Thanks and Celebration!

  A great time of celebration over the passing of HB 10123 was held on Monday, November 17, 2014. A huge thanks is not enough, but we send it anyway, to Corie and Mark Moore, for their efforts to make this a reality in Pennsylvania. The passing of any legislation is a complex and time […]

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Join the Celebration of Act 196 of 2014

You do not want to miss the celebration the Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania is hosting at the Main Rotunda of the Capitol on Monday, November 17, from 3:00 to 4:00 PM. We have some guests joining Dr. Bruce Eagleson, including our HSLDA State lawyer, Dewitt Black from Virginia. You will also meet our homeschool […]

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It Is Signed and Now the Law

. We are thankful to God for His help and guidance throughout the process of passing House Bill 1013. After twenty-six years of onerous regulation, on October 31, 2014, Governor Tom Corbett signed HB 1013 in private. It is now the law of the State of Pennsylvania and we are rejoicing over the significant improvement! We […]

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SENATE VOTE SUMMARY

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HB1013: HOUSE VOTES SUMMARY

. This is to help you see how each Representative voted on House Bill 1013 throughout the legislative process. In the RED are our strongest supporter. INTRODUCED BY GILLEN, AUMENT, COX, DENLINGER, GIBBONS, GINGRICH, KAUFFMAN, LAWRENCE, MASSER, METCALFE, MILLARD, READSHAW (Nay votes), TALLMAN, MAHONEY (Nay votes), ROCK, STERN, BENNINGHOFF, BLOOM, HELM, TOPPER, STEVENSON, BROOKS AND McGEEHAN (Nay […]

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SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

. We regret that we cannot follow-up on all the inquiries and respond to everyone’s question. Sometimes, we don’t see it – especially on Facebook – and other times, we just don’t have the time. Thank you for your patience and for understanding that we are all volunteers and homeschoolers ourselves. CHAP has put together […]

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Nov 2014 – CHAP Field Trip

Join us for our next homeschool field trip Saturday November 22nd at 10am. We will be attending the Daniel Boone Homestead in Birdsboro, PA. The tour highlights Daniel Boone’s youth living in Pennsylvania as well as demonstrating what the daily life of a regional 18th century settler would be like. The morning will consist of […]

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WE GIVE GOD THE GLORY

. HB 1013 passed the PA Senate with a 37 to 11 vote. The bill will be voted on Monday on concurrence. It has to be discussed again in caucus because of the Senate amendment from last week. We are certain that we will get an affirmative vote on Monday in the added session day. […]

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Keeping Our Eyes on the Goal

  This is the week of destiny! Some of us stayed up last night to follow the Senate Chamber in session but there are just too many bills. They went into recess at past midnight  and didn’t get to House Bill 1013. Earlier in the day, we counted it a victory that it passed in the […]

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URGENT, RAPID, RESPONSE REQUIRED!!!

  Lord willing, this week will wrap up with revisions to PA Homeschool law. Senate Appropriations will vote the bill out of Committee today and the full Senate Floor will vote on it tomorrow. But with a new language, it won’t make it through. URGENT, RAPID RESPONSE REQUIRED!!! An amendment is being offered in the […]

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This Week’s Critical Action Steps

  LORD willing, all our efforts to pass House Bill 1013 wraps up this week. We need to pray that the House of Representatives run the bill on the Floor to pass the amendment as soon as it comes out of the Senate Floor so the Governor can sign it. Senate Appropriations will vote HB1013 […]

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TRACKING SENATE SUPPORT ON HB1013

  This is based on their vote in the Senate Education Committee and what has been expressed to us. This post is so we know who we should thank, and who we need to contact yet. Since we lobbied them loudly, we will thank them loudly, too. Please email cmoore@chaponline.com with any updates and thank you […]

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URGENT LEGISLATIVE ACTION

  Can you believe it? We have 12 days to wrap this up! We worked so hard but the hour is getting late. We cannot afford to rest when we are so close to passing House Bill 1013. We’ve won unprecedented battles in getting the bill this far. Please stay the course with us.  Let […]

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OUR BILL IS ON THE SCHEDULE!

