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Monday, May 14, 2018

Daily Devotional: Not What It Seems

Monday May 14, 2018  by Tim Gustafson           
Read: 2 Kings 19:29–37  |Bible in a Year: 2 Kings 19–21; John 4:1–30

Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God.

“Listen!” my wife said to me over the phone. “There’s a monkey in our yard!” She held up the phone so I could hear. And yes, it sounded just like a monkey. Which is weird, because the nearest wild monkey was 2,000 miles away.
Later, my father-in-law burst our bubble. “That’s a barred owl,” he explained. Reality was not what it had seemed.
When King Sennacherib’s armies had Judah’s King Hezekiah trapped inside Jerusalem’s walls, the Assyrians thought victory was theirs. Reality proved different. Although the Assyrian field commander used smooth words and pretended to speak for God, the Lord had His hand on His people.
“Have I come to attack and destroy this place without word from the Lord?” the commander asked (2 Kings 18:25). As he tried to entice Jerusalem to surrender, he even said, “Choose life and not death!” (v. 32).
That sounds like something God would say. But the prophet Isaiah told the Israelites the true words of the Lord. “[Sennacherib] will not enter this city or shoot an arrow here,” God said. “I will defend this city and save it” (19:32–34; Isaiah 37:35). That very night “the angel of the Lord” destroyed the Assyrians (v. 35).
From time to time, we’ll encounter smooth-talking people who “advise” us while denying God’s power. That isn’t God’s voice. He speaks to us through His Word. He guides us with His Spirit. His hand is on those who follow Him, and He will never abandon us.

Teach us to discern Your voice, Lord.
God is always trustworthy.

For further study on discerning truth from error, read Dangers of False Teachers at

Mark Your Calendar:

May 14: Pre-K and K field trip to the Children's Museum
May 15: Sports Banquet
May 16: LPT General Membership meeting, 6:30 PM in the LIbrary May 17: Exams 1 and 2, dismiss at 11:30 am
May 18: Exam 3, exam review, dismiss at 11:30 am
May 20: Baccalaureate, 4 pm
May 21: Exams 4 and 5, dismiss at 11:30 am
May 22: Exams 6 and 7, dismiss at 11:30 AM
May 22: Kindergarten Graduation, 10 am
May 23: Teacher workday, 9 am to 3 pm (students do not attend)
May 24: Awards ceremony, dismiss at 10:30 am
May 24: Graduation ceremony, 7 pm
June 9 (Saturday): LPT Blood drive in the Gym, 9am to 3 pm

May Birthdays

A Happy May 2nd Birthday to Sadie J.! A Happy May 2nd Birthday to Aeron M.! A Happy May 5th Birthday to Madison Ba.! A Happy May 9th Birthday to Molly M.! A Happy May 11th Birthday to Julia H.! A Happy May 12th Birthday to Harper G.! A Happy May 16th Birthday to Cole N.! A Happy May 16th Birthday to Caitlyn G.! A Happy May 17th Birthday to Jacob T.! A Happy May 21st Birthday to Alana P.! A Happy May 23rd Birthday to Marlena M.! A Happy May 27th Birthday to Kameron H.! A Happy May 29th Birthday to Avery A.!

Summer Birthdays

Happy Birthday to the following students who have summer birthdays:
Tyler Gl., Jordan S., Noah F., Luke H., Brent C., Zumar S., Kelly F., Andrew B., Molly L., Daniel E., David S., Alaina C., Caleb S., Hunter D., Ellie M., Ellie T., Brianna G., Caleb C., Johnathan A., Michael A., Travis B., Gillian C., Nathan G., Emma V.

Meeting Period:

Monday: Weekly SGO Meeting; Tutorials
Tuesday: Tutorials
Wednesday: Tutorials
Thursday: Half-day
Friday: Half-day


Yearbooks are on sale now! They are $30 until May 24. After that the price will go up to $35. Please see the front office to place your order!!!

The 2018 Sports Awards Banquet will be held on Tuesday, May 15 in the gym. Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm, Awards ceremony will be at 7:00 pm. Dinner tickets are $11 and include BBQ, coleslaw, potato casserole, green beans, roll, dessert, tea, lemonade, and water. Tickets must be purchased by May 8. Please turn in forms and money to the front office. Checks can be made payable to Amelia Academy Athletics. See Mrs. Anderson for more details.

**Please remember to return your individual spring pictures ASAP or turn in money if you are purchasing them to Mrs. Roberts in the office.

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 . . .

Announcements for Teachers:

There will be a mandatory faculty meeting TODAY, May 14 at 3:00 pm.


All basketball uniforms need to be turned in ASAP to Mrs. Anderson.


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