Monday, September 15, 2014

Message from Jamie Ross, Kindergarten Teacher

“Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.” I. Peter 4:9
“Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” 
                                                                       Romans 12:13

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”                    
                                                                        Colossians 3:23-24

“So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”                     
                                                                        Galatians 6:10

 “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”                                                                          Hebrews 13:16

I am so grateful for our Phoenix Christian family! The faculty and staff of the MS/HS campus have been so hospitable to our elementary part of the family. In order for us to move across the street, they too had to move and be inconvenienced. Faculty, staff and parents all helped with the move over the summer months. I don’t have a steady hand for painting, so the expert painters did that. Many parents and teachers helped us lug our things across the way. Everyone did what he or she could and we all did it with a glad heart.

What an honor it is to be a part of this wonderful family!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Message from Jeff Blake, MS/HS Principal

Seven of the one thousand and ninety-seven passed the secret test outside of the Washington, DC L’Enfant Metro station stop in 2007.  Seven slowed to listen to the music of a world class violinist who played upon a “three-hundred-year-old Stradivarius worth $3.5 million.”

In Mark Batterson’s The Grave Robber, I was/am reminded of my own hurried pace as (daily) I rushed out of the same metro station with an anxious mind occupied with lists, expectations, and frustrations.   And, it is hard for me to believe twenty years have passed since my time as a Washington intern.  
As I reflect, I have reason to celebrate ripening fruits of the Spirit, but I know I have so much further to grow, particularly as it relates to an anxious heart.   As a result, I have given much confusion, prayer, reading, questioning, and baby steps of trust in Jesus’ call to “not be anxious about [my] life . . .” (Matthew 6:25-34).  
It seems out of reach to identify Kingdom living as a life separate from the concerns of nutrition, clothes, money, and unresolved dilemmas.  It is safe to say I am adolescent in this dimension of my spiritual formation. Yet, I am seeking His Kingdom first in simple prayers/ requests that the Holy Spirit invade my thinking.  Recently, I have found a morning recitation of the promises of the 23rd Psalm as a helpful first step.

Each day, while my mind is wheeling with a thousand thoughts of anxious concern, the earth is spinning through space over sixty seven thousand miles per hour and traveling well over one million miles within a galaxy that is spinning over four hundred thousand miles per hour.  And even though I am living in this miracle, I rush about too consumed to notice the miracle of His sovereign hands.   
C.K. Chesterton puts it this way, “Grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in the monotony.  Is it possible God says every morning, ‘Do it again’ to the sun and every evening, ‘Do it again’ to the moon? The repetition in nature may not be a mere recurrence; it may be a theatrical encore.”
The anxious free life often seems so far away.  
Would you consider joining me in a daily invitation of Holy Spirit to meet us our places of anxiety?  Each day holds opportunities of discovery and rediscovery of Divine miracles of provision. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Message from Cathy Birdsong, High School Teacher

In my quiet time recently, God has revealed scriptures reminding me that all of us are at different points in our spiritual journey with Christ.  Scripture is the basis for training of discipleship in Christ.

I shared with my student advisory class last week:  Psalms 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”

I explained the cost of a clean heart through Jesus and the daily renewing of our spirit comes from God alone.  We usually struggle, as Christians, to consistently live as an example of Christ in every single moment and situation – every single day.  1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  

I encouraged students, as well as myself, to renew our hearts and spirits through God’s power each day with prayer and bible reading.  We are human and God created each day as an increment of time for us to manage physically, mentally, emotionally, and especially spiritually.    In Philippians 3:13-14 Paul meditated on the journey by “Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

As a teacher at Phoenix Christian, I take my call seriously.  The entire faculty and staff strive for God’s direction with your children and we are NOT perfect.  My recent motto I feel God has laid on my heart personally is “Not Perfected, but Persistent!”  It is in the striving that we grow closer to God and are able to love and guide others.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Message from Phil Adams, Superintendent

As we begin this new school year we have much to be thankful for. God has preserved Phoenix Christian for many decades. We are the current caretakers of this ministry. We are grateful to those who have come before us. We are preparing for those who will come after us. I am comforted by the fact that the One who loves me most is also the God of the universe. This passage from scripture has always blessed me. I hope it blesses you too.

Psalm 139
O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
    you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
    and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
    behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
    and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
    it is high; I cannot attain it.
Where shall I go from your Spirit?
    Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
    If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
    and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
    and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
    and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
    the night is bright as the day,
    for darkness is as light with you.
13 For you formed my inward parts;
    you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
    my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
    in your book were written, every one of them,
    the days that were formed for me,
    when as yet there was none of them.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
    I awake, and I am still with you.
19 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
    O men of blood, depart from me!
20 They speak against you with malicious intent;
    your enemies take your name in vain.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
    And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22 I hate them with complete hatred;
    I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
    Try me and know my thoughts!
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Message from Jan Wolfe, Art Teacher

Preach the Word

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

We are all so familiar with 2 Timothy 4: 7, especially at the end of a school year!  I would like to change your focus to 2 Timothy 4: 1-5.   We have been charged to continue to be ministers and give sound teaching.  Too many students come from families that don’t base their lives on sound teaching, and refuse to see the harm it does to themselves and their families.  We become the voice of reason and safe haven in a world of other ‘teachers’ trying to lead our students astray.  As we endure the suffering of having to see students fail because of the choices they make, keep the faith that we have planted seeds for Christ.  Continue to pray for growth of those seeds so that our students may someday be reaped for Christ.  We won’t always know of the harvest, but we can be content in the knowledge that we have planted the seeds.  Leave the rest in God’s hands to water and eventually harvest those students for Him.  And, as always, keep on running the race!