• Forty Days of Prayer - Day 40

    Posted by Junior Ashley Kauffman on 5/31/2019 7:00:00 AM

    Identity in Christ

    Day 40

    Friday, May 31, 2019

    I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.  Romans 12:1-2

    We have been called to present our bodies as living sacrifices to Him. Every day we receive the fruits of God’s mercy. Our conversion and sanctification in Christ is the renewing of our minds; not a change of the physical, but of the qualities of the soul. As Christians we need to put off our old selves and put on our new selves made in Christ. The greatest enemy to the progress of our sanctification is conformity to this world. It is important that we keep in mind that we don’t fall into the customs of the people who tread in the lusts of flesh. The work of the Holy Spirit starts in our understanding, then progresses to the will, emotions, and conversation, until the whole person has been changed to reflect the lifestyle and example that Jesus laid out for us to follow. So I encourage you my fellow peers to not only follow Christ’s example, but also to put off your old selves and to live in your new selves made in Jesus Christ.

    Junior Ashley Kauffman

    Prayer:

    • Pray for all of our graduates as they progress to a new stage in their walk with God. Pray for grace to meet the challenges that lie ahead.
    • Give thanks to God for the faithfulness he has shown in answered prayer throughout this forty day prayer emphasis.
    • Praise God for his great love and mercy show to you (Ephesians 2:4)
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  • Forty Days of Prayer - Day 39

    Posted by Junior Lexie Purdy on 5/30/2019 7:00:00 AM

    Identity in Christ

    Day 39

    Thursday, May 30, 2019

    For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:38-39

    Nothing can ever separate us from the love of God in Christ. All Christians ought to rejoice in this! We should have no fear, no doubt, no worry because when Jesus died for our sins, he ensured our place in heaven with God if we believe in the gospel wholeheartedly. These two verses should give us hope and reassurance; they should give us a sense of belonging. We are God’s children and He is our Father; what could be more everlasting than this? I am deeply and confidently secure in God’s love for me. I know that God will save His people, I know that He will fulfill His promise and because of this, I know that nothing can separate us from the love of God. At times, it can most definitely feel like we are alone and insecure, but we are not because God is omnipresent. He is always there, even at our darkest moments and He will comfort us and guide us. As Christians, we are put to death all day long, but God tells us that we should not be afraid of death because to be away from the body is to be at home with our Father. We should remain fearless in the Lord and we should be comforted that His love will never depart from us, a daily reminder that so many of us forget.

    Junior Lexie Purdy

     

    Prayer:

    • Give praise and thanks for Becky Neumann for the ways she enriches our children’s lives daily in the STEAM Lab and working with the Yearbook students.
    • Pray for the senior class as they near graduation, that they would seek God as they plan for and anticipate the next stages of life after high school.
    • Give thanks that nothing can separate you from the love of Jesus (Romans 8:35).
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  • Forty Days of Prayer - Day 38

    Posted by Junior Julia Pittaway on 5/29/2019 7:00:00 AM

    Identity in Christ

    Day 38

    Wednesday, May 29, 2019

    You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.  Ephesians 4:22-24

    When we accept Christ as our savior and become Christians, we are called to put off our old self and put on our new self. This means that no matter how bad we mess up or how unworthy we think we are to be accepted into the body of Christ, that he takes us in anyway. When we realize our identity in Christ is made completely new and that Christ now sees us as a part of the body of Christ and as servants of his kingdom, then we can fully let go of our old selves that are corrupted by this sinful world and the evil desires that we have and finally put on our new selves and the new mindset of God’s righteousness and holiness. We are then made holy and complete by God’s saving grace, becoming one with God and having him inside our hearts forever.

