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Have you ever wondered, “Oh, great. What do I do with this kid now?”
A dad shared his story. His simple rule about driving was: “Feel free to drive as long as it doesn’t cause a problem for anyone on the planet.”
His son, Justin, missed curfew.
That is the inside joke about the 2017-2018 school year. And it has nothing to do with catchy tunes, baggy pants, or dance moves.
It does have to do with a lowly German monk nailing (Get it? Nailing? Hammer time?) some questions and concerns to the door of the church in Wittenberg. I guess the bulletin board was full.
It happened in 1517. Yes, that was five hundred years ago. Kind of a big anniversary.
What those questions started changed the face of the Christian faith and Western civilization. And it still changes things for people seeking the truth about God, about the work of His Son Jesus Christ, and about the Holy Spirit. It still changes things for those simply seeking a way to be right with God while they are fully aware of their personal shortcomings.
Kids coming in through the middle school gate probably cringe on Monday mornings. They know I might ask them what they did on the weekend. As you might imagine, they often shrug and say “nothing.” That’s a common middle school response. I will then mime the actions of someone using a video game controller. More often than not they sheepishly nod, confirming what I suspected.
Seeing that pattern, the following article, from leadership development expert Time Elmore, struck home. (And, of course, I am glad he was not talking about school as a prison.)
And it shall come to pass afterward,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
your old men shall dream dreams,
and your young men shall see visions.
Even on the male and female servants
in those days I will pour out my Spirit. Joel 2
Do you see it? Do you see it in your child? Do you see evidence of faith in Jesus? Do you see awe in their eyes as they consider their powerful God?
Do you hear it? Do you hear it from your child? Do you hear them speak of God’s great love? Do you hear them speak truths from the scriptures?
A fictional being with superpowers? An athlete, musician or actress? Maybe a grandpa, or aunt or even you?
That is all great.
Do they have the chance to hear about ordinary, everyday people who make a difference? Regular Joes and Janes who impact people’s lives by their words, their actions, or their love?
A longtime St. Paul Lutheran Church member passed away this week. But he was no Easter, Christmas, wedding, and funeral member. He was faithful and committed and involved. Numerous folks have told me that this man was the very first to greet them when they visited St. Paul Lutheran for the first time. Others recall his genuine care for them, or his generosity, or his sense of humor, or his deep love for the Lord and the Lord’s work. They would recall his joy in life, his pride in his family, his deep love and respect for his dear wife. Others would report on his leadership in the congregation, in the community and in our Florida-Georgia District.
We often see our Savior as peaceful and kind. Truly, Jesus exemplified God’s love for us in His acts of care and in His self-sacrifice. But He did not flee from conflict. He took a stand, holding fast to God’s commands and instructions. And in the end it led Him to the cross. For that we are forever grateful.
We, here at St. Paul Lutheran School, are not looking for trouble either. In fact, peace and tranquility are lovely things.
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We had an awesome first chapel this past Wednesday. We heard from God’s Word. We prayed. We sang. We clapped in rhythm (still working on that one).
But something may not occur to everyone the first day you look out at 350 chapel attendees.
Some of these kids have never said a creed (a statement of belief) out loud before. Some may never have heard the Newsboys’ song “We Believe” and do not know how to sing along or if they are part of the “we”. Some may even come from a heritage where all of this is new and strange.
At SPLS we make it clear. We are a Christian school and everything we do will reflect this fact.
But we are also unique in that we gladly welcome students who do not have a Christian “pedigree” like a note from a pastor or a Christian church home.
So we are aware that we will be gently teaching, and coaching, and explaining, and encouraging to all the new and returning students so each one will understand what we believe. And we pray these precious young people join us in this life changing, eternity bound belief.
In His Children’s (and they are ALL His children) Service, Robert C. Boyd
Our school year theme (see the signs all over campus) is a celebration marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. This landmark series of events has had huge impact on the expression of Christian faith around the world and also marks a tremendous modernizing shift in Western civilization.
– Imagine not be able to read the scriptures in English (or whatever your native language may be)
– Imagine not being able to speak directly to God through prayer, but being told you had to rely on religious leaders to do it for you
– Imagine living under the burden of believing that you were not doing enough to earn God’s love and acceptance
– Imagine fear, rather than love, being the motivator for making life choices
All year long we will talk about what we believe. And what we believe about God; about Jesus, our Savior; about the Holy Spirit; about the Bible; and so on, guides us to what we believe about children, and families, and learning, and growth, and attitude, and so much more.
Join us on the We Believe journey this year.
In His Children’s Service,
Robert C. Boyd
We do not get asked directly as often as we would think. We would expect to be asked because we work with children. We would really expect to be asked because this is a faith based ministry. But we do not very often get asked what we believe.