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Everybody Else is Doing It

March 24, 2016
By Rev. Rick Calloway

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2

As my children were growing up, I would often be asked by them why they could not do something. That question would often be followed by the statement that “everybody else gets to do it, so why can’t I.” It seems as though they got the idea that just because  everybody is doing something that is must be the right thing to do.

When my children would press me on this  issue, I would remind them that we are not going to do what everybody else does. Instead, I would tell them that we were going to follow what God would have us to do. You see everybody else did not die on the cross for our sins so we need to follow the One who did do that for us.

It is true and also sad many times we allow this culture to shape how we act, think, and even dress. Paul tells us in Romans 12:2 that we should not “copy the behavior and customs of this world.” Then he makes an incredible statement when he says “but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.”

What does Paul mean by that statement? Paul is instructing us to allow the Word of God to transform our minds and change the way we think. In essence, he is instructing us to develop a Biblical worldview. We will be transformed as we study God’s Word, apply it to our lives, and allow it to be the single source of authority for our lives and decision making.

How, though, do we change our thinking? The Bible will give us the precepts and principles upon which we can make decisions that will honor God. It will also give us clear insight to what is wrong and right for our lives. Through this process, we develop the courage to not be concerned with what the culture is doing but instead will help us as Paul says “to know God’s will for you.”

I have learned over the years the value of allowing God to transform my heart and my thinking. A great preacher of yesteryear A.W. Tozier best describes the idea of what it feels like to allow God to transform your thinking when he declared:

“I am your servant to do your will, and that will is sweeter to me than position or riches or fame, and I choose it above all things on Earth or in Heaven.” ― A.W. Tozer

My prayer is that we would never be concerned with what everybody is doing but our focus would instead be on growing in our relationship with God and allowing Him to renew our hearts and minds daily!

Packed and Ready to Go

March 18, 2016
By Rev. Rick Calloway

“May He equip you with all you need for doing His will. May He produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to Him. All glory to Him forever and ever! Amen.” Hebrews 13:21

I love to travel but unfortunately I tend to rush through one of the most important parts of prepping for overnight travel. I tend to rush through the packing of my personal belongings and as a result I quite frequently forget essential items. It can be very frustrating to find myself out of town and improperly equipped.

As a dad, I have found that one of my greatest challenges is to make sure that my children are properly equipped for life. I am convinced that every parent wants the best for their children. Unfortunately, many times this pursuit takes a detour and leads us toward just providing stuff for our children. The pursuit of stuff will not only be expensive but will also prove to not really be what our children need to be equipped for the struggles of this life.

Hebrews 13:21 provides us as parents with great insight into how we should equip our kids to live this life. First, this verse tells us that our plan for equipping our kids should be centered on giving them the training and tools they need for doing the will of God in their lives. What does this look like? We as parents should model for them a lifestyle that seeks to love God with our whole heart. From there, we should also live in such a way that our children see us daily seeking God’s will for our life. To accomplish this, we must teach our children the importance of pursuing a relationship with God through Bible study, worship, service, submission, stewardship, and prayer.

In essence, we are equipping them with the essentials of what they need for doing the will of God. Providing our kids with more stuff is great but it will never produce what they really need. What do they really need according to Hebrews 13:21?

The verse goes on to tell us that what we all really need is the power of Jesus Christ living through us so that we can do every good thing that is pleasing to Him. This is the life that will bring real joy, peace, and contentment to our children. Paul confirms this in 1 Timothy 6:6 when he declares:

“Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth.”

We all strive to prepare our kids for the future so that they might achieve success one day. The question we all need to consider then is what type of success we are equipping them for. Are we equipping ourselves and our children to pursue worldly success alone or are we equipping them to live Godly lives that seek first the Kingdom of God? The world would have us chase things that will never produce the wealth that Paul is describing.

The essence of a life that is filled with contentment is found in equipping ourselves and our children to live a Godly life. Paul says this type of life makes us very rich people according to God’s standards.

Are we packing our kids with the things of God so that they are ready to go and meet the challenges of the future?

