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Family Devotion 9.22.21

 

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Good morning,

 

“Then I told Joshua, “You saw how the Lord our God helped us destroy King Sihon and King Og. So don’t be afraid! Wherever you go, the Lord will fight on your side and help you destroy your enemies.” Deuteronomy 3:21

 

I have always been a dreamer. I have a vivid imagination. As imaginative and creative as I can be, I could have never imagined the path God had for me in ministry. I ran across a verse that reminded me of how God wants to work in our lives. I pray it will be a blessing to you.

 

May God enlighten the eyes of your mind so that you can see the hope that His calling holds for you.” Ephesians 1:18

 

Paul was not talking about our physical eyes but instead our imagination. God wants to give us His dream for our lives. That is His calling for us. There is no higher calling. I want you to be reminded today of the hope His calling has for you. I pray that you will be energized by that calling and seek to make a difference for Him afresh and anew.

 

I love a quote by Rick Warren that says: “Let the size of my God determine the size of my goal. God’s dream for my life is bigger than my dream.” Never has there been a time more important than now for the imagination of God’s people to come alive. The evangelical world desperately needs a generation of believers who in faith will be able to discover the dream God gave them for their lives.

 

We need to develop a high view of God. One that remembers all the miraculous things that God has done. One that holds tightly to the promises of His Word. One that embraces the power and sovereignty of a Holy God. Gaining a high view of God will completely change our perspective about life and all its difficulties. A.W. Tozier captured this truth when he said:

 

“The low view of God entertained almost universally among Christians is the cause of a hundred lesser evils everywhere among us… The decline of the knowledge of the holy has brought on our troubles. A rediscovery of the majesty of God will go a long way toward curing them.”

 

Joshua understood the need for a high view of God. He had a history with God. In Deuteronomy 3:21 he remembered how God had delivered him before and he knew not to be afraid and who to trust. He knew the Lord would be with him no matter what. He said so in that verse.

 

“Wherever you go, the Lord will fight on your side and help you destroy your enemies.”

 

Joshua saw God do extraordinary things with his life and leadership because of his view and trust of God. Joshua lived out God’s dream for his life. I too desire that God will “open the eyes of my mind, so that I can see the hope that His calling holds for my life.”

 

I desperately want to know God’s dream for my life so that I might be the person that He wants me to be. One that will bring honor and glory to an extraordinary God. What about you?

 

Have a great day!

Rick Calloway

 

 

Family Devotion 9.20.21

 

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Good morning,

 

“Then I told Joshua, “You saw how the Lord our God helped us destroy King Sihon and King Og. So don’t be afraid! Wherever you go, the Lord will fight on your side and help you destroy your enemies.” Deuteronomy 3:21

 

I have always been a dreamer. I have a vivid imagination. As imaginative and creative as I can be, I could have never imagined the path God had for me in ministry. I ran across a verse that reminded me of how God wants to work in our lives. I pray it will be a blessing to you.

 

May God enlighten the eyes of your mind so that you can see the hope that His calling holds for you.” Ephesians 1:18

 

Paul was not talking about our physical eyes but instead our imagination. God wants to give us His dream for our lives. That is His calling for us. There is no higher calling. I want you to be reminded today of the hope His calling has for you. I pray that you will be energized by that calling and seek to make a difference for Him afresh and anew.

 

I love a quote by Rick Warren that says: “Let the size of my God determine the size of my goal. God’s dream for my life is bigger than my dream.” Never has there been a time more important than now for the imagination of God’s people to come alive. The evangelical world desperately needs a generation of believers who in faith will be able to discover the dream God gave them for their lives.

 

We need to develop a high view of God. One that remembers all the miraculous things that God has done. One that holds tightly to the promises of His Word. One that embraces the power and sovereignty of a Holy God. Gaining a high view of God will completely change our perspective about life and all its difficulties. A.W. Tozier captured this truth when he said:

 

“The low view of God entertained almost universally among Christians is the cause of a hundred lesser evils everywhere among us… The decline of the knowledge of the holy has brought on our troubles. A rediscovery of the majesty of God will go a long way toward curing them.”

 

Joshua understood the need for a high view of God. He had a history with God. In Deuteronomy 3:21 he remembered how God had delivered him before and he knew not to be afraid and who to trust. He knew the Lord would be with him no matter what. He said so in that verse.

