It is Team Member Tuesday and today we are recognizing JarMark Parker. He has been at MCA for 3 years and is currently teaching Physical Education and coaches Varsity Girls Basketball. Coach Parker’s favorite Bible verses are Ephesians 6:10-18, verses 10-11 say: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” We asked Coach Parker why he enjoys working at MCA and this is what he said:
“Working with youth is a passion that I feel God has given me. I love working at a Christian school because I can share my testimony and let students know that even though we struggle God will always have our back!!”
We love Coach Parker and are thankful for all he does each day to impact the students and families at MCA!
“No O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what He requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
For the most part, people like to know what is expected of them whether it is on the job or from some social connection. Most people do not want to work for someone who does not make their expectations clear. When that is the case, there is a sense of confusion, disillusionment, and ultimately disappointment that follows.
I do not believe that the Christian life is any different. We should desire to know what God expects of us in our daily lives. There are a lot of theories out there about what God expects but unfortunately these theories most times lead to frustration. What we need is the real Biblical truth of what God requires.
Micah answers this question very simply in chapter six and verse eight. He lists three things we need to follow do as He requires.
· To do what is right: In other words, we must follow the truth of His Word. The Bible must be the authority of our lives that directs our paths and every aspect of our lives.
· To love mercy: God sent His Son as payment for our sins. God provided mercy and grace at the cross for us. He expects us to live by those same principles in how we treat others. As Amy Carmichael once said: “God not only forgave our sins at Calvary but He also forgot them.” Are we merciful in the same way towards others?
· To walk humbly with our God: The Christian life was never supposed to be about us. John 3:30 declares: “He must become greater, I must become less.” I am convinced that real victory comes in the Christian life when we learn this principle.
It all sounds really simple when you examine what Micah recorded. However, the difficulty comes in living it out. I am convinced that many Christians continue to experience frustration and disappointment in their Christian lives because they have not begun to live out the principles recorded in Micah 6:8.
What about you? Do you ever wonder if there could be more to the Christian life than you are experiencing now? Why not go back to the basics that Micah prescribed?
I pray that we all will seek to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God!
Today we are recognizing Sharon Aceta for Team Member Tuesday. Mrs. Aceta has been at MCA for two years and she teaches High School Math. Her favorite Bible verse is Ephesians 5:2 – “And walk in love as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” She says that this is her and her husband’s verse for their lives and their marriage as they strive to be a sweet fragrance of Christ to those they meet. We asked Mrs. Aceta why she enjoys working at MCA and this is what she said:
“I love teaching mathematics to my students! I call them my 'kids' because they truly become part of my family! They listen to all my stories, pray for me, and allow me to become a part of their lives too. And I love the faculty and staff here at MCA! This school has amazing, dedicated people who are so genuine and truly show the love of Christ day in and day out!”
We love having Mrs. Aceta in the MCA family and we appreciate all she does each day for our students!
“Then Elijah stood in front of them and said, “How much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions?” 1 Kings 18:21
We all have those moments in life when we are faced with what seems to be a difficult choice to make. In making those choices, what should we rely on to make the right choice? The far safer choice is to choose the option that has the best possibility of an outcome with some element of certainty. Most people are more likely to go with something or someone that you can count on in a pinch.
This is essentially the same situation that the prophet Elijah spoke about in 1 Kings 18 when he challenged the people of Israel to make a choice about who they were going to serve. He is asking them why they are vacillating back and forth between the one true God and other substitutes who have no real power.
If not careful, we can spend our lives chasing things that have no real power to satisfy our soul. The urgency of our jobs and the desire to chase the American dream can have us wavering as Elijah described. The things of this world will never be what we need in times of difficulty and crisis when we need someone or something to count on.
The real truth is that most of life is lived in the valley and not on the mountain top. In the valley, we quickly discover that wavering in our faith is of no comfort. During those times, we find peace and comfort in serving the one true God. All of this begs the question then of why we do not just make serving God the priority of our lives.
Why not trust Him in both the good times and the bad times? Why waver on a God who can be trusted? I love how Deuteronomy 7:9 describes how faithful God is to those who choose to love and follow Him.
“Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps His covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes His unfailing love on those who love Him and obey His commands.”
We all need someone to count on in this life. There is just no need to vacillate any longer. I pray that we will boldly step out in faith and trust and serve God with every bit of our lives. As Deuteronomy 7:9 says, He is a God who keeps His Word and “lavishes His unfailing love on us.”
