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<strong>No</strong> <strong>Greater</strong> <strong>Joy</strong><br />

January – February 2006<br />

Jumping Ship (part 4) p. 3 • Tomato Head p. 10 • Which Curriculum is Best? p. 12 • Bble Story Book/Missions p. 15


I Am A Mommy<br />

JOSHUA AND KELSIE STEELE, MISSIONARIES TO UKRAINE<br />

By Kelsie Steele<br />

It was Christmas morning, 1983.<br />

The scent of a Christmas roast,<br />

telltale of a delicous dinner to<br />

come, wafted through <strong>the</strong> house.<br />

Happy voices and laughter rang out<br />

with expressions of delight. Paper littered<br />

<strong>the</strong> floor, and children ran in all<br />

directions. Lights on <strong>the</strong> tree twinkled<br />

merrily as one of <strong>the</strong> older kids<br />

selected packages, parceling <strong>the</strong>m out<br />

to <strong>the</strong>ir various recipients. The scene<br />

must have been an absorbing one to<br />

<strong>the</strong> little 18 month-old girl sitting<br />

waiting for her gift. Soon someone<br />

handed this tiny observer a package<br />

and said, “Here Kelsie, this one’s for<br />

you.” Mom and Dad helped to tear off<br />

<strong>the</strong> wrapping paper and open <strong>the</strong> box.<br />

Inside was a tiny baby doll with a soft<br />

pink flannel dress and bonnet. Kelsie<br />

picked up her little<br />

doll, wrapping her<br />

chubby arms tightly<br />

around it. Oblivious<br />

to a stack of presents<br />

that sat waiting<br />

for her to open, she<br />

turned around and<br />

toddled off with her<br />

new treasure. She<br />

had her baby.<br />

That was <strong>the</strong><br />

beginning of my<br />

journey toward<br />

mo<strong>the</strong>rhood. New<br />

dolls replaced older<br />

ones, each doll as<br />

realistic and life-size as possible.<br />

My dolls went with me everwhere.<br />

I remember pushing my “babies” in<br />

my own plastic cart down <strong>the</strong> grocery<br />

store aisles, and taking <strong>the</strong>m on family<br />

excursions. Hardly a day of my<br />

childhood passed that I did not spend<br />

hours playing with my babies and<br />

dreaming of <strong>the</strong> day when I would<br />

be a mo<strong>the</strong>r. I was well into my teens<br />

when I finally packed my dolls away<br />

to be stored in <strong>the</strong> attic.<br />

Twenty-two years have passed<br />

since that first “baby,” and now I find<br />

myself enjoying a gift of far greater<br />

worth. My own tiny bundle of joy<br />

arrived safely in this world September<br />

25th. Ever since <strong>the</strong>n I have felt a new<br />

purpose and fulfillment. As I ba<strong>the</strong><br />

little Abby,<br />

change her, or<br />

get up with her<br />

in <strong>the</strong> night, I<br />

realize that I am living my lifelong<br />

dream. I am a mo<strong>the</strong>r.<br />

Joshua and I thank God for our<br />

precious little Abigail. She delights<br />

us daily with her bright eyes and cute<br />

little smiles. We are looking forward<br />

to bringing her home to America to<br />

visit her Grandmas and Grandpas and<br />

all her cousins. We are so thankful<br />

to all of you who pray for us as we<br />

minister in Ukraine.<br />

For more infomation on Joshua<br />

and Kelsie Steele, sign up for <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

e-report at www.OFReport.com<br />

(Steeles are currently involved in<br />

<strong>the</strong> translation of <strong>the</strong> Illustrated<br />

Bible Story Book into <strong>the</strong> Ukranian<br />

language.)<br />

All Scripture taken from <strong>the</strong> Authorized Version (King James) Holy Bible January - February 2006 Vol. 12 <strong>No</strong>. 1<br />

On <strong>the</strong> Cover: Newborn, Jeremiah, getting a life-giving sun bath. Cover Photo: Clint Cearley<br />

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Jumping Ship<br />

PART FOUR<br />

By Michael Pearl<br />

becomes a<br />

consuming interest.”<br />

“Mating<br />

Provide entertainment<br />

“All work and no play makes<br />

Jack a dull boy,” so says <strong>the</strong> popular<br />

children’s rhyme. “<strong>No</strong> play” will also<br />

make Jack very dissatisfied with <strong>the</strong><br />

life ship he is on, and when he gets<br />

old enough, he will observe <strong>the</strong> gaiety<br />

of o<strong>the</strong>rs and begin to think about<br />

jumping ship for one that is more fun.<br />

If you are going to keep your children<br />

from longingly looking at o<strong>the</strong>r passing<br />

vessels, you must meet <strong>the</strong>ir need<br />

for diversion and entertainment. It is<br />

true that if left to <strong>the</strong>mselves, children<br />

will overdose on entertainment, and,<br />

like Pinocchio, <strong>the</strong>y will come to ruin<br />

on Pleasure Island. Yet, even with that<br />

danger in mind, <strong>the</strong> fact remains that<br />

children, just like adults, have both a<br />

legitimate and physical need to indulge<br />

in playful fun.<br />

Mature, well-adjusted adults live<br />

to produce, and recreational play is<br />

clearly secondary, whereas small<br />

children live to play (“…when I was a<br />

child I thought as a child…”). Children<br />

would never work if not constrained<br />

and trained to do so. During <strong>the</strong>ir first<br />

twenty years, <strong>the</strong>y evolve from fulltime<br />

life of play to full- time working.<br />

There is also a rapid transition<br />

in <strong>the</strong>ir forms of play. In a period of<br />

fifteen years, <strong>the</strong>y will go from tasting<br />

everything on <strong>the</strong> floor to riding motor<br />

cycles in competitions, or competing<br />

in international chess games. It<br />

becomes very difficult for parents to<br />

keep up with <strong>the</strong>ir children’s changing<br />

interests. I now clearly understand why<br />

God chose to give babies to young<br />

people, and not to us old folks. It takes<br />

a lot of energy to meet <strong>the</strong>ir everchanging<br />

and increasing needs.<br />

The key to providing proper and adequate<br />

entertainment is that you must<br />

It you want to almost guarantee that your children will not<br />

jump ship (o<strong>the</strong>r factors being equal), provide a community life<br />

that holds promise of suitable future mates.<br />

thoroughly enjoy seeing <strong>the</strong>m immersed<br />

in good healthy fun. Children<br />

have always loved pushing or riding<br />

something. They love <strong>the</strong> thrill of simple<br />

things, like sliding down a steep,<br />

grassy hill on a piece of cardboard, or<br />

sledding on snow and skating on ice.<br />

Kids love wheels, even at <strong>the</strong> earliest<br />

age, and will continue to do so until<br />

eventually <strong>the</strong>y are begging to take<br />

“your wheels” out for a joyride. I just<br />

love putting one-year-olds on plastic<br />

riding toys and teaching <strong>the</strong>m to push<br />

<strong>the</strong>mselves along with <strong>the</strong>ir feet. They<br />

soon graduate to a tricycle and <strong>the</strong>n<br />

on to a bicycle. Can you remember<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir thrill when <strong>the</strong>y first rode without<br />

training wheels, and how exhilarated<br />

<strong>the</strong>y were when <strong>the</strong>y mastered roller<br />

skates, skateboards, and skies–<strong>the</strong><br />

faster <strong>the</strong> better?<br />

When I was a kid, my daddy assisted<br />

me by bringing home old wagon<br />

wheels and axles and scrap boards.<br />

Lawn mower wheels are excellent. At<br />

eight years old, along with <strong>the</strong> rest of<br />

<strong>the</strong> neighbor kids, I would build what<br />

we called a push car—something with<br />

four wheels, a seat, and a way to steer<br />

it. Dad would bring home buckets with<br />

<strong>the</strong> remnants of bright-colored paints,<br />

and we would paint our push cars to<br />

be <strong>the</strong> snazziest in <strong>the</strong> neighborhood.<br />

Then we would find a hill where<br />

<strong>the</strong> road was momentarily empty of<br />

cars, and, while one person rode and<br />

steered, <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r would push him<br />

as fast as legs could go. It was <strong>the</strong>n<br />

“freewheeling” it to <strong>the</strong> bottom of <strong>the</strong><br />

hill to see whose car was <strong>the</strong> fastest.<br />

Yes, <strong>the</strong>re was many a wreck, and <strong>the</strong><br />

pusher would sometimes fall flat on his<br />

face in <strong>the</strong> road. And, yes, occasionally<br />

<strong>the</strong> cars would turn over or crash into<br />

<strong>the</strong> ditch. But, <strong>the</strong> “challenge and <strong>the</strong><br />

thrill” is what made it all fun.<br />

My parents played <strong>the</strong>ir parts quite<br />

well. Daddy provided <strong>the</strong> raw material<br />

and an occasional suggestion as<br />

to improvements in <strong>the</strong> design. Mama<br />

was fitly admiring of my paint job and<br />

ingenuity. Grandma liked to watch <strong>the</strong><br />

races, especially if <strong>the</strong>re was a crash.<br />

To finally get Dad to sit on our masterpiece<br />

of a push car and let us push<br />

him was <strong>the</strong> ultimate thrill. And to see<br />

him sitting <strong>the</strong>re so vulnerable and so<br />

stiff and scared, just added more to our<br />

“great” achievement.<br />

Times change and toys change, but<br />

children remain <strong>the</strong> same. They have<br />

an inherent need to tackle challenges<br />

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and turn <strong>the</strong>m into thrills. They will<br />

climb to <strong>the</strong> top of <strong>the</strong> tallest tree,<br />

jump into <strong>the</strong> water from <strong>the</strong> highest<br />

spot <strong>the</strong>y dare, and <strong>the</strong>n later <strong>the</strong>y will<br />

“need” to see how fast <strong>the</strong> family car<br />

will go. It is dangerous being a kid,<br />

always has been, but to <strong>the</strong>m it is just<br />

sheer fun. We adults must provide<br />

restraint and caution while we still can,<br />

before <strong>the</strong>y get big enough to get out<br />

of our sight too quickly. But play <strong>the</strong>y<br />

will, and play will inevitably find <strong>the</strong><br />

thrill in everything, whe<strong>the</strong>r it is a tenmonth-old<br />

climbing to <strong>the</strong> top of <strong>the</strong><br />

stairs, or a ten-year-old climbing to <strong>the</strong><br />

top of <strong>the</strong> fire tower, or a twenty-yearold<br />

checking out hang gliding.<br />

Girls start off playing much like<br />

<strong>the</strong> boys, but with a little less of<br />

thrill seeking. They love horses and<br />

bicycles, but <strong>the</strong>y also enjoy practicing<br />

to be mo<strong>the</strong>rs. Young girls, right down<br />

to <strong>the</strong> one-year-olds, entertain<br />

<strong>the</strong>mselves with playing<br />

house and family. Mama<br />

Pearl, my wife, just bought<br />

a two-foot-long broom for<br />

ten-month-old Gracie. She<br />

spends a lot of time “sweeping”<br />

<strong>the</strong> floor. Almost<br />

three-year-old Laura Rose<br />

has her own little china tea<br />

set. She will spend an hour<br />

playing with <strong>the</strong> dishes and<br />

pouring tea for everyone.<br />

When my daughters were<br />

six years old, <strong>the</strong>y would<br />

bake something and expect<br />

<strong>the</strong> whole world to stop and<br />

indulge in <strong>the</strong>ir delectable<br />

delight. I was delighted<br />

with <strong>the</strong>m for <strong>the</strong>ir many<br />

attempts, even when I often<br />

had to pretend to swallow and <strong>the</strong>n<br />

slip outside unnoticed to get rid of <strong>the</strong><br />

unpleasant mouthful.<br />

Parents who habitually push <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

children aside, not wanting to be bo<strong>the</strong>red<br />

with <strong>the</strong>ir frivolous play, will lose<br />

<strong>the</strong> hearts of <strong>the</strong>ir children. It is not<br />

enough to allow time for your children<br />

to play; you must “sacrifice” your time<br />

and yourself and play with <strong>the</strong>m. You<br />

don’t have to physically be <strong>the</strong>re at <strong>the</strong><br />

swing set all <strong>the</strong> time, but <strong>the</strong>y must<br />

feel that your eyes are watching <strong>the</strong>m<br />

from <strong>the</strong> kitchen window. You can<br />

even stop your work and run outside<br />

occasionally to laugh at <strong>the</strong>m or to be<br />

“amazed” at <strong>the</strong>ir abilities.<br />

I sought to be <strong>the</strong> most thrilling<br />

source of entertainment available to<br />

my kids. I actually pushed <strong>the</strong>m to do<br />

<strong>the</strong> daring thing. I helped <strong>the</strong>m set up<br />

a jump for <strong>the</strong>ir bicycles, encouraged<br />

<strong>the</strong>m to swing higher, do flips off of<br />

<strong>the</strong> rope swing into <strong>the</strong> pond, or difficult<br />