The Pursuit of Excellence at MCA

March 11, 2016
By Rev. Rick Calloway

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” Vince Lombardi

The heart and soul of our staff here at MCA is to be excellent in all we do. This desire and the work that complements it is rooted in our goal to bring honor and glory to God and not to ourselves. As a school, we must continually chase excellence so that we might honor God with our best efforts. We also  believe that our school has a high calling to make a difference in the lives of our students both academically and spiritually. In keeping with that, I want to share with you some things we are working on that will help us achieve our mission.

Spiritual Focus

The pursuit of excellence begins with our spiritual focus. To be excellent here, we are committed to doing all we can to help our students not only own their faith but also to learn to live with a Biblical worldview. In order to accomplish these two main objectives, we will work to continually improve  chapel programs, Bible classes, worldview training, leadership training, and service opportunities. What are some specific improvements in these areas for next year?

We will begin partnering with Student Leadership University to enhance our students’ leadership skills that will ultimately give them an incredible head start when they head off to college. SLU is one of the premier student leadership training organizations in the country.

Also, we will continue to expand our worldview training opportunities so that our students will be well prepared to defend their faith and give “every person who asks a reason for the hope within them.”

Academic and Extracurricular Focus

Our pursuit of excellence includes our academic programs. First, we will continue to enhance our Fine Arts Program through the addition of elective classes in music and drama. Next, we will continue the expansion of our foreign language program throughout all grade levels. Additionally, we will expand our technology focus as a part of a STEM initiative. We will increase iPad Labs, technology integration in the classrooms, and introduce new electives such as Robotics. We will also begin certifying our high school students in technology through the widely recognized IC3 Certification program. We will increase dual and concurrent enrollment classes next year. These are just a few program improvements planned.

In extracurricular programs, we will continue to enhance our athletic and performing arts opportunities and facilities.

Facility Focus

We are working towards breaking ground on the Limitless Building Campaign Phases Two and Three in the next two years. It is our desire to get these building projects off the ground and begin to remove modular buildings.

Finally, we are committed as a school to pursuing excellence and doing all we can to ensure that our students are spiritually and academically prepared to more than meet the challenges of the 21st century. Our focus is best described by Colossians 3:23 which says: “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”

Biblical Worldview

March 04, 2016
By Rev. Rick Calloway

“The Word of God well  understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection. And we must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian.” – A.W. Tozier

God blessed my wife Karen and me with three beautiful daughters. Each one of my girls is so different and unique. One of the areas that they are different in is their approach to academics through the years. All three have done well in school but have gone about this pursuit quite differently.

For example, our middle daughter Katie always made pretty good grades throughout secondary school but probably never worked as hard as she could have in the process. Upon arriving in college, she found the work to be quite challenging and demanded more than what she was accustomed to doing. I will never forget one day during her sophomore year that she called me to give me her new stunning revelation about academics.

She said: “Dad, I have figured out that it really does pay to study!” My sarcastic response was: “You think!”  In simple terms, what Katie learned about academics is that “learning the curriculum changes the outcome.”

Similarly, God tells us in His Word that knowing His truth will change our lives. Jesus told us in John 8:32 that “if you know the truth, the truth will set you free.” Knowing the truth will set us free to live for Jesus and experience the Christian life as God designed for us to live it. I heard a preacher say once that God did not give us His Word to satisfy our curiosity but to change our lives.

The early church was devoted to Biblical teaching. They were committed to knowing the truth and allowing it to determine the direction of their lives. Acts 2:42 declares that “all of the believers” were devoted to Biblical teaching not just a few.

Research tells us today that only about 9% of all evangelicals have a Biblical worldview and as a result their ideas about sin and the absolutes of God’s Word are quite contrary to Biblical teachings. This research tells us that they are not devoted to the truth of God’s Word.

What is worldview? It is best defined as our underlying system of beliefs that shape our values and attitudes. Having a Biblical worldview means that we make all of the decisions of life through the lens of God’s Word. Living with a Biblical worldview affects every area of our lives not just the church part.

How do we attain a Biblical worldview? We attain a Biblical worldview by being taught the truth of God’s Word and also through personal study of the Bible. I pray that we would all stop and think about what we are allowing to shape our worldview. I pray that we, as Christians, would search the Bible for all aspects of how to live this life so that we might be set free as Jesus promised.