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Monday, November 12, 2018

Daily Devotional: Confident Hope

Monday,  November 12, 2018  by Randy Kilgore            
Read: Philippians 1:19–26  |Bible in a Year: Jeremiah 50; Hebrews 8

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21

Dr. William Wallace was serving as a missionary surgeon in Wuzhou, China, in the 1940s when Japan attacked China. Wallace, who was in charge of Stout Memorial Hospital at the time, ordered the hospital to load his equip ment on barges and continue to function as a hospital while floating up and down rivers to avoid infantry attacks. During dangerous times, Philippians 1:21—one of Wallace’s favorite verses—reminded him that if he lived, he ha d work to do for the Savior; but if he died, he had the promise of eternity with Christ. The verse took on special m eaning when he died while falsely imprisoned in 1951.

Paul’s writing reflects a deep devotion we can aspire to as followers of Jesus, enabling us to face trials and even da nger for His sake. It is devotion enabled by the Holy Spirit and the prayers of those closest to us (v. 19). It’s also a promise. Even when we surrender ourselves to continued service under difficult circumstances, it is with this rem inder: when our life and work end here, we still have the joy of eternity with Jesus ahead of us.

In our hardest moments, with hearts committed to walking with Christ now, and with our eyes firmly fixed on the promise of eternity with Him, may our days and our acts bless others with the love of God.

Make of me, Father, a willing servant in times of weakness and times of strength.

Sacrifices offered to God are opportunities to showcase His love.

INSIGHT
When a believer dies, we often comfort the grieving with these words: “He/she is now home with the Lord.” Paul affirmed this same certainty when he boldly declared that when he dies he will “depart and be with Christ” (Philippians 1:23). Paul’s assurance is built upon the very words of our Lord Jesus. As Christ was dying on the cross for our sins, He promised the believing thief, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in pa radise” (Luke 23:43).

What do we know about heaven? Paul saw it, but wasn’t permitted to say anything about it (2 Corinthians 12:3– 4), and John saw it but only cryptically described it in Revelation 21–22. But when Jesus described it as “my Fath er’s home” (John 14:2nlt), He spoke of the welcome, warmth, and intimacy we’ll find there with Him.
K.T. Sim

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:

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. 12 - Veteran's Day program, 10:45am in the gym
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: Veteran's Day program meeting in the computer lab; Tutorials
Thursday: Tutorials
Friday: Tutorials

Athletics

Basketball

Tue, Nov 13, Away, at FUMA, Varsity boys only, 4:30p
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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