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It’s Good to be Challenged—Part II

Volume 2, Program 23
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God challenges those that follow Him to be excellent in every way. Are you meeting that challenge? Mike Farris, president of Home School Legal Defense Association, explains what it means to be excellent, today on Home School Heartbeat.

    It’s good to be challenged to be excellent. Excellence means that we should not be satisfied with just being better than the broken system that surrounds us. We need to be excellent on absolute terms.

    But we shouldn’t let our pursuit of academic excellence deter us from the main goal of training our children to be spiritually excellent. We cannot forget that our greatest calling is to disciple our children in Jesus Christ. Why is this the main goal? Because that’s the main goal of every follower of Christ. In Matthew 28:19, Jesus gives the Great Commission. He says, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” God says to make disciples of nations, not deciples in nations.

    I believe God is blessing home schooling because it’s the best way to emulate God’s own example of family-based discipleship. The great academic benefits we receive from home schooling is a side-note of blessing. When my wife Vickie and I started home schooling fifteen years ago, we didn’t do it to produce better academic results. We did it because we wanted to disciple our children to become spiritually excellent and diligently follow after God. I’m Michael Farris.

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