  We are thankful that we made it on the list but it is low on the schedule list. If this bill is to ever pass it must be now, and we must give it all we’ve got. The House and Senate Leadership are discussing what bills are priority. Too many bills, so little time! […]

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Legislatively Relevant Homeschooling Materials

UPDATED: October 2, 2014  . Praise the LORD! House Bill 1013 passed in the Senate Education Committee with a vote of 10-1.  The next goal is to get enough support among Senate members, and get the bill on the agenda for a vote in the full Senate Floor. There are only 5 sessions days left: […]

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SENATE TALKING POINTS

. SAMPLE EMAIL SCRIPT:  Feel free to tweak it and add your personal thoughts and story — why you support HB 1013. SUBJECT LINE: Please support HB 1013 Hello! My name is  ______________________  and I am reaching out to all members of the State Senate to respectfully ask you to vote and support House Bill […]

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ONLY 5 SESSION DAYS LEFT

We were thrilled to hear that with a vote of 10-1  HB1013 passed the Senate Education Committee last Tuesday, Sept. 23.  That is amazing! It didn’t take long for them to discuss any issue and we know that it’s due to all the calls, emails and visits everyone is making. Because they amended the bill, […]

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SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE IS CONSIDERING HB1013

Praise the Lord! HB1013 in on the agenda at the Education Committee If you want to attend and be a part of history in the making, be there! Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 11:00 AM                Room 8E-A, East Wing of the Capitol               […]

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CHAP HELP Day – Lobby to HELP Pass HB1013 in the Senate

Plan to bring your whole family as CHAP hosts another Home Education Lobby Program (HELP) at the State Capitol. The main goal of the event is to lobby the PA Senate, starting with the members of the Education Committee, to pass House Bill 1013. Come find the CHAP table at the Rotunda at 1:30 PM for […]

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July 2014 – CHAP Field Trip

Join us on July 19th as we explore Eckleys’ Miner Village. We will embark on a walking tour of the village at 10am. The tour will take about an hour and a half covering a distance of 1 1/2 miles, mostly outdoors. Following the tour, you are free to walk about the village yourself and […]

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How to Talk to Your Legislator

  We are now working on moving HB 1013 through the Senate.  The pressure must be intense and immediate. Please call or email each member of the PA Senate Education Committee first (directory below), then call the other PA state senators. What to say: “Hi, my name is ______________ and I’m a homeschool (parent, graduate, […]

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Did We Pass the Bill Yet?

PA House Bill 1013 Updates by Corie Moore Well, HB1013 got the votes to get out of Rules Committee today! Getting it out of Rules gives us confidence that we have the vote in the House– or they would have just let it sit until it dies in November. The persistent calls and emails you […]

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Immediate Action Needed on HB1013

PA House Bill 1013 Updates by Corie Moore We have less than two weeks left to move House Bill 1013 onto the State House floor. We at CHAP are doing everything we can. Now it’s up to you! We need 1,000 homeschoolers to call and email a hundred legislators each week for the next two weeks. If 100 Representatives receive […]

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HB 1013 Will NOT Change Homeschoolers’ Choice to Receive a Diploma from a Diploma Program

PA House Bill 1013 Updates by Corie Moore There is a gross misunderstanding about the amendment on HB 1013.  An email has been received by many homeschoolers which is arousing anxiety and causing dissension among homeschoolers.  This email is not based on accurate information. Please help us disseminate this clarification. We would like to particularly request that if you […]

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HB 1013 Passed the PA House Ed Committee

PA House Bill 1013 Updates by Corie Moore The House Education Committee voted House Bill 1013 out of committee with 17/25 members’ support. We need to make sure we thank them in the Education Committee — all the Republicans (Rep. Mike Fleck was on leave and missed the vote) and 3 of the Democrats: Representatives […]

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HB1013 Update on the progress

PA House Bill 1013 Updates by Corie Moore [June 4, 2014] This is going to be informal and will be updated as I get more information. Please bear with us as we wait to get more clarification. The House Education Committee voted House Bill 1013 out of committee with 18/25 members’ support — all the […]

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Download FREE 2014 CHAP Convention Speaker Session Recordings

Convention Speaker Session Recordings: It has come to our attention that many recordings made during the convention do not play back clearly. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and want to do our best to make it right. CHAP is now offering ALL of the 2014 Speaker Session Recordings for FREE download […]

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Please take the 2014 CHAP Convention Evaluation Survey

