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trainingBY MICHAEL PEARLtraining boysI am often asked how to raise boys. It hasbeen so long since my boys were 12 and 14that I had forgotten much of what we did,but because we have <strong>the</strong> Russian boys backwith us this summer, relating to <strong>the</strong>m againhas refreshed my memory considerably.The first time around, whentraining up my own children,I didn’t reflect much on what Iwas doing or why (training wasmore intuitive). But, after havingspent <strong>the</strong> last ten years answeringparents’ letters, writing articlesabout child training, and analyzingeveryone else’s methods, it hascaused me to take special note of<strong>the</strong> way I relate to <strong>the</strong>se youngguys. It is interesting to observemyself interacting with <strong>the</strong>m. It islike going back in time and viewingmyself being a daddy once again—like getting a second chance. I thinkit has given me a fresh perspectiveon <strong>the</strong> basics—concepts that I cannow relate to you in fresh ways andwhich may prove helpful.I didn’t do everything right<strong>the</strong> first time around. The graceof God and an exceptionally goodwife made up for many of myinadequacies. Thanks be to God,our children all turned out to bea great blessing to us and all whoknow <strong>the</strong>m. They are emotionallystable, happy, creative, godly, wi<strong>the</strong>xcellent marriages and good kidsof <strong>the</strong>ir own.Second time aroundThe most fundamental thing I seetaking place in my relationship to<strong>the</strong> Russian boys is somethingI often see missing in manyfa<strong>the</strong>r/son relationships. It isa difficult concept to convey,like trying to define water fora fish. Only now, late in life,do I clearly see it. There is nosingle word to define it, butI will call it Passion. Maybe<strong>the</strong> word Intensity would alsobe appropriate. The wordCommitmentmisses <strong>the</strong> marksomewhat because it impliesa conscious act, a stirring of<strong>the</strong> will. This spontaneouspassion…intensity…zealtoward my sons (mydaughters received this aswell) began so early and wasso uninterrupted that, until<strong>the</strong> presence of <strong>the</strong>se twoRussian boys brought it tomind, I never knew I had it.As I think back to whenmy sons were first born,I can vividly rememberits beginning. When Iheld my first newbornson, I knew that my life’smission and purpose hadbeen inextricably altered.Everything, absolutelyeverything, took secondplace to my new role asfa<strong>the</strong>r. My son became top priority3W W W . N O G R E A T E R J O Y . O R G

was folded in his arms and <strong>the</strong>yrode out before us against <strong>the</strong>now crimson sky. At that point,all I could think about was, “Don’tfall off <strong>the</strong> horse! What could beworse than a slipped disk on yourwedding night?” But <strong>the</strong>y stoppedsome distance from us, and <strong>the</strong>re,still mounted on <strong>the</strong>ir chargerand silhouetted against <strong>the</strong> dimlyglowing sky, <strong>the</strong>y kissed again.But <strong>the</strong> celebration was juststarting. As <strong>the</strong> light from <strong>the</strong>many lamps began to replace <strong>the</strong>fading sun, we could smell <strong>the</strong>barbeque cooking. After we hadall eaten, <strong>the</strong>re was a pie auctionwith a real auctioneer. Everyonegot into it. Some of <strong>the</strong> youngguys paid as much as $95.00 for ablueberry pie. They raised severalhundred dollars to help pay for<strong>the</strong> honeymoon.After <strong>the</strong> cake cutting andmore picture taking, whenwe all thought it was all over,Shoshanna persuaded JamesAll family but not all of <strong>the</strong> family.David Easling oversees <strong>the</strong> signing of<strong>the</strong> covenant.to sing a love song to her whileshe slowly danced around him.<strong>No</strong>w, you know we don’t believein dancing, as is commonlydone at weddings, but this wasbeautiful. After James was wellsalivated, she reached upand passionately threw herflowered crown from herhead. Hand in hand <strong>the</strong>yran across <strong>the</strong> hill to <strong>the</strong>irwaiting…no, not steed…carthis time. And away <strong>the</strong>ydrove. We all stood<strong>the</strong>re as if we didnot want it to end.And it hasn’t. Theyare now back from<strong>the</strong>ir honeymoon,glowing all aroundus, a wonderfulcouple of goodfor-nothingnewlyweds. And me, Iam already waiting formore grandkids.That is now <strong>the</strong>last of my girls, allwell married. What ablessing! What a joy! Iflife were any sweeter, Iwould be a jar of jelly.Postscript<strong>No</strong>ne of mydaughters or <strong>the</strong>irhusbands asked <strong>the</strong>state of Tennessee forpermission to marry.They did not yoke<strong>the</strong>mselves to government. Itwas a personal, private covenant,binding <strong>the</strong>m toge<strong>the</strong>rforever—until death. Sowhen <strong>the</strong> sodomites havecome to share in <strong>the</strong> statemarriage licenses, whichwill eventually be <strong>the</strong> law,James and Shoshanna willnot be in league with thoseperverts. And, while I amon <strong>the</strong> subject, <strong>the</strong>re willcome a time when faithfulChristians will ei<strong>the</strong>r revoke<strong>the</strong>ir state marriage licensesand establish an exclusivelyone man-one woman covenantof marriage, or, <strong>the</strong>y willforfeit <strong>the</strong> sanctity of <strong>the</strong>ircovenant by being unequallyyoked toge<strong>the</strong>r with perverts. Thesooner <strong>the</strong>re is such a movement,<strong>the</strong> sooner we will have a voicein government. Some of youattorneys and statesmen readingthis should get toge<strong>the</strong>r andcome up with an approach thatwill have credibility and helpto impact <strong>the</strong> political process.Please contact me when you doand I will assist with publicity. vMore family on <strong>the</strong> way this Fall.9W W W . N O G R E A T E R J O Y . O R G

Booklets, Videos and MoreThe <strong>Joy</strong> of TrainingVideoMichael and DebiPearl tell how<strong>the</strong>y successfullytrained up <strong>the</strong>irfive children withlove, humor, <strong>the</strong>rod, and a KingJames Bible.The 2 DVD setcontains <strong>the</strong> same high quality,digitally filmed content as <strong>the</strong> video set andhundreds of snapshots and video clips of familyand children, illustrating <strong>the</strong> things being taught.2 DVDs 4910-75 $26. 003 VHS 4910-70 $26. 00Husbands and WivesVideoHusbands, learn how to sanctifyyour wife and cleanse her ofspots, wrinkles, and blemishes.You have <strong>the</strong> power to bring yourwife into <strong>the</strong> fullness of all thatGod intended her to be.Wives, learn <strong>the</strong> freedom ofhonoring and ministering to yourman. You can help him becomeall that God intended him to be.2 VHS 4140-70 $18. 00BOOKLETSAll booklets are $1 each60¢ each for 25 or more ofany one of <strong>the</strong> belowOrder online atwww.nogreaterjoy.org!These booklets teach a lotand are great resourcesfor teachers to use in BibleclassesPornography - Road to HellWhile most ministers avoid <strong>the</strong> subject, Michael Pearl addresses<strong>the</strong> deadly scourge of pornography head-on. He shows howrepentance toward God and <strong>the</strong> power of <strong>the</strong> gospel of JesusChrist can break <strong>the</strong> bondage of this wicked perversion through<strong>the</strong> abundant mercy and grace of a loving God. There is hopefor <strong>the</strong> man caught in <strong>the</strong> snare of pornography and hope for <strong>the</strong>helpless, angry wife who finds it difficult to honor him.12pg. Booklet 7030-10To Betroth or not to BetrothAll Christian parents want <strong>the</strong>ir children to have God’s first andbest in all areas of <strong>the</strong>ir lives, and this includes marriage. In aneffort to avoid <strong>the</strong> dangers of <strong>the</strong> modern dating game, familiesare giving attention to <strong>the</strong> concept of betrothal. The dangers of<strong>the</strong> betrothal system are exposed with <strong>the</strong> light of Biblical truth,bringing objectivity back to an often-misunderstood subject.28pg. Booklet 1420-10Justification and <strong>the</strong> book of JamesJames clearly teaches that works justify a man, whilePaul teaches that a man is not justified by works. Are <strong>the</strong>ycontradicting each o<strong>the</strong>r? Which one is correct? This studyresolves <strong>the</strong> issue once and for all.26pg. Booklet 4960-10Baptism in Jesus’ NameThere are those who insist that New Testament water baptismis not valid unless <strong>the</strong> one doing <strong>the</strong> baptism vocally utters<strong>the</strong> words “in Jesus’ name.” It is <strong>the</strong> conclusion of this studythat <strong>the</strong> verbal utterance is never an issue in Scripture. It iserroneous to insist on any certain phrase being pronounced over<strong>the</strong> baptized. 17pg. Booklet 1410-10Revelation Poster and HandbookThis poster is a print of an original painting done by MichaelPearl which shows <strong>the</strong> events of Revelation in chronologicalorder. It is 40”x19” on heavy, glossy paper. The handbookwhich accompanies it is filled with Old Testament referencesand commentary to <strong>the</strong> events in Revelation.8130-10 $12. 001 John 1:9 <strong>the</strong> Protestant ConfessionalA core belief held by most conservative Christians is thatChristians who have unconfessed sins in <strong>the</strong>ir life are in need offorgiveness, are out of fellowship with God, and are walking indarkness. The underlying assumption is that God forgives onlysins that are confessed. What does <strong>the</strong> Bible teach? Does Godwithhold forgiveness until sin is confessed? <strong>No</strong>t on your life.23pg. Booklet 4650-10In Defense of Biblical ChastisementMichael brings clear understanding back into <strong>the</strong> confusing andoften-misunderstood subject of corporal chastisement. Afterfirmly laying <strong>the</strong> Biblical foundation for chastisement, he <strong>the</strong>nanswers <strong>the</strong> question, “How do I apply corporal chastisementproperly?” Finally, he shows <strong>the</strong> effectiveness of Biblical chastisementdemonstrated in those families that practive it as taught.29pg. Booklet 4530-1013W W W . N O G R E A T E R J O Y . O R G

