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 April 2014 Information
Family Covenant Ministries (formerly CHEF) Information and Activities
1. An Important Letter about This Year’s Conference-God’s Providential Hand on FCM
a. This year’s FCM Conference will go down in history!
b. There is something very critical happening here in Missouri!
c. Be a part of this amazing work!
d. This Conference is a memorial stone that we may tell generations to come the great work that God has done!
e. Implore God Almighty to bring a mighty army of His people to fill the place and receive the blessings that He has in store for us!
2. New Addition to Our Grand Finale
a. Twice Adopted from Branson Will Be Performing on Wednesday, May 7
b. Along with Sentimental Journey’s 18-piece Orchestra
3. Newest Workshop Descriptions
a. Judge Roy Moore
b. Kayla Moore
c. Dr. Joseph Morecraft
d. Cody Holmes
4. Reserve Your Room at the Embassy Suites-Special Discount until April 12
5. Look for Conference Workshop Schedule and Video Promotional in the Next Two Weeks
6. 20th Annual (CHEF) FCM Art Festival, April 5 with Over 100 Artwork Pieces to View
Family Covenant Ministries (formerly Christian Home Educators Fellowship) Gratefully Presents Our 30th Anniversary Conference, May 5-7, 2014
Celebrating Three Decades of Honoring God, Faithfully Serving our Families and Equipping Generations for the Lord
Mark your calendars for this Monumental Event at the St. Charles Convention Center, One Convention Center Plaza, St. Charles, MO 63303!
To register, please go to https://familycovenantministries.com/index.php?option=com_rsform&formId=12
AN IMPORTANT LETTER from a SPEAKER/VENDOR ABOUT THIS YEAR’S CONFERENCE
God’s Providential Hand on FCM
This year’s FCM conference is one that WILL go down in history! There is something very critical happening here in Missouri. Being able to look from the outside in brings a perspective that many of you may not see. Each of your families is being called. Called to take on the mantle that God has already chosen for you. Called to join your leaders to take the land that belongs to God’s people…
“The whole commandment that I command you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land that the Lord swore to give to your fathers. And you shall remember the WHOLE way the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that He might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not...” Deuteronomy 8:1-2
Both my daughters and I had the wonderful privilege of coming to speak at the FCM Mother-Daughter Tea this past March. We were so blessed to meet so many of you and to experience the desire that God has given to each of you to live a life of purpose and passion for the Lord.
I was struck by the exhortations that Candy shared the evening of the Mother-Daughter Tea. Her exhortations reverberated in my mind over and over these past few weeks. It is important that we NOT forget the men who have taken the mantle that God has given them and to lead God’s people to take the dominion given to us in Christ Jesus.
“Hear, O Israel: you are to cross over the Jordan today, to go in to dispossess nations greater and mightier than yourselves...” Deuteronomy 9:1a
As Candy spoke, I was so struck by the power of her exhortations. As a homeschool mom of 14 years, I was thankful to learn very early that the vision of homeschooling is NOT only giving our children the best education. It is NOT only to keep them from evil or from “walking in the way of the wicked” (Psalm 1). Although these things may be the fruit of our homeschooling, and it is indeed what I desire to provide for my children, I learned very early that the vision that my family embraced was that we were “homeschooling” because this is the commandment of the Lord:
“You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down and when you rise.” Deuteronomy 6:7
We, as God’s people, are reminded to“remember the WHOLE way the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that He may humble you.” We have seen great strides in the homeschooling community in the last 40 years. The pioneers who went before us, those great men of faith who stood on the Word of God and paved the way for us to be able to homeschool freely by fighting against laws and establishing our freedoms that we can enjoy today. These great men are the shoulders upon which we now stand. Yet God has given us further instructions, for we are not just to enjoy our homeschooling freedoms, we are to “dispossess the nations greater and mightier than yourselves.” One cannot rightly dispossess something unless that “something” has possession (it’s good to know I learned something after all these years of homeschooling). So what does it mean to “dispossess”?
