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Family Devotion 1.19.22

 

Good morning,

 

We have two dogs.  One, Gus, is a loyal lab.  Gus will sit at my feet and stare at me for hours.  He will not take his eyes off me.  On walks, he will explore for a little while, but return behind me waiting for my lead of the next move.  Bowser is our other dog.  He’s a bulldog mix and the name serves him well.  We refer to Gus as a “good boy” and Bowser as a “boy.”  We love them both.  They are full of personality and life lessons.

Without fail, after a bath, Bowser will roll in the nastiest, smelliest something he can find.  We live on a farm so it can be fertilizer (of the natural variety if you know what I mean), or a dead animal—you name it, he rolls in it. 

Where am I going with this you ask?  This morning in my quiet time, I read from Ephesians.

Ephesians 5:1-2 says, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.  And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” 

Some of my best memories are associated with a fragrance, not just the “normal” ones like flowers and perfumes, but some specific places.  I loved the smell of my grandparents’ garage in Zebulon, NC.  I loved the smell of the office supplies at my dad’s work growing up.  I loved the smell of fresh linens my mom would put on my bed.  I loved the smell of a new pair of cleats.

My desire is for my life to be a fragrant, sweet-smelling offering for the Lord.  My hope is that the fields I roll in—His word, fellowship within His church, ministry opportunities and the interactions in my home—will be fragrant and eternally focused.

No offense to Bowser, but my hope and prayer is also that I will be protected from the rotting fields of the temporal—selfishness, worldly pleasures, bitterness, division, and the like.

Father, glorify your name and may the ministry of this school be a sweet, fragrant offering unto your throne. 

Have a great day!

Elizabeth Hargett

 

 

Family Devotion 1.17.2022

Good morning,

 

Is it really so hard to do?

 

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had…”  - Romans 15:5

 

“How can they possibly think what they’re going through is hard?! They don’t know what hard is.”  Guilty…I’ve thought it; probably even said it out loud.  Then thankfully, there are the times the Holy Spirit stepped in and got a hold of my thoughts and my mouth before I said something unkind or hurtful.  Thankfully, the Holy Spirit also got to my heart.  And here’s what was revealed…what’s considered hard in our lives isn't up for comparison.

 

I read this quote recently, “It's not up to me to decide what's hard. I just need to love others through their hard.” To paraphrase – no judging, just love…like Jesus.

 

No matter what we’re going through, our current situations may very well be hard for us — they’re just hard in different ways. The situation I view as easy, can be very hard for the other person.  And while it may be hard, we can’t let all our focus be on what’s hard.  We can’t dwell on it. 

 

But we can love and encourage one another through those hard times.  Just like we are called to do in Romans 15:5, “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had…” We are called to have the same “attitude of mind” / the same attitude for each other just like Christ has for us - to show love, grace, compassion and understanding.

 

And we can do this my friend, we just have to ask God.  We can depend on Him to provide because we know He is faithful…in all things.

 

My friend, today I pray that you and I can have attitudes like Jesus and love those around us, and especially, to love them and encourage them through what is hard and challenging in their lives.

 

Have a wonderful day!

Dana Bostic

Director of Advancement  

 

 

Family Devotion 1.12.2022

Good morning,

The power of God’s Word.

 

In John 4, Jesus has an encounter with a Samaritan woman near a famous well. It is an unexpected conversation because of the social norms of the culture and timing of the day. Normally, no one would have come from town at noon for water. In the course of the conversation between the woman and Jesus we learn some uncomfortable facts about her life, but the revealing of these uncomfortable facts opens the door for a powerful revelation.

 

As Jesus engages this woman, we learn she is living with a man who is not her husband and that she has been married five times. This is not the information anyone would want a total stranger to know. This woman would have to wonder how Jesus could know this about her. The reader might even wonder when first reading the text why this information is shared. We normally don’t get this kind of background information about the people we encounter in the pages of Scripture, but as we read this account, we learn the purpose of this revelation about her situation. This woman has been taught a truth and Jesus used that truth to open her heart.