dives from <strong>the</strong> diving board. I took<br />

<strong>the</strong>m skating, and we raced around<br />

<strong>the</strong> rink. When it snowed, which was<br />

only once or twice a year in Memphis,<br />

I stopped everything I was doing just<br />

to play with <strong>the</strong>m. We would make a<br />

sled and go find <strong>the</strong> highest hill. We<br />

would even try at full speed to make<br />

it through <strong>the</strong> sharpest curve, and<br />

“piled up” time and time again until<br />

we finally got it right. We were rightly<br />

proud of ourselves and congratulated<br />

each o<strong>the</strong>r profusely.<br />

At times I took <strong>the</strong> boys into <strong>the</strong><br />

swamps where we regularly caught or<br />

killed snakes, and caught sacks full<br />

of fish. We speared <strong>the</strong> very large fish<br />

or shot <strong>the</strong>m with arrows. Exploring<br />

new “uncharted” territory was exciting,<br />

something we greatly enjoyed. I<br />

practiced baseball with <strong>the</strong> boys until<br />

<strong>the</strong>y were good enough to not be embarrassed<br />

playing on a local team. But<br />

one season was enough for <strong>the</strong>m. They<br />

liked <strong>the</strong> wild places much better, and<br />

throwing knives filled in <strong>the</strong> empty<br />

spots between <strong>the</strong>ir exciting outings<br />

with me.<br />

We had a pond for <strong>the</strong> kids to swim<br />

in, but <strong>the</strong>y would get bored swimming<br />

alone by <strong>the</strong>mselves and started begging<br />

me to join <strong>the</strong>m. When I headed<br />

toward <strong>the</strong> pond, <strong>the</strong>y all got excited,<br />

and <strong>the</strong> ones who were not already in<br />

<strong>the</strong> pond would rush to join us. They<br />

knew I was going to add a new dimension<br />

to <strong>the</strong> fun, even though it might<br />

be nothing more than my watching and<br />

laughing as <strong>the</strong>y did some new stunt in<br />

<strong>the</strong> water.<br />

Social life<br />

<strong>No</strong>w, important as it is to be<br />

involved with your children in <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

younger years, <strong>the</strong> most critical time<br />

for entertainment is when <strong>the</strong>y get to<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir middle teens. At around fifteen<br />

years old, <strong>the</strong>ir social life becomes a<br />

significant part of <strong>the</strong>ir entertainment,<br />

and, in many cases, it is <strong>the</strong>ir primary<br />

concern. Social entertainment, has<br />

<strong>the</strong> potential of impacting <strong>the</strong>m very<br />

negatively and is much more demanding<br />

of discerning parents. It is at this<br />

point that many parents make <strong>the</strong> mistake<br />

of trying to completely fence off<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir growing teens from o<strong>the</strong>r young<br />

people, lest <strong>the</strong>y do something foolish<br />

and destructive, ei<strong>the</strong>r physically or<br />

morally.<br />

When my kids were getting into<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir early teens, I set up a volleyball<br />

net in <strong>the</strong> “holler” back of <strong>the</strong> house<br />

and invited o<strong>the</strong>r families to join us.<br />

Girls and boys <strong>the</strong>ir own age came to<br />

play. We were always <strong>the</strong>re to oversee<br />

<strong>the</strong> kids toge<strong>the</strong>r. They got to socialize<br />

with <strong>the</strong> opposite sex naturally, and<br />

without resorting to <strong>the</strong> dating pattern<br />

so common in modern society.<br />

I will be quite plain about <strong>the</strong><br />

social life of teenagers. When kids<br />

go through puberty, especially boys,<br />

mating becomes a consuming interest.<br />

They begin to live in a daydream/<br />

night-dream world. You can’t prevent<br />

it. It is absolutely natural and is quite<br />

glorious and wonderful. It is God’s<br />

design, intended to cause <strong>the</strong>m to<br />

want to marry and reproduce. Fur<strong>the</strong>rmore,<br />

by divine design, <strong>the</strong> sexual<br />

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drive constitutes <strong>the</strong> most controlling<br />

temptation a boy or man will ever face.<br />

It is <strong>the</strong> ultimate test of character and<br />

<strong>the</strong> bedrock on which self-control can<br />

be established. On this single pivotal<br />

point, young men ei<strong>the</strong>r shipwreck,<br />

sometimes never to recover, or <strong>the</strong>y<br />

grow strong in character, possessing<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir vessel in honor and sanctification.<br />

Girls are not initially possessed<br />

of sexual drive, but <strong>the</strong>ir desires for<br />

romance and <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

God-given need to be<br />

treasured and possessed<br />

by a man renders<br />

<strong>the</strong>m vulnerable to <strong>the</strong><br />

predatory conniving of<br />

immoral males. Girls<br />

can too easily become<br />

junkies for male attention,<br />

selling <strong>the</strong>mselves<br />

cheap to get it. Girls in<br />

unhappy homes are <strong>the</strong><br />

quickest to jump ship<br />

into <strong>the</strong> first male arms<br />

directed toward <strong>the</strong>m.<br />

I can understand why<br />

many parents want to<br />

isolate <strong>the</strong>ir children and<br />

save <strong>the</strong>m from <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

vulnerability in this area,<br />

but you cannot isolate<br />

<strong>the</strong>m from <strong>the</strong>ir imaginations and passions.<br />

It is extremely helpful if, when<br />

your children reach this age, <strong>the</strong>y are<br />

greatly occupied with o<strong>the</strong>r things.<br />

If a boy is engaged in hard work and<br />

hard play, he will expend much of his<br />

testosterone in that manner. “An idle<br />

mind is <strong>the</strong> devil’s workshop,” is not<br />

an idle statement.<br />

We are addressing <strong>the</strong> vital issue<br />

of providing a safe social life for your<br />

teenagers. Here is <strong>the</strong> delicate key:<br />

You can inoculate <strong>the</strong>m against runaway<br />

passions by controlled injections<br />

of a supervised social life. Children<br />

jump ship when <strong>the</strong>y think <strong>the</strong>ir most<br />

pressing needs cannot be met on <strong>the</strong><br />

present course of <strong>the</strong>ir voyage. If you<br />

continually isolate your boys on a ship<br />

with no exposure to girls, <strong>the</strong>y will<br />

eventually go overboard, and once<br />

<strong>the</strong>y do, you no longer have a say in<br />

<strong>the</strong> way <strong>the</strong>y seek fulfillment. So, you<br />

must provide a social life that promises<br />

a strong expectancy of future fulfillment<br />

in this area. Teenagers are more<br />

likely to be patient if <strong>the</strong>y can see that<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir ship is part of a fleet that will<br />

occasionally rendezvous in port with<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r ships carrying handsome young<br />

men and beautiful girls just waiting to<br />

be swept away.<br />

In most cases, your children will<br />

marry someone from <strong>the</strong> circle in<br />

which <strong>the</strong>y are raised. They will<br />

Children jump ship when <strong>the</strong>y think <strong>the</strong>ir most<br />

pressing needs cannot be met on <strong>the</strong> present<br />

course of <strong>the</strong>ir voyage.<br />

make <strong>the</strong>ir picks long before you ever<br />

imagined <strong>the</strong>y were showing interest.<br />

Although <strong>the</strong>y may change several<br />

times, <strong>the</strong>y will always have someone<br />

in <strong>the</strong>ir imaginations as a suitable<br />

future mate. Even if <strong>the</strong>y end up<br />

marrying someone from outside <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

common social circle, your boys’ ideas<br />

of what <strong>the</strong>y like in a girl will have<br />

been formed from <strong>the</strong>ir early contacts<br />

(which you provided) with thirteen-,<br />

fourteen-, and fifteen-year-old girls,<br />

and <strong>the</strong>y form <strong>the</strong>m when <strong>the</strong>y have<br />

just gone through puberty! And if you<br />

think you can replace this natural,<br />

God-given, God-ordered drive with<br />

teaching <strong>the</strong>m Bible principles, you<br />

are off your religious rocker! But, we<br />

will talk about biblical admonition and<br />

character building later.<br />

Community<br />

Ideally, your family should be<br />

part of a community of like-minded<br />

families who share <strong>the</strong> same biblical<br />

values and worldview. If your<br />

sixteen-year-old can look around and<br />

see a young woman whom he believes<br />

would make a great wife, he will hang<br />

around on your ship, doing his chores<br />

and making <strong>the</strong> sacrifices necessary to<br />

wait out <strong>the</strong> opportunity to enter into<br />

a marriage relationship on grounds<br />

that are acceptable to <strong>the</strong> community<br />

he is a part of. There it is. Read that<br />

sentence again. He will wait<br />

for <strong>the</strong> opportunity to enter into<br />

marriage on grounds that are<br />

acceptable to <strong>the</strong> community.<br />

The community is a more certain,<br />

powerful regulating factor<br />

than is <strong>the</strong> self-control of <strong>the</strong><br />

kids involved. Even teenagers<br />

who are not saved and do not<br />

possess personal convictions<br />

will go along with community<br />

values if that is what it takes<br />

for <strong>the</strong>m to attain <strong>the</strong> deepest<br />

desire of <strong>the</strong>ir hearts — or of<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir flesh.<br />

If you want to almost guarantee<br />

that you children with not<br />

jump ship (o<strong>the</strong>r factors being<br />

equal), provide a community<br />

life that holds promise of suitable<br />

future mates. If your community<br />

is narrow and self-righteous,<br />

your kids may decide early on that<br />

<strong>the</strong>y do not want to live like this <strong>the</strong><br />

rest of <strong>the</strong>ir lives, and <strong>the</strong>y may make<br />

up <strong>the</strong>ir minds that <strong>the</strong>y are not going<br />

to marry and live in your community<br />

circle. They will look over <strong>the</strong> railing<br />

at o<strong>the</strong>r passing ships that seem to be<br />

more sincere and friendly. Once kids<br />

leave <strong>the</strong> natural constraining factors<br />

of community, all that is left to control<br />

<strong>the</strong>m is <strong>the</strong>ir own wisdom and selfcontrol,<br />

which is usually not enough<br />

to keep teenagers, even “Christian”<br />

teenagers, from doing something foolish<br />

and regrettable.<br />

When I speak of providing a community,<br />

I am not necessarily speaking<br />

of <strong>the</strong> traditional “small town,” old<br />

friends and family, all in one accord,<br />

going to <strong>the</strong> same country church, and<br />

having picnics at <strong>the</strong> city park after listening<br />

to gospel music and a political<br />

speech. That would certainly be nice,<br />

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ut in most cases, such an idyllic environment<br />

is gone forever in America. In<br />

some areas it can be partially recovered,<br />

but only at great difficulty and<br />

sacrifice.<br />

Your family may be part of a very<br />

small church and community, offering<br />

few possibilities for your teenage children<br />

to find mates. It is a ship-jumping<br />

waiting to happen unless you can<br />

enlarge <strong>the</strong> community and <strong>the</strong> pool<br />

of possible marriage partners for your<br />

children. If you are in this situation,<br />

you must give immediate attention to<br />

increasing your community. One way<br />

of doing that is to get out and travel<br />

with your fifteen- to eighteen-yearolds,<br />

visiting o<strong>the</strong>r families with kids<br />

of a suitable age. Start attending camp<br />

meetings or Bible conferences, any<br />

ga<strong>the</strong>ring of Christians of like values.<br />

Your family must stay loosely connected<br />

in a way that provides your<br />

budding adult children with hope of<br />

finding suitable mates. Seeing o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

families with possible mates, even<br />

once or twice a year, can be enough<br />

to give your young dreamers hope.<br />

When teenagers start dreaming of a<br />

particular mate, it creates a stabilizing<br />

influence in <strong>the</strong>ir lives. They will now<br />

have incentive to preserve <strong>the</strong>ir virtue<br />

for one whom <strong>the</strong>y feel is worthy of<br />

nothing less.<br />

There is a popular teaching that<br />

you should just tell your children to be<br />

patient, and God will bring into <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

life <strong>the</strong> one person created in heaven to<br />

be <strong>the</strong>ir mate. For a few very dedicated<br />

kids, who have committed <strong>the</strong>ir lives<br />

to serving God on <strong>the</strong> mission field<br />

or in some full-time capacity, this is<br />

doubtless true. But, <strong>the</strong> average kid<br />

who has never experienced a walk of<br />

faith is not going to have faith in this<br />

one area and just sit around until he<br />

is thirty years old waiting for that one<br />

special female to fall out of heaven<br />

into his arms.<br />

We receive many letters like a recent<br />

one where a 28-year-old daughter<br />

has jumped ship and married an older<br />

divorced man with a smeared past<br />

and three children. As she was getting<br />

older, she saw <strong>the</strong> small pool of “possibles”<br />

dwindling away to nothing.<br />

She lost hope and needed love. She<br />

foolishly rejected her captain and her<br />

family, and threw herself to <strong>the</strong> sharks<br />

ra<strong>the</strong>r than continue on a hopeless voyage<br />

leading nowhere. Older children<br />

and young adults must have a tangible,<br />

visible hope, one with a social life that<br />

provides potential mates of <strong>the</strong> same<br />

caliber as <strong>the</strong>mselves.<br />

I know that kids should exercise<br />

more self-restraint, that <strong>the</strong>y should be<br />

more patient, and that <strong>the</strong>y should listen<br />

to <strong>the</strong> counsel of <strong>the</strong>ir parents and<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir church elders. I agree that <strong>the</strong>y<br />

