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YOU’RE OFF AND
RUNNING ON A
TO GET A FRESH
BY STEVE CRAIG
It’s a chance to reevaluate the past, wipe the slate
clean, set goals for the future, and plunge back in
with faith and hope.
Good starts are important, so what’s your good start
routine? Getting that early jump on the school year?
Lining out a schedule that will help your kids glide
through their day like a German bobsled? Dialing
in on the optimal curriculum and mix of subjects?
These are all good things and things we normally
As a dad, however, I don’t think I always put enough
focus into making sure that I as a PARENT am off
to a good start. What and where are MY priorities?
I think most of us parents know that the calibration
of our lives has a tremendous impact on setting the
tone for everything else that goes on in our home. If
we are not off to a good start, it is doubtful that our
homeschool will be either. Before the school year
progresses any further, now might be a good to time
join me in a little introspection.
WHERE TO START?
We all know that homeschooling is much more than
academics, right? We’ve been to the conferences
or listened to the tapes that have made that clear.
Homeschooling is about discipleship…the raising
of our own children in the fear and admonition of the
Lord. The quintessential home discipleship passage
in all of scripture is Deuteronomy 6:6-7:
“And these words, which I command thee this
day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach
them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk
of them when thou sittest in thine house, and
when thou walkest by the way, and when thou
liest down, and when thou risest up.”
I love this passage. It practically screams
“homeschooling”! Unfortunately, however, we often
leave off the verse before, which really creates the
impetus for home discipleship. Deuteronomy 6:5
says, “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all
thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy
When God says that we should diligently teach our
children His commands, He is referring especially
to this command to love Him. Whatever else we may
be able to unpack from the depths of Deuteronomy
6:5, it is certain that the love required by God is no
lukewarm or half-hearted affair. No, God requires
Loving God with All You Have
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If you are like me, you are probably sensing a need
for more love for God in your life. So what are some
things we can do to fan the flames of love for God?
GOD LOVED YOU FIRST
Remember, the ONLY reason that we can love God
at all is because He loved us first (1 John 4:19). He
is not asking anything of us that He has not already
abundantly given to us. We must draw our inspira-
tion to love, not only from the command to love, but
also from contemplating our God Who is love.
Matthew Henry puts it this way.
“His love is the incentive, the motive, and moral
cause of ours. We cannot but love so good a
God, Who was first in the act and work of love,
Who loved us when we were both unloving and
unlovely, Who loved us at so great a rate, Who
has been seeking and soliciting our love at the
expense of His Son’s blood; and has conde-
scended to beseech us to be reconciled unto
Him. Let heaven and earth stand amazed at such
love! His love is the productive cause of ours.”
God’s love is great (Ephesians 2:4-5). His love is
constant (Proverbs 17:17). His love is sacrificial
(Revelation 1:5). His love is higher than the heavens
(Psalms 103:11). His love is lavish (1 John 3:1).
His love is inescapable (Romans 5:8). His love is
incomprehensible (Ephesians 3:19). Admire it. Bask
in it. Study it. Emulate it.
a superlative love that engrosses, captivates, and
compels everything we are and everything we do….
including homeschooling! The “take home” for me is
that I can’t really move forward with the discipleship
of Deuteronomy 6:7 without the personal devotion of
Dueteronomy 6:5-7 can be paraphrased like this–
“Love God with everything you’ve got…and teach
your children to love Him too.”
LOVE IS THE ESSENCE
Isn’t it amazingly wonderful that God puts love at
the very top of His requirements for us? We were
reading 1 Corinthians 13 recently as a family and
were reminded that even though we heap up all of
our spiritual giftings, accomplishments and good
deeds (including homeschooling!), without love, it
amounts to nothing. Love is the supreme spiritual
virtue. “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these
three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthi-
ans 13:13). In fact, Jesus makes it clear in Matthew
22:37-40 that everything concerning the duty which
God requires of man finds its root, purpose, and
summation in LOVE.
“It’s not about rules, it’s about relationship.” I’m
guessing you’ve heard that statement before. While
I am not always sure what is meant by it, what I
DO know is that rules without love…well, it’s just
something that God never had in mind. Love is the
reason for rules and everything else that God has
given to govern our actions. In order to teach our
children to undertake any other Christian duty, we
will have to teach them first about love. And for that
to happen, there will need to be an authentic love for
God radiating from our own lives.
NEED SOME LOVE?
So how about it Dad and Mom? Do you love God? Do
you pray for more love? Is love for God the compel-
ling force that is filling your life and spilling over onto
your home, spouse, and children? You know that
home discipleship thing? Is it the natural result of the
overflow of love for God in your life, or is it more of a
“love as I say, not as I love” kind of deal? These are
questions that I am asking myself as I write.
GET OUT OF
1 John 2:15 says, “Love not the world, neither the
things that are in the world, if any man loves the
world, the love of the Father is not in him.” Does the
world have you mesmerized? Even in one or two
areas of your life? Repent of it. Ever tried to light a
camp fire with wet wood? All you get is a bunch of
smoke. The fire of love for God is not going to burn
with wood that is soaked in love for the world. “…be
not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed
by the renewing of your mind…” (Romans 12:2).
Get out of the smog of the love of the world and into
the clear, crisp atmosphere of the Word of God, the
worship of God, and people of God.
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His
wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow
strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”
MAKE IT YOUR PRAYER
God loves to give His children good gifts. Do you
think He will withhold greater love for Him from you
if you ask Him for it? Certainly not! As you start this
new school year, make the words of this hymn the
prayer of your heart and the anthem of your home.
More love to Thee, O Christ, more love to Thee!
Hear thou the prayer I make on bended knee.
This is my earnest plea: More love, O Christ, to Thee;
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!
Steve Craig is the Executive Director for Christian
Home Educators of Colorado. He and his wife Tara
are second generation homeschoolers and have a
passion to inspire others toward biblical discipleship
in the home. Steve and Tara live in Castle Rock with
their three children, Carson, Christiana, and Angelina.
IS LOVE FOR GOD THE
THAT IS FILLING YOUR
LIFE AND SPILLING
OVER ONTO YOUR
HOME, SPOUSE, AND
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QWHAT DOES IT MEAN TO
LOVE GOD WITH ALL YOUR
HEART, SOUL, AND MIND?