 

“Wherever you go, the Lord will fight on your side and help you destroy your enemies.”

 

Joshua saw God do extraordinary things with his life and leadership because of his view and trust of God. Joshua lived out God’s dream for his life. I too desire that God will “open the eyes of my mind, so that I can see the hope that His calling holds for my life.”

 

I desperately want to know God’s dream for my life so that I might be the person that He wants me to be. One that will bring honor and glory to an extraordinary God. What about you?

 

Have a great day!

Rick Calloway

 

 

Family Devotion 9.15.21

 

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Good morning,

“Hindsight is 20/20”. We have all heard the phrase and have probably even used it a time or two in reflecting back on our lives. Obviously, if we knew the future and what was about to take place we would plan better, spend more time with ones we love, pray more and live expectantly for what is to come. While we don’t know what tomorrow holds for any of us, (Proverbs 27:1 tells us not to boast about tomorrow because we don’t know what a day may bring), we do know that God does know and he controls all things.

 

We are living in crazy times. Nearly every day we hear about some report of a tragedy or attack or storm raging around the world. God forewarned us that these days were coming – both Matthew and Mark share verses about wars and rumors of wars, but they also say, “DO NOT be alarmed, such things MUST happen, but the end is still to come”. Matthew says, “you WILL hear of wars and rumors of wars” and Mark says, “WHEN you hear of wars and rumors of wars”.

 

Sometimes we live like we can avoid these things, go back to the comfortable days when we didn’t have Covid or child trafficking or tsunamis. The truth is, there has been evil in this world since the Garden of Eden and there will be until Jesus returns for His people. Our focus needs to be on how we live in the days that God gives us on Earth – to prepare not only our own souls, but to share the life-saving Good News with others.

 

The bad events will continue as long as sin exists. Let’s not focus on the bad around us, but rather how good God is and the opportunities around us we have to share His goodness. Use the phrase “Hindsight is 20/20” to remember how the Lord has been faithful in the past and know without any doubt that He will continue to be faithful in the future. Trust Him. Thank Him. And share Him with others that need to know Him.

 

Have a great day!

Lisa Shields

 

Family Devotion 9.13.21

 

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Good morning,

 

The sun was blazing, and all eyes were on me for my turn at the blind man’s walk. I stepped onto the diving board, closed my eyes, and began my blind steps towards the end. My heart was thumping, and my 12-year-old knees were probably shaking from fear. As I got to (what I thought was) the end, the risk-taking, adrenaline-pumping, and dumb-decision-making part of my brain took over the more logical and sane part of my brain. I jumped! And I jumped big!

 

The problem wasn’t the height of the board or the depth of the water, or even the many sets of eyes watching me. The problem was I jumped too soon! When I jumped, the back of my right thigh slid down the concrete edge of the board and took off a layer of my flesh. I was left humiliated, bleeding, and in tremendous pain.

 

I share this story because it’s what comes to mind when I think about the consequences of jumping the gun ahead of God. Scripture speaks about the importance of patience throughout the Old and New Testaments. I believe one reason patience is so important to our Father is because only He knows the big picture of the tiny part we play in life. He knows the ultimate end-goal.

 

Ecclesiastes 3:10 

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

 

When our anxious thinking habits trump over patience, we open ourselves up for disaster. Taking time to confide in the Lord and seek His wisdom are the most important steps in every decision we make. God sees the big picture and works everything out for the best for His children (Romans 8:28). 

 

How do we know if we’ve waited long enough? Because waiting on and trusting the Lord comes with an indescribable peace. 

 

I don’t know what decisions you need to make today, nor do I know the weight and importance of those decisions. What I do know is that God knows - He knows every part of your life, including what tomorrow holds. Seek Him. Obey Him. Trust Him. Wait on Him. 

 

I Chronicles 16:11

Seek the Lord and His strength;

seek His presence continually!

 

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Have a great day!

Rick Calloway

 

 

 

Family Devotional 9.9.2021

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Good morning,

 

A few years ago, I participated in a fishing tournament at Badin Lake.  It was a cold, early morning. I pulled up to one of the main channel points on the right side of the lake to begin fishing.  Throwing a spinnerbait up in the grass during the early morning is exciting for any fisherman.  I caught several fish, but it was when the sun began to rise that I noticed something more wonderful and exciting…God’s FULL creation! 

