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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Conference Notes

Here are our notes combined.  We pray they will be a help and we hope they challenge each of you like they have us. There were so many sessions we didn't get to attend, but some dear friends purchased the entire mp3 cd of the conference for us and we can't wait for that to arrive!

Voddie Baucham on how to study the Bible:
*Know the Bible's storyline, divisions, types of literature, etc
*Read the WHOLE Bible
*Study the timeline
*Study Biblical Theology
*Mistakes made concerning the OT:  we think they are just principles to just dig out and find, Joseph is there because of the promised seed, it's not just about character studies....it's about CHRIST!, we assume it's irrelevant, we miss Christ altogether!
*Know the right questions: author, theological words, audience, literature, repeated words, broadest context, broader context, immediate context
*It's not about what it means to me.  No where in the Bible do we just go grab something.
*Make observations, interpretation, & application
*Have good study Bible, good software, Bible dictionary/encyclopedia, good lexical aids (he used an example of us trying to interpret Greek & Hebrew words.  He said think about our current language and in 1000 years someone tries to interpret the word "butterfly."  They take "butter" and interpret that.  Then they take "fly" and interpret that.  What do they come up with?  A stick of butter flying!!!  Be careful as you think you are interpreting Greek & Hebrew!), and know where the paragraphs begin and end.
*References used: I Tim. 2:15, Luke 24:22-27, John 5:46, John 1:45, Acts 8:34-36

Matt Freideman-Discipleship in the Home:
*Produce servants & ministers
*Be a person of holiness
*Go find the untouchables in your community
*"diligently" means "carve into" in the Hebrew; sieze the opportunities. We teach by things we do and don't do, by what we watch and don't watch, etc.
*Have a list of what you desire to have accomplished w/ your children by the time they are 18.  List beside each item what you must do to get them there.  Review the list often.
*References used:  Ex.19:6, Matt 4 &5, Deut. 6:4-9

Ken Ham-Relevance of Genesis in Today's World:
*What legacy are you passing on to the next generation
*We are losing that legacy----2/3 of kids from evangelical homes are walking away from the faith
*We are losing the fact that the Bible is the authority. Ps. 11:3, I Chron. 12:32, I Peter 2:15
*Do we understand the times?
*There's only 2 religions:  Start w/ God's Word & Starting w/ man's word!
*It's starting in the church--the culture is influencing and destroying the church.
*We need to start training them when they are born.
*Don't use the word "story" when teaching from the Bible.  Instead, use the words "an account of."  What do we think of when we hear story?  Something that's fiction or a lie.
*There's no neutral----either you are for or against!
*Most kids are being taught apologetics from their schools
*II Cor. 11:3- Satan will use the same tactic as he did w/ Eve....."Did God REALLY say ......?"
*It's a generational loss of authority.
*Hearts and minds change culture.  What are we giving our kids' hearts and minds to? Is. 58:12
*To know everything is to be God.  Just because we don't know everything, we don't change God's Word.
*Science has never "said" anything!  Scientists say things!
*Why do we just have New Testaments? You can't have the complete gospel if you don't know where sin came from and why we need a Savior.

Steven Kendrick:  Courageous Fatherhood & Lighting Your World:
*Start praying for a people group to change their ways--a group that you don't even know.
*He gave the illustration if he would disciple his children and they would disciple their children and so forth what the # of people would be in 10 generations.  1,048,576!! (and that doesn't include spouses!) That number is unbelievable and convicting! Then he said, and, then there's Jim Bob Duggar! That number was more than the current population!!!!!!!  We need to look at the bigger picture!  It's not just about us and our family.  We need to have a multi-generational vision that focuses on that what we are doing w/ our family is going to impact future generations!

Men Wanted For A Hazardous Journey-Doug Phillips:
*We don't realize how bad it is. I Cor. 16:13
*We are at war w/ God's creation order.
*Leaders actually lead.
*What do you believe and what are you going to fight for?
*Are you ok w/ good enough?  Choose, don't settle!
*Seek the Kingdom of God w/ every fiber of your being.
*Neh. 4:14

Multi-Generational Vision:  Voddie Baucham:
*There are good reasons and not good reasons to homeschool.
*Christians are OBLIGATED to give their children a Christian education according to God's Word!
*God  says much about education.
*Multi-Generational Problems: *Strained marriages/increasing divorce, *confused gender roles, *career driven children vs. family driven, *delayed marriages, *decreasing fertility rates
*We tend to make Jer. 29:11 for the here and now--it's a multi-generational promise
*Do you live in the here and now? Jer. 29:4-5, Jer. 29: 6-7
*Teaching your children your family's history shows them the providence of God.
*Don't communicate the here and now to your children.  Point them to a multi-generational vision.