When Israel stood poised to enter the Promised
Land, Moses called upon the people to reaffirm
their covenant relationship with the Lord. Out of
sheer love and grace, the Lord had brought Israel
out of bondage in Egypt and entered into covenant
with her at Mt. Sinai. Now, in Deuteronomy 6:4,
Moses set forward Israel’s pledge of allegiance to
the one true God. In that context of complete and
exclusive loyalty comes the great command of
Deuteronomy 6:5, “You shall love the Lord your God
with all your heart and with all your soul and with all
When we affirm that the Lord alone is our God,
this demands a wholehearted
commitment of love to Him. Love,
as it is used here, is not only
an emotion, but a commitment
to give ourselves for the best
interest of another. In this context
of a covenant relationship of an
inferior to a superior, namely
man’s relationship to God, love
means to seek to serve and
obey God, to honor Him, to
LOVE FOR GOD
the Main Thing
seek to carry out His desires. It is a sincere affection
and heartfelt loyalty which seeks union and com-
munion with the Lord by walking in His ways.
This personal response of allegiance is total,
including heart, soul, and strength. Heart, soul,
and strength are concepts that move from the
innermost part of our being—our heart, which
is our control center, the source of our thoughts,
desires, ambitions, hopes, and dreams—to the
outermost reaches of everything we possess—our
strength. There is no room for apathy in any area
of life. We must be on an intentional quest to bring
our entire being to conform with our confession: the
Lord alone is our God. Absolute allegiance to God
requires that we love Him with all that we are and
This kind of allegiance cannot help but show itself in
what we do. Love leads to obedience. So we should
ask, “What will the practice of absolute allegiance
to the one true God look like? Am I serving God
with everything I am and have?” Deuteronomy
6:6-9 show us what the practice of allegiance to
the one true God looks like. It compels a personal
commitment to internalize God’s Word, a family
commitment to perpetuate God’s Word, and a public
commitment to make God’s Word rule all of life.
INTERVIEW WITH PASTOR JASON PARKER
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QBut that’s not all. You see, our love is a response
to God’s love, and God was not done revealing His
love. When God gave His only Son, the splendor and
power and holiness and beauty of His love became
evident like never before. Jesus revealed to us the
eternal love within the Triune God and called us to
participate in it.
In the second half of John’s Gospel, Jesus showed
us what it means to love the Lord in truth. Let’s just
touch on some of what Jesus showed us. In John
13, we read that Jesus loved His own to the end, and
He demonstrated this love by setting an example
of washing their feet, including even His enemy
Judas’ feet. This action set up His new command-
ment to “love one another just as I have loved you”
(v. 34). As Jesus continued His farewell discourse
before going to the cross, He revealed that through
His love, His disciples were being taken up into
the loving relationship of God the Father and God
the Son (John 15:9). His followers were to remain
in His love as they obeyed His commands (15:10),
especially His command to love one another (15:12).
The greatest expression of this love is to lay down
one’s life for his friends (15:13), which Jesus would
do shortly in a supreme way, but which His followers
were also called to do.
When Jesus prayed His high priestly prayer in John
17, Jesus tied the love of the Father and the Son
and believers to the mission that the Father sent the
Son to accomplish. “I in them and you in Me, that
they may become perfectly one, so that the world
may know that You sent Me and loved them even as
You loved Me” (John 17:23). Jesus also prayed, “I
made known to them Your name, and I will continue
to make it known, that the love with which You have
loved Me may be in them, and I in them” (John
17:26). The unity of Christ’s people in love is essen-
tial to glorifying our Triune God in the world.
To sum up, we might say that loving God means
you have entered into the loving communion of the
Triune God, giving yourself entirely to Him to serve
Him on His mission.
CHILDREN NEED TO SEE
WHAT REAL LOVE FOR
GOD LOOKS LIKE. HOW
CAN PARENTS LIVE IT OUT
BEFORE THEIR CHILDREN?
Building off of what we have briefly seen from
Scripture, children need to see their parents giving
themselves entirely to the Lord to serve Him on His
mission. They need to see that their parents truly
delight in God’s Word, both in learning it and in
obeying it. Family devotions should be truly a time
of devotion, where parents and children unite their
hearts to call upon the Lord. Children need to see
their parents yield a glad submission to Christ’s
instructions. They need to observe Dad and Mom
making decisions for their lives explicitly based
upon God’s truth. They need to experience Mom
and Dad confessing sin and changing their lives as
they grow in grace. They need to know godly love in
discipline and in encouragement.
It is crucial that the children see their parents leading
the family to serve God and others. They must learn
that the family is not an end unto itself but a glorious
scene of self-sacrificial giving. They need to know
what deep commitment to a local church looks like.
They need to see what it looks like to love unbeliev-
ers, including the unbelievers who do not like us
and make no attempt to hide their contempt. Parents
should honor those who love the Lord well and hold
them up as faithful examples before their children.
WHAT ARE SOME THINGS
THAT KEEP HOMESCHOOL
PARENTS FROM LIVING
OUT THIS LOVE FOR GOD?
The short answer is sin. Sin strangles love. But to
be a little more specific, the love of the world and
the things in the world is what leeches the life out
of love for God in a home. God describes the love of
the world as what your unredeemed mortal nature
desires, what your morally blind eyes desire, and
pride or confidence in your temporal possessions (1
Fathers, I would take this opportunity to exhort you
to beware of provoking your children (Ephesians 6:4;
Colossians 3:21). There is a reason the Scripture
singles us out for this admonition. Mothers, I would
take the opportunity to encourage you to guard
against giving free reign to the little frustrations, the
small covetous moments, or the fears that can seep
into even the best homeschooling situation.
Homeschooling can be a great opportunity to lay
down your life for others, but all worldliness wants
to avoid the cross. It cannot bear to think of dying
to its cherished dreams (compare Galatians 6:14).
Disordered, deceitful desires are slain through dying
with Christ, and then you come to experience real
life—resurrection life, eternal life—in Christ.
IN THE SPIRIT OF JOSHUA
WHO SAID, “AS FOR ME
AND MY HOUSE, WE WILL
SERVE THE LORD,” WHAT
ARE SOME WAYS THAT YOU
CAN BUILD UNRESERVED
LOVE FOR GOD WITHIN
Let me just put forward one central means of build-
ing love. The local church is a school of love. It is
in committed relationships of love with real people
that you have to work hard at compassion, kindness,
humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one
another, and forgiving one another, as the apostle
Paul had to tell the church at Colossae. This is the
arena in which you have to “put on love, which binds
everything together in perfect harmony” (Colossians
3:14). The apostle John emphatically insists that if
we do not love our brothers in Christ, we do not love
God (1 John 2:7-11).