should be wise and spiritual and seek<br />

God’s will first and foremost—but few<br />

do, whereas virtually all of <strong>the</strong>m will<br />

eventually marry. Don’t risk throwing<br />

your children away by setting <strong>the</strong> marriage<br />

standard so high that <strong>the</strong>y despair<br />

of reaching it. You are making a grave<br />

mistake if you fail to provide for <strong>the</strong><br />

possibility that your teenage children<br />

may not be spiritual, discerning giants.<br />

They may just end up marrying an acquaintance<br />

— one whom you provide<br />

or, one <strong>the</strong>y meet at <strong>the</strong> video store.<br />

God has chosen you as <strong>the</strong> captain<br />

of your ship. You are authorized to<br />

command your crew, but remember<br />

that many a voyage has ended with<br />

a very disheartened crew abandoning<br />

ship, or worse, in mutiny. Provide<br />

community for your children.<br />

Don’t fail in this one last task you are<br />

commanded to carry out: providing<br />

adequate community for <strong>the</strong>m so that<br />

you can happily send <strong>the</strong>m ashore to<br />

produce Godly seed. Give <strong>the</strong>m hope,<br />

and <strong>the</strong>y will stick it out until you have<br />

safely delivered <strong>the</strong>m to a lifemate<br />

worthy of <strong>the</strong> time and prayer you<br />

have invested in <strong>the</strong>m.<br />

City Dwellers<br />

If you live in an apartment in a big<br />

city, you can still provide community,<br />

but it will certainly not happen by<br />

default. It will take wise judgment and<br />

careful control. You must actively seek<br />

out o<strong>the</strong>rs of like faith and convictions<br />

and create an association with <strong>the</strong>m.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> city, you are not likely to find a<br />

church that provides a proper community<br />

life for your children. A church<br />

receives anyone and everyone who<br />

chooses to come through <strong>the</strong> door, as<br />

it rightly should. But to have a proper<br />

community for your teenage children,<br />

you must exercise your freedom not<br />

to associate with some families. You<br />

must pick and choose with wisdom.<br />

If you are a pushover, welcoming into<br />

your home all who would seek your<br />

association, you might as well throw<br />

your children to <strong>the</strong> dogs, for <strong>the</strong>y are<br />

prone to adopt <strong>the</strong> worst influences<br />

you allow into <strong>the</strong>ir lives. If you can’t<br />

judge between right and wrong and<br />

don’t exhibit <strong>the</strong> courage to flee <strong>the</strong><br />

company of evildoers, your children<br />

are in danger from your weak-kneed<br />

attitude. Learn to say “no” to companying<br />

with ungodly people, and mean<br />

it! Use <strong>the</strong> word, “<strong>No</strong>!” in ways that<br />

cannot be mistaken for, “Maybe some<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r time.”<br />

“<strong>No</strong> we don’t want to go <strong>the</strong>re.”<br />

“<strong>No</strong>, my children are busy this<br />

weekend.”<br />

“<strong>No</strong>, that is not our idea of fun.”<br />

“<strong>No</strong>, I think it would be better if<br />

our families did not mix; we have<br />

convictions that your children don’t<br />

seem to share.”<br />

Will <strong>the</strong>y call you “hypocrites,<br />

self-righteous, isolationists”? Yes, <strong>the</strong>y<br />

will, and things a whole lot worse,<br />

but when you live in Sodom (any city<br />

in America), you will ei<strong>the</strong>r let <strong>the</strong><br />

popular trend be your guide, or you<br />

will set your own agenda and enforce<br />

it, no matter whose feelings get hurt.<br />

To select a righteous community out<br />

of your church or your city and guard<br />

its borders is not an easy task, but I<br />

know many families who have been<br />

successful at it. If a deadly virus were<br />

to sweep through <strong>the</strong> world, no one<br />

would fault you for quarantining your<br />

family. How much more deadly is <strong>the</strong><br />

disease of sin that so infects <strong>the</strong> world<br />

today! Just make sure that your family<br />

“quarantine” shares its isolation with<br />

enough families so that it does not feel<br />

like isolation to <strong>the</strong> children. The point<br />

is not to cease having a social life, but<br />

to build your social life around your<br />

own worldview. There are families out<br />

<strong>the</strong>re who are part of God’s remnant,<br />

just like you. You might find some of<br />

<strong>the</strong>m on this web site:<br />

www.fellowshipdirectory.com<br />

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Ain To Train Up A Child, we hit a rough spot. Our oldest was <strong>the</strong>n four, and<br />

she became so defiant that no amount of discipline reached her. One mornloud,<br />

begging God for wisdom. And God answered!<br />

I sat up and told her <strong>the</strong>re would be no spanking. Today, she would stick to<br />

Mommy like GLUE! If I changed a diaper, so did she. If I had to sweep, make<br />

and laughing toge<strong>the</strong>r.<br />

Kimmy is now seven, and she is my best helper. Yesterday, when I had a lot<br />

of work to do, she made a cake, peeled potatoes, cleaned <strong>the</strong> living room, and,<br />

vision, but sometimes asks if we can “glue” today!<br />

and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him” James 1:5.<br />

Sincerely,<br />

Shannon Windham<br />

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When I get sick of some behavior in my children, we all play The Raisin<br />

Game. Last month, it was my children’s lack of acknowledging that <strong>the</strong>y heard<br />

me when I spoke to <strong>the</strong>m. I just wanted <strong>the</strong>m to say “Okay, Mom” (with a smile)<br />

whenever I’d make a simple request. So first thing in <strong>the</strong> morning, we ALL put<br />

on our Raisin Game Necklaces. These are Ziploc sandwich bags tied around our<br />

necks with yarn. Everyone starts <strong>the</strong> day with 25 raisins. Every time I make a<br />

request, <strong>the</strong> kids who answer “Okay, Mom” with a smile get one of my raisins.<br />

But if <strong>the</strong>y ignore what’s said, or respond with a less-than-enthusiastic response, I<br />

get one of <strong>the</strong>irs. At <strong>the</strong> end of <strong>the</strong> day, we all get to eat our booty. Good fun and<br />

great results guaranteed!<br />

Valerie Marsh<br />

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I wanted to tell you a funny story about my parents’ opposition to our child training.<br />

sister-in-law to help her train her unhappy children. Meanwhile, our 2-year-old took up<br />

playing with <strong>the</strong> stack of paper plates near his chair. I didn’t stop <strong>the</strong> conversation, but<br />

To prove her point about our cruel child training, my mom said, “It’s like put-<br />

My parents dropped <strong>the</strong>ir forks and looked in amazement. I asked, “Do my<br />

children look unhappy?” And that has been <strong>the</strong> end of it! Thank you for all you’ve<br />

taught us. -S.W.<br />

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4 months later when our fi rst was born, we started<br />

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Mailbox<br />

CREATED LETTERS<br />

I recently read “Created to be His Help<br />

Meet.” I was always taught that when you<br />

have a husband ‘like that” (a Mr. Steady)<br />

that it is necessary <strong>the</strong> wife/mo<strong>the</strong>r assume<br />

<strong>the</strong> position of head, o<strong>the</strong>rwise <strong>the</strong> marriage<br />

is like a chicken with its head cut off.<br />

Depression runs in our family’s women.<br />

Coincidence? I now think not. You mentioned<br />

that <strong>the</strong> wives of Mr. Steady are<br />

more prone to emotional disorders, and you<br />

nailed it on <strong>the</strong> head! I, too, am married to<br />

a Mr. Steady, and have struggled with emotional<br />

strain, but I never thought that it had<br />

anything to do with my marriage. I can now<br />

see that it is because I have stepped out of<br />

my rank as help meet and have assumed a<br />

position I cannot do. Period! I choose now<br />

to fulfi ll my calling as Help Meet to my<br />

man and to break <strong>the</strong> chain of depression<br />

in this family. My girls will grow up seeing<br />

a mama who is happy and content and one<br />

who honors her man. - J<br />

Bless you for letting God use you to write<br />

“Created”! Even though my husband and<br />

I have had 20 years of a happy marriage,<br />

I have to admit that <strong>the</strong>re was always this<br />

secret disappointment in my heart because<br />

my husband was not <strong>the</strong> spiritual leader<br />

I thought he should be. The part about<br />

<strong>the</strong> three types of men was so freeing for<br />

me. It seems so often we as wives expect a<br />

Mr. Command Man type of guy to lead us<br />

in Bible study, actively disciple <strong>the</strong> kids,<br />

etc., and if he does not, <strong>the</strong>n he is not <strong>the</strong><br />

spiritual leader. <strong>No</strong>w, I feel so free to love,<br />

enjoy, and respect my wonderful, GODLY<br />

Mr. Steady– God’s precious gift to me. I<br />

can see a Mr. Command Man would have<br />

been very hard for me to be married to, but<br />

–WOW—God knew what we both needed!<br />

I feel an urgent need to get this book in <strong>the</strong><br />

hands of some of <strong>the</strong> ladies in our church,<br />

as so many of our dear friends are having<br />

marriage problems. I’m saving my money<br />

for a case. - Proud to be B’s wife<br />

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fi nd that I’m fi nally able to think about Jesus, to think about His<br />

death, burial, resurrection and ascension, without wondering<br />

what this or that ‘christian life’ writer says about it. There are<br />

quite a few bro<strong>the</strong>rs in <strong>the</strong> Lord in our area that feel like <strong>the</strong>y<br />

have fi nally been freed from <strong>the</strong> bondage of ‘works sanctifi cation’.<br />

I would have to say that for <strong>the</strong> fi rst time I’m not thinking about<br />

who said what, but I’m actually thinking about Christ. God bless<br />

you. - Dan<br />

I want to let you know, I am extremely thankful for <strong>the</strong> free downloads.<br />

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list. <strong>No</strong>w I can enjoy some of <strong>the</strong> teaching on audio! Praise <strong>the</strong><br />

Lord! He provides every need, thank you! - J.H.<br />

I just wanted to tell you thank you for presenting <strong>the</strong> heart of God,<br />

especially in regards to repentance when it comes to conversion.<br />

I believe this is what I needed to hear. I didn’t need someone to<br />

sugarcoat it for me; I needed to be told “unless I repent I will<br />

perish.” Thank you!!! I can’t be a punk about this. I want to<br />

get married one day, and if I am able to get married, I can’t be<br />

a pervert. The battle begins today, and I must by <strong>the</strong> grace of<br />

God fi ght to be a man after God’s heart. I thank God that you, his<br />

servant, have spoken to me, as this was God’s way of showing me<br />

mercy. It is up to me to respond. Thanks! - A Reader<br />

Bless you Mike Pearl! I had often looked longingly in your magazine<br />

at <strong>the</strong> Romans CD’s, and have wanted to hear good Bible<br />

teaching, but I did not have <strong>the</strong> money to purchase <strong>the</strong>m. How<br />

excited I was to read in last month’s magazine that <strong>the</strong>y are now<br />

available for download for FREE on your website! I am in <strong>the</strong><br />

process of downloading <strong>the</strong>m and burning <strong>the</strong>m to CD to listen<br />

to. What a great blessing! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK<br />

YOU! - Steve<br />

TESTIMONIES/THANKS<br />

At <strong>the</strong> San Antonio seminar,<br />

you encouraged me to read my<br />

Bible, <strong>the</strong>n map out what I see!<br />

I have begun with a freshness<br />

to simply read <strong>the</strong> Word and not<br />

spiritualize it like I was taught<br />

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faith and caused me to see God<br />

in truth.<br />

In Christ,<br />

Mike<br />

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being born again, and I realized<br />

to my shock, I don’t think I am<br />

truly born again. I sure don’t<br />

hear this kind of message at my<br />

church. I just wanted to thank<br />

you again for everything.<br />

Love, C<br />

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Tomato-Head Kids<br />

By Michael & Debi Pearl<br />

It is easy to recognize when a child<br />

has had significant interaction<br />

with his parents. His eyes are<br />

bright and alive with <strong>the</strong> pleasure of<br />

everything happening around him.<br />

He is always “in <strong>the</strong> way,” not wanting<br />

to be left out of anything interesting—<br />

and everything is interesting! He is full<br />

of meaningful questions and expects<br />

an intelligent answer. On <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

hand, children who have been raised<br />

by cartoons and computer games, and<br />

are relegated to <strong>the</strong> out-of-<strong>the</strong>-way<br />

back bedrooms filled with toys and<br />

music, are dull and unresponsive.<br />

They lack interest and generally seem<br />

to have a lower IQ than children of<br />

interactive parents. The shoved-aside,<br />

“come back when you grow up”<br />

children, are raised like greenhouse<br />

tomatoes, and have about as much<br />

personality as <strong>the</strong> tomato has flavor.<br />

The dull stare, <strong>the</strong> lack of interest in<br />

what visiting adults are talking about<br />

or doing, <strong>the</strong> wandering off to sit and<br />

play with toys, and <strong>the</strong> general “I mind<br />

my own business” attitude is obvious,<br />

even though in varying degrees.<br />

Of course, personalities differ, but<br />

when a very young child is constantly<br />

provoked into thinking and interacting<br />

with his parents, it becomes obvious<br />

that his understanding exceeds that of<br />

his greenhouse peers.<br />

We have observed that children<br />

who have been raised in an atmosphere<br />

where <strong>the</strong>y are challenged to use <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

minds and <strong>the</strong>ir voices will more<br />

likely grow up to become independent<br />

thinkers. The tomato-head will still be<br />

compliantly sitting, waiting for someone<br />

to tell him what to do when he is<br />

30 years old.<br />

Children who have been talked to,<br />

intellectually stimulated, challenged<br />

to understand, and<br />

who received explanations<br />

before <strong>the</strong>y<br />

were “old enough” to<br />

understand, will understand<br />

long before<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir peers. <strong>No</strong>t that<br />

we want our children to win out over<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r children in <strong>the</strong> social race. We<br />