 

Looking across the water toward Morrow Mountain, I saw the reflection of the brilliant colors from the October trees.  Yes, I stopped fishing for a few minutes and gazed upon the bright and vibrant outline of hardwoods that could be seen both on the horizon and in the reflection on the water.  Taking time to dwell on the beauty of creation and the reflection God offered, reminded me of how “the heavens declare the glory of the Lord”.

 

What type of reflection are we?  As a young man, my father and mother ensured that their boys were a good reflection of them.  I received several “pinches” while in the church pew.  I was also taken out of the public eye to be “spanked” for me to learn from my mistakes.  Looking back, I probably should’ve been given more “whippings”.   The old saying, “this hurts me more than it does you” however, made NO sense to me…until I had children of my own.  I now realize…I was a reflection of my parents just as my children are of me.

 

            What type of reflection are you?  “As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man” Proverbs 27:19.  What you put into your heart will be reflected outwardly…and others will see themselves.

 

What do you want them to see? Anger will reflect anger.  Kindness will reflect kindness.  Mercy will reflect mercy… What do you want others to see?

 

Those trees at Badin Lake had years of nutrients and sunshine from the Creator, and what I saw was a reflection of His glory. 

 

God knows the heart of man and we’re going to reflect what’s being fed to the heart.  Others will notice, therefore eat well. 😊

 

Have a great day!

Ronnie Plyler

 

 

 

 

 

Warrior Weekly Devotion 5.21.21
Rev. Rick Calloway

Every fingertip has a pattern of ridges in the skin that is slightly different than every other person’s pattern, even from an identical twin. Therefore, every person leaves their own fingerprint or mark. 

Similarly, as followers of Christ, we each leave our spiritual fingerprints on the lives of other people.  Truth is, we do not stay on earth forever, but our spiritual imprint can remain on our children, grandchildren, and other people we impact.

Many years ago, John Geddes was a missionary to the Hebrides islands. These islands were heavily populated with cannibals. There were no Christians on these islands. Geddes left such a mark for Christ on those islands that there is a plaque on a church still today that reads: “In memory of John Geddes, when he landed in 1848 there were no Christians here and when he left there were no heathen.” 

What mark are we leaving on those we meet? What will be our legacy? Serving the Lord and living for Him does make a difference even though some days are it may not seem so. Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:58 reminds us of this truth - “So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.”

Serving the Lord is never useless and always fruitful. There is an old song by Steve Green called “Find Us Faithful” and I love the words.

“After all our hopes and dreams
Have come and gone,
And our children sift thru all
We've left behind,
May the clues that they discover,
And the memories they uncover,
Become the light that leads them,
To the road we each must find.

O may all who come behind us
Find us faithful,
May the fire of our devotion
Light their way.
May the footprints that we leave,
Lead them to believe,”
 

May we seek to leave a mark for Christ that would lead many to believe.

Warrior Weekly Devotion 5.14.21
Rev. Rick Calloway

Life can be hard. It is easy to get hurt, broken, or chipped. Paul talked of just how fragile we are in 2 Corinthians 4:7-9: “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair. Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.” 

2 Corinthians 4 is for people who have discovered that life is hard and understand how fragile we really are. In this passage, Paul is giving us some powerful truths. He is reminding us that faith is not pretending like everything is ok when it is not. You see it is impossible to stand in the rain and pretend it is sunny for a very long time.  

I am convinced that many of you who may be reading this devotion are hurt, broken, or maybe you have prayed for something that God has not answered and you are discouraged. I do not want you to miss some significant truths from this passage.

First, pressure cannot crush us. We are not crushed because of the hope we have in Jesus. Remember the Red Sea. The Israelites had the Red Sea in front of them and Pharoah’s army behind them. It appeared there was no way out. They were between a rock and a hard place, but God made a way.

Next, we are perplexed or, in other words, there are going to be times when we do not understand why things are happening. But we are not in despair. Why? Because God sees what we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1 says “Faith is the assurance of things you cannot see.” Do we have faith that a story is being written that we do not yet see? 

Next, we are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. If God is for us, who can be against us. As Romans 8:73 says, nothing can separate us from the love of God.

Finally, we get knocked down, but we are never destroyed. Why? Because ultimately our hope is not in this world. One day all these problems will seem like nothing. I love how C.S. Lewis describes how one day our earthly struggles will be over - “The door on which we have been knocking all of our lives will open at last.” 

