FCM (Family Covenant Ministries), Sonia Summers, 236 St. Louis Avenue, Ferguson, MO 63135 or contact her at 314-521-8487. Directions: From Hwy 270 go west on Hwy 40/64. Get off at the Maryville Centre exit. Make an immediate left over Hwy 40/64 going south. This goes directly into their campus.

 

PLEASE NOTE: SELLERS, DO NOT ENTER THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR! (But BUYERS SHOULD enter through the front door.) When entering the campus, follow the drive until you pass the school. Then make a left and pull around the right side of the building. Follow this to the back parking lot. This is where sellers will enter the building for the curriculum fair.

 

 

 

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FCM (CHEF) 30th Annual Graduation, Saturday, June 7, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Salem United Methodist Church, 1200 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131. Conveniently located just off Hwy 40/64 between Hwy 270 and 170, a little north of Frontenac Plaza. Our ceremonies are wonderful celebrations of God’s work in the lives of our homeschooling graduates, and we would encourage each of you to come and be blessed even if you do not have a student graduating.

 

 

 

 

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FCM Brown Family Tour and Party at GFC, Saturday, August 16, 1:30 at GFC, 34273 210th Ave, Pittsfield, IL 62363. RSVP 217-285-6487 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Tour will be from 2:00-3:30 p.m. with a potluck dinner at 4:00 p.m. Please bring 2-3 dishes and lawn chairs. Paper goods and drinks will be provided. Fellowship, volleyball and games will follow. Please bring any additional games if desired.

 

 

 

 

 

FCM 2014 CONFERENCE

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Sadly, I forgot to thank Rita Stull for her help in the Exhibit Hall. Rita has been such a tremendous help through the years, particularly in helping with the extraordinary amount of work required for tending the exhibit hall. True to form, even though her life is busy with other work, she came for a few hours to give Sonia some relief. Since she was only able to work a few hours, I completely forgot to thank her. I am truly sorry because she is not only a dear friend but also a stalwart supporter and helper. Please forgive me, Rita. I love you!

 

 

 

FCM 2014 Conference Attendees

 

What a wonderful time the conference was for our family. We are so grateful for the ministry to families. Our hearts are continually challenged to become more of what Jesus desires for His people. Our road is long, but He is able to work in our lives as we submit to His purpose. –Columbia, MO

 

Thank you so very much for the privilege of speaking at the conference this past week. It was well planned and executed, and I heard nothing but good comments from attendees. You have always treated me with kindness and grace, and I so appreciate your friendship and candor. Don’t sweat the critics, we will never be free of them—just do what God has called you to do, and leave the troublemakers and morally dispossessed to the Lord’s care. You have a unique production—there is no one else in the nation who welcomes dominion-oriented Christians and gears the content to the application of real biblical principles as you do…so positive is the response of the hearers. I trust you all have recovered from the arduous nature of conference building and execution…I trust the Lord enables the plans for next year to reach full fruition and the people who did not come but should have will return before they miss out altogether on the learning opportunities you provide. Speaker

 

 

 

FCM 2015 CONFERENCE

 

Dress the Part

 

Even though we are exhausted from all the work that goes into each conference, we are very excited about the upcoming 2015 conference that we have been working on for the past several months. Although this next conference continues our reputation for excellent speakers, messages, and fellowship, it will be distinctive in many other ways. So keep watching as we unfold plans for this spectacular conference in upcoming newsletters—plans that are sure to delight your family!

 

Impersonators

 

Parents, young adults, and children, if you wish to participate in our impersonation contest, please mull over some of the conference topics below and the people we have listed to see who you would like to become. This is certainly not mandatory, but fun. Thoroughly investigate your character so you are prepared to answer attendees’ questions as they attempt to identify your person.

 

Contest

 

When you determine who you will impersonate, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 314-521-8487, and we will keep a running list of characters. Before the conference, we will print cards with the names of the characters coming to the conference and hand these out to our attendees.

 

Characters will wear a nametag that identifies them as an impersonator and have a special pen for marking the cards when someone discovers their identity.

 

The first attendee to fill their card by discovering the identity of our impersonators will receive a special historical gift. Now this means that attendees will need to brush up on their history of the characters below so they are prepared to ask good questions of our impersonators.

 

Southern Pageant

 

We will also ask our impersonators to be part of our southern pageant where we announce your character at our Southern Cotillion. Attendees will vote on the best impersonator’s costume, and the winner will receive a historical gift.

 

Impersonators may represent any of these famous people from the South: Spanish Conquistador Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, Spanish Explorer Juan Ponce de Leon, Spanish Explorer Hernando De Soto, French Explorer Louis Jolliet, French Missionary Jacques Marquette, French Explorer Robert de La Salle, Privateers/Pirates Jean and Pierre Laffite, English Pirate Edward Teach Blackbeard, Governor Alexander Spotswood, George Washington, Mary Washington, Martha Washington, Samuel Adams, Elizabeth Adams, John Adams, Abigail Adams, John Quincy Adams, Louisa Adams, Patrick Henry, Sarah Henry, James Madison, Dolly Madison, Samuel Davies, Sarah Davies, Jane Davies, John Randolf, Richard Henry Lee, Anne Lee, John Rutledge, Elizabeth Rutledge, Thomas Jefferson, Martha Jefferson, Explorer Daniel Boone, Rebecca Boone, Commodore Joshua Barney, Admiral Franklin Buchanan, Commodore Stephen Decatur, Commander Catesby ap Roger Jones, Master Samuel Chester Reid, Captain Osa Eldridge, Oceanographer/Cartographer/Astronomer Matthew Maury, Inventor Eli Whitney, Father of Texas Stephen F. Austin, Frontiersman/Tennessee Representative/Soldier at the Alamo Davy Crockett, Senator/Governor/Soldier Sam Houston, President General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, Vice President/Secretary of State/Secretary of War John C. Calhoun, Floride Calhoun, Senator/Secretary of State Henry Clay, Lucretia Clay, Soldier/Secretary of War/Confederate President Jefferson Davis, Varina Davis, Pastor and Chaplain Robert Lewis Dabney, Margaretta Dabney, Brigadier General Robert E. Lee, Mary Randolph Custis Lee, Brigadier General Thomas Stonewall Jackson, Mary Anna Jackson, Brigadier General James Jeb Stuart, Flora Stuart, Brigadier General Pierre Beauregard, Marie Beauregard, Caroline Beauregard, Senator Daniel Webster, President Andrew Jackson, Author of The Naval War of 1812 (a standard study of war)/Colonel of the Rough Riders/President Teddy Roosevelt, Representative/Secretary of State/Opponent of Darwinism William Jennings Bryan,  Scientist/Inventor George Washington Carver, Sgt. Alvin C. York, and Grace York.

 

For Those Who Do Not Wish to Be Impersonators But Wish to Dress in Period Costumes

 

A cotillion is a formal ball originating in the 18th century. Costumes are not mandatory for our cotillion. However, for those of you who do not wish to be impersonators but wish to dress in period costumes, you should begin sewing or selecting your gowns, dress attire, or uniforms for our Southern Cotillion. This can be Civil War attire, sea captain/ship attire, Spanish conquistadors, explorers…or dress up as any of the characters above. You do not have to participate as an impersonator to dress up as one of our historical characters.

 

Family Covenant Ministries 31st Annual 2015 Southern Exposure of America’s Bible Belt Extravaganza This extraordinary conference will address the following topics and how they impacted families, and thus the foundation of our nation!

 

Spanish Influence on America

Eli Whitney Cotton Gin

McCormick Reaping Machine

Daniel Webster/Henry Clay/John C. Calhoun

French Influence

Matthew Maury

Ocean/Mississippi

Clipper Ships/Paddle Wheelers

Tying Knots

Louisiana Purchase

Thomas Jefferson

Piracy/Jean Lafitte

War of 1812/Battle of New Orleans

Andrew Jackson

Texas/Battle of Alamo

Dessert

Music

Mexican War

Enlightenment

German Scholarship

Darwinism

Socialism/Communism

Industrial Revolution

War Between the States

Reconstruction

Spanish/American War

Rough Riders/Teddy Roosevelt

Woodrow Wilson

Scopes Trial

Southern Hospitality

Southern Etiquette

Southern Cooking

Southern Travels

Southern Business

Decorating

Gardening

Essential Oils/Herbal Remedies

Multigenerational Family Plan

Property

Family Celebrations

Unit Studies

 

Celebrations will include a Cotillion, Costume Contest, American Music of the South Production with a Sing-a-long, and a Mountain Folk Festival with Irish Cloggers.

 

 

 

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

 

[This information is communicated to you only as a service to our families. The information contained herein is not screened or verified by FCM. Please be discerning at all times.]

 

Ella shares: I’m 10 years old, and I sell bracelets made from soda tops, elastic and love. But I don’t sell them for me; I sell them for girls my age who need it the most. I support an organization called International Crisis Aid (ICA, which has since changed its name to Crisis Aid International, or CAI) who every day rescues girls from sex trafficking. Sex trafficking can start at 10-13 years old. The more money you donate, the more girls we can save from sex trafficking, and we can put in a safe home. When in a safe home, they can start to live a free life. You can donate to CAI by going to their website, www.crisisaid.org. Please consider giving (or buying a bracelet) to help a girl in need. Email Ella at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Sharon Jeffus shares: For many years I have had a passion for teaching Christian young people art, and especially to develop a group of young people ready to be the best of the best in the visual media and who are prepared to go out and teach younger children in art education, and create murals and get involved in their own church and in their own community nationwide.

 

Opportunity One (Free): God has been opening doors to me to do just that through several channels. Below is a link to wonderful free art lessons for students ages 7 and up, full of information on the elements and principles of art interspersed with art history. Rainbow Resources is printing all my books as of now. These are lessons to enjoy with your family during the summer or all year long. http://ourhomeschoolforum.com/videos/interactive-lessons/art-through-the-year-with-sharon-jeffus-lesson-1-post-impressionism-and-line

 

Opportunity Two: Secondly, I’m doing four day Advanced Art Intensive for the Landry Academy.com (one of the finest avenues for Christian education today/Academic Excellence and Spiritual Vitality). If you have a student wanting to go into any of the arts or engineering, and you have been praying about what to do, these options are exceptional. These advanced art intensives will include students receiving a strong foundation in art, doing a mural, receiving educational materials to use with children, training in graphic art basics, preparing a digital portfolio and learning how to sell their work and get involved in their local church. It is over 40 hours of intensive art education geared for junior high and high school students and older. Locations are Nashville, Lansing, Michigan, Chicago, Iowa, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, New Hampshire, Dallas, etc. and other locations for the spring semester. Go to landryacademy.comand Advanced Art Intensives.

 

Opportunity Three: I’m offering several two day workshops in the Kansas City area and at Montauk State Park on painting techniques. My Montauk Art Opportunity will be on the Fourth of July Weekend at the lodge at Montauk State Park, a great opportunity to have family recreation along with lessons in art by master artist Sharon Jeffus. Sunday they are also offering a hummingbird workshop at the park. If you are interested, email me at visualmanna@gmail.comfor more information. Special guest artists will be included in the workshop. I’m also doing several art workshops in July at churches in Kansas City, Missouri that will be very foundational and important for students wanting to hone their skills in art. Dates are July 11-12 and 18-19 and will take students to the Nelson Art Museum on Saturday after a day of art. I will also be offering the same workshop in the St. Louis area on June 27-28 with Saturday being at the art museum. Students will receive several eBooks with the workshop. Parents are invited to come to an informational workshop at the beginning of the student workshops on opportunity for lessons in fall, and online offerings by the Landry Academy.

 

Opportunity Four: Graduated student artist Juliet Dunteman is looking for opportunities in art and is a fabulous muralist. If you need a mural done, please contact her. We can do a church mural in just three days. She is also looking for teaching opportunities. I am adding several more of my students who are prepared to fill your needs in the area of art and ministry. If you are interested in an art intern program, contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 573-453-6364.

 

 

 

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME-Celebrating 28 years of inspiration, encouragement, and biblical instruction www.theresnoplacelikehome-summers.com

 

Notes from Subscribers

 

Thanks for the newsletter, Candy!! I was wondering if you have heard of the Original Edison light bulbs. They put the incandescent light bulb to shame. They produce very little heat, therefore use less electricity, were originally made of a bamboo filament, and the ones in Edison Winter home in Ft. Myers, FL are still burning from when he originally installed them. WOW! Would that not put the light bulb manufacturers in a dilemma!! We have several that we inherited from my Dad. Then we looked online and there is a company still making them!!! Fascinating history!!! Have a very Blessed Day!! –Port Charlotte, Florida

 

 

 

COVENANTAL FAMILIES

Why the Influence of Christianity Has Eroded pages 248-255 from America’s Providential History by Mark Beliles and Stephen McDowell

 

“The Father of American Geography, Dr. Jedidiah Morse, was a clergyman. He preached an insightful Election Sermon in 1799 from Biblical text: ‘If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?’ (Psalm 11:3). He said: ‘To the kindly influence of Christianity we owe that degree of civil freedom, and political and social happiness which mankind now enjoys. In proportion as the genuine effects of Christianity are diminished in any nation, either through unbelief or the corruption of its doctrine, or the neglect of its institutions; in the same proportion will the people of that nation recede from the blessings of genuine freedom, and approximate the miseries of complete despotism. I hold this to be a truth confirmed by experience. If so, it flows, that all efforts made to destroy the foundations of our holy religions, ultimately tend to the subversion also of our political freedom and happiness. Whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be overthrown, our present republican forms of government, and all the blessings which flow from them, must fall with them.’

 

The doctrines that, when corrupted or neglected results eventually in the decline of Christianity in society, were understood well by the apostles and even our Founding Fathers generation. These are articulated well in a sermon by Paul the apostle in Acts 17:24-28: ‘The God who made the world and all things in it since He is Lord of heaven and earth does not dwell in temples made with hands; neither is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all life and breath and all things; and He made from one, every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times, and the boundaries of their habitation, that they should seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist.’

 

Four primary doctrines that have practical implications on how we view the world, as mentioned here: 1. Creation-God made the world. 2. Lordship-He is the Lord of heaven and earth. 3. Providence-He Himself gives to all life and breath and all things; for in Him we live and move and exist. 4. Sovereignty-He made…every nation...having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation.