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How to Do FAMILY
BY JOEL R. BEEKE
DAILY PRAYER BEFORE
THE THRONE OF GOD
Does not the command to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess.
5:17) include when we are with our families? Families eat
and drink the daily provision of a gracious God at their
tables. To do that in Christian way, a family must follow 1
Timothy 4:4–5, “For every creature of God is good, and
nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.”
Again, let me offer some specific guidelines for leading the
family in prayer.
1. Be short. With few exceptions, don’t pray for more
than five minutes. Tedious prayers do more harm than
good. Don’t teach in your prayer; God doesn’t need the
instruction. Teach with your eyes open; pray with your
2. Be simple without being shallow. Pray for things that
your children know something about, but don’t allow your
prayers to become trivial. Don’t reduce your prayers to
self-centered, shallow petitions.
3. Be direct. Spread your needs before God, plead your
case, and ask for mercy. Name your teenagers and children
Editor’s Note: Part One of this article was printed in the last edition of the Update.
and their needs one by one on a daily basis. That holds
tremendous weight with them.
4. Be natural yet solemn. Speak clearly and reverently.
Don’t use an unnatural, high-pitched voice or a monotone.
Don’t pray too loudly or softly, too fast to be understood or
too slow to hold attention.
5. Be varied. Don’t pray the same thing every day;
that becomes tedious. Develop more variety in prayer by
remembering and stressing the various ingredients of true
prayer, such as calling upon God to hear your prayers,
adoring God for His titles and attributes, declaring your
humble dependence and need, confessing family sins,
asking for family mercies (both material and spiritual),
interceding for friends, churches, and the nations, giving
thanks for God’s blessings, and blessing God for His
kingdom, glory, and power. Use a prayer list to remember
different persons and organizations on different days. Mix
these ingredients with different proportion to get variety in
DAILY SINGING THE
PRAISES OF GOD
Psalm 118:15 says, “The voice of rejoicing and salvation is
in the tabernacles [or tents] of the righteous: the right hand
of the LORD doeth valiantly.” That is a clear reference to
One of the
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singing. Every Christian family should own a few
copies of a good psalter (psalms set to meter and
music) and hymnal from which to sing. If one of you
can play the piano, all the better. But even recorded
music is helpful. Use whatever means you can to
assist your family to sing God’s praises together.
1. Sing doctrinally pure songs. There is no
excuse for singing doctrinal error no matter how
attractive the tune might be.
2. Sing Psalms first and foremost without
neglecting sound hymns. Remember that the
Psalms, called by Calvin “an anatomy of all parts of
the soul,” are the richest gold mine of deep, living,
experiential scriptural piety available to us still today.
3. Sing heartily and with feeling. As Colossians
3:23 says, “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to
the Lord, and not unto men.” Meditate on the words
you are singing. On occasion discuss a phrase that
Believers in Christ follow in the footsteps of Abra-
ham’s faith, and we must also follow in the footsteps
of Abraham’s obedient leadership of his family. “For
I know him,” God said, “that he will command his
children and his household after him, and they shall
keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment;
that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he
hath spoken of him” (Gen. 18:19).
John Paton served as a missionary over a century
ago to a cannibalistic people in the islands of the
south Pacific Ocean. Those people killed and ate
the missionaries who had preceded Paton within
minutes of their arrival. Paton faced enormous dif-
ficulties and sorrows. But he persevered in the name
of Christ. One earthly means by which God prepared
him for his labors was his father in Scotland. In later
years John Paton looked back upon his father with
Paton’s father worked out of a shop in their house.
Their family had a small room in their home which
was their prayer closet. John was deeply affected by
his father’s regular devotion to prayer in that room.
He remembered, “Thither daily, and oftentimes a day,
generally after each meal, we saw our father retire,
and ‘shut the door’; and we children got to under-
stand… that prayers were being poured out there
for us, as of old by the High Priest within the veil
in the Most High Place.” The Paton children could
sometimes hear their father’s voice full of emotion,
pleading for them before the throne of grace.
Paton also remembered of his father how, “When,
on his knees and all of us kneeling around him in
family worship, he poured out his whole soul with
tears for the conversion of the heathen world to
the service of Jesus, and for every personal and
domestic need, we all felt as if in the presence of
the living Savior, and learned to know and love
Him as our Divine Friend.”
When John Paton left his home to go to Glasgow
to study theology and do urban evangelism, he
had to walk forty miles before coming to a train
station. His father walked the first six miles out
with him. They spoke about the Lord, and his
father gave him counsel. Then for the last half-
mile they walked in silence. His father’s lips still
moved, but now in silent prayer for his son while
tears streamed down his face. When they came
to the place of their parting, father grasped son
by the hand, and said, “God bless you, my son!
Your father’s God prosper you, and keep you from
all evil.” Overcome by emotion, he could say no
more, but his lips continued to move in silent
prayer. John Paton later wrote, while reflecting
back on this experience, “I vowed deeply and oft,
by the help of God, to live and act so as never to
grieve or dishonor such a father and mother as
He had given me.”
May God grant that you and I become fathers
Dr. Joel R. Beeke is president and professor of
systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan
Reformed Theological Seminary and a pastor of
the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congrega-
tion in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His Ph.D. is in
Reformation and Post-Reformation theology from
Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia).
He and his wife Mary have been blessed with
three children: Calvin, Esther, and Lydia.
EASILY BECOME ALL
ABOUT MATH, SCIENCE,
ETC. HOW DO YOU KEEP
LOVE FOR GOD CENTRAL
IN YOUR EDUCATIONAL
Realize that every subject you study is, in its deep-
est and truest sense, an exploration of the love of
God in Christ Jesus our Lord. You are studying
His mighty works in creation and providence. Your
study itself is a gift of participation in His great
plan. Never forget that the unifying principle of the
entire universe is none other than the Beloved Son
of God (Colossians 1:15-20). Constantly make the
connection to Christ in everything you study and
then worship Him.
AS A PASTOR, IS THERE
A CLOSING ADMONITION
YOU WOULD LIKE TO
There is a lifetime of learning that goes into loving
God truly. My answers here are not adequate, but I
pray that they are an encouragement to all to taste
and see that the Lord is good!
Jason is a native of the great state of Colorado. He
and his wife Monica enjoy serving the Lord at High
Country Baptist Church in Colorado Springs, along
with their six children.
