Friday, June 02, 2017
The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
How incredibly comforting is it to know that our God – a loving, mighty, holy, infinite God – is in our midst? So often life can feel overwhelming with all that we have going on and everything that we are expected to do and we feel as if we could just collapse under the pressure. With school, homework, graduation prep, work, family, friends and college planning, life gets pretty overwhelming. But with Christ in our lives we have a reason to be happy and rejoice, even through all of the hard things going on in life. “He will rejoice over you with gladness”. When we become His children, the Lord rejoices because He is glad. “He will quiet you by his love”. We should let God’s love be the constant in our life. Though heartache and turmoil may seem so prevalent in our day to day lives, God’s love will always be the calm in the storm. His love is the much needed comfort in a broken and cruel world. Just as we can’t help but burst into song when our favorite song comes on the radio, so it is with God when someone becomes His child. Be encouraged today by knowing that even though the world may seem to drag you down, the Almighty God is by your side, ready to rejoice with you or comfort you with His love.
Adrianna Lambert, SCS Senior
Thursday, June 01, 2017
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ-by grace you have been saved…
God’s love for us really is incredible. He loves us so much that even when we reach the point of death because of how many times we've trespassed, he shows his mercy toward us. We all know that without him, there is absolutely no hope for us. We failed him, but he continually shows his mercy to us. By the grace of God he sent Christ so that when we were dead in our sins with no hope, he made us alive again and gave us hope. Always remember what he has done for you, and always remember, especially when the struggles of life drag you down and you feel like there's no point, always remember he would do it all again for you. You are his special creation. To borrow the line, “God made you special, and he loves you very much.” Don't ever forget that.
Zac Hodgskiss, SCS Senior
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
“Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.”
When thinking of God’s steadfast love it is important to remember that there is also an application for it; along with many of God’s attributes. We as God’s children hardly understand how great God’s steadfast love is for us; but it is important not to neglect how God calls us to be. Made in his image we are called to be righteous like God and that includes being like him in steadfast love. We are called not to forget his love and to love others just the same as he loved us. The command of this verse is to remember his steadfast love and faithfulness so well it is likened to binding them around our necks; that way they are always with us. We are also told to write them on the tablets of our hearts, remembering these things in the most personal way. So in remembering God’s great steadfast love and faithfulness for us in this season, also acknowledge the importance of applying it to your own life in how you show it to others. We can be a light to others if we allow God’s steadfast love to show through us.
Aspyn Ciupa. SCS Senior
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”
Every day opportunities come up that allow us to glorify God. In school, at sports practice, or even at home, God provides ways for us to praise him. When faced with opposition in any of these scenarios, we are obligated to make decisions that are acceptable in his sight. God wants everything we say and do to be focused on him. In all these situations, school, sports and at home, we need to live a life of Christ, glorifying his name. Sometimes it can be hard to say the right thing, or do what is right. Things like peer pressure, and looking cool in the eyes of your peers makes it difficult to make the right choice. Ask God for guidance when you are put to the test; remember he is your rock and redeemer. If you do that, all the words of your mouth, and the meditation of your heart, will be pleasing and acceptable in his sight.
Jorgen Lindborg, SCS Junior
Monday, May 29, 2017
1 John 4:9
In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.
God has sent his beloved Son down to earth to die for us; His only Son. He did this in order to save us from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:2-3) Sometimes I think we as humans take the blessings God has given us for granted. Have you ever just taken a moment to thank the people in your life who have supported you and been with you ever since you met them? Have you ever realized the beauty of the world’s design around you? Take a moment today to do so. There have been times in my life where I should have been more appreciative of the people who have supported me, and the love God has shown me. Even when times are difficult, we must be thankful for God’s blessings. God’s love is shown to us in many ways, through the people who love us and care about us, through the blessing of life, through his unconditional love, and through the death of his Son. God has given us his forgiveness through Christ and His never ending mercy. He loved us so much that He gave everything to save us, so that we may live with Him in eternity.
We live in a beautiful place, we have amazing views, people that love us, and we have God to thank for all of this! Don’t forget to thank Him today for his incredible, undeniable, unconditional love.
Kimberly Feist, SCS Senior
Sunday, May 28, 2017
1 Corinthians 10:31
"So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."
It is often easy for us to separate our lives into spiritual and non-spiritual categories. On the spiritual side, we go to church, read the Bible, and have our regular devotions, whereas on the non-spiritual side we have the rest of our life going on. It is so easy to forget that even the most mundane activity that we do, such as eating or drinking, can be done in a way to glorify God. As a senior this verse has been on my mind more often than ever. Since I am in the midst of choosing the path for my life after high school, it is important for me to take a step back and remember that ultimately whatever I do should bring glory to God. It is possible for us to honor God in any job we pursue. With this in mind, may we all remember Colossians 3:17 where it says, "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." We must remember to put Him first daily and intentionally represent Him in all that we do and say.