 

1. Creation-God made the world. This doctrine began to be neglected in our public schools in the late 1800’s. It was no longer being taught in a reasonable way, for Christians began to neglect the field of science...This neglect left a void for a competing ideology-Evolution… Today the tables are being turned, as Creation Scientists are restoring solid reasoning for Christians to articulate rather than simply saying ‘The Lord made the earth.’

 

2. Lordship-He is Lord of Heaven and earth. This means He is absolute Master and final authority to whom all must give allegiance. As this doctrine has been neglected, so another competing ideology has gained ascendancy—humanism. Humanism says that man is the measure of all things and the one who determines right and wrong for himself. Since 1961 when the Supreme Court recognized humanism as a religion, it has been systematically replacing Christianity as the United States’ unofficially established or recognized religion.

 

3. Providence-‘He Himself gives to all life and breath and all things…For in Him we live and move and exist.’ Truly God is the source of every man’s provisions, to Whom each man and woman must look. As this doctrine has been neglected, so the competing ideology of socialism has prospered. Karl Marx’s book, written in 1844, never had much influence in America until we had backslid from Christian principles of economics, and greed and materialism grew…Marshall Foster writes that ‘in the loft above Peck’s restaurant at 140 Fulton Street in lower Manhattan, a group of young men met to plan the overthrow of the predominantly Christian world-view that still pervaded America. At this first meeting five men were present: Upton Sinclair, a writer and a socialist; Jack London, writer; Thomas Wentworth Higginson, a Unitarian minister; J. G. Phelps Stokes, husband of a socialist leader, and Clarence Darrow, a lawyer. Their organization was called the Intercollegiate Socialist Society. Their purpose was “to promote an intelligent interest in socialism among college men and women.” These men were ready to become the exponents of an idea passed on to them by an obscure writer named Karl Marx—a man who never tried to be self-supporting but was supported by a wealthy industrialist who, inexplicably, believed in his theory of “the dictatorship of the proletariat.” Although a small group in the beginning, these adherents of socialism more than succeeded in their task.

 

By using the proven method of gradualism…these men and others…slowly infiltrated the public schools of our nation. By 1912 there were chapters in 44 colleges. By 1917 there were 61 chapters of student study groups of the League of Industrial Democracy. At that time John Dewey, the godfather of progressive education, was the vice-president of the league. By 1941 Dewey had become president.

 

The loss of Christian character and responsibility led to the failure of many state banks in the early 1900’s. In an effort to remedy this situation, power was granted to a centralized Federal Reserve Board in 1913. But this unbiblical economic structure and lack of character produced even greater problems. Within 20 years the stock market had crashed, and America was in the midst of the Great Depression. With the propagation of socialism, people were ready for the “New Deal” of Franklin Roosevelt. Programs such as Social Security, and other welfare agencies, set up the State as provider rather than God.

 

Another corrupting event occurred in 1913. In that year a federal income tax amendment was passed which paved the way for deficit spending, inflation and financing of ungodly nations and causes.’

 

4. Sovereignty-‘He made…every nation…having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation.’ Our Founders and all preceding generations of Americans were unified and motivated by this basic truth, but it was neglected in our schools little by little until replaced by a new ideology—Existentialism. Existentialists believe history is meaningless and the future unpredictable and therefore to plan and work for goals is hopeless. Instead their philosophy is ‘Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die.’ It is totally present-orientated and hedonistic. Marshall Foster warns: ‘Many Christians have subconsciously adopted the existential view of history. They de-emphasize their importance in a God-ordained historical chain of Christianity and see themselves simply as individuals God has plucked out of an evil world who are now just awaiting heaven. Their sense of responsibility for the past and their hope and planning for the building of the future are lost in the “now generation” where they are called to focus on self-improvement. This attitude covers the burden of guilt that lays heavily on the head of American Christians, but it does not alleviate their responsibility for our nation’s crisis…Until the Christian comes to grips with his historical duties denouncing his existential perspective and reaffirming the providential view of history, the renewal of our nation will be impossible.’

 

In colonial America the God of the Bible was seen as sovereign over men and their property, reflecting the ‘Biblical worldview’ of the Reformation. But in the past 100 years, a disarming doctrine, which sees Satan as the sovereign of this world, has been accepted by man in Christian circles. Many Bible teachers today see Jesus as an absentee king who is concerned exclusively with building and maintaining His church until He returns to earth. They see Jesus as having the authority and right to rule, but as having given over powers to subjugate the world temporarily to Satan.

 

The world-view of the reformers was diametrically opposite to this view. Jesus Christ is the ruler of the earth (1 Timothy 6:16; Hebrews 2:14) and Satan, a defeated foe (John 12:3, Colossians 2:15).

 

One’s attitude toward the sovereignty issue is of paramount importance because it affects what is done in every area of life.

 

Here is the contrast:

 

If you see God ruling the earth:

 

1.     Your commission is to subdue the earth and build godly nations through evangelizing and discipleship.

2.     You see Christian culture as leavening all areas of life; replenishing the earth, and blessing all mankind.

3.     All of God’s world is His and every activity, to be seen as a spiritual work of God.

4.     Reformation is expected if a nation is obedient to God’s Word.

 

If you see Satan ruling the earth:

 

1.     Your commission is just to concentrate on saving souls from this evil world.

2.     You see Christian culture as a counter-culture, an isolated, persecuted minority in an evil world.

3.     Church activity is primary and spiritual, while world pursuits are secular and to be dealt with only as a necessity.

4.     Reformation is impossible since things must get worse because Satan is in control.

 

The above contrasts illustrate the importance of ideas in determining consequences, because to the degree Christians have abdicated their leadership role and denied the ‘crown rights to Jesus Christ,’ to that degree the humanists have filled the void.

 

As Christians commit themselves once again to being the ‘salt of the earth,’ corruption shall subside, ‘the righteous will be in authority,’ and ‘the people will rejoice’ (Proverbs 29:2). ‘Righteousness exalts a nation’ (Proverbs 14:34).

 

Our Enemy Has Already Been Defeated

 

Mark 3:27; Luke 11:20; Revelation 20:6; Hebrews 2:14; Colossians 2:15; Revelation 12:7-9; Luke 10:18; Daniel 7 Revelation 12:12; Romans 16:20; Colossians 1:13; 1 John 5:18; 1 John 3:8; John 14:30; James 4:7; Mark 1:27; Mark 6:7; Luke 9:1; Luke 10:19; 1 John 4:4; Jude 6.”

 

 

 

 

CASTING A VISION FOR MULTIGENERATIONAL FAMILY BUSINESS It is always good to hear from you that you are reading these to your children. We must be diligent in casting a vision for multigenerational faithfulness!

 

altSince 718, the Hoshi Family, now in their 49th generation, have operated Japan’s Hoshi Hotel. Château de Goulaine family vineyard dates back to 1000. The Venetian glassmakers, Barovier & Toso family business were established in 1295. The famous Antinori family dynasty of Tuscan winemakers has been producing vintage wines since 1385. John Brooke & Sons textiles established their family business in 1541.

 

Brooke’s Mill has been the home of wool cloth manufacturing and is one of the oldest family businesses in Britain.

 

Brooke’s Mill has been the home of wool cloth manufacturing for over two hundred years. Founded in 1541 by the Brooke family, the trading company of John Brooke and Sons Ltd is believed to be the oldest surviving family business in the UK. The company moved to the Armitage Bridge site in 1798 and throughout the following years added buildings and built cottages to adapt to changing needs.

 

In 1987 the competition from low cost countries brought the inevitable demise of wool cloth manufacturing on the site. Since then a slow change has been wrought, as buildings have found new uses. A proverbial phoenix has risen from the ashes in the form of a complete transformation of the Mills. Unusually, the restoration and renaissance of the former wool mills has been carried out by the founding Brooke family who have turned the site into a Heritage Office Park. The estate now offers a wide range of office space and property to rent in Huddersfield.

 

Since becoming an office park in 1987, this hive of enterprising new businesses has grown up to replace the historic cloth making trade. New skills are being learnt and put to use, in order to weave a different future for these mills, and it’s now home to a community of new and growing businesses run by hard working and enterprising Yorkshire people.

http://www.brookesmill.co.uk/portfolio-items/heritage-2/

 

 

MULTIGENERATIONAL ESTATE

 

altDignified and imposing stately Bantry House and Garden looks out at cerulean skies and down the watery expanse of Bantry Bay in county Cork, Ireland. Inspired in design and thoughtful in concept, the property was planned to incorporate the landscape, gardens and mansion as a singular experience. In 1739, Captain Richard White purchased the site as his family home. Today, members of the eighth and ninth generations of the White family own and operate the estate and continue to reside there. www.bantryhouse.com

–Victoria MagazineMar/April 2014

 

 

 

IN THE LIBRARY

 

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Hop Aboard! Here We Go! by Richard Scarry

 

As one would expect, this book is devoted to people and their vehicles, which is perfect for beginning summer as families make their trek across town to visit family and friends, across city to their favorite park, across state to familiar destinations, and across country for vacation. It begins with “We go by car and we go by train, we go by boat and we go by plane. We go by land and sea and air, we go, go, go, from here to there.”

 

From cars, buses and trucks; airplanes, helicopters and rockets; trains and locomotives, to ships and boats, Richard Scarry teaches children about modes of transportation in a fun way. So whether you go by air, land or sea, hop aboard and join Scarry’s familiar adorable characters as they take you on a fun filled trip through the story of transportation.

 

In June of 1896, Henry Ford made his first operational car. Hop Aboard! could be the springboard for learning all about Henry Ford and his Model T’s.

 

 

 

DELIGHTFUL SURPRISES

 

altVacationing Around America Without Leaving Your Own Backyard

 

There are so many activities you can do with this idea! Here are just a few.

-Keep a map of America tacked up on the wall so you can pinpoint the states you study.

-Keep a small notebook in your vehicle so you can track all the out of state license plates you see. When you arrive home, have the children place a thumbtack on the map and then calculate how many miles from home that state is from yours. Look up information on each state and place in a notebook.

-Make State Books. Have each member of the family select a state they wish to visit someday. Visit the official tourism sites of the state like www.virginia.org http://www.virginia.org/HistoricSites/www.50states.com/virginia.htm.Draw the state, paying particular attention to the topography. Include mountains, main rivers, main bodies of waters…. Draw the state bird and state flower. Color the state and surrounding states on a map of America. Research the following and include in State book: state abbreviation, state capital, largest city, area, population, origin of the name of the state, state nickname, state motto, state song, state symbols, state flag, weather, climate, terrain, biblical history, cultural heritage, political history, major industries, national parks/monuments/historical sites on each. After they have completed this project, hold a show and tell for the rest of the family.

-Or study America by regions-Northwest Coast, Plateau, Great Basin, Southwest, Great Plains, Eastern Woodlands, Southeast, again studying the weather, climate, terrain, animals, cultural heritage, biblical history, national parks/monuments/historical sites of each.

-Borrow state travelogues from the library.

-Make a salt dough relief map and paint accordingly either by states or regions.

-Learn the capitols of each state by playing Sequence States and Capitols.

-Learn about America by playing Mad Dash, Snapshots Across the US, Ticket To Ride America, and 10 Days in the USA.

 

 

 

COME GATHER AT OUR TABLE

 

“Strawberries are the angels of the earth, innocent and sweet with green leafy wings reaching heavenward.” Terri Guillemets

 

Instead of shortbread make this delightfully light and tasty cream cake to go with sugared strawberries.

http://www.theresnoplacelikehome-summers.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=874:cream-cake&catid=71:desserts&Itemid=60

 

Add plump red strawberries to a mix of salad greens, goat cheese, almonds, and toss with our delicious Cranberry Vinaigrette.

http://www.theresnoplacelikehome-summers.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=282:cranberry-vinaigrette&catid=72:salads&Itemid=60

 

And of course make plenty of our strawberry pies.

http://www.theresnoplacelikehome-summers.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=907:strawberry-pie-a-wonderful-pie-dough&catid=71:desserts&Itemid=60

 

 

 

SUMMERS SIGNATURE

 

As mothers and daughters, I believe that one of our most important responsibilities lies in creating soothing sanctuaries of tranquility for refreshing our family’s bodies, minds, and spirits. Especially for our husbands and older children who work away from us most of the day, we should pay careful attention to making certain that our homes are welcoming, comfortable, and peaceful where they can relax and enjoy the fellowship provided by our loving spirits.

 

Before Jon and the boys arrive home, Sonia and I try to make certain that the house is neatly ordered and dinner ready on the stove. Because their physical work creates such ravenous appetites, I will often have appetizers ready for them while they wait on each other to shower. Even a repast as simple as sausage, cheese, and crackers delights their hungry tummies.

 

Our meals are always in our dining room complete with fresh tablecloth, lovely centerpiece and candles, even for their lunches. At night the room is aglow with warm low light from twinkle lights and low wattage lamps.

 

After walking miles each day due to the nature of our business, a welcomed sense of leisure hours that follow dinner soothes their tired muscles and homesick spirits. So our evening hours include conversation, reading, and playing games together, and often a back or foot rub.

 

Relishing the comforts of home makes each day a special celebration of family.

 

 

 

SUMMERS ON THE FARM Everything we do is being recorded for our posterity to know and understand the loving sacrifices we made to ensure their prosperity!

 

alt-Jon is getting ready for baling hay, both for our customers in St. Louis and on our farm. Our baler needs repair, so Jon contacted a local farmer to do the work. We hope to do both round bales and square bales, if we are able to procure a square baler. Before the conference, we had cross beams installed in our barn, but have not had the money yet to put in the flooring, so it poses a problem with storing the square bales. We have contacted a saw mill to cut boards out of our blow downs, so as soon as we can pull our logs to the road to be picked up by the sawyer, he will begin cutting those into boards for our barn’s loft flooring and other projects like raised beds.

-Our hound continues to come home with battered body from scrapes with nighttime critters. Since we were told he is a coon dog, I suppose much of the fighting is those vicious fighters. When we are on the farm, we keep him in our garage for the night, which decreases the battle and war wounds, but we are absent so much of the time, the poor dog is looking the worse for his wear. I am certainly not opposed to hunting as God gave us meat for our sustenance, but on the same note, I am very opposed to hunting for sport. Keeping raccoons out of our garden and crops is one thing, looking for trouble and killing for the sport is another. Jon and I have taught our children that they should never needlessly take the life of a living creature unless it is to provide sustenance for our family or to protect us, and our livestock, as we do have poisonous snakes, mountain lions, and bears. Of course, when we get chickens that will include foxes in the hen house.

