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Statement of Faith,
Personal Faith, &
Family-Friendly Ministry Links

Magnifying above all else: God’s Name and His Word. (Psalm 138:2)

Please understand that the below personal beliefs are shared by some, but not all, suppliers of our products.

Text Box: The owners of Peppermint Stick Learning Company Inc. have the following  Statement of Faith: 
 Statement of Faith 
We believe: 
The Bible (both the Old Testament and the New Testament) is the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings. It is the Christian’s final authority from God. 
The interpretation of the scriptures is primarily literal unless otherwise clearly indicated by scripture itself (“scripture interprets scripture”). As such, the Biblical accounts of the creation and flood in the days of Noah are literally true and acceptable by faith alone, even though observations in the world itself also point to this truth. 
There is one God, eternally existent as the Father, Jesus Christ as the Son, and the Holy Spirit whose indwelling enables the Christian to live a godly life. 
The birth of Jesus is evidence of His deity in that He was virgin born and is God in the flesh - fully God and fully human, but without sin.  
In Christ’s miracles and His teachings.  
The blood of Christ, shed on Calvary, is the atonement for man’s sin – that sin could not be forgiven until it was punished and that Christ endured the punishment on behalf of man through His death because of God’s love and mercy. 
The burial and the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus and His ascension into heaven are literal facts. 
Salvation is a free gift of God offered to the sinner by grace and received by personal faith and dependence in the Lord Jesus Christ alone for everlasting life and the forgiveness of sins. 
The believers are called “the Church”, which is composed of all who, by faith, have accepted Christ as Saviour and Lord. 
The blessed hope of the Christian is the any-moment personal return of the Lord Jesus to take all believers to heaven. Those who reject God’s plan of salvation will be condemned to everlasting punishment.  
The call of each believer is to be prepared to give an answer as to the hope that is found in Jesus Christ with gentleness and respect. The good news of God’s true gospel of peace is to be proclaimed by believers joyfully around the world in the strength and courage God provides. 
In the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. 
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Our Christian Testimonies:

Rob’s testimony:

	My mother became a Christian in the early 1980’s and seeing the difference in her life, I asked Jesus Christ to forgive my sins too and come in to my life. Over the years, my relationship with Jesus has grown. I was baptized as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ in 1998.  I enjoy studying God’s Word and currently am taking Bible courses through the Bible Institute at www.BBNradio.org.  He has truly blessed us over the years with seven precious children that we can raise for Him.

Train up a child in the way he should go:
and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6

Joy’s  testimony:
	
I became a Christian shortly after my 3rd birthday in 1977. Yes, at an early age, I understood my need to be saved and I also have clear memories about when I made my own decision to ask Jesus Christ to save me from my sins and give me eternal life. I was raised in a Christian family where God was important in our daily life. My mom often put on story records for me from Children’s Bible Hour (now CBH Ministries); CBH has enriched my life and continues to do so. A story about being ready for Jesus when He comes again caught my attention and after being miserable and under conviction of my sin for a while, I found my ten year old sister, Carolyn (pictured above with me a few years later, singing), who was home at the time, and asked her how I could be saved and go to heaven someday. She read through a “First Steps” tract from Child Evangelism Fellowship with me and we knelt beside my bed while I invited Jesus into my heart to be my Saviour and Lord and forgive me of my sin. I know that God changed me into a new creation in Christ. Later as a teenager, I was baptized as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. I love Him because He first loved me.

Knowing Christ Personally...

	We admitted we were a sinner. We knew we had done bad things that God hated. He is perfect; we are not. We wanted to have eternal life and not eternal punishment. We were sorry for our sins. 

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Romans 3:23

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 6:23

We realized that Jesus paid for the punishment for our sin on the cross. He died for us and taking our place/our punishment. He became alive again 3 days later. Salvation is a gift and we could never earn it by doing enough good things. We believed/trusted and accepted Jesus as our Saviour and Lord. 

…how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
1 Corinthians 15:3-4

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9

We talked to God in prayer and asked Him to come into our life and save us. 

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Romans 10:9, 13

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith…
Ephesians 3:17a

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 
John 1:12

What about you? Do you know Jesus as your Saviour and Lord?

Short “Licks” to Ponder...

 

1. “If you don’t have time to show a child the right way to go, someone will take the time to show them the wrong way.”

 

2. Often parents want to focus on manners and character education to raise a child to be “good.” It IS very important to teach good manners and right attitudes—PSLC’s “Be Willing” colouring book is a tool that helps young children learn what the Bible teaches for being helpful, kind, forgiving, humble, etc. However, character education should be taught with the following understanding, as stated by Dr. Howard Hendricks:

 

“To expect a child to live the Christian life when he does not possess it is to mock him. Until the Holy Spirit takes up residence in a person’s heart, he cannot live pleasing to God.”

(quote found in Preschoolers Can Know God teacher’s manual, Child Evangelism Fellowship, 2004, page 6.)

 

Dr. Hendrick’s comment is supported by Romans 8:7-8. When anyone, young or old, has Christ in his or her heart by faith (Ephesians 3:17), then God gives them the power to live a godly life. But no one can live pleasing to Him without Him. Even the good deeds that people try to do in their own strength is not acceptable to God for righteousness. (Isaiah 64:6). We need to believe/depend on Jesus Christ as our Saviour and Lord. God doesn’t just “fix” our old nature, He gives us a brand new one when we repent of our sin and believe the gospel! (2 Corinthians 5:17) The first step in teaching “character education” is to explain to a child what sin is, that Jesus died to take away that sin and its punishment and rose again to offer us new life. Each of us as a choice. True Christianity is not an inherited religion or one where parents can make the decision for the child. Instead it is a personal relationship—as Uncle Charlie (CBH Ministries) often said, “God has no grandchildren—just children.” As parents we can only lovingly pray for our children for God to help them understand and faithfully tell them of His wonderful works as we teach them His truth.  