just want <strong>the</strong>m to be wise and creative,<br />

to be aggressive in <strong>the</strong>ir desires to<br />

learn, and to be an active, productive<br />

part of life. But, more than just being a<br />

part, we actually want <strong>the</strong>m to be that<br />

part of life that makes things happen,<br />

not simply to be a recipient of what<br />

“happens” to come <strong>the</strong>ir way. It is <strong>the</strong><br />

difference between being <strong>the</strong> wind<br />

and being a piece of paper. A piece of<br />

paper won’t bo<strong>the</strong>r you, but give me a<br />

face full of wind any day.<br />

Some parents see it as a burdensome<br />

chore to “have to” interact<br />

with <strong>the</strong>ir children. Children who are<br />

blessed with lots of such interaction<br />

are interested in what adults are talking<br />

about, to <strong>the</strong> point of having to be<br />

told (often repeatedly) to wait before<br />

sharing <strong>the</strong>ir opinion. They expect you<br />

to want to know what is on <strong>the</strong>ir mind,<br />

just as <strong>the</strong>y want to know what is on<br />

yours. If you are sewing, <strong>the</strong>y want to<br />

try <strong>the</strong>ir hand at it. If you are cooking,<br />

<strong>the</strong>y want to smell <strong>the</strong> food, taste<br />

<strong>the</strong> mix, and stir everything. When<br />

you are loading firewood or cleaning<br />

out an old sewer pipe, <strong>the</strong>y want to be<br />

<strong>the</strong>re right smack in <strong>the</strong> way, holding<br />

something for you so as to feel a part<br />

of <strong>the</strong> project.<br />

The interacted-with child is no tomato-head.<br />

He will be marked with<br />

bubbling self-confidence, whereas<br />

that vegetable-headed child will tend<br />

to be easily bored and insecure. The<br />

set-aside child is <strong>the</strong> one who becomes<br />

self-loathing, knowing for certain<br />

that he is pushed away because he is<br />

clearly worthless. The interactive kid<br />

will grow up to be a shaker and mover<br />

of people and events.<br />

Where <strong>the</strong> TV with its soap operas<br />

once stole <strong>the</strong> children’s mo<strong>the</strong>rs, it is<br />

now <strong>the</strong> web. Mo<strong>the</strong>rs surf and children<br />

suffer. They learn to be quiet, to<br />

not bo<strong>the</strong>r. In time <strong>the</strong>y won’t bo<strong>the</strong>r<br />

with anything. Spend your hours<br />

talking and visiting with your friends<br />

instead of talking with your 2-year-old<br />

and your 2-year-old will not grow up<br />

to be your friend.<br />

Children who are spoken to and<br />

listened to throughout <strong>the</strong> day grow<br />

up to speak so that o<strong>the</strong>rs listen. And,<br />

<strong>the</strong>y grow up to listen carefully, so as<br />

to understand <strong>the</strong> subtle nuances of<br />

what is being said. A good vocabulary<br />

doesn’t necessarily come from<br />

books; it comes more from hearing<br />

an abundance of conversations of<br />

which <strong>the</strong>y are a part. Your babies<br />

cannot ride around in a car seat or a<br />

shopping cart and develop productive<br />

brain cells.<br />

Time at <strong>the</strong> table talking is more<br />

important than times tables. God said<br />

it like this in Isaiah 28:9-10, “Whom<br />

shall he teach knowledge? and whom<br />

shall he make to understand doctrine?<br />

<strong>the</strong>m that are weaned from <strong>the</strong> milk,<br />

and drawn from <strong>the</strong> breasts. For<br />

precept must be upon precept, precept<br />

upon precept; line upon line, line upon<br />

line; here a little, and <strong>the</strong>re a little:”<br />

Here a little, and <strong>the</strong>re a little—even<br />

while <strong>the</strong>y are nursing be giving <strong>the</strong>m<br />

Bible teaching (when <strong>the</strong>y come up for<br />

air). Don’t let ignorance get a hold on<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir young minds, and don’t let <strong>the</strong><br />

status quo become <strong>the</strong>ir default ambition.<br />

Yesterday Mike came in <strong>the</strong> door<br />

and said, “You know that 6-year-old<br />

kid outside? He is really smart!”<br />

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I asked Mike, “How’s that? What did<br />

he do that was so smart?” I could see<br />

Mike was trying to come up with an<br />

example to explain why he thought<br />

<strong>the</strong> child was so smart. Finally he said,<br />

“Well, he asked me if <strong>the</strong>re was going<br />

to be a contest for knife throwing,<br />

and if so, what would <strong>the</strong> rules be.”<br />

Through having<br />

conversations with<br />

<strong>the</strong> child, I had already<br />

observed that<br />

he is wise, alert,<br />

and eager to be an<br />

important part of a<br />

bigger world than<br />

that of <strong>the</strong> average<br />

boy. He seems<br />

to be more like a<br />

small man than a<br />

child. This little<br />

man has grown up<br />

in a very interactive family. His mama<br />

has no interest in life greater than<br />

instructing her children.<br />

Most dads, when <strong>the</strong>y come home<br />

in <strong>the</strong> evening, enjoy relating to <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

children what <strong>the</strong>y’ve done during that<br />

day. Evenings are but a small part of a<br />

child’s life—just <strong>the</strong> ending of a long<br />

day. Let’s face it Mama, we mo<strong>the</strong>rs<br />

are responsible for <strong>the</strong> greatest part of<br />

our children’s education and development.<br />

Some mamas are no more than<br />

loving babysitters, whose children<br />

reflect <strong>the</strong>ir lack of intellectual interaction.<br />

It is common for fa<strong>the</strong>rs to leave<br />

<strong>the</strong> raising of young children to mo<strong>the</strong>r<br />

and not get very involved in <strong>the</strong>ir sons’<br />

lives until <strong>the</strong>y are old enough to tag<br />

along and participate in <strong>the</strong>ir adult<br />

work and play—usually at about 4 to<br />

6 years old. Many fa<strong>the</strong>rs take <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

young son out with <strong>the</strong>m on a sort of<br />

“coming out to manhood venture,”<br />

only to discover that <strong>the</strong>ir son is a<br />

dumb, insecure, disinterested sissy.<br />

Dad can’t relate to him, and after<br />

several more unsuccessful tries, leaves<br />

him to Mo<strong>the</strong>r to finish raising. Sure,<br />

a wise and loving fa<strong>the</strong>r would be<br />

more involved all along and wouldn’t<br />

give up on his son no matter what, but<br />

statistics indicate that only about one<br />

out of one hundred dads is wise and<br />

patient. Many families today are made<br />

up of imperfect fa<strong>the</strong>rs and imperfect<br />

The interacted-with child<br />

is no tomato-head.<br />

He will be marked with<br />

bubbling self-confidence,<br />

whereas that<br />

vegetable-headed child<br />

will tend to be easily<br />

bored and insecure.<br />

mo<strong>the</strong>rs trying desperately to raise<br />

perfect kids—not an impossible task,<br />

but a demanding one.<br />

So, Mo<strong>the</strong>r, help make sure that<br />

when your husband does try to relate<br />

to your son, he finds him interesting<br />

and challenging. Your son should be<br />

snappy and quick-witted, interested in<br />

all that is happening,<br />

eager to try<br />

everything, full of<br />

curiosity and a zest<br />

for new experiences.<br />

Fa<strong>the</strong>rs are<br />

not interested in<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir boys being<br />

quiet, compliant,<br />

and kind. If your<br />

son is going to be<br />

able to ask an intelligent<br />

question, he<br />

will have to have a<br />

genuine interest in what his dad is doing.<br />

Your attitude and conversation can<br />

generate that interest in your son.<br />

We are not forgetting <strong>the</strong> girls.<br />

Many a capable young man has passed<br />

over a potential lifemate because she<br />

simply had no interest beyond clo<strong>the</strong>s<br />

and hair styles. A beautiful body<br />

without a vibrant interest in life-changing<br />

things is like a person without a<br />

heartbeat or like a frame without a<br />

picture. It’s what’s inside that counts!<br />

“Dumb” girls—girls never talked to<br />

at home—have limited options in<br />

life. They often become victims, and<br />

are used by bullying men. Little Jane<br />

should be able to sit at <strong>the</strong> Thanksgiving<br />

table and explain how long it<br />

took to cook <strong>the</strong> turkey, and why <strong>the</strong>y<br />

chose that particular method this year.<br />

Six-year-old Suzie should be able to<br />

answer questions from visitors and ask<br />

a few of her own.<br />

Encourage your children to speak<br />

of <strong>the</strong>ir ideas, recount <strong>the</strong>ir dreams,<br />

explain what <strong>the</strong>y meant, and defend<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir position with logic. We regularly<br />

told our children Bible stories and<br />

discussed <strong>the</strong> whys and hows of <strong>the</strong>m.<br />

The Bible says, “My people are destroyed<br />

for lack of knowledge: because<br />

thou hast rejected knowledge, I will<br />

also reject <strong>the</strong>e, that thou shalt be no<br />

priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten<br />

<strong>the</strong> law of thy God, I will also<br />

forget thy children” (Hosea 4:6). Bible<br />

knowledge is armor to <strong>the</strong> wearer<br />

<strong>the</strong>reof. It is wisdom. It is freedom.<br />

Read and tell your Bible stories until<br />

all your children can recite <strong>the</strong>m back<br />

to <strong>the</strong> family with exciting zeal. You<br />

will also discover that it is an excellent<br />

way to teach <strong>the</strong>m to speak in public<br />

with confidence.<br />

Life is always about interaction.<br />

“For none of us liveth to himself, and<br />

no man dieth to himself” (Romans 14:<br />

7). Give your children <strong>the</strong> gift of a vision<br />

of who and what <strong>the</strong>y can be. You<br />

don’t have to be highly educated to<br />

accomplish this, just highly motivated.<br />

Talk and laugh with your children.<br />

Listen to <strong>the</strong>m, ask questions, wait<br />

for <strong>the</strong> answers, respect <strong>the</strong>ir opinions,<br />

and, share your ideas. Don’t be<br />

surprised when <strong>the</strong>y soon pass you up<br />

in <strong>the</strong>ir insatiable quest for knowledge.<br />

Praise God when you see it happening,<br />

and pray faithfully that God will grant<br />

<strong>the</strong>m wisdom to match <strong>the</strong>ir acquired<br />

knowledge that you have inspired <strong>the</strong>m<br />

to attain. And <strong>the</strong>n rejoice with that<br />

growing number of faithful parents<br />

who, when finished with <strong>the</strong>ir childrearing<br />

days, will be able to proclaim<br />

in God’s presence, “I have no greater<br />

joy than to hear that my children walk<br />

in truth” (3 John 4). !<br />

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Which Curriculum is <strong>the</strong> Best?<br />

By Rebekah <strong>Joy</strong> Anast<br />

When parents decide to homeschool,<br />

one of <strong>the</strong> first questions<br />

raised in <strong>the</strong>ir minds is<br />

“which curriculum?” There are some<br />

wonderful lines of material out <strong>the</strong>re<br />

for <strong>the</strong> home-schooled kid of every<br />

grade and bent. How to choose one?<br />

Your homeschooling friend from <strong>the</strong><br />

church says such-and-such worked<br />

better for her son than anything else,<br />

and she has tried a score of options.<br />

The magazines you read are advertising<br />

<strong>the</strong> most up-and-coming curriculum<br />

available. And <strong>the</strong>n, <strong>the</strong>re is<br />

your budget to consider... What if you<br />

choose a lemon and put your kid and<br />

yourself through misery for <strong>the</strong> next<br />

10 months?<br />

Good question.<br />

I have not seen or sampled very<br />

many curricula. As a student, I used<br />

very little, but what I did use was a<br />

mixture of ABEKA and ACE paces. I<br />

don’t believe<br />

ei<strong>the</strong>r one of<br />

<strong>the</strong>m were tailored to<br />

meet my needs as a student. But I<br />

have no fear about choosing <strong>the</strong> correct<br />

curriculum for my children. You<br />

see, it’s not a question of “what type<br />

of curriculum,” but ra<strong>the</strong>r: “what type<br />

of child.”<br />

Flash cards, cassette tapes, school<br />

books, and Curious George Learns<br />

<strong>the</strong> Alphabet was my first approach<br />

to teaching Joe Courage his ABCs.<br />

He was learning at a moderate pace,<br />

I suppose, but not with <strong>the</strong> lightning<br />

speed and enthusiasm he shows in<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r areas of life. I wondered why.<br />

