Psalm 133:1, “How good and pleasant it is when brothers [and sisters] live together in unity!” Unity is vital for three reasons; one, it allows the church [school] to be a positive example to the world and helps draw others to the body of Christ. Two, it allows us, as a body of believers, to live together as God wants us to live. And three, without tension diminishing our energy we are able to realize the full potential of our ministry and our calling. Bottom line, we do not have to agree on everything, however, we must agree on the purpose for our life and that is to work together, in a unifying way, to further God’s kingdom. The notes in my Bible state, “Our outward expression of unity will reflect our inward unity of purpose.” Dr. Reginald Smith, senior pastor of Roosevelt Park Community Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, writes, “But for Christians the world over, there’s a sure way to find unity: by worshiping the one and only God together… May we all experience the blessings of God as we live, work, and worship as one people.” 1 Corinthians 12:12 states, “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.” To God Be The Glory
Nowhere does the Bible teach that Christians are to be exempt from difficult times or that Christians are immune from tragedy or shielded from difficult decisions. However, our knowledge of God’s creation and providence will help us. As written in the Heidelberg Catechism, “We can be patient when things go against us, thankful when things go well, and for the future we can have good confidence in our faithful God and Father that nothing in creation will separate us from His love. Romans 8:38-39 reminds us that nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Jesus once said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 In all things… To God Be the Glory
PASSION involves three things…
1. First, it involves imagination: One of the reasons why we get passionate about something is because we can imagine a world or a situation better than the one that we have now. So the first thing is imagination.
2. The second thing that passion involves is belief. You see, it is one thing to imagine a better situation but it is quite another to believe that this is possible. So passion involves imagination and belief. But there is a third thing.
3. And the third thing is investment. This is where passion gets painful. If we want to make our dreams become reality, than we need to be willing to invest ourselves in it. This means sacrifice and surrender.
Forgiveness is an act for peace. Will not hold a grudge and it is one sided. Restoration is forgiving and then doing something to make the former relationship even better than before. It is accepting the other person as he/she is. To walk along side of that person even though you have been hurt and willing to continue to forgive or are willing to be forgiven. It is to acknowledge that I am no better than anyone else and must consider the other person better than myself. I think that is what Jesus was doing with Peter. To establish a relationship that would be better and stronger than it was previously. Peter has a purpose for living. A high calling to continue the work Jesus had been doing. An assurance that no matter what happened in the past he was forgiven. And would be loved unconditionally. But Peter also would have to love sacrificially and unconditionally the “sheep” who crucified Jesus. Source: http://www.calvincrc.org/
I was reading Galatians this week and I came across these really neat 3 verses. Galatians 6: 1-3, “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves.” It was a wonderful reminder to me during these exciting times for Denver Christian Schools. It is telling us that no Christian should ever think that he or she is totally independent from God or from God’s community and doesn’t need help from others. It also is telling us that no one should shy away from taking an opportunity to help others, in other words, seek out those opportunities to serve. For example, bring supplies for our troops or bringing shoes for those that need shoes. And here is the real key to the message, The body of Christ only functions when the members work together for the common good. In other words, when we are all pulling on the same rope in the same direction, the body functions as it is designed to function. So today, when you see a person in need, please humbly and very very gently reach out to that person and offer them your hand. What a great lesson for me and for all of us. Finally, thank you for your continued prayers during this incredible time in the history of Denver Christian Schools. To God Be The Glory.
“I am the Lord, I change not.” (Malachi 3:6)
There is a word in the English language that oftentimes causes people to worry. It is a word that characterizes our state of affairs these past few years. The word is change. Few folks enjoy it, because we prefer our life circumstances to be predictable, knowable and foreseeable. We strongly desire our state of affairs to be constant, which has definitely not been the case lately. It seems as though every time we turn around new information comes our way and makes us feel like there is little left in which to our our lives.
Why is change such an issue for us? Simple: for years we have enjoyed peace and prosperity. It seems like the biggest alterations in our lives have revolved around a normal course of events. We move, we marry, our children marry, etc. Yet, now, we are a school facing change.
Did you know that the majority of Christians who have lived before us were forced to cope with these same circumstances? Suddenly, we have a taste of what it would have been like to be a believer from times past, and it is disconcerting, to say the least. How should we deal with constant and threatening variations of life? The same way that God’s people have for thousands of years: by placing supreme confidence in The Lord” who changes not.”
When you think about it, the very nature of life is subject to the law of change. The sun will eventually grown old and grow dark, and the fabric of the universe is wearing thin like a garment that has been worn too many times. Yet we serve a God who is “the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)
He loves us with an “everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3), and the fact of that matter is that we have no hope in this life outside of a hope that is anchored in a relationship with the God in whose nature “is no variableness, neither shadow or turning.” (James 1:17)
If today, you are feeling an unspecified wave of anxiousness that threatens to push you to the brink – remember that the wheel of destiny revolves, but its axle is eternal love.
Adapted from dare2share.org
People ask me all the time, “How do you like working at Denver Christian Schools?” Here’s one of my many answers…