continued from page 11Your real goal is to raise a boy who has a willto work, who assumes it is his responsibility toprovide for o<strong>the</strong>rs, to do <strong>the</strong> dirty work, because heis THE MAN.You want to stretch <strong>the</strong>m, to challenge <strong>the</strong>m,but not to break <strong>the</strong>m beneath a load <strong>the</strong>y cannotyet carry. That will come soon enough. Let’s putit this way. A 3-year-old can work for maybe oneminute at a time putting leaves in a basket. Afterthat, it becomes misery. A 6-year-old can workfor ten to twentyminutes doing <strong>the</strong>dishes or cleaningup <strong>the</strong> yard. A10-year-old mightbe able to workalone for aboutone hour, but hecan work withyou nearly allday as long ashe has severaldiversions andbreaks along<strong>the</strong> way andcan quit earlyenough to enjoy<strong>the</strong> promiseof a swim or aspecial treat,plus, a littlemoney as reward. A 13-year-old can go to workwith his dad or someone else and keep at it allday—two or three days in a week, but he shouldnot be made to work five days a week, eight hoursa day. A 16-year-old can work like any man andshould be so engaged. The ages and hours willobviously differ from one kid toano<strong>the</strong>r and from one environment toano<strong>the</strong>r. I am not trying to lay downrules that you must follow. I just wantyou to be aware of <strong>the</strong> principles thatare so critical, and <strong>the</strong>n you can adapt<strong>the</strong>m to your circumstances.We don’t have <strong>the</strong> space or <strong>the</strong>energy to cover every imaginablesubject, so I will simply list some of<strong>the</strong>m. You can develop <strong>the</strong> thoughts yourself. Iam sure that <strong>the</strong>re are o<strong>the</strong>r points you can addto <strong>the</strong> list. Send me your suggestions.I teach <strong>the</strong>m and train <strong>the</strong>m. . .• To enquire and investigate• To be skeptical of all experts, from religion tomedicine• To have empathy and seek justice• To forgive <strong>the</strong> repentant and fallen• To maintain <strong>the</strong>ir honor in truth• To choose a good name over riches• To honor women and protect <strong>the</strong>m• To nurture and protect all children• To see <strong>the</strong> humor in all of life• To be thankful to God and o<strong>the</strong>rs• To tell o<strong>the</strong>rs about Jesus• To know <strong>the</strong>ir Bible better than any preacher• To make money without being a slave to it• To work hard, and <strong>the</strong>n play hard—in that order• To be tough and able, ready to defend<strong>the</strong>mselves or o<strong>the</strong>rs against violence• To not denigrate or ridicule any man• To stand on <strong>the</strong> Word of God, even unto death.But what about me?<strong>No</strong>w my reader may be asking, “What about those ofus who recognize that we do not have this “passion”of which you speak; can it be achieved by an act of<strong>the</strong> will?” You cannot simply will to be passionate,but you can consciously make choices that willchange your heart until you come to be consumedwith an intensity of thought and feeling.Just as a man’s passion for his wife (I don’tmean sex) can be supplanted by excessive attentionto work, to <strong>the</strong> computer, to pornography, to sports,to hobbies, or all of life’s responsibilities puttoge<strong>the</strong>r, so can a fa<strong>the</strong>r’s passion be distracted fromhis high-calling as a fa<strong>the</strong>r if he makes choices thatwill freeze out his intensity for his children. It is truethat <strong>the</strong> person makes <strong>the</strong> choices, but <strong>the</strong> choicesalso make <strong>the</strong> person. You will give attention to thatwhich you love, but it is alsoan axiom that, you will come tolove and feel passionate aboutthat to which you give your fullattention.To put it plainly: If youhad a proper upbringing andyour heart is in <strong>the</strong> right place,you will be passionate aboutyour children without anybodytelling you to do so. But <strong>the</strong> reality is that mostof us had parents like ourselves. When you addto <strong>the</strong> equation <strong>the</strong> fact that we are all inclined toselfishness and lust, our children suffer from ourdeficiencies. However, although you may havecome to <strong>the</strong> unsatisfactory place where you now findYou cannot simply will tobe passionate, but you canconsciously make choicesthat will change yourheart until you come to beconsumed with an intensityof thought and feeling.W W W . N O G R E A T E R J O Y . O R G14

