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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Daily Devotional: Bound to Encourage

Wednesday,  November 14, 2018  by Kirsten Holmberg            
Read: Hebrews 10:19–25  |Bible in a Year: Lamentations 3–5; Hebrews 10:19–39

Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Hebrews 10:24

The Steven Thompson Memorial Centipede is a cross-country meet unlike any other. Each seven-member team runs as a unit, holding a rope for the first two miles of a three-mile course. At the two-mile mark, the team drops the rope and finishes the race individually. Each person’s time is, therefore, a combination of the pace the team kept and his or her own speed.

This year, my daughter’s team opted for a strategy I had not previously seen: They put the fastest runner at the front and the slowest right behind her. She explained that their goal was for the strongest runner to be near en ough to speak words of encouragement to the slowest runner.

Their plans depicted for me a passage from the book of Hebrews. The writer urges us to “hold unswervingly to the hope we profess” (Hebrews 10:23) as we “spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (v. 24). There a re certainly many ways of accomplishing this, but the author highlighted one: “not giving up meeting together, a s some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another” (v. 25). Gathering together with other believers as we’re able is a vital aspect of the life of faith.

The race of life can feel like more than we can handle at times, and we may be tempted to drop the rope in hop elessness. As we run together, let’s offer one another the encouragement to run strong!

Jesus, thank You for the hope You offer. Thank You for never discouraging us. Help us imitate You by encouraging each other today.

Encouragement is water to the soul.

By the blood of Jesus our high priest (Hebrews 10:19–22) we can enter the Most Holy Place, that is, we can come directly into God’s presence. However, the author is using these two ideas—Jesus’s sacrifice and our access to God—in tandem. The point in this passage is not because Jesus sacrificed for us we can enter God’s presence, but rather because we have a path to God, we are now to act. We are to draw near to Him (v. 22), hold to our hope (v. 23), encourage each other (v. 24), and meet together (v. 25). A significant aspect of this passage is the author’s repeated use of the first-person plural. Seven times the author uses this construction and three times it’s in the exhortation “let us” (vv. 22, 23, 24). The implication is that our salvation has a community impact. Together we are part of the body of Christ (see 1 Corinthians 12). The Christian life is to be lived in relationship with others, encouraging each other to be more like Christ.
J.R. Hudberg

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.!


The following students will be at the AVA Arts Festival today, Wednesday, Nov. 14: Catarina S., Mitchell C., Cedric B., Randy B.
Picture make-up day is today. Please wait for a Yearbook staff member to come get you for pictures.
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



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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