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I will let you in on a secret about me. One of my fears as a leader is that I will let the people I serve down. I fear that I will not be the leader that I need to be for the students and this ministry. I want to be a blessing to the Metrolina family and this ministry. That is why I will always work to keep growing professionally and more importantly spiritually.

As I thought about learning and growth, a question came to mind. Can a person be very knowledgeable yet very unchanged by that knowledge? I think we would all answer yes to that question. In fact, all of us know certain things that need to be done, yet we fail to do them at times.

Knowledge can be useless if we ignore that knowledge. We know we should eat right yet many times we ignore that knowledge. We know we should not spend too much money, but many times we still do. We know we should spend time in God’s Word, but many times we miss the mark.

Philippians 4:9 says:

“What you have learned and received and seen in me-practice these things.”

 James 1:22 tells us as well:

“But don’t just listen to God’s Word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.”

So, what causes this disconnect from knowledge to application? I believe that too often we place our focus on gaining knowledge, tactics, and techniques to do better. I am also convinced that this focus will lead to failure. Knowledge must have its basis in character and relationship to really work. Jeremiah 9:24 reinforces this when it declares:

“But those wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord.” 

Not just a head knowledge of the Lord but a heart knowledge based in relationship. A character that does not boast in itself or in acquired knowledge but only in really knowing the Lord. I believe that professional development is essential for us as a staff but not to make us knowledgeable alone.

Instead, it would be a knowledge gained to bring glory to God, draw others to Him, grow our relationship with God, and grow our character to be His image bearer! I greatly desire to grow professionally and spiritually. I want the kind of knowledge that Jeremiah 9:24 talks about. He must be the preeminent relationship of our lives.

Knowing God in this personal way is something Jeremiah says we can brag about. Not in an arrogant sense but in a sense where we have truly experienced God and we are no longer the same.

My prayer is that others would know that we “truly know the Lord” and use this knowledge to bring Him glory!

I was asked not long ago by a well-meaning person what should we be praying for in these days in which we live. I thought wow what a question. There is so much going on in our culture. People getting married is at an all-time low and divorce is at an all-time high. Church attendance is in decline.

The Barna Research Group reports that only about 8-9% of all people in America have a Biblical worldview. The Millennial generation and Generation Z struggle with church and Christianity. Our country is mired in the most divisive political culture that I have ever witnessed. This is just to name a few things.

We are in such huge need of a prayer movement but how to narrow it down is difficult. However, one verse began to hit me as I pondered that question. 2 Timothy 3:5 is a verse that I believe best describes the culture we live in. That verse says:

“They will act religious, but they will reject the power that will make them Godly.”

The issue the verse describes is that we live in a time where people can act religious but there is no real evidence of Godly power operating or governing their daily lives. I believe that this issue is one of the biggest ones that we face today in Christendom. We have more Christian books, music, tv programs, movies, and churches yet most Christians do not possess a Biblical worldview, attend church, or share their faith. The King James translation of 2 Timothy 3:5 says:

“Having a form of Godliness but denying the power thereof.”

That is the issue that has stuck in mind as something we should be praying about. I believe we should be praying for revival and that it may begin in our hearts first! I do not want my life to “have a form of Godliness”, instead I want the real thing for my life. I want our students to see the reality of Jesus in my life and the difference that He makes every day!

I want us as a school to be a place where godliness prevails. One of the greatest hindrances to young people following Christ completely, according to author Christian Smith, is that they have not seen the reality of the difference Christ makes in their parents or adults. We as the adults must be seeking God daily and allowing Him to direct our lives so that these students might see the difference that living for Jesus makes.

I have been privileged to watch so many students have a hunger for God over the years. My heart’s desire is that we will see that hunger for God explode all over our campus and into the hearts of everyone in our school family!

I would like to ask you to begin praying Amos 5:24 with me. That verse says:

“Instead I want to see a mighty flood of justice and an endless river of righteous living.” 

May God bring us an “endless river of righteous living." God send revival, and may it begin with me!