An unplanned trip to Walgreen’s with<br />

Joe was what I needed.<br />

We strolled down <strong>the</strong> crowded<br />

aisle, looking for a broom, and<br />

discovered a section of coffee table<br />

entertainment. Puzzles of all kinds, including<br />

3D puzzles of cars and trucks,<br />

a map of <strong>the</strong> United States, and even<br />

a couple of children’s puzzles of numbers<br />

and alphabet pieces. We bought<br />

<strong>the</strong>m all and spent less than twenty<br />

bucks. The first time Joe tried to put<br />

<strong>the</strong> alphabet puzzle toge<strong>the</strong>r, he got<br />

frustrated and stomped on <strong>the</strong> pieces.<br />

His reaction was so violent that I was<br />

amazed. He was duly spanked, but <strong>the</strong><br />

intensity of his emotions toward <strong>the</strong><br />

puzzle clued me in: Joe has a “handson”<br />

brain.<br />

Within twenty-four hours, he could<br />

put <strong>the</strong> puzzle toge<strong>the</strong>r in a matter of<br />

minutes. He had tried and retried a<br />

hundred times without prompting. He<br />

would not rest until he had it figured<br />

out. <strong>No</strong>t only would he repeat<br />

<strong>the</strong> process again and again, Joe<br />

would hold each piece up and ask<br />

me what it was - or guess. “Is this<br />

M for mama?” I had to be fast in<br />

my response, because he was<br />

not going to wait around for<br />

me to reply; two seconds later<br />

<strong>the</strong>re was ano<strong>the</strong>r piece in his<br />

hand. A couple of days later, he<br />

was able to put <strong>the</strong> puzzle toge<strong>the</strong>r<br />

while naming <strong>the</strong> letters and sounds<br />

to himself. “A is for a-a-alligator, B<br />

is for b-b-bear, C is for c-c-cookie,<br />

D is for d-d-daddy...” And that was<br />

<strong>the</strong> curriculum that Joe used to teach<br />

himself <strong>the</strong> alphabet.<br />

Sight, Hearing, and Touch<br />

You are probably already familiar<br />

with <strong>the</strong> three methods of learning;<br />

Sight, Hearing, and Touch. Almost<br />

everyone has at some time or o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

diagnosed <strong>the</strong>mselves by saying,<br />

“Oh, I learn best by seeing something<br />

done...” or “I need to read it for myself;<br />

you’re not making sense...”<br />

Ever wonder why some people<br />

prefer a map, while o<strong>the</strong>rs do just fine<br />

following verbal directions? Why do<br />

some people read instruction manuals<br />

and information books while o<strong>the</strong>rs<br />

prefer fiction for entertainment and<br />

seminars for learning? Aha! The light<br />

has gone on in your brain. Yes. Your<br />

child learns in a different way from<br />

o<strong>the</strong>rs. Some may learn well with a<br />

good mixture of two, or even all three<br />

methods, but many will prefer one<br />

single method of learning.<br />

Actions speak louder...<br />

Joseph Courage is a hands-on<br />

learner. He needs action and touch.<br />

Joe needs to be physically involved<br />

in <strong>the</strong> lessons he is learning. He likes<br />

to work, play, sing, and talk his way<br />

through “schoolwork.” This manner<br />

of learning may be <strong>the</strong> most difficult<br />

for <strong>the</strong> average teacher to work with.<br />

Hands-on teaching requires enormous<br />

creativity and involvement. There<br />

are not many curricula that can meet<br />

this learning bent, unless <strong>the</strong>y are<br />

project suggestion books and a series<br />

of games. There may be such a one<br />

out <strong>the</strong>re, but I am not aware of it. I<br />

had a sister and a bro<strong>the</strong>r who learned<br />

this way. I believe my Mom is also<br />

a hands-on learner, thus her manner<br />

of teaching was more hands-on and<br />

creative than it o<strong>the</strong>rwise would have<br />

been.<br />

When I was a child, one of my<br />

Mom’s most used teaching tools was<br />

peanut-butter “play-dough.” She<br />

made it regularly and kept plastic<br />

containers full of decorating supplies<br />

(peanuts, raisins, M&Ms) on hand.<br />

We crowded around <strong>the</strong> table and<br />

created all kinds of things, only to eat<br />

<strong>the</strong>m in <strong>the</strong> end. Almost every kid has<br />

eaten play-dough, but we did it legally<br />

and safely.<br />

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Here’s <strong>the</strong> recipe for peanut<br />

butter play-dough.<br />

1/3-part peanut butter<br />

1/3-part dry powdered milk<br />

1/3-part honey<br />

Mix well and knead for a few<br />

minutes until dough sticks<br />

toge<strong>the</strong>r. Refrigerate leftovers in<br />

airtight container to keep for a<br />

week or more.<br />

Ano<strong>the</strong>r method Mom used<br />

was <strong>the</strong> Math-It games which we<br />

bought from <strong>the</strong> Moore Foundation<br />

(www.moorefoundation.com or<br />

800-891-5255). Also, for math we<br />

counted change, and had “business”<br />

over <strong>the</strong> kitchen table, buying and<br />

selling snack goods to each o<strong>the</strong>r.<br />

We played games that involved a lot<br />

of vocabulary, history, and facts. We<br />

learned to read by taking turns reading<br />

aloud behind an imaginary pulpit,<br />

making our voices carry and our<br />

words clear for <strong>the</strong> “audience” of four<br />

siblings and two parents. The critics<br />

were very strict.<br />

Mom had project after project<br />

going for her own interest, from<br />

mushroom farming to making natural<br />

dyes. She read <strong>the</strong> instructions, but<br />

preferred to try things herself, and still<br />

does. We learned from her projects as<br />

well.<br />

I think one of <strong>the</strong> best curricula<br />

for a hands-on learner is to work with<br />

someone. My bro<strong>the</strong>r Gabriel learned<br />

an immense amount from working<br />

on construction sites with o<strong>the</strong>r men<br />

from <strong>the</strong> time he was twelve years<br />

old. The conversation and practical<br />

skills he acquired on <strong>the</strong> job-site<br />

opened <strong>the</strong> door of knowledge for<br />

him, and showed him how to “teach”<br />

himself. Finding a genre of knowledge<br />

and a “teacher” you trust may<br />

be difficult, but it is definitely worth<br />

a careful look. A girl could work at a<br />

fabric store, flower shop, milk farm,<br />

novelty shop, restaurant, with a midwife,<br />

etc... A boy could work with a<br />

black-smith, carpenter, veterinarian,<br />

businessman, etc... So much is learned<br />

by working at a job: knowledge, discipline,<br />

confidence, social interaction,<br />

and much more.<br />

As an aside, <strong>the</strong> famous Robert<br />

Kiyosaki, who wrote <strong>the</strong> book, Rich<br />

Dad, Poor Dad, recommended that<br />

before anyone starts a business, <strong>the</strong>y<br />

should get a job working for a small<br />

company, and “work through” all <strong>the</strong><br />

jobs in <strong>the</strong> company <strong>the</strong>y can in order<br />

to get a well-rounded business education.<br />

I would safely guess that Robert<br />

Kiyosaki is a hands-on learner.<br />

Godspeed, with your hands-on<br />

student!<br />

Ears to Hear<br />

Very few children will turn away<br />

from some project or game that<br />

requires <strong>the</strong>ir physical involvement.<br />

However, not all children prefer to<br />

learn by <strong>the</strong> hands-on method. The<br />

hearing-learner will be impatient with<br />

<strong>the</strong> process and want you to “just tell<br />

me...” so <strong>the</strong>y can get on with life. I<br />

am this way.<br />

When I was a young student,<br />

games and projects were fun, but<br />

not in conjunction with learning. If I<br />

wanted to learn something, I wanted<br />

to be told how to do it, succinctly<br />

and articulately. Then I wanted my<br />

teacher to get out of my way and let<br />

me at it. Games and projects slowed<br />

me down and bored my mind; reading<br />

instructions was loathsome. I loved<br />

to memorize by listening to tapes or<br />

learning songs.<br />

Mom made a series of cassette<br />

tapes accompanied by charts that<br />

taught phonics, and I can still remember<br />

<strong>the</strong>m clearly. I would have preferred<br />

doing school entirely by audio<br />

tape or with a classroom teacher, and<br />

would have learned twice as much,<br />

twice as fast if that had been my sole<br />

manner of instructional input.<br />

Even today, I have trouble reading<br />

directions. The page just goes blank<br />

when I look at it. I buy patterns (rarely)<br />

only to study <strong>the</strong> pictures and sew<br />

what “looks like it,” and rarely fail<br />

in this method. “A picture is worth a<br />

thousand words” is a true statement;<br />

seeing a picture is just like hearing<br />

something explained. Words on paper<br />

are not anywhere near <strong>the</strong> same as<br />

a spoken word. Homeschool videos<br />

were not around when I needed <strong>the</strong>m.<br />

I have no doubt I would have preferred<br />

teaching videos over any o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

method of learning.<br />

If you have a hearing-learner,<br />

reading aloud to <strong>the</strong>m is a great way<br />

to start. Mom began to read aloud to<br />

me when I was tiny, and she claims<br />

that I was reading by <strong>the</strong> time I turned<br />

four. Even now, at thirty years old,<br />

when I think of a word, I can hear<br />

it said in my mind. When I spell a<br />

difficult word, I do so by remembering<br />

it being spelled aloud. I learned to<br />

spell Wednesday by hearing someone<br />

pronounce it “Wed-nes-day” slowly<br />

for me.<br />

I still know my multiplication<br />

tables, because Mom chanted <strong>the</strong>m<br />

aloud to me, and had me chant <strong>the</strong>m<br />

back to her. Chanting <strong>the</strong> “times<br />

tables” drove my bro<strong>the</strong>r crazy, but<br />

for me <strong>the</strong>re was no o<strong>the</strong>r way. I enjoy<br />

reading, but I learn better from books<br />

that are written in a conversational<br />

style, ra<strong>the</strong>r than those that are written<br />

in instructional form.<br />

If you have<br />

a child who<br />

learns more<br />

easily by videos<br />

and tape curriculum,<br />

audited<br />

classes, songs and<br />

chant repetitions, and<br />

all o<strong>the</strong>r things taught by <strong>the</strong><br />

hearing method, <strong>the</strong>n it will be obvious<br />

to you what curricula to use for<br />

that student. If he or she is like me,<br />

hearing will open <strong>the</strong> door of ability<br />

to read for <strong>the</strong>mselves. Once <strong>the</strong>y can<br />

“hear” a word in <strong>the</strong>ir head when <strong>the</strong>y<br />

see it, <strong>the</strong>y will soon become “selftaught.”<br />

Eye of <strong>the</strong> Beholder<br />

This may be <strong>the</strong> most convenient<br />

type of student for parents to teach.<br />

Thankful are <strong>the</strong> teachers who have<br />

students who prefer to read <strong>the</strong> information<br />

for <strong>the</strong>mselves!<br />

My sister Shalom learns best<br />

by sight. In her case, a project was<br />

overwhelming and verbal instructions<br />

were ei<strong>the</strong>r too fast or too slow. She<br />

had no patience with being told <strong>the</strong><br />

teacher’s perceptions. Her mentality<br />

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was, “who cares what you know; give<br />

me <strong>the</strong> book, and soon I’ll know it.”<br />

Shalom spent hours in her room,<br />

surrounded by stacks of books that<br />

she studied with <strong>the</strong> patience of a sea<br />

turtle. The rest of us would walk by<br />

her door and peer in occasionally,<br />

simply amazed at her willingness<br />

to stay pinned to her desk. To force<br />

Shalom to study in a manner that was<br />

not comfortable to her was completely<br />

fruitless. She would sit through<br />

instructions and videos and family<br />

games, only to retire to her room to<br />

stay up all night studying and reading<br />

to learn what she needed to know.<br />

If Shalom ran out of books, her life<br />

was without form and void until she<br />

replenished <strong>the</strong> storehouse. Her walls<br />

and ceiling were lined with charts,<br />

maps, and posters of every sort.<br />

It is important for a sight-learner to<br />

know how to find written information.<br />

My husband is a sight-learner as well.<br />

He could not survive on this planet<br />

without <strong>the</strong> World Wide Web. Everything<br />

he wants to know is available to<br />

him by typing in a small command.<br />

For <strong>the</strong> sight-learner, such a tool is<br />

almost miraculous. There is no limit<br />

to what he/she can learn if <strong>the</strong> ability<br />

to find knowledge is given to <strong>the</strong>m.<br />

A local library offers <strong>the</strong> same type<br />

of resource. But, even in <strong>the</strong> library,<br />

Toddler Power<br />

By Rebekah <strong>Joy</strong> Anast<br />

a child needs to know how to look<br />

and where to look in order to find <strong>the</strong><br />

books he needs.<br />

<strong>No</strong>t only do sight-learners need to<br />

read instructional books, <strong>the</strong>y need<br />

demonstrations as well. If your sightlearner<br />

is interested in medical topics,<br />

<strong>the</strong>y will enjoy watching surgeries,<br />

births, and medical procedures in<br />

person, as well as on video. Seeing it<br />

done will give <strong>the</strong>m <strong>the</strong> confidence<br />

<strong>the</strong>y can do it <strong>the</strong>mselves. The smallest<br />

children need to be lifted up high<br />

to watch mama or daddy perform <strong>the</strong><br />

simple functions of life in <strong>the</strong> household.<br />

“Look, this is how you wash<br />

dishes...” “This is how you count<br />

money...” “This is <strong>the</strong> way you comb<br />

your hair...” Show-and-tell should be<br />

<strong>the</strong> teacher’s way of life for a sightlearner.<br />

Math problems, at times, will need<br />

to be solved on <strong>the</strong> white board step<br />

by step, but do so in a very visual<br />

manner. Spelling words will need to<br />

be on paper as well. Diagrams and<br />

graphs will make sense to a sight<br />

learner, where <strong>the</strong>y might look more<br />

like ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics to<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r children.<br />