yourself, in part, through unfortunatecircumstances, and in part, due toyour own bad choices, your futureneed not be enslaved to your past! Butit will if you remain indifferent, andin your present state of inertia! Youcan change your heart by changingyour actions. You can changeyour priorities by prioritizing yourschedule. “Commit thy works unto<strong>the</strong> LORD, and thy thoughts shallbe established” (Proverbs 16:3). Dowhat you ought and, in His time, youwill find that God will have your heartwhere it ought to be.I cannot close without addressinga question that I know we will receivein <strong>the</strong> mail. We will have two hundredand thirty-seven women writesomething like <strong>the</strong> following:Dear Mike,I read your article on raisingboys, and I know it is <strong>the</strong>truth. I can see where myhusband has failed. I havetried to get him to takemore interest in <strong>the</strong> boys,but he just retreats into hisown interests. What can awoman do when she doesn‛tget any support?If a wife takes what I have written andtries to put pressure on her husbandto implement <strong>the</strong> things I havesuggested, or if she becomes criticalof him for not doing <strong>the</strong>m, it wouldbe better if she had never read thisarticle. The absolute worst responseyou could have is to let <strong>the</strong> kids knowthat you are dissatisfied with <strong>the</strong>m and<strong>the</strong>ir fa<strong>the</strong>r.It is a fact that most of <strong>the</strong> wiveswho read this are going to see <strong>the</strong>irhusband’s shortcomings. If my wifewere to have read it when my boyswere growing up, she could havefound cause to “exhort” me. I didnot do everything right all <strong>the</strong> time.Thank God it is <strong>the</strong> long haul thatdetermines <strong>the</strong> outcome,not <strong>the</strong> exceptions.I do have a practicalsuggestion. First, tryto get your husbandto read this articlewithout finding faultor accusing him of hisshortcomings. Simplyask him what YOUcan do to improve <strong>the</strong>rearing of your boys.Then drop it. Do notpursue your husbandbeyond his reading of<strong>the</strong> article.Second, assumethat <strong>the</strong> responsibilityis entirely yours. Takesteps to provide whatyou can, and leave<strong>the</strong> rest in God’shands. Maintain acheerful attitude, andtry to provide forall <strong>the</strong>ir needs. Donot become overlyburdened trying tochange things thatare out of your control. God has a wayof making up for our inadequacieswhen we obey to our limit and <strong>the</strong>ntrust Him for <strong>the</strong> rest. When you havedone all that you can humanly do, layit down and dance. God will tap youon <strong>the</strong> shoulder and join you to makethis monumental effort of trainingyour boys a joy and a delight. vALL HIS DOINGTo dear Mr. and Mrs. Pearl,We have begun to listen to <strong>the</strong> CDs on “Sin <strong>No</strong> More.” These have been so freeing,and we are looking forward to listening to <strong>the</strong> rest. I have been encouraged at howsimple walking with God really is. It is all His doing – none of mine.God bless you and yours,VB15W W W . N O G R E A T E R J O Y . O R G

Question & AnswerWITH MICHAEL PEARLwhere do we start?Reader’s Question:Dear Michael and Debi,We have 3 sons, ages 6, 4 1⁄2 , and 3. We are ashamed of ourselves because it is blatantlyobvious that our children are awful. We have not been good role models. We fight a lot.We have been very selfish and too busy doing our own thing that we put off <strong>the</strong> needsof our children. Don‛t get me wrong, we provide for <strong>the</strong>m physically, plus, gives lots ofhugs, but have avoid dealing with any issues of training. We are at <strong>the</strong> point now whereparenting is not fun. We are tired, stressed, and need some normalcy in our lives. Weyell, and spank in anger. We have created tiny misfits who stay up playing until <strong>the</strong>yfall out, do not listen, never respect authority, and destroy <strong>the</strong>ir or o<strong>the</strong>rs belongings.Things have to be fair or we end up trying to explain or cater to <strong>the</strong> losing party. Ourkids are mean. They throw things, call names and say hateful things. They pitch wild,violent fits falling on <strong>the</strong> floor limp when it is over. They scream and cower like we arekilling <strong>the</strong>m when we try to bring peace. It is heart wrenching for us. One of our sonspretends to be sweet but is a total liar. We have heard him kicking and beating his littlebro<strong>the</strong>r only to blame <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r bro<strong>the</strong>r, with <strong>the</strong> sweetest saddest look on his face. Itis scary to see his deceit. After <strong>the</strong> whole song and dance, I guess I really want to know,where do we start? We don‛t feel it is fair to start with <strong>the</strong> rod because we have notprovided a stable and loving atmosphere. We just want our home fixed before it is toolate, and are willing to do anything. We need some direction and advice to follow. I readyour book but I am still feeling hopeless.FLMichael’s