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Breakpoint: Teaching the Bible in the schools, and Billy’s thoughts on reaching the students

( Billy’s thoughts – Before I post today’s Breakpoint radio commentary which I support,some thoughts of my own. Teaching the Bible in the schools is good but unless students meet the Savior who is Jesus teaching the facts about the Bible won’t mean anything. Though teaching the Bible might open them up to hearing about the God who loves them with an everlasting loving. So it is good to teach the Bible. Also I am part of a ministry called Campus Life which is part of Youth for Christ which is reaching non church youth. One week this middle school kid told me he had never heard of the first book in the book. That excites me. Because he is coming to Campus Life. Pray for the Bible being taught in the schools,along with ministries like Campus Life to be used to impact many students. )

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We told you about having your kids take their Bibles to school. But what about teaching the Bible there?

Last month I told you about a growing movement in the U.S. called “Bring Your Bible to School Day,” organized by our friends at Focus on the Family. It’s part of a growing national movement to encourage our kids to bring their Bibles back to public schools, and perhaps 500,000 young people participated this year! But that’s not all we can do, not by a long shot, despite what you may think.

As you probably know, prominent atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair brought a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Murray v. Curlett, that ended devotional Bible-reading in public schools in 1963. Schools then threw the baby out with the bath water and stopped teaching the Bible academically, which the U.S. Supreme Court upheld. The results, speaking modestly, have been disastrous. In our schools, suicide, pregnancy rates, and violence have risen dramatically, while our scores in reading, writing, and math have plunged. Of course, while it’s not causation, the correlation is hard to miss.

Bible knowledge, a foundation of Western civilization, has also collapsed. According to Gallup, only a minority of American teens are “Bible literate.” It’s no wonder that over half of the graduating high school seniors in one poll thought that Sodom and Gomorrah were husband and wife and that Billy Graham preached the Sermon on the Mount! Truly, Johnny can’t read … the Bible!

It’s simply impossible for kids to be fully educated without basic knowledge of the world’s greatest book. Without the Bible, students can’t really understand fully the English language, English literature, history, art, music or culture—and the experts agree. In a poll of high school English teachers, 98 percent said that students who don’t know the Bible are disadvantaged when reading English literature.

Another survey of English professors from Harvard, Yale, and other prestigious institutions found that 38 of 39 agreed that “an educated person, regardless of his or her faith, needs to know the Bible.” Indeed, there are more than 1,200 documented references to the Bible just in the 36 plays of Shakespeare.

That’s why the global campaign “Teach The Bible In Schools” is so important. Started in the United States in 2005 through the Bible Literacy Project, the nonprofit Essentials in Education created a textbook and constitutionally safe instructional resources to help school districts implement a Bible course in the public and private schools that follows federal law.

In the U.S., the course can either be a language arts elective or a social studies elective for grades 9-12. The textbook is called “The Bible and Its Influence,” and it’s being used in 640 schools with 140,000 students in 44 states.

Nine states have passed laws that encouraging teaching of the Bible academically in the public schools. And the latest state is Kentucky. But that’s just the beginning.

“The ‘Teach The Bible In Schools’ goal is two-fold,” says my friend Chuck Stetson, CEO of Essentials in Education. “We want to get the other 41 states to endorse Bible literacy as a supported academic course and to spread that legislative backing across the globe.”

This is indeed an international movement. Campaigns are underway in Australia, Great Britain, Finland, Brazil, India, and the Philippines. “The Bible and Its Influence” is already being used in Canada, Rwanda, Taiwan, South Korea, and even in China.

If your state does not yet support courses in biblical literacy, I strongly encourage you go to TeachTheBibleinSchools.org to see how you can be a part of this vital campaign. Or, of course, come to BreakPoint.org, and we’ll link you to it.

Folks, we’ve just marked the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which brought the Bible to the masses. And up ahead is National Bible Week. Now is the perfect time to make sure that Johnny can read, and understand, the Bible!

Why Johnny Can’t Read … the Bible: The “Teach the Bible in Schools” Campaign

Find out more about the campaign to get the Bible and its influence taught in the classroom. Go to TeachTheBibleinSchools.org.

 

Resources

The Epidemic of Bible Illiteracy in Our Churches

  • Ed Stetzer | Christianity Today | July 6, 2015
The Scandal of Biblical Illiteracy: It’s Our Problem

  • Albert Mohler | AlbertMohler.com | January 20, 2016
Bible Study in Public Schools Sought In New State Laws

  • Jackie Zubrzycki | Education Week | March 17, 2016
Kentucky allows public schools to teach Bible classes

  • Aida Chavez | Thehill.com | June 29, 2017
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A death row inmate changed, and like him we all have a need

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer had freedom even though he lived in Germany under Hitler

Dietrich Bonhoeffer resisted Hitler because of his faith in Jesus Christ, and as a result of standing up for the Jews, he died in a concentration camp. His bravery left a legacy throughout the generations.  He spoke often about freedom, and he was living under one of the most evil, repressive regimes in all history. He knew that true freedom could only be found in one place- Jesus Christ.

