It is Team Member Tuesday and today we are recognizing Korey Risley. This is his third year at MCA and he teaches High School Chemistry. Mr. Risley’s favorite Bible verse is 1 Kings 14:8 – “Many years after King David was alive, God Himself described David as one who had "kept [God's] commands and followed [Him] with all his heart, doing only what was right in [His] sight." He says this is his favorite verse because knowing that David had his share of sins in his life, it's a wonderful reminder that when we seek the LORD with a penitent, humble heart, He is faithful to remove our sins "as far as the east is from the west." We asked Mr. Risley what he likes most about working at MCA and this is what he said:
“I am blessed to be able to assist students in seeing the fingerprints of God in His creation, through Scripture as well as scientific principles; the very orderly principles for which God is responsible in the first place. I am also blessed and humbled to work with some of the finest people I have ever known, who continuously amaze me with their kindness to me and my family, as well as their faithfulness to the LORD.”
We feel very blessed to have Mr. Risley in the MCA family and appreciate all he does each day at MCA!
“Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” Psalm 86:11
I have been asked over the years what living a distinctive Christian life really looks like. I personally have sought the answer to that question throughout my life. I am sure that there are many answers that great theologians could give to this question. Clearly, I am not a great theologian but I do believe that God has given us an answer to this question in Psalm 86:11.
This verse teaches me that distinctive Christian living means having an undivided heart. What does an undivided heart mean? I am convinced that it is referring to loving God completely with the entirety of our heart, soul, and mind. It is an undivided loyalty towards God. In other words, we allow God to control all of our life and not just relegate Him to the spiritual slice.
I am afraid that many people today who claim Christ divide or compartmentalize their heart when it comes to serving God. How do I know this? Research tells us that only about 9% of the people in this country who claim to be Christians actually live with a Biblical Worldview. If that is true, 91% are living with a divided heart. Their loyalty is in other sources rather than in God alone.
Psalm 86:11 is instructing us to ask God to teach and direct us through His Word so that we might learn to rely on Him alone. How do we learn His way as Psalm 86:11 instructs? By spending time in God’s Word and allowing that Word to be the source of truth for our lives.
I have learned over the years that to trust in anything other than God is not fruitful. My desire is to live my life with an undivided heart. A heart that loves God and places Him in the driver’s seat of my life. I want to rely on Him and His Word alone for the direction of my life.
Psalm 86:11 also reminds us that we need to ask God for an undivided heart so that we may fear His name. Our world desperately needs to see a generation of believers who have an awe and reverence for God.
My prayer is that we would begin to pray and seek God as never before. Would you join me in the days ahead in asking God to give us an undivided heart?
I love you and love serving you!
It is Team Member Tuesday and today we are recognizing Michele Dillard. She has been at MCA for 7 years and is currently serving as an Infant Teacher. Mrs. Michele’s favorite Bible verse is Psalm 46:10a – “Be still and know that I am God.” We asked Mrs. Michele what she likes about working at MCA and this is what she said:
“I love having the wonderful opportunity to spend my days with the babies. Seeing them achieve their first milestones is such a blessing to me.”
We love you Mrs. Michele and thank you for all you do at MCA. You are truly a blessing and we are grateful for you!
“For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.” Ezra 7:10
One of the worst sounds that I hear on such a cold morning is the sound of the alarm telling me it is time to get up. It would be so nice to stay in bed on cold mornings. However, I have come to realize that not all wake up calls are bad. I am convinced that our great God is calling us in these days to be salt and light in this dark culture that we live in. I am afraid that the church today many times does not look any different than the world.
In the Old Testament, Ezra faced a similar challenge in Chapter 9 when he talked about how his people had not separated themselves from the world and had become defiled. I love however the commitment that Ezra had made in his own personal life in chapter seven and verse ten. That verse states: “Ezra had set his heart to know God and to practice it and to teach it." This verse reminds me that the single most important pursuit of our life ought to be to know God and fall in love with Him.
It can be easy sometimes for our lives to get out of control and at those times we lose where our true focus should be. I heard a pastor say once that "Life is not a dress rehearsal. You do not get a second chance. You get one shot at serving God, so whatever you are going to do for His name, do it now."
Indeed, life is short and we need to redeem the time that the Lord has given us by living for Him. To do this, we must set our hearts towards God as Ezra did. As we begin a New Year, may we all allow the Holy Spirit to examine our hearts and help us to focus our efforts on using this life God has given us to bring Him glory. May we look at the opportunity of a New Year in 2015 the way that Ezra described an opportunity for his people in Ezra 9:8?
“And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage.”
God has given us the grace for a New Year and I pray that He will awaken each of our hearts daily to serve Him with passion and make a difference in a world that desperately needs God.
It is Team Member Tuesday and today we are recognizing Laura Christian. Mrs. Christian teaches Kindergarten and she has been at MCA for 4 years. Her favorite Bible verse is 2 Timothy 1:7 - " For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." We asked Mrs. Christian why she enjoys working at MCA and this is what she said:
“I love working in a community where everyone truly desires to honor the Lord in our classrooms as we pursue excellence with our students.”
We are so grateful to have Mrs. Christian at MCA and for the impact she makes in the lives of her students every day.
“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.” -C. S. Lewis
Our children will spend almost 16,000 hours in school from Kindergarten through 12th grade. During that same timeframe, our children have the potential to be in church 676 hours if they attend one hour every week for 13 years. When you look at the time spent in each of these areas, you will quickly realize the impact that education has on a child. Our children are spending more time each day with their teachers when they are awake than with us as their parents.
Jesus said in Luke 6:40 that “the student will become like the teacher.” 16,000 hours of education will have a considerable impact on your child and the kind of person they will become. Education will help define your child’s worldview. Martin Luther made an incredible statement about education long before our country took prayer out of school. Luther declared:
“I am afraid that the schools will prove the very gates of hell, unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures and engraving them in the heart of the youth.”
If we are to raise Godly kids, a Christian education will play a major role in that pursuit. My wife, Karen, and I made the commitment when our first child was born to provide our children with a Christian education and to ensure that our children would be daily exposed to a Biblical worldview.
I am convinced that it is important that we as parents intentionally plan to give our kids a Christian education and trust God that it will indeed be the right way to go. Scripture confirms that education with the Bible as its source of truth will make a difference in your child’s life.
One such promise is found in Isaiah 55:11: “So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” My prayer has always been that that the truth of this verse would be a reality for my children because I have centered their education on the Bible. As the parent of children who are grown, I have been blessed to see the Word prosper in the lives of my kids. From this blessing, I can tell you today that providing a Christian education for my children has been the single greatest investment of my life.
At Metrolina, we seek daily to partner with you our parents in providing a distinctive Biblical education to your children. We appreciate the financial sacrifice you make to provide a Christian education for your kids and we are committed to working hard each day to honor that sacrifice.
Re-enrollment begins this week at MCA and I encourage you to secure your child’s spot for next year. Interest in MCA is very high as evidenced by our open houses and I do not want you to lose your spot when we open to the public in a few weeks.
We treasure our families and the community of Metrolina!