Josiah May, SCS Senior
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Romans 8:35-39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: ‘For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Living in the midst of a hectic, incessant, and stressful schedule, it’s hard to find a moment to myself. And when I finally get a chance to take a breather, if I’m honest, the last thing I want to do is meditate upon God’s Word and go to Him in prayer. After a long day of deadlines, tests, practice, homework, and other requirements, it can be all too easy to put off spending time with the LORD, or excuse it because I am just too tired to do anything else. And on the days when I have the motivation to turn to God in prayer or read the Bible, it’s difficult to feel either His love or His presence. After all, what God would love a sinner like me who can hardly find time to devote to Him?
Thankfully, there is the good news for me, incomprehensible and astonishing, but still absolutely valid. That truth is that there is nothing- nothing- I can do, or rather, not do, to lose His love. Every moment of my busy and demanding day, God is there, and He loves me! During the quiet drive to school, the long runs through His creation, and the hours of studying, God is continually present and showering me with His love and grace. I cannot explain why, but that is not the point. The point is that, for whatever reason, God chose to love me- and you- with unconditional, agape love.
For me, this truth lifts a weight off of my weak and sagging shoulders. Just knowing and believing that the only One who truly sees me for who I am actually loves me brings about an overwhelming sense of peace and relief. But not only does my Savior love me, but there is also nothing I can do to mess up His love towards me.
I encourage you today to try to take a second in the midst of your busy day and meditate upon the love of God that He revealed to you through His act of self-sacrifice. Praise Him for His love and manifest that love in your life today.
Haleigh Schwartz, SCS Senior
Friday, May 26, 2017
1 Corinthians 13:8
“Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.”
Look to only fame and you will get temporary attention, look to only money and you will get temporary riches, look to only grades and you will get temporary success, look to approval and you will get lies. Temporary, it will fade, it will no longer be. But we know one thing that remains.
Love prevails over sin; it conquers the world. God is love. God is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end; he is forever. If God is love, love lasts forever. Forever we have the promise of love, that after our mistakes and failures we have the promise of the love from Christ. Love is stronger than mountains and higher than towers. Here we see the promise of constant love, love that never gives up. Things of this world will fail you, they will leave you and no longer be. You will never be satisfied with this world and what it gives, but with love your satisfaction will reach to the heavens. Nothing of this world, no one of this world can separate you from this love; it keeps going on.
Sometimes you can’t find satisfaction in yourself. This is especially true of me; much of myself is not satisfying for me. But who cares what I think when I have a Father who loves me for me no matter what, for as long as forever. For God loves you for who he created you to be, he loves you with your thorns and with your thistles, for he created you and what he has created is never a mistake.
Hallelujah! Love never fails! What is greater than knowing that the Creator, the Father of you and me, loves no matter the flaws inside you? Hallelujah! His love never fails.
Dorothy Smith, SCS Senior
Thursday, May 25, 2017
1 John 4:16
“And so we have come to know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”
Imagine a world without love, a world where no one wants you or cares about you. That kind of world is hard to picture, isn’t it? We are so lucky to have people around us that genuinely love and care for us. We are especially lucky to have a God who will love us no matter who we are, what we do, or how we act. God will love us just the way we are and that’s something that we should all be thankful for. His love is something that we should all live for and desire. In the verse it says that we should rely on the love that God has and I think that this is important. He has given love for us to rely on and we should take this to our advantage. We shouldn’t look for other things for love, especially since God has it right there for us whenever we want and need it. The rest of this verse I think is something that we should all take very seriously and it says that “God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” God’s love is so impactful and if we just let his love flow through us we can impact others and become more like Him.
Alicia Warricks, SCS Senior
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Do to others as you would have them do to you. “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
This verse shows how and who we should love. We often find ourselves loving our friends, and hating our enemies; this is of course easier than loving both our friends and our enemies. God instructs us, however, to love both despite the difficulty in doing so. We should not love our friends only, or love others because we expect them to do things for us, because that’s already being done by everyone. It is easy to love those who love you. As Christians we are asked to do things that aren’t easy. We are called to love others as God does. God sent His own Son down to die on a cross for everyone's sins, believers and non-believers, those who loved Him and those who hated Him. Jesus did not love just a few, He loved all and we are instructed to do the same to the best of our ability. The knowledge that God has already set the standard has comforted me and has helped me in the decisions I make and the way I treat people. Love your enemy, because by doing so you are also showing him the love of God. If we do this we will be rewarded and blessed by God.
Brandon McLean, SCS Senior