We Want Your Feedback! If you attended the 2014 CHAP Convention, please take a few minutes and complete a short survey. CHAP is here for YOU and we want to know how we can better serve you at the Convention and throughout the year. We do read every comment! Please fill out this survey by […]

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CHAP 2014 Contest Winners

Congratulations to the 2014 CHAP Art, Essay, Scholarship and Science Fair Contest Winners! Thank you to all who participated and shared your talents with CHAP.  Keep up the hard work and hope to see you at the 2015 CHAP Convention!  The 2014 CHAP Contest Winners are as follows:   Leigh A. Genasevich Memorial Scholarship 1st […]

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Benefits for Convention Volunteers

The CHAP Convention couldn’t go on if not for the support of you, our volunteers! If you’ve never volunteered before, there are many jobs available.  From setting up tables and chairs, to assisting speakers and vendors, to providing directions to convention attendees, and even running computers and cash registers, every position is important to keep […]

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CHAP HELP Day / Legislative Efforts Video

In April, CHAP held a HELP Day (Home Education Lobby Program) at the State Capitol in Harrisburg. Click the link below to view the video and information on CHAP’s efforts to reduce burdensome homeschool legislation in Pennsylvania. Please help us help you by calling the State House Education Committee Representatives and encouraging them to bring […]

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CHAP Convention “Scavenger Hunt” Giveaway

How can you have fun, meet new vendors, learn some homeschooling tips & tricks, AND have the opportunity to win some fantastic prizes? Make certain to locate the Giveaway Card in your registration bag when you get to the Convention, and then visit the vendors and speakers listed on the card to have your card […]

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CHAP Night with the Reading Phillies – June 30th

Want to support CHAP and have a fun night out with your family and friends?  Join us at First Energy Stadium in Reading on June 30th for the first ever CHAP Night with the Reading Phillies!  Game time is 7:05 vs the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Tickets are only $5 each and for each ticket we […]

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CHAP Field Trips

Field trips are a highlight of many home education programs. In January 2014, CHAP began to offer homeschool families the opportunity to attend organized field trips. Our vision is to provide opportunities for families to explore the great state of Pennsylvania. Already this year we have had groups explore the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, The […]

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Introducing the new CHAP Leigh A. Genasevich Memorial Scholarship in conjunction with the CHAP Scholarship Contest

CHAP is proud to announce a new scholarship for high school seniors.  While CHAP has had a scholarship contest for the past few years, winners will now be proud recipients of the CHAP Leigh A. Genasevich Scholarship.  Please take the time to read about Leigh A. Genasevich and be encouraged by her Godly testimony and powerful legacy she left behind.  […]

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Want to come to the CHAP Convention for FREE? Important changes for CHAP Volunteers!

Volunteer and come to the CHAP Convention for FREE!  Read about the CHAP Rebate System below. What are the benefits of volunteering? The joy of serving fellow homeschoolers Helping to make the convention possible We also express our appreciation  with: CHAP Volunteer Rebate system allows you and your family to receive your entrance tuition by volunteering. Early Bird […]

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CHAP 2014 Convention Speaker Schedule

The long awaited Speaker Schedule is finally here!!!  Click here to view the 2014 Speaker Schedule!  Get ready to plan your visit to the CHAP Convention.  And don’t forget, if you can’t make it to one of the sessions, be sure to visit the Recording Booth to purchase the recorded session on MP3 or on CD.

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2014 CHAP Home Education Lobby Program (HELP) Day

Keep the momentum going!! Join CHAP as we continue to promote HB 1013 to our legislators, while teaching our children about the importance of being actively involved with politics. We’ll be meeting in the Rotunda at the State Capitol in Harrisburg from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. on April 2. During this time, we will […]

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Big News! The Homeschooled More Politically Tolerant?

New research on political intolerance will likely surprise many people, especially negative critics of parent-led home-based education…… We at CHAP believe in the work of NHERI.org and Dr. Brian Ray. Read the full article on tolerance by Dr. Ray here http://archive.aweber.com/nheri2010-1 and sign up for free research updates here http://www.nheri.org/connect.html.