Paul Jehle has often been quoted as saying, “When Jesus exhorted his disciples to ‘go therefore and preach the gospel,’ the forgotten truth in that commandment was that we are to claim the victory of what Christ did on the cross. That victory is that we, God’s people, have been given the land. We are to, therefore, go and take what already belongs to us in Christ! For if we do not, then we essentially ‘give over’ that which was ours.”
Therefore, to “dispossess” means to “take back” what was rightfully ours in Christ. We are establishing God’s Kingdom here on earth. This requires that we stay alert, we stay vigilant, and we have a dominion-taking mindset.
However, the “harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.” As Candy spoke that evening of the tea, I was convicted. How many times do I take for granted the leaders whom God has placed to “dispossess” that which belongs to Christ?! How easy it is for me and for my family to remain content, just to have the freedom to homeschool, yet forget that the freedom granted to me with the blood, sweat and tears of those who went before me was NOT for me to rest. But it has been given to me, my family and all of you who choose to take this mantle to join with our leaders to “dispossess” the land from the enemy! It is so easy to forget that this is what our freedom was given for us to do! The job is NOT done; there is more to do. The Kingdom of God has much work ahead, and it needs each of us to do our part to take the mantle and run the “race that is set before us.”
This year’s FCM conference is one that WILL go down in history! I have a perspective as an “outsider” looking in. My family is from Northern Illinois, and we have been blessed with wonderful homeschool leaders who have put on valuable conferences to encourage the families of Illinois. However, never before have I seen such a line-up of speakers that have been selected by God Himself to exhort, encourage and teach God’s people as those who are coming to the FCM Conference on May 5-7. There is something very critical happening here in Missouri. Being able to look from the outside in brings a perspective that many of you may not see. Each of your families is being called. Called to take on the mantle that God has already chosen for you. Called to join your leaders to take the land that belongs to God’s people.
When things are “easy,” we can easily take for granted our freedoms—we can become complacent and not realize the amazing work that God is doing in our midst. There is a great work being done, and it is time for us to stand with our leaders and “cross the Jordan.” Your leadership with Jon and Candy Summers and the rest of the leaders who have been appointed “for such a time as this” have been given this mantle and are highly anointed by the Lord to equip the saints for the work that lies before us.
I encourage each of you to be a part of this amazing work. I implore you to pray together as families, pray for your leadership, and pray for the speakers who are coming to the FCM Conference. Remember “the WHOLE way God has led you” and accept the mantle that God has also given to each of you. This is a time to come together—to take “back the land” that God has given to us. Today, decide between blessings and curses (Deuteronomy 30:19). Today, decide to be a part of the great work that awaits you! May 5-7 will be a “memorial stone” placed along the Jordan so that we may tell to the generations that come after us the great work that God has done and NOT forget the men who forged the way ahead of us so that we may live in the land God promised to give to our forefathers.
Let’s have this year’s conference be the one that we tell our children about for years to come. Let us implore God Almighty to bring a mighty army of His people to fill the place and receive the blessings that He has in store for us. Let this conference be the one that will be spoken of in years to come. It is my prayer that this conference will be the most well attended conference in all the years of (CHEF) FCM. Let’s fill the place and bless the Lord with our “feet shod” and ready for the great things He has in store for us! Don’t miss this!!
Renee Yeois wife to Ron and homeschool mother of 3 (ages 17, 15 and 12). Her family is passionate about rebuilding the Christian family. As Biblical Health advocates, their family business “Ancient Paths” represents a return to God’s principles in every area of life: health, healing, home and family. Her family represents Beyond Organic and Young Living Essential Oils and will have booths at our conference again this year www.ancientpaths.mybeyondorganic.com Their oldest daughter Kelcie has a recipe blog: www.kelcieskreations.blogspot.comand is a health coach. For health consultations, questions or comments, contact
. Discover the medicine God gave us in His creation! “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls” (Jeremiah 6:16).
