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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Daily Devotional: The Great Physician

Tuesday February 20, 2018 by Mart DeHaan           
Read: Matthew 4:23–5:12  | Bible in a Year: Leviticus 26–27; Mark 2

Remain in me, as I also remain in you.  John 15:4

When Dr. Rishi Manchanda asks his patients, “Where do you live?” he’s looking for more than an address. He has seen a pattern. Those who come to him for help often live in conditions of environmental stress. Molds, pests, and toxins are making them sick. So Dr. Manchanda has become an advocate of what he calls Upstream Doctors. These are health care workers who, while providing urgent medical care, are working with patients and communities to get to the source of better health.

As Jesus healed those who came to Him (Matthew 4:23–24), He lifted their eyes beyond the need for urgent physical and material care. With His Sermon on the Mount He offered more than a medical miracle (5:1–12). Seven times Jesus described attitudes of mind and heart that reflect a well-being that begins with a new vision and promise of spiritual well-being (vv. 3–9). Two more times he called blessed those who experience relentless persecution and find their hope and home in Him (vv. 10–12).

Jesus’s words leave me wondering. Where am I living? How aware am I of my need for a well-being that is greater than my urgent need for physical and material relief? As I long for a miracle, do I embrace as enviable the poor, broken, hungry, merciful, peacemaking heart that Jesus calls blessed?

Father in heaven, it’s so hard to see beyond our pain. Please let us sense Your mercy in this moment. Lift our eyes beyond ourselves. Let us find a new vision and source of health in the care of Christ, who heals.
When God is our home, our hope is in Him.

INSIGHT
The end of Matthew 4 implies that people were following Him in the hope of being healed of anything that ailed them. Yet in response to the crowd’s desire to be physically healed, Jesus responds with words that can heal the soul. The Great Physician looks deep into our hearts and heals not just our bodies but our souls as well.
J.R. Hudberg

Mark Your Calendar:

February 20: Three-day Pre-Kindergarten Students Attend
March 9: End of Third Marking Period
March 14: Report Cards Go Home
March 19: Parental Conferences (3:15 to 6:15 pm)
March 15-29: Scholastic Book Fair

February Birthdays:

A Happy Feb. 3rd Birthday to Emily M.! A Happy Feb. 3rd Birthday to Catarina S.! A Happy Feb. 9th Birthday to Aiden F.! A Happy Feb. 13th Birthday to Kamron F.! A Happy Feb. 14th Birthday to Lexi E.! A Happy Feb. 14th Birthday to Henry R.! A Happy Feb. 14th Birthday to Parker R.! A Happy Feb. 19th Birthday to Calvin A.! A Happy Feb. 27th Birthday to Randy B.! A Happy Feb. 28th Birthday to Will J. S.!

Meeting Period:

Monday: Weekly SGO meeting; tutorials
Tuesday: Tutorials
Wednesday: Tutorials
Thursday: Pennies for Patriots opening assembly, 10:45AM; Tutorials
Friday: Senior Chapel Talk with Zumar S.;

Announcements:

THURSDAY: That is, February 22, 2018 - There WILL be a group photo of the pint-sized heroes. I need to know from all the teachers involved when will be a good time - please e-mail me this information by the close of business on WEDNESDAY, February 21st. The students involved are: Jackson R., Marley M., Jeremiah B., Ellie M., Johnathan A., Michael A., Olivia S., Sarah R., Harper G., Emmilynn R., Henry R., Carson R., and Brent W. PLEASE help me out with this, this is the third time we have tried to make it happen.

From Mr. Williams: “I would like to thank everyone for the cards, phone calls, food, visits, flowers, and gifts that were sent to me during my recent loss. I appreciate all of your kindnesses so much. May God bless each of you the way you have been a blessing to me.”

Please do not sit on the front of the stage in the gym. The mats are new and we want to keep them looking nice. Thank you, Mrs. Anderson, A.D.

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:

Athletics

Middel School Girls basketball uniforms need to be returned to Mrs. Anderson ASAP!!!

Basketball

Varsity Boys:
Monday – Practice
Tuesday - Practice
Wednesday - Practice
Thursday - VCC Semi-finals at Richard Bland, time 6PM, $7 admission
Friday - Practice
Saturday - VCC Finals at Richard Bland, time TBA

UPCOMING GAMES:  
2/20 (Tues) VCC Varsity Quarterfinals TBA
2/22 (Thurs) PATRIOT PRIDE DAY! VCC Varsity Semifinal @ Richard Bland 6PM, $7 admission
2/24 (Sat) VCC Varsity Finals @ Richard Bland TBA
2/27 (Tues) VISAA First Round Boys Higher Seed TBA
2/28 (Wed) VISAA Quarter Finals Boys TBA
3/2 (Fri) VISAA Semi Finals @ Virginia State TBA
3/3 (Sat) VISAA Finals @ Virginia State TBA


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