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Number 27                                        Feb. 5, 2003
Cindy Short and Sue Welch, editors

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Table of Contents

  • Columbia Astronauts' Faith Touches Lives
  • February Is Black History Month
  • Pray for Our President
  • Pray for Our Troops
  • February 14: Valentine's Day
  • February 16: Day of Prayer for Christians in Iraq
  • February 17: Presidents Day
  • This Day in History
  • Recommended Resources
  •      Stepware: Assess and Improve Reading Skills
  •      The Teaching Home Back Issues
  •      Children's Ministry: Biblical Foundation of Knowledge
  •      RCI Holiday Network: Family Vacation Rentals
  •      Media Angels: Creationist Science Curriculum
  • Sunny Side Up: Humorous Anecdote


         In this issue we bring before you prayer requests for astronauts' families, for our president and troops, and for Christians in Iraq.

         "Therefore, I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers,
              intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,
              for kings and all who are in authority,
         That we may lead a quiet and peaceable life
              in all godliness and reverence.
         For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
              Who desires all men to be saved
              and to come to the knowledge of the truth."
         (I Timothy 2: 1-4)

         Also included in this issue is information for studies based on special days and events from history.

         In the next issue we will resume our 15-Part Basic Skills Series.

         May you know the wonderful, unfailing love of God and pass it on to your family and others!

    Sue Welch
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    Space Shuttle Columbia:
    Astronauts' Faith Touches Lives

         Col. Rick Husband and Lt. Col. Michael Anderson were professed Christians who impacted many who knew them in life, and many more who have learned of them since their deaths.
         In a recorded interview that both men made prior to going on the 16-day mission, Anderson said, "Rick and I both feel that we were put on this mission together for a reason . . . We'd just like to really ask for your prayers as we get ready to go on this 16-day mission -— and not only prayers for a safe flight but also that, in some small way, we can use this platform as a way to really let people know what we believe and to really let God's message get out there." Read more at:

    __ Pray that the Lord will comfort the family and friends of those lost on the Columbia.

    __ Pray that the testimonies of Col. Husband and Col. Anderson will touch lives and bring many to the Lord.

    February Is Black History Month

         This celebration is the brainchild of historian Carter Woodson, the son of former slaves. He chose the month of February for the celebration because of the proximity of the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) and Frederick Douglass (Feb. 14).
    Bob Jones University Press. An inspiring story, "Another Hero for
         Black History Month."
    Christianity Today. Articles on the faith of the slaves, spirituals,
         abolitionists, "Black Moses," Wilberforce, the slave trade, and more.
    Annie's Black History Month page. Lots of information and links.

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    Pray for Our President

         We can thank the Lord for a president who is bold in acknowledging the Lord. In his State of the Union address, President Bush said:
         "Americans are a free people who know that freedom is the right of every person and the future of every nation. The liberty we prize is not America's gift to the world; it is God's gift to humanity.
         We Americans have faith in ourselves, but not in ourselves alone. We do not claim to know all the ways of Providence, yet we can trust in them, placing our confidence in the loving God behind all of life and all of history. May he guide us now, and may God continue to bless the United States of America."
         President George W. Bush, 2003 State of the Union Address.

    Pray for President Bush that he will:

    Seek, know, and follow the Lord's will in leading our nation.
    Be protected and be strong physically and spiritually.
    Also pray for members of his administration and his family.
    For daily prayer requests and updated information:
    The Presidential Prayer Team
    Intercessors for America

    Pray for Our Troops

         As many troops are being deployed and the threat of war continues, families are being separated and thoughts are turning to spiritual matters. We have the opportunity to supply prayer support for all the military personnel who place themselves in harm's way to preserve and protect our freedom.

    __ Pray that Christians in the Military will have an effective
    witness and ministry of comfort.
    __ Pray for families that are separated.
    __ Pray that many will turn to the Lord.

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    February 14: Valentine's Day

    "Beloved, let us love one another:
         for love is of God;
    And every one that loveth is born of God,
         and knoweth God.
    He that loveth not knoweth not God;
         for God is love.
    In this was manifested the love of God toward us,
         because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world,
         hat we might live through him.
    Herein is love, not that we loved God,
         ut that he loved us,
         nd sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
    Beloved, if God so loved us,
         e ought also to love one another."
    (1 John 4:7-11)

    The True Love Test
         se I Corinthians 13:4-8b to test your love. See if you can put your name in each blank in place of the word "love."

    _______ is patient.
    _______ is kind.
    _______ does not envy.
    _______ does not parade himself/herself.
    _______ is not puffed up.
    _______ does not behave rudely.
    _______ does not seek his/her own.
    _______ is not provoked.
    _______ thinks no evil.
    _______ does not rejoice in iniquity.
    _______ rejoices in the truth.
    _______ bears all things.
    _______ believes all things.
    _______ hopes all things.
    _______ endures all things.
    _______ never fails.

         f you find yourself failing this test (as we all do in our own strength), remember that the following fruits the Spirit produces in our lives will correct our natural failings.

