• Forty Days of Prayer - Day 31

    Posted by Junior Linnea Hodgskiss on 5/22/2019 7:00:00 AM

    Identity in Christ

    Day 31

    Wednesday, May 22, 2019

    What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?  James 2:14

    Is faith without deeds really faith? According to this verse one can see that the answer is no. But why are we told to have deeds along with our faith? It has been said that deeds are the byproduct of faith, because faith in action is deeds and when we have true faith it beckons us to obey what God commands us to do. God is so pleased when we not only have faith but when we apply our faith to what we do every day. Many times people say that they have faith and can talk about faith all day long but when it comes down to it they have no deeds to back up the faith they talk about. The hypocrisy of saying one thing and doing another or not doing anything at all is sadly quite common in our world. This accomplishes nothing besides a bad name for Christians, and it could lead people into believing that they don’t need actions along with their faith or that they can please God solely with their works and not having faith. Both of these beliefs are flawed versions of what God is truly pleased with which is when we have faith in action. When reading this verse I hope that it makes you reflect on your life and ask yourself if you are truly putting your faith in action and pleasing our Creator with your deeds.

    Junior Linnea Hodgskiss

    Prayer:

    • Pray for Mrs. Renae Blasdel, Mrs. Neva Fladger, Mrs. Susan Nicely, and Ms. Meaghan Curtis in the kitchen and remember to thank them for tremendous work they do in keeping hungry students well fed.
    • Pray that chapel would be meaningful for students today.
    • Ask God to help you be a truthful person in whom he would delight (Ps. 12:2)
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  • Forty Days of Prayer - Day 30

    Posted by Junior Kaedon Basnett on 5/21/2019 7:00:00 AM

    Identity in Christ

    Day 30

    Tuesday, May 21, 2019

    But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.  Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.  1 Peter 2:9-10

    In life we may come across moments where we find ourselves living our lives without having an actual goal in mind. You might find yourself asking, “Who am I really and what is my purpose?” But we were given a purpose by God himself. We are chosen to worship God, as a people who were saved from sin and suffering, as a people claimed from the darkness. We are tasked with spreading the gospel and giving the knowledge that God, in all his grace, decided to give us a free pass on death, and all we have to do is believe in him. So why don’t you? Why wouldn’t you want to take him up on that offer?

    Junior Kaedon Basnett

    Prayer:

    • Pray for Mr. Erin Haven and Mrs. Michelle Moore as they inspire and motivate middle school students in their classes.
    • Pray for the 8th grade students as they leave for their history trip today for safe travels and that they would truly see the Hand of God at work in "His Story".
    • Praise the Rock - the one whose works are perfect and whose ways are just (Deut. 32:4)
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  • Forty Days of Prayer - Day 29

    Posted by Junior Eric Anderson on 5/20/2019 7:00:00 AM

    Identity in Christ

    Day 29

    Monday, May 20, 2019

    I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose. Galatians 2:20-21

    We should understand that when we come to faith in Christ, the way we used to live, walking in sin, is gone. When we accept Christ, we are putting our flesh to death, we are saying that the way we used to live and the person we once were are dead, and that now we have a new life to live by faith in Jesus Christ who died for us. Furthermore, Paul explains that this new life doesn’t come through works of our own, because then “Christ died for no purpose”. Christ loved you enough to die in order to give you freedom from sin and the hope of eternity in new life. You are made new in Christ.                                     

    Junior Eric Anderson

     

    Prayer:

    • Pray for Ms. Lindsey VanderArk as she teaches high school science today. Give thanks that her students are learning science from a Christian Worldview where God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature are clearly seen, being understood from what he has made.
    • Pray that God would bless SCS families with strong marriages and relationships that are pleasing to him.
    • Give thanks for the indescribable gift of Jesus.
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  • Forty Days of Prayer - Day 28

    Posted by Junior Abigail Hudson on 5/19/2019 7:00:00 AM

    Identity in Christ

    Day 28

    Sunday, May 19, 2019

    Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Colossians 3:22

    As humans, we are made in God’s image.  Just think about it- you are made in the image of the Creator of both you and me, the universe- the Creator of the galaxy.  This is a big deal. With this inspiring and refreshing news, that we often take for granted, I want to challenge you to look at it with a new, difficult perspective.  Not only should you take pride in this gift that we never deserved, but truly show how great your loving Father is through your actions.  We are God’s beloved, chosen ones, therefore we should act like it by living as Christ did!  This verse says that since we are God’s chosen ones we should be holy, beloved, compassionate, kind, humble, meek and patient.  As sinners we may fail at this task time and time again, but through the amazing redemption we receive in Christ, we will be forgiven. Find joy in being made in the image of Christ, and put on, as God’s chosen ones, a Christ like attitude and mindset each day.

