“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine." Isaiah 43:1
“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.” Romans 10:5
We have a dear family friend who served as a fireman/paramedic and eventually was promoted to Assistant Chief of the West Bloomfield Fire Department. As a result of his profession, as well as his God given storytelling talents, he has the ability to tell some of the most amazing stories. Some of his stories are pretty comical and many have miraculous conclusions. However, there was one story that often comes to mind, especially when I am driving down Pontiac Trail.
"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6
With everything currently transpiring in our country, if there ever was a time for Christian education, it's now... and at St. Matthew Lutheran School, we believe that Christ belongs in school!
Next week, St. Matthew Lutheran School will join over 1,800 Lutheran schools around the United States to celebrate "National Lutheran Schools Week"! During this enjoyable week of school spirit, we want to celebrate and give thanks for the gift of Christian education.
“Whatever you do for the least of these, you’ve done unto Me.” Matthew 25:40
A few years ago, it was late at night and two days before the conclusion of the school year when I received the following text from one of our former students:
"We were just wondering if you would be available from the time between July 19 and July 25 to go on the mission trip with the high school youth?"
(First thought that ran through my head, "Eeeeep... isn't this the mission trip where they have to shower at the State Park?" I know, I know... not very spiritual eh?)
What do Jesus and the Beatles have in Common? Both Want to Hold Your Hand...
But Grab Jesus' first!
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.” Hebrews 12:2
My dad was the youngest of eight children. As a result, many of his siblings were young adults during his elementary years. Though there were many disadvantages regarding the lack of playmates, there were significant advantages to being taken to various activities since many of them could drive and had jobs to pay for such events.
"And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart." Luke 2:9 - 12
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." 2 Corinthians 5:17
For years, one of my ultimate favorite television stations has been HGTV! From “Home Town” and “Fixer Upper” to “Love It Or List It”, I could sit and watch these home renovations shows for hours and just dream of the potential our thirty year old house held. All I was waiting for was that perfect “Let’s do this!” moment.
"So continue encouraging each other and building each other up, just like you are doing already." (1 Thessalonians. 5:11)
Have you ever had the opportunity to be a spectator at one of the iconic Blue Angel aviation shows? Last summer, we held our family reunion in Traverse City, and after all the reservations had been finalized, we were very excited to learn that the Blue Angels were scheduled to perform that very same weekend over the Grand Traverse Bay!
"A new command I give you; Love one another." John 13:34
Moby Max is a K-8th grade standards-aligned learning platform that teachers can use to assist with differentiated and classroom learning goals. Through this program, classrooms can earn "reward points" for achieving classroom goals.
Two weeks ago, our second grade learned that they had earned $20 through their Moby Max Rewards program. The company encourages teachers to use these Reward dollars as an avenue of celebration for particular milestones that the class accomplished.