The Road to Midterm Day 2

by Emilee Kuzmak
Just like any other quiz, test, or exam, it is important to not psych yourself out. Go into it with confidence and strength in what you are about to do. Start studying ahead of time and become comfortable with the information you are being tested over. Philippians 4:6-7 says “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” The Lord wants you to do your best and to achieve your best potential which he knows you are capable of. Have peace when it comes to studying and test taking. Remember God is good,he never wants you to fail. When you become comfortable with the information you will be able to reference it when it comes to the test time.
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Road to Midterms Day 1

by Emilee Kuzmak

It feels like just yesterday that we were all lounging at home not worrying about anything having to do with school over thanksgiving break. Then all of a sudden we were back in school and faced with the reality of midterms coming. Now that it is a little more than a week away, it is time to start preparing.  Personally I’ve found myself stressing, cramming, and worrying a large amount around this time of the school year. I’ve found that becoming determined about scoring well ahead of time helps tremendously. Proverbs 13:4 says “The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.” When you become diligent and steadfast in the things you want, you will be satisfied with your result.

Walking in Humility Day 3

by Mr. Collins
One of the the first steps to humbling ourselves before God is to submit to Him. One of the most accused things that both my generation and the generation after me seemed to be accused of is failure to submit to authority. Yet when it comes to God’s authority in our lives, I think that is something every person, regardless of age, struggle with. This is why the next verse in James is James 4:7, which says,  “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Submit to God. Whats more, submit to God AND resist the devil. Strive to do what God wants you to do while striving to fight against the temptations of sin.

Walking in Humility Day 2

James 4:6  But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
So how is your relationship with God? Are you walking with Him, or against Him? So often it is easy to find oneself serving themselves, doing the things that thyey want instead of what God wants. What we are doing might even be good things, but ultimately if we are working against God, God is resisting us. we must humble ourselves, seek Him out, and walk with Him. That is my encouragement toward you, to make life about God by living for Him.

Walking in Humility

by Joshua Collins

Humility. To be completely honest, that is very hard to practice every day. We all know that one person that is focused solely on themselves and their own needs. But personally, the more I understand about the whole concept of humility, the more I realize how hard it is to actually practice in our own lives. But even when it is hard, God commands us to walk humbly before Him. Micah 6:8 says, “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? ” Strive to walk worthy of God and all He has done for you by living in a state of meekness and humility, seeking to make things about others and not about yourself.

Day 5 – When Should We Forgive?

by Jonnie Robertson

We need to forgive people whenever they sin against us. Matthew 18:21-22 says “Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.” Notice this does not say “seventy times seven, as long as they ask for forgiveness.” We need to forgive people even if they don’t want our forgiveness. By doing this, we can be a light to the world, and open up doors to lead people to Christ. We need to be the kind of people that, even if terrible wrong is done to us, will still forgive. If we aren’t, then what are we?

Day 3: Who Should We Forgive? Part 3: God

by Jonnie Robertson

As Christians, we need to learn to forgive God. Now at first this statement sounds kind of questionable, but let me explain. When God puts us through trials, one of the many reactions we have is to get angry at God. We blame Him for not helping us get out of the painful situation we are in. But we are forgetting one major thing. God tests us to strengthen us and prepare us to do great things for Him in the future. If we become bitter towards God for testing us, we will inevitably fall further and further away from Him, only making things worse for ourselves. We need to stop seeing trials that come our way as God fighting against us, and realize that they are actually Him fighting for us. We should not become bitter and angry against God for testing us because He, in actuality, has done us no harm. He is only preparing us to better serve Him further down the road.

Day 2: Who Should We Forgive? Part 2: Ourselves

by Jonnie Roberton
Isaiah 1:18 says “Come now, and let us reason together…though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” If God can forgive our sins and forget that we ever even committed them, why can’t we forgive ourselves? We continually beat ourselves up about this thing we said, or this thing we did, but doing so only makes things worse. All it does is trap us in the past and make us ineffective as Christians. We must learn to forgive ourselves and move on in life. As long as we have confessed our sin and asked for forgiveness, our sin is gone, there is not need to continue to beat ourselves up about it. Now, don’t get me wrong, we should feel sorry for our sins when we sin, but if we have asked God for forgiveness and repented, there is no need to keep looking back. Let’s try to let the past stay in the past this week. It may not be easy to forgive yourself, but nothing good comes easy.

Half Day in Review

by Jonnie Robertson

For those of you who don’t know, on Wednesday of last week, our students made Christmas cards for our policeman and firefighters to encourage them over this Christmas season. This got me thinking, how often do we really thank our police officers and fire fighters for what they do for us? These people battle danger almost every day, sacrificing their time and energy to keep us safe, and we can’t even take a few minutes out of our day to thank them? I want to challenge you this Christmas season, be sure to thank any police officers or fire fighters you see for everything they sacrifice to keep us safe. And to any of our firefighters or police officers out there, thank you so much for your sacrifice. May God bless you with a very Merry Christmas!

