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When Kanye West’s new album Jesus is King launched, I was intrigued so I listened on Spotify only a few hours after it was first

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My little boy has always been fascinated by animals. In fact, animals played a big role in helping him converse in the early

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  • Around the same time last year, I created a mini infographic and even some felt items to illustrate the doctrine of double imputation or what some theologians like to call “The Great Exchange." R. C. Sproul writes about this all-important teaching: "This is the very heart of the gospel.  In order to get into heaven, will I be judged by my righteousness or by the righteousness of Christ?  If I have to trust in my righteousness to get into heaven, I must completely and utterly despair of any possibility of ever being redeemed. But when we see that the righteousness that is ours by faith is the perfect righteousness of Christ, we see how glorious is the good news of the gospel.  The good news is simply this: I can be reconciled to God.  I can be justified, not on the basis of what I do, but on the basis of what has been accomplished for me by Christ. Of course, Protestantism really teaches a double imputation.  Our sin is imputed to Jesus and his righteousness is imputed to us.  In this twofold transaction, we see that God does not compromise his integrity in providing salvation for his people.  Rather, he punishes sin fully after it has been imputed to Jesus. This is why he is able to be both ‘just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus’ as Paul writes in Romans 3:26. So my sin goes to Jesus and his righteousness comes to me.” Thankfully, the late Dr. Sproul did the hard work and provided help for many of us parents on how to better explain this truth to children by writing The Priest With Dirty Clothes. I provided a link on my blog to the FREE audio recording from Ligonier Ministries, along with the  infographic and a short video of how one of my kids narrated back when I first explained double imputation using the felt materials. I used a black and white shirt for sin and Christ's righteousness, respectively, because that's how I've always taught children this doctrine. It also reflects the teaching from  Zechariah 3:1-5. 
All these and many more now available on my blog raisingcovenantchildren.com [Link in profile @raisingcovenantchildren]

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  • It is quite a challenge to bring small children to worship. But I love the perspective that Jason Helopoulos provides when he wrote that, "The sound of young children reminds the adults in the covenant community that their lives are united with these covenant children and it remains essential that they pass on the faith to the next generation." I agree that our children are the next generation. Although it must be also be emphasized that they are likewise already part of the current generation as present members of the covenant community, whether communicant or not. Lord’s Day worship is not merely a spiritual discipline we uphold, but we need to embrace it as a way of discipleship. 
We go through the difficult process of bringing and training our covenant children to honor the Lord’s Day by attending to the means of grace because that is how God disciples His people. J. C. Ryle admonishes us, “Do not be cast down because your children see not the full value of the means of grace now. Only train them up to a habit of regular attendance. Set it before their minds as a high, holy, and solemn duty, and believe me, the day will very likely come when they will bless you for your deed." If we truly believe that God promises to work through the means of grace, we must do well by bringing our children and not to hinder them. Bishop Ryle also give us a sobering reminder, "Do not allow them to grow up with a habit of making vain excuses for not coming. Give them plainly to understand, that so long as they are under your roof it is the rule of your house for every one in health to honor the Lord’s house upon the Lord’s day, and that you reckon the Sabbath-breaker to be a murderer of his own soul." How wonderful it would be when we could finally go to Zion, our final resting place and dwell in the presence of the Lord forever. The blessings of eternal unbroken fellowship with the Triune God is perfected in heaven and tasted on earth during the Lord’s Day. Wouldn’t you want that for your children as well?