“Hope is in the name of God, the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Hope is when you compare your suffering to the infinite, immeasurable love and grace of God.”- Nick Vujicic

I am sometimes around people who like to drop the names of famous people they have met. It can be very interesting and cool to listen to some of their stories about famous people. What I have learned over the years is that even though certain names can become household names not a one of them has had the impact on the world nor the staying power of one name that is above every other name. The name of Jesus.

One of my favorite songs these days is “Build My Life” by Housefires. The lyrics of that song have reminded me of the majestic and magnificent name of Jesus. The lyrics also remind me who I should live for and why I should live for Him.

“Jesus, the Name above every other name Jesus,
the only One who could ever save
Worthy of every breath we could ever breathe
We live for You Oh, we live for You.”

Jesus is the only One who could ever save! He is the One who paid the price for our sins to be forgiven and gain us Heaven. Jesus also is the only One who gives us life and wants to give us life beyond anything that we could have ever imagined. Philippians 2:9-11 speaks of that name above every name!

“Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

There is just something about that name as the old hymn says. With that name and all that He has done for us, what should our response be? 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 gives us that answer.

“So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ.”

I pray that we would live a life worthy of His calling. I pray that we would give our lives to Him completely and live worthy of that name above every name!

I believe that one of the most critical choices any parent will ever make is to raise their kids using the Bible as the foundation of truth. I am convinced that you will never see the right values, beliefs, and attitudes flow from a foundation built from the overflow of our culture. If we establish a foundation based on God’s Word, I believe Godly values, beliefs, and attitudes will follow. Otherwise, you will spend your days as a parent trying to parent reactively rather than proactively.

By that, I mean all your energy will be focused on fixing behavior that is the product of a poorly constructed foundation. As parents, we must answer a fundamental question about our parenting style. That question is:

How and with what authority do you want your children’s behavior, attitude, and actions shaped?

Research tells us that many young people are walking away from the faith after leaving home. The cause I maintain, is that the foundation of their faith was not strong. First, research tells us that kids abandoning the faith never saw a difference that faith made in their parents’ lives. The overflow of that problem was that their parents never developed the right foundation of truth in their kids lives.

With almost 80% of kids walking away from the faith after college, I am afraid far too many folks are not anchoring their lives firmly on the foundation of God’s Word. We live in a generation that does not believe in absolute truth and are being “tossed about with every wind of doctrine” that Paul talked about in Ephesians 4:14.

As followers and believers in Christ, we should be challenging ourselves to live Biblically. We cannot hope to raise Godly kids without being a Biblically distinctive family. We must study God’s Word, commit our lives to it, and use it as the dividing line for all the decisions that we make. It truly should be the foundation upon which everything in our lives rest.

In Psalm 63, David declared: “O God you are my God; early will I seek you; my soul is thirsty for you, my flesh longs for you in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.” That verse tells me that God should be the focus of our daily lives, not our desires and pursuits. I do not want to grow complacent in my Christian life, therefore, I must continually seek Him and what He would have for me each day.

A.W. Tozer once said: “Complacency is a deadly foe. The desire daily for God must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to His people. He wants to be wanted by His people.” As I read that quote, I began to think about how important it is for me to keep Christ the focus of my life.

When you think about the challenges we have in raising our children, it is critical for us to realize that we can become complacent. We should be reminded as Tozer says that it could be devastating to our kids if we grow complacent in our approach to truth and our desire for an intimate relationship with God.

We should be determined more than ever that we do not want our lives in Christ to be something that we endure. We should want to live our lives in a way that pleases and honors God. I am afraid that so many people view God as part of their lives and not as the primary pursuit of their life.

I want more than ever to make a difference in the lives of my children. My desire is that we would always be distinctly Biblical in all that we do.

I pray that you will build upon the rock of God’s Word. It is the only foundation that will endure the storms of life. Remember the old hymn that says “on Christ the solid rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand.

 

 

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Rev. Rick Calloway
MCA Head of School

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