Every year during the Christmas season we see big crowds lined up to get Black Friday specials and all throughout the season there is a rush to find the best gifts to give so that we may bring joy to our loved ones. It seems as though each Christmas season the real significance of Christmas gets lost among the insignificant things of Christmas.
It was much the same over 2000 years ago when Jesus was born. The world at that time was focused on the exploits of the great Roman Empire and knew nothing of a baby being born in the lowly town of Bethlehem. However, the Bible tells us that the real joy of Christmas is Jesus.
Luke 2:10-11 tells of the angel’s message to the shepherds announcing the birth of Jesus. That same message brings us real hope and real joy this Christmas season in a way that the things of this world never will. Verses 10-11 declare:” Do not be afraid; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ, the King.”
I love those verses and I still get goose bumps every time I read them. For in these verses, we are being reminded that with Jesus there is nothing to fear and that He alone is the only lasting source of joy and hope. These verses encourage my heart and remind me that no matter what you or I may be facing today we have hope in Jesus. That hope is described in the Bible as an “anchor” that keeps us steady through the storms of life.
With that kind of hope available to us through Jesus, then can we experience the real joy of Christmas each and every day of the year! I pray that we would all be reminded not to get caught up in the insignificant things that go on this Christmas but rather celebrate the real reason for this season - Jesus!
I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and I pray that you will make some memories with your families this year that you will cherish forever.
Every person in this world will develop and live by a worldview. A worldview is a comprehensive view of life through which we think, understand, and judge, and which determines our approach to life and meaning. We live in a culture that is sending out messages that are strong, destructive, and many times anti-God.
The Word of God tells us that it is our responsibility as parents to give our children a Biblical worldview. Our children need a system of beliefs that is grounded in the truth of God’s Word. One of the great advantages of a Christian education at Metrolina is that we can focus on spiritual formation in addition to the intellectual development of a student.
I ran across a great quote by C.S. Lewis awhile back that illustrates the importance of preparing our children and ourselves for the battle intellectually. Lewis stated: “God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than any other slackers. If you are thinking of becoming a Christian, I warn you are embarking on something which is going to take the whole of you, brains and all.”
God gave us the “call to battle” in His Word. There are three verses that I want to share with you that demonstrate the call He has placed on us to be ready. First, 1 Peter 1:13 declares: “Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” Next, 1 Peter 3:15 exhorts us to: “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope you have.”
Finally, 1 Timothy 6:20 proclaims: “Timothy, guard what you have been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge.” What a privilege we have at Metrolina of being able to use 16,000 classroom hours of training from Kindergarten through twelfth grade to not only provide a top quality education but also to help instill in our students a Biblical worldview.
As the Head of School, I am very proud that our students are testing well above the national average on standardized tests and outperforming the state on the SAT, ACT, and other College Board tests. However, I am much more pleased to see the difference that Jesus has made in the lives of our students. I love seeing our students embrace and live by a Biblical Worldview.
I have raised three children of my own in Christian education and I am eyewitness to the difference that a Christian education makes in the life of a child. I so appreciate the sacrifices that you are making to provide a Christian education for your children and I am convinced that you will discover as I have that it will be the single greatest investment of your life.
As a Christian, I want to live my life in such a way as to bring God glory and to be the kind of person that has His blessing on my life. That has been my desire but the hard part of that has been understanding how to do that. A few years ago, I was reading through the book of 2 Chronicles and I came across a verse that gave me great insight into understanding the kind of life that God blesses and supports.
2 Chronicles 16:9 declares: “For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro and throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.” This verse tells me that God is indeed looking for people to strongly support or bless. The condition is that we give Him our heart completely. In other words, that He would be the first priority of our lives. If we will do as He commands in this verse, I am convinced that He will strongly support us.
My desire is to be the kind of person that God can support. I want Him to completely have my heart. As we give Him our hearts daily, then I believe that we need to begin to ask Him to plant a vision in our lives for what He would have us to do. I heard someone define vision as this: “Vision is a God-given burden to see what a person, a place, or a situation could be if the grace of God and the power of God were unleashed on it.” Specifically, we need God to plant a vision in us so that we begin to see things differently.
I think many times we ask “What can one person do?” I believe that is the wrong question. Instead, let’s begin asking “Am I willing to be the one person that God can use to make a difference?” 2 Chronicles 16:9 tells us that when God’s agenda is championed, God will supply the resources to do what otherwise would be impossible.
According to that verse, God is looking fervently for those people who will champion His cause so that He can bless and support them in that vision. I heard author and Pastor Chip Ingram describe this process as asking God to give you a Spiritual BHAD. BHAD is an acronym for “Big Hairy Audacious Dream for God”. Ingram described this as asking God to give you a plan or a vision that without Him providing would not be possible.
One of the great joys of being in a Christian school is that we can daily point our students to Jesus and to truths in His Word like 2 Chronicles 16:9 that can change their lives and put them on a course of making a difference in the lives of so many others.
Finally, reenrollment begins in January and I encourage you to make sure you reserve your child’s spot for next school year during this period as we have been overrun with interest for spots by prospective new families. The information for reenrollment will be sent to you shortly.