homeschooleriffic

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How home schooled is LisaGrace?
We shall see!

Growing up/now:
[x] Own/have owned a denim jumper
[ ] You were at least 13 when you got your first “trendy” haircut (i was 12, just barely made that one!)
[x] Everything in your closet at some time was referred to as modest
[x] You did/do have tucked things in that shouldn’t be tucked in
[ ] You have been a member of at least 3 co-ops
[ ] You have never been kissed
[x] Your mom drives a van of some sort.
[x] You have at least one childhood picture where you, your mom, and all your siblings match
[ ] You are/were/will be a PSEO Student
[x] At some point in your life you were more comfortable with adults than kids your own age
[x] Have studied ways to defend your beliefs, debate, and/or create laws
[x] Used uber conservative A Beka curriculum (i highly recommend it too!)
Total: 8

[x] You use big words that most adults could not use in conversation (when i was a kid, i used to say things like, “i’m impossible famished” right before a meal, so i’m counting this one)
[ ] You can use the words sublime, epiphany, and cognizant correctly
[x] You have a favorite word.
[ ] You have an understanding of Latin root words and how to use them
[x] People from the outside world are referred to as “public schoolers”
[ ]You or one of your family members knits or crochets
[x] You laugh/cry at the decline in literacy in America
[x] You score constantly higher than “public schoolers” on standardized tests. (i was always at a 12th grade reading level, even in the 3rd grade!)
[x] You have no concept of cafeteria food
[ ] Family vacations are/ can be referred to as “Field Trips”
[ ] Traveling on said vacations have included stopping at historical site markers along the way
[ ] You have never been in a public elementary school, middle school, or high school during regular school hours
[ ] You have gone to or been involved in a homeschool convention
Total so far: 14

[x] You read books on a regular basis
[ ] You have taken part in a political protest
[x] You were a Pride and Prejudice fan before the movie
[ ] You were a Lord of the Rings fan prior to the movie
[x] You were a Chronicles of Narnia fan before the movie
[ ] You speak a language other than English
[x] You dreamed of dating characters from books instead of celebrities
Total so far: 18

It has been assumed that you:
[ ] Have won many spelling bees
[x] Have no social life
[ ] Have no friends of the opposite gender
[x] Are inept
[ ] Only listen to classical music
[ ] Play piano or the violin
[x] Do not own a pair of trendy jeans (i would say i just bought my first pair of trendy jeans last year)
[x] Have no knowledge of drugs or alcohol (i still don’t, really)
[x] Don’t date, only court.
[x] Have never been to a “party” (never have)
[x] Know no other beliefs other than what your family believes

Total so far: 25

You have been asked more than 10 times in your life:
[x] If you wear pajamas to school
[x] If you get perfect grades because your mom grades you
[x] If your mom teaches you or if somebody else’s mom does
[x]How do you meet people
[x] Why you aren’t in school
[x] If you get days off whenever you want
[ ] If you’re going to be homeschooled through college
[x] If you have a big family
[x] What your parents are protecting you from
[ ] To quote something famous
[x] For the answer, because supposedly homeschoolers always have all the answers
Sub-total: 34

You have “rebelled” by:
[x] Listening to “worldly music”
[ ] Wearing black fingernail polish
[ ] Wearing tight clothes or letting your midriff show or showing off what color of boxers you are wearing
[x] Watching a *gasp* PG-13 movie
[ ] Breaking dress code
[x] Listening to music with a beat
[x] Dancing. Especially dances that involve contact for longer than 2 seconds. With somebody of the opposite gender. Scandalous!!!
Subtract this from total: -4

Overall Total: 30

1-10 You’re not really a homeschooler…you just do school at home
11-21 You’re a homeschooler, but not what the world expects
22-32 You’re a homeschooler
33-? Congrats you’re the stereotypical homeschooler

so, i’m pretty close to the stereotypical homeschooler! beware of homeschooling your kids! : )

Galatians 1:1-24

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From Memory*:
“Paul, and apostle, called not from men nor by man, but Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised him from the dead, and all the brothers with me, to the churches in Galatia:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever, amen.
I am astonished you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel, which is really no gospel at all. Evidently, some people are throwing you into confusion and trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again, if anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned. For am I now trying to win the approval of God or of man? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.
I want you to know brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something man made up. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it. Rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ. For you know of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it. I was advancing in Judaism beyond many jews my own age and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers. But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his son in me so that I might preach it to the gentiles, I did not consult any man, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was. But I immediately went into Arabia and later returned to Damascus.
Then, after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to get acquainted with Peter and stayed with him fifteen days. I saw none of the other apostles, only James, the Lord’s brother. I assure you before God what I am writing you is no lie. Later I went to Syria and Cilicia.
I was personally unknown to the churches of Judea that are in Christ. The only heard the report: ‘The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.’ And they praised God because of me.”