LOVE FOR GOD
the Main Thing
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He loves to design projects and then see them
come together. He and our sons built a 40 x 60
ft. shed, improvising country-boy style with
a tractor and ropes to lift the heavy materials.
He headed up the volunteer crew that did all of
the finish work on our church’s new sanctuary.
Over the years he has added eight rooms onto
My sweetheart is a slow and careful worker,
making design changes as necessary to ac-
commodate challenges along the way. He is
a craftsman and takes the necessary time to
produce the desired end result. Because of his
careful planning, we have avoided many mistakes
along the way. Here are some of the lessons I
have learned from our joint building projects:
■ You need a plan. Blueprints put the builder’s
vision on paper.
■ Use quality materials if you want the building
■ You need to follow the correct sequence. You
can’t (or shouldn’t!) put up the sheetrock until
the wiring is in place.
My husband is a builder, not by trade but by inclination.
■ Am I putting together a pre-fabricated home, fol-
lowing the instructions from someone else’s plans
and hoping they will work for my family, too, or am
I listening to God’s quiet voice to discern the plans
He has planned for my family?
■ Am I just trying to get through today or am I
building a cathedral, a carefully thought-out build-
ing intended to be a blessing down through the
We tend to discount the powerful influence of par-
ents, especially fathers, on their children. The Bible
shows us how strong this generational influence
is. In I Kings we read about two different lines of
rulers for God’s people. Following Solomon’s death
most of the tribes followed one son to become what
was known as Israel, while a more faithful remnant
around Jerusalem followed another son to become
what was known as Judah.
The kings of Israel were consistently wicked and not
only worshipped false gods themselves but led the
people away from the true God, also. Over a period
A craftsman’s reward is carrying a project from the
design work to the completed building. The builders
of the fine European cathedrals didn’t have that
privilege. The architect knew that he was building
for future generations. Perhaps his grandchildren or
great-grandchildren would worship in the building
he designed, but he would only see the beginning
of the work.
God is building a house—a temple for Himself
(Eph. 2:20-22). This is not a building we can see—
it is the Church—the Spirit of Christ living inside
us. The Lord has no trouble keeping track of what
order to build. He insists on only the highest quality
materials and is willing to rip out anything that
would compromise the final quality of the building.
God is not in a hurry to complete the building.
As parents, we too are builders. We are building
tomorrow’s generation. We need to ask ourselves,
“What am I building into my children?”
■ Am I throwing together a haphazard shack made
from whatever materials are at hand, making it up
as I go along, or do I have a vision—a blueprint—
in mind to guide me?
(While Cleaning Up Today’s Spilled Milk)
BY MARCIA WASHBURN
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Parents who love Jesus Christ desire nothing more
than to see their children walking in the truth. That
is why Generations with Vision (a subsidiary of
Christian Home Educators of Colorado) sponsored
the Gen 2 Survey between 2013 and 2015. Under
the oversight of Dr. Brian Ray from the National
Home Education Research Institute, we conducted a
spiritual survey of 10,000 millennials who grew up
in Christian homes in the 1990s and 2000s. How
are they doing now? Who will still “keep the faith”
in the next generation? And, more importantly for
the interest of home educators, did homeschooling
make a difference for millennials? The survey
considered the influences of educational methodol-
ogy, parental relationship, church involvement, and
culture on the spiritual condition of the millennials.
Many of us who have homeschooled our kids over
the last 40 years have done so for spiritual reasons
in hopes that our children would love the Lord and
walk with Him. And, homeschooling presented an
entirely different form of development where parents
and siblings replaced professional teachers and
peers as the primary social influences in a child’s life.
While we know that there is no “silver bullet” or magic
formula that will guarantee the best raising for our
kids, there are some environments that are better than
others. For example, if you forget to water plants or
if you water plants with hydrochloric acid, most likely
No doubt with some degree of secret delight,
they speak of the influence of Christians wan-
ing in the culture.
Meanwhile, those who are still hanging on
to the faith are looking for some little piece
of good news with the millennial generation.
Hardly a day goes by in which we are not reminded by some
major news source that the “nones” or the “unaffliated” or
“atheist” categories are growing among millennials.
Homeschooling Making a Big Difference
BY KEVIN SWANSON
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the plants will not survive. Providing a decent environment is
important to the outcome of the raising, while we still realize
that God is completely sovereign over the increase, whether
with crops or kids. (Also, we should note that correlation does
not absolutely establish causation. These results will no doubt
direct more study on the stronger correlations.)
THE RESULTS OF
THE GEN2 SURVEY
The most surprising revelations coming from the Gen 2 Survey
came under the heading of education methodology. The indices
considered on Charts A, B, and C are Belief in God, Perspec-
tive of Evolution Creation, and Sexual Abuse. The differences
were stark. The input variable considers the number of years
attending public, private, and homeschool, or the level of com-
mitment to each form of education. Increased commitments to
public school (i.e. the longer a student was public schooled),
indicated a higher likelihood of belief in naturalistic evolution,
a lower likelihood of belief in God, and a higher likelihood of
sexual abuse (according to their own admission).
Surprisingly, Christian schooling yielded similar results as
public schooling. However, homeschooling showed just the
opposite trend – a much lower likelihood of belief in naturalis-
tic evolution, a higher likelihood of belief in God, and a lower
likelihood of sexual abuse. According to this study, the Christian
schooled student (at 9-13 years in the institution) is 250% more
likely to be sexually abused that the homeschooled student
(at 9-13 years). The public schooled student (at 9-13 years) is
310% more likely to be sexually abused that the homeschool
student (at 9-13 years). The Christian school student is 270%
more likely to believe in evolution than the homeschool student.
The public schooled student is more likely to believe in evolu-
tion by a factor of 330%.
Of course, this does not mean that every Christian school
is equally ineffective at producing students who uphold a
biblical view of creation and believe in God. But the move-
ment as a whole is called into question. The study compares
the Christian school movement to the homeschool movement
as a whole. This study looked at a wide distribution of the
homeschooling and Christian schooling populations. Gener-
ally, the study found negative results for the Christian school
movement; at least if the goal is to produce Christian believers,
young people who exhibit Christian behavior, and hold to some
semblance of a biblical worldview. Chart D summarizes and
compares the relative strength of correspondence between
inputs and outputs.
