The Glory of Work

January is the month our students are focused on the virtue of WORK. The Kindergarten students are listening to poem such as Wynken, Blynken and Nod, The Little Red Hen, Five Little Chickens and Aesop’s Fable, The Ants and the Grasshopper. This literary heritage which is laid is putting WORK in its proper place. WORK is really what we do with living. We pray students will see the virtue of WORK and the vice of sloth and idleness. Part of enjoying life is enjoying the WORK of their lives. Yesterday during our Education Committee meeting we were talking about...

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Telling Relationships

In reading Practicing the Presence of People. Mike Mason poses an important question for each of us as Christians. “How am I doing spiritually?” ” How can we dog deeper into this valuable question?” Mike goes on to say that by turning our thoughts towards the person with whom I am having the most trouble, this person represents the place in my heart where peace with God is lacking. I believe that our heavenly Father uses our relationships with one another to help us see our need of Holy Spirit and the life of Christ, in order to have...

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Have a Joyous Christmas Break!

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life that thou and thy seed may live” Deuteronomy 30:19 This verse came to my mind in thinking about the world that Jesus came into. He left heaven and became a flesh and blood man in entering this world. After the wise men had worshiped and gave gifts to young Jesus the King of Kings, King Herod made sure that all the boys 2 years old and younger in the region were slaughtered. Now...

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Christmas Wheat

From the farmer’s perspective, he is the one who can tell the difference between the wheat and the tares and he allows them to grow together until harvest. There will always be a mix of the Children of God with the Children of the Devil within the Church and within schools. The challenge for us can be self-deception, thinking we have authentic true affections produced by the Holy Spirit when its really false affections. This coming to a true understanding of ourselves is very important, such that Jonathan Edwards wrote an entire work looking at 12 different signs to...

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Parenting 101 Continued

Dr. Steve Scheibners second pillar of parenting for a proactive parent is to train children to make their God look great. Most children understand how a magnifying glass makes things look bigger. Our joy and duty as Christians is to make God look bigger, to magnify Him. We probably have sung praise songs which said ‘O Magnify the Lord’, but how are we practising making God look big, with kind words, responsible actions and respectful behaviour? Help your children to make the connections between words and actions that cause others to feel big or small. Role play magnifying behaviour,...

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Parenting 101

My favourite parenting course is Parenting Matters by Dr. Steve and Megan Scheibner primarily because it really addresses the area of growth in virtue. The Scheibner’s first pillar of parenting is the pillar of consistently elevating virtue above feelings. When I think of one of the worst ways we could set up the next generation for failure, it would be to have them base their behaviour, decisions, and attitudes on their feelings. Especially feelings aligned with the worlds value system. As godly virtues are developed in our youths behaviour, decisions and attitudes can be governed by a moral compass....

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Taking Stock

At the beginning of a New Year we often take stock of our lives. In the area of friends are you ‘wealthy’? In the area of family are you ‘wealthy’? In the area of faith are you wealthy’? All that we have comes by way of the Father’s provision; however, we often feel lacking in different areas of our lives because we don’t follow biblical principles for human flourishing. In fact we can and do sabotage ourselves by way of our own sinful choices. Take family for example. Marriage breakdowns, children thought as burdens instead of blessings, and personal...

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Christ in the Pasture

The Kindergarten class was reading about the virtue of Friendship. One of the things they read was a poem, ‘The Pasture’ by Robert Frost. I’m going out to clean the pasture spring; I’ll only stop to rake the leaves away (And wait to watch the water clear, I may): I sha’n’t be gone long. — You come too. I’m going out to fetch the little calf That’s standing by the mother. It’s so young, It totters when she licks it with her tongue. I sha’n’t be gone long. — You come too. The sense I got from re- reading...

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Horizontal and Vertical Peace

The angels praising God said, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace good will toward men.” Luke 2:14 “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.” James 3:17 Jesus the Messiah came to provide peace with God and growing in the wisdom from above produces peace with others. Is your family lacking peace? The Christian Home should be a sanctuary of peace not only for your own family but for all who visit. If this...

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Performing Magnanimously

Christian Formation is important at every age. Just because FCS doesn’t have a high school doesn’t mean we don’t highly value Christian Education beyond grade 8. In fact our classical perspective on the grade 9-12 years, considered the rhetoric stage, only increases our appreciation for the importance of Christian Education during these years. Why? Because one of the most powerful influencing factors on young people at this stage is peer pressure. Douglas Wilson says of this stage: “So then, rhetoric is the capstone of the Trivium. It is at this point that the educational process begins to bear real...

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