 

Flavour to Savor...

 

1. Article outside of our website about C.S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia” series that we read years ago The website also has articles on Toiken’s “Lord of the Rings” series and other popular literature choices that are often thought of by home schoolers and curriculum providers as “good”. (Go to their homepage for a list of other articles such as about “The Hunger Games”, “Twilight”, or other parenting/media issues.)

 

2. We carefully preview any secular or “Christian”-based curriculum. One trend that has been happening to curriculum design in more recent years has been a shift to  rethinking values and “group think” mentality (i.e. not individual thinking but rather everyone “should” agree and be unified in perspectives). This is a quote from an article about the “Common Core” in the USA but has relevance I think to Canadians as well. (Be assured, PSLC rejects this new thinking, however, be aware of this issue if/when you make your purchases from many other educational supply companies.) The story is posted at this link.

“A familiar tale told to first-graders in Pennsylvania illustrates both the tactics and the planned transformation of the world. We all know the story of the Little Red Hen who wanted some bread to eat. She asked some of her barnyard friends to help make it. But the cat, the dog, and the goat all said “no.” Finally she did all the work herself. Yet, when the bread was done and its fragrance spread throughout the farm, her unwilling and lazy neighbors were more than willing to help her eat it...

In the context of traditional values, the moral of the story might be: you get what you work for. But those who have learned to think and see from the “new” global perspective are led to a different conclusion. Listen to the kinds of questions the first grade teacher asked her class:

Why was the Little Red Hen so stingy? Isn’t it only right that everyone gets to eat? Why wouldn’t she share what she had with some who had none?33

The concerned mother who heard and reported this story asked, “What kinds of values were the children taught?” The new interpretation emphasizes love and sharing, but what is missing? How might it confuse a child’s values?

...The teacher’s questions were actually strategic suggestions prompting the group to ridicule traditional values, to see reality and society from the new politically correct perspective, and to intimidate and shame anyone who dared to disagree.

A new mental “framework” is vital to the global paradigm shift. But to launch the new system, the old patterns must be blurred, broken, and forgotten.”

 

3. Here is a pdf transcript of a good presentation given by a mom of 4 and Christian counsellor at a home educator’s meeting dealing with a Biblical response to the practices of mindfulness and yoga. It is called Mindfulness vs. the Mind of Christ.

Free Bible Study Resources

 

These sermons are good for families with young children. Children can colour a related drawing while older members of the family also listen, for example, on Sunday nights if there is no church service in their local area or for “sick days” away from Sunday School. Please let us know if you find them a blessing to you as well. Thanks! J

 

Messages by Jake Redekopp

Now in his senior years, Mr. Redekopp attended a small Fellowship Baptist church in Southern Ontario and was an adult Sunday School teacher in evangelical churches for many years. These messages are from “pulpit supply” at that church and are made available with his permission.

 

Zacchaeus: The Little Man Who Met Jesus

The Lord is My Shepherd (Psalm 23)

From the Mire to the Choir (Psalm 40:1-3)

What’s in a Name? (Isaiah 9:6)

The Death of Christ - What it Means

Be of Good Cheer

Great Things in the Book of Jonah

The Rapture of the Church

 

Here are some hand-outs from past ladies Sunday School lessons that have helped people live for Jesus Christ in today’s generation:

Peace, Rest, and Biblical Meditation

Freedom in Christ: Legalism, License, and Liberty

 

We are also posting some “family favourites” under various subject headings on Joy’s Pinterest boards (“Music”, “Children’s Ministry”, etc.).

 

Some other links for good Bible programs for children and teens:

 

Child Evangelism Fellowship (Ontario) Looking for great preschool Bible curriculum? Check the “Preschoolers Can Know God” resources. Flashcard stories are also available through this site for other elementary ages.

 

DiscipleLand Through the Bible Curriculum We have used this in-depth program both in a church as well as in our home on Sundays in the past —for ages preschool to 14 years old. Go through the entire 66 books of the Bible with your family; non-dated, colourful, and inexpensive materials that can be used with any Bible translation (e.g. KJV, NKJV, NIV, NASB).

 

Keys for Kids Ministries (formerly known as CBH Ministries)This is a favourite children’s ministry in our family! We sell some of their resources but they also have interesting things for children on their website. They also produce a very good devotional book series for children in various language. It is “free” with a donation to help with cost of postage.

 

PBS - Postal Bible Studies This is a free Bible correspondence program for children through the mail in Canada—short written answers, colouring, puzzles on a few lesson pages each month. This ministry is associated with the Bible verse poster distribution ministry “Seed Sowers”.

 

Bible Visuals International This ministry produces flashcard books with separate teacher’s text (various languages available). Many of them are now available as a download or on disk for Powerpoint presentation format. Bible lessons are very doctrinal and cover Genesis to Revelation; for elementary to adult (not as much for preschoolers). They also produce missionary flashcard stories and hymn visuals.

 

Bible Broadcasting Network Radio Looking for an excellent Bible study program on-line for teens or adults? Consider a course or more from here. It’s free and designed for 13 year olds and up. (It is great for families with younger children also to listen to the sermons/lectures together.J)

 

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