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Panel’s Testimonies at the House Education Committee Hearing

On March 17, CHAP participated in a hearing before the State House Education Committee. If passed, House Bill 1013 will improve Pennsylvania’s homeschool laws. The following gentlemen were our presenters and attached are their testimonies. Bradley Bastedo, Esq. is the Vice Chairman of the Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania. He is Senior Chief Deputy Public […]

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PA House Representative Will Tallman Fights to Protect Parents Rights

House Resolution 71 was voted out of committee and is now eligible to go on the voting calendar.  To protect our parental rights, we need to pass this Resolution by doing two things: 1) Call our Representative and ask him/her to support HR71 2) Call the House leadership and urge them to put this on […]

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IMPORTANT CHAP DATES TO REMEMBER:

1. Registration for the CHAP Art Contest, Essay Contest and Scholarship Contest closes on March 15th. 2. Homeschool seminar with Dr. Brian Ray about Common Core and on College is on March 6th in Quakertown. 3. House Education Committee hearing on HB1013 is at 10am on March 17th in Harrisburg. 4. Early bird convention registration […]

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GRADUATION REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED!

Thanks to all who are registered to participate in the 2014 CHAP Graduation Ceremony.  We’re looking forward to celebrating this huge milestone with you this May!

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Homeschool Survey Information Needed to Prepare for the HB1013 Hearing on March 17th

You are probably aware that CHAP has been working hard to promote House Bill (HB) 1013, a bill that would ease some reporting requirements for homeschooling families in Pennsylvania. Would you please take just a few moments to answer 8 questions in this HB1013 Survey?  Your answers will be used to help CHAP prepare for […]

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Please Support HB1013 and Attend the House Education Committee Hearing on March 17th from 11am-1pm in Harrisburg

Make plans to attend the House Education Committee Hearing for Pennsylvania House Bill 1013 on Monday, March 17th from 11am-1pm at the Harrisburg Capitol, Irvis Office Building , Room G-50 ! We have a strong group of men representing homeschoolers. Please pray for them as they prepare their presentations before the House Education Committee. Filling the […]

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An Evening with Dr. Brian Ray from NHERI in Quakertown on March 6th

Come listen to Dr. Brian Ray (President of the National Home Education Research Institute and Homeschooling Father of Eight Children) on Thursday, March 6th from 6:30-9pm at the Grace Bible Fellowship Church in Quakertown, PA.  Dr. Ray will be speaking for two sessions; “Common Core Crisis: The Real Issue and What to Do” and “Why or Why […]

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Trying to decide whether to attend the CHAP Homeschool Conference in May?

Here’s some great information to help you make that decision. http://americanhomeeducation.org/blog/post.cfm/should-you-attend-a-homeschool-conference

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CHAP Regional Science Fairs CANCELLED!

We regret to announce that the CHAP Regional Science Fairs in Hershey, Hatfield and Dallas have been cancelled.  Instead, there will be only one Science Fair at the CHAP Convention on May 9th-10th at the PA Farm Show Complex.  This judged competition is open to ages 11-18 and will follow the same stated guidelines, judging […]

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Early Bird Registration for the CHAP Convention is now OPEN!

It’s finally here!  Registration is now open for the 2014 CHAP Homeschool Convention.  Please visit the REGISTER tab on the menu above, or CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE 2014 CHAP CONVENTION!

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Live Online Debate Between Ken Ham & Bill Nye over Creation vs. Evolution on February 4th at 7pm

Mark your calendars to watch a live online debate as Ken Ham (Founder of the Creation Museum & Answers in Genesis CEO) and Bill Nye (The Science Guy) debate creation vs. evolution on February 4th at 7pm.  Visit the Answers in Genesis website for more details.  http://www.answersingenesis.org/outreach/event/Nye-Ham-Debate/

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CHAP 2014 Convention Pricing

CHAP 2014 Convention pricing is here!  Visit the “Pricing & Registration” tab on the menu bar in the upper right corner of the homepage.  CHAP WILL SEE YOU AT THE CONVENTION!