    Junior Julia Pittaway

    Prayer:

    • Pray for Mr. Will Warricks in maintenance and his crew as they work to keep the SCS campus looking and operating in top condition.
    • Pray that students would have open hearts in chapel this morning.
    • Praise Jesus for being "the same yesterday and today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8).
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  • Forty Days of Prayer - Day 37

    Posted by Junior Madi Schwartz on 5/28/2019 7:00:00 AM

    Identity in Christ

    Day 37

    Tuesday, May 28, 2019

    Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.  Colossians 3:1-4

    The primary message of these verses is to remind us that our identity is not found in this world, but in that of the one who created us. To truly be Christians, we must strive to portray Christ in every circumstance of our lives and also to shift our heart’s desires of the material things of this world, to things that are of eternal value, which only God can give us. We are sinful in our nature, and therefore naturally desire the things of this world like money and status. But God does not look at our wealth or popularity to determine who will be in the Kingdom of Heaven. In fact, in Mark 10:25 Jesus tells his disciples, “ It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” Whether our hearts are set on Him and our identity is in Christ or not is the condition of whether we will spend eternity with Him in His glory or be set apart from it forever. Heaven should be our ultimate goal, and as Christians, we should be living examples of the one who laid His life down for us, so that many others can also share in the gift of salvation.

    Junior Madi Schwartz

    Prayer:

    • Pray for Mrs. Michelle Fetveit as she works with high school students and student government. Pray for God’s blessing as she pours herself into each student.
    • Pray for safety as the students and parents travel to and from school.
    • Thank Jesus for modeling true humility as he washed the disciples' feet. Ask him to give you a servant's heart.
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  • Forty Days of Prayer - Day 36

    Posted by Junior Connor Drish on 5/27/2019 7:00:00 AM

    Identity in Christ

    Day 36

    Monday, May 27, 2019

    Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.   1 Corinthians 12:12-13

    In this verse, Paul is comparing the body to the Church of Christ.  Paul understands the human body as a group of various parts with different jobs which work together as one.  No part works the same way, but they are all needed in the body, similar to the Church of Christ. As the Spirit chooses which gifts to award each person, God arranges a specific job in the Church based off of their special gifts.  This idea shows us that all parts of the body are necessary and important.  In other words, your job, no matter how big or small, is very important in the Church of Christ.  And as Paul said, no matter your race or background or position in life, we are all children of God and are given the same Spirit to drink. In other words, there will be unity within the diversity of the body of the Church. In order for the Church to function correctly each part must have confidence in the job that they are given because each person has a specific role that must be carried out. In conclusion, God created each of us differently, and those differences should be celebrated. When we see someone who has talents and gifts unlike our own, we should praise God because His plan is always perfect. So remember today to thank God for the gifts He has given you and know that you were created in His image and are perfect in His eyes.


    Junior Connor Drish

    Prayer:

    • Pray for Mrs. Val Clark as she teaches fourth grade students she would know the blessing and rewards of helping students learn new concepts and ideas.
    • Pray for the senior class and their leaders as they leave today on their class trip, for safe travels and for good fruit to result from their time away together.
    • Ask God for a heart that is willing to follow his leading and will for your life.
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  • Forty Days of Prayer - Day 35

    Posted by Junior Daniel Jacobson on 5/26/2019 7:00:00 AM

    Identity in Christ

    Day 35

    Sunday, May 26, 2019

     Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.   I Peter 3:8

    One of the verses that best characterizes the role of Christians towards others I Peter 3:8. So many times we as Christians don’t think of how we can serve, but of how we can be served. Just like the disciples, we want the most gratification for the least amount of work possible; we want to be God’s right hand man/woman but we don’t want to wash the feet of others. We want the kingdom of heaven, but we don’t want to be poor in spirit. We want to inherit the earth but we don’t want to be meek. There are so many programs in churches where we can be spiritually fed- Youth Group, Sunday School, VBS- but how are we feeding others? It is evident from the words of Peter, that this should not be our goal. We shouldn’t seek the best position in a church, but should have a humble mind and serve wherever we are needed. In order to be a unified whole, we should be like Jesus, humble, kind sympathetic and loving. That is what it really means to follow Christ.

