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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Daily Devotional: What Kind of Savior Is He?

Thursday,  January 10, 2019  by Winn Collier            
Read: Acts 10:34–38  |Bible in a Year: Genesis 25–26; Matthew 8:1–17

God does not show favoritism. Acts 10:34

Our church meets in an old elementary school, one that closed in 1958 rather than obey a US court order to integrate (the act of having African-American students attend schools previously attended by only Caucasian students). The following year, the school reopened and Elva, now a member of our church, was one of those black students who were thrust into a white world. “I was taken out of my safe community, with teachers who were part of our life,” Elva recalls, “and placed in a scary environment in a class with only one other black student.” Elva suffered because she was different, but she became a woman of courage, faith, and forgiveness.

Her witness is profound because of how much evil she endured at the hands of some members of a society that denied the truth that every human being, regardless of race or heritage, is loved by God. Some members of the early church struggled with this same truth, believing that certain people were, by birth, loved by God while others were rejected. After receiving a divine vision, however, Peter stunned everyone who would listen with this astounding revelation: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right” (Acts 10:34–35).

God opens His arms wide to extend love to everyone. May we do the same in His power.

Consider your neighborhood, your family, and your social sphere. Where do you find a temptation to exclude others? Why?.

We’re tempted to push others away, but God’s arms are open wide.

INSIGHT
The words “show favoritism” in Acts 10:34 are translated from the Greek prosopoleptes, a word which means to receive or show regard for someone because of rank, status, beauty, or popularity. This word is a combination of prosopon, which means “face” or “person”; and lambano, “to lay hold of.” Partiality (showing favoritism) does not characterize God, as we see in these verses: “As for those who were held in high esteem—whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not show favoritism” (Galatians 2:6); “Masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him” (Ephesians 6:9). Neither should favoritism characterize the followers of Jesus, as James 2:1 reminds us: “My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism.”
Arthur Jackson

January Birthdays

A Happy Jan. 5th Birthday to Thomas W.! A Happy Jan. 8th Birthday to Levi B.! A Happy Jan. 8th Birthday to Amari H.! A Happy Jan. 8th Birthday to Hardy M.! A Happy Jan. 10th Birthday to Macy B.! A Happy Jan. 10th Birthday to Brogan F.! A Happy Jan. 15th Birthday to Quinton D.! A Happy Jan. 25th Birthday to Michael G.! A Happy Jan. 26th Birthday to Madison Bo.! A Happy Jan. 31st Birthday to Emma H.!

Announcements:

The next Red Cross blood drive is January 26th. Times are 9am to 2pm in the AA gym. Please navigate to www.redcrossblood.org to sign up! Your donation saves up to three lives - GIVE 'TIL IT HURTS!

There will be a Barnes & Noble Book Fair on Saturday, February 9th from 10 am – 8 pm to benefit the library. Come visit Barnes & Noble at Chesterfield Towne Center to shop, enjoy activities, and support our library! You can also shop on Sunday, Feb. 10th or online as well! (Snow date- Sat. Feb. 16)

Donuts with Dad/Muffins with Mom Event has been moved to February 15 at 7:15 am in the café. $2 is suggested donation.

Alumni Night is THIS Friday, January 11 vs. KFS. Games begin at 5:30 pm. Be sure to join us!!!

Teachers & Students that drive - Please remember to drive slowly and carefully when you pull in or out of the parking lot. Children can be anywhere, arrive early, and stay after school.

Students and parents of students who ride the bus: Please be at your stop early. Buses run on a tight schedule; if you make the bus wait they are late to the stops that follow you. ALSO: parents, please be at the pickup point on time in the afternoons . . . If the bus is sitting there waiting on you, you probably need to be there a bit earlier.

Mark Your Calendar:

Jan 11, 2019 - Alumni Night basketball game v. Kenston Forest School
Jan 26 - Red Cross Blood Drive, 9am - 2pm in the gym

Meeting Period:

Monday: Weekly SGO Meeting; Tutorials
Tuesday: Tutorials
Wednesday: Chapel Talk with Sam B.; Tutorials
Thursday: Tutorials
Friday: Tutorials

Athletics

Basketball

Fri, Jan. 11, Home v. Kenston Forest (Alumni night), JV Girls/Varsity boys, 5:30p/6:30p
Tue, Jan. 15, home v. Richmond Christian, 5:00*/6:00 MSG/VB
Fri, Jan. 18, away @ Southampton, 5:30/6:30 JVG/VB
Tue, Jan. 22, home v. Tidewater, 6:00* VB
Fri, Jan. 25, home v. BSH, 4:30/6:00* MSG/VB
Tue, Jan. 29, away @ Brunswick, 5:00/6:00 JVG/VB
Thur, Jan. 31, home v. Carmel , 5:30* VB
Tue, Feb. 5, away @ Kenston Forest, 6:00/7:30 JVG/VB
Wed, Feb. 6, away @ BSH, 4:30/6:00 MSG/VB
Fri, Feb. 8, away @ Richmond Christian, 6:00/7:00 MSG/VB
Tue, Feb. 12, home v.Southampton, 5:00*/6:00 JVG/VB **Senior Night**
Fri, Feb. 15, away@ Tidewater , 7:00 VB

*Denotes Mascot Cheerleaders to cheer at game*

Tournament games for February and beyond will be posted soon . . .

 

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