I am so grateful to God for giving us such a great school year! From orientation to Springapalooza we have been blessed by all that has taken place on our campus. We began the year with the theme verse being Joshua 3:5 which declares: “Set yourselves apart today; for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” The Lord has done great wonders amongst us this year as we have seen 126 students receive Christ and so many more grow in their relationship with Him.
We have also seen great growth in all of our academic programs and extracurricular activities. Our test scores in all subjects continue to soar above the national average. We are also very proud of the Class of 2014 with 64 graduates who have earned over five million dollars in college scholarship opportunities.
I want to say a very special thank you to all of our families for how you have supported and prayed for us this school year. I am also grateful for all of the efforts of faculty and staff for making Metrolina such a special place.
We are excited about next school year and all that the Lord has in store for our school. I want to provide below some of the many program enhancements that will be part of next school year:
· Our new playgrounds will be finished over the summer
· Our new bathroom facility at the Whitson Athletic Complex will be ready for football season
· We will be adding two hundred seats in bleachers for football this coming season
· We will unveil our new marching band this coming fall
· New mobile technology labs will be available for Lower and Middle School
· Introduction of Moodle and one to one devices for High School students
· Expanded offerings for gifted students in Middle School
· Foreign language enhancements
· Fine arts enhancements
· Expanded college concurrent opportunities for high school students
· Facility enhancements
· New lower elementary math curriculum
· Expanded Guidance Department staff to better meet the needs of students
· Incredible speakers booked for chapels of all ages
· New offering of parenting classes
· Continued development of our Warrior Student Leadership Program
· Great new faculty coming on board
· Enhanced apologetics conference for students
· New anti-bullying program for Lower and Middle School students
God has created such a special community here at Metrolina and I love being a part of this great family! I pray that you will have a great summer and make some incredible memories! Go Warriors!
“As parents, you may confidently rear your children according to God's Word. While bringing up your children, you are to remember that your children are not your ‘possessions’ but instead are the Lord's gift to you. You are to exercise faithful stewardship in their lives.”- John C. Broger
I recently discovered a trend on social media that happens each week called #TBT, otherwise known as “Throwback Thursday” where people post old pictures of themselves or family and friends. It has probably been going on a while and I did not realize it as I am not exactly what you would call on the cutting edge of social media trends. Nevertheless, I noticed on Instagram the other day that my daughter Katie had posted a picture of herself as a toddler. As I looked at that photo, I wondered where the time went. What happened to that little girl who is now a grown woman?
Years ago, my parents told me that your kids are just yours for a while. They went onto say that God has entrusted them to you for a short time, so make sure that you use that time wisely or as John Broger says to be good stewards of the time we have with them. Our role was always to lead them to Christ and to disciple them. In essence, we were entrusted by God to prepare them for what He had in store for their future and to also be prepared to pass our faith in God to our children.
As hard as it is sometimes to let go of our children as they grow up, I am reminded that my wife, Karen, and I have prayed for years that our girls would grow up developing a passion for God. We never wanted them to be an average everyday Christian who may just desire to live no worse than other Christians. We did not pray for them to have mediocrity in the Christian experience. I ran across a quote by C.S. Lewis that describes what I am trying to communicate.
“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for a bird to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.”- C.S. Lewis
Our desire as parents should be that we would nurture our kids in Christ so that when the time comes for them to fly away that they would soar for the Lord. I encourage you to stay faithful in your efforts to raise kids who will one day soar for the Kingdom!
Ephesians 4:14 -“We are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming.”
We live in a day when it is difficult to know what “Christian” really means. A Gallup poll recently said that almost two thirds of the people in the U.S. claim to be a Christian. With the shape this country is in, it is clear that the meaning of what a Christian really is has changed. I believe that the meaning has changed because most folks are not anchoring their lives firmly on the foundation of God’s Word. We live in a generation that does not believe in absolute truth and are being “tossed about with every wind of doctrine” that Paul talked about in Ephesians.
As followers and believers in Christ, we should be challenging ourselves to live Biblically. We cannot hope to raise Godly kids without being a Biblically distinctive family. We must study God’s Word, commit our lives to it, and use it as the dividing line for all decisions that we make.
A.W. Tozer once said: “Complacency is a deadly foe. The desire daily for God must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to His people. He wants to be wanted by His people.” As I read that quote, I began to think about how important it is for me to keep Christ the focus of my life and the focus of our school.
God has been good to us over the years at MCA but I do want to rest on the spiritual victories of the past or become complacent in our approach to allowing God to be our school’s focus. I commit to you that we will pray and work harder than ever before on chapel schedules, school events, and our own personal lives as staff and faculty to make sure that we stay Biblically distinctive in our approach. We must continually work to keep our students from being tossed about with every wind of doctrine that comes along. With summer approaching, would you pray for me as I seek to lead our school in preparing spiritually for next school year?
My prayer is that the students of MCA will see Jesus in me and the faculty and staff. I want to not only share with them the difference that Jesus makes but I want them to see the reality of it in our daily lives. I love the students of Metrolina and I stand convinced that God has great plans in store for each of them and I pray that He will use our school to help prepare them for that future.
Life can be so frustrating at times. There are days when we all face problems that seem so overwhelming to us. Our first reaction is usually to try and fix things on our own. I have been a Christian for a long time and I can honestly say that one of my greatest struggles along the way has been learning to live in real power and not defeat because of the trials and issues that come our way.
Romans 8:8 tells us that “those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” In other words, there is a better chance of me sprouting wings and flying than there is of me living in the Christian life in my own power. It is simply impossible. That truth in verse eight is as plain as it gets yet there are those times I get hard headed and try to do things my own way.
Verses 9-11 of that same chapter give us a much better alternative. These verses advise us: “But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if any man has not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwells in you.”
I pray that you will not miss the significance of these verses. Paul is saying that the same power that raised Jesus from the grave is in you if you are a believer! My desire is that we will post these verses somewhere prominent so that we can remind ourselves daily that we need no longer to try and live the Christian life in our own power but rely on the greatest power that the world has ever seen that lives within us. We need to be reminded that the Holy Spirit of God is working daily in us to produce His righteousness in us.
We live sometimes in such a pressure cooker it seems. I pray that the truth from this passage will help to daily relieve some of that pressure when it starts to encircle you. God sent His Son to die on a cruel cross so that we can live in victory instead of defeat! Real power is available to us today as the children of God!
On another note, school is quickly winding down and I want to invite you to be a part of two great end of the year opportunities. First, Senior Baccalaureate is May 20th at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. Lt. Governor Dan Forest will be with us that night as we honor our seniors and more importantly the Lord. Also, Senior Graduation is set for May 30th at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. Motivational speaker Gail McWilliams will be our commencement speaker. She recently was a part of Liberty University’s Convocation week. Even if you do not have a senior, I promise you will come away blessed by attending as you see the marvelous things that the Lord is doing at our school.