 

 

 

IN THE GARDEN

 

It is important to have dialogue with other farmers and glean from their experiences. So after recommending the movie Back to Eden to us, which by the way is a great documentary http://www.backtoedenfilm.com/#movie, Timothy Bartin came back to us with these thoughts:

 

I have been made aware that there may be some possible risks to wood chip permaculture gardening. I have not researched the topic thoroughly to say for sure. I spoke with a person who was telling me trees hold toxic substances such as lead in the cellulose. Cutting or chipping aerosolizes the toxins. Cottonwood in particular is a filter for the soil. I worked for the Center for Agroforestry at University of Missouri, and we had experiments where cottonwood trees were being studied to remove Atrazine. This is a pretty harmful chemical used in corn production. So there is some truth to it. How it relates to wood permaculture I’m not sure. I suppose the environment where the cottonwood tree exists would be the bigger issue. If it has been in a place with little chemical use, I would be less concerned. I cannot say for sure, it’s just some thoughts that people hold.

 

If this really is true it puts a “big stick” in my plan. I just thought I should let you all know since I promoted the idea of wood chips. Hopefully I will find there is no real concern. I did read today that organic matter ties up substances such as lead. But, they were recommending using things such as leaves. I commonly use leaves and grass anyway.

 

There are some situations were elements are bound in the soil and some more readily available to be absorbed. This goes beyond my immediate knowledge. Cody Holmes spoke about Glyphosate (Roundup) showing up in everything: water, air, food, and our bodies. I agree with Mr. Holmes. There is no way we aren’t being exposed to these things. Scary stuff!

 

We need to go back to God’s way of operating and quit glorifying man and mammon.
Some have said that trees near roadsides could possibly contain lead from the days of leaded gasoline. I’m not sure what to think about that.

 

All of these things may have some truth, but I believe that God’s creation is pretty resilient. We can act in obedience to his plans, reclaim the creation and have dominion in a godly manner with His blessings. That is my hope and passion. God has not forsaken the righteous.

 

After sharing information on Back to Eden with the Price family who raises blueberries and asparagus, here is what Robert Price had to share:Yes, I saw the film several months ago but appreciate you bringing it up again. I will probably watch it again. I did have an appreciation not only for what he said about mulch etc... but also using scriptural background on some of what he had to say.

 

I started off using 15-year-old rotten sawdust at the very start 8 years ago. It worked okay except that it had a couple of undesirable characteristics: First it would get a crust so that rain would tend to not penetrate well; secondly it would disappear too quickly which greatly added to our costs both for the sawdust and the labor to put it on (we did it all with a small garden tractor and cart). I quickly changed to wood chips from the local sawmill. They are oak chips and while they last longer, they are not quite as acidic as pine.

 

I’m a firm believer in wood chips and know that I would not have made it at all through the two severe droughts without it. It is good to hold the moisture but also many other beneficial effects not the least being to help regulate the soil pH and increase composting organisms.

 

He may have been a bit too “one size fits all” on his use of wood chips. If I recall correctly, he said something about not having to acidify the soil with anything else but wood chips when speaking of blueberries. That may be the case for some places but not for our soil here. I would have never reduced our pH by just utilizing chips, although they help. Also, I believe that I may have introduced my phomopsis stem blight fungus through tainted chips from the city’s recycle program. In other words, the free chips I received from the city probably had this fungus present as many people cut down diseased trees/bushes etc...and put them out for the city to pick up and recycle. I started purchasing my chips soon after from a local lumber mill. They usually just cut down healthy trees. However, this is pretty much unscientific speculation.

 

With the asparagus, I haven’t been convinced to use them yet because I’m concerned about two things: Giving harbor to the asparagus beetle and lowering the pH. Yes, I need the opposite soil pH for asparagus. The soil needs to be very “sweet” or high pH. All in all though chips are very beneficial to the soil.

 

We are thankful to these men for sharing their experience and wisdom with us!

 

 

 

FAMILY OUTINGS

 

I can hardly pick which attraction I should share right now because there are so many wonderful options this time of year. For all our subscribers in the States and beyond, I would say, enjoy your farmer’s markets, parks, outdoor patios, concerts, rivers, ponds, and gardens that abound in all directions in your area. Take coolers for fresh produce, blankets and picnic baskets for outdoor dinners and concerts, tubes for floating, poles and live bait for fishing, and cameras for capturing the delightful moments you spend with family and friends enjoying this most splendid season!

 

 

 

FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE

 

Bugs, Bites and Burns: Summer Survival Tips

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With summer just around the corner, this is a great season for families to be outdoors. For those with farms and gardens, it is planting time! Whether you are farming, gardening or planning your family’s summer trips, it’s important to be prepared to protect you and your family naturally.

 

Bugs

Our family loves the outdoors! But, there is nothing worse than having to shorten our time outside because of mosquitoes, flies and other pesty bugs that can send us indoors. Here in the Midwest, it is tick season too! This is a real concern as we have had several friends who are battling Lyme disease, a serious threat from ticks that carry the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. We get so many questions on the best natural alternative to bug repellents, which we know are very toxic to our health.

 

Our family has turned to essential oils for so many of our health needs, and summertime protection again ticks, mosquitoes and other pesty critters is no different! Essential oils can work as a larvicidal; yet do not contain any toxic compounds giving us safe and effective alternatives so we can enjoy our summer activities. Here is our family’s favorite recipe for natural bug/tick repellent:

 

4 tsp. pure grain alcohol to 3 oz. water (*or just use distilled water)

5 drops of *Young Living Purification essential oil

5 drops of *Young Living Dorado Azul essential oil

5 drops of *Young Living Peppermint essential oil

 

Bites

Most of us have experienced the pain of being bitten by a wasp, bee or even flies! One of our favorite natural remedies for bites is an amazingly simple solution that most of us have in our kitchen. Garlic – God’s wonderful spice is also a must have for your natural medicine chest! Simply cut upon a fresh clove of garlic and place on bite, and you will have immediate relief.

 

*Young Living Lavender oil is also a great topical application to any bite. We also like to use *Purification essential oil with *Lavender essential oil on top to keep the bite from infection and helps reduce inflammation and brings relief.

 

Burns

In as little as 15 minutes you can experience sun damage to exposed areas of your skin, but we also know how important it is for us to get Vitamin D. The best source of Vitamin D is from the sun, but many of us are rightly concerned with the risk of skin cancer, which doubles when having just one blistering sunburn at any time in our life (http://www.skincancer.org).

 

So, get out the sunscreen, right? Not so fast. According to a recent study published in Environmental Science Technology, ingredients oxybenzone and methoxycinnamate and PABA are estrogenic chemicals linked to cancer. For more information see http://draxe.com/75-of-sunscreens-are-toxic-what-to-do-instead/.

 

So, what now? The truth is that the sun itself doesn’t cause cancer – it is essential for your health. Without the sun, plants wouldn’t grow, and without Vitamin D, we don’t survive! But we do need to know how to guard ourselves from over-exposure to the sun.

 

Protect from the inside! Your first line of defense should be to make sure you have free radical fighters such as Vitamins C and E. Also, Lutein and Zeaxanthin taken prior to sun exposure have been shown to protect against UV damage and abnormal skin growth development. (Gonzalez S, et al. J Invest Dermatol. 2003; 2;399-405). Other important nutrients to protect your skin are Resveratrol, Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin E and Beta-carotene. *Young Living’s Ningxia Red is a perfect source for all these free radical fighters! This food source has the highest rating for anti-oxidants than anything currently on the market.

 

A safe sunscreen alternative: Our family loves making our own natural sunscreen and has found it to be an effective alternative to the toxic sunscreens on the market. Here is our family’s simple sunscreen recipe:

 

*Young Living’s Claraderm Mist

5 drops of *Young Living’s Carrot Seed oil

This is equivalent to 38 SPF.

Spray it on skin every hour and especially after swimming.

 

Want to learn more? Join us for our monthly conference calls where we cover a new topic on natural health with Young Living essential oils and more! Our conference calls are held live on the second Sunday of every month.

 

Next call: June 8 at 8 pm CST

Dial in: 1 (559)726-1300, Access Code: 990093#

 

Can’t make the live call? Listen to our recording:

Dial in: 1(559)726-1399, Access Code: 990093#

 

Have a safe and healthy summer!

 

Renee Yeo

 

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Disclaimer Notice: The information contained in this announcement is intended for educational purposes only and is not meant to substitute for medical care or to prescribe treatment for any specific health condition.

 

 

 

DISMANTLING OF AMERICA

 

Bill Potter shares from www.LewRockwell.com anti-state, anti-war, pro-market:

 

Did FDR Provoke Pearl Harbor? by Patrick J. Buchanan

 

On Dec. 8, 1941, Franklin Roosevelt took the rostrum before a joint session of Congress to ask for a declaration of war on Japan. A day earlier, at dawn, carrier-based Japanese aircraft had launched a sneak attack devastating the U.S. battle fleet at Pearl Harbor.

 

Said ex-President Herbert Hoover, Republican statesman of the day, “We have only one job to do now, and that is to defeat Japan.” But to friends, “the Chief” sent another message: “You and I know that this continuous putting pins in rattlesnakes finally got this country bit.”

 

Today, 70 years after Pearl Harbor, a remarkable secret history, written from 1943 to 1963, has come to light. It is Hoover’s explanation of what happened before, during and after the world war that may prove yet the death knell of the West.

 

Edited by historian George Nash, Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover’s History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath is a searing indictment of FDR and the men around him as politicians who lied prodigiously about their desire to keep America out of war, even as they took one deliberate step after another to take us into war.

 

Yet the book is no polemic. The 50-page run-up to the war in the Pacific uses memoirs and documents from all sides to prove Hoover’s indictment. And perhaps the best way to show the power of this book is the way Hoover does it — chronologically, painstakingly, week by week.

 

Consider Japan’s situation in the summer of 1941. Bogged down in a four-year war in China she could neither win nor end, having moved into French Indochina, Japan saw herself as near the end of her tether.

 

Inside the government was a powerful faction led by Prime Minister Prince Fumimaro Konoye that desperately did not want a war with the United States.

 

The “pro-Anglo-Saxon” camp included the navy, whose officers had fought alongside the U.S. and Royal navies in World War I, while the war party was centered on the army, Gen. Hideki Tojo and Foreign Minister Yosuke Matsuoka, a bitter anti-American. On July 18, 1941, Konoye ousted Matsuoka, replacing him with the “pro-Anglo-Saxon” Adm. Teijiro Toyoda.

 

The U.S. response: On July 25, we froze all Japanese assets in the United States, ending all exports and imports, and denying Japan the oil upon which the nation and empire depended. Stunned, Konoye still pursued his peace policy by winning secret support from the navy and army to meet FDR on the U.S. side of the Pacific to hear and respond to U.S. demands.

 

U.S. Ambassador Joseph Grew implored Washington not to ignore Konoye’s offer, that the prince had convinced him an agreement could be reached on Japanese withdrawal from Indochina and South and Central China. Out of fear of Mao’s armies and Stalin’s Russia, Tokyo wanted to hold a buffer in North China.

 

On Aug. 28, Japan’s ambassador in Washington presented FDR a personal letter from Konoye imploring him to meet. Tokyo begged us to keep Konoye’s offer secret, as the revelation of a Japanese prime minister’s offering to cross the Pacific to talk to an American president could imperil his government.

 

On Sept. 3, the Konoye letter was leaked to the Herald-Tribune. On Sept. 6, Konoye met again at a three-hour dinner with Grew to tell him Japan now agreed with the four principles the Americans were demanding as the basis for peace. No response.

 

On Sept. 29, Grew sent what Hoover describes as a “prayer” to the president not to let this chance for peace pass by. On Sept. 30, Grew wrote Washington, “Konoye’s warship is ready waiting to take him to Honolulu, Alaska or anyplace designated by the president.” No response.

 

On Oct. 16, Konoye’s cabinet fell.

 

In November, the U.S. intercepted two new offers from Tokyo: a Plan A for an end to the China war and occupation of Indochina and, if that were rejected, a Plan B, a modus vivendi where neither side would make any new move. When presented, these, too, were rejected out of hand.

 

At a Nov. 25 meeting of FDR’s war council, Secretary of War Henry Stimson’s notes speak of the prevailing consensus: “The question was how we should maneuver them (the Japanese) into … firing the first shot without allowing too much danger to ourselves.”

 

“We can wipe the Japanese off the map in three months,” wrote Navy Secretary Frank Knox.

 

As Grew had predicted, Japan, a “hara-kiri nation,” proved more likely to fling herself into national suicide for honor than to allow herself to be humiliated

 

Out of the war that arose from the refusal to meet Prince Konoye came scores of thousands of U.S. dead, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, the fall of China to Mao Zedong, U.S. wars in Korea and Vietnam, and the rise of a new arrogant China that shows little respect for the great superpower of yesterday.

 

If you would know the history that made our world, spend a week with Mr. Hoover’s book.