 

Some time in her past, someone had taught her that the Messiah is coming, and “When he comes, he will tell us all things,” John 4:25. Then Jesus announces to her in John 4:26, “I who speak to you am he.” At that moment something miraculous happens! The truth of Jesus’ ability to know all about her connected with the truth she had been taught about Messiah and she knew who he was! At that moment nothing else seemed to matter to the woman. She left her water pot, walked back to town, and told the men who were probably at the market about the Messiah. As a result, the town had a spiritual awakening that caused many to believe.

This account teaches us several important ideas to live out:

 

First, even when life is messy for someone like this woman, the truths taught in childhood will come back when the time is right.

 

Second, teaching truth to our children, students, and to whomever we can, may not appear at the time to be bearing fruit, but when the right moment comes, the seed will produce fruit.

 

Finally, the Gospel is powerful! It transformed a broken woman into an evangelist!

 

Let us comment together to teach the Word!

God Bless,

Mr. Mac

Family Devotion 1.10.22

 

Good morning,

“Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled. May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus.” Romans 15:4-5

 

We live in a day where there seems to be more division amongst people than ever before. Our country is torn politically, ideologically, racially, and spiritually. We may ask how did we get here? I believe a more important question may be, how do we move forward and make a difference so that we can see healing and more people come to Jesus.

 

All those answers according to Romans 15:4 are found in God’s Word. This verse reminds us that God’s Word gives us hope and encouragement for these difficult days. Not only hope and encouragement, but His Word gives us what we need to live in complete harmony with each other. Let me give you two things found in God’s Word that give hope and direction that will help heal and bring harmony.

 

Understand the need for Revival

A move of God is the only true answer for what ails our country. A political answer will not bring us together or heal the wounds of people. We need revival and may it begin with the people of God. When revival happens, harmony amongst people can be achieved.

“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

 

Understand the need for God’s people to love like never before

Our agenda should be to love people like Jesus did. Our world desperately needs to see what Christians are for not just what we are against. We will never be able to share the Gospel effectively without showcasing His love.

“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection and take delight in honoring each other.” Romans 12:9-10

 

My prayer is that we would come together on mission as followers of Christ to seek revival and begin to love people as Jesus would. All the hope and encouragement we need to make a difference is found in God’s Word!

 

Have a great day!

Rick Calloway

Family Devotion 1.3.22

Good morning,

“By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.” 2 Peter 1:3

As a child of God, we have been given everything we need to live according to God’s plan. The verse above reminds us that we have received this when we came to know God through salvation. I am afraid we too often forget what we have in Christ. Not only does His Holy Spirit live within us every moment but we also have His Word at our disposal for every issue of life. So, there is no need for a child of God to live hopelessly or aimlessly.

I read an interesting article somewhere recently that suggested that every Christian need three things to live this life. We need three bones if you have it. The three bones are a backbone, a wishbone, and a funny bone. For the Christian, the great news is that we do not have to provide these. Allow me to use this illustration for the Christian life so that we might better understand what God has provided.

We need a backbone.
We are provided this by God as promised through His Word. God will give us the courage to make the tough decisions of life. He will give us the boldness to do what He asks of us. One such example of this truth is found in Deuteronomy 31:6 - “So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”  

We need a wishbone.
We need to have hope for the future and a belief that God has a plan for our lives. We need to seek God for His vision for our lives on a regular basis. God did not call us to live in the past. Trust Him and dream again. Someone once said that dreams are “goals with work boots on.” Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us of what He has provided -“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

We need a funny bone.
God has done amazing things for us. He has given us every reason to be joyful even in the difficult times. We need to understand that God gave us this gift of laughter. He commands us to “make a joyful noise.” We many times assume it is singing but I believe laughter is a joyful noise.  Psalm 126:2 reminds us of what God has done and what He has provided - “We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy. And the other nations said, “What amazing things the Lord has done for them.” 

Be reminded today that God has indeed provided everything we need to live this life! Don’t miss all that God has provided!

Have a great day!

Rick Calloway

Rev. Rick Calloway
Head of School


 

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