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Posted By Max Lyons, Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Dear friends, pastors, educators and ministry leaders,

FACE is offering a course to help Christians understand a Biblical view of economics. As you are probably aware, this is an area of weakness within the body of Christ generally. This is a great concern as economics is an area critical to our worldview. If we don’t have a Biblical view of economics we most likely will hold to some or many socialistic presuppositions. The implications are not pretty.

It is my hope that through the course Free Men and Free Markets I can significantly develop ones knowledge of economics (and government) through the lens of Scripture.

Please forward this communication to any Christians, educators, or home-schooled high school students who you feel could benefit from learning economics “God’s way.”

For the details, click on the event (Free Men and Free Markets) under "calendar."

For Christ and His truth,

Max Lyons

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Constitution Day 2014

Posted By Max Lyons, Thursday, September 11, 2014

Constitution Day, September 17, 2014

 

 

“Vigilant, a. Watchful; circumspect; attentive to discover and avoid danger, or to provide for safety.” (Webster’s 1828 Dictionary)

 

A quote that one hears quite often on the theme of freedom or liberty is, “the price of liberty is eternal vigilance.” Who said this? Many attribute this saying to Thomas Jefferson; some believe that it was stated by English statesman Edmund Burke.  Actually the author is John Philpot Curran, an Irish statesman and orator. Here is Curran’s full quote in context:

 

It is the common fate of the indolent (lazy) to see their rights become prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of the crime and the punishment of his guilt.

 

Curran is saying that if you are lazy, those who are diligent but not godly are going to pilfer your rights. You are going to become a servant, and you deserve it, because you were not vigilant in preserving your liberties. This is a harsh, but it is a reality.

In 1 Peter 5:8-9 we are reminded to, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.  Resist him, steadfast in the faith.” The devil’s mission every day is to “rip you off.” He is trying to get you so bound by sin that you won’t have the liberty that God wants you to walk in. Believers must be vigilant and resist the devil every day in order to not fall prey to him.

The devil wants to get America off the track on which our forefathers set us. Satan desires us to have our laws based on the opposite of God’s Word. Believers must be vigilant and resist him in order for this not to happen. Our Constitution delineates a form of government based upon the principles of God’s Word. Since our founding period, it has been either altered or ignored to the point that we no longer have a Christian form of government. The spirit is gone, and now only the “letter” of our Constitution remains.

 Can our original Constitution be revived? Yes, as the learned Noah Webster taught that each of us has a constitution in our mind, we can revive our original constitution by renewing our mind (Romans 12:2) by taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (II Cor. 10:5).

 Eternal vigilance, in Jesus, is our battle cry!

 

 

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ObamaCore: 'Why Johnny [Still] Can't Read' The Systemic Dumbing-Down of America

Posted By Max Lyons, Thursday, August 28, 2014

The following article is from The Patriot Post (www.patriotpost.us/subscribe/)

ObamaCore: 'Why Johnny [Still] Can't Read'

The Systemic Dumbing-Down of America

By Mark Alexander · August 27, 2014   Description: Print

"If a nation expects to be ignorant -- and free -- in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." --Thomas Jefferson (1816)

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In William Shakespeare's "Tempest," Act V, Miranda observes, "O wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, That has such people in't."

It is those words from which Aldous Huxley drew the title of his 1932 novel, "Brave New World."

In that celebrated work, Huxley describes a utopian future in which a central authority maintains totalitarian rule and obedience by re-education -- replacing historical comprehension with a common core of indoctrination, utilizing sleep-learning, psychological manipulation and classical conditioning.

Huxley's utopian apparition compares with that of George Orwell's 1949 dystopian narrative, "Nineteen Eighty-Four," and that of Ayn Rand in her 1957 work, "Atlas Shrugged," but all three were, and remain, significant expositions of the loss of Liberty and its inevitable terminus in tyranny.

Each reflects the outcome of a worldview advanced by the architects of statist totalitarianism -- Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin -- both of whom fully understood that state-controlled "education" was essential to the fundamental transformation from Liberty to tyranny.

According to Marx's "Communist Manifesto," "The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a mother's care, shall be in state institutions at state expense."

Lenin followed with this chilling demand: "Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted."

