We are pleased to offer a parenting class led by Rick Calloway, MCA’s Head of School. The class is based upon material Mr. Calloway just published in his book Follow the Leader: A Biblical Plan for Raising Godly Children.
Follow the Leader is a book that provides a detailed Biblical plan for Christian parents to follow in raising their children to love, honor, obey, and follow God. This book will inspire and encourage parents as they face the daunting task of raising kids in the destructive and many times anti-Christian culture in which we live. Follow the Leader will help you to develop an intentional plan for passing your faith to your children and grandchildren and thus ensuring a legacy of faith in your family.
The parenting class will begin on January 7th at 6:30pm in room C238 and will run four consecutive Wednesday nights. You can register for the class by calling the church office at 704-882-1005 or you can register at the door- the cost for the class is $14.
“Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.” 1 Corinthians 1:27
There was an urgency in the air in the days when Jesus was born. Unfortunately, the busyness was not because the people were preparing for the birth of the long awaited Messiah. Instead, people were busy trying to get back to their birth places in order to register for the census that Caesar had ordered.
The Roman Empire was the big news of the day and no one in the entire Roman Empire cared about the birth of a Jewish infant in Bethlehem. One of the two most significant events in human history was happening in Bethlehem and the world missed it. The other significant event would come later at the Cross of Calvary.
God chose Jesus to reduce to nothing the authority of this world. This little baby born in obscurity would become the most uttered name on the planet. This little baby would go from being known by no one but his parents to being followed by hundreds of millions throughout the years.
In our day, there is a busyness each year at Christmas that is associated with shopping, presents, and events. If not careful, we can lose the real significance of the season in the midst of insignificant things. Indeed, we could easily overlook the real reason of the season.
There is a lot of stuff going on in our world today and not all of it is good. Yet, we serve a God who is not panicked over the conditions of our world. In the midst of all this stuff, we need to stop and look for the significant in all the clutter of the insignificant.
I love 1 Corinthians 1:27 because it illustrates beautifully how God works. God uses what the world considers insignificant to demonstrate His significance and His power. Perhaps, we need to do as the Psalmist said and “Be still and know that He is God.” What better way to celebrate the real meaning of Christmas than to honor the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
I pray that you and your families will have a blessed Christmas! May each of us take the time to rediscover and celebrate the real significance of Christmas. Merry Christmas!
It is Team Member Tuesday and today we would like to recognize Hope Absher. She has been at MCA for four years and is currently teaching Jr. Kindergarten. Mrs. Absher’s favorite Bible verses are Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” and Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” We asked Mrs. Absher why she likes working at MCA and this is what she said:
“I like working at Metrolina because I have the freedom to train our students biblically in all aspects of learning. We are constantly building our academic standards in an ever changing society to provide a better education to our students. I also like the ability to bring my own children here and know that they are in a safe, caring, and loving environment.”
Thank you Mrs. Absher for all that you do each day at MCA! We love you!
“But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.” James 1:6-8
A house or other structure that is built on unsettled ground, like sand, has a great chance to collapse. A house must be built on solid, settled ground such as rock for it to be able to stand up to all the elements of weather. Similarly, our spiritual lives must be built on solid ground so that we will not be unsettled in our thinking or living.
However, the world we live in today operates with a very dualistic mindset. What do I mean by dualism? Webster defines dualism as: “the quality or state of having two different or opposite parts or elements.” What does this look like today in our world?
People live and behave one way in church and around Christians and then go off during the week with a different mindset that characterizes them in their workplace and other settings. For the most part, dualism describes a lifestyle that is compartmentalized depending on where we are and what we are doing.
God never intended for us to live this way. He never intended for us to be double-minded or unsettled. James 1:8 tells us that “a double-minded man is unstable in everything he does.”
Being double-minded explains how I can see people on social media one day post a Bible verse and proclaim how God is their life and a day later curse and swear on that same social media sight. James 3:9-12 tells us that this lifestyle should not happen in the life of a believer.
“With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.”
Our goal must be to settle our faith and allegiance alone to the Lord Jesus Christ. We must integrate truth into every area of our life so that we can not only prevent a dualistic mindset but, more importantly, develop a Biblical worldview for ourselves and our family.
Living out a biblical worldview means that we will allow God to shape our thinking, our values, our actions, our behaviors and thus make all the decisions of life through the lens of God’s Word. Establishing God’s truth as the foundation for your life, your home, and raising your kids is fundamental to building your house on a rock.
As the old hymn says, “On Christ the solid rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand.”
It is Team Member Tuesday and today we are recognizing Monique Pouges. She has been at MCA for 6 years and is currently serving as the Assistant Director of Admissions. Mrs. Pouges' favorite Bible verse is 1 Peter 2:9: "But you are a chose generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light." We asked Mrs. Pouges why she loves working at MCA and this is what she said:
“I enjoy being a part of a Christian community with the students, staff, and volunteers. I feel privileged to work daily within the body of Christ, supporting the efforts in raising a new generation for Him.”
We are so grateful to have Mrs. Pouges at MCA and we appreciate all she does each day to make MCA a better place.
The world in which we live today can be a very frightening place. It seems as though we live in not only a time of economic uncertainty but also in an era that is filled with danger and terror. During times like these, it is easy for a lot of doubts to fill our hearts and minds. Where can we find real hope for the future? As believers, God has provided at least two great places to find true hope.
1. We Can Find Hope in His Word.
“You are my refuge and my shield; your word is my source of hope.” Psalm 119:14
“Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.” Hebrews 10:23
These two verses are just two of many verses throughout Scripture where God promises to provide us hope and comfort in His Word.
2. We Can Find Hope Through the Presence of His Spirit
“When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.” Psalm 94:19
“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
These two verses remind me of the times in my life when I have seen God give me joy, peace, comfort, and hope in those times of doubt. I pray that you will hold onto the truth of finding hope in difficult times through God’s Word and the indwelling of His Spirit. As you remember these places, I challenge you to use Psalm 43:5 to refresh your mindset as you face whatever difficulty that may be in your path.
Psalm 43:5 declares: “Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God!”
My prayer is that in times of doubt that we will allow God through His Word and His Spirit to do as the old song says and “put the joy, joy, joy, joy down in our hearts to stay.”
It is Team Member Tuesday and today we are recognizing Lisa LiVigni. This is her fifth year at MCA and she is currently teaching 7th Grade Math. Mrs. LiVigni’s favorite Bible verse is John 16:33: "I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you may have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world." We asked Mrs. LiVigni why she likes working at MCA and this is what she said:
“Being able to be part of the MCA family is a tremendous blessing to me. I love getting to know the students and watch them grow in their relationships with the Lord. It's a precious opportunity to be able to pray with them and for them. I get to come to work every day to a place where God's truth, love, and grace are present. As a teacher and a mom, it is a gift for which I am eternally grateful.”
We are grateful for you, Mrs. LiVigni. Thank you for all you do at MCA!