Honoring our Forefathers and our Heritage
Where there is no honor for our past, there is no future. We, then, have the new barbarians, the rootless ones, who destroy the past, present, and future. –Rousas Rushdoony
NEW ADDITION TO OUR GRAND FINALE ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 7
Twice Adopted from Branson will be performing Wednesday night along with Sentimental Journey’s 18-piece Orchestra.
Come join us for ourSpectacular Patriotic Tribute to Our Veterans & Gospel Praise to our Heavenly Father for His Goodness, Mercy, and Grace!
Twice Adopted’s ministry is dedicated to leading people to Jesus by sharing the joy of Christ through music and their personal testimonies of how God brought them all together. They say, “We have all been adopted TWICE, first by our mom and dad and secondly by God. Our family is so thankful for all God is doing in our lives. God is so good!” www.twiceadoptedministries.com
It all began in 1990, when Randy and Linda Koenig decided to adopt their first two children. In October 1990 they traveled to Lima, Peru. After spending three exciting months in the country, they brought home their first two children—two baby girls. In 1993, the Lord called Linda home from the workplace to train her children at home. They remained a family of four for the first six years of their daughters’ lives. Then in 1996, Randy and Linda adopted their first child from the United States. A year later, two more girls came from Guatemala. Before they knew it, the house was suddenly filled with the laughter of many children. What an exciting life Randy and Linda have had. For “children are a blessing from the Lord” (Psalm 127:3).
Sentimental Journey Orchestra
Russell Dieterich, MD specializes in obstetrics and gynecology. He is a member of Calvary Church where we held our CHEF graduation ceremonies for years. After completing medical school and training in obstetrics and gynecology, Russ formed the Sentimental Journey Orchestra while in the Air Force. Fifteen of the present 18 members have been with the band for at least 15 years. The cohesiveness of the membership leads to performances that are filled with fun, energy, and a musical enthusiasm that is contagious to the audience. The Sentimental Journey Orchestra is renowned for their sophisticated sound and superb arrangements. They have been wowing audiences for over 30 years.
NEWEST WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS
HONORABLE ROY S. MOORE
1. Judge Roy Moore, the Monument, and the Rest of the Story
Historical perspective of our nation’s development since WWII.
2. Jurisdictional Aspects of the Sovereignty of God
The true meaning of Separation of Church and State and the Rule of Law and the role of the family, church, and the individual in relation to Civil Government.
3. Judicial Usurpation and Our Proper Response
What judges and courts are doing with relation to marriage, abortion, and the fundamental rights of religious liberty.
4. The United States Constitution and God’s Law
The true meaning of One Nation under God.
Supporting Your Husband in the Face of Opposition
Learn how Kayla Moore supported her husband during one of the most highly publicized, openly ridiculed acts of obedience to God’s law in the century. A real hero of our time, Chief Justice Moore of Alabama’s Supreme Court stood steadfast against a federal judge’s order to remove the Ten Commandments monument from the State Supreme Court building. He not only believed that God is sovereign, but put his faith on the line, when he refused to obey the order because it violated God’s sovereignty. Imagine the opposition from both the liberal media, and even those within the system who professed Christianity, but refused to stand with him. Losing both his position on the Supreme Court and his employment, Kayla Moore not only stood by her husband, but strengthened his position through scriptures and prayer. Pulling together for His glory, as defined by God’s miracle that the two shall become one, Kayla will impart both wisdom and hope in fulfilling our role as helpmates to our husbands in helping them fulfill their roles as standard bearers.
DR. JOSEPH MORECRAFT
1. How the Early Church Battled Heresy
God has placed in the hands of His church an invaluable treasure, which it is to believe, confess, teach, defend, and keep it pure and unmixed from the opinions and philosophies of men whatever the cost or sacrifice. It is that body and system of divinely revealed truth contained in the Bible, which Paul calls “The Faith,” or “sound doctrine,” or “the word of truth.” We are to guard it as sentinels by believing that revealed truth, devoting ourselves to it, living by it, bearing witness to it, confessing it, teaching it, explaining it, preaching it and defending it from anyone who would blend any portion of it in any way with any other viewpoint or philosophy.
