Darlene Osborne, Publisher
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October Issue Vol. 17 No. 4 The Christian Online Magazine™
Welcome to our October Issue
Quotes and Short Teachings
by Darlene Osborne
The Holy Ghost
The role of the Holy Ghost is very important in the life of the believer. We draw strength from Him when we are weak in our faith. He gives us comfort when we are in distress. Without the Holy Ghost we could not be saved or excel in our faith and we all know that without faith it is impossible to please God.
Hebrews 11:6, "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."
I also believe to achieve great faith, praying with the help of the Holy Ghost is a factor. Now, I didn’t say it was the only factor, but a factor. Hearing the Word preached is The Major Factor in achieving great faith.
When we pray, with the help of the Holy Ghost, we are not only releasing faith we already have, we are building ourselves up in faith. Jude 1:20 says, "But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost."
Paula's Book Nook:
This was a scene I wrote for my book, For Our Good, that jolted me. I paused at the end of it and had to contemplate the truth of what Jordan says and its significance.
Being a Christian and depending on the Spirit’s leading shouldn’t be relegated to specific times and places. Being a Christian isn’t something to be done but something we are. Just like depending on the Spirit to help us be discerning in all situations makes us wise followers.
Joy Through the Storm:
by L. Joy Douglas
By now, I hope many of you have had the chance to see the movie, War Room. If not, please take the time to do so! It will challenge you in your faith and inspire you to take your prayer life to new and deeper levels.
For over a year, I have been feeling a draw in my spirit to enter more fully into a prayer centered lifestyle. Within the longing to know Christ better, prayer must become a priority. What better way to get to know the intimate details about someone than by talking with them and having times of in-depth communication? Another significant way to do that is to be in constant regular contact with them; not letting too much time go by between visits or phone calls.
by Brooksie Cox
If it had wings, I chased it. When I was a girl, I was fascinated by anything that flew. Whether it was a butterfly or a jet, it had my attention. My daughter took a biology course in college where she had to collect flying insects. I was more than ready to help. I felt like Spongebob Squarepantsrunning around with that net. It was great.
Let’s face it; most people don’t like flying insects. They put up sticky traps or get out their flyswatters, but the butterfly is a different story. Yes, the butterfly is an insect and its scientific order is Lepidoptera. (1,3) “Lepidos is Greek for ‘scales’ and ptera means ‘wings.’” (1) Moths are also included in this classification. (1,3) The butterfly has the same characteristics of other insects: 3 body parts (head, thorax and abdomen), 3 pairs of jointed legs, an exoskeleton, compound eyes, and antennae. (1,3) Sensory hairs cover its body. Its thorax (chest) is very important since the butterfly’s wings and legs are attached there. And the thorax contains muscles that are needed to fly and for its legs. (1,3)
There are four stages in a butterfly’s life cycle: eggs, larva, pupa, and adult. (1,2,3)
by Shelley Pierce
As the mainstream religions of the world are diligently training their children and teaching them to honor their god and their holy writings, many Christian families are leaving it to chance. The days are too full to find the time to read scripture together let alone memorize it. Families will be in Bible study and worship if there is not a ball tournament, a day of sunshine in an amusement park, or a boyscout/girlscout event.
SnapShots of Grace:
by Danny Woodall
In August high school football teams started to practice for the upcoming season. In Texas the lights of high school stadiums greeted the morning sun as teams tried to avoid the Texas heat. Receivers run their routes, linemen learn their blocking schemes, the defenses go over various coverage and blitz responsibilities. Winning teams carry out their assignments. Like football teams, we as Christians have our own responsibilities.
In the fifteenth chapter of the Gospel of John, Jesus tells his disciples their assignment. He is the vine, and we are the branches. Without Him we are nothing, plain and simple, yet somehow we get our roles reversed.
Bullies: A Reason to HomeSchool but...
by Brenda B. Covert
Bullying is a reason why some families choose homeschooling. When a tormented child is removed from school, the school bully loses power over him or her. The homeschool child benefits from being removed from a stressful situation and of course benefits from one-on-one attention and the ability to focus on learning in the safe and loving environment of home.
The bullies of 30 or more years ago seem quite innocent compared to the bullies of today. Bullies in the 21st century have gone anonymous thanks to the power of the Internet. Rumors and pictures can zip around school with lightning speed thanks to modern technology. School bullies can even needle and torment their victims without anyone knowing who they are. For example, a bully (or group of bullies) can build up a mob of haters against their victim by creating a bogus page in the victim’s name and posting insults aimed at other students. The victim may protest that he or she isn’t the culprit and doesn’t even have a MySpace or Facebook account, but who would believe it after seeing that person’s name and likeness on the screen? School then becomes a daily nightmare. Bullies also have the means to design games with the victim’s likeness – games where the object may be, as it was in at least one local instance, to kill the victim. How would you feel if classmates greeted your child in the school hallway with “Hey! I killed you last night!” Sadly, there are adults who actually think the victims of this type of bullying should just “suck it up and be a man.” The parent of the victim may become a victim of bullying as well if he or she demands that the authorities investigate and prosecute! What is this world coming to when a parent is told not to protect a child from this – or any -- kind of abuse?
Bullying causes so much pain and suffering that it has even led to suicide. It is right to protect our children. Contrary to what some ignorant people believe, bullying does not breed character. There is no “bright side” to being the victim of a bully. We don’t send untrained soldiers into battle to learn how to fight, do we? How can anyone think that sending a child into bully territory will teach the child how to cope with bullies?
Homeschooling may be the answer to the bullying epidemic, but I have bad news for you. Bullies can be found in the homeschool community too. I’ve done my research and was disappointed to find that sometimes homeschoolers pick on each other. Put a group together, whether it’s a co-op or other activity, and any bully included will find someone within that group to torment. Parents must be vigilant. Victims are often afraid to tell. You don’t know what threats might keep them quiet. I read about parents who were shocked that their home educated child hid the abuse from them!
I Corinthians 15:33 tells us “Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company ruins good morals.’” What does that tell me? It tells me that God expects us to know what kind of children and adults surround our sons and daughters. We have a duty to protect our children. Don’t be deceived into thinking that homeschoolers are all honorable, decent people. I wish that were the case. It’s easy to think so when you are part of a small church group of homeschoolers. However, we’re all sinners, whether saved by grace or not. We can’t assume that mean-spirited behavior won’t be a part of the homeschooling experience.
Let’s teach our children what bullying is and make sure they know that we won’t tolerate any bullying aimed at them – or coming from them. Parents need to love their children enough to stand up for them and protect them from danger. We need to make it clear that we won’t tolerate other children being bullied, and we won’t allow bullies (even if they are our own flesh and blood) to continue their abusive behavior. Love them enough to bring consequences that may teach them to change their bullying ways and have a chance at a happier life.
Copyright Brenda B. Covert