The modern instruction manual for implementation of Marx's Manifesto is Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals," considered the holy book of so-called "community organizers" like Barack Hussein Obama. It is the contemporary outline of how to restructure institutions in order to achieve a totalitarian state.

Indeed, Alinsky dedicated the book to the patron saint of community organizers: "Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins -- or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom -- Lucifer."

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The current caucus of Socialist Democrats occupying the executive, legislative and judicial branches of our central government subscribe to the following Marxist/Alinsky maxim: "Democracy is the road to socialism," and for four decades have used the educational indoctrination of youth to pave that road.

In 1955, Time magazine published a cover story, "Why Johnny Can't Read," an early indictment of post-war centralized government education institutions, which were graduating students who couldn't make the grade.

Of course, statists claimed the problem could be solved with more money and centralization of academic standards.

In 1950, federal spending on K-12 was about $400,000. Since then, it has climbed to $71.2 billion. Spending for higher education has risen from $250 million in 1958 to $60 billion in 2013. Since the 1970s, spending per pupil has increased 138% while student enrollment has increased only 7.8%. Spending per student by state ranges from $6,000 to a whopping $29,000 in Washington, DC, where the graduation rate is a dismal 58%, and most who do actually graduate are unprepared for meaningful employment.

Obama insisted on an additional $60 billion last year “to keep hundreds of thousands of teachers on the job.” Since 1970, the number of teachers grew by 60% and non-teaching employees by 84%, while student enrollment increased, as noted above, by only 7.8%.

And what has all that centralization and spending achieved? Could it be that the problem is not the need for uniform curriculums and more spending? Arguably, federal government diktats regulating state and local government schools have resulted in a progressive and systemic dumbing-down of generations of young Americans. Indeed, Johnny still can't read.

Jimmy Carter codified this systemic progression by creating a cabinet-level secretary for the U.S. Department of Education. Ronald Reagan vowed to dismantle it, but as with most government programs once created, the union funding machines supporting Democrat majorities in the House and Senate created an insurmountable obstacle to that objective.

Now statists insist the solution to endemic academic decline is a uniform plan of indoctrination under the name "Common Core" -- a series of academic standards set by a horde of bureaucrats known as the Council of Chief School Officers. While some might argue that such standards could implement a degree of accountability, in reality what Common Core does is something far more perilous: It further centralizes the ability to craft and implement educational curriculums -- with the potential outcome of, well, I refer you back to Huxley and Orwell.

Forty-five states plus DC have embraced Common Core, although as conservative columnist George Will notes, they have done so in exchange for stimulus funds or waivers from federal regulations -- federal arm-twisting at its best. Even worse, some states adopted Common Core almost immediately after the June 2, 2010, release of the standards, leaving little to no time to evaluate their efficacy. Another Pelosian example of “passing” something to find out what’s in it.

According to Will, “The advocates of the Common Core say, ‘If you like local control of your school you can keep it, period. If you like your local curriculum you can keep it, period.’ And people don’t believe them for very good reasons. This is the thin end of an enormous wedge of federal power that will be wielded for the constant progressive purpose of concentrating power in Washington so that it can impose continental solutions to problems nationwide.”

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Indeed, the ObamaCore mandates are the Department of Education's version of the Department of Health's ObamaCare mandates -- and the outcomes will be similar.

At a high school convocation speech to a youthful corps of what he hopes will one day become loyal Leftist sycophants, Obama claimed, “My administration has been working hard to make sure that we ... encourage the kind of change that’s led not by Washington, DC, but by teachers and principals and parents...”

Note the order in which he lists the agents of change: "teachers and principals and parents." And "the kind of change" led by teachers' unions and government school administrators across the nation is already in lock-step with what “Washington, DC” dictates. They’re both bent upon churning out, perhaps unwittingly, legions of "useful idiots" -- the necessary ingredients for ensuring the future envisioned by Huxley, Orwell and Rand.

For the record, there are tens of thousands of teachers across the nation who do not subscribe to these statist curriculums and the PC pacification of their students. They remain steadfast in their commitment to teach, not indoctrinate, and however few and far between they may be, in many communities they are the last defense against the socialist tide in classrooms. But the federal mandates are multiplying, and the net effect will further undermine any real educational opportunity for this and the next generations of young people.