 

Patrick J. Buchanan is co-founder and editor of The American Conservative. He is also the author of seven books, including Where the Right Went Wrong, and Churchill, Hitler, and Unnecessary War. His latest book is Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive 2025? http://www.lewrockwell.com/2013/12/patrick-j-buchanan/did-fdr-provoke-pearl-harbor/

 

 


 
May 11th, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Newsletter

Jon and Candy Summers share:

 

Formerly Christian Home Educators Fellowship—Now Family Covenant MinistriesFaithfully honoring God, equipping generations, and serving the homeschooling community for the past 30 years! www.chef-missouri.com

 

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME May 2014 Information

 

Family Covenant Ministries (formerly CHEF) Information and Activities

 

1.  FCM Fundraiser to the Creation Museum

2.  Thank You!

3.  2014 30th Anniversary Conference

4.  FCM Vision for the Next Six Years

     a. God’s Signature Scripture for FCM-Isaiah 61

     b. FCM 2015 Conference

5.  Donations

6.  FCM Used Curriculum Sale, May 28

7.  FCM 30th Annual Graduation, June 7

8.  FCM Entrepreneurial Field Trip, Brown Family Tour and Party, August 16

9.  Special Opportunities-Sharon Jeffus Free Online Lessons

 

There’s No Place Like Home Articles

 

1.  Notes from Subscribers

2.  Covenantal Families-CHEF Graduation Charge June 1, 2013 by Bob Wells: A Chosen Generation-Called for Such a Time as This

3.  Casting a Vision for Multigenerational Family Business-Wolf Designs Since 1834

4.  Multigenerational Estate-Fursdons from 1216

5.  In the Library-All Kinds of Kisses by Nancy Tafuri

6.  Delightful Surprises

     a. Back in the Saddle

     b. Butterfly

7.  Summers Signature-Dusting with a Chamois

8.  Summers on the Farm

     a. Chipping

     b. FIRE

     c. Once the Chipping was Done

     d. Buttercup Gave Birth

     e. Jon Brush Hogged

     f. Cleaning the Vegetable Garden

     g. Jon Seeded

     h. Bonny Doon and Molly Blue

     i. Danica Enlow’s Names

     j. Annabelle Gave Birth

     k. Our Puppy

9.  The Joy of Country Living-Occupant: A Sight for Sore Eyes

10.  In the Garden

     a. Sweet April Showers Do Spring May Flowers

     b. Gardening God’s Way

11.  Family Outings-Alice’s Tea Room and Miniatures

12.  Fearfully and Wonderfully Made-Salom

13.  Dismantling of America

     a. Putin Doesn’t Threaten Our National Security, Obama Does

     b. To Be Salt and Light, We Must Love Our Neighbor as Ourselves

 

If you get a blank email from us (mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) on your cell phone, please try looking at the email from your computer instead.

 

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FAMILY COVENANT MINISTRIES FUNDRAISER to the Creation Museum

 

To purchase your tickets, go to creationmusem.org, click tickets, click buy online, enter number of adult tickets, click continue and then enter our Family Covenant Ministries code, which is 8113232.

 

Until June 2, you may purchase your two-day adult tickets to the Creation Museum for the discounted price of $20 and receive $9.95 savings on every ticket you purchase compared to the regular admission fee of $29.95.

 

Now with that said, let me share this other savings with you. Through the rest of this year, the Creation Museum is offering children 12 and under free admission to the museum with an adult ticket of $29.95. So this is what AIG recommends. If you have children 12 and under, you purchase one adult ticket through the Museum so your children under 12 get in free and then purchase an adult ticket through us so that you can take advantage of the $9.95 savings and bless Family Covenant Ministries as well. That way the entire family receives a discounted admission. And if you have children over the age of 12, purchase your tickets through Family Covenant Ministries and receive $9.95 savings on each ticket you purchase. As the savings add up, so do the funds to Family Covenant Ministries, which in turn helps you as we use them to advance God’s kingdom by equipping generations for the Lord.

 

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THANK YOU!

 

I always worry about forgetting someone. If I have forgotten to thank you, please forgive me and let me know.

 

Our deep appreciation to:

 

Joye Hengst for editing and sending out all our emails and for helping at the Family Covenant Ministries and There’s No Place Like Home booths.

 

Binkley family for bringing all the stuff it bags that they stuffed, managing advertisements for the convention center screens, working speakers’ tables, working the AIG fundraiser booth, boxing and preparing speakers’ materials for mailing, and watching the ballroom doors for those who we knew intended to come to see the Duggars without registering. I am just always amazed at how people, who call themselves Christians, try to get into our workshops and celebrations without paying.

 

Carr family for allowing materials to be delivered to their home, picking up printed materials and storage boxes for registration at Office Depot, printing all our labels and placing them on our attendees’ packets, picking up boxes from our house and taking materials and supplies to the Embassy Suites.

 

Mark and Kate Ritter for picking up printing at Office Depot, selecting foods for our vendors, managing our volunteers for stuffing our attendees’ name badges and envelopes, and managing the hospitality room for our vendors and speakers.

 

Tom Ritter family, Mark Ritter family, the Keithlys and the Reames for helping to stuff our name badges and attendees’ packets.

 

Ritter family for managing speakers’ booths and the FCM booth, setting up the exhibit hall and packing it up at the end, and working registration.

 

Reames family for picking up and mounting photographs for the creation booth, making signs for evaluation form boxes, picking up name badge containers, picking up boxes from our house and taking to the convention center, checking booths to make certain they were set up according to our specifications, helping us manage the Family Covenant Ministries and There’s No Place Like Home booths and selecting and arranging the roses for the booths, making sure I was at my workshop on time, that I was hydrated, and for watching the doors to Duggars performance.

 

Linda Carr for managing the registration tables throughout the entire conference.

 

Linda Carr, the Wells, Ritters, Staffords, and Prices for working registration even through the glitches with our new online service, which will be corrected for next year.

 

Weilands, Reames, Ritters, Tornatores, Williams, Howards, Hardebeck, and Hermanns for helping our vendors set up.

 

Weilands, Reames, Ritters, and Hermanns for helping our vendors move out.

 

Drinkards for decorating boxes and bringing stuffed animals for the AIG booth. Picking up materials from our house to take to the convention center. Making deposits and writing checks for the conference.

 

Carol Weiland for decorating our AIG Creation Fundraiser booth.

 

Dustin Ledden for coordinating our taping crew, for taping, and for putting together our slide show.

 

Seth Rice for taping and photographing.

 

Stephen Littmann and his crew of Peter Saffa and the McCardie brothers—Austin, Curtis, and Phillip—for taping.

 

Emily Rose, Andrew Keithly, and Joshua Kleveter for taking pictures.

 

Bob and Conrad Wells, Devin and Garrett Carr, Michael and Michael Payne, Jr., Brendan Koch, Garrett Valeu, Peter Saffa, Wayne, Andrew, Jason and Luke Howard, James Wilkerson and Dakota Starnes for opening our patriotic tribute.

 

Koenigs for their terrific performance.

 

Bob Wells for his kind and loving prayer.

 

And to all of our families for their dedication and commitment to discipling their children.

 

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2014 30th ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE

 

As families from all over the country gathered together to learn from our speakers, support our organization, and fellowship with one another, they enjoyed basking in God’s goodness to us once again. What a magnificent conference, everyone said; what magnificent blessings God bestowed on us at this conference. Thank you for the godly messages.

 

The speakers’ messages were magnificent and truly transforming as they resounded with biblical truth, direction, and hope.The patriotic tribute was spectacular and the prayers powerful. Everyone who spoke to us sensed the mighty moving of God’s Spirit amongst our families. We are praising God, once again, for His mercy, grace, and goodness to all of us as we see a great revival among our families.

 

We wanted to let you know how very much we will miss being there with you all this year! With our daughter’s wedding 2 weeks away, we just couldn’t do it. We pray God’s richest blessings on this conference and that all may receive a thorough refreshing through the Spirit of God! –Cordova, IL

 

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FAMILY COVENANT MINISTRIES VISION FOR THE NEXT SIX YEARS-In upcoming newsletters we will be sharing the wonderful things God is doing with FCM!

 

Prior to the conference, a group of families joined us in fasting and praying for FCM. God opened a floodgate of blessings upon us as He directed us to a signature scripture for FCM and enlightened us with detailed plans for the next six conferences all the way to 2020. We are all really excited about the wonderful and mighty things God is going to bring forth from Family Covenant Ministries, not only for our families’ children, but for our children’s children to come.

 

Speakers, vendors, and many attendees all confirmed to us, over and over again, that God is moving mightily through Family Covenant Ministries and has great things in store for us in the coming years. Let us give thanks for His particular favor to all of us!

 

“Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” Jeremiah 33:3

 

God’s Signature Scripture for FCM

 

Isaiah 61“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners; to proclaim the favorable year of the LORD and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to grant those who mourn in Zion, giving them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified. Then they will rebuild the ancient ruins, they will raise up the former devastations; and they will repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations. Strangers will stand and pasture your flocks, and foreigners will be your farmers and your vinedressers. But you will be called the priests of the LORD; you will be spoken of as ministers of our God. You will eat the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast. Instead of humiliation they will shout for joy over their portion. Therefore they will possess a double portion in their land, everlasting joy will be theirs. For I, the LORD, love justice, I hate robbery in the burnt offering; and I will faithfully give them their recompense and make an everlasting covenant with them. Then their offspring will be known among the nations, and their descendants in the midst of the peoples. All who see them will recognize them because they are the offspring whom the LORD has blessed. I will rejoice greatly in the LORD, my soul will exult in my God; for He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a garden causes the things sown in it to spring up, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.”

 

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FCM 2015 CONFERENCE

 

Family Covenant Ministries 31st Annual 2015 Southern Exposure of America’s Bible Belt Extravaganza This extraordinary conference will address the following topics and how they impacted families, and thus the foundation of our nation!

 

Spanish Influence on America

Eli Whitney Cotton Gin

McCormick Reaping Machine

Daniel Webster/Henry Clay/John C. Calhoun

French Influence

Matthew Maury

Ocean/Mississippi

Clipper Ships/Paddle Wheelers

Tying Knots

Piracy/Jean Lafitte

War of 1812/Battle of New Orleans

Andrew Jackson

Texas/Battle of Alamo

Stephen Foster, Father of American Music

Mexican War

Enlightenment

German Scholarship

Darwinism

Socialism/Communism

Industrial Revolution

War Between the States

Reconstruction

Spanish/American War

Rough Riders/Teddy Roosevelt

Woodrow Wilson

Scopes Trial

Southern Hospitality

Southern Etiquette

Southern Cooking

Southern Travels

Southern Business

Decorating

Gardening

Essential Oils/Herbal Remedies

Multigenerational Family Plan

Property

Family Celebrations

Unit Studies

 

Celebrations will include a Cotillion, Costume Contest, American Music of the South Production with a Sing-a-long, and a Mountain Folk Festival with Irish Cloggers.

 

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DONATIONS

 

If you would like to contribute to the mighty transformation and revival that is taking place in our families and in our nation as our families rise up and take dominion of their culture for Christ, please visit our website and donate through the contribution button on the front page. www.familycovenantministries.com

 

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FAMILY COVENANT MINISTRIES Information and Activities

 

Please Note Activities and entertainment alone do not build or strengthen, quite the opposite in fact, as they set the stage for destruction. That is why we combine instruction with fun activities—biblical meat that edifies—fellowship that honors God—all while fortifying His body.

 

Our meetings and activities are for building up a body of families who are faithful to the multigenerational family covenant, who understand the vast importance of community of like-minded covenanted families that support, strengthen, and protect Family Covenant Ministries and our Family Covenant Ministries families, as we go forward advancing the faith by taking dominion of our culture for the glory of Christ! Thus they are not designed for entertainment alone, but also for instructing in biblical truths that will equip our families while also giving the opportunity for meaningful fellowship.

 

FCM (CHEF) Used Curriculum Sale,Wednesday, May 28, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noonat Westminster Christian Academy, 800 Maryville Centre Dr., Town and Country, MO 63017. www.wcastl.org. We have people come from all over the state and other states. Sellers may begin setting up at 8:00 a.m. Tables are $13 for an 8-ft. table. To register for a table, send your check payable to FCM (Family Covenant Ministries), Sonia Summers, 236 St. Louis Avenue, Ferguson, MO 63135 or contact her at 314-521-8487. Directions:From Hwy 270 go west on Hwy 40/64. Get off at the Maryville Centre exit. Make an immediate left over Hwy 40/64 going south. This goes directly into their campus.

 

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FCM (CHEF) 30th Annual Graduation, Saturday, June 7,8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.at Salem United Methodist Church, 1200 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131. Conveniently located just off Hwy 40/64 between Hwy 270 and 170, a little north of Frontenac Plaza. Our ceremonies are wonderful celebrations of God’s work in the lives of our homeschooling graduates, and we would encourage each of you to come and be blessed even if you do not have a student graduating.

 

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FCM ENTREPRENEURIAL FIELD TRIPS

 

We have asked several of our entrepreneurial families to open up their family businesses for hands-on field trips so that our FCM families can experience different areas of production. Please watch for others that will soon be forthcoming.

 

FCM Brown Family Tour and Party, Saturday, August 16, 1:30 p.m. at GFC, 34273 210th Ave., Pittsfield, IL 62363. Tour will be from 2:00-3:30 p.m. with a potluck dinner at 4:00 p.m. Please bring 2-3 dishes and lawn chairs. Paper goods and drinks will be provided. Fellowship, volleyball and games will follow. Please bring any additional games if desired. RSVP to 217-285-6487 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

 

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Sharon Jeffuswrites: Here is my free online lessons link and what I teach in just 2 days for the Landry Academy.

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THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME-Celebrating 28 years of inspiration, encouragement, and biblical instruction www.theresnoplacelikehome-summers.com

 

NOTES FROM SUBSCRIBERS

 

We just wanted to drop you a short note of thanks for your service to our family. There is really no way to measure the impact that you have on the community of homeschooling families as you provide example, leadership, service, and support and information! We know that our own family has been strengthened and enriched over the years through homeschooling, as well as by incorporating some of the vision and values of Christian home education even when we were not technically teaching at home. Hopefully as the children move into adulthood they will continue to draw upon the positive values that they have learned and seen demonstrated and build families of their own that are stronger and Christ-centered. We appreciate the Summers family for devotion to God and our homeschool families. Florissant, MO

 

Your latest newsletter, which included the names of farm animals present and future, went straight to my heart, though you did forget a nanny goat and a few kids. I still dream of a mini farm, and we have a shelf of books in the apartment, which make all my Korean friends laugh. (My daughter) reminded us (with much hilarity) that she knows how to do CPR on a chicken in the event of a disaster (thank you, “Living with Chickens”) and I am assured that my future Dolly, Daisy, Daffodil, Penny, and Calpurnia can breathe easily. Such wonderful news about your work together on the farm - we would love more pictures if you can attach them to an email easily! And I look forward to someday letting the chickens play in the orchard planted from your stock. The ponies, Pumblechook and Mr. Bumble, will enjoy the fresh apples which our grandchildren will share with them! Handong, South Korea

 

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COVENANTAL FAMILIES

 

CHEF Graduation Charge – June 1, 2013 given by Bob Wells

 

A CHOSEN GENERATION – CALLED FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS

 

Have you ever heard the expression: “Hung with his own rope?” A perfect example can be found in the Book of Esther. A righteous Jew, Mordecai, refused to bow down to Haman, the chief magistrate under a Persian King. Haman vowed to not only kill Mordecai but all of the Jews in the province. Later, Esther, Mordecai’s young cousin, who had been abducted and taken in as Queen, convinced the king that Haman was a traitor. The angry king decided he would put Haman to death. One of the king’s servants informed him that Haman had a gallows right in his own house that he planned to use to kill Mordecai. This gallows turned out to be the very instrument that the king used to destroy Haman.

