Investing time, organization, and study in our subject matter best prepares us to be informed and persuasive speakers, now and in the future. Speech and Debate are academic pursuits, tools for a well-trained mind. “May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands. (Psalm 90:17)
Our focus is meant to be on our own actions and reactions to others. Whether we agree with others or not, our attitudes should always be as that of Christ Jesus, and in keeping with a spirit that honors Him in all we say and do. Minds and hearts trained to give care in paying attention to others encourage us to be respectful hearers who answer with a gracious reply. “My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry..” (James 1:19)
We believe the family is blessed with the responsibility of raising up their children. Each is a unique individual gifted with specific talents and challenges, and as parents it is our duty to guide and direct them in the fear and admonition of the Lord. We are accountable before Christ for how we train up our children, to seek His best for them, always looking first to how we ourselves are living before Him. “May the LORD our God be with us as He was with our fathers; may He never leave us nor forsake us. 58 May He turn our hearts to him, to walk in all His ways and to keep the commands, decrees and regulations He gave our fathers.” (1 Kings 8:57-58) May we continually seek His Spirit in our walk as parents.