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Teach your Children Generational Blessing

Posted By Foundation for American Christian Education, Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Commandment V:
Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
Exodus 20:12

"The laws of the SECOND table, that is, the last six of the ten commandments, state our duty to ourselves and to one another, and explain the great commandment, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Mathew Henry

The first commandment of the second table of the Ten Commandments sets the foundation stone for the remaining five. The promise connected to the keeping of Commandment V underscores its importance as a promised blessing to us. If you honor your parents, you will be blessed “in the land” generationally. This is the foundation stone of society — the family — and honoring parents ensures the solidity of that foundation. It is essential to the moral code of political and economic society.

As William Ames puts it, “Honor is an acknowledgment of that dignity or excellence in another, with a due testifying of it"—in both inward and outward observance.*

What does this commandment teach us?

First:
Honoring parents is good for us long term.

Second:
Honoring parents makes us morally accountable to authority and teaches us that there is blessing in obedience.

Third:
Honoring parents strengthens communities and ultimately all of society.

Consider and Ponder: As parents, teachers, grandparents and all those privileged to work with children, we must teach our children this commandment as essential to all the others. This is God’s way of blessing families and nations.

*See The Marrow of Sacred Divinity by William Ames, translated by William H. Gross, OntheWing.org.

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Teach your Children Generational Blessing

Posted By Foundation for American Christian Education, Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Commandment V:
Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
Exodus 20:12

"The laws of the SECOND table, that is, the last six of the ten commandments, state our duty to ourselves and to one another, and explain the great commandment, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Mathew Henry

The first commandment of the second table of the Ten Commandments sets the foundation stone for the remaining five. The promise connected to the keeping of Commandment V underscores its importance as a promised blessing to us. If you honor your parents, you will be blessed “in the land” generationally. This is the foundation stone of society — the family — and honoring parents ensures the solidity of that foundation. It is essential to the moral code of political and economic society.

What does this commandment teach us?

As William Ames puts it, “Honor is an acknowledgment of that dignity or excellence in another, with a due testifying of it"—in both inward and outward observance.

First:
Honoring parents is good for us long term.

Second:
Honoring parents makes us morally accountable to authority and teaches us that there is blessing in obedience.

Third:
Honoring parents strengthens communities and ultimately all of society.

Consider and Ponder: As parents, teachers, grandparents and all those privileged to work with children, we must teach our children this commandment as essential to all the others. This is God’s way of blessing families and nations.

*See The Marrow of Sacred Divinity by William Ames, translated by William H. Gross, OntheWing.org.

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Teach Your Children to Care for Their Souls

Posted By Foundation for American Christian Education, Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Commandment IV:
Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
Exodus 20:8

Honoring the Sabbath is not only a time of rest but it is a day “sanctified at the time in the mind and purpose of God.”* This was not something given to us to be useful but necessary. God himself took a day of rest. In this fourth commandment we are recognizing God in our lives and that there is a greater purpose and significance to our lives.

"One day in seven is to be kept holy. Six days are allotted to worldly business, but not so as to neglect the service of God, and the care of our souls… “ (Mathew Henry)
  • a day of rest from worldly labour
  • for the health and happiness of mankind
  • the time for taking care of the soul

What does this commandment teach us?

First:
This commandment elevates the human above a beast of burden by insisting on a day of rest.

Second:
It is a reminder that we are meant to be free.

Third:
Honor the Sabbath as it brings you faith in God.

Consider and Ponder: Teach your children the proper care of the soul is important to God. He knows we need time to focus solely on Him to strengthen our faith, our families and our souls.

*See The Marrow of Sacred Divinity by William Ames, translated by William H. Gross, OntheWing.org.

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Teach Your Children to Care for Their Souls

Posted By Foundation for American Christian Education, Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Commandment IV:
Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
Exodus 20:8

Honoring the Sabbath is not only a time of rest but it is a day “sanctified at the time in the mind and purpose of God.”* This was not something given to us to be useful but necessary. God himself took a day of rest. In this fourth commandment we are recognizing God in our lives and that there is a greater purpose and significance to our lives.

"One day in seven is to be kept holy. Six days are allotted to worldly business, but not so as to neglect the service of God, and the care of our souls… “ (Mathew Henry)
  • a day of rest from worldly labour
  • for the health and happiness of mankind
  • the time for taking care of the soul

What does this commandment teach us?