And remember, if your sightlearner<br />

asks you to “show me,” what<br />

he/she really means is, “I need to see<br />

it done.”<br />

What <strong>No</strong>w?<br />

I believe that all three of <strong>the</strong>se<br />

methods of learning are likely to be<br />

found in your household. One child<br />

may need two methods to learn at<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir highest potential, and you might<br />

be completely different from that<br />

child. Experiment by teaching <strong>the</strong>m<br />

something three different ways, and<br />

see which method seems to “ring a<br />

bell” with your student. Once you<br />

know how <strong>the</strong>y learn, choosing a curriculum<br />

will be much easier and safer.<br />

You might discover that pieces of<br />

two different curricula are what you<br />

need for one child, whereas ano<strong>the</strong>r<br />

single curriculum might meet your<br />

second child’s needs entirely. If your<br />

best friend recommends what works<br />

for her, find out how her child learns<br />

before you invest a year’s savings in<br />

learning material that works great for<br />

someone else.<br />

And, if you are one of those<br />

teachers or students who has been<br />

badly burned by a curriculum that just<br />

didn’t take, take heart and let your<br />

hope return! You are not necessarily<br />

a poor teacher or a poor learner; you<br />

probably just need a new approach.<br />

<strong>No</strong>w you are much better equipped to<br />

find it! !<br />

Every morning Ryshoni <strong>Joy</strong> (19 months) and I pad sleepily into <strong>the</strong><br />

kitchen. I place all <strong>the</strong> dishes, silverware, and glasses on a low stool<br />

where she can reach <strong>the</strong>m. One dish at a time is carried and hoisted<br />

up on <strong>the</strong> table (just about as high as she can reach) while Joseph Courage (3 ½<br />

years) lays <strong>the</strong>m out in <strong>the</strong>ir proper places. When refrigerator items are needed on <strong>the</strong><br />

table, I open <strong>the</strong> door and place <strong>the</strong> items on <strong>the</strong> floor right next to <strong>the</strong> fridge. Again Rysha<br />

transports <strong>the</strong>m, one item at a time. I say <strong>the</strong> names of each item over my shoulder as I cook;<br />

“that’s <strong>the</strong> butter... that’s raisins... that’s <strong>the</strong> juice...”<br />

Occasionally Joe tries to butt in and claim his old job, which causes Rysha to panic. She is desperately<br />

protective of her place as table-setter. So I have to remind Joe that he has “big boy jobs” now, and redirect<br />

him to collecting trash, dirty clo<strong>the</strong>s, and mopping <strong>the</strong> floor.<br />

Every o<strong>the</strong>r day I need to vacuum. I turn on some “happy music” and announce with an excited voice, “It’s time to<br />

vacuum!” Joe and Rysha go into hyper-drive and start putting books and toys away as though it was <strong>the</strong> most fun <strong>the</strong>y<br />

ever had. This activity involves a lot of noisy squealing and vacuum-dodging games.<br />

They arrange <strong>the</strong> shoes by <strong>the</strong> door, make <strong>the</strong>ir beds (sort of), stack <strong>the</strong> magazines and notebooks, pick up crayons<br />

and alphabet letters, and wash windows. Joe is teaching Rysha all <strong>the</strong> finer details of “doing chores.” Much to Daddy’s<br />

satisfaction, <strong>the</strong> house stays clean AND kid-friendly.<br />

To be honest, I am a disorganized, space-cadet mo<strong>the</strong>r, but (thank God for toddlers!) nobody will ever know.<br />

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The Illustrated Bible Story Book<br />

AFTER YEARS OF DEDICATED WORK, THE PICTURE BIBLE IS TRAVELING AND SPREADING THE GOSPEL<br />

By Michael Pearl<br />

omplete at last! After seven<br />

years, countless days of work,<br />

and over $125,000 in expenditures,<br />

not counting any printing, that<br />

great missionary project is complete!<br />

It is <strong>the</strong> biggest undertaking we have<br />

ever attempted—certainly bigger than<br />

we imagined when we started. It began<br />

out of our concern to have printed<br />

material available to aid missionaries<br />

in communicating <strong>the</strong> Bible message.<br />

Our strong belief is that <strong>the</strong>re is<br />

nothing as effective in <strong>the</strong> evangelism<br />

of third world people as illustrated<br />

gospel messages.<br />

We didn’t want anything second<br />

rate, so we sought out and hired full<br />

time for two years a retired artist for<br />

Marvel Comics, who, after coming to<br />

know <strong>the</strong> Lord, had given up his art.<br />

We brought him back to <strong>the</strong> world of<br />

art with an assignment of 312 largeformat<br />

pages of Bible illustrations.<br />

Michael Pearl wrote <strong>the</strong> script and<br />

did <strong>the</strong> preliminary<br />

drawings in crude form, and <strong>the</strong>n<br />

Danny Bulanadi did <strong>the</strong> actual art<br />

work and <strong>the</strong> inking, followed by <strong>the</strong><br />

shading, done on <strong>the</strong> computer by our<br />

own Clint Cearley. After <strong>the</strong> artwork<br />

was finished, we had to put in all <strong>the</strong><br />

text frames and textbubbles with <strong>the</strong><br />

actual text. Wow! What a job! And<br />

<strong>the</strong>n came <strong>the</strong> proofing and tweaking<br />

and final editing. At last, a finished<br />

product!<br />

It has not yet gone to print, but<br />

it is going out in digital format now<br />

to missionaries for translation. We<br />

are making this tool available free<br />

to all missionaries who are faithful<br />

to <strong>the</strong> Word of God. It is in a format<br />

from which it can be translated as a<br />

whole book or can be divided into<br />

smaller portions, or single pages, or<br />

to individual pictures which can be<br />

singled out and enlarged for use as<br />

visual aids. It will be printed entirely<br />

in black and white to keep <strong>the</strong> printing<br />

cost down for missionaries. We<br />

are also adapting it as a children’s<br />

coloring book with no shading and no<br />

text that is being released through <strong>the</strong><br />

Calendar feature on our website.<br />

Missionaries can use single<br />

pictures from <strong>the</strong> Illustrated Bible or<br />

coloring book in producing gospel<br />

tracts. When we were asked why we<br />

didn’t just use some of <strong>the</strong> available<br />

works of art already in print, our<br />

answer was quick and concise: Too<br />

expensive. Too much restriction. <strong>No</strong>t<br />

enough “good” art. <strong>No</strong>t available in<br />

any language. And, not universally<br />

suitable for all people groups and<br />

primitive cultures.<br />

Soon Cambodian, Ukrainian, Mongolian,<br />

Hmong, Papua New Guinean,<br />

Thai, and o<strong>the</strong>r people in South East<br />

Asia will all have God’s story in <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

hands. It is our hope that missionaries<br />

to <strong>the</strong> folks we already know in<br />

East Timor and several Arabic people<br />

groups will soon be able to start<br />

translations. This is going to be a<br />

powerful tool in <strong>the</strong> hands of praying<br />

missionaries. If you are a missionary<br />

material, please have <strong>the</strong><br />

missionary contact us,<br />

and we will consider<br />

<strong>the</strong>m for use of this<br />

material.<br />

It is our goal to also<br />

The illustrated life story of Moses from his birth through his escape into <strong>the</strong> desert where<br />

God meets with him. This is one of <strong>the</strong> Bible stories from <strong>the</strong> Illustrated Picture Bible.<br />

work on <strong>the</strong> next page!<br />

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Translations <strong>No</strong>w In Progress<br />

THE ENTRANCE OF THY WORDS GIVETH LIGHT; IT GIVETH UNDERSTANDING UNTO THE SIMPLE Ps.119:130<br />

Cambodian People<br />

We came to Cambodia in 1998, and while <strong>the</strong><br />

gospel has made progress, <strong>the</strong> battle has been a<br />

slow, hard fight. We began studying<br />

<strong>the</strong> Khmer language immediately<br />

and have just recently become<br />

proficient speakers, able to preach<br />

and teach effectively (even preaching<br />

on <strong>the</strong> radio). Khmer is spoken<br />

by everyone and is <strong>the</strong> native tongue of over 96% of <strong>the</strong><br />

population. Buddhism, heavily mixed with ancestor<br />

and spirit worship, is <strong>the</strong> national religion with around<br />

98% of <strong>the</strong> country claiming to adhere. Sadly enough,<br />

many churches here have quite a few people in <strong>the</strong>m who<br />

failed to truly understand <strong>the</strong> Gospel and are just trading<br />

one tradition for ano<strong>the</strong>r that seems to be better at <strong>the</strong><br />

time. We greatly look forward to translating <strong>the</strong> Picture<br />

Bible Book and believe it will be a great weapon to use<br />

in attacking a satanic stronghold. Rarely are we able to<br />

spend long, single periods of time with anyone, so teaching<br />

<strong>the</strong> story of God from creation to redemption sometimes<br />

takes several months, and much continuity can<br />

be lost from one lesson to <strong>the</strong> next. Even when finished,<br />

<strong>the</strong> message has only gotten out to a handful of people.<br />

The Picture Bible Book should enable us to rapidly teach<br />

<strong>the</strong> whole story of <strong>the</strong> Bible and help <strong>the</strong> Khmer to see<br />

God in His entirety, not just bits and pieces over a long<br />

period of time. It will also be a book that we can quickly<br />

show <strong>the</strong> Khmer believers and Church leaders how to<br />

use, thus giving us a possibility of reaching many, many<br />

more people than we could have before.<br />

Steve Schnell<br />

Just in From Mongolia!<br />

I believe that <strong>the</strong> Picture Bible<br />

is just <strong>the</strong> tool we need to penetrate<br />

this culture and help transform <strong>the</strong><br />

worldview of <strong>the</strong> Mongolian people.<br />

Often times, we take for granted <strong>the</strong> Biblical viewpoint<br />

which even <strong>the</strong> lost of our nation have had <strong>the</strong> privilege<br />

of inheriting from our faithful forefa<strong>the</strong>rs. Those who<br />

have grown up in a<strong>the</strong>istic Communism or <strong>the</strong> multi-god<br />

systems of Buddhism and Animism have tremendous difficulty<br />

comprehending <strong>the</strong> gospel. It is necessary to start<br />

from “In <strong>the</strong> beginning God” in order to lay a foundation<br />

from which to believe. The Picture Bible does a great job<br />

summarizing <strong>the</strong> central message of <strong>the</strong> Scriptures and its<br />

application to our lives. The dynamic narrative and excellent<br />

illustrations will encourage readers of all ages to take<br />

in <strong>the</strong> Old Old Story for <strong>the</strong> very first time. We are in <strong>the</strong><br />

process of setting up a large-scale print shop in Mongolia.<br />

We are not only targeting <strong>the</strong> 10 million Mongols residing<br />

in Mongolia, China, Kazakhstan and Russia, but are hoping<br />

to be used of <strong>the</strong> Lord to see this book and <strong>the</strong> Bible<br />

distributed throughout <strong>the</strong> unreached people groups of <strong>the</strong><br />

10/40 window. If you want to take part in this effort, you<br />

can pray for, network with, and send funds to:<br />

45697.<br />

Mickey Cofer<br />

▲ This is ice<br />

you see on <strong>the</strong>ir potty<br />

(a missionary’s life)<br />

If you would like to be part of <strong>the</strong> Cambodian ministry,<br />

send support to: Central Missionary Clearinghouse,<br />

P.O. Box 12964, Houston, TX, 77217. Earmark your<br />

check for Steve Schnell.<br />

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Hmong People<br />

In <strong>the</strong> ’60s, <strong>the</strong> Hmong<br />

people of <strong>the</strong> highlands<br />

of <strong>No</strong>rth Vietnam fought<br />

alongside <strong>the</strong> USA in <strong>the</strong><br />

Vietnam War. After our<br />

withdrawal, <strong>the</strong>y came<br />

under severe persecution,<br />

many of <strong>the</strong>m<br />

shot on sight. Their plight continues<br />

until this day. Over <strong>the</strong> years, many<br />

thousands of Hmong were able to flee<br />

to America, but a few have been left<br />

behind in hostile countries.<br />

In September, some missionaries<br />

heard rumors of a large group<br />

of Hmong people living in a remote<br />

mountainous area in north central<br />

Thailand. They went to investigate<br />

and found around 7000 people who<br />

had been forcibly removed from<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir country. Their personal papers,<br />

passports and money were taken from<br />

<strong>the</strong>m. They were huddled on <strong>the</strong> side<br />

of <strong>the</strong> road without <strong>the</strong> bare essentials<br />

of life. They had constructed meager<br />

bamboo shacks with thatched roofs<br />

and dirt floors. <strong>No</strong>w <strong>the</strong>y are a people<br />

without citizenship in any country,<br />

having no food, not allowed to work<br />

and not even allowed land on which<br />

to grow food. To return to <strong>the</strong>ir own<br />

country would mean certain death.<br />

One of <strong>the</strong> missionaries, whom we<br />

know well but cannot name, said of<br />

<strong>the</strong> Hmong people, “It is amazing that<br />

most of <strong>the</strong> Hmong people can read<br />

and write, especially amazing since,<br />

for over 40 years, <strong>the</strong>y have been<br />

forbidden to teach <strong>the</strong>ir language.<br />

They are true home-schoolers.” Our<br />

missionary says of his contacts with<br />

<strong>the</strong>m, “For <strong>the</strong> last 10 years of my<br />

life, I have been in-training as a missionary<br />

(language and translation).<br />

The opportunity to preach and teach<br />

few weeks is worth every day<br />

of <strong>the</strong> 10 years of preparation<br />

I have made. It is a wonderful<br />

privilege to be able to share<br />

God’s Word with <strong>the</strong>se extraordinary,<br />

intelligent, thoughtful<br />

people, who eagerly listen to<br />

every word, <strong>the</strong>n rush out to<br />

share it with <strong>the</strong>ir whole family<br />

group.”<br />

To see a 5-minute clip on<br />

<strong>the</strong> rice relief effort to <strong>the</strong> Hmong<br />

people, go to: www.rlingo.org/<br />

HmongRLI.wmv or www.rlingo.org/<br />

Asia.html<br />

“And brought <strong>the</strong>m out, and said,<br />

Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And<br />

<strong>the</strong>y said, Believe on <strong>the</strong> Lord Jesus<br />

Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and<br />

thy house” Acts 16:30, 31.<br />

If you are interested in helping<br />

feed <strong>the</strong> Hmong people refugees,<br />

please contact:<br />

Relief Logistics International<br />

P.O. Box 136010<br />

Ft. Worth, TX 76136<br />

If you want to help, pray for, or send<br />

funds to <strong>the</strong> missionaries working<br />

with <strong>the</strong> Hmong people, send to:<br />

<strong>No</strong> <strong>Greater</strong> <strong>Joy</strong> <strong>Ministries</strong><br />