    Junior Abigail Hudson

    Prayer:

    • Pray for our PTO and Mrs. Melissa Linrude as she leads the PTO in meetings and decision making.
    • Give thanks and praise that God leads us into His rest.
    • Praise God as the giver of every good and perfect gift (James 1:5, 17).
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  • Forty Days of Prayer - Day 27

    Posted by Junior Ashley Kauffman on 5/18/2019 7:00:00 AM

    Identity in Christ

    Day 27

    Saturday, May 18, 2019

    Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’  Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.  1 Peter 5:5-11

    The ultimate example of humility and servitude was that of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  Jesus, an unimaginably holy and perfect being who is one with God, became man and sacrificed himself for us that we might be able to put off our sins and live forever in heaven with him. Despite being perfectly blameless and holy, Jesus displayed great humility. An example of his great humility is when he washed the feet of his disciples. We have been called to display this same humility. In all that we do we should strive to reflect the humble and caring nature of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. We have also been called to cast aside all anxiety and worry, and to put them on God. How wonderful is it that we have been given such an excellent role model of humility, as well as a strong and steady rock to cast all our doubts, worries, and anxieties upon!  Cast all your doubts and worries upon God, and rejoice in your current suffering because you know that the small amount of suffering you toil through on earth is minuscule compared to the immeasurable glory and riches that will be bestowed upon you because of your faith in Jesus Christ your King!

    Junior Ashley Kauffman

     

    Prayer:

    • Pray for Mrs. Jill Hembroff as she daily shapes the lives of the kindergarten students.
    • Pray for our families to make time for fun and fellowship as a family this weekend.
    • Give thanks for God's faithfulness to you even when you are unfaithful to him.
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  • Forty Days of Prayer - Day 26

    Posted by Junior Samuel West on 5/17/2019 7:00:00 AM

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    Day 26

    Friday, May 17, 2019

    “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 NIV

    Many people are stressed because they don’t know what their next step is in life, whether someone is 40 and trying to find a new job or a high schooler not knowing what they should do when they graduate. These are common examples people stress about these days. But the truth is, many people shouldn’t be that stressed for the future. We all know that God is going to take care of us through the thick and thin; then why stress? As a junior I have been anxious for the future: college, work, and whatever. But I know that if I work hard where I am in life right now, being the best student and person I can be, I know I can trust God for the things that I can’t see. God has plans that will prosper you and give you a future. Just trust in him and everything will work out.

    Junior Samuel West

    Prayer:

    • Give praise and thanks for classroom and playground aides, Leslie Hodgskiss, Mrs. Marie Johnson, Mrs. Connie Kikendall, Mrs. Sarah Kroll, and Mrs. Anita Patrick for the ways they enrich our children’s lives daily.
    • Pray for our children and their teachers for energy and excitement for learning.
    • Thank God for hearing your prayers and answering them in his wisdom and way.
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  • Forty Days of Prayer - Day 25

    Posted by Junior Caleb Fetveit on 5/16/2019 7:00:00 AM

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    Day 25

    Thursday, May 16, 2019

    And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.   Colossians 3: 15-17

    As Christians, we are all part of the body of Christ. Since we are of Christ, the “peace of Christ” should manifest itself in our thoughts and actions. We also should read and believe the word of Christ, but also have an outward expression of this internal belief. We show this by teaching and correcting others according to God’s word, and we also sing to God out of an abundance of thankfulness in our hearts. This mindset of thankfulness is not just limited to this, for we are commanded to give thanks to God in whatever we do. Also, in everything that we do, we should represent the name of Jesus. In every decision you make, big or small, consider what would bring the most glory to Jesus, and go into your decision with a thankful heart. It is often the small decisions throughout the day that offer opposition to this thought process, because these small decisions are often made with no thought or consideration. Try to improve your ability to think before you speak and consider the results of your actions before doing something. Going into the day with a thankful heart makes it easier to make the right decisions and say things that are positive and representative of your Christian belief.

