Monday, November 24, 2014

Message from Carol Stines, Director of International Programs

I love the story in John 9 about the blind man Jesus healed.  I love it because of the connection the healed man made when he realized he’d had a spiritual healing as well as a physical healing.  Verse 25 c has always been one of my favorite…”I was blind, but now I see”.  I also love how he stood up to the Pharisees afterwards.  He even taunted them…I’ve already told you what he (Jesus) did…do you keep asking because you also want to become one of his disciples?”
I contrast this blind man who was healed with the lame man by the pool of Bethesda in John 5.  This man is also miraculously healed by Jesus, but instead of being thankful, he “told on” Jesus.  Verses 15 and 16 say that he told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him whole and therefore the Jews persecuted Jesus.  I don’t understand why he would do that after receiving such an amazing gift.  It’s so easy to ask the Lord for things but then not even show appreciation. 
As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, may we be truly thankful – and to the one who deserves our thanks

Monday, November 17, 2014

Message from Irma Flores, Elementary Teacher

My God with his loving kindness shall come to meet me at every corner. Psalm 59:10

Not one good thing hath failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spoke concerning you.  Joshua 23:14

I was at my sister's cabin in Prescott in early October, and took a walk about the hillside. Memories of my earlier visit this past summer came to me, and I thought, "Time is passing and now it's autumn."  My contemplation brought on a melancholy mood, but then  I thought anew, "It's the autumn of life."  I'm not a poet, but that sounded poetic.  The autumn of life could mean the years of our life, circumstances in our life or a point in our life.  Whichever one it is, God is there and He will walk with us through this season.  That's a wonderful consolation.  Isn't autumn beautiful?

Monday, November 3, 2014

Message from Bruce Consier, Athletic Director

Content Whatever the Circumstances Because Jesus Raised You Up
By Paul Banta

Philippians 4:10-14 says, “I’m glad in God, far happier than you would ever guess—happy that you’re again showing such strong concern for me. Not that you ever quit praying and thinking about me. You just had no chance to show it. Actually, I don’t have a sense of needing anything personally. I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am. I don’t mean that your help didn’t mean a lot to me—it did. It was a beautiful thing that you came alongside me in my troubles”. The Message

God has given a mission to you in this school and it's not an impossible job for you to achieve.  He tells us that He'll never leave us or forsake us and His promises are real, true and justified.  He wants you to significantly impact others.  Most successes we've had have been by the world's standards and have been based on our personal hard work.  This is a natural part of success-work that is!  God wants us to look past the immediate impact of success to a higher level of thinking, acting and repeating, that being impacting your students for His significance.  We're to remain on this continuous and conscious journey from success to significance.

In Philippians 4:13, the key concept is that through Him (not ourselves) we have strength for success to be significant.  You see, Christ gave up His life so that He could give life to you so that He could live His life through you.  The Lord's promise in John 10:10b says, "I have come that you might have a great life and have it abundantly."  We're on a journey and a process of growing that takes a lifetime, but being like Him your journey will happen.  Romans 8:29a, 30 and 31b says, "For those [you and me] He foreknew [before you came to earth] He also predestined [had a special plan for] to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, and you who He predestined, He called, He justified and glorified you. If God is for you, who can be against you?  God did not even spare His own Son for you, but gave Him up for you; how He will not also, along with Jesus, graciously give you all things."  Wow!  What a purpose, an empowering and a promise.  Christ died for you, was raised to life for you, is with the Father right now and is interceding for you.  This is true love and shows the successfulness of God's special plan for you and me.  How significant is this?  Verse 39 in the same chapter says, "In all the things we do, we are more than conquerors."  Our journey is dependent on our faith in the living Savior.

Remember what our Lord told us, "Apart from me you cannot do anything."  He wasn't joking.  He really meant it and that why He said it.  Our power to be significant comes from Him only.  If you believe He's your Savior, then you'll believe in the reality of His Word.  His words are true and they set you free to do His purpose and your passion.  If you want to be freed up to do significant things for God, let His truth set you free!  Stop fantasizing about who you think you are, some-big-time coach or teacher who's on an ego trip.  Just be that simple, humble character that shows love, grace and mercy to their players and is ready to die for being significant.  

