Christian Parents & Public Schools

As school is starting up again, I am seeing many parents posting pictures of their children on their first day of school for whatever grade they are in. Although some of these parents have their children being homeschooled and even fewer going to a private Christian school, the majority are going to a public school. These parents, including many Christian parents, are also showing excitement for their children going to public school.

While I would love to be excited for them, I cannot be so. My heart is breaking for any child that has to go to a public school, and this has absolutely nothing to do with the recent mass shootings in public schools. The mass shootings are the least of my concerns. It is extremely rare for a mass shooting to occur in a school and even less chance when considering how many thousands of schools there are around the nation.

To begin with explaining my concerns for going to public school I would ask if there is any parent that would willingly send their child into a war zone that has literal bombs and guns being shot day and night. I don’t think that there is a parent that would send any child into that war zone. Most parents would not even want their adult children to go into that war zone as part of the military. The main reason most would not send them into that war zone is that it is dangerous, and the chance of death is extremely high.

Now the question arises, what does a war zone have to do with Christian children and public schools? Everything!

Public schools are a war zone that is more dangerous than any bomb or gun being shot at a person. Bombs and guns only injure or kill the body of a person. The public schools destroy the soul of most children by what they teach.

To begin with, nearly every public school across the nation does not teach creation as a fact and often teach evolution as a fact. As a believer one cannot teach that creation is only a theory. Either the Bible is true or it is false. Either the world and everything was created by God or it is a lie and it was not.

Why would a Christian parent send a child into a war zone teaching this way?

Next, nearly every school teaches that gender can be whatever a person chooses or feels. This is a direct lie from the pits of hell.

God made man and woman, male and female and nothing else. As the Bible describes all the animals, they are described as male and female also. Mankind has chosen to ignore God’s creation and say that a person can be either and have changes made to their body to be either. Regardless of what a person feels or does with surgery, he/she is still the same gender as when he/she was born and cannot change that. All that is changing is the outward appearance.

Why would a Christian parent send a child into a war zone that teaches this?

Next is that nearly every public school teaches or allows for sex to be whatever a person determines it to be. This means it can be male/male, male/female, female/female or some other variation. The Bible teaches that a man is to leave his parents and cling to his wife (woman), not anyone else. This is taught in both the Old and New Testaments. Along with this is that the Bible teaches that anyone living in sexual immorality will not get into heaven. Yet, the world is pushing for marriage and sex outside of Biblical marriage and sex and is promoting it as good in the public schools.

Why would a Christian parent send a child into a war zone that teaches this?

Another point is that public schools teach that Jesus was just a good person, if they teach about Him at all. Most schools do not allow any teaching about Jesus at all with very few exceptions. The Christian parent must believe that Jesus is Lord and Savior or he is not a believer nor a Christian. Either the Bible is true about what it says about Jesus, or it is false.

Again, why would a Christian parent send a child into a war zone that teaches this?

This just gives a few major reasons what public schools teach that is against God. With all of this, many Christian parents send their children into the public schools to be a ‘witness’ of God to the other children.

With this action I would ask if a child that is six years old been trained enough to be a witness for Jesus when faced with the giant enemy?

Nowhere in the Bible is a child sent to do a man’s job. When the Bible says to go out into all the world, Jesus was talking to the disciples–grown men, not children. The Bible does talk about training up a child in the way to go, but it never says to send them out until they are grown.

Most Christian children under high school age have most likely not been trained enough to know how to combat the lies that are sometimes openly and sometimes subtly taught in the public schools.

Satan goes around masquerading as an angel of light seeking to deceive and devour everyone. One of his greatest assets is the public school system. There are individual teachers out there that are trying to teach truth, but as a whole the public school system will not allow it and does not teach truth.

I ask, if you are a Christian parent to prayerfully consider pulling them out of the public school system. The best choice is to homeschool them. Be willing to give up some of the luxuries of life to have one parent home to be able to school them in God’s ways and truth. There is a nearly an infinite number of sources available to help teach your child nearly anything and everything.

