We live in some very difficult times in which we have seen much of our traditional family values come under attack. I have been dismayed as the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of same sex marriage this summer and also as I watch traditional families crumbling all around us. With all of this happening how should we react? What should we do?
I want to bring your attention to Nehemiah and how he approached troubling times in his world. He showed great courage in leading his people in difficult times. When Nehemiah returned to Jerusalem, he found the city in great trouble and disgrace. Nehemiah 1:3-4 tells us of Nehemiah’s reaction:
“They said to me, “Things are not going well for those who returned to the province of Judah. They are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem has been torn down, and the gates have been destroyed by fire. When I heard this, I sat down and wept. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven.”
With a broken heart, Nehemiah went directly to God and sought God’s wisdom for dealing with the situation around him. Nehemiah was broken before the Lord on behalf of the people and the situation. After seeking the Lord, he went about with a plan to rebuild. I am convinced that this kind of leadership is needed today to engage the culture in which we live. We must allow God to break us and bring us to the point that we will follow Him completely and allow Him to direct our paths.
I read recently something by Warren Wiersbe that echoes this thought. Wiersbe stated: “I hear people saying, we need angry leaders today! The time has come to practice militant Christianity! Perhaps, but the ‘wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God’. What we need today is not anger but anguish. The difference between anger and anguish is a broken heart.”
May God grant us the courage today to allow ourselves to be broken over what is going on in our world but also that He might fill us with His love and His heart towards people? May we seek God and get His wisdom for engaging our culture. I really believe it is time for committed Christians to love people as Christ would have us to regardless of what they believe.
Unfortunately, Christians are better known for what we are against than what we are for. Throughout the earthly ministry of Jesus, He would be found ministering and loving those who were the most broken. I pray that we as followers of Christ would allow God to mold our hearts so that we sound a whole lot less like cable news and a whole lot more like Jesus.
Indeed, we live in a broken and messy world that needs Jesus. I pray that God will give us the courage to live the Christian life undivided and with a passion to tell others with great love of the marvelous grace of our Lord. If we want to change the course of our culture, the process must begin with God doing a work in our hearts.
I believe that if we as Christians would have the courage to live committed Christian lives with a loving Christ-like heart then I am convinced we will have the opportunity to see revival in our country and reverse the trends we see in culture.
Will you join me in praying for revival and most importantly that the revival would begin with each of us!
“Hear this, you leaders of the people. Listen, all who live in the land. In all your history, has anything like this happened before? Tell your children about it in the years to come, and let your children tell their children. Pass the story down from generation to generation.” Joel 1:2-3
I am so excited to begin a new school year. Our staff and faculty have worked hard to prepare for a great school year. More importantly, we have sought the Lord in prayer about the direction that He would have us to follow in 2015-2016. From those prayer efforts, we have chosen our theme for the year from the passage in Joel chapter 1 that is listed above.
Our focus from this passage will be to direct our students, staff, and families to the principle of allowing God to write the story of our lives. I believe that God has so much more in mind for our lives than we could ever accomplish on our own. These two verses from Joel are teaching us that God has a unique plan for each of our lives. I also am convinced from these verses that if we allow God to develop His story for our lives, then we will see Him do amazing things with our lives, and in turn be eager to pass this story down to our kids and grandkids.
We all want our children to experience good things in this life. Good and loving parents truly want the best for their children. What better things could we do for our kids than teaching, modeling, and pointing our children toward a deeper and more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ as He and He alone can provide what is truly best for them.
The staff at Metrolina is committed to this being a year in which we pour into and model for our students more than ever before God’s purpose and plan for the Christian life. Our desire is that our students would not only see the truth that God has great things planned for their lives but also that they would embrace this truth.
May we all begin to realize and experience what evangelist Billy Graham once said about the Christian life. Graham said:
“Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.”
“What’s Your Story?” I pray that we will all allow God to write the story for our lives so that we can share with our children and grandchildren in the years to come the greatness of God and all that He has done for us.
School year 2015-2016 is just around the corner. I am so looking forward to all that God has planned for this school year. This is such an exciting time for us as a school and I want to share many of the things that are planned for this year.
To begin with, construction has begun on our new math and science building and it should be complete later in the fall. We are also busy planning for the implementation of our Phase Two building for the arts and hope that the funds will be ready to begin construction sometime this school year. This school year we will also begin planning for Phases Three and Four of the Limitless Building Campaign which will include more classrooms and a student life center.
Next, we have added several new electives for students in middle and high school. Vocal Music and Spanish are new additions to our middle school program. In high school, we will continue to grow our dual and concurrent college course program in order to provide more college courses for our students to earn in high school. In addition, we will also be offering many new electives to our Bible curriculum for high school students. These options will allow students to choose courses that better fit their giftings and interests.
We will also work to strengthen this year our partnership with our online provider to offer our students more than 70 additional online courses in the sciences, technology, and various foreign languages.
Metrolina is also adding a new Director of School Security to our staff this fall. Bob Vandergrift, a retired Charlotte Mecklenburg police officer, will be utilizing his many years of law enforcement and school security experience to provide an additional layer of security for our students and staff.
Mrs. Mika Edwards will become one of our Guidance counselors working inside the guidance department. She will be a tremendous asset to our families as they prepare for academic success. Mrs. Edwards will also work with all high school students in planning their academic paths throughout their time in high school.
In addition, Mrs. Lisa Shields will be moving into a full time position as a Guidance counselor within our Guidance Department this fall. Her focus will continue to be to help students in finding their career path as well as college planning. Mrs. Shields will also be working to help train students in interviewing skills and other job-related pursuits.
Metrolina will be providing more tools to assist parents this fall in raising their children to be all that God has planned for them. We will be providing newsletters, blogs, and seminars that will be focused in areas such as how to handle bullying, how to help your kids navigate social media, and many other worldview topics that will help you in guiding your children through this difficult culture.
These are just a few of the improvements to our program this year. Will you join me in praying for our students and staff as we get ready to embark on another great school year!