The post-apostolic, early church fathers sought to communicate and defend the faith faithfully, and they did so fervently, but they did not always maintain the antithesis between the Christian mind and the non-Christian mind. As a result they unintentionally and unknowingly changed the content of the gospel into something less than the Bible’s gospel. In this lecture we will see how they did this.
2. Solas of the Reformation
The Protestant Reformation of the 16th century that eventually gave birth to America used several “sound bites” to present the fundamentals of the historic Christian faith in contrast to the teachings of the medieval church – Sola Scriptura, sola fide, sola gratia, solo Christo, soli Deo gloria.
These “solas” represent the heart of the gospel: Only Scripture! Only grace! Only Christ! Only faith! To God only be the glory! This may be one of the most important lectures you have ever heard.
3. Medieval Scholasticism
The medieval scholastics held that we must understand in order to believe, that faith is founded on reason, that the human mind can develop a natural theology and system of ethics unaided by divine revelation, and that the Faith is buttressed and proven by Reason. This is the root that not only determined the form and content of scholasticism, it is also the reason for scholasticism’s failure to construct a systematic theology and worldview that was faithful to the written Word of God. In this lecture we will show how most evangelicals today believe the gospel of medieval scholasticism.
4. Natural Law and Biblical Law
America is in the midst of the most serious spiritual and moral declension in her history, and it is devastating every aspect of our life and society. We have changed gods. Our new gods are failing us, and we are experiencing worsening consequences as time goes on. When did this tragic decline begin? With the election of Bill Clinton? With World War I? With the War Between the States?
Let us ask another question. When did the decline in Israel begin that eventually led to her destruction at the hands of the Babylonians? Jeremiah, as the mouthpiece of the Lord, gives the answer in 32:31-33.
Indeed this city (of Jerusalem) has been to Me a provocation of My anger and My wrath FROM THE DAY THAT THEY BUILT IT, (998 B.C.)even to this day (586 B.C.); that it should be removed from before My face, because of all the evil of the sons of Israel and the sons of Judah, which they have done to provoke Me to anger—they, their kings, their leaders, their priests, their prophets, the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And they have turned their back to Me, and not their face; though I taught them, teaching again and again, they would not listen and receive instruction.
This is also true of America’s road to apostasy. For over 200 years Americans have chosen as their source of law “natural law” along with, or in place of, biblical law. It has been this belief in “natural law” that has brought us to our present moral, social, economic and political crisis.
In this lecture we will show that the “natural law theory” is a dangerous heresy.
5. History of the Reformed Doctrine of Children in the Covenant
One of the saddest developments in the 500-year history of the Protestant Reformation is the degeneration of the Reformed doctrine of children of the covenant. In the 1500’s and 1600’s the first several generations of those holding to the Reformed Faith taught a high view of children of the covenant and their relation to the church and to salvation.
But beginning in the mid-1700’s, things began to change, and the doctrine of children of the covenant began to change, especially in the American colonies. The older doctrine of practice of Reformed churches had nearly perished under the distemper of revivalism and divergent views of children in the covenant.
The issue this lecture deals with is very practical and essential to raising children. How is a Christian parent to view his children from the beginning of their lives? As belonging to God or belonging to Satan or somewhere in between? How you view your children will make all the difference in how you raise them, discipline them, and educate them. Many of today’s Christians know nothing about the glorious and historic doctrine of children of the covenant. I pray you will recapture it for your future generations!
6. Rushdoony and Systematic Theology
In the middle of the 1960’s, I began embracing the Reformed Faith, and I loved what I was learning. However, I did not know what to do with these new thoughts. I kept them in the “upper story” of my mind while in the “lower story” of my life and ministry. I remained a fundamentalist. Then in the late 1960’s I began reading Rushdoony and Van Til, and the “upper story” collapsed into the “lower story,” changing my whole life and ministry.