Wow, it’s been an extremely fun month or so memorizing this passage. Even though I’ve been discussing this with my high school small group, Bryan and studying it rather in depth since last fall, there is something powerful about memorizing scripture. I think it’s because memorizing forces me to meditate.
Here are some notes/thoughts about what I’ve learned from this first chapter of Galatians.

1. Paul clearly expresses a separation from man

  • In his description of self […sent not from men nor by man, BUT by Jesus Christ…]
  • In his description of the gospel. This “new” gospel which the Galatians are turning to [which is really no gospel at all] is most definitely not from God, it’s from people. [Evidently, some people are throwing you into confusion…] also […what I preached is not something man made up…I did not receive it from any man…]
  • In his mission [If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.]
  • In his consulatation […I did not consult any man] not even the apostles who Jesus hung out with!

2. Paul was given the gift of apostleship

  • There are two clear signs of this: [rather I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ] and [nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before I was]
  • I’m still unsure if the gift of apostleship (as noted in 1 Cor. 12-13) is even possible today. Obviously, Paul talked to Jesus by revelation and thus was an apostle just as the disciples were later called apostles because they hung out with Jesus. I’m sure that it is possible today, to received a revelation of the teachings of Jesus from Jesus himself but does it happen? With the Bible and all of the knowledge we have? I don’t know. What do you think?
  • Paul clearly received this gift for a very specific purpose [But when God…was pleased to reveal his son in me so that I might preach it to the gentiles…] God had specific job for Paul, which is maybe why he got to learn directly from Jesus. (I know, I know, we all have specific jobs in God’s kingdom, but seriously, is anyone ready to claim that they’re the next Apostle Paul?)

3. Paul immediately reacts on his “calling” (that is to [preach it to gentiles])

  • [I did not consult any man…rather I immediately went into Arabia and later return to Damascus. Then after three years, I went up to Jerusalem…] Well, talk about immediately responding to the powerful Holy Spirit!
  • I have a question about this though, I think there are two scales of this, a Micro and a Macro level. My question is, would you recommend this to another believer when it is on a Macro level? Let me explain, on a micro level, I am extremely spurred by Paul’s example. It is all too often when I know the Holy Spirit is tugging on my heart and calling me to immediate action and I quench it. But on a macro level (example: flying to China to become a missionary), should I really trust the feeling inside as the Holy Spirit and act immediately on that? I think I would advise other believers to seek counsel. But that is the opposite of what Paul did, once again [I did not consult any man]. So I don’t know about this one either and it furthers my question about Paul being very specifically called not just by the Holy Spirit but by Jesus and was given the rare (?) gift of apostleship.

4. The Main Point: The gospel is true, from God, and powerful.

  • Paul is [astonished] at the Galatians for deserting such a powerful, life-changing God and turning to whatever the next person preaches.
  • Though the Galatians heard the gospel through Paul, a man, Paul received the gospel by revelation from Jesus Christ. This demonstrates the difference between Paul and the people who [are throwing you into to confusion and trying to pervert the gospel of Christ] as well as the difference between the gospel which Paul preached and the different gospel which was swaying the Galatian believers [which is really no gospel at all]!

Alright, I’m done. My brain hurts anyway. I want to know what you think though, because I’m probably wrong in a lot of my thinking! Let me know!

*Original NIV Text (Only a few errors!):
“Paul, an apostle-sent not from men nor by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised him from the deadand all the brothers with me, to the churches in Galatia:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospelwhich is really no gospel at all. Evidently, some people are throwing you into confusion and trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again, if anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned! Am I now trying to win the approval of men or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.
I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ. For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it. I was advancing in Judaism beyond many Jews of my own age and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers. But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his son in me so that I might preach him among the gentiles, I did not consult any man, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I immediately went into Arabia and later returned to Damascus.
Then after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to get acquainted with Peter and stayed with him fifteen days. I saw none of the other apostlesonly James, the Lord’s brother. I assure you before God what I am writing you is no lie. Later I went to Syria and Cilicia.
I was personally unknown to the churches of Judea that are in Christ. The only heard the report: ‘The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.’ And they praised God because of me.”