Friday, April 29, 2016
“For I, the Lord, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.” Malachi 3:6
God is unchangeable. The word “unchangeable” seems very hard to apply to the relationships that exist among people in the world today. Every person has his good days and bad days, or even good years and bad years. The constant undulation of good and bad circumstances causes strain on the relationships of mankind. The lack of consistency that man encounters with his earthly relationships is frustrating and, honestly, exhausting. He will never be able to find complete consistency in his relationships with others because of the sinful nature of man. However, there is someone that a man can turn to who is consistent, dependable, and trustworthy 100% of the time—God. God doesn’t suffer from the sin that pervades mankind, but He is well aware of its effects. In His perfect knowledge, He offers Himself to man as a refuge from the unpredictability of earthly situations and relationships. The relationships of mankind always have the potential to be damaged or even to end entirely; however, our status as believers and children of God never changes in the eyes of our heavenly Father.
Senior Serena Koch
Thrsday, April 28, 2015
“To the Lord our God belong compassion and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against Him." Daniel 9:9
God is a very forgiving God. We commit sins on a daily basis, yet God forgives us for our sins. This is a very important attribute of God because it shows His love and compassion toward us. A great example of this is when Jesus was sent to die for our sins even though we could have just been condemned. Through God showing us forgiveness, He shows us His mercy and love toward us. If we did not receive His forgiveness, then we all would be condemned to hell. Through God’s forgiveness, we are shown grace and are given an example of how we are supposed to treat others. The only way that we can receive forgiveness is by repenting of our own sinfulness and putting our faith in Christ, believing that He his death and resurrection made a way for us to have eternal life. God’s forgiveness shows that I am a sinner, as is everyone else, and I need to extend the same grace that God has given men and forgive those who have trespassed against me.
Senior Ashely Tang
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
“For the Lord your God is a merciful God. He will not leave you or destroy you or forget the covenant with your fathers that he swore to them.” Deuteronomy 4:31
God is Merciful. Sometimes in our world today we may feel deserted or alone. We don’t see miracles
like water turning into wine. We don’t see our neighbors walking on water to get to work. It is so easy to fall into the trap of thinking that we are alone. It may feel as if God isn’t there for us, watching over us. We feel that when we stumble, no one will ever come beside us to help us up again. In our daily lives today we each have our own set of struggles. Maybe it’s a broken family. Maybe it’s stress over school. Maybe you struggle in your relationship with your parents. Maybe you are struggling in your relationship with God trying to figure out how to grow closer to him in a world focused on the superficial desires of life. Whatever your struggle is, it’s important to remember what 1 Corinthians 10:13 says “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
Even if you succumb to the sinful temptations of the world the Lord is merciful, gracious, and faithful he will always be with you. He had mercy on Adam and Eve after they had sinned by allowing them to live. He had mercy on the Israelites in the desert. He had mercy on Jonah when he was in the whale. Luke 1:50 says “His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.” Ephesians 2:4-5 says “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions- it is by grace you have been saved.” So be encouraged my brothers and sisters. In all of the suffering you have surrounding you, big and small, our merciful and faithful Lord is right beside you.
Junior Miranda Lind
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
“Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” Micah 7:18-19
God is forgiving. Have you ever felt like your sin is so great that it is unforgivable? Or that you have committed so many sins that you’ve maxed out God’s forgive-o-meter? Well, the great news is that you don’t have to worry. These verses tell us that God has forgiven us for every sin that we have committed. They say that God is quick to forgive us because of the steadfast love that He has for us. I love that verse 18 begins with a question; it really makes us think of how awesome God is. Who is like God, able to crush sin? The answer is no one! My favorite part is in verse 19 when it says, “You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” This is my favorite part because it paints a great picture of how far God puts our sin away from us. He casts it into the ocean waters and drowns it in the depths of his steadfast love. Knowing about God’s forgiveness is significant to us because it reminds us of the compassion that God has on us. It reminds us that, even though we don’t deserve it, God is gracious enough to forgive us of our sin if we are willing to repent and come back to him.
Junior Isaac Neumann
Monday, April 25, 2016
“Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.” Deuteronomy 7:9 NIV
God is faithful. Unfortunately, faithfulness is becoming a virtue that less and less people in this world today possess. Unfaithfulness is seen everywhere; it is neither uncommon nor shocking to hear sad stories of people’s unfaithfulness. However, the God whom Christians love and worship is nothing at all like His creation; “(His) love reaches to the heavens, (His) faithfulness to the skies” (Psalm 36:5). Throughout all history, when mankind has proved itself to be nothing but a group of wretched sinners, God has been unchangeably faithful and loving. There is nothing to do but to praise and adore this God, who is faithful despite His creation doing nothing to deserve it. When life is rough, and it is difficult to pray to the God who ordains hard times, it is important to remember God’s faithfulness in everything, including His promise that “in all things, (He) works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). This attribute, like all His others, drives men to their knees in trust and humility while elevating God in all His glory, as it was meant to be from the beginning of time.
Junior Haleigh Schwartz
Forty Days of Prayer - Introduction
The 2015-2016 school year marks 35 years of God’s faithfulness to the mission of Stillwater Christian School. May God bless you and your family as you participate in this tenth annual Forty Days of Prayer emphasis for the work and ministry of SCS.
Beginning on Monday, April 25th and concluding on June 3rd, we will post daily readings that were submitted by our juniors and seniors from work completed in their Bible courses with Mr. Micah Tinkham. Each devotional writing focuses on an attribute of God. God tells us through the Scriptures very specific truths about Himself so that we can know what He is like, and be drawn to worship Him.
Try to find a time each day to gather with family to read the daily meditation then take a few minutes to pray for the school and God’s provision for our mission. I know you will be blessed as you focus on Him and His character.