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CHAP 2014 Convention Postcard Challenge

CHAP will soon be mailing out a postcard with details about the Convention.  Once you’ve read it and put the information on your calendar, give the postcard to someone who has never been to the CHAP Convention before. After you’ve passed the postcard on to a friend, mail in your completed 2014 Convention Postcard Challenge Entry Form by […]

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CHAP Field Trip to the Railroad Museum of PA on 1/31/14

Join us at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania for our first meet and greet field trip. We will meet up on Friday January 31, 2014 from 1 to 1:30pm in the lobby to say hello and then each family may proceed through the museum at their own pace. For those who have the PA heritage/State […]

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CHAP 2014 Facebook Convention Giveaways

Did you know that CHAP is also on Facebook?  Our Facebook name is:  “CHAP: Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania.”  Check us out and “like” the page to receive updates, helpful articles, humor and encouragement in your daily FB news feed.  Also, be on the lookout for the CHAP 2014 Convention Giveaways that will randomly appear on Facebook.  From now until May, we’ll […]

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Please take the Gen2Survey and enter to WIN ONE OF THREE IPAD MINIs!

After 30 years of following the homeschool movement, we’ve learned something about homeschool graduates’ academic and socio-economic successes through various studies. But what about the spiritual condition of this first generation of home education?  How did we do? Where are our children today? What were the educational, cultural, relational, and spiritual influences in their lives? […]

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Field Trip Opportunity!

CHAP has an exciting opportunity to partner with the PA Heritage Foundation! Check out this page for all the details!

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CHAP “HELP” Legislative Day

[HELP: Home Education Lobby Program] Wednesday, December 11, 2013 8:30am Harrisburg Capitol Building Get to know and thank some of our state legislators. Let them meet a real homeschooling family. Pro-actively advocate for home education and lobby for H.B. 1013 (visit www.pasen.gov). House Bill 1013 is legislation designed to ease the burden on school superintendents […]

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Announcing the Speaker Line Up for the 2014 CHAP Convention

CHAP is excited to present the speaker line up for the 28th Annual CHAP Homeschool Convention:   Keynote Speaker: DR. JEFF MYERS ~ President of Summit Ministries   HEIDI ST. JOHN ~ Author & Speaker ~The Busy Mom ANDREW PUDEWA ~ Founder & Director ~ Institute for Excellence in Writing JIM WEISS ~ Storyteller ~ Greathall Productions CAROL BARNIER ~ Author & Speaker MELINDA BORING ~ Speech/Language […]

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Renew Conference

Are you a leader? Do you ever wonder how you could lead more effectively? The Renew Conference is for you! Being held in Harrisburg on November 1-2, the weekend promises to be one of refreshment, equipping and inspiring. Click here for more information and click here for to register. Don’t delay! Registration closes on October […]

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6 Essentials to Healthy Relationships

by Milton Eder What is your definition of love? Love is…the commitment of my will to your needs and best interests, regardless of the cost to me. There are 6 essentials (non-negotiable principles) necessary if you want to enjoy a calm and rested spirit on an ongoing basis with the people in your life. 1st […]

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Fear or Trust….

Ever feel like there is no end to the things that cause worry and fear in this world we live in? Yet what does the Bible tell us? So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will […]

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Processing with a Purpose

Are you a business owner? Do you know someone who is? Did you know that there is a credit card processor who cares about who they do business with? Check out Cornerstone’s Processing with a Purpose. They have great rates and you can help CHAP at the same time.  Contact Duane Shenk with any questions […]

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Singlemindedness

by Milton Eder A man can destroy his life in one of three ways. The first is to give in to his lazy, slothful nature and do nothing. The second way to destroy your life is to give yourself to a goal, work hard, and discover at the end that you gave yourself to the […]

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Just for Teens….

The teen years are a wonderful time of life. I hope you are embracing these days as God-given. Teens are some of my favorite people – the creativity, enthusiasm, ingenuity, excitement for life, and more. I love that most teens are willing to rewrite the “rules”; meaning that they are unaware often of the unwritten […]

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8 Keys to a Balanced Life

Identification (John 8:18) Jesus knew who He was. Know yourself. understand your weaknesses and know your strengths. Cultivate your strengths and deal with your weaknesses. Romans 12:3 states “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly then you ought, but rather think of yourself […]

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Be the Leader You Were Meant To Be Part 2

Part 2 of Being the Leader You Were Meant to Be…. by Milton Eder The Bible is filled with examples of men who were single-minded in their walk with God. Moses is typical. “By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be […]

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Be the Leader Your Were Meant To Be Part 1

A truly Christlike leader will demonstrate the same fire and intensity that Jesus displayed. Wholeheartedness and zeal are the outgrowths of a love that burns in the leader’s heart. From there it spreads to the hearts and lives of others, who catch the flame of that spirit. Some feel that the leader should play it […]

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