Life can be hard but remember our God is greater than any of that. Hold on child of God because even though we are fragile we serve a God who never gives up on us!

Daily Devotion 5.13.21
Rev. Rick Calloway

Good morning MCA families,

As we begin to close out school year 2020-2021, today will be our last devotion sent of the school year. Today will be a little different than our normal devotion. Today, I just want to say thank you for an incredible year.

I had no idea when we started school in this unusual year how things would go. All I knew is that I wanted our students to be able to go to school for in-person instruction. I also wanted them to have all the opportunities possible in extracurricular activities. 

I wanted them to have as normal a school experience as possible. God has been so good to enable us to do just that. There have ben many restrictions that were placed upon us but I am so proud of how our students handled them all with grace. I am also grateful to all of our parents for working with us on teh restrictions we were given. 

I am also so grateful for a staff and a faculty that did whatever it took to do school and do it with excellence. 

Even with all the differences this year, we were so blessed to see God move on our campus. I praise Him for the community of Metrolina and I so look forward to getting back to normal next school year. When I think of our families, Philippians 1:3 comes to my mind.

" Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God."

That is my heart for the Metrolina community!

Daily Devotion 5.12.21
Rev. Rick Calloway

Good morning,

“The incomplete joys of this world will never satisfy the human heart.”- Tim Keller

The American dream of working hard so that we can acquire more stuff sometimes is not all that it is cracked up to be. Many times, the higher the salary the more we wind up spending. Even spending what we do not have. In fact, I read the other day that the average non-mortgage debt in America is $32,878.

What is even more unfortunate is that many people making very good salaries dislike their jobs and would love to do something else but can’t because of their debt commitments.

Tim Keller is so right when he says above that “the incomplete joys of this world will never satisfy.”

Where do we find the answer to satisfying the human heart? I believe that answer is found in the person of Jesus Christ. He is the only one who can give us real peace. The Apostle Paul found that secret even though he was greatly persecuted. He had been beaten, jailed, snake bit, ridiculed and more but he was content. Philippians 4:11 tells us just that.

“Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.”

Paul had experienced the peace and joy that Jesus gives. In a jail cell where he had been imprisoned with Silas, he sang and praised the Lord instead of complaining and being bitter. His life was nit wrapped up in anything this world had to offer. I think Paul knew that none of the stuff of this world would last.

Instead, Paul knew the value of the presence of the Lord in his life. In Hebrews 13:5, he wrote:“Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”

Paul knew that money and stuff were only temporary. They could just as easily go as they came. Instead, Paul held on  to the only real hope we have and that is in Jesus. Paul knew that “He would never fail you. I will never abandon you.”

What about you and me? What are we holding onto that offers no lasting joy? How deep are tied up in things that do not matter? I leave you with Colossians 2:20.

“You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world. So why do you keep on following the rules of the world..”

It is time to be set free of this world’s expectations. We don’t need the American dream. We need to put our faith and trust the one who will never fail you or abandon you. He has a better way! Take some time and discover where He would love to take you! There you will find a joy that satisfies.

Daily Devotion 5.11.21
Mika Edwards

Good morning,

Today’s devotion is by Mika Edwards

Better things to come –

We have two new kittens. They are soft, cuddly, playful, curious, and nibble on your toes if you stand still for too long. The kittens have been practicing! They are not practicing the basics such as eating, sleeping, and meowing. Their practice exercise is to run across the backyard then drop low to the ground and crawl on their belly carefully and strategically until the perfect moment to pounce on a leaf!!! HAHA! The leaf is a rather easy target, but they are nevertheless practicing for greater things to come.

As believers we are promised greater things to come as well. We are promised our eternal home in heaven as Paul quoted, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him” I Corinthians 2:9.

Peter said in Christ we have, “an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you” I Peter 1:4

One may question if practicing something great is needed. The answer to that question is found in the instructions the apostle Paul spoke to the church in Philippi.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you” Philippians 4:8-9

Consider the following exercises to practice in preparation for greater things to come.

Practice worship, for the heavenly choir filled with songs of the redeemed.

Practice being in the presence of God by talking to him in prayer and listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit.

Practice living in peace, kindness, and fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ whom we will share heaven.

The kittens have great victories in their future something so great it is worth the time, work, and commitment to put in practice. We in Christ, have great futures – let’s get some practice time today!

Rev. Rick Calloway
Head of School


 

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