What more could we ask for than to serve a God we can trust and one who loves us unconditionally?
It is Team Member Tuesday and we are recognizing Becky Sutton. She has been at MCA for 10 years and is currently serving as the Upper School Administrative Assistant. Her favorite Bible verse is Joshua 1:9 – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” We asked Mrs. Sutton why she likes working at MCA and this is what she said:
“I love my job at MCA because I feel as though we are a family. My job is to try and take care of the teachers and students to the best of my ability. I want them to know that they are loved and supported and that I genuinely care about each and every one of them. What other job could you have that you can take the time to listen to and pray for those around you on a daily basis? For me, it doesn't get any better than that!”
Mrs. Sutton is such a blessing to MCA and we appreciate all she does for our students, families, and staff!
Today we are recognizing Ginny Woodmansee for Team Member Tuesday. Mrs. Woodmansee has been at MCA for 9 years and is currently teaching 1st Grade. Her favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11- “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” We asked Mrs. Woodmansee what she enjoys about teaching at MCA and this is what she said:
“Being a part of the MCA family is such a blessing. I've been teaching first grade for nine years now and the best part of my job would have to be the people--the staff, my students, and their families. I'm constantly learning from all of them. The grace and love I have received can be overwhelming. Daily, I experience Christ's love through them and in return I have been transformed as a daughter, wife, mom, teacher, and friend. Not only do I get to see MCA as an employee but also as a parent. I'm so thankful my girls are here receiving the same love, grace, and Biblical worldview. We are changed for the better because we are a part of this family!”
We are so grateful for Mrs. Woodmansee and appreciate all she does each day at MCA!
“Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” -Colossians 2:7
I can honestly say that I have never had a “green thumb” when it comes to growing things. I have never had the best looking yard. I once had a professional look at my grass and give me his honest evaluation of why my grass struggles to stay alive. He told me that I have never established a good root system with my grass. I have always planted at the wrong time and thus the root system was not adequate to survive the harsh weather conditions that come.
Similarly, that same problem exists many times in our lives as Christians. We have not established our lives to be rooted and grounded in the person of Jesus Christ. I look back and remember my teenage years and how I chased after all that the world had to offer. I was chasing so many things that I had made my gods. I was living the reality of Jeremiah 2:25.
Jeremiah 2:25 declares: “When will you stop running? When will you stop panting after other gods? But you say, ‘Save your breath. I’m in love with these foreign gods, and I can’t stop loving them now!” During those years, I was running from God but I also loved chasing after all those things that at the time I did not realize could not satisfy me. Finally, I came to end of myself and realized all those things could not bring peace and joy to my soul.
It was then that I began to invest in my relationship with the Lord Jesus and allow Him to become my Lord. I planted my roots deep in Him and in His Word. I began to build my life upon Him as Colossians 2:7 says above. I saw the truth of growing strong in His Word become a reality in my life.
However, I do not want you to miss the result in Colossians 2:7 of establishing a root system in the person of Jesus Christ and building our lives upon Him. The reason I do not want you to miss it is because that result has been the greatest blessing of my life. The result I am referring to is the phrase at the end of the verse which says that “you will overflow with thankfulness.”
I am so thankful for all that God has done in my life since I made the decision to build my life upon His. I am grateful for the family He has given me and for the calling He has on my life to serve here at Metrolina. More than anything, I am grateful to Him for the peace, joy, contentment, and purpose He has given me for my life. I have by no means arrived to be all that I am supposed to be but I am grateful that He continues to work in me daily.
I have learned from Colossians 2:7 over the years that in order for us to live a strong Christian life we “must build our lives on Him.” I pray that the truth of Colossians 2:7 will be a blessing to you as work to grow in your relationship with the Lord.
It is Team Member Tuesday and today we are recognizing Tiffany Haney. She has been at MCA for 6 years and is currently serving as a K3 teacher. Mrs. Tiffany’s favorite Bible verse is Romans 12:1-2: "I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, present your bodies as a living sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect." We asked Mrs. Tiffany why she enjoys teaching at MCA and this is what she said:
“The first five years of a child's development are so critical! I feel sincerely honored that I get to spend one of those years teaching and caring for them in the way God has called me to. Not only am I teaching them academically and preparing them for Kindergarten, but I am also helping plant God's Word in their heart. I pray that the seeds that I am planting in their hearts today will one day take root and they will make personal decisions to receive Christ as their Savior and best friend.”
Thank you Mrs. Tiffany for all you do each day for your students! We are so grateful to have you as a part of the MCA family!