If you cannot homeschool, then strive to get them into a good private Christian school that will teach the truth.

I ask why would you, as a Christian believing parent, be happy to send your child into a war zone that is working hard to claim their soul for Satan? This loss will be for eternity, not just a physical, temporary death.

Thank You For A Great Year

I want to say a great big ‘THANK YOU’ to everyone around the world who has chosen to stop by my devotional blog and read it and for many to subscribe to it in the year of 2021!

It was an amazing year for my blog. There were 81,271 views last year, nearly doubling the highest number of views ever on this blog. There were 58,256 visitors to the blog, also nearly doubling the highest ever.

God had led me to start this blog back in 2014. I had no idea if anyone would actually read it or begin to follow it. Over the years since, God has led me to include articles of experiences, various studies on different subjects, book and movie reviews, verse of the day, giving thanks verses, and memory verses.

Although it is great to have such high numbers of viewers and followers, my prayer is that lives are being changed for God. I trust that the many who read these posts are encouraged to draw closer to God, become more like Jesus, read the Bible more, and trust God more. If these things have not occurred, this blog has failed.

However, I believe that God’s word is living and active. As it goes out and is read by people around the world, it is changing lives. Some will move away from God, while others will draw closer to God.

This blog has the ability to get God’s word into nations and places that the world does not want anything to do with Jesus. It can reach people of every nation twenty-four hours a day.

As you read this blog, feel free to share it with others. Get the word of God out to the rest of the world. Let people know what they are missing without reading God’s word.

If something is written that touches your life, please let me know. It is very encouraging to hear what God is doing in the lives of people all around the world. Everyone has a story to tell about their experience with God and His word in their lives. What is your story? Again, thank you for taking the time to stop by and read this devotional blog.

May you hunger for more and more of God’s word in your life. May the God of heaven and earth fill your days with His overwhelming presence and blessings and guide you by His Holy Spirit as you make Jesus the Lord and Savior of your life.

Thanksgiving 2021

As God has blessed me with seeing another Thanksgiving in my life, I want to give some thanks and share some of His wonderful deeds in my life.

I thank God for:

1) Jesus paying the price for my sins

2) The salvation given to me

3) His great love for me

4) His Holy Spirit guiding me

5) My wonderful wife and marriage of 29 years

6) My 2 wonderful daughters

7) My 6 wonderful boys

8) My great son-in-law

9) My great daughter-in-law

10) My wonderful grandson

11) My great pastor

12) The jobs I have and had

13) His provision of food

14) The house I live in

15) His provision of vehicles

16) My wonderful dog

17) The 20+ wonderful cats

18) Friends

19) Extended family members

20) Living in Texas

21) Living in the country

22) My health

23) His protection in an accident my wife and I were in

24) His healing touch many times

25) His word-the Bible

26) The freedom to be able to worship Him openly

27) The struggles that have pushed me closer to Him

28) The many readers of my blog

29) The lives God has touched through me

30) The air that I breath

31) The stars and moon at night

32) The sun during the day

33) The needed rain

34) Cooler days

35) All my clothing

36) My hearing

37) My vision

38) The places I have been able to travel and see

39) Missionaries around the world

40) God fearing leaders in my life

41) The computer I use to write this blog

42) The internet to reach people around the world

43) Memories of all the good things God has done

44) The many experiences I have had

45) The large library of books I have

46) Godly speakers who have spoken into my life

47) The land that I own

48) The men’s group at our church

49) Our small bible study group

50) God’s presence in my life

51) The education I have had over the years

52) My time in the Army and National Guards

53) Living in the United States of America

54) The years I have lived on this earth

This is just a small list of one or more things that I am thankful to God for. It is one for each year that God has allowed me to live on this earth.

As I give thanks to God today, and every day, what are you thankful for? How has God blessed you?

Take time to give thanks to God and tell someone of what He has done in your life.

Packed Up And Moving Forward

Shelves of boxes

Christmas is over, the new year is here. Most people have probably already packed up the Christmas ornaments and decorations, taken down their tree and are ready to move forward with the new year.