 

Today, I plan to use your own chosen class scripture to bring my address to you and this distinguished audience. And by your own choosing, this scripture may very well lead to a bit of squirming and discomfort as I bring these charges to your attention. But seriously, I hope that this message will provoke and challenge you to move from this point in your life to bring great glory to our God.

 

Class Scripture – 1 Peter 2:9 (reading from the Amplified Bible)

 

“You are a chosen race (generation –K.J.), a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, God’s own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”

 

Some of you Bible scholars may know what a rich, rich Old Testament foundation this verse in 1st Peter contains:

1. Chosen generationwas lifted from passages like Isa 43:20The beasts of the field will glorify Me; The jackals and the ostriches; Because I have given waters in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert, to give drink to My chosen people.

 

2. Royal Priesthoodfrom Isa 61: 6,7 – But you will be called the priests of the Lord; You will be spoken of as ministers of God. You will eat the wealth of nations, And in their riches you will boast. Instead of shame you will have a double portion, and instead of humiliation you will shout for joy over your portion.

 

3. Dedicated or Holy nation– Exodus 19:5,6 – …you shall be My own possessionamong all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me, a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.

 

These and a host of other prophetic scriptures speak of the people of God, those who are chosen and called by the name of Christ on this earth. What wonderful promises these are indeed!

 

Now arguably those promises have been fairly well received and accepted by Christian people in this day and age. We are good with being called Chosen. We have grasped that we are something of a priesthood of believers – even that we are a special (or peculiar) people set apart and Holy for our God.

 

But there is a problem with our full understanding of this verse of the Bible. As is so often the case, we tend to grasp the fruits and benefits of the blessing without embracing the responsibility that goes along with it. We tend to neglect that little “THEREFORE” in the passage. Ever noticed how many “SO THATs” and “THEREFOREs” that there are in God’s Word?

 

An example can be found in the test that God gave Abraham as he commanded him to sacrifice his first natural-born son, Isaac as sacrifice....SO THAT God would know Abraham’s faithfulness.

 

Or in the New Testament, “The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed which when sown is smaller than all other seeds yet when it is sown, grows up it becomes larger than all the garden plants and forms large branches; SO THAT the birds of the air can nest in its shade.”

 

So what’s the So That in 1 Pet 2:9? Let’s read it again: “You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, God’s own purchased, special people,SO THAT youmay set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”

 

Before we look closer at that “SO THAT” in this verse, allow me to bring an observation. Have you ever noticed how the meanings of things change over time – like with words? If I were to say to you that something isAwful, what would you think of? Perhaps something that is wicked, horrible or despicable? You would be very surprised to find that the original meaning of awful is“deserving of awe and admiration.” What about Sophisticated? You may think of something cultured, refined or high class. But the original word meant “corrupted.” How about Silly? Probably brings to mind someone rather goofy, mischievous or overly playful. But the original word meant “blessed or happy.” And finally, Nice. This may conjure up thoughts of someone super sweet, kind and thoughtful. But surprise! The 13th century meaning of nice was a bold insult meaning “foolish or stupid!” So just a sideline note: Be suspicious if someone calls you Sophisticated or NICE!

 

In a similar fashion, we often change the implications or meaning of certain facts. I would offer to you that the SO THAT in this passage has been changed in like manner over time for many Christians.

 

A New “So That” Has been Created in Our Modern Day Christian Economy

 

I would like to present a few possible scenarios for revised SO THATs to this familiar scriptural passage.

 

You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, God’s own purchased, special peopleSO THAT you can explore the power of your creativity and do great exploits with your gifts and talents finding new ways to amaze the world with your Christian caliber and upbringing.

 

You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, God’s own purchased, special peopleSO THAT you can find the true fulfillment of knowing the real you, self-actualizing and validating your existence on this planet and reaching the pinnacle of your deepest dreams and desires.

 

And here is my favorite and probably a more likely revision by many Christians today.

 

You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, God’s own purchased, special people SO THAT you can live a nice comfortable life, completing your college degree, getting into a great profession, finding a really nice home and someday settling down to think about raising a few children to be NICE upstanding members of society.

 

Oh, how dramatically different are these “So Thats” than what the scripture actually prescribes… “…so that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him who called you…”

 

TWO Essential Parts to This Command

 

So what does it mean to “show forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him?” Well, we will examine these commands in two distinct parts:

 

FIRST PART of this “So That” - Show Forth His Wonderful Deeds

 

1. For one thing it means you must be willing to think more of displaying HIS greatness than of YOUR greatness. John the Baptist said it well when he said: He must increase but I must decrease. (John 3:30)

 

If the Lord had not said it Himself, that “love of money is the root of all evil,” I would certainly have cast my vote for SELFISHNESS as the worst root of all man’s evils. We have a great propensity to want to blow our own horns…as if we had a tune that EVERYBODY is obliged to listen to!

 

Somebody once said: The man who lives by himself and for himself is likely to be corrupted by the company that he keeps. Sir Walter Scott said:Sordid selfishness doth contract and narrow our benevolence, and cause us, like serpents to infold ourselves within ourselves, and turn our stings to the entire world besides. John Owen offered: Selfishnessis the making of a man’s self as his own center, the beginning and end of all he does.

 

But the Lord has called us to display HIS greatness, not our own!

 

1. Another part of “Showing forth His wonderful deeds” is that we must be completely focused on thinking His thoughts, on determining His will and His methods instead of fixating on Our thinking, Our will and Our methods.

 

R.J Rushdoony co-authored a book called Tithing & Dominion in which he expounded the importance of the tithe in today’s Christian experience. He beautifully made the case from scripture that tithing is an act of acknowledgment of the Lord’s own sovereignty and ownership of all creation and that any who would seek to deny the Lord this “tax” were in essence denying His Lordship and refuting His total sovereignty over all of His creation. I commend this book highly to you. But a statement that he made in this work is very pertinent to our topic at hand today that I would like to quote:

 

The issue that faces every man is the issue of sovereignty; it is the issue of Lordship. Who created man and therefore, to whom is man accountable? Is man a creature of God? Who is the Sovereign Lord…and who is the steward-creature within creation? ... The legal principle of God as Lord requires that the believer think and act in harmony with God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is God’s law, or Word, that is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is precisely because man lives “by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord” that God’s every word is absolute law for man. This means that man is neither to think nor act apart from the Word of God.” (emphasis added)

 

Now that’s quite a mouthful, but here is what Rushdoony was saying to us:

God is the creator and thus owner of all creation including man. Because God owns man, then man is totally unfit to be anything but a steward (a caretaker) over God’s creation. And in order for man to be a good caretaker, then he must think and act like the owner. He must have the owner’s thoughts and wishes as his chief objective.

 

For us, this means that there is no area of study, no vocation that does not hinge on a theological belief of who God is. Economics and Theology are indivisible. Science and Theology are indivisible. Art and Theology are indivisible. Certainly many of your parents understood that Education and Theology are indivisible! You have been trained with a worldview that says that the Lord Jesus Christ has dominion and ownership over every aspect of creation…every vocational endeavor…every area of thought and philosophy.

 

1. Finally, “Showing forth His wonderful deeds” means that you must be willing to establish a legacy that will cause your efforts to show His wonderful deeds in more than just your immediate lifetime, but indeed to cause them to expand into the next generation and the next generation after that.

 

The sad but repeating story of the Old Testament is God’s people finding the mercy and glory of God and reveling over it for a few years and then neglecting to transmit that to their children only to have the next few generations stumble and fall into wickedness and sin, resulting in the curse of God in the following generations. And the same is incredibly true today with us.

 

There is one time-tested, rock-solid way that I know of to ensure a faithful transition of God’s truth and glory into the next generation and that is to HAVE and RAISE UP AS MANY CHILDREN AS THE LORD WOULD BRING to fear and love God with all their hearts, soul, mind and strength. This is sometimes called “Multi-Generational Faithfulness” to the Lord.

 

Graduates, this is the first of THREE Charges that I will offer to you today. Make this a prevailing goal in your life that you, Lord-willing, will leave a legacy of God-fearing children as you leave this earth.

 

It can be summed up no better than the Psalmist in Psalms 78:1-7.

 

SECOND PART of this “So That” - Display the Virtues and Perfections of Him

 

This is pretty simple in concept, but it is every bit as hard as the first because it requires much sacrifice and selflessness. There MUST be a noticeable difference in your LIFESTYLE, your BEHAVIOR, your CHARACTER and your PRIORITIES than those who are not Christians!

 

I recently heard a very challenging message from one of our brethren, affiliated with our church, who is a pastor and teacher in India. His name is Rajib Ottowan. Rajib has helped to establish dozens of churches in a region of India, but it has not been without consequence. India is officially a Hindu state. Christianity is NOT freely welcomed, and in many provinces Christians are persecuted and often killed for their Christian faith. Rajib has had to bury at least one or two of his close brethren over the last year, so he bears credibility when he speaks of sacrifice for the faith.

 

Rajib, commenting on the prophet Daniel and his challenge with King Nebuchadnezzar when Jerusalem was overwhelmed, said that Daniel and his fellow brethren who were chosen to serve in the King’s service had to “DRAW A LINE” as to how far they would go in living life with their heathen captors. Daniel said he would work for them, study for them, and serve them…but he said he had made up his mind that he would not defile himself with the king’s choice food or with the wine which he drank. (Dan 1:8)

 

This world offers us so many nice choice “meals” and “good wine” if we will but allow ourselves to relax our standards, back off our insistence on a sovereign and demanding Lord. It is so easy to get comfortable with “doing it my way” (as Frank Sinatra taught us). As Rajib put it…Daniel had determined where he needed to draw the line so that he could live “IN the world” but not become part “OF the world.”

 

You recall the 1st Charge was to make it your prevailing goal to leave a legacy of God-fearing children when you leave this earth. I have two more charges for you as graduates today. The first of the two is an INTERNAL one, the other an EXTERNAL one.

 

Your 2nd Charge is this…DRAW YOUR LINES NOW. Determine the lifestyle, behaviors, character and priorities that YOU WILL NOT VIOLATE as you move through the next days and years of your life. And with this I offer a caution: If you wait until the challenge is upon you, it is too late! The passage in Daniel BEGINS with him “mak[ing] up his mind” what he would do and not do. You must make up your mind NOW and commit yourself to purity and virtue!! And as an added security…tell someone you trust (perhaps your BFF) of these things and ask them to hold you accountable.

 

Called for Such a Time as This

 

As I move to the last charge I must share with you a sincere belief that I have. In the mercy and grace of God, He is committed to restoring this world in its broken and rebellious state back into His grace and peace. He has also committed to always having a “remnant” with which to do this restoration. I believe that you young people, being trained and equipped the way you are, have Been Called “For Such a Time as This!”

 

Recall that I began my talk with the story of Esther. When Mordecai found out about the command that went out for all the Jews to be exterminated, he sent word to Esther to ask her to intervene before the King. She balked a bit, and Mordecai reminded her that if she remained silent, relief would come at some point through someone…but he also reminded her of the unique situation that God Himself had placed her and the resulting responsibility that she had as a result… “who knows whether you have retained royalty for such a time as this.”

 

Most everyone in this audience, and I HOPE each of you graduates, knows that we are in a WAR in our society – a CULTURE WAR. This war has many heads and takes on many aspects, and I will illustrate just a few:

 

Whether that be the rightness or wrongness of taking the life of a child in the womb of its mother…

 

–or- whether the text of the 1st eleven chapters of our Bible in Genesis are just nice flowery metaphors which have no true historical validity and that we can somehow justify God’s creation using the “scientific” theories of Charles Darwin from his Origin of Species

 

–or- whether the gender roles of men and women (more specifically husbands and wives) are up for debate and should be defined by today’s virtues or whether God really meant that the husband is the “head” of his wife…

 

–or- whether the institution of marriage is just a convenient creation of man and can be defined and/or dissolved as quickly as it is engaged or is it really a God-breathed institution which emulates the very binding and covenantal relationship between Christ and His bride, the church…

 

–or- whether the civil government can assume the status of the new Jehovah-Jireh in this generation or if it is indeed a creature of God’s own discretion which must act as ministers of justice for His laws…

 

Regardless of the specific issue, I can tell you this. All these culture clashes have one root. They seek to answer one question: Who is Lord…God or Man?

 

And each of you must be prepared to give an answer for what you believe. You must be prepared to meet the challenges of your day and answer the thorny cultural questions being posed by our society. Your mission is beautifully summed up by the prophet Isaiah:

And the Lord will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones; and you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail [SO THAT]…those among you will rebuild the ancient ruins; You will raise up the age-old foundations; and you will be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of the streets in which to dwell. Isa 58:11-12

 

So as a recap, your 1st charge was to have as your prevailing philosophy and goal to leave a legacy of God-fearing children into the next generation. The 2nd charge was to draw your lines now to live in purity and godly character. And here is your 3rd and final charge:

 

Your 3rd Charge is this: COMMIT TO REBUILD THE ANCIENT RUINS and RAISE UP THE AGE-OLD FOUNDATIONS.

 

This world, especially America, is in great devastation today and has fallen mightily from the great position that she once had, and it is primarily because her foundations have crumbled and decayed badly. But all is not lost! God can bring relief. But you cannot afford to stick your head in the sand and say that this is the job of someone else. It’s not just for the pastors and elders. It’s not for Billy Graham or Campus Crusades for Christ. It is for you. Because YOU are “a Chosen Generation, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, God’s own purchased and special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him, Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”

 

God bless you all, as you endeavor to meet these charges I offer today. IF YOU WILL…YOU WILL BE A SUCCESS, regardless of the world’s standards and the Lord’s Goodness and Mercy shall surely follow you all the days of your life.

 

Bob Wells

June 1, 2013

Edward Powell and Rousas J. Rushdoony, Tithing & Dominion, pp. 37-42, Ross House Books, Vallecito, CA, 1979

 

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CASTING A VISION FOR MULTIGENERATIONAL FAMILY BUSINESS It is always good to hear from you that you are reading these to your children. We must be diligent in casting a vision for multigenerational faithfulness!

