Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2021

(Reblog — Original found at Abletoperform.com)

And whatever you do,
do it heartily,
as to the Lord and not to men,
knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance;
for you serve the Lord Christ.

Colossians 3:23-24

LORD Jesus, we praise You for You are the Creator of the heavens and the earth and everything in it. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we look at all the wrong places for answers. Enable us to worship and serve You and not any creature or dead thing. Help us to believe in the everlasting God who is above all above all powers and above all created things. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

People celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, in Ireland and all around the world. This is not just a day to wear green, but this is a holiday when we remember the Saint who has come from Britain to Ireland to bring the Gospel to the Irish people. Hallelujah!

Who was Saint Patrick?

To find out more about a person it is best to meet with and get to know the person. That is not always possible, of course, and then an autobiography is a great alternative. So why not read his story in his own words? It’s available to read online or to download at Christian Classics Ethereal Library —  The Confession of St. Patrick

If you and your children would rather read a story about him I would highly recommend this 7th-10th grade reader, published in 2010 and has been since updated (ISBN: 978-0-9822848-6-5) which is found at Christian Liberty Press — The Life and Legacy of Saint Patrick

You will also find an audiobook (of an earlier released version— 2005) of this reader Christianaudio.com — Saint Patrick: Pioneer Missionary to Ireland

No matter if you are reading his autobiography or a story about him, remember to keep this Saint at his right place.

Worship and serve God today.

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These Words

If I would ask you, “Which are your favorite verses of God’s Word?” what would you say? Would you mention one or more passages of the Bible? Which one/s?

If you would ask me about my favorite verses in the Bible I would quote a few that I memorized over the years. If you would, however, wask me about my favorite verses in regard to homeschooling then I would mention the following ones:

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one!
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.
You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Why? They serve as key points for the homeschool family. To the newcomer they will serve as a way of introduction and for the one who is practicing homeschooling they will serve as a reminder to stay on target.

The pastors of our former online church used to quote them every single Sunday right before the start of the sermon. And these words, which we have heard over and over and over again, got stuck in our thoughts and began to sink into our hearts and minds. We could have never imagined, ever, to not hear them quoted in church on a Sunday.

Repetition was and still is the key to learning. You will read more on that important subject from time to time. So please stay tuned.

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Teach Good Things

LORD Jesus, we praise You for giving us Your Word as a Counsel for our lives. Help us, O God we pray, to seek You early in life — each and every day. Enable us older women to be teachers of good things. Give us wisdom to teach the younger women what Your Word says — and not what we want them to do. Guide the younger women to look beyond the age and faults of the older women and to keep their focus on Your Word. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

We are currently preparing for and then having an early Christmas celebration at the weekend. That’s why this blog will be on hold for a short time. Here is something for you (and me) to take along into this week.

If you are following along in our Bible Reading Plan (see sidebar and below) you will read Titus 1-3 today. There are three verses that are found in chapter three which I like to go back to over and over again (Titus 3:3-5).

Let’s begin reading in verse one up to verse five of that chapter:

1 But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine:
2 that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience;
3 the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things—
4 that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,
5 to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.

The phrase “older women” might not only refer to the age here but also to the maturity in the faith. We can only teach what we have learned ourselves. We may teach others some of those things that we have mastered. We might, however, also share with them our experiences of things gone wrong — perhaps because we went our own way and acted contrary to what God’s Word tells us to do? Yes, sometimes our teaching will involve that we are making ourselves vulnerable and that our own faults are being exposed.

With this is mind, let us ask a few questions in regard to the text. How should we behave and what should we not do? What are older women to be? How should we teach the young women? What should we teach the young women? For what important reason should all of this happen?

Be diligent to teach and learn good things.

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