Category Archives: Science v. faith

End of Summer Spark Toward School: Critical Thinking

Don’t let the enemies of your child’s future be in charge of their thinking. You lead them into critical thinking. And connect that to faith. And do it now, in the summer. Make your children ready for school and life.
Thinking is a good thing. And don’t let anyone tell you that it is anti-thetical to faith.

Testimony of Miraculous Healing – 10 Year Anniversary

Today, June 8, 2017 is the 10 year anniversary of the first day The Great Shalom Broadcast went on the air. So, please hear the story again! (Oops, no it is only 9 years! Senility or innumeracy or wishful thinking? Oh no! Anyway, it is an anniversary and the story bears repeating.)

When my dad questioned whether I should stop working for a semester to home educated my grandsons after their accident, I explained that I could work a lifetime and not earn enough money to pay for the kind of therapy I could give them. Furthermore, there was no point in saving for their college if they could never read. He understood. Then my pastor questioned whether I should go, and I told him the same thing. “Can you really do that?” he asked. “Yes.” “Then write a book!” Well, the book is written.

My book, Learn at Home for Great Shalom was written to cover all learning needs of any child, especially those with special needs/learning disabilities. Guess what: we all have special needs! So in a home education system, we are impoverishing ourselves if we merely replicate what public school does. It was set up to deliver basic skills and basic assimilation for the masses. They wanted immigrants to understand the American system and be able to work in the factories. The understanding the elites want the masses to have has changed, but the basic mission of public school has not. By contrast, the far-seeing Christian parent wants to inculcate in their particular children the kind of mind, character, and personality so that they will thrive, prosper and lead.

The best education is aimed at furthering a particular child’s talents, overcoming his/her weaknesses, cultivating the joy of learning, promoting good character, superior academic skills, superior thinking, and superior vocational skills. A far cry from the aim of public school! So when a parent is considering how to plan for their child’s education, they need a great deal more to guide them than merely purchasing a curriculum that may merely cover basic academics. My book offers all these questions and gives pointers to where to find various resources. It helps the parent choose which method, which curricula, and which directions to go. It helps the parent be sure that everything is covered.

But who reads books? I felt to create a radio program. The pastors I consulted said it would be impossible. It is true that in today’s day and age, Christian radio programs don’t pay for themselves. But, I felt God wanted me to do this and I have beat the impossibility, by having a solvent ‘cast since then.

In the ‘cast, I address the underlying need, for parents to have hope and faith. Without that, they won’t look for or even see the resources for their children. So I preach faith and hope and share great ideas, often letting other experts share good ideas from their expertise. And we have had some great interviews! I tell the pastor of one denomination he is only responsible for the good idea he brings, and not all the ideas that the pastor from another denomination may hold. We are just sharing good ideas. That is true for the teachers, the psychologists, and every other “denomination” too. Sometimes listeners haven’t liked an idea I’ve brought, but everything is back by science, Bible, or experience. I work for all three together! Anyway, if you don’t like one episode stay tuned, for we move on.

Or you could comment. Blogs are good that way.

Please help us celebrate our 10 year anniversary. Share my testimony with anyone who needs it. Consider how you might participate – either sharing, or purchasing a resource, or giving. BTW, I discovered over the years that the 501(c)3 was not paying for itself, so giving is really giving here. I offer the convenience of good products, but sales do not pay for the tech let alone for the time for this podcast. It remains a labor of love — to help someone else.

Times have changed and so have needs. I continue to think about a daily prayer cast and a cast for the grandparent generation. However, the limitations of time and money weigh against. Please weigh in! Tell me what you need; what you think others need.

Equip Kids with Answers to Faith Challenges

“Oh, well, that is what you believe.” Have you heard that with a patronizing dismissal? Do you understand that suggestion that your Biblical commitments are marginalized? That you should be ashamed? That they can be explained by….your socialization, lack of education or whatever? If you can’t answer this challenge, how will your child?

Have you ever worried if your child could stand up to an atheist professor? To a supposed role model? To a really bright, but challenging friend?

Have you ever wondered what was taught in and around the school? What values might be creeping in via media of all kinds?

Did you know that those under 18 are the least likely to say they are Christians? Did you know that pastors are often baffled why young people today sit in a stupified way, untouched by the gospel, until they realize the amount of porn sewage coming across the young person’s phone.

It doesn’t take porn. It doesn’t take active choices. Just the value system taught in public schools and colleges often challenge faith.

If your faith is farther from the Bible than your parents, think how much farther from the Bible is your kids.

What to do? I have the answers! Nine, in fact. Listen to my series of Nine + Answers to the most common challenges to the Christian faith in today’s world. I give you a short synopsis of the value set and an answer to it. All in short audio segments.

Be sure and purchase the entire set. For nine CDs, mailed to you, so you can keep and share, it is only $30.00. However, if you send my a check to Sharon Sarles / The Great Shalom P.O. Boc 971 Cedar Park Texas 79630 before October the 1st, I will slash the price in half. Only $15.00. And I will pay the shipping and handling. That is how vital I think it is to get this information out.

In some Christian schools, they do teach a class called Apologetics. I am sure some of these are really great. Personally, I feel that most apologetics classes in college are more academic and dealing more with questions asked over time, rather than the questions most posed today. Worse, most of the courses that I have actually seen have been limited to high school and are so watered down as to be useless. First, we have serious challenges in today’s culture, unlike any other. Second, children need these answers long before they are juniors in high school. Thirdly, they need to be couched in modern, personal terms rather than made to sound silly, boring, or course-like. So this 9+ part series is vital for any Christian home.

Even the adults, faced with the same challenges will want to hear this series. This month, half price.

But that is not all. There are bonuses.
First, a CD discussing the importance of Sunday School/Children’s Church and how to evaluate program in which to place your child.
Then, there is a prayer CD, where I lead mothers, grandmothers, whoever, in prayer for their children and the children of this nation.
And THRID, is a tenth CD discussing yet another answer.

It is a deal. Send $15.00 today to P.O. Box 971 Cedar Park, Texas 78630, being sure to let me know your address!

Imagine how good you will feel when that slick, smart sounding bully doesn’t close down your kid. With these 19, no 10, answers, you and your children will have an answer for the hope that is within you.

Be sure to share this offer with others. Let them know. This is vital information for right now. Have an answer for the hope that is within you.

Recommended book:

    How to Not Lose Your Faith in College

by Sharon Sarles, available about on www.lulu.com