Today is Team Member Tuesday and we would like to recognize Matthew Burnette. Mr. Burnette teaches 11th grade American History and Bible and he has been at MCA for 10 years. One of his favorite passages of Scripture is Ephesians 2:8-9: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” We asked Mr. Burnette why he enjoys teaching at MCA and this is what he said:
“I love the freedom to teach the way God has gifted me to teach. I love being around young folks because I feed off their energy and humor. I love being a dad whose children can grow in an atmosphere that exalts Christ on a day to day basis. I love creating an environment of trust between myself and my students in the contextual understanding of both History and the Word of God. I love the power that comes from preaching the Gospel on a daily basis and our nation’s awesome history as well. I have the best job ever so how could I not love it.”
We love and appreciate Mr. Burnette and are grateful to have him teaching at MCA!
“I, the Lord, have called you to demonstrate my righteousness. I will take you by the hand and guard you, and I will give you to my people, Israel, as a symbol of my covenant with them. And you will be a light to guide the nations.” Isaiah 42:6
We live in what could be described at times as a very dark world. We need look no further than the local news to see the tragedy and heartache that surrounds us. Our world desperately needs to see the hope of Christ lived out in front of them.
In Isaiah 42:6, God reminds us that He has called us as believers to “demonstrate His righteousness.” God is telling us that if we will do this then we truly can provide light to a dark world and to people who have lost hope. How can we practically speaking “be the light” to a dark world?
- Be a Lighthouse to Those in Trouble- The purpose of a lighthouse has always been to help bring home ships that are weary, in distress, and in search of rest. God has called us believers to do the same. Isaiah 58:10 reminds us to: “Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.”
- Be a Vessel of Hope- Our world needs to see and experience what real hope looks like. We must begin to pray that our hearts would be flooded with hope as Ephesians 1:18 describes so that we might share this hope with the world. “I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope He has given to those He called—His holy people who are His rich and glorious inheritance.”
- Be a Voice- We need to be obedient to telling people about the difference that Jesus makes in our lives. John 1:7 commands us: “to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony.”
It has always been my heart’s desire that we as a school would always be these three things to our students, our families, and our community. We have also prayed that our students would one day leave here to “be a light to guide the nations.”
I believe and I am trusting God that they may one day “turn this world upside down for Christ.” This truly is the heartbeat of Metrolina.
Would you continue to pray for us and support us as we endeavor to “demonstrate His righteousness?”
It is "Team Member Tuesday" and today we would like to recognize Mrs. Charlotte Hensley. She has been at MCA for 20 years and is currently teaching 6th grade History and Bible. Mrs. Hensley's favorite Bible verse is 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. Hensley why she loves working at MCA and this is what she said:
"I love sharing Jesus with the students and I love teaching them about North Carolina History. The people I work with are best, I consider them my second "family"! God is good!"
Thank you Mrs. Hensley for your many faithful years of service! We appreciate all you do at MCA every day!
“Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” Matthew 6:10
The Lord’s Prayer is something we have all heard and said countless times. I am afraid that it has become so commonplace that we do not take the time to consider the significance of what we are praying. One of those easy to overlook verses in the Lord’s Prayer is found in Matthew 6:10.
In this verse, we are asking that God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven. The obvious question then is how His will is done in Heaven. It is always done in Heaven and done immediately. Not only is it done immediately it is also completed joyfully.
Unfortunately, God’s will is not done as often here on earth. We need to look no further than the daily news to see this fact. God’s will is that all would be saved and follow Him completely but we clearly know that is not happening in our world.
Let’s stop for a moment and consider the significance of praying Matthew 6:10. First, God does have a plan for our lives and that plan according to Romans 8:29 is that “we might be conformed to His image.” In other words, we might grow daily to be more like Jesus. His will is for us to follow this path.
The problem is that so often His will conflicts with what we have on our agenda. We have a plan in our minds of what we want to accomplish with our lives. The question becomes whether or not our plan lines up with God’s plan. When we pray Matthew 6:10, we are asking God to override our plans and our will for our lives. We are telling God that He wins. We are giving up what we believe best for our lives and truly trusting Him with our future.
Even though we have recited the Lord’s Prayer thousands of times, Matthew 6:10 is not a casual prayer. It is a prayer of determination and intensity in which we readily admit that we want what God wants for our lives. I am convinced that this prayer is a very difficult prayer to pray.
I prayed this prayer many years ago and then God totally changed the direction of my career and life pursuits. That change has been difficult at times but I can tell you without hesitation that is has also been the biggest blessing of my life. When we give God control of our lives, He can be trusted to do what is best for us!
I pray that the words of the Matthew 6:10 will come alive in all of our hearts. That we will daily submit to God’s will for our lives. Psalm 37:4 declares: “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” This verse tells us that when His desires become our desires then He will truly give us His best for our lives.
What a great week the Lord is giving us this week! God has truly been at work in the lives of our students during Upper School Spiritual Emphasis Week. We have another great opportunity next week to honor the Lord through our school's first ever "Prayer Week."
Prayer has always been a priority in our school but next week we will be focused all week long on specific prayer themes. What makes this even more special is that our high school students have worked hard to plan and coordinate the week. Below are the prayer themes for each day:
Military Monday - John 15:13
- Wear Red, White & Blue!
- Pray for our military!
Teacher Tuesday - Romans 12:6-8
- Pray for our Teachers!
- Teachers will be sharing their personal testimony during class devotions. Bible teachers will give students time to write a prayer to a teacher (school or church) that has made an impact on their lives.
SYAPT* & Warrior Wednesday - Isaiah 43:1
- Wear MCA colors
- Pray for MCA!
Thankful Thursday - Psalm 136:1
- Give Thanks to the Lord for all your blessings!