Answer:Dear FL,Buy <strong>the</strong> Alabama Seminartapes (page 18) and a tape player.Let <strong>the</strong> boys listen to <strong>the</strong> tapes atnight when you put <strong>the</strong>m in bed.Just 15 minutes or so each nightis plenty long enough. Ask <strong>the</strong>mabout what <strong>the</strong>y learned <strong>the</strong> nightbefore. Boys, even <strong>the</strong> young oneslove <strong>the</strong> stories about snakes. Youwill be surprised how <strong>the</strong> little bitof information <strong>the</strong>y glean from <strong>the</strong>tapes will make your job easier. Afterabout one week of listening, sit <strong>the</strong>mall down and explain how thingsare going to be different. Don’t bespiritual and preachy. Give <strong>the</strong> somesimple examples of how many licks<strong>the</strong>y will get for doing this or that.Explain that now <strong>the</strong>y will receivetraining reminders in <strong>the</strong> form of fastunexpected stinging licks with a weedeater cord. Always have a 12 inchpiece in your pocket ready to pullout a hundred times a day. Give <strong>the</strong>ma comical demonstration on yourown leg when you have your faceturned, pretending to catch yourselfby surprise. Let <strong>the</strong>m see it is notpunishment but a training reminder todo <strong>the</strong> right thing.Then set up an entertainingscenario where you pretend to be oneof <strong>the</strong>m. Command yourself to goclose <strong>the</strong> door, <strong>the</strong>n whine or disobey,whack. Scream and jump aroundholding your whacked leg and <strong>the</strong>ngive yourself <strong>the</strong> same command andthis time obey. <strong>No</strong>w let <strong>the</strong>m practice.They need to see you as an authorityand as a person who is not angry andlashing out.If a child feels like you like <strong>the</strong>mand have <strong>the</strong>ir good will in mind, <strong>the</strong>ywill quickly learn to WANT to obeyyou. vW W W . N O G R E A T E R J O Y . O R G16

healthBY SHOSHANNA EASLINGplantainThe Wedding SaverIt was Friday on a very beautifulday. The sun shone with a specialdelight on <strong>the</strong> black-eyed daisies,and <strong>the</strong> light breeze blew <strong>the</strong>m verysoftly in <strong>the</strong> wind. They were dancingour wedding tune!That very morning I had gone outwith James’ parents and picked about300 black-eyed daisies along withmany o<strong>the</strong>r wildflowers. It was nowafternoon, <strong>the</strong> day before our wedding.You can imagine what I was feeling―excitement beyond your wildestimagination! James and I were in ourJetta, driving over to Gabe’s house.We had <strong>the</strong> sunroof open as we talkedabout last minute plans. In a burst ofjoy, I stood up through <strong>the</strong> sunroofyelling like a wild Indian. I felt like agirl in a fairy tale. Everything was soperfec….ooow, ouch! I grabbed at myeye as it started to throb and swell shut.The pain was really intense.All I could think about was thatmy wedding is in 24 hours, and hereI am going to have one eye swollenshut. A bee or yellow jacket had stungme twice, on both <strong>the</strong> top and bottomlid of my eye. As I fell back into myseat, James slowed <strong>the</strong> car and asked,“What’s wrong? Are you okay?” I wasgroaning with pain, but I managed toblurt out: “I need plantain! Quick, getme some plantain!” I told him. Withinone minute we were at Gabe’s house,and I jumped out of <strong>the</strong> car, searchingfrantically for plantain. I found it andstuffed some of <strong>the</strong> green plant intomy mouth and chewed it like a wildwoman starved half to death. A fewfriends ga<strong>the</strong>red to see <strong>the</strong> damages. Ihad a blister <strong>the</strong> size of <strong>the</strong> tip of mypinky on <strong>the</strong> top and bottom of myright eye. James’ city friend lookedat me in sheer bewilderment andrepulsion as I spit <strong>the</strong> green slimeinto my hand and smeared it on myblisters.Within 4 minutes of <strong>the</strong> timeI was stung, <strong>the</strong> plantain was busyat work on my bee sting. Fifteenminutes later, <strong>the</strong> blisters were gone,and within an hour, most of <strong>the</strong>swelling was gone. By <strong>the</strong> end of<strong>the</strong> day, you could not tell I had everbeen stung. Plantain. . .good stuff.You gotta have it!Shoshanna is owner of <strong>the</strong>Bulk Herb Store (in no way relatedto NGJ). For a free informationalnewsletter and price list of herbs, writeto TheBulkHerbStore@TDS.net orThe Bulk Herb Store 1010 Pearl RD,Pleasantville, TN 37033.Do not send herbal questionsto <strong>No</strong> <strong>Greater</strong> <strong>Joy</strong>, and do not mixyour herbal orders with <strong>No</strong> <strong>Greater</strong><strong>Joy</strong>. The two are not related and havedifferent addresses.notice: <strong>No</strong> Swelling!!A COMPLAINT (OF SORTS) JDear Pearls,I‛m just writing to voice a complaint. We ordered <strong>the</strong> ABC Bible Verses for our 3-year-old daughter and have now heard it approximately 549 times (OK, I haven‛t reallycounted). We can nearly sing <strong>the</strong> songs in our sleep. I can see I must be very careful beforeordering anything from you. Thanks anyway!Heidi17W W W . N O G R E A T E R J O Y . O R G

