Today marks such an important day in the history of the Gospel. Freedom from sin comes only through Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection; paid for once and for all as the Bible says. We do not need to re-crucify Christ through a repetitive act weekly. He paid the price and it is by grace, through faith, that we are born again in to God’s family. Even though my beliefs hail from the Anabaptists rather than true Protestants, I’m grateful for what Martin Luther did on this day in 1517. To God alone be the glory.

HSLDA Alert–Dangerous UN Treaty

From the HSLDA e-lert service…

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Your U.S. Senator Needs to Hear from You about Dangerous UN treaty

Help defend U.S. sovereignty and parental rights.

HSLDA President Mike Smith has been an advocate for homeschooling for more than 30 years.

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

You live in a state with a senator who supports the dangerous UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), but who we believe may be able to be persuaded to back away from supporting this treaty.

Our team has put together a one-page flyer asking you and your fellow citizens to contact your senator and urge him or her to please reject the CRPD. We ask that you click the name of your senator below, share this flyer with your friends and family in your state, and also please call your senator.

Senator Mark Begich (AK)

Senator Mark Pryor (AR)

Senator Mark Udall (CO)

Senator Joe Donnelly (IN)

Senator Mary Landrieu (LA)

Senator Kay Hagan (NC)

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (NH)

Senator Kelly Ayotte (NH)

Senator Carl Levin (MI)

Senator Mark Warner (VA)

Senator Joe Manchin (WV)

Senator John Barrasso (WY)

This is a key time to contact your senator. All 100 members of the U.S. Senate are home, and many of them face re-election. They are listening closely to you, their constituents.

The Senate will return on November 12, and we have heard that it will almost certainly take up the CRPD sometime during the lame duck session. It is crucial that these senators in particular hear from you right now.

Thank you for standing with us for homeschool freedom. We will provide updates once the Senate returns and we have more information about the CRPD.

For liberty,

Mike Smith
President, HSLDA

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History: Reformation for Kids

History: Reformation for Kids.

A simple to understand summary of the Reformation. Resources for children abound!

I have wondered–as Christians have forgotten to celebrate or acknowledge Reformation Day, has it become a missed opportunity to share the truth of the Gospel with lost Catholics? When we aren’t set apart, it is easy to have lines blurred…we ‘all’ celebrate Easter, Christmas, Halloween/Substitutes for it, the 4th of July…

What message would be communicated if many of us who believe there was a real and serious need for the Reformation talked about remembering Reformation Day? What if we didn’t dress up like random people or items, and instead held Reformation Day parties and festivals? Wouldn’t that subtly communicate to lost Roman Catholics they are still not on the right page when it comes to the truth of God’s word? And we do this because we love Christ, His church, and all who are lost…sadly those who are deceived think sharing the truth is hateful. But isn’t it most hateful to be silent when faced with heresy?

Just another perspective,


Confession No. 131 — Water? Gasoline? Or dynamite? Well, that all depends.

Confession No. 131 — Water? Gasoline? Or dynamite? Well, that all depends..

Adam has touched on a salient point.

My .02….

It is difficult when you take the high road in dealing with incendiary (and thus, immature) people. Time and again you can assuage and respond better than you want to, and when there is no acknowledgement of wrong-doing nor a mere apology for a poor tone, it really can alter a relationship even if forgiveness has been extended.  There are consequences to our actions that live beyond the reconciliation, if we are so fortunate to actually get full reconciliation. Some people are just determined to be unreasonable. Sadly, even if these people continually have difficulty with others, they can fail to see the common denominator is staring them in the mirror.

If You Look for It, You’ll Find It


It is something that wants to be found. It sits, waiting patiently, and not in a terrible obscure location. Some people are nearly professionals at finding it. Honed skills set to work when an opportunity arises to ferret it out. The lack of contentment and joy is present in the life of one who enjoys, or is at least very accustom to, nurturing it. Children must be taught to shun digging it up and inviting it into relationships. Parents must model how to encourage it to go back to sleep without disturbing anyone.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.” Matthew 5:9

“A man’s discretion makes him slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression.” Proverbs 19:11

Sometimes it is very wrong to overlook a transgression. Interested in more?

Here is a worthwhile article to read by Pastor John MacArthur entitled, “Let ‘Em Know or Let It Go?”.

Preaching error and making confident assertions with seemingly full assurance


It is important to know what people like Rob Bell are saying. There are pastors who say things like him, and the people listening do not even realize it as they are slowly turned from a full confidence in God’s word to a questioning view. God’s sovereignty is not something to forget or doubt, and we must be assured of the truth. God’s word is truth.

Originally posted on Possessing the Treasure:

by Mike Ratliff

6 For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion, 7 wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions. (1 Timothy 1:6-7 NASB)

God is not the author of confusion. His truth is clear and discernable by the regenerate heart. On the other hand, our enemy, being the source of lies and deception, must create a climate in which what his false teachers expound is disguised as the truth and there will be attempts by those defending these false teachings to demand tolerance so that their error will not be open to detailed scrutiny. It is all a paradigm of smoke and mirrors. Rob Bell has taught, for instance, that it is wrong to use the Bible as our plumb line, our standard of truth…

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