Monday, January 28, 2013

Jesus is the Focal Point of History! ~The Noah Plan Q2, W4

The Noah Plan Kindergarten- History
Quarter 2, Week 3

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This week's lesson covers Jesus Christ (Yeshua is His name in Hebrew) as the focal point of history. I had set aside about 30 minutes of reading for preparation of this week's lesson. Here is a small portion of text from Teaching and Learning America's Christian History (p. 159) which I'd like to share with you:
"For centuries men sought freedom from slavery and tyranny. They believed their liberation to be dependent upon external circumstances. But it was not until the Savior of mankind appeared that men learned that external freedom was achieved by internal liberty- "the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free".
It makes so much sense, doesn't it?

I'd also like to share this portion from the text from America's Providential History (p. 26):
"Christianity's method of change is the same for nations as it is for individuals. As Christians, we are gradually transformed as we apply the truth of His word to our lives."

And that is what it all comes down to for each of us. Yes, once we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior (according to Romans 10:9) we are saved! In order to grow in our faith, we need to be reading the Bible and endeavoring to understand it, learn it, and apply it to our lives. When we do this, we continue to be transformed by the renewing of our minds! When we do this, it positively impacts our families, our cities, our states, and our nation!

This is one of the reasons I love the Principle Approach®! I don't have to *try* to remember to get in the Word of God and to take charge of my own education because it happens daily within each subject! I also love that my children are learning to go directly to the Word of God for principles...

because His Word has everything we need for life! It teaches us how Jesus walked so we can learn to walk in His ways in obedience to Him. It also teaches us how to get along with each other in life!

And as growth (transformation) is a continual thing for us as we learn the Word of God and apply it to our lives, I think it important that we have grace for each other. We are all in different areas of learning.  
The book listed for us to read to our children is, 3 in 1: A Picture of God, by Joanne Marxhausen. If you are like me and don't own a copy of it, you may like to view it here!

I appreciate how much of this is presented, however, I wanted to talk with my children about the ideas presented of having "beautiful, wonderful, happy new lives for us." 

  • We talked about what is beautiful about being saved by Jesus and how that changes us inside... which in turn shares beauty externally (fruits of the Spirit).
  • We talked about how not everything that happens to Christians in life is beautiful. We still live in a fallen world and there is hurt, hunger, persecution...

  • We talked about why it is wonderful to walk in Jesus' ways.
  • We talked about how not everything around us is wonderful or goes wonderfully.

  • We talked about joy that can only come from walking with Jesus and how no one can rob us of it.
  • We talked about how we may not always feel happy and that feelings come and go.

What is something that stood out to you when you read the assigned reading in preparation for this history lesson? Comment below! I'd love to hear what you have to say! 


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