First:
This commandment elevates the human above a beast of burden by insisting on a day of rest.

Second:
It is a reminder that we are meant to be free.

Third:
Honor the Sabbath as it brings you faith in God.

Consider and Ponder: Teach your children the proper care of the soul is important to God. He knows we need time to focus solely on Him to strengthen our faith, our families and our souls.

*See The Marrow of Sacred Divinity by William Ames, translated by William H. Gross, OntheWing.org.

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Teach Your Children to Sing with a Fixed Heart!

Posted By Foundation for American Christian Education, Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Commandment III:
Do not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain. For the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
Exodus 20:7 ESV

God’s name is I AM, which is “understood to be all those things that God has made known to us, or how He reveals himself to us”. When we misuse His name, we are profaning God—we are making what is HOLY, unholy. The Puritan William Ames teaches us that this commandment is instructive in “the manner of Divine Worship”. Therefore, worship of God requires both inward and outward reverence and devotion.

How can we obey this commandment?

First:
Honor all things that pertain to God. Particularly His Name as well as His Worship.

Second:
“By the ‘Name of God’, it is understood to be all these things whereby God is made known to us, or reveals Himself.” This includes personal devotion, instituted worship and the place of His Word in our lives.

Third:
Reverence to God avoids a careless attitude towards God in speech or action. Don’t be slothful, neglectful, dull or forgetful in attending to worship, both in the heart (inward) and actions (outward).

Consider and Ponder: As parents, teachers, grandparents and all those privileged to work with children, we must teach them what this commandment instructs concerning worship. This is God’s way to ensure that our children can “sing with a fixed heart,” a heart anchored in Him.

Excerpted from The Marrow of Sacred Divinity by William Ames, translated by William H. Gross, OntheWing.org, Book 2, Chapter 14 “Of the Manner of Divine Worship”.

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Teach Your Children to Put God First

Posted By Foundation for American Christian Education, Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Commandment I:
You shall have no other gods before me.
Exodus 20:3

Understanding and obeying the Ten Commandments leads to a good life. This commandment tells us that first place must always be given to God and His Word to bring about that good.

Three important ideas to teach your children from the first commandment:

First:
God must not be displaced by anything else in life no matter how good because nothing is more good than God.

Second:
The One who created us is God and He is the One true God—any substitute is a ‘false god.'

Third:
The Ten Commandments are the moral standard for all people as the universal conscience for all time.

The first four of the Ten Commandments, commonly called the FIRST TABLE tell our duty to God. It was fit that those should be put first, because man had a Maker to love, before he had a neighbour to love. It cannot be expected that he should be true to his brother, who is false to his God.
Mathew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible
All Christian nations have accepted these Ten Commandments...as appealing to the universal conscience, —not a mere Jewish code, but primary law, susceptible of boundless obligation, never to be abrogated; a direct injunction of the Almighty to the end of time.
Nation Makers: the Art of Self-Government, 70

Consider and Ponder: How does identifying and avoiding false gods lead to a good world?

Excerpted from Nation Makers: the Art of Self-Government, by Verna M. Hall and Rosalie J. Slater, edited by Carole G. Adams. Previously published as Rudiments of America’s Christian History by the Foundation for American Christian History (FACE), page 70.

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Teach Your Children to Live Free

Posted By Foundation for American Christian Education, Saturday, March 31, 2018

Commandment I:
I am the LORD your God, which have brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
Exodus 20:2

God speaks many ways to the children of men; by conscience, by providences, by his voice, to all which we ought carefully to attend; but he never spake at any time so as he spake the TEN COMMANDMENTS." Matthew Henry

Three important ideas to teach your children:

First:
God has the authority that must be obeyed. We can rest in His authority as absolute. All the issues of life rest on God’s authority asserted in the first commandment.

Second:
Obeying God keeps us from being a slave to anything or anyone else. The other nine Commandments protect us from slavery.

Third:
It is God’s will that we live free. God wants us to live in blessed liberty. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” II Cor 3:23

Consider and Ponder: The first commandment embodies the essential truths we must inculcate in our children from birth to equip them for the blessed life they were created to live.