Day 1: Who Should We Forgive?: Part 1: Others

by Jonnie Robertson

To live a good Christian life, we must learn to forgive others. Colossians 3:13 says “Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.” Notice it says, if any man has a quarrel against any. That means, even if we are fighting with that person that we don’t really like, we still need to forgive them, even if you still don’t see eye to eye on everything. God is the ultimate example of this. Although we are all sinners condemned to hell for our sins, He chooses to forgive anyone and everyone’s sin if they will confess it before Him (1 John 1:9). We are called to forgive as He did. Let’s start now.

Day 3 of a week of Thanksgiving

by Katie Myers

Have you ever felt alone? When you feel lonely remember you are never alone, God is always  with you. We can be thankful that God is always with us. Psalm 73:23-24 says, “Neverless I am countinually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.” God will never leave you. In those times when you do not know what to do God is there to help guide you down the right path. Hebrews 13:5 says, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” We can be thankful that we have a God that will not run away in our time of trouble.

Day 1 of a week of thanksgiving

by Katie Myers

It is God’s will that we thank Him. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” We have a lot of things to be thankful for: family, a house, and as Christians we can be thankful that we have a loving Saviour who laid down His life for us. In Lamentations 3 it says that the Lord’s blessings are new every morning. Every day when we wake up there is something to be thankful for. Always remember to be thankful in everything.

Soul Winning

by Thomas Marsiglia

I’ve always had a thing for winning people to Christ. I love it so much that I decided that I wanted to try soul winning at the church.  So I’ve been going soul winning with the youth group for a few weeks.  It has been great and a huge blessing to my life.  Seeing people’s reactions towards us going out there I now realize this is a much bigger challenge, a challenge I feel the Lord calling me to complete.

Day 5 Maintaining a Friendship

The Lord is the type of friend that will never leave and never for sake you. In 1 John 1:9 it says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. “ When we sin, we don’t have to worry about whether we will be forgiven or not. We know the Lord is always forgiving no matter what. He wants us to feel comfortable enough to come to him when we know we are in the wrong and confess to him what we’ve done.  He wants you to come to him and he will be there with open arms. Don’t be afraid to come to the Lord, he is welcoming and loving, no matter the circumstances. He loves us unconditionally; nothing you do will ever make him love you less.

Patience in a Friendship

by Emilee Kuzmak

In a friendship there always will be problems and certain things that will come between the two of you. In those times you always need to have patience. The Lord offers the greatest amount of patience that none of us could even imagine. We mess up every day when we sin and the Lord is always there waiting for us to come to him. He never leaves us when we mess up and he never abandons us when we reject him. He gave us free will because real love cannot be coerced. He’s always patient because he believes in us. Proverbs 18:24says “24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” If you have a friend as reliable as the Lord they will not bring you to ruin. They will constantly lift you up, be patient with you in situations, and always be there in the end. Choosing a friend is a very easy yet hard task, yet with the Lords guidance it should become a little easier.

Before the Fire Day 1

by Emilee Kuzmak

 

When it comes to building a fire for the Lord, you can’t have a fire without the friendship first. Having a close personal friendship with the Lord is very important.  That friendship will not be made over night it will take time, effort, and sacrifice. It will grow and solidify and make you a stronger believer. That friendship should be the center of your prayer life, of your spiritual growth, and from which your belief in him should sprout from. The Lord should be the center of your life and without that friendship your faith will just be dry.

Finding Peace in God – Prayer is Powerful

by Joshua Collins

Often I find myself reminded of the greatness of our God to us. Not only did He die on the cross for our sins, but He continually blesses us and provides for us. Yes one thing I know is that through the turmoil of life, there is power in prayer. Matthew 7:7 says, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” Often times the only reason we don’t receive something from God is because we fail to ask. But how great is it when things seem amiss, and we turn to God in prayer, finding peace in Him.

Finding Peace in God – Forgiveness in God

by Mr. Collins

Sin is the one thing that takes our walk with God to a screeching halt, throws it in reverse, and causes us to go backwards. Sin hurts, sin destroys, and it is that sin that will do away with everything we work so hard to accomplish as believers. 1 John 1:9 provides that forgiveness, and God is patiently and faithfully waiting to provide forgiveness if we but humble ourselves before Him.

Luke 18:13  And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

Maybe it is time we become like the publican who stood off by himself, smiting his chest ashamed of his sin, begging God for mercy. God is there waiting, and He will readily walk with us again. All we have to do is seek it.