He had an opportunity to flee to safety. When the Nazis were hot on his trail, he had a brief trip to America. He could have stayed. He could have “saved” his life. But he knew the words of the Scriptures to be true, “Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it” (Matthew 10:39). He also knew that because of Jesus Christ he was, “free indeed.” So he was faithful to God’s direction- he knew he needed to lead his fellow Germans through their darkest hour. No matter the cost! He knew his freedom was in Christ- not in the safety of a free country. So he returned to Germany, and he would die, but upon his death he spoke these last words, “This is the end, but for me it’s the beginning of life.” What a testimony! His eternal perspective allowed him to absolutely change history. What about you, my friend? Are you free indeed? Are you eternity-minded? Just imagine how God could use you now.

 

This is Luis Palau.

Alim, formerly an assassin for Saddam Hussein is now a follower of Christ

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A church started by teens

Have you ever heard of a congregation planting a new church through teenagers?
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Young girl kidnapped by ISIS three years ago reunited with family

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Woracek twins reunited with Omaha police officers who rescued them 20 years ago

When the Woracek twins were 3 years old, they wandered out of their South Omaha home into the bitter cold. They nearly froze to death. They meet their rescuers for the first time.

Tom Woracek woke up early Jan. 17, 1997, to get ready for work. It was 4 a.m. and he noticed something awry in the house.

“I just saw the lights on and front door open and hand prints on the door,” Woracek recalled. “I yelled for Marlene, ‘the girls are gone’ and we started looking. I didn’t know where to look. I saw footprints but once I got down to the street, there were too many prints to follow so it was scary.”
The Woraceks called 911 and at 4:03 a.m., dozens of Omaha police officers swarmed the area near 13th and Center streets. There was a half-foot of snow on the ground and the temperatures were below zero.

Forty-six minutes later, the officers found the girls in an alley off Center Street. Kourtney was on top of her sister, Jennifer, who had taken off her coat. Officer Troy Kister said their cruiser got stuck on the icy hill and when he got out, he saw fresh little footprints in the snow and followed them.
“We walked down the alley and that’s how we found you. Because we got stuck in the snow, ” Sgt. Troy Kister said. “We found the shoes first and we looked up and we could tell further down that’s where they were at. When you first see that shoe, OK, this is getting worse, shoes and no kids and it’s cold out,” Kister said.
Kister said Kourtney looked up at them and said, “Help my sister.” No time to wait for an ambulance, the officers rushed the girls to the hospital in their police cars.

The twins spent days in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and months getting physical therapy. They suffered from hypothermia and severe frostbite on their hands and feet. They did not lose any toes or fingers.

The twins described the effects of the severe frostbite. “We had to relearn how to walk again. We had blisters,” Jennifer said. Kourtney said she remembers the painful physical therapy. “I remember saying to someone, why do I have to walk again? It was that painful,” Kourtney Woracek said.
Despite the pain, both tried to play college soccer. They also suffer from arthritis.

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InterVarsity: where once was crisis, is new growth

USA (MNN) — About 20 years ago, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship was facing a crisis. The ministry was having a hard time reaching out to students with the Gospel. In fact, in one year the ministry only saw eight college students come to Christ within the whole San Diego area.

From Crisis to Growth:
Now, decades later, InterVarsity has seen some incredible growth.

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William Murray, Son of the Founder of American Atheists, Converts to Christianity

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Graham Nabity finds role not as a runner, but as a spiritual leader for the Nebraska Huskers

( Billy’s thoughts – Below is part of a story about a young man who has become a spiritual leader for his college football team. Years ago I attended the same church as his family, and even taught one of his brothers in my junior high Sunday School class. I am also friend’s with his dad on Facebook. You can read the full story in the Omaha World Herald, or just click on the link on the button of this post. Thanks. ) 

Graham Nabity assumed the same role each week this season, and Nebraska teammates and even some opponents would gather around to take a knee and share in something beyond the game they’d just played.
Nabity would start the postgame prayer — something he took over a year ago after Ron Brown left the coaching staff — and it wouldn’t be unusual for the Husker I-back to look up afterward and see that a crowd of 20 had turned to 40, or that a gathering of 40 had maybe doubled to 80.
It provided a few minutes for Nabity and others to be thankful for the ability to play the game, for being kept safe, for the travels of the road team. And he always ended the prayer by affirming their Christian beliefs and seeking strength for their walk through life.
“It’s really important for a lot of guys,” Nabity said.
That time also might have helped bring sense to why Nabity became and remained a Husker, when occasionally the former walk-on would wonder what a transfer to a smaller school might bring to his football career.
Nabity can’t go back and change the stats from this season. Or get the playing time that he always held out hope would come but never did.
But the things that Nabity will remember most will be those prayer circles, his spiritual place on the team and the unscripted role that he and others took after the death of Sam Foltz. And even NU coach Mike Riley telling him he appreciated some of the work he was doing.

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