Excerpted from Nation Makers: the Art of Self-Government, by Verna M. Hall and Rosalie J. Slater, edited by Carole G. Adams. Previously published as Rudiments of America’s Christian History by the Foundation for American Christian History (FACE), page 23.

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America: Fullest Expression of a Christian Nation

Posted By Foundation for American Christian Education, Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The universe is regulated by natural, God-breathed laws and God in His loving Providential care revealed those laws through His written Word that we might study, learn and live in peace by them.

In The Marrow of Theology—a work which was taught at Yale and Harvard for 150 years and influences the thinking of the Founders—America’s theologian William Ames taught that theology is a dichotomy (a “whole” idea divided into two parts), Faith and Observance.

The Ten Commandments, the basis of our modern system of law, teaches us “Observance” and undergirds how we relate as a society in all aspects of governance from our places of worship, to our family life, to our commerce, and to foreign relations.

When we study the Law, we learn that there are two basic ideas—the first five commands instruct us in how to worship and love God; the second five commands teach us how to live in peace and harmony with our fellow humans. This is how we learn our moral and social duties.

The duties of men are summarily comprised in the ten commandments, consisting of two tables. One table comprehends the duties that we owe immediately to God—the other, the duties we owe to our fellow men. Christ himself has reduced these commandments under two general precepts, which enjoin upon us to love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind and with all our strength—and to love our neighbor as ourselves. On these Two Great Commandments hand all the law and the prophets—that is , they comprehend the substance of all the doctrines and precepts of the Bible, or the whole of religion.
Noah Webster

Consider and Ponder: The Ten Commandments that were posted in churches, public squares and school classrooms throughout our nation. They have been removed systemically, purging our citizens and youth of the very foundational truths that preserves our liberty. What has been the result?

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Ten Commandments Part I—The Law of Nature’s God

Posted By Foundation for American Christian Education, Thursday, March 8, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, March 7, 2018

No enactment of man can be considered law unless it conforms to the law of God.” William Blackstone

“Revealed law is the written Word of God that came to us by God’s design to make clear His moral government of the world. It became necessary for the law to be given in written form…” (Nation Makers, p. 64)

Revealed law is found only in the Holy Scripture. Revealed Law is the most authoritative law as it is given directly by God. Today, the Ten Commandments are hardly considered. They are an abstract idea of right and wrong in our culture…”if you are able to keep to them”. Not considered here is the absolute authority of our Creator. Law is a “rule of action” nothing exists without a set of rules to govern. Law is basic to all of nature and therefore basic to all of life.

The Ten Commandments have been given to us to teach us two important things: how to the love the Lord and how to love others. They are our moral code teaching us how to live free and happy lives.

Consider and Ponder: Today, there are those who would remove The Ten Commandments as the basis of our modern law system. What will be the outcome?

Excerpted from Nation Makers: the Art of Self-Government, by Verna M. Hall and Rosalie J. Slater, edited by Carole G. Adams. Previously published as Rudiments of America’s Christian History by the Foundation for American Christian History (FACE), page 60-71.

Join us as Discerning Moment continues this series looking at each of the Ten Commandments over the next several issues.

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A Nation of Law—God’s Law Part II

Posted By Foundation for American Christian Education, Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Ben Gilmore, American Christian History Study Groups co-founder has written:

“Natural law” is discovered by observation and reason.  “Revealed law” is learned by study and prayer….All authority begins with the Creator God.

Thus—any human law contrary to God’s law has no authority and is no law at all.

God established laws at Creation to govern His universe.

Man often neglects to reason out the law on his own, however it pleased God to step in and make it clear by direct revelation. This law is known as revealed or divine law and is only to be found in the Holy Scriptures.

We learn revealed law by study and prayer. The Bible has infinitely more authority than Natural Law because it comes directly from God by dictation. If our human observation was perfect, we wouldn’t need the Bible. God is revealed in His creation.

Ponder: Natural law and revealed law come from the same source and will never be in conflict. If they appear to be in conflict, trust the Bible and recheck your observation and reason.

Excerpted from Nation Makers: the Art of Self-Government, by Verna M. Hall and Rosalie J. Slater, edited by Carole G. Adams. Previously published as Rudiments of America’s Christian History by the Foundation for American Christian History (FACE), page 63.

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