Q & A with Nikki Bowers

Editor’s note: Nikki Bowers, K-8 principal at Grace Academy, a RENEWANATION affiliate school located in Hagerstown, Md., has served at that school for the past three years. In this Q & A she shares her views on Christian education as well as her own spiritual and vocational journey. Question: Could you start by sharing with Read More

The Honor of Sacrifice

The concept of giving sacrificially has its roots deeply embedded in the foundation of our nation. The sacrifices of the blood, sweat, prayers and tears of our forefathers are why we partake in the blessings our country is privileged to know. It didn’t just “happen.” Men and women paved the way by their sacrificial giving. Read More

Ideas to Save Money

HOW TO REDUCE YOUR FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS: * Are there services that you are paying others to do that you could do? * Do you subscribe to newspapers or magazines that you do not need? * Can you eliminate long distance phone calls and e-mail instead? * Can you reduce the number of times you eat Read More

Tips for Making a Budget

1. Make copies of the attached form so you have a blank one to use for each month. 2. For the first month, keep track of all your cash expenses – the $1’s, $5’s, etc. You have a record in your checkbook of the expenses you made by check, you now need to know what Read More

Can We Afford a Christian Education for Our Children?

As I have shared with families various ways to better manage their finances, I have found that those who usually struggle financially are those who have not done any financial planning. Thus, when an opportunity arises to make a financial investment – whether in a car, a home or something of even lesser value – Read More

Principles of Budgeting

* Proverbs 24:3,4 – “Through wisdom is a house built and by understanding it is established and by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.” * By keeping good records, having a budget and being honest with oneself, a person should not get into financial trouble. * A budget is Read More

Good Questions; Bad Timing

The presidential campaign of 1992 was very interesting. The candidates were: Republican George Bush, Democrat Bill Clinton and Independent Ross Perot. Their self aggrandizement seemed to be without end, and their diminishing opinion of each other had been clearly articulated. In other words it was a typical campaign. Then came the debates of the candidates Read More

Sending Them Off

Those last few moments were quiet in the car as we said goodbye. Mom gave me a hug, hiding the tears the best she could. I got out of the car, and walked up the steps of my new home-away-from-home. Mom drove away. I couldn’t understand then what she was thinking; I think I have Read More

Christianity and American Education

In 1776, John Adams made a statement that perfectly described the close relationship between government and Christianity in the newly created nation. He said “Statesmen . . . may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is religion and morality alone, which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand.” First he stated Read More

How Important Is Christian Education?

How important is Christian education for our children? For my parents, it was incredibly important. When I started kindergarten, my parents enrolled me in one of only two Christian schools in the entire area. Fortunately, that school was close to home and affordable. Unfortunately, it had a host of problems which forced it to close Read More