What did they teach me? Most importantly, I learned that the Reformed Faith is not a mere collection of doctrines, unrelated to life. For the first time I saw the organic and systematic nature of Biblical/Reformed theology. The Bible gives us a body of doctrines that are interacting, interrelated and interdependent elements forming a comprehensive, unified and logically self-consistent system in the context of the history of the covenant in the Old Testament and New Testament. In other words, the Bible’s theology is knit material, not woven.
Rushdoony taught me the interrelatedness of systematic theology and life, and that relationship is determined by the inerrant and all sufficient Word of God. I saw that the work of doing systematic theology is not for ivory-tower academics, but for ordinary Christians trying to live to the glory of God as individuals, parents, children, church members, workers, producers, citizens and friends. Systematic theology is to be taken from the Bible and preached, taught, and lived out in our everyday lives. “Theology belongs in the pulpit, the school, the work-place, the family, everywhere. Society as a whole is weakened when theology is neglected.” –Rushdoony. To claim to be a Christian who believes the Bible and to try to live as if the Bible is irrelevant to everyday issues amounts to intellectual schizophrenia.
This short lecture will be informative, edifying and enjoyable. It is not just for avid readers of Rushdoony. It is for any Christian who wants a better understanding of how to read the Bible and how to apply the Bible to everyday life. Rushdoony is one of the very most important Christian authors in the 20th and 21st centuries. (There will be ample time for questions about Rushdoony during this workshop.)
1. The Agrarian Family Farm
Living a God-centered life with scripture as a guideline has been much easier for me once I was able to relate Genesis to my farm. We have been entrusted with Earth’s powerful food producing attributes. Combining a holistic approach to managing soils, water retention, and animal husbandry has been entrusted with us through His written mandate on how to live this agrarian life. To destroy our topsoil and drinking water with pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and GMOs will disrupt future generations’ ability to function as God intended His children to live. To live as the world lives is the opposite of the agrarian lifestyle.
2. Real Farm Foods/Farming in the 21st Century
Our diversified family farm has grown to 400 beef cattle, 1000 meat goats, 500 sheep, 120 hogs, a Jersey cow dairy, a goat milk dairy, cheese plant, ice cream production, high tunnel and outside produce, mushroom logs, and much more keeping the five families on our ranch busy each day. Farm diversification and direct marketing lead our list of priorities describing our successful model. No matter the size of your family farm, putting plant and animals to work in a symbiotic relationship under natural conditions allows the full potential for food production not possible in a commodity driven, mono culture, big ag government subsidized system. Stacking enterprises increases profits and soil fertility at the same time while eliminating artificial fertilizers and minimizing expensive inputs.
HURRY to Reserve Your Room at the Embassy Suites
Special (CHEF) Family Covenant Ministries Rate at the Embassy Suites is good until April 12
We recommend attendees stay at the beautiful, award-winning Embassy Suites connected to the St. Charles Convention Center. The Embassy Suites is offering a special rate to our (CHEF) Family Covenant Ministries families for just $105 (compared to their normal rate of $171 for two doubles and one sofa bed). To receive this special rate go to http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/S/STLEMES-CHE-20140505/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POGor call 636-946-5544.
Please note that it is better to make reservations online than by phone because in the past, part of the reservationist’s “sales tactics” was to say that the room block was full. If you have any problems with receiving this special room offer, please contact Nick at
or call him at 636-866-0170. Or you may call us at 314-521-8487. To make certain that you receive this special room rate, you should make your reservations as soon as possible, because our room block will fill up, as it gets closer to the conference.
The Embassy Suites Hotel is a 12-story, 296-room facility with the lavish Spa Botanica, an indoor pool, fitness center, and a master chef. Your spacious, two-room suites are fully equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, and two telephones with data ports, high speed Internet access, and a well-lit dining/work table. During your stay you will receive complimentary cooked-to-order breakfasts, and in the evening from 5:30-7:30, complimentary drinks and snacks are also provided.
The St. Charles Convention Center and the Embassy Suites Hotel are conveniently located off Interstate 70 just 5 miles from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. You can also visit their website at www.stcharlesconventioncenter.com.
Look for Conference Workshop Schedule and Video Promotional sometime in the next two weeks.