Chart D(CONTINUES ON PAGE 14)
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The GEN2 SURVEY
(CONTINUES FROM PAGE 13)
are homeschools in which the father-child relation-
ship are not good, and as would be expected these
generally do produce worse results (as determined
by the outputs studied here). Incidentally, there was
almost zero difference between father-son relation-
ships and father-daughter relationship on this metric.
Chart G presents the most dramatic result of the
entire study. This question examines the hypocrisy
perceived to have been seen in the parents’ lives.
Whether this question uncovered fundamental rela-
tionship difficulties or genuine hypocrisy cannot be
discerned. However, it does appear that a parent’s
walk in accordance with his or her professed beliefs
matters greatly in the raising of our children. Chil-
dren who perceived their parent’s hypocrisy walk
away from the faith. “Apostasy” refers to an aban-
donment of the Christian faith entirely for atheism or
agnosticism. The “apostate” was almost 600% more
likely to address his parent’s hypocrisy. Parents
who do not walk the talk are sending another mes-
The most telling set of charts produced by this
study contrasted the homeschooled population
with the general population on parental relation-
ship (during the teenage years). The study
considered the teen relationships with both
father and mother, both were found to be equally
important in the life of the teen. The father-teen
relationship was no more important than the
mother-teen relationship (and vice versa).
The output considered in the following charts
was sexual activity outside of the covenant
bond of marriage. What the Gen2 Survey
produced is even more interesting. Referencing
Chart E, the reader will note that solid father-
teen relationships in the broader population
(public schooled and private schooled stu-
dents) contributed to a 60% improvement on
illicit sexual activity later in life. In other words,
the father-child relationship is important in
those teenage years for everybody! However,
Chart F addresses only the homeschooled
population and here the improvement is much
larger – 367%! This means that relationships
within the homeschool context are six times
more influential in the life of a young person
than that found in the general social context
(for those attending conventional schools).
Also, the homeschooled graduates who scored
their relationships with father during the teen
years highest maintained a 311% higher
average score on illicit sexual activity (than the
broader population who testified to the same
good relationship). Given that the homeschool
context is closer to a 24/7 social setting, and
peer contact is minimized (far less of a com-
petition with the parental relationship), these
numbers are not all that surprising.
The homeschool environment provides a
context in which a relationship might occur and
where other relationships have less of an influ-
ence upon the young person. Obviously, there
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sage home to their kids, and they are getting the
message. Authenticity, humility, confession of sin,
and true faith really matters, if the next generation is
going to walk with God.
The question on the minds of most homeschooling
parents is this: will the first generation homeschool
grads homeschool their own children? Will
they honor their parents’ legacy and continue
homeschooling through the generations? Much
sacrificial labor and resources have been spent
building a movement outside of the $800 billion
public school system. Much of this has been invest-
ed by parents who have wanted to see their children
keep the faith, pass it on to their own children, and
build the Kingdom of God through the generations.
Here’s the good news:
82% of homeschool graduates (who were
homeschooled 7-12 years) plan to use
homeschooling for at least part of their children’s
40% of graduates (who were homeschooled 1-7
years) plan to use homeschooling for at least part of
their children’s education.
There is a significant leap in commitment found with
those homeschoolers that “made it the distance.”
Surviving the Junior High and High School years
appeared to be very important if there will be
significant second generation involvement in the
This data suggests that second generation growth in
the home education movement is about to explode.
Over the next fifteen years, these graduates will
begin to homeschool their own children. Assum-
ing they will maintain the same average birth rate
as the first generation (3.5), these graduates will
be homeschooling about 5,000,000 children by
the year 2030. If we apply a 6% per year increase
in the first generation homeschooling (docu-
mented over the last ten years), we estimate a total
homeschooling population of 10,000,000 by 2030!
Chart H shows the growth expected from both first
and second generation homeschoolers over the next
If you are a Christian living in America in the early
part of the 21st century, I don’t think you will find
more interesting and encouraging news than
this. While not all homeschoolers are Christians
and homeschooling is no silver bullet, there is no
question that it has produced some great fruit in an
otherwise fairly ignoble time in human history. God
has risen up a concerted minority that does not con-
form to the uniform humanist worldview taught by
the public institutions. Will this fledgling movement
make a difference for the faith, for the family, and for
freedom in the years to come? I sure hope so.
Homeschooled himself in the 1960’s and 70’s,
Kevin Swanson and his wife, Brenda, are now
homeschooling their five children. Kevin is the
Director of Generations with Vision and is a former
Executive Director of CHEC.
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Whenever you hear similar words or comments, no
matter the reference, you always vow to yourself
that next time, or next year, or next whenever, “I am
going to go!” “I WILL be there!” “Nothing will stop
me!” “I will attend!”
What prompts these remarks is the stellar work
spearheaded by Super Conference Coordinators,
Chris and Jenny Galanek, for a job more than well
done on the 2015 Super Conference.
A highlight of the year for many folks is the Super
Conference. The CHEC convention organizers
peruse the critiques – reading and rereading your
responses – to incorporate changes and hone
ideas for future conventions. Whether attending
for the first time or a returning seasoned veteran,
comments affirmed that the speakers inspired,
the workshops strengthened, and the exhibit hall
Thankfulness and gratefulness fill our hearts as we
read the comments. To God be the glory! The Lord
worked supernaturally in many areas, but one way in
particular was how He provided finances for families
who wanted to attend but were financially strapped.
Other notes pointed to encouraging the weary with
renewed vision; awakening the complacent and
flooding them with energy; hearing a fresh word;
strengthening families in home discipleship; and
receiving a hope. God’s grace continues toward
each of us.
The Introduction to Homeschooling Track was a
highlight for many thanks to Andie Davidson, Renee
Ellison, and Kevin Swanson. Needs were met and
families were given the tools they needed to embark
on the adventure God has for them. Plans are
already in the works for more of this in 2016.
“YOU MISSED IT!
OH, IT WAS SO GOOD! BEST EVER!!”
Those are just a few of the remarks from
attendees at the CHEC Rocky Mountain Super
Conference on the family this year.
Rocky Mountain Super
CONFERENCEBY BARB WEST
Above ■ Todd Friel’s powerful keynote, “The Joy of
Parenting,” had a full house smiling.
Below ■ The vendor hall was packed during breaks.
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Mark Baughman outdid himself as
hundreds of bidders participated in the
Silent Auction. This enjoyable diversion
bolsters finances within CHEC which in
turn helps homeschool families around
the state. Watch for this next year and
come join the fun!
