“Sanctification, by which our hearts and lives are conformed to the law, is a grace of God communicated to us…” Walter Marshall, a great puritan preacher of the 1600’s, said these words in a book called The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification where he outlines the essential Biblical teaching regarding how we grow spiritually. Since my wife and I home educate our children and attend a family integrated church there is the possibility that we could rely on these wonderful things to carry us through the Christian walk; but as Walter Marshall said it is the grace of God that sanctifies us, not an external action, even if that external action is a good thing. Read More
There once was a man who built a house for himself. He meticulously crafted every aspect, every detail he thought out, every element and color chosen to be a reflection of himself.
And it was a beautiful home.
Not long after though, his job required him to travel for an unspecified, but extended period of time. To ensure that his home was well cared for, he went looking for a tenant. He found another man who was, by trade, a skilled handy man, someone who he felt could manage the home and care for any needs that might arise. They struck a deal. In exchange for free rent, the man would take care of the home. He would be given whatever resources would be necessary to keep the home in the owner’s desired condition.
Then the owner left. Read More
Proverbs 29:18 tells us “Where there is no vision, the people perish…”
We know this to be true in the business world. Companies spend enormous sums of
money every year to craft their mission and vision statements. They align
their goals and investments with these statements and tailor each employee’s
development plan around attaining the prescribed vision. Read More
Will we be denied the right to teach our children the greatest commandment?
If you were going to teach your children one commandment from all of scripture, what would you teach them? In Matthew 22:36-38, a Pharisee once asked Jesus the question, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” Jesus responds with these words, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all you mind. This is the great and first commandment.” Read More
- Are you a dad, wanting to lead your family biblically, but don’t know how?
- Need some encouragement?
- Need the ammunition and supplies to be the husband and father God calls us to be?
- New to homeschooling and need information on how, what and why?
- Been homeschooling for a few years, need a booster shot or tap into some new energy or are you looking for that reminder as to why you are homeschooling?
Come to the Shepherds Conference!
Get connected, Be Encouraged, Learn something new, make New friends and Be Refreshed!
Home schooled himself in the 1960′s and 70′s, Kevin Swanson and his wife, Brenda, are now homeschooling their five children. Kevin has 35 years of experience in the homeschooling movement and serves as the founding director of Generations with Vision – a ministry he founded to strengthen homeschool families around the country. As a father who wants to leave a godly heritage for his own five children, Kevin’s passion is to strengthen and encourage the homeschooling movement all over the world, and to cast a vision for generations to come. For the last 7 years Kevin has hosted a daily radio program – Generations Radio – the world’s largest homeschooling and Biblical worldview radio program that reaches families across the US and in over 80 countries. www.GenerationsWithVison.com
Phillip Telfer has ministered to youth and families for over 20 years, sharing at camps, retreats, schools, conferences, and churches around the country. He is founder and director of Media Talk 101, a non-profit ministry dedicated to teaching media discernment in the light of following Christ. He also produced the award winning documentary “Captivated: Finding Freedom in a Media Captive Culture”. Phillip and his wife Mary have been married for 21 years and homeschool their 4 children. www.Mediatalk101.org
David Barrett with Biblical Worldview Learning Center- It is the goal and vision of the Biblical Worldview Learning Center to provide individuals, organizations, and ministries with distinctively Christian books, resources, seminars, and consultation. The founder of the BWLC, David Barrett is a veteran homeschooling Dad and conference speaker. He provides tutoring services to all ages, consultation for homeschooling families and seminars on homeschooling, family life and Biblical worldview. Visit www.biblicalview.com for more info.
Mary Ostyn lives in Nampa, Idaho with her husband John and six of their ten children. The youngest six arrived via adoption. The oldest four have already graduated from homeschooling, headed off to college, and (in two cases) to marriage and motherhood. Rumor has it that her new grand-babies (both born this spring) will also be taught at home. Ostyn’s passions include: mothering, adoption, homeschooling, cooking, and encouraging other mothers on their parenting journey. Her books include The Sane Woman’s Guide to Mothering a Larger Family and Family Feasts for $75 a Week. Ostyn’s favorite night of the week is Saturday, when everyone comes home for dinner. She blogs at http://owlhaven.net.
WHEN: October 12 & 13, 2012
TIMES: Saturday session – 6:30-8:30pm, Sunday sessions 8:30am – 3:30pm
WHERE: Central Assembly Church, 12000 Fairview Ave. Boise, ID (Northeast corner of Cloverdale & Fairview)
COST: $50.00 or Couple $35.00
REGISTRATION & MORE INFO
I’ve been inspired recently in reading a work by the early Christian writer, Mark Felix. In one respect, I was surprised to see how little society changes. As we age, many of us in conservative Christian circles tend to bemoan the downward spiral of moral depravity which seems to be more and more commonplace. Yet, when one looks carefully at the annals of history and cultures past, it is easy to agree with Ecclesiastes 1:9 which states “there is nothing new under the sun.” Read More
Our teaching theme for 2011 is: “A PEOPLE PREPARED.” The biblical concept behind this theme is found in Luke 1:17.
“And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
While Luke obviously makes reference to the ministry of John the Baptist here, the Elders have chosen this passage to reflect the vision for Wellsprings Church for the coming year of 2011, on several different levels. Over the last several years, we have been repeatedly made aware of our country’s efforts to be prepared in case of another terrorist attack thanks to postings and alerts from Homeland Security. Many people take natural precautions and prepare themselves for emergencies (via first aid kits, membership in AAA, stocking the pantry with extra food or water, gun ownership, self-defense courses, etc). But for Christians, while these things may be prudent, they are secondary to spiritual preparation. Are you prepared? Here are 4 questions that I would propose for your consideration:
Wellsprings Church invites you to join us for a premiere screening of The Child on Saturday, November 20th in Caldwell.
WHAT: The Child is a movie produced by ParentalRights.org that will open your eyes to the current condition of parental rights in America. View the trailer.
WHEN: Saturday November 2010. 5pm FREE Pizza. 6pm Movie.
WHERE: Thomas Jefferson Charter School, 1209 Adam Smith Ave, Caldwell, ID 83605
WHY: Wellsprings is a family integrated church dedicated to building the kingdom through strong families. We feel that the issue of parental rights plays an important role in this vision.
HOW: RSVP to us by 11/19/2010.