C. Todd Sharkey

"The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments." – George Washington

1. Impacts and Consequences
This year, we will not just be studying about who, what, when, where, why, and how. We will look at the impact of historical actions and events on our world today Do we really understand that impact of history on our own lives? Do the actions and decisions of the founding fathers of the United States really have an impact on today? In addition, what will the consequences be of our own actions and current events have on others living 200 years from now?

2. God: In Time and Space
We will look to see if we can see God working in history. Or, has God left man, so man can live his life on his own. I believe God is very active in history as well as today, and He will continue to do so until the end of time. Pray that God opens our eyes to His great works during our study of this time period.

3. Worldview: Seeing Everything through God’s Eyes
Do we have a biblical worldview? We shall see what others in history have thought and test their thoughts against the Scriptures. Plus, do you really believe that what you believe is really real? We will see by taking the thoughts and ideas of others from history and taking them to their logical conclusion. This will help us to look at our own ideas and beliefs and examine them to see if they are based in reality.

Proverbs 1:7 – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. God has given us the abilities to think, reason, and create. No other animal has these gifts. Have you ever realized that these abilities (think, reason, and create) are part of God’s image? An image in which he bestowed upon us. These actually reflect God. Whoa. I am awe struck by this (as should you be). We will be applying the illustration used by Christ Jesus in Matt 7 of the brother with a speck of sawdust in his eye. This illustration applies not just to our spiritual life but also our beliefs. How can we judge another’s beliefs without first examining our own? This is the second part of knowledge. Moreover, this must be done with humility, sincerity, and openness to God’s teaching. I will share with you why I know Christianity is reality. You may question my thoughts and ideas as well as other students. Nevertheless, let us try to stay on topic as much as possible.

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