    Junior Daniel Jacobson

    Prayer:

    • Give praise and thanks for Summer Van Oort and Leslie Hodgskiss for the ways they enrich our children’s lives daily.
    • Pray for the students of our school to be nurtured and grow in their love of God’s Word and their knowledge of salvation. Pray for godly wisdom and love for all those who influence our children.
    • Praise God, the one who controls even the details of your life.
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  • Forty Days of Prayer - Day 34

    Posted by Junior Colton Johnson on 5/25/2019 7:00:00 AM

    Identity in Christ

    Day 34

    Saturday, May 25, 2019

    But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”    1 Samuel 17:34-37

    David and goliath is arguably the most famous Bible story in God's Word. Even though I have been told this story and have read this story more times than I can count, there is still one concept I can’t get my mind around. How is David so confident? I gave Russell Wilson his plate of food last year and I was shaking in my boots, but David spoke to a King and then killed a giant with seemingly no fear. This confidence has been something I've always wanted; I wanted to be David. Sure telling everyone that I have killed a lion would be cool, but the confidence of David is what I desire. In the end David is not confident in himself or his strength or his mad awesome slingshot skills, but his confidence lies with God. David knows who he is- he is a son of God and no one can stand against God. As Christians we are also sons of God, yet most of the time our self-confidence is nothing to be desired. We try to find confidence in our grades or our looks or athletics, but there is always someone bigger, smarter, and better looking. Only God can give us that peace we all want. Trust in God and believe that he will hold you. He loves you and as a son of God you can be confident in Christ’s victory.

    Junior Colton Johnson

    Prayer:

    • Pray for God to teach our students to take up the shield of faith, wear the helmet of salvation, and carry the sword of the spirit, God’s Word.
    • Praise for God’s faithfulness and provision to our school. Pray for continued wisdom and discernment for those who lead our school.
    • Thank God for his mercy to you.
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  • Forty Days of Prayer - Day 33

    Posted by Junior Cecilia Warricks on 5/24/2019 7:00:00 AM

    Identity in Christ

    Day 33

    Friday, May 24, 2019

    Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.   Deuteronomy 6:4-5

    What do these verses mean to you? Is it just a simple prayer you had to memorize for school or do you actually dissect it and think about the meaning it has in your life? Hear, O Israel, The Lord our God, the Lord is one. This alone should have some sort of significant meaning in your life. Do you put your life and identity in the one true God or do you put your identity in idols in your life such as money or your phone? Listen to the One who created everything, listen to the one who had your life mapped out before you existed! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your might. What should naturally occur after putting your identity in Christ is this: you will want to live your life out the way God intended you to. Your heart will overflow with love and passion for your faith and with obedience to the One true God. You will love him with your whole being. You will have a desire to do what is aligned with the will of God. Putting your identity in Christ means you are letting Christ use you for his glory, and loving him with your entirety, fully devoting yourself to his commands willingly, and showing it to the people around you.

    Junior Cecilia Warricks

    Prayer:

    • Pray for Mr. Ryan O’Rourke as he works with high school students in Bible and history classes. Pray that his students would clearly see God’s hand at work as they study history.
    • Give thanks for this day! Rejoice and be glad in it!
    • Praise God, the one who is perfect in power and judgment but also perfect in mercy and kindness.
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  • Forty Days of Prayer - Day 32

    Posted by Junior Lucas McKerrow on 5/23/2019 7:00:00 AM

    Identity in Christ

    Day 32

    Thursday, May 23, 2019

    In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud of my work for God. For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience—by word and deed, by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God—so that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ.   Romans 15: 17-19

    In Romans, Paul says we can be proud of the work we accomplish through word and deed when we are fulfilling the plans of Christ. All that God requires of us is our best. We are the new ministers of the glory in Christ Jesus, speaking of what God can do through us. We must be careful not to bring glory to ourselves for we have not done work through ourselves but through Christ in us. Though we may not be able to perform “signs and wonders” in the same way they once were, the Holy Spirit can still use us for greatness. We need to spread the gospel far and wide just as Paul does throughout his life. Through obedience to His word and the Holy Spirit, God can do great work through His people. I pray that we would work for the glory of God, and that we would use our gifts to promote the accomplishments of Christ. I pray that we would be an example to our neighbors, shining Christ’s light in the world around us.

    Junior Lucas McKerrow

    Prayer:

    • Pray that Mr. Mark Pond would see the fruits of his effort in the lives of his students. Thank him for all he does as our Athletic Director.
    • Teach our students to find their confidence and hope in Christ for any difficulties they face.
    • Thank God for giving you eyes to see and ears to hear his Word.
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  • 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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