Concern for the adulteration of educational curriculums to comport with the ideological objectives of the state, in effect asserting that ignorance is a virtue, has a long history.

Nineteenth century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli wrote, “Wherever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been discovered that the best way to insure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery.”

His contemporary, John Stuart Mill, warned, “A general State education is a mere contrivance for molding people to be exactly like one another; and as the mold in which it casts them is that which pleases the dominant power in the government, whether this be a monarch, an aristocracy, or a majority of the existing generation; in proportion as it is efficient and successful, it establishes a despotism over the mind, leading by a natural tendency to one over the body.”

A clear example of such "despotism over the mind" would be the Common Core complicit revised Advanced Placement U.S. History exam, which reflects a radically revisionist perspective on our nation's genuine history. The College Board, which sets the curriculum-testing bar, makes only two references to George Washington, one to Thomas Jefferson, and nowhere to be found are Benjamin Franklin and James Madison, among others.

To that end, here is the advice the College Board provided for the practice AP essay:

"[A good essay] might note, for example, that the outcome of the American Revolution saw no broad change in the composition of those who dominated the social, political, and economic structure of the former colonies. Those individuals who were wealthy, powerful, and influential before the event continued to possess wealth, power, and influence later. George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson could serve as examples."

For the benefit of those whose understanding of American history is limited by Common Core and AP curriculums, I offer a few quotes from our nation's Founders --which appear nowhere in their syllabus.

"Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. ... Knowledge is power." --Thomas Jefferson

"Law and liberty cannot rationally become the objects of our love, unless they first become the objects of our knowledge." --James Wilson

"A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives." --James Madison

"For no people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders." --Samuel Adams

"Genius without education is like silver in the mine." --Benjamin Franklin

"In vain are Schools, Academies, and Universities instituted, if loose Principles and licentious habits are impressed upon Children in their earliest years..." --John Adams

"[W]e ought to deprecate the hazard attending ardent and susceptible minds, from being too strongly, and too early prepossessed in favor of other political systems, before they are capable of appreciating their own. ... Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle." --George Washington

And again, let me reiterate these timeless words from Thomas Jefferson...

"If a nation expects to be ignorant -- and free -- in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."

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Pro Deo et Constitutione -- Libertas aut Mors
Semper Fortis Vigilate Paratus et Fidelis

 

 

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Rush Limbaugh uses Webster's 1828 Dictionary

Posted By Max Lyons, Tuesday, August 26, 2014

On his August 25th program Rush Limbaugh recently compared and contrasted several words using Webster’s 1828 Dictionary. Check out his comments at:

 

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2014/08/25/words_mean_things_and_liberals_bastardize_them

 

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Excellent new resource now available

Posted By Max Lyons, Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Thom Dennis has recently published Irrefutable, an excellent book on the Biblical roots of American liberty. Following is a brief description of his work from Thom’s website. You also can view a brief (24 min) video presentation that is very suitable for a classroom teacher, homeschooler or Sunday school teacher to use to present these ideas to a group. Click here for access to the video: The Rise of Tyranny: America on the Brink.

 

How do "We the People" restore the foundation of American Liberty? The answer is IRREFUTABLE.

John Adams wrote: “It is religion [Christianity] and morality alone, which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand.” He also stated: “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

The Christian foundation of American liberty, to which the Founders and Framers subscribed, has been under attack for many generations. The tide must be turned before it is too late, and the time is now!  IRREFUTABLE makes the case and explains the way. It is the result of seven years of extensive research, with all quotes from primary sources.

“This book is the most interesting and in-depth look at the subject I've ever encountered. The combination of Scripture, history, common sense and irrefutable logic make this a truly extraordinary and scholarly work that demands attention. In God's economy just one book, one man, one idea can change everything even when there seems to be no hope. I can honestly say I've never been as excited about a new book as I am about Charles Dennis' IRREFUTABLE: Why Christianity Is the Irrevocable Foundation of American Liberty.”

—Ron Shuping, as Executive Vice President of Programming at Inspiration Networks, was responsible for the development of the series Speechless: Silencing the Christians.