Finding Peace in God – The Power of God

by Mr. Joshua Collins

Life can be hard. Scratch that, life can be REALLY hard. Whether it is health problems in the family, problems at school, problems at work, you name it, it is easy to get stressed out and frustrated. One of the Bible verses I love the most deals with the power of God compared to that of the rest of the world. I am reminded that, no matter how fierce or frightening the things of this world may seem, God is great.

Isaiah 40:12-15  Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?  (13)  Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him?  (14)  With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding?  (15)  Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.

Finding Peace in God – The Joy of Repentance

by Mr. Joshua Collins

I find that there is no greater joy in the Christian walk than that moment in which you turn from your sins and unto God. This is why I love the verse 1 John 1:9 , which says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Forgiveness is found in Christ, and that moment we receive forgiveness and restoration of fellowship, renewing our walk with God once again. In Christ, in His forgiveness obtained through repentance, in walking with Him, there is great joy.

Loving Like Jesus: Love and the Outcome

by Jonnie Robertson

Despite what others may say, our love has a great effect on others. About a year ago, when I was going through a hard time in my life, my friends were what kept me going. Their Christ-like love for me was with me through the longest,hardest nights of that year, and still resides with me to this day. Now, because of their love, I can continue to share Christ’s love with others, all because someone cared enough to love me when I needed it.

Loving Like Jesus: Real Love

By Jonnie Robertson

Love is more than just saying you love someone. 1 John 3:18 says “let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” If there is no action associated with our love, what are we? We can say we love God all we want, but if we don’t obey him, do we really love Him? We can say over and over again that we love that person that is unkind to us, but continue to bicker and argue with them, do we really love that person, or are we just saying we do to make ourselves feel better or get authority figures off our backs? Our love for others needs to be real, not some fake act we put on so others will see.

Loving Like Jesus: If I Speak

by Jonnie Robertson

Without love, we as Christians are ineffective for Christ. I Corinthians 13:1-3 says “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.” It’s quite simple; without love, we are nothing. No matter how many times we go to church, or read our Bible, or pray, or even win people to the Lord, if we do not love God and others, all of it profits us nothing.

Love’s Not Easy

by Jonnie Robertson

Loving others like Christ did is never going to be easy, but it’s not impossible. God will help us learn to love those that wrong us if we let Him help. We can start by praying for God to give us a love for our enemies, a love that sees other’s sins, but does not define them by them. A love that forgives even the greatest wrongs. A love that sees through the mess humanity often makes of itself to the person in need of help on the other side. We should be continually asking God to help us love our enemies instead of letting our hate fester and turn into a bitterness that will eat us alive from the inside out.

Day 1: Love thy Neighbor

by Jonnie Robertson

Let’s be honest, loving others has never really been humanity’s strong suit. Since the beginning of time, people have hated their fellow man in some fashion or another. But Christians are called to be different from everyone else. Mark 12:31 says “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Quite a contrast from the world’s eye for an eye mentality, isn’t it? Notice that it doesn’t say “Love your neighbor unless he does something that you don’t like.” We are to love all people. Not just those in our social group. Not just the people that love you back. All people. I want to challenge you this week, show Christ’s love to all people, not just those who love you back.

Christian Leadership Day 5

by Emily Kuzmak

The last day of my devotional, I just wanted to say make a sacrifice. Christ died on the cross for us and paid for all of our sins. He is the ultimate leader with the ultimate sacrifice. The price he paid for us was so big that none of us can repay it. He died because he loves us, which should encourage us to make a sacrifice for the ones that we love. As Christians we are called to love those who persecute us. Being a leader means standing up for all that we believe in and all that is right. Even if people come along that disagree with us, that persecute us, or put us down. We are still called to love them and treat them as Christ would want us to. We are images of Christ and everything that we do reflects back to him. You can be any ordinary leader, but most importantly be a leader in Christ. Lead people to Christ. Hopefully through that, he will lead you closer to him

Christian Leadership Day 4

by Emily Kuzmak

To be a leader you need to lead in love. Christ is love. In order to be a good leader and in order to be a Christian leader we need to incorporate love in all that we do. Try to think about every time you say something to someone are you saying it out of love? Or Are you saying it out of selfishness? Christ wants us to be the complete opposite. He wants us to be selfless. Ask yourself daily are you being a loving and encouraging leader? Or are you putting people down and disobeying What you were called to do? In 1 Corinthians 16:14 it says “  Let all your things be done with charity” Be a servant for the Lord. Make the Lord known among nations.

Christian Leadership Day 3

by Emily Kuzmak

Sometimes it is hard to try to be a leader when you feel unable. That is when it is important to lean on others that share the same motive as you. Find someone that you can go to and seek advice from. Maybe it’s someone that you don’t really know well? Maybe its someone that you’ve never talked to before? Maybe it’s someone that you see that sits alone at lunch? You may not know them right now, but unless you expand your horizons you may never know them. The Lord wants you to join with others to hear his word and to help others learn to know and love him. You can always lean on the Lord, but the Lord does provide people in our lives that stand in place for him.