As usual the Vendor Hall was fabulous
– burgeoning with curricula, games,
DVDs, CDs, art supplies, and of course
books! This not to be missed portion
of the Super Conference is a draw for
folks every year as some come just to
peruse this part of the venue. It is a
show stopper and one of the largest in
the country. Many thanks are extended
to Jason and Karen Lipman, the Vendor
A very special treat on Friday evening was the opportunity to
view “Beyond the Mask” and be privy to an interview with the
film makers, Chad Burns and Aaron Burns.
Many volunteers return year after year to give of themselves in
ministry to the homeschoolers of Colorado and surrounding
states. Thanks to this brilliant team for a fabulous job: Jason
Jennifer Churchill, Louie Cassandra Colorado, Bob Lisa
Coruzzi, Rick Patti Dotten, Mark Tracy Gilliland, Terresa
Hill, Dale Lisa Johnson, Brenda Kelly, Linda Kidder, Christy
Korin, David Jennifer Moody, Kyle Obrecht, Ian Serff, and
We are energized as we begin work on the 2016 Rocky Mountain
Super Conference on the Family. So make plans NOW to attend
the Super Conference next year. Not to be missed keynote
speakers will include Tedd Tripp, author of Shepherding Your
Child’s Heart, and Israel Wayne. Save the date—June 16, 17,
Barbara West has been homeschooling for over 25 years. She
and her husband, Bruce, a retired Air Force pilot, have been
married for 36 years. They have five children, three of which were
adopted, and three grandchildren, two on earth and one who
moved to heaven. The West family moved to Colorado Springs
Friday evening’s showing of “Beyond the Mask” included an interview with producers Chad Burns and Aaron Burns
CHEC Independent School serves hundreds of families in CO
Young Entrepreneurs booths were a highlight in the vender hall
Thanks to the Galaneks for coordinating the Super
Conference for the past three years!The used book sale offered deals to shoppers
Peter Heck’s dynamic session, “America’s Deadly Obsession”
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Rain, fog, sunshine, rainbows, warm days, and chilly nights – the mountain weather
gave attendees a taste of it all. There was plenty of food (over 3,300 individual meals
were served)...plus tons of fun including fishing, kayaking, swimming, the high ropes
course, the game room, the Big Ball, highland games, evening campfires, likeminded
fellowship, crazy competitions, and an epic triathlon.
The fun was incredible – but more importantly, God was at work turning the
hearts of fathers to their sons and sons to their fathers. “Be strong, and show
yourself a man, and keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in his ways
and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his rules, and his testimonies,
as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do
and wherever you turn” (I Kings 2:2-3). King David, the son of Jesse, gave this
charge to his son and Jesse’s grandson, Solomon. His charge points to the
responsibility of fathers to walk with their sons (Deuteronomy 6) and to tell them
of the Lord and the wonders He has done, even to the 4th generation (Psalm 78).
The Father Son Retreat encouraged men in this same truth – to walk together, telling of
the Lord and the wonders He has done. Praise God for a glorious 2015 Father Son Retreat!
Over 300 fathers and sons from
across America gathered in the
Rocky Mountains for the 2015
Father Son Retreat.
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It is rare that one gets to write an article like this about
a person they know really well. Yet God has given
me such an opportunity. I have known Sharon Ford
for more than 15 years. She is the loving wife to her
husband Evert. She is also the mother of six children
and has been homeschooling for over 23 years. From
the beginning of our friendship she began encourag-
ing Jennifer and I in our homeschooling journey and
she has continued to do so over these many years.
She has been a constant friend to our family and a
constant encouragement to us in the good times and
in the not-so-good times. But it is not only us. She
has done so for dozens upon dozens of families for
decades, all while working through homeschooling
her own six children. How amazing, to see one so giv-
ing! She has been a member of Helping Our Members
Educate (HOME) in Colorado Springs for more than
15 years, has volunteered for more than 13 years
and has served on their Leadership team for over a
decade. I have seen her build relationships with hun-
dreds of moms and give thousands of hours of her
time to do so. She has led group after group, gone to
meeting after meeting, arranged event after event. She
has cried with many a despairing mother and rejoiced
WHAT CAN ONE
When I look at these leaders certain words
come to mind… caring, humble, loving,
selfless and sacrificial are among them. I have
had the pleasure over the last year to work
with many of these leaders and am continually
amazed at how much they give. From their time
to their treasures these homeschoolers sac-
rifice over and over again to bless, encourage
and help others, often those they hardly even
know. This article is about the 2015 Support
Group Leader of the Year, Sharon Ford, but as
you read it I want you to know that it is also
about all Support Group leaders. What I write
about my friend and co-laborer in Christ, I am
writing about your homeschool support group
leader as well.
Leader AWARDBY JASON CHURCHILL
with those same moms as they have found victory. I
have seen her delight in the joys of leading as well as
patiently enduring the suffering that comes with such
a calling. Why? Why does she do all of this, day after
day, month after month, year after year? It is all to
glorify God and to bless my family, the family next to
me, and the hundreds of families that have been a part
of our group. Well Sharon, God has been glorified!
Thank you. Thank you for serving Him and in serving
Him you have so faithfully served us.
To all you Support Group Leaders out there, I
say the same. Thank you. God has been glorified
through you. And to all of you who are in a Support
Group, you have your own “Sharon’s” who have
sacrificed and are sacrificing for you. Thank them.
Jason and Jennifer Churchill recently celebrated
their 20th wedding anniversary and have three fun
and crazy boys and one fun and delightful daughter.
They’ve been homeschooling for more than eighteen
years. The Churchill’s are passionate about the glori-
ous Gospel of Jesus Christ and they’ve been blessed
to serve Christian Home Educators of Colorado in
various positions for nine years.
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simply be a
studied in our
God should be the backbone of all our studies
from math to literature and from science to
foreign language. As parents, we should have
constant conversations with our children about
“who God is, what God has done, and what God
requires” (Dr. RC Sproul Jr.). But even though
I need to be cautious not to make the Bible just
another academic subject, it is still appropri-
ate to stop and formally study God’s Word
as a family and to train my children to study
God’s Word independently. There are several
resources to help with this training, and I want
to draw your attention to a few of them.
By God’s WordBY CINDY PUHEK
of this study geared for 4-7-year olds, 7-10-year
olds, 11-14-year olds, and 15-year olds to adult.