1000 Pearl Road<br />

Pleasantville TN 37033<br />

Designate funds for <strong>the</strong> Hmong work.<br />

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Bible Doctrine<br />

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AM I SAVED?<br />

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2 Cassettes 1310-40 $10. 00 1 Cassette 3730-40 $5. 00<br />

2 CDs 1310-45 $10. 00 1 CD 3730-45 $5. 00<br />

AUTHORITY PRAYING<br />

Michael Pearl preaches on <strong>the</strong><br />

believer’s position in Christ and how<br />

prayer is based on <strong>the</strong> authority that<br />

is ours in Christ.<br />

GOD’S ETERNAL PROGRAM<br />

Most of Michael’s tapes and CDs<br />

are teachings. This one is a sermon<br />

preached at a camp in California. It<br />

is fun and a blessing.<br />

1 Cassette 1330-40 $5. 00 1 Cassette 3610-40 $5. 00<br />

1 CD 3610-45 $5. 00<br />

BALAAM & HIS ASS<br />

GOD HATES SINNERS<br />

Insightful and entertaining story of<br />

It’s time you knew <strong>the</strong> truth.<br />

Balaam and his ass.<br />

1 Cassette 1405-40 $5. 00 1 CD 3615-45 $5. 00<br />

1 CD 1405-45 $5. 00 REPENTANCE<br />

BODY, SOUL, & SPIRIT<br />

Five messages discussing <strong>the</strong> nature<br />

of man, temptation and sin, <strong>the</strong><br />

sovereignty of God and <strong>the</strong> free will<br />

of man. Illustrated diagram included.<br />

When <strong>the</strong> Bible warns a sinner to<br />

repent, what is <strong>the</strong> nature of that<br />

repentance? Michael Pearl examines<br />

all 112 uses of ‘repent’ in <strong>the</strong> KJV.<br />

Designed to put hearts at rest in<br />

Christ and correct error.<br />

3 Cassettes 1435-40 $12. 00 44 pg. Book 8120-10 $4. 00<br />

3 CDs 1435-45 $12. 00 8 or more copies $2. 75 ea.<br />

BY DIVINE DESIGN<br />

RIGHTEOUSNESS<br />

If you are philosophically minded, Four messages on salvation: Blood,<br />

this book will appeal to you.<br />

Imputed Righteousness, The<br />

Michael discusses some of <strong>the</strong><br />

Man Christ Jesus and Saving<br />

basic presuppositions that lead us to<br />

Righteousness<br />

3 Cassettes 8135-40 $12.<br />

believe in and trust <strong>the</strong> unseen God.<br />

4 CDs 8135-41 $15.<br />

We are part of a great drama that is<br />

perfectly orchestrated by both <strong>the</strong><br />

sovereignty of God and <strong>the</strong> free will<br />

of man.<br />

SABBATH REST<br />

What does <strong>the</strong> Bible say about<br />

keeping <strong>the</strong> Sabbath, be it Saturday,<br />

85 pg. Book 2330-10 $5. 00 Sunday, or Tuesday?<br />

8-99 copies each $3. 00 1 Cassette 8310-40 $5. 00<br />

100+ copies each $2. 50 1 CD 8310-45 $5. 00<br />

3 Cassettes 2330-40 $12. 00<br />

SANCTIFICATION<br />

CHRONOLOGICAL<br />

Three sermons by Michael Pearl<br />

PROPHECIES<br />

contain <strong>the</strong> good news of complete<br />

The infidel is silenced with this<br />

irrefutable testimony of <strong>the</strong> Bible’s<br />

accuracy.<br />

and immediate deliverance from<br />

any and all sin by <strong>the</strong> miracle of <strong>the</strong><br />

gospel alone.<br />

1 Cassette 2080-40 $5. 00<br />

$5.<br />

3 Cassettes 8320-40 $12. 00<br />

THE BELIEVER<br />

This is new material concerning <strong>the</strong><br />

controversial subject of security of<br />

<strong>the</strong> believer. You will be surprised at<br />

what you hear. The Church (at large)<br />

has been divided, both sides holding<br />

to a portion of Scripture while<br />

explaining away <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r Scripture.<br />

Can one believe all <strong>the</strong> Scripture on<br />

both sides of <strong>the</strong> issue? Absolutely.<br />

2 Cassettes 8322-40 $10 . 00<br />

3 CDs 8322-45 $12. 00<br />

SINFUL NATURE<br />

These four messages answer some<br />

of <strong>the</strong> ridiculous teachings of an<br />

ancient heresy sometimes called<br />

“Calvinism.” For too long, Reformed<br />

<strong>the</strong>ology has robbed <strong>the</strong> church of<br />

<strong>the</strong> power of God. The petals fall off<br />

of Calvin’s tulip when it is held up to<br />

<strong>the</strong> light of Scripture.<br />

3 Cassettes 8330-40 $12. 00<br />

3 CDs 8330-45 $12. 00<br />

SIN NO MORE<br />

The big question is: “So how do I<br />

stop sinning?” You have confessed<br />

your sins, received <strong>the</strong> baptism of<br />

<strong>the</strong> Holy Ghost with evidence of<br />

everything but ceasing to sin, yet<br />

you are still a Romans 7 Christian.<br />

I assure you, God not only saves<br />

his children from <strong>the</strong> penalty of sin<br />

but he saves <strong>the</strong>m from its power as<br />

well. You can stop sinning.<br />

7 Cassettes 8315-40 $24. 00<br />

9 CDs 8315-41 $28. 00<br />

SONS OF GOD AND GIANTS<br />

Little known and forgotten facts of<br />

early human history<br />

1 Cassette 8336-40 $5. 00<br />

1 CD 8336-45 $5. 00<br />

WHEN FORGIVENESS<br />

IS A SIN<br />

There are times when to forgive<br />

someone would a grave sin.<br />

1 Cassette 9580-40 $5. 00<br />

1 CD 9580-45 $5. 00<br />

3 CDs 8320-41 $12. 00 SECURITY OF<br />

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Bible Doctrine<br />

Booklets & Posters<br />

Booklets<br />

All booklets are $1 each or<br />

60¢ each for 25 or more of any<br />

one of <strong>the</strong> below. These are great<br />

resources for teachers to use in<br />

Bible classes.<br />

AND THE BOOK OF JAMES<br />

James clearly teaches that works<br />

justify a man, while Paul teaches<br />

that a man is not justified by works.<br />

Are <strong>the</strong>y contradicting each o<strong>the</strong>r?<br />

Which one is correct? This study<br />

resolves <strong>the</strong> issue once and for all.<br />

26 pg. Booklet 4960-10 $1. 00<br />

JUSTIFICATION<br />

1 JOHN 1:9<br />

THE PROTESTANT<br />

CONFESSIONAL<br />

PORNOGRAPHY<br />

A core belief held by most<br />

- ROAD TO HELL<br />

conservative Christians is that<br />

Christians who have unconfessed<br />

sins in <strong>the</strong>ir life are in need of<br />

forgiveness, are out of fellowship<br />

with God, and are walking<br />

in darkness. The underlying<br />

assumption is that God forgives only<br />

sins that are confessed. What does<br />

<strong>the</strong> Bible teach? Does God withhold<br />

forgiveness until sin is confessed?<br />

<strong>No</strong>t on your life.<br />

23 pg. Booklet 4650-10 $1. 00<br />

BAPTISM IN JESUS’ NAME<br />

There are those who insist that New<br />

Testament water baptism is not valid<br />

unless <strong>the</strong> one doing <strong>the</strong> baptism<br />

vocally utters <strong>the</strong> words “in Jesus’<br />

name.” It is <strong>the</strong> conclusion of this<br />

study that <strong>the</strong> verbal utterance is<br />

never an issue in Scripture. It is<br />

erroneous to insist on any certain<br />

phrase being pronounced over <strong>the</strong><br />

baptized.<br />

17 pg. Booklet 1410-10 $1. 00<br />

IN DEFENSE OF BIBLICAL<br />

CHASTISEMENT<br />

Michael brings clear understanding Tracts<br />

back into <strong>the</strong> confusing and<br />

often-misunderstood subject of<br />

corporal chastisement. After firmly<br />

laying <strong>the</strong> Biblical foundation for<br />

chastisement, he <strong>the</strong>n answers <strong>the</strong><br />

question, “How do I apply corporal<br />

chastisement properly?” Finally, he<br />

shows <strong>the</strong> effectiveness of Biblical<br />

chastisement demonstrated in those<br />

families that practice it as taught.<br />

29 pg. Booklet 4530-10 $1. 00<br />

While most ministers avoid <strong>the</strong><br />

subject, Michael Pearl addresses<br />

<strong>the</strong> deadly scourge of pornography<br />

head-on. He shows how repentance<br />

toward God and <strong>the</strong> power of <strong>the</strong><br />

gospel of Jesus Christ can break <strong>the</strong><br />

bondage of this wicked perversion<br />

through <strong>the</strong> abundant mercy and<br />

grace of a loving God. There is<br />

hope for <strong>the</strong> man caught in <strong>the</strong> snare<br />

of pornography and hope for <strong>the</strong><br />

helpless, angry wife who finds it<br />

difficult to honor him.<br />

12 pg. Booklet 7030-10 $1. 00<br />

TO BETROTH<br />

OR NOT TO BETROTH<br />

All Christian parents want <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

children to have God’s first and<br />

best in all areas of <strong>the</strong>ir lives, and<br />

this includes marriage. In an effort<br />

to avoid <strong>the</strong> dangers of <strong>the</strong> modern<br />

dating game, families are giving<br />

attention to <strong>the</strong> concept of betrothal.<br />

The dangers of <strong>the</strong> betrothal system<br />

GOD MADE JESUS TO BE SIN<br />

Illustrated Gospel tract. Spread <strong>the</strong> Good<br />

request, plus $2.00 postage.<br />

DIOS HIZO A JESUS PECADO<br />

`<br />

are exposed with <strong>the</strong> light of Biblical<br />

truth, bringing objectivity back to an<br />

often-misunderstood subject.<br />

28 pg. Booklet 1420-10 $1. 00<br />

Posters<br />

REVELATION POSTER<br />

AND HANDBOOK<br />

This poster is a print of an<br />

original painting done by Michael<br />

Pearl which shows <strong>the</strong> events of<br />

Revelation in chronological order.<br />

It is 40"x19" on heavy, glossy paper.<br />

The handbook which accompanies<br />

it is filled with Old Testament<br />

references and commentary to <strong>the</strong><br />

events in Revelation.<br />

Poster 8130-10 $12. 00<br />

O<strong>the</strong>r Authors<br />

WHICH VERSION<br />

IS THE BIBLE?<br />

Author Floyd Jones. Answers all<br />

your questions about Bible versions.<br />

Proof that <strong>the</strong> King James Bible<br />

is <strong>the</strong> perfect Word of God to <strong>the</strong><br />

English-speaking people.<br />

Book 9510-10 $10. 00<br />

Check out our monthly<br />

web specials!<br />

palabra de la salvacion. Los primeros 200 son gratis<br />

enseguida sean pedidos, mas $2.00 por el envio postal.<br />

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Audio, Books, DVD & Video<br />

Family Resources<br />

THE JOY OF TRAINING NO GREATER JOY - VOL. 1<br />

8-99 copies each $3. 00 book set. This is a perfect gift for<br />

100+ copies each $2. 50<br />

friends or anyone who is seeking<br />

5 CDs 8610-40 $18. 00 help in parenting.<br />

Michael and Debi Pearl tell how<br />

<strong>the</strong>y successfully trained up <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

five children with love, humor, <strong>the</strong><br />

rod, and a King James Bible. The<br />

Reprints of <strong>the</strong> first two years of<br />

<strong>No</strong> <strong>Greater</strong> <strong>Joy</strong> articles. Covers <strong>the</strong><br />

subjects of sibling rivalry, pouting,<br />

bad attitudes, and much more.<br />

2 DVD set contains <strong>the</strong> same high Book 6230-10 $5. 00<br />

quality, digitally filmed content 8-99 copies each $3. 00<br />

100+ copies each $2.<br />

as <strong>the</strong> video set and hundreds of<br />

3 Cassettes 6230-40 $12.<br />

snapshots and video clips of family<br />

and children, illustrating <strong>the</strong> things NO GREATER JOY - VOL. 2<br />

being taught.<br />

Let your children listen to great<br />

2 DVDs 4910-75 $26. 00 bedtime stories. Covers <strong>the</strong> subjects<br />

3 VHS 4910-70 $26. 00 of rowdy boys, homeschooling,<br />

grief, and much more.<br />

TO TRAIN UP A CHILD Book 6235-10 $5. 00<br />

From successful parents, learn how 8-99 copies each $3. 00<br />

100+ copies each<br />

to train up your children ra<strong>the</strong>r than<br />

$2. 50<br />

3 Cassettes 6235-40 $12.<br />

discipline <strong>the</strong>m up. With humor and<br />

real-life examples, this book shows<br />

you how to train your children<br />

before <strong>the</strong> need to discipline arises.<br />

Be done with corrective discipline;<br />

make <strong>the</strong>m allies ra<strong>the</strong>r than<br />

adversaries. The stress will be gone<br />

and your obedient children will<br />

NO GREATER JOY - VOL. 3<br />

Children learn wisdom and enjoy<br />

listening to <strong>the</strong> stories as you<br />

read to <strong>the</strong>m volumes 1, 2, and 3.<br />

Covers <strong>the</strong> subjects of marriage<br />

relationships and how <strong>the</strong>y affect<br />

children, joy, much more.<br />

praise you.<br />

Book 6240-10 $5. 00<br />

Book 8610-10 $5. 00 8-99 copies each $3. 00<br />

8-99 copies each $3. 00 100+ copies each $2. 50<br />

100+ copies each $2. 50 3 Cassettes 6240-40 $12. 00<br />

3 Cassettes 8610-40 $12. 00 FOUR BOOK SET<br />

Spanish Translation<br />

Get <strong>the</strong> <strong>No</strong> <strong>Greater</strong> <strong>Joy</strong> Series and<br />