I write about "Honoring the Sabbath Together" by offering practical tips on how to help children worship with us on the Lord's Day. Now up in my blog!
  • I tweaked the Martin Luther coloring story book printable I made last year and made it available for FREE download again in time for the 502nd anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Get it at my website raisingcovenantchildren.com [Link in Profile @raisingcovenantchildren]. You are free to print or reproduce for home and ministry use. I wrote this for children ages 4 to 8 years old. I'd be happy to know how you've used this resource. Please tag me or use the hashtag #ChurchHistoryForKids. 
𝘚𝘦𝘮𝘱𝘦𝘳 𝘙𝘦𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘢
  • The children and I set out to find ten different things outside to fill our ten-frame boxes with. We couldn't find hues of blue in the previous months, but we've noticed that a bunch of purple flowers have recently sprung up all over our village in the past few weeks. I wonder how the foliage would look like by the end of the year. 
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  • "Ethical culture rightly declares that humanity must be good internally, in the roots of his being, in the core of his will; but it feels itself obliged, after honest consideration, to confess that such people do not exist and that it cannot create them. All culture, whatever significance it may have, just as all education, civilization, development, is absolutely powerless to renew the inner man. For it always works externally and does not penetrate into the heart of man. It may fashion, prune, restrain, bridle, form; it may force life to run in harness; it may cultivate legalism and even morality. But that is nevertheless not the good, the genuine, inner, spiritual good; it is no true “𝘚𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘭𝘪𝘤𝘩𝘬𝘦𝘪𝘵” (“morality”). As long as ethical culture thinks itself sufficient, it is exposed to serious danger. For adhering firmly to its ideal, and esteeming itself able to realize it, it will hedge man about on all sides and lay upon him command on command, rule upon rule; or it will, after many endeavors, convinced of its powerlessness, abandon the height of the moral ideal, give the leadership to the will, and permit everyone to live himself out in accordance with his own character. Pharisaism and Sadduceeism are not uncommon phenomena on philosophical and practical grounds. Thus the true and the good and the beautiful, which ethical culture means and seeks, can only come to perfection when the absolute good is at the same time the almighty, divine will, which not only prescribes the good in the moral law but also works it effectually in humans himself. The heteronomy of law and the autonomy of man are reconciled only by this theonomy." —Herman Bavinck, 𝘗𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘰𝘱𝘩𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘙𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯: 𝘈 𝘕𝘦𝘸 𝘈𝘯𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘌𝘥𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯, p. 208
  • Little Miss and I worked on a banana leaf weaving project this afternoon. It took a while for her to get a hang of it, but I'm glad she persisted. I know that she works doubly hard whenever it comes to pattern making. 
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  • Little Miss has finished working through most of the pages of her @lwtears Letters and Numbers book when I decided to introduce narration, copywork, and commonplacing. It's the classical and Charlotte Mason cross-over that has eased the load of many of my homeschooling woes. Homeschooling is not always beautiful and romantic, you see. 
Both of the children enjoy 𝘔𝘺 𝘍𝘪𝘳𝘴𝘵 𝘓𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘭𝘦 𝘏𝘰𝘶𝘴𝘦 books, so digging into chapters of Laura Ingalls Wilder's first book has rid us of some homeschool drudgery. 
Simple stick drawings with oral narration and then dictation has made our Tuesday afternoons much more enjoyable. My daughter is also proud of her catechism copywork just as well when she browses through her commonplace book. 
On top of that, I have also found the best notebook for her to use⁠. It has big spaces for writing that aren't ready for tiny and expert strokes. It is also coupled with red and blue lines to help control the excitement of less trained hands. Think Grade 1 pad but in a notebook format. Thank you, Avanti!

Is her work perfect? Far from it. But we learn by doing. And we won't learn if we don't start at all. We celebrate victories, no matter how small. 
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  • I collect story Bibles that promote the redemptive historical nature of the Bible. Storybook Bibles that point and center on Jesus in every story hold a special place in my heart. And someday, Lord willing, I wish to write one for my own children and grandchildren. Some of these books have become favorites in our home. Others still, have fallen out of favor, but keep many precious memories of bedtime. Over the years, a small number has stood the test of time and have become staples in many households. One such book is 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘊𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘥'𝘴 𝘚𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺 𝘉𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦 by Catherine A. Vos, the wife of Reformed Biblical  theologian and confessional Presbyterian, Geerardhus Vos. Marianne Catherine Vos Radius recounts how her mother began writing the classic storybook Bible in the 'Preface to the Revised Edition,' "When my brothers and I grew old enough to want to read the Bible stories for ourselves, my mother searched through the bookstore for a Bible storybook which would be faithful to the inspired Word of God and successful in conveying the dramatic excitement and human warmth of these most wonderful of all stories. When she finally despaired of ever finding such a book, she sat down with the single determination to write one." Today, there is an abundance of resources that cater to this need. The question is, how do I properly pick one? In a series of blog posts, I address the need of some Christians who, out of sincere efforts to honor the second commandment avoid the use of visible images to portray or represent God or any of the persons in the Trinity. I have compiled a humble list of story Bibles that do not contain the images of Christ. In another post, I have also provided the reasons and the resources in my attempts to honor the second commandments in this manner. You may find the link to my blog in my profile @raisingcovenantchildren. 
𝘊𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘰𝘳.

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  • The children and I have been listening to a lot of audiobooks lately. It's becoming part of our daily homeschool routine to listen to chapter books. There are times when I ask Little Miss to narrate or do copywork based on the recording. Other times, the children merely listen for pleasure. We have a number of science textbooks and materials, but I have been trying to incorporate more living books in our curriculum. This afternoon, I played a #Librivox recording of the first chapter of 𝘉𝘺 𝘗𝘰𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘙𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳 by Arabella Buckley while I presented concrete materials for a multisensory experience. 
Although the lesson was short, it was nonetheless delightful to learn about frogs this way. I am beginning to understand what #CharlotteMason was trying to say when she wrote, "Reading lessons must be short; ten minutes or a quarter of an hour of fixed attention is enough for children of the ages we have in view, and a lesson of this length will enable a child to cover two or three pages of his book. The same rule as to the length of a lesson applies to children whose lessons are read to them because they are not yet able to read for themselves." #TheClassicalPreschool 
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