Every member of the family can study the same
book of the Bible at their own level and then come
together during family devotions to discuss what’s
been learned. Through the Sword Study, students
are taught the inductive Bible study method which
includes learning to ask questions, recognize
themes and key words, determine Greek or Hebrew
roots of key words, and then find cross references
using those same root words. The goal of the
Sword Study is to train students in this methodol-
ogy well enough that they can apply it to any section
of Scripture. Ruth is the newest Sword Study, and
my family is looking forward to digging into Ruth as
soon as our current study is completed.
Scripture memory is another great way for the Word
of God to become part of the fabric of our households.
There are several great resources for memorizing and
retaining Scripture. Music has always been a strong
glue for learning and retaining information. Back
when my firstborn was a preschooler, I found Thy
Word Creations (www.thywordcreations.com). This
Kevin Swanson has produced some wonderful
guides for daily family devotions (www.genera-
tionswithvision.com). Covering Proverbs, Psalms,
Genesis, and Matthew, these guides are designed
with a busy father in mind. No prior preparation
is needed to lead the study and each study takes
around 30 minutes to complete. The passage is
written right in the study guide so there is no need
to juggle between a Bible and the guide. At the
end of each day’s Bible reading, there are several
comprehension and thought questions with enough
substance to really make an impact. There is also a
companion workbook for the book of Proverbs de-
signed for children 9-years old and up so the study
of Proverbs can continue independently outside of
family worship time. Whether your family has been
observing family worship time for years or you’re
just starting to establish a family altar, these guides
will be helpful in making family Bible study time
doable and effective.
My favorite resource for training children to study
the Bible independently is the Sword Study (www.
swordstudy.net). There are four different levels
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company is unique in that it has put entire chapters
of the Bible such as Psalm 23, I Corinthians 13, and
Isaiah 53 to music. As we listened to the songs, I
found we were effortlessly learning and retaining long
sections of Scripture which my children and I can still
quote more than a decade later. Some of the CD’s
by Judy Rogers (Go to the Ant, Why Can‘t I See God)
and Steve Green (Hide ‘Em in Your Heart Volumes 1
and 2) are also excellent resources for memorizing
Scripture and learning Biblical concepts. These CDs
are available at www.generationswithvision.com.
For background music, The Scripture Song albums
are a huge blessing (www.scripturesongs.com).
These five albums use an acoustic and folk sound
to put scores of passages from the King James
Bible to music. I would enjoy this beautiful music
regardless of the words so it’s a huge bonus that
the lovely sounds are helping us meditate on God’s
Word throughout the day.
Finally, I want to mention a wonderful Bible course
produced for elementary students by Veritas
Press. Currently, they offer Genesis to Joshua and
the Gospels as online, self- paced courses (www.
veritasbible.com). Three more courses are currently
in development which will cover the rest of the books
in the Bible. The courses are engaging with tons of
built in review. The only materials needed for the
online study is a set of cards that list the events being
studied and a few facts related to each event. The
subject is handled in a surprisingly deep way for an
elementary Bible course and I always learn something
when I sit in on a lesson with my children. One
caveat to this recommendation is Veritas likes to use
Renaissance art as illustrations on their Bible cards
that I find immodest. We take a Sharpie and clothe
any immodest figure in the art work, and this allows
us to enjoy this otherwise excellent course.
I hope these resources will be a blessing to you
as you seek to obey Deuteronomy 6:7 by diligently
teaching your children about God when you sit and
when you walk by the way and when you lie down
and when you rise up.
Cindy Puhek resides in Colorado Springs and
has been married to Peter for more than two
decades. They are well into their second decade of
homeschooling their six children who range in age
from toddler to high schooler. Cindy holds a masters
degree in chemistry and has written dozens of
articles to encourage others in their homeschooling
journeys. You can visit her blog at www.home-
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It was that early excitement – that encouragement
my parents received as new homeschoolers – that
prompted our family to give back and volunteer for
CHEC. We hope you will join us.
1. Pass the vision on!
A whole new generation of parents are considering
homeschooling and CHEC’s ministry remains as
vital as ever in encouraging these families onward
by giving them a vision for Christian disciple-
ship. “Where there is no vision, the people perish”
(Proverbs 29:18). Have you been blessed by CHEC’s
ministry? Then there is nothing more fulfilling than
seeing others excited by the same vision of family
discipleship or equipped by practical ideas from
PARTNER with CHEC
BY JULIANNA DOTTEN
your years of homeschooling. Don’t take this minis-
try for granted. Get involved and bless others!
2. Serve as a family!
Volunteering for CHEC offers a great opportunity to
serve as a family. I can testify that you really do get to
know your family best when you serve together. So
whether you give a few hours at the CHEC office fold-
ing brochures or help set up the conference, consider
signing your family up and learn to serve together.
3. Say thank you.
Every one of us has stories of the way CHEC has
blessed us, whether it be sitting before a gripping
speaker, talking through homeschool difficulties on
my mom mused as she walked the halls of the
CHEC conference for the first time in 1997.
After attending countless dull conventions as
a former teacher, she immediately sensed a
tangible excitement, a contagious enthusiasm
in the air. “The people really want to be here!”
Nearly two decades later, CHEC still provides
both vision and practical tools to countless
homeschool families from every walk of life.
And there is a whole new generation of parents
eager to soak in encouragement to keep going.
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TOP 10 REASONS
to Volunteer for CHEC
the phone with a staff member, or gaining much-
needed fellowship with other families. Right now,
there are countless families who need that same
encouragement that you received. CHEC needs vol-
unteers both at the conference and year-round, and
there is no better way to say thank you than giving a
few hours toward the work.
4. Serve fellow Christians.
As Christians, our ultimate motivation to serve must
be founded on a love for Christ and His body. Paul
reminds us in Galatians 6:10, “Therefore, as we have
opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those
who are of the household of faith.” Steward the gifts
God has given you and bless fellow Christian families
in their walk. Do you have a knack for organization,
relational skills, or compassion? CHEC can channel
those gifts to bless countless homeschool families.
5. Include the grandparents.
For us, having three generations working together
at the conference this year added to the joy of
serving as a family. So encourage your grand-
parents to get involved. My grandparents served
as greeters at this year’s conference and loved
meeting the people around them and feeling a
part of our family’s life and ministry. Their big
smiles and listening ears made all the difference
for many first-time families and overwhelmed
6. Remember “many hands
make light work”!
CHEC is a nonprofit ministry and keeping up with
the workload can be a handful if only a few people
are involved. But if we all pitch in, we can keep this
crucial ministry flourishing.