Book 8610-12 $5. 00 To Train Up a Child in this four<br />

4 Book Set 3200-00 $16. 00<br />

A-B-C BIBLE<br />

ALABAMA SEMINAR<br />

VERSE SONGS<br />

Beka and some of <strong>the</strong> kids in <strong>the</strong><br />

church sing <strong>the</strong> A-B-C Bible verse<br />

songs that her mo<strong>the</strong>r taught her<br />

when she was growing up. Your<br />

little ones will want to listen to this<br />

day and night, and by doing so <strong>the</strong>y FROM THE END<br />

will learn 26 Bible verses, with <strong>the</strong> OF THE EARTH<br />

references. This is <strong>the</strong> smilingest tape<br />

you will ever hear.<br />

1 Cassette 1010-40 $5. 00<br />

1 CD 1010-45 $5. 00<br />

Two hours of Michael Pearl speaking<br />

on child training. These tapes are<br />

geared toward <strong>the</strong> fa<strong>the</strong>r’s role in <strong>the</strong><br />

family. Tales of Mike and his sons’<br />

wild adventures. Boys love it!<br />

2 Cassettes 8325-40 $8. 00<br />

Songs by Rebekah Pearl. All alone<br />

in a bamboo hut on <strong>the</strong> top of a<br />

mountain in New Guinea, <strong>the</strong> first<br />

white woman ever seen by <strong>the</strong><br />

Kumboi village, Rebekah writes<br />

and sings songs about her God. She<br />

accompanies herself on a classical<br />

guitar.<br />

1 CD 3020-41 $8. 00<br />

1 Cassette 3020-40 $5. 00<br />

MY FAVORITE<br />

HOMESCHOOLING IDEAS<br />

Debi Pearl discusses her best<br />

homeschooling ideas. 20-plus years<br />

of accumulated wisdom. This tape<br />

can remove your burden. It is our<br />

best-selling tape!<br />

1 Cassette 6170-40 $5. 00<br />

1 CD 6170-45 $5. 00<br />

REBEKAH’S DIARY<br />

Rebekah Pearl, (now Rebekah Anast)<br />

daughter of Michael and Debi Pearl,<br />

tells <strong>the</strong> awesome story of God’s<br />

guidance and protection as she, a<br />

22 year old girl, all alone, where no<br />

white person had ever been, adapted<br />

to a primitive culture.<br />

106 pg. Book 7810-10 $5. 00<br />

8-99 copies each $3. 00<br />

100+ copies each $2. 50<br />

STARTING OVER<br />

The basic message, “OK, I know<br />

I’ve messed up in child training, now<br />

what do I do?”<br />

1 Cassette 8338-40 $5. 00<br />

1 CD 8338-45 $5. 00<br />

TESTIMONY OF<br />

DARLENE ROSE<br />

Hear <strong>the</strong> missionary story of Darlene<br />

Rose. Rebekah Pearl listened to<br />

<strong>the</strong>se tapes when she was young.<br />

She says <strong>the</strong>y helped mold her life<br />

toward missions.<br />

2 Cassettes 8605-40 $8. 00<br />

THE GAMI AKIJ STORY<br />

Your heart will be stirred as Rebekah<br />

Pearl recounts how God prepared<br />

a people for Himself. The story of<br />

her time in <strong>the</strong> mountains of Papua<br />

New Guinea, translating <strong>the</strong> Kumboi<br />

language. Young people love it.<br />

1 Cassette 3420-40 $5. 00<br />

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Marriage Resources<br />

CREATED TO BE HIS HELP MEET<br />

What God is doing through this new book is amazing!<br />

We are receiving thousands of letters from people giving<br />

testimony to marriages restored and made new. Pastors,<br />

bookstores, and teachers are ordering and reordering<br />

cases. 296 Pages.<br />

Book 2020-10 $12. 00<br />

Box of 24 books 2020-CS $172.80<br />

FOR WOMEN ONLY<br />

This book is based on surveys. It was a real eye-opener.<br />

Michael says it will help women understand men’s<br />

thoughts and struggles.<br />

Book 3210-10 $8. 50<br />

HOLY SEX<br />

Michael Pearl takes his readers through a refreshing<br />

journey of Biblical texts showing that God designed<br />

marriage to be <strong>the</strong> context of erotic pleasure. The world<br />

and <strong>the</strong> devil have attempted to make <strong>the</strong> subject of sex<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir domain. <strong>No</strong> longer.<br />

82 pg. Book 4125-10 $5. 00<br />

8-99 copies each $3.00<br />

100+ copies each $2.50<br />

MARRIAGE GOD’S WAY<br />

Husbands, learn how to sanctify your wife and cleanse<br />

her of spots, wrinkles, and blemishes. You have <strong>the</strong><br />

power to bring your wife into <strong>the</strong> fullness of all that God<br />

intended her to be. Wives, learn <strong>the</strong> freedom of honoring<br />

and ministering to your man. You can help him become<br />

all that God intended him to be.<br />

2 DVDs 4140-75 $18. 00<br />

2 VHS 4140-70 $18. 00<br />

ONLY MEN<br />

Michael Pearl speaks directly and frankly to men about <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

responsibilities as husbands. Wives should not listen to this<br />

tape. We don’t want you taking advantage of your man.<br />

1 Cassette 6650-40 $5. 00<br />

PANEL OF FIVE (LADIES)<br />

Five wives whose husbands have far-reaching ministries<br />

speak out on what a woman can do to be a helper to her<br />

husband.<br />

1 Cassette 7010-40 $5. 00<br />

YOUNG ADULTS & MARRIAGE<br />

This message, spoken by Michael Pearl in California, was<br />

given to help parents and <strong>the</strong>ir young adult children make<br />

wise decisions concerning marriage. It has <strong>the</strong> story of all<br />

five of our children finding <strong>the</strong>ir mates.<br />

1 Cassette 9810-40 $5. 00<br />

1 CD 9810-45 $5. 00<br />

FILLED WITH JOY AND LOVE<br />

I fi nally want to thank you for sharing<br />

your wisdom and experiences with us greenhorns. I<br />

am 52 years old. Just by accident, we found out about<br />

your ministry in how to raise children-- which we<br />

really needed. Then we got your book, “Created to be<br />

His Help Meet.” This book saved me, saved my marriage<br />

and probably many of our friends’ marriages.<br />

This is my second marriage, and I am so glad that I<br />

fi nally got my eyes opened to realize what a real wife<br />

is supposed to be! Since I turned myself around and<br />

followed what I learned, <strong>the</strong> change in our marriage<br />

has been miraculously wonderful. A big load has<br />

been taken from my shoulders. My husband is a 100%<br />

disabled veteran and is in constant pain. Since my<br />

awakening, I am fi lled with joy and love. All I want to<br />

say is thank you for helping me see God’s simple plan<br />

for a heavenly marriage. I loved <strong>the</strong> Marriage God’s<br />

Way and The <strong>Joy</strong> of Training videos. I have made an<br />

awful lot of mistakes but with God’s grace it is never<br />

too late. I am doing it HIS way from now on. - CT<br />

Making Melody<br />

Vickie Jackson, who was inspired by our book,<br />

“Created to Be His Help Meet,” wrote a sweet chorus<br />

“to sing during <strong>the</strong> day to help me remember to be a<br />

help meet.” Let it bless your day, too! Our own NGJ<br />

secretary, Carolyn Chambers, sings it on our website.<br />

Learn it as you sing along with her.<br />

If you want to read life-changing letters<br />

from women from all over <strong>the</strong> world<br />

who have read Created to Be His Help<br />

Meet, <strong>the</strong>n go to<br />

www.createdtobehishelpmeet.org<br />

If you want your testimony posted<br />

on this site, send it to us via email at<br />

ngj@nogreaterjoy.org.<br />

If you want your full name included, tell<br />

us. Go read what God is doing!<br />

OVER 180,000<br />

CREATED TO BE HIS HELP MEET IN PRINT<br />

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Children's Ministry<br />

in West Virginia<br />

Dear Gregg and company,<br />

My children had an unforgettable experience. We were children‛s<br />

ministers in a church for over 5 years. Yet, our children experienced <strong>the</strong><br />

Word of God at a new level. Your drama approach has impacted <strong>the</strong>m<br />

far more than Bible games, puppets, contemporary “Christian” music and<br />

videos. The greatest thing about <strong>the</strong>ir experience was watching young<br />

men and women excited about <strong>the</strong> word of God and ministering as a<br />

family. My children think that <strong>the</strong>ir teachers were <strong>the</strong> coolest adults in<br />

<strong>the</strong> world. Gracie, J.J., and Elizabeth were a huge hit. Our kids said<br />

this was <strong>the</strong> best vacation of <strong>the</strong>ir lives!<br />

Tolvos<br />

Ledford family, <strong>the</strong> staff would like to say, "Thank you, thank you, thank you for <strong>the</strong> goodies."<br />

I had a lot of fun watching <strong>the</strong> dramas and making <strong>the</strong> booklets My<br />

that you spent.<br />

R.G.<br />

P.S. I liked <strong>the</strong><br />

We enjoyed singing with you. My bro<strong>the</strong>rs are always singing; "and<br />

if <strong>the</strong> devil doesn't like it he can sit on a tack, sit on a tack..." - E.L.<br />

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Military Update<br />

NGJ has sent out 891 boxes full<br />

of books, tapes, CDs and o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

goodies to our military and<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir families. Thank you to all<br />

who have participated in this<br />

important ministry! Remember<br />

to send us names and addresses<br />

of men and women serving our<br />

country in foreign lands.<br />

Dear Bro<strong>the</strong>r Pearl:<br />

Greetings in <strong>the</strong> name of <strong>the</strong> Lord<br />

Jesus Christ! I pray that this<br />

e-mail fi nds you and your family<br />

and ministry prospering and<br />

enjoying <strong>the</strong> blessings of <strong>the</strong> Lord!<br />

I wanted to write to you and say a<br />

BIG “thank you” for <strong>the</strong> package<br />

that you mailed to me here in<br />

Iraq! I received it with great joy<br />

today. I thought that you would<br />

like to know that it arrived safely.<br />

I was eagerly looking forward<br />

to <strong>the</strong> Hebrews CD’s, but I was<br />

overjoyed to see that you had<br />

sent <strong>the</strong> Romans CD’s, as well!<br />

Praise <strong>the</strong> Lord! I eagerly look<br />

forward to listening to <strong>the</strong>se studies<br />

and to sharing <strong>the</strong>m with my<br />

fellow marines and sailors of 5th<br />

Platoon. I will also be distributing<br />

<strong>the</strong> booklets you sent on<br />

Pornography: Road to Hell. Like<br />

myself, many of <strong>the</strong> troops here<br />

have dealt or are dealing with this<br />

serious problem. Your book on<br />

Repentance looks like an intriguing<br />

read. This is a controversial<br />

subject <strong>the</strong>se days and I greatly<br />

anticipate reading what you have<br />

to say on <strong>the</strong> subject.<br />

Bro<strong>the</strong>r, God bless you for<br />

your support of <strong>the</strong> troops in<br />

<strong>the</strong> fi eld. You don’t realize how<br />

important such support is until<br />

you fi nd yourself in a place like<br />

Iraq! I look forward to sending<br />

a donation to NGJ at my fi rst opportunity<br />

to show my appreciation<br />

for your sacrifi ce for my platoon<br />

and I. Take care and keep standing<br />

for Jesus!<br />

In Christ, Bro. John<br />

I am a military wife (reservist)<br />

whose husband is in Iraq. We have<br />

11 children (9 at home) who are<br />

needing <strong>the</strong>ir daddy. <strong>No</strong> matter <strong>the</strong><br />

reason, <strong>the</strong>y miss him so much. I<br />

thank you for your love packages.<br />

It was such a blessing to both of<br />

us. I appreciate your kindness in<br />

thinking of us. The Lord had given<br />

me a word before he got orders—I<br />

knew <strong>the</strong>y were coming. I asked<br />

God to give me joy in this journey,<br />

and He has. Your book helped me<br />

remember that most important<br />

thing.<br />

Thank you, Proud Wife and Mom<br />

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