CassettesEphesiansPractical and Scriptural Bible teaching encourage<strong>the</strong> believer. Chapter 5 tape includesone tape on husbands and one on wives.10 Cassettes 2930-40 $30. 00Mat<strong>the</strong>wJohnMail BagThe Pearls offer candid answers as <strong>the</strong>y open <strong>the</strong>irMichael Pearl opens new insights as hepeople love it. 1 Cassette 3420-40 $4. 00teaches <strong>the</strong> Gospel of Mat<strong>the</strong>w, describing itmail and discuss your questions. Many readers sayas <strong>the</strong> last book in <strong>the</strong> old covenant. A graspit is <strong>the</strong> most interesting and helpful information onof this unique book is essential to a properchild training we have.understanding of <strong>the</strong> New Testament.6 Cassettes 5910-40 $18. 0016 Cassettes 6020-40 $45. 00A-B-C Bible verseMy Favorite Homeschooling IdeasSongsBeka and some of <strong>the</strong> kids in <strong>the</strong>Twenty-plus years of accumulated wisdom. This tapechurch sing <strong>the</strong> A-B-C Bible versesongs that her mo<strong>the</strong>r taught her when she was growingup. Your little ones will want to listen to this day andnight, and by doing so <strong>the</strong>y will learn 26 Bible verses,with <strong>the</strong> references. This is <strong>the</strong> smilingest tapes you willever hear. 1 Cassette 1010-40 $5. 00Two hours of Michael Pearl speaking on child training.1 CD 1010-45 $5. 00These tapes are geared toward <strong>the</strong> fa<strong>the</strong>r’s role in <strong>the</strong>family. Tales of Mike and his sons’ wild adventures.Debi Pearl discusses her best homeschooling ideas.can remove your burden. It is our best-selling tape!1 Cassette 6170-40 $4. 001 CD 6170-45 $4. 00Alabama SeminarFrom <strong>the</strong> End ofBoys love it! 2 Cassettes 8325-40 $7. 00<strong>the</strong> EarthSongs by Rebekah Pearl. All alonein a bamboo hut on <strong>the</strong> top of amountain in New Guinea, <strong>the</strong> first white womanever seen by <strong>the</strong> Kumboi village, Rebekah writesand sings songs about her God. She accompaniesAuthority PrayingMichael Pearl preaches on <strong>the</strong> believer’s positionin Christ and how prayer is based on <strong>the</strong> authoritythat is ours in Christ.1 Cassette 1330-40 $4. 00herself on a classical guitar.1 CD 3020-41 $8. 00Imputed Righteousness1 Cassette 3020-40 $5. 00The great doctrine of imputed righteouness is <strong>the</strong>heart of Biblical Christianity.The Gami Akij Story1 Cassette 4510-40 $4. 00Your heart will be stirred asRebekah Pearl recounts how Godprepared a people for Himself.The story of her time in <strong>the</strong> mountains of Papua NewGuinea, translating <strong>the</strong> Kumboi language. YoungA Panel of FiveFive wives whose husbands have far-reachingministries speak out on what a woman can do to bea helper to her husband.1 Cassette 7010-40 $4. 00Only MenMichael Pearl speaks directlyand frankly to men about <strong>the</strong>irTestimony of Darlene Roseresponsibilities as husbands.Wives should not listen to this tape.We don’t want you taking advantage of your man.W W W . N O G R E A T E R J O Y . O R G18www.nogreaterjoy.orgHear <strong>the</strong> missionary story of Darlene Rose. RebekahPearl listened to <strong>the</strong>se tapes when she was young. Shesays <strong>the</strong>y helped mold her life toward missions.2 Cassettes 8605-40 $7. 00ALBUMSEvery verse is discussed, every criticalword examined. Here is doctrinal andpractical teaching to enrich your life.24 Cassettes4610-40 $59. 00

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challengeBY MICHAEL PEARLMy son-in-law Gabriel andmy daughter Rebekahcame for a two-week visit.At my request, Gabrielexamined <strong>the</strong> web historyon my computer to confi rmthat I have not visited anyporno-sites since <strong>the</strong> lasttime he was here.Inever erase my web history.Someone else does it for me afterexamining it. Someone may ask,“What is wrong, don’t you trustyourself?” My answer to <strong>the</strong>m is, I wantmy wife to trust me. I want my son-inlawto trust me. I want you to trust me,and I want to make myself accountableto someone—just as you should. I don’ttrust anyone who erases his own webhistory on a regular basis. Just thinkabout it. God keeps a file of all websearches. <strong>No</strong>thing is ever erased, exceptyour entire past sins history when yougot saved. After that, in <strong>the</strong> day of <strong>the</strong>judgment seat of Christ, you will givean account for every deed done in yourbody (II Cor. 5:10). <strong>No</strong> amount ofconfession and sorrow will prevent youfrom having to answer for every deedsince you got saved.By <strong>the</strong> way, I passed. I have neverviewed as much as one single pornoimage on any computer—ever! MyLord and my wife deserve no less.Having done what is required of