How to Think Like a Christian- Doug Phillips:
*Before you start home education, you need to ask yourself- "What am I Doing and Way am I doing it?
*The Bible is very clear on the purpose of education and the methods of education.
*If the Bible says so much about fools (Proverbs), then why are we sending our kids to be taught by fools in secular schools & universities?
*Does a fish know he's wet?  We are submerged in a culture that no longer embraces Biblical truth.  We don't realize how our wolrdview has been poisoned.
*What if you were on a desserted island and all you had was the Bible?  Would you come up w/ allowing your children to be taught by pagans for 26,000 hours of their life?
* Life is short!  Don't play patty-cakes w/ people!  (This was one of my favorite statements!  So true!!)

Harvard or Heaven- Voddie Baucham:
*We feel like we are validated if we send our kids to university.
*If we are constantly trying to validate ourselves, then we don't have confidence in what we are doing.
*Marrying young- Mal. 2:14-15 Average age of people getting married: men-29; women-27.  The world says you have to have a career first.
*Families are going into debt to pay for college.  Luke 14:28-30
*Young families are delaying marriage and starting off in debt.
*An 18 yr. old says "I want to get married." We say, "you can't afford that."  Or they say, "I want to go to Harvard." And we say, "We'll find a way!"
*People measure success by whether or not their kid has an undergrad degree.
*We make regular trades "beneath" us, like our self-worth will be diminished.
*What are you preparing your children for?  Don't stay on the hamster wheel and keep doing what everyone else is doing.

Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends-the Malley family:
*Keep a clear conscience--past feuds need to be taken care of.  Often times it's the little things that ruin relationships.
*Learn to apply humility (overcome evil w/ good)
*The Amazing Weapon of Praise!!--Words are powerful; just a little bit of praise changes a person's attitute
*Respond properly to irritations:  -all irritations can be used to train; -it shows Christ; -see the needs of a person; -Look past the irritation (ask God to show you the bigger picture); -view it as a test from the Lord
*Instill a desire for close relationships
*Give one-on-one encouragment
*Be aware of the enemy attack
*Lead by example
*Protect from influences that destroy (influences that go against God's ways)
*Treat the family as a Ministry Team
*We have little instances every day that we can influence

Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview-Israel Wayne
*Everyone has a worldview
*More than knowing what our children "know", we need to know what they believe.
*We need to know why our beliefs are true.
*We  need to be able to articulate our beliefs. (written and oral communication)
*Live what we say we believe.
*There's no such thing as nuetrality.
*Why would you send your children into an institution where they are being lied to all the time.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Rest of Conference Photos

Definitely what drew us to this conference was the speakers they had lined up.  God has used these men through the last several years to be an example and help to Christian families as they disciple their children.  We have read, listened to, and used a lot of their material over the last year.  This conference definitely chose the "best of the best" when they asked these men to speak.  We were so fortunate that all of them agreed to come, and we could hear them all at once!

Kayla and Aiden enjoying our delicious deluxe breakfast!


Crazy kids!

"More!"

I love this picture!  David & Kristen are going through the Vision Forum catalog in the motel deciding what they are going to buy with their money! :-) 
Hey!  We'd much rather them be picking out these type of items rather than stuff from a "Toys-r-Us" catalog!

Jenny & I were so excited when we walked out of one of the sessions and we had the chance to speak to Doug Phillips!  The kids got him to sign their books.

Thankful for how this man has allowed the Lord to use him as such a great influence to homeschool families.

enjoying some very quick Chick-fil-A before we do a little shopping around the vendor hall
One CANNOT imagine all the VENDORS!  It's overwhelming!  :-)

We were so disappointed Jim couldn't attend with us, but were thankful Jenny & the boys were able to be there.  Poor Jim has so much to read and listen to when he returns!! He'll probably come home to a mountain of books/cd's/movies/etc!  haha!

Voddie Baucham speaking

"are you smelling what I'm stepping in?" (one of Voddie's famous lines :)

Gary getting his books signed by Voddie

Thankful for how he boldly proclaims what the Bible says concerning the family!

It was so cool to meet Stephen Kendrick, the producer of Courageous!! He was so down to earth!  We purchased the movie while there so he could sign our copy.  He and his family homeschool as well.  Gary was able to attend a men's breakfast where he spoke on Courageous Fatherhood.

Here he is speaking

Stephen Kendrick and Doug Philips

Gary was thankful to have a few minutes one-on-one w/ Doug Phillips and pick his brain a bit.  He was so encouraging!


The kids were fabulous during the conference!  They were excited over it as we were!  Friday morning when they woke up they were like, "Yes! Sessions ALL day!"  I just started laughing and asked them why they were excited about being in sessions all day.  I mean, you just don't expect kids to be excited over that sort of thing!  Their reply was that they enjoyed reading, drawing, playing with Friedlein boys, listening to the speakers, and of course shopping all the vendor booths.  We are so pleased they enjoy being with other like-minded homeschoolers.  That's so encouraging for us as well....thousands of people walking amongst you that for the most part, take their Biblical responsibilities as parents seriously.
We were so proud of our girls and the "little Mamas" they were to Aiden.  They catered to his every need and enjoyed every minute of it!  One of the things that was so awesome about the conference is that in an auditorium that seats around 1800 or so, there are kids everywhere...........AND..........they are all being so well-behaved.  Plus, the adults were outnumbered by kids at least 3 to 1!!  There were infants just a few weeks old all the way up to teenagers.  And, most of these kids had been there all day!  It was exciting to see parents and children learning together!

