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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Daily Devotional: Dangerous Distractions

Thursday,  November 15, 2018  by Bill Crowder            
Read: John 13:31-35  |Bible in a Year: Ezekiael 1-2; Hebrews 11:1-19

Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples. John 13:35 nlt

Artist Sigismund Goetze shocked Victorian-era England with a painting entitled “Despised and Rejected of Men.” In it, he portrayed the suffering, condemned Jesus surrounded by people of Goetze’s own generation. They were so consumed by their own interests—business, romance, politics—that they were shockingly obliv ious to the Savior’s sacrifice. Indifferent to Christ, the surrounding crowd, like the mob at the foot of Jesus’s c ross, had no idea what—or who—they had missed.

In our day as well, believers and unbelievers alike can easily become distracted from the eternal. How can fol lowers of Jesus cut through this fog of distraction with the truth of God’s great love? We can begin by loving one another as fellow children of God. Jesus said, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples” (John 13:35 nlt).

But real love doesn’t stop there. We extend that love by sharing the gospel in hopes of drawing people to the Savior. As Paul wrote, “We are . . . Christ’s ambassadors” (2 Corinthians 5:20).

In this way, the body of Christ can both reflect and project God’s love, the love we so desperately need, to both each other and to our world. May both efforts, empowered by His Spirit, be a part of cutting through the distra ctions that hinder us from seeing the wonder of God’s love in Jesus.

Read the Discovery Series booklet Truth with Love: Sharing the Story of Jesus at discoveryseries.org/hp141.

Encouragement is water to the soul.

INSIGHT
Consider those Jesus chose as His first disciples (Luke 6:13–16). While they were all men and all Jewish, there was much that could (and sometimes did) divide them. Most were from Galilee in the north, but one (Judas Iscariot) was from Judea in the south. While most were fishermen (Mark 1:16–20), Matthew was a tax collector (Matthew 10:3) who served the Romans—harming his own people. Matthew would have been despised by everyone, especially Simon the Zealot (v. 4), a member of a radical Jewish group determined to drive Rome out of Israel. Add to that the attempts by James and John to seek higher places of honor in the kingdom (Mark 10:35 –37), and you have a fertile environment for friction. These factors and more would have intensified the difficult y of loving one another. Yet, just as we love God because He first loved us, we love one another—despite our dif ferences—in the power of the love we have received from God. As we seek to dwell together as followers of Ch rist, loving one another isn’t easy, but it’s vital.

Do you need God’s help to love a particular person in an intentional way this week?
Bill Crowder

November Birthdays

A Happy Nov. 7th Birthday to Reagan G.! A Happy Nov. 11th Birthday to Haylee H.! A Happy Nov. 17th Birthday to Noah T.! A Happy Nov. 18th Birthday to Rupert A.! A Happy Nov. 19th Birthday to Jolin F.! A Happy Nov. 20th Birthday to Jacob R.! A Happy Nov. 26th Birthday to Joseph B.! A Happy Nov. 27th Birt hday to Brooke A.! A Happy Nov. 29th Birthday to John H.!

Announcements:

Fruit is on sale through this week – see a Senior or the office to place your order!!!
Effective immediately, school will be locked and secured each day at 4 pm. All students and their belongings must be out of the main school building by 4 pm.

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:

Nov. 14 - Picture make-up day
Nov. 21-23 - Thanksgiving break, no school
Nov. 27 - Progress reports go home
Nov. 28 - 1st and 2nd Grade field trip to Swift Creek Mill Theatre
Nov. 29 - Lower School Christmas Program in the gym, 7pm
Nov. 30 - Pre-K 4 and K trip to Swift Creek Mill Theatre

Meeting Period:

Monday: Weekly SGO Meeting; Tutorials
Tuesday: Tutorials
Wednesday: Tutorials
Thursday: Tutorials
Friday: Tutorials

Athletics

Basketball

Mon, Nov 26, Away, at Carmel School, Varsity boys only, 5:30p
Tue, Nov 27, Home, v. Holy Cross, Varsity boys only, 6p
Fri, Dec 7, Away, at Eastern Mennonite (Tip-Off Tourney), v. Life Christian, Varsity boys only, 6p
Sat, Dec 8, Away, at Eastern Mennonite (Tip-Off Tourney), v. TBA, Varsity boys only, time TBA
Tue, Dec 11, Away, at Steward, Varsity boys only, 6p
Thu, Dec 20, Away, at Christ Chapel, Varsity boys only, 5:30p
Fri, Dec 21, Away, at Benedictine, Varsity boys only, 7p
Thu, Dec 27, Away, at Clover Hill (Holiday Hoops Tourney), v. Banner Christian, Varsity boys only, 4p
Fri, Dec 28, Away, at Clover Hill (Holiday Hoops Tourney), v. Clover Hill, Varsity boys only, 7:15p
Sat, Dec 29, Away, at Clover Hill (Holiday Hoops Tourney), v. Louisa, Varsity boys only, 4p

Games for January and beyond will be posted soon . . .

 

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