- Lower school students during Bible class will have the opportunity to write what they are thankful for on the ROCK!
- Upper school students will have the opportunity to purchase an angel food cupcake as a gift for someone they are thankful for during lunch today!
*See You at the Pole (SYATP) will be separated into two times due to our staggered start times for school this year. Both Lower School and Middle School students and parents are invited to meet at 7:40am at the flag pole between the Lower School building and the FLC for a time of prayer. All high school students and parents are invited for a time of prayer at 8:10am. Parents, please join us at one of these times if you are able!
We ask that our parents join us each day in praying specifically for the themes above. I ask that you set aside time especially on Wednesday to pray for our school. We are asking God to do great things in the lives of our staff and students. I also ask that you pray that God gives me wisdom daily as I seek to lead our school to be all that God has designed it to be.
James 5:16 tells us that: "The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results."
We look forward to all that the Lord will do on our campus as we focus on calling out to Him in prayer!
Today is Team Member Tuesday. This is a day each week where MCA honors one of our amazing team members. This week we would like to recognize Mrs. Sandra Rogers. Mrs. Rogers, unofficially known as "The Voice of MCA" has been with us for 18 years and she is currently serving as the receptionist in the main office. Her favorite Bible verse is Luke 12:27- "Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like on of these." We asked Mrs. Rogers why she loves working at MCA and here is what she said:
"I like working at MCA because I love the kids!! They have a way of making you smile and lightening your heart with something they may say or do. I also love the job I have and I like knowing that in some small way perhaps I have made someone else's day a little easier. Through all the years I have been here as a parent and as an employee, MCA has remained focused on teaching students about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. No student can come through the doors of MCA and leave without knowing the way to salvation. For that I am most thankful!"
We love Mrs. Rogers and appreciate all she does each day!
“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” John 10:10
“I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.” Ephesians 1:18
Life is expensive. It seems as though the cost of everything is always going up. We all have faced the struggle of paying our bills and keeping our heads above the water financially. As a result, we probably have all longed at times to be financially rich so that we can provide our family’s needs without having to work so hard or worry so much. We have all wondered what it would be like to be rich.
The good news today is that as a follower of Jesus Christ we are rich and many times do not realize it. I love the two verses above because they so beautifully illustrate our wealth in Christ Jesus. Jesus came to give us abundant life or, in the translation above, a rich and satisfying life. The verse in Ephesians reminds us that we have an inheritance that no one can take from us.
What do these verses mean for us today? First, the abundant life promised is one filled with hope, peace, love, assurance, and fulfillment that only Jesus brings. There is no substitute or price that can equate to the peace of God on your life. Elvis Presley stated towards the end of his life that he would give one million dollars for one week of peace. I pray that each of us will allow God to fill our lives daily with His peace. That is truly a peace money cannot buy.
Second, I pray as Ephesians 1:18 states that our hearts will be flooded with the hope that He has promised us for this life and the one to come. God told us in Jeremiah 29 that He has promised us a future and a hope in this life. John 3 also tells us that He has gone to prepare a mansion for us in heaven. We are in line as followers of Jesus to inherit a fortune of eternal life and the future that He has prepared for us. Do not let anyone tell you that you are poor because of what is in your bank account.
Revelation 3:17-18 tells us the world’s view of riches is completely wrong. In that passage, we are told many believe they are rich when indeed they are poor because they lack an intimate relationship with Jesus. These verses declare: “You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich.” The only true riches come from an intimate personal relationship with Jesus.
I pray that you will be reminded today as a believer that you are indeed a very wealthy person!
On another note, I look forward to Upper School Spiritual Emphasis Week with David Nasser. David is the Senior Vice President for Spiritual Development at Liberty University. He is a gifted speaker and I know the week will be incredible. Please be in prayer for the chapel services and we invite you to come if you can.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead. Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life. Do not be afraid, for I am with you.” – Isaiah 43:2-5
Life seems at times to be very difficult. We all face trials, tribulations, and hardships in this life. As well, we all have those feelings of inadequacy that seem to sweep over us as we attempt to earn a living and raise our children. During those times, we desperately need something to hold onto that will give us hope and a renewed sense of direction.
Isaiah 43:2-5 is a passage of Scripture that gives us four incredible promises that we need to carve into our memories for everyday living. Below are the three promises from Isaiah 43 that could change your perspective on whatever you may be facing today.
Promise #1 (Isaiah 43:2): Not only will God be with us through any trial we may face but also He promises to keep those trials from destroying us. God promises in this verse not to let the water go over our heads or the fires burn us up. Whatever you may be facing today, this promise assures us that our God is able to deliver us.
Promise #2 (Isaiah 43:3): In verse three, God reminds us that He is the Lord our God and that He alone is our Savior. God gave us His Son as a ransom for our sin so that we might have life and have it more abundantly as John 10:10 tells us. In the midst of a storm or when facing the daily challenges of life, what a great blessing it is to know that we belong to Him.
Promise #3 (Isaiah 43:4): Verse four tells us that we are precious and honored in His sight. I am sure that all of us at times feel so unworthy, inadequate, and unappreciated. God’s promise to us here is that those feelings just mentioned are all untrue. We all need to be reminded at times that God has a plan and purpose for our lives and that He values and loves us.
Promise #4 (Isaiah 43:5): In verse five, God tells us to not be afraid because He is with us. Because God lives within us as believers, we can live with an attitude of “no fear”. The storms we face may be very difficult but we do not have to fear.
I pray that these promises will encourage you today and give you a renewed sense of direction. I also pray that we will all hide these truths in our hearts so that when trouble does show up in our lives we can use these reminders to encourage our walk. I love you and love serving you!