Well, are you ready to take your success to levels of significance?  Are you ready to do what you've been appointed to do before you hit the turf the next time?   What choice do we really have?  When you think about it, it would be far better for us as coaches and teachers to be raised up spiritually through life as God intended for us and grow in soccer knowledge to develop our passion to impact our players.  If you’re still not sure maybe the lyrics from this great song will know who you can depend on. They did for me.

You (Jesus) Can Raise You Up

When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary;
When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence,
Until you come and sit awhile with me.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up: To more than I can be.
There is no life - no life without it's hunger
Each restless heart beats so imperfectly
But when you come and I am filled with wonder
Sometimes, I think I glimpse eternity
You raise me up so I can stand on mountains
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas
I am strong when I am on your shoulders
You raise me up to more than I can be

What’s your next move?

May our God bless you............

Monday, October 27, 2014

Message from Karla Mungillo, Fifth Grade Teacher

Once there was a man who dared God to speak.
“Burn the bush like you did for Moses, God.  And I will follow.
Collapse the walls like you did for Joshua, God.  And I will fight.
Still the waves like you did on Galilee, God.  And I will listen.”
And so the man sat by a bush, near a wall, close to the sea and waited for God to speak.  And God heard the man, so God answered.  He sent fire, not for a bush, but for a church.  He brought down a wall, not of brick, but of sin.  He stilled a storm, not of the sea, but of a soul.
And God waited for the man to respond.
And he waited……
And waited…..
And waited.
But because the man was looking at bushes, not hearts; bricks and not lives; seas and not souls, he decided that God had done nothing.  Finally he looked to God and asked, ”Have you lost your power?”
And God looked at him and said, “have you lost your hearing?”

How far do you want God to go in getting your attention?  If God has to choose between your eternal safety and your earthly comfort, which do you hope he chooses? God will whisper.  He will shout.  He will touch and tug.  He will take away burdens, he’ll even take away our blessings.  If there are  a thousand steps between us and him, he will take all but one.  But he will leave the final one for us.  The choice is ours. 

John 14:27--Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  Not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let them be afraid.  John 10:11--I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep……I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me….I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold.  I must bring them also.  They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Message from David Callahan, High School Teacher

Work in Line with the Gospel

There is only one way to deal with the sin that remains and the death we deserve, and it isn’t found at the top of any corporate ladder, or in the size of a 401K, or in the number of people reporting to you, or even in how happy you are in your job. Only God can address the needs nested deep in our weaknesses, insecurities, fears, and failures. Success could never address what we all really need most. Only the gospel will save us — even those who believe success in this life might save them.

We all try to earn love. For many of us, it started in preschool trying to please Mom and Dad with another picture for the fridge. Then it was cultivated in the competition of middle-school classrooms, and confirmed in the grades and awards of high school. In college, for the first time, we were identified by our major — our future job. And then four years later, after our first paycheck, we’re already fighting society’s desire to define us by where we work, who works for us, and how much we make. It all looks like work, but it’s really worship. It wears the responsible nametag of provision, but it’s really the frantic, promiscuous search for redemption.

Again, Keller writes:
God is not on a leash, he cannot be bought or appeased. The gods of religion can be controlled. If we offer them hard work and devotion, then they are beholden to us. However, God cannot be approached like that. Whatever he gives us is a gift of grace. (85)
God will never be won through work. He loves to save, but he will not rescue those who believe they’ve earned it. Grace is the only currency he trades in. Everything else we might offer him is as Monopoly money in his hands. He refuses to love and affirm you like a cosmic CEO, because he’s not “served by human hands, as though he needed anything” (Acts 17:25).

To be clear, success is not a curse. It becomes a curse when it quietly becomes your savior. God prospers the work of our hands in all kinds of ways for his glory. But it is not his method of making you his, and it’s certainly not meant to make much of you. Success is a servant of sovereign Grace, the only means by which anyone is saved.

The Lethal Drug in Your Dream Job
The Lethal Drug in Your Dream Job | Desiring God
Why do you want the job you do? Success is a subtle, but deadly god in America. But unlike the typical career path in our country, our God only trades in the currency of grace. We’ve been accepted and loved long before we clock in on Monday.