When You Need To Find A New Church – MBFLP 164

Sooner or later, all of us are likely to need to find a new church – whether it’s due to relocation, or a change in the doctrinal stand, or a need for a different sort of community for your family’s spiritual growth. And even if we don’t make that decision for our own family, each of our children will face that issue when they go away to college or move into independent adulthood. This episode, we’re talking about reasons you might need to find a new church, reasons that you really ought not, how to leave a church graciously, and how to go about the search for your new church!

RESOURCES WE MENTIONED

Episode 113, “Dealing with a Toxic Church” (Interview with Andy and Kendra Fletcher)

Episode 132, “Recovering From Legalism”

Tim Challies’ blog – http://www.challies.com/

Apprenticeship – MBFLP 163

Although most high school graduates head off to college, most don’t reach their bachelor’s degree. And the ones that do, are usually saddled with a boatload of debt. Is this really necessary? Not in every field, no. Are there alternatives? Yes, indeed. This episode, we speak with the founder of a successful software company which has specialized in apprenticeship as their training model and Christianity as their business ethics!

 

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Modesty – MBFLP 162

One contentious question in the conservative wing of the church is modesty. What defines modesty? How should a modest spirit be expressed? The difficulty is that Scripture gives guidelines but no hemlines – and actually, appropriate dress and behavior will differ from one context or one culture to another. What’s more, it isn’t a women’s issue – men have their issues, too. This episode we have a lively discussion involving blue jeans, ladies in the tropics, swimming in long skirts, and the Old Order Amish. It’s all about making Biblical family life practical.

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Losing Religion, Finding Grace – MBFLP 161

 

What happens when you do everything right and it turns out terribly, awfully wrong? Do you doubt God’s love? Does it shake your faith? Or does it drive you to a closer walk with your Lord and Savior?

This episode, we talk with Kendra Fletcher, the author of the new book, Lost & Found: Losing Religion, Finding Grace. Kendra and her husband Andy Fletcher (hosts of Homeschooling IRL on this network) have seen both sides of the coin, as God brought them from a cold, rule-based religiosity, to a living faith in a living Jesus day by day. You’ll find it both challenging and encouraging as we talk about this crucially important distinction!

 

Warning Signs of Porn – MBFLP 160

 

We get messages all the time from parents who’ve found out one of their children is watching porn. In every one, the parents express shock. They had no idea, no clue that this was going on in their house, so they just aren’t prepared to deal with it. When we talk to them, though, the signs have been there — they just missed them. This episode, we’re talking about warning signs that someone in your family is watching pornography – not so you can ambush them, but so you can get them help.

 

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Healthy Guy-Girl Relationships – MBFLP 159

 

We’ve heard the full range of opinions when it comes to young people and relationships – from the barber who asks the 7-year-old if he has a girlfriend yet, to the twenty-something girl who says, “Daddy is going to find me a husband.” Surely the Bible has something to say about this … and it does, but not as cut-and-dried as we might have thought! This episode we look into the question of friendship between guys and girls – is it possible? Is it advisable? Or is it commendable?

Homeschooling Very Young Kids – MBFLP 158

We decided to homeschool our kids before we had any! And we meet lots of families with very young children who are eager to get started. Who can blame them? This episode, we talk about our approach to teaching very young children – from the experience of parents with precocious readers and late bloomers and everyone homeschooled from the very beginning!

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Surviving Teaching Math – MBFLP 157

 

Math is fundamental to so many things, but it causes a lot of worry and distress among homeschool parents who have to teach it. The truth is, most of us won’t need calculus, but most of us use algebra frequently and never even realize it! How can you get over your own hesitation, calm your students’ fears (as well as your own), and see God’s hand in the beautiful order of mathematics? Join us for this episode when we talk about surviving the challenge of teaching math!

 

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Getting Started Again After The Holidays – MBFLP 156

It’s normal and natural to feel some hesitation or dread when we leave our times of celebration and fun, and turn to the routine duties again – homeschooling among them. Should you just jump right in, or ease the transition?
Do you implement resolutions or simply set goals? Does Mom’s attitude make a difference to the kids’? This episode, we talk about how to get your ducks back in their rows – and your attitudes encouraged, too.


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Teaching Your Kids To Be Content – MBFLP 155

The call for believers to be contented people is so difficult, even the apostle Paul struggled with it, and the Puritans called it “a rare jewel”! Yet even while we grown-ups are stumbling over grey weather, taxes, bills, and a thousand frustrations … we need to be teaching our kids how to be contented people themselves! This episode, we talk about God’s perspective on contentment and ways we can encourage habits of relying on God and not snatching for selfish indulgence, for our kids – and ourselves!


 

Scriptures We Referenced:

1 Tim 6:6-8Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For with we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. (this is the passage that continues to warn of the effects of greed, desire to be rich, love of money)

2 Cor 9:8And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work

Phil 4:11-13I have learned in whatever state I am to be content. I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.

Pro 30:8-9Remove falsehood and lies far from me;
Give me neither poverty nor riches–
Feed me with the food allotted to me;
Lest I be full and deny You,
And say, “Who is the LORD?”
Or lest I be poor and steal,
And profane the name of my God.

Mt 6:25-33Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ … But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

Heb 13:6Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’


 

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