me, Iam just an unprofitable servant; I haveonly done that which was my duty to do(Luke 17:10), as any normal Christiandoes.Dear lady, if your husband’s officewas in <strong>the</strong> same building as a stripjoint, just one curtained glass doorseparating him from <strong>the</strong> view, wouldyou be comfortable trusting him tonever pull back <strong>the</strong> curtain and lookin on <strong>the</strong> smut? Would you trust youryoung untested sons—even when youare gone to <strong>the</strong> store, and <strong>the</strong>y are<strong>the</strong>re alone? That is exactly what <strong>the</strong>web is—a ready window to <strong>the</strong> mostvile pornography that <strong>the</strong> devil and hisdemons can produce. It is pure Sodomand Gomorrah. And it is right <strong>the</strong>re inyour home, all <strong>the</strong> time, waiting dayand night to reach though <strong>the</strong> screen andgrab <strong>the</strong> lusts of a boy or man. I avoid itlike Hell.I cannot say this too forcefully. Youare gullible beyond belief if you havein your home a computer with accessto <strong>the</strong> web and it is not on a password,completely inaccessible to your sons.Every single boy from eight to sixteenyears old—without exception—will geton <strong>the</strong> web and look at porn if he canfind <strong>the</strong> opportunity. He will get up in<strong>the</strong> middle of <strong>the</strong> night. He will playsick and sneak in when you are gone to<strong>the</strong> store for medicine. He will arriveW W W . N O G R E A T E R J O Y . O R G20home early, stay up late, rise before youdo, or go to a friend’s house and get on<strong>the</strong>ir computer when <strong>the</strong>y are not home.If you are <strong>the</strong> best parent andchild trainer, with <strong>the</strong> best of spiritualinstruction, and <strong>the</strong> finest education,and your sons view pornography on <strong>the</strong>web, you have wasted your time. Youlose. They lose. God loses. The devilwins.Christian men develop <strong>the</strong> fortitudeand discipline to obey God and walk inholiness against all temptation, but fewboys before <strong>the</strong> age of eighteen havethat kind of discipline.Any husband that expects his wifeto “trust him” is a scoundrel. Neverput you wife in <strong>the</strong> position to haveto depend on blind trust. Make everymoment a walk in <strong>the</strong> light. I take mywife everywhere, or else she knowswhere I am and who I am with everymoment. Every Christian man shouldinvite his wife or a friend to view hisweb history on a regular basis. Everycomputer should be in a public place orfacing an open door (or a glass door)where <strong>the</strong> wife and kids can see what ison <strong>the</strong> screen. A man who refuses to doso is guilty of something, if only pride.Dear Christian bro<strong>the</strong>r, makeyourself accountable to you wife andyour friends. Sweet, gullible mo<strong>the</strong>r, getas mad as a mo<strong>the</strong>r goose and protectyour boys and men. v

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from <strong>the</strong> mailboxNO GREATER JOY!Dear Mike and Debi,I read your book To Train Up a Child aboutfour years ago. My husband was out of townfor a three-week work assignment. We onlyhad two children <strong>the</strong>n—our three-year-old sonand a one-year-old daughter. One morning Iwoke up and realized that I wanted to call insick, I wanted to take a temporary leave ofabsence from my job as a full-time, at homemo<strong>the</strong>r. I wanted to abdicate my God-givenrole of nurturer, provider, and teacher of<strong>the</strong> blessings God had given me. I spent <strong>the</strong>morning early hours in prayer, when all ofa sudden, it was as if a light went on. I hadtrained my children to be disobedient, to onlyobey when <strong>the</strong> tone got stern enough or <strong>the</strong>volume loud enough, I was teaching <strong>the</strong>m tothrow <strong>the</strong>ir emotional tantrums by setting agreat example... I think I could have taughta course entitled Tantrums 101: How to do itand do it right.I leapt out of bed, threw open <strong>the</strong> doorto my three-year-old‛s room, stood him up onhis bed and apologized for not doing my jobas a mummy (I‛m English) as God wanted meto. I explained that from that day on, thingswould be different... and <strong>the</strong>y were. We wentto ‘boot camp‛, I lowered my voice, explainedthings clearly once, expected compliance withcheerfulness at once and administered quickrebuke for every infraction. We went to <strong>the</strong>playgrounds and played “come when called.”We practiced bedtime routines and even atecheese, without complaint. After three daysof what can only be described as a controlledbattle of wills, I was once again at <strong>the</strong> pointof desperate cry, “God, how long will this last?Have I chosen a battle I cannot win?” Justat that point, a little voice came from <strong>the</strong>back of <strong>the</strong> car… “Mummy?” I answered “Yes,”almost through gritted teeth as I preparedfor ano<strong>the</strong>r showdown at