Keep Children Safe

Dear parents, guardians and caregivers here are a few tips by Sarah Parisi, of Toddling Around Chicagoland, on ways to help keep children safe:

  1. Don’t teach “Stranger Danger.”

That was the warning when we were kids, but it’s probably best to leave that one in the past. First of all, it invokes the image of a scary person. In truth, an abductor will look like anyone else and they can approach children in a friendly way. Once they introduce themselves or claim to be a friend of a parent, they may not be a stranger in your child’s mind. Stress to your child that they can not identify whether someone is good or bad based on their appearance.

Second of all, there may be times when your child does need to talk to strangers. The important thing is to talk to the right stranger. It’s tempting to tell your child to find a police officer, but children often can’t distinguish between a police uniform and other uniforms, and abductors have used uniforms in order to gain trust. Helpful tip: If a child is lost or needs help, tell them to look for a mother with kids.

  1. Teach your kids that adults don’t need help from kids.

If an adult needs directions, help finding a pet or anything else, they should ask another adult, not a child.

  1. Have a code word phrase.

This is a phrase that you would share with your children, especially as it relates to adults they should and can trust. They should know that if you send someone to pick them up from school or any activity, the code word will be used. Make it something funny or personal so it’s easy for the kids to remember. A child should only go with someone who tells them that phrase.

  1. Let your child know it’s OK to yell, scream, and say no to an adult if they feel uncomfortable or scared.

We teach children to listen to adults and not to be disruptive, but there are times they should disobey and be loud. It’s a good idea to practice with your kids. Give them a scenario and have them practice say no firmly and loudly, screaming, and running away.

  1. Be cautious and aware of identifying clothing.

Personalized shirts, a team uniform or clothing from your child’s school can provide a potential abductor with valuable information. If they are able to call your child by name or mention their school or team, they may be able to trick your child into believing that they know them.

The most important thing when trying to keep your child safe from abduction is to communicate with your child. Talk to them regularly about the dangers and what they can do to stay safe.

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The Animal School

Once upon a time, the animals decided they must do something heroic to meet the problems of “a new world”. So they organized a school.

They adopted an activity curriculum consisting of running, climbing, swimming and flying. To make it easier to administer the curriculum, all the animals took all the subjects.

The duck was excellent in swimming, in fact better than his instructor, but he made only passing grades in flying and was very poor in running. Since he was slow in running, he had to stay after school and also drop swimming in order to practice running. This was kept up until his webbed feet were badly worn and he was only average in swimming. But average was acceptable in school, so nobody worried about that except the duck.

The rabbit started at the top of the class in running, but had a nervous breakdown because of so much make-up work in swimming.

The squirrel was excellent in climbing until he developed frustration in the flying class where his teacher made him start from the ground up instead of from the treetop down. He also developed a “charlie horse” from overexertion and then got a C in climbing and a D in running.

The eagle was a problem child and was disciplined severely. In the climbing class he beat all the others to the top of the tree, but insisted on using his own was to get there.

At the end of the year, an abnormal eel that could swim exceedingly well, and also run, climb and fly a little, had the highest average and was valedictorian.

The prairie dogs stayed out of school and fought the tax levy because the administration would not add digging and burrowing to the curriculum. They apprenticed their children to a badger and later joined the groundhogs and gophers to start a successful private school. Does this fable have a moral? – George H. Reavis

I take it the moral is to let the duck swim, the rabbit run, the squirrel climb, and the eagle fly…

How Does A Dragon Speak?

This was written by an 11-year-old at https://ofschooldays.wordpress.com

Today I am writing about a special book. It is very special to me because my father is the author of this book. It is entitled “How Does a Dragon Speak?” The title is based on a verse from the book of Revelation which says “And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.” Revelation 13:11

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Who is this dragon? How does it speak? And who is this lamb-like creature that echoes the dragon? In his book my dad addresses these very important questions because people need to be warned about what is to come. To be able to know what the mark of the beast is we must find out first who the beast is and second how it speaks, because the lamb-like beast who will be speaking as a dragon will be the entity that will enforce the mark of the beast. This is very important for the last days for our planet is running out of time. God, in the book of Revelation, reveals in symbolic language what is about to happen.