Kristen entertaining Aiden
Our friends, the Cunninghams attended the conference as well.  We are so bummed we didn't get a photo with them.  We enjoyed visiting w/ them and enjoying meals, laughs, and fellowship together!  We are so excited for them as they begin homeschooling this year!
David and Kristen get their books signed by the  Creation Apologist, Ken Ham!  With all the "signatures" we got, we definitely took time to explain to the girls that we don't worship these men, but they are definitely the kind of heroes we want them to have.  We'd much rather them be excited over getting their books signed by these men rather than movie stars, Princesses, athletes, etc!

And this is how we ALL felt after the conference...........EXHAUSTED!  poor little guy!  he just passed out!

Seriously, it is like your brain is on overload!  We gain so much knowledge/information it is overwhelming........in a good way of course! :-)  It took us a few days to recuperate for sure! ;-)  Now, we are charged and ready to put in practice the things we learned!

Love my new shirt!  If you haven't watched it yet, watch the documentary,  Indoctrination!  It is a MUST SEE for ALL parents/grandparents/etc!  A true eye-opener!  You will be floored!  We can't stress it enough that you need to watch it! They showed it like 3 times at the conference.

The girls enjoyed decorating the van for the trip.
We were all loaded up and ready to head home, and then we spot a  family w/ a flat tire!  It was fixed in no time though.

The infamous, "peach," in SC!  We won't say what this looks like! ;-)  The girls thought it was hysterical since they don't remember seeing it before.
We praise the Lord for a safe trip and are so thankful for the things He showed us while there! 
We've already been asked to type out our conference notes and we definitely plan to do that, so STAY TUNED! :-)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Singing for Revival @ Sherwood Forest

Our family was asked to minister in song once again at Sherwood Forest for their revival.  Click on this link to see the recorded livestream.  The girls sang "Bow the Knee" and Gary sang one of my favorites of all time, "Love Went Deeper".  (the mic on the piano didn't pick up very well.   they weren't singing a capella! ;-) We so enjoy their fellowship and it always feels like home when we walk in the door.  All the familiar faces are such a blessing to us and we are thankful for the impact that church had in our lives.  Afterwards, we were treated to KFC by some of our most favorite folks in the world.  They kept us in stitches as always! :-) We love this bunch!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Homeschool Conference Day 2--Hollywild Zoo

On Thursday before the conference started, we went to the HOLLYWILD ZOO in Spartanburg.  It was great!  We all had a great time and the children loved it.  It has the name "hollywild" due to the fact that a lot of the animals have starred in commercials, movies, etc.  It didn't have the huge animals like elephants and giraffes, but one of the things we loved was the close interaction with the animals.  Most of them you could pet or feed and of course all of them loved that!  It was over 70 acres of animal habitat.  It was actually not open yet, but they allowed the conference folks to attend.  The bus safari ride was great and was full of "up close and personal" w/ some pretty cool animals.  We enjoyed learning about some of God's unique creations!

Kristen & David being silly!


I think all the kids would have fed the animals as much food as we could buy them!!

"Look, Mommy!"

Brave David

Gorgeous Day!

EEEEKKK!

cuties!

OOHH!

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Kristen feeding the donkeys


 

David having fun

yuck!

the 10 week old bear cubs were probably our favorite!! boy were they cute!!

Watching the baby animal show

"No! You can't make me!"

There ya go!
He wants a kiss, Kylie! :-)


this Holstein was HUGE!

Kylie tried many times to get this zebra to eat from her hand!

Taking it all in!




Boy, that sun is bright!

"I'm just not sure about all this!"

Safari ride

Kristen wanted to feed EVERY animal she could!

What happened, Kayla?


love this photo w/ the geese flying in the background
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We enjoyed a late lunch at a "famous" diner........the The Beacon!  We had eaten there about 15 years ago and wanted the girls to try it.  And trust us, when they say "a plenty".......THEY MEAN IT! 
They don't write down anything when you order.  They just holler out "Cheeseburger-a-plenty!"

waiting to dig in!

check out the "a-plenty"

"a-plenty" means onion rings and french fries piled SUPER high


Even Guy Fieri had been there!!! Check out this video when he was there!  That was pretty impressive.
Oh, and they are supposed to be famous for their sweet tea, but it was NOT good. 
It was way too "lemony!" 
We will stick w/ Bojangles and Smithfields for that department!

Now on to the Conference part..................STAY TUNED!