Christian Leadership Day 2

By Emilee Kuzmak

You might find yourself with little faith and trust in God or others. You might be discouraged or easily let down. Moses was one of those great leaders that had little faith. He had a moment in his life where he “struck the rock”. He had given up and his patience had been worn thin. I’m sure you have had one of those moments just as I have. In those times you can remember, that God wants you to come to him in your times of distress and when you feel like giving up. In Proverbs 3:5-6 it says “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” The Lord wants you to come to him with all your struggles. He might not comfort you or respond in the way that you would like, but if you put your trust in him, he will be with you till the end of your days.

 

Leadership Day 1

by Emily Kuzmak

When it comes to being a leader anyone is capable of being one. It doesn’t matter if you are short or tall, large or small, you can still be a strong and respectable leader. A leader doesn’t have to be an adult, or someone that is older than you, it can be you! Take David for example, in 1 Samuel 16:7 it says “But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” Allthough he was doubted by many, the Lord put his trust in David. Even though David was a young man, he came out to be a strong and successful leader. The Lord looks straight upon your heart, yes we all put up a front around others but the most important thing is that the Lord sees the true you and that is what you will be judged upon. God wants us to stand up for what is right no matter what position we are in, do not be afraid to take a stand, and remember the Lord is always with you.

 

Stress Less Day 5

by Katie Myers

My last thought is put the Lord first. Psalm 16:8 “I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.” Setting God first is a hard thing to do because there are so many other things that we feel need to be accomplished. Have you ever thought that by following God’s will it will help you to not get overwhelmed and stressed? God’s ways are not always easy, but keep God first. Do not put people, life, work, or school above God. You may have a super huge test tomorrow, but have you spent time with God today? Someone may have asked you to spend the night, but have you given God your thoughts and stresses? Keep Him close and keep Him first.

Stress Less Day 4

by Katie Myers

Another great thought about stressing less is to give the burdens of life to God. Matthew 11:28-30 says, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your soul. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Jesus had the weight of the whole world on His shoulders, however, He said that His burdens are light. God will provide His peace if you just give your stress to Him. It is a simple thing to think about, but it is hard to not stress. God will take your burdens from you all you have to do is give them to Him. Think about all that Jesus went through and you still didn’t see Him stressed. Pray to God and ask Him to take your burdens from you.

 

 

 

Stress Less Day 3

by Katie Myers

Today’s thought to help stress less is that God is there in the times when it feels like no one else is. Sometimes it is helpful to share stresses with others so they can pray, but there are times when it seems there is still no one to help. God will answer, it may not be the answer you were expecting but He will answer. God will be with you through it all, give it to Him.

Stress Less Day 2

by Katie Myers

One super awesome way to help stress less is to commit what you’re doing to the Lord. God says in Proverbs 16:3, “Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.” If God is in charge of everything being done He can add His blessings. It is sometimes hard to see God’s plan but He will always be there to help.

 

Stress Less

A Blog by Katie Myers

How many people struggle with stressing about every little thing? Many people get overwhelmed with even the littlest of things. God doesn’t want Christians to feel stressed or overwhelmed. In 1 Peter 5:7 it says, “Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.” God wants His people to share all their stresses and problems with Him. God even cares about the littlest of things like work or school. Stress is a normal human emotion according to a study done by the America Institute of Stress in 2014, seventy-seven percent of people in the world experience stress regularly. Christians need to focus less on stressing and more on giving our cares to God. Take a moment and ask God to help with every little thing that is causing stress in the lives of His people.

The Road to Midterms Day 3

by Emilee Kuzmak

If you want to succeed and score well, working hard is very important. Yes, some people are different and don’t need to study as much but if you are like me, studying is a troublesome task sometimes. Before studying, remember to pray and ask God to give you peace at mins, at heart and to help you remain calm in a stressful time. Romans 12:11-12 says “Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;“ Study well, and be smart in the way you study. Study a little bit everyday. Maybe have someone quiz you, make flash cards, make a quizlet, any method you have found to be useful to you when it comes to studying, stay true to that method.

Road to Midterms Day 4

by Emilee Kuzmak
Before you go to take the midterm it is always nerve racking and stressful because you don’t know the outcome. Anything could happen during that test and it is impossible to know what that may be. When it comes time to take it, remain calm and have trust in the Lord. Ask him to give you a clear mind and calm heart. Do not be afraid, have trust in the Lord and lean on him. He wants you to come to him in times of need and stress. Psalm 56:3-4 says “ What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. 4 In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.” He loves you endlessly and he wants nothing but the best for you. Let him be that arm for you to lean on and to rely on in times as this.