    Junior Caleb Fetveit

    Prayer:

    • Pray for Mr. Micah Hunter as he directs the choirs. Pray continued enthusiasm as he shares his passion for music with his students.
    • Pray that the choir concert this evening would lift high the name of Jesus and be a blessing to both the participants and audience.
    • Ask God to us you to reflect his love, his life, and his lordship.
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  • Forty Days of Prayer - Day 24

    Posted by Junior Tessa Harmon on 5/15/2019 7:00:00 AM

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    Day 24

    Wednesday, May 15, 2019

    For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.   Ephesians 2:10

    We are God’s workmanship, or in Greek, his poiema, divinely and masterfully made in His image with the express purpose of His glorification through good works. Through good works, which are not our own doing, but a part of His divine plan, we glorify Him and fulfill our ultimate purpose. Each of us is art, contributing to the heavenly masterpiece, not by our own volition, but by the mastery of the Creator. In the words of Charles Spurgeon, “[God] takes us, poor smudges of paint, and He makes the blessed pictures of His grace out of us. It is neither the brush nor the paint He uses, but it is the skill of His own hand which does it all.”  In Christ, we have been transformed from a pitiful reflection of this fallen world to a masterpiece rivaled by none. In the process of sanctification, we grow closer to the ultimate image of God and His glorious creation. Each experience is like a brush stroke, bringing us closer to the complete picture of the awe-inspiring righteousness which we will receive through Him.

    Junior Tessa Harmon

    Prayer:

    • Pray for Mrs. Alyssa Lassinger, Librarian, as she works with students to increase their love for reading. Pray for God’s blessing as she pours herself into each student.
    • Pray for all of our students that their music would be a joyful noise to the Lord.
    • Commit yourself to praying regularly for unsaved friends, family members, and neighbors.
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  • Forty Days of Prayer - Day 23

    Posted by Junior Kyler Elder on 5/14/2019 7:00:00 AM

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    Day 23

    Tuesday, May 14, 2019

    Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.  1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV

    Our bodies house the Holy Spirit. With the Holy Spirit in our bodies, we have constant connection with God. We are never alone, but wherever we walk in life God is with us. We have to take care of our bodies in order to create a place that is worthy of the Holy Spirit to be in. Our bodies were given to us by God. They are a gift. Our bodies should be respected and we should thank the Lord for them. Even though our bodies were a gift from God, they still belong to Him. With our physical forms we must do the will of God. Whether it be keeping His law, spreading the Good News, or showing kindness to others, following the will of God is how we acknowledge that our bodies are still His. But if we don’t use our bodies properly, if we don’t respect them, if we don’t use them to follow the will of God, we will have let down the Lord. All that He has given us and sacrificed for us will have been for nothing. We need to keep our bodies from desecration for both ourselves and God, because we need to have clean bodies and God desires for us to have them.

    Junior Kyler Elder

    Prayer:

    • Pray for Mr. Brian Phillips as he helps students to see the beauty of God through music. Pray that his love of music would continue to inspire band students of all abilities.
    • Pray that the band concert this evening would lift high the name of Jesus and be a blessing to both the participants and audience.
    • Confess those times when you seek security in something other than Jesus.
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  • Forty Days of Prayer - Day 22

    Posted by Junior Kayla Oyler on 5/13/2019 7:00:00 AM

    Identity in Christ

    Day 22

    Monday, May 13, 2019

    The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.   Psalm 27:1-4

    I’m thinking that some of your parents have talked to you about “Who are you in Christ?” If your parents are anything like mine then I know how you feel when that questions is brought up. All I can say that I am a daughter of a very big, powerful, and almighty God. When I think of Psalm 27:1-4, I think of that question. When David brings up the questions of what he should fear in the first half of the passage, he answers himself by saying that there isn’t really much to be fearful of. David prays that he will be able to sit at God’s right hand and to be loved unconditionally by our ALMIGHTY GOD. Once you realize that you have the biggest blessing ever and that is to be able to believe in someone so wonderful without being punished by what you believe in, you will become more blessed. God has the advantage of taking people out of this world for a reason and he has the advantage of leaving people because they still haven’t fulfilled what God has planned for them. I know that I am a daughter of Christ and I know that the plans he has for me are good. I also know that he has plans for you in the future; he has your whole life mapped out from every little detail to the boldest detail. It all comes down to whether you are a son or daughter of our Almighty God.

    Junior Kayla Oyler

    Prayer:

    • Pray for Mr. Ken Williamson and Mr. Jeremy Ohs as they teach computer and tech classes. Give thanks for their work in keeping the school’s use of technology up to date and running smoothly.
    • Pray for our elementary students as they perform tonight at their concert. May the words they sing be glorifying to God and a blessing to those in attendance.
    • Give thanks for the consequences of sin that move you to repentance at the foot of the cross.
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