At the beginning of the book my father writes about Roger Williams of Providence, Rhode Island. Roger Williams is one of my dad’s heroes. Though he was born in England in the early 1600s Roger came to America seeking to live and worship according to the dictates of his conscience and also promoting this idea here, in the New World. He thought that in America they would be free from the ire of the King, especially in religious matters and was very disappointed that things were not so.  He had to fight for this fundamental right risking his own life, suffering banishment from the colony, and also suffering various other hardships. But his idea prevailed in the end and religious freedom did become a core principle of America and also part of the 1st amendment of the United States Constitution. This piece of history is very important because the idea of freedom of conscience will be revisited in the last days when the law will demand to worship in a certain way or a certain day, or else.

Then Dad writes about the rebellion in heaven, the fall of mankind, and the history of the nation of Israel up to about 500 B.C. It was around this time when an important statesman and prophet by the name Daniel, who concerned with the affairs of his people, started receiving visions and dreams, and also prophecies about the future.  In the book, my dad goes through every chapter of the prophetic book of Daniel, and gives a verse-by-verse interpretation of Daniel chapter 11, arguably the hardest chapter in the Bible to understand.

In the second half of the book Dad writes about the prophetic book of Revelation, some important American history and then he concludes by talking about the wonders of heaven and the glorious hope. It is a very good book if I may say so. I hope many people will get to read it. It has valuable information for everyone who happens to live in this period of Earth’s history that we find ourselves in. Happy Reading to everyone!

The book is available via the following websites:

http://www.tidingsfromtheeast.com

https://www.amazon.com/Does-Dragon-Speak-Stephen-Calais-ebook

 

500 Years of Protestant Reformation 1517 – 2017

What prompted Luther and the other reformers to protest? What were they protesting against and why were so many persecuted and burned at the stake?

Few movements have altered the course of world history more than the Protestant Reformation. Though it began long before Luther came on the scene, historians mark its beginnings with the life and ministry of Martin Luther.

In 1517, in response to the prevailing spiritual abuses of the church Luther wrote his Ninety-Five Theses in hopes to reform the church by pointing to the forgotten and neglected truths of the Holy Scriptures. He championed two major issues: the Bible as the only rule of faith and practice, and Christ as the only way to salvation.

Luther also taught that:

  • Christ is the true head of the church, not the pope;
  • Scripture is the ultimate authority, not the traditions of the Church of Rome;
  • Scripture is not reserved for leaders, clergy, and theologians, it is meant to be read and understood by everyone;
  • Prayerful study of the Bible, guided by the Holy Spirit, will lead the believer to an understanding of God’s will for his life.

The 95 propositions were rejected by the Roman church. Luther was condemned as heretic and excommunicated by the pope himself. And if it weren’t for his friends who kidnapped him and took him to a secure place he would have been put to death as many reformers before and after him have. What was their crime? They took a stand for the truth of the Holy Scriptures while exposing the errors of the church.

Truth is never popular because it rebukes sin. It has never been accepted by the majority because it calls to repentance. It is not convenient because it demands obedience, yet it is worth living and even dying for.

5 Distinctive Teachings of the Protestant Reformation

  1. Sola Scriptura – “The Bible alone.” Scripture alone is the authority and the standard of truth to every believer.

  2. Sola Gratia – “Grace alone.” God’s undeserved grace has alone the power to draw people to Himself.

  3. Sola Fide – “Faith alone. Man is justified by faith alone in the finished work of Christ, not by any works or merits of his own. Obedience is the response of the believer.

  4. Sola Christus – “Christ alone.” Salvation is accomplished by Christ alone. He is the only mediator between man and God. We are to pray and confess our sins directly to Him.

