Monday, January 28, 2013

Message from Laura Huizenga, Choral Music Teacher

Are you needing a little encouragement at this point in your semester?  How about counting the “spiritual blessings” we have in Christ Jesus, according to Ephesians 1?

 We have Grace.
We have Peace.
We have every spiritual blessing in Christ.
He chose us in Him before the foundations of the earth.
He chose us to be holy and blameless in His sight.
He acted towards us in love.
It was His pleasure and will to predestine us to be adopted as His sons.
Our adoption results in the praise of His glorious grace.
He gives us that grace freely in the One He loves, Jesus.
We have redemption in Jesus through His blood.
We have forgiveness of sins.
God has lavished the riches of His grace on us with all wisdom and understanding.
He was pleased to make known to us the mystery of His will (all things=under Christ).
His choosing us and predestining us was according to His plan and will, which He always works out perfectly.
We who hope in Christ are for the praise of His glory.
We were marked in Christ by the seal of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit guarantees our inheritance until our final redemption.
We are God’s possession.
We are given the Spirit of wisdom and revelation.
We may know Him better (and better, and better…)
We are called to a future hope and a glorious inheritance as His saints.
We have access to His incomparably great power—resurrection power!

Jesus, who was raised from the dead and seated at God’s right hand far above all other powers and titles for all eternity, has been appointed as our head.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Message from Mary Hendricks, Elementary Teacher

Wisdom in Accepting Others

Proverbs 22:2
'The rich and poor meet together; the Lord is the maker of them all.

     Students struggle with wrong values. In elementary school name-calling and insults are not uncommon. The handicapped, the slow-learner, and the less developed are the butt of cruel jokes. In high school, the athletic, the best looking, or the best dressed often lead the popularity parade. Even teachers are often guilty of favoring the exceptional student.

     The problem with such favoritism is a failure to see people as God sees them. Solomon reminds us that we are all the creation of God. Wealth, poverty, personality, academic, and athletic skills are by God's design. To favor one over the other is to disregard God's design and providence. When students mock another, they mock his Maker (Prov. 14:31; 17:5). Likewise, 1 Corinthians 8:12 reminds us that when we sin against another Christian we “sin against God.”

     James reminds us of the other side of the coin (2:1-9)-honoring others for their station in life. When we give preferential treatment to those who are more popular, better looking, or better students, we also mock God. Job declared "For know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon take me away” (Job 32:22).

Final thought: To favor one above another is to mock the wisdom of our Maker!
 (Taken from, Apples for Teachers by Frank Hamrick)

A New Year Prayer for My Students

Dear Lord,

You’ve called me to teach another semester and now the new year has begun. I know my students even better this semester, than I did back in August. Yet, I often feel overwhelmed by the challenge set before me. I know that each student is unique and each child has different strengths and weaknesses, setting them apart from their classmates. Lord, I need your wisdom and strength to teach each one to accept the gifts and the limitations you have given to them, as they grow in you.I know that I can only attempt this in your strength, day by day, Lord.
Most of all, fill me with love and acceptance for each one of these children that you have placed in my care. I pray that I may show them your love and how to seek you with all their heart, to love your Word, and to pray with great faith in you. Heavenly Father, I give each day ahead of me to you, and seek your blessings for each one of the students in my class.

In Jesus’ Name,

Monday, January 7, 2013

Message from Jay Hendricks, High School Teacher

Welcome to the first week of school in 2013.
We survived, once again, what many thought, at least, according to the ancient Mayans, would be the end of the world. Instead we face the BEGINNING of another semester. The question comes to mind, “What does this new beginning mean for us?”

One of my favorite authors Chaim Potok opened one of his novels with the words, “All beginnings are hard,” which was a quote from a Hebrew commentary on the book of Exodus, certainly a difficult beginning. This is not the most auspicious opening to a new year, but beginnings have their challenges.

Henry Ford, the famous entrepreneur said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” This is a concept of beginning that has some promise, and I would like to think we as teachers all aspire to bring students together with great thinkers and ideas, teaching them to discern truth.

The beginning I found most encouraging comes from Isaiah 43:18-19, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

It is my prayer that 2013 is the best year ever for you and for PCUS.