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I’d like to spotlight some of the common teachings and practices that Doug Phillips and Vision Forum promoted. Many of these teachings go far beyond Doug Phillips and Vision Forum and have spread via homeschool networking, family-integrated church networking, the internet.
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Doug Phillips and His 200-Year Plan for Multi-Generational Faithfulness
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Over at Bluebehemoth.com, one of Vision Forum’s websites, I found an audio series available called: The 200 Year Plan: A Practicum on Multi-Generational Faithfulness. I have discovered a certain lingo that is popping out while reading a lot of Vision Forum material. I have bolded the keywords.
The speakers in the audio are Doug Phillips and Geoff Botkin. Here is the introduction to the series:
Our age is defined by warfare against the Christian family, and one of the casualties experienced by many families is the death of multi-generational victory. Psalm 128 teaches that it is the hope of the righteous man to see the generations that come after him persevere in Christ
Only God’s grace can produce such a blessed result, but the Bible teaches that parents can make strategic choices which either impede or bless generational faithfulness.
The fact is that Christian families suffer today because they fail to capture the hearts of their children. Too often they fail to communicate vision, convictions, and wisdom to their children. In the battle between pagan culture and the Christian family culture, paganism often wins. The sad response is that too many Christian parents simply give up. Others set their goals so low that their best strategy is simply to see their children “survive” a little bit longer, or to lose the battle for the generations as slowly as possible.
We believe more is needed. Our message is this: To achieve victory, first you must seek it. In the battle for the family, this means making God-honoring and strategic choices which cultivate an environment of honor, faithfulness to Christ, and generational-minded strategic choices. For our children to be mighty in the land, we must embrace a long-term vision of victory, and this will only be achieved if we take steps now to plan and implement multi-generational goals for our families.
If you buy the audio series, it includes over 9 hours and 30 minutes of teachings and 11 lectures. In addition to the lectures, here are a few slide presentations offered:
Strategic Considerations for Multi-Generational Vision
How to Draft a 200 Year Plan Part 1
The Family Investiture
More can be found at the website.
- What do you notice with the bolded words? Any common themes?
- What does it mean to be mighty in the land?
- What does multi-generational victory mean?
- How does planning ensure our children will follow the path we’d like for them to travel?
Before closing, I’d like to leave you with this video, part of the another Vision Forum Project, the “Everyday News Network.” Families submitted short 30- to 120-second video stories of their every day life. It’s only 1 minute 45 seconds.
Description from YouTube:
Uploaded on Aug 13, 2008
Julia introduces her family’s new baby and, along with her little brother, describes how children are a blessing from the Lord. Presented by Vision Forum, Doug Phillips, and the Everyday News Network. http://www.visionforum.com
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Do you see any correlation between this video and the multi-generational vision description above?
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