  • Love
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Patience
  • Kindness
  • Goodness
  • Faithfulness
  • Gentleness
  • Self-control

    Send 5 Different Kinds of Valentines

    "Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue,
         but in deed and truth. (1 John 3:18)

         Help your children send different kinds of expressions of love -- on Valentine's Day and all year long.
         Remember, God asks us to love both the lovely and the unlovely. Find someone this Valentine's day that you would not naturally feel love for or show love to and do so for the Lord's sake. He loved us when we were unlovely to Him.

    1. Words of Affirmation.
         This is the traditional Valentine card, bought or creatively hand made. The more specific the message, the more meaningful it is. Do not just tell your loved one how much you love him, but how much you appreciate certain of his attributes or actions. Everyone loves this kind of Valentine!

    2. Quality Time.
         Quality time is time spent together without distractions, focusing on your loved one and his needs and interests. Invite a friend or family over for a meal, invite a neighbor in for a cup of tea, take one child at a time on an errand and talk about his interests, go on a walk with your husband when he comes home and listen to his report of the day, or visit a shut-in and ask him to share something about his life.

    3. Gifts.
         Small purchased or handmade gifts are a tangible expression of love. Flowers, a pretty pen or pencil, a hair clip or piece of jewelry, a pot holder, framed photo, bookmark, embroidered hankie, favorite baked food, etc. can remind your loved one of your love for him as he sees and uses the gift.

    4. Acts of Service.
         Serving the needs of a loved one really shows that you care. Do one of your loved one's regular chores, run an errand or do something he hasn't had time to do, sew on a button or mend a garment, notice something he needs and bring it to him, etc.

    5. Physical Touch.
         Hugs, kisses, back rubs, or touching a shoulder as you pass by are appropriate for family members. A hearty hand shake or a hug for a member of the same gender is appropriate for others.

    Read more in "The Five Love Languages" by Gary Chapman.

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    February 16: Day of Prayer for Christians in Iraq

         The impending war could leave Christians living in Iraq facing torture and death. February 16th has been designated as a day of prayer for them.
         Learn the truth about worldwide Christian persecution and of the incredible faith and courage of those living abroad. Request a free subscription to the Voice of the Martyrs newsletter at:
         The Voice of the Martyrs also offers a free quarterly supplement for younger readers, 8-15, entitled Link International. This supplement includes testimonies, cultural studies, resources, and appropriate activities.

    February 17: Presidents Day

         Since 1971 Presidents Day has been observed on the third Monday of February, honoring all past presidents of the United States of America. You may also want to celebrate:
         February 12, Abraham Lincoln's birthday.
         February 22, George Washington's birthday.

    Presidents Day with information on Washington and Lincoln.
    A short biography and portrait of each president.
    Annie's Presidents Day Page. Information, activities, and links.
    Was George Washington a Christian?
    Was Abraham Lincoln a Christian?

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         grades. Study guides, creation based action-adventure
         novels, and more! Chosen book of the month, "The
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    This Day in History

         The study of special days can provide a break from or supplement to your usual studies. You will encounter a wide variety of subjects that you might otherwise not learn about.
         These forays into the past might inspire a one-day, mini unit study involving reading, writing, history, science, the arts, and/or character training. Further research can be done immediately by supervised internet searches of more or related information. Always try to include Bible to see if God says anything on the subject.
         You might extend your studies if they have caught the interest of your students and progress is being made in learning, or you might be satisfied to simply read the entry and go on.

         History Channel. You can search by any topic or any time. Preselected categories are General Interest, Automotive, Civil War, Cold War, Crime, Entertainment, Literature, Old West, Technology, Vietnam War, Wall St., WWII, More of Today's Headlines.
         The Library of Congress. Under the "American Memory" section of U.S.A. history, there is "Today in History."
         Christian History. This Week in Christian History encompasses a wide scope of "Christian" and several listings for each day of the week.

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    Sunny Side Up: Is There a Ticket for Speed Reading?

         I tend to be a "skimmer" of mail because of time constraints and it has gotten me in trouble more than once.
         Skimming down your e-mail, I read "Fire Safety Information" which I thought I should probably read in case there was something I should teach our children. I skimmed a little too far and read:
         "Because we were separated from God by sin, Jesus Christ died in our place, then rose to life again. If we trust Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, He will give us eternal life.
         "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast" (Eph. 2:8, 9).
         I thought, "Boy this e-mail hit it right on the head. That is exactly the BEST fire safety information we can teach our children."
         In rereading the printed e-mail (I always print them and read them during "mommy time"), I figured out my error.
         Sent by Cynthia J., Colorado
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