Are you looking for real-life educational opportunities
for your children? Volunteering with your children
for CHEC allows them to gain invaluable tools like
communication with strangers, computer skills, and
organization. I have learned so much more from inter-
acting with people and solving real-world problems
with CHEC than any textbook that I ever read.
8. Make new friends!
Volunteering for CHEC also produces friendships as
you work alongside other like-minded families on
a common goal. Our family developed a friendship
with one of the speaker’s assistants from the U.K.
while helping in the vendor hall several years ago. It
was fascinating to talk with a fellow Christian from
a different culture. As a result, we still talk about the
time we helped “Brother John” at his booth.
9. Earn vouchers!
And of course, volunteering for CHEC helps offset
the cost of the conference. CHEC gives vouchers for
every hour worked throughout the year. If finances
are the only reason you can’t attend the conference,
don’t miss out! Especially if you get your whole fam-
ily involved, the hours add up before you know it.
10. Have fun!
Every year, we look forward to volunteering at the
conference because it’s exactly that: fun! What could
be more fun than using your gifts to bless others
and invest in a cause you believe in?
So whether you are a young person looking forward
to the future or are in the midst of the homeschool
battle right now, CHEC’s ministry offers you the
opportunity to get involved and make a difference.
Let this be the year that your family learns to serve
together, developing enduring friendships with other
homeschoolers while you say “thank you” for all
that CHEC has meant to you. So come be part of the
Julianna Dotten is an 18-year-old homeschool
graduate who lives with her family in Elizabeth,
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For over 25 years, CHEC has been at the forefront of the battle for home education and discipleship. CHEC serves thousands of families
every year through our events, Update magazine, widows fund, special needs fund, the CHEC Independent School, and more. Daily, our
office receives phone calls which give us a chance to provide advice, encouragement, and an extra “boost” to homeschoolers when the
going is tough. CHEC depends on your generous donation to both continue and expand our mission.
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Christian Family Eldercare is dedicated to honoring seniors and aims to bolster elderly care
to become relational, family-oriented, and cross-generational. Whether it’s for your own
parents, church members, or“the least of these”, equip yourself today to thrive in the season
of eldercare that’s sure to come.
Marcia Washburn writes with transparency about the joys and
challenges of caring for adult relatives in her home over the
years. Home-Based Eldercare is a caregiver’s bootcamp of stories
and strategies for those who wonder whether they will be able
to care for their loved ones. Using practical illustrations, Marcia
gives advice about legal issues, emotional and spiritual care,
personal caregiving, and much more.
“But if any widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show piety at home
and to repay their parents; for this is good and acceptable before God.” I Timothy 5:4
Encouraging, Equipping, and Enabling
Prepare Today to Honor Them Tomorrow!
Stories and Strategies for Caregivers
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Our Regular Tours Include:
•Denver Museum of Science
•Denver or Colorado Springs Zoo
•Garden of the gods
•National Center for Atmospheric
•Dinosaur Ridge (Morrison)
Biblically Correct Tours
Call Russ Carter @720-422-2235
Register your student today for the Political Action
BC TOURS’ Worldview Camp, Jan 4-6
3 day (9am-5pm) camp includes a workshop and tour at the State Capitol!
Is your student prepared to face the
political issues of our day?
Students will learn to evaluate Law,
Government and Politics from a
Christian Worldview. We will tour
the Denver State Capitol, the
Colorado Supreme Court and the
Colorado History Museum from a
Biblical Perspective. Go to
www.bctours.org for more info.
CHEC’s Homeschool Introductory
Seminars are held throughout the year
to give parents the vision, legal options,
and nuts bolts they need to begin their
home education journey with confidence.
This year we’re coming to these cities:
■ Fort Collins
■ Lone Tree
■ Grand Junction
■ Colorado Springs
■ Buena Vista
LEARN MORE AT CHEC.ORG/EVENTS
COMING TO A CITY NEAR YOU!
HELPING HOST A
SEMINAR IN YOUR
HOME TOWN? PLEASE
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CELEBRATE YOUR STUDENT’S
HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION
J U LIE FISH ER FIN E ART STU DIO
Ages 8 - Adult: All Levels
Email: email@example.com Phone: 303-371-7852
2016 CHEC GRADUATION CEREMONY
SATURDAY, MAY 21st, 2016 ELIZABETH, COLORADO
WHO Open to all homeschool graduates
WHAT A celebration to thank God and honor the graduates (and parents!)
WHEN Choose the ceremony time on May 21st that works for you
WHAT’S INCLUDED Traditional graduation elements:
■ Pomp and Circumstance as graduates and parents enter
■ Special music sung during the ceremony
■ Commencement address and charge to the graduates
■ Parents’ presentation of the diplomas
■ And finally - the 2016 Class is announced!
We take care of all the coordination! Your registration includes participation in the ceremony, a cap and gown,
a printed diploma and cover, and ceremony programs. (A professional photographer is an optional fee.)
Solid Foundation in Art
Drawing, Colored Pencil, Watercolor
Plan now to join the celebration!
LEARN MORE AND REGISTER AT CHEC.ORG/EVENTS/GRADUATION
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Explore for yourself at ccu.edu.
Families affiliated with CHEC receive a $1250 partner scholarship annually.
($5000 over eight semesters.)
“Many colleges tell you that you’re a
name and not just a number, but this
was the only school I interacted with
that made that a reality.”
-Hudson Jungck, Freshman
Global Studies major
“I liked how CCU was very strong in their
faith. There was a realness to CCU that
-Ali Gordon, Freshman
Communications major, Political Science
minor, Leadership Studies minor
Hudson and Ali both were strong students who grew up homeschooled. They had tons of college
options. But as they looked at colleges, questions started to come up. “I wanted to know what
was going to be poured into me as a student,” Ali explains. “And I wasn’t satisfied with another
“There’s a clear spiritual aspect here,” adds Hudson. “It’s not partially secular like many Christian
colleges tend to be. CCU is Christian inside and out—in name and practice.”
• Five schools of study
• 26 majors
• Study-abroad options
• Christ integrated in every subject
• Student-initiated mission trips
• Dozens of ministry opportunities
• Division-II NCAA athletics
• Groundbreaking employment program
A ChristiAn College with dynAmiC
Community, thriving ACAdemiCs, And
ACCess to big-City denver And roCky
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PARKER COLORADO SPRINGS
at the Capitol
What’s NEXT with CHEC
Visit CHEC.org/events to learn more and register!
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