  5. Soli Deo Gloria – “To God alone be the glory.” Praise, and honor, and glory belong to Him, undivided.

Many today cling to the traditions of their ancestors. When the Lord sends additional light, they refuse to accept it because their fathers had not received it. God will not approve us  if we look to our fathers to decide our duty instead of searching the Word of Truth for ourselves. We are accountable for the additional light that now shines on us from the Word of God.

Some say the protest is over. This must mean one of two things, either that the church has reformed and abides completely by the Holy Scriptures or that the counter-reformation launched by the Jesuits accomplished its goal of silencing the protest.

You don’t need a PhD in order to conclude that the teachings of the Universal church have not changed and that it has not reformed. The practice of confessing the sins to a priest, prayers addressed to dead saints, the 10 commandments altered (second commandment removed and the 10th divided to keep the 10 count), biblical Sabbath replaced by the pagan Sunday, and other non biblical practices are issues that should prompt us to keep the protest going.

But be prepared, for everyone whom God uses to present truths that apply especially to their time will face opposition. There was a present truth in the days of Luther and before him in the days of Abel, and Noah, and Abraham, and Jeremiah, Daniel, John the Baptist, and many others. There is present truth for the church today. But the majority today as in the days of old want truth no more than Luther’s opponents did. Those who present the truth for this time should not expect to be received more favorably than the earlier Reformers were. The great controversy between truth and error, between Christ and Satan, is expected to increase towards the close of this world’s history. May God helps us take our stand with the truth!

Inspired by Signs of The Times, Special Edition 500 Years of Reformation and The Great Controversy by E. G. White

Raising Obedient Kids

The Formula

by John Rosemond

Obedient kids are happy kids. Therefore, whereas an obedient child is certainly a blessing to a parent, the greatest benefit of obedience accrues to the child.

Getting a child to obey is a matter of six features of parent communication that I call The Formula:

1. Speak from an upright position. I know that some “experts” say to kneel in front of the child, but they’re wrong.

2. Use as few words as possible to convey the instruction.

3. Precede the instruction with an authoritative phrase such as, “I want you to . . . ,” “It’s time for you to . . . ,” or “I expect you to . . .”

4. Do not explain why you’re giving the instruction. That results in the question, “Why?”

5. If the child asks why, respond with, “Because I said so.” Again, I know that some disagree; but, again, they’re wrong.

6. If possible, walk away. Don’t stand there giving the child someone to push back against.

In September 2016, a couple in Richmond, Virginia, heard me describe The Formula. Their three-year-old has been obedient ever since. Mind you, prior to the fateful speaking engagement in question, this child ignored, complained, cried, and otherwise refused to obey instructions from her parents. The child’s oppositional defiant disorder was cured in one day.

A couple who attended a small-group retreat in Atlanta in February 2017 began using The Formula with their four-year-old. The first day, the little fellow cleaned up his toys by himself, dressed himself, and when straightforwardly told to stop interrupting conversations between his parents, he stopped and remained quiet. All three were firsts. When his dreaded nap time came, his parents used The Formula, and he took his nap without a fight, whereas prior to this, there had always been a nap-time scene. He also had a habit of following his mother around the house. She told him to stop and leave the room. He left the room.

The parents, amazed at how much progress they’d made in such a short time, applied a similar recommendation of mine to their son’s refusal to eat vegetables. At dinner they gave him one green bean cut into pieces, one half teaspoon of fried chicken, and one half teaspoon of mashed potatoes and gravy. They informed him that when he ate everything, he could have seconds of anything. He ate everything. Over subsequent nights they increased the veggie but not the meat or starch. A week later, he was eating a regular helping of broccoli without complaint. In addition, his teacher reported that he was also eating veggies at school.

The proper discipline of a child is a matter of presentation, folks. It isn’t a matter of using correct consequences, although there will be times when consequences are necessary. The Formula keeps the use of consequences to a minimum, meaning everyone is happier.

Your great-grandmother could have told you this. Despite what people in my profession have been saying for 50 years, there is nothing new under the sun concerning children.