Pain vs. Misery

Pain is inevitable… Misery is optional!
– Unknown

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Our Children

“A child is a person who is going to carry on what you’ve started. They are going to sit where you’re sitting. And when you’re gone, they are going to tend to the things that YOU THOUGHT WERE IMPORTANT.”

– Abraham Lincoln

Let’s make sure we SHOW them what is REALLY important in life. I don’t ever want my life to prove my words ineffective!

AOP’s Switched-On Schoolhouse Wins…

Found this article online and thought it was kind of interesting. If you are unaware, this is the curriculum utilized here at Crossroads Christian Academy.

AOP’s Switched-On Schoolhouse Curriculum
Wins Excellence in Education Award

Rock Rapids, IA (August 6, 2009) – Alpha Omega Publications® (AOP), a leading publisher of Christian curriculum for homeschool families, Christian schools, and distance learning students, has been awarded The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine’s 2008 Excellence in Education Award for Switched-On Schoolhouse® (SOS). Well-known for its dedication in helping homeschool parents make informed decisions regarding quality Christian curriculum, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine selected AOP’s computer-based homeschool curriculum for honors in its “Best Software Product” category. This prestigious award was voted on by thousands of homeschool parents worldwide from a wide variety of educational backgrounds and years of homeschooling experience. When the results were compiled from a direct write-in format response survey, Switched-On Schoolhouse received first place.

“In today’s high-tech environment, young people have become digital natives who enjoy learning in a computer-based, interactive learning format. Switched-On Schoolhouse meets those needs and prepares students for future success with solid academics and 21st century skills,” said Rohn Gibson, Vice President of Marketing at Alpha Omega Publications. “We sincerely appreciate all our Switched-On Schoolhouse customers and The Old Schoolhouse’s vote of confidence in our computer-based products.”

A winner of numerous academic awards, including Homeschooling Parent Magazine’s Stamp of Approval and Cathy Duffy’s 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum, AOP’s Switched-On Schoolhouse educational program for grades 3-12 is known for cutting-edge features that include the following:

• Multimedia-enriched academic content
• Five core subjects of Bible, history and geography, language arts, math, and science
• Thirty electives to create a well-rounded education
• Simplified, time-saving recordkeeping and lesson planning
• Customizable lessons and personalized MiSOS learning applications

Our Primary Job

You know, the primary job of every Christian should first be to pray. It sounds simple and really it is… if it just weren’t for the fact that we want to do so much more than simply pray. There must be bigger chores and more important tasks, right? I mean, after all, we want to be more than the ‘average Joe’ where Jesus is concerned! Prayer can seem so… so… well, so small – maybe even insignificant – maybe pretty close to doing nothing at all.

But instead of using prayer as our personal 911 line to Heaven, let’s ‘seek Him early’. I have often told us as a church that we make a strategic error when we make prayer our last resort instead of our first line of defense (or even offense, when the times call for it).

Sometimes we think that if we can get God to move the way we want Him to, that will make Him look good, which will in turn make those who don’t know Him look at what WE HAVE JUST DONE and say, “I could serve a God like that!” If He would let us shine up his ego a little, we could gain a whole lot more people to play on His team, right???

Not really.
He wants us to PRAY.
Always.
Without Ceasing.
About Big Important Things.
About Little Insignificant Things.
When We Are Happy.
When We Are Sad.
Simply… ALWAYS!
Yes… He would even rather that you talk TO Him, than that you would talk ABOUT Him. He wants us to talk to Him about the unbeliever BEFORE we talk to the unbeliever about Him.

Yes… that’s prayer. The premiere focus of God’s people. The one conduit we have for communicating with Him. Let’s make it a ‘holy habit’!

God Bless!

Sunday Evening, August 2, 2009

A good move of the Holy Ghost settled into the house on Sunday Evening and we saw several receive a good blessing from the Lord during our time of worship.

Taking a text from 2 Samuel 10, we heard once again about the “Power of Unrelated Things.” It’s good to know that when you get in a battle that is too big for you, there is someone who is watching and will come running, letting you know that they’ve got your back. That is what church is supposed to be for!!!

So many things in life go together, or seem to. Yet sometimes we come to church and feel somewhat disconnected from everyone else in the congregation. But that is where the power of unrelated things really begins to show up.

Just as when certain metals are alloyed together they create powerful fields of magnetic force, when we come together and allow God to weld our weaknesses into something that is powerful, the church becomes a force to be reckoned with in our world!

Never forget the Power of Unrelated Things!

Sunday Morning – August 2, 2009

The Other Side of the Hedge

Taking our text from Matthew’s account of what took place in the Garden of Gethsemane, we contrasted it with the single verse account given by John, the one who was there and should have offered us the ‘richly detailed’ account at least on par with Matthew’s. But, we see that when Jesus left them and went on to pray, they fell asleep.

But it appears that not everyone slept. On the other side of the hedge, it seems that some of the disciples were watching and perhaps wishing that they could have been given the chance to go a little farther with the Master.

Lord, don’t ever let us forget that going on with you is never a right… but a privilege. And if we ever begin to take it for granted, there may be some person on the other side of the hedge who would give anything to enjoy the privilege that I’ve been given. As Revelations 3 cautions us, “Hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.”

I’m glad to be on this side of the hedge and so thankful for the privilege of walking and having such fellowship with my Master! (08/02/09)

MPC Update

Revival Services with the Channell’s came to a close on Super Sunday, July 26. We were blessed on that weekend with two more powerful messages from the Word of God, delivered with passion.

On Saturday Evening, he preached to us about “Getting Down by the River”, a message of encouragement and reminding us that God still does do just what he promised.

On Sunday Afternoon, he preached a stirring message aimed at sinners entitled “Why We Need the Holy Ghost.” While it may have been intended for a specific audience, I think we all need reminding from time to time of that very thing.

Since then, services have continued in a strong vein of revival and we are thankful for every touch of God that visits this sanctuary. May He continue to do so.