 

“In 1834 in Hanau, Germany, a silversmith named Philip Wolf I began to produce leather-covered presentation cases for his silver products with the rationale that ‘Quality jewelry should always be kept in a case of equal beauty and quality.’ This idea has since passed through five generations of the Wolf family. They recently celebrated 170 years of production. Today, Wolf Designs offers unparalleled value and quality which is achieved by European craftsmanship, high quality materials, state of the art electronics, sophisticated timing sequences, patented technologies and five generations of quality manufacturing experience. Wolf Design…handmade for a life time!” www.bigwatchworld.com/wolf-designs

 

Wolf Designs since 1834 Wolf Designs have been creating handmade jewelry boxes since 1834. This exquisite collection has been designed exclusively for Pottery Barn, inspired by English antique jewelry boxes and pieces from the Wolf Designs archive. Each limited edition box is reminiscent of a bygone era, of luxury and class, to enhance and bring to life your jewelry collection.

 

Leadership Simon Philip Wolf’s apprenticeship started early, barely out of his teens. His father, Philip Wolf IV guided him every step of the way, laying down a foundation of knowledge that had been passed to him by his father and that is invaluable to Simon who leads the company today with a clear vision and a desire to be the very best.

 

The People A company is a reflection of the people who work for it. We are a multi-cultural, thoughtful, hardworking team, and family. Together, we make up the heart of WOLF’s family business.

 

1834 Our History With each generation, we become an even more unique company. Strong traditions and ethics passed down from one generation to the next. Instilling a sense of pride at the achievements we all have made in this family led business, a business that has become a family.

 

1895 The Apprentice Son Philipp Wolf II had been working as his father’s apprentice. An enjoyable summer in southern Sweden convinced him to immigrate in Malm. There he started his own workshop and soon earned the respect and recognition within the area for his craft. As time passed, his sons, Ernst and Philipp III, proudly continued the tradition of box making.

 

1930 Philipp Wolf III Philipp Wolf III continued to expand the Swedish factory into its third generation of box making. After the Second World War, he embarked on long trips to America to sell his presentation boxes to newly emerging watch and jewelry markets. Progress was slow, but steady, the trips to America by sea taking up to a month each time.

 

1962 Philipp Wolf IV Philipp Wolf IV, the first of three sons born to Philipp III, immigrated to England to start a new factory. Over time, his highly automated factory employed over 300 people and was recognized as the largest manufacturer of jewelry boxes and display materials for all of Great Britain and much of Europe.

 

1988 Simon Philipp Wolf V With the economy and business flourishing in England, the time was right for the Wolf Family to assume the biggest challenge ever undertaken: tackling the USA and Canadian Markets. It was up to Simon Philipp Wolf V, with guidance from his father Philipp IV, to persevere through difficult challenges and achieve remarkable success.

 

Today Simon Philipp Wolf V The Wolf Family’s business legacy proudly continues! The company not only crafts great jewelry boxes, but now creates a wide variety of fine quality gift items as well. Their patented technology and innovative product design in jewelry cases and watch rotators has made the company what is today—the market leader.

http://www.wolfdesigns.com/history/

 

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MULTI-GENERATIONAL ESTATE

 

The Fursdons of Fursdon

 

The Early Fursdons

 

Walter de Fursdon first took the land at Cadbury during the reign of King Henry III (1216-1272). He was a Freeman of the City of Exeter and died in 1301. There were Fursdons here when Chaucer wrote the Canterbury Tales; when Drake defeated the Spanish Armada and when Columbus discovered America. The name “Fursdon” is probably taken from the surrounding countryside - Furzey Down - meaning gorse covered hill.

 

Seven Centuries of Fursdons

 

The house at Fursdon has evolved over 750 years from humble beginnings as a cross passage dwelling made from cob with a thatched roof. There have been many changes and adaptations - a major rebuild in the 18th century - with the last major addition being the library wing in 1815.

 

In 2009, 750 years of stewardship were celebrated with a series of events starting with the symbolic planting of a sweet chestnut tree on the estate.

 

A tour of the house reflects these changes and the related fluctuating fortunes of a family steeped in the tradition of land ownership and farming. Many fine examples of clothes and artifacts remain from the 18th century family. These are displayed and illustrated by guided tours when the house is open to the public.

 

Present Day Fursdons

 

Fursdon is privately owned, and the responsibility for the preservation of the house and the estate lies with us. There are about 750 acres of mixed arable and woodlands including the home farm. It is hard work, and as a family we are indebted to many friends and part-time staff who help and support us so willingly. What you see is a home steeped in family history. Restoration, conservation and maintenance are everyday tasks that go hand in hand with family life at Fursdon. www.fursdon.co.uk/History.html

 

Fursdon family celebrates 750 continuous years at Fursdon Estate, Devon

David Fursdon, wife Catriona and his children are part of a Devonshire family which has continued in an unbroken line for 23 generations over 750 years, a period of time that has seen 37 monarchs come and go.

 

Very few families in Britain, let alone the world, have enjoyed the Fursdon family’s long history. It is even more exceptional when you consider that Walter de Fursdon, who took his name from the hills of Mid Devon, settled at Fursdon in 1259 only a year after the Oxford Parliament, before the ravages of the Black Death and before Columbus’ discovery of America or Drake’s defeat of the Spanish Armada.

 

Of the celebrations, David Fursdon said, ‘We feel it is fitting that the Bishop of Exeter will launch the celebrations to mark 750 years of the Fursdon family residing at Fursdon. We are very proud of our ancestry and family history and will raise a glass to the generations who have lived on this lovely estate while, at the same time, looking forward to the role that we can play in an uncertain future.’

 

How has the family survived? Was it the Dragon of Cadbury Castle, mentioned in a survey of Devon in 1626 as guarding treasure on the Estate and known to protect the family at time of dire need, driving Cromwell’s troops away during the Civil War? Was it the influence of Grace Fursdon, widowed in the Civil War, who supposedly reappears annually on the anniversary of the execution of Charles 1?

 

Certainly the family has needed (God’s blessings)in marriage, warfare, business, family affairs and inheritance. The line nearly died out in the 18th century when a little boy, George, was at the age of 1, the only heir to the Estate. Family members served in the Hundred Years War, the Napoleonic Wars, in Greece and Hong Kong in the 19th Century and in the First and Second World Wars. They have had their heroes and villains, successes and failures. The fortunes of agriculture have been fundamental, and there have been diversifications such as a disastrous venture into copper mining in the 19th Century and a better one into tourism in the 20th.

 

They have suffered sadness in the premature loss of children, parents, wives and husbands. On the other hand they have known the satisfaction of looking after one of the loveliest landscapes in Britain with the confidence to plant trees for future generations to enjoy.

 

The house has reflected developing needs and tastes over the years; from a central hall house of late medieval times where everything happened in one room, to the stylish and fashionable 18th century Georgian country house, to its current incarnation as part family house, part business where commercial functions have competed with children’s indoor rugby for space.

 

The family has retained a keen interest in politics and maintained relationships with politicians but have not become directly involved in politics themselves, preferring to observe and understand the forces that might shape their destiny rather than become embroiled in the minutiae and intrigue of political life with all the attendant risks to the stability of the family and the land.

 

Despite this the Estate covers only a fraction of the land that it once encompassed, but the family is still there in the form of David and Catriona Fursdon and their three sons, Oliver, Tom and Charlie not to mention Lottie the labradoodle, Ruby the chestnut mare and a collection of other animals.

 

The Fursdon Estate is about 750 acres of arable, pastureland, parkland, orchards and woodland. The diversity of landscape, combined with some of the most stunning views Devon has to offer, makes the Fursdon Estate a great place to walk and enjoy the countryside.

 

Fursdon is a traditional country and sporting estate with working farmland surrounding the manor house. The land is used for growing cereals, grazing livestock, and managed game shooting. It is this farming which has been the mainstay of the estate over the centuries, and although Fursdon has not been immune from the need to diversify, farming remains very much a core aspect of the estate. The particularly scenic views and rural character which make the estate so special are dependent on the agricultural custody of the land. It retains many of the traditional features present for hundreds of years, such as ancient trees and hedgerows, old lanes and agricultural buildings.

 

There is an abundance of wildlife to be seen, encouraged by conservation projects which we have implemented in recent years. One such project has been the replanting of the original orchards, with the apples being used to make batches of Fursdon cider.

 

The house stands on the 600ft contour line and the highest point on the estate is Cadbury Castle, the site of an ancient Iron Age fort - home of the Dragon mentioned in Risdon’s survey of Devon 1626. Firdown is a hilltop copse of beech trees, and on a clear day you can see the sea at Sidmouth gap to the south east, Dartmoor to the south west and Exmoor to the north.

 

The Coach Hall

 

The Coach Hall is situated in the stable yard and is used for many activities. It serves as a ticket office and an atmospheric tea room when the house is open to the public but is also right at the heart of the Cadbury community, being used as the parish hall for events and meetings.

 

It can be hired for functions and is suitable for lunches, lectures, exhibitions, small family parties etc. It can seat up to 50 people, and there are fully equipped kitchen and toilet facilities.

 

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IN THE LIBRARY

 

All Kinds of Kissesby Nancy Tafuri

 

The cover of this book depicts four animals kissing their babies in their own way—a goat with its kid, a dog licking its pup, a chicken pecking her chick, and a duck stroking her duckling with her bill. Since parents’ kissing their babies is naturally irresistible, I naturally opened the book. What met my eyes was a lovely farm at sunrise. Birds were flying, a rabbit was hopping, a mouse scurrying, farm animals were sleeping in their sheds as others were waiting to be milked, all while the rooster announced the beautiful morning to one and all.

 

No family member yet stirred, but I knew they were coming soon because the animals looked with anticipation for someone to milk them and release them from their confines to the open pasture.

 

Although we all know how much we loved kissing our babies, this book is more about how “little ones love kisses.” Given that the story begins at daybreak, kisses were in order to welcome little ones from their sweet slumber to another glorious day. Remember how much fun it was to awaken our own little ones with smiles, kisses, and “good morning sweethearts”? But as I read the book, I realized that the kisses throughout the book were those given by mothers to their children throughout the day ending with “There are all kinds of kisses, but the best kiss of all…is Mommy’s kiss good night. Sweet Dreams, Little One!”

 

From beginning to end, the animals all give their own specialized kiss. Little Calf loves Moo kisses; Little Kid loves Maaa kisses; Little Lamb loves Baaa kisses; Little Pup loves Woof kisses, and so on. Need I say more? It is a very cute book.

 

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DELIGHTFUL SURPRISES

 

-Back in the SaddleWhen discussing clothing and gifts for children, Teresa Carr told me that she had purchased some cute things from www.backinthesaddle.comfor her daughter who loves horses. As I looked over the clothing, jewelry, boots, shoes, bags, backpacks, hats, belts, equestrian gear and clothing, ornaments, toys, games, and home décor, I understood the appeal for horse lovers. It is a great place to find gifts for both young children and adult children. After clicking on their “About Us,” I realized that this was part of a group of direct marketing catalogs that we already received—Potpourri, Expressions, Serengeti, and Young Explorers. If your child loves horses, this is the place to purchase gifts.

 

-Butterfly When the Croys came over to visit, Claire and Julia brought me an adorable butterfly made from a toilet paper holder. Decorated wings cut from construction paper were glued to the back. Eyes, nose, and mouth were created with colorful markers. It was so cute I thought it would make a fun project for your children for spring.

 

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SUMMERS SIGNATURE

 

Dusting with a Chamois

 

All my life, my mother had our furniture dusted with a chamois, so naturally when I began my own home 35 years ago, I continued to dust my own furniture with a natural chamois cloth as well. The fact that it was a family tradition sparked my loyalty, but beyond this I believe that it is the best cloth for picking up dust without excessively dampening or streaking furniture. It is lint free so does not leave particles behind. And it is very soft, so does not scratch.

 

Simply dampen, wring out, and use just as you would a common dust cloth, only the leather chamois wipes up the dust instead of spreading it into the air to land elsewhere in the room. Since Jon uses a chamois to dry our vehicles after the boys wash them, he is the one who replaces mine when he purchases one to replace his, as they begin to disintegrate over time. You can get these at auto parts stores.

 

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SUMMERS ON THE FARM Everything we do is being recorded for our posterity to know and understand the loving sacrifices we made to ensure their prosperity!

 

-With a mile of branches facing us, the children and I chipped non-stop for five days. The work was so rewarding, yet the piles of chips that we placed in our barn lot were a whole lot smaller than I anticipated. I am not certain how many chipped branches it takes to make a yard of wood chips, but I can tell you that it is a lot! It reminded me of the vast amount of sap it takes to make just one gallon of syrup, only this was much more work. Good work, but hard work nonetheless. We rented the chipper for the week, so when figuring how many yards of chips we received compared to what it would have cost to purchase that many and compared it with the price of the rental, we came out ahead; except for the amount of hours we labored to chip all those branches. Counting our labor, Jon said it was not worth it. If in the future we were able to purchase a used chipper, it would be worth it because there are so many blow downs still in the woods.

 

-FIRE The days we were chipping, two burn piles for stumps, rotten logs, and branches that we were not chipping continually blazed. On one of the days, I left to fix lunch with the understanding that everyone else would follow in thirty minutes. Knowing that time flies when working in the field, I continued to work in the house after I had finished lunch while I waited for them to arrive. After nearly an hour, I began wondering why they were taking so long. Gazing out the window, I saw clouds of smoke billowing down the road. Being a half mile away from our fields, I contemplated if that much smoke could really come from just two burn piles. Pretty certain something else was happening, I put on my shoes and took off on our four-wheeler. To my dismay, I saw the aftermath of a fire that had burned acres of our front meadow. Apparently, Jon and the children were leaving on foot, four-wheeler, and truck when Jon and Sonia saw the boys run through the field. They could not really see anything at first, but then realized that the field was ablaze with flames. Shortly before their departure, strong gusts of winds had caused the flame in the middle of the field in a bare spot to jump to the surrounding tall brown meadow grasses. Within minutes, acres were burning. As Jon, Sonia, Jedidiah, and Josiah were battling the fire, they all realized that they could never stop it. And to their horror it was fast approaching the tree line, which separates our field from our neighbor’s. So they began crying out to God to stop the fire. Thankfully God immediately answered their prayer and stopped the fire just short of the tree line, just as quickly as it had started. It was truly a miracle for which we were all truly grateful and a very good lesson for the children in how quickly a fire can spread.