IRREFUTABLE is available at amazon.com.

 

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Did you know that online teacher training is available?

Posted By Max Lyons, Tuesday, August 5, 2014

We are one week away…from our annual Principle Approach Teacher Training Series. These workshops will be delivered on-site in Chesapeake and online (for the first time).

 We have designed four days of workshops to strengthen teaching skills and provide inspiration for the new school year.  I will be teaching these workshops along with master teachers Carole Adams, Martha Shirley and Margie Lyons, addressing topics for educators who seek to apply Principle Approach methodology to their subject area.

 I hope that you will be able to join us for one or more of the workshops. ACSI CEU credits are available for this instruction.

 For more information go to the website at http://www.face.net/?page=Summer_Training. You can register by purchasing the courses in our bookstore.

 I hope to see each of you there or interact with you online!

 

For Christ and His-Story,

Max Lyons, Ph.D.

Director of Teaching Services

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Need teacher training or inspiration?

Posted By Max Lyons, Thursday, July 10, 2014

We are one month away…from our annual Principle Approach Teacher Training Series. These workshops will be delivered on-site in Chesapeake and online (for the first time).

 We have designed four days of workshops to strengthen teaching skills and provide inspiration for the new school year.  I will be teaching these workshops along with master teachers Carole Adams, Martha Shirley and Margie Lyons, addressing topics for educators who seek to apply Principle Approach methodology to their subject area.

 I hope that you will be able to join us for one or more of the workshops. ACSI CEU credits are available for this instruction.

 For more information go to the website at http://www.face.net/?page=Summer_Training. You can register by purchasing the courses in our bookstore.

 I hope to see each of you there or interact with you online!

 

For Christ and His-Story,

Max Lyons, Ph.D.

Director of Teaching Services

 

 

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Pray for America

Posted By Max Lyons, Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Billy Graham's daughter, Anne Graham Lotz, has released a message urging prayer for our nation and our world. Please see this link - a call for the body of Christ to pray for the nation - concentrated prayer for this week from July 1-July 7.  I hope you will share with others and help create a groundswell of intercession for God's intervention.  

http://m.cbn.com/spirituallife/churchandministry/anne-graham-lotz-urgent.aspx#.U6mC3YwiVFY.

 

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Breaking News... Summer Training Series now available online

Posted By Max Lyons, Friday, May 23, 2014

We have some good news for teachers, homeschoolers and others. We have decided to offer the Principle Approach Summer 2014 Training Series courses online, via live streaming. All you need is a connection to the internet. Therefore it will not be necessary for educators and homeschoolers to travel to Chesapeake to take advantage of this excellent training in the Principle Approach methodology.

 

To register please go the bookstore on our website (www.facebookstore.net). Click on Training Courses and purchase the courses. We highly recommend that you purchase the entire series of eight courses ($150). Please note that the Christian History Tour will not be available through online access. Please indicate in the Order Comments box (right before checkout) that you are taking the courses online. We will contact you during the first week in August to remind you of the dates and times of training and give you instructions for the online access.

 

We hope you can join us in August!

 

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2014 Summer Training Series

Posted By Max Lyons, Friday, May 16, 2014

One thought on the mind of all Christian teachers and homeschoolers during the summer recess is, “How will I inspire my students to new heights in the new school year, while keeping Biblical ideas and inspiration at the heart of our curriculum?” This can be even more challenging when our students return to classes under the influences of secular media and unchurched neighborhood friends.  Therefore, it is imperative, now more than ever, that we as Christian school teachers stay immersed in Biblical thinking in order to furnish our students with principles that will bring them success and fruitfulness for their entire lives.

 

With this in mind, I would like to invite you personally to four days of inspirational workshops, designed to strengthen teaching skills and provide inspiration for the new school year.  Sponsored by the Foundation for American Christian Education, these workshops have been developed by teachers and administrators for teachers and administrators, addressing topics that often puzzle educators who seek to apply Biblical principles to their subject area.

 

Please note, too, that this is also a great opportunity for anyone to earn ACSI CEU credits towards certification.

 

To find out more and to register, go to our website at http://www.face.net/?page=Summer_Training.

 

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