The Purpose of Purpose

Do we know what our God given purpose is? Do we know what the purpose of our purpose is? Even if we know what our God given purpose is, practically speaking have we forgotten, for to know and not to do is not to know. Are we like the church of Ephesus who “left thy first love.” Have you ever heard a student say, “When will I ever need to know this?” or “I don’t like such and such teacher/subject.” If this has happened it is a sign that the Christian home, church and school have failed to pass...

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Honesty, More Than the Best Policy

As FCS journeys through The Book of Virtues together, we are moving from ‘Perseverance’ and looking next at ‘Honesty’. I like how our chapel speaker described the Bible acting as a mirror. The virtues we look into at school can also show us, like a mirror, our desperate need of the Gospel and the Holy Spirit’s transforming ministry in our lives. We would agree that God is honest with us and that we appreciate honesty from others whether it is our spouse, children, government or friends. So why are we often dishonest? You hear people say they long for...

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Three Strand Cord

Often when we think of a student’s formation, Lord willing into the likeness of Jesus Christ, Christian schooling takes its place as one aspect of a “paideia” in which we seek to “nurture nourish, and evoke a consciousness and perception alternative to the consciousness and perception of the dominate culture around us.” Walter Brueggemann On Wednesday I was blessed to meet with local Christian school principals and discuss aspects of our schools which shape the loves of our students. In talking about these things, we saw that we are changed at a conscious and an unconscious level by the...

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Morning Politics

My wife and I attended a PAFE grassroots political meeting Saturday morning. Harold Albrecht and Pierre Lemieux, two Conservative Politicians were in attendance. PAFE stands for “Parent As First Educators”, a group concerned primarily with the current sex education curriculum and the corresponding morality currently instilled through the government schools. I came away very thankful that what PAFE is battling for in the public schools, parents who home school or send their children to private religious schools like FCS have already achieved. During the open question period, parents asked about potentially suing the government for child abuse because of...

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Pink Parenting

Dads, how do you communicate with your daughter(s) that you love them unconditionally? Because daughters need to know their dads love them, it is important for dads to make known their love for their daughters. Girls typically are more sensitive to tone, facial expression and eye contact than boys. So dads, give your undivided attention, mindful of non-verbal cues which communicate often more powerfully than saying, “Beautiful, I love you so much!” Dads when you love your wife for your daughters to see, this teaches them what authentic love looks like and gives her security in the home. Moms,...

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Pink and Blue

As society confuses the importance of male and female, parents should not be deterred or sidetracked from parenting according to God’s design. When God made Adam and Eve male and female, he made them equal but not the same. This equal but not the same is very important for how one parents. Practically speaking moms, your boys know you love them but need your respect. They long for you to put your hand on their shoulder and tell them, “I’m proud of you.” “You’re brave and strong!” I admire you.” “I respect you.” As a principal I need to...

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Walk by Faith Not By Sight

Have you heard of the term sight words? Do you know them as words to memorize because they don’t follow the spelling rules? Here is a list of the first 20, most common sight words. 1. the 11. he 2. of 12. was 3. and 13. for 4. a 14. on 5. to 15. are 6. in 16. as 7. is 17. with 8. you 18. his 9. that 19. they 10. it 20. I Sight words are common words that a reader should know on sight often called “high frequency words” or “instant words”. They are often considered...

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Lost Purpose

I lead a men’s group from our church. We are just finishing a study on the atonement of Christ and now I am considering what to study next. A book I am looking at is called Manhood Restored by Pastor Eric Mason. The beginning of this book talks about the original purpose God had for man. The author says, “Humanity, made in the image of God, was created to be an earthly representation of who God is.” Later he states, “that relationship is the most compelling factor driving what it means to be made in the image of God.”...

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Exit Strategy

Getting out of the Crazy Cycle in the Home is important for glorifying God and enjoying the familial relationships He has established. Many times a day parents diffuse ticking time bombs, averting catastrophe in the home. If you want to get better at diffusing potentially explosive interactions there is a 5 step pattern to follow: Call a time-out Do not automatically assume disrespect Teach family crazy cycle Reassure your child of your love Allow for imperfection “The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.” Proverbs 19:11 above speaks to...

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Family Crazy Cycle: How to Get Off

If you have read the marriage book Love & Respect or listened to Dr. Emerson Eggerichs you are probably familiar with the “Crazy Cycle”. Just as there is a “Crazy Cycle” with husbands and wives; where lack of love can cause lack of respect and this disrespect results in loveless responses which just spirals downward as one remains in the cycle, so also it can happen with parenting. When you think of your family dynamics do you recall journeys into the “Family Crazy Cycle” and how you got out? A young mother shared that things had been truly crazy...

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