All those Christmas decorations and ornaments are packed up for another year. They will not be taken out until November or December of this year. They are hidden away in a attic, closet, shed or garage to not be seen until Christmas season arrives again.

During the Christmas season, everyone is quick to talk about the birth of Jesus, about giving and loving others. The focus for many, at least for believers, is why Jesus came to this earth. Churches are often packed out for the Christmas service. People go to Christmas concerts and performances. Radios play songs about the birth of Jesus.

Manger scene

Yet, as soon as Christmas is over and the new year has begun people move on. Very quickly the heart of Christmas is missing. Generosity is forgotten. Joy is gone. Jesus is often put back in a box, packed away until the right season comes along.

When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. Luke 2:17-18

Looking back at the time of when Jesus was born, the shepherds were the first ones to learn about His birth. Immediately upon meeting Jesus, they went out and told everyone about what they had seen and learned. They did not pack up Jesus for the next season, but did it immediately.

While the bible does not say anything more about those shepherds, I often wonder if any of those shepherds later followed Jesus. How long did they keep talking about what they had seen?

Shepherd with sheep

I believe that they did not stop any time soon. This was a major event in their life. Think about it, how often do you suddenly see the sky filled with angels to bring you a message from God and you are able to verify the message is true? I have never had that experience.

There are experiences that I have had in my life that occurred 30+ years ago that I still talk about to this day. They had a major impact in my life. I want to continue to remember those experiences and share them with other people.

Drop in water

Trusting that you are a believer, Jesus has impacted your life. There was a point in your life where you chose to believe in Him and it changed your life. Do not stop at that point, keep allowing Jesus to impact your life and share that impact with others.

While Christmas is the season in which we focus on His birth, it does not need to stop there. Many believers are quick to talk about Jesus during the Christmas season, but quickly forget talking about Him after the season. Carry Jesus with you every where you go. Pack up the Christmas ornaments and decorations, but do not pack Jesus up until the next Christmas season or even until the next Sunday morning.

Child walking forward

Move forward in what God has for you, sharing what Jesus has done in you, for you and with you. Be willing to tell the world the good news. The good news of His birth gets better after His death and resurrection. You have great news to share, so go out and share it.

As this new year has begun, find out how you can draw closer to God. Find out how you share Jesus with more people. Do not hide Jesus away so that they world cannot know Him, but allow Him to shine in this dark world through you.

As you move forward in this new year, move forward in His joy, His love, His peace, His comfort, His strength, His life, His ways, His mercy, His grace, His patience, and His salvation given to you.

Asking For Suggestions

Pile of question marks

I have been working on writing this blog for several years now and am very pleased with the number of followers. I started off with just writing the daily devotional blog, going through the entire Bible, book by book, chapter by chapter.

Later I added in the Promise of God verses, Give Thanks verses and Memory verses to the blog. On and off throughout the time of doing this blog I have written about some personal experiences, books I have read, and movies I have seen.

The Lord has laid it upon my heart to expand it again in a new direction. I would like to do a specific study on some subject or topic and see what the Bible has to say.

I would like to ask all of my readers what topic they would like to have studied. Are there any questions you may have about the bible, the Christian faith, or just about anything else?

Talking about a topic may be a one time post or one over a series of posts, depending on what the topic is and how much it would take to cover it. I want to keep all of my posts about the same length, around 400-700 words or so. My daily devotional is usually about 400 words in length, to give you an idea of how long that would be. I do not want one post so long it takes forever to read it. If you are anything like me, you don’t have 20 minutes to read one blog.

Doing these topics would only occur as one blog per week and will not replace anything already done on a regular basis. I would probably release them on Monday mornings.

If you have anything you would like to hear about, please like this post and leave a comment below or click on the contact me button and send me a message. I will consider everything and may or may not do it, however, this can give me some inspiration as to what you, my readers, want to hear.

Thank you for your time, your reading, following, and any responses. Have blessed and wonderful day in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.