 

-Once the chipping was done, the boys started working in our lawn and landscaping business full time again. Naturally this brought our work list to a screeching snail’s pace. So after the boys went back to work in the city, Sonia and I stayed down for two days, finishing the work in the fields. During the week of chipping, we did not have time to chip all the cedar branches or pick up all the cedar posts and firewood the boys cut, so Sonia operated the Bobcat, going back and forth, piling logs on our log pile, firewood on our wood pile, and cedar branches in huge burn piles. I stayed on foot, helping pile logs in the bucket of the Bobcat, but for the most part raked up sticks in piles left by the Bobcat. When Sonia was finished piling cedar branches, she came back to each of my piles, and I raked them into the bucket. After we finished, we just gazed at the smooth, clean ground and praised God at how wonderful it all looked.

 

-Buttercup gave birth to a beautiful bull calf that is all black with a white face. Our bull is an Angus bull; our heifer is a white-faced Hereford. Buttercup is such a sweet cow. She loves to be petted and scratched, and she comes looking for us to receive our affection. This has been a blessing because Jon has had to milk her. The calf will not nurse one of her canals, so it becomes engorged, which could lead to mastitis. On top of this, she ran through a fence to get to her calf—who loves to race around while Jon is milking—and in the process, tore her udder. So now Jon is treating the cut as well.

 

-Jon brush hogged each of our fields to remove all the briars, scrub saplings, and thick-stemmed weeds that had proliferated due to neglect. As Jon was finishing the last little bit, Jedidiah took Josiah, Sonia, our Doberman and terrier, and me for a ride through the fields on our hay wagon, so we could enjoy the clean pastures. They looked absolutely lovely! Created in the image of God, our spirits soar when order conquers disorder.

 

-The children and I spent a day cleaning up the original vegetable garden. Picking up trash, pallets, wooden stakes, metal stakes, rusty equipment, tarps, and boards, we cleared as much debris away as possible to get the ground ready for tilling. The former owners had recently used the garden to store round bales. Tarps had covered these, but were now stuck in the ground. Jedidiah and Josiah used the tractor and a chain to pull these out of the mud. In the course they found a very long black snake. Josiah carefully placed him at the edge of the garden. But the snake was not very happy about his discovery, and subsequent eviction, because he climbed up a small tree and hung there with his head pointed towards the boys and just watched them as they worked. I was not very happy either. Then as the boys cleaned up the metal roofing left from a burned barn just on the outskirts of the garden’s border, they found four more snakes all snug under the metal roofing. As boys will be boys, they assured me that these snakes were really very good snakes because they devour bad snakes, rats and mice. However, I was not convinced. Being a firm believer in scripture, I take it to heart when God said that He placed enmity between the snake and women. I hate snakes—all snakes. They make me cringe, quiver, and shriek. So how is this helpful to the gardener who will be weeding and picking produce? Needless to say, I have been somewhat less than ecstatic about gardening in the country.

 

-Jon drill seeded two of our hayfields last fall with a variety of seeds. Now he is hand broadcasting two of our other fields. It is really neat to see him work because he is using a cloth shoulder seeder that his father used to seed their family’s fields over 60 years ago when Jon was a young boy.

 

-As we walked down our lane after a hard day of work, the cows came over to greet us. Bonny Doon, and her heifer calf Molly Blue, stuck their heads over to us to be patted while they licked our hands. Cows are such marvelous creatures.

 

-I really liked Danica Enlow’s names for her future chickens—Dolly, Daisy, Daffodil, Penny, and Calpurnia andher poniesPumblechook and Mr. Bumble.

 

-Jon just called to let us know that Annabelle had a beautiful bull calf. God has blessed us by allowing us to see the last few calves shortly after birth. It is marvelous to see the gift of life so often on a farm.

 

-Many of you have asked about our puppy. He is tall enough to lick preserves off a piece a toast on our kitchen counter, big enough to knock me off my feet when bounding around me, and weighs nearly 80 lbs., gaining five pounds each week. We hope he reaches his father’s weight of 150 lbs. He should continue to grow for several more months before reaching his optimum height. It is so much fun seeing him play with our adorable 20 lb. farm terrier. He sometimes takes her entire head in his mouth when they play, but ironically, he is always the one that cries out in pain after she bites his ear. Twenty minutes of his rough housing is about all she can take and then she streaks off like lightning to hunt for smaller varmints. God was so gracious to His children to create animals for their enjoyment. The mud stain you saw on my white pants at the conference was from his muzzle as he lovingly rubbed up against me when we walked out the door for the convention center that morning.

 

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THE JOY OF COUNTRY LIVING

 

“Occupant”-A Sight for Sore Eyes

 

It was a beautiful day! My nose took in nothing but clean fresh air; my ears the mooing of cows and the babbling of our creek; my eyes the majestic trees and hillsides. What more could one ask for, really? Yet for all its glory, I would not have guessed that something so insignificant to some could have such an awe inspiring effect on me.

 

It happened when I glanced towards the mailbox that stands to the side of our farm’s graveled lane. Usually I enter from the other side in anticipation of seeing cows happily grazing in our field, tall grasses swaying in the breeze, birds swooping overhead, and dogs racing through the wide expanse. Today, however, I passed right by our lane so I could gaze at our entire field as I drove on the road that ran parallel to it.

 

Kind of like a mother staring at her newborn, I just cannot get enough of this blessing from God, so I continue to stare and wonder at the beauty of such a marvelous pastoral face. In the midst of gawking, my eye caught a glimpse of something in the mailbox that stoops to the side of our lane.

 

I say “the” mailbox instead of “my” mailbox because I have never really considered this mailbox as mine. Leaning to one side with a door that often stands open, it actually seemed like another dilapidated structure that needed dismantling. And since our mail is still delivered to our primary residence in Ferguson, to my dismay, I might add, I rarely noticed this forlorn silhouette because it just seemed abandoned. But lo and behold it now held something that stopped me in my tracks. I backed up the four-wheeler, placed my hand in the opening, and drew out mail.

 

Who really knew we were here, I wondered? When I gazed down upon the mailing label, the very sight of “Occupant” took my breath away. My heart beat fast, but not for the same reasons that most people’s hearts beat when they see the word occupant.

 

All of us receive those pieces of unsolicited mail addressed to no one in particular. For the most part, little regard is given to the content of something that is “not requested or sought.” That is why most people consider it junk and toss it into the trash bin. Many, in fact, are downright perturbed by the sight of junk mail, which in turn causes their hearts to beat faster as they mutter things under their breath while they toss it into the wastebasket.

 

So while most people were bemoaning their mounds of junk mail that day, I was rejoicing. Not over the content, because I did not care what it contained. Even if it announced that I had won the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes, I could not have been happier.

 

What thrilled my heart was that it was addressed to the “Occupant”—which happened to be me. I now occupied what I had dreamed of all my life, had longed for all my life, had prayed for most of my life. And at many times, begged God to let me be an occupant of this country.

 

See, receiving something addressed to “Occupant” was not a demotion as some might think, but definitely a promotion for me. It was at that point that I claimed the mail as personally addressed and claimed the mailbox as mine. Hmm, I pondered. I don’t have to have everything standing straight. After all it is the country, and I like rustic. Yes, I thought, this mailbox could definitely work. With a few flowers at its base, it might even be considered quite attractive.

 

Even though most loathe and despise junk mail, I now find it refreshing to go to my mailbox and find something that defines occupancy. Someone does live here, at least part time, and though most homeowners want to put a stop to junk mail, I say, “Keep it coming, because ‘Occupant’ means that I have finally come home.”

 

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IN THE GARDEN

 

Sweet April Showers Do Spring May Flowers –Thomas Tusser, 1557

 

Although most of us were taught April showers bring May flowers, the original rhyme comes from Thomas Tusser’s collection called A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry and goes like this: Sweet April showers, Do spring May flowers. I personally prefer this version, don’t you? It just seems to denote a more tender, grateful sentiment for the lovely showers God sends for bountiful, glorious flowers.

 

I love showers, I love flowers, and I love to bless my family with bouquets in every room of our home throughout the growing season. So I thought this the perfect time to encourage you to sow your garden with flowers for bouquets.

 

As a gift to a friend for having us over for lunch, and for sharing cuttings from her garden for our new farm, I gave a beautiful glass vase with encouragement to place flowers in every room of her home as we do. This was a note she sent to me afterwards. We are enjoying our new flower vase and having flowers throughout our home ... bathrooms, bedrooms, dining room… Yesterday one of my daughters put some lovely flowers on top of the shower to enjoy. Wow! Many blessings to you and your family as you enjoy the gift of your new farm! Much love!

 

Fill your house with vases of Roses, Zinnias, Loosestrife (Lythrum), Celosia, Catnip, Borage, Liatris, Sweet Peas, Perennial Sage, Lavender, Peonies, Coneflowers, Bee Balm, Veronica, Sunflowers, Cosmos, Queen Anne’s Lace, Rudbeckias, Hyacinth Beans, Cleomes…and bowls of floating Rhododendrons and Roses.

 

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Cindy Tornatore sent this to me. I thought it was cute, so I wanted to share it with you.

 

Gardening God’s Way

 

PLANT THREE ROWS OF PEAS

Peace of Mind

Peace of Heart

Peace of Soul

 

PLANT FOUR ROWS OF SQUASH

Squash Gossip

Squash Indifference

Squash Grumbling

Squash Selfishness

 

PLANT FOUR ROWS OF LETTUCE

Lettuce be Faithful

Lettuce be Kind

Lettuce be Obedient

Lettuce Really Love One Another

 

NO GARDEN WITHOUT TURNIPS

Turnip for Meetings

Turnip for Service

Turnip to Help One Another

 

WATER FREELY WITH PATIENCE AND CULTIVATE WITH LOVE

There is much fruit in your garden

Because you reap what you sow.

 

TO CONCLUDE OUR GARDEN WE MUST HAVE THYME

Thyme for God

Thyme for Study

Thyme for Prayer

 

–Author Unknown

 

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FAMILY OUTINGS

 

Alice’s Tea Room and Miniatures

 

After church one Sunday in December, several of our families went down to Old Town St. Charles to walk the streets and listen to the carolers. As we passed by 329 S. Main, a lady on crutches stepped out of Alice’s Tearoom onto the snowy sidewalk. After experiencing some difficulty navigating on the slippery pavement, she requested assistance from Jedidiah to help her into a nearby car. She thanked him and told him to come by for lunch someday, as she was the proprietor. Several employees looked on as they watched her enter the vehicle and then turned back to us to encourage us to come back for lunch someday and see their miniature museum. When they saw our enthusiasm, they allowed us in to see all the dollhouses the tearoom’s owner and her mother had created from places they visited around the world. It was absolutely delightful. We actually spent quite a bit of time enjoying the details of each well-crafted and well-appointed house. This museum would be a great place to take girls who love dollhouses. Afterwards you could purchase a few pieces of furniture for your daughters’ dollhouses, as they sell many accessories. Contact them at 636-946-0505 for hours of operation.

 

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FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE

 

From our Vendor, Renee Yeo, with Beyond Organic and Young Living:

 

“Salom,” better known in our culture as “shalom,” is a universal word for peace. As a homeschool mom of three, that is indeed a word that I have come to appreciate!

 

Peace – What Does That Mean?

 

I had the blessed privilege of speaking at a health workshop this past December on the biblical view of health. As I was preparing my presentation, I discovered that marvelous word “shalom.” I decided to look into that word a bit more, and I was amazed at what I discovered. “Salom” in Hebrew does mean peace; however, take a deeper look at the contextual use of the word, and you will find it means so much more! The Hebraic definition of the word salom means completeness, contentment, health in every area of your life, including financial, emotional and social health. It means to have fullness or what we term “fulfillment” in our lives. Its meaning has such a broad context that it is hard to define in our English language. And, furthermore, with a look at the complexity of shalom, we can see that it is beyond what we ourselves could ever bring to our lives.

 

My “Aha” Moment

 

It was only four years ago when our family was facing a difficult health crisis. Trying to find answers to my oldest daughter’s sickness was taxing on all areas of our life. We certainly did not have “shalom” in our lives. We were thankful that God, in His Sovereign care for us, did eventually bring us “shalom” as we sought Him for the answers. I often wonder if I could have spared my daughter years of sickness, had I gone to our Great Physician first rather than last. In supplicating prostrate before Him when all the specialists finally concluded they had no answers for us, it was only then that we found the “shalom” that we were seeking. I was convicted of this when I read:

 

2 Chronicles 16:12-13 “And in the 39th year of his reign, Asa became diseased in his feet, and his malady was severe; yet in his disease he did not seek the Lord, but the physicians. So Asa rested with his fathers.”

 

Jehovah Rapha

 

Everyone has a story. In the three years of our family’s ministry for health and wholeness, we have come across so many who suffer from sickness and disease. One thing we have found is there is no “magic” formula for health. The Bible does give us all we need for health and wholeness. His Word does “prescribe” a blueprint for our health. Our family does provide resources and education to help our culture change its mindset on health. We have a passion to help the Body of Christ view health from its biblical perspective. Yet, through it all, He is the One who heals. He is our Jehovah Rapha (God Who Heals). He is the object from which all Wisdom comes.

 

Perfect Protocol, Perfect Healing?

 

That God is the One who heals is an understatement. Recently, a very dear friend of ours suddenly passed away. He had been diagnosed with cancer a few years ago. After the “traditional” cancer treatment left him hopeless, he came across a natural, biblical protocol for treating his cancer. The top health experts in the industry oversaw this protocol. We all expected full and complete recovery! For the last year and half, he thrived – he said he never felt better in his life. His wife became pregnant with their first child, and it seemed that the Lord was indeed giving them a “new lease” on life. Then he suddenly passed away. In the middle of the night, he was gone, leaving his wife and unborn son without him. Seven days later his son was born. His wife is now a widow, and his son is fatherless.

 

Miraculously, we have seen God’s supernatural work. We saw the Lord “carry” his wife during the week of a very “overdue” birth. We saw the family of God surround her with care, emotionally, financially and spiritually. We saw how God gave our friend’s wife the strength to deliver a healthy 11 lb. baby boy. And, we have seen this young wife have the wisdom to understand that her husband is more alive now than he ever was before. In her words, “My husband had the perfect health protocol, and we were asking the Lord for perfect healing. We received what we asked for. Nolan is indeed perfectly healed!”

