Strengthened Hands

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Dear Parents,

“You’ll never open.”  “You’ll get shut down in two weeks.”  “You have to stay open no matter what!”  How many of you thought that a month after school started we would still be having school in the building?  I’ll be honest, I rode the “what if” rollercoaster every time I talked with someone about it.  I didn’t know what the future held—but God did, and He still does.  Aren’t you thankful for that?

This school year has started off with great success, and we are looking to keep that momentum going!  By now, your child is starting to get into that school routine, but with that new routine comes a new set of challenges.  One of those challenges is adversity.  Your child will have struggles (if they haven’t shown up already).  It may be grasping a new concept, memorizing facts, social interaction, or just getting out of bed!  Doesn’t it seem like progress is almost always followed by adversity?  Nehemiah and the people of Israel saw this same pattern.  They were seeing progress; the wall was to half its height!  And then the work stopped.  They were tired.  They felt inadequate.  They were threatened.  But Nehemiah gave his people some perspective, and I hope this same perspective that was shared 2400 years ago is a challenge to you as well.  “Do not be afraid of them.  Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.” –Nehemiah 4:14.  

Your battle may look different than Nehemiah’s did, but that doesn’t change who you are fighting for and Who is on your side.  You face the daunting task of training your son or daughter in a crazy, messed up world where right is wrong and wrong is right.  Remember the Lord, surround yourself with Godly friends, and know that we are here to help you in that fight!  Your children are worth fighting for.

Thank you.

Tom Krick, Principal

Posted by Tom Krick

The Gift of Awe and Wonder

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“Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them.”  Psalm 119:129

The gift of the Word of God is full of wonderful revelations, wonderful commands, and wonderful promises! As Charles Spurgeon says of this thought:  “…the more he [David] wondered the more he obeyed.”  This obedience displays itself through joy, passion for souls, a giving attitude, unity, thankfulness, and encouragement. Could this be the problem with the Church today? Are we in awe and wonder as we open the Word of God, searching for those gems, waiting to uncover a truth that we need today?  Psalm 34:8 tells us to “…taste and see that the Lord is good!” The best Christmas gift that we can offer is time with God, furthering our relationship with Him!  This gift then spills over into our relationships with family, friends, and co-workers!  These presents are priceless!   

Posted by Tim Longnecker

Turning Point

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“We have come to a turning point in the road.  If we turn to the right mayhap our children and our children’s children will go that way; but if we turn to the left, generations yet unborn will curse our names for having been unfaithful to God and His Word.”

This quote does not come from a sermon preached last month but from one preached 130 years ago by Charles Spurgeon!  No, we cannot be held responsible for the years before we were brought into this world, but the question must be asked, “What am I doing today to make a difference in the spiritual growth of the children or grandchildren that God has blessed me with?  Am I faithful to God and His Word?  What spiritual legacy will I leave for my grandchildren?  According to Romans 14:12,at the end of life, each of us will stand before God and give an account of our lives.  Lest we think that the world has never been worse, consider Noah’s time.  Genesis 6:5 says, “…and that every imagination of the thoughts of his [man’s] heart was only evil continually.”

Reflect also on Paul who lived in a culture that was literally rotten to the very core.  WHAT IF THESE TWO MEN HAD THROWN UP THEIR HANDS IN DESPAIR AND SAID, “IT’S NOT WORTH IT!”? May God give us the strength to stand faithful to Him and His Word every day so that the generations following us will praise God for our obedience.

Posted by Tim Longnecker