sunset... “You do avery good job being a Mummy!” PRAISE GOD!!!That was <strong>the</strong> first hint that <strong>the</strong> path we wereon was <strong>the</strong> right one.Well, now we have both read your book,are almost through <strong>No</strong> <strong>Greater</strong> <strong>Joy</strong> 3, and stillthank God for your faithfulness in penning<strong>the</strong>se volumes. They make us smile, cringeand nod our heads but, most of all, <strong>the</strong>y giveus permission to do what we knew all along inour heart of hearts was right. They teach usto take back our children‛s hearts and willsso we can give <strong>the</strong>m to God. They teach usto lovingly, and with humor, disciple our littleones. We now have two more, and <strong>the</strong>re isindeed NO <strong>Greater</strong> <strong>Joy</strong>!I still have to admit that <strong>the</strong>re are dayswhen I want <strong>the</strong> newspaper reporters tocome and write about what a great job weare doing, and <strong>the</strong>n <strong>the</strong>re are o<strong>the</strong>r dayswhen I am secretly relieved that <strong>the</strong> houseis sound proofed. But that is how <strong>the</strong> trainingground goes--<strong>the</strong> officers in charge have tobe trained to lead <strong>the</strong> troops. Thank you forunlocking God‛s training manual for us.In closing, I want to let you know that our“before and after” pictures show we have lostseveral pounds of guilt, stress, pain, sadnessand frustration that we had piled on at <strong>the</strong>banquet table of <strong>the</strong> world‛s ideas and are nowsitting down to <strong>the</strong> Lord‛s table regularly asa family. Our chief chef (my husband) servesus a gourmet feast of God‛s word and hymnsof praise and our children are happy, secure,aware of <strong>the</strong>ir actions and responsibility for<strong>the</strong>m and more importantly, <strong>the</strong>y know ofour love for <strong>the</strong>m in no uncertain terms...andeven more so, <strong>the</strong>ir heavenly, creative creatorFa<strong>the</strong>r‛s love for <strong>the</strong>m.Thank you so much. I am sure you getmany letters like this, and I am sorry this oneis so long, but my heart is so full of thanks. Iwanted to let you both know you speak into ourlives. I wish you could observe our family andlead us fur<strong>the</strong>r into <strong>the</strong> joy of parenting. Godis using your written words to great effect inour home.W & SW W W . N O G R E A T E R J O Y . O R G22

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Homeschool KidSing My SongSmall children love to be identifi ed,“you’re a carpenter, you fi xed mychair!” or “those are good brownies,you’re our little cook.” Just todaymy son re-adjusted a faulty toy andannounced to his Mama Pearl tha<strong>the</strong> is a mechanic cause he fi xes stuff.Some parents are better atbestowing loving identities on <strong>the</strong>irchildren than o<strong>the</strong>rs, but all of ushave given our children identitiesthat shape <strong>the</strong>m. What do youremember being called as a child?My Mom called me a goodwriter. I’m still wearing that particularname-tag with all <strong>the</strong> joy my eightyear-old-selffelt when she fi rstcalled me that. She also told me Iwould be a good wife and mama.<strong>No</strong>t only were those identitiesgiven with grand honor, <strong>the</strong>y wereaccompanied with <strong>the</strong> tools tohelp <strong>the</strong>m come true. Practical skillscame hand in hand with <strong>the</strong> glorioustitles we sought to earn.One of my children’sfavorite ways of being“identifi ed” by mama is with<strong>the</strong>ir own personal songs. Wheneach child is born, I make up asong that is <strong>the</strong>irs alone.“Oh, <strong>the</strong>re was a little boy,and his name was Joe;Joseph – Joseph Courage!He was strong as a lion, andbrave as a bear; Joseph– Joseph Courage!”Just hearing his song makesJoe Courage square his skinnyshoulders and stomp around<strong>the</strong> house with his tough-man faceon. Then Rysha climbs in my lap,snuggles her head right beneathmy chin, and starts humming to letme know that she wants to hear hersong too.“Ryshoni <strong>Joy</strong>, joy, my joy; Ryshoni<strong>Joy</strong>, you’re beautiful...Just like a song, song, glad song;just like a song, you’re beautiful...Just like a fl ower, fl ower, brightfl ower; just like fl ower you’rebeautiful!”Then, as if I had just accomplishedan award -inning performance, Joeand Rysha both pat me lovinglywhile three-year-old Joe announces,“Mom... you’re... you’re a goodwoman!”-Rebekah <strong>Joy</strong> AnastSign up at our website for email notification of <strong>the</strong> online release of our latest newsletter.Website Address:www.<strong>No</strong><strong>Greater</strong><strong>Joy</strong>.org<strong>No</strong> <strong>Greater</strong> <strong>Joy</strong> <strong>Ministries</strong>, Inc.1000 Pearl RoadPleasantville, TN 37033Address Service RequestedJuly - August 2004NON-PROFITORGUS. POSTAGEPAIDFRANKLIN TNPERMIT NO 357

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