“Which is better?  Number one or number two?“  “Two,” I said.  The ophthalmologist made an adjustment and flipped to another lens.  “Now which is better?  Number one or number two?”  “One,” I responded.  Back and forth we went until the correct lens prescription for each eye was determined.  It had been a few years since…

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I did not realize how exhausted I had become after working with my children in the Lake of the Ozarks.  I was teaching them how to water ski and had spent a considerable amount of time in the water helping them get their skis on, watching as they tried to get up when the boat…

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One of the most challenging events in track and field competition is the 4×100 relay race, where four sprinters on a team run one at a time in a single lane, with each athlete doing a 100-meter leg.  The most critical aspects of the relay occur within a 20-meter area known as the “changeover box”. …

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One major difference between Christian home education and other forms of education is the worldview of those choosing the curriculum and providing the instruction.  Everyone operates from one of two worldviews, whether or not he realizes it; and everything he thinks, says, and does is influenced by what he really believes.   The first worldview…

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“One thing we learn from history is that we don’t learn from history!”  That anonymous quote was underscored again while I was recently reading through 2 Chronicles in the Bible.  God had given promises that the kings who faithfully followed him would be blessed and experience fullness of life, whereas those who chose not to…

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The moral decline of our country, including the assault on our freedoms, is accelerating at an alarming rate.  The freedom of religion, the freedom of speech, the freedom to educate our children the way we see is best, the right to life, the right to bear arms, etc., are all in the crosshairs of our…

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Several years ago my telephone rang. And as soon as I greeted the caller, the voice on the other end said, “I have to tell you about the call I just received.” Quite interested, I listened as my good friend David began to relate the conversation.  “You may not remember me, but my name is…

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“Okay, Watkins.  You first!  Then we’ll take a turn.”  I accepted the challenge that no one could stay on the inner tube for very long.  I should have known they were up to something unusual when I noticed my high school buddies grinning while giving me instructions and saying it would be fun.  I enjoyed…

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The sight was stunningly magnificent!  We were spending a day sightseeing after attending the first Global Home Education Conference (GHEC) in Berlin, Germany.  Large rooms in the Pergamon Museum displayed various archaeological finds which had been moved there from various places in the Middle East.  They included temples of false gods and their worship artifacts,…

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I was nineteen and sitting at the kitchen table early in the morning, dutifully listening to my grandfather read the daily devotional before we went to work in the fields.  I deeply respected him.  He was a strong Christian, a deacon in the church, and a recognized leader in the community.  Each summer I looked…

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