A Lesson from the Pilgrims

One of the earliest lessons learned by the Mayflower pilgrims who founded Plymouth Colony is one that many Americans seem to have forgotten or never learned. It is a lesson about human nature, poverty, prosperity and toxic charity. It has profound implications for ministries like Heaven’s Family and for any Christian who is trying to follow Jesus and help the poor. I heard the story some years ago in a series of books that many homeschooling families use to educate their children known as the Uncle Eric Series, authored by Richard Maybury. Today’s article is his. — David

The Great Thanksgiving Hoax
by Richard Maybury

Each year at this time school children all over America are taught the official Thanksgiving story, and newspapers, radio, TV, and magazines devote vast amounts of time and space to it. It is all very colorful and fascinating.

picture of pilgrims on giving thanks

It is also very deceiving. This official story is nothing like what really happened. It is a fairy tale, a whitewashed and sanitized collection of half-truths which divert attention away from Thanksgiving’s real meaning.

Which Bible Translation Should You Be Using?

A Daily Little Lesson

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We are very blessed, if we speak English, to have numerous translations of the Bible that we can choose from. Sometimes the question is asked, “Which one’s the best one? Which Bible translation should I be using?” That’s not an easy question to answer!

Men looking at their Bibles - which Bible translation should I be using?

I think if you asked all the scholars who have been on the translation committees of various Bible translations (both recent and in the past), they would probably be tempted to say, “Well, the translation that I worked on is absolutely the best.” Why would they ever say anything but that? No one’s going to say, “Well, the translation that I worked on is not as good as the other one.” There’d be no sense in trying to come up with a new translation!

Why Did Jesus Speak in Parables?

A Daily Little Lesson

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Why did Jesus speak in parables, apparently not wanting everyone to understand the point of His teaching? Today’s question is a good one. We know that Jesus did often speak in parables, and one time his disciples asked Him why he was doing that. His apparent response was that He didn’t want everyone to understand certain mysteries; He was doing it to keep them ignorant. Let’s think about this.

picture of wheat and tares - why did Jesus teach in parables

Should You Be Baptized?

A Daily Little Lesson

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Today, we’re talking about baptism. That’s a pretty big subject, and this is a Little Lesson, so we won’t be able to cover everything, but the question is sometimes asked, “Since I believed in Jesus, should I be baptized, even though I was baptized as a baby in my church?”

man being baptized, emerging from water

How Do You Discover God’s Will for Your Life?

A Daily Little Lesson

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“How do I discover God’s will for my life?” That’s a great question that all of us have probably asked at one time or another or asked a lot, and it’s based upon the premise that we believe that God has a unique plan for every one of our lives. I think that this is obvious just from observation, but it’s also biblical.

man looking at road sign - trying to discern God's will for your life

What Was Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh?

A Daily Little Lesson

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Today’s question is about Paul’s thorn in the flesh. What was it? Paul wrote about his thorn in the flesh in 2 Corinthians 12. Christians have debated over what that thorn in the flesh was for a long time. Some think that it was some kind of a disease.

Picture of thorn - symbolizing Paul's Thorn in the Flesh

“I’m Divorced and Remarried. Am I Living in Adultery?”

By David Servant

Imagine this:

Picture with text: I'm Divorced and Remarried. Am I Living in Adultery?

John is an unregenerate drug-user who, during a weekend fling in Las Vegas, falls for a flirtatious bartender named Lisa and marries her at the Little Neon Chapel. Their marriage lasts one week.

Fast forward to 20 years later. John is a completely different man. He’s been born again and drug-free for 16 years, and he has been married for 15 of them to a devoted Christian woman named Karen. They have 4 beautiful children, ages 5 through 14, whom Karen homeschools, primarily because they want to make sure that their children are raised in the “nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4).

How Do I Know if I’ve Committed the Unpardonable Sin?

A Daily Little Lesson

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How do I know if I’ve committed the unpardonable sin of blaspheming the Holy Spirit?

Man wondering if he's committed the unpardonable sin

Today’s question is a good one about the unpardonable sin and blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which Jesus said is unpardonable. We find Jesus’ warning against that sin recorded in three out of the four gospels, Matthew, Mark, and Luke, the Synoptic writers. I think Matthew gives us the most context in order to try to come up with at least a semi-satisfactory answer to this question that we’ve posed about the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, the unpardonable sin. So I’d like to start reading in Matthew, Chapter 12, verse number 22 to get the context,

If God Knows Everything, Why Does He Test People?

A Daily Little Lesson

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If God knows everything, why do we have passages in the Bible that say things like, “God tested so and so in order to know all that was in his heart”?

man being tested with giant log on his back

Today’s question is a great one because we have passages in the Bible that talk about God testing people in order to find out what was in their hearts. One example that stands out early in the Bible is when God tested Abraham and it actually says God tested Abraham. He told him to go sacrifice his son, Isaac, up on a certain designated mountain. When Abraham lifted his arm to slay his son, the Lord stopped him of course and said, “Now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me” (Genesis 22:12).