 

Isaiah 55:8-9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

 

Redeemed, Restored and Revived

 

God has indeed numbered our days. He is the Author of life. The question is not “how can I add days to my life,” but instead “how can I add life to my days.” We have had the privilege of working with many people ready to “change their diet.” More often than not, after helping them understand the biblical model of health, we have seen God do amazing things. They not only lose weight, gain energy and resolve many health issues, but also they experience “salom.” Our God is a redeeming God. He has made our bodies with an incredible capacity to heal. He made our bodies in such a way that when given the right things, we can restore our health and live vibrant lives, for the Glory of God. We can experience shalom. Our friend Nolan experienced shalom these past two years of his life. His wife and newborn son are experiencing shalom despite their loss. This is a great reminder that our help can only come from the Lord.

 

Yes, shalom – even in our best of days, upon our own strength, we could never truly have shalom. It is only something that Christ can give us. He is our Sar shalom, Prince of Peace!

 

If you or anyone you know would like more information on how to begin your health journey or if you are on the journey and would like to learn more about our growing health community, email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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DISMANTLING OF AMERICAJoye and Joe Hengst share: “Putin Doesn’t Threaten Our National Security, Obama Does” by Don Feder

http://barbwire.com/2014/03/06/putin-doesnt-threaten-national-security-obama/

 

Vladimir Putin isn’t the Easter Bunny. On the other hand, he isn’t Joseph Stalin. It takes a truly fevered imagination to see Russian forces in the Crimea as a prelude to Russian tanks rolling across Europe toward Berlin and Paris.

 

Putin is a power player who cares more about Russia’s national interests, and Russian minorities in his near abroad, than in that mythical force known as world opinion. Would that America had a president who cared more about our interests than in promoting globalism and the left’s social agenda.

 

The Crimea’s population is 60% ethnic Russian. For most of the past 800 years, the Ukraine has been Russian.

 

An independent Ukraine disappeared in the 12th century. It reappeared briefly after the Bolshevik Revolution, only to be crushed by the Red Army and not emerge again until the fall of the Soviet Union. All of this fuss about the “territorial integrity” of a state born yesterday.

 

The Russian-backed government in Kiev came to power democratically, but was ousted by the Maidan mob. We’re told that the interim government is pro-Western and pro-EU.

 

When Reagan was president, the expression pro-Western meant something. It meant pro-representative government, pro-human rights and pro-Western (Judeo-Christian) values.

 

Today, it means a willingness to accept same-sex “marriage,” abortion on demand, an anti-religion ethos – the agenda of the EU’s cultural commissars – and the economic dictates of the Brussels bureaucracy.

 

Putin doesn’t want to see the EU — and, possibly, NATO — on his doorstep. Do you blame him? If someone overthrew a democratically elected, pro-American government in Ottawa and replaced it with an interim regime hostile to our interests, that contained neo-Nazi elements and which immediately moved against English-speaking Canadians, it would irritate us too. It would, that is, if there was an American in the White House.

 

But don’t I care about a possible Russian annexation of the Crimea and Eastern Ukraine (with its Russian-oriented, Orthodox population), conservatives who are still fighting the Cold War ask me? Not really. I’ll tell you what does concern me:

 

Obama’s hollowing out of our military— Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced plans to slash the army’s active-duty personnel by at least another 70,000. Some support aircraft and cruisers are also slated for mothballs. The Marine Corps will lose 8,000 of the few/the proud. In 2013, defense spending was 4% of GDP — taking us to pre-Pearl Harbor levels. The president doesn’t think we need a military, just a marker for drawing red lines.

 

Obama’s life style-friendly military— If Putin doesn’t take us seriously, is it any wonder? The headline in the March 2 Stars and Stripes beams: “Gay, lesbian troops perform in drag at Kadena Air Base” in Okinawa. The publication disclosed that the drag show was “in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered troops.” Doubtless, this will do much for the morale of the non-LGBT troops. But as then-Army Chief of Staff George W. Casey, Jr. said at the time of the Ft. Hood massacre (which the administration still refuses to call a terrorist incident), diversity is the New Action Army’s most important product.

 

Muslims in the Obama White House— including Arif Alikhan (Deputy Executive Director for Policy in DHS), Mohamed Elibiary (Homeland Security Advisory Council), Rashad Hussain (Special Envoy to the deeply anti-Semitic Organization of the Islamic Conference), Imam Mohamed Magid (Obama’s Sharia Law advisor, on loan from the Islamic Society of North America, with its Brotherhood ties) and Eboo Patel (on the Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships). A Muslim who takes his religion seriously must put loyalty to Dar al-Islam above allegiance to an infidel state.

 

The suicide pact Obama and Kerry are determined to force on Israel – Israel’s Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu arrived in the U.S. Monday to the administration’s threats. If Israel doesn’t participate in a negotiated surrender (leading to Jihadistan on its borders), Washington won’t be able to contain the “international fallout,” the White House warned. Unlike the Ukraine, Israel’s territorial integrity is in our national interest, as our only friend in a region with a lot of people determined to destroy us.

 

Obama’s metastasizing autocracy — We fret about democracy in the Ukraine while Obama treats the Constitution as a series of suggestions. For the president, the three branches of government are him, his pen and his telephone.

 

Putin is a strong man. Obama is a weak man (except when it comes to bullying our allies). Obama venerates multilateralism. Putin is willing to go it alone. Obama is committed to the entire LGBT agenda (including gay “marriage”). He’s also the only sitting president to address Planned Parenthood, such is his commitment to abortion without borders. Putin believes the foregoing is the road to national annihilation.

 

Where does the threat to America lie?

 

Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer who is now a political/communications consultant. He also maintains his own website, DonFeder.com.

(First published at AmericanThinker.com)

 

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TO BE SALT AND LIGHT, WE MUST LOVE OUR NEIGHBOR AS OURSELVES

 

Recently we had a conversation with a waitress that included the fact that she and her boyfriend were soon to purchase a house, to which I inserted, “After you’re married, I hope.” She sheepishly looked at me with downcast eyes telling me all I needed to know. I quickly asked her if she knew the high statistics of failed marriages of those who lived together prior to marriage. I then shared with her the significance of making a solemn sacred covenant before the Lord, for better or worse, richer or poorer; in sickness and in health—for it is only that commitment before the Lord that holds any marriage together.

 

I then told her to make certain that she waited until that boy made an honest girl of her. And then told her that if he really loved her, he would marry her. I then asked her what she thought would hold them together if they moved in to the house they soon hoped to purchase without being married—the house? But before she could answer, I told her that houses are easily disposed of and can easily be divided between two parting parties. I pointed to my family, and said that this is the blessing marriage brings. But I also shared that in my 35 years of marriage, we certainly had differences that could have ended in divorce had it not have been for our commitment before God to stay together for better and for worse. I then encouraged her to wait until that young man married her. Thankfully, before we left, she came up to me and said, “I will strongly consider what you have said to me. Thank you.” Love your neighbor as yourself!

 
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Jon and Candy Summers share:

 

Formerly Christian Home Educators Fellowship—Now Family Covenant MinistriesFaithfully honoring God, equipping generations, and serving the homeschooling community for the past 30 years! http://www.familycovenantministries.com/

 

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME May 2014 Information

 

Family Covenant Ministries (formerly CHEF) Conference & Curriculum Fair

 

1.  We Are So Excited

2.  Conference Program

3.  Selecting Workshops

4.  Resounding Voice

5.  Special Offer!

6.  Family Covenant Fundraiser to the Creation Museum, May 5 to June 2

7.  Exhibit Hall Free This Year

8.  Additional Vendors

9.  Thank You

10.  2014 Pricing Less Than in 2013 and 2012

11.  Chief Justice Roy Moore

 

WE ARE SO EXCITED

 

Thank you for all your emails, notes, and calls about how excited you are about this conference and for all your prayers. We greatly appreciate each and every correspondence.

 

We look forward to seeing you at our 30th Annual Conference & Curriculum Fair on May 5-7, 2014 at the St. Charles Convention Center, One Convention Center Plaza, St. Charles, MO 63303!

 

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CONFERENCE PROGRAM

 

To view this year’s conference program, please go to www.familycovenantministries.comand click on Conference Program.

 

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SELECTING WORKSHOPS

 

You will not be registering for workshops. Workshops are all on a first come first serve basis.

 

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RESOUNDING VOICE

 

Can’t make it to every session? Get the recordings at the conference! Don’t miss the conference special, a full set of audio recordings just $75.

 

Audio Pricing

Individual CD: $7

Individual MP3 (download): $4

MP3 Full Set (download, thumb drive, or data CD): $75

 

Video Pricing(Sessions from Grand Ballroom only)

Individual DVD: $25

Set of all 16 DVDs: $199

 

Online store: store.resoundingvoice.com

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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SPECIAL OFFER!

 

Calling all Grandparents! You may bring your parents/grandparents as our guests to this year’s conference. It is our way of thanking our parents’/grandparents’ generation for fighting for our freedom! This offer is only good in conjunction with an Individual or Family Pass.

 

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FAMILY COVENANT FUNDRAISER to the Creation Museum, May 5 to June 2

 

Come to the Creation Museum booth to purchase your two-day adult tickets to the Creation Museum for the discounted price of $20 and receive $9.95 savings on every ticket you purchase compared to the regular admission fee of $29.95.

 

Now with that said, let me share this other savings with you. Through the rest of this year of 2014, the Creation Museum is offering children 12 and under free admission to the museum with a full-price adult ticket of $29.95. So this is what AIG recommends.

 

If you have children 12 and under, purchase one adult ticket through the Museum so your children under 12 get in free with that ticket and then purchase an adult ticket through us so that you can take advantage of the $9.95 savings on the other spouse while also blessing Family Covenant Ministries as well. That way the entire family receives a discounted admission. As the savings add up, so do the funds to Family Covenant Ministries, which in turn helps you as we use the money to advance God’s kingdom by equipping generations for the Lord.

 

Ages 13 and up are considered adults, so if your children are over the age of 12, you will need to purchase an adult ticket for each of them. The good news is that you can save $9.95 on every ticket you purchase from us.

 

The tickets are good for one year from the date they are printed.

 

If you have not been to the Creation Museum before, we would highly recommend that you take your family, extended family, and friends, not only to support AIG, but also because it is a great museum! It is a very professionally created museum and a great tool for bringing the Genesis account of Creation alive to your children. The store is packed full of terrific educational Creation materials. They also have a beautiful botanical garden and a petting zoo.

 

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EXHIBIT HALL FREE THIS YEAR

 

The Exhibit Hall is free this year to Exhibit Hall only attendees. However, you must still register to receive your armband for admittance. Please note Exhibit Hall hours as follows:

 

Monday, May 5, 11:45 am – 5:30 pm

Tuesday, May 6, 11:15 am – 7:00 pm

Wednesday, May 7, 11:30 am – 6:00 pm

 

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ADDITIONAL VENDORS

 

AIG Creation Museum Tickets

Western Conservatory for the Arts and Sciences

Right Start Mathematics by Activities for Learning

Landmark Tours

Love My Jean Skirt

 

For a complete listing of vendors go to:

http://www.familycovenantministries.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=1:25th-annual-christian-home-educators-fellowship&id=11:vendor-information&Itemid=4

 

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THANK YOU

 

We want to thank Joye Hengst for proofing our schedule, program, and map in addition to editing and emailing all our newsletters throughout the year, especially all the extra ones before the conference. This is a lot of work all year long. We greatly appreciate Joye’s dedication and labor all these years!

 

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2014 PRICING LESS THAN IN 2013 AND 2012

 

We said that we increased our pricing, but when we actually compared the prices with 2012, our prices this year are actually lower than they were in 2012!

 

4 Day Conference LAST Year 2013

Super Early Bird Special: $179 Family, $79 Individual

Early Bird Special: $199 Family, $89 Individual

Special: $259 Family, $99 Individual

Regular Price: $299 Family, $109 Individual

 

3 Day Conference THIS Year 2014

Super Early Bird Special: $135 Family, $59 Individual

Early Bird: $150 Family, $66 Individual

Special: $195 Family, $74 Individual

Regular Price: $225 Family, $82 Individual

 

2 Day Conference 2012

Individual: $50 ($70 at the door)

Couple: $70 ($90 at the door)

Children: $15 each (up to 4 children, additional children free)

Curriculum Fair: $15

 

If you extend the 2012 prices for three days for an individual ($25 a day times 3), the price would have been $75. That is more than the Special pricing of $74 for an individual right now.

 

If you extend these 2012 prices for three days for a family pass for four or more children, a couple would be $105 plus $90 for four or more children equals $195, which is the special price right now.

 

And we gave two special pricings before these prices that were actually quite a bit lower than the 2012 prices.

 

And the Curriculum Fair is free this year compared to $15 in 2012.

 

With the great increase in prices for everything due to inflation, our FCM Conference prices are quite a deal! Especially when you consider the magnificent lineup of speakers we have.

 

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CHIEF JUSTICE ROY MOORE will be selling his “One Nation Under God” booklet at his booth and book-signing table. This is a very valuable booklet for your children and a great booklet to give to others.

 

Introduction to “One Nation Under God”

 

This educational pamphlet compiled by Chief Justice Roy Moore was designed as a guide to understanding our founding documents and the founding principles upon which the United States was established as “One Nation Under God.” This pocket-sized pamphlet contains the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States, as well as portions of Sir William Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Law of England and the Farewell Address of our first President and the Father of our Country, George Washington.

 

 Its contents are not generally taught in schools, or Church, or even in the halls of government. They have been largely forgotten by a public deceived to believe that God has no place in our laws, our government, or in our public discourse. But Chief Justice Moore proves otherwise.

 

“Of the Nature of Laws in General” from Sir William Blackstone’s great work, the Commentaries on the Laws of England, will introduce you to the moral and legal justification for the Declaration of Independence. The Farewell Address contains the “counsels of an old and affectionate friend” who warns us of political dangers, which undermine and threaten to destroy the continued viability of the Constitution of the United States: indebtedness, foreign corruption, and party spirit. Washington explains why our “free constitution” which he and others worked so hard to create ought to be “sacredly maintained.”

 

“One Nation Under God” is a valuable resource to understand our spiritual heritage and how we as a people can ensure the preservation of freedom in our land and restore America’s role as a beacon of hope and encouragement to the people of the world and our posterity.